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Monday, 8 February 2016

FEBRUARY BOOK LOVE: LOVE FOR BOOKS READATHON #3 8.2.16


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Annual event for FHC, I look forward to this week's LOvE for BOoks Readathon!
Visit Jessi to signup HERE
I'll keep track of my reading on this post as of Monday the 8th through Valentine's Day 14th.
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Starting with:
Daily Readings for Lent -
Reading along for the beginning of Lent throughout this week.
February 8 -
9 Shrove Tuesday -
10th Ash Wednesday -
February 8th -
Hamish Macbeth mystery Death of a Dustman by MC Beaton
audio listen - 5 hrs
When Fergus Macleod, Lochdubh's abusive, drunk dustman is put in charge of the local recycling centre and is dubbed the 'Environment Officer', local police Sergeant, Hamish Macbeth, smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus, imbued with his new powers, becomes a bullying tyrant and when his body is found stuffed in a recycling bin, no one is sorry - including his long-suffering family.
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February 8th + 9th 
Intro + daily readings
Lacy Clark Ellman's Pilgrim Principles
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February 8th + 9th -
You Are My Hiding Place by Amy Carmichael















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Thursday, 21 January 2016

A WINTER'S RESPITE READ-A-THON WRAP-UP 2016 21.1.16


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Underway...   Now Completed as of January 24th

Here are this week's Read-a-Thon reading completions :
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20 pgs of Reading completed
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Daily Readings

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Find more participants and reading lists to inspire at Seasons of Reading
Thanks for stopping in along your way...
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Thursday, 14 January 2016

#ONEWORD365 for 2016 : CALM


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Have you explored your Word for 2016?
I'm pleased with the reminder my Word 'CALM' will be in the midst of all the changes.
A wonderful word to travel with throughout this new year.
Many images come to mind as I reflect on 'CALM' and all it can mean...
Now to put it into practice!
Be sure to share yours with me in comments.
I am online briefly and do love to hear from each of you.
Add yours to the group webpage and find your word tribe to connect with word matches.
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#ONEWORD365


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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT CHALLENGE WRAPUP 6.1.16


The CHRISTMAS SPIRIT READING CHALLENGE of 2015
wraps up January 6th 2016 - Twelfth Night.
My goodreads completions POSTED HERE.

~ Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2015 ~
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Christmas Tree level reading:
including audiobooks
The Nightingale Before Christmas – Donna Andrews
Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge – Charlie Lovett
All is Calm – Colleen Coble
All is Bright – Colleen Coble
Christmas at the Castle – Victoria Connelly
The Smallest Gift of Christmas -  P Reynolds
A Christmas Visitor – Anne Perry
The Christmas Angel – Jane Maas
Paper Angels – Jimmy Wayne Barber

Christmas Tree level 5-6 books read:
The Handmaid and the Carpenter -  Elizabeth Berg
Sacred Space – advent through Epiphany daily readings
The Golden Road [all Christmas short stories] – LM Montgomery
Peril at Christmas – Diane Moody
Hutterite Diaries [2 short stories] – Linda Maendel
The Christmas Blessing – Donna van Liere
The Baker’s Wife – Erin Healy
Mrs Roosevelt’s Confidante – Susan MacNeal
Sarah’s Song – Karen Kingsbury
Kneeling in Bethlehem -   Ann Weems
Hanah’s Hope – Karen Kingsbury
The Family of Jesus – Karen Kingsbury
The Clergyman’s Daughter + The Red House – Agatha Christie [ 2 short stories]
A Christmas Guest – Anne Perry
Miss Read’s Christmas Book -
A Christmas Grace – Anne Perry
Christmas Traditions – Leisure Arts
Rick Steves’ European Christmas
Christmas in my Heart – a second treasury – Joe Wheeler

Falalalala… Film watching:
The Christmas Candle – Max Lucado [loved and watched 2x]
While You Were Sleeping
The Christmas Blessing
The Christmas Luncheon – episode from the Vicar of Dibley
The Christmas Story – episode from the Vicar of Dibley
Small Town Santa
Christmas Grace
Serendipity

