Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Armchair BEA has come and gone. Always fun visiting new blogs and reading everyone's posts.
In case you missed my posts this week, here they are, all in one place for you to peruse if you like. If not, at least go enter the giveaway. It's a good one, I promise. :)
Day 1: Introductions
Day 2: Books and Blogs Aesthetics
Day 3: Beyond the Books and Blogs
Thanks for another great year. I love participating in BEA from my armchair at home.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
My book group just read Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife.
Have any of you read this?
It takes place in a not so distant future where climate change has really taken a toll on the US. Hurricanes and rising ocean levels on the coasts, unending drought in the southern states. States are fighting for water rights. Nevada is a dustbowl. Cities with water (heavily controlled and rationed water) are inundated with refugees from areas with no water. Northern states have closed off their borders to keep the people out.
It is a very sad and scary look at what could happen if something is not done now to prevent it. It is so believable that this fictionalized look at our future is somewhere I would not want to find myself.
Conserve water! Lower your carbon emissions!
Would you like to read this book?
Leave a comment below and let me know what you are doing to save the Earth for future generations. A winner will be randomly selected to receive a copy of The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. You have until Friday, May 20th to enter. US only.
Friday, May 13, 2016
When I started MariReads 9 years ago all the books I read and reviewed were my own purchased physical copies. When I started getting requests to review books they were sent to me in the mail. Real hard copies. Things are a little different now. Most of my review reading is now done with ebook copies on my Kindle through NetGalley.
I do buy physical copies, but not as many these days. Smaller house means less room for my many bookshelves of books. In fact I lightened our load of books by donating boxes of them to our library.
Painful, but necessary.
I have started listening to audiobooks which I didn't use to do. I have enjoyed them, especially when I am out for a run or walk or for long drives on my own. Always looking for suggestions for new audiobooks to listen to. Have any?
My book obsession has escaped the confines of my house and blog and into a real life book group.
Some friends and I started getting together a few years back. We read fun, light reads mixed with some nonfiction and popular lit. We lost some member and decided to merge with another friend's book group. It has been a lot of fun getting to read a much more diverse group of books. By that, I mean, more SciFi. :) We have some big time SciFi readers in our group. It's definitely expanded my reading. Surprisingly, it still doesn't overlap with my hubby's SciFi books.
If you are on GoodReads, you can check out my book-group bookshelf list to see what books we have read.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Books: Do you judge a book by its cover? Tell the truth. :) I know I do.
I am a sucker for a beautifully designed cover. I have to say that my favorites are children's books that use an illustrator, because they have read the book and the covers reflect that. Think Harry Potter. The US Scholastic versions. Those covers are the absolute best in my opinion.
Blog: Well, I have to admit to being lazy when it comes to "branding" my blog.
I started this site for me really not expecting others to read it. I just wanted a place to keep track of the books I read and share my thoughts on them. I like to think that my reviews are still short, simple and conversational accounts of what I liked and disliked. I never wanted them to be too wordy or long.
The blog itself has changed looks a little bit over the years. I have kept the same banner photo, though and my same generic title of MariReads, but I think changing them at this point, 9 years later, would be silly and unnecessary.
Content has changed a little over the years. I used to have a separate knitting blog, but decided to merge them into one since I stopped blogging as much about what I was knitting. I also became a mom and started sharing more about that part of my life. And lately I have been trying to live a more healthy lifestyle so some of those changes have made it on to here, as well.
So, somethings changes, somethings don't. But I am still here sharing for those who would like to follow along with me.
Only a day late. I can still join in on the festivities, right?
Well then, lets backtrack a bit to Day 1 Introductions.
Hi, I'm Mari here at MariReads. Mostly books and book related stuff here, but I do throw in other things I am interested in- Knitting, music, exercise and nutrition and the occasional product review. I am a stay at home mom, former PK teacher so that sometimes sneaks onto the blog, as well.
The books I most enjoy are fiction- mysteries, historical and thrillers are my faves. My IRL book group has me reading and enjoying more Sci Fi books than I ever thought I would. NonFiction is still a struggle for me.
Looking forward to meeting new bloggers and catching up with those I have been following for awhile.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.
Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .
Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks, and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’, and has been translated into almost 30 languages. It has sold more than 500,000 copies to date.
Clare’s next book, I See You, will be published in July 2016.