WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

I finally got through The Girl on the Train! What did I think? Keep reading…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

What I’ve Read…

girl on the trainBlurb – EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I gave this three stars on Goodreads but couldn’t decide what to say about it. It was okay. Meh. It had some moments, but I figured out whodunit from the get go. I’m sure I’ll watch the movie and compare the two. What this book really taught me is that I need to like the main character to be able to enjoy the book. Rachel got a bit better near the end and I found myself enjoying it more, rather than feeling obligated to pick it up. I know most of the world loved this book, but I’m not one of them.

roman-crazyBlurb – Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

What I told Goodreads: “There is so much good about this book. It’s sweet, heart-warming, funny and makes you fall in love with Rome. But one little thing spoiled it for me. SPOILER SORRY* If you lost a baby like Avery did, it would affect you. You would talk about it. You would think about it every day, every time you saw children. Avery’s loss was only addressed once, and all too briefly. Alice Clayton (who I love) and Nina Bocci should have left this aspect out of the story if they were unable or unwilling to continue with it. Once I realized Avery could forget about such a thing, it ruined the story for me.
Also, Marcello was too perfect.”

It’s too bad when one little thing about a book can spoil it for you. But as a mother I couldn’t abide with Avery’s reaction – or non-reaction – to losing her child. Too bad. It still makes me want to wander around Rome, though. But not with a Marcello.

What I’ll Read Next…
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I love Jilly Cooper and I’ve already pre-ordered her latest. It’s out next week, so whatever I pick up after I finish with Finding Fraser will be short so I can start this as soon it’s delivered to my door.  Can’t wait!!

What about you? Are you reading anything good? Are you excited about a new release?

WWW What I’m Reading/ This Week in Books

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

A friend asked recently if, being a writer, that I felt reading was ever like doing homework. I told him no, because I rarely read in the same genre as I write. I obviously read in just about every genre, as shown once more by my WWW list!! Thriller, sci-fi, women’s fiction and New Adult. Not a chick lit in sight!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

girl on the trainIt’s been more than a year since the beautiful sunny weekend I first picked up Girl on a Train…and put it back down because it was too dark to read. Actually, it’s not because it was dark, it was because I found the main character to be so pathetic I couldn’t bear to read any more.

I decided to try again, because the movie is out and one of my friends absolutely raved about the book. So I picked it up again…and I’m still at the spot where I put it down the first place. What to do? Do I perverse with it or give it up for good? Help, please! What do you think?

 

When I got frustrated with Girl on a Train, I picked up this. It can’t be any different!

roman-crazyBlurb – Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

I really like Alice Clayton. She writes fun, sweet and sexy books. This one…it seems to be missing something. Possibly, in-depth conversations between the main character and everyone. If I ran to Rome after finding hubby cheating, I’d be talking about it. If I rain into ex-love while in Rome, I think I’d be wondering what he’s been up to with his life! But so far, it’s an easy read, kind of like one of those mindless, entertaining movies that you really enjoy watching until you get home and start picking holes in it! I suspect I will be picking holes in Roman Crazy when I’m finished!

What I Read…

life-debtI threw a Star Wars in. If you’re into the movie/books, you need to read this series because it’s what happens between movies 6 and 7. And Chuck Wendig is pretty good at delving into the Star Wars universe. Plus, Han Solo is in this one and I loove him!img_4788

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-hiveIt’s the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power…and how to get invited to lunch.

Beatrice — undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come.

Heather — desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong.

Georgie — desperate for a cigarette.

And Rachel — watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover taht the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.

THE HIVE is a wickedly funny and brilliantly observed story about female friendship, power plays, and the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of trying to do one’s part.

I liked this read – I really did. Loved the ending. But I found that the characters cut a little too close to home! I know a Bea, a Georgie and a Heather at my kids school and so reading a fictional account of what happens there was a bit scary! And I would have run her over a lot sooner! But a good read and thanks to Claire @Art and Soul for the recommendation!

 

eligibleBlurb – This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Loved it! One of my favourites for the year. Best retelling of Pride and Prejudice ever! Crumbling houses, spiders, transgenders, reality shows and Mr. Darcy – it’s got everything!!

What I’ll Read Next…

I’m going to try to get through Girl on a Train because that’s who I am. And then I’ll need something fun. I found this on Amazon and I’m looking forward to it!

