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Happening April 25, 2020

#FridayReads - April 3rd, 2020
A Distant Melody - Sarah Sundin Pox: An American History - Michael Willrich Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

Hoping to get A Distant Melody done this weekend. I want to get through another chapter of Pox. If all goes accordingly, I can start Beauty Queens for IRL book club - our last meeting for our "year" is in a few weeks. 

Bout of Books Cycle 27.5

Bout of Books is doing a low-key version of their full strength read-a-thon challenge April 6th-12th. There is no daily re-caps or social media challenges; just three times a day during the week where you can drop what you are doing and read, with a check in at the halfway mark during the three times. The tweet thread in the hyperlink explains that probably better than how I just did. 


I am doing this as well so that I make time for reading myself while I try to homeschool the kids. The times for reading in my neck of the woods is 10am, 3pm, and 8pm. I am aiming for at least two out of the three reading times per day. 


There are no chats (aside from the optional check ins), and no prizes. Just a "remember to read, and check in so we know you are doing OK" type of read-a-thon. Next full on Bout is in May.

Amazon Sale

Amazon is having a " buy $20 in ebooks, get $5 in credits" sale until April 2nd. I picked up Serving Up Love (a romance anthology about the Harvey House girls by Karen Witmeyer, Jen Turano, Regina Jennings, and Tracie Peterson), A Desperate Hope (Empire State #3) by Elizabeth Camden, and Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings. Then with my $5 credit I picked up Problem Child (Jane Doe #2) by Victoria Helen Stone.



Barnes & Noble NOOK Book Sales

Don't know how long these sales are for so catch them now.


Candlewick Press


Entangled Press - some books are free


Bloomsbury Press


Harlequin Romance - I went a little crazy today and picked up three 2 stories-in-1 books


Spring eBook Sale

Master Post: Snakes & Ladders Game 2020
A Distant Melody - Sarah Sundin

I will be using dice from Random Dice Roller.



1. Space 1: A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin (worth 2 rolls)





I know that I previously said that I wasn't going to do any games aside from Halloween Bingo in 2020, but that was Pre-COVID-19. Here we all are, stuck in our houses and reading like mad.


So, why wouldn't we play a game?



I decided to just repurpose Snakes & Ladders for this one! It's an easy, fun game and I don't have to do any work at all to get it ready.








Everyone starts on 1. There are two alternative ways to move forward.


1. Read a book that fits the description on the space number as listed below and you can roll two dice to move forward more quickly.


2. However, if you can't find a book to fit the square, don't worry about it. You can read any book, and roll one dice on random.org.  This is to ensure that if a reader cannot find a book to fill the square, no one gets bogged down and can't move on.


All books must be at least 200 pages long. Short stories count, so long as you read enough of them from a collection to equal 200 pages. 


You do not need to hit space 100 with an exact roll. In order to win, you must complete space 100 as written.




1. Author is a woman

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!



See comments to the post for further explanations or to ask questions


When you start on square 1, you need to read a book before you can roll. If your book fills the square, you get to roll two dice. If your book doesn't not fit the square, roll one dice only.


With respect to the ladder squares: You must read a book in order to climb the ladder. Once you finish the book for the ladder square, climb the ladder to the ending square. If you read a book that fits the ending square, roll two dice to move on, otherwise, roll one dice.


For audiobook substitutions, either check the print book to determine if it is more than 200 pages long, or any audiobook that is a minimum of 5 hours & 30 minutes qualifies.





Reblogged from Moonlight Reader
The Old Lady
The Old Lady

Here's a picture of my dear old Gracie (German-Australian cattle shepherd mix). She is 11 years old and enjoys walks followed by lots of naps. She loves bedtime stories; she will curl up with the kids when I read to them. Her eyesight at night is failing but overall she is a healthy senior. 


