Sunday, July 19, 2015

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

 

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Summer is sure flying by this year!! We had our first real, officially hot summer weather this weekend. I am not a super fan of hot weather, but it was nice to have something other than rain! I have been dreaming about going up north for weeks now ~ it is not going to happen this year, but I already have a trip planned for next year! 

Read Last Week:

Unfortunately, my homework schedule was killer last week so I didn't get much time to pleasure read. This 7 week class is kind of kicking my butt with its workload! I guess the good thing is that it is almost over! I am actually really enjoying my Astronomy class; it is for non-math majors which makes it pretty fun, no crazy math equations for me!

Reading This Week:

A mixture of these two. 

  

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews: I love this author ~ her books are definitely feel-good books for me. The last two books I read were kind of dark and gritty, so it is nice to have something lighthearted. 

The Library at Mount Char: One of these days, I promise I will read all of it. I am just reading it slowly. Lol. 

Posted Last Week:



Watching:

Astronauts Wives Club and Wayward Pines are still at the top of our list. We also watched Secrets and Lies, Broadchurch and The Island on Hulu ~ loved them all! We ended up cutting our cable cord a few weeks ago, and after some adjustment, we don't seem to miss it!

In Other News:

One of my best friends wrote a book!It is called Screw Up and is an erotic novel. I say novel because it is not your run of the mill smut book. It actually has a deeper plot, and the main character is a take no prisoners independent woman. The writing is very well done and the book itself is clever, witty and laugh out loud funny at times! I am super proud of her - I know how much blood, sweat, and tears she put into the writing of this book. 

How about you? What have you been up to?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A few quick book reviews on a hot day

So, when I read the first book in this series, I wasn't sold on it. I had felt like I had burned by this author with the Southern Vampire Series, which I loved at first then watched it wither and die on the vine, at least in my opinion. This series sounded intriguing though, so I gave it a whirl. The first book wasn't great, but it was good enough that I wanted to give it a second chance with Day Shift. And I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book! The characters that felt incomplete last time were more focused, as was the story line. It was also riveting enough that I didn't really want to set it down, I just wanted to read and read it, always a good sign! I loved the characters this time around, and actually can't wait for the next book in the series, Night Shift.






I chose this book because I love this cover. I have spent many summer vacations in northern Michigan, and the scene and setting is much like this one, bringing back good memories. The story itself was easy and fun, although the main character and her son were dealing with some serious pain. The characters are interesting, and I cared about their future. It is a light read, one to breeze through while frittering away some time in the summer sunshine, on a deck or a porch or a beach by the lake or an ocean, with a cool drink nearby.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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

 

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I hope everyone in the U.S. had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! We had a great time with family. If you want, you can read about our weekend here

Wyatt's bruiser look - headed to the street fair. 

I have also added returning to college to my schedule for the summer. I am enjoying my classes, particularly astronomy, but wow school is much harder with a baby! Lol. 

Finished Reading:

 

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens: A few of Stevens' more recent books have fallen flat for me, but this one was back to her old standards. I couldn't put it down!

Reading This Week:

  

Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts: So far, I love it!

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins: I meant to read this last week, but then Those Girls fell into my lap and I was obsessed. 

Watching:

We just watched The Island on Hulu - it was so good!  We also just watched Secrets and Lies- also very good. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway! Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: Redemption Bay
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it's never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family's factory, leaving the town's economy in shambles. Now he's back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point's sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice. 

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it's least expected.

My Thoughts:



I loved this book! It is the perfect summer read, one to daydream by as you sit on a beach, a plane, or even just your couch while holding your new baby. (like me) I enjoyed Snow Angel Cove, but I liked this one even more! 

McKenzie Shaw and Ben Kilpatrick are interesting characters with a lot of backstory~ I can tell that Ms. Thayne enjoyed writing them, and imagining their world and their history, it was so detailed. McKenzie's father was married when he met her mother, and a weekend tryst resulted in McKenzie's existence. Her mother then died when she was a girl, and she was sent to live with the father she had never met, his wife, and her half-sister. She was accepted whole-heartedly by her father and sister, but there was tension between McKenzie and her stepmother. McKenzie even had to change her name, from Xochilt to McKenzie! I think that would be very traumatic for a child, who had already lost her home and her mother ~ it would be like losing the rest of your identity. But McKenzie flourished and adapted, and became a beloved member of the community, opening her own gift and flower shop in the small town of Haven Point, and later even becoming the Mayor!  

