Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday May 20th

Hi – sorry I didn’t make it last week, I had two of my children celebrating birthdays (My second youngest son turned 7 and my oldest daughter turned 15) and the stress triggered a 3 day migraine. As I scrambled to catch up from those interruptions my grandfather unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, so things have not been particularly smooth sailing here.

Still, gotta keep moving – so here is what you might have missed during the last fortnight

*Discussion and News*

Repercussions of Reading – do you get sore eyes when you have been reading a while? Click to  share your story.

Now at Library Thing – I joined LibraryThing last week , please share your tips for navigating the community and make friends with me!

*Reviews – click title to read*

This Won’t Hurt A Bit (and Other White Lies) by Michelle Au: ★★★ Dr. Michelle Au shares her journey through the process of medical certification, complicated by marriage and motherhood, in this warm and gently witty memoir.

A Drop of The Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block: ★★★★ A bonus read for fans who thought the series had finished, and a perfect way to introduce a new generation to Lawrence Block’s classic detective fiction, A Drop of the Hard Stuff is an example of one of the genre’s best written series.

My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge: ★★ A light read, written for laughs and offering sitcom style satisfaction, easily enjoyed

R.A.C.E. by Moshabar Qureshi: ★★ A potential for solid storytelling and is a short and pleasantly entertaining read.

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager: ★★★★★A compelling novel, insightful and poignant…naturally, authentically Australian, and so gloriously, beautifully written. A stunning debut.

Don’t Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon: ★★★★★ A compelling yet disturbing contemporary tale where dreams and nightmares breathe in shadows and the veil between reality and fantasy is gossamer thin. Hauntingly enigmatic

Things I Want My Daughter To Know by Elizabeth Noble: ★★ Rather ordinary read for me despite it’s appealing premise.

Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee:  ★★ Set in contemporary Indian society, Miss New India is an interesting insight into the changing culture of the country .

Burn Bright {Night Creatures #1} by Marianne de Pierres: ★★★★ An intoxicating and edgy adventure from accomplished Australian writer, Marianne de Pierres.

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Featured this week is Ninja Girl from Ninja Girl Reads

Q: Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them…

1. I can write with my left hand almost as well as my right hand (I’m ambidextrous).

2. I don’t like answering the phone from withheld numbers so I usually screen calls – this is a recent thing, just a year or two ago I couldn’t imagine not answering a ringing phone!

3. I usually only sleep 3 to 4 hours a night (seems like a lot of book bloggers are insomniacs!)

4. I always have a book (or my e-rerader) in reach no matter where I go

5. I find it impossible to name just one favourite anything and get incredibly anxious when asked what my favourite (animal/color/book/place) is – I will avoid the question at all costs.

Hmm quirky bordering on odd I think!

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Book Blogger Hop

This week’s question comes from Ivan who blogs at Ivan Bookworm:

 “If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?”

I would choose a day hanging around in Harry Potter’s world, visiting Diagon Alley, wandering the halls of Hogwarts, watching a game of Quidditch etc. I am sure it will be a popular answer because the combination of magic and imagination is irresistible.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your weekend!

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kayleigh Murphy
    May 20, 2011 @ 17:44:55

    I don’t answer my phone if I don’t know the number, mostly because I can guarantee that it’s a telemarketer. I do stress out afterwards though in case it was a friend or someone wanting to tell me I’d won a competition!

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  2. Jules
    May 20, 2011 @ 17:52:31

    Great selection of reviews!

    Jules

    Please feel free to stop by my blog -http://thegreatthegoodandthebad.blogspot.com/

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  3. Sharon C - Obsession with Books
    May 20, 2011 @ 17:53:20

    Hi & Happy Friday!

    My answers for this weeks hops are @ http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

    Have a nice weekend.

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  4. Ivan
    May 20, 2011 @ 18:07:28

    I also can write in my right hand despite of me being a left-handed. But it’s not as good as my left. Well, I’m happy to be left, they say we’re different. But I can’t find how? or why? LOL
    Ivan Bookworm

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  5. Mystica
    May 20, 2011 @ 22:22:53

    Coming through on the blog hop. You will have plenty of company as this was a popular choice of place!

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  6. ChrisS
    May 20, 2011 @ 23:28:27

    So sorry to hear of your Grandfathers passing. My condolences to you and your family.

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  7. Gretchen
    May 21, 2011 @ 00:47:49

    Shelleyrae,

    First, condolences on the death of your grandfather. I know it is a difficult time.
    Secondly, happy birthday to your children!
    Thirdly, I really like the new design of your site! It is very appealing. Congratulations.

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  8. M@TheNovelAffair
    May 21, 2011 @ 02:03:55

    Hey im a new follower!
    My mom is the same way about picking favorite things ill ask her and she just looks at me confused lol

    -M

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  9. Kat
    May 21, 2011 @ 03:09:42

    Wow, only 3-4 hours of sleep?! I’m so jealous…you must get so much done with all those extra hours of wakefulness!

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  10. Jo
    May 21, 2011 @ 03:14:51

    Happy Friday — and nice to see you on the Hop! 🙂 I agree with you on the call-screening thing. We have talking caller ID at home and I love it.

    I’m on a LibraryThing, too – happy to connect, if you like, or if you want to take a look at my library. My name over there is Naberius. 🙂

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  11. Ninja Girl
    May 21, 2011 @ 03:24:32

    Hey there!
    So, okay, I’m a total dork who couldn’t find the “follow” link on your blog, so I signed up for email instead 😉 I agree with you about the phone. We never, NEVER answer ours. I have to wait until it goes to answering machine, hear a voice I know, and only then do I pick up. Same goes for the doorbell (maybe even more paranoid about that actually). Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your posts and thanks for checking out my blog!
    Ninja Girl

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  12. Dee - Reads Everything
    May 21, 2011 @ 03:54:44

    Thanks for the visit Shelley!
    As always, it looks like you’ve had a busy week on the blog 🙂

    How do you get so many posts written up? I have a hard time doing even 2-3 a week…(including one Friday Hop post).
    Dee, hopping from e-Volving Books

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    • shelleyrae@ Book'd Out
      May 21, 2011 @ 13:57:37

      Hi Dee
      Um I don’t know, I hate being behind though – I am three reviews behind at the moment and trying not to stress about it too much LOL

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  13. Amber Griffiths
    May 21, 2011 @ 05:22:17

    I never answer withheld numbers either. I don’t understand why people withhold their numbers! It’s just silly. Unless they’re prank calling, of course. I usually just let it ring, and then wait for a text message if it’s important 🙂

    Have a great weekend!
    Books of Amber

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  14. howard
    May 21, 2011 @ 05:39:23

    I’ve seen a lot of great picks and gathered some fresh titles to add to my ever-growing TBR list. My answer will probably stun most people because the world I picked is a place most people would be scared to death of and try to escape from. Me? I want in.

    Hop on over to my blog and be prepared for the unexpected – http://www.howardsherman.net

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  15. Shana J.
    May 21, 2011 @ 06:55:24

    I totally screen calls! Hi! Just stopping by. Following you from the Feature and Follow Friday blog hop. Would love a follow back: http://blog.writerslairbooks.com. I also have twitter: @wlbks and a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/flightlessgoose. Have a ‘good read’ weekend!

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  16. The Literary Lioness
    May 21, 2011 @ 08:39:25

    I don’t like to answer the phone when I don’t know the number either. I just feel uncomfortable for some reason.

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  17. AlisonCanRead
    May 21, 2011 @ 10:05:49

    Hopping through. I always have a book or e-reader near me too. You never know when you’ll need it.
    My IMM

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  18. Kylie1403
    May 21, 2011 @ 18:19:15

    Sleep and I are not the best of friends either!!

    thanks for stopping by my blog 😀

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  19. TC Booked Up
    May 22, 2011 @ 05:12:06

    What a rotten week, sorry for your loss. I always have my kindle with me, you never know when you’ll get a spare bit of reading time!

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