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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Momfriends - Ariella Papa

Okay read. Not that engrossing, but it was a nice way to pass the time. I won't read the sequel cause I'm not that interested. 

For players having trouble with their card formats

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Because of the way that the discussion groups work, it isn't possible to upload directly into the threads. I have to upload the cards to a photo hosting site and then drop them into the post using a direct link.


I assume that this is why some of you are struggling with getting your card downloaded to your computer. 


I don't know if it will be helpful at all, but my imgur account contains nothing private at all - mostly .gifs and pics that I've used here and/or on GR. The link to the account is here. I *think* you can access it, if not, reply in comments and I will try to figure out permissions to open it up. Once you open your card, you should be able to right click on it to get it to download to your computer.


Now for the bad news! There are something like 45 bingo cards on there, and I didn't name them. So, you'll need to scroll through the images to find yours. They are arranged by upload time, so you should be able to sort of guess where yours might be based on the order of creation.



Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

Momfriends - Ariella Papa

Somehow at 40 percent. This book must be short.

Reading progress update: I've read 28%.

Momfriends - Ariella Papa

I think that the flow between the three women who make up this book isn't being done very well. I can honestly say I'm not that interested in any of the characters too. I'll give this a couple more chapters and if it doesn't improve I'm just going to DNF it.


I don't have kids, but I can sympathize to a certain extent with the three women in this book. But I don't know they all seem to various degrees  just nasty to their spouses or partner that my sympathy meter is running low. 

Make sure you have the book ready to go for the group read! I am going to put this on hold starting next week!

Classic Noir Group Read

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Trying to be Accountable Again: Weekly TBR Pile

I am just going to keep up with my weekly borrows and holds. Forget my TBR list. You don't want to see it.



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I am going to use the tag "Libraries Rock" since all of these are borrows and holds at my library. 





Zero! Yep, I just finished up with all of my borrows and returned them all. Sorry for the review flood, I had a ton of books that were waiting for me to finish them up. I think that I have to be careful with keeping in mind how limited my free time is right now to just provide updates now. I had so many books happening and I just didn't have the energy to post here and also on Goodreads.




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What is your TBR pile looking like? 

Much Better Example of Rule's Writing

Empty Promises - Ann Rule

I am starting to wind down with my true crime kick. I think I need to mix it up a bit, because reading about cases like this so much is a bit much for me right now.


These volumes always have a longer story that Rule focuses on and then some shorter true crime stories. The long one in this one is "Empty Promises" that follows the disappearance of Jami Hagel Sherer. Rule gives us great insight into a woman who is abused and what a toll it takes on her and those around her over time. She also gives us insight into Jami's husband Steve that stands accused of being behind her disappearance. I have to say that this one had a lot of things that I wish that Rule had went more into such as why in the world so many people kept covering for Steve. What about the other women that Steve abused. There also seemed to be some allusion that possibly Steve's father's suicide may not have been one and that he may have been involved with it.


I did love the look at the police and lawyers in this one since it was more organic how they were introduced in this book in this one. Usually Rule just throws out facts about these people and I find it just boring. 


The other stories in this volume really do get into love gone wrong. I thought that in each story there was a cautionary tale.


I thought that "Young Love," "Love and Insurance," and "The Gentler Sex" were the best of the shorter true crime stories. 


"Young Love" revolves around a boyfriend that is not willing to let his high school girlfriend go when she moves on to college. I am glad that this one had a somewhat happy ending.

"Love and Insurance" as really sad to me. A man we follow in this one we find out has cried wolf too many times to be believed when he should have been. I thought the backstory on this one was weird as well.

"The Gentler Sex" was messed up. Reading about two women who plan one of the women's husband's death in order to get his insurance would have been sad if it wasn't for the parts where Rule gets into what their ideas were for on how to murder. 


All together I think there were 10 stories, so definitely enough there and worth the price. 

