Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto Buy Authors




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

Auto Buy Authors

This is a great topic!! I have several auto buy authors I love and will immediately pre-order or buy without even reading the synopsis! Here they are, in no particular order:
Cathy Lamb
Kristan Higgins
Kerry Lonsdale
Jamie Brenner
Blake Crouch
Elin Hilderbrand
Allie Larkin
Kristin Harmel
Barbara O'Neal
Jane Green

Who are your auto buy authors?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WWW Wednesday: July 10

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The Three W's are:
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?

Recently Finished
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Unfortunately, this one was disappointing.  I was excited to read a book about yoga but I felt like it was way too cheesy and over the top. I really enjoyed Summer on Mirror Lake--finished it last night. Though predictable, I've loved the Honeymoon Harbor series. The characters are great and I love the PNW setting.

Currently Reading
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I'm listening to Queen Bee on audio. At first I wasn't into it but about 40% through I started loving it. I should finish it today. I plan on starting Whisper Network today at lunch!

 
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Just picked this one up from the library! I've heard nothing but good things! It looks like a fun read! 

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!





Tuesday, July 9, 2019

TLC Book Tours: Last Summer (Review + GIVEAWAY!)

About Last Summer

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 9, 2019)
From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.
Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.
Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.

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I've read everything Kerry's written, including the Everything Series, All the Breaking Waves, her short story in J.T. Ellison's collaboration A Thousand Doors, and now Last Summer, her 2019 release, and I am consistently impressed by the quality of her writing and her ability to write a story you just CANNOT stop reading! Last Summer has such an interesting premise--as a psychology nerd I'm always drawn to anything mind or memory related. Why did Ella forget? Did she actually forget on purpose? How? What pieces of the puzzle are missing from her memory? All those questions keep you turning the pages as fast as you possibly can. I read the last two thirds of the book in one afternoon because once I really got into the story, I HAD to know the ending and how everything came together. I had some guesses early on about parts of the plot and what was going on, but the ending was still a surprise and left me excited about the story and wondering what happens next to Ella (though Kerry has said at this point the book is a standalone). The book is so fast moving during the last few chapters--I found myself racing through it but telling myself to slow down so I didn't miss any details! That's how much of a roller coaster the ending was.

I loved Ella as a character. Though I felt she made questionable choices at times, that's what made her REAL. I can't imagine that I would always make good choices when faced with whole chunks of my life missing from my memory. She was trying to piece things together and figure out what was going on and keep her job and her life together and was doing the best she could. This book is a wild ride you won't be able to put down and won't be able to stop thinking about once you finish it. If you haven't read any of Kerry's books--add all of them to your list. You won't be disappointed!

About Kerry Lonsdale

Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal, Amazon Charts, and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of the Everything series—Everything We KeepEverything We Left Behind, and Everything We Give—as well as All the Breaking Waves. She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. Learn more about Kerry at www.kerrylonsdale.com.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

WWW Wednesday: July 3

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The Three W's are:
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?

Appologies for the lack of blog posts lately--last week at work was insane, and I have this week off (yay!) so I'm really trying to spend some time relaxing and reading!

Recently Finished

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I Heart Hawaii was just OK for me. However, I LOVED Incursion. Blake Crouch is amazing! Read my review here. Just finished The Lemon Sisters last night--the third book in the Wildstone series. I loved it!

Currently Reading

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I'm struggling through The Dragonfly Sea. The writing is gorgeous, and I like the characters, but it moves along slowly and is 500 pages.  I'm only 100 pages in and I'm at that point where I'm deciding if I keep going or DNF. Sigh. Started my eARC of Breathe In, Cash Out last night--I've been in need of some lighter reading lately and The Lemon Sisters and this one are perfect for that!


Up Next

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The July Reese Witherspoon book club pick! When she announced it I immediately put a hold on at the library. They emailed me today saying the hold was ready to pick up...I think I'm the first person to read this copy!

Hope you have a great week! For those of you in the USA, Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Review: Recursion

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By Blake Crouch
336 pages
Published June 11, 2019 by Crown Publishing Group
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

Neuroscientist Helena Smith already understands the power of memory. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?  



