When I first saw this topic,I thought the "More" category would be easier...it turned out the "Less" category was easier. I read some books by my favorite authors in 2016 (Hilderbrand, Giffin, Green) that I was disappointed in.
Title: Always Author: Sarah Jio 288 pages, Release Date: February 7, 2017
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
While enjoying a
romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle's
chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can't believe her good fortune: She
has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a
guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant,
Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She
approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when
their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of
her life, Cade McAllister.
When Kailey met Cade ten years ago,
their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt
"right." But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the
poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His
weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his
mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks,
Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she
initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship,
Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants.
Alternating between the past and the present, Always
is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an
impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she's willing to save and
what she will sacrifice for true love.
I'm a big Sarah Jio fan, and this book was no exception. But first, can we take a minute to swoon over this GORGEOUS cover?! I LOVE a beautiful cover! This book was beautiful, heartbreaking, and emotional. My heart broke for Kailey and Cade throughout the book.
If you're familiar with Jio's work, you know that she loves to add a historical or past element to her books. This book followed the same format--as Kailey tries to help Cade in 2008, the chapters alternate to their relationship back in the late 1990's, ten years earlier. I'll admit at times this made me frustrated because I really wanted to know what happened in 2008--but it definitely kept me reading the book! I did enjoy the 1990's story, I was just eager to know what happened in general. This book sucked me in and kept me up late reading!
This was definitely one of my favorites of Jio's--if you haven't read her books, I highly recommend them!
Overall rating: 4.5 stars
About Sarah Jio Sarah Jio is the New York
Times bestselling author of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, THE BUNGALOW,
BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE LAST CAMELLIA, MORNING GLORY, GOODNIGHT JUNE, THE
LOOK OF LOVE--all from Penguin (Plume), and ALWAYS, forthcoming on
February 7, 2017 from Random House (Ballantine). Sarah is also a
journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Glamour, O, The
Oprah Magazine, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, and
many others. She has appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Her novels are translated into more than 25 languages. Sarah lives in
Seattle with her three young boys.
Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from
her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on
an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect
Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her
oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still
600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to
cover, anything could happen!
my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A
Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book,
“Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is
due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching
football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now
I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies
are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It
isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my
books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a
tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy
Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why
you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh,
yes, and a black Labrador.
been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However,
underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a
youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s
Title: Scrappy Little Nobody Author: Anna Kendrick 304 pages, published November 2016 Source: Library From Goodreads: A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.
Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”
the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy
inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about
crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites
readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary
stories with candor and winningly wry observations.
razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her
way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her
unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants
may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student
who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments”
(including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a
binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman
instead of a perpetual “man-child.”
Enter Anna’s world and
follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on
the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular
voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and
serious (well, not that serious).
This book was absolutely delightful! I laughed out loud SEVERAL times and couldn't stop reading. I'm a big fan of hers and I feel like her personality really shone through in this book. I think my favorite part in the book was the "Boys" chapters--they were a perfect glimpse into how teenage and young adult women think--and so well written!
What I loved most about this book is that you saw how REAL she was--so easy to relate to. I felt like I related to her in so many ways. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!
Overall rating for "Scrappy Little Nobody": 4.5 stars