Wednesday, 1 July 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 100TH ANNIVERSARY - ANNE OF THE ISLAND by L.M. Montgomery



100th Anniversary !

ANNE OF THE ISLAND

by L. M. Montgomery

Dedicated
"to all the girls over the world who have "wanted more"
about ANNE"


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My Thoughts?
Always a love, L.M. Montgomery's rich story of a grown Anne of Green Gables at eighteen as she leaves her beloved home and Prince Edward Island to fulfill her dream. 
Dialogue driven, Anne of the Island has it's own way of evoking the era. Maud Montgomery is adept at creating witty conversation and humour that adds to the listening [and reading] enjoyment.
Anne of the Island, originally published in July 1915, continues to inspire and influence heartfelt love for Anne and Ms Montgomery's writing on this 100th year anniversary of its publication.  
Written at the manse in Leaskdale, Ontario, following her marriage to minister, Ewen MacDonald, it  followed the successful 1908 publication of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, 
This third novel in the Anne series includes 4 years of an adult Anne's life. Moving from her rural home at Green Gables on Prince Edward Island to city life in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, Redmond College [based on Dalhousie University where Maud herself attended] dorm living, to shared rent of Paddy's Place, a cozy private cottage Anne had dreamed of since discovering it in her first year at college.  We are treated to her life together with friends Priscilla Grant and Philippa Gordon for the remaining 3 years of school and socializing as Anne pursues completion of her education BA.  
During this time, Anne discovers life on her own initiative, the sale of her first story, the home of her birth in the fictional town of Bolingbroke [based on New London], along with a welcome gift from the current owner.  Anne receives several very unusual proposals, visits Green Gables home for holidays and weddings, including that of her childhood friend Diana, romantic attachments,
and studiously avoids Gilbert Blythe's attentions.
An excellent addition to the Anne series, 
I personally recommend either novel reading or audio copy,
especially in honour of this 100th year Celebration!
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Post Hypnotic Press audio, published May 30th 2013,  8.5 hrs.
This version features Colleen Winton as narrator, as the first 2 Anne audios in the series.  I find her characterizations are not as distinct as could be though the age of the voice corresponds closer to the older Anne in this story.  Sample: LISTEN HERE
Production is well executed technically for listening enjoyment. Speech is evenly modulated without breaks or background interruptions.  
*Appreciation to Post Hypnotic Press for an audio download for listening and review purposes without cost or compensation.
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Author L.M. [Maud] Montgomery :

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for one of several series of novels beginning with ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, published in 1908.
Born at CLifton, Prince Edward Island, November 30, 1874,
she came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge, Ontario, in 1911 after wedding Rev Ewen Macdonald on July 11th, 1911 in Prince Edward Island.  Her three children were born at Leaskdale.  Maud wrote close to a dozen books while living in the Leaskdale Manse before the Macdonald family moved to Norval, Ontario in 1926.  Maud died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and was buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

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Purchase:

Anne of the Island paperback and hardback various versions
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Boxed collection includes: Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne's House of Dreams
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

HAPPY 148TH CANADA DAY !!


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~ Have a Wonderful Day of Celebrating ALL that Canada means to You ~

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I'm off to a local street party with friends , food , and FuN !
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And with great weather , we'll end the day with fireworks . . .
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Celebrating with Canadians everywhere the goodness of God in keeping Canada 
'glorious and Free!' as the national anthem, Oh Canada, offers the prayer of request.
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 A bit of history on the founding of Canada -
Founded on Psalm 72.8
" He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
and from the river 
unto the ends of the earth."  
the Dominion of Canada was formed to unite the provinces into a nation on
July 1st 1867
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Canada's motto is "He shall have dominion from sea to sea"
referring to God from the Psalm 72 scripture,
repeated again in Latin on the Canadian coat of arms, "From sea to sea".

Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister,
wrote an explanation of the name to Queen Victoria, stating it ,
" a tribute to the principles they earnestly desired to uphold."

Declaring the continued dominion of Canada from sea to sea   
as Canadians everywhere participate in celebrating this beautiful nation
founded on God's freedom. 


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Pinning Canadian !


