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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “We have always lived in the castle” by Shirley Jackson

What did you recently finish reading? “Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan and the Path to Victory” by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Oh, how I wish so much of this book had not been marked out…there were times where it was like reading a puzzle on Wheel of Fortune….._____ of Fortune…..except having no clue what the blank held. Other than that, it was interesting reading about something I probably would never have picked up and read had there not been the issue with this book having been done and then taken away and destroyed with later editions having marked out sections. I just was curious to see what it was about. Overall, I found myself outraged at how people in authority ignored this man and other’s efforts to help.)

“The Rose and the Beast: Fairy tales retold” by Francesca Lia Block (A young adult book where fairy tales are retold. Some had darker twists than before and I liked most of the stories, but a couple not as much. A lot of them were very poetically told without actually being poetry so the words flowed. Very easy to read, short book.)

“Lush” by Natasha Friend(Another short young adult novel…this one was about a 13 year old girl with an alcoholic dad. Very interesting.)

“Fluke: Or, I know why the Winged Whale Sings” by Christopher Moore(Not my favorite by him, but still good. I love the crazy way he thinks and the comedy in his books. This one wasn’t AS funny as the ones I had previously read of his, but it was definitely just as zany and out there!)

What do you think you’ll read next? I have two library books left to read by Friday and I have a feeling, I will have to recheck out at least one of them…I think the next one I am going to read will be “The Blood Countess” by Andrei Codrescu. It’s a novel about Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary and a guy who finds out he is related to her. I’m definitely not a history buff, but something about this book intrigues me. Maybe it has something to do with learning more about this woman that was so horrible….

Last week, I told you about This week, I wanted to mention their affiliate site It’s a free membership and basically, you can swap the books you no longer want with others who do. If you send a book to another person, the recipient pays the postage, which is $2.90 for most books…the more books you get from the same person, the less on shipping for each individual book. I’m not currently a member of it, but since they are affiliated with fact, I found Books Free through the swap site), whenever you add a book to your queue, you can automatically SEE if that particular book is available for swapping! So if you are checking out a book that you would prefer to own and someone wants to swap it, voila! It’s easy as pie to click and do the swap! Postage is printed online and no credit card required. Just thought I would let my fellow book lovers know about this site, if you are interested! 🙂 Enjoy your day!

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