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Teaser Tuesday – The Hunger Games

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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:  “She reaches in, digs her hand deep into the ball, and pulls out a slip of paper.  The crowd draws in a collective breath and then you can hear a pin drop, and I’m feeling nauseous and so desperately hoping that it’s not me, that it’s not me, that it’s not me.”

THE HUNGER GAMES   By Suzanne Collins  p 28.

This is an amazing story and I CANNOT wait for the movie this March!  Here is the trailer:

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

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Mailbox Monday & A Winter’s Respite Read-a-thon Recap

Mailbox Monday is being hosted in January at At Home With Books. Click over to add your link and check out other bloggers’ mailboxes!

Books that came in my mailbox this week:

A Winter’s Respite Read-a-Thon was a lot of fun!
I was able to plow through three and a half books from my TBR pile. Being home full-time with a toddler, I am excited that I was able to get through as many as I did.

Here is the damage:




And this is the half. I’ll finish it today or tomorrow.

What goodies did you get in your mailbox this week?
Comment or link below!

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TGIF – Buy or Borrow?

Friday is TGIF @ GReads.

This Friday’s Question:

Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?

My Answer:

For me, it’s a little of both.  Especially for my book club picks, I will usually go to the library first.  I love that I can borrow books from the public library to read on my Kindle. I can order the books online, they appear on my Kindle and it is a great time saver.

When I do purchase books, I usually buy them from my monthly local library sale. They do these sales in my town around once a month and I am always shocked by the amount of current, “like new” books they have for sale.  I also stock up at amazon.com or BJ’s Wholesale for new books.
My local Borders closed this Fall, and I am an hour away from the nearest B&N. (That’s what I get for moving from NYC to the country!)

When I am finished reading a book, I have this OCD need to pass it forward.  I bring them to my book club for other members to take, or I donate them to the library to sell.  I rarely re-read a book.  The exception to this is To Kill A Mockingbird or any of the Harry Potter books.

What about you?  Do you buy or borrow?  Comment or link below, and HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Winters Respite Readathon – Mini-Mini-Challenge

To participate in Winters Respite Readathon- Mini-Mini-Challenge
Take your current read and pick one sentence from three of the following pages: page 1, page 77, page 179, page 255, page 360, or one from the 5th page from the end (I picked a diverse number for books of varying lengths).
Take the three sentences and make them into a short paragraph. If it makes sense as is, fine. If not, you can add your own words or sentences.
Be sure to bold and/or italicize the original text from the book or, if you leave it in the comments, put quotes around the original text.

This is from page 77, page1 79 and 255 of One Day by David Nicholls

Emma watched his performance, amused; the straining for nonchalance, the slight flare of the nostrils, the smile that flickered at the corners of his mouth.  She doesn’t know much about television, but she is pretty sure that Dexter hasn’t shone.  There’s a momentary silence.

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Waiting On Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week, I am “waiting on”:
I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER
By Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press
Available on February 14th

SYNOPSIS: “I’ve lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate Poppy. Stay positive!!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her ‘happy ever after’ begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents… she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.”

What are all of you “waiting on” today?  Post a link or comment below, and Happy Hump Day!

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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:

 “A green neck appeared, then a green chin, a green nose, and finally her full face.  Wretched, yet somehow beautiful.”
I love this book!  I read it on the plane to Disney World this Summer and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

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Mailbox Monday – just under the wire!

Welcome to my first Mailbox Monday.

This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.

Read Alyce’s blog today to see links of other readers’ mailboxes.

This week I received two books, both from Net Galley.

The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge (review coming in March)

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

What goodies did you find in YOUR mailbox? Comment a link below.

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TGIF : Book Recommendations

So Friday means TGIF @ GReads.

Today’s Question:

“Recommend It: Which book from the last 10 you’ve read
would you recommend to a friend?”
My Answer:  I’ve read some really captivating books lately, but I would have to recommend Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. Shultz grabs you in with a laugh out loud funny but strong main character, a swoon worthy love interest and a New York City setting. Plus, there are witches, curses, spells and past lives!  Looking forward to the release of Spellcaster (Spellbound #2).  It was definitely a 5 cupcake read!

What about you? What would you recommend?  Comment below and TGIF!

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Booking Through Thursday

Today’s “BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY” says:

“I saw this article the other day that asked, “Are you ashamed of skipping parts of books?” Which, naturally, made me want to ask all of YOU.

Do you skip ahead in a book? Do you feel badly about it when you do?”

My answer is No. I NEVER skip ahead in a book, the same way I never stop reading a book once I’ve started. I don’t care how painful it is.  I’m OCD like that.

There have been two occasions were I have wanted to skip ahead. The first was while reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  It was so sad and I just wanted to see what happened to everyone.

The second was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  There were a few chapters that were so medical and technical, I started to glaze over.  Turns out, I learned a lot from those chapters!


How about you? Do you skip ahead?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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Wordless Wednesday

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