Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays #112


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

• 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:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Audiobook: Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

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Read by Tracie Bennett
Time: 3 hours 18 minutes (Abridged)


Meet Bridget Jones -- a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers is she could:

a) lose 7 pounds
b) stop smoking
c) develop Inner Poise

Here is the laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of a hilarious year in the life of the devastatingly self-aware Bridget Jones; a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1 1/2 inches, visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, and form a functional relationship with a responsible adult.

Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel -- or at least afloat. Whenever her plans meet with disaster, she manages to pick herself up, go out on the town, and tell herself it will be all right in the morning, when life will definitely be different this time and totally alcohol, calorie, and perverted-misogynist free.


Amazon 

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Beautiful Cerritos Library

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Image from City of Cerritos
I am lucky to leave 20 minutes away from one of the most amazing libraries: 

The Cerritos Millennium Library
(or simply...The Cerritos Library)

The Cerritos Library was built in the 1970s with the latest technology in Cerritos, California. Remodeling of the library began in 2000 and was completed to the astounding library that it is today in 2002. According to Wikepedia, "It was the first building to feature an exterior clad with titanium panels in the United States." It has a wonderful garden with fountains outside, has themed rooms, high quality artwork, and other eye-pleasing architecture. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five Magic Spindles Creative Writing Contest!


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For all of my writing peeps:

For the third time, Rooglewood Press is holding another writing contest! They held a creative writing contest for the fairy tales Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Now it's time for Sleeping Beauty!

Austen in August Hosted by The Book Rat




Hey guys! Here's something exciting:

Are you fans of Jane Austen? Have you ever wanted to try one of her books? Well, it's that time of year again when Misty from The Book Rat hosts her annual event: 

Austen in August!

This year the event runs from August 18-31. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Audiobook: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn



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Read by  Julia Whelan & Kirby Heyborne

Time: 19 hours 22 minutes 


On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer?



Teaser Tuesday #111


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

• 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:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello


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Okay...a book set in Egypt! Now I could not pass this up!

This book is part of The Quest Books series and it's YA Historical Time Travel.

Check out the synopsis, my review, and the giveaway at the bottom!


Sons of the Sphinx - Book Cover

Two souls
Separated by three millennium
One with a gift that is more like a curse
One on an almost impossible quest
Destinies entwined; one seeks to find herself while the other seeks his lost queen. To succeed, the pair must right the injustices 3,000 years in the past.
Only together can they fulfill The Prophecy, but in the process they must defeat the Pharaoh Horemheb.
Dishonor and death are the fate of the defeated.



Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: Ophelia by Lisa Klein

Yes! Yes! Yes!!!! 
I finally finished this book!!!
*Does happy dance* 
It only took me four months, but hey! I read it!!!! That's another book off of my TBR mountain. 
Woot Woot!

(I actually finished the book a week ago. I'm barely getting to the review)

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He is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; she is simply Ophelia. If you think you know their story, think again.

In this reimagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen's most trusted lady-in-waiting. Ambitious for knowledge and witty as well as beautiful, Ophelia learns the ways of power in a court where nothing is as it seems. When she catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and Ophelia's happiness is shattered. Ultimately, she must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays #110


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

• 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 Teasers:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Books Not Bullets!!!

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July 12th was Malala's 18th Birthday!!!

Malala is an extraordinary girl who I admire tremendously. I recently listened to her book I am Malala and can not help but be in awe on how courageous she is.

What is even more admiring and absolutely wonderful is that on her 18th birthday, Malala opened the Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School in Lebanon.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Audiobook: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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Time: 9 hours 53 minutes

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

This book was discussed over at my online book club, Bibliophile Reading Group. Come on over to check it out. :)

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Set against the lush backdrop of Sonoma’s wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect. Pour yourself a glass and allow bestselling author, Laura Dave, to transport you this summer.