Top Ten Tuesday: March 12th

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

Standalone Books That Need A Sequel

The prompt this week was MADE for me…are you ready?!?

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

 I loved this book.  I know there are a lot of mixed reviews, but, with the population I have worked with over the years I could absolutely see a child doing this.  I am DYING to know what happens to Hannah as she gets older.  DYING.  DY-ING.  Stage knows we want a sequel and I just hope she delivers one day!!!

Into The Hollow by Lynn Vroman

 This was a great young adult novel.  I just want to know what happens to the kids AFTER high school.  They have so much going for them, I need to know what else happens in their future!

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

This book was just released and I loved it.  I would love to see where Deya goes in life and see any struggles she faces.  This book focused on Palestinian woman coming to America and I would love to see Rum pen a book about a Palestinian woman adopting more American cultures (while still hanging on to some of her heritage).  We already see her breaking away from the tradition of marriage and I would love to see how her story goes…does she marry?  Does she have a full career?  Oh man…I became attached to Deya!

The Life We Wanted by Kelsey Kingsley

 A whirlwind romance.  I loved Sebastian and Tabitha.  I just need more.  I’m a very needy reader and when I fall in love with characters I can never get enough of them!  NEVER!  I’m a member of Kingsley’s advanced reader team and yes, I will keep bugging her until I get another Sebastian and Tabitha story, haha.  The son has to grow up!  See, I already have a plot…will he follow in his father’s footsteps?  Will his aunt step in and intervene?  But I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!!  Go read this book, trust me.

The Silent Patient by Alix Michaelides

   BECAUSE WHAT THE %$&# HAPPENS AT THE END OF THIS BOOK!!!!! I NEED TO KNOW!  He is so damn manipulative it could go either way.  This book was a let down for me and the ending just made it flop for me.  I know a lot love it, I get it, the twist was definitely a good one, but, COME ON!  I love SOLID endings and they just left us to assume!  %@$#@&@(@$*@#^#%@#@%%@$!@

 

I went with 5 books this week…less than I thought I would come up with.  I get attached quickly to characters and find myself always wanting more.  I can’t help it.  Have you read any of these and agree there should be a second book?  Any other books you’ve read where you think there should be a sequel?  Let me know!

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Goodreads Monday: March 11th

Goodreads Monday comes courtesy once again of Lauren’s Page Turners.  Every Monday I will randomly pick a book on my Goodreads to read shelf and pair it with the cover image and Goodreads description.  This week I picked a random page and the cover that stood out the most to me!

Quick Goodreads Stats

382: To Read Shelf

67: Read Shelf

11: Read 2019 Shelf (hangs head, I didn’t finish a book this week UGGGH)

My Pick This Week

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Shopping For A Billionaire’s Baby by Julia Kent

Released: April 14, 2018

Current Goodreads Rating (as of 03/10/2019): 4.56 stars (653 ratings, 184 reviews)

Goodreads Summary

You know what’s even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.

We’re ready. We’ve studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it’s time.

And by we I mean me.

Declan’s just ready for the “have lots of sex” part. More than ready.

But there’s just one problem: my husband and his brother have this little obsession with competition.

And by little, I mean stupid.

That’s right.

We’re not just about to try to bring a new human being into the world.

We have to do it better, Faster, Stronger.

Harder.

McCormick men don’t just have babies.

They engage in competitive billionaire Babythons.

I thought the hardest part about getting pregnant would be dealing with my grandchild-crazed mother, who will go nuts shopping for a billionaire’s baby.

Wrong.

Between conception issues, my mother’s desire to talk to the baby through a vaginacam, a childbirth class led by a drill sergeant and a father-in-law determined to sign the kid up for prep school before Declan even pulls out, my pregnancy has turned out to be one ordeal after the other.

But it’s nothing — nothing — compared to the actual birth.

My Thoughts

This just went on sale for 99 cents on the Kindle…so…how could I resist?!?!

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I have mentioned this book before on my cleaning my TBR list, and it’s the first book I put on my want to read shelf on Goodreads.  Since I just bought it I thought it would be appropriate to feature it today.  I mean hey, a buck is a buck!!  Have you scored any good deals on a book on your want to read shelf lately?!?

First Line Friday: March 8th

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.

