Books and Reading, My Life

Goodreads Year Goal

books    Good morning, Friends

I hope your week has been going well. I am currently chilling out on the couch trying to catch up on book reviews while my niece naps. I should nap with her but of course I am not tired now. Has that ever happened to you? So annoying.

Anywho, we have certainly passed the halfway mark of the year (seriously, how did that happen already?!) and I thought I would catch you up on my year’s reading goal. I technically have two goals for the year, one I have already reached. The first was to read twenty books in the year. Years past I have read seventy, eighty, or more. In recent years it has decreased to anywhere between twelve books and thirty, tops. So I thought a goal of twenty was a fair “challenge”. I easily surpassed it in no time. I have read 63 books so far! My new goal has been upped to 70. Doable, I think.

The second goal is to read all of the books I have had on my TBR shelves for ten or more years. I am on a decluttering kick and thought this is one way of doing it with the books, start with the oldest unread ones and work my way to the recently purchased. Tastes change with book preferences just as they do with clothes and decorating styles. I have read a few I was thinking I would not like now and actually really enjoyed, and there were some I was so sure I would like and I could not get into them. I should now better. Never Judge a Book By Its Cover. This goal, all my ten+ year old books I’ve kept around, is still a goal I am working on finishing. I think I have about ten or so books left. I think I will get to all of them, but if not, I will add them to next year’s goals.

How is your reading going this year? Did you make any goals or challenges for yourself? I would love to hear about your reading adventures so far.

 

Peace,

Kym

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I’m Back

Hi, Friends!

 

I am very sorry to have disappeared on you for so long. Life can be…. difficult. As some of you may already know, I deal with depression and anxiety, as well as PTSD. Unfortunately, they have been raging badly for a while and it has messed with my daily life. I am fighting to get myself back on track. Day by day. Second by second even.

On the upside, I have been devouring books, lol. I have already passed my year’s reading challenge of 20 finished books. I finished the sixty first one last night. I have a slew of review books to post about on here for you and am working on getting those up for you. I have read some pretty good ones this year! How is your reading adventures going this year? Anything you want to shout from the rooftops about? Or maybe not that loud but at least tell me about? 🙂

I hope you have had a pleasant day. I got to spend mine with my niece, and on a rainy day with a sleepless night last night, the snuggly nap was the perfect prescription for me today. Never take moments like that for granted.

Sleep sweetly, my dear friends. I will be back with a book review soon.

Peace,

Kym

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February Book Haul

Here is is. My February book haul. Finally, lol. Please don’t mind the things in the background. Those toys are my niece’s, who I babysit. Anywho, this was an exciting book haul for two reasons. The first, I reached my goal of 30 days no hair pulling. For anyone curious as to what I am talking about, I will be writing a post about that in greater detail. The second reason, I received four books last month as gifts. They were also gifts for reaching my first 30 days of no hair pulling. Now, onto the books!

Based On True Events-

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Mystery-

The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl

A Cry From the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks

The Bones will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks

Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Gray

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

Death at Thornburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Stranded by Dani Pettrey

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber

Novels (Drama)-

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander

Fantasy-

Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino

 

Are there any on this list you have read? What were your thoughts about the book(s)? Are there any on my list you want to read? I would love to hear from you!

Have a sweet Sunday 🙂

Books and Reading, My Life

January Book Shopping

All the books!!!! 🙂 19 to be exact. Sorry the pictures don’t capture every book very well but I did my best.

In the Fantasy genre I picked up the rest of the Tales of Goldstone Wood books I have not read yet. Think of a new twist on fairy tales, complete with fairies, dragons, princes, princesses, cats….

Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Dragonwitch, and Shadow Hand

I completed my collection (up to date, anyway) on Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings. I have been on a kick for fairy tales lately. Who doesn’t like a good fairy tale story?? I am a Disney girl through and through. So, to catch up on her fairy tale stories I got….

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, The Merchant’s Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, and The Golden Braid

To finish up in the Fantasy genre I got….

Grimm’s Fairy Tales (complete collection), Redwall, Before Tomorrowland, and Whispers of Liberty

I couldn’t not look at the mysteries, you know how much I love those, and found a few….

Until We Find Home, Magic Hour, The Kitchen House, and The Woman in the Window, The Snow Lane and The Road to Ever After

 

I am looking forward to sinking myself into these inked worlds. Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts (without giving spoilers, please)?

 

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True to You

    If ever there was a story written that reminded me of myself, this is it! I do believe I have found my fictional twin! Lover of books, genealogy, vintage clothing and accessories, tea, BBC and PBS. I am still waiting for the family reunion with Nora. Let me introduce her to you.

Nora Bradford, genealogist, has known heartbreak. She buries her life in her job, which also includes maintaining a historical village. She has learned to protect her emotions the best she can and disappears into the fictional world of books and British TV shows. When John, a former Navy SEAL, comes to Nora needing assistance in finding his birth parents, he causes the kind of distraction she loves. However, as they get closer to finding out the truth behind his birth not only does she feel her heart opening up again, they also uncover family secrets neither of them were prepared for.

Becky Wade continues to be a favorite author of mine and this particular story is my #1 favorite of hers. As I mentioned already, Nora is basically my fictional twin. It was so easy for me to connect with her personality. Throw in family secrets and this was a definite winner for me. A five star book for sure!

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financial way.*

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I am Back!

