Posts By: Julie

Nov 27
Chat Between Chapters: Books we can’t forget

Chat Between Chapters: Books we can’t forget

 What are some books that stay with us forever. These are books we just cannot forget.  Julie: Some books hold a special place in my heart just based on the time they found me. The books got me back into reading after a long, long break. They will always be books I can’t forget, as they rekindled my love of reading. A children’s book that stuck with me even though I read it as an adult is . What a spectacular story, so much hope and so many lessons. A series that I can’t forget, for different reasons, is the… Read more »

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Nov 21
The Bionics Review

The Bionics Review

The Bionics by Alicia Michaels Series: The Bionics #1 Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing Date Published: September 13th 2013 Genres: Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 96 Audiobook Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins Audiobook Narrator: Marissa Clay Source: Provided for review through Audiobook Blast/Boom Rating: Description: All I ever wanted was to be a normal girl. I had dreams of joining the ranks of the Military Police and making my family proud. But the nuclear war that laid waste to our country destroyed any hope I had of being normal ever again. They took everything away from me, including my humanity…. Read more »

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Nov 20
Chat Between Chapters: reading outside your comfort zone

Chat Between Chapters: reading outside your comfort zone

Do you read outside your comfort zone?  Julie: To be honest, I rarely do. I read for fun. I read to enjoy my time. Usually, my time driving as that is the only time I get to read. So I read what I like, I read what makes me happy. I read what makes the 1.5 hour commute (on average) in traffic not seem as horrendous on the horrendous day. So most of the time, I read within my comfort zone and books I expect to enjoy. Pre solo parenting the kiddo I used to go to book clubs, and… Read more »

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Nov 15
Guest Post: Create a Fictional Town by Janet Chester Bly & Giveaway

Guest Post: Create a Fictional Town by Janet Chester Bly & Giveaway

One Easy Way to Create a Fictional Town Janet Chester Bly My late husband, Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly, chose all his fiction story settings to happen in the West, whether historical (1880-1905) or contemporary. When I started writing solo adult novels of my own, I determined to stay with that brand and his specific geographical boundary. However, I also heeded the most basic sage advice for beginning writers: “write what you know.” As I conceived my own stories, I found inspiration outside my office window. Here I was in a small town (popl 350) at 4,200 foot… Read more »

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Nov 13
Chat Between Chapters: Books everyone has read but me

Chat Between Chapters: Books everyone has read but me

 There are books that it seems like everyone else has read, but you haven’t for whatever reason. What are they?  Julie: My reading has slowed down so much in the last couple of years so it feels like everyone has read everything but me! I mean, I was the one super late to the Harry Potter game (but better late than never)! Let’s see, here are just a few that I haven’t read. (or Fantastic Beasts – I did mention the original series before and should include these) or the series Game of Thrones series – series, though it’s on… Read more »

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Nov 10
Chat About Covers: Blind Sight

Chat About Covers: Blind Sight

  We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.   There is just so much going on with this cover it is kind of making me dizzy. First, the forest. It looks cool, right? It seems to fit the book blurb, about hunting someone in a backwoods cabin. But then, we have… Read more »

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Nov 07
Echo Review

Echo Review

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Date Published: February 24th 2015 Genres: Historical, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Social Themes, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 592 Audiobook Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins Audiobook Narrator: Andrews MacLeod, David de Vries, Mark Bramhall, Rebecca Soler Rating: Description: Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan! Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a… Read more »

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Nov 06
Chat Between Chapters: Give up your Shoulds

Chat Between Chapters: Give up your Shoulds

 Give up your shoulds – what should we be doing instead of reading?  Julie: Things I should be doing (and usually am doing) instead of reading: Sleeping – what’s that again? Working – this takes up so much of my life Caring for my kid – this takes up the rest of my life, not that it’s necessarily a bad thing Caring for my pets – why are living things so demanding of my time? Eating – sometimes standing up, because of things mentioned above Cleaning the house – well, not that I really do very often Bathing – sometimes I… Read more »

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Nov 01
#ShelfLove: Bookish Items we’re Thankful for

#ShelfLove: Bookish Items we’re Thankful for

#ShelfLove Challenge 2016 We’re co-hosting the #ShelfLove challenge again this year so join us and read more of the books you already bought! November’s topic: Name one bookish item that you are thankful for. This could be your favorite book or gift or author. You decide. Share pictures if you can.   Julie’s Challenge Update: I’m thankful for books in general for existing and being awesome. But one thing that I’m thankful for the most? Audiobooks. With my super busy life, audiobooks on my commute are the only time I can read. And they save my sanity in traffic. So I… Read more »

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Oct 30
Chat Between Chapters: Scruffy/Bearded characters

Chat Between Chapters: Scruffy/Bearded characters

 So let’s just chat about those scruffy dudes with beards, shall we?  Julie: Goodreads likes lists. And I like to search lists. Goodreads has these cool lists about bearded dudes: Gotta Love a Man with a Beard Best Bearded Heroes I do not appear to have read any of them. Which sounds like I’m missing out.   Lynn: I’m pretty sure if I were a dude, I’d have an epic beard. I come from a long line of beards. My list of favorite beards includes: Zeb from Hagrid and Dumbledore from Radcliffe Emerson from the series Galdolf, Saruman, and the… Read more »

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