June 23, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up 06/23/13


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey


It's been another wonderful week of reading and busyness around these parts. How was your week? Bookish? Fantastic? I hope so!

Today is my son's 15th birthday. Sigh. Where have the years gone? Happy birthday Carter! My youngest daughter, Avery, turned 13 in March. It's officially a teenage zone at my house. Ack!

Reviews:

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The Third Son by Julie Wu

Read:

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

A Masque of Infamy by Kelly Dessaint

Currently Reading:

The Violet Hour by Katherine Hill

Upcoming:
This book?
The Translator by Nina Schuyler

Maybe this book? 
Time will tell!
Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon


Bookish Business:

Be sure to enter my giveaway for the Literary Blog Hop

My pal Kelly asked me to guest post on The Well-Read Redhead, wasn't that the nicest? I'd appreciate it if you'd head on over to check it out. Thanks!

The Relentless Reader will be featured on Book Bloggers International on Thursday the 27th.

Have a lovely week my little chickadees!

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  1. Oh, I have a copy of The Violet Hour lined up to read, too! I hope it ends up a good read. Excited to see you on BBI :)

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    1. I've been reading some not very good reviews so I'm a bit nervous. I'm not that far in but it's pleasant enough I suppose ;)

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  2. Ooh, I know what you mean about the passage of time...Love your kids' names. Enjoy them...before you know it, you might have grandkids that age! lol My oldest two grandsons just turned 18.

    The Violet Hour looks lovely....thanks for sharing, and here's MY SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY

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    1. Thanks Laurel :) I have an even older daughter named Danielle...I don't even want to say how old she is, ha ha.

      I can't wait to be a grandmother! Well, I can wait but I know it's going to be the best :D

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    2. Oh, it's great, Jennifer....enjoying them and then sending them home!

      Here's MY MONDAY READING POST

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    3. Ah yes, that's exactly what I'm looking forward to! All of the fun, none of the responsibility! ;)

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  3. Looking forward to seeing what you thought of A Masque of Infamy.

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    1. My review will be up tomorrow. Oh, I guess I'd better write it! Ha ;)

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  4. Oh goodness, the teenage years. Good luck!! :-p

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    1. The toddler years nearly killed me so this SHOULD be a breeze, ha ha.

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  5. Congratulations on your son's birthday, and reading some very interesting and inspiring books, as far as I can tell. Enjoy them!

    Have a great week & kind regards,

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    1. Thank you Bettina :) I've had a great week in books!

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  6. Happy Birthday to your son! My diaghters will be 14 and 12 in the upcoming month or so...pretty much teen world here too. Luckily, I do better with teens than any other age group, but it gets hairy ;) My son is 8 and literally goes between my sweet baby and this crazy child I don't know. Motherhood - we should write a book about it! Lol

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    1. Teen world is a dangerous and confusing world ;) 8 year olds, yikes! LOL, you never know what to expect with them!

      Shall we collaborate on a parenting book? ;)

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  7. Happy birthday to Carter! It's teen zone here too with two 13 year-olds. Ack! The cover of The Violet Hour is so pretty! I want. :-) Happy reading.

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    1. Thanks! Ah, teens everywhere. I'm not alone in my confusion then ;)

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  8. Ooh boy - 2 teenagers in the house - good luck :-)

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  9. Happy Birthday to your son! I am shocked that you have such grown up children, you really do not look old enough...

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    1. You are officially my new favorite person ;)

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  10. Happy birthday to your son. I suggest you hide in a book for the next 10 or so years given my experience with teenagers.

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    1. Thanks Barbara :) That's the best advice I've ever received, lol!

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  11. Happy birthday to your son! I have four more years until my youngest hits her teens, but I don't know if I have four more years before she starts acting like a teenager. Yuck!

    I'm in the process of reading THE FIREBIRD right now. Definitely pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying it. Susanna Kearsley has done her research, so I'm very impressed.

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    1. It hits girls earlier I swear. At least it did for both of my girls ;)

      I was completely surprised by that book. To be honest I wasn't looking forward to it! Guess what? I liked it! I liked it quite a lot in fact.

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    2. I feel the same way re: THE FIREBIRD. I was not looking forward to it but am now anxious to finish it because I'm so interested in the story. A great surprise.

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    3. It's the 2nd in a series. That's one of the reasons I was skeptical. Luckily it worked as a stand-alone!

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  12. Happy birthday to Carter! And with 2 teens in the house you officially can read YA without anyone questioning you! I may need to borrow them for my excuse sometime! And I have to agree with Tiny Library- You DON"T look like a mom of a fifteen yr. old! Maybe reading those books on the beach protected your skin! ;-)

    Have a great week! I'll be checking out your guest post too!

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    1. You can borrow them tomorrow! I'll put them on a bus! You are SO nice to say that! My next birthday will be the big 4-0 and I also have a 21 year old daughter. I FEEL 80, ha ha.

      Thanks so much Suzanne!

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  13. A house full of teenagers is terrifying (to me at least). My nephew just turned 12 and his 'tude has grown its own ego, I swear. Lots of great books!

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    1. It is sometimes terrifying! They used to really like hanging around with me. Now? HA!!

      Thanks Brooke!

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  14. Many happy returns of the day to Carter! Enjoy these years... all too soon they'll be grown and heading off to college. (Like mine is, this fall.) Oh -- just spotted your reply to Suzanne about your older daughter, so perhaps you've already been through the leaving-for-college or striking-out-on-their-own bit?

