Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July!!!

In honor of the Independence Day holiday, I’m going to recommend a great NA book with a fun Fourth of July party scene in it: Crushed by Lauren Layne.

Crushed (Redemption, #2)

I absolutely adore Lauren Layne’s writing. Her books are fun and emotionally packed. The Redemption Series is definitely my favorite series she’s written. I’ve read all three books. They can be read in order or each on their own.  Crushed  is the third book in the Redemption Series. It has just the right amount of humor, love and angst.

Other books in this series:

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)   Broken (Redemption, #1)

Summer Reading

Guess what?!? My library has an adult summer reading program! Yes, one for adults! I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

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Yesterday, I took my kiddo to the library to check out some Nate the Great books for her to read for the Pierce County Library‘s summer reading program, Every Hero has a Story. At 7, this is the first year she’s really been able to read for the program on her own. It’s been really cool. She loves reading and is so happy to be able to read by herself. I was expecting it to be a chore to get her to sit down and do it this summer, but it’s been surprisingly easy. I also think the prospect of earning three prizes this summer helps.

Anyway. Back to the library. When we were there, my daughter noticed there was a summer reading program for adults,too. She knows I love to read and was so excited that I could read to earn prizes just like her. I have to admit I was excited, too! What an awesome way for a parent to show a child how much fun it is to read! And I love that it’s got the same super hero theme, but the title Escape the Ordinary. So cool! Of course, I immediately signed up. I’m going to have those prizes in like two weeks! ?

Book Tagged Again — “Would You Rather”

One of the things I love about writing a blog dedicated to books is the book blogging community. They’re so nice and so much fun! I had the privilege of being tagged by HardworkBoulevard in a “Would You Rather” tag. Tags are a lot of fun because the questions they ask can give blog readers a look into the blog writer. So, here it goes…

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

  • Standalones. Trilogies can be good, but the first book is always the best. There are a lot of trilogies that I could read just the first book and be done. Plus, no cliffhangers in standalones.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

  • Honestly? Female. I don’t have anything against male authors, it’s just that when I look at the books I’ve read the majority of the authors are female. Plus, I’m a big romance fan and it seems to be women writing those.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

  • Oh, man. Well, I have a Kindle and I love reading on it, so that pretty much means I buy most of my books from Amazon. The only physical bookstore close to me is Barnes and Noble, so if I’m buying a hard copy, it’s definitely Barnes and Noble. But my favorite bookstore I’ve ever visited is Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

  • Neither. I actually had this conversation with my BFF recently. There are some good movies made out of books, but there aren’t really any amazing ones. You just can’t put everything that’s in a book in a movie. In a book, it’s like you’re reading the characters’ minds. You can’t really do that in movies unless you’re using a narrator all of the time.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

  • 5 books per week. 5 pages per day would drive me nuts. I’d never get through all the books I want to read.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

  • I’d love to be a professional author. I have such respect for anyone that can write a really great book. There’s so much creativity in writing.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

  • Hmmm….I’m going to say librarian. Just because there wouldn’t be the pressure to sell, sell, sell.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

  • Just my favorite. I already know I like it.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

I like both, but if I had to choose it would be ebooks. I like that you can get some for free, share them and they don’t take up as much space on your shelves.

Now I’m going to share this book tag with a couple other bloggers:

The Night Girl

Erika in Bookventureland

Anyone else is more than welcome to join in as well!

I took my bestie to see Ed Sheeran in concert. She took me to Powell’s City of Books. Perfect trade. 


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This past weekend, I took my first girls’ trip in seven (yes, seven) years. It was definitely overdue and so worth it. We headed down to Portland, Oregon to see Ed Sheeran in concert. (If you don’t know him, search for him on Google or Youtube him and then listen. He’s super talented.)

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When we get to Portland, my friend says, “I think we’re staying close to Powell’s Books. Have you ever been to Powell’s Books?”

I’m like, “No. I haven’t been to Portland in a long time.”

Then she gets all excited and tells me we have to go there while we’re in town. After all, a girls’ trip really should end at a book store.

So, we go to the AMAZING concert Saturday night and have the best time. She only knew one Ed Sheeran song, but experienced his greatness and loved it. Then on Sunday morning, she takes me to Blue Star Donuts (YUM!) and Powell’s Books.

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Powell’s City of Books is so AWESOME. I have never been in such a large book store. I loved it. I think I could have spent hours there. They have new and used books and a ton of really cool merchandise. I can’t wait to go there again. Next time, I’m taking a list of books I want to read! I was so overwhelmed, I couldn’t remember what I’ve wanted to read! If you’re ever in the Portland, OR area, it really is worth a stop for book lovers.

Just in case you’re curious, here’s my haul from the visit to Powell’s. You may just see a review in the future on a couple of those books…

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The Liebster Award (Helping Promote New Bloggers)

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I need to thank thenightgirl for nominating me for this really cool thing called The Liebster Award. This fun award is one that’s passed around between bloggers. It’s kind of a way to help promote blogs that are just getting started. In order to receive the award, you must have less than 200 followers.

Once you are nominated for the award, you can choose to nominate other new bloggers for the award yourself. There are some rules, though. In your award post, you must:

  • Thank and link to the blog that nominated you.
  • Answer the 10 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 10 blogs (Must have less than 200 followers each.).
  • Propose 10 new questions for your nominees
  • Include these rules in the post

So, here are the ten questions I received their answers:

Tell me about your favorite book genre? or sub genres? Why is it your favorite?

  • Contemporary Romance is my favorite genre. It can be YA, NA, or Adult. I just like a good love story.

Do you have any other passions? if so, what are they?

