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Doing Discussions: What Are Reading Challenges For?

December 27, 2016 Uncategorized 14

Personally, I love setting goals and working towards achievements (in real life and in games), so I have a ton of fun signing up for challenges every year. However, I also find myself wondering what the point of signing up for a bunch of reading challenges is. Personally, I don’t always do the best job keeping up with them throughout the year. I think a compelling reason for making time for them would provide me the motivation I need to do better. Here are a few of the reasons I’ve thought of so far. Read more »

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TLC Review: The Fate of the Tearling

December 26, 2016 Uncategorized 4

TLC Review: The Fate of the TearlingTitle: The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)
Author: Erika Johansen
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: As with the previous book, I enjoyed the character growth and world building, but I had mixed feelings about the ending.

“In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.” (Source) Read more »

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#NFBookClub Mayflower Discussion Part 2

December 22, 2016 Uncategorized 3

This week, it’s time to wrap up our discussion of Mayflower. This book was both the pick for our Nonfiction Book Club this month and part of Lory at Emerald City Book Review’s Reading New England Challenge. Be sure to check out her answers to our discussion questions and join in the conversation! I’ll post the questions first and then add my answers below, with a link-up at the bottom. Read more »

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Review: The Diner

December 14, 2016 Uncategorized 6

Review: The DinerTitle: The Dinner
Author: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: The author did an incredible job of creeping me out, but each ‘reveal’ felt predictable to me.

“A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.” (Source) Read more »

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#NFBookClub Mayflower Discussion Part 1

December 11, 2016 Uncategorized 6

For our first Nonfiction Book Club discussion, I’ll be directing you over to Lory at The Emerald City Book Review. As I mentioned in the announcement, she kindly offered to co-host the Mayflower discussion as part of her Reading New England challenge. For the first part of the discussion, please share your answers to the questions in the link-up or comments over at her blog. I’ll answer the questions below, but will be linking up at Lory’s post as well. Read more »

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Blog Birthday

December 8, 2016 Uncategorized 50

Happy blog birthday to me, happy blog birthday to me…. Doing Dewey is 5 years old today! It’s been a wonderful five years and as always, I want to take the occasion of my blogiversary to say thank you all for making blogging such a great experience. I love that you’re always there for as much bookish conversation I want to have, but also to share any other news going on our lives. To celebrate, I’d like to invite you to enter my giveaway below, where I’ll be giving away two $10 gift cards for either Amazon or The Book Depository. Thanks for being awesome!

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TLC Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

December 7, 2016 Uncategorized 6

TLC Review: The Invasion of the TearlingTitle: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)
Author: Erika Johansen
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Very much in the spirit of the first book. Similarly, it has unique, interesting but unfinished world building; well developed secondary characters; and difficult decisions for our protagonist.

“With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.” (Source) Read more »

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