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Weekend Reads

Hello World, how’s your week been?

I have been up and about and now like every other weekend, I am looking forward to cozying up to a book or two.

So, here are the books I want to read this weekend:

I managed to read Perfume by Patrick Suskind this week and Buzz Books 2019 YA Spring/Summer collection.

I have been:

  • listening to Eminem’s album Kamikaze
  • drinking more tea with milk
  • exploring men’s body lotion
  • writing a few story ideas here and there

The Bookworm Reader Tag

I love a tag! Well, only here on wordpress and I came across this tag on Bookish Bits blog and couldn’t resist diving right in.

BOOKMARKS OR RANDOM PIECES OF PAPER?

Bookmarks.

STOP READING RANDOMLY OR AFTER A CHAPTER/CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PAGES?

I am as random as they come. Thank heavens for bookmarks because then I’d be quite lost in my reading progress.

DO YOU HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AT HOME FOR READING?

No, I read even while cooking so as long as I want to read, I’ll read. 

DO YOU EAT OR DRINK WHILST READING?

Sure, I love drinking tea while I read.

MULTITASKING: MUSIC OR TV WHEN READING?

I love listening to music while reading. Sometimes I want some peace and quiet and go for it, but definitely love listening to music as I read.

ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR SEVERAL?

I can read up to three books at a time and I love delving in and out of books. However, I learned over the years that when it comes to romance, I can always read a book in one sitting.

READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE?

Everywhere.

READING OUT LOUD OR SILENTLY?

Silently.

BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT LIKE NEW?

Keeping it like new. I’m no spine breaker!

DO YOU WRITE IN YOUR BOOKS?

No. I have however highlighted books before, my copy of Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is a mess!


So, there you have it, if you want to give this a shot, go ahead. I’d love to read your responses!

My top 3 fave George retorts from The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: The love of a king

661 pages, published by Touchstone-2003
About the book:


When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.
A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamourous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.


I loved George in this book. He had such wit and humor even when he was hurting and felt as though family duty robbed him of his freedom.

So, here are my top three favorite George retorts!

George warns Mary about her relationship with William, he tells her:

“Then tell him to stop looking at you as if he wanted to eat you alive.”

What about the time he catches his wife, Jane Parker, eavesdropping on him and his sisters? He asks:

“You were going to knock with your ear?”

“With your nose?”

When Mary confronts him about his relationship with Sir Francis, she asks “You love him like a woman?” and George in turn responds

“Like a man…a more passionate thing by far!”

I’ve just started reading The Constant Princess and I have a feeling that I am reading these books backwards, but I’m not one to stick by the rules when reading a series 🙂

Books read this month

It’s been a while since I posted anything and my time on the road was awesome all through May.

I got down to some awesome books and here’s what I thought of them:

A Collar for Cerberus by Matt Stanley

If you met your favorite Author what would you say? Better yet, if you had the opportunity to drive them around a countryside for some days…what kind of experience do you think you’d have?
If you think you have an answer or a bunch of them then you’d love reading this book. It’s the first encounter I’ve had of Matt Stanley’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading more of his books. The depth of writing and character development is astounding and having a young man’s naive dreams and an old man’s regrets mixed in this story made it an enjoyable read. (Full review)

Transforming the Clunky Organization by Samuel B Bacharach

It’s true that “organizations get sluggish” and that’s one of the reasons why I really wanted to read this book. I’ve worked in an organization where any new idea proposed is met with either “it’s not in our policy” or “that’s how we do things here,” and that is frustrating. The author uses a lot of examples in making a point and I loved his take on the five challenges of breaking inertia in an organization. He offers pragmatic leadership skills that would help transform any organization that’s either stuck or just not as innovative as it should be. (Full review)

The Lion of Venice by Arianna Giorgi

I’ll say that this book has got the most passionate characters I’ve read in a while. Isabella is the Princess who discovers that her betrothed is in love with another woman and he’s not ashamed to show his infatuation in public, but she’s got a duty to uphold to her people and her family. Then, of course there’s Brando, the rascal, or honorable Soldier depending on who you listen to- and he cannot for the sake of love stand by and watch Leonardo or anyone break Isabella’s heart. (Full review)

The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory

Oh, how I’d love to read this book again simply because the plotting and drama at court is worth another read. (Reviewed here)

You’ll want to read these some day

Thank heavens it’s Friday! How’s your week been?

I managed to get to 200 reviews on NetGalley which means I had the opportunity to read and share my thoughts on 200 free books in a span of one year.

Here are some titles that I read this week:

  • The Scandal of Redemption: Life of Oscar Romero
  • Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen
  • The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo
  • Champion by Craig Johnson
  • The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar RomeroBlessed Are the Misfits by Brant HansenThe Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'BarboChampion by Craig   JohnsonThe Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

Have a lovely weekend!

Books I’ve read this week

It’s a Friday and I thought a better way to celebrate and usher in the weekend would be to share with you some of the interesting books I read this week. So here goes:

Deadly Recall by T.R. Ragan

Rating: 4 stars

If you are looking for a captivating read that’s action packed, even paced and one that’ll break you heart then I’d recommend this book. You’ve got Jessie who specializes in finding the missing. She’s so good at what she does that when someone threatens a top official at DHI about an experimental drug and how he lost his daughter, the official goes in search for Jessie. The race against time begins and you cannot help but wonder who’ll come out whole at the end of the story.Read full review here

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly by Robin Klein

Rating: 4 stars

A touching tale of an unlikely friendship between an eleven year old boy, Seymour, and Angie- the charismatic, fun and always energetic neighbor who in time turns out to be an addict.
This realization and the fear of losing a close friend shatters Seymour’s world and forces him to confront it. Read full review here

The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Rating: 4 stars

From the moment I read This is a story about a man who thought he was a bird and the woman who helped him find his humanity again I knew that this book would be the kind of trip I needed. I knew with those few words that something in me was going to be challenged.
If you’ve ever wondered why it’s easier to say we salute our war heroes but even more difficult to accept that they may suffer from PTSD, hallucinations, that some may never walk, see, touch or hear again…then read this book!
If you seek another reason to be compelled to read it, I fear I have no higher humane reason than that.

REBELLION by Ethan Proud

Rating: 3 stars

If you are into epic fantasies, then this book would be one of the recommendations I’d make. If you are into war, kingdoms, and you wouldn’t mind reading a bit of people bashing each other to make way for common good then you’d love this.
Now, I’ll admit, this was not all the way to my liking but I had that tingling feeling that Jergle should not have listened to Seruke, or embarked on conquering Cenock as yet.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Rating: 5 stars

I don’t know what took me so long to read this book because when I finally did get down to it today, I couldn’t part with it, not even to take lunch!
It’s a chronicle of Margaret’s life. One minute she’s with Chip, he’s flying and proposing to her, the next they’re crashing and she wakes up with third degree burns and with time learns that she’s paralyzed. She goes from getting the dream job and man to never being able to walk, and learning that he’s cheated on her with his ex. (Full review)

That’s it for now. Have a lovely weekend and keep reading!