Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY!



Welcome to the
GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY HOP!
This hop starts on November 15th and ends on November 30th
This hop is hosted by BookHounds

My Giveaway:

I love this giveaway so much because it gives me the opportunity to thank you! I appreciate you for following my blog and reading my reviews. I'm only asking you to do two things to enter this giveaway:
1. Follow "Mug of Moxie" on Facebook
2. Follow "Mug of Moxie" on Twitter
Both buttons are located to the right on my blog page.
This is giveaway is International.
Please Include contact information(email address) in comment section.
Giveaway will run from November 15th to Novernber 30th
Winner will be chosen on December 1st
Good Luck AND a GIANT thank you from Mug of Moxie!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW "THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE"

THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBORNE
128 Pages
Publisher: Tor 
October 3, 2017 

Goodreads Synopsis:
The rule is simple: don't bleed.
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction.
Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she'll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?
My Thoughts:
This small book packs a hell of a punch! WOW! The timing of reading this was perfect for the Halloween season. The reader will take a ride that's brutal, bizarre, and terrifying. The genre is a unique combination of  horror and science fiction that I found thrilling. The author pulls the reader in from the very first page and doesn't let go, I actually forgot about the character that was introduced in the first few pages until the author brings the story around full circle. All the pieces of this strange puzzle fit together beautifully. Just a warning to the reader- this tale is gruesome, bloody, and not for the faint of heart.
I really wish that the book would have been a bit longer, Molly's story is so interesting, I wanted more.
I would absolutely read another book by Tade Thompson.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE SCENT OF RAIN


THE SCENT OF RAIN BY ANNE MONTGOMERY
March 2017
386 Pages
Treehouse Publishing


Amazon Synopsis:
Rose Madsen will do anything to keep from being married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) community, even endure the continued beatings and abuse of her mother. But when her mentally handicapped baby sister is forced to strangle the bird she loves at the behest of the Prophet, Rose frees the bird and runs away.
Adan Reyes will do anything to escape the abusive foster care system in Phoenix, even leaving his good friends and successful high school athletic career behind him. Ill-prepared for surviving the desert, Adan hits the road only to suffer heat stroke. Found by a local handyman, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl--Rose--running through town, and follows her into the mountains where they are both tracked and discovered by the men of the FLDS community. 
With their fates now intertwined, can Rose and Adan escape the systems locking them into lives of abuse? Will Rose be forced to marry the Prophet, a man her father's age, and be one of dozens of wives, perpetually pregnant, with no hope for an education? Will Adan be returned to the foster home where bullying and cruelty are common? Is everyone they meet determined to keep them right where they belong or are some adults worthy of their trust?
My Thoughts:
It was a little eerie that I had just listened to a podcast about Jim Jones and his followers who committed mass suicide in Jonestown in 1978. As I read through this book I kept reflecting on what people do in the name of religion and their beliefs.
This is not a feel good, cozy book to read. We have all seen the Dateline and 20/20 specials that report disturbing stories on the FLDS- an real life cult community that actually exists in Colorado City, Arizona. Author, Anne Montgomery helps us step into the life of a fictional sixteen year old girl named Rose who has lived her entire life in this community. Everything that an outsider would view as odd or bizarre is everyday life for her. Rose is a typical teenager who has a bit of a rebellious streak which is absolutely forbidden in this town and her home. No questions are allowed, you are expected to obey without answers. This story is told from several points of view giving the reader a deeper look into life in the FLDS community. We get the perspective of Trak who lives in Hurricane, Utah-a town outside the community but does small jobs in Colorado City, he has grown up with this cult right next door and has come to believe that it's just the way things are-it disturbs him but what is he expected to do? We see things through the eyes of The Prophet, a man that members of the FLDS believe speaks revelation directly from God and expect his followers to obey without question-whether that means killing family pets or marrying sixteen year old girls to sixty year old men. Probably one of the most disturbing characters to me was Bliss, Roses' mother who is completely committed to The Prophet and punishes Rose verbally, emotionally, and physically when Rose does something she believes does not fall into line with the teachings of the Prophet. 
There were a couple characters that puzzled me because I wasn't sure why they were part of this particular book. A runaway named Adan comes into the story early on and is then inserted several times, but I never really truly understood his role in Roses' life. I really liked Adan and his back story which involves the foster care system and the deportation of his mother which is so relevant-especially right now. Adan could really have his own book. The other character that felt inserted simply to provide a love interest was Brooke, a social worker new to the area. Her only role was to simply find out that Adan was a runaway and be that special red head that catches Trak's eye.
Other than those few little issues I had with the story I thought "The Scent of Rain" was really good. A heartbreaking and tragic read but, this story also shows the resilience of the human spirit. People can go through hard things and still overcome. I appreciate the time and research that author, Anne Montgomery put into writing her book.
If you like this book I would also recommend a book called "The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams. They both give a fascinating look into a disturbing reality going on right under our noses.
*I received a copy of this book by from the author for an honest review.

