Six For Sunday #SixForSunday #BookMeme #SundayMeme #Sunday #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe

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 Reasons I Love Blogging

1. I love sharing the books I love (& even those I don’t care for) with everyone!! It is so much fun to talk about the books and then discuss them further with you all!

2. I love reading all of YOUR posts. This is how I usually discover the books that I read (which is awesome because they’ve all been vetted through you, hence the majority of 4-5 star books that I read)!

3. It gives me an outlet, something to look forward to. It helps to keep me motivated to read at least a book a week…I need content, don’t I? Haha.

4. The community. I feel like I’m part of something special. Even though I don’t know any of you in real life, it just feels special. I love celebrating your highs and being there for you when you have a low. Just know I’m always keeping tabs on all of you!

5. Reading original works of others. I have a dream of one day writing a novel and reading your works in progress, seeing you so vulnerable, gives me the confidence that I can do that too (one day). Keep on writing!

I tried to get 6 this week, but I got to 5 and got stuck!! What is your favorite thing about blogging??

First Line Fridays: The Lost Letters Of William Woolf @wordsofhelen #FLF #ReadMe #BookQuote #FirstLine #MomsWhoRead

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.  I am so proud of myself for all of the catching up on my Netgalley reads…this week I started The Lost Letters Of William Woolf (yes, this was in released first in June of 2019, forgive me).

Lost letters have only one hope for survival.

This one sounds so interesting…so interesting in fact I am including the blurb of this one for you all from Goodreads…

Inside the walls of a former tea factory, letter detectives work to solve mysteries: missing zip codes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names—these are the twists of fate behind missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

But when letters arrive addressed simply to “My Great Love,” one longtime letter detective with face his greatest mystery yet, as his quest to follow the clues becomes a life-changing journey of love, hope and courage.

Helen Cullen’s The Lost Letters of William Woolf is an enchanting novel about the resilience of the human heart and the complex ideas we hold about love—and a passionate ode to the art of letter writing.

What are you reading today??

Book Review: Tweet Cute @dilemmalord @wednesdaybooks @Netgalley #twitter #youngadult #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe #Book #BookBlog #Reading

Look at this, another catch up with my Netgalley reads!  Yes, I’m patting myself on the back, haha.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love to read young adult novels?  Side note, all opinions are mine and mine alone, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this free review!

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This was such a cute read.  It is the story of Pepper and Jack and their lives as high school seniors helping their parents with their major businesses on twitter.  This is a classic frenemy tale (and I hope one day is optioned for a movie…someone let Netflix know this would be a GREAT movie for them) and I love how it all plays out.

Not only do Pepper and Jack end up getting wound in to a twitter war on behalf of their parents, they are also navigating their senior year of high school and all that goes with it.  Mind you, they both to go a private elite high school; however, this book is not written in a snotty manner, no, they are actually real, down to earth kids.  Thank you Emma Lord!  For me, there was nothing unrealistic about this book.  I guess you could argue that these kids are all talking about the colleges they’re applying to and they’re all Ivy League, but that’s it.

This was just such a cute and innocent story…WITH AN EPILOGUE!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  We see where all the characters involved in the book end up after a year.  Would I call this a romance novel as well?  No.  There is some slight romance, more flirting than anything.  It really just was an all around great, well written novel you could sink your teeth into and read in a day.  This book was like opening a can of pringles…one you start, you can’t stop.

5 stars.  What?  5 stars.  This is probably one of the BEST young adult novels I have read in a long time.  Without giving too much away there is just so much you want to know and how things unfold in their lives…who wins the twitter war?  What happens with Pepper and Jack?  What is all about this crazy app that a high school student made?  I know…you’re curious now aren’t you.  Don’t let the young adult genre fool you, this was a great book and you won’t regret reading it!

Details

Title: Tweet Cute 

Author: Emma Lord

Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Slightly Romantic

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: January 21, 2020

Find it here on Goodreads

Book Review: Stolen Things @RachaelHerron @DuttonBooks #Mystery #Thriller #Suspense #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe

Ok, I have to go all the way back to October for this one…I told you I was behind.  You just didn’t know HOW behind, haha.  I won’t lie, I had to read a few reviews on Goodreads to jog my memory!  Yes, I’m one of those people who forgets the majority of books/movies…overall I remember if I liked it or not, so I at least have that going for me!

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This was a captivating thriller where you thought you knew who did it, until you realized you didn’t.  This book tackles rape, murder, missing person, police brutality and racial issues.  Yeah, it goes all into that.

The mom is a 911 operator and receives a phone call from her daughter who has been drugged and she has no idea where she is.  Her father is the chief of police and they go on a man hunt and find her.  She ends up being drugged and raped, found at her friend’s home.  Oh, by the way there’s a dead body in the closet in the room she’s found in.  Her friend, who holds rallies against the police, which the daughter attends, is now accused of rape and murder.  The daughter denies her friend could possibly do anything wrong, but the evidence is there…and oh yeah, her once best friend is MISSING!

There was a lot of action.  The mother is determined to get to the bottom of what happened to her daughter and what is going on and it is a crazy, wild ride.  The parents of the friend are banging down her door asking for answers of what the police all know and where their daughter is.  She looks into her own people within the police department and does not hold back her own private investigation.  I will say the beginning of filled with nonstop page turning action that starts to fade a little as the book goes on…now, it is still a captivating read with thrilling action that makes you go, oh my what is happening!!

