Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Black Ice


Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
392 pages, published October 2014
Grenre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Source: Library

From GoodReads:

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

My Review:

This isn't normally a genre I read from, but it fulfilled a category in Bookish Bingo so I thought I'd give it a try! Thought the story was fast moving and read quickly, I felt the book was just average.  I spent the whole time being angry at the main characters, Britt and Korbie, for being so stupid in putting themselves in that position in the first place. Going backpacking in March in the Tetons and you think it won't be snowy and stormy? The plot wasn't too bad and did have an unexpected ending that came as a surprise.  The writing itself was actually pretty good.

One thing that really bothered me about the book was all the gun violence, but I am pretty sensitive to that compared to most people. However, the book was suspenseful and kept me turning the pages despite the things I didn't like, so that's what saved the three star goodreads rating (instead of giving it a two star rating).  If you're looking for a suspenseful read and don't mind violence, you'll probably be just fine with this book.

Overall rating for "Black Ice": C

Happy Reading, and Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesday!

W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Reading is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.
 
What did you just finish reading?
 
 
This is the first in a trilogy--Book 3 was released yesterday. Read this one for the "Witches'" category for Bookish Bingo!
 
What are you currently reading?
 
 
 
Currently reading two books--both for Bookish Bingo. Black Ice is the "ice, frost or snow in title" category, and Shadow Spell (the second in the trilogy mentioned above) is for the "bird on cover" category.

What are you reading next?
 
 
This one doesn't fit into any bingo categories, but I've been wanting to read more Colleen Hoover and it was my turn on the hold list at the library! So excited to read this one!
 
Happy Reading!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Blackberry Winter


Title: Blackberry Winter
Author: Sarah Jio
290 pages, published September 2012
Genre: General Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator's.
Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 "blackberry winter" storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways..


My Review:

What I love about both of Sarah Jio's books that I've read (this one and Goodnight June) is how she beautifully ties the past and the present together. This book alternated between Vera's perspective in the 1930's to Claire's perspective in the present, and did so in a way that made sense and made the story flow. How their two worlds end up entwining is a surprise you don't see coming!

This book had me hooked from the beginning. I instantly related to and cared about both Vera and Claire, and really wanted to know what happened to Vera's little boy, Daniel.  My heart broke for her. Because the chapters alternated, it made the book hard to put down. I also loved the historical fiction aspect of the book and that it was set in Seattle.

I can't wait to read more of Jio's books.  Her writing is beautiful and her characters are so compelling.  I highly recommend this book!

Overall rating for "Blackberry Winter": A

Happy Reading!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Scenic Sundays: Sunset

Scenic Sundays is a weekly meme hosted by Terri at Second Run Reviews.  The goal of the meme is to share a photograph (that you took yourself) and one quote to go with it.

I've had a super crazy September and October, hence my lack of Scenic Sundays lately.  However, today I will share a photo taken from one of my weekend trips to the Oregon Coast earlier this month. I absolutely LOVE watching sunsets at the beach, and was lucky enough to capture this gorgeous sunset. 




Keep looking up! I learn from the past, dream about the future, and look up. There's nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day." _Rachel Boston

Have a good week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Little Mercies


Title: Little Mercies
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
320 pages, published June 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: purchased for myself

From GoodReads:

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen's and Jenny's lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.


My Review:

I thought this was an excellent book! I loved how the two storylines (Ellen's and Jenny's) seemed so separate but yet entwined so beautifully and ironically at the end.  This book was emotional, heartbreaking, real, and beautiful.  The book is so thought provoking--Ellen's "single moment of distraction" mistake makes you see the situation from a totally unique and different angle (I don't want to give a way the details.).

Gudenkauf's writing is beautiful. The book is structured so that one chapter is from Ellen's perspective, and the next one is from Jenny's. Sometimes this will not work for me in a book, but in this case it worked perfectly. The writing style and story reminded me of Jodi Picoult's books--which I love.

If you're looking for a heartwarming emotional story, this book is perfect!

Overall rating for "Little Mercies": A

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesdays!



W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Reading is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.
 
What did you just finish reading?
 
 
I absolutely loved this book. Thought provoking, emotional, and fantastic. Review will be posted in the near future!
 
What are you currently reading?
 
 

Reading this one for Holiday Bookish Bingo--the snow on cover category. Really loving it so far.  I've only read one of Jio's books and it makes me happy to find out that the second one I've read is just as wonderful as the first!
 
What are you reading next?

 
Yet another one for Holiday Bookish Bingo, this time for the set on Halloween category! I picked this book up at the library in their Fall/Holiday section and thought it would work perfectly for this category. Not normally the type of book I read, but that's the point of reading challenges like this!
 
 
What are you reading this week?
 
