Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WWW Wednesday: July 18

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?  

What did you recently finish reading?  

What do you think you’ll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
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Currently Reading
 
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Up Next


What are you reading this week? I'm loving Next Year in Havana and Girls Night Out so far. Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TLC Book Tours: When We Found Home: Review + Giveaway!

https://tlcbooktours.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/51ivSqrID3L._SX329_BO1204203200_.jpgAbout When We Found Home

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 10, 2018)
Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.
But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.
In this emotional, funny and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family—blended by surprise, not by choice—and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

Purchase Links

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What a great read! I'm always excited for the new Susan Mallery book, and this one did not disappoint! The story was so creative and different than most --I can't imagine finding out that I had not one, but two half siblings I didn't know about! I loved getting to know Malcolm, Callie, and Keira throughout the book and watching them grow to love and support each other as siblings. I loved the instant bond Callie and Keira had--I think Keira was my favorite character in the whole book.  At age 12, she had a difficult time trusting those around her. I just wanted to give her a big hug and tell her everything was going to be OK! I also loved that this book was set in Seattle.

The book has a nice blend of family and romance (for Malcolm and Callie) though one of the romances was the only thing I didn't like about the book. Santiago was so instantly obsessed and in "insta love" with Callie that it was kinda creepy. I liked his character a little more by the end but initially he was a real turnoff. Delaney, on the other hand, was a delight. I loved her and Malcolm together, and that she had a special bond with Keira as well. I related to her personally in a lot of ways.

As always, Susan Mallery's writing is fantastic.  She draws you into the story from the beginning, and gets you to fall in love with the characters and root for them throughout the book.  If you love a feel good family story with a bit of romance, I definitely recommend When We Found Home!

About Susan Mallery

https://tlcbooktours.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/A11oBT0tZnL._UX250_.jpg#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.

Connect with Susan

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WWW Wednesday

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?  

What did you recently finish reading?  

What do you think you’ll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
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Loved both of these!!
 
Currently Reading
 
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Listening to the new Barbara Delinsky on Audible and loving it. Almost done with The Book of Essie (LOVING IT) and enjoying the latest from Susan Mallery! Look for my review of When We Found Home next week (July 17) for TLC Book Tours!
 
Up Next

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Always excited for the latest Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick! This one looks good! Plus the cover is just gorgeous.

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Books I've Read in 2018 (So Far)

 

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

This Week's Topic:

Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far) 

Here are my favorites so far, in no particular order! I've read a lot of great books this year--it was actually difficult to pick the top ten! I hope it's even harder to pick my top reads of 2018 in December!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: Everything We Give

36647644Title: Everything We Give
Author: Kerry Lonsdale
300 pages, published July 3, 2018
Lake Union Publishing

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Award-winning photographer Ian Collins made only one mistake in life, but it cost his mother her freedom and destroyed their family, leaving Ian to practically raise himself. For years he’s been estranged from his father, and his mother has lived off the grid. For just as long, he has searched for her.
Now, Ian seemingly has it all—national recognition for his photographs; his loving wife, Aimee; and their adoring daughter, Caty. Only two things elude him: a feature in National Geographic and finding his mother. When the prized magazine offers him his dream project on the same day that Aimee’s ex-fiancĂ©, James, returns bearing a message for Ian but putting a strain on his marriage, Ian must make a choice: chase after a coveted assignment or reconnect with a mysterious woman who might hold the key to putting his past to rest. But the stakes are high, because Ian could lose the one thing he holds most dear: his family.
What a fantastic conclusion to the Everything series! I LOVED the first one, liked the second one, and LOVED Everything We Give, the third one! I definitely recommend reading the first two books before you read this one--though there is a bit of a recap at the beginning that will catch you up if you haven't read them. However, I think you will have more of a connection to the book and the characters if you've read the first two.
You'll definitely fall in love with Ian in this book. The book jumps between Ian's perspective, Amy's perspective, and Ian's perspective as a young child. Young Ian's erspective tells the story of his relationship with his mother, who has dissociative identity disorder. Kerry Lonsdale does a phenomenal job of describing his mom's multiple personalities, and connecting Ian's past with his present. But I don't want to give away any spoilers--just know that this book and series is a must read! You'll fly through these books!
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Review: Something in the Water

Title: Something in the Water
36388243Author: Catherine Steadman
Published June 5, 2018 by Ballantine
352 pages

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman's enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we're tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.



