LASR Anniversary Scavenger Hunt: Will o’ the Wisp by Lucy Naylor Kubash

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In spite of a broken heart, Allison Delaney carved out a life for herself and her young daughter on her grandparents’ farm. Her child and the horses she rescues are all that matter. Then a sudden threat to their safety puts her back in touch with Shane McBride, the man she thought never to see again.

Returning to the small town of Silver Creek brings back a lot of memories for Shane, ones he treasures haunted by the ones that made him leave, but this time he is determined to stay and make things right.

Trusting Shane may be her only choice, but now Allison fears not only the threat against her farm but the risk of losing her heart again.

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LASR Anniversary Scavenger Hunt: Secrets of The Ravine (The Mackenzie Chronicles Book 1) by Brenda Whiteside

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Lies can haunt, but the truth will kill.

Magpie MacKenzie doesn’t believe in coincidence. But when a ringer for her long-dead love walks into her life the same day skeletal remains are unearthed, she’s convinced the universe is sending her a message. Fearing her father will be accused of the crime, Magpie will do whatever it takes to find the truth. Even risk her heart on this familiar stranger who may hold critical clues to the unsolved mystery.

While visiting purportedly haunted Joshua, Arizona, lawyer Zack Peartree is instantly drawn to the free-wheeling shopkeeper. His attraction propels him on a collision course between past and present where digging up secrets could prove fatal.

Using decades-old clues and Zack’s déjà vu moments, the couple embark on a treacherous race to prove her father’s innocence before Magpie becomes the next victim. Can they save her from a murderous fate, or will love be the final casualty?

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LASR Anniversary Scavenger Hunt: The Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower by M. S. Spencer

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In both the best and worst first day at work ever, docent Claire Wilding meets the man of her dreams, but her carefully rehearsed guided tour of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial collapses when she discovers a body and is drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons, of secret cabals and hidden treasure.

Also cloaked in mystery is handsome Gideon Bliss, a George Washington expert who haunts the Memorial, his manner evasive. What is his secret? Claire fears she’ll fall in love with him only to learn he’s a thief or even a murderer.

Juggling two eccentric mothers, an inquisitive sister, and an increasingly smitten detective, Claire must find answers to a complex web of intrigue, including who to trust and who to love.

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LASR Anniversary Scavenger Hunt: Bridges by Linda Griffin

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In 1963, Neil Vincent, a middle-aged World War II veteran and “Christian atheist,” is working at Westfield Court as a chauffeur. He spends most of his spare time reading.

Mary Claire DeWinter is a young, blind Catholic college student and reluctant heiress. To secure her inheritance, she has to marry within a year, and her aunt is pressuring her to marry a rich man who teased and bullied her when she was a child.

Neil and Mary Claire shouldn’t even be friends, but the gulf between them is bridged by a shared love of books. Can they cross the bridge to more?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope to Receive this Christmas

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is Books I Hope to Receive for Christmas.  This is a pretty easy list to make as I can always think of more books I’d love to read!

The Flame Bearer (The Last Kingdom #10) by Bernard Cornwell-Definitely one of my favorite series!

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The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles #1) by Bernard Cornwell-Since I’ve enjoyed The Last Kingdom series so much, I’d like to read more of Bernard Cornwell’s work.  This one sounds intriguing!

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Ross Poldark (The Poldark Saga #1) by Winston Graham-I really enjoyed the show, and now I want to read the books!  If you’ve read the books and seen the show, which do you prefer?

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How to Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman-I absolutely loved her book How to Be Victorian, so I’m excited to read this one!

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My Contrary Mary (Mary #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows-I really loved the Janie series so I’m looking forward to trying this one!

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Soul Taken (Mercy Thompson #13) by Patricia Briggs-Okay, so I’m cheating a bit by putting this on my list as it isn’t out yet, but it would be great if I could get it early!

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Shatter the Earth (Cassandra Palmer #10) by Karen Chance-I’m so far behind in this series it isn’t even funny, but I’m collecting the books and will definitely get caught up!