Meh on This Dresden Addition to the Series

Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

There's a reason it took me three separate borrow periods at my library to finish this book. It's just not that good. I have loved most of the Harry Dresden books, and this one, nope. It just read as filler from beginning to end. Then the book ends on a weird note and at one point I wondered if my Kindle was missing a page (yeah I don't know if this is possible, but I worried about it).


in the sixth book in this series, we have our man Harry, wizard extraordinaire, back in the saddle again. He gets dragged into a mystery to solve by Thomas, the vampire that he met in "Grave Peril" Harry Dresden #3. I can't even get to the plot with a straight face. Thomas, who is a White Court vampire (shakes head, no not getting into that mess here) asks Harry to look to find out what he can about a series of deaths on a pornography film set. I think that right there just turned me off. There are some cute moments here and there with Harry adopting a puppy, but eh. I just could not get into this one even though I really tried. It took almost three months for me to finish this one. I should have just DNFed it, but I am trying to get through all of the books in the series and post reviews.


Harry is Harry. I really don't think we get much development by way of anyone else in this one except for a reveal about someone and Harry in this one. I don't want to think too hard about it, cause if I do I may just pull my hair out.


There is some back and forth between the White Court and Black Court vampires in this one and we get some new characters who I am going to assume will show up in subsequent books.  


FYI, if I am going to make fun of Twilight for having a love shield, I am going to make fun of Harry for having one too. That whole thing was bonkers and didn't even make sense. 


And the soulgaze thing. Anyway. I need to move on since I want this thing to be over.


There are a lot of things in this one that as I already said are just setting up things I think for the next book. 


I have to say I have never been that interested in the goings on with the vampires in Harry's world and this book shows why. They really are boring. 


Three Pines in Winter

A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

I maybe said, don't leave me when I finished this book. I swear, the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is becoming a fast favorite with me. We have Gamache reappearing in Three Pines again after the murder of a loathsome woman. I think that Penny, just like Christie, has a way for villains in her books. I was flat out over the woman that we get insight into after the first couple of pages.


"A Fatal Grace" follows Three Pines residents about a year after the murder that took place in the last book. Residents are still getting over the fact that a murderer lived among them for so long. They have a new family that moves in, but many of the residents are rightfully not that engaging with the family cause they are a grotesque family by name and blood. CC de Poitiers is a vapid woman who believes that she has the new big thing that millions will fall in line for called "Be Calm." She writes a book that she is sure is a best seller and seems to hate her husband and her daughter. Heck, she hates her lover as well. One wonders if there was ever anyone that CC did love, but that's a different book.

When CC dies in what looks to be an accident, Gamache is called onto the scene and quickly deduces murder. The problem is trying to remove people from their suspect list since it seems that CC ran afoul of everyone.


I think that what also made this a cool read for me was that we have Gamache's nemesis from the last book show up. I won't get into that here, spoilers and all, but there seems like there is something afoot that can end up hurting Gamache and boy oh boy was I yelling at him by the end of the book. Guess I will have to see how this plays out.


I will say that this book more than even the first gives you great insight into Gamache and what ultimately moves him. He lives by a different code that would not be out of place several hundred years before the time this book takes place. 


I loved revisiting Three Pines. It's starting to be a wee bit like Cabot Cove or one of the Midsomer villages though. Cause after this latest murder, have to wonder how many people from the first two books will be left. 


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Started Off Strong and Just Got Lost in Too Many Coincidences

Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series) - Avery Duff

I really think this series has some potential if the author, Avery Duff, can keep the plot a lot more tight in the next book.


"Beach Lawyer" follows Robert Worth. Robert has been working for a very prestigious law firm for five years and is given the nod that he is about to become a partner. Even though he finds the actions of one of the partners, Jack Pierce, to be personally distasteful, he thinks that he has more than shown the firm his worth. Things go great til Robert ends up flaming out when he is verbally pushed by Pierce. When Robert realizes that he is getting blackballed in town, he decides the best thing to do is take on Pierce.


