Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/9 – 5/15/16

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Happy Sunday bookish buddies!  Hopefully everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mother Nature has been cruel to Ohio once again by supplying us with an unseasonably cold weekend.  Like 20-30 degrees colder than what is average for May.  I’m over it to say the least.  I’ve started packing WINTER clothes for our SUMMER vacation to Wyoming in a week. Forecast is calling for highs in the 60s with lows in the 30s.  Seriously?  Why me…

ANYWAYS! I had something exciting happen with my blog this week…

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Book Reviews, Historical Fiction

Book Review: The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

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51aU2aUYISL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Kristy Cambron

Series: #1 in the Hidden Masterpiece Series

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 15, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1401690599

ISBN-13: 978-1401690595

Amazon // Goodreads // Excerpt

Book Synopsis:

A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz–and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl–a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.

In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover–the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul–who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

My Thoughts:

I must admit, I added this book to my Goodreads TBR list without even reading the book synopsis… I took one look at that cover and I was sold!  I hate the fact that I’m such a sucker for a pretty cover… actually, no I don’t 🙂

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Tags & Awards

Book Tag: The Harry Potter Book Tag

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Big thanks to Sammie @Bookshelves & Biros for tagging me in this book tag!  You can read her selections for this tag here → Bookshelves & Biros Harry Potter Book Tag.

I’ve been trying to play catch up on my book tags!  I was really excited to participate in a Harry Potter book tag!!! Actually, I’m planning on re-reading the HP series this summer with my 9 year old 🙂 I can’t wait to share these books with him.  I hope it will be something he will remember the rest of his life.  I read the HP books with my brothers growing up and those were special memories that I will always cherish.

The Rules:

» The fourth floor corridor is out of bounds to all those who do not wish to die a most painful death.

»You CANNOT use any Harry Potter books as your answers.

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Book Traveling Thursday: Favorite Bookish BFFs

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Happy Thursday!  It’s time again for Book Traveling Thursday! Visit the BTT Goodreads Group for more info and to see upcoming themes.


This week’s BTT theme was favorite bookish BFFs.  I decided to select a book I recently finished last week…

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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Classic Characters I’m Most Like

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Hello and welcome to my Top 5 Wednesday post!

T5W is a weekly meme is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes.  You can visit the Goodreads T5W group for more info.


This week’s theme is characters you are most like.  I am going to put a little spin on this and make it characters from classics that I’m most like.  When comparing myself to these characters, I’m not only going to talk about the good, but I’m also going to talk about the bad.

Shall we begin?

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