Showing posts from October, 2014

Review: Black Ice

Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
392 pages, published October 2014
Grenre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Source: Library

From GoodReads:

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her …


W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Readingis a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.
What did you just finish reading? This is the first in a trilogy--Book 3 was released yesterday. Read this one for the "Witches'" category for Bookish Bingo! What are you currently reading? Currently reading two books--both for Bookish Bingo. Black Ice is the "ice, frost or snow in title" category, and Shadow Spell (the second in the trilogy mentioned above) is for the "bird on cover" category.
What are you reading next? This one doesn't fit into any bingo categories, but I've been wanting to read more Colleen Hoover and it was my turn on the hold list at the library! So excited to read this one! Happy Reading!

Review: Blackberry Winter

Title: Blackberry Winter
Author: Sarah Jio
290 pages, published September 2012
Genre: General Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator's.
Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 "blackberry winter" storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways..

My Review:

What I love about both of Sarah Jio's books that I've read (this one and Goodnight June) is how she beautifully ties the past and the present together. This book alternated between…

Scenic Sundays: Sunset

Scenic Sundays is a weekly meme hosted by Terri at Second Run Reviews.  The goal of the meme is to share a photograph (that you took yourself) and one quote to go with it.

I've had a super crazy September and October, hence my lack of Scenic Sundays lately.  However, today I will share a photo taken from one of my weekend trips to the Oregon Coast earlier this month. I absolutely LOVE watching sunsets at the beach, and was lucky enough to capture this gorgeous sunset. 

Keep looking up! I learn from the past, dream about the future, and look up. There's nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day." _Rachel Boston

Have a good week!

Review: Little Mercies

Title: Little Mercies
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
320 pages, published June 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: purchased for myself

From GoodReads:

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen's and …


W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Readingis a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. What did you just finish reading? I absolutely loved this book. Thought provoking, emotional, and fantastic. Review will be posted in the near future! What are you currently reading?
Reading this one for Holiday Bookish Bingo--the snow on cover category. Really loving it so far.  I've only read one of Jio's books and it makes me happy to find out that the second one I've read is just as wonderful as the first! What are you reading next?
Yet another one for Holiday Bookish Bingo, this time for the set on Halloween category! I picked this book up at the library in their Fall/Holiday section and thought it would work perfectly for this category. Not normally the type of book I read, but that's the point of reading challenges like this! What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Review: Maybe Someday

Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
367 pages, published March 2014
Genre: YA Romance/New Adult Contemporary
Source: Library

From GoodReads:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

My Review:

I have read A LOT of hype about this book, and I'm thrilled to…

Dewey's Readathon Wrap Up!

This weekend I participated in my second Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon! As I mentioned in my sign up post,  I wouldn't be able to devote as much time to reading as I'd like, since I wanted to spend time with the husband before he left on his business trip for two weeks.  However,  I was still able to get quite a bit of reading done! The hubby was organizing music on his ipod for the trip, and I spent some time reading :) Here's the report:

Total pages read: 221

Books finished: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf (finished the last 139 pages I had left)

Books started: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (read 82 pages)

Overall I felt this was a successful readathon considering the circumstances! I can't wait to participate in the next readathon in April!

Also for your entertainment this Monday....the hubby and I took our pup for a walk on Saturday, and walked in a different way than we usually go...and saw this!

Have a good week and Happy Reading!


W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Readingis a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. What did you just finish reading? Brandie at Brandie is a Book Junkie recommended this one to me (and everyone, really!). Finally got it at the library...and LOVED it!! Review will be posted soon once I put how much I loved it into words. Definitely one of my very favorites and I can't wait to read more books by Colleen Hoover! What are you currently reading? Reading this one for Holiday Bookish Bingo--the green cover category. About 100 pages in and loving it so far! What are you reading next? Yet another one for Holiday Bookish Bingo, this time for the snow on the cover category. I loved Jio's book Goodnight June, so I'm excited to read this one! What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Saturday October 18!

