Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Sunday Post/It's Monday! What are you reading?


                     

 
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
 
I had a great week, full of activity! After months of being kind of housebound, it was nice to get out, socialize, have a different kind of fun. We had a family craft night, Billy and I went on a date night, and my friend had one of those at home leggings parties. I even bought a pair to bop around the house in - they are so soft!

Read Last Week:

I finished up the two books I was working on. The Robyn Carr book was particularly good! 





Reading This Week:

  

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne - my friend's June book club pick
and I will probably pick something else up at the library tomorrow too. :)

Watching:

Alone, Orange is the New Black, The Ranch, GLOW, The Good Witch

How about you? What have you been up to?

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?


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

Better late than never! The high heat and humidity continued through last week, and this week, finally, we get a reprieve. It is beautiful out today! We have been doing a lot of front porch sitting in the evenings, me with my white wine, Billy with a beer. He's been drinking one called Archangel that is really good - it's a Michigan craft beer with a hint of cherry juice. We have been having a good time watching our robin family - they built a little nest in the crook of our Maple, and we see the mom and dad constantly feeding their babies. So cute!

We had a pretty fun Father's Day weekend - I hope you all did too! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!

Read Last Week/Reading This Week:

I didn't finish my book but I did start two. I am really enjoying them both!

  


Watching:

iZombie, Supernatural, Orange is the New Black, The Ranch, Alone

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Friday, June 16, 2017

So tell me....



So tell me..how do you blog? Do you follow a routine, a schedule? 

Do you write when you get a chance, fitting it in where you can? 

Do you have a plan, weekly, monthly?

I've been having a rough time trying to fit it in. Right now, I am trying to blog when I can, although sometimes the only time I get is late at night when I am exhausted and so is my brain. It just wants to veg and not think about composing sentences or thoughts.

Is there food involved? Snacks? Drinks? I happen to like a glass of wine if its evening.

Also, do you take notes on the books you are asked to review? Do you wing it, write it off the cuff? I am a compose as I go girl, but I like to hear what other people's processes are. 

So tell me - I really am interested!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Source: Lake Union Publishing for a fair and honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.


My thoughts:

This was initially a very difficult read, emotionally. Bea's tale of woe killed me. I had to set the book down for a while, and go back. Bea is a senior citizen, barely scraping by, living with her cat in their trailer, when she falls victim to a phone scam and loses what little money she has. In secret under cover of night, she transforms her van into a sort of mobile home for herself and her cat, and heads out of the trailer park, basically penniless and homeless. This image broke my heart - and is such a truism of what can befall seniors today. My own mother is 70, living on a fixed income, and not too long ago called me alarmed after receiving the same type of phone call as Bea. I stressed to her that it was a scam, and to never ever give any of her info over the phone to anyone who calls. 

Allie is taken under the care of CPS after her parents are sent to jail - another instance of the failure of our world to care for our elderly and young people, as Allie is not sent into the best of situations. The two meet after Allie escapes, and from there the story becomes a bit more lighthearted and heartwarming as they embark upon an unconventional road trip of sorts.

I highly recommend this emotional read, that spans a roller coaster of highs and lows, but ultimately ends on a high, a win for people and demonstrates that not all is bad in this world, if we give people a chance. Everybody needs somebody, and Allie and Bea are an unlikely duo who are just what the other needs.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

  

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

Whew it was a hot hot weekend here in the D! We did a lot of car rides to get out of the house, but didn't venture out for too long. Wyatt is pretty sensitive to heat so we stuck close to air conditioning. We still had a fun time!

Read Last Week:


On Folly Beach by Karen White: I loved this!! I so love this author, glad that I gave her another try. I really disliked the first book I read by her, but now I am very much enjoying her work. I guess I just needed the right book?

Reading This Week:

I really need to write this post on Monday evenings, but that seems too late. I go to the library on Mondays, so most of the time I am not sure what I am going to read next until I go. However, I do have this gem in my NetGalley:


I read my first Robyn Carr not that long ago, and I enjoyed it so much I knew I would read her again. 

Watching:

Supernatural, The Durrells, The Handmaid's Tale, The Keepers, The Good Witch, and I am about to start Orange is the New Black. 



What about everyone else? How is it going?


Sunday, June 4, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  
  

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

So May was not the best month for me and blogging! I hope to do better this month - I really miss it when I don't get this time. We have been having lots of little family adventures though lately! And ice cream. All good things.

Read Last Two Weeks:

   



Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: This was really good! My first by this author, but I did watch the HBO show Pretty Little Lies, which led me here. This won't be the last I read by Moriarty!

The Sound of Glass by Karen White: Still reading my way through White's backlist, and loving it. It's also a good way to pass the time while waiting for all my library holds to trickle in.
This one had a crazy good twist!

