Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Creepy Books on my TBR

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Theme:

Halloween Freebie! I chose Top Ten Creepy Books on my TBR
 
I don't read a lot of creepy books, but I do get in the mood for a good psychological thriller every now and then! Here's my current list. 

I'd LOVE recommendations if you have any! I like creepy psychological ones, not blood/guts/horror.

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This is what  I have so far....help! Give my recommendations, please!! :)

Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

Just Finished:
 
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Currently Reading:
 
 
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Up Next:

The Magnolia Story 

Just got a notice it was my turn on the hold list for The Magnolia Story! So excited!

What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dewey's Readathon is this weekend!

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I know I'm a little late to the sign up party, but I just signed up for the Dewey's 24 hour Readathon on October 22!  I'm not as dedicated as others and stay up all night reading or anything (kudos to you that do! You are amazing!) but my goal is to make extra time for reading and promote to other why reading is awesome!!

Here's my TBR for the readathon:

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I want to finish it before the movie comes out on the 28th--hubby wants to see it :)

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 I participate in a Book Bingo with some of my coworkers. One of the categories for this round is to read a book from the Goodreads list "Social Justice: Books on Racism, Sexism, and Class" and I picked this one!

Anyone else participating in the readathon? What's on your TBR?

Monday, October 17, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

Just Finished:
 
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 Read my review here

Currently Reading:
 
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A great Halloween book!
 
Up Next:
 
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(Hubby wants to see the movie, I want to read the book first!)
 
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

TLC Book Tours Spotlight: The Girl Who Fought Napoleon

About The Girl Who Fought Napoleon

The Girl Who Fought NapoleonPaperback: 442 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 20, 2016)
In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.
It’s 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother’s footsteps. She’s a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her spirited stallion, Alcides, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home.
Both Nadya and Alexander defy expectations—she as a heroic fighter and he as a spiritual seeker—while the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino, and Smolensk rage on.
In a captivating tale that brings Durova’s memoirs to life, from bloody battlefields to glittering palaces, two rebels dare to break free of their expected roles and discover themselves in the process.

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About Linda Lafferty

81D+uUgCL5L._UX250_Linda Lafferty was a teacher for nearly three decades, in schools from Madrid, Spain, to Aspen, Colorado. She completed her PhD in bilingual special education and worked in that field; she also taught English as a second language and bilingual American history. Linda is the author of four previous novels—The Bloodletter’s DaughterThe Drowning GuardHouse of Bathory, and The Shepherdess of Siena—all of which have been translated into several languages. The Drowning Guard won the Colorado Book Award for Historical Fiction. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: When We Meet Again

Title: When We Meet Again
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365 pages, published June 7, 2016

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

From Goodreads:

Emily Emerson is used to being alone; her dad ran out on the family when she was a just a kid, her mom died when she was seventeen, and her beloved grandmother has just passed away as well. But when she’s laid off from her reporting job, she finds herself completely at sea…until the day she receives a beautiful, haunting painting of a young woman standing at the edge of a sugarcane field under a violet sky. That woman is recognizable as her grandmother—and the painting arrived with no identification other than a handwritten note saying, “He always loved her.”

Emily is hungry for roots and family, so she begins to dig. And as she does, she uncovers a fascinating era in American history. Her trail leads her to the POW internment camps of Florida, where German prisoners worked for American farmers...and sometimes fell in love with American women. But how does this all connect to the painting? The answer to that question will take Emily on a road that leads from the sweltering Everglades to Munich, Germany and back to the Atlanta art scene before she’s done.

Along the way, she finds herself tempted to tear down her carefully tended walls at last; she’s seeing another side of her father, and a new angle on her painful family history. But she still has secrets, ones she’s been keeping locked inside for years. Will this journey bring her the strength to confront them at last?


 
I absolutely loved Harmel's last book, The Sweetness of Forgetting, so I was super excited to read her newest novel. This novel was in a similar format to her last one, so if you loved The Sweetness of Forgetting I am confident you'll love this one too! It's beautifully written, draws you in from the very beginning, and takes you through a roller coaster of emotions!

The love story between Peter and Margaret is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. The journey Emily takes to learn their story takes them through Germany, and then back home to the United States. There are so many parallels between her grandparents' life and her life that unravels as you read the book.  The ending is beautiful and perfect and everything you hoped it would be. It's such an emotional book--definitely have tissues handy at the end, or beware of finishing this book in public! 

