sabato 18 febbraio 2017

2017 Outlander Series Reading Challenge

It's a long time that I want to read this so fascinating series, I love time travel stories. Some time ago I started the first book but left it although I was enjoying a lot. I hope this time to succeed.


hosted by Simply Angela

Here’s what you need to know. 

Timeframe: January 9th, 2017—December 31st, 2017
 
Goal—To read through the Outlander Series and the shorts.
 
What Counts
Books must be read in 2017
Re-reads count
All formats (print, digital, or audio) count
 
Who can join? Anyone.
Bloggers, set up a challenge post and link it below.
Not a blogger? It’s okay, just set up an Outlander Series Reading Challenge shelf on GoodReads.
Make sure you join the Facebook group, because fun mini-challenges and giveaways will be posted there. You’ll also have the chance to meet and interact with other Outlander fans who are participating in the challenge.  
 
Check In Posts: Will be the last Friday of each month with the exception of November.
January 27 | February 24 | March 31 | April 28 | May 26 | June 30 | July 28 | August 25 | September 29 | October 27 | November  30 (Thursday)| December  29 (Final Check In Post)

Check In Giveaways will be random, so please check the blog every month. 

Book 0.5

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4

Book 5

Book 6

Book 7

Book 7.5

Book 8

Book 8.5

Back to the Classics 2017



There are 12 categories, but you don't have to do them all. You can select which ones appeal to you and still qualify for the draw.

Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing

Here are the books I will read for each category.

1. A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899 - Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

2.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 

3.  A classic by a woman author - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories) - Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category - Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare 

6.  A romance classic. I'm pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, The Nine Tailors, Henry V, Fahrenheit 451, etc. An actual number is required -- for example, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None would not qualify, but The Seven Dials Mystery would - Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It can be an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name in the title. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc. If the animal is not obvious, please clarify it in your post - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. It can be real or imaginary: The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc - The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (I'd love to visit Paris and England)

11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurie (1938 National Book Award for Fiction)

12. A Russian classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author - The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

giovedì 16 febbraio 2017

2017 Key Word Challenge


For this challenge, I have chosen six keywords associated with each month in 2017. Your task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month. Simple right?

Challenge Guidelines

  • This challenge will run from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
  • You can join anytime before December 31, 2017
  • Books must be read and reviewed in 2017
  • The book title you choose can be a variation on one of the keywords. Meaning, you can tweak the keywords. For example, your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’ Further, if the key word is ‘family‘ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’ It’s similar to the word game Word Association.

Monthly Keywords & Picks
JAN– Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep, Thousand
FEB– And, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing
MAR– Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga
APR– From, Trigger, Tale, His, Crown, Mist
MAY– Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade
JUN– Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have
JUL– Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream
AUG– Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most
SEP– Sand, From, Between, Ever, Reasons, Clash
OCT– Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea
NOV– Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet
DEC– Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, On, Will


martedì 14 febbraio 2017

Book Blast & Giveaway: Just Friends With Benefits by Meredith Schorr


Meredith Schorr Tour
by Meredith Schorr

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GENRE: Romantic Comedy

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BLURB: Just Friends With Benefits


When a friend urges Stephanie Cohen not to put all her eggs in one bastard, the advice falls on deaf ears. Stephanie’s college crush on Craig Hille has been awakened thirteen years later as if soaked in a can of Red Bull, and she is determined not to let the guy who got away once, get away twice.

Stephanie, a thirty-two-year-old paralegal from Washington, D.C., is a seventies and eighties television trivia buff who can recite the starting lineup of the New York Yankees and go beer for beer with the guys. And despite her failure to get married and pro-create prior to entering her thirties, she has so far managed to keep her overbearing mother from sticking her head in the oven. Just Friends with Benefits is the humorous story of Stephanie’s pursuit of love, her adventures in friendship, and her journey to discover what really matters.


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EXCERPT:


”Maybe I was hoping to hear something a little bit more interesting.”

“Like what?” I mumbled, “Details about our hot sex last night?” before I could stop myself. It wasn’t an ideal way to open a dialogue about what was happening between us, but it was something.

“Found it,” Craig said before patting his GPS lovingly. “I don’t know what I’d do without this baby.”

