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20140724-205255-75175978.jpgTrying to fashion a post
Quick. What do I write?
I have nothing more to boast
Nothing comes to light
We have had a quiet week
Living day to day
If excitement’s what you seek
You’d best turn away
Keeping busy at my job
Spending time at home
Feeding nature’s hungry mob
Trying to write a poem!
I watch TV, eat, sleep, read
Work on getting fit
An exciting life I lead
It’s my life! Perfect!


Donna Reads: Shadow and Bone (the Grisha #1)


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shadowIn Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo we are introduced to the land of Ravka.  Ravka has been torn in two by the shadow fold – a dark and deadly place.  We also meet orphans, Mal and Alina.  When they were children, they were tested by the Grisha to see if they possessed any special powers.  Children with magical abilities are made into Grisha and are trained to develop their talents.  Neither one passed the test.  Mal and Alina grow up and join their nation’s army.  Mal is a tracker, and Alina is a mapmaker. On a trip through the shadow fold with their regiment, Mal is attacked, and Alina discovers a secret power she did not know she had when she saves his life. Alina’s startling ability attracts the attention of the Darkling, and she is taken away from everything she knows to develop her talent.

I am late coming to this series.  I saw the book when it first came out in 2012, but its synopsis didn’t appeal to me.  I’m sorry now that it took me so long to give it a try.  There is more to this book than what was covered in the blurb.  I really enjoyed it!  Alina is a well-written and likable character.  I could feel her confusion, desperation and wonderment. She learns a lot about herself and grows along the way.  There is danger and darkness, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. It’s a fairly quick read, and I found myself racing through it. I have already downloaded the second book so that I can continue with the story.

Stacking the Shelves #2


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STSmall_thumb[2]Stacking The Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared.  The original webpage is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews (

I got a little carried away this week, guys!  I seem to have gotten hooked on magical/fantasy type novels.  The five books that I added to my shelves this week are:


Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – This is a twist on the Cinderella story.  Cinder is a cyborg.  I picked this one up because it was cheap on Amazon ($2.99 on Kindle), and I read a blog post by the Obsessive Bookseller ( giving it a good review. I figured I had to give it a try.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – This is another dystopian type novel.  I seem to be gravitating towards these types of novels lately. I thought I’d give this one a try, too.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – This is the final novel in Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy.  I loved A Discovery of Witches, her first book. I read it twice.  The second book, Shadow of Night wasn’t as good. It took me a long time to get into it and finish it.  I am hoping the third book is as good as the first book was.  This is a story of a marriage between a witch and a vampire and the mysterious manuscript that brought them together in the first place.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the Grisha series.  I am flying through the first book (Shadow and Bone) so I ordered the second one now so that I can continue without stopping when I reach the end.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is the story of a couple of mythical creatures trying to fit in as humans in turn-of-the-century New York City.  I am hoping this is as good a book as the reviews indicate.  I chose it as the second book for my book club to read.  I’ll feel bad if it doesn’t measure up!

Happy reading this week, everyone!


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