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Maybe Someday


Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
367 pages, published March 2014
Genre: YA Romance/New Adult Contemporary
Source: Library

From GoodReads:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

My Review:

I have read A LOT of hype about this book, and I'm thrilled to report it's 100% true!  I absolutely loved this book. I devoured it in a single weekend.  It was brilliant.  It's the first book I've read by Colleen Hoover and it certainly won't be my last.

The Goodreads synopsis just doesn't do this book justice. The synopsis makes it sound like another cookie cutter love triangle.  But it is SO MUCH more than that.  Sydney and Ridge are such interesting, unique, and multidimensional characters that you easily get enthralled in their story from the first few chapters.  If you're into music, you will love this book. Music and its lyrics are an integral part of this story, and are what make it so unique and appealing. There's more to the story that helps to make it so wonderful, but I don't want to give anything away!

Hoover's writing style is fantastic. It flows, it keeps you engaged in the story. I always try to list both positives and negatives of a book in a review, but with this one, I literally can't think of any negatives. I gave this one a five star rating on Goodreads.  I was sad when it was finished, and I can't wit to read more of her books!

Overall rating for "Maybe Someday": A

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dewey's Readathon Wrap Up!


This weekend I participated in my second Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon! As I mentioned in my sign up post,  I wouldn't be able to devote as much time to reading as I'd like, since I wanted to spend time with the husband before he left on his business trip for two weeks.  However,  I was still able to get quite a bit of reading done! The hubby was organizing music on his ipod for the trip, and I spent some time reading :) Here's the report:

Total pages read: 221

Books finished: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf (finished the last 139 pages I had left)

Books started: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (read 82 pages)

Overall I felt this was a successful readathon considering the circumstances! I can't wait to participate in the next readathon in April!

Also for your entertainment this Monday....the hubby and I took our pup for a walk on Saturday, and walked in a different way than we usually go...and saw this!




Have a good week and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesdays

 
W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Reading is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.
 
What did you just finish reading?
 
 
Brandie at Brandie is a Book Junkie recommended this one to me (and everyone, really!). Finally got it at the library...and LOVED it!! Review will be posted soon once I put how much I loved it into words. Definitely one of my very favorites and I can't wait to read more books by Colleen Hoover!
 
What are you currently reading?
 
 
Reading this one for Holiday Bookish Bingo--the green cover category. About 100 pages in and loving it so far!
 
 
What are you reading next?
 
 
Yet another one for Holiday Bookish Bingo, this time for the snow on the cover category. I loved Jio's book Goodnight June, so I'm excited to read this one!
 
 
What are you reading this week?
 
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Saturday October 18!



I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon back in April, and I am excited to participate again for this one on Saturday, October 18!  I don't think I'll be able to read as much as the last readathon this time, but I still want to be involved! The reason: I was gone for three weekends in a row, and starting next Monday, my hubby will be gone on a business trip for two whole weeks! :( So we plan on spending a lot of time together this weekend. So I might not get as much reading done as I'd like, but I'm still planning on reading as much as my schedule allows and actively participating!

Here's what I plan on reading:

 
 
All books are ones I'm using for Bookish Bingo!
 
There's still time to sign up (signups close tomorrow, October 15). Sign up here!
 
Happy Reading! Next Monday I will post my Read-a-thon Wrap up and report how I did :)

Review: Beautiful Day


Title: Beautiful Day
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
544 pages, published June 2013
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Purchased for myself

From GoodReads:

The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY--into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.


My Review:

I generally love Hilderbrand's books, and saw the mixed reviews on this one, but was eager to read it anyway. A beach wedding chick lit is right up my alley, and I read the book during a weekend at the beach--can't get much better than that! However, I must admit this was not one of my favorites of Hiderbrand's. The characters were decent but I didn't really identify with any of them, which made things more challenging. At first I loved the idea of the Notebook--the late mother's wishes for a daugher's beautiful wedding. You're tearing up already, right? But rather than The Notebook being a beautiful thing, I was almost annoyed by it. In every entry, the mother had such specific requests and even requested that they do things a certain way, with no exceptions.  The way the daughters so blindly followed the requests for no other reason than it was in The Notebook bothered me. I completely understand wanting your mother's input, but to follow The Notebook so blindly made Jenna and Margot seem like weaker characters without opinions of their own.

I still gave it three stars because the wedding weekend plot and associating drama certainly kept me reading and intrigued. I awanted to know how it ended and how it happened.  It was still a good "beach read". However, if you've never read Hilderbrand before, I would recommend The Blue Bistro or The Castaways instead.  But don't worry--I'm not giving up on Hilderbrand just because I didn't like this one as much, and you shouldn't either!