I gazed at him in confusion until a look out the window confirmed we’d arrived at the train station. While Craig parked his car, I muttered, “That was quick.” He probably hadn’t heard what I said and now my opportunity to discuss “us” had disappeared in his rear view mirror and I had no idea when I’d have another chance. Maybe it was the universe urging me not to push. I stepped out of the passenger seat and followed Craig to the back of his car. While he opened the trunk to remove my bag, I watched a young couple exchange a tearful goodbye. Craig handed me my duffle bag. “Here you go. Are you okay waiting here by yourself?”

I glanced at my watch. My train wouldn’t arrive for another twelve minutes. We didn’t have tons of time, but it might be enough to discuss getting together again.

“I’d stay with you, but it’s going to get dark soon, and I have a long ride ahead of me.”

Or not.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.


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Just Friends With Benefits








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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE


Meredth will be awarding a $20 Sephora Giftcard to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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sabato 11 febbraio 2017

2017 New Release Challenge


The duration of this challenge is one year. It's hosted by Lexxie over @ Unconventional Book Reviews & Stormi @ Books, Review, Movies, Oh My!


The rules for the 2017 New Release Challenge are simple:

Books have to be released and reviewed in 2017.

Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2017 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.

The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.

The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2017, and sign-ups are open until February 15th 2017.

You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

There are five levels in the New Release Challenge:

1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed

My goal is the new release pro 31-60 new releases in 2017.



2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Dollycas at Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book is hosting another A-Z Challenge in 2017.
The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2017
your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet.
spoon
Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful
Details
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2017 until December 31st, 2017.
You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.
You do not need to link up each spoonful.
Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!
It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.


Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.
A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.
OR
B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – Assault and Beret by Jenn McKinlay B- Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton  C – Cold Pressed Murder by Kelly Lane   D – Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle etc.
Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z


giovedì 9 febbraio 2017

Review & Giveaway: The Soldier’s Woman by Kelly Lyonns


The Soldier’s Woman
by Kelly Lyonns

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GENRE: Historical Romance - Regency

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BLURB:

It is 1810 somewhere in the chaos of war-ravaged Napoleonic Portugal. Miss Charlotte Everslea, dedicated member of an ancient secretive Guild and skilled paranormal artefacts hunter, has found herself trapped behind enemy lines. Colonel Maximillian Bladewood is used to giving orders and having them obeyed, both on and off the battlefield. But the petite golden-haired hoyden, to whose accidental intervention he owes his life, challenges both his authority and his sanity. Their cross-purposed journey will reach a crossroad where one or both of them will need to compromise.

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My Review:

Great debut for this author, an intriguing and entertaining story, captures you from the first page and it becomes really hard to put it down before the end.
Charlotte and Maxmilian meet while there are a fierce battle between the French and British. He is fighting against two French soldiers and after defeating them realizes that with him there is a woman alone and scared. For a big mistake she has been found in a battlefield alone. She is in danger and he will do anything to protect her but can he save his heart?
The character are well written and lovable. He is a colonel strong, brave, very combative. She's  a headstrong woman, determined, sometimes event insolen. They are a wonderful couple
I loved the characters, the dialogue, the plot, and the way this romance blossomed over time and trials until It was love. The writing was pleasant and flowed easily. This was a truly engaging and delightful read.
I definitely recommend this one.

                                                        


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EXCERPT:


Trapped together, hiding from the enemy

From beside her came the sounds of a large body settling in the rustling straw, followed by a faint sigh. Her rambling thoughts focussed back onto the present and the man at her side. He had given no indication that any of his wounds were serious, but he must surely be as bone tired as she felt. She tried to lie back in the dark and relax as she listened to his body shifting on the dry straw.

Perhaps his arm was paining him. The thought troubled her, but there was nothing to be done about it here and now. He sighed and stirred again. She winced, it would be an unpleasant job unsticking the dried blood and removing his coat. Imagining the Colonel removing his coat sent immediate heat to her cheeks. Perhaps she just imagined it, but she could feel the warmth of his body down her entire side, breaching the inch or two of air between them.

Thank heavens it was dark! What indiscriminate thoughts!

Then another thought occurred to her...


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After earning a living as a freelance environmental scientist, writer and editor, Kelly Lyonns has evolved into a creative writer. She cohabitates with three cats, two children and a husband in a house so packed with character even the termites live next door. Burning questions about ecological sustainability and how to tie a Regency bodice, keep her on the internet deep into the night.

She enjoys tea, meditating, Jane Austen, solar punk, science fiction, sculpting and science. She frequently succumbs to the need to write. She rarely succumbs to the need to vacuum.

Connect with Kelly at:

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE


Kelly will be awarding a digital copy of The Soldier's Woman to 5 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


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