Book Blogger Hop ~ 3.30.18


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.

How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone’s house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?  (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


I don’t belong to any book clubs. I honestly don’t have the spare time to purchase, read before the meeting, and show up to discuss a book. I would never finish the books on time.

Top Ten Tuesday: Set In Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

Books That Take Place In Another Country

18715353Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

Setting: British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, is defined by its Pacific coastline and mountain ranges. Nature areas like Glacier National Park offer hiking and biking trails, as well as campgrounds.

Hollie Porter cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Setting: 1945 Britain (WWII) & Scotland 1743 (Jacobite Rising), the Jacobites were a group of mostly Scottish people who believed Catholic James VII of Scotland (James II of England) and his Stuart descendants should be restored to the throne of Scotland and England. If you want to simplify things, you could think of it as Catholics versus Protestants, or the Scots versus the English. George II’s son, the Duke of Cumberland, destroyed the Jacobite army at the Battle of Culloden in 1745.

Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


The 7th Day by Nika Lubitsch

Setting: Berlin, Germany

Sybille and Michael are a happy couple, finally expecting their first baby. But then Michael disappears without a trace. Sybille finds herself in the middle of a living nightmare. When her husband is found, stabbed to death, there is one suspect only: his wife who is charged with murder. While listening to the witnesses´ testimonies in court, Sybille in her mind revisits her life with Michael. On day seven of the trial, suddenly the truth dawns on her. Now, she only has to find a way to prove it.


Heat It Up by Stina Lindenblatt

Setting: Finland

A summer work-exchange program in Finland is the perfect escape. But instead of gaining experience as an athletic trainer, she’s cleaning toilets. Awesome. The trip is a disaster, and even better, she meets Kyle Bennett. In the sauna. Naked.

When Sofia’s grandmother decides to set her up with a nice Finnish man, Sofia recruits Kyle as her make-believe boyfriend. Neither expects their first kiss to sizzle. And neither expects, while stranded on an island during a storm, to have a scorching night of passion.


Striking Out by Scarlet Bennett

Setting: Australia

Forced out of her home in regional Australia with her singing career in ruins, Sharon Jackson hits the city in search of stardom. But the macho world of rock-n’-roll is hard to crack, and Shazza finds herself in trouble. Her career is going nowhere, her past won’t stay buried, and everything she’s worked for is on the line. 

With a sleazy agent who wants more than his fair share , how is she ever going to make it to the top?


Without Borders by Amanda Heger

Setting: Nicaragua

For Annie London, a month in a Central American rainforest means handing out mosquito nets, giving medical aid, and teaching children about the birds and the bees. With any luck, it will also land her application in the “accepted” pile at a top tier medical school. 

Gawking “volun-tourists” may keep his family’s medical clinic afloat, but Dr. Felipe Gutierrez doesn’t have to like them. Or the way they make snap judgments about his practice and the people he cares for.


The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corassanti

Setting: Palestine

Gifted with a brilliant mind that has made a deep impression on the elders of his Palestinian village, Ahmed Hamid is nevertheless tormented by his inability to save his friends and family. Living under occupation, the inhabitants of the village harbour a constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, belongings – and each other. 

On Ahmed’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes a reality. 

With his father now imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ahmed embarks on a journey to liberate his loved ones from their hardship, using his prodigious intellect.


Yefon: The Red Necklace by Sahndra Fon Dufe

Setting: Camaroon, on the Gulf of Guinea, is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife. Its inland capital, Yaoundé, and its biggest city, the seaport Douala, are transit points to ecotourism sites.

Young tribal girl, Yefon Labam, knows she’s different. During the 1950’s, in her Central African village, women are uneducated and are expected to either work on a farm or be one of many wives, but Yefon dares for more—she wants to learn how to read, even if looking at a book could mean her death. Although everyone thinks she’s an abomination, including her mother and sisters, her father knows she’s destined for greater things. When he is murdered, Yefon clings to the gift he gave her for inspiration—a red necklace. She soon comes to realize that the necklace is no ordinary ornament, but a talisman crafted by the spirits. 

Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews

Setting: Mount Seir (modern day Syria), the mountainous region stretching between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, demarcating the southeastern border of Edom with Judah.

What was Job’s life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family? Through painstaking research and a writer’s creative mind, Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of this well-known story told through the eyes of the women who loved him. Drawing together the account of Job with those of Esau’s tribe and Jacob’s daughter Dinah.


Where are some of your books set?

Sunday Post ~ Reinventing Life

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.