Visions of Sugar Plums – sharing childrens’ books with grandsons, grand nephews and nieces:
A Churchmouse Christmas by B Davoll
The First Christmas Tree by Helen Haidle
The Other Wise Man by Pam Kennedy
The Gift of the Dove by Betty Hager
The Smallest Gift of Christmas by P. Reynolds
The Night Before Christmas
The Littlest Christmas Star by Brandi Dougherty
The Christmas Story by Jane Werner
The Little Crooked Christmas Tree by Michael Cutting and Ron Broda
The Animals’ Christmas Eve by Gale Wiersum
The Twelve Days of Christmas [AChristmas Carol] illustrated by Sheilah Beckett


Another fun reading challenge that kept me in the Christmas Spirit!
THANKS, Michelle!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 READING KICK-OFF 5.1.16






Looking forward to this first Read a Thon of 2016 !

I'm well into my New Year's Reading - 7 done -  mostly audiobooks at this point.


Be sure to check out the details at Michelle's Seasons of Reading


and

HAPPY NEW YEAR !







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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

ALPHABET SOUP [BOOK TITLES] CHALLENGE- 2016 [+completed 2014 / 2015]



Reading one book per alphabet letter fills our bowl.
[Drop the 'A' and 'The']
Read books that have titles that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

* The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting

**For those pesky Q, X and Z titles, the word with the challenge letter can be 
anywhere in the title.
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2016 until December 31st, 2016.  You can join anytime.
**You do not have to review the book. Books can come from any genre.
My 2016 Completed Titles: 

A- The Animals' Christmas Eve by Gail Wiersum [Jan 6]
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron [Jan 31]
B- The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay [Jan 8] 
B
rave Enough by Nicole Unice -audio -[Jan 26]

C- The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas - audio - [ Jan 1]
D- Down a Garden Path by Karla Dornacher [Jan 1]
Death of a Gossip - audio[Jan 2] , Death of a Cad - audio[Jan 3] 
Death of an 
Outsider  by MC Beaton - audio - [Jan 16 ]
Death of a Perfect Wife by MC Beaton - audio - [Jan 26]

E- European Christmas by Rick Steves [Jan 6]
F- 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie - audiobook - [Jan 21]
G- The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon [Jan 2]

H- A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer [Jan 26]
I- The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander- audio - [Jan 18]
J- Jane of Lantern Hill by LM Montgmoery - Canadian - [Jan 22]
K- 

L- Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo - audio -[Jan 5]The Little Crooked Christmas Tree by Cutting/Broda [Canadian]
The Look of Love by Sarah Jio - audio - [Jan 25] M- The Mapping of Love and Death: Maisie Dobbs 7 by Jacqueline Winspear - audio - [Jan 18]
Music of Silence by David Steindl-Rast [Jan 10]
Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello - audio - [Jan 10]

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P- Paper Angels by Jimmy Wayne - audiobook - [Jan 7]
Q- Queen Latifah Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom- audiobook [Jan 30]
R- Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead/Jon Tyson [ ]
S- Secret Sayings, Hidden Meanings by Graham Cooke [Jan ] 
T- Twelve Days of Christmas by Canadian Illustrator Sheila Beckett [Jan 6]
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V- The Christmas
Visitor by Anne Perry - audiobook - [Jan 1]
W- When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin - audiobook - [Jan 23]
X- SiXty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings [Jan 21]
Y- You Are My Hiding Place by Amy Carmichael [ ]
Z- AmaZing Grace by Kathleen Norris [Jan 24]

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Fill out Form HERE when bowl is filled!


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is hosted once again at Lori's
Reading one book per alphabet letter fills your bowl..
My completed titles?

A- Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery

B- Brentwood's Ward by Michelle Griep

C- Crooked House by Agatha Christie

D- Death at Buckinham Palace by CC Benison
E- Escape to Mulberry Cottage by Victoria Connelly
F- Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
G- The Girl Got Up by Rachel Srubas
H- Hutterite Diaries by Linda Maendel
I- Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason 
J- Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
K- The Kite by W.O. Mitchell
[Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay ]
L- A Lady Most Lovely by Jennifer Delamere
M- Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
N- Nemesis by Agatha Christie
O- An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray
P- Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta
Q- The HarleQuin Teaset by  Agatha Christie
R- The Rivers Run Dry by Sibella Giorello
S- Sweet Dreams by Carla Stewart
T- To Mend a Dream by Tamera ALexander
U- Unleashed by Sonja Corbitt
V- The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
W- Words to Love By by Mother Theresa
X- Death and the Oxford Box by Veronica Stallwood
Y- A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Z- Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay


