Showing posts from January, 2015

Review: Leaving Time

Title: Leaving Time
Author: Jodi Picoult
398 pages, published October 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.

My Review:

I've always been a Picoult fan, and I was excited to read her newest release. I'd heard so many great things about this one. I'm happy to report they're all true! What  I loved most about the book was that it was clear Picoult did a ton of research to make this book a success. Granted, I don't know hardly anything about elephants or elephant grief,  but after doing a little research on Picoult's writing process with the book, I found this video on her websit…

The TBR Tag

I was tagged for this post by Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie. I'm really glad she tagged me because it motivated me to clean up my Goodreads "to read" list....haha!

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Goodreads! Love love LOVE Goodreads. Mel introduced me to it a few years ago and it's such a fantastic and addicting website!
2. Is your TBR ostly print or eBook?
I have a bookshelf dedicated to my TBR's. I do have a small amount on my kindle that I need to read, but most are physical books.
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I don't have a method or anything, just go for what I feel like reading next! If it's a new release I'm really excited about I will sometimes stop everything and read that.   Currently I'm working on Bookish Bingo, so I'm trying to select ones from my TBR that work for those categories. 
4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest? Life of Pi. STILL need to read that one!!
5. A book you r…

Teaser Tuesday: Never Never

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ 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!

My Teaser Tuesday this week is from Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher's joint novella, "Never Never." This one's been getting a lot of buzz in the book world lately! I'm 40% through and thoroughly sucked in and curious as to what the heck is going on! Here are a few lines to get you excited to read more:

"I'm not sure if this is old Charlie's thoughts or new Charlie's thoughts. Or maybe, because I'm observing Charlie Wynwood's life as an outsider, I'm able to think of her cheating with detachement rather than judgment."

Such a great read so far! Happy Reading!

Review: House Broken

Title: House Broken
Author: Sonja Yoerg
336 pages, published January 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Purchased for myself

From Good Reads:

For veterinarian Geneva Novak, animals can be easier to understand than people. They’re also easier to forgive. But when her mother, Helen, is injured in a vodka-fueled accident, it’s up to Geneva to give her the care she needs.

Since her teens, Geneva has kept her self-destructive mother at arm’s length. Now, with two slippery teenagers of her own at home, the last thing she wants is to add Helen to the mix. But Geneva’s husband convinces her that letting Helen live with them could be her golden chance to repair their relationship.

Geneva isn’t expecting her mother to change anytime soon, but she may finally get answers to the questions she’s been asking for so long. As the truth about her family unfolds, however, Geneva may find secrets too painful to bear and too terrible to forgive.

My Review:

First off, how adorable is this cover?!…

National Readathon Day!

Today is National Readathon Day!! What are you pledging to make #timetoread today? I'll be reading Jodi Picoult's latest book, Leaving Time! More information about the readathon, and to make you pledge, here.  Happy Reading, friends!

Review: My Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read Station Eleven

Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St Jon Mandel
333 pages, published September 2014
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Source: Library

From Good Reads:

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

Here are my top five reasons why you should read Station Eleven:

1. It is not your typical dystopian story. I read a lot of YA, and what's trending in YA right now is young female heroine must save the dystopian society she lives in, all while sorting through a love triangle. I did enjoy those books, but it's been done. Station Eleven was so refreshing!  Rather than being technologically advanced, this dystopian society is qute the opposite. The Georgia Flu wiped out the majority of Americans, taking modern technology such as air t…

I Mustache You Some Questions...

