BORROWATHON TBR

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I have been participating in Borrowathon this week but have forgotten to put up my TBR. So, here it is. Round 3 of Borrowathon is running from the 5th to the 12th of November.

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

 

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Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

 

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Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

 

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

 

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

 

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The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox

 

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There are also other library books that I have. If I finish my TBR I will try to get to these.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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BLOG TOUR: READY FOR WILD

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Ready for Wild by Liora Blake. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Gallery Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 31st October 2017

 

PAGES: 320

 

 

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Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.

But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.

As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This was my first book from Liora Blake and I have to say I absolutely adored it. The one element I wasn’t too keen on was the hunting aspect. I focused instead on the romance and found that this ensured my enjoyment through the book. Braden was such a broody and prickly personality that I really enjoyed him taking on Amber’s strong independence. These two worked really well together and the growing passion between the two really set the pages alight. With a focus on the romance this book really held my interest through to the last page.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.

When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

Author links:
http://www.liorablake.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8530014.Liora_Blake
https://www.facebook.com/liora.blake

 

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LINKS: 

 

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34466938-ready-for-wild

 

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Grand-Valley-Liora-Blake/dp/1501155172/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ready-for-wild-liora-blake/1125897945?ean=9781501155178
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/ready-for-wild
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ready-for-wild/id1227591103?mt=11

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
1 Page Habit book box (featuring READY FOR WILD) and a $200.00 Amazon gift card (Page Habit is a subscription box service for books)

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: THE FIRST KISS HYPOTHESIS

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions.

 

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PUBLISHER: Entangled – Crush

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 06th November 2017

 

 

 

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Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.

Game. On.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Mixing cute rom-com romance with science leads to a whole lot of steamy chemistry.  The First Kiss Hypothesis follows two points-of-view as both Nora and Eli work through their final year of school and Eli tries his hardest to convince Nora to give him another chance.

The two characters play off of each other so well. Their chemistry is complemented by the fact that they are life-long friends and neighbours. The closeness of the pair led to the ability to make the developing relationship believable. The first kiss hypothesis felt like a way for Nora to avoid dating (if he’s not Mr. Right, then no use trying).

Overall, this was a cute and fun contemporary YA novel with a set of characters that gave me all the feels. This book was just a pure joy to read as scientific theory is put to the test.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.

 

Website • Twitter • Instagram • Goodreads

 

 

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LINKS: 

 

 

Link to Goodreads:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-the-first-kiss-hypothesis-by-christina-mandelski/

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

* A Mug
* A blueberry pie scented candle
* 2 lacrosse-themed hair ties
* An assortment of book related stickers (Silver Springs, Emory, chemistry pun, LAX, etc) from Redbubble
(US)

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SCALLYWAG-A-THON

 

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Arr, me hearties… there is a new readathon on the horizon. And, it’s pirate themed!!! This is one readathon I am particularly looking forward to. It is being hosted by Ali from Hardback Hoarder and will run from the 5th to the 11th of November. The week after the readathon is a watchathon of the Pirates of the Caribbean. So, this will be two weeks of piratey fun.

 

For your TBR… there is a treasure map where you discover your reading prompts.

 

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TREASURE MAP:

 

 

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MY TBR:

 

 

Choose a number from 1-5 to start your treasure hunt. I’m choosing 3 as that is my birthday…

 

 

 

Swab the Deck – A Book With A Boat On The Cover

 

Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan

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Crows Nest – New Release You’ve Had Your Eye On

 

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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But Why Is The Rum Gone? – Part Of A Series You’ve Wanted To Finish

 

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

STARS ABOVE

 

 

Clear The Deck – From Your Own TBR

 

Pirate Princess by Catherine Banks

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This is going to be fun. Will you be joining in on the Scallywagathon?

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: BREATHLESS

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Breathless by Leigh Lavalle. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Heart Bay Publishing

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 27th May 2017

 

PAGES: 383

 

 

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A sassy new romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author…

After moving cross-country yet again, Hannah Roberts wants to put down roots in Colorado. She’s sunk her life savings into a share of Bloom Yoga Studio, but the studio is losing money, and fast. The building is undergoing a messy, noisy renovation–and the hot carpenter in charge is distracting her yoga students in more ways than one. If Hannah can’t talk the hard-bodied builder out of his power tools, she might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When Jake Marshall returned from Afghanistan, he brought back an injured knee and a lot of bad memories. He just wants to finish this renovation, rehab his knee, and head for Alaska to leave it all behind. A sexy yoga teacher doesn’t fit into his plans. But when Hannah offers him private sessions in exchange for quiet hours—he’s all in. He doesn’t expect that while she’s healing his knee, Hannah will poke at all his hidden wounds…and come dangerously close to breaking open his heart.

