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Lots of reading done this week, I am very pleased with myself!

What are you currently reading? The Giver by Lois Lowry, for the very first time! And still A Triple Knot by Emma Campion, though I technically haven’t touched it in weeks…

What did you recently finish reading? Dash by Kirby Larson, Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, I Looked for the One My Heart Loves by Dominique Marny (my review), and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard!

What do you think you’ll read next? I’ve been picking up some books at random lately, but I will definitely be reading Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod for a blog tour very, very soon!

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I Looked for
The One My Heart Loves

[fiction]

 Release date: August 12, 2014
at Open Road Integrated Media / Publishers Square

384 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4804-6116-1

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SYNOPSIS

[provided by the publisher]

I Looked for the One My Heart LovesAnne and Alexis are separated by war as children and reunited later by destiny. A powerful and dramatic love story that spans decades in spite of its seeming impossibility.

Anne, 9, and Alexis, 11, grow up together in the Montmartre area of Paris. While she has a major crush on him, he merely sees her as his friend’s little sister. After WWII begins, the two are separated as their families flee Paris to avoid the German occupation. When they say goodbye, Alexis promises to always protect Anne.

Anne holds on to this promise for years as she constantly thinks of Alexis, wondering where he may be. Anne grows up, finds works in an art gallery, and marries a kind, devoted man with whom she has two children. But her heart still belongs to Alexis and she never stops looking for him. Their paths cross fatefully one day in Brussels many years after they were separated.

Alexis, living in Canada and soon to be moving to San Francisco, has a family of his own; a wife in constant depression and a son. Despite their responsibilities to family and the geographical distance that keeps them apart, Anne and Alexis find a way to love one another, secretly yet passionately.

But after all this time, will they ever manage to be truly together, completely?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dominique Marny

Dominique Marny was raised in a family that loves art, literature, adventure and travels. In addition to being a novelist, she is a playwright, screenwriter, and writes for various magazines.

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Hello, everyone! In getting back in the swing of blogging things after some unintentional time off, I’ve introduced a new feature: a review index! On the main menu bar, there is now a section marked Review Index and when you hover over it, you can choose to see a listing of all my reviews by either author, title, series, or genre. Unfortunately my Book Reactions are not included in these indexes, but I am working on figuring out a way to make a separate index for the books featured in those posts in the coming weeks.

Hopefully you’ll find this new feature useful!

Friday Finds

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

It’s been a while since I’ve made one of these posts, over a month actually… And yet I’m proud to say it is about the same length as – if not shorter than – some of my weekly FF posts a few months back!

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Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a meme about (mostly) books and reading.

This Week’s Question

Any books or authors you hate? Why? Is it the writing? The stories? The author’s personality? And—would you read their work anyway?

My Thoughts

There are books and authors that I dislike, but I don’t think there are any that I absolutely hate. I’ve mentioned both of them before, but I did stop reading James Patterson’s books because of how many he writes with other people’s help and how little credit they receive, and I refuse to pick up a book by James Frey because 0f everything that happened with A Million Little Pieces and, most recently, what I learned about his business practices. While I am starting to come around to reading some of James Patterson’s work again due to the monetary help he has given to a number of indie bookstores, the increase in credit to his co-writers on the front covers of his books, and the fact I once enjoyed his books, I don’t foresee anything happening to change my mind about James Frey.

Though those two really stick in my mind, I do try to separate the author from the book as much as possible so that their views or practices don’t keep me from reading their work.

As far as books, none really come to mind that I truly disliked in the sense that there wasn’t anything of merit to them or I didn’t get a good laugh out of them. There are books that I think about and cringe, but that usually has more to do with personal experiences surrounding the book rather than the book itself. One such book is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. My dad once forced me to watch an outdoors performance on a hot day while we were on vacation when I wasn’t feeling well and the audience was forced to stand and sometimes move to different areas for different scenes. When I was assigned the book for school a year or two later, I opted to use the CliffNotes instead because the memories from that day brought back such a bad taste to my mouth. I do, however, hope to read it one day now that I have put more distance between that bad day and the book.

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Three weeks have gone by since I last made a WWW post so all of these books were not read in the last week.

What are you currently reading? A Triple Knot by Emma Campion still (all the similar names make it really difficult for me to get into this), I Looked for the One My Heart Loves by Dominique Marny, and Dash by Kirby Larson.

What did you recently finish reading? Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, Remembrance by Michelle Madow, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, and The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch All At Sea, and The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy.

What do you think you’ll read next? My next two planned books (we’ll see if it sticks) are Girls Like Us by Gail Giles and Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod.

Top Ten Tuesday

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This is such a difficult topic for me because I already own so many books I haven’t read that to then force myself to think about books I want to read but don’t own seems to make my brain not function properly. So I had to do this in bits and pieces.