This week I am highlighting a book that is expected to be released on April 2, 2019…

When Claire Rawlings thought of her family, it was more with the mind of a geologist than a physician – the sweeping drumlin of Andrea’s collarbone, the narrow plain of Lily’s sternum, the sculpted features of Glen’s face. Her dreams, too, were crowded with images of rocks and continents gliding, meeting at ragged seams, and then drifting apart.

Interesting…what?  Well now I have to know continue reading to see the correlation between a geologist and a physician.  That’s a bit of a bizarre comparison, no?

OH!  You probably want to know what book this is too…ok, ok, ok, here it is.

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Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

Look for my review of this book to come soon!  There has been a lot of hype about this book, I hope it lives up to the excitement.  As an added bonus, I’m going to leave you with the Goodreads synopsis today too!

A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire’s symptoms overpower her while she’s driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over. Moments later she wakes up on the floor of a gas station bathroom-her car, and her precious girls have vanished.

The police have no leads and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.

Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by an unthinkable tragedy. Played out in multiple narrative voices, the novel explores how the lives of those affected fatefully intersect, and highlights the potential catastrophe of the small decisions we make every day.

*runs to go continue reading*

 

Book Review: Cold Day In The Sun

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance reader copy of Cold Day In The Sun!  How much did I like this book?  I read it in ONE day!

This is a young adult novel about a group of hockey players in high school.  Our main character is Holland “Dutch” Delviss.  She plays on her high school’s boys varsity hockey team, and rightfully so, she’s that damn good.  She has always played with the boys (partly due to the fact that she has 3 brothers) and sees nothing wrong with it.

Let’s break this book into 3 parts; a romance, a town trying to be featured for the state’s HockeyFest, and being a woman in a man’s world.

But you know being a woman playing a “man’s” sport comes with its challenges.  Holland faces more roadblocks than any of her teammates.  From people saying she has taken a place on the team away from a boy who deserved it to opposing team members calling her a slut and then intentionally taking her out after she scores a goal.  But let’s face it, this is what girls everywhere face when they want to do something with the boys.

I think about my daughter and how unfair the world can be.  I think about my own experiences.  I took a lacrosse class in college and there was one other girl in it.  We were always the captains and picked the players and were expected to only play against each other.  I took a coaching football class in college as well and was accused by the teacher that I didn’t write my own papers.  How could I know so much about football?  It wasn’t until I took my chicken scratch notes in to show him I did NOT cheat for him to give me the grades I deserved!  Were any of the guys treated like that in class?  No.  I love how this book brings to light the reality of what goes on and I am so happy that Holland is a role model for girls in her town.  She is a true character of what modern day feminism looks like.  I applaud her so much.  She never backs down from the, “why don’t you just play with the girls” and stands up for what is right!

Ok, so I got on a pretty serious note, how about I lighten it up?  HockeyFest.  When HockeyFest comes to town it brings your town’s hockey game to state-wide (and potentially nation-wide) viewing, college & NHL scouts, and all the attention you could imagine.  Guess what it all hinges on…an interview with Holland.

Did I mention there was a romance in this book?  Yes…but the question is, with whom?  Holland has a rule to never date her teammates and that’s a sound piece of advice to give yourself.  Talk about making things complicated…ut oh…Holls made things complicated.

This is a fun, quick read and I found myself cheering Holland on throughout this book.  I felt she helped grow her teammates when it comes to women and how we’re treated and I appreciate that so much.  It is so important for young girls not to be scared to be themselves.  This is a book that isn’t to be passed over for the message it sends everyone.

I am going to give this book 5 stars.   This is absolutely a 5 star young adult novel that I feel would be appropriate for ages 13 and up.  There is some foul language (nothing teens haven’t heard or say themselves) and slightly PG make out scenes (but again, nothing kids in high school aren’t doing).  I would highly recommend this book to any teenage girl who wants to empower herself.  I think the boys would gain something out of the book as well, like, how to treat girls better.  Huge shout out to Holland for bringing sexism out in the open and I applaud her for the changes she makes in her town.  Pick up this book as soon as possible!

