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Posted by on February 26, 2019

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“.. a friend is someone who inspires, who challenges, who sends you in search of some truer sense of yourself..”
― Steve Lopez, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music



Posted by on February 20, 2019

Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul–and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master–a man her mother would never approve of–but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village. . .and to her mother’s tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England

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Posted by on February 19, 2019

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“It is possible to cause seemingly biochemical changes through human emotional involvement. You literally have changed his chemistry by being his friend.” ― Steve Lopez, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music



Posted by on February 18, 2019

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

After a long break (since Oct ’18) here comes Musing Monday. I thought that was a great way to welcome my new computer to the book family, lol. So here we are starting up Musing Monday once again. Please jump in and enjoy. I know it has been gone a while, but I personally have always loved Musing Monday. It can be like meeting with friends and chatting about books. That I something I miss personally.

This week’s random question: Do you get excited about books and try to get friends to like them too? In the way that some people get excited about movies & TV shows?

I can say my answer to this one without even thinking is yes. I get excited when I get hooked on a new series. I know I am not the only one though. As I have had several friends who have gotten excited and gotten me hooked into different series as well. For me I think it can be really fun getting friends hooked into a series that you are excited about. One big key one for friends is The Dresden files. I got turned into the series, and I have turned others into the series as well.



Posted by on February 12, 2019

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

A brand new computer to have fun on and so celebrate I have also started a brand new book. This one was just recommended on Kindle and I said, well what the heck let’s give it a go! So far so good.

“Could she really do it? Could she really go all that way by herself? Yes, she whispered, of course you can do it: you’re thirty-eight years old and you’re not going to the moon, just to Baghdad. The word sounded the way a shiver felt. At the dinner party in London it had been a shiver of excitement, but now it held a frisson of dread.” ~ The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford



Posted by on February 11, 2019

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

After a long break (since Oct ’18) here comes Musing Monday. I thought that was a great way to welcome my new computer to the book family, lol. So here we are starting up Musing Monday once again. Please jump in and enjoy. I know it has been gone a while, but I personally have always loved Musing Monday. It can be like meeting with friends and chatting about books. That I something I miss personally.

This week’s random question: Do you judge a book by it’s cover?

We have all heard the phrase that you should not judge a book by it’s cover, but how often do we actually do just that? I know the saying has gone on to mean much more then the surface meaning about books, but as readers we can look at it. I am the first one to admit if I see a cover that catches my eye I am going to be the first one to scoot over to that book and check it out over a book that has a plain cover that doesn’t catch my eye. Does this sometimes bite me in the butt? It sure does. Other times it has lead me down a great rabbit hole of fun and enjoyment with some books. I have managed to read some fantastic historical fictions purely because the cover sucked me in. So, yes I admit to one and all I have and likely will continue to judge a book by it’s cover. How about you?



Posted by on February 10, 2019

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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Posted by on February 8, 2019

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.

Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he’s won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life.

My Gemstone Rating:

This is positively one of the best books I have read in 2018 or anytime at all. I of course followed is up by watching the limited series as well and it was amazing. Watching as one man works his way around the world only on the kindness of strangers. It is at times sad, seeing where people have come. Where society has come to where we don’t go right to kindness. However, for the most part I smiled and I cried and I laughed and I was so happy to see that there is kindness there. One things that I could see within this story is that many times it is those who have the least that are the most willing to share. In other moments it was those who knew what it was like to have little who were the most willing to share what they had. There was a moment or two of those who had much who decided to share, but mostly it was the other genres.

I have had people call me a kindness warrior, so I suppose it should come as no surprise that I read this one. I can completely respect this project and I would love to see more people do it. The more people do it, the more attention will be brought to it as well. Kindness needs to be something that all of us remember and know about. If more people in this world took a minute to simply be kind in a moment when they were in a hurry or something else, the world would truly be a better place. Kindness matters.

As the 12th Doctor put it so well in a message to his 13th self..

Always try to be nice but never fail to be kind.

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Posted by on February 5, 2019

One of the greatest loves of all time-between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley-comes to life in this vivid novel.

They were playmates as children, impetuous lovers as adults-and for thirty years were the center of each others’ lives. Astute to the dangers of choosing any one man, the Virgin Queen could never give her “Sweet Robin” what he wanted most-marriage- yet she insisted he stay close by her side. Possessive and jealous, their love survived quarrels, his two disastrous marriages to other women, her constant flirtations, and political machinations with foreign princes.

His Last Letter tells the story of this great love… and especially of the last three years Elizabeth and Dudley spent together, the most dangerous of her rule, when their passion was tempered by a bittersweet recognition of all that they shared-and all that would remain unfulfilled.

I know there are many who chalk this book up to just being fan fiction and maybe for them it is, heck even for me I am willing to say there is a great deal of fan fiction involved. That being said I don’t mind fan fiction and when dealing with a relationship from so far away there will be a little bit of fan fiction. We know they had a special relationship and what is wrong with coloring in the lines a bit. There were times I found Elizabeth a little bit to much when it came to childishness and tantrums. I have a hard time picturing that is how she really acted. Royal blood and raised as she was, but it is of course possible.

There were some historical points that were not right, but if I wanted a complete bio I would be reading non fiction. Reading is an enjoyment for me and a historical fiction to me is about that entertainment mixed with the backdrop of history. So to me this book, was enjoyable. The pacing was good and the characters came alive on the page. To me that is the mark of a good book. So if you like historical fictions and don’t mind a few moments that are up and down as far as taking in the actions of characters I think you will enjoy this read. Give it a try.

My Gemstone Rating:

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Posted by on February 5, 2019

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Alas I am posting again from my phone. Getting my new computer hasn’t been an absolute nightmare. I won’t bore you with the details in this post. It is showing scheduled for delivery sometime today so fingers crossed. I’ll do an update post about the saga once it arrives as well as getting back to reviews and Musing Monday! Plus a few more little things. Anyways life being life and lack of computer I don’t have a new teaser myself this week. Instead I’ll leave one of my favorite reading related Doctor Who Quotes.

“We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one eh? ” – You by Caroline Kepnes

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