Saturday, September 23, 2017

Libby The Library

Does your library have LIBBY?

Have you tried it?  It seems to be more user friendly to me.

When I did a search for audio books, it gave every audio book available.  I wasn't looking for anything in particular so I used that feature.

I hope your library has Libby, and you have tried it.

Let me know if you have used it. 

Happy Reading!!

Friday, September 22, 2017

How Many of These Banned Books Have You Read?

Image created by me and courtesy of

Banned Book Week is September 24 to September 30.

The Blog Hop Question was about Banned or Challenged Books.  Link to the post and the comments is here.

One of my wonderful followers was kind enough to take the time to look at my Goodreads list to see what banned books I have read.  THANK YOU, Wendy of Literary Feline, for taking the time to do that.

I can't believe some of them are banned, and does anyone know the reason for these books being banned and/or the criteria for banning a book? 

Here is the list of books Wendy found for me on my Goodreads list.  :)  

It looks like I am a BANNED BOOK lover.  LOL!!

Water for Elephants
The Pact
Memoirs of a Geisha
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Poisonwood Bible (challenged)
Snow Falling on Cedars
A Time to Kill (challenged)
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Glass Castle
The Art of Racing Rain
The Kite Runner (Challenged)

How many of these have you read?

Book Beginnings - 9/22/2017

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
My book beginnings is taken from THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper:

"If we are caught, we'll be in beastly trouble for this," Nellie said, tugging at her sister's sleeve as they opened the door to the ladies' cloakroom of Government House and darted inside.  Not if we don't get caught."

Books Finished:

THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review will be October 12.

THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review will be on October 10.
ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly MacMillan - review will be October 5.
THE TRUST by Ronald H. Balson - review is in the book's title.

Excellent mystery.
Another beautiful book by Jamie Ford - review is in the book's title.

Book Blogger Hop - 9/22 - 9/28

 Question of the Week:

In regards of Banned Books Week (, what are your favourite books that have been banned or challenged? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

My Answer: 

Hmmmm....I normally do not pay attention to banned books so not sure how to answer this except that I "think" there are a few books in the list that I was required to read in high school.  :)

That tells you how times have changed.  :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 9/22/2017

 1. I would never be friends with someone who __.

2. I will never refuse ___.

3. I have never been to ____ , but        .

4. When it comes to   ____, I          .


1.  I would never be friends with someone who is always complaining.

2.  I will never refuse a compliment.

3.  I have never been to a rodeo, but think it would be interesting.

4.  When it comes to reading, I could do it all day.   :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson

Being away from Ireland for 16 years had not eased the feelings a few of Liam Taggert's cousins had for him.

Liam had moved to Chicago from Ireland 16 years ago on bad terms, and now that his uncle had been murdered, he returned for the funeral. 

What Liam returned to was his being chosen as the Trustee of his uncle's will and a task that was both dangerous for Liam as well as his family.  There were a lot of stipulations set in the last will and testament for distribution of the estate as well as hard feelings because Liam had been out of touch and was now in charge.

Liam now wished he hadn't answered that phone call not more than a week ago.  If he had ignored it, he may not be in the legal predicament he was put in by his uncle nor the danger it was causing the entire family both in Ireland and the United States.

Being Trustee carried a lot of responsibility as well as legalities family members didn't want to understand. The family also couldn't understand why Liam wouldn't break the rules and tell them the details of the last will and testament of Uncle Fergus.

To further complicate things, the Taggert family was getting threats and notes indicating payback time. No one was sure who was murdering members of the Taggert family, but forty years of hatred, vengeance, and fighting still ran deep among the Northern Ireland residents.

The Taggert family was an interesting lot, and the murders and family mystery were intriguing.

THE TRUST is beautifully written and so well written that you smoothly move along and become captured in the story line and the characters.

If you enjoy books set in Ireland, mysteries, murders, and family drama, you definitely do not want to miss reading THE TRUST. 

I truly enjoyed the book and found it difficult to put down. ​ 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


The information below including the photo is courtesy of Staci Burt and St. Martin's.
RONALD H. BALSON is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues. 

He is also the author of Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.

"A heart-wrenching...triumphant story." —The Chicago Tribune on Karolina’s Twins

“Secrets, friendships, survival, and the Holocaust are woven together in Ronald H. Balson’s haunting Karolina's Twins.”—Family Circle on Karolina’s Twins

“A new look at an old story…will stay with you long after you have finished it.” —The Huffington Post on Once We Were Brothers

“Uplifting and moving, intelligently written…an unusual insight into human character.” —Library Journal, starred review on Once We Were Brothers

“A page-turning read filled with despair and anger but with hope, love, and humanity at its core.” —Jewish Book Council on Saving Sophie

Karolina's Twins and Once We Were Brothers were both riveting, engaging reads.  Both are reviewed on my blog


Monday, September 18, 2017

Mini Bloggiesta - 9/21 to 9/24

Fun awaits anyone who joins in.  You will learn things, get your blog and e-mail cleaned up, and meet new friends.

I hope you join in the fun too.

I will be out of town visiting my son so not sure how much I can join in, but I am submitting my list no matter what.
Ready to clean things up?  I am.
Taken directly from the Bloggiesta page:

Bloggiesta is almost here! Mark your calendars for September 21-24!!!!

If you’d like to participate with us this coming week for the Fall 2017 Bloggiesta, it’s time to write up a To Do List, post it on your blog, then come back here and link it up!
Go to the Bloggiesta sign-up page if you want to participate and for MORE DETAILS.  The link is here.

I hope to see you there.
My To Do List:

1.  Back Up My Blog - thank again to Steph from Cover2Cover for the directions.

2.  Clean up my taskbar - I have a ton of drafts of reviews and other items that have already been posted. 

3.  Visit other blogs - I have been visiting blog on the linky list and on the Twitter Page.  :)  Love seeing the lists.

4.  Delete some old posts from when I started blogging - I am afraid my blog will crash - will it?  :)
   •     I am currently deleting from 2010 and 2011...did some from 2013 and 2014 also.  Yippee!!
   •    Does anyone know the answer about the blog eventually crashing if there are too many posts????
   •    Getting tired of deleting, but I will continue later  -  I have taken the pages of posts down from 38 to 33 and the number of posts down from 1888 to 1618.