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Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?

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Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?


I'm back hosting for the Book Lovers Blog Hop again today. I'm seriously loving all the posts so far this month. So many great reading suggestions. Plus it's fun learning more about everyone's reading habits and getting to know other book lovers. You can find the full schedule at the bottom of this post in case you missed some ;). Today's question is How often do you go to the library?

I try to go once a week with my kids. We have a special children’s library near our house, and they always have events and activities going on. I love that my kids get as excited about going to the library as I do. I’ve done some activities there in the past and will be doing some more readings there in September for my own children’s books (super excited about that! :)).

Reasons I love libraries:
1. Books. Who doesn't love a building full of books?!
2. It's free (or with a very small annual fee). A major plus point for those of us with limited budgets.
3. Librarian's are like BFF's for book lovers. Can't remember the name of the book? The librarian will know. Need a reading suggestion? Ask the librarian. Want someone to talk to about the books you read? The Librarian has either read it, is interested to know what you thought of it so they can make suggestions for others, or will have suggestions for other books you might enjoy... or all of the above.
4. Libraries often put on events and activities which can be lots of fun. Ours does everything from baby dance, to readings, to craft projects. We also have a summer party with face painting, music, and games. My kids love it.
5. It's not just books. I've seen a lot of films thanks to my library. They have a great DVD section and are always adding new discs to the collection. They have a music collection too where you can borrow music CDs too (although I've yet to make use of that).

Now let's take a look at what the team had to say:

Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?
Tabitha Caplinger www.tabithacaplinger.com

Now that my daughters are back in school we probably won’t get to go as often, but over the summer we were making weekly trips to the library. My kiddos still do weekly visits at school but I end up doing more writing than reading while they are out of the house.

Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?

There was a time when I would be making trips to the library every single week because that was how fast I was blazing through checkouts. Once I started working full-time, it slacked off to about once or twice a month—lately I have been focused on whittling down the pile of indie-published books I’ve bought/been given/won in a giveaway because they’ve been sitting in my Kindle Library for a couple years now. I finally went back to the library the other day, after several months of hiatus, and boy did it feel good! I always feel like I can find something to read every time I go to the library.

Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?
Just B. Jordan www.JustBJordan.com
I’m only at the library every couple of months. But my sister volunteers at one and is constantly checking out stacks of books. If she finds something she thinks I’ll like, she brings it over for me to read before it's due. :)

Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?
Belinda Bekkers www.belindabekkers.com

My daughter and I try to go once a fortnight but it works out to more like once a month. Our local library is a great place for children with the amount of toys and games they have, so it’s never a problem getting my daughter there.

Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?
Skye Hegyes www.skyehegyes.com

When my oldest was in school, we tried going to the library once every one or two weeks. Since the kids have been out of school? Well… We haven’t gone at all. We’ve been re-reading favorites, but we’ve also been doing a lot more outside activities.

Book Lovers Blog Hop: How often do you go to the library?
Jebraun Clifford www.jebraunclifford.com


I try to go at least every four to six weeks. Unfortunately, I’m not as consistent with returning my library books, so I’ve racked up a few fines. But we’ve got a great selection at our local library, and I love reading old favourites and discovering new finds.




I don't know about you but I feel a trip to the library coming on after reading this :)

Do you go to the library? How often? What do you like most about libraries? Let us know in the comments below.



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Talking about libraries at http://www.jolinsdell.com/2017/08/book-lovers-blog-hop-how-often-do-you.html for the Book Lovers Blog Hop

Check out the full posting schedule to follow all the posts:


1st August www.JoLinsdell.com
2nd August www.skyehegyes.com
14th August www.JustBJordan.com
18th August www.skyehegyes.com
22nd August www.JoLinsdell.com
24th August www.FabianSpace.com
26th August www.JustBJordan.com
29th August www.skyehegyes.com
31st August  www.landsuncharted.com

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Pyramids is FREE today only!

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Pyramids is FREE today only!


I have a special limited time offer for you today. Pyramids (KOSMOS Episode 4) is available for free download today from all Amazon sites. Make sure you grab your copy, and please post a quick review once you're done reading it. Reviews really do make a huge difference, and I will love you forever.

Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads lists too at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35755657-pyramids and leave a review/rating.

Pyramids is FREE today only!
About the series:
KOSMOS is a serial fiction of 12 episodes. A new episode of this time travel adventure will be published on the 1st of each month. Pyramids is the 4th book in the series.

