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An update awaits...

...at The Friendly Reader. Finally!

(PS: Don't get too excited. It is short.)

What am I reading now??

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I am almost finished with John Harwood's The Seance. I have really enjoyed it. The atmosphere of the novel is so creepy, and Harwood is one of those writers who knows how to make you feel a time period without making it obvious. I think that he does a great job of capturing the Victorian era (later Victorian, actually). I have about 70 more pages before I finish it, and I can't wait to find out what is going on.
“When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don't take are snuffed out like candles, as if they'd never existed.”
― Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

Missing in Action...I know

I haven't updated this blog in a long time! (A long time for me, anyway.) Things have been very hectic lately. My office is moving to another location, so we have been frantically packing and planning for the move at work. It is all happening very quickly, so there hasn't been much time for anything.

I did take off a week from work last week, but I spent the entire time working on my dissertation. I didn't do much relaxing, but I did get a lot done.

I have been reading a lot and one day--I promise--I will be updating my book blog! Ugh. It has just been such a busy time! Hopefully, once things calm down at work and with the dissertation, I can get back to normal!

Because she is so sweet...

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Racking up the free books!

So, because I am poor and always in need of something to read, I have ventured into the land of "free" Kindle books. Not the classics, but the promo deals or the ones by indie authors just trying to get noticed. I am fully aware that many of these may be really terrible, but I also know that I can find a jewel here or there. When I do, I will be sure to tell you all about it.

The great thing is that there are daily (sometimes hourly) changes to what Kindle offers for free. Getting a free book feeds my book addiction, but it costs me nothing. And sometimes, you can find really great deals by really well-known authors. For example, I downloaded a free novel by one of my favorite romance authors the other day. Not a snippet, but the whole thing! And, what I have found is that sometimes authors will let you download the first book in a series for free, hoping to get you hooked. I LOVE THEM FOR IT. Seriously.

So, if you have a Kindle (and, I suspect the same is true for  Nook) or…

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Characters

Today is a "rewind" topic (i.e. choose any past list topic). As usual, sponsored by the great folks at The Broke and the Bookish!


Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters:

1. Severus Snape (From J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series). He absolutely must be #1.  :)   I honestly can't get enough discussion about Snape. I read articles (there aren't that many) and listen to Snapecast. I attended the conference in Oxford, England about Harry Potter's World Wide Influence, making sure to meet the one Snapecast representative who made it there and to participate in Snape discussions. What is the appeal? His conflicted essence. His code of ethics. His ability to stick with what he believed to be right--even to the end and even though it killed him. Still...no portrait, no death...right?  HaHa!

2. John Thornton (From Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South). I like Thornton for many of the same reasons that I love Snape. Thornton embodies everything that is wonderful about …

Christian is okay!

Just received word that Christian is okay. So happy to hear this!

A fun time with the cousins!

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Yes, my hair is darker. I haven't had time to get the highlights since February! I am so looking forward to my hair appointment in two weeks!!!