  • Hmmm….I’m not sure if I have any other passions. I do like music and working out, but I wouldn’t say they are passions.

Favorite summer activity that isn’t reading?

  • Boating and camping.

How do you feel about gardening?

  • I don’t do it. Well, my husband and kiddo planted some snap peas and carrots this year. I helped pick them. Does that count? I’m all for it, but haven’t really done it. I do hate yard work, though. Allergies ruin it for me.

Do you believe in mermaids?

  • Do I believe in mermaids. Lol. Well, let’s see. No, not really. Maybe they could have centuries ago since they’re part of legends, but in this day and age it’s a definite no. Sorry Discovery Channel “Documentary.” Not buying it.

What historical period of time do you think you would have liked to live in?

  • Honestly, I’m good with the here and now. I like running water, toilets and such. I can’t really imagine any other time. I got to see the 80’s and 90’s. That was pretty dope.

Do you prefer stand alone books or trilogies or even series?

  • I love them all. Each of those categories has excellent books in it.

If you could choose a best friend from a book (e.g. what main characters best friend would you want to be your best friend) who would it be and from what book?

  • That’s an easy one for me. Right now I’m obsessed with Bright Side and Gus by Kim Holden. That series is AMAZING! So, I’m going to say Kate and Gus. You can’t pick between the two because they make a whole.

If you could acquire any type of skill in the world, what would it be?

  • I would like to be more outgoing.

Do you judge books by their covers?

  • Yes and no. A beautiful cover obviously helps, but I go more on what people are saying about the book.

Now for my nominations:

Shelf Defense

WrittenByMimi

Entertain Me

ephemeralwriting

My Ink & Wit

allthingslovely13

To Mommy and Beyond

Seals of Approval Books

Dreary Romance Book Blog

Your 10 questions to answer should you accept the challenge:

  1. What is your favorite book right now?
  2. What is your least favorite book genre?
  3. If you could be friends with any author, who would it be?
  4. Do you have to finish every book you start?
  5. What book has inspired you or touched you the most?
  6. If you could be a character in any book, what book would it be and what part would you play?
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  8. Do you believe in UFOs?
  9. If you were going to get a tattoo right now, what would it be of?
  10. What is your favorite song right now?

Okay, go! (I swear it’s fun.)

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there!

I have been blessed with a wonderful dad and an amazing husband who is also a wonderful dad. I was trying to think up a book related blog to dedicate to them, but neither of them are really readers. Well, I guess my dad does read the newspaper, but I’m not going to review a newspaper. My husband does read Motocross and snowmobile magazines, but I really don’t want to read or review one of those. The review would be something like:

The writing was good and I learned something — maybe — but I still have no idea what they were talking about.

That’s an awesome review, right? So, I think I’ll just recommend an author I really enjoy reading instead.

Colleen Hoover.

Have you read any of her books? If not, you should. They are all AMAZING. Seriously, amazing. They are all 5 star books in my opinion. That woman has a way with words. She knows how to bring on “the feels.” Each of her books is truly unique. I don’t know how she does it, but she manages to encompass so many different and cool ideas into them. I can honestly say I’ve never read one of her books that I didn’t absolutely love. Colleen Hoover is also an author that gives back. She’s started a book subscription service called The Bookworm Box that donates all it’s proceeds to charity. So, my recommendation to you on this beautiful Father’s Day is to read something, anything really, by Colleen Hoover.

Stand Alone Novels:

Ugly Love  Confess

Slammed Series:

Slammed (Slammed, #1)   Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)  This Girl (Slammed, #3)

Hopeless Series:

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)  Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)  Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

Maybe Series:

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)  Maybe Not (Maybe, #1.5)

Never Never Series (written with Tarryn Fisher)

Never Never (Never Never, #1)  Never Never: Part Two (Never Never, #2)

Some Favorite YA Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015

I was thinking back on some of the books I’ve read this year. Having only recently started A Novel Glimpse, there are some really good books I didn’t get to review. I thought for fun, I would give a list of some my favorite YA books I’ve read so far this year. They are in no particular order. Some have been around for a while, while others are new. Maybe my list will inspire you to read one of them.

Saint Anything   Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)  This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales  Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles  V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver  The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick  Never Never by Colleen Hoover  Home is Where You Are   The Distance Between Us

Hello world!

20150601_130744[1]    Welcome to A Novel Glimpse! I am so excited to start this journey into book blogging!

My love of books started early. My mom was a grade school teacher and I can remember many trips to the library with her to pick out books. I don’t really remember toys I had as a child, but I can remember books my mom read to us. My love of books continued into my teenage years when my friends and I read authors such as Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine. In college, I discovered romance novels and began a Nora Roberts addiction. My love for books has continued into my adult life and since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have become an avid reader.  I read so much that my husband thinks I’m nuts. Even my kiddo notices.

Just this morning, I was asking my kiddo today a bunch of questions I saw on a friend’s Facebook Timeline. The first question was “What does your mom like to do?” My child’s answer: “Read.” The second question was “What do you think your mom does when you’re not around?” My child’s answer: “Sit, relax, read a book.” The third question was “What is your mom good at?” My child’s answer: “Reading.”

Do you see a theme there? I’m so happy that my child notices I’m always reading. I hope it helps my child see how much fun reading is and how it can help you get farther in life.

So, my love of reading is one reason I’m starting this blog. The other is that I love to share the books I’ve read with others. I am constantly giving my friends book recommendations or telling them about great books I’ve read. They really enjoy my sharing and have been telling me for years that I’ve needed to start a blog.

I finally am. I’m really excited about being able to share the books I read with (hopefully) even more people. So, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. I hope you’ll be back in the future to see what I’ve been reading.

-D