Monday, October 29, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.
 
Oh hello, Monday! We meet again. I've been posting what I'm reading on Wednesdays lately and thought I would switch it up this week and participate in the Monday post! I have been crazy busy lately (Fall is a super busy time for me at work) but I have been getting a lot of reading done! Here's what I've been reading lately!

Recently Finished


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I absolutely loved all three of these books. This Is How It Always Is was the October book pick for Reese Witherspoon's book club, and it was so, so good. Great perspective and really made you think. Same with The Hate U Give--I just finished listening to it on audio. Such an emotional, but sadly relevant and important in today's society. I want to see the movie but am afraid I'll just be sobbing the entire time.  

I loved Winter in Paradise!! It's my favorite Elin Hilderbrand in recent memory for sure, though The Perfect Couple was also excellent. I'm so excited this is a series!! Sad I have to wait until NEXT OCTOBER for the second book!

Currently Reading

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I'm really enjoying this one so far! So unique and different from what I've been reading lately. Anyone else read it? What did you think?

Up Next 

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I haven't decided which one yet...

What are you reading this week? 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

TLC Book Tours: Under My Skin

About Under My Skin

Pages: 368 Pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (October 1, 2018)
From New York Times bestselling author and master of suspense Lisa Unger comes an addictive psychological thriller about a woman on the hunt for her husband’s killer 
What if the nightmares are actually memories?
It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?
The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts—there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?

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  This was my first Lisa Unger read and wow, what a book! I spent a lot of time being confused and finding it challenging to keep things straight in the book--what was real for Poppy, and what was a dream,  However, it worked  well because I could NOT stop reading the book because I HAD to know what happened! The hard thing about reviewing thrillers is that you don't want to say too much about the plot or give anything away--but know this is a fast paced crazy thriller that is perfect for fall!

About Lisa Unger 

Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels, including the new psychological thriller UNDER MY SKIN (coming Oct 2!)
Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Indie Booksellers, Goodreads, and Sun-Sentinel to name a few.
Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.

Connect with Lisa

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: The Man She Married

38531903Title: The Man She Married
Author: Cathy Lamb
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Kensington Publishing Corporation

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

From Goodreads:

When Natalie Shelton thinks back to how things were before the car accident, she remembers a great marriage. She and her husband, Zack, seem as strong and dependable together as the houses he builds. They live in Portland, Oregon, and Natalie is co-owner of a successful accounting firm. They're happy, she's almost sure of it.

Yet as Natalie lies trapped in a coma, unable to communicate though aware of everything around her, she realizes that her husband is hiding something. Zack has always been reticent about his past, which she attributed to an unhappy childhood. Now the strange calls he's receiving, the apologies when he thinks she can't hear him, and her fragmented memories from the morning of the accident suggest a deeper secret.

When she finally awakens, Natalie is determined to find out the truth. Sorting through clues as her brain heals, she realizes she has a rare opportunity--to reexamine the life she's made and the man she's made it with. But as answers come to light, she faces surprising, heartrending decisions, as well as a danger that could upend her world once again, as Zack's past finally catches up with them . . .


 
I've been a fan of Cathy Lamb for a long time--I first found her because she is a fellow Oregonian! I've read the majority of her books and what I love about them is her witty writing style--no matter the subject matter in her book, you will always read parts that make you literally laugh out loud. This book is no exception! The main character Natalie, is in a coma for much of the first part of the book--she calls it her "coma coffin" and yet  Cathy Lamb still makes the book funny, relatable, and entertaining.

This book gives a great perspective on traumatic brain injuries and the time it takes to heal and recover, as well as dealing with the reality that things will be different. Before the accident, Natalie was an accomplished accountant. After the accident, she couldn't focus on numbers.  This book really makes you think about how you would deal with the same situation, in addition to trying to solve the mystery about what is really going on with Zack and why her accident happened. 

This book is absolutely fantastic, and I do believe it's my favorite by this author (which is hard to say because they are all amazing!). If you haven't read Cathy's books before, now is the time!! And if you already love her books--you won't be disappointed with this one!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WWW Wednesday: October 17

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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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I loved both of these books!! My review of You Were Always Mine was on the blog yesterday, and my review ofThe Man She Married will be on the blog next Monday. Cathy Lamb, a fellow Oregonian, is one of my favorite authors--and this one is her best yet. Pre-order worthy!!!

Currently Reading

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I'm listening to The Hate U Give on audio right now and it's so, so good. Just started This Is How It Always Is (the Reese Witherspoon October book club pick!)  and Under My Skin in the last couple days. My review of Under My Skin will be on the blog next Wednesday for TLC Book Tours!
  
Up Next 

I honestly have no idea....I just started these two so I haven't gotten that far yet! Possibilities include Winter in Paradise, Cross Her Heart, or The Immortalists. 

