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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss
Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Tesla (Obliterating the Deep State Series #1)
Jason Walker
Tesla (Obliterating the Deep State Series #1)
Jason Walker
Life of Pi (Audiocd)
Yann Martel, Alexander Marshall, Jeff Woodman
Releasing Your Potential: Exposing The Hidden You
Dr. Myles Monroe
The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings
Arnold D. Ehlert, Henry M. Morris
Books for Kids: ELLIE THE ELEPHANT (Bedtime Stories For Kids Ages 4-8): Kids Books - Bedtime Stories For Kids - Children's Books - Early Readers - Free Stories (Fun Time Series for Beginning Readers)
Uncle Amon
The Holy Bible : Scofield Reference Bible
Cyrus I Scofield
Progress: 456/1382 pages
Under God
Michael Tait, Toby Mac
Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram

I really liked this book! It had me laughing and crying by turns. It was sweet, and moving, and relateable. 
Darius is a teenager of American-Persian descent, who has been treated for depression for a few years, something his dad battles with as well. Darius never feels as though he fits in or belongs anywhere-- school, work, home, and now he learns that his family is to travel to Iran and see his maternal relations-- people he has never truly met apart from brief conversations on skype, and his anxiety has increased, because surely, this will be just one more place where he won't fit in. Much to his surprise, he meets Sohrab, and immediately there is a connection. Sohrab turns out to be his first real friend, ever. I thought this was a great story of a family that deals with depression among its members, but also the schematics of families, and how the roles can frequently change as each member grows and changes. Loved it! If you want lots of action and adventure, look for a different book, but if you are in the mood for a touching story then this may fill the bill!

Timber Is Missing - James Anthony Budzinski

This was a good, quick and clean Christian romance, without being "preachy". 
Tanya aka "Timber" has been training pretty much her whole life for professional skating. At a competition in Oslo, Norway, she is kidnapped by an international criminal to be used as a pawn and upset trade deals between nations that have upset the criminal's bottom line. Kyle aka "Bret" has been training for years in the Army Rangers for a mission just like this-- to rescue an American citizen covertly from a non-friendly country without the news of the operation going global. The operation does not go at planned though, and Tanya and Bret must trek across North Korea, risking their lives and the classified nature of the mission. Lots of suspense with a happy ending! 
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!

Quality of Life: The 5 Stages of Retirement Success - Karen Bachert

Tips for a smooth transition from career to retirement-- each chapter encouraging as the transition can be scary, with a section for notes at the end of each chapter.

Imagining Violet - Mary E. Hughes

Imagining Violet was a good read for a change of pace. The book begins and Violet is just 16 in the late 1800's traveling to Leipzig, Germany to continue her musical education in the violin at the Conservatory. The entire novel, written in the form of letters to her parents, friends and later her fiance, chronicles her life. Violet shares her frustrations not only with tutors, peers, and life in a foreign country, but also with social conventions at the time such as various limitations put on women, like not being able to go anywhere as a young girl without a chaperone, the inability of talking to a stranger of the opposite sex without being properly introduced first, etc. She also shares her hopes for the future for all women: the hope of one day being able to vote, the possiblility of women being able to tour with ease as musicians and be excepted without prejudice, and longs for a day when people will not be judged solely based on the social class they were born into and have class not dictate who could be friends. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and liked reading the author's interpretation of Violet, the author's grandmother, and based upon what facts she knew of Violet's life. The novel spans her years at Conservatory, to her engangement and marriage. I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!

Las Manos y Los Pies - Arlene C. Rourke

(This is the Spanish verision and I read the English-- but it is the same book).

For girls (middle school & up)-- how to do manicures & pedicures.

Paris Mends Broken Hearts - Kaya Quinsey

Buddy read with Stjepan.....
More than the romance part, I thought the character of Gwendoline was especially moving. The love of her life Jean died at the tail end of WWII, leaving her a widow. 4 years later, she is still dealing with crushng grief-- her one constant companion and has had nothing to do with the world since before her husband had died. When people would try to suggest selling her home and moving to start new somewhere else, she would think about it then decide against it, out of fear of the unknown and starting again, and loyalty to the memory of her husband. Then one day, perhaps subconsciously sensing that like a drowning woman, grasping desparately for one last breath of air before sinking for good, that maybe she had better do something now or her grief will bury her, she decides to go into town. Like one coming out of a coma, she grabs a meal, then decides to call family. Her brother takes her to Paris where he and his wife own a hotel, and it is the start of healing for Gwedoline and a whole new life. I enjoyed the book, and the message that no matter how old one is, and now matter what the tragedy, there is always the opportunity and hope to begin again. I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you.

