Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

07/10/2018

Who knew that a baby boy dropped off on a step of his aunt and uncle’s house would become a famous wizard someday.

When I first read this book, I did not think I was going to like it, but was hooked by the end of the first few chapters.

I was always anticipating what was going to come up next. There were always surprises around the corner everywhere you turned. This was a hard book to want to put down.

#Harrypotter

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Taming The Highlander by Terri Brisbin

01/22/2018

Lady Jocelyn MacCallum had always believed she would marry for love. But the price of her brother’s freedom was to become fearsome Connor MacLerie’s new bride — a bargain that could cost Jocelyn her life.

From the moment she looked into Connor’s sternly handsome face, Jocelyn began to hope that the rumors surrounding his first wife’s death were false. His reputation was as wild and untamed as the Scottish moors. Would she find a way to reach the man beneath that forbidding exterior?

The Children Of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

01/21/2018

Fourteen-year-old Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who hoped to become a concert pianist. But when Hitler’s armies advanced on pre-war Vienna, Lisa’s parents were forced to make a difficult decision. Able to secure passage for only one of their three daughters through the Kindertransport, they chose to send gifted Lisa to London for safety.

As she yearned to be reunited with her family while she lived in a home for refugee children on Willesden Lane, Lisa’s music became a beacon of hope. A memoir of courage, survival, and the power of music to uplift the human spirit, this compelling tribute to one special young woman and the lives she touched will both educate and inspire young readers.
Featuring line art throughout and B&W photos.

Bead On Trouble by Barbara Burnett Smith

01/15/2018

Meet Kitzi Camden, former stateswoman. When she retired, Kitzi dreamed of doing what she loves best–beading. She certainly didn’t plan to try her hand at amateur sleuthing. But lately, trouble seems to find her wherever she goes–even deep into the woods.

When a young beader is killed at a beading retreat, Kitzi is faced with almost as many suspects as there are beads in her bag.

Chaos And Chocolate Mousse by M.E. Harmon

01/09/2018

Tricks and lies but which bridesmaid has a good alibi?

Ali Daniels, NYC baker-extraordinaire, gets stuck in the middle of the ultimate chair-throwing, name-slinging, bridal shower meltdown.

Again and again, mysterious things happen, until it becomes clear there’s a devious mind determined to descend the event into complete and utter chaos.

Soon the baker-turned-sleuth is sucked into a sticky bridesmaid beehive of deceit, secrets and lies.

There’s a tangled mess of suspects, and it’s up to Ali to expose the menacing, mischief-maker before the wedding plans completely crumble.

This cozy mystery features an amateur, female sleuth.

Chaos and Chocolate Mousse is the second book of a three part series where clues for the final murder mystery appear throughout all three books. Can you spot all of the clues? The first book is Secrets and Sweet Rolls.

Dog’s Don’t Lie by Clea Simon

01/09/2018

Pru Marlowe isn’t your ordinary animal psychic. A tough girl on the run from her own gift, Pru left the big city to return to her picturesque Berkshires hometown looking for a little peace. Too bad that her training as an animal behaviorist got her mixed up with Lily, a rescue dog, and Charles, her person. Now Charles is dead, and Lily looks good for it. After all, Lily is a pitbull, a fighting-ring dropout, and way too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has witnessed. But Pru knows something about bad girls trying to clean up, and, with a sense of justice strong enough to overcome her dislike of human society, she takes the case. Listening to the animals, Pru picks up clues—and learns there are secrets in the pretty little town that make murder look simple. Unable to tell anybody about her psychic abilities, uncertain at times about her own sanity, Pru comes to realize that if she clears Lily, she’ll likely become the prime suspect—or the next victim. While the only creature she can totally trust is her crotchety tabby Wallis, Pru’s got to uncover the real killer—and find a way to live with her gift—before the real beasts in the town savage her and those she has come to love.

The first in the Pru Marlowe “pet noir” series.

2018 Reading Challenges

01/09/2018

I am going to do the pop sugar challenge and to read some cozy mysteries this year.

Pop Sugar Challenge

A book with an animal in the title- Dog’s Don’t Lie by Clea Simon- finished

borrowed book or gift- The Children Of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen- finished

A book set in a country that fascinates you- Taming The Highlander- Currently reading

 

Cozy Mysteries Challenge

Chaos And Chocolate Mousse by M.E. Harmon- finished

Bead On Trouble by Barbara Burnett Smith- finished

 

 

 

 

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

09/19/2016

I don’t read Young Adult books very often, but I just read this book.

This was a very fast read. It read like poetry. I would highly recommend this book if you want a fast book to read, or if you like animals.

 

Summer Reading Challenges

06/06/2016

I am trying to do some Summer Reading Challenges.

Here are what I am working on now.

Read a book with a yellow cover- Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch- finished

Read a book under 200 pages- A Spanish Marriage by Diana Hamilton- finished

Read a book under 150 pages- Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs- Kindle book- finished.

A Murder Mystery- No Clue At The Inn by Kate Kingsbury- Finished

A Book with a blue cover- Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels- Finished

Read a book without reading the back cover- Curiosity Killed The Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement- Finished

A book with an Ocean on the front cover- Wild About Harry by Linda Lael Miller- finished

A book I’ve Been Meaning To Finish- Sweet Delicious Madness And Many Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Berlusconi by Julie Sarff

A Book Set In Europe- Beauty And The Spy by Julie Anne Long- finished

A Book From The Library- Forgiving by LaVyrle Spencer-  Finished

A book of short stories- cozy mystery 15 book series by various authors.

A book adapted into a movie- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

A Romantic Comedy- Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone

A Book set in my home state- An Engagement in Seattle by Debbie Macomber- finished

A Thriller- Layers Of Lies Diane M. Dickson

Book about best friends- Four Friends by Robyn Carr- finished

A book that is published on 2016- Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris

A book over 600 pages- Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

A YA fiction- Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle- Finished

A New York Times Bestseller Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

A YA Bestseller- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

A YA book I read as a kid- Farmer Boy by Laura Ingells Wilder

Page Total Update 3/1/2012

03/01/2012

So far this year I have read 41 books and 14,687 pages over the past 60 days. I have have read an average of 358 pages out of each book. On average I have read 244 pages a day. When added to the last 2 years I have read 402 books and 133,018 pages ove the past 790 days. So on average I have read 330 pages out of each book. I have read an average of 168 pages over the past 790 days. So I need to read 866,982 pages to reach my 1,000,000 pages