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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!

My teaser this week comes from Donita K. Paul’s book Dragons of the Valley.

“Sir Beccaroon sensed the turmoil in the Amber Palace as soon as he landed on the roof.  He shook his feathers, cocked his head, and tried to discern exactly where the commotion centered.”         — p. 19

Heading off now to read everyone else’s teasers!  Happy Reading!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

This weekly Meme is hosted by Sheila on Book Journey.

What I read last week:

  • Finding True Freedom by Ginny Dent Brandt
  • More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias

What I’m reading this week:

  • Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul
  • A Celebration of The Simple Life by Wanda E. Brunsetter

What I will read next week:

  • Rebekkah’s Journey by Ann Bell
  • Red Ink by Kathi Macias

So there you have it!  My reading lineup for three weeks!  Head over to Sheila’s blog via the link above to find out what she – and others – are reading!

Also, I had a very kind comment from Kathi Macias on my More Than Conquerors review below.  She would love to hear from you!

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Crazy For Books. Head on over for some great reads!

This week’s question comes from Barb who blogs at Sugarbeat’s Books:

Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?

I’ve never considered myself a genre reader. I read too many genres to count! I enjoy nonfiction books, because I enjoy learning about History (especially!) and the world around me. I love England, especially the Regency area, so I enjoy reading Regency fiction as well. It’s one time period I would like to visit. I have spent a good deal of time in Montana, so I enjoy frontier fiction as well. This is an area and era I can relate to, as I have pioneered missions in the area, much like the westward venturers went into lands unknown to build their lives. I also enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I always have. This is a genre I love to watch, and I love to read about it more.

So that’s me. I can’t pick one genre, and I love several for several different reasons!

Well, it’s finally been one full week and weekend since I have gotten back into Book Review Blogging.  I have been busy networking with authors and publishers, getting my blog back up and running, and switching to Blogspot.  I have also been helping my husband (who works full time) do some of the legwork needed for him to get back into Book Review Blogging.

Not to mention we’ve had Christmas!  We had an awesome Christmas, and savored every minute we spent with our families.  I have family coming in today, and we still have yet to see some of my family – we’ll see them Thursday – so the festivities continue for us!

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I got back into the swing of blogging, but 13 books in a week wasn’t it.  The last time I did this, I received four books within one month.  I must be doing something right this time, for I have more than tripled the amount of books I received, and I got them all within a week!  Wow!!!  The one book I am most looking forward to I didn’t receive in the mail, however.  My mother gave me a book I have been desperately wanting to read.  It was written by my Elementary guidance counselor Ginny Dent Brant.  The name of the book is Finding True Freedom:  From the White House to the World.  She gave this to me on Christmas Day, and I absolutely cannot wait to read this book!  I will be reading it and reviewing it before I move on to the other books I will be reviewing.

Here is the list of books I received in the mail this week:

I cannot wait to get started on all these books!  I am going to try and read them in the order which they were received, but I am making a special exception for the book by my friend, given to me by my mom on Christmas.  Look for the reviews of these books soon

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a word meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, and it celebrates fun, wondrous, and sometimes surprising words for you to use in your daily vocabulary.  The words you see when you follow this meme will be new to the person posting the word, and you will often find unique and unusual  sounding words.  Get ready to start using these words and impress your friends and coworkers, leaving them befuddled as to what you’re talking about.

I often love words that are fun to say – words that make your tongue roll or your lips tingle when you try to pronounce them.  Here are my two words for the week:

Tatterdemalion: (n) A shabbily dressed person.  I won’t roll down my car window for a tatterdemalion.

bibliobibuli – (n) those who read too much.  Friends of book bloggers will often describe us as bibliobibuli.
Here’s to Wondrous Words Wednesday!  For my new readers, I plan on posting a meme a week.  This week is unusual, as I am returning to book review blogging and have no new material to post.  I did receive six books in the mail today (yes, you heard that right – six) so I will be doing a good bit of reading over the holidays and posting new material shortly!  Stay tuned!!!

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teasertuesdays31 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!

Here is my Teaser!  This is from p. 45 of John le Carré’s book Absolute Friends:

His one spiritual ally is an outcast like himself:  a dignified, ageless, diffident, white-haired refugee in rimless spectacles and a shabby suit who teaches German Extra Studies and cello and lives alone in a redbrick bedsitter on the Bristol Road roundabout.  His name is Mr. Mallory.

Please leave a comment with your thoughts, and a link to your teaser so that I can read yours as well!

Book Blogger Hop

I love blogging about books! Crazy For Books is a blog that I enjoy reading as well. She reviews some awesome books, and is always totally honest in her reviews. She is passionate about reading, just like I am, and wants to share her love of reading with other readers, just like I do.

Jennifer at has created a great way for readers, book lovers, and book reviewers to network and find other great blogs about books. She calls it the Book Blogger Hop! Click on the button above and head over to her site to add your book blog to her linky list. Then, cruise through the other link to find other book blogs you may not have seen yet, or reacquaint yourself with a book blog you may have read in the past. Either way, you’re sure to have a blast as you peruse the blogs of other book lovers like yourself and find some great new books to read.

This week’s question comes from Geek on the Brink:

“What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?”

Honestly, I don’t think I can pick between the two. The plot is what drives the story, and the plot is what gives you the “what comes next?” thoughts. The plot is what drives the story – you are reading the book to see how it ends, and for great books, even if you can’t wait to finish them and find out what happens, you savor everything that happens along the way in the plot. That said, you can’t have a good plot without well fleshed out characters. Deep characters that are well rounded and real, as well as easy to relate to, are the vehicle for a good plot. They go hand in hand, so really, if a book doesn’t have a good plot, you know you don’t have good characters, and if a book has poor characters, you know you won’t have a good plot. They are too hand in hand for me to make a decision.


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The books on this blog have been sent to me directly by either the publisher or the author. I paid nothing for these books. I received them free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I received the books only - no monetary compensation was given or received by either me nor the author or publisher. The copies I review are considered review copies or Advance Reader Copies. I will note in each post if I received a copy of the book for free from either the publisher or the author. If no such notation is made, then I purchased the book myself, was given a copy of the book by someone I know, or I checked out a copy from my local library. I am displaying this disclaimer in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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