Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere @pronounced_ing @penguinpress #MomsWhoRead #Book #BookReview #Reading #BookWorm #ReadMe

Hulu is turning Little Fires Everywhere into a show.  I read Ng’s other book and I didn’t particularly care for it, but everyone said this book was the ish.  OH!  THEY ARE RIGHT!!!

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So the book starts with the Richardson’s house on fire.  Not too ominous…except their youngest daughter did it.  Oh yes…it’s addictive right from the get go.  So we start off with a bang and go backwards so we can see what leads the youngest daughter up to setting their house on fire.

The Richardson’s live in Shaker Heights, which is essentially like the perfect Suburbia.  The mother rents out a property they own very cheaply as a means to help those just trying to get by.  Here is where we meet Mia, a starving artist who has moved her way around the country.  Mia ends up working for the Richardson family and her daughter befriends the Richardson children.

Oh. The. Drama.  The children, the adults, the town…oh man.  Every page that turns there’s another little bit of a secret going around and one we get to find out.  What kills me is that when everything blows up…it’s really a case of miscommunication.  I may have been yelling at the characters throughout the book…I really got into this one!

I really enjoyed how we started off knowing the end and we worked our way backwards.  Just how could all of this lead up to a fire.  Why?  Oh…you’ll get those answers.  I honestly think this will make for a GREAT show on Hulu and I cannot wait to watch it.

Amazing 4 star read.  You just get caught up in the drama and as each chapter is told through different points of view you keep reading and reading and reading to see how it all connects.  This one tugged at my heartstrings a lot.  I may have had a tear in my eye at one point in time.  Because in all of the Richardson family drama, the mother’s best friend has her own adoption drama.  Yes…drama all around!  You MUST read this book!!  Have you read this one??

 

Details

Title: Little Fires Everywhere

Author: Celeste Ng

Genre(s): Family Drama, Contemporary, Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Press

Release Date: September 12, 2017

Find it here on Goodreads

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Liebster Award #SundayFunday #Blogger #BookBlog

Thank you to The Literary Elephant for tagging me for the Liebster Award!!  I always find posts like this fun and lets us get to know each other better!!

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Post info from The Global Aussie:

“The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. A great idea in promoting your own blog and others. Originally it was given out to blogs with less than 2000 readers but this has slowly lowed as the reward has gained popularity. It is now only 200 readers or less. It’s really an arbitrary number. If you like helping other blogs out go ahead and do it regardless of its size. If you are returning, the submission for the award can be found here. 

Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

 

My Answers To Emily’s (The Literary Elephant) Questions

  1. What’s a book you LOVED but have never reread?  Are you sitting down for this?  I have never reread a book.  What I love most about reading is the surprise that comes with the end of the book…I hate rewatching movies too (except a select few).  My mantra is if I know what happens, what’s the point in it?
  2. Is there a genre (or subgenre) you tried recently and realized you’ve been missing out on and/or should read more often?  I recently just read a fantasy young adult book (review coming Tuesday) and it is a genre I’ve never read before, but I LOVED it!!!  I really got in to the story!  I’ve always stayed away from fantasy but after this book, I’ll be checking out more books from this genre!
  3. How often do you visit your local library?  Weekly.  I have been having my kids read semi-nightly and they enjoy it as long as they have a fresh stack of books to choose from.  I’ve really been into my library’s ebooks too so if you count that, more than once a week!
  4. What are your most and least favorite things (one each) about where you live?  I’m in a tourist town!  I love it because everyone wants to visit and you can always find something fun to do.  I hate it because all the good stuff is overpriced and in the high tourist areas that no local wants to venture too, haha.  At least unlike other tourist towns I can go about my regular day and not be affected by tourists…another plus!!
  5. Is there a book you want to read eventually, just to say you’ve read it?  War and Peace…I feel like I would be bored out of my mind, but I could say I read it!!
  6. What’s the best weather for an afternoon of reading?  I love reading outside so a cloudy/partly cloudy day in the low 80s-mid 70s.
  7. What book are you most anticipating with a far out publication date (or no date announced yet)?  What Happens In Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand…ok, so the release date is close by…October, but I have been waiting a YEAR for this.  I am also waiting for the third book in this series to be released, hopefully, in fall of 2020.  I should never have read that first book in the series so soon after its release hahahaha.
  8. Buddy reads or readathons, and why?  I love reading books with friends because then I have someone to talk about the book with!!  That makes it so much more fun!
  9. If you had to write/blog under a pseudonym, what would you pick?  Interesting question!!  I’m stumped!  I would probably use my initials and come up with a snazzy last name, but then I’d feel like I was too much like D.M. Pulley (my initials are D.M. haha).  Maybe I’d go with Renee, the name I picked for myself in French class!
  10. Would you feel satisfied or disappointed to actually reach the end of your TBR?  Heaven’s gates would open and the angels would sing!!!!
  11. Pet pictures! Or a picture of your favorite real-life creature from anywhere in the world.CharlieMy Charlie.  We’ve had him for 13 years now, rescued from the pound.  He’s our grumpy old man.  I don’t have a picture sans children with our other dog, he’s too wild for a still solo shot, haha.  So this is what you’ll get!