Wow!! What a fantastic book! This book was a wild ride right from the beginning and all the way to the end.  It kept me guessing about how all the different pieces fit together, and was full of twists and turns along the way.  There were definitely times I was yelling at the main character in my head for her choices (WHY did you do that?!?!) but that's what kept the book exciting! The book kept rolling right through to the end. Erin and Mark, though they rarely made smart choices, were still interesting and engaging characters--they both reacted to the situation so differently. I also LOVED how the characters in Erin's documentary played a role in the book too.

I listened to the book on Audible, motivated by a large "to read" stack and Reese Witherspoon recommending it, and it was read by the author. It was FANTASTIC. I highly recommend listening to this one if you can.

This is one of the best I've read all year!  I HIGHLY recommend this book!

Friday, June 29, 2018

High Five for Friday: June 29

 

Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads,I've created my own Friday post!
1. New Books this Week 

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Aloha Love looks just like something I would love! And I just started listening to Before and Again on Audible. 


2. Books I've Been Loving this Week
 
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One of my favorite  reads of 2018 so far!!! Full review early next week on the blog!


3. When I Wasn't Reading
 
I went to a fantastic Yoga + Beer class (shocking, I know) on Wednesday! It was held at Rogue Farms Hopyard with my favorite yoga teacher. She always seems to say just what I need to hear that day in class.  It was super windy during class, and it even started raining just as we said Namaste, but we're Oregonians, so we didn't care :)
 
Drinking: Honey Kolsch

Great yoga spot!

 
 4. My Cute Pups
 
 
Can't do a post without pics of my pups! These guys LOVE summer, and playing in the pool! We play fetch with them and tell them to run back to home base (the pool)! Haha. They're so adorable.

5. Weekend Plans

Today is my birthday (Yay!) but it's also a big event at my work today and tomorrow, so I have to work 7am-4pm both days :( But tonight we are going to a baseball game with friends, and Saturday night we are going to dinner with more friends, and then I have all of next week off, so that should be good! Staying around home next week for the July 4th holiday but plan on lots of reading and relaxing!

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WWW Wednesday, June 27

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?  

What did you recently finish reading?  

What do you think you’ll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
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Just finished this one last night and it is SO GOOD. READ IT!! READ IT NOW!!! Especially if you like suspense. This one is a wild ride and keeps you guessing!!!
 
Currently Reading
 
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 Just started these two--Tell Me Lies on my Kindle and Before You Know Kindness from the library! I just got added into a book club by Mel from Double-Stacked Bookshelves, and the July pick (her pick!) is Before You Know Kindness. I've never read anything by Chris Bohjalian, an author she loves, so I'm excited to read this one!

Up Next 

 Not sure yet....just started these two! But I did just download The Perfect Mother on my kindle...anyone read it? It was a $3.99 deal last week and I just couldn't pass it up!

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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Review: All We Ever Wanted

36723031Title: All We Ever Wanted
Author: Emily Giffin
400 pages, publication date June 26, 2018

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

 


When I first started reading this, my first thought was that it was another story about rich people, and it would be hard to relate to the characters. Luckily, that wasn't the case! Nin also grew on me as a character throughout the book--she wasn't who she seemed to be at the beginning of the book as you read more about her. The book switched perspectives every chapter between Nina, Tom and Lyla (is it me or are most fiction books doing that nowadays?) but in this book it really worked with the story. You would hear the same story from different perspectives.

This book sucked me in right from the beginning, and I loved the characters, especially Lyla and Tom. The book is so relevant right now since it deals with the use of snapchat and social media, and how actions on those sites can have real world consequences.  I flew through this book in less than 24 hours, and is definitely one of my recent favorites of Giffin's. I definitely recommend adding this to your summer reading list, but make sure to add more than just this book because you will fly through it!

Happy Reading!