Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs You’re A Book Lover #BookBlog #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe #Books #Reading #TTT

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is…

Ten Signs You’re A Book Lover

Let me rack my brain and see what I can come up with…

  1. You have books hidden EVERYWHERE…random places, in your car, at work, etc etc.
  2. You pick up a book instead of putting that head down on your pillow…staying up past bedtime just because you have to read!!
  3. You get emotionally invested in fictional characters (mourn for them, lust for them, etc).
  4. You buy more books…even when you have a huge stack of books on your Kindle or bookshelf that you haven’t read yet!
  5. You’re constantly browsing for new books…
  6. You know all the ins & outs of your local library.
  7. You change plans you have because you can’t put a book you’re reading down…(ex. cancel dinner plans with friends to stay in)
  8. You see furniture and think, “Wow, that would make for a great reading chair…that would look great in a book nook!”
  9. A gift card to your favorite book shelf is the ultimate gift for you!
  10. You find yourself distracted by browsing book blogs seeing what everyone else is reading!!!

What are some signs you think that show you’re a book lover??

Six For Sunday: Characters I'd Like To Be Like #SixForSunday #Books #Characters #MomsWhoRead #SundayMeme

I discovered this meme thanks to Jill’s Book Blog and thought it would be interesting to start in 2020! It is hosted by Steph at alittlebutalot and all the prompts for 2020 can be found here (aka take a peek and join in on a few with me!!).

This week’s prompt is…

Six Characters I’d Like To Be Like

Lara Jean: To All The Boys I’ve Love Before star…I feel like she does what the heart wants and that’s how we all should be like. She takes on an incredibly embarrassing situation head on and does it so remarkably well!

Nancy Drew: What a master sleuth. Who doesn’t like to snoop around on the internet? I could be a little more like her!!

Irene Steele: What a brave, brave woman she is. Her husband dies and she finds out all about his double life and doesn’t blink an eye and then goes down to meet those that were involved in his second life! She is one remarkable lady in the Paradise series by Elin Hilderbrand!

Jen Dixon: To be able to write an e-mail to parents the way she does with her balls of steel, oh heck yes. I could NEVER write what she does, maybe one day…haha.

Four is what I have for you today…better than nothing!! This social distancing life is taking its toll on my mind lately!

Who would you want to be like??

Book Review: The New Husband @djpalmerauthor @StMartinsPress #Thriller #MomsWhoRead #TheNewHusband #Mystery #ReadMe #Books #BookReview #BookBlog

HUGE thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my very own advance copy of The New Husband in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. This book is going to be released next month so pre-order it now because you will want to read this one!!!

“Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them,” is the PERFECT quote for this book. Nina’s husband goes missing and she discovers he was leading a double life. What a blow. Thankfully Simon comes in to the picture and sweeps her off her feet.

Nina has two children and Simon happens to work as a teacher at their school. Slightly awkward, but they manage to deal with it. Nina and Simon end up moving in together and because of this move, Nina is able to stay in town instead of moving away to live with parents.

Maggie, Nina’s daughter, has seen a dark side to Simon and is trying to convince everyone around her he’s just evil. I would give you some details on how she thinks he’s evil, but you’ll have to read the book. Will Nina end up marrying the controlling Simon? Will Glen’s double life come to haunt them? Oh what a tangled web we end up in…

This book was riveting! It kept me engaged until the very end. I will say I did have the book figured out quite early on (WHAT?!? ME?!?!), but despite that, oh my goodness…this was such a GOOD book! Twists and turns around every corner, it all slowly piles up until BOOM SHAKA LAKA! I found myself in Maggie’s corner and rooting for her, she is quite the likable teenager! I only wish Nina’s friends did a little bit more than they did, but this is a work of fiction so let’s hope in real life they would have!

4 stars.  I found myself holding my breath for the last part of the book as my heart was racing 90 miles a minute. Palmer has done it again with another amazing thriller. I hope you all get the opportunity to read this one!