Wonder

1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I have heard such amazing things about this book, I see it every time I go to a bookstore, and I know I need to read it but I just have not picked it up yet. I will be soon, though, as I’m going to be meeting R.J. Palacio at a book event in September!

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

It has the phrase ’24-Hour Bookstore’ in the title. Need I say more?

Orphan Train

3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Another book I have seen time and time again and yet have not picked up! I really need to, it sounds like an amazing read!

More Than This

4. More Than This by Patrick Ness

I have literally held this book in my hand with the intention of buying it at least five times and yet some other book always catches my eye and makes me put it down! I really need to fix that sometime soon….

Sabriel5. Sabriel by Garth Nix

I need to buy this before Clariel comes out. The problem is finding a hardcover in a condition I’ll be satisfied with for a reasonable price! Curse the people on used book sites who only list them as ‘Good’ without going into detail!

Mockingbird

6. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

This sounds like such a strong and emotional read, I just have to get it at some point.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I have no explanation for why I don’t own this book. None at all.

Just One Day

8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Another one I have no explanation or excuses for.

I Walk in Dread

9. I Walk in Dread by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

I actually didn’t know this existed until a couple of years ago which is so horrible of me since I’m so interested in the Salem Witch Trials.

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

10. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green

The description of this book gets me every time. I need to read it!

Look, 3 weeks in one!

This month has been rather busy for me so far, and I’ve gotten way behind on my blogging when I had planned on finally getting caught up. Well, best intentions, right?

On the other hand, my book “ban” is going well in my opinion. I’ve now read 118 books and am in the middle of reading two more. In terms of what I’ve bought…. Well, I went to two book events at Books of Wonder in New York City and wound up getting seven books between both visits. Technically I needed to buy five books between them because that’s how many books I brought from home with me, but me in a book store dedicated entirely to children’s books? I should not be allowed in there without supervision.

I had two books on pre-order last week. First was a signed copy of Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan (all ready read and loved!), and the second was The League of Seven by Alan Gratz. The League of Seven actually came signed and with an exclusive short story thanks to a promotional offer at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe. I love offers like this because it lets me support indie stores I might not otherwise have heard of in other communities (this one was in North Carolina), and get cool swag/exclusives! I also bought a signed book from Mysterious Galaxy and received an ARC of The Young World by Chris Weitz with it.

And if all that wasn’t enough, I also received three other books for review! Lots of reading to be done! But I am up to the task!

What’s coming up for me? Let’s see, I have at least six bookish events to look forward to next month, including the Brooklyn Book Festival! This will also mark my blog’s first anniversary! And believe me, I’ve got some fun stuff planned for that! I also will be hosting my first tour with France Book Tours on Tuesday September 2nd I cannot wait!

So, yes, September is going to be a very exciting and busy month, hopefully with more frequent updates!

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Yay for reading a number of books this week! Of course, you could debate how much I actually read based on page counts, font size, etc….

What are you currently reading? Still A Triple Knot by Emma Campion. I’m finding it a bit difficult to read because of all the different characters and all their names, nicknames, and titles, which is not the author’s fault at all. There’s even a listing of the main characters in the front of the book but it’s just not helping me right now. *sigh* I also started reading Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid.

What did you recently finish reading? The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little, The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, the Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar by Gail Carriger, The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy, and Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne.

What do you think you’ll read next? No freakin’ clue. …But probably The Worst Witch Strikes Again by Jill Murphy.

And we’re in week 6! Though with my wacky posting schedule, it might be closer to week 7 by now.

My total new-to-me books read count is currently up to 110, which is most definitely not shabby, I just need to get my reviews written count numbers up. I’m hoping to sit down somewhere away from my computer and other distractions within the next few days and see if I can at least knock one or two out of my brain.

In the past week I got a total of seven books – I received two in the mail for review and then bought myself Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid and the boxed set Pooh’s Library by A.A. Milne. I kind of consider Pooh’s Library as one book, though, because I could have bought the complete treasury edition but the size of the set means it will will look (and fit) so much better on my shelf plus I read all four of them in about 26 hours – with sleeping time included. As far as Let’s Get Lost is concerned, I decided to try out the e-book sample of it last week because I saw it was an extended preview and then, well, I fell in love with it and was like ‘I need this now’ so…. yeah.

What’s upcoming? Well, I was informed by the lovely Emma of France Book Tours on Friday that I won the July giveaway! So I will be receiving a copy of From Here to Paris by Cris Hammond sometime soon! Like I mentioned in my last update, my next pre-order to arrive will be Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan which is going to be released on the 19th, but I wound up changing my pre-order to Books of Wonder because I found out I could get a signed copy! I’m also going to be attending a bookish event next Wednesday, August 13th, at Books of Wonder and since I already have the books, I’m going to be picking up at least one (if not two… or three….) to show my support while I’m actually there. Let’s see how well I can contain myself!

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