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October 29, 2014 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Late Bloomers

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Almost wordless: Although it’s late October, a few determined snapdragons are still blooming in my garden.

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October 28, 2014 / Leslie

Giveaway Winner: A Brief Moment of Weightlessness

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to enter the giveaway last week.

 

Winner: Debbie at ExUrbanis

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October 27, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ October 27th

BooHalloweenMailboxWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 

Nothing in the physical mailbox last week – my mail carrier is probably happy – but I did receive a couple of audiobook downloads.

 

Audiobook Downloads

NotADrillChooseYourOwn

From Random House Audio

Not a Drill by Lee Child
In this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side . . . and perhaps something far more sinister.

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around—just kick back, relax and listen.

How was your week?

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October 23, 2014 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

DearDaughterDear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Publisher: Penguin Audio | July 2014
Format: Audio Download | 10 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate

Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the one she’s looking for.

Janie was one of the bitchy popular girls, a ‘mean’ girl, and a mostly unlikable character. She was unlikable to me because she was completely unrelatable, but this was one of those books where I didn’t need to like the main character to get swept up in the story.

The writing is crisp and sharp, the dialog often witty, and except for a brief period in the middle of the novel – when Janie first arrives in Adeline, a small, remote town that Janie has reason to believe holds the answer to the mystery of who killed her mother – the story moves along at a quick pace. There were plenty of suspects, motivation and twists to keep me guessing until the unexpected ending.

Audio production:
The audio production was excellent and added another level of entertainment to the book. The story, written in the first person, was narrated by Bonnie Dennison. Interspersed between the chapters were snippets of TMZ Reports, Celebrity News, CNN Breaking News, blog postings, diary entries, etc., which were read in a ‘news media’ voice by Tony Daniels. At one point we are introduced to a lot of characters, and that will require paying a little extra attention (and maybe a rewind or two), but once they are established, it is a fun and easy listen.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
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Source: Review copy provided by Penguin Audio.
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October 22, 2014 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Wild Aster

Wild Aster

Almost wordless: The Wild Aster provided the last burst of color on the prairie with waves of purple flowers. This was taken a few weeks ago. We have since had a light freeze and many of the blooms have dried up now.

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October 20, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ October 20th

CardinalMailboxAutumnWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 

I received one audiobook in the mail and two audio downloads last week. I have a lot of yard and garden cleanup to be done this coming week and piles of leaves to rake, so I will get in a lot of audio reading time with my mp3 player.

My Norway Maple tree is producing red leaves this fall. I’ve lived with this tree for 25 years and this is the first time it’s ever turned red – in the past it’s always been golden or yellow. Perhaps it’s the crazy weather, but there are several branches of deep red. They are too pretty to chop up and turn into mulch.

New Arrivals

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult from Random House Audio.
For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

 

Audiobook Downloads

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From Penguin Audio

The Peripheral by William Gibson
A thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the bestselling author of Neuromancer.

The Perfect Kill by Robert B. Baer
Baer pulls back the curtain on the underbelly of world politics and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society.

How was your week?

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October 18, 2014 / Leslie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

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Many of you are familiar with the Readathon, a twice yearly event which begins today at midnight GMT and continues for 24 hours.

Hundreds of readers are participating and posting on their blogs, twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. There are lots of fun events, mini-challenges and prizes throughout the day and night.

It’s 7 a.m. here in Chicagoland and I’m still waking up, having my coffee and reading through some of the opening posts. This is be my sixth Readathon and I have yet to make a full 24 hours, but it’s always been a great time.

I will be updating this post throughout the Readathon.

Rather than fill my feed with posts that a some of you may not be interested in, I will use this one post for my updates and mini-challenges throughout the day and on twitter at #readathon.

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Hour 1 – Introduction

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I live in the USA in a suburb of Chicago. Read more…

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