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My 2014 participation in Lori's Alphabet Soup Challenge


My 2014 A-Z  book titles read are listed at Goodreads HERE  .  
[Submit final tabulation HERE]
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It’s an alphabet challenge to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
**For those pesky Q, X and Z titles the word with the challenge letter can be 
anywhere in the title.
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2014 until December 31st, 2014.  You can join anytime.
**You do not have to review the book. Books can come from any genre.
After you complete the challenge just come to the 2014 Alphabet Soup Page under the Challenges tab at the top of my blog and leave a comment with your completed list. 
Or you can fill out the form here.


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A-  Approaching the Heart of Prophecy,
All my Belongings, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea,
Art of Arranging FLowers, As I Lay Pondering,

Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

B- Blades of Valor, Best of Daughters, Born of Persuasion
A Beauty So Rare, A Beautiful Kind of Broken


C- Cold Tangerines, Christmas, Christmas Angel,

A Cup of Christmas Tea, Christmas Kisses
The Christmas Child: A Story of Coming Home 
A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Christkindl's Gift
Creating Your Perfect Christmas

D- Dancing Master [the] , Death Goes on Retreat,
Death of a Charming Man, Death of a Dentist, Death of a Valentine,

Death of an Addict, Death by the Book, Darcys of Darbyshire,
Darcy's Noble Connections,
Death of a Scriptwriter, Damsel in Distress, Dead in the Water,

Daisies are Forever

E- Elusive Hope, Emma, Evergreen, Engaging Father Christmas

F- A Flight of Fancy, Futureville, 


G- Girl Who Married a Lion, Girl in the Gatehouse,
Goodnight June, God Encounters


H- Headmistress of Rosemere , Hope at Dawn,

A Highlander for Christmas, Hercule Poirot's Christmas
A Heart's Rebellion, Hope Rising

I- In Perfect Time, iRejoice

J- Jane Austen's First Love

K- Kitty

L- Lady in the Mist, Love's Refuge, A Lady's Honor,
Lessons in Love [Sincerely Yours]

M- Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, Mark of Distinction,
Murder on the Flying Scotsman
Martyr's Fire, Mr Darcy's Noble Connections,
A Marriage in Middlebury, Moonlight Promise[Sincerely Yours]

Murder at the Mikado, Miss Marple Investigates,
A Mediterranean Christmas, Merry's Christmas: a love story,


N- Northanger Abbey

O- The Outcast, One Little Word [SincerelyYours],
One Perfect Spring, One December Night, Out of Solitude


P-  Pigeon Pie Mystery, Pardonable Lies, Pilgrim Principles,
A Promise in Pieces, Postern of Fate, The Promise - A Christmas Tale 
Poirot's Early Cases

Q- Quilter's Apprentice

R- Round Robin , Road Past Altamont, Reflections for Ragamuffins, Rooms


S- Shadowed by Grace, Sincerely Yours, Sweet Macarons,
A Saving Grace [Sincerely Yours], The Sheriff's Mistletoe Law
Shepherds Abiding,

T- Trustworthy Connections, The Twelve Days of Christmas
Though it Tarry, Wait for It

U- Uncanny Life of Polly, Underground to Canada

V- Victoria: Intimate Home,  A Very Holly Christmas

W- With Open Hands

X- Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Y- Yohanan I, II, III
Show Me Your Way, Creating Your Perfect Christmas


Z- Zephaniah

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Monday, 30 November 2015

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT READING 2015 30.11.15


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Carrying on with the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge for 2015
with a good start via this past week's Christmas Spirit Readathon [ Nov 23-29th]
I completed the following :
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The Handmaid and The Carpenter by ELizabeth Berg
A Christmas Peril  The Teacup Novellas #5 by Diane Moody
The Golden Road by LM Montgomery
The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett/narrated
All is Calm - capably narrated by Pam Turlow
All is Bright - both written by Colleen Coble 
Hutterite Diaries - 2 short Christmas stories by author, Linda Maendel
The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere
The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews/narrator Bernadette Dunne
Added to the Christmas Spirit Readathon WrapUp 
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Currently Reading:



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I'm more than delighted to keep adding to my Christmas Spirit Reading, Listening, and now
Viewing as I join Michelle and fellow participants for this year's Challenge.
Be sure to sign up if you're into Seasonal Christmas reading and viewing or just looking
for more options to add to your lists.
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT READATHON: NOVEMBER 23 - 29TH 22.11.15


ARE YOU READY???
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Begins 12 a.m. Monday November 23rd til Sunday November 29th midnite.
I have happily begun stacking my Christmas reads for the Spirit of this Season!

