The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston ~ Book Review

Cover of The Crooked Heart of Mercy

The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston Published by: William Morrow Published on: March 8, 2016 Page Count: 272 pages Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Review copy sent to me by the publisher for consideration. Available Formats: Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: Ben wakes up in a hospital with a hole […]

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 6


In an attempt to get my book blogging life back up and running more regularly, I decided to add a weekly meme or two to my schedule. I like the idea of this meme because it focuses on what you’re reading and I can make that as quick as a bulleted list or embellish as […]

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Armchair BEA ~ Day 3 ~ Beyond the Blog

It’s been a tumultuous week with my middle school aged daughters. I had every desire to knock Day 3 out of the park, but it’s 11pm and my laptop just died. I’m going to have to wing this from my iPad Mini. Here goes: Beyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favorite […]

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Armchair BEA ~ Day Two ~ Book Aesthetics


Aesthetics: Judging a Book by its Cover Here is today’s topic from Armchair BEA: The Books: How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you […]

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My 2016 Armchair Audies Winners


Tonight is the night. The 2016 Audie Awards start tonight at 7:30pm EST and I’m really looking forward to it this year. Team Armchair Audies worked hard and judged 14 of the 25 categories this year. While I was sad that there were some veterans who were unable to join us this year (I missed […]

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Armchair BEA ~ Day 1 ~ Introductions and Diversity

This year I am really excited to participate in Armchair BEA. I remember when this event first began and, while I’ve not been an active participant, I think this is an event that does so much to draw book bloggers together as a community. Let the Introductions begin! Group 1 Questions 1. What is the […]

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Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius ~ Audiobook Review

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Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius Thomas Nelson ~ November 19, 2013 ~ 288 pages Thomas Nelson Publishers ~ Simon Bubb ~ 7 hours 15 minutes Ghost Boy is the true story of Martin Pistorius, whose healthy childhood was interrupted by an illness that over a relatively left him severely brain damaged. While he remained physically disabled, at some point […]

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 5

Busy, busy weekend here. We watched the Kentucky Derby at a neighborhood party on Saturday and we celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday. During the midst of all of this, the 2016 Audie Awards are Wednesday night, so I was scurrying around finishing the Armchair Audies Ballot, updating that blog with some of the latest reviews, and […]

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Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann ~ Audiobook Review

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Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann Random House ~ October 25, 2015 ~ 256 pages Random House Audio ~ Colum McCann ~ 6 hours 8 minutes Thirteen Way of Looking was the last audiobook I listened to in the Narration by Author category. I did this purposefully because this was the one literary fiction and short story title […]

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The DNFs of Armchair Audies 2016

Cover of The Courage to Act

While I enjoyed the audiobooks I listened to for the 2016 Armchair Audies as a whole much better this year than any other year in the history of this challenge, there were two audiobooks that I just couldn’t finish. There was also one I wished I had DNFd but didn’t. Giving myself the “permission” to […]

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