 

Tagging:

  1. Sam @ Literary Critique
  2. Darinda @ Nightcap Books
  3. Kris @ The Book Nook
  4. Melanie @ Melanie’s Reads
  5. Denise @ bookworm at the gym

(If you’ve already done this award tag or don’t like the questions, no pressure! On the other hand, if you’re not tagged but do like the questions, feel free to participate! Be sure to link back so I can see your answers! 🙂 I picked the blogs I follow that I love that have the fewest number of followers, so if you don’t see yourself listed, don’t fret, it just means you have quite a few followers already, I want to spread the word about these 5 that deserve just as many follows!!!!)

My Questions to you:

  1. What’s a book you own that you will never lend out/get rid of?
  2. What is your earliest memory you have that revolves around reading?
  3. Where is your favorite place you’ve vacationed? Show us a picture!
  4. Reading challenges: yay or nay.
  5. If you could meet any author who would it be and why?
  6. What is your favorite way/place to read?
  7. How did you pick your blog’s name?
  8. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
  9. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
  10. If you could travel and visit the setting of any book, which book would you choose and why?
  11. Share a recipe!  What is one of your favorite meals to cook?

 

That wraps up my Liebster Award.  I hope some of you will participate and I hope you like the questions I asked!  Feel free to even answer these if you’re reading in the comments too, I love to know more about you all!  HAPPY SUNDAY!

Book Review: Please Send Help… @gabydunn @AllisonRaskin @WednesdayBooks @MacMillanUSA #YoungAdult #LGBQT #College #EMail #Text #BookWorm #MomsWhoRead

Yaaaaaas, you guys may remember when I reviewed I Hate Everyone But You, and now I had my library order the second book, Please Send Help…yay!  I was the FIRST patron to have this one!!

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Once again this book follows the format of Gen and Ava communicating  via text messages and e-mails.  You would be able to read this book without reading the first book, they only reference a few things which you get the context of without having to read the book.  But you should really read the first book too because the growth they experience between their first year of college and now their lives AFTER college is awesome!

Our Gen and Ava are growing up.  Both are navigating their first jobs after college.  Ava has moved from California to New York and is an intern at a big late night show.  Gen has moved to Florida and is writing for a small town newspaper.  Oooooh, the mischief each one gets into.

It is refreshing to see friendships stand the test of time and distance.  Gen and Ava are more like sisters than best friends.  I loved how this story flowed and I enjoyed where Gen and Ava end up…I can’t say where because that will give it away.  But…YAY!

My favorite part of this book is the realness.  This book tackles the stigma of having an STD straight on.  These two are genuine and honest with each other.  They don’t hold anything back and aren’t afraid to step on each other’s toes.  I can only imagine the authors sitting on their lap tops in the same room as they go back and forth with their banter while they write.

Fun 4 star book.  This is such a fun and unique book that has a storyline you can’t help but get sucked into.  What is that storyline?  Life.  We know where each girl stands and where they want to go and you can’t help but root them on and keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.  I truly hope the authors contemplate another book where they are navigating the next steps in their lives!

