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Robin M

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  1. Currently reading J.R. Ward’s Claimed, the first book in the Lair of the Wolven, set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. “Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becomes a target. One night, a shadowy figure threatens Lydia’s life in the forest, and a new hire at the Wolf Study Project comes from out of nowhere to save her. Daniel Joseph is both mysterious, and someone she intrinsically wants to trust. But is he hiding something? As the stakes get higher, and one of Lydia’s colleagues is murdered, she must decide how far she will go to protect the wolves. Then a shocking revelation about Daniel challenges Lydia’s reality in ways she could never have predicted. Some fates demand courage, others require even more, with no guarantees. Is she destined to have true love... or will a soul-shattering loss ruin her forever?” Haven’t made much progress in the 14th and last book in the Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light which will probably take me a while since it’s a chunky book.
  2. Happy Sunday! Since the majority of our readers live in areas several hours ahead of me and I’m late to bed, late to rise on Sunday, I will be posting Saturday night before I go to bed. ************************** Happy Friendship Day! Cheers to all our reading buddies who have made our bookish adventures entertaining and illuminating. Welcome to August which is also Family Fun Month, Admit Your Happy Month, National Picnic Month as well as Romance Month. Our fictional librarian of the month is Lindsay Norris from the Library Lover's Mystery series written by Jenn McKinlay. Lindsay is the director of the Briar Creek Library who started crafternoon Thursday for patrons to do crafts and discuss books at the same time and turns into an amateur sleuth when her friend becomes a prime suspect in a murder. There are a variety of ways to complete this challenge with plenty of rabbit trails. · Read a book with one or more of the following (but not limited to) and have fun exploring: · Spell out the first and/or last name of the character's name - one book per letter from the title on the cover. · Spell out the first and/or last name of the author - one book per letter. · Read one or more books in the series. · Read any book written by the author. · Follow in a character's footsteps and read a book set in the country or time period of the story. · Follow in the author's footsteps and read a book set in their place or time of birth. · Read a book with the first or last name of the character or author in the title. Happy Trails! *********************** Count of Monte Cristo Readalong Chapter 76. Progress of Cavalcanti the Younger Chapter 77. Haydée Chapter 78. We hear From Yanina Link to week 30 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  3. Yes I'm still reading dragon books and this looks really good. Added it to my stacks. Thank you!
  4. How did I miss this series. Looks really good and just downloaded the first book to my ipad. Love this list! Thanks! I have A Bad Day for Sunshine in my stacks. Looking forward to reading it. Yes of course! Welcome! It's been years since I read Dune. Loved the series and looking forward to the new movie too. Will have to introduce my son to the old movie first. He likes to compare.
  5. Reading Nalini Singh’s Last Guard which makes me want to go back to the beginning and read the first four books again in the psy changeling trinity series. “Termed merciless by some, and a robotic sociopath by others, Payal Rao is the perfect Psy: cardinal telekinetic, CEO of a major conglomerate, beautiful—and emotionless. For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. A cardinal telepath deemed “imperfect” by his race due to a spinal injury, Canto cares for the opinions of very few—and ruthlessly protects those he claims as his own. Head of intel for the influential Mercant family, he prefers to remain a shadow in the Net, unknown and unseen. But Canto is also an anchor, part of a secretive designation whose task it is to stabilize the PsyNet. Now that critical psychic network is dying, threatening to collapse and kill the entire Psy race with it. To save those he loves, Canto needs the help of a woman bound to him by a dark past neither has been able to forget. A woman who is the most powerful anchor of them all: Payal Rao. Neither is ready for the violent inferno about to ignite in the PsyNet . . . or the passionate madness that threatens to destroy them both.” Haven’t made much progress in the 14th and last book in the Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light which will probably take me a while since it’s a chunky book.
  6. Happy Sunday! Since the majority of our readers live in areas several hours ahead of me and I’m late to bed, late to rise on Sunday, I will be posting Saturday night before I go to bed. ************************** Inniskeen Road: July Evening by Patrick Kavanagh (1904 - 1967) The bicycles go by in twos and threes - There's a dance in Billy Brennan's barn tonight, And there's the half-talk code of mysteries And the wink-and-elbow language of delight. Half-past eight and there is not a spot Upon a mile of road, no shadow thrown That might turn out a man or woman, not A footfall tapping secrecies of stone. I have what every poet hates in spite Of all the solemn talk of contemplation. Oh, Alexander Selkirk knew the plight Of being king and government and nation. A road, a mile of kingdom. I am king Of banks and stones and every blooming thing. A few bookish birthdays July 25: Josephine Tey (1896), and Robyn Carr (1951 July 26: Laurence Watt Evans (1954) and Giosuè Carducci - July 26, 1835 July 27: Cassandra Clare (1973) July 28: Beatrix Potter (1866) July 29: Chang Rae Lee (1965) July 30: Emily Bronte (1818) July 31 J. K. Rowling (1965) 11 Books by Olympic Athletes Orson Scott Card's Favorite Classic Sci-Fi Books What To Read If You Already Breezed Through All of Virgin River's Season 3 10 Thrilling African Noir Novels Famous Villains Who Shaped The Crime Fiction Genre The Wheel of Time Will Premiere on Amazon in November ************************* Count of Monte Cristo Readalong Chapter 73. The Promise Chapter 74. The Villefort Family Vault Chapter 75. A Signed Statement **************************** Link to week 29 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  7. Oh, Invisible Husband sounds good. Downloaded it to my ipad. Sounds like a great book. Will add it to my