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Friday, 20 September 2019

Books By Multiple Authors

Books By Multiple Authors #BookishBlogHops


Yesterday the Bookish Blog Hops gang discussed great books that are more than 10 years old. Today we're talking about books by multiple authors.


Books By Multiple Authors


When authors team up it can lead to literary magic. It could be an anthology featuring lots of different authors, or just two authors writing together. 

For this question I've picked the book Same Kind Of Different As Me off my shelves. Written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. 


Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.Meet Denver, raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana until he escaped the “Man” – in the 1960’s – by hopping a train. Non-trusting, uneducated, and violent, he spent another 18 years on the streets of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Meet Ron Hall, a self-made millionaire in the world of high priced art deals -- concerned with fast cars, beautiful women, and fancy clothes.
And the woman who changed their lives -- Miss Debbie: “The skinniest, nosiest, pushiest, woman I ever met, black or white.” She helped the homeless and gave of herself to all of “God’s People,” and had a way of knowing how to listen and helping others talk and be found – until cancer strikes.
Same Kind of Different as Me is a tale told in two unique voices – Ron Hall & Denver Moore – weaving two completely different life experiences into one common journey where both men learn “whether we is rich or poor or something in between this earth ain’t no final restin’ place. So in a way, we is all homeless-just workin’ our way toward home.”
The story takes a devastating twist when Deborah discovers she has cancer. Will Deborah live or die? Will Denver learn to trust a white man? Will Ron embrace his dying wife's vision to rescue Denver? Or will Denver be the one rescuing Ron? There's pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphal story that readers will never forget.
What the rest of the gang picked:


I would have to say The Brit in the FBI series by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. This is one of my favorite series. So far I have read The Final Cut, The Lost Key, The End Game, The Devil’s Triangle, The Sixth Day and The Last Second.  I am eager for the next title. 


A book with multiple authors
The Big Book Of Female Detectives by Otto Penzier (it's an anthology that has authors in it like Anna Kathrine Green, Mary Roberts Rinehart , Baroness Orczy just to name a few , because you get 74 handpicked author's) 
The big book of Rogues and Villains by Otto Penzier (also an anthology that brings a lot of different authors together like : Maurice Leblan, Sax Rohmer, just to name a few next you get 72 handpicked authors  to read ) 
The Big Book of Reel Murders: stories that inspired Great Crime Films by Otto Penzler (have this one to read from Netgalley it's also an Anthology with handpicked authors like Agatha Christie, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates and so on)


Ooh! So I know of a few books by two authors, such as The Fair Folk Chronicles by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins, and also The Dawn of Steam Trilogy, again by Jeffrey Cook and he also credits Sarah Symonds for her assistance with writing the trilogy.

I’ve had the especial pleasure of reading several great anthologies, as well as the privilege of participating in a few!

Each of the above titles are wonderful and excellent--even if I haven’t read them in full just yet, I’d definitely recommend them based on the other works I’ve read of the authors involved!



Books By Multiple Authors #BookishBlogHops


Drop by http://rockabillyspoonie.com/ tomorrow where we'll be talking about books by authors who use a pseudonym.

Are you a book blogger? Want to join the Bookish Blog Hops group?


Book Spotlight: A Different Time by Michael K. Hill

Book Spotlight: Different Time by Michael K. Hill




Today I'm taking part in a virtual book tour organised by The Write Reads for the book A Different Time by author Michael K. Hill.

Let me start off by telling you a bit about the author.

Beginning as a sketch comedy writer for American television, Michael K. Hill progressed to become an internationally published writer of fiction and non-fiction. His short story anthology, Anansi and Beyond, published in 2017, and his debut novel, A Different Time, is available now. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, kids, and 7 rescued animals.

Book Spotlight: Different Time by Michael K. HillAnd now on to the book. 

Check out the blurb for Different Time:

Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes, while forces work against them both, and time is running out.

You can find out more about the author and his books here:



Book Spotlight: Different Time by Michael K. Hill

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a giveaway on Twitter so watch out for my review soon.



Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs

Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs #BookishBlogHops

Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs


Continuing with this month's blog hop with the Bookish Blog Hops gang, today we're discussing our must read biographies.

Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and diaries provide valuable lessons about life. People who write their autobiographies usually have an interesting story to tell about the trials and tribulations of their own lives.


Want to join us? Join the Bookish Blog Hops Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/127759384464964/ 

For me this has to be Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. This memoir is up there on my list of all time favourite books. I also enjoyed it’s sequel ‘Tis. Angela’s Ashes is one of those that stays with you even years after reading it. It’s thought provoking, raw, and definitely a must read.

Another that I just have to mention is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. One of the most powerful books I've ever read.

Another interesting read is Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas by Abby Sunderland. It's amazing to think that the adventures in this book are actually a true story. Abby is inspiring both for her bravery and her abilities. It just goes to show what can be achieved when you have the courage to follow your dreams.

I learn't a lot about life at sea and sailing from this book but also about making a stand for what I believe in and having the courage to follow it through.

A great book for all ages, especially teenagers. Inspiring and motivating.


This is what the other's picked:




I have just finished Educated by Tara Westover. I had heard so much about this book - it is on all the must read lists. Believe the hype! It is a fantastic read about a girl brought up in a fundamentalist Mormon household. It is confronting and intense at times, but it is such a great tale of someone who had an inquiring mind and educated herself out of circumstances she didn’t like.



Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day. How the man fought his way through Harlem, selling drugs and crime and rose above, becoming one of the most sought-after urban fashion designers. 




Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs #BookishBlogHops

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What are your favourite biographies and/or memoirs?

Friday, 13 September 2019

Do You Take Part in Readathons?

Do You Take Part in Readathons? #BookishBlogHops

Readathons


I'm back again with the Bookish Blog Hops crew, and this time we're talking about readathons. More specifically whether we take part in readathons, or not.

Want to be part of the Bookish Blog Hops group? Join us on Facebook now so you can take part in future blog hops with us. Just make sure you fill in your book blog url when requesting to join. Our group is just for book bloggers so you need a book blog to be part of it 😉

Do You Take Part in Readathons?


I don't take part regularly in readathons, although in the past I’ve taken part in Booktubeathon several times. It’s always a popular readathon and normally has great daily challenges as well as the overall reading challenges.

My favourite readathon I’ve done though is the DEARathon (Drop Everything and READ!) which has impromptu readathons throughout the year! Hosted by @LittleBookOwl and @LittleRedReads. I did an awards thing on Twitter at New Years where I gave a shout out to the best of the best from the year and this was my winner for best readathon. They had the most entertaining reading sprints ever! If you’ve not taken part in a readathon before this is a great one to start with as it’s more flexible than most of the others around, and the hosts do a really good job and make it loads of fun. 

This is what the rest of the Bookish Blog Hops gang had to say:

Do You Take Part in Readathons? #BookishBlogHops

I think I have done about four or five readathons in the last couple of months. I’d like to do the 24B4Monday and a couple of other ones, like the Shadow Lounge Monthly Facebook group. As time permits, I would like to get more involved with BookTube events. 

Do You Take Part in Readathons? #BookishBlogHops
Elizabeth Means

Do I take Part in readathons :the big answer is yes,yes I do. In fact, here are some that I've been doing for a while.
  • O.W.L.s Readathon
  • N.E.W.T.s Readathon
  • Halloween Bingo - which is one I'm doing again in September ,it's the one that an online book club I'm does 
  • Reading Rivalry 
  • Weekly Reading Challenge 
  • Shadow Lounge Monthly Readathon
  • Thrillerathon

Just to name a few 

Do You Take Part in Readathons? #BookishBlogHops

I don’t really, and here’s why: I work full-time and it just saps a lot of my energy most days, or maybe I’ll save my energy for writing and I won’t read for a while, so getting on a “reading challenge” is a little more of a commitment than I feel like I can consistently fulfill… But that’s not to say I don’t read a lot! Even outside of an official “readathon”, I tend to procure stacks of books from the library (whether checking them out temporarily or actually buying them at the quarterly book sales) and just power through them as much as I can! 

There was one year when I actually managed to read 100 books in the year, and I was very proud of myself--but that was before having a full-time job, so nowadays, I tend to average far fewer than the 8 or 9 books a month I was doing that year!



Do You Take Part in Readathons? #BookishBlogHops

Let us know what your favourite readathon is in the comments below.

Bookish Blog Hops Autumn 2019 Hop


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