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WWW Wednesday (1/9/2019)

Hello, and happy middle-of-the-week!  For a lot of us, this is the first full week back to routine after the holidays.  Is it flying or dragging for you?  Whatever the case, I hope it’s going well and you’re finding time for a great book!  Maybe one of these will pique your interest?  Time for another WWW Wednesday!

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  This is always a good mid-week status check of my reading list.  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading.  To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, and if you like, in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post!  Simply use these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!

 

 

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What are you currently reading?

My current read is In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick.  This is a new-to-me author, so I was excited to receive this through Net Galley.  I just discovered it’s actually the fifth in a series… you know I’m a stickler for starting at the beginning of a series, but I’m told this works just fine as a standalone, and that certainly seems to be the case so far!  Here’s a summary of the book:

When Jocelyn Hillier is named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce’s pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers, her world is flipped upside down. She’s spent her entire life toiling in the tourism industry in Black Dog Bay and never expected to be living the pampered life of a seasonal resident in an ocean side mansion, complete with a generous stipend. But her new role isn’t without its challenges: The dogs (although lovable) are more high-maintenance than any Hollywood diva, the man she wants to marry breaks her heart, and she’s confronted at every turn by her late benefactor’s estranged son, Liam, who thinks he’s entitled to the inheritance left to the dogs.

Jocelyn has worked too hard to back down without a fight, and she’s determined to keep her new fur family together. As she strives to uphold the “Best in Show” standards her pack requires, Jocelyn finds love, family, and forgiveness in the most unexpected places.

I’m a sucker for yellow labs (I’ve had two in my life), so the cover alone drew me in on this one!  (I mean… look at those adorable faces!)  Black Dog Bay is an interesting little town… I’ll let you know how this one goes!

 

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand!  I’ve really enjoyed all the books I read by this author… last winter I read her Winter Street series, so this one seemed like a no-brainer to pick up.

It was a great read for me.  From my Net Galley review (and my Goodreads page):

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand is the first in a new series, and it did not disappoint! I liked the characters and the setting… as an Iowa girl, I really enjoyed reading a story that was partially set here and seeing the references to familiar places. It’s very typical of the author’s work… a well written story with some romance, some intrigue, and a lot of heart. The ending left me excited to get my hands on the next installment…. so please write faster, Elin!!

If you look at reviews for this title (especially on Amazon), there are overwhelmingly positive ratings, but also a good chunk of one and two star reviews where people are primarily upset because the book ended on a cliffhanger.  Well… it’s a series.  So, if you don’t like series titles and only want to read standalone novels, be aware that this one *is* the first in a new series, and it does end with a plot twist that will be explored in the next book.  Personally, I really liked it and I’m looking forward to the next installment!

 

 

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What do you plan to read next?

The next book on my list is historical fiction, something I haven’t read nearly enough of in the past year or two!  This one is called The Only Woman in the Room, by author Marie Benedict.  Here we have another new-to-me author… I’m so glad for Net Galley, Goodreads, and all my bookish friends on Instagram and other social media that allow me to discover fabulous reads I might not otherwise even know exist!  Here’s a summary of this book:

She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both?

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis…if anyone would listen to her.

A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.

 

I can’t wait to dig into this one!  I’ve always admired Hedy Lamarr, so it sounds amazing!

What do you think, reading friends?  Do any of these books sound like your cup of tea?  Are you reading anything fantastic this week and want to share?  If so, leave us a comment and let us know!  As always… happy reading!!

 

 

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Also, thank you to Net Galley and the publishers of these titles for advance reader copies to review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

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WWW Wednesday (1/2/2019)

Hello, everyone… and Happy New Year!  It’s always an optimistic time for me… it seems like things are starting fresh, and it’s the perfect time to make some changes!

One thing that won’t change?  Giving you great bookish info here at The Biblio Blonde!  And with that… time for WWW Wednesday!!

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  I’ve done this one few times now, and it’s always a good mid-week status check of my list.  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading.  To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, and if you like, in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post!  Simply use these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!

 

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What are you currently reading?

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel:  I’ve had this book on my shelves for a few months now, looking for the perfect time to cozy up with it!  What better time than as we begin a new year of a life spent with books?!?  I’ve only read the first couple of sections, but it’s already resonating, and it’s the sort of book that you want to savor.  If you’re a book lover and haven’t picked this up yet, I suggest you order it!

Get I’d Rather Be Reading:      Amazon      Barnes & Noble

If you fall in love with it like I did, and want even more content from Anne, stop by her website, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, for more sage wisdom on the reading life!

 

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

One Day in December by Josie Silver:  I finished this delightful story on New Year’s Eve, and it was the perfect title with which to wrap up the year!  I just wrote a review of this title, which you can read here:  Book Notes: “One Day in December” by Josie Silver

Get One Day in December:      Amazon      Barnes & Noble

 

 

 

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What do you plan to read next?

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand:  The queen of the summer beach reads has a new *winter* beach read on the shelves!  This has actually been out for a couple of months, but I was just able to snag it from Net Galley.  After reading Elin’s Winter Street series last winter, I’ve added more of her titles to my list… and I’ve heard great things about this one.  Take a peek:

Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a plane crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John.

After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.

Rich with the lush beauty of the tropics and the drama, romance, and intrigue only Elin Hilderbrand can deliver, Winter in Paradise is a truly transporting novel, and the exciting start to a new series.

Sounds fantastic, no?  And if I try hard enough, I bet I can pretend I’m reading it at the beach on a Caribbean island.  I’m willing to give it a shot, anyway!

Get Winter in Paradise:      Amazon      Barnes & Noble

 

What about you?  What great books are you reading to kick off 2019?  Tell us in the comments what you have been, are, and will be reading!  Can’t wait for more great ideas.  (Although my shelves really wish I’d quit making mental notes for more books to add.  Sorry, shelves!)  Hope you’re curled up with a great book… happy reading!

 

 

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WWW Wednesday (12/26/2018)

Hello, friends!  I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas celebration.  Whether today finds you back at work, celebrating Boxing Day, elbowing your way through the mall for post-holiday sales, or hiding out at home for another day, do you have a good book with you?  Let’s talk about what we’re reading… time for another WWW Wednesday!

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  I’ve done this one few times now, and it’s always a good mid-week status check of my list.  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading.  To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, as well as in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post!  Simply use these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!

 

(This post contains affiliate links, which allow me the opportunity to earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.  Please see my policies for further information.)

 

 

 

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What are you currently reading?

I’m reading a quick little cozy mystery.  Wedding Cake and Woes by Agatha Frost is the next installment of the Peridale Cafe Mysteries!

After nearly a year of being engaged, the time has finally come for Julia and Barker’s wedding, but like most things in Peridale, things don’t exactly go smoothly. Julia wakes up late on the damp and grey morning of her wedding to find that her cake has been ruined, her flowers are the wrong colour, and the cars are stuck in a flood. However, all of that pales in comparison when the choirmaster, Gloria Gray, drops down dead during her solo in the middle of the ceremony.

With their wedding ruined, Julia and Barker must pick themselves up again, but they soon find purpose when Gloria’s best friend, Flora Hill, begs them to investigate Gloria’s death. Julia soon discovers that Gloria’s dictator-style running of the choir created more than a few enemies, and when the police confirm that the bossy choirmaster was poisoned, Julia vows to solve the case. Who killed Flora, and more importantly, why in the middle of Julia’s wedding?

This is a fun series, and they are all quick reads that can be purchased inexpensively as Kindle books on Amazon!

 

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished A Timeless Christmas by Alexis Stanton, one of the Hallmark Publishing titles I featured recently.  This is a sweet novel, full of holiday romance and magic!  If you’re not quite ready to let go of Christmas, pick this one up for the weekend.

 

 

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What do you plan to read next?

One Day in December by Josie Silver will be my last book of the year!  When this came out earlier in 2018, it was quite the buzzworthy title… I was hearing about it everywhere.  Then, the icing on the cake for this one was when Reese Witherspoon featured it as the December selection (fitting, no?) for her Hello, Sunshine book club!

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

I can’t wait to begin this story… I’ve honestly heard nothing but good things about it, so it seems the perfect title with which to cap off a great year of reading!

 

That’s all for now friends…  but tell me, what have you been reading lately, and what books are carrying you through to the end of 2018??  Happy reading!

 

 

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WWW Wednesday (12/12/18)

Hello, bookish friends!  It’s time for another installment of WWW Wednesday!

To refresh your memory, WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading.  To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, as well as in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post!  Simply use these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

Presenting… WWW Wednesday!

 

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What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started a new cozy mystery called Wine and Punishment by bestselling (but new-to-me) author Sarah Fox.  I was able to request this book through Net Galley and look forward to digging into it!  Here’s a summary:

Book lover Sadie Coleman knows that in life, as in fiction, the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady Creek, Vermont, seems like the perfect place to start over after losing her Boston job to a merger and her relationship to her ex’s gambling addiction. She’s bought and redecorated the old grist mill pub, transforming the Inkwell into a cozy spot where tourists and regulars alike can enjoy a pint or a literary-themed cocktail, or join one of several book clubs.

Little by little, Sadie is adjusting to the rhythms of her new home. Fall in Shady Creek is bookmarked by the much-anticipated Autumn Festival, complete with a pumpkin catapult competition and pie bake-off. Unfortunately, the season also brings an unwelcome visitor — Sadie’s ex, Eric, who’s angling for a second chance…

Before Sadie can tell Eric to leave, he’s found dead near the Inkwell. When the local antique shop catches fire on the same night, it’s clear the town is harboring at least one unsavory character. Now, with her Aunt Gilda, her friend Shontelle, and the pub’s patrons all in the mix, Sadie must uncover the truth . . . before a killer declares last call.

 

I’m also still finishing the reading lists in Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson, that I featured in my last WWW Wednesday post!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished a lovely holiday read called The Christmas Company by Alys Murray.  Not only did I feature this in my last WWW Wednesday, I also just posted a review of this, along with an author interview… see it here!

 

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What do you plan to read next?

Next up will be my second featured Hallmark Publishing bookA Timeless Christmas by Alexis Stanton.  This one sounds so fun…

Megan Turner is in love with the past. As a tour guide at a beautiful historic mansion, she tells visitors about its original owner, Charles Whitley. An inventor and businessman in the early 1900s, he rose from poverty to wealth…only to disappear without a trace.

Charles was always intrigued by the future. He just never expected to go there. But when he repairs a mysterious clock he bought on his travels, he’s transported to the twenty-first century, with his home decorated for Christmas and overrun by strangers.

Charles is determined to find a way back to his own era, especially when he learns about what happened after he left. But as Megan introduces him to the wonders of smartphones, pizza, and modern holiday traditions, they both feel a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Could it be that, somewhere in time, they belong together?

 

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I’m also planning to start Anne Bogel’s I’d Rather Be Reading.  This one has been on my list for a couple of months… I think I’ve been waiting to be able to savor it!  Here’s a bit more about it:

For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them.

I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.

The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone’s life, I’d Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

 

So, that’s what I am, have been, and will be reading!  How about you?  What great books have been on your list lately?  Let me know in the comments, or post your own WWW Wednesday list!  Happy reading!

December on my blog will bring lots of fun content… I’m participating in #Blogmas which is a big deal in the blogging world, as well as Bookending Winter through Bookend Events.  Look for gift guides, Christmas book recommendations, holiday favorites, and more!

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Featured on Jo’s Booktastic Thursday linkup!

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WWW Wednesday (11/28/2018)

Hello, bookish ones!  It’s time for another installment of WWW Wednesday!

To refresh your memory, WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading.  To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, as well as in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post!  Simply use these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

 

Presenting… WWW Wednesday!

 

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What are you currently reading?

 

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Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson:      Amazon      Barnes & Noble

If you’re a girl who loves to read, you might find this book simply delightful.  It extols the virtues of a life spent reading.  There are introductory chapters followed by quite a few themed lists of books you may want to read depending on your mood, your goals, or your stage of life.  Note that this is written from a distinctly Christian perspective.  It’s also not something you read once and forget… I’m reading through it all, but also reserving it to pull back out when I’m seeking just the right book.  Here’s a bit more:

Books were always Sarah Clarkson’s delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage.

She’s convinced that books can do the same for you.

Join Sarah in exploring the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. Whether you’ve long considered yourself a reader or have dreams of becoming one, Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

 

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In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon:      Amazon      Barnes & Noble

I just finished this lovely book today!  It’s the first in a new series, and the author was new to me as well.  I’ll be writing a review to talk more about this one, so I’ll just leave you with the description for now:

In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the festive spirit to their small town.

This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart’s Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart’s Harbor’s oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.

Believing they can touch a part of her fortune, everybody is determined to come, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. And Callie’s old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter’s engagement, even though her daughter isn’t sure she’s in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks so perfect for her.

Catering to people who each have their own agenda isn’t easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once the valuable engagement ring goes missing and a dead body turns up in the conservatory. Can Callie and her great aunt use their love of clues to dig into the crimes and show their unhappy hostess and squabbling guests the true Christmas spirit?

 

 

What do you plan to read next?

 

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The Christmas Company by Alys Murray:      Amazon      Barnes & Noble

I’m finally getting to start one of the Hallmark Christmas titles that I told you about recently!  This is Murray’s debut novel… I’ve interacted with her on social media and am quite thrilled to get to read this!  Here’s a peek:

The small town of Miller’s Point is known across the country for their annual Dickensian Christmas festival. When the celebration is threatened by Clark Woodward, a miserly, big-city businessman, Kate Buckner steps up to save her hometown, their traditions, and her favorite holiday. But, along the way, she realizes that the man she’s trying to protect her town from might need some rescuing of his own.

With a lot of heart and a little Christmas magic, Kate is convinced she can teach Clark to love her favorite holiday. But can such different people learn to open up and love each other?

 

There we have it… another WWW Wednesday in the books!  (No pun intended… oh, who am I kidding, of course it was!)  Look for reviews on these titles in the coming weeks… and as always, happy reading!