Jun 30 2016

Just Could Not Put It Down Bloghop #books #giveaway

Just couldn't put it down blog hop #books #amreading


The theme of this hop is books that you just can’t put down.
Feature a book that meets the theme.

The WINNER of this will be able to pick ONE KINDLE EBOOK between four of my favorites
of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Choose 1 of these ebooks from Amazon

  • Sydney’s Song Kindle Edition by Ia Uaro
  • Yefon: The Red Necklace Kindle Edition by Sahndra Fon Dufe
  • The Other Normals Kindle Edition by Ned Vizzini
  • The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One Kindle Edition by Patrick Rothfuss

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My Reviews

Sydney's SongSydney’s Song by Ia Uaro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a wonderful and compelling love story. Sydney and Pete brought me to tears thanks to my own related real experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who understood the power of love before they reached adulthood. The exploration of the dynamic of the broken family was deeply moving. I consider myself a happy bystander who had the honor to read about Pete and Sydney living their lives.


Yefon: The Red NecklaceYefon: The Red Necklace by Sahndra Dufe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic book. The voice is simply incredible. At no point does it feel like a stiff block of color coded index cards which were glued together to become a book– rather, this feels exactly like hearing a tale from a true ancestor. You will be so immersed in Yefon’s recount that you’ll forget this is fiction. The way the story unravels makes it feel real. A magnificent piece of writing.

The Other Normals	The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a shame it is that this author passed away. This book could have easily become a beloved series. It captures the youth of this realistic non-cookie-cutter teenage boy so perfectly. He’s an outcast, someone who doesn’t fit into any of the cliques. His parents are divorced, and both dating their divorce attorneys (hilarious, by the way). And all he wants to do is create characters for a role-playing game (which he’s never played, because he has no one to play with him). That alone makes this book remarkable and moving. BUT IT GOES ON! In today’s fiction market, there’s a category called magical realism. What Ned Vizzini has done with this book is give the reader Fantasy Realism! (Yes, that’s an exclamation point. And honestly, this book does it so well that I’m going to leave three more here just because that’s how I really feel. !!! ) For my fellow Harry Potter fans– Imagine if you found a portkey and it took you to Diagon Alley. That’s basically the idea here. Oh, and then you’d have to escape some evil wizards to get back. And then deal with dating and dances as a teenager attempting those things for the first time. And your world would be different, but you’re the only one who would know. And then more stuff would happen to make this even more “epic” yet. Yes, that’s a way to describe this book. If you read or write fantasy, if you’ve ever felt like you didn’t belong to ANY of the available groups or cliques, or if you enjoy tabletop RPG — go, read this book. Now. Seriously. You’re welcome

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fantastic book that trickles in like a new addiction. At first, it’s just interesting, and then it gets page-turning intriguing, filling the mind with new questions that demand answers. By the end, the next book isn’t a want, it’s a need.
Kvothe, the protagonist, tells the story of his incredible life. This book covers his youth and early teen years.
The world built by the author is not very different from our own world. There isn’t much that requires a great deal of explaining or severe stretches of imagination.
Appropriate even for conservative audiences. (PG-13)
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“All stories are true. But this one really happened, if that’s what you mean.”
“When necessity demands it, I’m an excellent liar. Not the noblest of skills, but useful. It ties closely to acting and storytelling…”
“It was a dragon.”
“There’s no such thing as dragons.”
“There are names for people who take advantage of women who are not in full control of themselves, and none of those names will ever rightfully be applied to me.”
“Words can light fires in the minds of men.”
“We all become what we pretend to be.”


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  1. Sweetness and awesomesauce! How generous of you. Here, let me give you some cheese in return. =)
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    1. Woooo hoo, cheese for me! 🙂

  2. Isn’t it lovely to fall into a book and never want to leave?
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    1. The goal of every great story.

  3. A great selection of books. I wish I had more time to read!
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    1. I’m glad you like my choices.

    • Cynthia Powers on July 9, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Normals and Wind sound really good. I’d love to read either one!

    1. Hope you’ll get to one day. Sorry you didn’t win.

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  5. Hi Lenni. Sydney’s Song is truly a powerful and inspiring book for me.I totally loved it. I am an addict towards love books, so if you have similar suggestion to this book, I’d appreciate it. 😀
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  6. Isn’t it lovely to fall into a book and never want to leave?

  7. Is that close now. The link is not working?

    1. It ended a year ago.

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