WINNER: Spooktacular Giveaway Hop



A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN!
Emily has won a copy of "There's Someone In Your House" by Stephanie Perkins
Thanks to everyone who participated and to BookHounds for hosting.
I've already signed up for a "Gratitude Giveaway" Hop also hosted by BookHounds. I can't wait!

Monday, October 30, 2017

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP!

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!
THREE BOOKS TO CHOOSE FROM!


CLICK ON "SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP" BUTTON TO ENTER
GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON CLOSING SURVEY


DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON CLOSING SURVEY
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Midnight
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Just two, but they were really good.
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
Final Girls by Riley Sager and The Trespasser by Tana French
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
I thought everything was wonderful! The mini challenges were fun and getting to know other book bloggers was great.
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
I will be participating in the next one and be more organized with my schedule. I would like to donate a book or gift card for the next Readathon 

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Challenge-10 Years in 10 Books!

10 Years in 10 Books!

In celebration of 10 YEARS of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, we are celebrating 10 books that we have read and recommended over the last ten years:

2007
2008

2009






2010


2011



2012



2013



2014




2015


2016



2017(so far one of my favorites)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey

It’s time for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey!
1. What are you reading right now? The audiobook Final Girls by Riley Sager and The Cupid War by Timothy Carter
2. How many books have you read so far? 1
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Readathon?  I’m torn because I picked up John Green's new book today and I'm itching to start it too.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? This has been a really bad day for me to do a readathon. I didn't have my books already picked out, I had to work this morning so I wasn't able to start until after noon, I didn't pick up snacks or caffiene(yikes) and I've been playing catch up. Not my best day of reading, unfortunately.  
5. What surprises you most about the Readathon, so far? I've enjoyed visiting other blogging sites, watching their progress and participating in the mini challenges. 

SECOND MINI-CHALLENGE FOR DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON

Second Mini Challenge for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon
The second mini challenge that I'm participating in is hosted by Just One More Thing
This time around, we are celebrating our own reading decades.  For this challenge, we share a book that represents your reading from each decade in which you have been able to read. (Decades on the calendar - 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, etc.) 
This challenge is showing my age!
1970's- Trixie Belden Mysteries
1980's- V.C. Andrews Series
1990's- Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and John Saul books
2000's-Janet Evanovich Series, Charlaine Harris Series
2010's Harry Potter Series(for me and my kids)

FIRST MINI-CHALLENGE FOR DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON



Hello, fellow readers! Today is the day! It's Dewey's 24-hour readathon! The first mini-challenge is the opening survey. Here's a little about me.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m reading from a small town in Idaho
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Twizzlers and Coke
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I haven’t been doing my reading blog for the last two years. I’m looking forward to blogging and reconnecting with the blog community. I’ve missed it.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? 
I haven’t done readathon in a few years-looking forward to participating. I plan to read as much as I can-I'm sticking to short books and novels, mostly because it looks impressive. LOL 

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READ-A-THON

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READ-A-THON


I'm participating in Dewey's 24 hour Read-A-Thon this year. If you want to pop in and say hi here's a link to the site--http://www.24hourreadathon.com I'm really excited because I haven't done this in a few years. It's 9:00am here in Idaho and I haven't set the bar too high being that I have to work half the day. So I'm starting with an audio of Final Girl's by Riley Sager so I can listen while I work and if it gets slow I'll be reading The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson.
And my first hour begins now-
  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP!



Welcome to the
SPOOKTACULAR
GIVEAWAY HOP!
This hop starts on October 15th and ends on October 30st
This hop is hosted by BookHounds
For this super fun giveaway hop I'm letting you pick which book you would like to win! Here's the three books to choose from:
Here's the requirements to enter my giveaway:
Over 60 Blogs are participating in this hop so make sure you visit them and get in on their giveaways!
Good Luck!!


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BOOK REVIEW-The Lying Game



THE LYING GAME
By Ruth Ware
384 Pages
Publisher: Scout Press

Amazon Synopsis:
On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister...

