I am so excited to receive my first PageHabit box. I have been shopping around at various book boxes, but was unable to decide on which one I wanted to subscribe to. Then a saw BookTube videos unboxing PageHabit and I was hooked. I signed up right away and have been anxiously waiting until it was time for it to ship.
My first impression: excitement.
I have been thinking about doing this for a while, and for once I went to the mail and picked up something for me - that was not bills.
When I opened the box I was a little to fan girl. I took a picture of everything, including the side. I probably will not in the future. However, it was all still new to me.
I love how I am supporting a cause by buying a box. The cause for this month is Books for Africa, which is providing books for students in Ethiopia. The short statistics and the qualitative story were very effective in portraying a picture of why this area needs to be supported. I cannot imagine an area where only 15% of children attend secondary school. I also love that by sharing my unboxing I allowed another book to be donated.
I was surprised that when I opened the box that so much was visible. I wanted to be surprised as I pulled items out. I actually moved the paper back so it covered most of the items before taking the picture.
The first item that I pulled out was Mark My Words bookmarks. It contained two bookmarks. One reads "MEANWHILE..." and the other reads "TO BE CONTINUED..." These bookmarks are plastic, there is a thinner plastic piece that slides between the pages, and the thicker plastic piece that stays at the top of the book. So far, they have worked really well. They are also really awesome.
When I first saw the black object in the plastic bag I thought it was a bag of some kind. Then I picked it up and saw that it was a thick beanie hat. That is cool. Then I noticed that the tag said Bookworm. I fell in love. This is my new favorite hat. It is also perfect timing with winter. Yes it is winter in Southern California. I mean we almost reached freezing.
Ironically enough, I just read Rip Van Winkle the end of last year. I am not really up for reading it again so soon. However, it is a nice start to a collection of the PageHabit short story books. I really like the concept, and look forward to receiving more.
The book is. . . Mission To Methone by Les Johnson
I was not sure about this book until I read the letter from the author. (Sorry for the congested voice.) However, reading how the author approached his book, and his main character, seeing him antagonize writing a character from the autistic community, but also seeing him as a unique individual lead me to be extremely curious about the book. There are not many (any?) autistic characters in science fiction. Then to hear how his own scientific expertise was incorporated into the book made me even more excited. I am annoyed when authors just make stuff up. Authors who do research but do not have first hand experience is not quite the same as someone who actually works in the field. Now I am beyond excited to read this book.
From The Top
by Dani Collins
(Blue Spruce Lodge, #2)
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Their hot New Year’s Eve wasn’t supposed to have consequences…
Fiercely independent after a difficult childhood, Ilke Lunquist devotes herself to one thing: skiing. She’s on the cusp of gold when an unexpected pregnancy throws her future into chaos.
Nathaniel Hart takes on the daunting project of restoring Whiskey Jack Ski Resort to be close to his young son, but with one failed marriage behind him, he avoids serious relationships.
They might be virtual strangers with only a baby in common, but Nate is determined to be part of his child’s life. Ilke didn’t become a champion by backing down from a challenge, especially not one where her child’s happiness and her own heart are on the line. When tragedy strikes, heartbreak draws them closer together. Nate discovers he’s more than ready for a bigger family and maybe, just maybe, Ilke will find the home that has eluded her all her life.
They’re on the top of a mountain in snow shoes…
His head only had to turn a little and his mouth touched hers.
For a second, that’s all it was, the graze of lips. Then he settled with a little more pressure, testing. Achingly gentle. Comforting. Healing.
It was the balm she needed. They rubbed their cold lips together like that a moment, warming, soothing. Then a hint of something more crept in. Something she barely tasted long enough to identify before he lifted away, but only so he could look into the eyes she blinked open.
His eyes were dark and depthless and filled with turmoil. Conflict and pain and hunger. Desire firmly held in check.
It was like looking directly into the uncertainty and longing that gripped her. In her head, she was thinking it was the wrong thing to do, but her soul yearned. She wanted to touch his. Needed to. It was the only way to close up the rends and tears in hers.
A helpless noise escaped her throat. She lifted her parted lips in offering.
His mouth crashed onto hers, this time open and without restraint. He kissed her deeply. Thoroughly. Ravenously. Like he’d been waiting eons to do it. His mouth lifted and returned, then did it again and again, as though he kept trying to pull away and couldn’t resist coming back.
The greedy crush and pull of his lips filled up the chasm inside her. She reveled in the sweep of his tongue and the hard dig of his fingers through her jacket and into her back. She welcomed each savage rake of his mouth against hers with a clinging draw of her own, wanting to keep him kissing her forever. He was burning away all the hurt with delicious streaks of pleasure, building a bonfire inside her that might keep her alive after all. Light was pushing back the darkness. She wanted to meld herself into him through their insulated clothes and all the way inside his skin. She took a step to get as close as possible--
—and remembered too late that they wore snowshoes.
Hers went onto his as she pressed her weight into him. His shoe caught under hers as he tried to catch his balance, but that only threw off her balance. With a surprised cry, they began to tip, couldn’t untangle their feet, and went down in a tangle of kicking legs with nothing to grab on to but each other.
About the Author
Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. She lives in BC, Canada with her high school sweetheart husband who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to travel and visit their grown children.
To be honest I think there is a lot to be desired in the connection between Kindle and Goodreads. There is a lot that you cannot do between the devices. However, one of the best aspects is that you can have your Kindle automatically update a book to your "currently reading" shelf. When you finish reading it will automatically update the book to your "read" shelf and will add your rating. (If you need to connect your Kindle to your Goodreads account then check out this post.)
While I wish that there was a lot more interaction between Goodreads and Kindle this is still a very useful function. The best part is that you do not have to remember to go to Goodreads and remember to add the book that you started (or finished). It is waiting for you in your shelf so that you can add a review. It is also great if you are like me and read multiple books at one time. Since it automatically updates to currently reading I can go back and see what books I need to remember to finish. Am I the only one?
When you first open a Kindle book an about this book screen will pop up. This screen will tell you what book you are reading (although hopefully you already know that), the book description, the average time to read, the books in the series, and information about the author. In addition, there is a Goodreads switch that allows you to switch off the automatic update of marking the book as currently reading. If it is on then when you click off the about the book screen it will automatically update Goodreads. If it is off then they will not talk to each other.
When you reach the end of the book you are given a screen that allows you to update your rating for the book. This rating is updated on both your Amazon account and your Goodreads account. In addition you are given the option to update the shelf on your Goodreads account.
Before you get too excited the available list is extremely limited. It only allows you to move the book to: want to read, currently reading, read, or to remove it from your Goodreads profile. It will not allow it to move it to any custom shelf that you have created. This is a major limitation of the Goodreads and Kindle connection. You still need to log into the webpage or app version of Goodreads to really manage your books.