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Wishlist Wednesday #1

Wishlist WednesdayI’d say Wednesday is a good day to think and chat about the books I’d love to read, and it just so happens there’s a meme out their for this exact occasion!  Wishlist Wednesday, hosted by Pen to Paper, is a book blog hop where we post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto…

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toptentuesday2Who am I kidding?  When will I have a few hours to lay on the beach?

Well, if I did, here are the books I’d bring with me to read…

  1. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.  I’ve got to finish this up quick because the third book (The Book of Life) will be released July 15, 2014!
  2. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness.  I can’t wait for this book’s release!  I enjoy Deborah’s writing style and story slant for the witches, vampires, and daemons.
  3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.  This book has been on my shelf forever.  I’ve started it several times and for some reason keep setting it down.  Will this be the time I finish it?
  4. Some Enchanted Eclair by Bailey Cates.  The fourth book in this fun cozy mystery series about Katie Lightfoot, her coven, her abilities, and the bakery she runs with her aunt and uncle, is being released this July.
  5. A Vision in Velvet by Juliet Blackwell.  I love this series and its protagonist Lily Ivory, a witch with a potbellied pig familiar named Oscar.  She runs a vintage clothing store and solves mysteries that involve the woo-woo.  So fun!  (Do you detect a theme in the first half of my selections?)
  6. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny.  I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to read this book.  It’s just something I do with all of Louise Penny’s books because I want the ultimate experience.  Her brilliant writing, fully fleshed out characters you love to love, Three Pines, and yes, of course, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache had me hooked in the first page of Still Life, the first book in this series.  She quickly became my favorite writer.  Love.
  7. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny.  I’ve been saving the last book for the perfect reading time and it has to happen soon as this next book will be released August 26, 2014!  Ah, bliss…
  8. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women by Sarah Bessey.  I could write my own novel on the subject of this one but for now I’m excited to learn about the author’s viewpoint and how it relates to mine.
  9. She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman by Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch.  I’ve chosen this book for the inspiration I know I’ll receive by reading it.
  10. Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life Through Writing and Storytelling by Sam Keen and Anne Valley-Fox.  Storytelling is magic and I’m eager to work through the exercises in this book to detect the story line in my own life.

There you have it.  My selection of summer reads.  What will you be reading this summer?

This book meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more book ideas, have a look at their pics for summer reading and scroll down to the links for the choices of other participants.  Enjoy!

Top Ten Books In My Beach Bag This Summer Who am I kidding?  When will I have a few hours to lay on the beach?

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2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading ChallengeI usually get the itch to start reading “witchy” books in the fall, when it starts to get cool and I think of the harvest and canning, brewing, and spicing up good eats.  But magic has been in my mind for some time now and I’ve already read a lot of “witchy” books in 2014, so why not sign up for the 2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge?!  It is being hosted by Melissa at Melissa’s Eclectic…

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" We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin… but who we are internally… perhaps even spiritually. There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know. "

- Maya Angelou on why we write. Also see Joan Didion and George Orwell on the same.  (via thatkindofwoman)

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