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).
My Thoughts:
Ruth Ware's suspense novels are like a fine red wine. They just keep getting better and better with time. Her first novel that came out in 2015, "In a Dark, Dark Wood" was good, filled with suspense. Her next novel that came out in 2016 was called "The Woman in Cabin 10" and it had me on zipping through the pages and up late into the night trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. This latest novel, "The Lying Game" had me wanting to call in sick and stay home just to finish it. It had the perfect balance of suspense, intrigue, and mystery. I loved the twists and turns it took. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it took me in a completely different direction. This is one of those "golden ticket" mystery/thriller novels that you pick off the shelf and hope that you don't figure out the culprit halfway through the book. If mystery/thriller is your thing, give this book a shot. Along with the other two I mentioned. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Friday, October 6, 2017

LOST BOY-BOOK REVIEW

LOST BOY 
By Christina Henry
Publisher: Berkley Books
292 Pages
July 2017
Amazon Synopsis:
There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.
Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter lies.
My Thoughts:
First, this book captured my attention by reading a great review by Forever Lost in Literature
Second, lets talk about how beautiful the cover of this book is! It's pure eye candy! I LOVE It! I bought it on my Kindle but I'm almost tempted to pick a hard copy of it up at a book store, just to have it on my shelf.
Who doesn't love a new twist on an old fairy tale? I'm going to be completely honest when I say the story of Peter Pan has always creeped me out a little bit. The idea of a boy just showing up, climbing through windows and whisking children away to an island where they never grow up is weird...surely there's strings attached. AND this story reveals that there certainly are strings are attached. As I raced through the story the old saying of "If something sounds too good to be true than it probably is." kept echoing through my head.
I love that this story comes from a different point of view-an unexpected character in the famous story of Peter Pan---Captain Hook. This is the story of how Captain Hook becomes Peter Pan's greatest enemy. I don't want to reveal too much of the story because it's a fantastic adventure with a different perceptive that was eye opening. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, I couldn't put it down. I know that Christina Henry has also written a novel based on the tale of Alice and Wonderland--I will definitely be picking it up. I want more!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?

THE SNOWMAN
By Jo Nesbo
I just saw this movie trailer and wow!! Just wow!!
Last night I downloaded the book on Audible.com and I plan to listen to it before the movie is released in October.
My big plan is to listen to the book while I paint my bedroom. A little incentive to get this project done. Here's the movie trailer if you want to check it out. Looks perfect for Halloween, right??!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WINNER-"Banned Book Week" Giveaway Hop

A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN!
CindyWindy2003 has won a copy of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
Thanks to everyone who participated and to BookHounds for hosting.
I've already signed up for a "Spooktacular" Giveaway Hop also hosted by BookHounds. I can't wait!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FOUR DAYS LEFT TO CELEBRATE-Banned Book Week


We have four more days to celebrate Banned Book Week and to stand up for your right to read. This subject is near and dear to my heart and I'm very passionate about.
A few years ago I worked at our local town library. Someone who thought books that were written by Stephen King were inappropriate to have on our library shelves would steal them. Stephen King has written a lot of books, all of which were very popular to our patrons.We would spend our very limited budget on replacing the books. And this cycle repeated itself for a solid two years. Either the person was hit by a bus or moved away. It finally stopped. That was my first experience of someone stomping on another person's right to read. I was truly in disbelief that because one person disagreed with the content of his books they took it upon themselves to deny other people the right to read his novels.
Excuse me? What!!!
So that's my own personal story.
Here's the details of the book that I'm giving away for Banned Book Week, I love this book and all that Sherman Alexie stands for.


Amazon Synopsis:
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

So here's what you need to do to enter this book giveaway:
1. Follow my "Mug of Moxie" blog
                      2. Follow "Mug of Moxie" on Facebook
                      3. Follow Mug of Moxie on Twitter
This is a book giveaway for US residents only
Please Include contact information(email address) in comment section
Giveaway will run from September 15th to September 30th
Winner will be chosen on the October 1st
Good Luck!
                                This hop is hosted by BookHounds
Visit her site to participate in her giveaway as well as other book blogs that are celebrating Banned Book Giveaway Hop

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Banned Book Week Giveaway!!!!


Welcome to the
BANNED BOOK WEEK
GIVEAWAY HOP!
This hop starts on September 15th and ends on September  30th
This hop is hosted by BookHounds

My Giveaway:
Amazon Synopsis:
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

I love this banned book so much that I'm giving a copy of it away. So here's what you need to do to enter this book giveaway:
1. Follow my "Mug of Moxie" blog
2. Follow "Mug of Moxie" on Facebook
3 Follow Mug of Moxie on Twitter
This is a book giveaway for US residents only
Please Include contact information(email address) in comment section
Giveaway will run from September 15th to September 30th
Winner will be chosen on the October 1st
Good Luck!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MY TO BE READ PILE

Here's the books that I picked up at my local library or was sent this week. 
Happy Dance!!
* The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
*The Scent of Rain by  Anne Montgomery
*The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Look for upcoming Reviews!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

BOOK GIVEAWAY!!
The Glass Castle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
353 Pages
March 2005


The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.


