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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Three Taps (Miles Bredon #1) by Ronald A. Knox + 50/50 Friday

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.
These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting my next read as a part of Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge which tasks participants to read a book published between 1900 and 1950. My choice is The Three Taps (Miles Bredon #1) by Ronald A. Knox.  I've picked up quite a few older mystery books pretty recently at antique shops, yard sales, and thrift stores. and this story fr…

Mini Reviews - A Study in Scarlet Women, Replica, and A Night Divided

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I'm featuring three mini reviews of February reads, A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas, Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver, and A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen.  All three of these are very different from one another - a adult mystery, young adult sci-fi, and middle grade historical fiction - but all of them are worth trying out.  I'll just say this now - my favorite is easily A Study in Scarlet Women!  I mean, it's a Sherlock Holmes retelling featuring a great female Sherlock!

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Charlotte Holmes is whip smart, has an excellent memory, and she craves independence above all. She's never been interested in marriage or in maintaining a household, and in order to make something of her own life she has to run away. She has to come to terms with the reality of being out in the world alone with no resources. And, what's she to do when a series of murders involve two of her family members? Invent a m…

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix - Review

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Abby and Gretchen have been friends since elementary school what with their love of E.T. and everything, but when they get to high school Gretchen begins to act different. As more and more weird and freaky happenings pile up, Abby comes to the conclusion that there can only be one true explanation. Gretchen has been possessed by a demon. Abby is not going to stand by and watch Gretchen's life and their friendship be ruined by this thing inside of her. She can only hope that their relationship is enough to beat the devil.


Horrorstörwas one of my favorite reads from 2016, so, of course, when I heard about My Best Friend's Exorcism I knew that I had to try it. While I didn't love it quite as much as I did Horrorstör, this one is still pretty awesome and right up my alley. His combination of horror, humor, and heart-warming story of two friends is fantastic. Hendrix also excels in suspense - I think I could have had about three or four heart attacks while reading this o…

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I'm Dying To Meet

Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Authors I'm Dying To Meet.  I haven't had the opportunity to meet very many authors, but I have had the chance to meet Mindy McGinnis and Louise Erdrich both of which were great experiences.  Below are ten authors I would love to have the opportunity to meet one day.



Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files is one of my all time favorites.


Cassandra Clare - I can't resist being sucked into the Shadowhunter world.


Neil Gaiman - I will read anything Gaiman cares to write.


Kevin Hearne - The Iron Druid Chronicles is right up there with The Dresden Files!


Marissa Meyer - After The Lunar Chronicles, I had to add her to the list.


Rick Riordan - His takes on Greek, Egyptian, and Norse mythology are just the best.


J.K. Rowling - How could I not want to meet Rowling?!

V.E. Schwab - Pretty please?


Maggie Stiefvater - I think she would just be awesome to meet - can you blame…

From Ice To Ashes by Rhett C. Bruno - Review

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I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review after being approached by the author to review his newest release.

As a Ringer, Kale knows where he belongs and how to keep his mouth shut and his head down, no matter how much abuse he suffers at the hands of the Earthers, or his own people for that matter. He knows he's lucky to only be sentenced to maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship after getting caught stealing from a rich merchant. Then when he learns that his mother has been quarantined, he knows that his back's to the wall. He'll never be able to pay for her medicine, so he jumps at the chance to take a simple yet mysterious job in exchange for his mother's treatment. The only thing he has to do is upload a program to his employer's ship and all of his trouble will be taken care of. What should be as a simple smuggling gig actually has huge repercussions. The people Kale's working for are much more dangerous than he expect…

Music Monday: Chris Warner

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share one or two songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

This week I'm sharing three of my favorite songs featured in The Stelling Banjo Anthology, released in 2005, all three of which are instrumental numbers performed by Chris Warner.  In my opinion, Warner is one of the most underrated banjo pickers.  He's worked with everyone from Jimmy Martin, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Red Allen, and Audie Blayloc…

Sunday Funday: Weekend Update, Book Haul, & Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Happy Sunday everyone!  It's been quite a couple of weeks!  My car has finally been repaired and it looks good as new.  I got to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie in 3D on Tuesday in a newly remodeled movie theater with big comfy chairs - keep reading for my review!  I also had the opportunity to attend the Ohio Library Council's Central Chapter Meeting for professional continuing education programming.  It was great to see libraryland friends and I came away with a lot of interesting ideas to put into use.  Plus, I was able to pick up an ARC of Slade House by David Mitchell for our library.  In other library news, my library has applied for the NASA @ My Library grant which would be an absolutely amazing opportunity for our community if we are one of the 75 libraries selected to receive the grant, so fingers crossed!


This Friday and Saturday, the weather has been pretty outstanding (if a bit breezy) which is a nice change of pace.  Finn really enjoyed his time outside …

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab + 50/50 Friday

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.
These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my most anticipated reads of the year, A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab!  I'm so excited to be starting in on this series finale, but I really don't want it all to be over.  Anyway, without further ado:


Beginning:

Delilah Bard - always a thief, recently a magician, and one day, hopefully, a pirate - was r…

Top Ten Tuesday: Shortest YA Books I've Read

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Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Read In One Sitting Theme like ten of the shortest books I've read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.  I've decided to share the shortest YA books I've read not counting short stories, audiobooks, or graphic novels.  Here we go, in order of length:


Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy, 96 pages - This is an absolutely fascinating nonfiction piece discusses women's rights and freedoms by way of the history of the bicycle.


Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman, 112 pages - I loved this in middle school so much!


Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming, 118 pages - I've always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart and this work of nonfiction&…