Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Sunday Post/It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


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Hi all! I hope you all had a wonderful week!  I've gotta tell you, I am feeling homebound and shut in, between the weather and the flu, but honestly, the flu more. We have been trying like heck to avoid it, and have been staying in or just going outside, but not really going anywhere. It's beginning to take a little toll on us! We did make Valentines for Wyatt's cousins and friends, and even managed to deliver a few. We have a few left, but it's never too late to deliver happy little notes, in my opinion. I wish I would have snapped a pic, they were adorable. We traced Wyatt's hand and folded down the fingers to the ASL sign for "I love you", since Wyatt is still working on gaining speech. We put a little heart in the palm that said Happy Valentines Day, signed them, and that was that. Adorable. I saw them somewhere first, this was not my idea, but unfortunately I can't remember where I saw them. Billy and I are going to go out to dinner next weekend to celebrate - better late than never!

Read Last Week:



I finished Nevernight, which was AWESOME! Books usually don't surprise me too much, but this one definitely did. So good!!! I can't wait to read the next one in the series. 

I also loved the Adichie book, although much much different!

This Fallen Prey - I was so excited to read this! I love the Rockton series, and this one wasn't as good as its predecessors. I did enjoy it however. Still good, just not as good.

Reading This Week:


I have only read on Bowen book, but I loved it. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing this one, courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.

Watching:

The Olympics, Riverdale, Home Town, Outlander


How about all of you? How was your week?




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Title: Now That You Mention It
Author: Kristan Higgins
Source: Harlequin 

Goodreads Summary:

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.

But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise...and the chance to begin again.



My Thoughts:

I truly think Kristan Higgins just gets better and better with each book. Always a good go-to author for an enjoyable read, lately her work has become something more.

I grabbed this book from my review pile, needing something not-scary (I read this all the way back in October!) and I couldn't put it down! I read it way past my bedtime and finished it in one day, something I did all the time with books before I became a mother, but something that is rare these days, and a testimony to how compulsively readable this book is.

I was mesmerized by this story and this character. Nora had such an amazing journey throughout the book - from the time we meet her, the stories that are behind her, and the future in front of her. The supporting characters are quirky, relatable, imperfect. Just like all of us. Their struggles are real. This book is rich in its wealth of great characters. 

Nora is a woman who has survived and withstood some pretty huge events, traumatic events, anyone of which may have stopped her from attaining her dreams and goals. Instead, they bolstered her, she survived, and persevered. She was strong, resilient, and never gives up. Her positive outlook is contagious, and she has a well of kindness inside of her. This book had moments that made me nervous, some that made me sad, others that made me laugh out loud. And her dog - her dog! I want a Boomer now too. 

This book was hands down fantastic. I highly recommend it!! 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Sunday Post/It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  


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So this was the week in Michigan when it snowed. And snowed. And snowed some more. The snow here is so high - not crazy multiple feet high, but for us, pretty deep! We took Wyatt outside to play in it, and he loves snow as much as we do - at least for now. I also did some garden planning, trying to think spring, and we read lots of books. So despite the days of snow, we had a good time. And the best of all? The Olympics are on! I am such a fan of the Olympics! I think my favorite events are the moguls, alpine skiing, and figure skating. Wyatt seems to love the figure skating too! He dances along with the music, shaking his hair about wildly. He is such a musical kid.



Read Last Week:


The November Girl - I loved this book! Mostly for the Michigan settings, but I loved the world that Kang created, and the way that Anda could commune with everything. I especially liked her interactions with lighthouses. :)

Nevernight: My husband wanted me to read this and I finally started it. And I love it!! I call it Hogwarts for Assasins, or Harry Potter meets GoT. There is more to it than that though, and is its own entire world and story, but that is the best way to sum it up, in my opinion. Lol. I am only halfway through it, and I already feel like it is going to be a favorite series for me. 

Reading This Week:



February is my book club month, and I picked the two Adichie books for us to read. They are so short that I felt we could handle both. :) I am looking forward to reading them!

And of course I am going to finish Nevernight. 

Watching:

Top Chef, Riverdale, Outlander, The Alienist


What about you all? What have you been up to?




Sunday, February 4, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

So this week we toured Wyatt's future preschool. It's hard for me to believe that he will be going this year! I am not ready, I want to keep my peanut at home with me. He is starting because his Early On program ages kids out at 3, and he needs the extra help before starting school. This place is perfectly suited for physically challenged kids, with great support services. And my kid is so social - he is going to love being with the other kids! Although, I will be freaking out at home. Or in the parking lot with a book, so I can stay close....lol.

Read Last Week:

  

Spectacle was so good! I really enjoy this crazy series. I also read Twist of Faith, which was....hmm. I started off gung ho but then by the end, I wasn't feeling it as much. Review soon.

Reading This Week:


  


So I really wanted to read The November Girl for its whole Michigan thing - Lake Superior and Isle Royale, all that. But I also promised my husband I would read Nevernight, and since he always reads what I suggest, I need to get on it. Lol. So I will probably be reading both this week. :)

Watching:

Riverdale, Outlander, Grace and Frankie (or Frankie and Grace, I can never remember), Home Town. Watching Outlander makes me want to move to Scotland so bad! I even googled it the other day. My grandma is from Scotland and we still have family there, so maybe one day I will at least visit. :)

How about you all? How was your week?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Sunday Post/It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



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Ugh last week Wyatt and I were sick. We did a lot of nothing, basically chilled and rested. I didn't read my intended book, I just didn't feel well enough. But today we are on the upswing, and it is a bright sunny day, so things are looking better. 

We bought Wyatt a little play kitchen though, since flu season is horrendous this year, and we are keeping out of public areas as much as we can. He loves it, and I have to admit, I like to play with it too! We drink endless cups of "tea" and "coffee" together. :)


That's one of our three cats, Marlow. Wyatt is Marlow's person. He is always next to him, just hanging out.


Read Last Week:


This historical romance was perfect for last week! 

Reading This Week:


I inadvertently made February into Fantasy fiction reading month! I picked up a bunch of my library holds and they were all fantasy. Lol. Anywhoo, I am halfway through Spectacle already. I really enjoyed Menagerie and this one is just as good. Next up will be Neverknight - my husband is currently listening to it so it will be fun to talk about with him. And he is absolutely loving it, so even better.

Watching:

Alias Grace - this was amazing. I really need to read the book. 

Riverdale - I love this show. Jughead's character evolution kind of bothers me a little, I think he went "all in" a little too quickly. 

Grace and Frankie - so happy these two are back on! And last but not least, Top Chef, an old favorite of ours.


And that's really it for our week - it was kind of low key, filled with pretend tea, runny noses and Winnie the Pooh movies. How about you? How was your week?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Sunday Post/It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



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Hey all! Hope all is going well with you! This week the weather is supposed to be warm, what? It is so crazy. Temps to the low 60s even!  We have been busy trying to get outside more, get more fresh air and sunshine when we can. We have visited our local dairy farm, and two different trails the past two weekends. There is something for being outside during the winter - everything looks so different. We did see something cool yesterday. We saw a small group of deer, huddled together, swimming across the Detroit River to a small island that sits in the middle of the channel. Immediately following this sighting, an eagle swooped from the sky, practically at eye level! It was crazy cool! I have also been planning my son's 3rd birthday party that is in March. I can't believe he is turning 3 already - time certainly does fly. We are going with a gnome theme this year... :)

Read the last two weeks:

 

And loved them both!! I have been lucky, everything I have read this month so far has been fantastic. Although, I hate that cover for the John Green book. The colors. Bleh. 

Reading This Week:


The Keeper of Lost Things. The description reminds me a bit of one of my favorite movies, Amelie. 

Watching:

Top Chef, Grace and Frankie (yay new season!), The Crown season 2 (amazing!!), and Home Town on HGTV. We also I think are about to finish up Alias Grace. And of course Riverdale, but I am letting them build up a bit. It has seriously become one of my favorite shows.

What have you all been up to?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Goodreads Summary:

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingalecontinues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.


***Thank you Random House for the advance reading copy, in exchange for an honest review!

My Thoughts:

Vasya is that wild thing, untamed, unashamed, brave and bold, that lives inside all of us. In a time when women were expected to stay at home and be a good wife or join a convent, Vasya refused. Knowing her spirit would never allow her to stay hemmed in by four walls, she went her own way, secreting herself as a boy and riding around the countryside, exploring the world as a traveler, living in the wild, all from the back of her magical horse and companion, Solovey.  When circumstances bring her to Moscow, to the company of no less than the Grand Prince of Moscow himself, her spirit remains undaunted, allowing for daring feats and challenges, that could ruin her if she is found to be a woman instead of the boy she masquerades as.  

I loved everything about this book. Its majesty, the atmosphere, the descriptions that drop you directly into the pages and the place. The characters themselves, most especially Vasya herself. She retains her wild nature, and almost seems to embody the spirit of Russia itself. This is a more mature Vasya, yet one still  in tune with natural world and all its otherworldly beings - including Morozko. And let's not forget Solovey, who has such a huge personality. I simply adored him!

 I didn't think it possible, but I loved this book even more than its predecessor, and I can't wait for the next book, The Witch!