Sunday, May 20, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



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

I took a week off of all blogging last week - I just had so much to do and no time. Summer is definitely in the wind, and we have been gravitating slowly more and more outdoors. It's nice - we sure waited long enough!


Lots of porch sitting and wine drinking happening here. 

 We did get a new car, so that was fun! Another Jeep, we traded in the Patriot for a Compass.  We also celebrated my dad's birthday today, which was nice, relaxed family time. 

Read Last Two Weeks:



The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne: Ooo I loved this one for the mystery! Now I can't wait for the next book!!!

The French Girl: I enjoyed this book but I didn't care for most of the characters. I think though, that this actually worked well with the mystery. 

The Year of Living Danishly: This was fascinating!!

Reading This Week:


I am starting this book, but I will probably read something else at the same time. :) 

Watching:

The Durrells, Back in Time for Tea (YouTube rocks), Supernatural, and Riverdale. We are pretty behind on Riverdale though.


How are you guys all doing?






Sunday, May 6, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



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

Last week, I was so darn busy my head was spinning! First, my cousin and his wife had their new baby - on May 4th, Star Wars day! A beautiful, healthy boy.

I am deep into working on gardening projects right now; I think that it took so long for spring to really arrive in Michigan that now we never want to be inside. It was just this past week that we finally had consistently nice weather, and we are having fun with it. Although, we did have a weird ten minute squall that did serious damage to our little city. Gigantic trees were knocked down onto houses, electric towers were blown in half - it was awful! Our city makes its own power, so we usually don't have to wait to long for power to be restored but this time we were out of power for twelve hours! I know that a lot of people have to wait days, so I won't complain, but it just shows the force of this ten minute storm. The forecast didn't portend such crazy weather, and when a giant patio umbrella struck our house I took Wyatt into an interior hallway away from windows. I didn't hear of any serious injuries at least, so that is good. Unfortunately there was a lot of property damage though.

Read Last Week:


Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: Loved it. I love this author, I am so glad I saw her over on The Book Date!

The Year of Living Danishly: I am almost done with this book! It is definitely interesting, and has given me so much to think about.

Reading This Week:

 

I think this is my last Colgan book for a bit! I have enjoyed my run of reading her immensely. I am not sure what direction I am going to go in next!

I am also finishing up Living Danishly.

Watching:

The Durrells, Victoria, iZombie, Supernatural, and The Let Down on and The Rain on Netflix, which are both pretty good!! 


How are things with you all?

Sunday, April 29, 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 I didn't have a phone for like four days. It was really weird at first, but then I slowly but surely started to like it. The weather was a bit of a bummer most of the week, but right now is absolutely gorgeous, at 8pm. The forecast for the week ahead is going to be beautiful and I am so excited! Today we we went to a vintage bike sale and market; there were hundreds of old bikes - I kept expecting to spot the kids from Stranger Things lurking about somewhere, or some kids from an 80s buddy movie. I saw some pretty cool ones, and I loved the names of them the best. I saw a Grey Ghost, and all the Schwinn names were awesome, Stingray and Meteor and Panther and many more.


Read Last Week:

So I am going through the entire backlist of Jenny Colgan apparently. But I also read a completely different book too! See, not having a phone...

  

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams - I absolutely loved this book. It was a bit of a slower read, as it had some medical terminology and sciencey type stuff, but it was fascinating. Seriously, a great read.

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan - I'll probably read her for a bit, until I get tired of her. This one was really good too - the setting was really unique and I loved the main character!

Reading This Week:



The Year of Living Danishly - That house even looks adorably happy!

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe 


Posted Last Week:

No new book reviews 

Phoneless and Free (on my other blog - also talks about the Nature Fix)



Watching:

Victoria, Supernatural, Riverdale, iZombie



How about you guys? What is going on in your corner of the world?


Saturday, April 21, 2018

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


Check out the The Caffeinated Book Review for the Sunday Post
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Hey all! Hope you are all doing well! It was a pretty good week around here - I had book club, and there was even an earthquake! Very rare for Michigan. We also had some nice weather and got to get outside for a bit. We wandered our downtown area last night - they had some food trucks out and about and Wyatt ate his way through a bag full of mini-doughnuts with great joy. Lol.

This week the boy and I have a field trip coming up, to a petting farm. It should be fun! Although when they brought animals to his school Wyatt was not too excited about getting near them. So we might not actually be doing any petting. I also have an eye appt, ew. Getting old stinks. I get horrible headaches when I read on my phone too much, so I try not to do it, but I wonder if it is the phone and its horrid light or if I am squinting, so, eye exam it is.

Read Last Week:

I am stuck on Jenny Colgan. I love her. Lol.


Little Beach Street Bakery - I loved it. I can't decide which I love more, this one or The Bookshop on the Corner! I think I need her particular brand of book right now -these quaint little worlds, creative and brave characters, lovely settings, and a bit of a love story too. It's just the mood I am in I guess!

Reading This Week:

Sorry guys - I'm going through a thing here.



Watching:

We devoured Lost in Space - it was so so good and I love Parker Posey
We are also watching Supernatural, iZombie, and Victoria, which is excellent!

How about you guys? What is the happening in your world?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Book Review: The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr

Title: The Family Gathering
Author: Robyn Carr
Source: Little Bird Publicity

Goodreads Summary:

 Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.

Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.  


My Thoughts:

I have been loving this series! I love these characters, the setting, their world. Their names, their backstory, their trials and triumphs. I find them to be very real, have real world problems and issues that are relatable  - and of course I enjoy the love stories as well, the "main attraction" if you will.

