Friday, July 21, 2017

Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

Abridged Audiobook

I have been wanting to read Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan ever since it was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick in 2009.

The thing is this for me... I've have discovered that for me personally, the books that are from Oprah's Book Club are usually very hit or miss for me. I either love the book (i.e. The Poisonwood Bible, East of Eden, White Oleander) 
 or hate it after reading it (i.e. The House of Sand and Fog) and sometimes the book falls somewhere in between each extreme. So, I've had my reservations about reading this collection of short stories by Uwem Akpan.

I am glad that I finally listened to it the abridged audio version of this audiobook on compact disc. But f
or me, Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan fell somewhere towards the bottom end of the spectrum for me. I didn't love or hate this book. I think that Uwen Akpan is a good writer, but I mostly felt that the stories were sad and not quite as engaging as I would have liked them to be. The stories are ones I shall soon forget about altogether in a short while.

The narrators for Say You're One of Them were really good. My favorite story in this collection was 'What Language Is That?'. I also enjoyed the author interview at the end of the book.

The following is a plot summary for Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan from Amazon:
Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.

A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family’s struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle’s attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees—a microcosm of today’s Africa—a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.

Uwem Akpan’s debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent.
I am giving Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jane Austen to Grace England's 10 Pound Note!

This September, England is releasing a 10 pound banknote featuring the image of Jane Austen, her writing desk, and a quote! How cool is that? The only other woman currently featured on an English banknote is Queen Elizabeth II. 

To learn more about the new Jane Austen banknote read the article on Bustle titled, How Jane Austen's 10-Pound Banknote Is Secretly Witty by Nicole Einbinder.

So What Exactly Does A Book Editor Do?

I've always had a rough idea of what a book editor does for a living, but after reading What Does A Book Editor Do? Macmillan's Rhoda Belleza Has Some Insight On The Covetable Job by Kerri Jarema, I have a better understanding of what a book editor does on a weekly basis.

In the article, Kerri Jarema wrote the following:
So we went right to the source to find out. You might recognize Rhoda Belleza's name from the cover of her popular YA fantasy book Empress Of A Thousand Skies. But did you know that she is an editor at Macmillan offshoot Imprint, too? She has worked on a ton of anticipated upcoming titles including The Wicker King by K. Ancrum; Ink, Iron and Glass by Gwen Clare; A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney; and Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez.
"My day job as an editor can be pretty varied, but I’d say everything I do falls into three major categories," Belleza says. "Editing the book and supporting the author; advocating for the book and author; and networking and finding new content. There’s not really a typical work day because it’s so dependent on what deadline I need to hit."
So read on by clicking the very top link to learn more about the three major categories a book editor deals with on a weekly basis.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons

Paranormal Short Story
The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons is a paranormal, short story approximately 51 pages in length.

I was able to download the ebook edition of The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons.

The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons was a pretty good read, although it needed some minor editing. The first chapter was a bit slow to me, but the remaining chapters were fairly engaging and pretty fast paced. I liked the storyline for The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons.

The following is a plot summary for The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons from Amazon:
When death knows your name, there is no escape.
By day, Danthea is a thriving port city, full of life and laughter. At night, demon hunters go sword-to-teeth with monsters to keep humanity safe.
Margaret Vantasyl spends her days studying books and bestiaries, learning all she can about the monsters that plague the sleeping hours. It’s when the sun falls behind the horizon, and the moon reigns that her family takes to the streets to combat the surge of demons that threaten the safety of their city.
When countless young woman are found dead in abandoned homes, Margaret knows there’s something more sinister afoot than mindless vampires and scavenger ghouls. A creature that’s able to enslave the vampires and band the ghouls together in gangs.
All evidence points to a necromancer bending the living and the dead to its will.

But when Margaret is kidnapped, it will take all of her knowledge and skill as a hunter to defeat the vile sorceress. Will Margaret be able to save herself from becoming the necromancer's next victim? Or is she already good as dead?
I am giving The Dead of Sanguine Night by Travis Simmons a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck

I am a HUGE fan of John Steinbeck's novel, East of Eden. I read it for the first time in 2008 and feel in love with East of Eden. The writing in East of Eden is exquisite. Suffice it to say that East of Eden by John Steinbeck is one of my all time favorite novels ever written.

I learned about Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck shortly after reading East of Eden and I knew that some day I'd have to read Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck as well.

Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck is a work of nonfiction and covers each of Steinbeck's working days while writing his novel, East of Eden in 1951. 

I found reading Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck to be very insightful with regards to his inner thoughts while writing East of Eden as well as insights to his daily life and interests besides writing. 