Details

Title: The New Husband

Author: DJ Palmer

Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Find it here on Goodreads

Book & Movie Review: In The Tall Grass @StephenKing @joe_hill @netflix @esquire @ScribnerBooks #Horror #Scary #Book #Movie #MomsWhoRead

I am a SUCKER for movies based off of books, I love reading them and then watching the film! Today I thought I would bring you a book AND movie review! Enter In The Tall Grass by Joe Hill!

This was such a dark read. This was a short, gory, and creepy read. I thought it had the perfect amount of details and kept me engaged page after page. We follow a brother and sister who get lost in a tall grass field and seemingly cannot get out no matter what they do.

The movie took a slightly different path, but it had helped to have read the book so I found it was easier to follow. I don’t want to spoil much of it, so, just know there are a few different characters in the movie and a slight difference in the plot. Still enjoyable!

What I loved about this book…just how creepy 62 pages could be! Evil lurks around every corner and has you gasping and yelling at the characters with every page! If you heard a child calling for help in a field would you go and try to help? That is what gets the brother and sister duo into trouble in the first place…

As I previously mentioned there is some gory detail so just be warned. I feel like if you’re picking up this book to begin with you’re probably going to expect that, so no big deal. How it all ends is such a treat!

4 stars.  I read this in no time at all and honestly was a little spooked at the end of it all. I highly recommend you read this versus watching the movie. If you have the time, do both (but book first!). Have you read this one? What did you think of it?

Details

Title: In The Tall Grass

Author: Stephen King & Joe Hill

Genre(s): Fiction, Horror, Short Stories

Publisher: Scribner Books

Release Date: October 9, 2012

Find it here on Goodreads

First Line Friday: March 20th #SocialDistancing #FoulIsFair #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe #FridayMeme #BookMeme #Books #FLF

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.  Chugging along my Netgalley reads, I finally got the computer for myself to write a post!! This homeschooling thing takes up quite a bit of time with two young ones!!! On to the first line of what I’m currently reading…

Sweet Sixteen is when the claws come out.

*jaw drop* Well ok then…

Blurb

Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

What are you reading today? Are you affected by the Coronavirus pandemic??

Book Review: Fleishman Is In Trouble #MomsWhoRead #Struggle #Fiction #Book #BookBlog #Review

This book caught my eye because one of my favorite authors raved about it…so a good friend and I decided to read this one together…

The struggle was REAL with this one. It took a month to get through this one…I seriously thought about not finishing, but I stuck it out hoping the ending could save it…nope. **For what it’s worth, it took my friend a month too and she felt the same.

If you like reading about a newly separated/divorced man (Toby Fleishman) who finds himself on an app constantly talking about sex, this is a book for you. Seriously, the sex talk was over the top. We get it. You’re appealing to women. He walked around with the attitude of a martyr and kept up his poor me, poor me to everyone he talking to…I couldn’t like or support him.

His ex is no better…she ends up going “missing” and just leaves her life (and two kids) behind. It was hard to like her, even when there was a semi-sob story.

Then there’s this odd point of view of one of Toby Fleishman’s friends. I couldn’t quite figure out how she fit in to the story, honestly she could have been left out. It felt like maybe she was just writing about the Fleishman’s, but it was so bizarre and didn’t really add anything to the story.

2 stars.  The ONLY reason why this isn’t 1 star is because I reserve that for the rare book I don’t finish. This book made me rethink my rating system. I don’t understand the rave reviews behind it. It was a book full of all unlikable people that I did not feel anything for. It doesn’t help when the ending does NOTHING. If you have read this one I would be real curious to hear your thoughts on it as well. Maybe I missed the whole point. Have you ever read a book like this??

Details

Title: Fleishman Is In Trouble

Author: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Genre(s): Fiction

Publisher: Random House

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads

First Line Friday: March 13th #FridayMeme #BookMeme #FLF #CityOfGirls #ElizabethGilbert #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe #Books #FirstLine

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.  FINALLY, I am on to a book I am enjoying!!!

I received a letter from his daughter the other day,

This was lent to me by a co-worker and has been sitting on my stand for awhile now…I will admit I didn’t think I’d enjoy this one as much as I have!! What is it?

Blurb

From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person.

Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves-and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life – and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time, she muses. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other. 

What are you reading today??