'Murphy's Law' Strikes Again!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hello everyone! Well, what does the old adage say? Ah, yes...'Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.' So it was with the July 3rd Tour Stop for Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes.  

For those of you who stopped by Emeraldfire's Bookmark, expecting to see my review of Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes ready and waiting, I'm sorry if you were disappointed. Amazingly, my Internet provider chose Wednesday morning to upgrade something in their databases. The computer maintenance caused multiple unforeseen outages around the area, so I was without telephone or Internet access for most of the day on Wednesday.

Thankfully, everything was restored by July 4th; so I was able to finally post my review! :) So, perhaps a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short, please enjoy Rift Healer by Diane Haynes. I appreciate your patience.

May you read well and often

Duncan Whitehead - An Actor's Life: A Short Story

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

23. An Actor's Life: A Short Story by Duncan Whitehead (2013)
Length: 28 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started: 24 June 2013
Finished: 25 June 2013
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 May 2013
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Duncan Whitehead is a new author for me.

It is Oscar night and people all around the globe - fans and Hollywood A-Listers alike - wait with baited breath for the ceremony to begin. Tonight, Sir Michael Brookes, one of the most admired and courteous actors ever to grace Hollywood, is nominated for two Academy Awards. If he wins both the 'Best Actor' and 'Best Supporting Actor' Awards, Sir Michael will have an unprecedented six Academy Awards to his name...

Meanwhile, sitting alone in his dingy London flat, is Terry Sparkes - Sir Michael's biggest fan and a fellow actor. As Terry watches the ceremony, he is completely unaware that this evening's telecast will change his life forever.

I enjoyed this story very much. There was a twist to it that I wasn't expecting. I give the story an A! I'm looking forward to reading Duncan Whitehead's next book some time soon.

A! - (90-95%)
 
May you read well and often

Christine Nolfi - Treasure Me

Sunday, June 23, 2013

22. Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi (2011)
The Liberty Series Book 1
Length: 273 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Started: 12 June 2013
Finished: 23 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Christine for originally sending me a copy of this book to read. I then bought another copy from Amazon as a replacement copy for the first one which was lost due to an unforeseen computer hard drive crash sometime in 2011, I think.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 30 November 2011
Why do I have it? I like contemporary romance and Christine Nolfi is a new author for me.

Petty thief Birdie Kaminski has arrived in Liberty, Ohio with one thing on her mind...Treasure! Her plan is to steal a cache of treasure hidden since the Civil War. She's in possession of a charming clue which has been passed down in her family for generations: 'Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.' The beautiful thief has dreams of going straight. She secretly admires the clue's author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who rose from the horrors of slavery to build a new life for herself in Ohio.

According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, Justice journeyed north carrying untold riches. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a more questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, a French plantation owner who was Birdie's ancestor. If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can't help but wonder if she's actually found one - Liberty's feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and an assortment of heartwarming stories about Justice Postell.

Birdie has no idea that an investigative reporter who has recently arrived in town will soon trip her up - as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it's possible for her to start fresh with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue Birdie unearths, she discovers a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love far richer than she could possibly imagine.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I actually remember reading this when I first received a copy of it from the author. I believe that I only read as far as the second or third chapter, before I discovered that my computer had corrupted the book and then crashed - taking much of my previous reading material down with it. Oh well. I'm happy to say that I bought a brand spanking new copy for my virtual library, and I'm only a tad dismayed that it took me such a long time to read this book. :)

The characters and plot was incredibly likable - especially Birdie and Theodora - and the setting was very believable. I found myself rooting for Birdie and crying at several very touching points throughout the story. I do find myself crying quite frequently with certain books. I'm a complete marshmallow when it comes to heartwarming books - what can I say! :) I certainly give Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi an A+! and am eagerly awaiting my chance to read Second Chance Grill - the next book in the Liberty series.

