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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh @claremackint0sh @TheCrimeVault @littlebookcafe

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa @ Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Here is this week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

TITLE: Let Me Lie
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 400 pages
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9780751564907
The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They're both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.

I have yet to read anything from this author, but her books sound so good! I have both I See You and I Let You Go on my iPod waiting to be listened to. I'm adding this one to the list!

What are you waiting on? Please leave a comment in the section below. If you participate in this meme, please leave a link so I can visit your blog!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Books That I'm Still Interested In Reading Even Though I'm No Longer A Kid #TopTenTuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

The original topic for today's list is:

Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

I get that a reader's interests can change and some books may lose their appeal, but that's not me! So, I'm changing the topic a bit to suit me. I'll go with:

Books That I'm Still Interested In Reading Even Though I'm No Longer A Kid!

by C.S. Lewis
(The Chronicles of Narnia, Books #1-7)
I've never finished this series, and I want to read it aloud to my younger daughter. The magical elements of the series and good vs evil theme appeals to me.

by Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Little House, Books #1-9)
I read only the first one as a kid, but I loved it! I was so intrigued with the colonial days of simpler times. This is another series that I want to read aloud to my younger daughter.

by J.K. Rowling
(Harry Potter, Books #1-7)
I held off on reading this series for the SOLE REASON that I wanted to share them with my kids! I've read the first three books aloud to them, and we were reading Goblet of Fire but they started to lose interest a bit with the size of the tome. They're older now, so I'll give it another go with my younger daughter. She'll probably want to start the series over, and that's fine with me! I love Harry Potter!

by Erin Hunter
(Warriors, Books #1-6)
I'm reading this series right now to my younger daughter, and I'm loving it! I would have devoured this series when I was a kid.

by Madeleine L'Engle
(Time Quintet, Books #1-5)
With the movie coming out this month, I'm planning to read this series to my younger daughter this year.

by Lemony Snicket
(A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books #1-13)
Now that this series is on Netflix, I really want to read it to my younger daughter but she's worried it will be too scary. Maybe I'll have to pre-read it!

by Rick Riordan
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Books #1-5)
I love mythology, so I think this series would be right up my alley!

by Jenny Nimmo
(The Children of the Red King, Books #1-8)
This is another magical fantasy series that I want to read aloud.

by Cornelia Funke
(Inkworld, Books #1-3)
This is another boxset that I've set aside to read to my daughter.

by Lloyd Alexander
(The Chronicles of Prydain, Books #1-5)
This one is more epic fantasy than I usually read, but it's still something that I've always wanted to read. Not sure if my daughter will like it, so I might be reading this one on my own.

You can answer the original topic if you like: What books are you no longer interested in reading? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!

Monday, February 19, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

It's Louis Riel Day here in Manitoba, so I'm happy to enjoy the day with my kids at home today. We're planning a pajama day!

I'm reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf.

TITLE: Fear Nothing
SERIES: Moonlight Bay, Book #1
AUTHOR: Dean Koontz
PUBLISHER: Bantam Books
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 1998 
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 448 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 0553579754
Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you've ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else ever will, ever can - the mystery, the beauty, the many terrors, and the eerie, silken rhythms of the night - for it is only at night that he is free. Until the night he witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered strangeness of Moonlight Bay and its residents.

Not only am I a first generation Canadian, but immigration is my profession. 

PUBLISHER: Caitlin Press
PUBLICATION DATE: February 7, 2017
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 216 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781987915341
Edited by Miriam Matejova, Wherever I Find Myself is a diverse collection of stories about the joys and struggles of immigrant women living in Canada. Often bringing with them the shadow of war and the guilt of leaving, the women in this new anthology expose their emotional pain but also their gratitude for being able to call Canada home. Their stories paint touching and charming portraits of cultural and linguistic misunderstandings, bureaucratic hurdles, attempts to navigate unfamiliar landscapes, and a desire to be accepted despite differences in accent, skin colour, or taste in food. Together they form a mosaic of emotions and world-views that underline the immigrant condition for women.

