Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blogging Break

Hi everyone! Just wanted to put a post up that I will be taking a short blogging break (2-3 weeks) but that I will definitely be coming back!  With getting organized after the move and going on vacation to Hawaii next week I am out of time to work on the blog! However I will still be reading and already have reviews lined up so I will be back mid July for sure!

Happy Reading everyone!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: The Sunshine Sisters

32570473Title: The Sunshine Sisters
Author: Jane Green
384 pages, published June 6, 2017

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

From Goodreads:

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters. 

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother's overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother's fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.

But now the Sunshine Girls are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy are all going through crises of their own, their mother s illness draws them together to confront old jealousies and secret fears and they discover that blood might be thicker than water after all.

After being extremely disappointed with Jane Green's last release, Falling, I admit I was somewhat nervous to pick up this book.  I am happy to report that I was NOT disappointed with this book--in fact, it's now on my list of favorite Jane Green novels!

Usually in novels with multiple character perspectives, it's common for me to prefer one (or two) of the characters over another one and dread that other one's chapter. Not so in this book! I loved all three sisters and related a bit to each of them. Ronni's character grew on me as well.  The book has a lot of depth and explores family dynamics, love, relationships, sisterhood, motherhood...everything you'd hope for in a women's fiction novel. The pace of the book was perfect, and by the time I got halfway through it, I couldn't put it down. I was so happy that I was enjoying her latest novel after Falling fell so flat.

My only gripe? The cover. I live the cover but it doesn't relate to the story AT ALL.  But...I'm a cover snob!

I definitely recommend this book for your summer reading list!

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?


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

Moving this weekend!! Probably won't have time ti read much this week...

What I Just Finished Reading


Loved this book!! Review on the blog this week!

What I'm Currently Reading

Thanks to the publisher for this ARC!

What I'm Reading Next

?   I just started Everything We Left Behind this morning so I haven't gotten that far yet!

What are you Reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: The Summer House

Title: The Summer House
32920299Author: Hannah McKinnon
336 pages, published June 6, 2017

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

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About the Book:

Flossy Merrill has managed to—somewhat begrudgingly—gather her three ungrateful grown children from their dysfunctional lives for a summer reunion at the family’s Rhode Island beach house. Clementine, her youngest child and a young mother of two small children, has caused Flossy the most worry after enduring a tragically life-altering year. But Samuel and his partner Evan are not far behind in their ability to alarm: their prospective adoption search has just taken a heart-wrenching turn. Only Paige, the eldest of the headstrong Merrill clan, is her usual self: arriving precisely on time with her well-adapted teens. Little does her family know that she, too, is facing personal struggles of her own.

No matter. With her family finally congregated under one seaside roof, Flossy is determined to steer her family back on course even as she prepares to reveal the fate of the summer house that everyone has thus far taken for granted: she’s selling it. The Merrill children are both shocked and outraged and each returns to memories of their childhoods at their once beloved summer house—the house where they have not only grown up, but from which they have grown away. With each lost in their respective heartaches, Clementine, Samuel, and Paige will be forced to reconsider what really matters before they all say goodbye to a house that not only defined their summers, but, ultimately, the ways in which they define themselves. Featuring McKinnon’s “sharp and evocative” (Kirkus Reviews) voice, this warm-hearted novel is perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Mary Alice Monroe.

This book was such a breath of fresh air and just what I needed to get excited for summer! It was everything I love about a summer read--beach house setting, great characters, and a feel good story that makes your heart happy. Normally in books with chapters with multiple characters, I almost always have that one (or two!) character that I'm not as excited to read about. Not so with The Summer House! I loved each character and did not find myself bored or wanting a certain character's chapter to be over. I loved each character's story and journey throughout the book. I found myself wishing I could go hang out at the house with this wonderful family.

I loved both of the author's previous books, and The Summer House did not disappoint! The writing and the story flowed well and was relaxing to read. The Summer house should definitely be on your summer reading list this year--it is a delightful read!

About the Author:

Hannah McKinnon is the author of The Lake Season and Mystic Summer. She lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her family, a flock of chickens and two rescue dogs.

Connect with Hannah:

Twitter: @hannahmckinnon

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten 2017 Releases Recently Added to My TBR

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

This Week's Theme:

10 Books From X Genre That I've Recently Added To My TBR List





32828517The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by [Reid, Taylor Jenkins]

What's on your recent TBR?

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?


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

My life has still beeen crazy but things are moving along! We should be closing on the houses/moving in the next couple weeks! So I've been spending a lot of time packing lately and not as much time reading, but I hope to get back at it in the next few weeks after things calm down! :)

What I Just Finished Reading


Look for my review on the blog this Thursday!