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Queen’s Gambit (Dorina Basarab #5)-I’m behind in this series too, but again, I will get caught up!

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab-I’ve yet to read anything by V.E. Schwab.  I really need to fix that and this book sounds intriguing!

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When Christmas Comes by Andrew Klavan-A friend recommended this.  It sounds interesting!

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Have you read any of these?  If so, what did you think?  If not, do any of these pique your interest?  Merry Christmas!

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, Green, or Gold Dresses

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic was freebie.  Since Christmas is swiftly approaching, I decided to browse Goodreads in search of book covers featuring beautiful red, green, or gold dresses.  I’ve only read Beauty, so I can’t say if the others are good or not.  If you’ve ready any, let me know what you thought!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand-I love the deep red of this dress.  I’ve enjoyed the Lady Janies series so many I should give those authors individual work a look.

 

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen-I’ve featured this cover before as it is so pretty!  I’ve not read it yet though.

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Beauty by Robin Mckinley-A beautiful golden cover!

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Rumors by Anna Godbersen-I know nothing about this series, but that is a gorgeous red dress!

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Daughter of Silk by Linda Lee Chaikin-I love the green and gold of this cover.

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder-A gold and red cover!

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Once: Before Midnight/Golden/Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey-Such a gorgeous deep green.

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The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Collen Coble-Another red and gold cover!

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The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot-Red and green dresses on the same cover!  I also think this sounds intriguing.

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Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz-I’ll end with this glowing cover.

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Which cover was your favorite?  Have you read any of these?  If so, what would you recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Memories

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week is all about Bookish Memories  I have many wonderful memories about books, so let’s get to the list!

One of my very earliest memories of reading is sitting on my mom’s lap in a rocking chair as a child.  She would have a stack of books on one side, and she read them, she’d set them on the other side.  When we made it through the stack, she’d start over again!

I’ll always remember going to the library as a child.  I’d go to the back section and check out the old, often overlooked books of fairy tales and myths from places all over the world.  I loved the feel and smell of the old pages.

Reading Little House in the Big Woods is another cherished memory.  My second grade class read it and did all sorts of activities associated with the book, like making butter and candy in the snow.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and it sparked my interest in history and historical fiction.

As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite book is Beauty by Robin McKinley.  I read it for the first time when I was in fourth grade.  I was browsing the school’s library (again seeking out old books of fairy tales) when the librarian recommended Beauty.  I loved it and it will always have a special place in my heart.

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I’ll also never forget the first time I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  I was in seventh grade at the time and we read The Hobbit  and The Fellowship of the Ring as part of our class work.  I fell in love with Middle Earth and all the characters and adventure to be had.  My parents gave me the series for Christmas that year so I could finish it on my own.

Discovering Edgar Allan Poe was also memorable.  I had to memorize a poem for a Language Arts class, and as I was looking through my dad’s books, I stumbled upon his collection of Poe’s poetry.  The first one I read was Annabelle Lee.  It was so haunting and passionate!  It remains my favorite poem.  (Of course I then went on to discover Poe’s short stories!)

Interview with the Vampire was the first book with vampires I ever read.  My husband (who was my boyfriend at the time), was reading it.  We were in high school and he’d borrowed it from his older sister.  He had the book out one afternoon, and I started reading over his shoulder  It wasn’t long before I had the book.  I went on to read the rest of the series and to seek out more books with vampires.

Of course one of the great things about books is sharing them with others.  I’ve had a lot of fun discussing books with my husband and my friends.  However, the best memories are of sharing books with my children.  Snuggling with my kids under a blanket on the couch reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one memory that comes to mind as we’ll be heading into the Christmas season soon.

I had a lot of fun making this list and reminiscing! What is your favorite bookish memory?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is favorite book settings.  I wasn’t quite sure how to approach this week’s topic.  I debated between specific places/time periods in books I’ve read versus general settings.  In the end I did a little of both.  Let’s get to the list!

