Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ali Talks: Lending Your Books

Today we are going to be chatting about lending your books to other people and I'm pretty sure I've had this discussion so many times on the reason I no longer share my books with others, but I would love to see other bloggers/readers take on the subject. So let's chat! 

To answer this question I will have to say no I do not lend my books out to other people, mostly, I will let my Mom borrow my books mainly because she is a book reviewer herself and she knows how to treat my books. Now in the past I have let people borrow my books and they've come back torn, written in and even colored on. So after that I stopped letting anyone borrow my books. Put it this way, it even took me awhile to let my own mom borrow my books. 

I'm very picky about my books and can't stand them to even be bent a little, so letting people borrow them even for a week is really hard for me and honestly it would cause me so much stress worrying about my book that I just don't even do it.  I know this is a bit harsh seeing as I do have a lot of books, but my take on that is you know I spend a lot of time and energy to afford those books and if I let someone read it and they destroy it or don't return it then how is that going to make me feel. It's going to suck, so even though I've gotten told I'm stingy for not sharing them, I just don't put myself through all that anymore. 

My question today is how do you feel about lending your books out? Do you lend yours out and if you do have they ever come back damaged?  

I would love to know if I'm the only one that doesn't share my books. Hope you all have a great day and as always...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Blitz: Take Back The Memory by Augustine Sam

Womens Fiction w/ Romantic Suspense Elements
Date Published: December 7, 2017
Publisher: AuthorSuite Books

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Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, is on the verge of madness but she doesn't know it yet. The madness begins when she gets it into her head to write her memoirs. As her brilliant mind assembles bits and pieces of her life for the book, ugly skeletons, long forgotten in the closet, begin to rear their heads. 

It had all begun with a simple act of love. And love, for her, was a blond-haired Irish boy named Bill, so when Bill abandoned her for priesthood the world around her collapsed. Seized by a different passion—vengeance—she seeks her proverbial pound of flesh in the beds of various priests... 

But that is before she meets Stern W, a medical researcher, who sweeps into her life like a hurricane and marries her, and they live happily ever after until he dies in a helicopter crash and she discovers the startling truth about who he really was. 

Take Back the Memory is the saga of her compelling backward journey through her own life on a psychotherapist's couch. 

Augustine Sam is a journalist by profession, a novelist by choice, and a poet by chance. A bilingual writer and an award-winning poet, he writes, not only hard news but literary works as well. 

Fascinated by the written word even as a kid, he fell in love with poetry the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. He was the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award in the North America Open Poetry Contest & his complete poetry collection, Flashes of Emotion, was a Finalist in the International Book Award Gala. His poems have been published in international anthologies, including "Measures of the Heart" & "Sounds of Silence."

Augustine is also the author of Black Gold and The Conspiracy of Silence which was awarded a Readers’ Favorite 5-star seal.

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Teaser Tuesday #125

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. 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 Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser

 "Fine, but control yourself and don't embarrass me," her dad warned, setting the trip off on a familiar, stressful note. "I never do." Dylan grinned. Becca bit back her smile as the waiter scurried off to fetch Dylan's beer.

I got this one from Book Depository and had no clue what it was about, I'm loving it so far! 


Monday, February 19, 2018

Ali's Blogging To Do List #3

'm not sure if my blogger friends out there are like me, but I am a lister! I have to know in advance which posts are going to go up when and I have a running to do list for my blog. With all of that, I really want to make it a bit simpliar and start a weekly post called Ali's Blogging To Do List! Yep, I know real original, but I figured keeping it simple would work easier. This is actually based on a post that I tried a few times in the past called Task it Tuesday, but sadly from what I'm seeing the blogger that started it is no longer doing that post. CLICK Here to go to her blog.  Which really makes me sad, because honestly I would have just latched on the meme and started posting it instead.

Anyway, my plan is weekly or maybe bi-weekly, make a post on Monday's with a few items I want to get done on my blog that week. I will go back and mark off items once they're finished. I'm hoping this will help me get back into the groove of blogging and help me get some tasks done that I've been wanting to mark off my list for awhile now.

Honestly, this post has become a lot more helpful than I thought it would be, so I'm thinking of making this a weekly or bi-weekly post. I'm leaning more toward the bi-weekly so I can add longer type of things for me to do. Things that will take me a bit more than a week. Anyway, here is this weeks list. 

  • Write and schedule all posts for the next two weeks. 
  • Set up my Blog Post tracker for next month 
  • Write four discussion posts and schedule them for March 
  • Read (of course, but I find when I put that on the list I actually do it!) 
  • Look for a few read-a-thons for next month

My ongoing task has changed a bit, right now I'm looking for a new way to track my Netgalley books, since one of my goals is to get my Netgalley to 80%, going to take me awhile, but it's a goal that I'm working on.

Do any of you bloggers/readers out there have a great way to track your Netgalley arcs that actually works? I could use some help with this!  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Oh So Many Kindle Books!

I have so many books on my Kindle, ones that I keep forgetting I have. Not sure if you're like me, but Ive noticed when things (books) aren't in my eyesight I tend to forget them. With all the ebooks  being on my Kindle and sort of tucked away, I don't always go looking on there to see what I have. Below are a few of the ones that I keep forgetting about, but would love to read soon!  This is in no way a TBR post, because like I said in THIS POST, I will no longer post those type of posts.

I remember getting this book and so excited to read it mainly because everyone was talking about it and it's still just sitting on my Kindle, not touched.  

 Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.

Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.

Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.

Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm.

From the warm and funny Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider is a charming love story with a touch of magic, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Gayle Forman.

This is another one I bought mainly because I heard everyone talking about, some good and some not, but I wanted to give it a try. Plus look at this cover! 

One hour to rewrite the past…

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should've happened?

This is another one that I was dying to read, a friend told me about it and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Well guess what I never started the book mainly because so many more came up. The life of a book blogger LOL. 

Sabriel is the daughter of the Mage Abhorsen. Ever since she was a tiny child, she has lived outside the Wall of the Old Kingdom--far away from the uncontrolled power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead.

But now, her father is missing and Sabriel is called upon to cross into the world to find him, Leaving the safety of the school she has known as home, Sabriel embarks upon a quest fraught with supernatural dangers, with companions she is unsure of--for nothing is as it seems within the boundary of the Old Kingdom. There, she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life, and comes face to face with her hidden destiny.

Another fantastic one that everyone told me to read but I never got around to it, then honestly forgot I had it on my kindle.  

 Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

This was one that I had heard a lot about, but it's also an author that I own all her books. I really wanted to read it, but again it's just sitting there on my Kindle. 

 Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

 The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

These are just a few of the amazing books I have on my Kindle, honestly it makes me sad looking at the ones I have and haven't read yet.

Am I the only one that feels this way? Am I the only one that has books on their Kindles and forget they are there? Please tell me I'm not the only one! 


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