Overall rating for "Beautiful Day": C+

Happy Reading!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: What I Remember Most


Title: What I Remember Most
Author: Cathy Lamb
496 pages, published August 2014
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Purchased for myself

From GoodReads:
Grenadine Scotch Wild has only vague memories of the parents she last saw when she was six years old. But she's never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run. The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely. One year into her rocky marriage to Covey, a well known investor, he's arrested for fraud and embezzlement. And Grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence.
With Covey refusing to exonerate her unless she comes back to him, Grenadine once again takes the advice given to her so long ago: she runs. Hiding out in a mountain town in central Oregon until the trial, she finds work as a bartender and as assistant to a furniture-maker who is busy rebuilding his own life. But even far from everything she knew, Grenadine is granted a rare chance, as potentially liberating as it is terrifying--to face down her past, her fears, and live a life as beautiful and colorful as one of her paintings. . .


My Review:

If you've been reading my blog you know I LOVE Cathy Lamb's books! I was fortunate enough to meet Cathy back in September when she spoke at Powell's Books in Beaverton.  I absolutely loved this  book. I was worried it would drag on (it's almost 500 pages) but it didn't at all. The story flowed well, kept me interested, and I ended up reading the bulk of it in one weekend! It was THAT captivating!

When Cathy Lamb spoke in Beaverton (my observations of her visit here) she talked a bout the writing process and how she writes her books. She spoke about how the first thing she does is really get to know her main character.  I could easily see this in What I Remember Most. Grenady is a complex and deep character with true to life emotion. The strength of the main character is what made the book so good--because you knew her so well, you couldn't help but root for her throughout the book. I loved Grenday's quirks and mannerisms.  The book also had flashbacks to Grenady's childhood, in the form of reports and letters from Child Services that helped give clues to Grenady's horrible past and helped you to understand why  she behaved in certain ways.

What I Remember Most is definitely one of my favorite books by Cathy Lamb. I highly recommend this book--don't let the length intimidate you! It reads quickly because you get sucked into the story from the beginning.

Overall rating for "What I Remember Most": A

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bookish Q and A!

My friend Brandie over at Brandie is a Book Junkie posted this yesterday, and I couldn't resist :) Love these things! Here we go!
 
1. Favorite childhood book:
So many, but I'll say Matilda by Roald Dahl. I read it over and over!

2. What are you reading right now?
Just starting Little Mercies! Also working my way through This I Believe for a freshman experience class I'm teaching at work.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Maybe, Someday by Colleen Hoover JUST came in for me yesterday! Picked it up but haven't started yet. I've also been on hold forever for Isla and the Happily Ever After!

4. Bad book habit: 
Getting way more books at the library than I have time to read...

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
See #3...Maybe Someday!
 
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes! Love my Kindle paperwhite!!

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Usually I have a couple going at once, but one at a time is ideal.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes! I'm reading even more! Also I'm getting a lot more books added to my TBR list thanks to reading other blog reviews!

9. Least favorite book you read this year:
84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year:
Too many to choose from! Here are a few of my faves:
Molokai by Alan Brennert
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
 
And of course...the Harry Potter series :)
 
11. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
Rarely. But when I do I usually love it! Like Wild, for instance. I rarely read memoirs and when I did it became one of my faves!

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
New adult fiction, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, YA fiction, and some romance
 
13. Can you read on the bus?
Yes

14. Favorite place to read:
In bed or on the couch (in reality). Ideally--with a view of the ocean :)

15. What is your policy on book lending?
 I rarely lend my books. There are a select few people (book loves like me) that I know will treat them well and give them back.

16. Do you dog-ear your books?
No

17. Do you write notes on the margins of your books?
No

18. Do you break/crack the spines?
Sometimes

19. What is your favorite language to read?
English, obviously
 
20. What makes you love a book?
beautiful writing paired with strong characters and a plot that keeps you interested!
 
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I really love it, I'll recommend it!

22. Favorite genre:
Adult contemporary
 
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did):
Classics. I rarely can get into them.

24. Favorite biography:
Does a memoir count? If so, Wild by Cheryl Strayed

25. Have you read a self-help book (and was it helpful)? 
I'll agree with Brandie here-- The Five Love Languages has helpful suggestions.

26. Favorite cook book:
Ummm..Taste of Home? Because it's all relatively easy and practical.
 
27. The most inspirational book you’ve read this year:
Landline by Rainbow Rowell and  Wild by Cheryl Strayed

28. Favorite reading snack:
popcorn and a Pepsi!! Nothing better!!
 
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience:
Well, I knew the ending to Allegiant before I read the series, so that was kind of annoying.

30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?
I usually only read Goodreads reviews, and I agree sometimes.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
 My reviews are 100% honest. If I don't like it, I'll say so. But I try to throw some positives in there as well.
 
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be?
Francias!

