#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Weekly Update – April 25

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FangirlI’m currently reading my third library book for April, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. My next library trip will be Tuesday, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish another book before May 1.

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This week’s topic:

Share how often you visit your library.

My library use over the last thirty years has been sporadic since I moved way out in the country. The libraries have been small ones. For twenty years, the nearest one was a 45 minute drive and it was only one room in City Hall. But it was actually a good one for me since the librarian enjoyed series mysteries. I wonder if her choices formed my taste for these. It’s possible. Before this I read more science fiction than mysteries. Currently I am much closer to a library, but it has limited hours. Part of the year I visit twice a month, but in the summer, between the heat and not having air conditioning in my vehicle, I probably only visit twice over the course of three months.

How about you? How often to you visit your library?

Teaser Tuesdays – April 21, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s A Daily Rhythm or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

I haven’t liked some of the books in this series, but this one is turning out great. Fans of the television show Alien Nation should love it. It will also be of interest to others as it’s not just science fiction. It’s about prejudice and labels of all kinds. Homage is paid to John Howard Griffin and his experience in the 1950s which are recounted Black Like Me.

Slag Like Me
(Alien Nation #5)
by Barry B. Longyear

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“All kinds of irrelevant detail,” said Fell, looking up at Matt. “What I do know about Mick was that he swung his honesty like a war club, and that his mortal enemies were stupidity, injustice, and cruelty.”

Publisher’s blurb:

Detective Matthew Sikes and his Newcomer partner George Francisco must track down a missing human journalist, named Micky Cass, who has gone undercover as a Newcomer to expose racism and discrimination against the Tenctonese. From the beginning, the journalist’s articles about his experiences ignited fierce controversy. When Micky Cass disappears, the controversy explodes and violence wracks the city. It is now up to Sikes and Francisco to solve a case that has the entire city caught in a grip of hate. Finally, as the city burns, Matt Sikes must go undercover as a Newcomer and place himself at the center of the worst violence Los Angeles has ever known.

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Weekly Update – April 18

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This week I finished Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris, my second library book for April.

Earlier today it was a joy to participate in the #ReadingMyLibrary chat on Twitter. It was hosted by Stefani in conjunction with this Challenge. Samantha, Eden and Leah were the other major attendees.

This week’s topic:

Why you love libraries or why you love being a librarian.

One thing I took away from the #ReadingMyLibrary chat was about audio books. I forget about them and, in fact, don’t even know where they’re located in my local library. It’s great that the catalog is online and so easy to search. I found two audio books of interest to me:

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Looking for Peyton Place by Barbara Delinsky

I watched that old television series from the sixties. It was possibly the first nighttime soap in the US and I was riveted. I must see what this book is about!

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is the other audio book which caught my eye, possibly because of the movie which I’ve heard of but not seen.

I love librarians because they are so anxious to assist. They’ll show me where to find the audio books in a flash!

 I love libraries. It is always fun to browse when I have the time. Books, books and more books. What’s not to love?

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Weekly Update – April 11

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I just finished the first of three books I checked out last week, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J K Rowling. Next up are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris.

This week’s topic:

Books you would like to suggest to your library

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Most of the books I would suggest that my library purchase are non-fiction. There are several wonderful books by archaeologist and Egyptologist Zahi Hawass. I was first aware of Dr. Hawass from a television special over a decade ago and over the years have seen him several times on The Discovery Channel. I have two of his books, but they are expensive and not always readily available used.

Orphan Black Season 3 Preview Images and Description for “The Weight of This Combination”

Dagny:

One week away! (See the other images at Pop Goes The World.)

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah and Ari Millen as Rudy

Originally posted on Pop Goes The World:

Orphan Black’s third season will premiere on April 18th, 2015 at 9pm ET on both Space Channel and BBC America.

Here is how Space Channel is describing the season premiere “The Weight of This Combination”

Sarah fights to locate a disappeared Helena, and must repel a lethal investigator from the mysterious shadow corporation Topside, who threatens the Leda sisters’ lives. Meanwhile, Cosima appears to be rebounding from her illness, while Alison and Donnie face newfound financial woes. When the menace of Castor rears its head once more, Sarah and her entire family must come together to survive.

And Space Channel also released several photo from season 3. Check them out.

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Teaser Tuesdays – April 7, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s A Daily Rhythm or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

April is Young Adult month for the RMFAO 2015 Genre Challenge. Since this is a new genre for me, other participants made suggestions and this one looks like a winner. So far I am finding it a delightful read.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
(Harry Potter #1)
by J. K. Rowling

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Harry didn’t trust himself to speak. He thought two of his ribs might already have cracked from trying not to laugh.

Have you read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies?

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share?

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Weekly Update – April 4

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Oh, dear. Apparently I am the only one who has not yet read a library book for this month. I’m working on it though! I checked out three books on Tuesday and began Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Wednesday.

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This week’s topic:

Tell us a little about your library (include a picture if you can!).

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I don’t have a digital camera or a phone which takes photos (apparently I’ll have to live without selfies), so have no photos of the interior to share. The photo above is from a page at the town of Geraldine’s website.

The librarians are wonderfully friendly. Stefani has heard before about how I left one day with way too many books. One librarian would tell me about a book I had to read, then rush off to the stacks to grab it. Another librarian would then take over and about the time she left to retrieve the recommended book, the other one would be returning. I chuckled later as I wondered if they were having a competition. Some great reading, only one turned out to be a dud for me.

