First Line Friday | The Night Before by Wendy Walker

First Line Fridays
If you are interested in participating, stop over at Hoarding Books and check it out.  The premise of it is simple.  You simply share the first line of a book so that it may inspire other readers.

 

This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Cover Image for The Night Before by Wendy Walker

“I don’t know if this is a good idea.”

 

Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.

 

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First Line Friday | The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See

 

This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See

 

Cover image of The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

 

“An old woman sits on the beach, a cushion strapped to her bottom, sorting algae that’s washed ashore.”

 

Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.

 

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March Recap

Blog Update

The meaning of bibliovert

This year seems to be flying by! I don’t know how it can possibly be April already! Thank you to those of you that follow, read, comment and like posts on The Bibliovert.  I appreciate it!  This blog started as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and to share my thoughts. It has become so much more than that because of you. I want to thank you for that support! ❤

Monthly Recap

Reading

In the month of March, I completed six books and didn’t finish one.

Readathon

This last weekend ( 3/30-3/31 ) I participated in a mini-readathon called #8inTwo.  This was coordinated through @25in5 on Instagram.  It was great fun! Saturday I was able to complete 4 hours and 20 minutes.  However, Sunday, when I went to pause my timer, I realized I had cleared it out. So, in all honesty, I’m not sure how much reading was completed on Sunday.  I do know that I didn’t make the full 8 hours. But, it was fun anyway. It was a great chance to interact with others that were completing this readathon and a good excuse to curl up with a book and read.

Reading Challenge Status (*through 3/2019)

Goodreads Reading Challenge *Click here for details on the challenge

  • My goal for this challenge is: 40Goodreads
  • Number of books completed this year: 14
  • Number of books completed this month: 6
    • Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
    • The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Night Before by Wendy Walker
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 26

Beat The Backlist hosted by The Novel Knight (Any book published in 2018 or before  *Click here for more details on this challenge.)Button for the 2019 Beat The Backlist hosted by Novel Knight

  • My goal for this challenge is: 30
  • Number of books completed this year: 9
  • Number of books completed this month: 3
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 21

Library Love Challenge by Angels Guilty Pleasures (Any book borrowed from the library in  any format *Click here for details on the challenge)

  • Library Love 2019My goal for this challenge is: 12
  • Number of books completed this year: 6
  • Number of books completed this month: 1
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
  • Number of Books Left to Complete: 6

Goals for April

  • Read 4 books
  • Continue with WWW Wednesday posts *hosted by Taking on a World of Words
  • Continue with First Line Friday Posts *hosted by It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books
  • Work to be more interactive on Twitter and Instagram
  • I am going to attend my first book club! This is exciting, yet nerve-wracking.
  • I am jumping back into blog tours! I’m currently scheduled for one at this time, but there may be more depending on openings and availability that fit the niche of The Bibliovert.
  • Bookending Spring 2019 Event: I will be participating in this event that is put on by Sam and Clo, with the collaboration of some other amazing bloggers.  If you’re interested in learning more about this event, visit Fictionally Sam.

 

How are you doing on your reading goals for 2019?

What are your goals for April?

 

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First Line Friday | Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

First Line Fridays
If you are interested in participating, stop over at Hoarding Books and check it out.  The premise of it is simple.  You simply share the first line of a book so that it may inspire other readers.

 

This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Cover image of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

 

 

“The champagne bottle knocks against the marble kitchen counter, making me jump.”

 

Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.

 

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January and February Recap

Blog Update

The meaning of bibliovert

This year seems to be flying by! I don’t know how it can possibly be March already! Thank you to those of you that follow, read, comment and like posts on The Bibliovert.  I appreciate it!  This blog started as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and to share my thoughts on books. It has become so much more than that because of you. I want to thank you for that support! ❤

Going forward I will be posting recaps at the end of each month.  This will be the first one of the year. So, this post will encompass the monthly reading recaps from January and February, an update on reading challenges to date, and goals for March.

Monthly Reading Recap

In the month of January, I completed 2 books.

In the month of February, I completed six books.

Reading Challenge Status *Through 2/2019

Goodreads Reading Challenge *Click here for details on the challenge

Beat The Backlist hosted by The Novel Knight (Any book published in 2018 or before  *Click here for more details on this challenge.)Button for the 2019 Beat The Backlist hosted by Novel Knight

Library Love Challenge by Angels Guilty Pleasures (Any book borrowed from the library in  any format *Click here for details on the challenge)

Goals for March

  • Read 4 books *2 that are ARCs due to be reviewed in March
  • Get ahead of my ARCs so that I have them read, reviewed and scheduled to post a month in advance.
  • Continue on with WWW Wednesday posts *hosted by Taking on a World of Words
  • Continue with First Line Friday Posts *hosted by It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books
  • Work to be more interactive on Twitter and Instagram

 

How are you doing on your reading goals?

