Monday, March 5, 2018

It's (Mailbox) Monday, What are you Reading? (03/05/17)

It's (Mailbox) Monday, What are you Reading? (March 5th edition)

I'm joining in for Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are you Reading this week!  Thanks to Mailbox Monday and The Book Date for hosting! 

Mailbox Monday-
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman-  This is a YA novel that will be released on March 27th.  I received an ARC through the BookishFirst program which I am glad to be a part of, I have gotten numerous good books.

Currently Reading-

Woman Last Seen in her Thirties  I love Camile Pagan and this book is a quick but enjoyable read. I'm 75% finished.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones-  I just started this Audiobook and hope it lives up to the reviews I have read from fellow bloggers!  I don't always love Oprah's picks, but some I have enjoyed!

Recently Finished:
 Educated:My 5 Star review here

Up Next:

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova- I love this author. A NetGalley book that will be released March 20th.

I hope your first full week of March feels like spring! Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Educated- Nonfiction Mini-Review

Educated by Tara Westover

5 Full Stars!  I loved this book.  There are so many layers to what this book is about.  For me it had an interesting story of the authors insane childhood in Idaho. I know they are true stories, but it seems unbelievable with the families views on "homeschooling" and doctors.  Then I reflected on the importance of education, she was successful without having any college readiness but still was very naive when she first left home. Her success is not typical and I appreciated her honesty with some of the things she didn't know anything about.  She was lucky to  have roommates that helped her grow, develop and acclimate to a "typical" college experience as she realized things her father had told her weren't true or common. The final thread throughout the book is her family's dynamics.  I think this circled me back to the education, was her family not able to see her struggles to fit in with an abusive sibling due to the lack of experiences and education or was it mental illness?  With her studies it had me feeling like a philosopher thinking and reflecting with her and her struggles. I stayed up way too late reading it, but I couldn't put it down.  I highly recommend this book to non fiction lovers.  It is one of the top memoirs I have read.   Thanks to NetGalley and Random House publishing group for the opportunity to read this book.  

This is my 3rd Nonfiction book read this year and my favorite, it will be hard to top!  (My goal is 9)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Wrap-Up

Thanks to The Book Date for hosting Month in Review!

February is here and gone.  It was a great month, but I am ready for spring!  Here is a summary of what I read and posts I have this month.  5 books completed in Feb for a 2018 total of 10


Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams (review here)

When Breath Become Air by Paul Kalanithi (reviewed here)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (5 star review here)

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner- 4 star review (here)

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch (review here)

Currently Reading-  

Educated by Tara Westover  -The teacher in me is fascinated. I'm hooked! The mental illness and injuries that occur without medical care is unfathomable (but true!)! 

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah- This is a good Audiobook by a reliable author, perfect for winter reading (actually listening)!
Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties by Camille Pag├ín I had time at an appointment and had this E-Arc on my phone (and had forgotten to bring a physical book).  I am enjoying it so far. I love all 3 of Camille Pagan's books that I have read.

Up Next:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Audiobook)
Every Note Played by Lisa Genoa (Netgalley)

Challenge Updates-

TBR Pile Challenge- 1/12 read  - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 

Audiobook Challenge- 2 in February for a total of 5 out of 15 read this year.

Nonfiction Challenge- 1 read in Feb 2018 total=2 (year goal 9)

Book Bingo Challenge-  2 squares completed (a book that made you cry, a book set in a different country)

Other February Posts-  I think I need to change it up and try some new types of posts in March!

Mailbox Monday- Feb 5th

Mailbox Monday- Feb 12th

Mailbox Monday- Feb 19th

Top Ten Tuesday- On my TBR pile FOREVER

How was your February reading?  Any books you loved or didn't love?

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Italian Party

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

The Italian Party started off great with a funny scene with their car as they arrived in their new town, Siena Italy. I wish the whole book would have been like that because I wanted more humorous travel scenes. I enjoyed the secrets and mystery that Scottie and Michael had in their marriage. It was interesting to see how their pasts were revealed and how they both changed throughout the book. The characters in the Italian city are a fun group too.  The idea of this book is great showing how Americans viewed other countries and tried to push its ideas onto citizens all over the world.  The only part that was difficult for me was following the political plot with the communists and different political parties.  I did get confused a few times but it didn't take away from the story. There was a lot of unexpected parts about horses, which I also enjoyed (and no animals were harmed)!! Overall I did like the characters and I most loved life in Italy and the descriptions of  the town, countryside, pasta etc.  Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's press for the opportunity to read this book.

