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Bitter Bonds Excerpt and Giveaway

Bitter Bonds by Heather Osborne Publication Date: May 16, 2016 eBook; 160 Pages ASIN: B01CWB8W6I Genre: Historical Romance

Brutally torn between duty and his heart, Henri Du Cormier never expected to be completely enraptured with Adrienne Beaumont, the sister of his betrothed. As the new owner of St. Esprit, Henri knows he must work his way into a tight-knit society, and spurning his fiancée will do the complete opposite. However, there are hidden secrets, black magic, and voodoo entwined like poisonous vines into the Louisiana plantation. Will Henri end up cursing himself in life and love?

Adrienne Beaumont is anything but ordinary in a world of demure, Southern belles. Desiring little more than to be rid of a vengeful older sister, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Henri Du Cormier. As their lives grow increasingly entangled, will Adrienne give in to the burgeoning attraction, or will fate play another card?

EXCERPT Chapter One May, 1834 Jefferson Parish, Louisia…

Last Week In Review (12)

What I'm Reading
I'm listening to Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman on audio. Still loving it.

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

What I Finished Reading
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. This book is $1.99 right now, so if you've not read it, here's your chance! 

What I'm Watching
Still watching!

I finally made it to season three. 
New Books

Reading Challenge Update I have an update! 

Check out my thoughts on The Merry Wives of Windsor for the 2016 Classics Challenge.

THE #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ: The Maze Runner plus a #giveaway

Today is the day I'll be binge reading The Maze Runner for The #DASHNERDASH Binge Read. In case you're unfamiliar with it, Click here to read all about it. But here's the short of it. Counting down to September 27 for the release of The Fever Code, we'll be reading The Maze Runner series. 

Follow me on Twitter @2readornot2read and/or Facebook as I live tweet my reading progress. Reading will begin at 7:00 cst. I hope you can join me. And if you're reading along with the #DASHNERDASH, leave me a comment below or tweet/facebook me because I'd love to know your thoughts on The Maze Runner.

And I have a blogger confession: This will be my first time reading through these books. 

I hope you're as excited as I am. And to kick things off, To Read, or Not To Read will be giving away a set of autographed Maze Runner books, thanks to Random House Children's Books. 

Please read my giveaway policy before entering. This giveaway is restricted to US addresses only. You m…


Join new and established James Dashner fans in THE #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ, a rereading of all four titles in the bestselling Maze Runner series, in advance of the September 27publication of the eagerly anticipated Maze Runner prequel novel, The Fever Code. When discussing the reread on social media, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag #DashnerDash to follow along in the conversation.
Has it been a while since you have entered the Glade, or are you curious to know more about all the Maze Runner series buzz? Now is the time to have your questions answered and discussed as Random House Children’s Books invites Dashner fans worldwide to participate in a discussion of one title in the series each month.
The reread will kick off on May 27 with The Maze Runner—fans …

BEDMATES cover reveal

Don't forget to add it to your to-read on Goodreads.

About BEDMATES Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you're the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire's latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president's son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn't have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They're like oil and water and every time they're together, it's combustible. But there's a thin line between love and hate, and it's not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating …

Review and Giveaway: Marlene by C.W. Gortner

Marlene: A Novel of Marlene Dietrich by C.W. Gortner Publication Date: May 24, 2016 William Morrow Hardcover & eBook; 384 Pages ISBN: 978-0062406064
Genre: Historical/Biographical/Women's Fiction

A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, Marlene Dietrich—from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war from the author of Mademoiselle Chanel.

Raised in genteel poverty after the First World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family’s proper, middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls. With her sultry beauty, smoky voice, seductive silk cocktail dresses, and androgynous tailored suits, Marlene performs to packed houses an…

2016 Classics Challenge: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Author: William Shakespeare
First Published in 1602

WHEN I Discovered This Classic  I discovered this book back in high school. And then again in college. 
WHY I Chose to Read It  I have read many of Shakespeare's plays, but never this one. I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so.
WHAT Makes It A Classic It's Shakespeare.
WHAT I Thought of This Classic This isn't my favorite play by the Bard, but it wasn't so bad either. I love the way Shakespeare portrays the women in this play.  WILL It Stay A ClassicFour hundred years and still going strong. I don't think Shakespeare is in any danger of being lost to time.

WHO I’d Recommend It To I think every one should read it at least once. Though, nothing beats seeing the play preformed live.

Last Week In Review (11)

What I'm Reading
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson I made a little progress in this book last week
I added a few more books to my currently reading pile.

I'm listening to Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman on audio. I love it so far.

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse is fantastic so far.

What I finished Reading I had more success with category last week.

Marlene: A Novel of Marlene Dietrich by C.W. Gortner
What I'm Watching I have a lot of things going on right now, so I can always count on P&R to help me relax.

This show has only been on a few weeks but I'm still enjoying it. I don't love it, but it's entertaining nonetheless. 

And I managed to fit an episode of Gilmore Girls in.

One more thing I've been watching, but have forgotten to add to my list, is The Night Manager. It's really good and if you have the opportunity you should definitely watch.

New Books

Reading Challenge Update I really have nothing new to …

A Pressing Engagement Book Blast

A Pressing Engagement (Lady Darby Mystery #4.5) by Anna Lee Huber Publication Date: May 17, 2016 InterMix eBook; 83 Pages
Series: Lady Darby Mysteries Genre: Historical Mystery

In this delightful novella from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death, Lady Kiera Darby has one last mystery to solve before she can walk down the aisle...

Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome distraction in the form of a mysterious gold necklace.

The Celtic torc, thought missing for decades, was directly involved in a recent investigation. Now, Kiera feels compelled to uncover the truth behind its sudden reappearance.

But with an overwhelming flock of wedding guests, a muddled cat, an unpaid favor, and a ferocious storm throwing things into disarray, it’s anyone’s guess whether Kiera and Gage will actually make it to the altar...


From Page To Netflix: In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea is an adaptation of the book with the same name written by award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick. Last week, I reviewed the book here, in case you missed it. But to make a long story short, I really liked it. The movie was originally released in theaters December 2015. However if you're like me, you don't often have time to go to the movies, so you wait until they're available on Netflix. And after reading this book, I was really interested to see what director Ron Howard had in store for audiences.

In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Huntsman: Winter's War) and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Hemsworth plays the first mate, Owen Chase, on board the Essex. He's the more experienced whaler and expected to be made captain of the Essex, but is passed over for the less-experienced captain, George Pollard, who also happens to be related to the owners of the Essex. This oversight causes tension between the…

Last Week in Review (10)

What I'm Reading
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson I didn't get very far in this book last week, but I'm still enjoying it!

Marlene: A Novel of Marlene Dietrich by C.W. Gortner My first novel on the Hollywood siren Marlene Dietrich. I wonder how much of this novel is based on truth?

What I Finished Last Week
Nothing. It was a slow reading week for me.

What I'm Watching In addition to not having a lot of reading time, I didn't have a lot of time to watch television. I did however re-watch some episodes of Parks and Recreation on Hulu.

Also on Hulu, I discovered a new mystery series that has piqued my interest: Houdini and Doyle.

If you like mysteries with a hint of the supernatural then you should check this show out.

New Books
Recently, I also was able to attend  Fall 2016 Blogger Preview event hosted by HarperCollins, so I look forward to telling you about their upcoming selection.
Reading Challenge Update This year has been my person…