I highly recommend this book for fans of Krsitin Harmel and anyone who loves historical fiction. I loved how the perspective switched between Emily in the present day and Peter in the past to reveal the clues to the story. A must read!

Overall rating for When We Meet Again": 5 stars

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 10, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Just Finished:

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Currently Reading:

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Up Next: 

Not sure yet!! :) Just started my current read so haven't gotten that far yet.

What are you reading this week?

 

Friday, October 7, 2016

TLC Book Tours: Fractured (GIVEAWAY!!!)

29477965About Fractured

Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 4, 2016)
Welcome, neighbor!
Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
We know where you live…
After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.
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 I've read a lot of books by Catherine McKenzie, and this one is by far my favorite!! It hooked me right from the beginning and kept me guessing literally almost all the way to the end! 

The story alternated between Julie and her neighbor, John's perspectives, and were at different time frames--Julie's chapters were in the past and John's were (usually) at the present time. You knew something BIG happened--but you don't know what! You keep getting clues as to what happened, and you think you know, and then you find out at the VERY END. So well written, suspenseful, and engaging. 

Another aspect I loved was that despite the suspense and tension between the characters, the book was hilariously funny at times! One of her neighbors, Cindy, writes these hilarious neighborhood newsletters that literally made me laugh out loud.

 The only thing negative I have to say about this book is the cover! I'm such a cover snob! But this cover does nothing for how amazing this book is! Honestly, the cover reminds me of those cheesy memes that say "(insert name of weather/storm that didn't happen): We will rebuild!" The title was clearly explained in the book, but that cover just didn't work. 

Fractured should definitely be on your must read list for Fall!


About Catherine McKenzie

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Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels SpinArrangedForgotten, and Hidden are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Hidden was an Amazon #1 bestseller and a Digital Book World bestseller. Her fifth novel, Smoke, was an Amazon bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book for October 2015, and an Amazon Top 100 Book of 2015.

Connect with Catherine

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

TLC Book Tours: The Ramblers

About The Ramblers

the-ramblers-pb-cover• Paperback: 416 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 4, 2016) For fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Meg Wolitzer, Claire Messud, and Emma Straub, a gorgeous and absorbing novel of a trio of confused souls struggling to find themselves and the way forward in their lives, set against the spectacular backdrop of contemporary New York City. Set in the most magical parts of Manhattan—the Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village—The Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family. During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowley’s sharply defined characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted, and pasts reconciled. Clio Marsh, whose bird-watching walks through Central Park are mentioned in New York Magazine, is taking her first tentative steps towards a relationship while also looking back to the secrets of her broken childhood. Her best friend, Smith Anderson, the seemingly-perfect daughter of one of New York’s wealthiest families, organizes the lives of others as her own has fallen apart. And Tate Pennington has returned to the city, heartbroken but determined to move ahead with his artistic dreams. Rambling through the emotional chaos of their lives, this trio learns to let go of the past, to make room for the future and the uncertainty and promise that it holds. The Ramblers is a love letter to New York City—an accomplished, sumptuous novel about fate, loss, hope, birds, friendship, love, the wonders of the natural world and the mysteries of the human spirit. 
 
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There were many things I loved about this book! The writing was beautiful and flowed well. I loved the cover and overall design of the book. I really enjoyed the setting and time frame of the book--I liked how it followed the characters throughout the Thanksgiving week, hour by hour, showing how all their lives intertwined.

That being said, I had difficulty connecting with the characters--Smith was the only one I found myself invested in. I found it to be a lot of "rich people problems".  Honestly, I would've loved the entire story from Smith's perspective, with Clio and Tate having a more secondary role. Overall though, it was a solid read with beautiful writing that I recommend for those that enjoy chick lit!

About Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Photo credit: Elena SeibertBorn and raised in New York City, Aidan Donnelley Rowley graduated from Yale University and received her law degree from Columbia University. She is the author of a previous novel, Life After Yes, and the creator of the Happier Hours Literary Salons. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three daughters. Find Aidan on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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Monday, October 3, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Happy October!! I love Fall :)


Just Finished:
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Currently Reading: 
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