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

What about you? What are you reading this week?

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

My ‘What I’m Reading List’ list is short and sweet this week. Maybe not that sweet, because I only give Empire of Storms 3.5 stars and include my criticisms of what should have been a kick-ass read. 🙁

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

eligibleI had a stack of magazines to read after Empire of Storms, so I took my time deciding on my next book to read.. A visit to the library helped, especially when I saw this sitting on the shelf. A modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Perfect! And I’m already in love with Mr. Bennett’s character!

Blurb –

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

My first impression is pretty favourable!!

What I’ve Read…

empire-of-stormsBlurb –

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My Goodreads review:

It started great, maybe because I was so excited to get into the world of Sarah Maas again. And she can write a good world! I’m giving this a 3.5 because while I did enjoy it, I have some criticisms.
1) There are A LOT of hook-ups and sexy bits for a YA book. I, myself, am not opposed, but I’m hesitating passing this on to my fourteen year old. Mothers, if you share books with your daughters, be warned.
2)Too much Rowan. No, I do not love him and Aelin – or ship him, if that’s how I’m supposed to say it. I liked Chaol. And he’s not in it, which upsets me as well.
3) Not enough Lysandra. Because she is cool! Loved her transformation in the last book, but she’s been dropped in this one, other than all the nifty animals she can change into. But Maas has continued on with the Manon transformation, giving her a more important role, which is good. I like the witch
4)It was long. I don’t think it needed to be that long. There’s a lot of descriptions of fire, of sexy bits, of Rowan’s ‘Aelin is everything to me’. In my opinion, all of those could have done with some editing. And the ending. Didn’t love the ending.

5) But what really disappointed me – I like Celaena better than Aelin. She loses her spark when she’s Aelin, which is ironic because she’s all about the fire as the queen!
This sounds like I’m being too critical of the book, and maybe I am, because I did enjoy it. But since I loved the last book, as well as the latest in her new series, A Court of Mist and Fury, I was expected to be WOWED! I was only wowed. But I’m still eagerly anticipating the next one

What I’ll Read Next…

One of these is up next

 

couple-next-door the-hive

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…What I’m Reading

Two New Favourites!

September is here and my reading has slowed since there are no beaches or docks in which to sit and enjoy. But there will always be books to read. This week, I have two new favourites on the list! And possibly a third!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

empire-of-stormsI was very excited to get this. Not going to comment yet, just want to go back and keep reading!

 

What I’ve Read…

secret kept

Blurb – It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island–over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.

Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.

I have copies of 2 other Tatiana de Rosnay’s books, on my TBR pile but have never read them so it seems ironic that my introduction to her stories is because a friend lent me her library book!

I’m glad she insisted I read it. Sarah’s Key will be moving to the top of my list now!

ready player one

Blurb – In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

This is so good!!!  I tried to explain the plot but I can’t even come close. I do have 2 good friends – both gamers – who I told must read this book! If you like sci-fi with tons of 80s references coming out of the wazoo, video games, and a sweet love story, this is the book for you! Again – so good! One of my new favourite books. Can’t wait for the movie!

 

it ends with usBlurb – Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


Colleen Hoover has been one of my favourite authors since I first discovered her, but It Ends With Us has a place on my list of favourite books of 2016. Deeply personal, heartbreaking at times – I don’t want to give details because it would spoil the experience. But – so good!!!

three sistersBlurb – When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.

United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

This one – not so good.

I admit I’m disappointed by this latest Philippa Gregory story. I had the impression it tells the tale of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, Queen Katherine and Mary, Queen of France, but primarily Margaret’s story. I don’t know much about Margaret who was married off to the King of Scotland and her fight to reclaim the country for her son after James’ death but after reading this, I have no interest to know more. Margaret is portrayed as a selfish, spoiled, envious shrew who is more concerned with reclaiming her vast wardrobe than her son’s inheritance. I’ve never called a character stupid so many times.It’s very frustrating when a character is so very blinded by the love/desire of a good man, especially to the point where it destroys lives and even a country.

I have most of Gregory’s books and have enjoyed them. But she seems to have been phoning it in ever since The White Princess. The Tudor family gives a wealth of characters and story ideas but someone should suggest to the best-selling author about the difference in showing and telling in her writing.