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Anticipating Christmas at the Castle, audio just out from fav Brit author, Victoria Connelly !
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Library hardcover, The Handmaid and The Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg
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All is Calm + All is Bright by Colleen Coble on audio via Hoopla [yay!]
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The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett
[One I've been anticipating since discovering the author during Austen in August]
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To continue with more of the Christmas Spirit ,
 join us for ALL the fun at Michelle's 6th Annual Seasonal Reading Challenge
starting the same time as the Readathon ,
then continue celebrating the entire Season til January 6th 2016!
Post your Christmas Spirit activity to Pinterest, join the Facebook Group, tweet #CSReadathon 
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I loved the 2015 Christmas Spirit Challenge 
[ scroll down for my movies + book ideas as posted ]
Reading at the Christmas Tree level [5-6]
but all you need is one to participate for the Candy Cane level :)
and, of course !,
Fa la la la la for movie viewing level !!  a natural for this wintry indoor season ~
and
with 2 wee grandsons this year I'll be sharing Visions of Sugar Plums children's stories.
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I do look forward to hearing you've joined us and all about your choices
that inspire this beautiful Season for you!
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Friday, 13 November 2015

NOVEMBER READING: NON FICTION WEEKS 2 + 3 13.11.15


Week 2: 
Book Pairing hosted by Leslie at Regular Rumination – This week, Nov 9-13, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

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Dealing with current health issues is keeping me off line for more time than expected.  Thanks for your continued and encouraging presence!
It seemed to take a lot of considering to come up with my non fiction/fiction pair.  I just wasn't clueing in to what my current reading was offering until I thought of

Lucy's list of the fav Fictional100 of worldwide fictional characters.

 Being one of those fav 100, I would pair it with any Sherlock Holmes' mystery novels and collections such as a recent read,  In the Company of Sherlock Holmes.  A good variety of genres added to the intrigues of Sherlock and Watson.  And any number of other Sherlock collections in paper to audios, graphic novels to radio recordings.




Current Non-Fiction Reads include:
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Teresa Blythe's 50 Ways to Pray: Practices From Many Traditions and Times
an excellent guide with practical steps, instructions and tips that introduce many new prayer options for life's varying situations.  Recommending.
Deidra Riggs' Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are 
Fun inner views of Deidra's life experiences and her capable parallels with inspiring and inspiriting thoughts .  Short and encouraging, definitely another recommendation.
Susan Cain's well researched exploration of QUIET:  The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking and the unrecognized inner worlds of introverts.  Loved the learning.  Another recommendation.
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WEEK 3:
 This week Becca of I'm Lost in Books is hosting and here's what we are discussing:
NONTRADITIONAL NONFICTION

This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction.  Nonfiction comes in many forms  There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, nonfiction short stories, and enhanced books (book itself includes artifacts, audio, historical documents, images, etc.) So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats.  We want to hear all about it this week!  Then link up yours and discover what others have discovered. 

One non-traditional non-fiction I would mention are the audio and video recordings of talks given by various speakers - some authors - who present their material, whether or not already in book form - to audiences who value their presence as well as their material.  Currently in November's Non Fiction reading, I've been including some of these very examples.  


I've recently enjoyed author and speaker, Graham Cooke's,
inspiring [and often humourous] live session of Overcoming Negativity Through Rest.



Many other genres, from comedy to self-help, are available under the non-traditional non-fiction heading for this week's prompt.  Check the linkup for more options and add yours in comments.  I'd love to hear what non-traditional finds you've discovered!






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Linking with this week's host, Kim, and with Tanya, Becca, Lucy, and more hosting 
Travel the World in Books Challenge reading NonFiction in November
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