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Weekend Book Sharing and Blog Visits



It's the weekend, so it must be time to enjoy a few of my favorite book memes. This is a great opportunity for readers and bloggers to share what they've been up to - both newly received books, what you've read or want to read and any bookish or personal news/updates.








I'll be linking to: Stacking the Shelves is hosted every Saturday by Marlene @ Reading Reality The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb @ ReaderBuzz, Mailbox Monday is also a weekly gathering place to share new books received. Join me in visiting the wide array of book blogs in the world.


CLICK THE IMAGE TO GO TO THE GOODREADS PAGE:


BOOKS I RECEIVED LAST WEEK

ARC -NetGalley Library holds









I'm thrilled to get Armstrong's book, #2 in the A Rip Through Time which I just finished a few weeks ago!



Freebies (Book Sent, EReader News, EReader Daily, etc)













BOOKS I FINISHED LAST WEEK:













BOOKS I'M CURRENTLY READING:

Audio Kindle













PUBLISHED ON THE BLOG LAST WEEK

Click on the image to see the review / post:
























CHALLENGE UPDATE

For my Beat the Backlist challenge, I've read 26/48 of the ones I set out at the beginning of the year fitting specific topics and on my TBR for over a year.

My COYER challenge is moving along, I'm at 21/54 (27 of the 54 I preselected is "success" for this challenge).


PERSONAL UPDATE

I truly hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate) filled with family, a little relaxation, delicious food, and maybe a good book at the end of the day. We enjoyed the company of our kids and some good friends in a small group of 11. Then on Friday, Christmas decorating commenced. First, the bins. Then, glitter everywhere!






My Thanksgiving fruity turkey contribution to the appetizers (idea from a friend).









Some of the bins to be unloaded for the Christmas decorating marathon. We host an annual bunco party every year so the decorations need to be up!









Instead of sharing a photo of Washington, I have a question for you bloggers who have been doing this much longer than me:

What is your criteria for not publishing a review of a book? I recently read a book sent to me by a publisher with the request for a review. The premise sounded interesting, but I found problems with the book and would rate it a 2 - 2.5. I'm of two minds. Do I publish my somewhat negative review, but end with the positive comment(s) I have? In my effort to be honest and help others decide whether to read a book or not, do I share negative reviews? Or, do I respond to the publisher and explain my lack of a review? Or do I just ignore it - no comment to the publisher, no review? How do you handle books you don't care for, or maybe even DNF? Does it make a difference if it's a library book or an ARC? Any advice, suggestions, or information will be much appreciated.


Hope you have a most excellent upcoming week and hopefully finding time to enjoy a good book. Looking forward to visiting as many as I can again this week!



Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.

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For your convenience, I use #hashtags in the reviews and when you click on one, you'll find more books with that theme. Hopefully you'll find it a helpful way to navigate the site and find books you'll enjoy. I've also recently added tags that will show up at the end of each review that serve the same purpose.

The review ratings are based on a 5 star  (1/2 stars sometimes) system with a 3 being an average read for me. I hope you find that helpful. Knowing, of course, that all opinions are just that - my opinion!  Let me know if you agree or disagree - I'd love to hear from you.

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