Went to only one store this Black Friday: Werner‘s Books! It‘s a first and second hand bookstore near my parents, and I was able to get these 5 books for #wintergames2021 for less than $15! Merry Christmas to me! 🎄 🧑🎄 🤣
The tagged book has such wonderful illustrations…I can‘t wait!
Getting ready for #wintergames with team #MistletoeManiacs and @Clwojick as well as #bookspinbingo with @TheAromaofBooks
I really want to try and finish the #BOTM reading challenge for 2021 as well, so I had to add some non-holiday books to my list. Super excited to be part of this year‘s games, and the tagged book that I just found on my mom‘s shelf!
The premise of this series, backdrop of a Renaissance Faire, is what snagged my attention. The first two books were great. I love the first person POV, as it usually lends to less frustration for me. The MC in this just had too much second guessing of herself for me to really enjoy this entry. Gotta love Mitch though!!Here‘s hoping the next one is better! 3.5 stars
I really enjoyed listening to Ree tell the story of how she and her husband found each other. Took me back to my days of dating bull riders 🥰😂
If you are already a fan, I would highly recommend the audiobook, as Ree does the narration and it just takes the stories to another level.
Read this because it was mentioned in #paperbackcrush
This is a very quick read. I read a lot of YA, but this just seemed very juvenile. The way the characters interact reminded me of the Dick and Jane readers. People just don‘t talk the way these people do. There are 2 more books in the series, and I own them, but I don‘t know if I‘ll be reading them. 😕
Created this double bingo board layout in my reading journal. Will shade in the squares with the color assigned to each book I plan to read, and left room for some notes as well. The books can be used for either bingo board. Getting excited! Tomorrow is going to be perfect weather for reading beside the campfire too! 🔥 🏕 📚 #deweys24hourreadathon
I found out about Audrey and this book after watching a show on Hulu called Naked: A History of Nudity in the Movies. Audrey Munson was America‘s first supermodel and a lot of the sculptures she posed for are still widely known (think New York Public Library, for example). Sadly, there is a lot in the book that doesn‘t really have to do with Audrey; stories about people she may have had contact with that seemed to be there just to fill the pages.
Of the four books in the Brides Quartet, this is my least favorite. However, I still really like it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a likeable romance with a set of strong female characters that support each other. This series is the first I had ever read of Nora Roberts, and I have reread it several times.
I really liked this book. There were typical things that happen in a romantic novel, but the main characters really endeared themselves to me & caused me to root for them. I typically get ticked off at romance main characters and find myself yelling at them because I can see the things they need to do to be together. With this book though, I just wanted to find out how they would come to their own conclusions.
This was an amazing insight into how much influence one person can have just by never giving up. It is disturbing how easy it was for husbands to discard their wives by committing them as insane. For me, this was a heavier subject than Radium Girls and took me longer to get through, but I really love Kate Moore's ability to tackle such a tough subject with compelling storytelling.
This series caught me off guard with the first book, intrigued me with the second book, and came to a unexpected conclusion with this book. The story is compelling and, at times, surprisingly thought-provoking. Not since The Hunger Games have I devoured a dystopian trilogy so quickly. These will definitely stay on my re-read shelf!
I loved all the Ramona books as a kid, and I loved this one the most (except for the tin can stilts in Ramona and her Father!) I remember feeling bittersweet, because at the time, this was the last book in the series. Probably the first series I read where a felt like the main character was one that I would have loved to meet in real life and rereading was like visiting them again!
Finished my #doublespin for July with 10 minutes to go before midnight! 😂
Read this for one of my book clubs, and even got to chat with the author on Thursday of this week. I enjoyed the story overall, although there was a section about 2/3rds of the way through that just didn‘t feel like it fit with the rest of the narrative. It was fun to travel through the 20th century with this family!
Super quick read (just over an hour) about Robin Wilson‘s battle to stay thin. Pretty serious topic for SVH, and kind of reads like an after school special.
Just needed something quick to get back in the reading groove.
I haven‘t reread this recently, so I can‘t say if it would hold up in regards to the use of stereotyping, but I remember this being my first exposure to mystery and a culture outside of my own. My mother still had the copy she read as a kid and gave it to me on a day I stayed home sick from school. Wonder if I still have that copy somewhere?
Garage sale find! Scooped this up for $2 at a garage sale a few minutes ago! Published in 1889 by a popular Presbyterian minister of the time
Super excited about the tagged book, as I LOVED Radium Girls, which this author wrote. Ordered it from Barnes and Noble today and got the Nicola Yoon book for $5!!
This was a perfect book to take with me on my beach vacation. We even went through the tunnel that goes under Chesapeake Bay, which is mentioned (the bay) in the book! Nice continuation of the story begun in Sea Swept, with what seems to be some good nuggets being built for the next book in the series. Will be adding that one to next month‘s list!
#bookspin - May 2021
Shania‘s music was the soundtrack to my late teens/early 20‘s, so I knew I would eventually have to read her book. The story she tells is in depth, and I think some would think it‘s an overly long book. I appreciated it by the end though, and I could tell that she had not had a ghost writer. I‘m so glad she didn‘t, because it makes this more raw. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
#doublespin - June 2021
This is one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. It was a runner up to the Newbery, so it‘s supposed to be a children‘s book. While I could see that a child might like the high fantasy and swashbuckling parts of the book, it‘s pretty dark in places. It‘s obvious to see that what was once acceptable to talk about casually with children is no longer the case, ie: smoking tobacco and others (don‘t want to spoil) 🔻
This isn‘t a perfect book, but I liked it very much. I enjoyed the two timeline stories and how they interwove with each other. I think the ending reveal could‘ve been tied up more neatly, but reading about libraries and books is always interesting to me and helped to soften that disappointment. I want to go visit this library in person now!
#bookspin - June 2021
While the concepts in this book were not necessarily new to me, having taken some trainer certification classes before, where I think this book excels is in giving an extensive list of examples to use when trying to incorporate the different teaching styles into presentations. I think this short but effective book is one that I will refer back to regularly!
June #bookspinbingo square 1
Trying a new layout style this month. It was previously a two page spread: page one was the list and page two was the board. I tracked page counts read on the list, but didn‘t have anywhere to track books that ended up squeezing in that weren‘t for the bingo board. Hoping to use page two of the layout to capture pages read and meaningful quotes!
Definitely one of those rare instances where the movie was better than the book!
#doublespin - April @TheAromaofBooks
I got to about 30% with this book club pick and am tucking it into the DNF pile. It may just be timing for me, but I think I was expecting something different and the types of anecdotes that are present are just not compelling me to keep reading. I know this is going to be an #UnpopularOpinion, as even the other members of my book club have loved it. Oh well. Maybe another time...
Mary Anne has to write her autobiography. I liked the premise of the book, as it allowed a glimpse into the life of the BSC girls before the timeline of the main series. This was a library hold that finally came in, but nice to read something quick for a change!
Anyone else having trouble adding books to their lists? Trying to add one to currently reading and it just kicks me completely out of the app. I actually have to log in each time it happens! It wouldn‘t even allow me to attach it as the book for this post