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WWW Wednesdays (Aug. 20)

WWW_Wednesdays4To 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:

SpangleLinda_FriendsWithTheScaleWhat are you currently reading? I’ve started reading “Friends With the Scale” by Linda Spangle, but haven’t gotten too far into it, yet.






GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves last week, and it was excellent!






WhalenMarybeth_TheBridgeTender_JuneSHEREADSWhat do you think you’ll read next? Probably “Wherever the River Runs” by Kelly Minter, another review book.






PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 

Teaser Tuesdays (Aug. 19)

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

SpangleLinda_FriendsWithTheScaleMy Teasers:

“Most people understand that changes in a human body take time, and not seeing results doesn’t mean things aren’t happening. But sometimes we forget this, and after trying so hard to lose weight, we stomp off to eat a bag of cookies because the scale hasn’t moved.”

~ p. 55, “Friends With the Scale” by Linda Spangle

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays (Aug. 18)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musings:

I have something pertaining to books, this week…

Last week I discovered something so cool — and, maybe I’m the last one to know, but hey… don’t care!

Have you heard about Amazon Smile? Apparently you can sign up for free, and every purchase you make will donate 5% to the charity you’ve selected to sponsor! {read more about the program here}. Here are the basics:

AmazonSmile-screenshot

My only “guff” with this is that you can’t select more than one charity at a time. Nevertheless, it’s still an awesome idea!

I’ve selected “Mercy Maternity House“, but I was really torn, because I’d also love to support “Pencils of Promise“. Here’s a tidbit about Mercy House:

The Mercy House exists to support and provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will help to aid them in nutrition, housing, prenatal care, counseling, Biblical teaching and job skills for sustainable living.

{You can find out more about Pencils of Promise here}

Other charities available (and this is just a tiny portion of what’s there!):

  • Room to Read (www.roomtoread.org)
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • charity: water
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
  • Hope for Haiti, Incorporated
  • Doctors Without Borders Usa Inc.
  • Teen Promise Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Planned Parenthood

There are also many churches, schools, and PTAs available. You just search for “school” or “church”, and it’ll bring up all sorts of them!

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Friday Finds (Aug. 15)

Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

BransonRichard_ScrewItLetsDoIt  EstherElizabeth_GirlAtTheEndOfTheWorld

“Screw It, Let’s Do It” by Richard Branson
“Girl At the End of the World” by Esther Elizabeth



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Aug. 13)

WWW_Wednesdays4To 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? I haven’t started reading anything new, yet. Not sure what I’ll choose next, but it will definitely be a review book.

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves on Monday night, and it was excellent! I added it to my Top 10 List for the year, as it was hard to put down.

Before that, I finally finished “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk! And yes, it was a really good book.


WhalenMarybeth_TheBridgeTender_JuneSHEREADSWhat do you think you’ll read next? I’ve got “The Bridge Tender” by Marybeth Whalen, “Friends With the Scale” by Linda Spangle, “Wherever the River Runs” by Kelly Minter, and a couple of other review books to read… just have to decide which I want to dig into first. ;)


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (Aug. 12)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinMy Teasers:

“But he will say them. Of this I am fairly certain.”

~ p. 241, “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

REVIEW: “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinClaire Canton and her husband, Chris, have been struggling to keep their marriage intact, after the recession and Chris’ year of unemployment. But, Chris is now frequently away from home, and Claire is lonely.

So, when Claire meets bachelor cop, Daniel Rush, the two of them hit it off, and — sensing each other’s loneliness — end up spending more and more time together. And soon, Claire has to decide which path she wants to take… save her marriage, or keep moving forward with Daniel and their ever-increasing affection for each other.

The beginning of this book was pretty slow-going, as the author built up the story of Claire’s relationships with her 3 female neighbors (Bridget, Elisa, and Julia), and gave the back-story for Claire & Chris’ relationship. And, even after Claire and Daniel started spending time together, it took a while for the book’s pace to pick up. But, in a way, this was a good way for the story to go… it was more realistic, with both of these people meeting more and more often, until one day they realize that they’ve come to a point and a decision has to be made.

Claire’s situation was really realistic — actually, all of the situations in the book were portrayed very realistically, I thought, and at times, this was a hard book to read. I’ve dealt with loneliness, too, and could really empathize with what Claire was going through. Honestly, I think a lot of married-mom-single-parents would, too (women who are married but often find themselves parenting alone due to their spouses being away a lot). The ease with which she and Daniel find themselves entangled in an emotional affair was very true to life, as well. I didn’t feel any bit of this story was unrealistic. I was completely drawn in, and very much grew to care for these characters.

Definitely a great read, and I’m grateful to Plume (Penguin/Random House) for having a copy sent out to me for review!

 

 

 

Musing Mondays (Aug. 11)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musings:

Since I have no answer for any of the above, right now, I’m choosing to borrow a question from the Booking Through Thursday blog to answer. So, here you go. They ask:

I’ve asked before if you re-read your books (feel free to recap), but right now I want to know if that habit has changed? Did you, for example, re-read more as a child and your access to new books was limited by how often you could convince your mother to take you to the library? Has the economy affected your access so that you’re forced to reread more often now? Have you grown to look at old books as old friends so that you’re happy to spend time with them rather than rushing the next new thing?

{question originally found here}

My answer:  I don’t re-read books any more, usually. I have, in the past. Some that I’ve re-read include “Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell, “The Moon Below” by Barbara Bickmore, “Thin Within” by Judy & Arthur Halliday, and several others.

I just find, now, that I remember what I’ve read too well, so re-reading doesn’t interest me. It’s boring, in a way.

Mind you, with some books — like “Thin Within” by Judy & Arthur Halliday — I probably would (and will) re-read them, again, if only because it refreshes my memory of the new habits I’d like to instill in my life, and keeps them fresh for the duration of my reading, and a short while thereafter. In that case, I would find re-reading worthwhile.

But with fiction, I definitely don’t do much re-reading any more. I have a few favorites that I might re-read at some point, but otherwise, the majority just aren’t worthy. I would rather spend my time reading something new and exciting. ;)

And, as for a few of the things mentioned in the question above, (1) price isn’t an issue, since most of my reading comes from the library or review books, and (2) my books are “old friends”, certainly, but again, I would rather spend my time investing in new learning than in re-reading something familiar.

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REVIEW: “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk

VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHookFinally finished this book! LOL. But I’m glad I did. It’s a great resource.

Gary explains the best uses for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram, plus touches on Snapchat, Vine, LinkedIn, and Google+. For example, he talks about how storytelling is best for Facebook, listening well is best for Twitter, glamming it up is best for Pinterest, etc. He also offers case studies for the main platforms, to show what’s done well versus what’s done poorly.

I think anyone using social media needs to read this book — not just marketers and business people. It would make their use (and experience) of these platforms that much more enjoyable and interesting. ;)

Recommended.

Gary’s website | Twitter
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Friday Finds (Aug. 8)

Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

AdamsDawn_Weight-ThatsNotTheIssue  SparksJennifer_WTFtoOMG  CoreAndy_ChangeYourDayNotYourLife  CrispAndrea_DesignedWithPurpose

BridgesWilliam_CreatingYouAndCo SneadGLynne_ToDoDoingDone  ArsenaultEmily_WhatStrangeCreatures

Weight!…That’s Not the Issue” by Dawn Adams
WTF to OMG” by Jennifer Sparks
Change Your Day, Not Your Life” by Andy Core
Designed With Purpose” by Andrea Crisp
Creating You & Co.” by William Bridges
To Do, Doing, Done” by G. Lynne Snead
What Strange Creatures” by Emily Arsenault



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Aug. 6)

WWW_Wednesdays4To 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:

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinWhat are you currently reading? I’m reading “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves, and it’s good, so far.







OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider, and found it very enjoyable.





VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat do you think you’ll read next? I’ve got “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk out of the local library, again, and I’d like to get it finished!




PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (Aug. 5)

TeaserTuesdays-C

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinMy Teasers:

“She looks away quickly, flustered. Like she didn’t mean to blurt it out like that.”

~ p. 181, “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays

Sorry for no Musing Mondays, today, folks. It’s a Canadian holiday, and I didn’t even think about it! Back next week!

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Friday Finds (Aug. 1)

Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

ShefskyLloyd_InventReinventThrive  SweetLeonard_TheWellPlayedLife  TurakAugust_BusinessSecretsOfTheTrappistMonks

 

Invent, Reinvent, Thrive” by Lloyd Shefsky
The Well-Played Life” by Leonard Sweet
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks” by August Turak

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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