Truly-Madly-Guilty-by-Liane-MoriartyBlurb – Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

This started slow but about halfway through, I found I couldn’t put it down. The characters were wonderfully flawed but I was rooting for them to have a happy ending. I’ve been told some of Moriarty’s earlier books aren’t as engrossing as Big, Little Lies and My Husband’s Secret so maybe I’ll stick with reading every new book she comes out with!

What have you been reading lately? And do you have any new favourites?

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…What I’m Reading…

It’s been over a month since I’ve posted what I’m reading! I had no idea it had been so long. But I’ve got lots to report on, so keep reading!! I know I will be!! 

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Truly-Madly-Guilty-by-Liane-Moriarty

I loved Big Little Lies and My Husband’s Secret so much that I grabbed this one off the shelf as soon as it came out. At the drugstore, no less!  Unfortunately, it’s starting out a little slow, but I have hope things will pick up shortly.

 

 

 

 

What I’ve Read…

bloodline

Did the Star Wars thing again. As much as I loved the character of Rey in A Force Awakens, this book reminds me that the world of Star Wars already had a kick-ass female character in Princess Leia!

 

 

 

 

 

Aftermath-CoverAftermath wasn’t as good but I’m hopeful that the series might give some hints about where The Force Awakens is going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

cursed childI thought this deserved it’s own post. Get out what I thought about the new Harry Potter here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

creamAlice Clayton’s second in the Hudson Valley series is just as entertaining as the first. Both sweet and sexy, the only criticism I have is that at times there’s too much Natalie, the main character who has a personality as large as her chest measurements. Still, a fun read.

 

 

 

 

lady janeI didn’t know what to expect from this. I love historical romance and I’ve always been interested in the short and tragic reign of Jane Grey. Adding magic and an alternate reality to that story – well, why not?

I wish this is how Jane Grey’s story really turned out. And I loved the magical element. Verities and edians (humans who can transform into animals) instead of Catholics and Protestants made for a nice change as well. Kind Edward was a much more likable character than anything else I’ve read about him, Queen Mary was as bitchy as you’d imagine and Elizabeth was the perfect saviour of the realm. And Gifford Dudley was the perfect horse-husband as any girl would want.

Suspend your beliefs and forget what you’ve learned in history class. This is the history I want to read!

first comes loveI was once revered Emily Giffen as a chick-lit goddess. Something Borrowed was perfection, Something Blue, just as good. But then something happened and I fell out of love with her. Still good books but…I had been disappointed with the football book (can’t even remember the name) but when I came across her latest, I thought I’d give it a try.

It’s an okay read. But while I was reading, I found myself amazed at the similarities between First Comes Loves and my books! For example:

  • Coming Home – a tale of a complicated relationship between sisters and how they deal with loss
  • Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder – 2 main characters named Josie and Meredith
  • Unexpecting – the whole plot about a thirtysomething woman trying to have a baby with a friend

This is the blurb from First Comes Love

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
 
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
 
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
 
I’m sure it’s a coincidence but to have your plotlines and characters copied by a bestselling author is both disturbing and exhilarating! It’s like Emily Giffen read my books. And liked them!

If only she’d write a review…

What about you? Read any good books lately? I’ve got two more weeks at the cottage, so expect me to have another list next week! I’ve got the latest Philippa Gregory and Colleen Hoover books waiting for me!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Queen by rightBlurb – History remembers Cecily of York standing on the steps of the Market Cross at Ludlow, facing an attacking army while holding the hands of her two young sons. Queen by Right reveals how she came to step into her destiny, beginning with her marriage to Richard, duke of York, whom she meets when she is nine and he is thirteen. Raised together in her father’s household, they become a true love match and together face personal tragedies, pivotal events of history, and deadly political intrigue. All of England knows that Richard has a clear claim to the throne, and when King Henry VI becomes unfit to rule, Cecily must put aside her hopes and fears and help her husband decide what is right for their family and their country. Queen by Right marks Anne Easter Smith’s greatest achievement, a book that every fan of sweeping, exquisitely detailed historical fiction will devour.

After reading YA, I find I need to get back into an ‘adult’ novel and historical fiction in one of my favourites. I’ve never read Anne Easter Smith, although I have 2 of her books on my shelf! Seemed a good time to give it a try and I’m glad I did. I’m already entralled by the character of little Cecily.

What I Finished Reading…

independent study graduation dayBlurb – In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can’t do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves – and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Mmmm…amazing premise. There were a lot of similarities to Hunger Games. But mmm…

Didn’t do it for me. The first book in the trilogy was the best and by the end of the third I found myself skimming too much text to be enjoyable. The characters were two-dimensional, the writing was passive and all tell, no show. Lots of potential, but not for me. Too bad. 🙁

What I’ll Read Next…

IMG_4395Good question. I started a summer reading list so lots of choices. I’ve added the new Emily Giffin book to it already!! Any suggestions from my list or one of your own?

 

 

 

 

 

What I’ve Been Watching…

Finding-Dory-Disney-pixar-2016We went to see Finding Dory with the kids a couple of weeks ago. It was as good as I hoped. My eldest daughter has been in love with Dory since Finding Nemo and even though she didn’t want to bring all of her seventeen stuffed Dory’s to the theatre (she’s 14 now, so what do you expect?) she loved it.

GOT_Hall_of_Faces_S6_Poster_02I’m a little slow, but I’ve finally finished Season Six of Game of Thrones. The only reason I mention this here is because I was so impressed by the transformation of the female characters on the show. Finally, the women are taking control and I love it! Especially Sansa, changing from one of the weakest and most annoying characters on the show to one of the most powerful, finally taking control of her own destiny. I can’t wait until Season Seven!

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

independent studyBlurb – In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. InIndependent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

I’m not sure what to say about this series. On one hand, I don’t think this is the best YA dystopian series out there. Hunger Games and even Divergent was so much better. The Testing series has wooden writing, two-dimensional characters and a lack-luster romance going for it. But…

It’s one of the most ADDICTING books I’ve ever read!!! I seriously can’t put it down and I don’t know why!! I’ll be finished the series by the weekend

What I Finished Reading…

the testingBlurb – Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one and the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

I don’t even know if I like Cia! She’s smart and feisty but kind of monotone for a character. Give me some emotions! Maybe that’s what I’m waiting for. I could not stop reading it!

Court of mist and FuryOr maybe I don’t think the Testing was very good because this was awesome!  I don’t give many 5 star reviews on Goodreads, but this was one of them.

I didn’t love A Court of Thorn and Roses and because of that I almost didn’t pick up the second book in the series, but I’m so glad I did. ACOMAF is so much better than the first book, mainly because Feyre develops the personality that was sorely lacking for most of the first book. And there was a lot less of Tamlin, who I compare to Edward from Twilight. If you like the romantic, possessive brooding types, he’s your guy. If you’re like me, Rhys is the better bet for Feyre. And for me – I think I’ll make him one of my new favourite book boyfriends!!

Finishing it was bittersweet because now I have to wait so long for the next one. Write faster, please, Sarah J.!

What I’ll Read Next…

graduation day Has to be done. I have to finish the series. I’ve put together my summer reading list so check back on Friday for that.

 

What about you? What are you reading? And what are your reading plans for the summer?

If you’re looking for new beach reads, check out my Canada Day sale! Two of my books are free on ebook until July 4th and 2 are only 99 cents!!!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Court of mist and Fury Ok…I have to admit I didn’t love the first book in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre didn’t do anything for me and Tamlin…eh. The book got better Under the Mountain (love how she capitalizes that!) and because of that, and how amazing Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass series is, I gave this one a try.

Thank God I did!

So good! It’s sucked me right in, so much that I brought it to my son’s baseball game last night and was reading it between innings! (Trust me, I don’t read at games – I’m one of those moms jumping up and down, cheering them on) Normally, I don’t have much success with second books in a series, but for me, this one is better than the first. And that’s because of Rhysand! Tamlin is too Edward-ish for me (as in Edward Cullen, Twilight series) so Feyre is so much more likable with Rhys and his court. I hope she stays. I hope the book stays this good, or gets even better.

I have to go read another chapter now

What I’ve Read…

tangledBlurb – Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

This was an adorable read. The story is from Drew’s POV and really, he’s a bit of an arrogant ass, but so lovable. And even with his somewhat sexist comments and idiot decisions, you really want him to work things out with Kate. I heard good things about Emma Chase and I enjoyed Tangled so much, I’ll try her other books.


wolf by wolfBlurb – The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

This was really good. There could be more to Yael to make her more likable but the plot, the setting, the alternate history was great. I’d say more about it but really want to go and read more of Court of Mist and Fury!

What I’ll Read Next…

No idea. ACoMF is huge! But I’ll be spending lots of time at baseball diamond this weekend so hopefully I’ll get lots of reading done between games!

What about you? What’s keeping you up at night?

 

 

WWW Wednesday…What I’m Reading…

What I’m Reading…

It’s been a very busy month so I haven’t posted as often as I would have liked to. Also, I haven’t read as many books as I wanted to! But here’s my list for this week. It includes Star Wars, Boy Bands, Paris Bookshops and Percy Jackson.

Happy Reading!

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Heir_to_the_Jedi

I went to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of the music of John Williams last week which included music from the Star Wars movies. This prompted me to pick this up. I’ve read tons of the Star Wars novels but not any in the last few years. I got this in the hopes it gives some clues to who Rey’s family is! I’ll let you know if I figure it out!

 

 

 

 

What I Read…

kill bandBlurb – Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened next.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.”

There is a lot of love for this book…and a lot of dislike, just like boy bands. I enjoyed it, even though I couldn’t relate as well as fangirls of boy bands might. I’ve had my loves and obsessions but never, ever have I dreamed of going as far as these girls did! This book had the potential to go over the top, but the author reined things in nicely.Each situation was more implausible than the last one, but seemed totally possible. The characters were interesting and diverse, with the layers unfolding with perfect timing. And I loved the 80s movies references!

paris bookshopBlurb – “There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

This was a perfectly enjoyable book that made me want to travel the rivers of France! The characters were lovely, settings were incredible and the book references were fun and interesting. The only problem I have was that it took Perdu over 20 years to get over a lost love. It’s too bad he wasted all that time but he was a much more interesting character once he began to find himself. It’s a sweet book.

Rick-Riordan-The-Hidden-Oracle1Blurb – How do you punish an immortal? By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

I loved reading the Percy Jackson series with my kids. But I need to read the Heroes of Olympus series to better understand who’s who in this book. Lots of new characters! Mortal Apollo starts off as irritating but soon begins to grow on me.

What I’ll Read Next…

wolf by wolf appassionata-jilly-cooper-book-cover-art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about you? What’s in your list this week?

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…What I’m Reading

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

kill bandBlurb – Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened next.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.”

I’m not sure what to expect of this book, but I think I’m going to like it!

What I Finished Reading…

kings's mrsBlurb – Set against the volatile backdrop of the English Civil War, dive into this enthralling tale of danger, bravery, and a woman who would do anything for the man she loved.

It’s 1651 and Jane Lane leads a privileged life inside the walls of her family’s home. At 25 years old, her parents are keen to see her settled, but Jane dreams of a union that goes beyond the advantageous match her father desires.

Her quiet world is shattered when Royalists, fighting to restore the crown to King Charles II, arrive at their door, imploring Jane and her family for help. They have been hiding the king, but Cromwell’s forces are close behind them, baying for Charles’ blood — and the blood of anyone who seeks to help him. Putting herself in mortal danger, Jane must help the king escape to safety by disguising him as her manservant.

With the shadow of the gallows dogging their every step, Jane finds herself falling in love…

I’m torn.

Things I liked about this book: pretty much everything. It was interesting to learn more about King Charles and the Restoration and the nine years Jane spent exiled from England moved pretty quickly.

Things I didn’t like: Jane. Or at least I didn’t like how such an intelligent, brave woman let herself be strung along by the King of England for nine years! I mean – come on! She knew he could never marry her, but still kept hope that he may love her for eternity. Of course he loved her – her, as well as the majority of the woman he came across in his life! Talk about a player. Yes, he was the King but still! Don’t be so stupid, Jane!

I also didn’t like how everyone’s name was Elizabeth or Mary or Catherine or William or John or Harry. Yes, I know that’s how it was back then, but it does make for a bit of a confusion when the cast of characters is so long!  🙂 I was so happy that there was a Rupert, if only for something different.

All told, it was a pretty good book. Not sure if I need to search out more by that author, though. We shall see. And as for my surprise for a certain scene early in the book – the other ‘romantic’ bits were pretty tame!

 

What I’ll Read Next…

I don’t usually plan out my next book, let alone my next too, but I know these two books are the next to read on my list…

paris bookshop“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

and then

morning starDarrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.

So that’s my list for the week. How about you? What are you reading?