Feeling Safe, Feeling Strong: How to Avoid Sexual Abuse and What to Do If It Happens to You - Susan Neiburg Terkel

For children, the book presents various scenarios that a child may encounter, such as, being exposed to pornography or exhibitionism, molestation, obscene phone calls, rape, etc. and what to do if experiencing any of those situations. Each incident is told from the perspective of a child to make it relatable.

Sinless (Eye of the Beholder) - Sarah Tarkoff

After reading "Fearless", I had to find out how the whole story started, and had to get this. Now I know how "The Prophet" came to power, why everyone embraced the craziness, and everything else that led up to book #2. I enjoyed it, and again, what a scary place the world would be if all of this ever happened.

Short story sci-fi

The Collector - Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

An unusual sci-fi story. Earthlings have been abducted from Earth and awake in an unknown place, each given a set of instructions and if they don't comply, they are promptly punished. They are each provided with some basic essentials and told to follow a path until they reach a destination, though none of them knows what awaits them there. Enroute, they slowly meet more ex-Earth citizens, and find that each of their experiences have been the same. When they finally arrive, they find a giant city under a dome and learn that they have all been selected by "The Collector" to be its new inhabitants, each given a predetermined role. The twist is that the reader discovers that all the universes, and all that exists within are child's toys to larger beings. Surprise ending. I enjoyed this short story and my thanks to the author for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I rolled a 4 on 2 dice (two 2's) which puts me at space #13. I finished #9 (Author's last name begins with letters H, I, J or K--- The Whole 30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartiwg)

For #13, (Author is a man) I will read "Darius The Great Is Not Okay" by Adib Khorram

My Chutes and Ladders Board.

Reblogged from bestwineforlast:

For some reason I cannot get my game board to appear on here. 

5 3 is what I rolled


1. Author is a woman - "I Must Have You" finished

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K-- "The Whole 30" by Mellissa and Dallas Hartwig

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom - Dallas Hartwig, Melissa Hartwig
I got this from my daughter for my birthday. She was inspired to buy it for me after experiencing sucess from following the regime herself and thought it may help me. It definately sounds promising, especially taking into account her and her friend's (that has also done it and seen some amazing results regarding her serious health issues) first hand testimonies. I am willing to try it-- but I must admit, it really does sound challenging, with all the foods to be eliminated for at least 30 days to detox (longer if the reader has some stubborn health complaints)... including all forms of sugar, grains, dairy and legumes.... I started thinking, what will I be able to eat? Well, that is lots of protein and as many fruits and veggies as desired. I will give it a shot-- hopefully I will be singing the book's praises too. If I do, the rating would go up, lol. : )


Great suspense

The Break Line (Max McLean #1) - James Brabazon
Wow-- great suspensful thrill ride that constantly kept me guessing. This would make a great movie. My son is reading it now, and is liking it as much as I did. I am eager for more of this series.


The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean

I found this book fascinating, with all of its tales regarding the periodic table and the scientists to spent their lives researching, testing and searching for the elements, and all of the anecdotes associated. The author, in turns, educated, entertained, surprised and delighted me. I want to read more of his books!

The Sherlock Holmes Collection -  Arthur Conan Doyle

I love Sherlock, and it was great to finally read the collection all the way through. : )

Choctaw (Tribes of Native America) - Marla Felkins Ryan, Linda Schmittroth

For children, to give a basic understanding and brief history of the Choctaw native American tribe.

A Bridge to Cross - Edward Hackemer

Well this is the 4th book I have read of the "Throckmorton Family" series, and I have enjoyed them all so far. This particular book delved into the early days of Leopold and Phryne's relationship-- from seriously dating into marriage during the Prohibition era. Prior to marriage, they would sneak over the Canadian border with friend Eloisa and her beau Dillon. (I didn't like Dillon at all-- I don't think anyone would-- he was a huge jerk.), to the nightlife in Niagra Falls where alcohol was still legal. Unbeknownst to Leopold, Phryne, and Eloisa, Dillon had been using them as cover during their twice a month excursion to smuggle bootleg alcohol over the border to sell in the U.S., and between his arrogance and the bad company he was mixed up with, things could have ended horribly, well, lots worse than it did. 
I liked the story, and being taken on this journey through the decades with the various members of this family, along with the cd the author included with music from the era. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!