Archives for April 2017

It’s Raining Books: The Absence of Evelyn by Jackie Townsend (spotlight, giveaway)

 

The Absence of EvelynThe Absence of Evelyn
written by Jackie Townsend
published by Sparkpress, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: Newly divorced Rhonda, haunted by her sister Evelyn’s ghost, travels to an old palazzo in Rome to confront Marco, the man who stole her sister’s heart–only to find out he’s vanished in the wake of Evelyn’s death. Meanwhile, Rhonda’s nineteen-year-old daughter Olivia, adopted by Rhonda at birth, travels to the mysterious and lush waters of northern Vietnam, where she’s been summoned by the missing Marco–a man she only knows from her parents’ whispers, a man she has never met or seen. Soon, truths are exposed and lives unraveled, and the real journey begins. Four lives in all, spanning three continents, are now bound together in an unfathomable way–and they tell a powerful story about love in all its incarnations, filial and amorous, healing and destructive.

AboJackie Townsendut the author: Jackie received her MBA from U.C. Berkeley and spent eight years on the fast track with a financial services consulting company before burning out. After coming to terms with what is important in life (being married to an Italian didn’t hurt!), she began writing and hasn’t stopped since.

A native of Southern California, she spends a lot of her time in places not her own. As the youngest of four children, she carries with her a strong sense of family to these places, often foreign, and writes about belonging (or not belonging), loss, and love. She lives in New York with her husband.

Find Ms. Townsend here: webblogFacebookTwitterGoodreads


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Book Blogger Hop – April 28 – May 4, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

How many books have you re-read? If you have re-read books, please tell us the book’s title and why you re-read it. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

 

I used to reread books ALL THE TIME! I can’t even count how many times I’ve read Pride & Prejudice, the Harry Potter series, and a few others. I used to read these at least once a year. It’s been a while since I revisited these favorites. I do miss them and I’m hoping to get to them this year. And there are quite a few books that I want to reread that I have only read once. I love to reread my favorites . . . it’s like visiting old friends. I love the new experience I have each time I read the books. I’m at a different place in my life each time, so I have a different perspective.

 

I try to reread Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson once a year, but other than that I don’t tend to repeat reads. There are so many books out there I’ll never get a chance to read–it’s got to be quite a book for me to read it again.

 

What about you? Do you reread books?

 

Jaclyn’s Review: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
written by Rhoda Janzen
published by Henry Holt and Co., 2009

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
I’ve actually never read a memoir before, so this was a new experience for me. Once I got past the fact that there really isn’t a plot, I found this book cute. I like the idea of simply peeking inside someone else’s life for a bit. You get to see the funny, the crazy, a little sad, and ALL the real! You can definitely tell that the writer has an English background (she’s a professor), because she uses a very broad vocabulary. Overall, this was a unique read for me and I’m glad the author shared a piece of her life with us.

 

Would I recommend it? If you want to read a memoir, this is worth the time. Since there was no plot, I never felt an overwhelming desire to pick this up and keep reading. I was never eager to see what happened next–something I need from a good book. If you’ve never read a memoir before either, I wonder if there is a better choice to introduce you to the genre. Overall, it was a good read, but I wouldn’t pick it up to reread.

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: A hilarious and moving memoir—in the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron—about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis.

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her with serious injuries. What was a gal to do? Rhoda packed her bags and went home. This wasn’t just any home, though. This was a Mennonite home. While Rhoda had long ventured out on her own spiritual path, the conservative community welcomed her back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda’s good-natured mother suggested she date her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.) It is in this safe place that Rhoda can come to terms with her failed marriage; her desire, as a young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind; and the choices that both freed and entrapped her.

Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

 

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Book Blogger Hop – April 21-27, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

21st – 27th – Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished the book? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

Hmm . . . I guess that depends on the quality of the book. I recently DNF’d a book because a human character plotted to rape an animal character (you can read my review of Theo and the Forbidden Language here). I don’t think you’ll find anyone who looks favorably on rape; it was simply the proverbial straw for me in this case. The book had a number of other issues that weren’t sitting well with me–both plot and prose wise.  So while I like to keep my mind open, I remind myself often: there are more books in the world than you will ever have time to read. Don’t keep reading something if it’s not entertaining you, no matter what the reason.

 

 

What do you think about this week’s question?

 

My Favorite . . . Romantic Movie — April 26, 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: Romantic Movie

 

Another tough one! If I were to only choose one, I would choose You’ve Got Mail.

 

 

Well, I mean, it’s Pride and Prejudice, but that’s technically a book, so . . .

 

 

Gone With the Wind (does that count??)

 

 

Boost It Tuesday! – April 25, 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.

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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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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?