9 10, 2017

DNF Round Up

By | Monday, October 9, 2017|15 Comments

Well, its that time again. Time for me to tell you all about the books lately that didn’t make the cut. All of these books got DNF’d because I wasn’t enjoying the reading. It’s unfortunate, but it does happen. My apologies to the authors and publishers in advance.   DNF at 43% – […]

8 08, 2017

Review: HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Christopher Meades

By | Tuesday, August 8, 2017|4 Comments

Reading the synopsis of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY really peaked my interest. For some reason, I love reading about cults and this book was all about that. This story features a polygamic religious cult in a city called Clearhaven. The main theme of the story is fear. Hanna is the oldest in […]

2 06, 2017

Review: THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck

By | Friday, June 2, 2017|6 Comments

I have read so many moving stories about WWII. Most of the ones I have read have been from the holocaust survivors perspective. THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE is about the Germans who fought against Hitler both privately and publicly. This is also the story of people in places that believed in the […]

5 12, 2016

Review: COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett

By | Monday, December 5, 2016|5 Comments

Review: COMMONWEALTH by Ann PatchettCommonwealth by Ann Patchett
Published by HarperCollins on September 13th 2016
Pages: 230
Genres: Fiction, Family Life, Coming of Age, Literary
Also by this author: State of Wonder
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#1 New York Times Bestseller
The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.
Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

This story follows an epic family that has their story accidentally go public. COMMONWEALTH starts at the christening party for Franny. Bert invites himself to this party and kisses the mother, who is married to his cop colleague Fix. This act destroys two marriages but unites two families. Six kids grow up sharing […]

22 08, 2015

A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan

By | Saturday, August 22, 2015|5 Comments

A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan

A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth EganA Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Published by Simon & Schuster on August 25th 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary Women, Family Life
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From the beloved books editor at Glamour magazine comes a heartfelt and painfully funny debut about what happens when a wife and mother of three leaps at the chance to fulfill her professional destiny—only to learn every opportunity comes at a price.

In A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor, and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker, or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers—an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life—seems suddenly within reach.

Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and her work takes an unexpected turn. Fans of I Don’t Know How She Does It, Where’d You Go Bernadette, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she—Alice Pearse—really want?

This story brought me to tears. There is nothing in the synopsis that lead me to believe it would bring on the feels, but this story really spoke to me and made me cry big fat ugly tears. A Window Opens was such a nice surprise about career, child rearing, friendships, family ties, […]

19 08, 2015

VILLA AMERICA by Liza Klaussmann

By | Wednesday, August 19, 2015|4 Comments

VILLA AMERICA by Liza KlaussmannVilla America by Liza Klaussmann
August 4th 2015
Pages: 432
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Biographical, Family Life, Literary
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A dazzling novel set in the French Riviera based on the real-life inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is The Night.

When Sara Wiborg and Gerald Murphy met and married, they set forth to create a beautiful world together-one that they couldn't find within the confines of society life in New York City. They packed up their children and moved to the South of France, where they immediately fell in with a group of expats, including Hemingway, Picasso, and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.

On the coast of Antibes they built Villa America, a fragrant paradise where they invented summer on the Riviera for a group of bohemian artists and writers who became deeply entwined in each other's affairs. There, in their oasis by the sea, the Murphys regaled their guests and their children with flamboyant beach parties, fiery debates over the newest ideas, and dinners beneath the stars.

It was, for a while, a charmed life, but these were people who kept secrets, and who beneath the sparkling veneer were heartbreakingly human. When a tragic accident brings Owen, a young American aviator who fought in the Great War, to the south of France, he finds himself drawn into this flamboyant circle, and the Murphys find their world irrevocably, unexpectedly transformed.

A handsome, private man, Owen intrigues and unsettles the Murphys, testing the strength of their union and encouraging a hidden side of Gerald to emerge. Suddenly a life in which everything has been considered and exquisitely planned becomes volatile, its safeties breached, the stakes incalculably high. Nothing will remain as it once was.

Liza Klaussman expertly evokes the 1920s cultural scene of the so-called "Lost Generation." Ravishing and affecting, and written with infinite tenderness, VILLA AMERICA is at once the poignant story of a marriage and of a golden age that could not last.

Villa America is a book based on the real characters of Tender is the Night by Scott Fitzgerald. In fact, everyone in this book is based on actual history, except for the pilot Owen. I so wish I had known this before I picked it up. (yea, I just skimmed the summary before […]

8 08, 2015

THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES by Anna McPartlin

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THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES by Anna McPartlinThe Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on August 4th 2015
Pages: 368
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Family Life
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International Bestseller
Mia-"Rabbit"-Hayes knows that life is hard for everyone. And she knows that she's one of the lucky ones. She loves her life, ordinary as it is. And she loves the extraordinary people in it: her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colorful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. Rabbit has big ideas, full of music and love and so much life. She has plans for the world. But the world, it turns out, has other plans for Rabbit: a devastating diagnosis.

Rabbit is feisty. And with every ounce of love and strength in her, she promises that she will overcome. She will fight fight fight. She will be with those who love her for as long as she can, and she will live as long as she can with music and love and so much life. And as her friends and family rally round to celebrate Rabbit's last days, they look to her for strength, support, and her unyielding zest for life. Because she is Rabbit Hayes and she will live until she dies.

Well, I just finished this heartbreaking story. I have to say a book hasn’t affected me this deeply in a long while. The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes is so incredibly good. I am just going to gush about this book. Rabbit Hayes is dying. She has just been transferred to a hospice […]

13 07, 2015

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins ReidMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 7th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Romance, Contemporary, General, Thrillers, Suspense
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From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan. Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate? Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

Awwe! This story just made me so happy. I love the premise of Maybe in Another Life. I just want more books like this. I am so grateful to have read it, and so excited to tell you all about it! Hannah has no real direction in her life. At 29 she has […]

10 07, 2015

AMONG TEN THOUSAND THINGS by Julia Pierpont

By | Friday, July 10, 2015|3 Comments

AMONG TEN THOUSAND THINGS by Julia PierpontAmong the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont
Published by Random House on July 7th 2015
Pages: 336
Length: 18 hours and 12 minutes
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Coming of Age, Family Life
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For fans of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the Ten Thousand Things is a dazzling first novel, a portrait of an American family on the cusp of irrevocable change, and a startlingly original story of love and time lost.  

Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn't mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack's secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it's delivered into the wrong hands: her children's.
 
With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously into a grown-up world she can't possibly understand. Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life--their brittleness, and their resilience.

Among ten Thousand Things is a book about a modern family in crisis. It starts off really great but after section one my interest waned and I struggled to finish this book. With alternating POVs and a confusing timeline this book was a hard read. Deb was given a package meant for her […]

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