About the book:
Matt finds himself in Egypt where he makes friends with a group of slaves. Whilst trying to help them escape he discovers a clue that might help him get back home. Does the pyramid hold the secret of the pendant? 

Where is the book available? 
Pyramids is currently on sale in kindle format from all Amazon sites.


ASIN:  B06XK8W3LK

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Net Galley Readathon 7th-14th August 2017

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#Net Galley #Readathon 7th-14th August 2017 #NGReadathon


This year I don't have that many ARCs for doing ARCAugust and so I decided to create my own readathon instead. From 7th -14th August I'll be doing the Net Galley Readathon (#NGReadathon), where the goal is to read as many books from my Net Galley TBR list as possible in a week.

This readathon isn't sponsored by Net Galley or, in fact, connected to them in any way. I just need to get through my ever growing TBR list and some of my fellow book buddies on Twitter felt the same and so I came up with the idea of doing a readathon exclusively for Net Galley books.

Anyway, this is what I hope to read during the readathon:

#Net Galley #Readathon 7th-14th August 2017 #NGReadathon
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher http://amzn.to/2f4OJ2I

(I've actually already started this one as part of BookTubeAThon but didn't get round to finishing it). 


The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.  Named a PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.


When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.


#Net Galley #Readathon 7th-14th August 2017 #NGReadathon
What Remains of Me by AL Gaylin http://amzn.to/2uVrgVw

People don't need to know you're a murderer.
They just have to think you could be...

June 1980: 17-year-old Kelly Lund is jailed for killing Hollywood film director, John McFadden
Thirty years later, Kelly is a free woman. Yet speculation still swirls over what really happened that night.
And when her father-in law, and close friend of McFadden is found dead - shot through the head at point-blank range - there can only be one suspect.
But this time Kelly has some high-profile friends who believe she's innocent of both crimes.
But is she?

#Net Galley #Readathon 7th-14th August 2017 #NGReadathon
Mayan Mendacity by LJM Owens http://amzn.to/2vfs4at

Dr Elizabeth Pimms has a new puzzle.
What is the story behind the tiny skeletons discovered on a Guatemalan island? And how do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen?
The bones, along with other remains, are a gift for Elizabeth. But soon the giver reveals his true nature. An enraged colleague then questions Elizabeth’s family history. Elizabeth seeks DNA evidence to put all skeletons to rest.
A pregnant enemy, a crystal skull, a New York foodie, and an intruder in Elizabeth’s phrenic library variously aid or interrupt Elizabeth’s attempts to solve mysteries both ancient and personal.
With archaeological intrigue, forensic insight and cosy comfort, Mayan Mendacity takes readers back into the world of Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

#Net Galley #Readathon 7th-14th August 2017 #NGReadathon
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus http://amzn.to/2vf8MC9

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.
On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the bad boy, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the jock, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn't an accident.
On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


#Net Galley #Readathon 7th-14th August 2017 #NGReadathon
A Crazy Little Things Called Love by Charlotte Butterfield http://amzn.to/2uRAIKZ

A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi McFarlane.
When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.
Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.
After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it?

Want to join in the fun, and work on your Net Galley reviewer rating? Use the hashtag #NGReadathon

#Net Galley #Readathon 7th-14th August 2017 #NGReadathon


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Booktubeathon July 2017 Summary

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#Booktubeathon July 2017 Summary #BTAT17 #BTAT2017


Another Booktubeathon has passed... and what a fun week it was! I love Booktubeathon. The whole community is great, and I discovered so many new booktubers throughout the week.

For today's post I thought I'd share with you a summary of what happened during this years challenge.

The reading challenges:

I didn't do too badly here. 

1. A book with a person on the cover. I didn't finish The Princess Diarist which was the book I selected for this challenge but I do get to tick off the challenge anyway as Second Honeymoon had people on the cover.

2. Hyped book. I choose 50 Shades of Grey for this one and although I did start reading it, I didn't finish.

3. Finish a book in a day. I picked Moranifesto for this one, but unfortunately didn't complete this challenge as the kids kept me way to busy.

4. Read about a character very different from you. I choose The Devils Prayer for this one but didn't get round to starting it. I can tick off the challenge as completed though as there were characters in the books I did finish that mean I met this task.

5. Read a book completely outdoors. I choose Second Honeymoon for this challenge and get to tick it off as completed. Between my friends garden, the beach, and the pool I finished the book reading only outdoors.

