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Boost It Tuesday! – May 23, 2017

Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance Books.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

Boost It Poster

 

We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

 

This week’s featured author is Dawn Husted! Visit her Facebook page and give it an extra Boost! She is also hosting a giveaway! Enter here!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

Click Here to Sign Up to Be a Featured Booster!

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!




       
 

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April 2017 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of April:

 

Lit-Cube

Uppercase

The Hogwarts journal is gorgeous!

 

Owl Crate

Owl Crate Jr. – This is a great box for my young readers. I’m reading the books, too. They are some great reads!

 

I’m looking forward to reading The Upside of Unrequited!

 

The Bookish Box

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry

FabFitFun

What do you think of April’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

 

Chrissy

 

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Melissa’s Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit The Hobbit
written by J.R.R. Tolkien
published by Harper Collins, 2012

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: 
I’ve read it before and enjoyed it. This time my husband and I decided to introduce it to our 5-year-old via audiobook on a road trip. I have two comments about what I think everyone agrees is an excellent book:

1 – I always forget how FUNNY this book is. I can’t tell you how many times I giggled.

2 – It’s super cool to watch your son fall in love with the same books you love.

 

Would I recommend it: Of course!

 

Melissa


About the book – from Goodreads: 
This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further then the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag-End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

 

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Book Blogger Hop – May 19 – 25, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I keep most of the books that I have read or might want to read or that I have bought and will read soon. If there is a book that I absolutely won’t want to read or that I really didn’t like, then I usually donate it to my hometown library for their used book sale.

I don’t understand the question. Who has books they don’t want?

 

What about you? Do you have books you don’t want? What do you do with them?

 

Chrissy’s Review: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can
written by Lauren Graham
published by Ballantine Books, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book? 
I did enjoy it. It was a great glimpse into Lauren Graham’s life and career.

I loved Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Those are two of my favorite television shows ever. Lauren Graham is a fantastic actress, and reading about her career and life was interesting. Some of the book read like Lorelai Gilmore; at least, that’s how I heard Ms. Graham’s voice in my head as I was reading it. I wish the sections about Gilmore Girls and Parenthood were longer. I guess on the whole I just wanted a bit more. But I’m happy with what I got, too. I need to read her novel, Someday, Someday, MaybeI have it . . . I just have to read it.

 

Would I recommend it? If you are a fan of Lauren Graham, then yes, I would recommend Ms. Graham’s book.

 

Have you read Talking As Fast As I Can? Are you a Gilmore Girls or Parenthood fan?

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Author — May 17, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Author

 

This is a tough one . . . so, I’m going to pick a few. I love J.K. Rowling. I mean, she gave us Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Other favorites: Jane Austen, Emily Giffin, Sophie Kinsella, Aven Ellis . . . to name a few.

 

Anais Nin

 

Who is your favorite author? Or authors?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – May 16, 2017

Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance Books.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

Boost It Poster

 

We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

 

This week’s featured blogger is Carol at Carol’s Notebook! Visit their Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

Click Here to Sign Up to Be a Featured Booster!

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!




 

       
 

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#chicklitmay Book Boyfriend Blog Hop (giveaway)

 

I’m excited to share the Book Boyfriend Blog Hop with all of you. There are some fabulous authors on this hop!

 

Instructions for the hop: Hop to all the stops, collect the Book Boyfriend 2017’s name at each stop, then submit all 30 names to traciebanister@gmail.com in order to be entered in the Grand Prize giveaway. This giveaway includes a Kindle Paperwhite + 30 e-books, one from each of the authors participating in the hop. You can mention here which book you will be gifting. Entries for the hop will be accepted until Sunday, May 21st at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 22nd. This Grand Prize giveaway is open internationally.

 



 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: Books and a Giveaway!

 

The Summer Reading Challenge from BookSparks has begun! I’ve already received two fabulous boxes of books. I can’t wait to read the books BookSparks has selected for the summer!

 

 

Into the Water
written by Paula Hawkins
published by Riverhead Books, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

 

 

It’s Always the Husband
written by Michele Campbell
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

 

 

The Best of Adam Sharp
written by Graeme Simsion
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT.

But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?

And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?

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Book Blogger Hop – May 12 – 18, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

I can’t remember a book that I actually hated, so I’m not sure I can answer this one. There have been books that weren’t my favorites from authors that I have read, but that hasn’t stopped me from reading other books by those authors.

 

I’m all for second chances! A few years ago I gave a book a rather scathing review (I can’t remember which one now), and the author contacted me several months later asking me to reread and rereview her work. Turns out she reworked her story, edited and proofread the text several more times, and ended up with a lovely book. I’ll admit I only reread it because she took the time to send me a personal letter asking me to, but gosh I’m glad I did. Her second novel is great, too!