Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: A new Keplinger novel

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly feature where bloggers share what they are excited to read next. 

Here is my pick for the week:

Here is a summary from Goodreads: 

Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

A companion novel? Yes, please! This book comes out April 28th. Can't wait to read it! What's on your reading list this week? 

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week the topic is inspirational quotes. Here are a couple of my favourites.

I'm looking forward to reading your faves. Happy Reading!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Guest Post for Paris Month

Today I'm over at Michele's blog Just a Lil' Lost. During the month of April she hosts Paris Month. If you're interested in my review of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah please pop by and check out her awesome blog.

Monday, April 6, 2015

ARC Review: Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova

Publisher: Gallery Books
Publishing Date: April 7th, 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Pages: 352 pgs
ISBN: 9781476717777
Source: Received from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review

Summary from Goodreads:
From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (The San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core.

My Review:

I couldn't pass up the chance to review Lisa Genova's newest novel. I have really enjoyed each of her previous books and she is definitely someone on my autobuy list. I mean seriously, who needs another excuse to buy books? Not this girl. This book focuses on an Irish Catholic family living in Massachusetts. The patriarch of the family begins exhibiting strange physical symptoms that include being clumsy and falling as well as being quick to anger. After a lot of hesitation Joe, the father, visits the doctor with his wife and is diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. The thing about this disease is that it is genetic and his children have a 50% chance of also having the disease. It is also degenerative and there is no cure. 
The book is told in the father's perspective but also in the point of view of one of his daughters. I liked the back and forth in this book. It showed how terrifying this type of illness can be not only from for the person going through it but also for the family. Joe's daughter Katie goes back and forth about getting tested for the gene. This would be my nightmare. If you find out and you don't have the gene then sigh of relief but if you find out and you have it I feel like I'd have a hard time not being depressed and always looking for signs of it. It would alter the course of your life pre-Huntingtons. I also think that to not find out would be difficult. You'd always be worried about it and again this can definitely affect the way you live your life. This is my nightmare. 
Genova knows how to terrify you in unexpected ways. She reminds us of the fragility of life and demonstrates the importance of having a support system in place to help navigate through life's little surprises. 
This book was well written and I really enjoyed the story. I have to admit that there were a couple things that irked me about the book but I can completely understand why they were done. This makes it less bothersome but for this reason I didn't give it a 5 star review. I don't want to get into those factors too much because I feel they could be spoilery. If you're interested or wondering and don't mind spoilers then message me and I'll let you know but otherwise I would encourage you to read for yourselves. You will never be disappointed with a Lisa Genova book. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

ARC Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harper
Publishing Date: March 3rd, 2015
Genre: YA, Mystery, Magical Realism
Pages: 368 pgs
ISBN: 9780062317605
Source: Received from Harper Canada in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are. 

My Review:

This book got a lot of buzz over the summer and I immediately wanted to read it. It is about a girl named Roza who goes missing. She is missing from the onset of the book and we are introduced to two brothers who fell in love with Roza, in different ways. Finn is a slightly strange guy who has a hard time reading people and because of this is made fun of by his peers. Most of the book Finn is trying to figure out what happened to Roza and throughout his investigation he begins dating a friend down the road who helps out with her family's honey/bee farm. 
I had high hopes for this book and didn't really expect the magical realism aspect. I don't know why I didn't realize this before requesting this book but I didn't. Usually I'm not a huge fan of magical realism but I think that it works quite well with this book. It's not too in your face but it keeps you intrigued. It makes you want to read more to find out exactly what in the world is going on. 
I motored through this book and liked the plot line and the writing. I am a sucker for any mystery novel and I've also been really into abduction storylines lately. I think that this book would make an very creepy movie. It has such a quirky cast of characters and I'd love to see it on the big screen. 
All this said, I only gave it 3 stars. For me, this book was fun to read while I was reading it but I'm not sure that it will be one that sticks with me. I didn't feel a strong connection to any of the characters. I liked them but they just didn't pull at my heartstrings. I do think that it is worth a read because it is definitely entertaining.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Asking for Help

Well I have to admit that I am not usually one to ask for help. I have pretty much been living on my own since I was 17 and I have become very independent for that reason. From my upbringing I have learned to rely on myself and oftentimes I have trouble asking for help. This drives my husband bonkers and I have really been working hard at asking for help when it is needed.

As many of you know from reading the blog, my husband and I have been struggling to get pregnant. My eggs are just too nice and cozy in my ovaries and I suspect they have parked their asses on the couch and are currently binge watching all their fave shows (Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, Kimmy Schmidt, The L Word, etc). That being said, they are so lazy that they forget their one job- to mature and take a journey of self discovery down the fallopian tubes where they will meet their one true love, Mr. Sperm. (Too much info?) Anyhow, what I am really trying to say is that D and I are at the IVF stage of this process. This can be super costly. One round is about 10K plus thousands of dollars worth of medication. We have been saving for over a year and it is proving to be difficult.

This is where I ask for some help. As tacky as it may be we have decided to be shameless about our current predicament. If we are going to be able to afford this we are holding a fundraiser. I know not everyone can afford to donate and if this is the case I would sincerely appreciate it if you forwarded the link to our fundraiser along. That being said, if you are able to donate, regardless of the amount I would be sincerely thankful.

I do not want to pressure anyone and I hope this doesn't turn you off the blog but this has been a lifelong dream of mine.  I surround myself with children everyday as I teach first grade. I know how much joy they can be and I would like to be able to start a family with my husband.

If you are interested in donating the link can be found here.

Thank you for taking the time to listen. I know that I haven't always been around but this blog has been a great sounding board and I do feel like you have all supported me through this already by just reading/listening to me get my feelings out.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday- A Little Spring Reading

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

This week we are showcasing our spring reading lists. I have quite a few so I had to narrow it down. Here they are:

99 Days by Katie Cotugno- I am lucky enough to have an ARC of this book. I really enjoyed her previous novel and who doesn't like a good contemporary read. 
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio- This book is about an intersex teen. I like reading about novels like this and can't wait to dive in.  

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen- Again this is another ARC which I am thankful for. This one has an LGBTQ element and is also written in verse. 
Dime by E. R. Frank- This book is again another ARC. It deals with teen prostitution and sound fantastic. 

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren- This book has been sitting on my shelf for a little bit now. I borrowed it from Emilie because she can't stop raving about it. Katie also raves about this one. They both tell me I'll be addicted and need to move on the 2nd book right away. 
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover- I read Hopeless a few months ago and couldn't put it down. I am told by my NA aficionados (Katie and Emilie) that this book is the best Hoover book. I can't wait to read this one.

Four Seconds to Lose by K. A. Tucker- I LOVED Tucker's other books and I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to read the rest. This one is definitely next on the list. 
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica- I recently picked this one up at the store, started reading and knew that it would right up my alley. I can't wait to pick this one up. It's about a kidnapping. 

Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald- I pre-ordered this because MacDonald is one of my faves. Why oh why has this been sitting on my shelf unread? I need to get to it. 
Second Life by S. J. Watson- This is by the author of Before I Go To Sleep which I loved! I'm happy to have the ARC of this one sitting on my tablet. 

Well there you have my picks for this week. I'm interested in seeing what is on your lists. Happy Reading!