Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR List (Nov 25)

TTT3WTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR’. Hopefully I’ll get through the following pile before spring. The books are a good mixture – one is a review copy, a couple are for a book club, but they look like they will all be enjoyable. Perhaps one or two Christmas presents may get in the way of reading all of these, but that’s another month away, so it’s too early to worry about that!

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From the top the books are:

  1. The Boston Breakout – Roy MacGregor
  2. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
  3. Winter Tales – George Mackay Brown
  4. Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love – Mark Scandrette
  5. The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines - Nathan Foster
  6. Hollow City - Ransom Riggs
  7. Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina – Michael Casey
  8. Convictions Matter: The Functions of Salvation Army Doctrines - Ray Harris
  9. Serpent - Clive Cussler (with Paul Kemprecos)
  10. Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars - Ray Bradbury

Bookmark Monday – Penguins of Madagascar (Nov 24)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

The Penguins of Madagascar movie opens this week and it’s one we are looking forward to seeing, although I’m not sure when we’ll get to see it. The nearest movie theatre is about two hours drive from here. When I was checking out the movie website I discovered the following bookmarks, which are available to print for free HERE.

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Teaser Tuesdays – Serpent (Nov 18)

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here are my teasers for this week:

serpent“It’s not quite how I pictured utopia,” she said, wiping the sweat from her eyes.

“Well, the neighborhood has gone downhill in the last thousand years or so,” Dr. Chi lamented.

From page 185 of Serpent by Clive Cussler.

Bookmark Monday – Snowflakes (Nov 17)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

Winter seems to be upon us and we have plenty of snow already to attest to this, so I thought I’d share a few snowflake bookmarks this week:

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WWW Wednesdays (Nov 5)

www_wednesdays43To play along with this weekly book event, hosted by Should Be Reading, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I didn’t manage to post last week, so here are my answers for the last fortnight:

way of the pilgrimWhat are you currently reading? I still have quite a few books on the go, as usual, but the one I’m concentrating on the most is The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way by Anonymous (translated by Helen Bacovcin). This is book #2 in the list of books for this year’s Renovaré Book Club. It has been a fairly interesting read so far.

What did you recently finish reading? I finished a couple of very different books over the last two weeks:

What do you think you’ll read next? I’ll continue with The Way of the Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way and try to get some of the books on my huge TBR pile read.

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Oct 31)

great pumpkinNo Halloween is complete without either watching or reading It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, so I am choosing this classic for my Friday meme combo this week. GoodReads has the following short description:

It’s Halloween!Time for ghosts, ghouls, and…

the Great Pumpkin? Linus is sure that this year the Great Pumpkin will finally appear. Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang for some spooky tricks and hilarious treats in this adaptation of the television special!

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

From costumes to candy, pumpkins to parties, each year the Peanuts gang looked forward to Halloween.

A nice, short beginning to a short classic story.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

“But maybe there is a Great Pumpkin,” Sally countered, sticking up for her beloved Linus.

“Every year Linus misses tricks or treats and then the Halloween party,” Violet observed as she put on her ghost costume.

“He’ll never learn,” Charlie Brown agreed.

Poor Linus! You have to feel sorry for him in his sincerity. I think we’ll probably be watching the TV special tomorrow, as we didn’t really have time to watch it tonight. We rarely miss a year.

Teaser Tuesdays – The Disappeared (Oct 28)

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here are my teasers for this week:

the disappearedWe took the papers to Schwartz’s and outside the deli door a blind man with misshapen legs sat like a frog, feet splayed backward on a piece of cardboard. When he heard us walking nearby he said, I’m going to take you to Hollywood, and you dropped a coin in his plastic dish.

From page 33 of The Disappeared by Kim Echlin.