A yellow dress with ruffles, a kind Grade 1 teacher with a surname that’s difficult to spell, cockroaches in the bathroom, the contempt of strangers, and Whitney Houston on the radio–a Filipino woman recalls her experience as a six-year-old immigrant in a ghetto in Mississauga in the 80s. Browsing through a Polish fashion magazine at a European deli, a woman sees herself in an alternative universe of what her life might have been had she never immigrated to Canada. A same-sex couple moves from Minnesota to Ontario to find refuge for their love, but first they must drive a seventeen-foot truck through a blizzard and make it through the frustrating net of Canadian bureaucracy. In search of her origins, a Jewish woman travels to her birthplace in Passau, Germany. There, among rows of European picturesque houses and foreign tombstones of a Jewish cemetery, she finds no memories, only the shadow of Hitler and the ghosts of her parents.

Through these stories of courage, aloneness, and hope, new and established writers reach out to both immigrants and those whose families long ago ceased to identify with the immigrant label. Through their struggles and, at times, endearingly critical looks at Canada, they remind us that many of our perceived divisions are nothing but artificial creations of mind and that all of us are past, current, or potential immigrants.

I completed a nine-week course with a group of people, which featured DVD Study sessions and a Participant Guide with study questions (homework!) for discussion each week. The book is a lot to digest, and I'm still reading it in chunks.

TITLE: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
PUBLISHER: Zondervan
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2, 1992
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 314 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-Help
ISBN: 9780310585909
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: - Can I set limits and still be a loving person? - What are legitimate boundaries? - What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? - How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? - Aren't boundaries selfish? - Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

Something from the library. I really enjoy this author, and I find him to be very inspirational!

AUTHOR: Joel Osteen
PUBLICATION DATE: October 24, 2017
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 304 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781455534326
The same God that leads you through green pastures guides you through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good.

All of us at some time encounter dark places that we don't understand: a loss, a sickness, a divorce, a child who breaks our heart. It's easy to get discouraged, give up on our dreams, and just settle there. We may not realize it, but when we feel buried in dark places, we are being blessed. God is using those experiences to help us grow, because we cannot reach our highest potential if we're standing in the light all the time. With Blessed in the Darkness, you will learn how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn't make sense.

If we will go through the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, then we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. We are loving this series!

SERIES: Warriors, Book #3
AUTHOR: Erin Hunter
PUBLICATION DATE: October 5, 2004 (first published 2003)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 312 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780060525613
Allegiances are shifting among the Clans of warrior cats that roam the forest. With tensions so delicately balanced, former friends can become enemies overnight, and some cats are willing to kill to get what they want.

Fireheart is determined to find out the truth about the mysterious death of brave ThunderClan warrior Redtail. But as he searches for answers, he uncovers secrets that some believe would be better left hidden.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. This is the last book in the trilogy.

TITLE: Escape
SERIES: Island, Book #3
AUTHOR: Gordon Korman
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2001
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 144 pages
GENRE: Childrens, Adventure/Survival
ISBN: 0439164524
Luke, Charla, Will, Lyssa, J.J., and Ian aren't alone on their desert island. They've survived so far -- but now their enemies are closing in. They have only one chance to escape. Will they make it?

Something from the library, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. Her teacher was reading it to the class, and we started reading it at home as well so that we can enjoy the movie together afterwards!

TITLE: Wonder
SERIES: Wonder, Book #1
AUTHOR: R.J. Palacio
PUBLISHER: Oxford Childrens
PUBLICATION DATE: April 1, 2013 (first published 2012)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 400 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary
ISBN: 9780198391012
Educational edition of this warm and moving novel about an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face


An extremely moving and engaging novel that is sure to become a classroom favourite

Told from multiple perspectives, with opportunities to explore narrative, perspective, timeline and precepts

Themes of friendship, bullying, self-image and social responsibility

Supported by extensive teacher resources online and student-focused Reading Guides

Durable, soft cover your students will want to pick up

I'm listening to:

Something from my Audible library.