In this book we are introduced to Dakota Jones, a former soldier who is now looking for the next step in his life now that he has left the military. And like any returning soldier, he seeks out his family for a visit that turns into more than a visit. Dakota had not intended to stay, but after seeing the town, meeting its residents, one resident in particular, he finds that Sullivan's Crossing in Timberlake, Colorado has worked its magic on him and he begins to set down roots. He finds a job, a house, and begins to get to know his siblings, Cal and Sierra again, and to bond with their families. Strengthening these roots.

He catches the eye of a few of the women in town right away, but there is only one that interests him, and she is the one who is going to make him work for it. Sid(ney), another , transplant to Sullivan's Crossing, had no intention of getting into a relationship after the one she has just gotten out of. But that was before she met Dakota, who shakes up her plans. Sid is dealing with her own issues and past, and Dakota is respectful of that in his pursuit of her. I really liked how his character interacted with Sid, playful yet patient.

There are a few other storylines at play in this book, dealing with Sierra, and his other sister, Sedona who makes her appearance partway through the book. Both of their storylines deal with pretty big topics, which I thought Carr handled brilliantly and sensitively. A few scenes even made me a little teary for these women.

Overall, I really loved this book. It is the third in the series, and while you can read it without having read the previous two, I would still recommend reading the others first. These are good characters, a good town. You won't regret your reading foray into this small town in Colorado!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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


Check out the The Caffeinated Book Review for the Sunday Post
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Ugh today is the nastiest weather - we woke up to freezing rain this morning, and while it has warmed up, it is still raining. At least it is no longer frozen! We had lakeshore flooding warnings overnight as well, due to the amount of precipitation that was falling. We are looking at more rain throughout the week as well, but water levels are receding back down. 

We also celebrated my niece's first birthday this weekend! And. we got a special announcement as well - not only is she turning one, but she is also going to be a big sister!  


Read Last Week:

My book club book finally came in, so I read that instead of my planned book!


The Hideaway - I really liked this book. I liked the characters, the setting, the story. It made me a little bit sad though - I teared up a few times! It was a perfect book for a rainy weekend. 

Reading This Week:

One of these (or maybe both!)

  

Watching:

iZombie, Supernatural, The Gifted, The Path (we finished it up, so good!), Lost in Space (loving it!!)

We also watched Jumanji (the new one) today since we were stuck inside. It was great for a much needed laugh, the perfect Sunday rainy afternoon movie. 

Posted:


on my other blog






How about you all? What's up in your world?




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Book Review: The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl

Title: The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl
Author: Paige McKenzie 
Source: review copy from Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Sunshine Griffith can communicate with ghosts. Even more amazing—to herself; her boyfriend, Nolan; and her adoptive mom, Kat—she’s recently learned she’s a luiseach, one of an ancient race of creatures who have lived among humans for centuries, protecting them from dark spirits and helping them move on to the afterlife.

Having survived an abyss full of demons, Sunshine Griffith must figure out who—or what—has been organizing the forces of darkness against her. Do they want to destroy her and the rest of the endangered luiseach? Do they want to take over the world? Nolan has figured out that Sunshine’s death would trigger a calamitous event, so not only does she have to stay alive for herself, but for the fate of civilization. It’s not just the demons who want Sunshine dead, though. Her biological mother, Helena, is back. And what is Helena’s history with the mysterious man in black?

Fortunately for Sunshine, she has a lot of people (and ghosts) to help her stop the darkness: Nolan, her father and mentor Aidan, her mom Kat, Victoria, Lucio, Anna, and Ashley—whose handsome new crush, Sebastian, seems hauntingly familiar. But time may be running out as an unexpected event unleashes a fierce war between the luiseach and the demon army. In the midst of the fiery battle, Sunshine will learn a shocking truth about herself and what sort of sacrifice is required to save the world.
 



My thoughts:

Reminiscent in style to Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the vampire books by Mary Janice Davidson, this YA book was a lot of fun. Based on the YouTube series The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, it is part of a trilogy of books. This is the third installment, and I actually read it without having read the previous books or having watched the series, although I do plan on both. 

Although I missed all the backstory and went straight for the ending, it was still a good read. It was not hard to figure out what was going on once I got into the book a little. It starts off in the middle of the action, right off the bat, and I was appropriately confused. But it soon all became clear. Sunshine is a high school girl who can see ghosts. She is a luiseach, whose job is to help ghosts move on from this plane, and also to protect humans from dark and evil creatures. By this book, Sunshine has fully come into her powers and there is a battle brewing. Sunshine is not alone in this war though - she has the support of her biological father Aidan, and biological mother, Helena, both powerful luiseachs. However, Helena did try to kill Sunshine, so who knows if she is really there to help, especially with her mysterious behavior and alliances, including to the lurking man in black. In addition to her bio parents, Sunshine has her whole group of friends and family to help her along the way - Nolan, Lucio, Anna, Ashley, Victoria, and her human mom Kat. And Sunshine not only has to figure out who is plotting against them and committing evil acts upon the citizens of her town, she also has to deal with her very real human social life, including boys. And boyfriends. And boys who are friends who might want to be boyfriends.

This is a fun book, enjoyable, fast paced, and I loved how it involved books and media - what a great way to get young people to read! Definitely a must read for those readers who like fantasy and supernatural tales. I know that I am going to seek out the first two books so that I can see what I missed!