6. Read a book because of the cover. I choose Coming Home To Cuckoo Cottage for this one and can tick is off as completed. 

7. Read 7 books. I added Dating the It Guy to my TBR for this one but unsurprisingly, I didn't manage it. 7 books in 7 books with the kids off school was most definitely the hardest challenge.

So I didn't complete all the reading challenges but I don't think I did too badly. I also enjoyed the books I read so I'm happy with how it went. Next readathon I'll be picking shorter books though. I might have even managed to do 7 in 7 if I had. 

Then there were the daily video challenges. I love these and had planned on doing them all but just didn't have the time.

These are the ones I did manage to do.

Here's a vlog update I did during the week:




Daily video challenges:





Did you take part in BTAT17? How did you do with the challenges? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Unboxing: Surprise Book Mail

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Unboxing: Surprise Book Mail


I love book mail. I love surprise book mail even more. Earlier this week my postman buzzed to say I had a package, and I got a bit excited. I wasn't expecting anything. When I opened it I was even happier...

Watch the unboxing:


About the book:

The international battle against Internet pirates has been heating up. Increasingly law enforcement is paying attention to book piracy as ebook publishing gains an ever-larger market share. With this threat to their health and even survival, publishers and authors must act much like the music, film, and software giants that have waged war against pirates for the past two decades. Now, The Battle against Internet Piracy opens a discussion on what happens to the victims of piracy. Drawing from a large number of interviews—from writers, self-publishers, mainstream publishers, researchers, students, admitted pirates, free speech advocates, attorneys, and local and international law enforcement officials—the text speaks to such issues as:

Unboxing: Surprise Book Mail
•Why pirates have acted and how they feel about it
•The conflict over constitutional rights and piracy
•The current laws surrounding Internet piracy
•Examples of cases taken against some pirates
•Alternatives to piracy
•Personal experiences of being ripped off
•The ways piracy affects different industries and how they’ve responded

Author Gini Graham Scott prepares readers to arm themselves against these modern perils by learning about copyright, infringement, and how to prevent, combat, and end book piracy.

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

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New Release: Revelations (KOSMOS Episode 7)

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I'm super excited to announce the release of Revelations (KOSMOS Episode 7). 

About the book:


Matt travels to a remote village in India where he meets with an old friend of his father. The guru knows many things about the pendant, and his dad, but will he have time to reveal all before the shadow comes for Matt?

This is the 7th episode of KOSMOS, a serial fiction of 12 episodes. A new episode of this time travel adventure will be published on the 1st of each month. 


Where you can buy the book:


New Release: Revelations (KOSMOS Episode 7)

Have you been reading the KOSMOS series? Which is your favourite episode so far? 

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Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

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Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

I am so excited to announce the first stop in the Book Lovers Blog Hop! This is a little project I put together so that us book bloggers could collaborate and spread our love of books.

Over the month of August numerous book bloggers will be hosting a different bookish question on their blogs for each day of the month. Each question will be answered by those participating in the Blog Hop. I'm kicking off the action by hosting the first question, which is: What are you reading this month?

I read a LOT of books in July thanks to readathons like 24hourathon (21st July) and Booktubeathon (24th-20th July). I still have a lot on my TBR list though. This month I'd like to get through some more of my Net Galley TBR's. 

I plan on reading:

What Remains of Me by A.L. Gaylin http://amzn.to/2u0zbCl
What Remains of Me by A.L. Gaylin 

About the book:
People don't need to know you're a murderer.They just have to think you could be...June 1980: 17-year-old Kelly Lund is jailed for killing Hollywood film director, John McFaddenThirty years later, Kelly is a free woman. Yet speculation still swirls over what really happened that night.And when her father-in law, and close friend of McFadden is found dead - shot through the head at point-blank range - there can only be one suspect.But this time Kelly has some high-profile friends who believe she's innocent of both crimes.But is she?'You'll stay up late to read this' Laura Lippmann'Full of crackling energy and heartache' Megan Abbott'An exceptional book by an exceptional writer' Alex Marwood
Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M Owen   http://amzn.to/2t27e92
Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M Owen 

About the book:
Dr Elizabeth Pimms has a new puzzle.What is the story behind the tiny skeletons discovered on a Guatemalan island? And how do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen?The bones, along with other remains, are a gift for Elizabeth. But soon the giver reveals his true nature. An enraged colleague then questions Elizabeth’s family history. Elizabeth seeks DNA evidence to put all skeletons to rest.A pregnant enemy, a crystal skull, a New York foodie, and an intruder in Elizabeth’s phrenic library variously aid or interrupt Elizabeth’s attempts to solve mysteries both ancient and personal.With archaeological intrigue, forensic insight and cosy comfort, Mayan Mendacity takes readers back into the world of Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

Here's what the team plan on reading this month:


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?


