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Goodbye for now

I started To Read, or Not To Read ten and a half years ago. I can't believe it's been that long. Little did I know what a great community I was to be a part of. That community has changed a lot over the last decade. Lately, I've found myself wondering if I'm still up to the task of blogging. As my fellow bloggers know, it's like having another full-time job.But I think the time has come for me to put this blog on pause for a while. 2020 has been bonkers for a lot of people, including me, especially in the last two months. After a rollercoaster ride of events, we've found out that my husband has cancer. With all the doctor appointments and stress, I find it hard to concentrate on book reviews. I've evaluated my schedule, and this is one thing that I can put aside for right now to focus my attention on my family. I've decided to keep my Instagram going, though I probably won't post every day. Please follow me at marcie_2readornot2read to see what I…

Review: Chanel's Rivera

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Chanel's Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944 by Anne de Courcy Kindle Edition, 304 pages Published February 11th 2020 by St. Martin's Press Narrated by: Sophie Roberts Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins ASIN: B07S9MJ73J
Summary The Cote d’Azur in 1938 was a world of wealth, luxury, and extravagance, inhabited by a sparkling cast of characters including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Joseph P. Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Colette, the Mitfords, Picasso, Cecil Beaton, and Somerset Maugham. The elite flocked to the Riviera each year to swim, gamble, and escape from the turbulence plaguing the rest of Europe. At the glittering center of it all was Coco Chanel, whose very presence at her magnificently appointed villa, La Pausa, made it the ultimate place to be. Born an orphan, her beauty and formidable intelligence allured many men, but it was her incredible talent, relentless work ethic, and exquisite taste that made her an icon.
But this wildly seductive …

Review: Hamnet

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Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell  July 21st 2020 by Knopf Hardcover, 320 pages 9780525657606
Summary
England, 1580. A young Latin tutor--penniless, bullied by a violent father--falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman: a wild creature who walks her family's estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when his beloved young son succumbs to bubonic plague.
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing and seductive, an impossible-…

Review: The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

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The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil #1) by Gena Showalter Kindle Edition, 544 pages Published June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press B07D8RWCN5
WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF GOOD AND EVIL.
A DREAM COME TRUE…AND A LIVING NIGHTMARE.
Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future.
Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real-life fairy-tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.
Look. See… What will one peek hurt?
Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.
With powers beyond her imagination or control, Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As the prophecy unfolds, Everly faces one betrayal after anot…

My cat is obsessed with #AlexanderHamilton

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I joined the #HamiltonTogether Read-Along at the beginning of July. I've had Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow unread on my bookshelf for far too long, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally dive into this massive biography.
I'm not sure I quite understood the task I was undertaking at the time, and I'll be completely honest with you: There were times I got woefully behind regarding the reading schedule. There were days when I didn't feel like reading. There were days I didn't have time to read. And there were days I couldn't get my book away from Fred.
This is Fred. She's owned my family for about 6 years.

For some unknown reason, Fred has taken to Alexander Hamilton unlike any other book I've ever owned. When I'm reading she has to be near.

When I lay down the book, even for a minute, she takes up her post on the pages.

In the above photo, you can see her sticking her tongue out at me. Mocking me.

And does Alexander Hamilton make a good…

Audiobook Review: His & Hers

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His & Hers by Alice Feeney  Narrated by Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine Published July 28th 2020 by Macmillan Audio Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins B07RYGHRTS
Summary There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.
Anna Andrews finally has what she wants. Almost. She’s worked hard to become the main TV presenter of the BBC’s lunchtime news, putting work before friends, family, and her now ex-husband. So, when someone threatens to take her dream job away, she’ll do almost anything to keep it.
When asked to cover a murder in Blackdown—the sleepy countryside village where she grew up—Anna is reluctant to go. But when the victim turns out to be one of her childhood friends, she can’t leave. It soon becomes clear that Anna isn’t just covering the story, she’s at the heart of it.
DCI Jack Harper left London for a reason, but never thought he’d end up working in a place like Blackdown. When the body of a young wom…

Relive History with Week 13 of Sync's Summer of Audiobooks

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Be sure to sign up at audiobooksync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. If you've already downloaded the app, then the titles should be available in the app. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.

How do I set up Sora?
Download Sora from the  Apple App Store  or  Google Play Store . Open Sora and tap  I have a setup code  (at the bottom of the screen). Enter this setup code:  audiobooksync . Enter the email address you used to register for SYNC. Tap  Explore  (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles. I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles?
If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:
In Sora, open the menu…

Who's the Authority? Find out in week 13 of Sync's Summer of Audiobooks

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Be sure to sign up at audiobooksync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. If you've already downloaded the app, then the titles should be available in the app. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.

How do I set up Sora?
Download Sora from the  Apple App Store  or  Google Play Store . Open Sora and tap  I have a setup code  (at the bottom of the screen). Enter this setup code:  audiobooksync . Enter the email address you used to register for SYNC. Tap  Explore  (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles. I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles?
If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:
In Sora, open the menu…

Genderbend a Winter Holiday in Week 11 of Sync's Summer of Audiobooks

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Be sure to sign up at audiobooksync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. If you've already downloaded the app, then the titles should be available in the app. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.

How do I set up Sora?
Download Sora from the  Apple App Store  or  Google Play Store . Open Sora and tap  I have a setup code  (at the bottom of the screen). Enter this setup code:  audiobooksync . Enter the email address you used to register for SYNC. Tap  Explore  (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles. I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles?
If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:
In Sora, open the menu…

A Hamilton Read-Along

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"What better way to celebrate the premiere of Hamilton on Disney+ than to read the book that started it all: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. 

On Tuesday, July 7th, Penguin Press will launch #HamiltonTogether: a two-month long read along of the book with daily discussions happening right on the Penguin Press Twitter. You can follow along every day or jump in whenever you want. See the reading calendar below."
July reading calendar:
July 7 – Pages 1-13 July 8 – Pages 14-28 July 9 – Pages 29-40 July 10 – Pages 41-55 July 11 – Pages 56-69 July 12 – Pages 70-82 July 13 – Pages 83-97 July 14 – Pages 98-111 July 15 – Pages 112-125 July 16 – Pages 126-139 July 17 – Pages 140-153 July 18 – Pages 154-166 July 19 – Pages 167-181 July 20 – Pages 182-195 July 21 – Pages 196-209 July 22 – Pages 210-223 July 23 – Pages 224-237 July 24 – Pages 238-251 July 25 – Pages 252-265 July 26 – Pages 266-279 <

Writers Speak to Teen Readers in Week 10 of Sync's Summer of Audiobooks for Teens

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Be sure to sign up at audiobooksync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. If you've already downloaded the app, then the titles should be available in the app. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.

How do I set up Sora?
Download Sora from the  Apple App Store  or  Google Play Store . Open Sora and tap  I have a setup code  (at the bottom of the screen). Enter this setup code:  audiobooksync . Enter the email address you used to register for SYNC. Tap  Explore  (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles. I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles?
If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:
In Sora, open the menu…