Archives for May 2017

Chrissy’s Review: Save the Date by Aven Ellis

Save the Date (Chicago on Ice #3)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
Of course I did! It’s an Aven Ellis book! Seriously, this author has yet to disappoint me.

Save the Date is another fun, sweet, romantic hockey romance. Collins Brady is an event planner who dreams of working with horses and riders. Luca Ballerini is the new Chicago Buffaloes goalie who has a work ethic many rookies do not possess. When they find each other, Collins and Luca are a great match. From the beginning, their chemistry was evident. Of course, there were some ups and downs, but their story will make you swoon.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.

If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.

While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.

Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.

But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?

Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

 

 

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Book Blogger Hop – May 26 – June 1, 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:

What is the most fun part/aspect of being a book blogger? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

I love discovering books and authors I may never have found if it hadn’t been for blogging. I love that I’ve met people (readers, bloggers, authors, all of you!) from around the world because of blogging.

 

Two things. 1: I absolutely LOVE my job, and I can do it from anywhere in the world (which, for me, mostly means in my living room in pj pants). 2: I adore ARC books, pre-publication review requests, and those awesome e-mails from the big publishing houses asking me to review their new releases. Also, I mean, one of my work tasks is to answer questions like this about myself. I’m a pseudo-celebrity! LOL . . . I guess that’s three things . . .

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell (Chrissy’s review)

 

It’s Always the Husband
written by Michele Campbell
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

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

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
It was a decent read.

(I’m not going to go into great detail in this review. If I do, I will likely give away parts of the story and possibly the outcome. I don’t want to do that. So, this review will be a bit vague.)

It’s Always the Husband kept me guessing from beginning to end. I didn’t particularly care for any of the characters. I really didn’t. But the story kept me reading. I had to know the ending. I had to. I wasn’t expecting the story to unfold the way it did.

 

 

Would I recommend it: Yes, if someone asked me about it first.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

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My Favorite . . . Thing About Spring — May 24, 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: Thing About Spring

 

I love when the weather gets warmer, but not hot. I love the spring rain showers and thunderstorms. But my favorite thing about spring is the flowers. My daffodils come up first, then the tulips, and then we get some hanging baskets of colorful flowers.

 

My daffodils starting to bloom.

 

One of many bunches of tulips in our front flower beds.

 

My Mother’s Day gift! I am in love with these colors!

 

Petrichor

 

What’s your favorite thing about spring?

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: More May Books and A Giveaway

 

Here are the last two fabulous boxes of books for May. In This Moment by Karma Brown is up next for me!

 

 
 

Woman No. 17
written by Edun Lepucki
published by Hogarth, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

 

 

Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3)
written by Kevin Kwan
published by Doubleday, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.

 

In This Moment
written by Karma Brown
published by Park Row Books, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: Bestselling author Karma Brown is back with a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman’s guilt over an unexpected—yet avoidable—tragedy.

Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she’s able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.

After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him.

Meg can’t help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy’s father, Andrew.

Soon Meg’s picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she’s been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?

Goodnight from London
written by Jennifer Robson
published by William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past.

In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it’s an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.

Although most of Ruby’s new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall.

As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.

Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.

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Boost It Tuesday! – May 23, 2017

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 Books.

 

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!

Boost It Poster

 

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!

 

 

This week’s featured author is Dawn Husted! Visit her Facebook page and give it an extra Boost! She is also hosting a giveaway! Enter here!

 

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!




       
 

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April 2017 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of April:

 

Lit-Cube

Uppercase

The Hogwarts journal is gorgeous!

 

Owl Crate

Owl Crate Jr. – This is a great box for my young readers. I’m reading the books, too. They are some great reads!

 

I’m looking forward to reading The Upside of Unrequited!

 

The Bookish Box

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry

FabFitFun

What do you think of April’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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Melissa’s Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit The Hobbit
written by J.R.R. Tolkien
published by Harper Collins, 2012

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
I’ve read it before and enjoyed it. This time my husband and I decided to introduce it to our 5-year-old via audiobook on a road trip. I have two comments about what I think everyone agrees is an excellent book:

1 – I always forget how FUNNY this book is. I can’t tell you how many times I giggled.

2 – It’s super cool to watch your son fall in love with the same books you love.

 

Would I recommend it: Of course!

 

Melissa


About the book – from Goodreads: 
This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further then the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag-End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

 

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Book Blogger Hop – May 19 – 25, 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:

What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I keep most of the books that I have read or might want to read or that I have bought and will read soon. If there is a book that I absolutely won’t want to read or that I really didn’t like, then I usually donate it to my hometown library for their used book sale.

I don’t understand the question. Who has books they don’t want?

 

What about you? Do you have books you don’t want? What do you do with them?

 

Chrissy’s Review: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can
written by Lauren Graham
published by Ballantine Books, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book? 
I did enjoy it. It was a great glimpse into Lauren Graham’s life and career.

I loved Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Those are two of my favorite television shows ever. Lauren Graham is a fantastic actress, and reading about her career and life was interesting. Some of the book read like Lorelai Gilmore; at least, that’s how I heard Ms. Graham’s voice in my head as I was reading it. I wish the sections about Gilmore Girls and Parenthood were longer. I guess on the whole I just wanted a bit more. But I’m happy with what I got, too. I need to read her novel, Someday, Someday, MaybeI have it . . . I just have to read it.

 

Would I recommend it? If you are a fan of Lauren Graham, then yes, I would recommend Ms. Graham’s book.

 

Have you read Talking As Fast As I Can? Are you a Gilmore Girls or Parenthood fan?

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

 

 

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