We adopted her from a rescue group in May 2010; we found out I was pregnant with Joshua the next month. She is fiercely protective of both kids. She has lived in California, England, and now Kansas. She doesn't like the cold. She can sense I am going to have an epileptic episode just before I do and will stay with me until I come out of it. 


I hope Gracie brightens up your feed like she brightens up our days.

Love on the Line - Deeanne Gist Maid to Match - Deeanne Gist A Distant Melody - Sarah Sundin

March 27, 2020


As noted in MR's post in the discussion thread for this week, here's my #FridayReads:

So this weekend it is all about my NOOK and getting caught up on some Reading Assignment Challenge books that had been put to the side. I'm trying to finish Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist (about 40% left), then it is on to Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist. For the week ahead, I will take a break from Gist to read A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin. All COYER eligible if I can get my butt motivated to write reviews. 

Love on the Line - Deeanne Gist Maid to Match - Deeanne Gist The Measure of a Lady - Deeanne Gist A Distant Melody - Sarah Sundin A Memory Between Us - Sarah Sundin

If you have done COYER (Clean Out Your E-Reader) before or want to try it, here's the link to the sign up. It's all year now, with side themes throughout the year to give readers a break from the restrictions of basic COYER. I am just doing basic COYER, not the quarantine side theme. I have signed up on my blog, but wanted to reach out to the BL community to see if anyone wants in. 


I have some ebooks to read for Reading Assignment challenge, so those will be my starting TBR:


1. Finish Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist

2. Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

3. The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist

4. A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin

5. A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory #2) by Sarah Sundin



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Master Post for #StayHome24in48 Readathon
Juliet Takes a Breath - Gabby Rivera Golden in Death - J.D. Robb

Status #2:

Got another 3 hours and 15 minutes of reading in and finished Juliet. I also listened to the FB Live event for COYER - we are not having a summer edition; instead they are going to go the full year, starting with COYER Quarantine theme, starting in April and going through August. After that, another theme for the next few months. They were planning on going to a full year COYER in 2021, but thought now was the time since some people are home a lot more to read. I'm in!


Also during my social media break from reading I found out my kids' school is moving our Spring Book Fair (which was supposed to start tomorrow) online, so family/friends of students can purchase books as well as parents. Hopefully, we can still meet our goal - we have a new school building being built right now and new books are needed to fill those shelves!


Up next, Golden in Death (In Death #50) by JD Robb. It came in through ILL on Thursday and I picked it up Friday. I need the comfort of the return of the In Death gang but I am not one for re-reading, so this installment came at the right time. And of course it's not in the book database here at BL. *SIGH*


Status #1:

Woke up and made tea, let the dog outside to do her thing. Got all nice and settled while the house was still quiet. Read for one hour, then took a break to make myself some breakfast and a second cup of tea. Currently reading Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. It's also due back at the library soon; even though the library is waiving all fines during the isolation period, I just can't shake the rule follower in me and I want to give the book back on time. I'm at 32% read and will probably finish by the end of the afternoon. 


24in48 Readathon #StayHome edition

I signed up because what else is there to do? I'll post here and on IG and Twitter....if I remember to do so.

Yeah, I am going to need more chocolate and beer

So Kansas just shut down schools for the rest of the school year (we get out the Friday before Memorial Day). 9 weeks of no school, followed by 2.5 months of summer vacation....


Hubby is going back to work (can't paint/maintain aircraft on a work from home plan) on Monday. He took this week off so he could be with the kids while they are on spring break. 

Sunday Post - It's Been Awhile
2020 Library Love Challenge Master Post
When Tides Turn - Sarah Sundin Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure - Samira Kawash His Majesty's Hope - Susan Elia MacNeal

Goal: Read 24 books from the library, any format (Thrifty level).



1. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

2. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks on Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

3. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

4. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin

5. Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope

6. The White Darkness by David Grann



1. When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3) by Sarah Sundin

2. Candy: A Century of Panice and Pleasure by Samira Kawash

3. His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope #3) by Susan Elia MacNeal





















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