wishlist. We missed you. So glad to hear you had the surgery and it fixed the problems with your arm. Happy you are doing better and free of pain now. Although the physical therapy may be painful in itself, it's worth it in the long run. I'm rarely on Goodreads these days so I can't see a difference. You're review is the first one to show up for me on your books since I have you in my friends list. My guess is maybe the filter needs to be changed to see newest first on the news or book feed. I've had this one on my wishlist for a long time. I should probably get it sooner than later. Very glad hubby was able to go home. Hugs to both of you! Good thought and prayers winging your way because I know my hubby reverts to being very very needy when he's ill. That does indeed sound like a time commitment so glad you enjoyed the story. Sounds intriguing and I'll have to check it out at some point. I stopped reading after book 22. Can't remember if it's because I caught up with the series or got tired of it. I may have to revisit. Yeah! Love this series and just downloaded to my ipad. Thank you for the thanks and appreciation comments. It's that time of the year when I start thinking about whether I want to continue on with 52 books for another year and all the bookish love gets me over the hump. I woke up with the thought in my head the other day, Simplicity is key. Not sure exactly what that means for us, but there you go. Hugs and Love! 😀😘
  8. Reading the 14th and last book in the Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light which will probably take me a while since it’s a chunky book. I’m in a reread mood as well and just finished Cherry Adair’s Hush, which was just as good the second time. “Thrill seekers Zakary and Gideon Stark travel the globe in search of extreme adventure, but a trip to Venezuela to jump off the world’s highest falls catapults them into a perilous game of life or death—where they don’t know the rules. Kidnapped with a woman Zak knows nothing about, the brothers are held prisoner deep in the jungle. A risky, deathdefying escape separates them and nearly claims Zak’s life . . . until his recovery reveals a baffling new sixth sense. Now, to find his missing brother, Zak and the mysterious Acadia Gray will have to out-smart, out-gun, and out-maneuver not just the brutal kidnappers but also a new player who joins the adrenaline game: a ruthless opponent who wants the Stark brothers dead—at any cost.” Also finished reread of the first book in Keri Arthur’s Souls of Fire series with Fireborn. “ Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death… Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for. Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated. But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…”
  9. Happy Sunday! Today is the anniversary of William Makepeace Thackeray’s birthday and the Cane-Bottom’s Chair amused me so decided to share it. The Cane-Bottom’d Chair by William Makepeace Thackeray July 18, 1811 - Dec. 24, 1863 In tattered old slippers that toast at the bars, And a ragged old jacket perfumed with cigars, Away from the world and its toils and its cares, I’ve a snug little kingdom up four pair of stairs. To mount to this realm is a toil, to be sure, But the fire there is bright and the air rather pure; And the view I behold on a sunshiny day Is grand through the chimney-pots over the way. This snug little chamber is cramm’d in all nooks With worthless old nicknacks and silly old books, And foolish old odds and foolish old ends, Crack’d bargains from brokers, cheap keepsakes from friends. Old armour, prints, pictures, pipes, china (all crack’d), Old rickety tables, and chairs broken-backed; A twopenny treasury, wondrous to see; What matter? ’tis pleasant to you, friend, and me. No better divan need the Sultan require, Than the creaking old sofa that basks by the fire; And ’tis wonderful, surely, what music you get From the rickety, ramshackle, wheezy spinet. That praying-rug came from a Turcoman’s camp; By Tiber once twinkled that brazen old lamp; A Mameluke fierce yonder dagger has drawn: ’Tis a murderous knife to toast muffins upon. Long, long through the hours, and the night, and the chimes, Here we talk of old books, and old friends, and old times; As we sit in a fog made of rich Latakie This chamber is pleasant to you, friend, and me. But of all the cheap treasures that garnish my nest, There’s one that I love and I cherish the best: For the finest of couches that’s padded with hair I never would change thee, my cane-bottom’d chair. 'Tis a bandy-legg'd, high-shoulder'd, worm-eaten seat, With a creaking old back, and twisted old feet; But since the fair morning when Fanny sat there, I bless thee and love thee, old cane-bottom'd chair. If chairs have but feeling, in holding such charms, A thrill must have pass'd through your wither'd old arms! I look'd, and I long'd, and I wish'd in despair; I wish'd myself turn'd to a cane-bottom'd chair. It was but a moment she sate in this place, She'd a scarf on her neck, and a smile on her face! A smile on her face, and a rose in her hair, And she sate there, and bloom'd in my cane-bottom'd chair. And so I have valued my chair ever since, Like the shrine of a saint, or the throne of a prince; Saint Fanny, my patroness sweet I declare, The queen of my heart and my cane-bottom'd chair. When the candles burn low, and the company's gone, In the silence of night as I sit here alone— I sit here alone, but we yet are a pair— My Fanny I see in my cane-bottom'd chair. She comes from the past and revists my room; She looks as she then did, all beauty and bloom; So smiling and tender, so fresh and so fair, And yonder she sits in my cane-bottom'd chair. ********************** Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 70. The Ball Chapter 71. Bread and Salt Chapter 72. Madame de Saint-Méran ********************** Link to week 28 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  10. Yes, I'll add my thanks and really appreciate all the hard work. I got a hoot out of the badges for the short time they lasted.
  11. Yeah, me too. At first I was confused, then quite tickled about it. Remembered the line from an old movie. I think it was the Treasure of Sierra Madre "I don't need no stinkin badges." But then again, I thought of Office space and getting my minimum fifteen piece of flair! 😀 Yep, I like flair. Although it was short lived, it was fun.
  12. Well shucks! I was all excited about earning the 'posting machine' badge. What a hoot! 😀
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