Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1-16-17)

Happy Monday! We're in the middle of a massive ice storm. So far, I've had several small branches break off trees, and I lost internet for about two hours. Not too bad, considering some of the forecasts were predicting major power outages ... though I guess we're not completely out of the woods yet. The weather man is saying that increased winds tonight could cause more branches to fall ... just so they stay off of my house and car! On the upside, I didn't have to go to work today, and we have a 10 a.m. start tomorrow (I still have hope that school will eventually be cancelled). I hope the weather's a bit nicer where you live!

"Beyond Belief" by Jenna Miscavige Hill

You've probably noticed by now that I'm a bit fascinated by Scientology—not with the "religion" itself, but with the stories of those who have left. Jenna Miscavige Hill is one such person, only her story is a bit different from the others I've heard because of her family: her uncle is the current Scientology leader, David Miscavige.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Best of the Bunch: December 2016

As has become my pattern of late, I'm posting my Best of the Bunch for December well into January! (And yes, I still have a Top Ten of 2016 coming ... I'm just woefully behind!)

Though not every book was a 4-1/2 or 5 star read, I did like every single book I reviewed in December ... it was a very good reading month!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Never Forget" by Jody Hedlund

Oh, my. Let me just ask, where is my Nathaniel Winthrop? One of my fellow book bloggers likes to talk about her book boyfriends. Well, I'd like to make Nathaniel, hero of Never Forget, mine!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke & The Bookish goes nicely with the Mount TBR reading challenge I'm doing this year. The official topic is "Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To)" ... but I'm going to adapt it to Top Ten 2016 Releases I Own But Haven't Read Yet.

Monday, January 9, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1-9-17)

Happy Monday! We're now fully back into the swing of things following the holidays ... doesn't it feel like Christmas was a long time ago? My winter is looking a little different than normal—for the first time since 2004, I'm not coaching high school speech. After 12 seasons, I decided it was time to quit. Our team's first meet was last Saturday, and I can't even express how thrilled I was to be sleeping in instead of getting up at 4:30 a.m.! I'm hoping this change means a much healthier and happier Becky throughout the winter :-)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

"The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill" by Julie Klassen

I love Regency-set (and slightly later) movies, television series, and books that take place in villages and focus on a variety of characters. Lawana Blackwell's Gresham Chronicles, the Cranford miniseries, and the TV show Lark Rise to Candleford are some of my favorites, and now Julie Klassen's new Tales from Ivy Hill series is joining the ranks of these village-set tales. Book one, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, recently released, and if it's any indication, this series is destined to become one of my favorites!