Welcome! It's been another week of GREAT books! This post is always up by NOON every SUNDAY!
This week I am participating in a Read-A-Thon! It's called #WintersRespite Read-A-Thon @SeasonsofReading and if you are interested in joining the next one, there are 4 per year, you can read my GOAL POST HERE! and sign-up for their email updates.
I'm starting off with the book called The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag. Here is the cover! GORGEOUS COVER!!!! You can also go to that link I gave you and see what else I am reading, too! Twitter hashtags are included, too!
Today we are expecting a snowstorm of 11" and temperatures of 10 BELOW ZERO! Sounds for a GREAT day to snuggle up under the warmest of blankets/quilts to stay warm and read, read, read!
I'm afraid that's ALL I've been up to this week! The Read-A-Thon! NO REVIEWS!
Well, I've been reading for the Read-A-Thon, but then life happened, too! GOOD life! Hubby wanted and got a 50" screen TV for our living/family room, (one in the same) this week! WOW!!! The people are LIFE size in here and sometimes larger! Yeah! I had to spend some time in UTTER AWE WITH MY MOUTH HANGING OPEN for some shows!! I honestly admit this TV GOT TO ME!!! WOW!!!!
I also had to spend a day waiting with my dog for the Dish Satellite TV guy to come, and I was nervous I wouldn't be able to herd my dog into the bedroom, so I was having a hard time keeping my attention trying to read. (What ended up working like a GEM were Beggin Strips - bacon!! Dogs LOVE those!!!) I had an afternoon window of 12-5:50 that he was coming. I sleep later because I have a hard time sleeping at night, so I didn't get up until about 10:30, wanted my shower, got a call saying he would be here between 3 and 5:30. Awesome! I got IN the shower, and the phone rings! NO!!! The timeframe moved up to 2:00 to 3:30 for his arrival. OMG! I'm stuck now! It all worked out though! Phew!
After he came and was gone, and it took a while because he ended up having a HUGE job to do, much more labor intensive than he EVER expected! Here's what happened! We never were able to watch Satellite in our bedroom, and of embarrassment and then deciding to wait until we had 'cash in hand' to buy a NEW TV, blew it off as it just being that TV was (Okay! Please NO ONE LAUGH AT ME HERE!!!) 28 YEARS OLD!!! WHOA!!!!! I know!!! LOL!!! I can laugh at myself!!! The previous installer NEVER HOOKED THAT TV UP!!!! YEP!!! So it was not us!
The installer was a gentleman! The nicest guy in the world!! He got done doing this HUGE job he won't get paid for (long story) - did a GREAT job! (Dish Satellite - so if YOU want $50 off your bill, just PM me at laurieisreading at gmail dot com and I'll send you a certificate to get that $50 off! EVERY PENNY off you bill is awesome!)
This screen is HUGE!!! I had to figure out how to handle to remote, too, as my husband depends on 'me' to teach him how to do all that jazz! LOL!!! Anyway, sorry, but yes, I have been enjoying this toooooooo much! LOL! Well, its hard NOT to, especially when it's right there, STARING YOU IN THE FACE!
OH!!! I got to rent Gone Girl!!! WOW!!! What a movie!!! I am almost finished with that book, and that movie has spurred me on to put DOWN my books for review (that's why I had to put it down before) and pick it up and finish it! I caught a few things that were a little different than the book, but there is NO WAY you can fit that book into a 2-1/2 hour movie, which did impress me! There are not that many movies that length, and that is a testament to how much the movie stayed as close to the book as it could! That book was GREAT too! Wow!!!
When I called the company to learn how to rent movies, etc., they guy suggested I try the movie Lucy. It has Morgan Freeman in it, and he is one of my FAVORITE actors!!! Hmmm! It sounds right up my alley! I LOVE psychological thrillers, as if you can't tell by some of the books I read! I think I'll have to try that movie out!
OKAY! BOOKS AND BLOG UPDATES!!!
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS here - this is an interesting article about books and I don't want you to miss this ARTICLE! There might be books on that list you might want to read! I found one!
2014's Most Overlooked Books (So Far) HERE!
COMING UP THIS WEEK - NOW to 2-14! GO ENTER NOW SO YOU DON'T FORGET!!!
#ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR $250 #PayPal #CASH #GIVEAWAY!
AND A BLOG HOP!
ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR #GIVEAWAY #BLOG HOP! This one starts THIS WEDNESDAY, Feb 4th to goes until SATURDAY, FEB 14th! It features YA and CLEAN ROMANCE! I'll have a book ready for you I hope you'll LOVE!
REVIEWS - YES!!! I have to make up for this last week of reading while during the Read-A-Thon!
QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU! Have you read any of these bestsellers? If so, PLEASE let us know in the Comments section! We would LOVE to know if you have! Please don't put any spoilers in, of course! LOL!!! I am really intrigued by the book, The Girl on the Train! Anyone read it yet? I have so many review books I can't sneak it in to read it yet!
Okay! Let's get to the books!
FICTION: COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT
1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $ 8.99
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. Burned by Karen Marie Moning
ebook: $ 9.79
5. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
ebook: $ 3.99
7. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
8. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
9. The Escape by David Baldacci
ebook: $ 9.99
10. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
ebook: $ 9.99
11. Saint Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz
ebook; $ 9.79
12. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
13. One Night Stand by JS Cooper and Helen Cooper
14. Hope to Die by James Patterson
15. Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
ebook: $ 7.99
Thanks for coming by the blog! See you next week, but first, here are the rest of the books! Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline CLIMBED the chart AGAIN! I have GOT to read that book! I truly respect this author because she has been on this list for almost a YEAR!!! She has got an amazing book!
Here they are! Again, see you next week!