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BOOKISH SIDE OF LIFE: JUNE READING REVIEW 1.7.15


The Blonder Side of Life

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Updating my completions for this Summer Reading Challenge June thru August 2015
Thanks to Kels' invite!
Pretty pleased with the count so far.  Reached 12/20 for June and 104/120 year.
Here' s how this month stacked up ~
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1st read - Stacie Henry's HOPE's PROMISE
A lovely enovella bringing closure to a WWI couples' romance first discovered in
A HOPE REMEMBERED.  Conclusion to the fantastic Of Love and War trilogy.
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2nd - Susan Anne Mason's IRISH MEADOWS
A historical romance publishing in 1 week, I loved the romances - yes, more than 1! -
and the character development life situations brought to our sisters and their suitors. Such a good book.  One of my Tuesday Top 10s posted  yesterday.
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3rd - MC Beaton's DEATH OF A LIAR
June being audiobook month, I focused my reads to that end.  I definitely favour Scottish accents and love revisiting locations I'm familiar with, so MC Beaton's mysteries are a go to .  Office Hamish Macbeth is the police officer of a Highlands village who gets more than his fair share of trouble!
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4th - EVANLY BODIES by Rhys Bowen
A similar type mystery, this time with a Welsh policeman, and characteristics of Wales.
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5th - THE WINTER GARDEN MYSTERY by Carola Dunn
Another audio by prolific Brit author [now living stateside]. Interesting historical of the 1930s.
Honourable Daisy Dalrymple who takes employment as a journalist, much to the displeasure of her aristocrat mother. A developing romance between Daisy and detective inspector of a lower class.
Class issues in plain view in this series along with mysterious deaths.
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6th - AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS by Maxine Bailey
Set in the 18th century, I found this well written and an intriguing depiction of life of that era.
New to me author, I'll be watching for next reads.
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7th- SUMMER'S LIST by Anita Higman
Currently on book tour, I will be posting later with thoughts.  A warm and compassionate story of a young woman's relationship with her grandma as she nears life's end.
And the providential re-discovery of a childhood friend...
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8th - AFTER THE WAR IS OVER by Jennifer Robson
Audio listen of this English tale.  Relationships and life realities in England after WWI
with advances for women at this crucial conjucture in time.  Historical details seamlessly included 
in the telling.
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9th - THE ROSE GIRLS by Victoria Connelly
Familial tale of 3 sisters reconnected after the mother's passing.  Dramatic and realistic of the
effects on each.  Lovely reconciliation and romances developed as the girls
 work through life together.  A new to me English accented narrator for this audio.
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10th- THE PRICE OF PRIVILEGE by Jessica Dotta
Concluding gothic novel of the trilogy by the same name.  Hugely anticipated 
as this was a fav series that gripped with intrigue, suspense, gorgeous wordsmithing,
and evocative storytelling. My fav Brit accents by Amanda McKnight narrating.
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11th- BOUNDARIES by Drs Townsend and Cloud
Sound and helpful material provided in the understanding of the development of boundaries
and the need for same.  Well read by the chosen narrator, who made the material
enjoyable in his ability to characterize samples of people with boundary issues.
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12th- DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP by MC Beaton
Another audio of Hamish Macbeth's Scottish Highland adventures, this one
may just be my fav to date... Narrating excellence with every cast member individually
characterized with distinction. 
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On to my 13th and 14th reads before the month ended, I'm now focused on reading for the
Canadian Book Challenge #9 that begins today - Canada's 148th Birthday!
You're very welcome to join the annual fun reading Canadian books/authors
As well as ~
Paris in July !  A month of reading everything Paris and French inspired.
Links to join either are on the sidebar.
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Thank you to Kels for the Bookish Side of Life Summer Challenge!
signup if you'd like to join us for July and August
I keep a running update of my Summer Reading HERE
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Find other partyers linking up their June Reading HERE
What new reads will inspire you...?


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Monday, 29 June 2015

TOP TEN TUESDAY BOOKS READ [so far] IN 2015


 
Top Ten Books I've Read {So Far} In 2015

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IRISH MEADOWS by Susan Anne Mason
A Stranger's Secret by Laurie A Eakes
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot
Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland
Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd
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In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
A Hope Remembered by Stacy Henrie
To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner


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One not yet published neither all in 2015, but read this year
and these are my most recent tops.
I've just passed the 100 reads at this mid-point of the year,
so choosing 10 overall was a formidable task for sure!
I read for many reasons, reading challenges, and readathons,
generating a lot of different influences for top ten choices.
Many, though not all, are reviewed at goodreads
and added to my header link to Book Reviews as time allows.
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Looking forward to finding your choices and any similar reads you'd recommend.  Link up Tuesdays as below.
Interesting upcoming Top Ten Lists to check out...
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 I luv the fun of finding new reading incentives of current reads that fit the
  Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesdays 
linkup memes.
Be sure to check them out as well.
Bibliophile By the Sea and A Daily Rhythm hosting.