I honestly think the first half of the book was really good. I loved how Duff developed Worth. Heck, I even liked how Worth got his first client/assistant. But then the wheels came off and all of these things are being revealed about secondary characters and things got confusing. We even have some reveals about Robert that I honestly didn't care about. 


I would say this book tried very hard to be "The Firm" and then it just turned into a Lifetime Movie. There are way too many coincidences to be believed after a while. 


I would suggest for future books it may be better to make sure that the legalese gets turned down a bit. You definitely realize Duff knows what he is talking about. But after a while I felt like I was drowning in legal minutiae and I just didn't care. 


The flow which started off very well just jumped back and forth til the end. I didn't know who I was supposed to care about, who was a hero, who was a villain, etc. 

The book ending fell very flat. I think I am supposed to intuit that some of these characters are going to pop up in the next book, but am stretching my brain to see how anyone but Robert should return. 

Strange the Dreamer: DNF at 5 percent

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

Sorry, not sorry, I just am not going to force myself to read something I am not enjoying.

The purple prose and info dump that I tried to wade through turned me completely off. I can't say much more than that since I didn't waste my time trying to struggle through this read. 


I would also say that the flow was just a slog. I did try to skim a couple of chapters and just gave up. 


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The Dark, Dark Woods

In the Woods  - Tana French

What a compelling read. I finished this thing in about a day and a half. I will say that at first I found myself somewhat bored. But this book ends up being a nice slow burn of a read. I wanted even more by the time I got to the end. I already put a hold on the second book in the series. I have to say that I am really glad that French didn't try to solve the overarching mystery for the main character, Rob Ryan. I know that some readers ended up loving this character and I had to say that in the end, I didn't feel love, but just outright pity for him. 


"In the Woods" plays around with two time periods. Dublin in 1984 and in 2004. The main character for "In the Woods" is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad. You found out about his life growing up and how he went from having the best two friends in the world, to being found when he was 12 in the woods all alone, with his friends missing.


From there we go to Rob telling you how he became a detective and his general thoughts about lying and what it means to him. I think at first you may feel a bit put off by Rob, but believe me this book is worth a read. The writing and the development of Rob sucked me in.


When Rob meets his partner Cassie Maddox (Cass) you start to see how she has helped changed Rob for the good on some things, but not all things. These two are closer than partners, they are also friends, and as you are reading you start to dread anything happening to either one of them.


When Rob and Cassie are called into a case involving a dead girl found in the same woods where Rob's two friends went missing, there are several connections to 1984. 


This book has what I call "if only" syndrome. I maybe re-read certain parts and wished for a different outcome than what I already knew was coming my way. I don't want to spoil other readers, but dang it, the reveals along the way and my frustrating with Rob were paramount by the time I finished this book. 


Other characters are so good. French does great work with developing Cass. We see her through Rob's eyes, but we also at times get enough details about her to make you wonder if Rob is being entirely truthful with us at times. I ended up questioning a lot of things by the time I finished.

We get some slight insight into other detectives on the Murder Squad as well as characters important to both cases. 


The writing was lush. I don't how else to describe it. At times French made me scared to even read without a light, and other times she is able to recall sunny happy days in a wooded area with friends and how nothing bad can happen. 

The flow was a bit off at first. Once the book gets going, it goes off in a nice little groove.

I am realizing now that I don't think I have read a mystery series taking place in Ireland before. I have read other types of genres where the setting was Dublin or Ireland, so this was a nice departure for me. 


The ending is going to tick you off. Just be forewarned. Not everything gets wrapped up in a pretty bow. And I honestly am happy that it didn't. 



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[Extra] Follow Friday with book bloggers: nominate bloggers!