SERIES: The Others, Book #4
AUTHOR: Anne Bishop
NARRATOR: Alexandra Harris
PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 15 hrs and 21 mins
GENRE: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Fourth in the "flawless" (The Reading Café) New York Times best-selling series from the author of Vision in Silver.

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they're willing to tolerate - both within themselves and within their community....

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the new closer companionship as beneficial - both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don't realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others - and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs...

I just finished:

TITLE: Carrie
AUTHOR: Stephen King
PUBLICATION DATE: April 1, 1975 (first published 1974)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 245 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 0451150716 
A young girl grew angrier and angrier - and a town writhed in pain...

Carrie was not quite aware that she was possessed of a terrifying power. But it was enough to transform a small, quiet New England town into a holocaust of destruction beyond the imagination of man. Innocent schoolgirl or vengeful demon, Carrie will make you shudder...

PUBLISHER: Harper Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: August 18, 2009 (first published 1977)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 3 hrs and 30 mins
GENRE: Children's Fiction, Classics
Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

SERIES: Night Huntress, Book #3
AUTHOR: Jeaniene Frost
NARRATOR: Tavia Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2, 2010 (first published 2008)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 28 mins
GENRE: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Some things just won’t stay buried… at grave’s end.

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’ past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

TITLE: Fire and Ice
SERIES: Warriors, Book #2
AUTHOR: Erin Hunter
PUBLICATION DATE: June 1, 2004 (first published 2003)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 317 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780060525590
Fireheart could hear a roaring around him, like wind in tall trees. The acrid stench of the Thunderpath stung his nostrils, together with a new smell, sharper and more terrifying. Fire!

Book Two of Warriors continues Fireheart's quest to be a true warrior, when he finds new danger lurking in the woods as the chill of winter sets in.

WindClan is missing, and hostilities between the remaining three clans place all the cats in peril. Illness and tragic accidents weaken the camp, and ThunderClan needs all its warriors to defend itself - but Fireheart suspects that certain cats may not be as loyal as they appear.

TITLE: Survival
SERIES: Island, Book #2
AUTHOR: Gordon Korman
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 144 pages
GENRE: Childrens, Adventure/Survival
ISBN: 0439164575
Six kids.
One shipwreck.
One desert island.
Stranded. Separated.
Six kids are stuck on a desert island. They have no food. No shelter. Nobody knows they are lost. They must take from the island in order to survive. But what if they're not alone?

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stacking The Shelves and Sunday Post

This meme is hosted by Tynga over at Team Tynga's Reviews, which she describes as follows:

"Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!"

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

How do I have a child old enough to drive? When did that happen?! LOL! Yup, my elder daughter passed her written test this week and now has her Learner's Permit! I'm actually very excited for her and, right after I paid for her license, I drove to the far side of the parking lot and had her get behind the wheel to show her where all the controls were and to take a spin around the parking lot and get a feel for the car. We have lots of ice here now at this time of year, so that is going to be an added risk for her to contend with. We'll do more driving in empty parking lots until she feels more comfortable behind the wheel, and then I'll take her out on the residential side streets. Again, practicing how to brake well before intersections because of the ice is going to be a bit tricky for a new driver but if she can drive in this weather, then she can drive in anything!

Anyone watching the Winter Olympics? We're trying to catch what we can for a bit each evening. Last night, we were watching the Men's Freestyle Skiing and there were three Canadians who made the Finals. We didn't stay up to watch the Finals, so I'm not sure what the Final standings were. My younger daughter loves watching the skating, and I do as well. However, I'm enjoying watching the skiing and snowboarding more than I thought I would. I think it's because of the risk factor involved, and I like to watch all the neat tricks they do!