Middle Earth-There is so much to explore in the world J.R.R Tolkien created.  How wonderful to be able to visit places like Rivendell, Rohan, and The Shire all in one series!

Victorian England-I find this time period intriguing.  I’ve read many stories as well as a few really good non-fiction books about this period.  How to Be Victorian by Ruth Goodman is excellent.

Colonial American/American Revolution-Another time period I find especially interesting.  Toliver’s Secret by Ester Wood Brady is one I’ve just recently read with my children.

American Civil War-Little Women is the first example that comes to mind for this time period.

England in the late 9th and early 10th century-I’m about half way through The Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell and it quickly become a favorite.  When I finish it, I’ll be on the lookout for more series set in this time period!

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The Past-While I’ve picked out a few specific time periods, I have been captivated by historical fiction in general ever since I read Little House in the Big Woods, Anne of Green Gables, and the American Girl series as a child.  I generally prefer historical fiction set before the twentieth century or at least from World War II or earlier.

Small Towns/Rural Areas-I’ve spent most of my life living in small towns and seen their beauty as well as their flaws.  I can easily relate to characters living in that kind of world.

Urban Fantasy-I suppose this is technically a genre rather than a setting, but there is just something about mixing the paranormal with an urban setting.  Of course the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs comes to mind.

I also enjoy stories set in bookstores and bakeries though no specific examples are coming to mind.  If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Do you enjoy these settings?  What sort of settings do you enjoy?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read in Autumn

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic was Freebie.  This past week marked the beginning of Autumn, and as I write this, the weather has changed and it is really starting to feel like Autumn.  So I decided to put together a list of books that I think would be good to read in Autumn.  Let’s get to the list!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling-When I think of Autumn reading, this is one of the first books that immediately comes to mind!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien-I always associate The Hobbit with Autumn as well.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte-This is perfect for a rainy Autumn day.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Aston-This fun twist on Jane Eyre is perfect for those not wanting something quite as moody as the original tale.

Persuasion by Jane Austen-Most of the time I associate Jane Austen with Spring, but this one seems more like an Autumn read.

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The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe-No one does dark and moody better!

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder-Another one that instantly makes me think of Autumn!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz-Both Charlie Brown stories are classics and perfect for Autumn!

A Separate Peace by John Knowles-I read this years ago in college and recently stumbled across a copy in my local used bookstore.  Autumn seems like a good time to re-read it.

What do you think?  Clearly, I have a preference for “moody” stories in the Autumn, but I have some lighter and heartwarming choices as well.  What sort of book do you prefer in the Autumn?  Would any of these make your list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face.  I feel like I could make that case for just about any book.  After all, we’re all here because we share a love of books!  However, I did try to approach my list with the idea of avoiding books that were heavy reading or actually brought me to tears.  I also tried to pick books I haven’t highlighted before or at least not recently, especially since I’ve done a lot of talking about my favorites recently.  Let’s get to the list!

Any of Ree Drummond’s cookbooks-I absolutely love Ree Drummond’s recipes and I love all the stories and pictures she sprinkles throughout her books.  Her Charlie the Ranch Dog books are hilarious too.

The Fog Ladies by Susan McCormick-I like a good cozy mystery and this one was full of colorful characters!

The Bear and Mouse series by Bonny Becker-I can’t even think about these without smiling!

Copper and Goldie by Larry and Rosemary Mild-This collection of mysteries was a lot of fun to read, and of course I loved the dog, Goldie!

Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding-I picked these up in a used bookstore years after they came out and enjoyed them both!

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National Geographic Book of Poetry compiled by J. Patrick Lewis-There are a lot of wonderful poems in this one!

Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book-Calvin and Hobbes is always good for a smile.

Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King Smith-I had a lot of fun reading this with my children!

Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright-The idea of discovering such a place as a child really stirred my imagination.

Do you agree with any on my list?  What other books make you smile?