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My Favourite Podcasts

In my most recent posts I have mentioned that I went through a reading slump over the summer. This lead me to become more interested in audiobooks and get a subscription to Audible. Well around this time I also got into listening to podcasts. So today I want to share the current shows that had caught my attention.

Murder, Eh Podcast

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This is the one that kicked off my recent interest in listening to podcasts. Its focus is True Crime, most of which is Canadian in origin. It is hosted by my childhood friend Elyse Pearson and although it is currently (as of the creation of this post) on hiatus, I am looking forward to hearing more from her soon. Click on the link above or search Murder, Eh! on Spotifiy to listen to her episodes.

My Favorite Murder

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My Favorite Murder is (obviously) another true crime podcast and I was introduced to it by Elyse (from Murder, Eh!). It is hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark and although it focuses on disturbing topics, they share the stories with their individual trademark wit.

The Dollop

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I learned about The Dollop podcast, from the ladies at My Favorite Murder. The two shows have even collaborated. Like the previous show, this one is also hosted by two comedians; Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. They take a hilarious look at American history.

Do you listen to any podcasts? Leave me a message below. I’d love some more recommendations on any topic.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week for Top 10 Tuesday bloggers are sharing their favourite extraordinary book titles. Here are some of my favourites..

From the books I have Read

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1. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
Although I didn’t particularly enjoy this short novel, I did find the title and its play on words to be great. You see, the main character in this series is named Stephanie Plum. Other titles in these “between numbers” books include: Plum Lovin’ and Plum Spooky.

2. A Steak in the Drawer: Recollections of a Teenage Cruise Ship Waiter by Eric Conroy
I came across this book in a gift shop after touring the ship the S.S. Keewatin. The title is definitely intriguing. Why would a steak be put in a drawer anyway?

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3. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
I found the title of this book to be more intriguing than the actual story.

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4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonan Jonasson
And what an adventure he had!

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5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
Sounds like a wonderful getaway!

From the books I want to read

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1. Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
Because Avonlea is my idea of paradise.

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2. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
This sounds like an adventure is in store.

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3. Serendipity by Louise Shaffer
The word serendipity itself is extraordinary.

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4. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
As a lifelong fan of Tom Hanks, this one caught my attention immediately.

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5. Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
Doesn’t that title sound so whimsical?

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Winter at the Beach (Moonlight Harbor, 2) by Sheila Roberts

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Winter at the Beach
(Moonlight Harbor, 2)
By: Sheila Roberts

Published: October 2018
Published by: MIRA
Format Read: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday Story

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis

USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts takes readers on a wintry trip to the harbor in her latest holiday novel…

The town of Moonlight Harbor needs to convince tourists that the beach is still the place to be—even when the sunshine goes south for the winter. Jenna Jones, new proprietor of The Driftwood Inn, has the perfect idea: a holiday festival called Seaside with Santa.

Jenna is happy to throw herself into planning the event. With all the decorating, preparation and extra reservations at the inn because of the festival—and with two wonderful but very different men hoping to claim more of her time and her heart—Jenna is busy. Busy, but happy. Even with her troublesome ex in the picture, life feels as close to perfect as she’s ever known.

Until the weather turns her festival into a farce. Suddenly Mother Nature is not only raining on Jenna’s parade, the old bat’s trying to blow the floats and their princesses out to sea. Soon everyone is without power and the road out of town is blocked. And Jenna has a full motel.

After the generator conks out, she’s not so sure she and her guests will make it through to the New Year in one piece. But with a little pulling together and a lot of holiday spirit, everyone might find that life—and Christmas—is always good at the beach.

My Thoughts

The Holiday season is fast approaching, in this second installment of Sheila Roberts Moonlight Harbor series. In desperate need to bring more guests to her Inn, during the off season, Jenna comes up with an idea for another festival.

It was nice to be reunited with the characters in the small town of Moonlight Harbor, picking up only a couple of months after book one left off. With Christmas fast approaching, Jenna presents the towns business people with the idea of hosting a Seaside with Santa festival which would include; a Santa Claus parade, vendors on the pier and contests. Naturally they think her idea is brilliant and set to work making the arrangements.

This was a cute story, although predictable. My favourite character Aunt Edie, is the heart of this series and anyone would be lucky to be stranded in her home. Reading about all the delicious food she would make, made me long for the holiday season. And readers can try out some of the tasty treats for themselves with the inclusion of several recipes at the back of the book.

Unfortunately, I liked the main character Jenna less in book two than I did in the first installment. It was as if she was the first person to ever suggest Christmas festivities. Her so-called “love triangle” was so uneventful that it became boring when it was mentioned over and over again. However there were some sweet moments and the novel did keep my attention.

Winter at the Beach was a quick and cozy holiday novel that I would recommend to those who enjoy stories in the Hallmark style.

Additional Notes

Moonlight Harbor Series by Sheila Roberts

1. Welcome to Moonlight Harbor

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Monthly Wrap-up: September 2019

In my last post, I mentioned how I was in quite a bad reading slump over the summer. Well this past month I feel as if I’ve finally came out of that rut and I’m enjoying reading once again. Hopefully I will be able to keep up a good momentum for the month of October. Here is my reading progress..

Total Books Read in September: 3
Total Books Read in 2019: 28

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
By: Deborah Moggach
Narrated by: Nina Wadia

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 3/5

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A Slight Trick of the Mind
By: Mitch Cullin

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5

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Winter at the Beach (Moonlight Harbor,2)
By: Sheila Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 3
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 1

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 0
2019 TBR Jar Challenge:
1

October TBR

From My TBR Jar

I am quite behind with my TBR Jar selections. I have yet to read August and Septembers books, so those will be my priority.

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October TBR Jar

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Sent for Review

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Currently Reading

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