What are your goals for March?

 

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First Line Friday | Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

First Line Fridays
If you are interested in participating, stop over at Hoarding Books and check it out.  The premise of it is simple.  You simply share the first line of a book so that it may inspire other readers.

 

This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

 

Behind Her Eyes Cover Image

 

“Pinch myself and I say I AM AWAKE once an hour.”

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this book!  I absolutely LOVED it!  If you haven’t read it yet, you should. I highly recommend it! ❤

Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.

 

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First Line Friday | Elevation by Stephen King

First Line Fridays
If you are interested in participating, stop over at Hoarding Books and check it out.  The premise of it is simple.  You simply share the first line of a book so that it may inspire other readers.

 

This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Elevation by Stephen King

 

Elevation Cover Image

 

“Scott Carey knocked on the door of the Ellis condo unit, and Bob Ellis (everyone in Highland Acres still called him Doctor Bob, although he was 5 years retired) let him in.”

 

Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.)

 

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Book Review: The Outsider by Stephen King

Cover Image of The Outsider by Stephen KingAuthor: Stephen King

Print Length: 560 pages

 ISBN-10: 1501180983

 ISBN-13: 9781501180989

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Source:  This is a book that I purchased.

Blurb

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

My Thoughts

Spooky and Chilling

This book starts with a boy murdered in an unfathomable, disturbing way. The book goes through the attempts to catch the perpetrator.  Will they catch him?  After hearing what he had done, I crossed my fingers throughout the book hoping the “Outsider” would be caught.

As I read this book, I felt anger, frustration, and heartache.  Heart-ache because of the way the boy was murdered (The descriptive language that is used made me a bit sick to my stomach.) as well as the impact that this murder has on a particular family in the book.   Anger because of the behavior that this “Outsider” was exhibiting was just unacceptable. Which is an understatement, to say the least. Lastly, I felt frustrated finishing this book because of the lackluster ending.  I was honestly kinda bummed there wasn’t more too it than there was. How I felt about the ending of the book is the reason for the 4-star review, instead of giving it a full 5-stars.

Have you read The Outsider?

If so, what were your thoughts on this book?

Quote

“And I believe in A. Conan Doyle, who had Sherlock Holmes say, ‘Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.’

Rating

4-stars

About the Author

Author Stephen KingWebsite | GoodReads Twitter

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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First Line Friday | The Outsider by Stephen King

First Line Fridays
If you are interested in participating, stop over at Hoarding Books and check it out.  The premise of it is simple.  You simply share the first line of a book so that it may inspire other readers.

 

This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

The Outsider by Stephen King

 

Cover Image of The Outsider by Stephen King

 

“It was an unmarked car, just some nondescript American sedan a few years old, but the blackwall tires and the three men inside gave it away for what it was.”

 

Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.

 

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Blogmas #5: Goodreads Choice Awards

Yesterday Goodreads released the results of the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards.  It’s “the only major book awards decided by readers.”(Goodreads)  There were a total of 5,027,741 votes cast!

I was so excited to see Stephen King’s book, The Outsider, as one of the winners! I bought the book as soon as it came out and it has been on my list to read since. It is such a large book that it seems a bit overwhelming when I have a bunch of other books that I need to read before their publication dates.  I want to be able to sit down and enjoy reading it and not feel rushed.  So, for now, it will stay on my TBR list, but I can’t wait to read it!

Below you will find some of the winners.  If you would like to see the complete list of winners and all the nominees, stop on over to Goodreads (click here)

The Outsider by Stephen KingCategory: Best Mystery & Thriller

The Winner: The Outsider by Stephen King

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

The Great Alone by Kristin HannahCategory: Best Historical Fiction

The Winner: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangCategory: Romance

The Winner: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

Elevation by Stephen KingCategory: Best Horror

The Winner: Elevation by Stephen King

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. 

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

I'll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamaraCategory: Best Nonfiction

The Winner: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt

“A brilliant genre-buster…. Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.”   —Stephen King

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

Educated, A Memoir by Tara WestoverCategory: Best Memoir & Autobiography

The Winner: Educated by Tara Westover

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

Congratulations to all the winners!  

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