Sunday, May 22, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Busy week full of just life things - cooking, cleaning, playing, walks. We also babysat my niece for a few hours and had a blast with the two babies! It was lovely night out and we got to spend some time doing front porch sitting with them, one of my favorite warm weather pastimes. 

This is where the expression sleeping like a baby came from, I am sure of it. Not that 3 am wake up stuff, but this. Utter contentment.

Read Last Week;

I gave myself a break since school is out, and while Wyatt napped last week, I read. It was delicious. 


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I loved this book, it was such a fun retelling of Beauty and the Beast! And yay for me, the second in the series just came out. My hold better come in quickly!

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian: Another book I loved! This one kind of freaked me out but I couldn't put it down. I mean, I did but it was hard.

Reading This Week:


River Road by Carol Goodman: Goodman is one of my favorite authors - I am looking forward to this book!

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kristen Weiss: I picked this up on a whim at the library, since I am all about the mystery this year.


Game of Thrones (always a day late but we think this season is pretty awesome so far!) Supernatural, The Originals and are about to begin some of the shows we saved for summer

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

It's been a crazy two weeks! Finals, appointments, and then today was the grand finale, my son's baptism. He and my niece were both baptized today, and it was very nice. And we got to eat cake from two delicious cakes. Wyatt's was lemon custard and my niece's was strawberry lemon. Yum! It was such a weird Michigan day - sunny and bright and snowing. Wyatt slept through the entire ceremony. He was awake before, and awake after, but during..sound asleep! School's out, and I decided to take the summer semester off - I made Dean's List for getting a 4.0 both fall and winter semester so I am giving myself a break. Woohoo! I am looking forward to some quieter days and nights with my family, lots of walks and flowers and gardens and play dates and reading. 

Read Last Week and the Week Before:

Nightshift by Charlaine Harris: Another find at the library. I am not sure why I like this series so much, but I do! Lol. There is just something about it, about the characters that interests me. 

Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck: My friend Mary picked this for our book club book. A fun and quick light read - just what I needed this past week.

Riverbend Road by RaeAnne Thayne: I figured I was already on the romance train so why not stay on it? I am a fan of the Haven Point series - I like it because the town isn't perfect. At least not yet. It's a little down on its luck but getting better all the time.

Reading This Week:

I almost feel like I shouldn't post anything here! Every time I do, I deviate wildly. Especially since I am going to the library either tomorrow or Tuesday. So, I list these books as choices with the option to change my mind. Lol.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick


Game of Thrones! I also think we are going to catch up on some other shows - The 100, Outlander in particular. We saved some for the summer. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book Review: The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

Title: The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts
Author: Maja Safstrom
Source: Blogging for Books

Goodreads Summary:

An artfully playful collection of unexpected and remarkable facts about animals, illustrated by Swedish artist Maja Säfström. 

Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? Or that ostriches can't walk backward? These and many more fascinating and surprising facts about the animal kingdom (Bees never sleep! Starfish don't have brains!) are illustrated with whimsical detail in this charming collection.

My Thoughts:

This book was a delight!! I had a blast reading through all the facts and perusing the wonderful, quirky, fun illustrations. I also shared it with my husband and one year old son, and they both enjoyed it as well. I am guessing about my son's opinion, but based on his squeals and patting at the pictures he seemed to like it.

A few examples of what you may find between the pages:

This is a quick, short, little book to flip through and check out the accompanying illustrations. It was a cute way to learn some new trivia that I can amaze and astonish my friends with, including the fact that penguin poop in some parts of Antarctica can be be seen from space, or that swifts can fly nonstop for 6 months! This book will definitely boost your trivia knowledge, and keep you entertained. 

For more information or to see more of Safstrom's work, follow these links!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Title: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Author: Katarina Bivald
Source: Library, although I had previously had a review galley from NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory. 

All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

My thoughts:

It's been a while since I have loved a book this much, and I seriously loved this book. The author Katarina Bivald stated in an interview that she filled this book with all the things she likes to read about - "small American towns, quirky characters, people finding community and friendship in unlikely places, love, and of course, reading." It is almost like she went inside my head and pulled out all of my favorite things to read about as well. I crave that small town sense of community. I love quirky character driven books. And throw in the happiness of love, friendship, and of course, reading, and you have my version of the perfect book.

Sara lands in Iowa expecting to meet her pen pal and book friend Amy - only to find out that she is dead. Just died in fact. And instead of turning around and heading home, she is encouraged to stay in Amy's house and continue with her visit. And Sara, who has never had a real adventure outside of books, does indeed stay. The residents of the small Iowa town of Broken Wheel are just as curious and confused about Sara as she is about them. She at least has the advantage of prior knowledge of them all through Amy's letters, which were full of detail and love for the town and its inhabitants.