Good Evening, Friends,

I hope you had a nice weekend. I know I was silent for a few days. To be honest, my weekend is a blur of blankets, a fuzzy robe, and lots and lots of sleeping. I hit the peak of whatever virus I had been fighting for a few weeks and it knocked me down for a bit. I am happy to report, however, that this morning I woke up refreshed and full of energy. A good thing when the week is beginning again and work is in full swing!

I am not going to try to catch up on all of the posts I have missed because it would take such a long time and I need to get to bed soon to begin tomorrow. Yes, I will get back to my regular posting tomorrow. But for a brief catch-up….

In reading this weekend, when I was not sleeping or foggy head, lol, I was, and still am “living in NYC” with a teenager whose mother has just died and her neighbor/friend becomes her legal guardian. Eliyana, a girl who sticks to herself due to a facial birthmark that causes staring and comments from people, is hoping to just graduate high school and move on. But now things have changed. With her mother’s death, things get weird. A hooded stalker, a Central Park battle that is one for the books…. and not *our history books*. Eliyana soon finds herself caught in two worlds and she wonders, can these worlds survive weaved together? I can’t decide if this is in the category of Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan or something entirely different. I’ll get back to you on it when I do my review.

I don’t have a recipe this week, mainly because I wasn’t eating much other than juice, popsicles, and chicken soup. I will have a recipe for you this week though. I already have it together.

I am thankful this passed week for the medicines modern science has been able to make that help us sleep through icky viruses when we can’t breathe and our throats hurt. I am thankful for the blankets my grandma crocheted so many years ago and had kept me warm during the virus attack. I am thankful for the food provided and the Disney movies that were playing on TV during the weekends so I didn’t have to think about what to watch (I will never be too old for Disney movies). And for the family that dropped off more juice and meds and other things, and my mom who helped with the kids when I thought I was getting better but clearly was not.

Peace,

Kymberli

Books and Reading, My Life

Once Upon a Time

Good Evening, Friends.

 

Wifi is back on here and I can now catch up with my blog. Every now and then wifi cuts out and I cannot update my blog as I wish to, sorry about that. But I will post for the days I missed. Occasionally I lose the internet connection so I hope you can forgive my tardiness. Anywho, I have started a new book for review and it has yanked me in! In fact, it has not only yanked me in, it has pulled me back to 1777 Kentucke (as Kentucky was spelled back then). The wilderness, the home living, the unrest, surveying for new livable land, the variety of characters, the descriptions…. It is a beautiful story. By now you are probably wondering what book exactly I am talking about. It is Laura Frantz’s new novel, A Moonbow Night. I am looking forward to telling you more about it in my review, which I will be posting tomorrow (it is part of a blog tour which is why I am posting it early this week).

What are you reading currently? I would love to hear about it.

 

Happy Reading!

Peace,

Kymberli

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A Booked Weekend

Greetings, Friends 🙂

Guess what? It’s Friday!! The weekend is here again. I hope you have had a great week and that your weekend will be relaxing and fun.

I finished two reviews this week and posted them a few minutes ago. My Review Books pile is slowly going back down. I just started a new review book and I am SO EXCITED about it. Lisa Harris’ Missing. It is the second book in her Nikki Boyd Files series. I loved the first one and have been wondering what Nikki would be up to in the next story. I finally can find out. Her is a little teaser synopsis for you….

A home invasion. Two dead bodies. Two missing persons. Clues leading to a close friend of Nikki’s.

What do you think? Sounds pretty good, huh? Can you guess what I will be doing tonight? 🙂 What are you reading this weekend?

Have a great night!

Peace,

Kymberli

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A Booked Weekend

Good evening, everyone.

First, I want to apologize for not posting my Booked Weekend post last week. Being in Kentucky was throwing off my schedule and before I knew it Friday has passed and then the weekend and this week had come upon me. I decided to wait until tonight to bring back the post. I’m sorry to anyone who missed it last week (for anyone curious, I was reading A Worthy Pursuit and Ellen Foster last weekend).

Now onto this weekend. It is another busy few days, fill with work, dinner at a friend’s house, a friend coming over to spend a few days and reading mixed in there, of course. This weekend’s read is a new review book, Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley.

It’s been more than two years since Live Reynolds’ cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Livy has never believe that Robyn left voluntarily. When private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. The investigation is an uphill battle a Alex and Livy try to piece the puzzle together. Are the disappearances just coincidence? Or are they connected?

I am currently 66 pages into the story and, although it started out slow to me, it has picked up and caught my attention. Hopefully it’ll stay that way. How about you? Reading anything exciting this weekend?

Sincerely,

Kymberli

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A Booked Weekend

Another week has come and gone. I hope yours went well. I have been busy organizing my place now that I have finished the manuscript for Regenerate. I took a few days off and went away with my mom, which was really nice. It was relaxing and fun.

This week I have been visiting the cities of Atlanta, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois within the pages of Dee Henderson’s Taken. I was hooked from the first page. This story is not a light one. It is deep, indeed. One to pay attention to, one that makes me question the comments and actions of every single person on every page. It is a story that keeps me turning the page, keeps me up at night.

When Shannon Bliss was sixteen was sixteen she was abducted. Now, eleven years later, she has showed up at Matthew Dane’s door, wishing for help to have a normal life and put behind bars those responsible for her abduction. Matthew Dane, a private investigator, is more than willing and happy to help her. The only problem? If Shannon’s abductors find out she is alive they will stop at nothing to silence her.

The review for Taken will be posted soon but for now I will say, what I have read, I love. What are you reading this weekend?

 

I hope you have a relaxing, fun, booked, weekend.

Kymberli