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Another Win

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

The week before Christmas I won another book through my Read It Forward site and their contests. The title is Angela’s Ashes and the book is based the author, Frank McCourt’s childhood and adult life. It is a New York Times bestseller and a Pulitzer Prize Winner. I’m really looking forward to reading it and suggesting it to my book club.

There’s nothing finer than curling up with a good book and float away into another life and time, don’t you think!!

You can find books that I have read on my Goodread’s site and my reviews.  Here’s a few books that I read in 2015 and are on the site:

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EastofEden_JohnSteinbeck

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GapCreek_Robert Morgan

GrayMountain_John Grisham

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TheChoice_NicholasSparks

ToKillAMockingbird_HarperLee

Home by Toni Morrison

Home by Toni Morrison

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Some of the books are audio and I listen to them when I travel to and back to visit my brother since it takes a little better than an hour to get to him and some I read when I was traveling back and forth to work.  Now most of my actual book reading occurs at night while hubby is watching TV.  I tune out of the TV and into my Nextbook.

 

Book Contests-Reading it Forward & Goodreads

Being an avid reader, I have lots of books and belong to one book club with some friends at Virginia Tech.  We are currently reading “The Color Purple”  and “The Language of Flowers” and hopefully we’ll meet again very soon.  I finished the latter night before last and started the first one last night.  I love books and my collection is constantly growing with paperbacks, hardcover, audio and now my Kindle.

I also belong to two internet sites where I look for new books and review books that I read.  One link is GoodReads which I have listed on my blog and anyone can see the books I’ve read, become friends on the site, compare reviews and much more.  The other link is “Read It Forward” which has a weekly giveaway and all I have to do is enter which only takes about two minutes.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I've put together for the last 15 years.  I really need to go through them and clean out.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I’ve put together for the last 15 years. I really need to go through them and clean out.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

 

I get lots of free books from entering contests on the sites I mentioned.  I usually receive at least once a week notices from these two sites about free book contest I can enter.  So far over the last year I’ve won ten books and I can’t remember how many from the year before.  These are new books and all have been hardcover books.  Here’s a few I’ve won this year:

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What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

Books by Pamela Clare. I can't wait to get started on them!

Books by Pamela Clare. I can’t wait to get started on them!

GrayMountain_John Grisham

John Grisham is always a hit!

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A new author for me but one I will definitely look for in the future.

These books would have probably cost me around $200 – $250 if I had bought them new at a bookstore.  That’s a lot of money at my house!!

I also have friends that bring me books by the bag full after they have read them.  When I was working at Virginia Tech I listened to audiobooks to and from work and now I listen to them when I travel to and from Covington to visit my brother.  I also read a lot while I’m in my deerstand waiting on that big buck and Eddie says it may be the reason I haven’t killed the “big one”!!  😉

Anyway, reading it great entertainment and it keeps the old brain busy!  I have plenty of books to keep me busy and lots of books with pretty pictures and ideas.

Must read!!

I am a John Grisham fan and just finished his audiobook “Gray Mountain”.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

It’s a mystery and fictional piece of literature that will grab you from the first chapter and keep you guessing.  It’s set in the mountains of West Virginia and the heroine is a young female lawyer working with a group of women at a legal aid clinic.  Samantha learns quickly about small mountain towns, WV coal mining, tragic lives of coal people, murder and what it’s like to go up against lawless big enterprise.  That’s all I will tell you about the story but it’s a great book that keeps you guessing the ending to the very end!!

More literary posts to come!!