Sunday, December 22, 2013

How To Love by Katie Cotugno

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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. 

Millie

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Posted by Millie L at 8:11 AM 0 comments


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.

Millie

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.

Millie

Saturday, October 12, 2013

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

Posted by Millie L at 4:27 PM 1 comments

 

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!



Millie





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

Posted by Millie L at 5:32 AM 0 comments

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.


Millie

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

Millie

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.
 
Millie
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Posted by Millie L at 12:01 AM 2 comments
 
 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish



June 18, 2013

Its time for another Top Ten Tuesday.  I have not participated in a Top Ten for a while and since I am on vacation, I figure there is no better time than now!

So here are my Top Ten Books at the top of my Summer TBR List:

1. The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  This book received great reviews and the story is fascinating.  I can't wait to read it.

2. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

3. Golden by Jessi Kirby

4.  The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

5. The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips

6. That Summer by Sarah Dessen

7.  Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

8.  Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

9.  Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch

10. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

I definitely have a mixed list.  So that is my list, what is on yours?

Millie :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon End of Event Meme

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April 28, 2013

Well its the end of another read-a-thon.  I only managed to finish one book and made it half way through another before I could no longer keep my eyes open.  So here is my end of the event meme wrap up:

Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 21.  I finally called it quits.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? No since I only managed to finish one and it took me quite a while.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No the way its being run is awesome and thank you to all the people that make it happen.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  It was fun reading every one's tweets on twitter, I think that worked really well.

How many books did you read? 1 :(

What were the names of the books you read? Long Spoon Lane by Anne Perry and Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen (started)

Which book did you enjoy most? Keeping the Moon.  Even though I did not finish it for the read-a-thon I really loved the story.

Which did you enjoy least?  I liked Long Spoon Lane but I do not think it was a good choice for me for the read-a-thon since it took me quite a while to finish it.

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 be participating in the October Read-a-thon and will be a reader.

That's a wrap!

Millie

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Deweys 24 Hour Read a thon

Posted by Millie L at 6:54 AM 2 comments
April 27, 2013

Ok so I am a total slacker.  I am posting late, I over slept and have missed the first 2 hours of the read-a-thon!.  This is the 3rd read-a-thon I have participated in.  So here is my introduction questionnaire:

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

 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen.  I have never read any of her books and this one I am looking forward to reading.

 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
My stash of skittles!

 4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Lets see, I am happily married, have 2 dogs and a cat (who shows himself on occasion).  I have lived in Northern CA all my life and grew up on a farm.  What can I say I am a total country girl!

 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Today I have nothing planned except to read!. And to make up for the fact I over slept the first 2 hours of the read-a-thon!.

Millie

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Pawleys Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

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April 7, 2013
 
 


Paperback, 361 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley (first published May 3rd 2005) 
Series: Lowcountry Tales #5
Source: Purchased                  
         
Summary from Goodreads:
 
Catapulted from her home, her marriage and her children, artist Rebecca Simms has come to Pawleys Island to hide herself from herself. Little does she know that on this “arrogantly shabby” family playground, she’ll encounter three people who will change her life: a wise and irresistible octogenarian who will pry her secrets from her, a gallery owner who caters to interior decorators and heaven save us, tourists, and a retired attorney from Columbia who’s complacent in her fat and sassy life until Rebecca’s stormy advent.
 
My Thoughts:
 
This was the first book I read by Ms. Frank and even though this was #5 in the series, I did not miss anything or feel like I had to read the first 4 books to understand the story.  Although this story from the summary seems to  be about Rebecca Simms, I found it was more about her attorney Abigail as the story is mostly told from her point of view and she agrees to take on Rebecca's case.
 
I loved Abigail, she was strong, feisty and confident. She had some struggles in her life but as the story progresses, she overcomes them.  She needed Rebecca as much as Rebecca needed her.  Abigail's best friend is Huey.  Huey was adorable and brought humor to the story.
 
This story was about friends supporting each other to get them through tough times.  While Abigail was Rebecca's attorney, she was also her friend and I loved that.  It was about the bonds of friendship and standing with your friend through tough times.  The book was very well written and a definite beach read.  I will certainly be reading more books by Ms. Frank! 
 
Millie
 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Posted by Millie L at 7:51 AM 0 comments
March 23, 2013
 



Hardcover, 268 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Viking Juvenile (first published May 1st 2010)
Source: Purchased
 
Summary from Goodreads:

Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control?

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she's known him forever. She's not sure if he feels it, too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin's boyfriend. Lani is determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than risk hurting her best friend.

How long can Lani keep running from the boy who might be her destiny



My Thoughts:

I loved this book and the story.  The characters were very real and I sympathized with Lani, Jason and Lani's best friend Blake.  I really liked Lani but at times wanted to yell at her make a decision!  Lani was extremely loyal to her friends Erin and Blake and this heavily influenced the decisions Lani makes throughout the story.  These decisions initially do not make anyone, even Lani happy but when Lani finds the courage to stand up for herself, things begin to change.  I could relate to some of the things Lani was going through.