Although, I enjoyed reading Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck very much, by no means did I find it to be the perfect read. Steinbeck reiterates many of the same subject matter/topics throughout Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. For instance, Steinbeck repeatedly talks about writing East of Eden at his own pace and he will not be rushed into writing it faster, the subject of weariness comes up frequently and putting off writing, his angst about writing East of Eden, and several other topics... And sometimes this book seemed a bit dry, but otherwise, Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck was a fabulous book to read. Especially, if you are a John Steinbeck fan or simply want to know more about an author's writing process during the time in which he wrote his novel.

The following is a blurb about Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck from Amazon:
Each working day from January 29 to November 1, 1951, John Steinbeck warmed up to the work of writing East of Eden with a letter to the late Pascal Covici, his friend and editor at The Viking Press. It was his way, he said, of "getting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game."
Steinbeck's letters were written on the left-hand pages of a notebook in which the facing pages would be filled with the test of East of Eden. They touched on many subjects—story arguments, trial flights of workmanship, concern for his sons.
Part autobiography, part writer's workshop, these letters offer an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck's creative process, and a fascinating glimpse of Steinbeck, the private man.
I am giving Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until next post, happy reading!!

Books About Strong Women Trailblazers Are Awesome!

I love reading memoirs, biographies, and other works of nonfiction about women trailblazers. So, when I noticed on Bustle's website a fabulous article titled, 13 Illustrated Books About Women Who Changed The World by Susanna Princivalle, I looked forward to discovering which books made the list. 

Several of the book titles mentioned in Susanna Princivalle's article are ones I've heard of before (but have yet to read), while other book titles mentioned were new to me. 

Click on the above link to discover which 13 illustrated books about women have made the list!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Famous Book Hoarders

It's always fun to learn who is a book hoarder... Especially when it comes to famous people. In fact, I was surprised to learn the identities of top three famous book hoarders in an article titled, 10 FAMOUS BOOK HOARDERS by Emily Temple. Click on the link to learn more!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King

Paranormal Romance
Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King is a paranormal romance short story approximately 65 pages in length.

I was able to download Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review for Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King.

There were some minor issues that needed to be edited in Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King, otherwise it was a pretty good paranormal romance. I enjoyed Kristina King's writing. The characters in Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King are fun and nicely developed. I feel like Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) is a great start to the 'Dirk's Pack' series.

The following is a plot summary for Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King from Amazon:
Meet Luca. He's a strong and independent Beta, whose patience with his Alpha pack leader, Dirk, has worn thin.

Luca tried his best to support his alpha, but Dirk was making radical decisions without talking it over with the rest of the wolves; like moving his pack of young single werewolves to live a 'simple' off-grid life in the wilderness.

Moving to the middle of nowhere didn't seem to have any upside, until a rainy, stormy night when a young woman appeared on his doorstep.
Melissa was determined to prove she could survive on her own, she wasn't just a spoiled rich girl who got handed everything with a silver spoon in her mouth. However, she bit off a little more than she could chew when she decided to go into the woods alone to prove she could take care of herself. She got lost and ended up stumbling upon Luca's compound, asking for help. Drenched and cold, the spark between them was instant. Throwing caution to the wind, Melissa gave in to the wild chemistry that brewed between the two of them.
I am giving Luca's Mate (Dirk's Pack Book 1) by Kristina King a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mad Flashes by Lindsey R. Loucks

Horror Flash Fiction
I like flash fiction in general. They are short reads that are shorter than short stories and make for great reading when you don't have a lot of time. 

I decided to read Mad Flashes by Lindsey R. Loucks, which is a collection of 10 horror flash fiction stories written by one author.

I was able to download Mad Flashes by Lindsey R. Loucks to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Mad Flashes by Lindsey R. Loucks.

Overall, I liked the flash fiction written by Lindsey R. Loucks. Some of the stories, I didn't quite fully understand. But, as I already mentioned in my previous sentence, overall the stories were good and well written. 

I am giving Mad Flashes by Lindsey R. Loucks a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen

Cozy Mystery Novel
I really enjoy a well written cozy mystery!! I read a cozy mystery short story titled, Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen, this month. Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen is approximately 52 pages in length.

I was able to download Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen.

The only thing I didn't like about Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen was the cliffhanger ending!! I am not a fan of cliffhanger endings. Otherwise, I really enjoyed reading Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen. I liked Amy Andersen's writing, characters, and plot development for her cozy mystery short story. I would never have initially guessed the murderer!

Even though there is a cliffhanger ending for Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen, I may go ahead and read the next installment of this cozy mystery series.

The following is a plot summary for Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen from Amazon:
If you like mysteries with a hint of romance...

When Marion and Ruth open their salon, just as they do every morning, they’re horrified to discover a corpse seated in a styling chair. The police determine that the cause of death is strangulation. The murderer has to be someone from Chippingville, someone who knows Marion and Ruth. 
In their quest to discover the truth, they receive the unexpected help of their hair salon's clients, and that of the attractive village doctor, Glenn Steel, who has a secret.
If you like short mystery stories, get hooked with the first book in the Marion Fox mystery series. Marion is a character that will amaze you with her ingenuity and tenacity.
I am giving Death Visits The Hair Salon by Amy Andersen a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Project Snow by Cherita Smith

SciFi Fairy Tale Short Story
I read Project Snow by Cherita Smith in one sitting. It is a science fiction, dark fairy tale, short story that is approximately 36 pages in length.

I was able to download Project Snow by Cherita Smith for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Project Snow by Cherita Smith.

I love the cover art for this short story! I think the cover for Project Snow is one of the most beautiful book or short story covers on a book I've read this year.

As far as, Project Snow by Cherita Smith goes. I thought it was okay. The writing wasn't all that captivating or engaging. The storyline felt very predictable to me for the most part. The ending and the epilogue had a gap in the storyline, which made the story feel jarring and odd. I just don't understand the 4 star average customer rating for Project Snow by Cherita Smith on Amazon.

The following is a plot summary for Project Snow by Cherita Smith from Amazon:
Snow White meets genetic engineering in this captivating blend of science fiction & dark fairy tale that will hook you from the very first line...
Like most engineered kids, Amara can't wait to turn sixteen. Sixteen means confirmation of immunity to the aging infection that plagues mankind. And confirmation means freedom, leaving behind the quarantine of the Tower for a new life in the city — no filtration veils required.
But the queen has other plans. The queen is dying and needs a new heart. Daughter or not, Amara's will do. With her mother out to destroy her, Amara can't afford misplaced trust. A Guardsman wants to help save her, but is it for love or a dark plan of his own?
I am giving Project Snow by Cherita Smith a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bookmobile by artist, Tony May, at the San Jose Museum of Art


Last weekend, my husband and I visited the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California. During our visit to the San Jose Museum of Art, we saw a bookmobile on display titled Variable Book Construction: Bookmobile (1991) by artist, Tony May. 

I learned during our visit to the San Jose Museum of Art that the books used for this mobile are encyclopedia yearbooks dating from 1961-1969!! Apparently, part of the San Jose Museum of Art use to be a public library and that the encyclopedia yearbooks used in the bookmobile span the years in which the building functioned as the first public library in San Jose. Pretty nifty factoid about the bookmobile if you ask me!

Apparently, Tony May's 'Bookmobile' actually does work! Unfortunately, no demonstration of the bookmobile was occurring the day of our visit. It would have been very interesting (not to mention really cool) to see this bookmobile in action during our visit.

I was hoping there would be a YouTube video featuring Tony May's Bookmobile in action, just so I'd have an idea of how it works. But I wasn't able to find a video featuring the Bookmobile on YouTube to share here.

So, have you seen any artwork featuring books recently? 

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby

Paranormal Mystery Short Story
I read The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby at the end of last month and am finally catching up on writing reviews of several short stories I've recently read. The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby is a paranormal, mystery short story approximately 46 pages in length.

I was able to download The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby.

The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby is a decent read. If you like paranormal and mystery reads, then this is the short story for you. April Fernsby's writing is good. I enjoyed the plot, story, and characters for The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby.

The following is a plot summary for The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby from Amazon:
A short paranormal mystery
Cassia and her gran are witches. They investigate crime in the supernatural town of Brimstone.
Breccan McCoy turns up at Gran’s door one day to inform her of a murder – his murder. Gran didn’t trust Breccan when he was alive; she trusts him even less now that he’s a ghost. However, Cassia insists they help him as a murderer could be on the loose.
Gran and Cassia head into Brimstone with the ghost of Breccan McCoy at their side. They soon find out Breccan played a nasty trick on a resident before his demise. But was that the only trick he played?
I am giving The Leprechaun's Last Trick by April Fernsby a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green

Mystery Short Story
I read Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green at the end of last month and am finally catching up on writing reviews of several short stories I've recently read. Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green is a mystery short story approximately 24 pages in length.

I was able to download Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green.

I enjoyed reading Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green. I like reading mysteries by new to me authors. Jennette Green's writing is good. I enjoyed the story, plot, and characters in Murder by Nightmare.

