Archives for April 2017

It’s Raining Books: The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey (Chrissy’s review)

 

The Saturday Evening Girls Club
written by Jane Healey
published by Lake Union Publishing, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did enjoy this book. It was a good, fast read.

I like reading this type of historical novel. It’s a more recent era, one that I would like to read more books about. It was fun reading about Caprice, Ada, Maria, and Thea. They were the best of friends and had very different struggles. It was a different time and culture in the early 1900s, but it was an interesting one. Watching these young women figure out their futures was amazing. They each had expectations placed upon them, but they each had a different idea of where they thought their lives should go.

I read the author’s note at the end and learned that this story is based on a real Saturday Evening Girls Club and the women in it. That fascinated me and made the story all the more real.

 

Would I recommend it: I would. If you like easy, historical reads, this is a good one.

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
For four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn’t come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives—and hope for a better future.

Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition.

The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they’ll draw strength—and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.

 

 

 

About the author: Jane Healey was inspired to write The Saturday Evening Girls Club after learning of the group’s history while researching an article on their namesake pottery, also known as Paul Revere Pottery. She became fascinated by the relatively unknown stories of these smart, sassy, enterprising young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End at the turn of the twentieth century.

In addition to being a fiction writer, Jane is a freelance journalist and consultant. Her publishing credits include the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, AOL/Huffington Post, the Street, Publishers Weekly, and New England Home.

Jane holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree from Northeastern University. She shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. When she’s not writing, she enjoys running, reading, and cooking.

Find Ms. Healey here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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March 2017 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of March:

 

Lit-Cube

Stars Hollow Monthly – I love these wine glasses!

 

Uppercase

 

Owl Crate

 

Owl Crate

 

This is the Owl Crate Jr. box. I love this box for my young reader!

The Bookish Box

 

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry

Erin Condren Seasonal Box

This is a really fun box if you love planner accessories and Erin Condren stuff! I love the art print and hardbound notebook I received in this box.

 

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

 

Chrissy

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody
written by Anna Kendrick
published by Touchstone Books, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads


Did I enjoy this book? 
I really did enjoy this book!

I didn’t know much about Ms. Kendrick beyond Twilight and Pitch Perfect–her other films, her stage performances, her Tony nomination–so this book was a great glimpse into her history and life.

If you have ever seen an interview or television appearance of Ms. Kendrick, you will definitely hear her voice throughout this book. I could hear her telling me these stories as I read. I definitely laughed a lot while reading this book.

 

Would I recommend it? Yes! If you are a fan of Ms. Kendrick, then you should definitely read this autobiography!

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Place to Read — April 19, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Place to Read

 

I love to read anywhere. My favorite places are in the bath tub–a bubble bath, a glass of wine, and a good book make for a relaxing evening. During the day, my favorite place is on our patio. The kids can play in the yard and I can sit in the shade and read. When we go to the beach for vacation, I love reading on the deck and on the beach. See . . . I love to read anywhere!

 

 

Curled up under at least three covers with a cup of tea.

 

 

EVERYWHERE!

 

 

Where is your favorite place to read?

 

It’s Raining Books: A Ring of Truth by Michelle Cox (spotlight, giveaway)

 

 

A Ring of Truth (A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel, #2)A Ring of Truth
written by Michelle Cox
published by She Writes Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazon, iBooksBook Depository, TargetGoodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Newly engaged, Clive and Henrietta now begin the difficult task of meeting each other’s family. Difficult because Clive has neglected to tell Henrietta that he is in fact the heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta has just discovered that her mother has been hiding secrets about her past as well. When Clive brings Henrietta to the family estate to meet his parents, they are less than enthused about his impoverished intended. Left alone in this extravagant new world when Clive returns to the city, Henrietta finds herself more at home with the servants than his family, much to the disapproval of Mrs. Howard and soon gets caught up in the disappearance of an elderly servant’s ring, not realizing that in doing so she has become part of a bigger, darker plot. As Clive and Henrietta attempt to discover the truth in the two very different worlds unraveling around them, they both begin to wonder: Are they meant for each other after all?

 

 

 

Michelle CoxAbout the author: Michelle Cox holds a B.A. in English literature from Mundelein College, Chicago, and is the author of the award-winning, A Girl Like You, the first in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. She is known for her wildly popular blog, “How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps—A Practical Guide” as well as her charming “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Michelle lives with her husband and three children in the Chicago suburbs.

