Monday, August 30, 2021

Let's chat and what I'm reading now #2

Woman with coffee on phone

Hello! I'm a bit behind on the bloggity (as usual!) and I'm here trying to get the post done for tomorrow at the very last minute (of course!). Before I get into the post, I'd like to drop a little reminder that if you'd like to get a newsletter with each post as they go up, you can sign up here.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A visit with Helene from The Vicomte's Prize by Patricia Bates

Eiffel Tower

A visit with Helene from The Vicomte's Prize*...

Helene: Bonjour, my name is Helene, and I used to be Her Majesty the Queen’s loyal servant. I say used to be, because I was given - well, my contract was gifted to the man whom I now call husband. It was a most trying time for me. But I am aware you’ve prepared some questions. S’il te plait, feel free to ask away.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Asking for book recommendations #2

Book recommendations

I feel like I need to put some kind of disclaimer in that these book recommendations come from other readers in book groups I'm in and they are not necessarily books I would recommend. A lot of times, I have not read those books being recommended, but boy, some of those requests are so zany that I'm very tickled by them or my jaw drops to the floor reading what other people want to read. These might not be for everyone, but hey, if you're open to sugeestions, you might find a new favorite book.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Reading a book should not be hard work

Book fantasy

I read for fun. I read to be entertained when I read for fun. I also read for work, and I try to enjoy what I read for work too, and most of that time that is the case. I'm lucky that I get to pick and choose what I read for work so that it's mostly a pleasure. But what about when reading becomes hard work?

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Books I have not finished 2021 #3

My books I have not finished has slowed down a great deal. I say this because I have not been DNFing as many books recently. I think part of it is because I've been careful about picking books I know I will enjoy reading and therefore would less likely be a DNF. Plus, something I've been doing recently is when trying or attempting to try a new author, I've been posting in book groups and asking what people think about the book first to see if I'd read it. I'm finding this really helps me when I decide to try something outside of my comfort zone. I did that with a book I was interested in recently that was branded as a dark romance, and turns out after asking about it, it was more of a light grey which worked for me.

So without much further ado, here's some books I have not finished recently.

Legacy by Rachel Robinson

Monday, August 9, 2021

What Helen Read #62: July 2021

As I write this, we are in day 3 of lockdown in our region. It's alarming what's going on with so many new hotspots popping up, slow release of information with contacts with covid positive people, and so many more new cases each day. To be fair, I knew it was a matter of time before the virulent delta variant reached our area with so many people still out and about despite strict lockdown rules. When our area went into restrictions, Steve and I made a conscious decision to stop going out aside from essentials which is grocery shopping, picking up prescription medicine, and doctor appointments. We stopped our weekly pub lunch about six or eight weeks ago when it all started. I can't even predict if there will be an end in sight, and with the increase in cases in our region, I'm pretty sure our one week lockdown will be extended. I guess I'll be reading a lot more while home.

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Nancy Business bt RWR McDonald
Nancy Business (Amazon AU)

The Night That Changed Everything by Helen Lacey
The Night That Changed Everything

The Other Side Of Beautiful by Kim Lock
The Other Side of Beautiful (Amazon AU)

A Matter Of Trust by Fiona Marsden
A Matter Of Trust

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Book quotes #9: August 2021

Passion led us here

Time for some more book quotes. Tell me, do you highlight passages in the books you read? Passages that move you, hit you, make you laugh? I love that feature in my Kindle app, being able to highlight stuff that strike me as I'm reading. I don't highlight in every book but I do with most books. Those passages are so fun to look back upon.

Monday, August 2, 2021

What Deanna Read #66: July 2021

Hellooooooo!!! Where did July go???

Okay, we are in the countdown to the second half of the year and well and truly in it now. Are you ready for it? What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

On our part, not much. Our state has an outbreak right now and a large part of the city and suburbans areas are in pretty serious lockdown. In the country region where we life, high restrictions but no lockdown. Masks mandatory everywhere inside and outside. We are doing our bit and staying home except for going out for essentials being grocieries and food, and doctor's appointments. This is not so bad for us since we are super duper introverts and have worked from home for the last seven years or so. Being home is fine for us, but my heart goes out to those people who are strugglings and their jobs are affected. Enough of that gloom. Moving on...

Here's what I read for the month.

Firefighter Pegasus by Zoe Chant
Firefighter Pegasus

Firefighter Dragon by Zoe Chant
Firefighter Dragon

Firefighter Griffin by Zoe Chant
Firefighter Griffin

First Mission by Zoe Chant
First Mission