Showing posts from April, 2016

TLC Book Tours: Capture

About Capture• Hardcover: 416 pages • Publisher: Harper Wave (April 12, 2016) Why do we think, feel, and act in ways we wish we did not? For decades, Dr. David A. Kessler has studied this question with regard to tobacco, food, and drugs. Over the course of these investigations, he identified one underlying mechanism common to a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon—capture—is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains commandeered by forces outside our control. In Capture, Dr. Kessler considers some of the most profound questions we face as human beings: What are the origins of mental afflictions, from everyday unhappiness to addiction and depression—and how are they connected? Where does healing and transcendence fit into this realm of emotional experience? Analyzing an array of insights from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, literature, philosophy, and theology, Dr. Kessler deconstructs centuries of thinking, examining the central role of capture i…

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week's Topic: 

Top Ten Bookworm Delights (inspired by this post)
1. Book Mail! Especially ARC's. Or giveaway wins. Or books from friends. Or...anything bookish!
2. Beautiful covers. Yes, I am a cover snob!
3. Reading events like Dewey's and Bout of Books!
4. Finding other blogger friends that like pretty much the exact same books you do! For me, this is Brandie over at Brandie is a Book Junkie!

5. The Friends of the Library Book Sale!
I bought this cool tote bag at this year's sale!
6. When you have an entire morning/afternoon/evening to yourself, your current read, and a delicious snack/beverage....
7. When an author you lovecomments on your posts, or starts following you, or both!

8.  The smell of a book! Of course.
9. When a book you've been on the hold list for at the libraryfinally comes in!
10. When both your home and your work are walking distance from two library branches...

What are some of your …

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too!

Recently Finished:

Had a hard time getting into this one. A DNF for me.

A good, solid read. 3.5 stars. Look for my TLC Book Tours review on May 13!
Currently Reading:

Up Next:

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 16 sign up!

It's that time again!!! Bout of Books 16 is May 9th through May 15th. Bout of Books is my absolute favorite reading event.  I love this event so much mainly because of the opportunity to connect with other readers and bloggers. You don't have to have a blog to sign up--you can use any social media platform to participate. Here's the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Want to sign up? You can do so here!

Goals post will be live on May 6th!

Dewey's Readathon TBR!

Tomorrow is Dewey's 24 hour Readathon!  I'm excited to participate again this time, and look forward to a relaxing day of reading. I'm going to the beach with my hubby and some close friends this weekend (SO EXCITED)  but beach weekend definitely means reading time for me!
Since I'm spending the weekend with friends, I'm not going to do anything crazy like staying up all night reading or anything, but my goal is to relax, have fun, and have some good quality reading time throughout the day. I do have a TBR list. I'm not anticipating getting through all these, but these are the books on my radar:

Already started this one, hoping to finish it this weekend. Review post for TLC Book Tours on May 13.
Bought this one on Brandie's excellent recommendation. Excited to start it!

I was on the hold list for this one at the library and picked it up yesterday!

What are you reading this weekend? Have fun, fellow readathon participants!

Review: The Year We Turned Forty

Title: The Year We Turned Forty
Authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
336 pages, publish date April 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book from NetGalleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own. 

From Goodreads:

If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.

Jessie loves her son Lucas more than anything, but it tears her up inside that he was conceived in an affair that ended her marriage to a man she still loves, a man who just told her he's getting remarried. This time around, she’s determined to bury the secret of Lucas’ paternity, and to repair the fissures that sent her w…

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too!
Recently Finished:

A cute read, but didn't love it. 3.5 stars

A good YA read! 4 stars
Currently Reading:

Review for TLC Book Torus on April 28

Up Next:

What are you reading this week?

Promo Blitz: Withering Hope

Contemporary Romance Date Published: January 18, 2015

This is a full-length, STANDALONE romance.
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancĂ© and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.
But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancĂ© awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.
Despite her devotion to her fian…

Blog Tour: What Happens in the T.A. Williams

I was super excited when Karan Eleni contacted me to be a part of this tour! I'd read and reviewed What Happens in Tuscany from NetGalley and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to read another book by this author! 

Title: What Happens in the Alps...
Author: T.A. Williams
262 pages, published March 21, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit

Publisher: Harlequin/Carina UK
Note: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

Purchase Links: Amazon US Amazon UKiTunesBarnes & Noble

Two years ago, Annie Brewer’s life was turned upside down when her adrenaline-junkie husband died in a tragic climbing accident. So she’s hoping that moving to the beautiful village of Santorso in the Italian Alps will finally put her life back on track! …ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! She might be going into business with her oldest friend – notorious lady-charmer Matt Brown – but men are definitely out of the …

TLC Book Tours: All Stories are Love Stories

About All Stories Are Love Stories• Hardcover: 368 pages • Publisher: Harper (March 22, 2016) An achingly beautiful novel about the power of nature, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring strength of love On Valentine's Day, two major earthquakes strike San Francisco within the same hour, devastating the city and its primary entry points, sparking fires throughout, and leaving its residents without power, gas, or water. Among the disparate survivors whose fates will become intertwined are Max, a man who began the day with birthday celebrations tinged with regret; Vashti, a young woman who has already buried three of the people she loved most . . . but cannot forget Max, the one who got away; and Gene, a Stanford geologist who knows far too much about the terrifying earthquakes that have damaged this beautiful city and irrevocably changed the course of their lives. As day turns to night and fires burn across the city, Max and Vashti, trapped beneath the rubble of…

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too!
I finished a FANTASTIC book this week! My five star review will be on the blog May 3 (pub date for the book)
Recently Finished:
LOVED IT! 5 stars!!!
Currently Reading:

(This one just came in on hold for me at the library!
Up Next:
Not sure yet I'm such a mood reader! What are you reading this week?

Book Beginnings: A Drop in the Ocean

Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
This week I started reading A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden. I received this book via NetGalley, and was initially disappointed to find that it wasn't available on Kindle. Couldn't get the downloadable PDF to work. So, I finally just replied honestly to the publisher that I was disappointed it wasn't on Kindle, but that I would still read it once it came out because I was so excited about this book. Not 30 minutes later Caitlin Hamilton from Caitlin Hamilton Marketing emailed me and offered me a print galley of this book. I am beyond grateful! Goes to show if you are honest and polite, good things happen. T…

Waiting on Wednesday: First Comes Love

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

First Comes Love Author: Emily Giffin Publication Date: June 28, 2016
From Goodreads:
In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author ofSomething Borrowed, Where We Belong, andThe One & Onlyintroduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads.
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. Wha…