  
I absolutely loved Dark Matter, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Recursion! My undergraduate degree was in psychology, and all the brain biology and neuroscience was my favorite, so this book was perfect for me! As I said  in my review of Dark Matter, I read VERY little science fiction, but anything psychology based like this definitely grabs my attention! This book was a crazy wild ride!!! I could not put it down and was telling literally everyone I knew how excited I was about the book while I was reading it!

While I absolutely loved this book, it took some work to follow--you REALLY had to pay attention. Don't read this one when you're sleepy. It was tricky to follow at times, and I was really glad I had the physical version of the book--dates were important in this book and I frequently had to flip back to see which date I was reading about. And, as is normal with sci-fi--you just have to go with it when it doesn't make sense or seem logical.  However, don't let that scare you--it was SO WORTH the read. In addition to a wild ride, this book was also deeply emotional. Our memories are so connected to our emotions, particularly the memories that Helena was so intent on saving.

This is definitely on my list of top reads of 2019. Blake Crouch is definitely an auto-read author for me. I encourage you to read this one, even if sci-fi isn't your thing--and especially if you're a psychology nerd like me!

"Time is an illusion, a construct made out of human memory. There's no such thing as the past, the present or the future. It's all happening NOW." -Page 97

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WWW Wednesday: June 19

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The Three W's are:

What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?



Recently Finished
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This one was a 3 star for me. I loved the writing style and the characters but I wasn't excited about the story. The Mother in law was OK for me as well--I've been in  a bit of a slump lately and perhaps I wasn't in the right mood for this one.
Currently Reading
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 I absolutely loved Dark Matter, so I've been super excited for this one!  JUST started it yesterday. Hoping it pulls me out of my little reading slump.  I'm such a psychology nerd that I think I will love this one! The first few pages have been great!!!

Up Next
 
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My yoga teacher read The Dragonfly Sea and absolutely loved it, so I immediately put a hold in at the library for it! Picking it up today. 

I also have quite the stack of books that I'm going to be reading soon but not sure what order yet. I'm super excited about all of them:

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Have you read any of these? Which one should I read first? 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

TLC Book Tours: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot (Review)

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Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (June 11, 2019)
The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…
As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?
Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.
Master storyteller Susan Mallery weaves threads of family drama, humor, romance and a wish-you-were-there setting into one of the most satisfying books of the year!
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I'm always excited for a new Susan Mallery release! I love her writing style, and her characters are always so fun.  The Summer of Sunshine and Margot was a delightful story about two sisters going through changes in their lives and hoping to find love. Though I enjoyed both sisters' stories, I connected with Sunshine the most. I was so proud of her for making positive changes in her life like going back to school and being a fantastic nanny and friend to Declan's little boy, Connor (Connor was also a delight!).  I also enjoyed Margot's journey, and appreciated her ability to change perspectives and look at things from her client's point of view. I loved the sisterly bond Sunshine and Margot had. So many great life lessons all wrapped up into this great summer read--with lots of romance, of course!

I devoured this book in just a few days--it would be a perfect long weekend or vacation read. This one is definitely worth adding to your summer reading list!!

About Susan Mallery

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Summer Book Picks


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Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging. I've usually done Top Ten Tuesday but wanted to switch things up!

This Week's Question: Summer Picks for 2019

Friends....I think my reading theme for this summer is...SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME!!! Seriously, can I just have the entire summer off to read?? For real, give me ALL THE BOOKS. In no particular order, the books I am e excited about:

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What are you excited about reading this summer?

Monday, June 10, 2019

TLC Book Tours: The Woman in the White Kimono (and a GIVEAWAY!)

About The Woman in the White Kimono

Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (May 28, 2019)
Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.
Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man—an American sailor, a gaijin—and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.
America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation—one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.
In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

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I flew through this absolutely beautiful book! I was hooked literally from the first page, and finished the book in less than 48 hours. The story was told in two different time frames--late 1950's Japan and the present day America and Japan. I loved both story lines and their wonderful characters--Naoko and Tori. While it was clear from the beginning how the two stories intertwined, I couldn't stop reading to see how the story would unfold. The author's writing was beautiful, and the stories flowed well. This is Ana Johns' debut novel and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

About Ana Johns

ANA JOHNS worked over twenty years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. Born and raised in metro Detroit, she now resides in Indianapolis with her family. The Woman in the White Kimono is her first novel.

Connect with Ana


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