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Adding my Top Tens at the Broke and the Bookish
Find details of the meme HERE
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Upcoming TOP TEN Lists:
July 7: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read
July 14: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)
July 21: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters
[example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, 
neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.]

July 28: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds
[love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc]
(inspired by my 
Top Ten Characters Who Love Words)
August 4
: Ten Fairytale Retellings I've Read/Want To Read
[or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love]

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

AUDIOBOOK MONTH | CANADIAN BOOK CHALLENGE | PARIS IN JULY 29.6.15


JUNE IS


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MONTH !
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Audiobooks have majored in my weekend featuring not a few rainstorms.
I've been enjoying the focus on audiobooks as I've learned over the years
to find storytellers that bring books to life.
Amanda McKnight is just such an artisan.
Jessica Dotta's Price of Privilege series benefits from Amanda's emotive abilities
to create atmosphere, uniquely characterize antagonists and protagonists,
create settings, and oh, those amazing Brit accents!
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My treat this weekend was a hoopla streaming of the final in the trilogy,
PRICE OF PRIVILEGE.
Edge of the seat kind of drama and intensity!
Characters who'd revealed themselves in the earlier novels,
now gave their final farewells in multiple ploys and plottings.
Such an amazing story of thought and action, Ms Dotta is a masterful writer.
Have you checked out the series?  Hoopla is available free via your library card.
Can it get easier than that?
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Well...  maybe having an audio or 2 arrive in my mailbox ?!
This week brought a perfectly timed package direct from the audiobook narrator.
Appreciation to Tanya Eby for selecting an audio she recommended for this mystery fan -
a new to me author and series by Katherine Hall Page set in the English countryside.
You already know I'm scrounging for more listening time, right?
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and I had the pleasure of completing Victoria Connelly's multi-layered English family drama,
THE ROSE GIRLS
narrated with a dramatically characterized cast by Fiona Hardingham.
A definite delight I discovered earlier in my mailbox this audiomonth of June!
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Here are the other audios I've enjoyed during JUNE is AUDIOMONTH :
The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn
After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson, [Canadian author]
The Rose Girls by Victoria Connelly
Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta
Boundaries by Drs Townsend and CLoud
Great genre variety of mystery, historical WW1 fiction, contemporary, gothic, and nonfic..
Audio month tracking found HERE
My book and challenge updates are tracked HERE

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Today is the 1st #COLLABOREADS linkup for sharing our JUNE 
R.E.A.D.S Reviews for the NYT Bestseller prompt.
Enjoying the impromptu reading this offers.
JULY's book criteria is "A book with someone's NAME in the title"
I must like the thrill of the chase!  Sounds another fun selection just ahead...
Read my JUNE Review HERE

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Also pleased to have reached and passed the elusive 100 books badge
at the 50 Book Pledge I made originally at TheSavvyReader.  Pledge anytime.
Great graphics to shelve your tbr, current, and completed reads.



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What's up next ?
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The Canadian Book Challenge beginning annually on Canada's Birthday, July 1st !
A reading challenge I've enjoyed about 5 years so far.
Tweet #CanBookChallenge to link your reading.  And watch host John's blog,
BookMineSet , for the signup linky on July 1st for 2015.
I look forward to finding your books in the linkup!

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Another July Event ?
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Hosted by Tamara in Australia at Thyme-for-Tea
{signups OPEN Now}
Come join the Celebration of all things French, France , Paris !

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Then, a wee bit further into the month be watching for your signup opp for ~
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Set your own pace and level of participation.
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SONGS on SUNDAYS: FATHER'S LOVE 28.6.15


Welcome to #SONGSonSUNDAYS !

