Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Reading 2016


It's that time of year again, the kids are out of school, the library has started the summer reading program, and I'm ready to dive into some good reading this summer.  So far my summer reading has started off well with The Fixer by Joseph Finder.  I have borrowed a few books from the library that have been on my reading list for a long time.  Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore, Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende, The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian, 15th Affair by James Patterson, and Murder in Time by Julie McElwain, and Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  

I have a couple o books from NetGalley that I can't wait to read.  The most anticipated for me is First Comes Love by Emily Giffin, All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walter, and Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.  Results May Vary comes out in August and I will be participating in a blog tour for the book release in the middle of August.  

There are a few other books I have added to my TBR list that I hope to get to this summer or later this year:  Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam, Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman, Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, and Foreign Agent by Brad Thor.

So this is what I hope to read over the summer.  What is on your summer reading list?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Review--Sweet St. Louis by Omar Tyree

Sweet St. Louis by Omar Tyree
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Everyone, I believe, wants to find that special someone to settle down with and spend the rest of their lives together. Until we reach that point in our lives, we enjoy ourselves with whomever happens to be with us at that time. For Anthony "Ant" Poole and Sharron Francis, that time has finally come. Anthony delivers a line to Sharron as she is walking down the street. A line Anthony has been waiting to use on the right person. A line that Sharron can't seem to forget. But Sharron is very different from any other woman Anthony has ever been with. She challenges him in way he would never imagine. Anthony is also a bit different from men Sharron has known. While he may be a player, he has accepted her challenge head on.

It has been a long time since I have read a book by Omar Tyree. At least ten years or more. But I enjoyed this book. Since it was written in the 90's it took me back to my single days and the person I was at that time in my life. It made me feel a bit nostalgic. I can't wait to read more Omar Tyree and even re-read the books I read before Flyy Girl and A Do Right Man.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Review--One With You by Sylvia Day

One with You by Sylvia Day
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unfortunately, this is where the journey of Gideon and Eva Cross ends. For the past few years we have read about their short relationship. In this "episode"Eva and Gideon have finally worked out the kinks in their relationship. They have secretly gotten married without their family's knowledge and are in the process of planning a public ceremony and making sue that their marriage is as strong as it can be.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Crossfire series and I'm very sad to see it come to an end. I was so invested in the characters that after I was finished reading the book, I even dreamed about what would happen next. I want to thank Sylvia Day for allowing me the opportunity to catch a quick glimpse into the lives of Eva and Gideon. And it certainly was a quick glimpse, with the five differnt books spanning just a few months.

I look forward to the next book series that starts with the book So Close and this series will take place over a few years instead of months.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review--Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Me Before You is an intense story about Will Traynor, a quadriplegic who is not happy about the current status of his life; and Louisa "Lou" Clark, his caregiver, hired by Will's parents for a term of six months.

Louisa Clark had never had any caregiver experience before working with Will Traynor. She had spent the past six years of her life working in a cafe called The Buttered Bun. When the owner decides to retire to a happier place, Lou is without a job and prospects for find one are very low in the town she lives in.

Will Traynor lived his life almost opposite of Louisa. Grabbing life by the horns and trying a new adventure all the time. When Will is involved in a terrible accident that changes his life forever, nothing will stop him from making the one and only decision he is capable of handling on his own.

Me Before You is a story about love and the lengths we will go through to support the ones that we love. Before Will met Louisa, he spent his days inside his home or never venturing far from it for anything more than a doctor's appointment or a trip to the hospital. When Louisa entered his life, she showed him that being in a wheelchair didn't have to be the only thing that defined his life. He could still live the adventurous life he used to, just under different circumstances. Before Louisa met Will, she had never traveled far from their small town. Will showed her all that the world had to offer and that she was worthy enough and deserved to enjoy all that was out there.

This book has been the subject of controversy because of the act of assisted suicide. No one can ever understand another person's turmoil. We all know that is wrong to kill, including killing yourself. In my opinion, Will's life was immensely enriched when Louisa came into it and he had so much to live for. But I could never imagine what he went through mentally and I could never imagine wanting to kill myself.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and I look forward to finding out what happens next for Louisa Clark.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review--NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson

NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

NYPD Red is an elite squad of the New York City Police Department that deals with the wealthiest of the city. In this book, MacDonald and Jordan are investigating the murder of the chauffeur of one of the richest men in the city, Hunter Alden Jr. During the initial investigation, they also discover that Mr. Alden's son, Tripp is missing. The Alden's don't seem concerned and offer no assistance in finding their son or their driver's killer.

I have been reading James Patterson book for most of my life. Most of his books are a quick thrilling read and this was no exception. NYPD Red is a fairly new series for James Patterson, focusing on the Elite of New York City. With two detectives heading up this division, those needing the service are sure to get personal attention. Book three in this series focuses on the Alden family with the death of the family driver and the strange "disappearance" of their son. For detectives MacDonald and Jordan, this doesn't seem seem like a coincidence and in their investigation, they discover a lot of interesting facts and theories about this case. Determined to find the truth, they will stop at nothing until they do, even if that means upsetting the Elite Class they are assigned to protect. Another intriguing quick read from James Patterson.

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