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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!

“Put your ear down to close to your soul and listen hard.”  – Anne Sexton

“I don’t need a man to validate my existence.  The most profound relationship we’ll ever have is the one with ourselves.”  – Shirley MacLaine

“In th end, it’s not what you do for your children but what you’ve taught them to do for themselves.”  – Ann Landers

“If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?” – Lily Tomlin

Quote lover and compiler Carolyn Warner gives readers much to think about within the pages of The Words of Extraordinary Women.  I have always loved quotes, and I enjoy using them in everyday conversation.  These quotes are funny, sobering, saddening, and wise.  From Politics to Education to Family, the words of women through the years have helped direct children and adults alike, changed policies, and changed lives.  Pick up this book today to discover the words of many different women through the ages.  You’ll find that we do know what we’re talking about!  Happy Reading!

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557048568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557048561

Legal Necessities:  I received this book for free from Newmarket Press.


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

Here is a roundup of the three book challenges I will be participating in for 2011.  I am so looking forward to sharing my progress with you and connecting with other book reviewers through these challenges!  I had originally decided on two challenges, but I just stumbled upon a third challenge that I am very excited about!  Here are the three challenges with links to the hosts’ websites:

The Rules:

1. Create a post for the challenge using the image above and link back to this post.
–Non-Bloggers: You are welcome to join too. Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.

2. Sign up with the Mr. Linky.
–Link to your challenge post when you sign up please.

3. The goal of this challenge is to read AT LEAST 12 novels that are Christian based fiction between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Books read before January 1, 2011 do NOT count towards the challenge.

4. Audio, eBooks, paper all count. Re-reads are ok but try to keep them to a minimum. Cross overs from other challenges are ok.

5. There is no need to create your list now. Please feel free to use your challenge post to keep track of your titles if you so desire.  **Hosted by Book Junkie**

DETAILS:

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2011. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.  **Hosted by My Overstuffed Bookshelf**

War Through the Generation‘s 2011 reading challenge will be the U.S. Civil War.  The challenge will run from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.

Rules:

This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the U.S. Civil War as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war.  Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 3-5 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Wade: Read 6-10 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about U.S. Civil War, that you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals.  We nabbed this idea from a few challenges in 2009, particularly The Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanies’s Written Word.  **Hosted by War Through the Generations**

I have discovered something I haven’t noticed before on other book blogs:  Reading Challenges!  The goal is to read the suggested number of books for the challenge’s theme between January 1 and December 31, 2011.  This year I have decided to participate in two challenges that should still allow me to review books for the authors and publishers I have networked with.

The first challenge I will be participating in is the War Through the Generations Reading  Challenge.  This year the focus is Civil War literature.  As my friends and family know, I have a great love for Wartime literature and films, and the history of warfare.  I get this from my Dad (Hi, Daddy, love you! :D)  I am looking at reading 9 to 11 books that pertain to the Civil War.  Here is information pertaining to the challenge from the host blog:

War Through the Generation‘s 2011 reading challenge will be the U.S. Civil War.  The challenge will run from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.

Rules:

This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the U.S. Civil War as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war.  Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 3-5 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Wade: Read 6-10 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about U.S. Civil War, that you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals.  We nabbed this idea from a few challenges in 2009, particularly The Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanies’s Written Word.

I am looking forward to this challenge!  Check back on Sunday for the other challenge I have chosen to participate in.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and remember – JESUS is why we have Christmas!  Thanks to His birth, we can have eternal life in Heaven with God the Father.  Merry, Merry Christmas!


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