I was tagged for this post by Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie

Four names people call me other than my real name:
Hun (by my Husband)  LB (by my dad when I was little)Sis (by my sis Breanne)  Sweetie (by my mom)Four jobs I’ve had:
BabysitterBBQ booth at the fair Sports Editor for the Western Oregon Journal (college)Campus Tour Guide (Advocate) in collegeFour movies I would/have watched more than once:
 The Cutting Edge Mean GirlsThe Devil Wears PradaTwilight seriesFour books I’d recommend:
Pretty impossible to narrow this down…
Molokai by Alan BrennertEleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellGoodnight June by Sarah Jio The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinFour places I have lived:
Monmouth, OR (apartment)Monmouth, OR (Butler Hall at WOU)Monmouth, OR (Cedar Hall)Dallas, OR Four places I have been:
 Paris, FranceBoston, MADenver, COMauiFour places I’d rather be right now:
On the beach in MauiHanging out in a condo in Maui Seattle (hanging out with my sis)Oregon CoastFour things I don’t eat:

A Wild Life

Last Thursday, I was fortunate to attend Cheryl Strayed's lecture at Oregon State University. If you've read my review of Wild, you know I absolutely loved the book and this author! I heard about the talk the same day and scrambled to make plans to get to Corvallis! I'd heard it was going to be crazy, so I got there before the doors opened to the auditorium.  There were a TON of people--OSU later estimated that 1,900 were in attendance, only 1,200 of which got a seat in the auditorium--so I was super lucky to get a seat!!

Cheryl spoke for about 45 minutes and then opened up the floor for questions. Her lecture was fantastic--she's witty, honest, charismatic, and inspiring. She talked about her mom, and how her mom's death sent her life into disarray and how she believed hiking the PCT would help her overcome her burden. One of my favorite parts of her talk was discussing the scene where she tries to lift her backpack (that she packed too heavy) and how her need t…

Dual Mini Review: Hopeless and Losing Hope

Title: Hopeless
Author: Colleen Hoover
410 pages, published December 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance
Source: purchased for my Kindle

From Good Reads:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

My Review:

Every time I…

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I Meant To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten 2014 Release I Meant to Read But Didn't Get to.  I'm hoping to get these read in 2015!!

1. A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate (November 2014)

2. Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner (December 2014) 3. One in A Million by Jill Shalvis (October 2014
4. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (July 2014) 5. Sweetness #9 by Stephan Erik Clark (August 2014) 6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (July 2014)
7. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (September 2014) 8. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob (July 2014)
9. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (July 2014) 10. To All the Boys I've Loved Before  by Jenny Han What 2014 release are on your list? Happy Reading!!

Bout of Books: Days 6-7, and Final Wrap up!

Bout of Books 12 is complete! What a great week! Over the weekend I finished Losing Hope, and got a third of the way through Station Eleven. I also participated in the twitter chat on Saturday, which was fun! Here are my final stats for the week:

Books Completed:

Books Started:

Total Pages Read: 1,041 (A new Bout of Books record for me!) My goals for Bout of Books were simple: To connect with other readers/bloggers, to read as much as I could, and to have fun. I definitely accomplished all of these AND even managed to beat my new page record! I hope my fellow Bout of Books participants had just as much fun as I did! I can't wait until Bout of Books 13, which is May 11-17,2015! Happy Reading!

Bout of Books: Day 5 Update

Welcome to the weekend, fellow Bout of Books participants! I didn't get as much reading done on Day 5, since Friday night is my husband and I's date night But I did manage to read quite a bit during the day! Here are the stats for Day 5:

Day 5: Friday, January 9: Pages Read Today: 103 Total Pages Read This Week:807 Books Read from: Losing Hope Books Completed Today: 0
Books Completed This Week: 2 Enjoy your Saturday reading day, friends!!

Review: No Sunshine When She's Gone

Title: No Sunshine When She's Gone
Author: Kate Angell
288 pages, published April 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source : Library

From Good Reads:

Though his family owns the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, Aidan Cates is as down-to-earth as the locals. He's also practical to a fault and doesn't believe some psychic on the boardwalk can predict his future.

Jillie Mac is as free as an ocean breeze, so when the hot stranger and his date mistake her for a fortune teller, she's ready to have some fun. But one devastating secret told, one mistaken identity revealed, and numerous long summer nights later, it's Jillie and Aidan who discover that sometimes love comes with a simple twist of fate.

My Review:

I picked up this book at the library because I loved the cover. It's January, and it's freezing cold, and the cover desperately made me wish I was on a warm and sunny beach! So I figured this would be a good winter read. It was a quick read, and afte…