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So, how did I do this month?

Books I purchased = 8

Books acquired from publishers = 5

Books read = 22 (13 physical, 9 audio)

Total incoming = 13
Total outgoing = 22
Total for July = minus 9 (yay!)

Last month = plus 77 minus 9 = new total of plus 68.

I feel pretty good that I managed to knock some off my total. As I've said from the beginning, baby steps 🙂

How did your month of July go?

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GULP......well, any of you reading who know that I went to BookExpo/BookCon know what this month is going to look like! No sense in hashing it over, let's just get into it 🙂

Books acquired at BookExpo/BookCon =  70 (2 of the books pictured were counted last month since I acquired them on 5/31)

Books sent from publishers = 2

Books purchased = 3

Books my husband purchased for my birthday from my wish list! = 19

Now for the books I read (which will never be enough this month!) = 19 (11 physical 8 audio)

As much as I don't want to do this........here goes:

Total books incoming = 94!!!!!
Total books outgoing = 19
Total this month = plus 75
Total at end of last month = plus 2

Grand total = plus 77

Looks like I've got my work cut out for me. I do read about 20 books per month, so if I never bought or received another book, I could get this down in about 4 months. Of course we all know how that is going to go down 🙂 🙂 🙂

How did your month go? Those of you I met at BookExpo, I bet you can relate!

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My ongoing series to see if I can stay ahead of my tbr piles! I was doing pretty well this month until I attended Book Expo in NYC. I attended the Editor's buzz panel on May 31st, so I may as well count them this month ('cause you already know what kind of a disaster next month is going to be!). So, let's get to it........

Total Incoming books purchased by me = 13

Total from Penguin First to Read = 2 (The Sunshine Sisters and Touch)

Total sent from publishers = 5 (plus 5 from BookExpo) = 10

Total books read = 20 (12 books, 8 audiobooks)

Total Incoming = 25
Total Outgoing = 20

Final = minus 5
April final = plus 2
New total = minus 3

Looks like I'm in MAJOR trouble next month when the BookExpo (plus my birthday) books kick in!! But I'm going to keep on with the record keeping, and not let numbers get me down.

How was your month?

 

 

I'm starting a new monthly feature to keep track of my incoming vs. outgoing reads. I'd like to start decreasing my to be read pile of books, and I think this may help me be a bit more accountable to the actual numbers. I'm not trying to drastically reduce the numbers, but I'm hoping to at least read more each month than I acquire.

Here is how I fared in my debut month. If you want to see my ratings and links to those books that I reviewed, please visit my goodreads page here.

Incoming books: 18 (16 purchased, 2 sent via publisher)

Outgoing: 20 (12 books, 8 audiobooks)

Final result +2 (I had two more books coming off the tbr than I put on). I'm totally happy with that.......baby steps 🙂

Hope you had a good reading month, now on to May!

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Yay! I love this one! I get to dig out my holiday themed books and spend the week enjoying the festiveness of the upcoming season! This will be my third year participating in this event, brought to you by Kimberly @ Caffeinatedreviewer.com. Many thanks to her for hosting. For all the information you need to follow along with us, click on the following:

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon November 9th-15th Signup

Here is what I've got planned for choices. I may or may not make it through all of these in six days, but that doesn't mean that I still won't finish them before the holidays roll around.

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I'll keep you updated on my progress. Who else is joining us in this fun tradition?

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Today I have the honor of revealing the cover to my author friend Kristy Woodson Harvey's new book! This is a big deal for me since the initial reason I connected with Kristy (for her debut novel) was because I thought the cover was so stunning that I had to know more! Unfortunately you're going to have to wait until April 25, 2017 for this gem to hit shelves, but in the meantime, Kristy has a contest going on over at her page. You can win a $100 amazon gift card and some book bundles, so head on over to enter:

http://kristywoodsonharvey.com/blog

Here is a little bit about the book:

SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE:

From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

And the cover (I love that it's a beach scene again....yay!):

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Be sure to check out Kristy's previous novels (if you have not already done so) while you await this new series (yes, it's a series!). Click the links for my reviews:

Dear Carolina

Lies and Other Acts of Love

Also follow Kristy on social media to keep updated on book news and tour stops!

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Website

 

 

 

 

This past Saturday (October 24), I had the pleasure of attending the Boston book festival on my way back from a trip to visit family in Vermont. The festival takes place over one day in and around the Copley Square section of Boston. Lots of authors and author panels taking place at a variety of venues (most of mine were in beautiful local churches). It was a wonderful day with many great authors! Here are a few pictures chronicling the events.

The sign located on the Boston public library building (many, many children's author events were at this venue, sadly I did not have time to attend any of them).

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Panel from left to right Elena Delbanco (The Silver Swan), Peter Davis (Girl of My Dreams), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and B.A. Shapiro (The Art Forger and The Muralist).

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Next stop: Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) and Sandra Newman (The Country of Ice Cream Star).

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Next up was a keynote address from James Wood. I did not get a picture because I was way in the back. This was the only disappointing choice of the day (how I wish I had opted for the Jennifer McMahon panel). He spoke like he was giving a lecture to a high level college literature course, way over the head of the average reader.

On to Colum McCann (Thirteen Ways of Looking), interviewed by Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs).