 

Details

Title: Cold Day In The Sun

Author:  Sara Biren

Publisher: Amulet Books

Expected Release Date: March 12, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Top Ten Tuesday: March 5th

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

Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Ooooh, this is a tough one.  Let’s see…what books would I love to be a part of…after careful consideration there’s only one character I would love to become…

Jessica Reel

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Jessica Reel is part of the Will Robie series by David Baldacci.  They both work for the same secret agency and we first meet them when Robie is supposed to kill her.  Spoiler alert, he doesn’t, they team up and actually make a good team.  I would love to go around, spying, and saving the world from dangerous people.  She sounds fun and dangerous…and provided my outcome ends up like hers, I’m ok with switching places with her!  I would love to walk on the dangerous, wild side for a day or two, especially if I had Robie to protect me too!

What character from a book would you like to switch places with?

 

Goodreads Monday: March 4th

Goodreads Monday comes courtesy once again of Lauren’s Page Turners.  Every Monday I will randomly pick a book on my Goodreads to read shelf and pair it with the cover image and Goodreads description.  This week I picked a random page and the cover that stood out the most to me!

Quick Goodreads Stats

370: To Read Shelf

67: Read Shelf

11: Read 2019 Shelf

My Pick This Week

TheNightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Released: February 2, 2015

Current Goodreads Rating (as of 03/01/2019): 4.56 stars (484,287 ratings, 49,900 reviews)

Goodreads Summary

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

My Thoughts

I snagged this book for $4.88 during an Amazon flash sale in December.  It’s been sitting on my shelf ever since, staring at me, whispering, “read me.”

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This book has been getting so much attention lately because it’s being turned into a movie.  I plan on starting this book very shortly, it’s next to line after my physical copy of Saving Meghan and right before The Guest Book…maybe it will help me keep my butt reading instead of being too distracted to read!  Have you read this book, what did you think of it?

Book Review: A Woman Is No Man

Thank you to Goodreads for this giveaway win of the advance reader copy of A Woman Is No Man!  See, I am proof that real people win those giveaways, keep entering them!

When I won this book I wasn’t excited.  I thought, well, it’s a free book, what’s the harm in it?  This was one of those, why did I enter this giveaway books.  First, let me give you some background on the story.

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This book starts off with women not having a voice.  We are told the story of Palestinian women living in America through the mother-in-law/grandmother, our main character the daughter-in-law/mother, and daughter/granddaughter.  Caught all that?  Basically the mother-in-law came to America to try and make a better life for her family.  Her son married a woman from Palestine and she moved to America.  The daughter was born and raised in America.  Isra, the mother, is the one who really carries the story.  All three characters get developed nicely through this story with the daughter, Deya, growing the most.

When I say the son married a woman from Palestine what I mean is the family picked this one woman, they spoke for a few times, and then decided sure, we can get married.  It’s like an upgraded version of an arranged marriage because you can say no.  So she lives the life a woman; takes care of the men, cooks, cleans, tends to the children, and rarely leaves the house.  Oh, and also takes beatings from her husband.

This book really opened my eyes to what oppression by one’s culture looks like.   I was mortified at the marriage arrangements.  I was mortified at the life they live inside their homes.  I was angry at the abuse they think is ok to take from their husbands.  Then I realized, how can I be mortified at something that is part of their culture?  Just because I don’t follow it, does not mean it’s not ok.  When the woman talked about being “Americanized” that is when I realized, wow, they are mortified at the fact that I have a job and live outside of the house.  It puts things into perspective.

I still do not agree with the domestic violence and never will.  Trigger warning, this book talks a lot about it.  No one should be subject to physical or mental abuse.  No one.

Isra once had high hopes for herself and ended up being stuck in a no way out situation.  I feel her spirit was passed to her first born daughter, Deya, and she would be so happy with how her daughter grows and stands up for herself.  When she discovers that her parents may not have really died in a car accident, we go on a whirlwind adventure.  Isra and the mother-in-law give us pieces from the past that put everything together.  As depressing at this book can be at times, you will enjoy the ending with what happens to Deya.

I am going to give this book 5 stars.  This was a powerful, heart breaking, and heart warming story.  It is fantastically written and helps to open our eyes to different cultures.  This isn’t a light read, but, I didn’t find it to be a real heavy read either.  I will also say that my dense brain thought the book just ended rudely.  I googled the ending to the book and IT ALL MADE SENSE.  What happens at the end of the book is what happens right before the daughter’s last memory of the mother.  Keep that in mind WHEN you pick this one up, because there’s no excuse not to.  You will be happy to see that a woman finally gained her own voice.

 

Details

Title: A Woman Is No Man

Author:  Etaf Rum

Publisher: Harper

Expected Release Date: March 5, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon