The Friday 56

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Here are the rules:

– Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
– Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
– Post it.
– Add the url of your post to the Linky on Freda’s most recent post.

“When Henry VIII had broken from Rome, and the monasteries were sacked, Batchcombe turned it’s face away, and not a pitchfork was raised in protest. The monks’ place of worship and home for centuries was raped, plundered, and defiled, left a craggy heap of stone.”

Page 56 of:

The Witch's Daughter




2015 in review

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog this year! I know 2016 will be AMAZING!

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 310 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Musing Mondays


Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was productive and I hardly yelled at my kids. 🙂

For today’s Musing Mondays, I am going to tackle a few of the topics. First, I am currently reading:

The Dead House

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”
Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

I bought the following books in the past week…

I went a little crazy. Especially since Christmas is coming and I am hoping to get a lot of books. One exception is The Widow.  I received this an Advance Reader Copy so that makes it better….right?


And finally, This Week’s Random Question…if you were forced to choose the best season for reading (in your own opinion), what would it be? Why?

Immediately I wanted to say Winter but then I thought about how many books I actually read this summer and I guess it is Summer! I enjoy reading in Winter a lot though. Sitting by the fire, snuggling under a blanket, cup of tea….Can I just choose both? I choose both!

Have a great week!


The Friday 56

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Here are the rules:

-Grab a book, any book
– Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
– Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
– Post it.
– Add the url of your post to the Linky on Freda’s most recent post.

“What size do you want to be?” it asked. “Oh, I’m not particular to any size,” Alice hastily replied; “only one doesn’t like changing so often, you know.”

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Enjoy your Friday everyone!!


Reading New England Challenge


This challenge is hosted by Emerald City Book Review.

I was very excited when I found this challenge a week or so ago.  I am originally from New England and I miss it every day.  To me, the way of life in New England is different than any other place in the country. It’s the traditions, the seasons, the sights and smells. It’s just different in a really wonderful way.

I highly recommend everyone giving this challenge a try.  You will have the opportunity to get a good tasting of what life in New England is like!

Here is my plan for the Six State Challenge: 6+ ~ Read at least one book representing each New England state:

Massachusetts:  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
New Hampshire: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Vermont: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Connecticut: The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
Maine: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Rhode Island: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Here are the rules and links from Emerald City Book Review:

Twelve focus areas — the six New England states and six thematic/genre groups — to help us diversify our reading, but please feel free to pick and choose in your explorations of this wonderful region. Use the menu at the top of the page or click on this page for linking your posts. Linking up will earn you extra points in the event giveaway(s) along the way, along with being a great way to share your discoveries with others.

What books qualify for this challenge? My idea is to include authors and books that represent the region in some way, bringing out its special qualities and characteristics. (For this purpose, books should be actually set in New England; books written by a New England author but set elsewhere would not qualify.) Classic authors to explore include Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and many more; contemporary possibilities could include Stephen King, Jane Langton, John Irving, Alice Hoffman…reader suggestions are very welcome. Here’s a list of books to help us get started.

Here are the twelve categories, with the months when I’m planning to focus on them here on ECBR (though you may read from any category at any time):

January: New Hampshire
February: Fiction
March: Maine
April: Poetry and Drama
May: Vermont
June: Nonfiction
July: Massachusetts
August: Children’s Books
September: Rhode Island
October: Speculative Fiction and Mystery
November: Connecticut
December: Readalong or free choice

Challenge levels:

To qualify, books must be read between January 1 and December 31, 2016, and must be posted about publicly in some way (blog post, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.). A substantial part of the book must take place in at least one of the six New England states. In the case of poetry, the poet should be strongly associated with or draw inspiration from the region.

Link up your posts here. Posts that qualify for multiple categories should only be linked in one.

A Single Leaf: 1+
Read at least one book from any of the challenge categories

Roots and Branches: 3-6+
Read at least 3-6 books from any of the challenge categories

Six State Challenge: 6+
Read at least one book representing each New England state

Genre Challenge: 6+
Read at least one book from each of the six genre categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry/drama, children’s books, speculative fiction/mystery, freebie/readalong)

A New England Forest: 12+
Read at least one book from each of the twelve challenge categories

December TBR List


Here we are.  The last month of the year. I love December. All of my favorite things happen in December. Decorating, shopping, family, baking, presents, fires and especially – more time to read!

This month on my TBR pile


1. Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley ~ Currently reading ARC. So far it is a little slow but I am going to blame myself because I have not sat down and just read the book for any length of time.

2. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich ~ I am beyond excited to read this book! It looks like it will be a fast, engrossing read!