    Have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

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    1. Yes, one of them has flown the coop. I miss her like crazy. And then there are times that I'm counting down the days until the younger two do the same, lol. I don't know what I'll do with myself when this nest is empty. Have more time for reading I suppose! ;)

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  15. Yeah, good luck with that teenager thing you've got on your horizon. My son is 22, and I wouldn't go back to 16 for anything! Much as I love that dear man-child... ;)

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    1. They are rough years at times. I don't remember being sooo dramatic when I was that age! (Ha ha!)

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  16. Aww, happy birthday to your son! My two are still little, 8 and 6, but the years have gone by fast. I know those teenage years will be here before I know it!

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    1. Thanks Diana :) Everyone tells us how fast it goes, and it's no lie. It's as if one day you blink and they are grown! Sigh. :*)

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  17. Ow wow you did some great reading. Am curious what you will think of The Translator. I did not request it in the end but it does look interesting.
    Happy Birthday for Carter!

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    1. Thanks Ciska :) I'm really looking forward to The Translator. I have high hopes!

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  18. My oldest son turned 16 last week (the other is 14) - teenagers indeed! We'll have to survive through the next few years and hopefully then things get calmer!

    Have a great week!

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    1. I'm crossing my fingers for the both of us Judith :)

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  19. Have fun with your now official teenaged home! I have 2 young adults in their early 20's still living at home with us--won't say it gets easier, it just gets different :)
    I see you have a good stack of books. The Violet Hour looks like a possibility to me. I am trying to not read Goodreads reviews of books on my TBR as I sometimes get swayed into shelving a book aside that I might have enjoyed, so don't listen to the negativity on that book. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Rita :) Different, that's a good way to put it.

      I really should steer clear of reading Goodreads reviews as well. I should stick to bloggers that I trust and/or have the same tastes as I do. The reviews on GR are incredibly subjective.

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  20. Lots of great books on your reading list, I hadn't heard of The Violet Hour but it sounds like something I woulds like so it's on the wishlist now. I'm a huge fan of Susanna Kearsley but I still haven't read The Firebird yet, glad to hear it's good :) Happy reading this week!

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    1. I'm enjoying The Violet Hour so far. It's an easy, breezy read. Nothing wrong with that once in a while :)

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  21. Hope your son had a nice birthday! I'm off to read your guest post as I wasn't able to earlier.

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    1. Thanks Charlie, I think he did. He mostly made himself scarce so I hope he had a good day. Darn kid doesn't want to hang out with his old mom anymore ;)

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  22. Always great to celebrate Family ! Enjoy and your reading - won't catch up til July - already ?!!

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    1. It is, you are right :) July will be here and gone before we know it!

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  23. Teenage zone, whoooah. Happy Birthday to your son. Enjoy your reads

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    1. It's like The Twilight Zone, only scarier! ;) Thanks Marce!

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  24. Wow! Our kids are the same ages-my son will be 15 in August and my daughter also turned 13 in March. It is definitely like living in the Twilight Zone- where all the food disappears at an amazing rate

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    1. Well what do you know! No kidding about the food, it's like feeding a small nation around here ;)

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  25. I LOVED Ordinary Grace.

    Great week for you. ENJOY!!!!

    Elizabeth
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    1. Wasn't it fantastic?? I get to meet the author tomorrow night, yahoo!!

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  26. The Violet Hour looks intriguing.

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    1. It's not too shabby Mystica, decent little read :)

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  27. Happy birthday Carter!!! Almost driving!!!! Is that scary???

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    1. Thanks :D Yes, that is extremely scary! I think he'll be fairly cautious because that's the kind of guy that he is. But lack of experience makes me nervous!

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  28. I have to read Ordinary Grace! SO many books!

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    1. Oh, you really should Sheila! It's a great read :)

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  29. I like the cover of The Violet Hour - haven't heard of it before but it's definitely visually appealing to me!

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    1. It's lovely isn't it? Sadly I'm reading it on my Kindle so I can't really enjoy the pretty cover, lol.

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  30. Happy Birthday to your son, I love having grown up children, toddler years (well one toddler in particular) were a special kind of hell in our house and teenage years ... "mothers of teenagers know why some animals eat their young" springs to mind LOL

    I've got The Firebird on my TBR stack but I really want to read The Winter Sea first. Have a great week and happy reading :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to having more grown up children as well, lol. My oldest is 21 and while I miss her I'm glad she's flown. I'm sure you know what I mean!

      I enjoyed The Firebird a lot and it worked well as a stand alone, thankfully!

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  31. The years seem to fly by when birthdays come and go. We seem to forget to embrace the present at times, don't we, because of all our stress! Happy Birthday to him.
    The cover of The Translator is freaky, I hope it's better on the inside =) Here's my memes post today!

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    1. The years are screaming past! Everyone says that will happen but you don't quite believe it until it starts happening to you :)

      LOL, that cover is a bit freaky isn't it??

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  32. The Violet Hour sounds good and I love that cover!

    Happy Birthday to you too, mama! You did the hard work, right? :)

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    1. Thank you Lindsey! That is exactly what I told Carter, lol. This is MY day too you know! ;)

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  33. It looks like you had quite a busy week!! :) Fantastic choices!!

    Have a fabulous reading week!! The Brunette Librarian's It's Monday, What Are You Reading post 

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    1. This week is shaping up to be even busier, as far as bookish things go :) Thanks!

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  34. The Violet Hour looks promising!
    Read on!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  35. Impressive. You are indeed The Relentless Reader! ;) Myself, only managing about a book a week while Under the Dome ... haha.

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    1. LOL, I thought the name was quite fitting ;) Under the Dome is giant. During the first half I tried to read a few other books at the same time. It didn't go very well. During the 2nd half I read it exclusively.

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  36. The Translator looks good. Hope you enjoy it. Happy Reading!
    Here is my Monday post.

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