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Reflecting on 'Father',
I recognize my valuing of God, in the role of Father,
has increased to fill my need
since the loss of my earthly father .
"God in his holy dwelling,
is a father to orphans..."
Psalm 68.5
How intricately God is involved in our lives as Father.
Today's #SONGSonSUNDAYS is a favourite 
- FATHER'S LOVE LETTER -
to inspirit us all in the encompassing embrace of our Father.

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You may not know me, but I know everything about you.(Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up.(Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways.(Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.(Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring.[Acts 17.28] I knew you even before you were concived.(Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation.(Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book.(Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live.(Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made.(Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother's womb.(Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born.(Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who do not know me (John 8.41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love.(1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.(1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father.(1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.(Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect father.(Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.(James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6.31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.(Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love.(Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore.(Psalms 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing.(Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you.(Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5) I desire to you establish you with all my heart and all my soul.(Jeremiah 33:3) And I want to show you great and marvelous things.(Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.(Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart.(Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires.(Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you possibly imagine.(Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart.(Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes.(Revelation 21:3-4) And I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth.(Revelation 21:3-4) I am your father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.(John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you.(Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.(2 Corinthians 5. 18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5.18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.(1 John 4:10) I gave up everthing I loved that I might gain your love.(Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me.(1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again.(Romans 8.38-39) Come home and I will throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen.(Luke 15:7) I have always been father, and will always be father.(Ephesians 3.14-15) My question is will you be my child? (John 1.12-13)
I am waiting for you.(
Luke 15.11-32)

Love,
Your Dad ,
Almighty God


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May you be blessed in the reality of that LOVE...
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You're invited to add your responses in comments
and to link your own selections for #SONGSonSUNDAYS this week.
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Friday, 26 June 2015

FRIDAY BOOK FINDS: READING CHALLENGE INSPY 26.6.15




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Keeping in mind the upcoming Reading Challenges with today's Friday Finds -
My selections may provide some inspy to join and you may have others to inspire us...
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For the Austen in August Challenge :
Sense and Sensibility now .99 til July 6th
A Jane Austen Devotional - 1.99
Annotated Pride and Prejudice - .99

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Canadian Book Challenge begins July 1st.  Annual Event #9 !
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Anne of the Island celebrating 100th year anniversary this July!
Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island
are illustrated kindle versions
and, yes, there are more books in the series
Each Anne title is .99 
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Now, off to search out some Paris in July finds...
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

#CANADIAN BOOK CHALLENGE #9 : READING BEGINS JULY 1st 2015 !


NEW CHALLENGE BEGINS!

My favourite annual begins on Canada's Birthday, July 1st ! 
CANADIAN BOOK CHALLENGE #9
as #8 closes on June 30th.
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Our goal is to complete 13 Canadian books during the year July 1 to June 30th
Open WorldWide with ongoing signups throughout the year at John's Book Mine Set blog.
[FAQs answered at the above link]
Review links are added to John's monthly roundup post as you progress.
{My own selections progressively updated on page link above under header}
Participants, authors, and publishers are all welcome to contribute prizes
at anytime during the year.  What makes a book Canadian to you?
Author?  Location?  Characters?  Publisher?
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Have you any fav Canadian authors?  Margaret Laurence, LM Montgomery,
Gabrielle Roy, Miriam Toews, Carol Shields, Farley Mowat, Murray Pura,
Henri Nouwen, Leonard Cohen, Robert Munsch, Jean Little, Nellie McCLung,
CC Benison, Genevieve Graham, Susannah Kearsley, Jennifer Robson, Susan Anne Mason...
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Here's a helpful wiki list of Canadian authors to inspire choices.
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I look forward to finding your name and book titles in the links!
And do consider adding some #Canadian books to your current challenge reading.
Paris in July up next, plus current
#collaboreads, #bookishsideoflife, #20booksofsummer, #audiomonth, #BigBookChallenge,
#TraveltheWorldinBooks,  and upcoming #AusteninAugust, #HighSummerRead-a-thon
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How many books have you checked off for 2015 ?
Definitely some useable reading prompts in the list that follows.
I'm thinking this might inspire any Reading Challenge,
including the current and upcoming
#CanadianBookChallenge,
#20booksofsummer, #BigBookSummerChallenge, Paris in July, #AusteninAugust
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WW: WAKING TO WEDNESDAY 24.6.15





Waking to Wednesday

Thunderclaps followed by thunderrolls all to the Rhythm of the Rain...



Thanks to The Cascades for today's melody.


And to all my reading friends ~




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#EnJoy your Gift !



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