The Widow's House by Carol Goodman: Loved it. Loved it!!! I love this author, and this book was no exception.


Reading This Week:


I am looking forward to starting this one! I am also hitting the new books section tomorrow at the library - always so exciting!

Watching:

We are addicted to all the farm series shows produced by BBC - we watched Edwardian and Victorian Farm, and are now watching Tudor Farm. They are available on Youtube actually! We are also watching The Durrells (more books I am waiting on, the Corfu Trilogy!), iZombie, Supernatural, HGTV shows, and The Handmaid's Tale. We began Twin Peaks but haven't watched since, although we do plan on going back. 




So what's been going on in your world? Good stuff I hope!



  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  

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

Wyatt and I had a big week last week! The kid had a million zillion appointments, one or more a day for the entire week. But we are done now for a while, yay! Then Saturday was my dad's 70th birthday, and we had a great time relaxing and chatting and eating to celebrate. 

Read Last Week:

I managed to get one book done! I loved The Night the Lights Went Out so much I started reading White's backlist. I enjoyed the book I chose immensely! I think I am going to go on a small Karen White spree, as soon as I get back to the library. Lol. It's funny, because I absolutely hated The House on Tradd Street by her. I guess I just needed to read the right book.


A Long Time Gone by Karen White: I loved this book! So good.

Reading This Week:


The Widow's House by Carol Goodman: I love Carol Goodman. She is one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to get started on this one!

Watching:

The Good Witch, The Handmaid's Tale, Edwardian Farm, The Durrells, Twin Peaks starting tonight! I also watched Mommy Dead and Dearest - what a sad tragedy, truly.


How about you all? Whatcha been up to?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A few short reviews: The Break Down by B.A. Paris/The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

Title: The Break Down
Author: B.A. Paris
Source: NetGalley

I did not want to stop reading this book for a second. I was hooked from the beginning! Paris is a master at creating a creeptastic atmosphere - in fact, I had to put down Behind Closed Doors, because it freaked me out so much! Her ability to write a psychological thriller that tricks you and leads you down many roads is killer. The title is perfect, by the by. Cass' decision to take the short cut home one early spring night has disastrous results - the night is stormy, the road desolate,and Cass' husband has warned her against taking that route. Where this road ultimately leads is a journey through Cass' forgetfulness, paranoia, fear, and the reader feels every ounce of her anxiety and madness. It was a fabulous read, and if you are a fan of suspense, I highly recommend it!









Title: The Night the Lights Went Out
Author: Karen White
Source: Library

Another unputdownable read! I was glued to the story, just knowing there was something hinky going on between these well written and interesting characters. What is their real story? I had to know!!

Merilee and Sugar are two women of different eras cut from the same cloth - survivors, able to keep take a licking and keep on ticking. But they are also women good at holding onto a secret, especially their own. White did a wonderful job weaving their two stories together, their different perspectives. I loved both Merilee and Sugar, and hope we get another book about them! It was reminiscent to me of Fried Green Tomatoes a little bit, which is one of my favorites. The Night the Lights Went Out is another definite must read for the summer, in my opinion.






Monday, May 15, 2017

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

  

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Happy Mother's Day! It is a beautiful day here near the D, and we spent quite a bit of it outside. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends, we have had a great one.

Read Last Week:

So my husband did still work a bagillion hours last week, but by Thursday he was done, thank goodness. Yay!  Pretty soon we will all be back to our normal routines.

 

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangshot: This was a pretty entertaining read. Ingrid sure is quirky, with a crazy imagination! I feel inspired now though, to read Astrid Lindgren. 

Reading This Week:


I think. I have had this for at least a week and I haven't picked it up yet. And we are going to the library today. So I guess we will see what happens - I may find something else that strikes my fancy!

Watching:

The Durrells, The Handmaid's Tale (soo good!), iZombie, Twin Peaks, The Good Witch. 


How about all of you? What is happening with you?





Monday, May 8, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  

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Last week was rough. This week will be too- my poor husband had to work 15 hour days plus weekends, and that will be repeating itself for this week as well. We are all thrown off by the change in routine, schedules, and extra work for both of us, not to mention behind on other things. We must do a good job of working as a team most of the time, since things are all crazy and discombobulated. Wyatt is having a hard time adjusting to this too, not seeing his dad. Fingers crossed this is the last week, for the sanity of the guys in my life (and mine!) I am not finding much time to spend blogging though, or commenting. Hopefully next week I will be back full swing! I had a bunch of posts planned actually, for both of my blogs!



Read Last Week:

I actually read a lot, weirdly. Lots of early morning reading going on.


The Break Down by B.A. Paris

The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

O.M.G - both of these books. I loved them! Both were riveting, un-put-downable reads.

