Jun 08
That’s what HE said Thursday- June 2017

That’s what HE said Thursday- June 2017

We are hosting a meme called: That’s what HE said Thursday. For more info on what this meme is all about click here. We will be doing our posts once a month rather than weekly. The Linky will be open all year long and you are welcome to continue doing your post weekly and linking them up.   Julie’s Quote: Jest is a Joker, the King’s fool, and talks in silly funny ways. “Perhaps we know each other in the future and you’re only remembering backward.” And in riddles. Lots of riddles. “The easiest way to steal something, is for it to… Read more »

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Jun 07
Breakfast in Texas: Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

Breakfast in Texas: Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

BREAKFAST IN TEXAS by Terry Thompson-Anderson   Genre: Cookbook / Southwest Cuisine Publisher: The University of Texas Press Date of Publication: April 18, 2017 Number of Pages: 312 Scroll down for Giveaway! Texans love the morning meal, whether it’s bacon and eggs (often eaten in a breakfast taco) or something as distinctively nontraditional as saag paneer omelets, pon haus, or goat curry. A Lone Star breakfast can be a time for eating healthy, or for indulging in decadent food and drink. And with Texas’s rich regional and cultural diversity, an amazing variety of dishes graces the state’s breakfast and brunch… Read more »

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Jun 05
#BabyLove: My Toddler Life Tour Review #LoneStarLit

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life Tour Review #LoneStarLit

#BABYLOVE: MY TODDLER LIFE by CORINE DEHGHANPISHEH   Genre: Children’s Picture Book / Technology / Family Publisher: My Art to Inspire Date of Publication: September 20, 2016 Number of Pages: 40 Scroll down for Giveaway!   A curious toddler loves to play… especially with his mommy’s smartphone! When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment.  Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention. Her simple reminder: Put down our phones. Praise for #BabyLove: My Toddler Life: “This poignant and entertaining tale about a… Read more »

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Jun 04
#ShelfLove 2017: Mid-year check in

#ShelfLove 2017: Mid-year check in

#ShelfLove Challenge 2017 We’re co-hosting the #ShelfLove challenge again this year so join us and read more of the books you already bought!   June 2017/July 2017: Mid-year check in post. How are you doing with the challenge? Look back at your January post and let us know how you are doing.  Share an updated picture or list of your TBR pile. Julie’s Challenge Update:   I have read 6 books on my shelf love shelf so far this year. Only 6. That’s not quite that many is it? However, I knew my life would be crazypants this year, and… Read more »

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Jun 03
Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 4 – Giveaway & ISO #ArmchairBookExpo

Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 4 – Giveaway & ISO #ArmchairBookExpo

  Giveaway! Alrighty! To be lazy (I mean super efficient and helpful of other bloggers) we are giving away a sidebar ad for a fellow book blogger. a Rafflecopter giveaway ISO Books: As readers, we are always looking for our next book to read or a stack to fill our TBR shelves. This is your opportunity to ask using our Armchair Book Expo Book Suggestion Generator (aka YOU!). Are you wanting to expand your horizons with minority characters? Are you in search of your next book club read? Do you want to explore your graphic novel or comic book options?… Read more »

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Jun 03
Chapter Break Bingo – June 2017

Chapter Break Bingo – June 2017

Welcome to the easiest challenge you’ll find all year! Read books. Mark off squares. That’s all it takes to participate in Bookish Bingo! Play along with us! Here are the rules: Each month we will upload a new bingo card. You download the bingo card and mark off squares as you read books each month. At the end of the month, we will post our own bingo cards. Link up your post or post your own bingo card in the comments. The monthly winner will be the person with the most marked squares. None of that across, diagonal, up and… Read more »

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Jun 02
Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 3 – Diversity & Authors #ArmchairBookExpo

Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 3 – Diversity & Authors #ArmchairBookExpo

  Delving Into Diversity: Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let’s take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g., audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial!      Julie: I’m not huge on the diversity aspect of the book itself in that I don’t search out diverse characters specifically…. Read more »

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Jun 02
Chapter Break Bingo – May 2017 Completed Cards

Chapter Break Bingo – May 2017 Completed Cards

Alright everyone, did you fill out your Bookish Bingo Cards? Share your cards, and link up your posts below! Recap of the rules: Each month we will upload a new bingo card. You download the bingo card and mark off squares as you read books each month. At the end of the month, we will post our own bingo cards. Link up your post or post your own bingo card in the comments. The monthly winner will be the person with the most marked squares. None of that across, diagonal, up and down, corners stuff. Just the number of squares…. Read more »

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Jun 01
Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 2 – Readers & Collaborate #ArmchairBookExpo

Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 2 – Readers & Collaborate #ArmchairBookExpo

  What Do Readers Want? What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? How does diversity representation fit into all of this?      Julie: For me, I’m looking for a fun read. I want to enjoy the book, not be traumatized or bored to tears. I want good characters to make difficult decisions and show growth and development. I want them to be relatable. I want the plot to be exciting and pull me in. During an… Read more »

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May 31
Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 1 – Intros & Best Practices #ArmchairBookExpo

Armchair Book Expo 2017 – Day 1 – Intros & Best Practices #ArmchairBookExpo

  Armchair Book Expo Introductions      Julie: I am . . . a whole heck of a lot of things and these open ended things are never easy for me. I am a reader. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a blogger. I am a full-time working mom who reads on her commute to stay sane. Lots of things else I’m sure. Currently . . . eating lunch at work, that’s when I do most of my blogging I love . . .  A wonderful book that takes the stress out of traffic and grips me… Read more »

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