4 stars.  I could relate being a mother and doing anything to figure out what happened to my child.  Highly recommend this for lovers of thrillers!  Have you read this one?  Did you enjoy it?

Details

Title: Stolen Things 

Author: R.H. Herron

Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Publisher: Dutton

Release Date: August 20, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads

Netgalley Top Reviewer! @Netgalley #ARC #Reviews #BookBlog #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe #BookReview

I logged in to my Netgalley account and was shocked to see I had a new badge…

TopReviewer

WHAT?!?!  I learned that you get this badge when 3 or more publishers have used your review on the title page of the book!!  How exciting!!

My reviews made it on the title pages of I Will Make You Pay by Teresa DriscollThings You Save In A Fire by Katherine CenterSlay Bells by T.C. Wescott, and Transgressive by Rachel Anne Williams.  The links are to my blog posts which show the reviews.  I am honored that these publishers enjoyed my honest reviews!

In case you aren’t familiar with Netgalley, it is a website dedicated to gathering honest reviews of advanced reader copy books.  It is all digital so you only get a copy of the book electronically to read on your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.  The site is addicting and can get you in trouble…like myself who is so far down the rabbit hole of books, haha. I am still at a 62% feedback ratio, I will hit that 80% this year!!  2020 is my year to reach 80%!

Do you use Netgalley?  Do you enjoy it as much as I do??  (P.S. I’m taking the Kansas City Chiefs with the under for today’s big game! )

Rest In Peace Mary Higgins Clark

I want to take a brief moment and pay homage to the first author I fell head over heels for…Mary Higgins Clark. The news of her passing has me reflecting on my memories with her.

My grandmother introduced me to her work at a fairly young age…I was still in elementary school (I have always loved mysteries). I spent many a summer with her on trips and visits and we would swap her paperback books. I have read a countless number of her books and enjoyed the time with my grandparents. I would like to share with you the heartfelt letter from her Facebook page. My sincerest condolences to her family…

A message from Carolyn K. Reidy, President & CEO of Simon & Schuster:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Mary Higgins Clark died earlier today in Naples, Florida, at the age of 92. The cause was complications of old age.

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of Mary’s contribution to our success, and her role in the modern history of Simon & Schuster. Beginning in 1975 with the publication of WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN, each of her 56 books has been a bestseller. There are more than 100 million copies of her books in print in the United States; they are international bestsellers and have been translated into every major and many less well-known languages.

But these storied publishing accomplishments tell only a small part of the larger story that is Mary Higgins Clark. She was, simply, a remarkable woman who overcame an early life of hardship and challenges, never doubting her ability as a natural-born storyteller (and she was one for the ages), and who persevered through trial and rejection until she at last achieved her Holy Grail of being a published author.

Those of us who are fortunate to have worked with Mary—and at Simon & Schuster, that is multitudes—know her as a person of tremendous loyalty and dedication: In this day and age it is exceedingly rare for an author, especially one as prized as Mary, to remain with a single publisher for an entire forty-five-year career.

She was similarly devoted to her readers, until very recently going out of her way to meet them while on tour for every one of her books, and drawing tremendous energy and satisfaction from her interactions with them, even though she long ago could have pulled back from that part of being an author. She was, too, a generous member of the literary community, especially toward new authors, and was well known beyond the publishing world for her support of innumerable philanthropic and civic causes.

Of course, no one here has been associated with Mary longer than Michael Korda, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Simon & Schuster, who says:

“Mary and I have been dear friends, and worked together since 1975, during which time we never had a cross word between us, which surely sets something of a record for author-editor relationships.

“She was unique. Nobody ever bonded more completely with her readers than Mary did; she understood them as if they were members of her own family. She was always absolutely sure of what they wanted to read—and, perhaps more important, what they didn’t want to read—and yet she managed to surprise them with every book. She was the Queen of Suspense, it wasn’t just a phrase; she always set out to end each chapter on a note of suspense, so you just had to keep reading. It was at once a gift, but also the result of hard work, because nobody worked harder than Mary did on her books to deliver for her readers. She was also, unfailingly, cheerful under pressure, generous, good humored and warm-hearted, the least ‘temperamental’ of bestselling authors, and the most fun to be around. I feel privileged to have enjoyed forty-five years of her friendship, and saddened that I will no longer be able to pick up the phone and hear her say, ‘Michael, I think I’ve figured out how to make this story work.’ She was a joy to work with, and to know.”

Yes, she was deservedly known as the Queen of Suspense, but in our building we have long and fondly thought of her as the First Lady of Simon & Schuster. Today we did not just lose an author, but a true and well-loved member of the Simon & Schuster family. I will miss her tremendously, both on a personal and professional level, but we all can be grateful and proud for having had the privilege of being her publisher these many years, and thankful for all she has meant to her millions of readers and for her kindness and service to many generations of authors.

Please join me in offering heartfelt condolences to Mary’s children and extended family.

First Line Fridays: Husband Material @emilybelden @harlequinbooks @Netgalley #FLF #MomsWhoRead #FirstLine #Books #ReadMe

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.  I am catching up on yet another book on Netgalley (look at me go)!  Husband Material by Emily Belden!

 

Well, that’s a first. And I’m not talking about the fact that I brought a date to a wedding I’m pretty sure didn’t warrant me a plusone.

 

So far this book has been an interesting read…I cannot wait to finish it and post my review for everyone!!  What are you reading today??