Reading this Week:

  

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter - I have no idea when I got this. I found it on my Kindle and started reading it after I finished the Break Down, since I was freaked out and it was bed time. Lol.

Strange the Dreamer - love this author

Watching:

Twin Peaks, a lot of HGTV since the hubs is working so much. So Lakefront Living, We Bought the Farm, Tiny House Living. I also started the Good Witch, and I love it! Another good one to watch while the hubs is not around. Thanks Stefanie for blogging about it!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

  

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Last week I was so busy! It's that time of year, I guess. It was book club week too! We had a blast, as always.

Read Last Week:


I meant to keep this my on the side read, but it took over. I just love it so much.

Reading this week:

 


I went to the library! Not sure what I'll start with, although money is on the cozy. This week is supposed to be cold and rainy, and that would be a good book to read during nap. And I know I'm weird, starting willy-nilly out of order. Lol.

Watching:

Riverdale, The Path, Bletchley Circle, 13 Reasons Why, iZombie. We only have one 13 Reason left; I can only watch one of those a night. We plan on starting a Twin Peaks rewatch, The Handmaid's Tale, and American Gods soon! I am so excited for Twin Peaks. I am such a fan!


So what about all of you? What have you all been up to this week?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

Last week flew by! We had a pretty good week, on the home front here. Today we are throwing a party for my mom's birthday - she is turning 70 this week! I spent much of last week gathering things together and ironing out last minute details with my sister-in-law and aunt. It's a small gathering but I think it will be really special. It's also why I am up early on a Sunday, typing up this post! I know I will be pretty busy the rest of the day, and wanted to get this finished while I could.

Read Last Week:


We Stood Upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson: I read this book before bed every night, a chapter here, a chapter there. It was a nice way to end the day. This book also had cool hand drawn maps by the author from his favorite parks, with little details thrown in, tips and info about coffee houses and people and whatnot. I am a map nerd so I am going to go back and really peruse those soon. Review soon.

The Ridge by John Rector:  This was a very fast read for me. It was pretty good, but felt a little underdone when it came to the characters, although, that might have been intentional, honestly, as the MC is isolated from her community, and therefore doesn't really know the other characters. It was good but I wouldn't say I completely loved it.

Still Reading:


Still reading about my rabbit friends on the Down.

Reading this Week:



Posted Last Week:





Watching:

Riverdale, The Path, Bletchley Circle, 13 Reasons Why, iZombie (yay!). We also found the show Powerless and we are in love with it! Just the right amount of cheeseball humor and it is so fun. Plus, Abed from Community is in it! 


So what about all of you? What have you all been up to this week?





Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Snapshot ~ April 22


This guy. My #cpwarrior. Stubborn, strong, determined, so loving. He turned two at the beginning of March; his actual due date was April 19th. This week on what would have been his actual 2nd birthday, he sat up all by himself for the first time. And hasn't stopped. He is so proud and so are we. He works so hard he should be proud. 😊 Love him more than anything.




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review: Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Title: Any Day Now
Author: Robyn Carr
Source: Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

The highly anticipated sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr's What We Find transports readers back to Sullivan's Crossing. The rustic campground at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails welcomes everyone—whether you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a whole new lease on life. It's a wonderful place where good people face their challenges with humor, strength and love.

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan's Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She's put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn't yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet.

Not wanting to burden or depend on anyone, Sierra is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head. Cal and Maggie welcome her into their busy lives and she quickly finds herself bonding with Sully, the quirky campground owner who is the father figure she's always wanted. But when her past catches up with her, it's a special man and an adorable puppy who give her the strength to face the truth and fight for a brighter future. In Sullivan's Crossing Sierra learns to cherish the family you are given and the family you choose.
 

My Thoughts:

I have to say, I have never read a Robyn Carr book before this one, and I am glad that I finally did. When I received the inquiry email, I fell in love with this cover, as well as the idea of a quirky campground owner and an adorable puppy. Those were the hooks for me apparently! I am glad that I followed my curiosity to this series set in the town of Sullivan's Crossing.

I loved the characters - Sierra in particular appealed to my bleeding heart for all underdogs. And when she finds her own underdog ~ heart melt. I found Sierra's journey to be very believable, and I commended her for realizing she had some issues that needed to be addressed, and addressing them. When the big looming "What If" that dangles over her is finally faced, you know that she is going to be ok. She has some serious demons in her closet, including a very dangerous one, a few plaguing huge questions as well as some hard trauma from her youth and even more recently, a new trauma to overcome. She is a determined and tough woman, knowing that her path is going to be one full of hard work, but she is unafraid to put in the time and do what she needs to do.  And of course, there is the matter of a certain fireman..

Overall, I love where she landed! The place, the people, the community- all were endearing to me, and I loved reading about them. I plan to read the first in this series very soon!