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Last (but certainly not least) was Bill Clegg. I was fairly far back for this one also, but he was sweet to take a photo in the signing line 🙂

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A great day for book lovers, I wish I had the chance to see the panel with Meg Mitchell Moore (The Admissions), but it conflicted with another panel. Hopefully I'll run into her at another event.

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Today I have the great pleasure of introducing the cover of my author friend Kristy Woodson Harvey's new book Lies and Other Acts of Love. I loved Kristy's debut novel Dear Carolina (review here), and cannot wait for the release of Lies and Other Acts of Love next April. Please join me, and my fellow bloggers, in learning a bit about this book. Then scroll down for the cover reveal, as well as a fantastic giveaway!

Participating Bloggers:

Be sure and show them some love by visiting their blogs!
Traveling With T
Karen’s Korner
Always With a Book
Laurie Here
Whiskey Tales
On D Bookshelf
Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Book Mama
Great Thoughts
The Turning Pages
My Novel Opinion
Chick Lit Central Facebook
Shelf Pleasure Facebook
Kristy Woodson Harvey
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A short story before the reveal. I was cruising around some bookish site last fall when I stumbled upon the cover of Dear Carolina. I absolutely fell in love with it, and started to do some research about this gorgeous book. Much to my delight, it not only sounded like a great book, but the author lives in my state! I started following her blog, and we've ended up meeting and hanging out at both her book signing and BEA. So how could I not be anticipating the cover of her next book? Let me say, I am not disappointed, it's just as beautiful as her first cover! So without further ado, I present Lies and Other Acts of Love:

 

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BACK COVER COPY
Dear Carolina was praised as “Southern fiction at its best.”* Now author Kristy Woodson Harvey presents a new novel about what it really means to tell the truth . . .

After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies.

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .

Blurbs:

“We loved everything about LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE. From the strong plot about the many facets of love told from the alternating points of view of Annabelle and her grandmother, Lovey, to the equally strong cast of richly drawn southern characters, Kristy Woodson Harvey crafted a story so perfectly detailed that we could imagine ourselves on a wrap around porch in the south with a tall glass of sweet tea. LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE will grab you by the heart strings and pull hard. A perfect story about the lies we tell and the secrets we keep-- all in the name of love.” – Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life

“LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE by Kristy Woodson Harvey is a richly detailed, intergenerational tale of love, loss and loyalty. Harvey pulls the reader into the hearts and souls of her characters.” -- Heather Gudenkauf ~ New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

Links to pre-order:

LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE releases 4.5.16 from Berkley/Penguin Random House. Currently available for pre-order at your local bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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GIVEAWAY INFO

To celebrate the LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE cover reveal, we are giving away three wonderful bundles of books penned by Tall Poppy Writers! Enter below to win!

Book Bundle 1: MY VERY BEST FRIEND, Cathy Lamb; THE DOG YEAR, Ann Wertz Garvin; CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL, Vicki Lesage; VINTAGE, Susan Gloss; DEAR CAROLINA, Kristy Woodson Harvey; FUGITIVE COLORS, Lisa Barr

Book Bundle 2: THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, Amy Guertin Reichert;  CLOSE TO DESTINY, Adria Cimino; LEMONGRASS HOPE, Amy Impellizzeri; KEEP THE ENDS LOOSE, Molly Duncan Campbell; ROME IN LOVE, Anita Hughes; LITTLE BLACK LIES, Sandra Block

Book Bundle 3: THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, Sonja Yoerg; WAKING UP JOY, Tina Ann Forkner; WHILE YOU WERE GONE, Kate Moretti; THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS, Nicole Baart; ENTANGLEMENT, Katie Rose; DEAR CAROLINA, Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Be sure to get yourself a copy of Dear Carolina if you have not read it yet. And because I can't resist, let's add the cover here also:

DearCarolina

 

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March 2015 Take Control of Your TBR Pile

Wow, is this a challenge I need! I'll be participating in this during the month of March to see if I can make a dent in my overly stuffed "to be read" bookshelf! I'll be updating my progress as the month goes on. If you'd like to participate, head on over to Caffeinated Book Reviewer for all the details. Wish me luck 🙂

March 1  The Good Girl

March 4   The Headmaster's Wife

March 6   Shotgun Lovesongs

March 8   Wonder

March 12  Fangirl

March 15  To All The Boys I've Loved Before

March 16  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

March 19  Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore

March 23  Your Perfect Life

March 30  We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

March 31  Will Grayson Will Grayson

UPDATE: And there you have it..........a grand total of eleven books off my tbr pile during the month! I'm very happy with my results, especially since one of the weeks I was on vacation (and not in a place that gave lots of reading time).

Now if I can just keep myself from buying twenty more books to replace the ones I just read.........I'll be good 🙂

Today I had the pleasure of guest blogging over at a fellow blogger's site. Many thanks to Tanya of Mom's Small Victories for asking me to guest post on her weekly feature.

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I met Tanya at an author event at our Indie bookstore shortly after I began blogging. She was very supportive of my blog, and was one of my first followers. We were to meet this week at an event that unfortunately got cancelled, due to our ice storm in NC. We hope to have more adventures together in the future.

Here is a link to my blog post:

Thanks Tanya for inviting me to write a post for your blog!