Friday, February 15, 2019

The Friday 56 - Dragonfly in Amber

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules are as follows:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it (or comment here)
5. If you blog post, add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm Reading: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon

56%:


“Between hell now, and hell later, Sassenach," he said, his speech measured and precise, "I will take later, every time." His eyes closed. He belched softly, once, and the long body relaxed, rocked at ease on the cradle of the deep."
                           

Synopsis:

“For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....


Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ...in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves...."








Wednesday, February 13, 2019

WWW Wednesday 2/13/2019




It's WWW Wednesday! This weekly bookish meme is hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? 
• What did you recently finish reading? 
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on any of the bookcovers for a link to the book's Goodreads page

My answers:


What are you currently reading? Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. This is my second time actually reading Dragonfly in Amber. I started reading a couple of years ago and stalled about mid-way. These books are so long and sometimes get overwhelming, and I've heard this happens to quite a few people with this series. My goal is to read 1 of the books a month until I get through book 8. That way whenever book 9 is finally released, I'll be ready!  


What did you recently finish reading? Passion Fish by Alison Oburia.  I started reading this because I had nothing else to read last week and even though I've read it before, I just couldn't finish it this time. My rating when it first came out was 3 marks but this time around I just couldn't stand the writing or the characters. I didn't end up changing my rating on good reads but I would probably lower the rating to 1.5-2 marks this time around. It's crazy how much your taste in books change sometimes.



What do you think you’ll read next? There's no telling how long Dragonfly in Amber will take me, but whenever I do get through it, I plan on reading my choice for February's Kindle First Read: Where the Forest Meets The Stars by Glendy Vanderah. There were two books I really liked when choosing my first read, but this one won out.








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Friday, February 8, 2019

Wow

Hi everyone! Here I am after a VERY long hiatus.

Life got really busy for awhile there and I fell out of posting & reading for pleasure. Since Sept 2016, which was last my post, and now we have bought and moved houses and started homeschooling my teen.

Just homeschooling was a big enough task, add in purchasing a house and moving and that'll take away most of your spare time! I'm thinking, after 1.5 years, I finally have homeschool down. Well, most days anyway. And we've been in the new house for 6 months, with pretty much everything setup where it needs to go so now I feel like I can actually breathe and find more time to read.

I did get some reading done last year in the spring, but seemed to fall off after school started back in August. I did end up reaching my 2018 goal of  30 books but only because of the school literature my daughter and I read together.

I have high hopes that this year will be better so I started 2019 off with a hefty goal of 50 books. I'm hoping I can at least read 4 books a month (maybe more). They aren't all going to be personal books though, I am still recording homeschool lit books. I'm actually excited about this year because my daughter is in "8th grade" and has a lot of my middle school favorites listed in the curriculum. I'm looking forward to reading them again to see if my opinions of the books have changed or if they're how I remember them.

I'm hoping to continue with some of the bookish memes that I used to do but I've found that some aren't hosted anymore so I'm currently going through the list for new ones. If you have any that  you participate in and enjoy, let me know! 

Until next time!

The Friday 56 - Elijah of Buxton

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules are as follows:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it (or comment here)
5. If you blog post, add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I haven't actually started this book, but its next on our homeschool literature list so I thought it would be fun to pull from it.

I'm Reading: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Page 56:


“Now even the children that waren't particular sharp-minded got nervous. Ain't too much that'll get you worrying more than a teacher telling you that you shouldn't, and we all knowed just about nothing could make growned folks cut out their work in the fields early.
                           

Synopsis:

“Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. Elijah's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that -- not to mention for being the best at chunking rocks and catching fish. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and tends to talk too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief -- and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home."







Wednesday, February 6, 2019

WWW Wednesday - 2/6/2019




It's WWW Wednesday! This weekly bookish meme is hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? 
• What did you recently finish reading? 
• What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:


What are you currently reading? Passion Fish by Alison Oburia. This is actually a reread from years ago. I was in my son's pickup line at school and had no new books loaded on the kindle so I decided to start this one again.  




What did you recently finish reading? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Funny enough, this was a reread too. I remember stalling on the second book and one of this years goals is to finish this series. So I just started from the beginning. My rating didn't change, I still loved it as much as the first time. I love rereading books because sometimes you can pick up things you didn't notice before.



What do you think you’ll read next? I'm pretty sure I'm going to continue the Outlander series with Dragonfly in Amber. I don't know if I'm going to try and read the series straight through or take a break after each book. All the books are pretty long so depending on how long they take me, will be the deciding factor on how often I read them, I guess.








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