Find Ms. Cox here: webblog, FacebookTwitter, Goodreads

 

 

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Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop 2017

 

 

 

I’m excited to participate in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds!

 

I’m giving away a $15 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (US) or $15 in books from Book Depository (INT).

 


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Don’t forget to hop along to the other blogs!




My Favorite . . . Historical Romance Novel — April 12, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Historical Romance Novel

 

Outlander

 

 

What about you? Do you have a favorite historical romance novel?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – April 11, 2017

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

Click Here to Sign Up to Be a Featured Booster!

 

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!




If These Books Could Talk,

 

    if these books could talk   Between My Lines
 

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Winter Reading Challenge: It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany (Chrissy’s review)

 

It Happens All the TimeIt Happens All the Time
written by Amy Hatvany
published by Atria Books, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, TargetBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy it, as much as you can enjoy a book about this topic. I read it every free chance I had. The story flows, but it does jump around a bit. However, the story moved. I probably could have read it in a day.

What I did I like the most? Hearing both sides of the story. It Happens All The Time is told from two perspectives: Amber’s and Tyler’s. We learn how they met, became friends, moved on, and shared one night that changed their relationship. Each character tells their story in their own voice.

 

Would I recommend it: Sure! But be aware of the subject.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times betselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.

I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.

Amy HatvanyAbout the author: Amy Hatvany was born in Seattle, WA in 1972, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on writing books.

The literary gods took kindly to her aspirations and THE KIND OF LOVE THAT SAVES YOU was published in 2000 by Bantam Doubleday. THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS was picked up by NAL in 2002. (Both titles published under “Yurk.”)

Amy spends most of her time today with her second and final husband, Stephan. (Seriously, if this one doesn’t work out, she’s done.) She stays busy with her two children, Scarlett and Miles, and her “bonus child,” Anna. Their blended family also includes two four-legged hairy children, commonly known as Black Lab mutts, Kenda and Dolcé. When Amy’s not with friends or family, she is most likely reading, cooking or zoning out on certain reality television shows. Top Chef is a current favorite. She eagerly awaits auditions for the cast of “Top Author.” (“Quick Edit” instead of “Quick Fire” Challenge? C’mon, producers! That’s gripping television!)

Find Ms. Hatvany here: web, FacebookTwitter, Goodreads

 

 

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It’s Raining Books: Jumping Over Shadows by Annette Gendler (spotlight)

 

Jumping Over Shadows: A MemoirJumping Over Shadows
written by Annette Gendler
published by expected publication April 2017, She Writes Press

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooks, TargetBook Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: History was repeating itself when Annette Gendler fell in love with a Jewish man in Germany in 1985. Her Great-Aunt Resi had been married to a Jew in Czechoslovakia before World War II–a marriage that, while happy, created tremendous difficulties for the extended family once the Nazis took over their hometown in 1938, and ultimately did not survive the pressures of the time. Annette and Harry’s love, meanwhile, was the ultimate nightmare for Harry’s family of Holocaust survivors.
Weighed down by the burdens of their family histories, Annette and Harry kept their relationship secret for three years, until they could forge a path into the future and create a new life in Chicago. As time went on, however, Annette found a spiritual home in Judaism–a choice that paved the way toward acceptance by Harry’s family, and redemption for some of the wounds of her own family’s past.

 

 

Annette GendlerAbout the author: I am a writer, photographer and blogger. I write literary nonfiction and focus on the photography of place. In 2014-15 I had the privilege of serving as writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois.

My memoir Jumping Over Shadows, the story of a German-Jewish love that overcame the baggage of the past, is forthcoming in spring 2017 from She Writes Press. One essay excerpted from the manuscript, ‘Thrown Out’ of the Family Home, was published in the Wall Street Journal; another, Giving Up Christmas, was published in Tablet Magazine.

My essays have appeared in many literary journals, and links can be found under Writing. I regularly write for the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Jewish Book Council. My photography has been featured in Bella Grace Magazine and is forthcoming in the November 2016 issue of Artful Blogging.

I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. After 15 years of working in consulting, I left the corporate world a few years ago. I teach memoir writing at StoryStudio Chicago and handle communications for my children’s former school. I live in Chicago with my husband and three children.

Find Ms. Gendler here: web, blogGoodreads, Facebook, Twitter

 

 

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