Books, What's On Your Bookshelf?

What’s On Your Bookshelf this September?

I had planned to take a Reading Break this month (lots going on). But somehow, I could not resist sneaking in these four books. Once again, they comprised a very mixed reading bag. My September Reads began with a very Proud Mama moment! Title: The Political Ecologies of Landscape: Governing Urban Transformations in Penang.Author: Creighton Connolly.Publisher:… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf this September?

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What’s On Your Bookshelf? Netgalley and More!

Netgalley Sometimes I swear that I live under a rock--a very big one. I just discovered Netgalley... and that the world isn't flat. Seriously, who knew?! For others unfamiliar with Netgalley, it helps readers discover and recommend new books. Publishers provide free digital review copies to the Netgalley community in exchange for honest reviews. Win-win!… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf? Netgalley and More!

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What’s On Your Bookshelf? The June Edition.

Bleak House, Charles Dickens • My apologies for being MIA in recent weeks. I went from a planned blogging break to a family emergency which has required much time and attention. I am hoping to gradually re-enter the blogging world with this post. In honour of Charles Dickens' June 9 birthday, Yvette from Prior House… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf? The June Edition.

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Why Join A Book Club?

Book Club/Reading Benefits (according to research) Boost Memory and Cognition (Source)Increase Social Skills (Source)Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Source) (Source)Increase Longevity (Source) (Source) Improve Your Quality of Life (Source) Book Club Benefits (according to me) A Chance to Discuss Your Recent Reads/Share a Love of ReadingConnect SociallyMake New FriendsAfternoon or Evening OutExpand Your Reading HorizonsGain New… Continue reading Why Join A Book Club?

'Friendly Friday Challenge', Books, Travel, What's On Your Bookshelf?

What’s On Your Bookshelf Meets Friendly Friday Challenge: Favourite Travel Book

My husband accuses me of having had a humour bypass. I swear that man laughs at everything. And don't get me started about his reaction to Far Side. His single glance at that Gary Larson cartoon can make someone in the other room rush to call 911. Me? I smile in my mind. Sometimes. But… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf Meets Friendly Friday Challenge: Favourite Travel Book

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“Who Even Reads Books Anymore?”

The above question was overheard in a Vancouver Island coffee shop during a blustering snowstorm. A young female barista and a middle-aged male customer bantered how they each might spend their snowed-in weekend. This question (actually, I believe it was a statement) surprised me. I began to wonder how many others would feel the same.… Continue reading “Who Even Reads Books Anymore?”

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What’s On Your Bookshelf This January?

Finishing Up My Christmas Reads In our last bookshelf chat, I left you with a poll asking which Christmas book I should read next. Here are the results. Survey said -- get thee to thy nearest screen! So, rewatch The Holiday I did. As often as I've seen that film, I fall for it Every.… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf This January?

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Top Ten Reasons to Read and Love ‘A Christmas Carol’….Plus Other Great Books

A Christmas Carol To help nudge myself into the Christmas spirit, I recently reread Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It provided everything I could want in a holiday, fireside read and more. I was shocked to discover it had received 10,907 one-star ratings on Goodreads (out of 1,056,409...but still)! This motivated me to write top ten… Continue reading Top Ten Reasons to Read and Love ‘A Christmas Carol’….Plus Other Great Books

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What’s That Book? The Little Cafe by the Lake by Joanne Tracey

.     .    In search of a cozy, fun read (that also includes great recipes)? The Little Cafe by the Lake is all of this and much more. Discover further details about this book and find other great reads from Barb at Book Club Mom. Comments are closed here but Barb would love for you to drop by and say hi. ‘Hope to see you there!

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Title: The Little Cafe by the Lake

Author: Joanne Tracey

Genre: Contemporary Romance Plus

What’s It About? I am a huge fan of Jo Tracey’s books. This has been my favourite one so far. If you are looking for a break filled with fun, friendship, food…and some sultry, fiercely independent characters, this book is for you. As a bonus, numerous mouth-watering recipes are included.

How Did You Hear About It? I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book (which was just released on November 4, 2021).

Closing Comments: As many of the main characters in this novel also appeared in ‘Happy Ever After’ and ‘Wish You Were Here,’ this reading felt like catching up with old friends. If you haven’t yet read any of Jo Tracey’s books, I highly recommend them. Although this book is part of a series, it can also easily…

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Aging Well, Books, Food, Link Ups

What’s On Your Bookshelf: The Blue Zone & Cookbook Edition

I'm that girl who tends to fall down rabbit holes. Very. Far. Down. My current rabbit hole began with this simple National Geographic Magazine. I'd heard about Blue Zones before. Yup, those five longevity hotspots (Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California) where residents tend to live longer,… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf: The Blue Zone & Cookbook Edition