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Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose Code

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that shines a spotlight on the books we can’t wait to be released in the near future.

Today I will be sharing the synopsis for Kate Quinn’s The Rose Code, which is set to be released March 9, 2021.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

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Synopsis

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. 1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter–the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger–and their true enemy–closer… 

Source: Goodreads
Articles · Tags

The Anti-TBR Tag

I came across the Anti-TBR Tag on Kristin Kraves Books and it was originally created by NICOLE on YouTube.

  1. a popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading?
    Divergent by Veronica Roth
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2. a classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading?
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

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3. an author whose books you have no interest in reading?
George R.R. Martin

4. a problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?
Orson Scott Card

5. an author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you?
Jane Austen

6. a genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into?
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror

7. a book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread?

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, 1) by Marissa Meyer

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8. a series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d?
A Series I DNF’d: Moonlight Harbor Series by Sheila Roberts

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9. a new release you have no interest in reading?

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

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Memes · TBR

Top 10 Tuesday: Happy Mardi Gras!

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

Today we are celebrating Mardi Gras, on Top 10 Tuesday. Here are some book covers that are purple, yellow and/or green.

The books I will be sharing today are from my TBR list. Hopefully the stories will live up to their beautiful cover colours.

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) by J.K. Rowling
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2. Only a Paper Moon by Tina Pisco

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3. The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

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4. Hearts of Gold by Catrin Collier

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5. Splendor (Luxe, 4) by Ana Godbersen

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6. The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

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7. Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis

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8. Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey

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9. Newbie by Jo Noelle

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10. Love Comes Softly Collection by Janette Oke

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Book Reviews · Charlie's Corner · Recommendations

Charlie’s Corner: Hit and Run by Norah McClintock

Welcome to Charlie’s Corner, named after my little boy. Here I will share children’s product and book reviews.

Hit and Run
(Mike and Riel, 1)
By: Norah McClintock

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Published: May 2003
Published by: Scholastic Canada
Format Read: Paperback
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Canadian Fiction

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Mike McGill has lived with his Uncle Billy since his mother’s death. Only ten years older than Mike, Billy loves to party, and he doesn’t pay much attention when Mike starts getting in trouble. But nothing gets by Mike’s history teacher, an ex-cop named Riel especially not long-hidden information about Mike’s mother. Her death might not have been an accident after all! 

Source: Goodreads

My Thoughts

Recently I came across a listing online for a large bag of books for sale. It included over 50 middle grade- early young adult books. Most of which were from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Norah McClintock’s Hit and Run was the first book I pulled from that bag.

This first installment in the Mike and Riel series follows a young teenage boy as he navigates life in the years following his mother’s tragic death. This story instantly felt familiar but, I can’t recall if I’ve read it before or not.

I enjoyed the Toronto setting and the pop culture references from thee time period. As a winner of the Red Maple Award, Hit and Run felt very Canadian. Even the character names i.e,: Riel, McGill etc. were symbolic.

This series is a great introduction to thrillers for the middle grade audience. I would highly recommend it to fans of the genre and I hope to be able to track down book two.

Charlie's Corner · Memes · TBR

Charlie’s Corner: Waiting on Wednesday: All You Knead Is Love

Welcome to Charlie’s Corner, named after my little boy. Here I will share children’s product and book reviews.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that shines a spotlight on the books we can’t wait to be released in the near future.

Today I would like to share a middle grade fiction that has caught my eye. Tanya Guerrero’s All You Knead is Love has a 2021 release date.

All You Knead is Love by Tanya Guerrero

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Twelve-year-old Alba doesn’t want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona.
But her mother needs her to be far, far away from their home in New York City. Because this is the year that her mother is going to leave Alba’s abusive father. Hopefully. If she’s strong enough to finally, finally do it.
Alba is surprised to find that she loves Barcelona, forming a close relationship with her grandmother, meeting a supportive father figure, and making new friends. Most of all, she discovers a passion and talent for bread baking. When her beloved bakery is threatened with closure, Alba is determined to find a way to save it—and at the same time, she may just come up with a plan to make their family whole again.From the author of How to Make Friends with the Sea comes a heartfelt story of finding one’s chosen family, healing, and baking.

Source: Goodreads
Memes · Recommendations

Top 10 Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born

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

Today on Top 10 Tuesday, we are sharing books that were written before we were born.

As I was born in March of 1987, I will be sharing books that were published before that time.

  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, 6) by Agatha Christie
    Published: 1928
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2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Published: 1975

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3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Published: 1982

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4. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, 1) by Carolyn Keene
Published: 1930

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5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Published: 1910

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6. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Published: 1913

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7. Little House in the Big Woods (Little House 1) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Published: 1932

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8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Published: 1943

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9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Published: 1868

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10. Time and Again by Jack Finney
Published: 1970

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Challenges · Currently Reading · Recommendations · Wrap-ups

Monthly Wrap-up: January 2021

Total Books Read in January: 4
Total Books Read in 2021: 4

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We Came Here to Shine
By: Susie Orman Schnall

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of Susie Orman Schnall’s We Came Here to Shine, from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Cheerleaders
By: Kara Thomas

Genre: YA Lit, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: 4/5

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Double-Dare O’Toole
By: Constance C. Greene

Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 2/5

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64th Man
By: Bryan Tucker

Genre: Audiobook, Audible Original, Humor, Sports fiction
Rating: 3/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 4
Total Number of Fiction: 4
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 3
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks:
 1
Audio Books: 
1

Currently Reading

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