I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon back in April, and I am excited to participate again for this one on Saturday, October 18!  I don't think I'll be able to read as much as the last readathon this time, but I still want to be involved! The reason: I was gone for three weekends in a row, and starting next Monday, my hubby will be gone on a business trip for two whole weeks! :( So we plan on spending a lot of time together this weekend. So I might not get as much reading done as I'd like, but I'm still planning on reading as much as my schedule allows and actively participating!

Here's what I plan on reading:

All books are ones I'm using for Bookish Bingo! There's still time to sign up (signups close tomorrow, October 15). Sign up here! Happy Reading! Next Monday I will post my Read-a-thon Wrap up and report how I did :)

Review: Beautiful Day

Title: Beautiful Day
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
544 pages, published June 2013
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Purchased for myself

From GoodReads:

The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY--into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

My Review:

I generally love Hilderbrand's books, and saw the mixed reviews on this o…

Review: What I Remember Most

Title: What I Remember Most
Author: Cathy Lamb
496 pages, published August 2014
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Purchased for myself

From GoodReads:
Grenadine Scotch Wild has only vague memories of the parents she last saw when she was six years old. But she's never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run. The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely. One year into her rocky marriage to Covey, a well known investor, he's arrested for fraud and embezzlement. And Grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence.
With Covey refusing to exonerate her unless she comes back to him, Grenadine once again takes the advice given to her so long ago: she runs. Hiding out in a mountain town in central Oregon until the trial, she finds work as a bartender and as assistant to a furniture-maker who is busy rebuilding his own life. B…

Bookish Q and A!

My friend Brandie over at Brandie is a Book Junkie posted this yesterday, and I couldn't resist :) Love these things! Here we go! 1. Favorite childhood book: So many, but I'll say Matilda by Roald Dahl. I read it over and over!
2. What are you reading right now? Just starting Little Mercies! Also working my way through This I Believe for a freshman experience class I'm teaching at work.
3. What books do you have on request at the library? Maybe, Someday by Colleen Hoover JUST came in for me yesterday! Picked it up but haven't started yet. I've also been on hold forever for Isla and the Happily Ever After!
4. Bad book habit:  Getting way more books at the library than I have time to read...
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? See #3...Maybe Someday! 6. Do you have an e-reader? Yes! Love my Kindle paperwhite!!
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Usually I have a couple going at once, but one at a time is ideal.
8. Have your readin…

Review: It's In His Kiss

Title: It's In His Kiss
Author: Jill Shalvis
368 pages, published August 2014
Genre: Romance

I received this ebook from Netgalley. This is my honest review.

From GoodReads:

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

My Review:

I never …

It's Monday, what are you reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

This weekend I got a TON of reading done! As in, I literally read 700 pages! It was so wonderful. I went to the Oregon Coast with my mom in law and sister in law (both huge readers as well) and all we did all weekend was read, eat, read, go on the beach, read, etc. The condo had a lovely view of the ocean, and it was heavenly sitting there with a coffee or Pepsi and just reading away!!
Recently Finished: Currently Reading: On Deck: Happy Reading!!

My visit to Elliot Bay Books in Seattle!

Two weekends ago I took the train up to Seattle to visit my "sister in spirit" Breanne! As part of my Bookish Bucket List,  my goal is to visit bookstores in other cities I visit. Elliott Bay Books was at the top of my list for Seattle--they hosted a World Book Night event last year and I couldn't wait to check it out. So, thanks to Breanne being adventurous with me, we made the trip (and drove in circles a bit to find parking) to visit Elliot Bay Books!

It was quite the charming bookstore! From the outside it didn't look like much but the inside was huge! Breanne and I made our way around the entire store, including the children's and YA sections. I loved the "castle" in the children's section that the store uses for story time--you can see it in the bottom right picture below. The store had a reading room and plenty of chairs and places to relax and read.   I loved all the huge windows in the front of the store that let lots of natural light in (yo…