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Book Blast Blog Tour For Not my Mother's Son by R. K. Avery From November 25, 2013 to December 20, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that R. K. Avery will be touring the blogosphere to promote her psychological thriller/mystery, Not my Mother's Son. This is R. K.'s second virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from November 25, to December 20, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Ms. Avery is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard and an Autographed Copy of Not my Mother's Son to one lucky winner at the end of her Book Blast Blog Tour. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

Not my Mother's Son Book Blast Information: 


Meet R. K. Avery

As a recent graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, R. K. Avery has written numerous, unpublished, children’s picture books, but her true passion is writing adult fiction.

“Having the ability to make people laugh or cry, just by using the written language, is a gift so powerful and I hope, one day, my name will be among those who possess it” ~ R.K. Avery

After Be Careful What You Wish For achieved near-instant eBook best-seller success even before its print release, Avery had re-signed with Brighton Publishing LLC for her second novel, Not My Mother’s Son. Sure to send chills down readers’ spines, Avery’s brilliant new thriller is now available for sale in both e-Book and paperback wherever fine books are sold.

R. K. Avery lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, and four dogs. She often jokes that instead of sign that says, “Don’t let the dogs out” she has a sign that says “Don’t let any more dogs in”.

Visit her website at www.rkaverybooks.com.

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About Not my Mother's Son:

Devious. Conniving. Deceitful. Insidious. David Miller thought he knew his mother. He thought kidnapping three children was the most appalling and horrendous thing any human being could do and she couldn’t possibly do anything more monstrous. He thought there was nothing else she could do or say that would astound him. How wrong he was.

After Beatrice Miller, David’s serial kidnapping mother, is sentenced to thirty years, David moves to Phoenix, Arizona; and with the help of a trust fund and an old friend, he starts the Never Give Up foundation, an organization dedicated to finding and returning exploited and missing children safely to their families. With all the wicked things his mother had done, David feels it is his unspoken duty to do something worthwhile.

Hesitant at first but after reading his mother’s journal, David is determined to mend their dysfunctional relationship. Every time David visits Bea in prison, she seems deranged insisting that people are trying to kill her. She ends each brief encounter with a chilling statement, “Remember David, things aren’t always what they seem.”

As word about the foundation spreads, the services of Never Give Up are requested time-and-time-again to help where other agencies have failed. That is, until the police come knocking on David’s door and arrest him, taking him back to Bunting Valley, North Dakota, for the murder of a newborn baby boy.

Forced to shut down Never Give Up, David is amazed at how quickly the entire world turns their backs on him. The trial begins and his mother’s testimony is the only thing that can save him. Telling the truth is as foreign to Beatrice Miller as giving up drugs is to an addict. As everyone in the courtroom holds their breath, you will too. Remember, things aren’t always what they seem.

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Not my Mother's Son Virtual Book Blast Tour Information:


Monday, November 25 Miki’s Hope
Monday, November 25 Moonlight Lace and Mayhem
Tuesday, November 26 - The Book Connection
Tuesday, November 26 - SheWrites
Wednesday, November 27 - I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, November 27 - BlogHer
Friday, November 29 - Confessions of a Reader
Friday, November 29 The Most Happy Reader
Monday, December 2 My Devotional Thoughts
Monday, December 2 Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
Tuesday, December 3 Not Everyone’s Mama
Tuesday, December 3 Review From Here
Wednesday, December 4 Maureen’s Musings
Wednesday, December 4 Krazy Book Lady
Thursday, December 5 The Dark Phantom
Thursday, December 5 - Between the Covers
Friday, December 6 - Literarily Speaking
Friday, December 6 - Literal Exposure
Monday, December 9 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, December 10 - The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, December 10 - Beyond the Books
Wednesday, December 11 I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Wednesday, December 11 As the Pages Turn
Thursday, December 12 - Literary Winner
Friday, December 13 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Monday, December 16 - Minding Spot
Tuesday, December 17 - Plug Your Book
Tuesday, December 17 - Book Reviews by Dee
Wednesday, December 18 - Deal Sharing Aunt
Thursday, December 19 - Every Free Chance Book Reviews
Thursday, December 19 - Emeraldfire's Bookmark
Friday, December 20 Authors & Readers Book Corner
Friday, December 20 Lori’s Reading Corner

May you read well and often

Aliya Anjum - An Arranged Marriage

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

21. An Arranged Marriage by Aliya Anjum (2011)
Length: 18 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 11 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Aliya for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 July 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Aliya Anjum is a new author for me.

