Sunday, December 22, 2013

How To Love by Katie Cotugno

Posted by Millie L at 7:40 AM 0 comments

December 22, 2013

Hardcover, 389 pages
Published October, 1 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Series N/a
Source: Purchased

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book and the story.  Reena is a hard person to like.  She is angry through the majority of the book and it is not till almost the end that you find out why.  There were some times where I wanted to shake Reena and shout at her to just say what she felt!! She was very frustrating at times but in the end I ended up rooting for her and Sawyer.

I liked Sawyer.  He was trying to make things right and while came across as being the cool guy, he really loved Reena and would do anything for her.  I liked the way their relationship evolved.

I picked up this book while I was in a reading slump and it snapped me right out of it.  I can't wait to read Ms. Cotugno's next book. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

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November 13, 2013

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury
Series N/a
Source: Purchased

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book.  The story was very good and well written and had me laughing out loud.  I loved Mallory's sarcasm as it reminded me of myself at times.  It was great to see her grow as a person and work through her feelings after breaking up with her boyfriend and how she was working through not having any technology and how much we now rely on it.

I would have liked to have seen more regarding Mallory's relationship with her mother and grandmother.  I felt like these parts were glossed over and not really resolved. 

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next book by Ms. Leavitt.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Final Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Post

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October 13, 2013
I had a great time doing the read-a-thon.  Thank you to the awesome hosts and cheerleaders for putting on this event.  :)Now for the final post.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The most daunting was around 11 pm.  I made the mistake of thinking I could take a little nap.  The next thing I knew it was 6:30am!

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Unfortunately no, but from the suggestions I have seen, keep the book short.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No.  The hosts and cheerleaders did a great job.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The interactions on Twitter was great as was the encouragement to keep going.

5. How many books did you read? Sadly I only managed to complete one. 

6. What were the names of the books you read? This Is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott

7. Which book did you enjoy most? This Is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott

8. Which did you enjoy least? None the book I managed to finish was great.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will participate in the next read-a-thon and maybe as a cheerleader and reader.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Mid-Event Survey

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1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I have made it the first 12 hours and I am a little sleepy but determined to keep going. If I get too tired, I listen to my go to song Club Can't Handle Me to wake me up.

 2) What have you finished reading? I have finished reading This Is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott

 3) What is your favorite read so far? Since I have only finished one book, it would have to be the book I finished :)

 4) What about your favorite snacks? Peanut M and Ms

 5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I have not had time to really look at other blogs yet but will!


It's Here!!! Dewey's 24 hour Read A Thon!

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October 12, 2013

I am excited to participate in my 4th read a thon!.  So lets get to it.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Beautiful sunny Northern California.

 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Slated by Terri Terry.  I have heard lots of good things about this book.

 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Peanut M and M's

 4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Sometimes I am way too intense about things-but that can be a good thing :)

 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Take more breaks and if the book is not working for me, move on to the next.  My goal is to read at least three books.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dewey's 24 Hour Read A Thon

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October 6, 2013

Hi All

I am so excited to be participating in my 4th Read a Thon.  I had a blast during the spring read a thon.  I missed the first 2 hours but I almost made it through the entire event.  The downside, I did not even finish one book.  I made a poor choice in my selection but was determined to finish the book.  Alas I did not make it.  This time, I have made a better selections and I hope to finish at least 3 books. 
If you have not signed up what is keeping you?  Save the date! 10/12/13-will you be there for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir

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August 4, 2013

Title: Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir
Published: April 3rd 2001 by Ballantine Books
Series: N/a
Source: Purchased      
 Synopsis from Goodreads: Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and the mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. Although she lived in an age in which women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons. In this beautifully written new biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate life.
My Thoughts:

This is my fifth book that I have read by Ms. Weir and I have loved
every one of them. Eleanor was a strong woman and was subtle
about how she used her authority in an age where women did not
have much power. The problem I had with this book is there is
so little known about Eleanor in her early years that Ms. Weir
fills up a great portion of this book with the way England was
at this time, Eleanor's children and her 2nd husband Henry. 
It is not until towards the end of the book that Eleanor is
discussed in greater detail.  Don't get me wrong I loved all the 
history and the detail to which Ms. Weir presents it.  I only wish
there was more about Eleanor.  I feel like I never got to know
anything about her or her life in her earlier years. 
Although this could be due to barely any mention of
her until her later years.
I love Ms. Weir's writing.  It never feels like I am writing a history
book.  Her writing it superb and the details are fabulous.  I
sometimes feel like I am reading about a soap opera because
of all the drama and intrigue.
I would recommend  this book and plan on read more books
by Ms. Weir.

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