Wednesday, July 29, 2020

WWW Wednesdays 7/29/2020


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The Three W's are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I'm currently reading and listening to



Not sure if Pines willwork for me, s it is not my usual genre.  But I'll give it a shot.
I recently finished 



Next up. I think I'll read

and I think, I'll listen to either
or



Review of Sunshine on Silver Lake by Annie Rains

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I absolutely loved this book. This is why Annie Rains is not only one of my favorite authors, she is hands-down MY FAVORITE AUTHOR! I just loved Emma and Jack. I am not one to have a book boyfriend, but if I did Jack Hershey would be it. This book, as well as some of the previous books touch upon some important issues: breast cancer, homelessness, alcoholism. She doesn't seem to shy away from heavy topics. I'd love to see her cover an interracial relationship and other racial issues. If anyone can do it, Annie can! There are at least 2 more books and I hope many more. What is nice is her books, although a series, can also be read as standalones or one can start the series with any book. Also her romances are sweet romances in that any intimate interactions are behind closed doors. I've never listened to her books on audio, but I assume they are available on Audible, but you an comfortably listen and not feel that you are listening to a porno, when you come to a bedroom scene. One can just use their imagination. I look forward to her upcoming books with much anticipation.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 07/24/2020




Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.

The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (Malayan #1)

Synopsis:

Facing challenges in an increasingly colonial world, Chye Hoon, a rebellious young girl, must learn to embrace her mixed Malayan-Chinese identity as a Nyonya—and her destiny as a cook, rather than following her first dream of attending school like her brother.

Amidst the smells of chillies and garlic frying, Chye Hoon begins to appreciate the richness of her traditions, eventually marrying Wong Peng Choon, a Chinese man. Together, they have ten children. At last, she can pass on the stories she has heard—magical tales of men from the sea—and her warrior’s courage, along with her wonderful kueh (cakes).

But the cultural shift towards the West has begun. Chye Hoon finds herself afraid of losing the heritage she so prizes as her children move more and more into the modernising Western world.
 

Book Beginnings

Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Prologue 1938

In the days when genies roamed this valley of tin and tears, a warrior arose from among our people.  His name was Hang Tuah and he carried a magic sword.

My Thoughts: This didn't really cause me to be excited me.  For the most part, I enjoy books close to reality, but there have been exceptions. And I greatly enjoyed Lisa See.


THE FRIDAY 56

RULES:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.


Page 56

As soon as See Nee Ee entered , she saw the unease in my eyes and sensed the trembling in my bones.

My thoughts: I'll keep pressing on.

Monday, July 6, 2020

It's Monday, What Are You reading? 7/6/2020


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

My husband went back to work last week for training one day on site and 2 days of virtual training.  Today, the kids will be there. He is an early childhood teacher
What I read last week




What I'm currently reading:




What I plan to read next:


What do you think of these?  Have you read any of them or want to? 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 6/26/2020



Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.



On a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.
Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident—until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast. But this time it is Berggren’s cousin, whom Thomas interviewed in Stockholm just days before.
As the island’s residents reel from the news, Thomas turns to his childhood friend, local lawyer Nora Linde. Together, they attempt to unravel the riddles left behind by these two mysterious outsiders—while trying to make sense of the difficult twists their own lives have taken since the shared summer days of their youth.



Book Beginnings

share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Prologue

Everything was completely still and peaceful as only winter can be, when the archipelago belongs to those who live there, and the raucous summer visitors have not yet taken over the islands.

Chapter 1

Here, Pixie!  Come here!
The man gazed irritably at the dachshund as she ran down the beach; he had been cooped up on the boat for several days.

My thoughts: Since this book is a mystery thriller, I hope nothing happens to the dog.


THE FRIDAY 56

RULES:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.


Page 56

However, her father-in-law was marginally better than wife, who was a rail-thin woman in her seventies whose greatest pleasure was to be seen at social events.

My thoughts: I am very near the beginning of this book an have not yet got to this point.  I'm still worried about the dog!  So far none of the other sentences grab me,/so hopefully it will soon

Monday, June 22, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/22/20

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

Not a heck of a lot going on in my life.  My husband has been furloughed since March 20-something and he just found out he'd be going back on June 30th. We have also decided that within the next month or so, we're going to finally add a new family member - a furry one- dog specifically.  My son is beyond excited and so am I.
What I read last week:
Last week, I read Ghost of Sanju, My Vanishing Country, and The Hero Two Doors Down.



What I am reading now:

I am currently reading another e-ARC of Cowboy Strong and my current audiobook is I Can Make a Promise

Up next:

I'm going to join Amazon's KindleUnlimited this month; they have a special offer due to the pandemic of 2 month free trial offer until the end of the month, so I'm not positive what I'll be choosing next.  They also have books through this, that you also listen to on audible.  I love doing this offer once or twice a year.  The rest of the year. I'm happy to just listen through Overdrive and now my library also has Hoopla available to us, although only 4 books a month. 

Have you read any of these or want to?



Review of Like Sisters on the Homefront


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Goodreads Synopsis:

When Gayle gets into trouble with her boyfriend, her mother sends the street-smart 14-year-old-and her baby, José, down to Georgia to live with Uncle Luther and his family. There's nothing to do, nowhere to go, and no one around except kneesock-wearing, Jesus-praising cousin Cookie. Then Gayle meets Great, the family matriarch-and her stories of the past begin to change how Gayle sees her future.

My review:

I was rather disappointed in this. I listened to it on audio through Hoopla. It is less than 200 pages and just over 5 hrs. Gayle, the main character is 14 year old with a baby less than 1 year old. At the beginning, she finds out that she is pregnant again. Her mother is fed up and forces her to get an abortion and then sends her off to live with her brother a pastor and his family, whom Gayle has never met. She is basically miserable and wants to go home, where she and Troy (i think) can make a new baby to replace the one lost. This book was written in the mid90s and seems dated and I don't think it portrays a positive image of Black Americans, I don't see that she really learned that much from the experience and if anything corrupted her cousin, who was square in Gayle's eyes, because she was overly religious, wore knee-hi socks and although a few years older never slept with a guy or messed around with a guy in anyway. It is suppose to be YA, but I really don't recommend it to anyone.