Monday Morning Check-In: Happy Fourth of July

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday Morning everyone and a Happy Fourth of July to all of my followers that live in the United States.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday spent with the ones you love!  Try to get some reading in between the BBQ and fireworks.  My husband and I usually spend the evening sitting on the side of the road reading waiting for a fireworks show.   This is such a complicated holiday for me, some years are good, some bad.  This year feels like it is going to be a weepy one…

This Fourth marks the 29 year since my mother’s death.  Losing someone you love is never easy or fair, but when it happens on a national holiday you never get to escape it.  Every year there is this huge celebration that reminds you ‘hey, remember what happen today…”. I’ve lost most of my family already and my mother’s death is still the one that hits the hardest.  Of course, that might have to do with the fact that I liked her best, but I think it has a bit to do with every year is marked by fireworks.  The other losses are permitted to pass unnoticed and unmarked because they took place on a normal day of the year.  So this year, I will attend the fireworks in the town where I grew up, where I used to watch the display in our front yard with my mom (dad and brother too…) and our neighbors.  I will walk by our house and up to her grave where I will visit my family with the current center of my universe.  Then we will return to our car and enjoy the show for another year as I remember what life was like once before I was set adrift.

everything I did for the rest of my life—would only separate us more and more- days she was no longer a part of, an ever-growing distance between us. Every single day for the rest of my life, she would only be further


Giveaway: Signed Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon!


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No your eyes are not deceiving you!  I am giving away a signed copy of Ms. Kenyon’s latest book Dragonbane that I picked up at the launch party on August 1 in Chicago.  I was so excited to be there that I wanted to share the love with all of you! It also happens to be my 20th wedding anniversary so help me celebrate by sharing the news about the giveaway, easily done through the links below. You can enter here on the site or over on my Facebook page.  I’m using Rafflecopter for the entries and in two weeks I will contact one of you lovely people with the news that the book and goodies is yours!  You can find more details under the Giveaway tab.  Some important points: Only open to US and Canadian residents, no purchase or following required for entry, and you have until 8/19/15 to enter.  This giveaway also is not sponsored by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the publisher, Facebook or Twitter.  I purchased the book with the intent of giving it to one lucky fan!

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Thank you & Good Luck!

Celebration! 200 x 2



Welcome to the 200th post here at Read What I Like!  Can’t believe I’ve reached 200 posts already, its just been a little over six months that I’ve been blogging.  Also celebrating reaching 203 official subscribers to the blog, I know the side bar says differently, but it takes Twitter and Facebook followers into account too.   Thank you to everyone who follows the blog and I’m so delighted that you enjoy reading my opinions on books, reading and the reviews I post.  I promise to continue to provide honest & spoiler free (or at least warn you first) reviews of the books I read. Reading and books are passions of mine and it means so much to me to be a part of this community of readers I’ve found here online.


Book Giveaway!!!

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I was planning on doing this anyway, but what a happy coincidence… Read What I Like is going to be hosting a book giveaway. This time it is for a signed copy of my husband’s book Crack in the Curtain.  To enter just visit the giveaway page, link found to the top of the menu to the right, read the rules, or most of them, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.  Entries will need to be submitted by 8 a.m. Saturday Sept 20, 2014, and only open to U.S. Residents (damn red tape).   Good Luck and thank you for all the support!