Ben is from an old family of Haven Point, almost like nobility ~ that is, until he shut down the boat works, and putting most of the town out of jobs, and according to most townspeople, letting Haven's Point go downhill. His childhood wasn't great either; an emotionally abusive father, a sister who died from cystic fibrosis. It seems he put Haven Point in his rear view and never looked back - until now. Employed by Aidan Caine from Snow Angel Cove, Ben is in charge of scouting a new location for their company, Caine Tech. Haven Point is on the list of possibilities, but Ben doesn't feel it is the right choice. When McKenzie hears about this possibility, she pulls out all the stops in trying to get Ben to choose Haven Point and revitalize the town. 

The setting is gorgeous, a lake mountain town around the fourth of July, it just sounds so small town idyllic! I am infatuated with the small town setting, and this book definitely feeds that infatuation. The romance is adorable, and the story even has dogs! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was fun, perfectly seasonal, and took me away on a great trip, far from my living room in Michigan. 

The Giveaway! 



Thanks to Little Bird Publicity, I am able to offer readers in the US a chance to win this fun summer read! To enter:


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

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

 

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The best laid plans and all that...our internet has been sketchy the past week, but should be put to rights tomorrow. I am using my phone right now as a hotspot for my laptop! I am so behind on reviews and as soon as I am reconnected to the internet I will be back posting away!

Read Last Week:

  

Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne: Fun and enjoyable summer read! I will be hosting a giveaway for a free copy of this book on July 1st! Please come back to check out my review and for a chance to enter!

Wide-Open World by John Marshall: I loved this book! I found it is so inspiring and now, I am planning future voluntourism trips for our little family. It will be some ways off, but I am a bit of a dreamer so it works out.


Reading This Week:


The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins: From NetGalley. Sounds pretty intense!

Received in the mail:


I won this awesome bag and adorable children's book by Stephanie M. Ward, Wally the Warm Weather Penguin, in a giveaway from Teddyree! I love them both ~ I read the book to Wyatt, who just kind of flailed his arms about but I am taking that to mean that he enjoyed it too. It is a great addition to his growing library! Thanks Teddyree!

Watching:

Still watching Wayward Pines and Aquarius, and we have added The Astronauts Wives Club to the list as well. I love everything about it, but especially how visually appealing it is, all 1960s mod. I will definitely be requesting the book from the library!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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

 

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day!

We went on our first family adventure outing yesterday to celebrate Father's Day a little early. We went to Belle Isle in Detroit, and bumbled around checking stuff out with the little guy. The Detroit Boat Club was open to the public. This building was so cool! It has been around since 1839 and has a long and varied history. It is in need of serious repairs but you can still see its beauty in its bones. I hope to get back there soon with my camera! We also stopped into the Nature Zoo. One of the showcases had a few stacks of books of recommended reading, so I had to grab a photo of them, to add a few to my TBR. Lol.



The husband and I also went on our first date since having Wyatt! We went to see Jurassic World, which was amazing!! Interestingly, the very first date we ever went on was to see Jurassic Park!


Read Last Week:


Day Shift by Charlaine Harris: I didn't love the first book in this series, but gave it another chance. I am glad I did, because I really enjoyed this book!

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen: This was a reread for me. I picked it for book club, and I loved it just as much the second time around.

Reading This Week:

  

Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne: I am participating in the blog tour for this book! Be sure to check back July 1st for my review and your chance to win a free copy!

Watching:

We have been watching Aquarius, Wayward Pines, and Game of Thrones. Holy moly, the last few episodes!!! Some scenes required me to close my eyes and cover my ears even!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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

 

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Last Sunday I was busy with the baby shower for my sister-in-law! It was such a bright and cheery day, and I loved the pre-celebration before my niece gets here! I can't wait to meet her. She and Wyatt will only be a few months apart! 

In Wyatt news, my little 2 lb 15 oz preemie has made it to 9 lbs, and he is 20 3/4 inches long! He seems so big now! He is doing so well that we no longer have to wake him at night to feed him, and can let him feed on demand overnight. We are able to get some semi-decent sleep finally! Hallelujah!

It's been so humid and rainy around here that my yard looks like a jungle! I haven't had time to do any gardening this year, but I do hope to at least plant some flowers in front soon. Our apple tree is covered in little apples as well- it is so heavily laden that some of the branches almost touch the ground. 

Read Last Week:

 

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking: I enjoyed this second book in the Kanin Chronicles!

Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear: This was an enjoyable, light read for summer. I plan on reading the second one in the series soon. 

Reading This Week:

  

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen: My book club pick for the month.

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris: So far it's interesting!

Watching Right Now:

We are watching Aquarius, which is awesome, Wandering Pines which is riveting, and Orange is the New Black, which is so far ok. Lol. We are also watching So You Think Can Dance, always a summer fave of ours!

Reviewed Last Week: