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April 30, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 30th

Welcome 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.


 

Finally some warmer weather and some cleanup time in the garden. I even got a few cool season veggies planted. I’m holding off on the annuals for another few weeks though. The one year I put them in early, we had a late season frost, and I had to go out in the cold and dig them all back up again.

Last Saturday was the 24 Hour Readathon. Despite many distractions and interruptions, I was able to read for about six hours. I was planning on another few hours in the evening, but fell asleep on the couch instead.

New Arrivals

A package of books from Random House. I don’t remember requesting these, so it was a nice surprise.

From the Corner of the Oval by Rebecca Dorey-Stein.

The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love, and finding her place in the world.

The High Season by Judy Blundell.

In a beach town overrun with vacationers and newly colonized by socialites, one woman goes to extreme lengths when the life she loves is upended. The ultimate summer read, this novel of money, class, and family is perfect for fans of Meg Wolitzer, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest.

Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir by Jean Guerrero.

A daughter’s quest to find, understand, and save her charismatic, troubled, and elusive father, a self-mythologizing Mexican immigrant who travels across continents–and across the borders between imagination and reality; and spirituality and insanity–fleeing real and invented persecutors.

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April 28, 2018 / Leslie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Let the Reading Begin!

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, Goodreads, and Instagram.

The Readathon started for me at 7 a.m. Chicago time, and this is my eleventh Readathon.

I have yet to make a full 24 hours, but that is not necessary to enjoy the various events and be a part of a community of book lovers. Ideally, I would like to be on a warm island with lots of books, sunshine, and a good restaurant! Until that happens (haha) I will be reading in Chicago.

I will be updating this post throughout the Readathon.

Rather than fill my feed with posts that 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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Opening Survey

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

I live in the USA in a suburb of Chicago.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I always have such a difficult time choosing books for the readathon. Do I choose short books so I can actually finish one? I’m not the fastest reader on the planet! Or do I set one aside that I have been dying to read?

I’m starting the day with Zoobiquity. I’ll be listening to the audiobook while I get a few things done around the house.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I am a popcorn junkie. I have a bag of caramel and cheese corn waiting for me this evening. I also have healthy snacks for the day like yogurt and fruit and nut bars.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and have had a book blog since 2009. I’m an eclectic reader, gardener, bird watcher, amateur photographer and all around nature lover. I volunteer at the Forest Preserve as a wildlife bird monitor and at a bird rescue and shelter for pet birds in need of new homes.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Once again, I would like to read Read More! I say it every time but I always get distracted by the challenges and visiting other blogs, but I enjoy the community of the event as much as I enjoy reading.

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Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

I am in between books while I make dinner.

2. How many books have you read so far?

I finished one book, Zoobiquity. I started it in audio a few days ago and finished the second half today while I did things around the house.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Tonight I’ll be reading The War Bride’s Scrapbook.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Oh yeah! Real life intruded several times. My birds wanted to be fed and cleaned, a few phone calls, and an unavoidable errand to name a few. Exactly the same interruptions that happened last year!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I didn’t spend any time on mini-challenges. In past readathons I would check in on the main page every hour to see the next challenge. Now that they are posted on their own page and can be done anytime during the 24 hours, I didn’t check the main page as often and forgot about them.

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April 23, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 23rd

Welcome 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.
 


It’s been another busy week with reading and blogging once again on the back burner. And now that the weather has finally turned spring-like, I have a very messy yard to start cleaning up before I can get my flowers and veggies in for the season.

This coming Saturday is the 24 Hour Readathon, a twice yearly (and one of my favorite) events where readers across the globe participate at the same time. I have never made the entire 24 hours, but even 5 or 6 hours would make me happy! This might be what I need to get back into my reading grove.

A few new books in the mailbox . . .

New Arrivals

How to Love a Jamaican: Stories by Alexia Arthurs from Ballantine Books.

From a magnetic new voice, a debut story collection set in Jamaica and America for readers of Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Imbolo Mbue.

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell from Berkley Books.

In the pulse-racing new suspense novel from the bestselling and acclaimed author of Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away, the life of a little girl rests in the hands of the father who never even knew she existed…

Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade from Ecco.

A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

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April 9, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 9th

Welcome 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.


 
Spring cleaning and finishing up income tax returns are on the schedule for me this week. Not very exciting but it has to get done. One would think as a former tax consultant that I would have them done early, but taxes are one of my least favorite tasks.

A few new books in the mailbox . . .

New Arrivals

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngsonby from Flatiron Books.

In Denmark, Professor Kristian Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesn’t remember choosing. Both believe their love stories are over.

Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land by Scott Freeman from Timber Press.

When the Freeman family decided to restore a damaged creek in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon— they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful.

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger from Grand Central Publishing.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore — a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the “real” experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

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April 2, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 2nd

Welcome 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.


 

Brrrrrrrr. Coldest Easter in 40 years. I think spring has been cancelled this year!

A few new books last week…

New Arrivals

The War Bride’s Scrapbook by Caroline Preston from AmazonVine.

A World War II love story, narrated through a new bride’s dazzling array of vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more.

Providence by Caroline Kepnes from Random House.

A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg from Random House.

Set in the eighteenth century London underworld, this bawdy, genre-bending novel reimagines the life of thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard to tell a profound story about gender, love, and liberation.

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March 28, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Orchid

Almost wordless: Once again benign neglect produces a pretty flower. One of these days I will repot the orchid, but at this point I’m afraid touching it might upset it.

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March 26, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ March 26th

Welcome 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.


 
The strange weather continues with unseasonably cold temperatures and even a few snow flurries. Cardinals are singing, robins are scouting out my backyard for nesting sites, and the house sparrows are already building in one of my nest boxes. It doesn’t seem to be stopping the birds from their spring activities, although I’m finding it too cold to start my annual garden cleanup. Any day now I’m hoping to see some green

A few new books last week…

New Arrivals

1,001 Ways to Be Creative: A Little Book of Everyday Inspiration by Barbara Ann Kipfer from AmazonVine.

Written for those looking to unleash their inner genius, this enchanting interactive “list book” reveals how to set your brain free — and find the time and energy to play, dream, imagine, breath, and explore.

Side Life by Steve Toutonghi from AmazonVine.

Dazzling, paranoid literary sci-fi for fans of Blake Crouch and Philip K. Dick.

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