An Arranged Marriage by Aliya Anjum is a short story -18 pages - based on the true events in the lives of four women who the author met in the United States.

Twenty-three year old Reem married thirty-one year old Iftikhar in an arranged marriage. She had dreams of living a joyous, beautiful life in America with her husband. Arriving in America, so full of hope, Reem discovered that everything she knew about Iftikhar was a lie. Read the story of her suffering and eventual triumph, in the land of opportunity.

This book was sent to me on the release day back in July of 2011 and to be completely honest, I have just gotten around to reading it now. It was a really good story and I give it an A! I must say that there is such a backlog of books languishing on my TBR pile that were sent to me for me to read and review, that I hope the authors don't mind delayed reviews. I'm slowly getting around to reading and reviewing each book, but they all look so good!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Amy Neftzger - Bedtime Stories For Dogs

Monday, June 10, 2013

20. Bedtime Stories For Dogs by Amy Neftzger (2011)
Length: 72 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 10 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Amy for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 November 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Amy Neftzger is a new author for me.

This book features 21 short stories and fables written specifically for dog lovers of all ages. The topics range from mythology to magic and horror stories (for dogs) combined with canine poetry and a couple of essays written by a dog in order to help the rest of us understand canine logic and reasoning. The majority of the stories are actually the same stories that are found in the companion book, Bedtime Stories For Cats, only each story is written from the dog's perspective.

Many of the stories are sweet, amusing, poignant and informative, and even though I have never actually owned a dog (I prefer owning cats...I know, I know, I can hear the growls of outrage already from every canine in the vicinity! :)), I definitely have had the pleasure of meeting several dogs during my lifetime. I found myself recognizing certain canine traits and personalities as I read, that I could remember some of the dogs in my acquaintance displaying in the past.

I enjoyed reading this book very much. I honestly can't explain why I waited so long to read it, although in my defense, there are just so many great books out there that I want to read that there may be one or two that languish on my TBR pile for some time before I get to them. I give Bedtime Stories For Dogs by Amy Neftzger an A! 

A! - (90-95%)
     
May you read well and often

Amy Neftzger - Bedtime Stories For Cats

Friday, June 7, 2013

19. Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger (2011)
Length: 65 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started: 29 May 2013
Finished: 7 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Amy for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 November 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Amy Neftzger is a new author for me.

This book features 17 short stories and fables written specifically for cat lovers of all ages. The topics range from mythology to magic and horror stories (for cats) combined with a couple of essays written by a cat in order to help the rest of us understand feline logic and reasoning. Many of the stories are sweet, amusing, poignant and informative, and I found myself instantly recognizing certain feline personalities and traits displayed in the book, and equating them to each of the four lovely rescue kitties who I have had (and still have) the pleasure of sharing my life with.

I really enjoyed reading this book very much. I give Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger an A! and am a little upset with myself that I waited so long to read this book. I am definitely eager to start reading the companion book to this one, Bedtime Stories For Dogs very soon. I honestly can't tell you why I waited so long to read and review this book, there are just so many good books out there, and so little time to read them all! :)

A! - (90-95%)
   
May you read well and often

Amanda Tru - The Locket

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

18. The Locket by Amanda Tru (2012)
The Yesterday Series Book 2
Length: 241 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 3 June 2013
Finished: 5 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 May 2013
Why do I have it? I like Christian fiction, anything having to do with time travel and after reading Yesterday, I really wanted to find out what happened next.

Hannah is terrified to learn that she has time traveled once again, but this time is different. After helping to save a woman's life, Hannah discovers that she has completely altered the timeline and thrown her very existence into jeopardy.

Facing life-threatening effects upon returning to her own time, Hannah is given a death sentence: if she time travels again, she will die. Now, Hannah must solve the mystery of her own identity - gather the clues to explain her continued existence - and find a way to save her own life before she is once again sent spiraling through time.

Does her mother's locket somehow hold the key to both Hannah's past and her future? Has she found the love of her life only to lose him? Could God have a plan for Hannah even in such a chaotic world?

Once again, I completely loved this book! This story picked up right where Yesterday left off, drawing me into the action right away. I couldn't wait to see how the story would develop, and I cared for the characters and their various plights. Amanda Tru has earned another big, blazing A+! from me, and I look forward to reading the third book in this series, Today, some time soon.

A+! - (96-100%)
       
May you read well and often

Surprise Birthday Party For me at "Red Lobster"!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

So, as you probably all know by now, it was my birthday on Saturday, June 1st! Mom and I had originally made plans with my best friend Lisa and her mom Sylvia - who just happens to be my mom's best friend, also - to all go to Lake George together on Friday, May 31st, to celebrate my birthday. The plans were all set, and then my mom woke up on the Wednesday - May 29th - with a severe case of gout in her left foot!

We hoped that it would go away by Friday so we could go to Lake George, but unfortunately there was no such luck and we had to postpone our get together until the next week. It all worked out for the best anyway, as Friday's weather turned out to be over 90 and incredibly muggy! Not the best weather to attempt to do anything in, but that was alright. :)

So, by Tuesday afternoon, we were all 'chomping at the bit' to get together. Lisa and Sylvia picked us up at 12:00 P. M., and we off to lunch at Red Lobster. It wasn't necessarily a birthday party - more of a get together of four good friends - but the surprise part was that Lisa and Sylvia gave me a Barnes and Noble Nook!

Lisa knew that my Amazon Kindle had overloaded, but I must say that I never thought that I would receive a Barnes and Noble Nook from her as a birthday present. I certainly wasn't expecting it! Sylvia was kind enough to give me a Barnes and Noble Giftcard for $35 (I think) as well. We stopped and had ice cream after we left Red Lobster and came home around 4:00 P. M.  It's so wonderful to have such great friends! I do believe that a good time was had by all! :)

May you read well and often

Amanda Tru, Author of Yesterday and The Locket Opens up About Her Various Literary Inspirations

Monday, June 3, 2013

I would very much like to welcome Amanda Tru, author of nine published books. Ms. Tru was nice enough to answer some questions for me about her various literary inspirations, her books, and her writing plans for the future. Thank you so much for stopping by Emeraldfire's Bookmark, Ms. Tru, and I wish you all the best now and in the future!

Meet Amanda Tru: 

Although I loved my job as an elementary school teacher, I am now very blessed to be mommy to three adorable little boys and living my dream of being an author.

I have a vivid imagination and have always been easily entertained by the stories in my head. Fortunately, I also love to paint those pictures with words. I like writing a wide variety of genres, and my current book list includes everything from a Christian time travel/romance series, to an action-packed suspense, to a romance involving a woman who likes to anonymously play matchmaker.

Although I enjoy historical, Christian, paranormal, suspense, and everything in between, my books all have one thing in common – I love to surprise my readers with the unexpected. I currently have 7 books available for Kindle, Nook, and paperback.

My family and I live in a small Idaho town where the number of cows outnumbers the number of people.

Synopsis of Yesterday: 

Her yesterday was five years ago. What will her tomorrow bring?

When Hannah Kraeger saves a family injured in a car accident, she has no idea she has changed events in the past. Waking the next morning, Hannah discovers her yesterday was really five years ago.

Each trip Hannah takes through time changes the timeline and her own life. With help from Dr. Seth McAllister, Hannah must unravel the mystery of why she time travels and who she actually is before the strange ability costs her future, the man she loves, and even her life.

Yesterday is a thrilling Christian Romantic Suspense filled with unexpected twists, mystery, and romance.

Coming to Amazon on February 8, 2012!

Synopsis of The Locket:

Hannah suddenly finds that she has time traveled once again, but this time is different. After helping save a woman's life, Hannah discovers that she has completely altered the timeline and thrown her very existence into jeopardy.

Facing life-threatening effects upon returning to her own time, Hannah is then given a death sentence: if she time travels again, she will die. Now, Hannah must solve the clues to her own identity and find a way to save her own life before she is once again sent spiraling through time.


Will her mother's locket hold the key to both her past and her future? Has she just found the love of her life only to lose him? Could God have a plan for Hannah amidst the chaos?

Coming to Amazon February 8, 2012!

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: What was the defining incident (or incidents) in your life or career that caused you to say to yourself, "Gee, this would work well in a book"?

Amanda Tru: I wanted to do something special for my sister’s birthday. She is an avid reader, but is very picky. Partly joking one day, she asked me to write her a good book. My original idea was to write a short story that she could read in one sitting. I had lots of ideas for novels, but not really anything for something shorter. And that drove me a little crazy. 

As I was driving home on a long stretch of road, an idea suddenly hit me. What if someone got in her car in one time, but when she arrived at her destination, she was in a different time? Nothing changed, there was no lights or grand journey through time, everything looked the same. She arrived at the right place, but the wrong time. From there the entire story unveiled itself in my mind. The more I thought about it, the more fantastic and irresistible the story became. What started as the idea for a short story, morphed into a wildly intricate, unusual plot unlike anything I’d ever read. And it begged to be written.

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: So, even after having seven books published, which reaction best describes your own personal feelings about your journey in writing (if you view it in that way) : 'Wow! This is the fulfillment of one particular lifelong dream for me. Every hardship in my life has led to this moment.' or 'Oh my gosh! I'm a published author, what do I do now?'

Amanda Tru: I’ve been a busy girl, I just released my 9th book! Honestly, I don’t know how I feel. It all seems a bit surreal. I’ve always wanted to be an author. But it’s almost as if, after a long journey, I suddenly look around and think, “Am I really here? When did that happen?” I don’t know at what point it will feel real, if ever. It might take the New York Times bestseller list and a movie contract for me to finally feel like I’ve actually arrived! ;)

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: I know that both Yesterday and The Locket are classified as Christian time travel/romance, but what do you believe might draw first time readers to your books - is it the faith-based plots or something else entirely? 

Amanda Tru: I hope readers would look at the first few lines of my books and be hooked! I don’t really write typical “Christian Romance,” or at least, I try to do it in a fresh, unique way. My faith is very important to me, and I try to weave the Christian themes very naturally and believably into the plot. The actual story and the writing are vitally important to me as well. I don’t necessarily feel that readers would want to read my books for their spiritual significance. I hope they would want to read them because they tell wonderful stories that are well-written page-turners! I write what I like to read. I love excitement, drama, strong female characters, and plenty of twists and surprises. After reading one of my books, I kind of hope a reader feels a bit of a withdrawal as they have to come back to the real world. J

Emeraldfire's Bookmark: What are your future plans as regards writing in general or do you have any 'percolating ideas' for your next book?

Amanda Tru: I have a long list of books in my “To Be Written” pile. I have so many ideas in just about every genre, I don’t know that my lifetime will ever be long enough to turn them all into books, but I’ll do my best! I just published a novella entitled, The Assumption of Guilt. Now I’m currently working on a much-anticipated Book 4 in the Yesterday series. It’s called, The Choice. However, the book I’m probably looking forward to most looking forward to in my pile is a historical romance set in the Great Depression. There is so much to write and so little time!

May you read well and often

Amanda Tru - Yesterday

17. Yesterday by Amanda Tru (2012)
The Yesterday Series Book 1
Length: 114 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 2 June 2013
Finished: 3 June 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 May 2013
Why do I have it? I like fantasy, anything having to do with time travel and Amanda Tru is a new author for me.

Hannah Kraeger is driving to her sister and brother-in-law's travel lodge for a visit when a desperate and injured woman appears out of nowhere and begs Hannah for help. In a driving snowstorm, Hannah manages to do the impossible, and gets the severely injured family to her sister's lodge, where they are airlifted to hospital. She meets Seth McAllister - a medical student who is staying at the lodge - who treats Hannah for shock, then puts her to bed.

The next morning, Hannah wakes up and is desperate to learn about the condition of the family that she saved the night before. Her sister Abby and her brother-in-law, Tom are delighted to see her but are equally convinced that no such earth-shattering event happened when Hannah arrived the night before. There is no Seth McAllister staying at the lodge, no blinding snowstorm, and absolutely no car accident that could have injured four people.

There had been an horrific car accident that took place along the road to their lodge, but that had happened five years ago, and neither Abby nor Tom can tell Hannah what happened to the passengers of the car. Now completely befuddled, Hannah sets out to find out more about the car accident and her apparently mysterious talent for time travel. Although with each subsequent trip through time, Hannah changes the timeline and puts her own life in danger.

I completely loved this story! Right from the first sentence, the plot grabbed me and wouldn't let me go until the final page. I give Yesterday by Amanda Tru a big, blazing A+! Amanda Tru is a new author for me, but she definitely is an author who I can't wait to read more from in the future. I'm certainly looking forward to reading The Locket, the second book in the Yesterday Series, next.

A+! - (96-100%)
   
May you read well and often

Our Library Visit For June

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Saturday? I'm doing just fine. :) Today is my birthday, and in honor of that we decided to go to our local library and then brought home a pizza. I was told "sky's the limit" as regards raiding the book sale! :) We came away with three overflowing bags of books - pretty good, considering the last time we went to the library was only two months ago, in April. :)

We had a wonderful time together - as we always do! It has become something of a birthday tradition for me - from 12:30 P. M. to 2:30 P. M. - we go to the library every June 1st. Or at least try to get there on the weekend closest to my birthday - the weekend before, or the weekend after.

Between us, we bought 15 hardcovers, 31 paperbacks as well as 1 audiobook. We spent a whopping $37.50 for a total of 47 books. A pretty good haul, if I do say so, myself. :)

At the moment, I'm reading Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger which I hope to finish reading soon even though I am enjoying the book very much. I received this ebook back on November 21, 2011, and am honestly just getting around to reading it now.

May you read well and often

Reading Wrap-up For May at Emeraldfire's Bookmark


Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Emeraldfire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog.
Anyway, I started out May with about two hundred unread books lying around the house and ended the month with...umm...uncountable amounts of books unread. All of the books that I acquired this month came from Netgalley, AmazonI'm a Reader, Not a Writer and authors.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Rereads
- The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident by Eleanor Druse

Changes to the TBR pile 

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
- Grim by Joseph Spencer

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! :))
- The Search For Artemis by P. D. Griffith
- An Actor's Life: A Short Story by Duncan Whitehead
- Prisoner of Paradise by Sinhue Noriega
Yesterday by Amanda Tru
The Locket by Amanda Tru
- The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton
- If It's Broken Don't Fix It: A Candid Look at Our Complacent Education System by Sinhue Noriega
- Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
- Grim by Joseph Spencer
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Well, there it is...the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading month for me, considering. Here's a further breakdown:

Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 571
Grade Range: A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was May. I hope that you all had an equally good reading month; if not a little better. :) See you all next month! :)

May you read well and often