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.

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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.”

Page 56 of:


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?