The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber (I LOVED her Storm Siren series!)


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?


On my TBR list for August are: Barrow Fiend by Amy Hopkins (her Talented Series is SOOO GOOD!) and Devotion by Katika Schneider on the indie-published front, and from the library I just picked up The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton. (her Kinsey Millhone mystery series is my go-to “for fun read” till I make it through whole alphabet!)


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

I am hoping to finish the Book of Mortals Series by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. I really liked Forbidden so I can’t wait to dig into Mortals and Sovereign in August.


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I had trouble with the first few pages, but I kept at it and am enjoying it now. I love the worldbuilding.


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

I’d like to read Shift by Hugh Howey, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson. We’ll see if I actually get through them all. -_-


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

Every year I read Tolkien’s epic series about Middle Earth from the Sillmarillion to Return of the King. I start June first and TRY to finish by June 30th. However I have been distracted as of late by Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts and a new Krewe of Hunters book from Heather Graham.


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

I don’t create a set TBR list anymore. Too many times I’ve diverted from the path. That said, I do hope to finish 10 Step Self-Publishing Boot Camp and 5 Steps to Self-Publishing For Love or Money by S.K. Quinn. My fictional tastes will depend on what I feel like reading during the month.


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

My TBR is extremely long, and I have yet to read any of the books listed. Instead, I continue to pick up new reads. Currently, I am reading the first book in the Alpha Drive Trilogy by Kristen Martin. So far, I am enjoying the series, and can’t wait to finish so I can move on to the next.


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

Other than my uni textbooks, I’ll be reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood and How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn.


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

I can’t wait to dive into The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble, since I adored her first book, The Mermaid’s Sister. After that will probably be Halayda by Sarah Delena White, which I’ve been looking forward to ever since it came outI have my fingers crossed I’ll finally get a chance to read it!


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

I’ll be plenty busy reading textbooks in August, very little time for “non school related reading”.  I’m in school for Electrical Engineering so: Industrial Electronics, Digital Devices, Principles of Electric Circuits, and Electronic Devices. I have Jo Linsdell’s KOSMOS next on my TBR list, and I’m busy editing my novel Visionary From The Stars- which I guess is still reading...just my own work.


Book Lovers Blog Hop: What Are You Reading This Month?

Like everyone else on this post, I’ve got a TBR list a mile long, so I’ll only mention a few. I’m working through Rachael Craw’s Spark trilogy; currently I’m in the middle of the second book of this YA Sci Fi, Stray. Mary Weber’s The Evaporation of Sofi Snow will also get finished in August, as well as another book titled Spark, this one a YA urban fantasy by J.M. Hackman. Finally, I’m looking forward to diving into Ending Fear by Deanna Fugett. And getting the colouring book that goes along with this YA dystopian!



It’s so hard to choose what to read next! I think my next reads will be Her Dangerous Visions by Brandon Barr, Perdido Street Station by China Miéville, The Song of the Sirin by Nicholas Kotar, and The King’s Gold by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. I’m currently finishing up The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn, and I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

What a great mix of books! I'm sure these will help give you some reading inspiration and get you reaching for your bookshelves. 


Book Lovers Blog Hop: A month of bookworms answering bookish questions

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Great #readingsuggestions in this post of the Book Lovers Blog Hop http://www.jolinsdell.com/2017/08/book-lovers-blog-hop-what-are-you.html

Have you read any of the books mentioned here? What's on your TBR list for this month? Do you keep a TBR list or do you just pick and read? Leave a comment below and let us know :)

Here's the full schedule for the Book Lovers Blog Hop so you can check out the other questions too:


1st August www.JoLinsdell.com
2nd August www.skyehegyes.com
14th August www.JustBJordan.com
18th August www.skyehegyes.com
22nd August www.JoLinsdell.com
24th August www.FabianSpace.com
26th August www.JustBJordan.com
29th August www.skyehegyes.com

I'll be answering a lot of the questions so follow along if you want to know more bookish facts about me ;) I can't wait to see what answers everyone else gives. Such a fun way to discover more books!

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