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry ~ I’m jumping on this train late but better late than never!

4. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin ~ I received this book in my Uppercase Subscription Box. Uppercase added in some interactive items to this book so that should make this book even more interesting!

So that is the plan so far.  I am hoping to have time to read a 5th book but you never know how the month will play out!

What are you reading in December?



Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday

Here are my Top Ten Tuesday list of debut novels I am looking forward to. Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
How it Ends by Catherine Lo
Expected publication: June 7, 2016

How it ends

The Widow by Fiona Barton
Expected publication: February 16, 2016 Widow_JKT_front.indd

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
Expected publication: January 26, 2016

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Expected publication: September 2016


Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Expected publication: January 5, 2016


Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Expected publication: February 16, 2016

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Expected publication: March 1, 2016

In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson
Expected publication: February 2, 2016

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
Expected publication: March 2016

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Expected publication: May 17, 2016


Are you looking forward to any of these debut novels?


November 2015 Monthly Wrap-up


The Month in Review is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

It is just like me to pick November as the month to start my blog! This has been, by far, the worst month in terms of reading.  As a wife and mother of two, I don’t get to read as much as I want but I normally find the time to read my fair share. This month I failed miserably!

As I started to think about this post and how I would make my month look and sound so much better…. I had to stop and accept what my month really was. It was hard. I look at the bloggers I admire and I long for the days when I could spend the majority of my time reading. My life was that way once upon a time but I have to remember that as time moves forward, things change. So I am pledging to just enjoy my blogger friends instead of judging myself to them. It’s really the only way, don’t you agree?

Without further ado, here is my November month in review…

Books Read

Burn by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Books Reviewed

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Challenges Starting in 2016

Full House Challenge 2016 hosted by the Book Date

The 2016 Color Coded Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block


The TBR Triple Dog Dare hosted by James Reads Books

I think that covers everything for November. I will post about my plans for December tomorrow! I look forward to enjoying this journey with you!


Review Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

IlluminaeIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Published: October 20, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 599
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I am not going to go into the fact that the way the book is laid out as a dossier with transcripts, interviews and the view into an AIs mind because everyone has talked about that. I am going to tell you how the book made me feel.

Two things came to mind within the first 3 pages of this book – Mass Effect and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Trust me, that’s a compliment. I immediately felt like I was in the story reading the dossier after the events unfolded. I was immediately invested in Kady and Ezra as people as well as a couple. I loved they way they wrote to each other.  You really got to know all the different sides of their personality.  I loved their sarcasm and the wit. The way they reacted to events differently really gave me insight into their personalities and is how I could be completely drawn into their world.

I felt many different feelings while reading this story – happiness, sadness, anger, fear, confusion…I think it is a testament to the amazing writing by the Author’s if you can feel all of those feelings just through a dossier of paperwork.

If you have not read this book – What the ███ are you waiting for? GO, RUN!


Full House Reading Challenge 2016

Full House Challenge Final 2016

I am really looking forward to completing this challenge hosted by Book Date!  Come join me!

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2016
  • Write and publish a post stating your intention to participate. In the post please include the Challenge graphic and a link back to this post. Then link your intention post at the bottom of this post.  Make sure it is the actual post and not just a generic link to your blog.
  • Add your reviews back here on the link in this post. At the end of every three months there will be a U.S. $12 prize with a book of your choice from the Book Depository or U.S. Amazon voucher, for the entries. There will be a new linky then for the next quarter and so on to the end of December.
  • Reviews are not mandatory and if you prefer to keep a list of the books read and the category they cross off the card, then you can still enter for the completion of a Full House by linking to that list on the final linky or in a comment.
  • Jan – March Link Up
  • April – June Link Up
  • July – September Link Up
  • October – December Link Up
  • Each review can only be linked up once in the year. However it doesn’t matter when you read the book in 2016 – which month, just link as you remember or have time. So if you read it in January you may not get around to linking it until say… May. That is fine.
  • Books may cross over from other challenges that you are doing.
  • There will be a final post to link in a summary post for the challenge for those who have completed a full house. This will close on the 2nd January 2017  and a winner will be chosen using for a U.S. $30 prize which again can be used to buy books at the Book Depository or be received as an Amazon voucher.

                            Link Full House post here

  • Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed “one free exchange”, if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post.
Full House Reading Challenge Grid 2016
* Self Challenge means setting a challenge for yourself for this square. For example I might set read a book my a male author, because I hardly ever do that. Or …
* Setting beginning with B. This can be a country, a state, a place, a street. Or it could be a beach or the bush or a bookshop. Long as a good part of the book is set there, the whole book might be, but it doesn’t have to be.