The town of Broken Wheel is not as vibrant in reality as Amy made it sound however. It is a town that has been limping along, one of those small towns we have all driven through in a blink, with boarded up buildings and one lone streetlight. Slowly but surely, Sara and the town find they have much to offer each other, and Sara does the one thing she is most sure of - she opens a bookstore.

Anyone who loves books will love this book~ you will see yourself in Sara and upon the shelves of the bookstore, you will find old friends. You can imagine walking through her bookstore, trailing your fingers over the spines, head cocked sideways like a little bird, flipping through pages, feeling covers, maybe even bringing the book up close to your face to breathe it in. Sara would approve of that, you know.

I loved reading about Sara and the town blossoming with the help of each other, their lives and futures expanding. I loved all the characters, the setting, the everything.

I did start reading this book months ago on my Kindle, and I just didn't like it. I mentioned this in a previous post, and someone commented that format does really make a difference, especially maybe when you are a reading a book about books, that you had better be reading a physical book. This makes sense. My entire opinion of this book changed just by reading it as physical book and not a digital one.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves what I love and what apparently Bivald loves as well - small towns, interesting characters, friendship, community, love, and finally, reading.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Finals week! A week left of classes, basically, then I am taking the summer off. I loved my archaeology class so much that I am taking two more in the fall, even though this is very impractical and has nothing to do with my degree. No matter though, I am doing it anyway! 

Read Last Week:

I didn't read either of my planned books because I went to the library and picked up one I couldn't put down. I was also all about the Swedish authors last week. Oo maybe this is what I can call a random swede about! Books!


The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald: I loved loved loved this book!!!! Interestingly, I started this a long time ago as an ebook from NetGalley, and I hated it! However, in actual physical book form, I couldn't stop reading. It is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. 

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts by Maja Safstrom: I got this from Blogging for Books and I really enjoyed it as well. Quick, interesting read with fun, quirky illustrations. 

Reading this Week:

If this comes in from the library, I am planning to read it. We shall see though, since I have not been good at keeping on plan. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I have heard good things about this - my husband listened to it and loved it!


Game of Thrones (yay!), The Ranch (finished it - we need more episodes!), Outsiders, and for class we watched the Nova episode The Ghosts of Machu Picchu and The History Channel's Digging for the Truth: Passage to the Maya Underworld. Both were excellent, although the History Channel piece was not very academically rooted. It was very entertaining, and there was some merit to it. You can watch the Machu Picchu show on Amazon and the Mayan show is on YouTube in three parts. 

So, what's been going on with you? 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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 

Busy week, and I honestly can't even tell you what we did. It was one of those weeks that was frittered away in small amounts, until it was gone. Not a bad week, just kind of a week, you know? 

Prince's death was such a sad shock. I had to introduce Wyatt to his music, especially my favorite "Little Red Corvette". Prince was such a huge part of my childhood, musicwise. It's hard to believe he is gone. 

I am finally after a year feeling easier about my leaving my son to go out for a few hours on date nights - his prematurity I think sent me into overprotective overdrive for a while. Last night my husband and I went to our favorite metropark, on a night bird walk and bonfire. It had been a warm but slightly brisk day, and neither of us dressed for how cold it became once the sun started to go down! We ended up staying to catch sight of the birds (American Woodcock) we had gone to hopefully see, then headed home. It was a fun night - we are obviously nerdy daters. This week we are going to the new penguin exhibit at the Detroit Zoo on a date. The new exhibit is the largest in the world, at 33,000 square feet and 326,000 gallons of water. The zoo is having special after hours members only evenings and so that is what we are going to do. Usually there are adult beverages at these special nighttime events, so a glass of wine would be nice too. Our dates are very bird-centric this month so far!

Read Last Week:

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler: I am so close to being done!! I am in love with this book so far, it is a really fun adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. 

I had no idea when I started this book last week, that last week was the week of Shakespeare's birthday! How appropriate, right? Goodreads had a weeklong celebration, and I saw so many online articles about the Bard, that I had to check them out. I will include the links to a few interesting ones at the end of my post!

Reading This Week:


Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

I won't get to both of these but it is one of these I will be reading.


The Originals, Supernatural, TVD, The Ranch with Sam Elliot, and Game of Thrones returns tonight! Woohoo!

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday Snapshot


This week was all about flowers and sunshine. I really love dandelions by the by. One afternoon I spent a few minutes just hanging on the porch step, and it was all sunshine and dandelions and my baby on my lap. It was a perfect moment. 

Linking up with Saturday Snapshot hosted by WestMetroMommyReads