The following is a plot summary for Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green from Amazon:
May has never liked to be alone at night, because that's when nightmares haunt her. However, when her husband leaves for the weekend, she's certain she'll be safe home alone in their suburban neighborhood; after all, she's not truly alone, with her cat Marmalade by her side. But when the man next door is attacked, and the woman across the street is murdered, her life begins to take on a nightmarish quality. Who is behind the attacks? Will the nightmares ever end?
I am giving Murder by Nightmare by Jennette Green a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne

Captivating Mystery Short Story
I read Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne at the end of last month and am finally reviewing this short story now. Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne is a mystery short story approximately 19 pages in length.

I was able to download Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.


Below is my honest, unbiased review of Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne.

I really enjoyed reading Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne. It's one of the best short stories I've read this year. I look forward to reading more of Heather Osborne's novels that feature Special Agent Rae Hatting. Heather Osborne's writing is wonderfully captivating!

The following is a plot summary for Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne from Amazon:
Special Agent Rae Hatting has been sent to a small town in Colorado to investigate the disappearance of young girls from several surrounding states. What she finds is not at all what she expected.
I am giving Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne a rating of 4.25 stars out of 5 stars!

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Changing Habits by Alice Loweecey

Cozy Mystery Short Story
I read Changing Habits by Alice Loweecey last month and am finally reviewing it now. Changing Habits is a fun, cozy mystery short story approximately 45 pages in length.

I was able to download Changing Habits by Alice Loweecey to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Changing Habits by Alice Loweecey.

Changing Habits by Alice Loweecey is an excellent read! I enjoy reading cozy mysteries and this one was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and Alice Loweecey's writing style. I look forward to explore the rest of this series in the future.

The following is a plot summary for Changing Habits by Alice Loweecey from Amazon:
“Giulia is a sympathetic, well-drawn character who has built a full life for herself after leaving the convent, but appealing touches of the former nun remain.” – Booklist

The day Giulia Falcone jumped the wall—that’s code for leaving the convent—her sole possessions were the clothes on her back. Four years later, she’s an official Private Investigator juggling a rash of church vessel thefts and her complete inability to find a wedding gown that doesn’t require her to steal a gold chalice for herself. She’s about to marry her boss despite all the advice about office romance.

Giulia is a champion multitasker. The Church is on her back to find the thief. Her all-natural co-worker is insisting she walk down the aisle to the soundtrack for The Sound of Music. Her fiancé’s relatives are overwhelming her with plans and advice and excitement. Piece of cake.

She can find the clue that unmasks the thief. She can keep an eye on the music. All she needs is a wedding gown for her own wedding. In four days. What could possibly go wrong?
“Loweecey is herself a former nun, and she brings to Giulia all of this inner conflict, residual guilt, and disillusionment…and how can you not love an author who quotes from the movies Airplane and Young Frankenstein?” – Kings River Life Magazine
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, private investigator mystery series.
Books in the Giulia Driscoll Humorous Mystery Series:
I am giving Changing Habits by Alice Loweecey a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea

Cozy Mystery Short Story
I read The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea at the end of last month and am finally reviewing it now. The Preening Peacock is an entertaining, cozy mystery short story approximately 22 pages in length.

I was able to download The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea.

The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea is the first story in the 'Rosalinda Alameda Mystery' series. I like that this cozy series is about zoos and animals and also features a Puerto Rican woman as the leading character.

I like Lisa Shea's writing style and storytelling. The characters and plot were well done in The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea. What a fun short story to read! I look forward to exploring other books in this series in the future.

The following is a plot summary for The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea from Amazon:
Rosalinda Alameda adores zoos. When Massachusetts's summertime "Free Fridays" promotion features the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Rosalinda grabs her camera and heads east. A full day amongst lions and tigers is about the best outing she can possibly imagine.
But something's wrong at the zoo, and it'll take a combination of her Puerto Rican common sense and her fifty years of wisdom to unravel the puzzle! 
* * *
The Preening Peacock is the first book in the Rosalinda Alameda Mystery series. These short stories are about 15 pages each and feature the zoos that Rosalinda loves with a passion. Author Lisa Shea goes to each zoo personally to write up its sights, sounds, and aromas. That way you, the reader, can take a virtual vacation to these zoos! Visit Lisa's webpages to see photos and write-ups of the zoos. All of the Rosalinda Alameda Mystery series contain no violence, no swearing, and no intimacy, so they are suitable for teens and up.

You can read the books one-by-one as they are released, or you can wait for the boxed sets to be published once the series gets enough books in it. It's your choice!
A portion of all proceeds benefits battered women's shelters
I am giving The Preening Peacock by Lisa Shea a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blue Nymph by Eden Redd

Erotica Short Story
I've been reading a lot of short stories this year as they are a great way to become acquainted with new to me authors. 

In June, I read an erotica short story titled Blue Nymph by Eden ReddBlue Nymph by Eden Redd is approximately 41 pages in length.

I was able to download Blue Nymph by Eden Redd for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon. The following is my honest, unbiased review of Blue Nymph by Eden Redd.

Blue Nymph by Eden Redd is an erotica, fantasy short story read. I thought Blue Nymph by Eden Redd was an okay read... Too much fantasy for my liking to be a completely enjoyable read. Eden Redd's writing style is decent. 

The following is a plot summary for Blue Nymph by Eden Redd from Amazon:
Ilara is a water nymph and living deep in a forbidden forest. As she lives out her days in relative peace, a lone traveler chances on her sacred pond.
Fearing she may be discovered, the nymph tries to scare off the human male. But there is something more to the man then meets the eye. His blood speaks of a beast with an insatiable hunger.

Can the water nymph overcome her natural urges for the male in her forest? Will the handsome stranger unleash an evil in her world? Will the beast consume their hearts as they try to pull away from passionate temptation?
I am giving Blue Nymph by Eden Redd a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!



Enjoy your day celebrating the 4th of July! I hope you are able to squeeze in some time for reading.

What Your Reading Style Says About Your Personality

It's always interesting to read what they say about a person's reading style and how it describes their personality. With that in mind, I was entertained when I read the following Bustle article titled, What Kind Of Reader Are You? What Your Reading Style Says About Your Personality by Charlotte Ahlin. In the article, Charlotte Ahlin wrote the following:
If you've ever encountered a fellow reader in a classroom or a book club or living in the walls of an independent bookshop, then you probably know that there are many different types of readers. And I don't just mean that different readers favor different book genres—people can enjoy the same book in very different ways. You might be a highly organized, one chapter per night kind of reader, or you might be the kind of person who picks up a novel and doesn't put it down until you've reached the last page, dehydrated and sobbing. The good news is that there's no one right way to be a book-lover, so here's what your reading style says about you.
I found that I don't fit into one specific reading category mentioned in Charlotte Ahlin's article. I fall into a few of the reading categories... I see bits and pieces of my reading self falling into several of the reading categories mentioned in the above article as follows - the cozy reader (#1), the digital reader (#5), sometimes I am the scribbler reader (#9), the audio addict (#10), the book juggler (#11), and the night owl (#12).

Which reading style(s) describe you? Click on the above link to find out!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Little Free Library in Walnut Creek California!!!


Yay, I left three books at a Little Free Library in Walnut Creek, California located at the Rancho San Miguel Swim Club on Saturday, July 1, 2017 with my hubby!

What a fun Little Free Library to find! I've been having fun leaving books at Little Free Libraries for other readers to find this year! I think the Little Free Library in Walnut Creek is the 14th new to me Little Free Library I've found this year.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Wilmot's Books in Alameda, California

My husband and I visited Wilmot's Books in Alameda, California last month. It was our first time visiting this independent used bookstore and it will be our last time visiting this particular used bookstore!

The person on staff was rude and not at all welcoming, which is something not appreciated as a customer shopping in the retail setting. 

I didn't make a purchase, but had said to the person on staff what a nice selection of books they had on hand and that I looked forward to coming back in for a visit... The staff member said to me that he hoped I liked visiting their library in a very sour tone. Like what the hell??? Was I being slammed for not making a purchase or what? It sure sounded that way to me! I left and made up my mind to not return to their bookstore again based on the this particular staff's member comment to me and little interest in me as a person.

Yes, Wilmot's Books had a nice selection of used books for sale. However, the less than stellar customer service, along with books lining the aisles waiting to be shelved were enough of a turn off to not have me coming back for another visit to Wilmot's Books in the future.

Does poor customer service turn you off from shopping at brick and mortar stores?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

2017 High Summer Readathon Sign Up Post


The 2017 High Summer Readathon is hosted by Seasons of Reading. The High Summer Readathon takes place Monday, July 17th through Sunday, July 30th and is a low key, low pressure readathon! The High Summer Readathon is all about having fun reading books. See the official guidelines on Seasons of Reading blog.

At this time, I have no specific reading goals for this readathon, other than to have fun reading and read ONLY physical books verses ebooks or audiobooks from Audible. I tend to change my mind on what I want to read if I select specific book titles too far in advance. So, I'll just wing it and select books as the readathon draws closer.

I hope you join me in participating in the 2017 High Summer Readathon. Until my next post, happy reading!!