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Do you know what Follow Friday with Book Bloggers is? It's a weekly Friday interview with a book blogger picked from the BookLikes community but we also wish to open it up for all the book bloggers out there. We appreciate all the hard work the book bloggers are doing for the book industry and we wish to spread the word and give the book bloggers the proper recognition and appreciation! And it's so much fun to know a little bit more about the fellow bloggers friends too!


If you know a book blogger/reviewer who would love to be featured among book bloggers community in our Follow Friday session (and we mean not only pick me, pick me! personalities but also the shy but intriguing ones), nominate them for the Follow Friday With Book Bloggers interview in the comment section below. You can nominate from the BookLikes community as well as from all around the web (we will, though, focus on the BookLikes community first). We'll be also more than happy to feature newbies and newcomers, and raising up bloggers (e.g. mentioned in the BL group Shout-out for Newbies and "Underfollowed" (but Active) Blogs).


Each blogger can nominate up to 3 book blogger friends, please insert the blog's URL address and one sentence praise per blog (optional). Please check if the blogger haven't already been mentioned in the comments before nominating, we do want to keep the comments lucid, clear and without unnecessary repetitions.


Looking forward to your picks!


Have you missed the previous Follow Friday interviews? Here are the catch up links and sneak peeks into the four blog talks we've already published on BookLikes Blog.


Happy reading and nominating!



#1 Follow Friday with book bloggers:

Jennifer's Books

Follow Jennifer's Books: http://stellarraven.booklikes.com/


On your BookLikes blog you’re regularly sharing weekly art post, can you tell the story behind the concept?


I love classic art, and I love reading, and I thought that a Weekly Art Post would be a great way to combine the two. I try to choose paintings (and a few vintage photographs) that feature the subject of the piece reading or ones that at least feature a book in some way. I'm in my second year doing this, and it's been great fun choosing which pictures to feature.

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#2 Follow Friday with book bloggers:

Punya Reviews…

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Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?


Yes, it had. When I started doing blog tours, it did take up quite a bit of my time. Alongside my work hours, I was juggling regularly. My reviews are generally long, and writing those reviews took time too. I had to figure out how to balance it all. How many tours I can do a month so I can read and review the books I want to. Yet, through book blogging, I have discovered new authors and their books. So yes, blogging has had quite an impact on my reading life.


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#3 Follow Friday with book bloggers:


Follow Tigus on BookLikes: http://tigus.booklikes.com/


Three title for a dessert island?


I'm not going to stew over this painful question for very long, because it can become very frustrating to make choices. I'll pick The Count of Monte Christo, amongst books that I have not read yet, because it's long, and I have faith that I will enjoy it. Then, I'll change gears, and pick two books I have already read: I'll take my favorite book of all time (so far): The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers. And I'll bring my favorite Wodehouse's Quick Service.

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#4 Follow Friday with book bloggers:

Nicole Reads

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A paper book or an e-book?


This is a tough question because there is nothing that can compare to the thrill of holding a paper book in your hands and feeling that comforting weight on your hands, but I am going to say that I prefer e-books. As someone who travels a lot, there is nothing like the comfort of having a wide variety of books readily available in one place. Plus, I don’t have to pay extra for overweight luggage!


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See you next Friday!

My Planned Reads for Halloween Book Bingo 2017!


Thanks to Moonlight for the pretty card! I think I am going to get this specially printed at Staples and buy some fun stickers to mark off spaces. 


Here are my planned reads for the rows I got on my card. Hopefully I will be able to stick to these books or at least find some easy replacements if something pops up.



Witches: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Dead Will Walk: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Chilling Children: The Bad Seed by William March

Gothic: Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Country House Mystery:The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
by Agatha Christie 

HEX by [Heuvelt, Thomas Olde]World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarCarmillaThe Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)




Murder Most Foul: I am going to read something by Tana French. I just finished the first book in the Dublin murder series and have fallen in love. 