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TLC Book Tours: You Were Always Mine

About You Were Always Mine

Hardcover: 384 Pages
Publisher: Atria Books (October 16, 2018)
The acclaimed author of Little Broken Things returns with another “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) about a single mother who becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens to tear apart what’s left of her family.
Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.
Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult.
“Tense, emotionally-charged, and at times frightening, You Were Always Mine opened my eyes to the dark side of adoption.  With characters that are true to life and a tremendous depth of knowledge into a shocking subject matter, this is Baart’s best book yet.  Completely engrossing!”–Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
“Mothers everywhere will recognize and celebrate the fierce, imperfect strength of Jessica Chamberlain as she tries to parent her sons—one birthed and one adopted—in the wake of her estranged husband’s death. A startlingly authentic mix of suspense, grief, and family drama, You Were Always Mine reconstructs the pieces of a shattered life to reveal the darkness that destroyed it. You will never look at adoption the same way again.”–Mindy Mejia, author of Everything You Want Me To Be and Leave No Trace



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  Wow! What a fantastic domestic thriller! Part family drama, part mystery, this book is impossible to put down! Nicole Baart is an incredible writer--she crafted a suspenseful story that kept you guessing all the way until the end. In between the chapters were notes and letters that gave a few clues to help you piece the story together and made it easy to keep turning the pages. I had a few ideas of what had really happened but was still surprised at the end!

 I grew so attached to these characters--especially Jessica's boys--Max, her biological son, and Gabriel, her adopted son. The family dynamic between the three of them was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking--they each dealt with their grief in different ways. My heart hurt for Jessica as she tried to protect her sons while dealing with her own grief and trying to understand what happened to Evan. This book sheds light on the dark side of adoption and is an emotional but excellent read. You will stay up late to finish this one for sure!

About Nicole Baart

Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. Her books have been featured in Southern Living, Country Woman, Book Page, Glam, Brit & Co., and on Yahoo Lifestyle, and her latest release, Little Broken Things, was a People Magazine Editor’s Pick. Nicole is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including You Were Always Mine (available 10/16/18 from Atria Books).

Connect with Nicole

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Monday, October 15, 2018

TLC Book Tours: The Amendment (Review and GIVEAWAY!)

About The Amendment

Mass Market Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: Unsolicited Press (June 26, 2018)
When Lavinia Starkhurst’s husband is killed in a freak accident, she takes to the open road and meets a number of strangers, all with struggles of their own. Through these unexpected and occasionally hilarious encounters, Lavinia reflects on her past deeds, both good and bad, explores her two marriages, her roles as caregiver and wife, hoping all the while for self-acceptance and something to give her new life meaning.

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 At first glance, this book seems like it could be sad and depressing--but that is definitely not the case! It was so fun to follow along with Lavina on her road trip and read about all her adventures. It's a witty, fun, and entertaining quick read that will definitely make you smile! The chapters are shorts so it's easy to read "just one more chapter" and then discover that you've read over 100 pages in one sitting, as I did. The story is just so fun that it's hard to put down. Though the writing is simple, Lavina as a character has so much depth and is so interesting. A great read!

About Anne Leigh Parrish

Parrish is the author of five previously published books of fiction: Women Within, a novel (Black Rose Writing, 2017); By The Wayside, stories (Unsolicited Press, 2017); What Is Found, What Is Lost, a novel (She Writes Press, 2014); Our Love Could Light The World, stories (She Writes Press, 2013); and All The Roads That Lead From Home, stories, (Press 53, 2011). She is the author of over forty-five published short stories, and numerous essays on the art and craft of writing. Learn more by visiting her website at www.anneleighparrish.com.

Connect with Anne


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Monday, October 8, 2018

Review: A Place for Us

36840397Title: A Place for Us
Author: 
385 pages, published June 2018
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia's, wedding - a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son's estrangement - the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.

In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family's past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent's faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.


This is most definitely one of my top reads of 2018!  I immersed myself in this book over the weekend and could not put it down. I fell in love with this family within the first few pages and became so attached to all of them. The writing was so eloquent and beautiful, and flowed effortlessly.  The book jumps between time a lot--which would normally bug me but this was so well written that the order of the story totally made sense. I learned so much from this book and couldn't stop thinking about it once I finished it--this WILL give you a book hangover. The book is organized into four parts--before the wedding, the past, the wedding itself, and years in the future. It is emotional and gives you all the feels.  A friend recommended this one to me and I am SO glad I read it. I recommend you read it too!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WWW Wednesday: October 3

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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?

Also: Happy Mean Girls Day! Are you wearing pink today?? :)


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So I know everyone LOVED this one, but I just liked it. Josh and Hazel were delightful characters, but the ending just didn't do it for me. Or rather, how they got to the ending. I won't give anything away!
 
Currently Reading
 
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Reading and reviewing for TLC Book Tours! My post will be on the blog, with a giveaway, on October 15th!
 
Up Next
 
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 I know I said last week that A Place for Us was up next but I realized I needed to read The Amendment for my review post. I'm also reading and reviewing Under My Skin for TLC Book Tours on October 24!

What are you reading this week?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

37703550Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
384 pages, published August 14, 2018
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.



 
The main reason I chose to read this book is because I am reading all the Reese Witherspoon book club picks. What I've loved about reading all her book club picks is that it has gotten me to read books I normally wouldn't have picked up--like this one. I'm sure glad I did! This book was fantastic! Beautifully written--I could picture the marsh, hear the birds, feel the breeze. The author's description of the location was so wonderful.  I absolutely adored Kya Clark.  Her story of survival after being abandoned by literally everyone was amazing. This book beautifuly weaves together a story of survival and coming of age with a love story and a bit of mystery that will keep you turning the pages. I'd been in a reading slump before reading this and was so happy to be hooked into this book--I hated putting it down and was sad to see it end. A beautiful book that is absolutely worth reading!

Happy Reading!