I received these audiobooks for review:

The Flight Attendant
by Chris Bohjalian

Exhibit Alexandra
by Natasha Bell

The Liar's Girl
by Catherine Ryan Howard

The Big Get-Even
by Paul Di Filippo

So excited for these books!! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Audio and Blackstone Audio!

I won this MP3-CD audiobook in a giveaway hosted by Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm:

End of Days
by Susan Ee
(Penryn & the End of Days, Book #3)

Now my series is complete! Guess I need to start on this series now, LOL! Thanks again, Ellie!

I won this e-book in a giveaway hosted by Michelle @ Seasons of Reading:

What Glimmers in the Wood
by Tim Reed

Thanks again, Michelle & Erin!

Recap: Last Week On The Blog

Sunday: Stacking the Shelves and Sunday Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Romances

Can't-Wait Wednesday: This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

Thursday Book Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Adam by Ted Dekker

Friday Audiobook Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

What books have you added to your shelves this week? If you are also participating in either of these memes, please leave me the link to your blog post in the comments so that I can come and drool over all your goodies!

Friday, February 16, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty @TheGoodDeath @recordedbooks

AUTHOR: Caitlin Doughty
NARRATOR: Caitlin Doughty
PUBLISHER: Recorded Books
PUBLICATION DATE: September 19, 2014
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 7 hrs and 44 mins
GENRE: Nonfiction, Autobiography/Memoir
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead). Describing how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes), and cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes, Caitlin becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the deceased. Her eye-opening memoir shows how our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). In the spirit of her popular Web series, "Ask a Mortician", Caitlin’s engaging narrative style makes this otherwise scary topic both approachable and profound.

Caitlin Doughty, the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" Web series and the collective Order of the Good Death, is on a mission to change the way we think about death.

I saw this book on a "best memoir" list and, when Audible featured it as a Daily Deal, I picked it up. In our family, it's customary to be embalmed for a viewing and burial. I'm not so sure that I want to be unnaturally preserved! I wanted to learn more about the cremation process, so that was my reason for choosing the book.

Most people don't want to think about their own death, and this book provides a lot of food for thought. Caitlin takes a job as a crematory operator in San Francisco in her early 20s. She later returns to school to be a licensed mortician and has a desire to open her own funeral home with an alternative view to burial practices (which she does after the publication of this book).

I enjoyed hearing about the rites and traditions of other cultures with respect to burial, including the washing of the dead by a family member. Caitlin describes, in detail, how a body is prepared for viewing (with and without embalming) and the cremation process. I found the book to be interesting, and there were even some humorous moments!

Some parts of the book were difficult to listen to, especially the chapter on stillborns. I could have done without that one! Overall, I liked the book and admire the author's desire to help us achieve a "good death" for our loved ones and ourselves.

This book was narrated by the author, and she did a fine job. I do enjoy when authors read their own memoirs, and it felt like I was sitting down with Doughty and listening to her tell me about her life. I made it much more of a personal experience.


3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it.

This book qualifies as:
#6 for my 2018 Audiobook Challenge
#6 for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018
#3 for my 2018 Reading Assignment Challenge
#10 for my Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge
#8 for my The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018
#6 for my New Authors 2018 Reading Challenge
#6 for my 2018 Try Something New Challenge
#10 for my 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
#9 for my Blydyn Square Books 2018 Reading Challenge
#4 for my For Reading Addicts Challenge
#10 for my 2018 Full House Reading Challenge
#9 for my GWB Book Bingo 2018
Task #28 for my 2018 Reading Challenge (Linz the Bookworm)
#5 for my 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
#2A for my Monthly Keyword Challenge
#4C for my 2018 Literary Escapes Challenge
#10A for my Good Rule Reading Challenge
#1 for my Memoir Reading Challenge 2018
#1 for my Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2018
#1 for my 2018 Personal Growth Reading Challenge
#7 for my COYER Winter Switch
#4 for my Chapter Break February Bookish Bingo 2018

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