Paperback Throwback

Vampire Trouble by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey

Welcome back to Paperback Throwback, where I highlight a book from my ever-growing collection of older paperbacks, ‘90s and prior. Come check out everything from Zebra’s line of horror to Scholastic’s preteen Apple Paperbacks, and everything in-between— you’ll know them by their stylishly cheesy covers, flashy plots, and cheap prices.

Join me on this stroll down Literary Memory Lane. Stops include Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, and anywhere else mass market paperbacks may be lurking.

This week’s throwback is a bit batty.

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State of the Stacks

State of the Stacks: Mid-Year Challenges Edition

With July quickly giving way to August, it’s the perfect time to check in on those reading challenges I signed up for last year. Ah, 2018! The early days of Plucked from the Stacks— back when I had some self-control over requesting ARCs.

Read on to find out how those two challenges are going along with other bookish updates on this week’s State of the Stacks.

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Mayann Francis: An Honourable Life by Mayann Francis

Mayann Francis didn’t anticipate becoming Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. Yet after a varied career in the United States and Canada, working primarily in the field of human rights, there was perhaps no better person for the job when she was appointed on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006. But it wasn’t necessarily an easy road getting there, nor an easy undertaking. In Mayann Francis: An Honourable Life, she traces from her humble beginnings to the challenges of being the first Black Lietenant Governor of Nova Scotia in a system often struggling with its own racism.

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First Line Friday

A Christmas in July First Line Friday

This week is quickly drifting into the weekend, which must mean it’s time for First Line Friday.

Each week, I grab a book from my shelf (or from wherever books might be resting) and share the first line or so. Featured quotes might be from my TBR pile or an old favorite or even a book I’m not particularly fond of.

This week’s first line is for Christmas in July.

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Mrs. Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton

Charlene Morris needs a change— something different after the death of her husband. Moving from her home in Chicago to a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts that she’s never seen sounds about as different as it gets. But then she didn’t expect to wake up on her first night in the gorgeous house to the ghost of the former owner, Jack Strathmore, standing at the foot of her bed. Now if she ever wants to get her house ghost-free in time to open it as a B&B for the tourist season, she’s going to have to solve Jack’s murder.

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Can't-Wait Wednesday

Before and After – Can’t-Wait Wednesday

Today marks the middle of the week, meaning it’s time for Can’t-Wait Wednesday. Each week I spotlight amazing future releases that— well, that I just can’t wait for.

It’s a feature hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: you’re sure to walk away with an expanded TBR pile.

This week, I’m waiting for…

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Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

Best friends Jenna and Maureen have been doing just fine. Sure, their children have finally left their respective nests, and Jenna’s especially bristling at the thought of an empty house. But now they’ll finally have time to do things they’ve always wanted— like taking the trip to Paris they originally planned in college. However, after Jenna’s mother, Carol, falls and breaks her hip, Jenna meets the charming Dr. Rowan Lancaster. And with Maureen open to seeing someone of her own … well, it might be time for these two friends to finally live their dreams and find love.

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