 

Details

Title: Please Send Help…

Author: Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: July 16, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads

First Line Fridays: Little Fires Everywhere #Hulu #MomsWhoRead #Reading #Book #Quote

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 featuring a book that I originally did not want to read, but decided to…and loved it!  Little Fires Everywhere (soon to be a show on Hulu).

 

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If that doesn’t get you interested in this book, I don’t know what will!  What are you reading this week??

Thursday Quotables: Lock Every Door #BookQuotes #ReadMe #Quote

Welcome to Thursday Quotables.  Books Kat Likes has joined in on the weekly fun and came up with this great description of what this is…

This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in! Created by Lisa, over at Bookshelf Fantasies.

You should join in too!  Leave the link to your Thursday Quotable post below and I will make sure to check it out!!  Or just leave a comment with a quote from a book that has struck you!

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I live by that mantra…hope for the best, prepare for the worst.  I always make sure I have a back up plan in case of a crisis, ESPECIALLY at work.  Dealing with students with severe disabilities changes the way your mind thinks…it’s always, if this happens, here’s the plan…and thankfully we haven’t had too many times where worse case scenario has happened!  At least we’re equipped if it does.  What do you think of the quote?

Book Review: Class Mom @lauriemgelman @MacMillanUSA @HenryHolt #Hysterical #MomsWhoRead #Funny #Novel #SpiritAnimal

I have seen some reviews of Class Mom floating around so I requested it from my local library!  In case you were wondering I requested they order the next book in this series, You’ve Been Volunteered and I am eagerly waiting its arrival!

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Jen Dixon is a married housewife with a little boy in kindergarten and two girls in college.  I would love to hear the story of Jen in her younger years…all we know is that the girls were (most likely) fathered by two different musicians.  She has settled down since her groupie days and is the most hysterical class mom.

She is my inner spirit animal!!  There’s a reason I’m not on the PTA or volunteer to go into my kids’ classrooms…well, number one, work prevents me from volunteering during the day, but dealing with all the other parents!  The emails she writes to the families are HILARIOUS!  If you have a child in school, you will relate to this book.  If you are childless…you can still relate because it just deals with the topic of well…dealing with other people!

We touch upon the idea of flirtation and an affair with an old high school crush.  We navigate going through a time when she was misunderstood and gets the boot as the class mom.  There is no real story line, except for the mystery of a one parent that no one has met and the daughter has yet to be at school.  Oooooh, when that mystery is revealed it is a DOOZY!!!

I loved watching the friendships Jen has.  She has her best friend (President of the PTA) and even makes a frenemy.  It was just such a FUN read.  I flew through it because I couldn’t stop laughing!!!

5 star read.  When I can find my inner spirit animal in a book, it’s a 5 star read and I don’t care who agrees or doesn’t.  Just know that if you read this book, this would totally be me…sarcastic to the point of not caring, haha.  If you have read it, what did you think of it??

 

Details

Title: Class Mom

Author: Laurie Gelman

Genre(s): Fiction, Humor, Contemporary

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Find it here on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday: September 17th #Drinks #Reading #Books

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

Favorite Things To Eat/Drink While Reading

I can tell you right now I don’t eat when I read.  I need my hands focused on turning pages…plus, I don’t want to get anything on my pages or Kindle while I read!!  It just doesn’t work out too hot for me…haha.

CirkulCirkul…I just tried their $5 trial and I got hooked.  So did my kids!!  It’s a fun way to flavor your water where you control how much flavor you want!!  If you’re interested click here for more information.  You just fill up a bottle with regular water and then attach a “sip” filled with flavor to the top and well…sip!

 

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Coffee…well, I brew a cup of fresh coffee, add a little bit of sugar, and 13 ice cubes (yes, I count them out, haha) and shake it all together.  My own version of Italian Coffee!  It is SOOO good, the perfect amount of sweet and bold goodness!

 

 

I wish I had more to add to this list, but that’s about it.  That is pretty much all I drink…it’s not that exciting.  Like I said, I don’t like my hands to be distracted when I’m reading, I need them available for immediate page turning!!  What do you like to eat or drink when you read?