3.5 Stars

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

As Bright As Heaven

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

From the beginning of the book I was completely hooked. The book portrays the awfulness that families went through during the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918. While I loved the character development, there was just some things in the 2nd half of the book that I didn't love that makes me give this 4 stars instead of 5. I don't want to ruin the plot, but I feel like there were things that were intended for character development but that I didn't feel added to the storyline. Overall I loved Meissner's writing and the voices of each girl through the changing narration (especially early on) were well done. It was important to see the characters grow and change with the challenges that they faced.  The narrators of the audiobook were perfect, if you are a fan of audiobooks this is a good one

4 stars

Sunday, February 18, 2018

It's (Mailbox) Monday, What are you Reading? (02/19)

I'm joining in for Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are you Reading this week!  Thanks to Mailbox Monday and The Book Date for hosting! 

Mailbox Monday-
I received books in the mail this week that I can't wait to read!

Educated by Tara Westover
I'm so excited to read this nonfiction book. I already have a few educators that I know will enjoy it when I finish it.  It is next up and the top of my TBR list! I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway...yay.

My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd
I received this from Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  I am so intrigued by the description of this book.  Great reviews from Goodreads friends too!

Currently Reading-

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner (Audiobook)- I love this book and the alternating view narrators.  I am about 75% done and wish I had more time to listen to it! The voices are well done in this audiobook and I love the plot and the characters as they change.

The Italian Party- By Christina Lynch
A fun Netgalley Book that comes out this Spring! Fun characters and setting, a hint of mystery too.

Recently Finished-
I've been working on these two books for over a week, I am sad I didn't finish any books this week. Boo!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's (Mailbox) Monday, What are you Reading? (02/12)

I'm joining in for Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are you Reading this week!  Thanks to Mailbox Monday and The Book Date for hosting! 


The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller- This book arrived from Penguin Books and The Book Club Cookbook blog. I love their Instagram page for pictures of books and food that pairs with the book.


As Bright As Heaven By Susan Meissner (Audiobook)

There are different narrators for the voices of these girls.  I love the different perspectives and the flu epidemic is not something I have read about before.

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch (Netgalley)
This book is a fun breath of fresh air.  Two American newlyweds go to Italy in the 1950s with their own secrets and reasons for being there.  In the first chapter they get their car stuck between two buildings in an Italian village. A tiny bit of mystery too and fun characters in the village.  I am loving it!

Recently Finished:

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - My 5 Star review here

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

I felt like I was surviving in Alaska along with Leni, Cora and Ernst.  This book had so many different layers and underlying themes.  Survival was the heart of it and I don't think I could have survived a winter in Alaska in the 70s that this book depicted. The descriptions of life and scenery in Alasaka were vivid and portrayed the beauty and brutality of that great state.  The biggest theme was the sense of community that was created and how people could trade services and goods without exchange of money.  Love was also a theme that came across throughout the book in different ways.  I don't want to give anything away in this book, but there are many ways love was shown and depicted.  There were times I was proud of the characters and other time I was so mad at them for choices they made.  This is the 2nd book by Kristin Hannah that I have read and while the Nightingale's theme was completely different, in this book I also felt a connection to the characters and celebrated and struggled with them.  Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-arc of this great book.  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- On my TBR list FOREVER!

Top Ten Tuesday- Books on my TBR list FOREVER!  Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting

I actually do know which book I got as my first e-book. The saddest part is that I still haven't read it! This literally was on my "TBR list" before I created one on Goodreads! It has been there by far the longest!
Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline- I loved Orphan Train and have committed to reading this book in 2018.

At the end of 2017 to hold myself accountable for reading books that have been on my TBR pile the longest, I joined in the 2018 TBR Challenge on Roofbeam Reader. (My TBR Pile link) That helped me go through my TBR pile (physical and ebooks) and find old books that I need to read.  Since I have only finished 1, here is that list (which is a good reminder I need to start reading this books and stop requesting ARCs on Netgalley!)


*** When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi was initially on my list but I recently finished it. Yay! One of my TBR books finally completed! 

I apologize for the formatting issues with the pictures.  Do you know which book you have had to read the longest?  

Monday, February 5, 2018

It's (Mailbox) Monday, What are you Reading?

I'm joining in for Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are you Reading this week!  Thanks to Mailbox Monday and The Book Date for hosting! 


I purchased this book for my niece's 5th birthday party and it arrived in the mail this week.  I highly recommend this picture book if you haven't read it.  In the crazy world we live in this book emphasizes that most people in the world are good people that help others.  My children LOVE it which is why I bought it for my niece.


Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
This book is pure fun with mystery and a fun eccentric character (Auntie Poldi).  I received this from the Bookish First program and am enjoying it!

The House on Tradd Street by Karen White-
I love Karen White and I have had this book on my TBR list forever, its a great audiobook so far.  It is a series, so I hope to chip away at the books when I can.  Has anyone read these books?  Keep going with the series or stop after this book?

Up Next:  

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Recently Finished :  

When Breath Becomes Air (review here)
Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams (review here)

It's (Mailbox) Monday, What are you Reading? (03/05/17)

It's (Mailbox) Monday, What are you Reading? (March 5th edition) I'm joining in for  Mailbox Monday  and  It's Monday W...