In reading this book, I was grateful that I am no longer in high school.  Dang, girls can be viscous and cruel! What Erin and Lani's friend Danielle did to Lani was extremely cruel.  And unfortunately, even out of high school, you still have the mean girls to deal with.

I would recommend this book.  It is a great beach read, fast paced and well written. This was my first book by Ms. Colasanti and I will definitely be reading more.

Millie

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Millie L at 12:00 AM 1 comments

March 19, 2013

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

So this week's top ten was a little hard for me since there are so many books that I have purchased and have yet to read but I managed to narrow it down.  So here are my top ten books that I have purchased but have not read in no particular order:

 1. Pawley's Island by Dorthea Benton Frank
 2. A Breach of Promise by Anne Perry (can you believe its been on my shelf since 1998!!)
 3. Unspoken Words by Elizabeth Musser
 4. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
 5. Cocktails for Three by  Madeleine Wickham
 6. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
 7. The Edge of  Never by J.A. Redmerski
 8. Never Enough by Denise Jaden
 9. Forgotten by Cat Patrick
10. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

So those are the ones that have been sitting on my shelf; some more recent that others.  Although the one from 1998 is a little embarrassing.  But you know, you can't rush into these things!  What are your top ten?

Millie


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

Posted by Millie L at 7:07 AM 0 comments


March 9, 2012

Summary from Goodreads:

It is summer in the northwest town of Nine Mile Falls, a place where brown bears sometimes show up in the shopping mall and people in hang gliders soar down the mountains and sometimes get stuck dangling from the trees. Ruby, ordinarily dubbed The Quiet Girl, finds herself hanging out with gorgeous, rich, thrill-seeking Travis Becker. With Travis, Ruby can be someone she's never been before: Fearless. Powerful. But Ruby is in over her head, and finds she is risking more and more when she's with him.

In an effort to keep Ruby occupied and mend her own broken heart, Ann drags Ruby to the weekly book club she runs for seniors. At first Ruby can't imagine a more boring way to spend an afternoon, but she is soon charmed by the Casserole Queens (named, quite ironically, after women who bring casseroles to new widowers' homes in hopes of snagging a husband). When the group discovers one of their own members is the subject of the tragic love story they are reading, Ann and Ruby ditch their respective obsessions to spearhead a reunion between the long-ago lovers. But this mission turns out to be more than just a road trip. Somewhere along the way Ruby and her mother learn the true meaning of love and freedom from it, individual purpose, and the real ties that bind.

This lyrical, multi-generational story of love, loss, and redemption speaks to everyone who has ever been in love -- and lived to tell the tale.



My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book and the writing was fantastic.  I did have a hard time initially with the main character Ruby In the beginning of the book, Ruby says she was a quiet good person and suddenly she did not want to be quiet anymore.  So she attaches herself to Travis who is a big jerk.  I could not understand why she "loved" Travis, a guy she did not know but later it was explained what the real attraction was, his motorcycle.  The relationship was key for Ruby deciding she was going to be.  By the end I was cheering for her.

The story was great and I loved the relationship between Ruby, her mother and her brother Chip Jr. There were some really funny moments in this book that had me laughing especially Ruby's dog Poe and his antics.  What can I say about the Casserole Queens. I loved them! They were fantastic and brought humor to the story.

I rate this book 4 stars and would read more books by Ms. Caletti.

Millie

Monday, February 11, 2013

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

Posted by Millie L at 8:37 AM 1 comments
 
February 11, 2013
 
 
 


Mass Market Paperback, 521 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Pocket Star Books (first published September 17th 2002)
 
Summary from Goodreads:
 
 Rose is a thirty-year-old attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She's going to start exercising next week, and she dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses and tell her she's beautiful. Maggie is twenty-eight and drop-dead gorgeous. Although her stardom hasn't progressed past her hip's appearance in a music video, she dreams of fame and fortune. These two sisters claim to have nothing in common but DNA, a childhood tragedy, and a shoe size, but when they're forced into cohabitation, they may just learn that they're more alike than they thought.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book and I could relate to the love/hate relationship between sisters Rose and Maggie.  This book made me laugh out loud (loved the character Simon, he was hilarious). The writing was fabulous and I found it hard to put this book down. 

For me, this book was more about Maggie and her growing up as she was very immature and irresponsible in the beginning and I did not like her as a character but towards the end of the book she became one of my favorite characters. 

The book switched chapters between Rose, Maggie and Ella and sometimes I found myself wanting to skip ahead to find out what would happen next with a particular character as the chapters were short and seemed to end right when something would start to happen.  For me this did not take away from the book but kept me reading to see what would happen next.

This was the first book I read by Ms. Wiener and I definitely will be reading more.

Millie

 
 

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