Friday, July 27, 2018

Dewey's Summer Readathon!

 
Pretty excited that Dewye's is having a Summer Readathon! It starts tonight at 8pm Eastern Time. More details can be found here, and it's not too late to participate! I love that they're doing a summer one--and that it's more relaxed with just a few mini challenges.
 
I'll be updating mostly on my instagram and instastories, as well as Twitter and Facebook. I like that it starts at 5pm Pacific Time--my husband plays volleyball with friends on Friday nights, so it's generally my reading time, and he has plans with a friend on Saturday, so I have plenty of time to read!
 
Here's what I'm planning on reading. Yes, I generally read 3 books at a time--one physical book, one on my kindle, and one audio. Yes, I can keep them all straight. Yes, I know I'm crazy. Haha :)

Paperback:

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On Kindle:

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On Audible:

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Happy Reading, friends! Connect with me on instagram for updates!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Make Me Read It Readathon Signup and Poll

 
I just stumbled across this readathon on Grace's blog, Rebel Mommy Book Blog! The readathon is hosted by Ely and Val @ The Innocent Smiley. More information and sign ups are located here. Here is the info, straight from The Innocent Smiley:
 
What Is This Readathon About?
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I'd pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
 
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
 
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there's a tie, then it's your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible. 

 

When Will This All Take Place?
The Make Me Read It Readathon will start at August 6th and end at August 13thYou can start once it hits 12am in your time zone. The readathon itself lasts for a week!Since this is an interactive readathon, there is about a month to get some kind of initial post/photo/video/etc. where your readers can vote for which book you read! You can either have a poll, or just rely on the comments, have votes count more than once, honestly this is all up to you! If you plan to participate, make sure you have all your books ready for August 6th!
Do you wanna sign up for the readathon! This is the place to do it! I would recommend linking up with your post/video/photo about the books you are using for the readathon, so that other readers can hop around and vote!

You can use the tag #MakeMeRead on Twitter and Instagram to post photos of your choices, or connect to other readers in general! I'll be posting my poll on instagram instead of here (mainly due to there not being many great options for embedded polls these days), so look for it there!
 

The Books 
 
Help me choose! These are the books I'm thinking about reading. Vote below for your favorite! I have to read whichever one wins!
 
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Which book should I read for the readathon?

Lilac Girls
Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
The Perfect Mother
The Summer List
Shelter in Place
The Tuscan Child

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WWW Wednesday: July 25

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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 this one! See my review here.

 
Currently Reading
 
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Finishing up Next Year in Havana this week, and listening to Elin Hilderbrand's new novel on Audible. Enjoying it so far! And really enjoying Audible too!
 
Up Next
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What are you reading this week? Anyone participating in the Dewey's Summer Readathon this Saturday? I am! More details, my TBR, etc. on Friday!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Review: Girls' Night Out

Title: Girls' Night Out
37759098Authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
334 pages, published July 24, 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:

For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?

As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.



I'm a huge fan of Liz and Lisa's books, and loved that they moved into the suspense/thriller genre with The Good Widow last year--it was one of my favorites of 2017. I was so excited to read Girls' Night Out.  The story did start out a bit slow for me but once I was hooked I couldn't stop. The book rotated time and perspectives, but was well done and not confusing. The chapters switched between the morning after they discovered Ashley was missing, then back to the beginning of the trip, and so on until the night she went missing, each chapter giving you a few more clues and details about the girls' strained relationships. These ladies had some pretty serious issues, and these issues come out in full force throughout the book. There were some pretty shocking endings to chapters that definitely keep you reading all the way to the end. I won't give any spoilers here--I have more to say but can't say without giving away the ending! The suspense of finding out what really happened takes you all the way up to the very end.
 
The setting--Tulum, in Mexico--is vividly described in the book. I could almost taste the margaritas and hear the waves. I wanted to be reading this one on the beach!

Liz and Lisa, lifelong best friends themselves, are an amazing writing team. I can't imagine the difficulty of writing a book with another person--blending your writing styles, making everything flow--and they do it with ease. I highly recommend all their books, but their most recent efforts have been their best. I think I liked The Good Widow a little more but only because it was set in Maui, and I absolutely love Hawaii--but both books are fantastic. Definitely add Girls' Night out to your late summer TBR!
 

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

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

 

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

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 TLC Book Tours 

Follow the full tour here.

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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!