 

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REVIEW:

 

A smattering of humour, and a charming setting really set off this novel that tugs on the heartstrings. The romance was sweet and at times very adult at times. This is an adult romance novel that I adored to every downward dog. The humour and romance were offset by the serious nature of topics such as PTSD. I am a fan of the romance genre and this novel fits really snuggly in this genre. A sweet, funny, and sexy romance novel. If you enjoy romance novels this is one you will have to try breathless… it may just leave you breathless.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Leigh LaValle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Montana with her family. When she is not chasing kids, bemoaning the laundry, or carving out time to do yoga, she is sneaking away to write. She would rather read than sleep, and cannot imagine a better job than writing romance. She is also a certified yoga teacher, but is not nearly as flexible as she once was.

Awards and Nominations
RT Book Reviews 4 stars…..TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews….Nominated BEST HISTORICAL The Romance Reviews….Nominated for Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award…Nominated Best Historical Romancing Rakes

Author links:
http://www.leighlavalle.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5432973.Leigh_LaValle
https://www.facebook.com/leigh.lavalle

 

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LINKS: 

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35263658-breathless?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Purchase:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072C7FR4D/

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
$25 gift card to Amazon or BN
3 Kindle copies of Breathless

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: AIRWOMAN

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Airwoman by Zara Quentin. This Blog Tour is co-ordinated by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Zara Quentin

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 25th October 2016

 

PAGES: 317

 

 

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Jade Gariq is the daughter of a respected Taraqan leader, and the heiress to Gariq Industries—a large, cross-Portal trading company. Her future appears to be set.

Except for one thing: It’s a life that she doesn’t want.

Jade has always dreamed of joining the Traveller Force—the elite Taraqans who traverse the Betwixt, filled with terrifying beasts, and who protect and patrol the Dragonverse. Despite having been Travellers themselves once, Jade’s parents remain vehemently against risking their only daughter’s life. When Jade’s father dies suddenly, she inherits Gariq Industries, its assets, trade deals and social responsibilities.

It seems as though her fate has once again been decided.

Meanwhile, Axel—her close friend and secret crush—disappears without a trace. Then Jade discovers the circumstances surrounding her father’s death are not what they seem— her uncle Zorman suspects foul play. To find the truth and avenge her father’s death, Jade travels to an uncharted world, where she will learn more about her family, herself, loyalty, and betrayal than she ever imagined.

 

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REVIEW:

 

A LoveOZYA novel that really had everything. With fantastic world-building and beguiling characters this was a fabulous novel. With action and and character dynamics that had me absolutely glued to the page.

Jade is a headstrong and enjoyable character that really guided the novel along. Through her need to join the noble Travellers and the horrible circumstances of her fathers death Jade has much motivation and a lot to explore through the novel.

An element I particularly enjoyed was the concept of portals traveling to different worlds. Bringing back memorabilia… kangaroo. You might need to read the novel to find out what I mean.  A fantastic novel that swept me up into this amazing fantasy world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.

 

After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.

 

Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.

 

 Find Zara:

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

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LINKS: 

 

AmazonAmazon UKAmazon Australia , KoboSmashowrdsB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

2 winners will receive a $25 Gift Card to the book retailer of their choice from Amazon, B&N, or TBD, International.

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP TEN TUESDAY

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is A Halloween Freebie…

 

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This Savage Song by Victoria Aveyard

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

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The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

VAMPIRE

 

Acne, Asthma and Other Signs You Might by Half Dragon by Rena Rocford

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

LABYRINTH LOST

 

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

DRAGON ACTUALLY

 

Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

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The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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What is your favourite book featuring a creature?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: AUGUST 2017 CRAFTEDVAN

 

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My monthly bookmark mail has come in, lets have a look at what I got in the August 2017 CraftedVan #ReadHappy Plan.

 

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A note from the creators of this subscription explains the theme for the month.

 

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The first item is a print.

 

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The theme was nostalgic pastimes… a cute little crayon magnetic bookmark really catches this theme.

 

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The next book marks is little bubbles.

 

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The final bookmark is really cute too.

 

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I love getting this adorable little magnetic bookmarks.

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: ROYAL BASTARDS

 

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PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 30th May 2017

 

PAGES: 352

 

 

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Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey …

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Fraught with twists and turns on every single page I was simply hooked from the very beginning. With engaging characters and action throughout this is a book I could not put down. Quite literally a rollercoaster for the reader, not knowing what the next page is going to bring. I loved every single minute of this book and the characters within. I cannot wait to continue the series.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAYS

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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This is a really thought provoking quote from a novel I really enjoyed from last year.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati