Showing posts from September, 2014

Mrs. Hemingway

Title: Mrs. Hemingway
Author: Naomi Wood
322 pages, published May 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Library

From GoodReads:

The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story . . .Paula McLain’s New York Times–bestselling novel piqued readers’ interest about Ernest Hemingway’s romantic life. But Hadley was only one of four women married, in turn, to the legendary writer. Just as T.C. Boyle’s bestseller The Women completed the picture begun by Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, Naomi Wood’s Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous and dashing writer of his generation. Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary: each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong.

Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway's marriages. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America, populated with members of the fabled …

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

I want to apologize for the lack of posts, my friends! I've had a CRAZY last couple weeks--first I was in Seattle visiting a friend, and most recently in Santa Monica for my cousin's wedding! Haven't been able to post, but I have gotten some reading done!! Regular posts and posts about my adventures will happen this week!  This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. Recently Finished: Currently Reading: Happy Reading, friends!! Have a great week!!

Summer Bookish Bingo: Final Update!

Excited to find a new reading challenge! Bookish Bingo, hosted by Great Imaginations! The challenge runs from July 1 through September 30, and the goal is to get a "bingo" by the end of the challenge! Examples of books that fit each category are listed on Great Imaginations' sign up post.

Sign-ups close on July 14th (sign up here)One square per book.  For instance, Mockingjay starts with M and is also a series finale, but can only count for one square.All reading must be done during the months of July, August, and September.There will be a giveaway again!  Extra entries will be awarded for multiple bingos and a fully covered card earns +5!Updates/Books Finished:

I completed 2 "Bingo's!":

1. B1-B5
2: B4, I4, N4, G4, O4

Here are the book titles:

B1: Stand Alone: Goodnight June
B2: Starts with S,U,M, E, R: Mrs. Hemingway
B3: Series Finale: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
B4: Blue Cover: If I Stay
B5: Music or Dance: 84 Ribbons
I1: Sky on Cover: The Bridge fro…

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Need to

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten  Authors I've Only Read One Book From but NEED to Read More! I was able to come up with a Top Five:

1. Gayle Forman: I've read If I Stay, but I need to read Where She Went!

2. Alan Brennert: I LOVED Molokai! Honolulu is next on my list!

3. Sarah Jio: I LOVED Goodnight June. Would love to read her other books too!

4. Sarah Dessen: I love YA fiction, and have read only one of her books (The Truth About Forever)

5. Pam Jenoff: I love historical fiction, and Jenoff's The Ambassadors Daughter. I've heard from several friends that her other books are great as well.

Happy Reading!

Adrian Lessons: L.A. Rose Blog Tour and Giveaway!!

This week I am participating in a Blog Tour for new indie author L.A.Rose. Her book, Adrian Lessons, was recently released and she is hosting this blog tour to get the word out about her new book. I received a copy of the book from the author to read an review. Below is a synopsis, exerpt (provided by the author) and short review. Though I received the book for free, please remember all my reviews are 100% honest.

Title: Adrian Lessons
Author: L.A. Rose
E-book, published August 25, 2014
Genre: Adult contemporary romance
Source : author provided me a copy of this book

Good Reads synopsis:
If there’s one thing Cleo Reynolds knows, it’s that she’s not into Adrian King. The son of a model with the looks to prove it, the experienced author of her school newspaper’s sex advice column, the cocky playboy with a hint of darkness. That Adrian King.

Nope. Nuh-uh. No way.  The problem is, he’s very into her.

After accidentally flashing him, and slightly-less-accidentally-but-still-totally-unintenti…

Scenice Sundays #2: Missing Maui

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 am super excited about this meme because I love to do photography! This will be a fun way to share some of my photos!

I've been fortunate enough to travel to Maui two times, and this photo is from my most recent trip in December 2013. Maui is my favorite place in the whole world, and  I'm missing it today and wishing I could relive the trip or go back!  So I thought I'd share a photo I took during that trip and a quote from what I'm currently reading right now, " A Tree Grows in Brookyn". 

 “But she didn't want to recall things. She wanted to live things - or as a compromise, re-live rather than reminisce.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Life of a Blogger: 13 Years Ago Today

Life of a Blogger is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely Jessi of Novel Heartbeat, shining the spotlight on bloggers on a more personal level. Every week she chooses a topic and shares about her life, encouraging other bloggers to do the same.  Today's Topic: Where Were You Thirteen Years Ago? On September 11, 2001 I was just a couple weeks away from starting my freshman year at Western Oregon University.  Since I wasn't at school yet (WOU is on the quarter system, not semester)  and didn't have a job at that point, I was sleeping still when everything happened. My mom (who went to work super early at the time) called our house. I answered, half asleep, as she told me what happened and asked me to give the phone to my dad. I remember feeling guilty because I was still half asleep and didn't really comprehend what she said until I went downstairs and saw the horrible images on TV. I remember feeling scared, confused, overwhelmed, angry. Life as we knew it changed …

Author Meet and Greet: Cathy Lamb!