Reading Challenges – 1st Quarter

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RMFAO 2015 Classics Challenge

Level 5: Professor – 12 or more books
1. Fantômas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
2. The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
3. Mr. Standfast (Richard Hannay #3) by John Buchan
4. The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard by Anatole France
5. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
6. The Usurper by Judith Gautier
7. Love in a Mask by Honoré de Balzac
8. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad

RMFAO 2015 Genre Challenge

My favorite Reading Challenge this year! With a different genre each month, I am reading books I never would have read otherwise. A different level can be chosen for each month.

January – Science Fiction (Level 2: Frequent Reader – 2 books):

1. Body and Soul (Alien Nation #3) by Peter David
2. The Change (Alien Nation #4) by Barry B Longyear

February – Crime/Mystery (Level 5: Bookiopath – 5 books or more):

1. Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth #30) by M. C. Beaton
2. Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) by Janet Evanovich
3. All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris
4. Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14) by Janet Evanovich
5. Mr Standfast (aka Mr Steadfast, 1918) (Richard Hannay #3) by John Buchan
6. The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover (Kinky Friedman #9) by Kinky Friedman
7. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
8. Brute Strength (Dog Lover’s Mystery #19) by Susan Conant

March – Romance (I forget if I chose Level 1 or 2, but actually finished at Level 4: Bibliophile – 4 books):

1. From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris
2. Love in a Mask by Honoré de Balzac
3. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
4. Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris

RMFAO 2015 Series Challenge

The same as Finishing the Series Reading Challenge 2015 below with the addition of:

AMELIA PEABODY series by Elizabeth Peters

18. Tomb of the Golden Bird
19. A River in the Sky

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What An Animal Reading Challenge VIII 2015

Level 2: Read 7 – 12
1. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (tiger on the cover – a were tiger)
2. The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover (Kinky Friedman #9) by Kinky Friedman (Kinky’s cat)
3. Brute Strength (Dog Lover’s Mystery #19) by Susan Conant

Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2015

Level 4: Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more
1. Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth #30) by M. C. Beaton
2. Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) by Janet Evanovich
3. Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14) by Janet Evanovich
4. Brute Strength (Dog Lover’s Mystery #19) by Susan Conant

Finishing the Series Reading Challenge 2015

Level 4: Expert series reader – Complete 4 or more series

ALIEN NATION series (various authors)

DONE – 3. Body and Soul by Peter David (January)
DONE – 4. The Change by Barry B Longyear (January)
5. Slag Like Me by Barry B Longyear
6. Passing Fancy by David Spencer
7. Extreme Prejudice by L A Graf
8. Cross of Blood by K W Jeter

RICHARD HANNAY series by John Buchan

DONE – 3. Mr Standfast (February)
4. The Three Hostages
5. The Island of Sheep
6. The Courts of the Morning

KINSEY MILLHONE series by Sue Grafton

21. U is for Undertow
22. V Is for Vengeance
23. W is for Wasted

STEPHANIE PLUM by Janet Evanovich

DONE – 13. Lean Mean Thirteen (February)
DONE – 14. Fearless Fourteen (February)
15. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
16. Sizzling Sixteen
17. Smokin’ Seventeen
18. Explosive Eighteen
19. Notorious Nineteen
20. Takedown Twenty
21. Top Secret Twenty-One

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My Kind Of Mystery
February 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016

(Since this is not a calendar year Challenge, the below only includes books read in February and March.)

Level 5: Invisible Floor 41 or more:
1. Death of a Policeman (Hamish Macbeth #30) by M. C. Beaton
2. Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) by Janet Evanovich
3. All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris
4. Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14) by Janet Evanovich
5. Mr Standfast (aka Mr Steadfast, 1918) (Richard Hannay #3) by John Buchan
6. The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover (Kinky Friedman #9) by Kinky Friedman
7. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
8. Brute Strength (Dog Lover’s Mystery #19) by Susan Conant
9. From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris
10. Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris

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The only Reading Challenge in which I partipated last year was the Goodreads Challenge. This year I signed up for 100 books and as of March 31 had finished 24 books.

That’s the first quarter report (January – March) for 2015 Reading Challenges in which I am participating.

There’s one more Challenge I’d like to feature.

ReadingMyLibrary

The #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge has just begun and runs all month in celebration of National Library Week which falls in April. You can read about it at Caught Read Handed or Read What I Like. Support libraries!

10 Great Quotes from Writers about Fools

Dagny:

Don’t be an April Fool. Read and learn.

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

Funny and witty sourced quotes from writers – about fools, folly, and foolishness

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. – Charles Lamb, cited in Wordsworth Book of Humorous Quotations

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

My nose itch’d, and I knew I should drink wine, or kiss a fool. – Jonathan Swift, ‘Polite Conversation’

In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools. – Doris Lessing, Martha Quest

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. – Anatole France, cited in Listening and Speaking: A Guide to Effective Oral Communication

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Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. –

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#ReadingMyLibrary Reminder

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Only a few days to go! It conveniently works out that my town/errand/shopping day is usually Tuesday. If all goes as planned I’ll be visiting my local library to check out the first batch of books on March 31 and ready to roll with the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge on Wednesday, April 1.

If you haven’t spotted this Challenge yet and you’re wondering what it’s about, see my first post #ReadingMyLibrary or skip directly to a post by one of the co-hosts, Stefani at Caught Read Handed or Amy at Read What I Like.

In my initial post, I listed four books, two I definitely plan to read and two hopefuls should time permit. I’m now adding another definite:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J K Rowling

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This is another book which will work into Young Adult month for the RMFAO 2015 Genre Challenge. With any luck, it will be a buddy read for several of us in that group.

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Support your local library. Celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015). Have you signed up yet? If not, why not? Go, let’s do this!