Aliens: The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

Supernatural: Christine by Stephen King 

Locked Room Mystery: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada 

Diverse Voices: I will see what is available at that time. I have so many holds that are coming due soon something should fit. 



Classic Noir: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Vampires: Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Free space: Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant/Rivers of London #2) by Ben Aaronovitch

Werewolves: Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) by Patricia Briggs

Magical Realism: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende 


The Thin Man'Salem's LotMoon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)The House of the Spirits




American Horror Story: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Ghost: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Demons: Going to have to think on this one. Any suggestions welcomed. 

Terrifying women: With Malice by Eileen Cook

In The Dark, Dark Woods: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll



Haunted Houses:

Genre: Horror:

Classic Horror:

Terror in a Small Town:

Darkest London:


Feel free to give me suggestions for these. I saw so many books I don't know what I am going to read for this row! 


Halloween Bingo Card!

— feeling mummy


I'll post book ideas tomorrow!

20 Desserts Inspired by Your Favorite Children’s Books [Infographic], and how to find more Kid Lit

Reblogged from BookLikes:
— feeling hungry

WARNING! A mouth-watering post.


Reading goes well with sweets. Do you wonder what kind of snack fits the book the most? The following graphics from Shari's Berries is an excellent guide for book AND dessert pairing. You know what it means? Books and chocolate = heaven!


And what's you favorite reading time snack?


Scroll down to find 6 children's books from BookLikes bloggers bookshelves.

kids book and dessert pairingInfographic via www.berries.com


6 Kid lit picks from your bookshelves


If you're wondering what Children books book bloggers are reading, go to the Book Catalog page (menu -> Book Catalog: http://booklikes.com/catalog), select the Children category of the left and scroll down for Recently read section:



Gracefully Grayson - Ami Polonsky Gracefully Grayson - Ami Polonsky  

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?


The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly - Kim Chi-Young,Sun-mi Hwang,Nomoco The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly - Kim Chi-Young,Sun-mi Hwang,Nomoco  

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own. An anthem for individuality and motherhood, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly has captivated millions of readers in Korea, where it is a contemporary classic.


A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans - Joanne Ryder,Laurence Yep A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans - Joanne Ryder,Laurence Yep  

Crusty dragon Miss Drake has a new pet human, precocious Winnie. Oddly enough, Winnie seems to think Miss Drake is her pet—a ridiculous notion! Unknown to most of its inhabitants, the City by the Bay is home to many mysterious and fantastic creatures, hidden beneath the parks, among the clouds, and even in plain sight. And Winnie wants to draw every new creature she encounters: the good, the bad, and the ugly. But Winnie’s sketchbook is not what it seems.



I Am Pusheen the Cat - Claire Belton I Am Pusheen the Cat - Claire Belton  

This collection of oh-so-cute kitty comics—an online cult phenomenon, now for the first time in an adorable gift book—Pusheen combines the online reach of The Oatmeal’s How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You with the super-sweet appeal of Hello Kitty. I Am Pusheen the Cat features some of the most popular comics from the website, including Reasons I Love Fall, Career Options for Your Cat, and Christmas To Do List, as well as a healthy serving (at least 25 percent) of never-before-seen material that is sure to delight Pusheen’s many dedicated fans.


A Whole New Ballgame - Phil Bildner A Whole New Ballgame - Phil Bildner  

Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn't believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more "off" the better. And guess who's also their new basketball coach? Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other--and find ways to make a difference--in the classroom and on the court.


Beagle in a Backpack - Ben M. Baglio Beagle in a Backpack - Ben M. Baglio  

Mandy and James are distracted from Halloween planning when local girl Amber Hutton runs away from home with a stolen beagle puppy. Clues left around a sheep farm lead the kids to believe that Amber is hiding out on the moors.  But even if the girl and dog are found, will they all be able to make it safely back over the moors that are riddled with jagged holes and underground caves.

Source: http://www.berries.com/blog/kids-books-and-desserts

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