I am very fortunate to live in the state of Oregon and be just an hour away from the fantastic bookstore (book empire, really) Powell's Books. They have several locations throughout the Portland area. The largest store is Powell's City of Books in downtown Portland, that spans an entire city block. There's one in the Portland International Airport (Starbucks and a swing through this Powell's is a MUST for every time I travel out of PDX).  There are a couple other locations in Portland itself, but also one in Beaverton, OR.  I encourage those of you non Oregonians to check out their website--you can order books online :)

One of the great things about Powell's is all the author events. On my Bookish Bucket List, goals #2 and #13 were achieved last night--I went to an author event for Cathy Lamb, one of my favorite authors who happens to be from Oregon. Her new book, What I Remember Most, just came out (I'm reading it now, review to come) and she was there to pr…

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Today's Teaser is from What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb, one of the books I'm currently reading.

"I drove past the steel statue of a cowboy on a bucking horse, through the faux Wild West town, parked in another neighborhood, and tried to breathe in the dark, icy solitude of my car. It had been a busy night, even without the samurai sword attack." (pg 75)

I really enjoy Cathy Lamb's books, and I am really excited to go see her TONIGHT at Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, OR! This is my first time going to an author event at Powell's and I am SO excited! Going with Mel from Double Stacked Bookshelves and another book loving friend from our office. Should be a great evening!!

Happy Reading!


Title: Nest
Author: Esther Ehrlich
336 pages, publishing date September 9, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade

Source:  I received this ebook from NetGalley. This is my honest review.

From GoodReads:

For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.
   Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.
   Nest is Esther Ehrlich’s stunning debut novel. Her lyrical writing is honest, hu…

Scenic Sunday

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 am super excited about this meme because I love to do photography! This will be a fun way to share some of my photos!

My husband and I do wedding photography part time, and this particular photo is from a wedding we photographed for some dear friends. The wedding location was Rogue Farms Hopyard in Independence, Oregon. The wedding was back in June, but I'm still excited about this photo. My goal was to capture a scenic view of the couple's wedding location as the reception (inside the barn behind me) was wrapping up. I LOVE the light on this photo! The essence of a summer evening!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott …

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts: September 4

This is a weekly event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

1. I have a Harry Potter hangover.  As much as I was excited to be done with my summer reading project...I miss reading Harry Potter!  Nothing I've read since has been quite as exciting!

2. Next Tuesday, I get to cross another item off my Bookish Bucket List! An author I love, Cathy Lamb, is coming to Powell's Books in Beaverton, OR to promote her new book! I finally get to meet an author! Obviously, I will blog about it next week :)

3. I can't believe it's September already! I am super excited about this, because I have lots of fun things planned the second half of the month. First, I'm going to Seattle to see my sis Breanne for a long weekend. Then the next weekend my cousin is getting married in Santa Monica. Then, the weekend after that is a beach weekend here in Oregon! I've been looking forward to this all summer! Hopefully will get some good reading time in on the train to Seattle, the plane to Cali, an…

Waiting on Wednesday: A Cup of Redemption

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  The event spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week, I am excited for the release of:

A Cup of Redemption
By Carole Bumpus
Release Date: October 27, 2014
322 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

From GoodReads:

Like the braiding of three strands of brioche, the lives of three women Sophie Zabel Sullivan, Marcelle Pourrette Zabel, and Kate Barrington become inextricably intertwined as each struggles to resolve issues from past wars that have profoundly impacted their lives. Sophie believed her childhood nightmares were safely behind her once she married and moved to the U.S. from France until she is called to her mother, Marcelle s, deathbed to honor one final request: Search for my father! Search for Pourrette! Born on the last day of World War I, Marcelle, whose life epitomizes the human cost of war, never knew her father, yet carried the Pourrette name, along with the shame of illegitima…

I Want It That Way

Title: I Want It That Way Author: Ann Aguirre 352 pages, published August 26, 2014 Genre: Contemporary/Romance
Source:  I received this ebook from NetGalley. This is my honest review.
From GoodReads:
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths …

Top Ten Book Characters Sitting at my Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten  Book Characters I Want to Sit at My Lunch Table (in honor of back to school!) Here we go!

1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series
2.Eleanor from Eleanor and Park
3. Andie Sachs from The Devil Wears Prada
4. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
5.  Shea Rigsby from The One and Only
6.  Jacob Black from the Twilight series
7. Jeanne Stewart from The Last Time I Was Me
8. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss
9. Kristy Thomas from The Baby-Sitters Club series (really, all the BSC!)
10. Cath from Fangirl
Who's at your bookish lunch table?? Happy Reading!!