What I'm Currently Reading


What I'm Reading Next

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

TLC Book Tours: White Fur

32025142About White Fur

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hogarth (May 30, 2017)
A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in public housing without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.
The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.
White Fur follows these indelible characters on their wild race through Newport mansions and downtown NYC nightspots, SoHo bars and WASP-establishment yacht clubs, through bedrooms and hospital rooms, as they explore, love, play, and suffer. Jardine Libaire combines the electricity of Less Than Zero with the timeless intensity of Romeo and Juliet in this searing, gorgeously written novel that perfectly captures the ferocity of young love.
“Each page crackles with the intensity, fury, lust, and pure insane pleasure of first love. Jardine Libaire has written a chronicle of one couple’s wild romance: its highs and lows, its delights and contractions, its beauty and its messiness. A delight to read.”—Nathan Hill, author of The Nix
“Brilliantly written and deeply felt, this is a love story by turns comic and tragic, but always moving. Whether her characters are on the social register or the welfare roll, Libaire is a keen observer of human nature.”—Philipp Meyer
White Fur is glorious: dark, dirty, and sexy, lit up with yearning and raw, young love. Libaire’s sentences left me breathless. This is a Roman candle of a novel. I absolutely loved it.”—Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Nearness of You and What Was Lost
“This sexy American fairytale about a star-crossed couple solidifies Jardine Libaire’s status as poet laureate of late nights and young love.”—Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks Is Dead 
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This book is beautifully, eloquently written! The writing drew me in from the very first sentence and from there I couldn't put the book down. This book is edgy, unique,  emotional, and quite brilliant. What first drew me to the book was the 1980's setting since I'm an 80's kid. I loved all the 80's references! An interesting read that keeps you turning the pages for sure! 

About Jardine Libaire

Jardine Libaire is a graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Michigan MFA program, where she was a winner of the Hopwood Award. White Fur is her second novel for adults. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Connect with Jardine

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TLC Book Tours Promo: Woman No 17

About Woman No. 17

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hogarth (May 9, 2017)
A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.
But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.
Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.
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About Edan Lepucki

EDAN LEPUCKI is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel California as well as the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me. A contributing editor and staff writer at the Millions, she has also published fiction and nonfiction in McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Cut, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?


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

My life has still been crazy lately so I haven't gotten as much reading done as I'd like! Hopefully by the end of June/July life should settle down A LITTLE so I can get back to reading more!
What I Just Finished Reading


What I'm Currently Reading


What I'm Reading Next


What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TLC Book Tours: I Found You (Plus a Giveaway!)

30753651About I Found You

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (April 25, 2017)
A young bride, a lonely single mother, and an amnesiac man of dubious origin lie at the heart of New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell’s next suspenseful drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Paula Hawkins.
In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.
Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.
Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.
Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel, filled with the “beautiful writing, believable characters, pacey narrative, and dark secrets” (Daily Mail, London) that make Lisa Jewell so beloved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
“The structure keeps the suspense level high, and Jewell manages surprising revelations all the way up to the ending. The mix of women’s fiction and suspense—plus a no-nonsense 40-something heroine at the heart of the story—makes this a good fit for fans of Liane Moriarty.” (Booklist)
“Riveting…numerous twists avoid predictability, and the novel is well-paced as it weaves three narratives together. Dark and moody, this is a mystery with substance.”  (Kirkus Reviews)
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This is the first book I've read by Lisa Jewell and I really enjoyed it!! It was so well written, kept me reading and kept me guessing!! I really enjoyed how the three stories were woven together. Because the chapters alternated perspectives, it was hard to put it down because I wanted to know what happened next. I don't normally get into this genre but within the last year I've really enjoyed it!  What I loved about this book is that it was NOT predictable--it was full of surprises until the very end. I definitely recommend this book!

About Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels, including The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife.

.Connect with Lisa

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Bout of Books Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Another Bout of Books is behind us! I'll be honest, this wasn't my most productive Bout of Books, but I did manage to read pretty much all weekend (in between Mother's Day fun) and finish two books, so that was pretty successful! Here's the grand total:

Total Pages: 770

Books Finished:


Bout of Books 20 is August 21-27th! 

Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

TLC Book Tours: Close Enough to Touch

About Close Enough to Touch

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (March 7, 2017)
A March 2017 Indie Next Pick
From the author of Before I Go comes an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart, perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.
Love has no boundaries…
Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.
Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year.

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I really enjoyed this book! My favorite character was definitely Jubilee. I loved that she worked in a library! I thought the author beautifully captured Jubilee and Eric's personalities in her writing, and the perspective change between chapters worked so well for me, and that's usually something I don't like.  I thought the ending was wrapped up a little too neatly--but if that's my only complaint then this book is definitely a winner.  I definitely recommend this wonderful book!

About Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer and author of the novel Before I Go. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie ClaireClose Enough to Touch is her second novel.

Connect with Colleen

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books: Goals and Progress

Bout of Books

Happy  Bout of Books, everyone! This will be my goals and updates post! In addition, I've also been selected as a Bout of Books expert, which basically means I have participated in Bout of Books several times and can help you with any questions you may have!


I'm gonna be real here. My life has been CRAZY lately, which is why my posts have been so infrequent. My life right now and this week is literally an episode of House Hunters/Buying and Selling. We just put our house on the market and are looking for a bit larger and newer one in our same area.  So I'm expecting to have very little free time! But I'm still planning on getting some reading in and being active on Twitter and other social media to connect with other participants! 

My current read:




Monday 5/8:
pages read: 30
Books read from: I Found You

Tuesday 5/9:
pages read: 45
Total pages: 75
Books read from: I Found You

Wednesday 5/10:
Pages read: 0. It was a bad day, guys!
Total pages: 75

Thursday 5/11: 
Pages read: 75
Total pages: 150
Books read from: I Found You

Friday 5/12:
Pages read: 105
Total pages:255 
Books Read from: I Found You

Saturday 5/13:
Pages Read: 295
Total Pages: 550
Books read from: I Found You, Gold Rush

Sunday 5/14:
Pages Read: 220
Total pages:  770
Books Read from: Gold Rush

Grand Total:

Pages Read: 770
Books Finished: I Found You, Gold Rush

Happy Reading!