This week was good, besides my bad hair days! I’ve been working full steam ahead on finishing the yearbook. Our deadline was last Monday, but they also give a week grace. On Tuesday night Baby kept bugging me in the middle of the night to go out. It wasn’t all that pretty, but I just figured it was her anxiety coming back. I decided to ditch the faculty meeting Wednesday after school and when I got home she had bust into Photography Dad’s office (redesigned as a room for his two little boys) and had pooped all over. Wednesday night we were literally going out every 30-40 minutes. I took Thursday off and we were at the vet’s office first thing. As soon as I set my purse on the counter, Baby had explosive diarrhea all over the waiting room floor. They kicked us out of the building until they had a room for us. No parasites, no pancreas problems, just a bad overgrowth of bacteria. They kept asking me if she’d got into anything – specifically dead animals. How? She is with me all the time. She doesn’t go outside without me. I know what she does and doesn’t get into, so I’m not sure how she got this overgrowth happening. We had a fight getting her to take her meds, so I don’t know how this is going to go for the next 10 days.

Friday brought dozens of spreads still incomplete. I spent all day Saturday working on pages, fixing things, adding content, tagging kids. I finally had to stop at 10:00. I still have two unfinished spreads. 😦

Saturday afternoon my new Temperpedic adjustable bed was delivered. I had to rearrange my furniture to fit with the new bed. I went from a full to a queen, which doesn’t seem like such a big difference except everything is already tight. I don’t like how I had to redo the furniture layout. My old chair is now just sitting in the middle in front of my closet sticking out and taking up all this space. My mom and brother also came over to help me move my dresser and the bed just a tad. I also had my closet doors taken off (I hate the sliding doors, and it’s so dark!), installed a new detachable shower head, and got my dresser top organized so I can pull my jewelry out of storage this week. I also started hanging things on the walls since this is no longer temporary. I felt so at home with my organized space and at peace with how I’ve turned my room into my little home.

Yes, I slept wonderfully last night! So did Baby. We slept like babies!

I started the first few pages of Unmasking Juliet and I seriously hope to make some big progress with it today and tomorrow, now that I don’t have production meetings on Monday nights and I can plan more after school with my partner, I hope I’m able to get home and read and work on things when I get home. I didn’t touch my bullet journal this week, so I’ll be catching it up this week.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Set in Another Country
    • Teaser Tuesday & Intro ~ TBD
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • My Favorite ~ TBD
  • Thursday
    • Beyond the Books ~ TBD
  • Friday
    • Book Blogger Hop ~ 3.30.18

Check back soon!



Book Blogger Hop ~ 3.23.18


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.

When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)


I don’t get to meet many of my non-school coworker friends all that much. We hardly ever get to talking about books when we have that precious time face to face. We talk about life. We do keep up via text and Facebook, and every so often I’ll share a book with them. Usually at school we get around to talking about books, especially nearing library days. 🙂

My Favorite…Hobby Next to Reading

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

Hobby Next to Reading

Last year I finally bit the bullet and started a bullet journal. I have learned a lot about how to set one up and what works for me (and doesn’t). I was flying by the seat of my pants last year and during the summer I tried spending more time in preparing my pages and pretty-fying them. This year I’ve done really well with that, too. I still don’t have all of my spreads in the front completed yet because some of those spreads take me a few hours to do from start to finish. It really bugs me having to stop in the middle of a project.



Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

Books On My Spring TBR

I am proud of myself that I am mixing up some of my genres! See, I don’t just read historical fiction.



What Valentine’s Day theme did you focus on today?

Tuesday Teaser & Intro: A Devil in Scotland


Synopsis ~ A Devil in Scotland

1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever.

1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection, or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction, but will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?



1806, Inverness, Scotland

Becca would me in the morning room, most likely, because she didn’t like fights. Callum MacCreath slammed the drawing room door in his brother’s face and stomped down the straight-angled stairs to go find the one sane guest – and the one female – in MacCreath House tonight. Let the quartet of devils upstairs make their bargains and plan how to spend their riches. He wanted no part of it. None. Not when it involved choosing blunt over damned common sense.

Chapter 1

Kentucky, 1816

The bushes on the far side of the ravine rustled again. Sinking lower into his crouch, Callum MacCreath slowly unslung the rifle from his shoulder. A light breeze touched his ace, moving his scent behind him, away from the steep, crumbling bank. Readying the rifle, he put his fingers to his mouth and gave a low, two-toned whistle.


That was nothing new. Aside from his heard-earned reputation for directness, he supposed it was, like most male MacCreaths he boasted a green left eye and a blue right eye. Ian had the same oddity, as had their father. Not so long ago several of his ancestors had been burned as both witches and demons because of precisely that peculiarity. These days, though, lasses seemed to find his two-colored eyes attractive, thank Lucifer.  [Loc 247]


“May I wear a kilt?”

On his other side Rebecca burst out laughing. “No, you may not wear a kilt, Lady Mags. Kilts are for Highlands men. And ladies do not show their knees or their ankles.”

The six-year-old sighed. “Is Grandmama spinning in her grave again?”


Would you keep reading? 

tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is hosted by The PurpleBooker. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you’re reading. No spoilers, please! List the author and book title too. Link up HERE.

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros was created by Bibliophile By The Sea and is now hosted by Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon. Link up HERE.