33. Most intimidating book I’ve ever read:
Les Mis!
 
34. Most intimidating book I’m to nervous to begin:
Anna Karenina...it's ginormous.

35. Favorite Poet:
Don't have one

36. How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time?
On average, 3

37. How often do you return books to the library unread?
More often than I'd like to admit!  I have a bad habit of checking out too many at a time.

38. Favorite fictional character:
So many...Hermione from Harry Potter is who I'll pick.
 
39. Favorite fictional villain:
Snape!!

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation:
My kindle, and beach reads! Elin Hilderbrand, Emily Giffin, etc.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:
A few days. It kills me.
 
42. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Currently...my puppy!
 
43. Name a book you could not finish:
I'll probably get some hate mail for this but Pride and Prejudice. I was bored out of my mind. Sorry, Austen loving friends! To each their own, right? I was a Psych major. Lol.

44. Favorite film adaption of a novel:
Harry Potter #6 (Half Blood Prince)
 
45. The most disappointing film adaptation:
Hmm...Film adaptations generally are never as good as the book...I was disappointed with the last half of the movie Divergent compared to the book.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:
Probably around $50

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I don't

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through it?
If I can't get into it by the halfway point I usually stop. Life is too short to read books I'm not loving.
 
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I do. My bookshelf currently needs some serious organizing!

50. Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away?
Depends on the book. If I LOVE it I keep it but sometimes I will give ones away that I liked but didn't love.
 
51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?
Not really. I avoided Harry Potter for YEARS and finally read it this summer! Everything I thought about it was WRONG. It was an amazing series!

52. Name a book that made you angry:
Hmmm...Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Uncomfortable more than angry though.

53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did:
 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I resisted for so long but loved it and the rest of the series!

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:

55. Favorite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading:
Nora Roberts! :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: It's In His Kiss


Title: It's In His Kiss
Author: Jill Shalvis
368 pages, published August 2014
Genre: Romance

I received this ebook from Netgalley. This is my honest review.

From GoodReads:

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?


My Review:

I never know what to expect for romance novels--sometimes they're too over the top and cheesy for me. But this one I loved! It was charming, funny, honest, and real. Both main characters were easy to relate to and people I wanted to know in real life. I loved Becca and Sam as characters, and rooted for them throughout the book because they were so real.  The author did a great job with the setting as well--Lucky Harbor sounds so wonderful and friendly, I'd love to go there!

This book is #10 in the Lucky Harbor series, none of which I've read, and it still made sense to me and wasn't confusing, so don't worry about jumping into the middle of the series (though I'm completely looking forward to reading #11, entitled "He's So Fine."). This one can definitely be read as a stand-alone and make sense.

If you're looking for a romance novel that will warm your heart and brighten your day, this is the book for you. I literally couldn't put it down--I read it in just over 24 hours. I doubt you'll regret reading this one!

Overall rating for "It's In His Kiss": A

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 6, 2014

It's Monday, what are you reading?


 This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

This weekend I got a TON of reading done! As in, I literally read 700 pages! It was so wonderful. I went to the Oregon Coast with my mom in law and sister in law (both huge readers as well) and all we did all weekend was read, eat, read, go on the beach, read, etc. The condo had a lovely view of the ocean, and it was heavenly sitting there with a coffee or Pepsi and just reading away!!
 
Recently Finished:
 
 
 
Currently Reading:
 
 
On Deck:
 
 
Happy Reading!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My visit to Elliot Bay Books in Seattle!

Two weekends ago I took the train up to Seattle to visit my "sister in spirit" Breanne! As part of my Bookish Bucket List,  my goal is to visit bookstores in other cities I visit. Elliott Bay Books was at the top of my list for Seattle--they hosted a World Book Night event last year and I couldn't wait to check it out. So, thanks to Breanne being adventurous with me, we made the trip (and drove in circles a bit to find parking) to visit Elliot Bay Books!

It was quite the charming bookstore! From the outside it didn't look like much but the inside was huge! Breanne and I made our way around the entire store, including the children's and YA sections. I loved the "castle" in the children's section that the store uses for story time--you can see it in the bottom right picture below. The store had a reading room and plenty of chairs and places to relax and read.   I loved all the huge windows in the front of the store that let lots of natural light in (you can see the front windows in the picture on the top right).


I bought two books (of course) and chatted with the person behind the counter. I told them I was from Oregon, and was a WBN giver last year. We had a great conversation.

The two books I bought are This One Is Mine by Maria Semple (same author as "Where'd You Go, Bernadette", which I enjoyed) and The Art of Racing in the Rain, which I still have yet to read but really want to! I really like the edition and cover art on this copy! Breanne also bought This One Is Mine so we're hoping to read them together before we see each other next!




I really enjoyed visiting this bookstore, and glad that I ventured out to a new area of Seattle to visit it! Special thanks to Breanne for being willing to join in my adventure!

Happy Reading, friends!