I loved this book so much that I'm giving a copy of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls away. This is a paperback  book right off my personal bookshelf because I want you to have the opportunity to read and hopefully love it as much as I do. So here's what you need to do to enter this book giveaway:
1. Follow my "Mug of Moxie" blog
2. Follow "Mug of Moxie" on Facebook
3. This is a book giveaway for US residents only
4. Include contact information(email address) in comment section
5. Giveaway will run until September 30th-winner will be chosen on October 1st and have 48 hours to contact me.
Good Luck!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW-THE GOOD NEIGHBOR



THE GOOD NEIGHBOR
By A.J. Banner
204 pages
September 2015
Lake Union Publishing

Amazon:
Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.
Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

My Thoughts:
I'm sooooo tired of books being compared to Gone Girl! I think from now on if  a book is compared to Gone Girl I'll just avoid it. The Good Neighbor was a quick, easy read. I think it took me two evenings to zip through it. Sadly, I was really disappointed. The main character, Sarah annoyed the hell out of me. At times I wanted to scream at her for being so clueless. Her husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald was also extremely unlikable-he's one of the suspects in the crime committed(Don't worry, that's not a spoiler) but Sarah keeps going back to how much she loves, loves, loves him. But it never felt real. All the characters in the book fell flat. Even the "twist" was disappointing because it left me scratching my head? The book ended with so many unanswered questions and loose ends. It felt like the author just wanted to hurry and wrap it up really quick and be done with it--I know how she feels. In the end I'm really glad I only spent $1.99

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Movie Review-The Glass Castle AND Book Giveaway!!

The Glass Castle





Movie Synopsis: 
The Glass Castle is based on the best selling memoir by former New York Gossip columnist, Jeannette Walls. The movie flashes back and forth between the life she lives now in New York and her unconventional childhood. In it, she recalls memories of poverty, uncertainty, and neglect. As one of the four children of an abusive, alcoholic father and a selfish wanna-be artist mother. Jeannette learns to fend for herself and care for her sisters and brother at a very young age. Growing up they are moved from town to town, kept out of school, and left hungry for days at a time. 
My Thoughts: 
I read this book when it came out twelve years ago and it left a lasting mark on me. Watching the movie was an emotional roller coaster ride that left me exhausted at the end. It's a brutal portrayal of the dysfunctional family that Jeannette grew up in and the complicated relationships that she had with her parents. There are a few differences between the movie and the book that are worth noting. In the movie Jeannette's mom is shown as never working but in fact does have a teaching degree and works at the different places that they settle in. Jeannette's father also holds down a variety of odd jobs at each place they decide to temporarily live. But their nomadic lifestyle is spot on. They don't stay in one place for very long which you can see starts to take a toll on the kids. At one point in the movie Rex wakes the children in the middle of the night and quickly loads them into the back of a moving van, this includes the smallest child which is just a baby. This does happen in the book but during the wild ride the doors of the moving van fly open and the kids are almost thrown out. There are many scenes in this movie that bring you to the brink of hating Rex and everything that he has done to his family. And then he redeems himself with a tender moment of love and caring that puts a lump in your throat. Kudos to Woody Harrelson who does an excellent job playing a man that you can't bring yourself to hate. Brie Larson plays the main character, Jeannette Walls and does a fantastic job. She is the 2015 Oscar winner of the movie "Room". Brie brings the perfect balance of toughness and vulnerability to the role. What I walked away with was a movie about an extraordinary woman who against all odds and upbringing shows that regardless of where you come from you are in charge of your own journey and the direction it takes. Go see this movie! I loved this book so much that I'm giving a copy of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls away. This is a paperback  book right off my personal bookshelf because I want you to have the opportunity to read and hopefully love it as much as I do. So here's what you need to do to enter this book giveaway:
1. Follow my "Mug of Moxie" blog
2. Follow "Mug of Moxie" on Facebook
3. This is a book giveaway for US residents only
4. Include contact information(email address) in comment section
5. Giveaway will run from September 3rd-September 13th-winner will be chosen on the 14th and have 48 hours to contact me.
Good Luck!











GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY HOP! This hop starts on November 15th and ends on November 30th This hop is hosted by  BookHou...