A Window Opens: What Matters in Life


A Window Opens
Book Review
A Window Opens

I find a star system too subjective, so bottom line: I would recommend this novel!

A Window Opens follows the main character, Alice, who is a mother of three small children. At first, she juggles the a part time career and trying to be the best PTA mom, while her husband works full time in New York City as a lawyer. Unfortunately, not long after the novel starts, her husband realizes that he won’t have a future at his law firm, so he decides to strike out on his own.

As the title implies, the novel is about doors closing and windows opening instead. Honestly, I shed a few tears because I read the book at a rough time in my own life, like the main character. The novel is about struggling families and choosing to be right rather than happy before even more family disasters strike.

I really loved Alice, the main character. She is full of passion. She isn’t perfect, but she’s trying. The beginning of the novel captured my attention, yet it did take me a few tries to get going.

Along with the Alice’s adventure in venturing into full time employment and trying to be a good mom, plus take care of her dying father, and strained relationship with her husband, there are lots of sweet and funny moments with her children. Overall, the story really hit home how important family (both biological and friends – the family that you pick) are.

You’ll also love this book if you’re a book-lover because Alice is a book reviewer for a magazine at the beginning of the novel, makes wonderful allusions to all sorts of literary things throughout the story, oh, and her best friend owns a small book store. If you read about their concept of the “No Guilt Book Club,” you’ll be dying for someone you know to start one. I would go!

I’ll leave you with this short line that left me with a few tears and made me go run and hug my husband: And if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that life is short. You need to be happy.

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You can pick up A Window Opens on Tuesday, August 25, 2015!

Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to honestly review this novel.

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The Murderer’s Daughter: An Interesting Novel


The Muderer’s Daughter
Book Review
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The Murderer’s Daughter follows the life of a woman who is the daughter of a murderer, as the title implies. However, I think the title is a bit misleading. [If you read it, leave a comment and let me know if you agree!] I don’t want to spoil anything, but the murdering part of her parentage isn’t really what shaped her life. It’s the part that comes before and after it.

The main character, Grace, though, is a tremendously gifted child, who is fortunate enough to land in a situation where her talents are fostered. Her interest in psychology and eventual career allows her to help other victims of trauma, but also creates an interesting twist when her past and present collide.

I did like the narrative style of weaving the story of her past with her present, so it is like the unwrapping of many presents. It is almost two stories in one. It is the story of how she became the woman she is, which is highly guarded, private, and solitary, while also the story of how she is seeking to find out the identity of who is trying to kill her because she doesn’t want to take her story to the police.

I love the main character, although the story borders on far-fetched. There are just too many convenient circumstances to make the book “tidy” and wrap-up nicely for my taste. While there were unexpected twists and turns, I just kept thinking “this is all too convenient” as I read the novel. It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end, so I could read the conclusion, which was well done, in my opinion. However, in my opinion, I just just kept coming back to the fact that everything wrapped up too well. I don’t know if that was to keep the book a readable length or to keep it simple. But, for a psychological thriller, there was a ton of psychology and not as much thrilling!

Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to give an honest review of this book!

 

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Not a Book Post


Not a book post

I’ve kept the blog pretty impersonal for the past 6 months to a year. I do enjoy writing about books, especially because they’re easy to write about when I don’t feel well. However, I thought I’d play catch up and write not about books! And maybe give you a little peak at why I mostly wrote about books.

The last year or so of my life has mostly been spent in bed. I try to get up, but it is always one step forward and two steps back. I watch TV with my husband because other than listening to the Serial podcast, he doesn’t really like group reading.

  • Recently, I took a quick trip to Charleston with my husband, because the doctors keep telling me to leave the house. However, it only caused a lot of my symptoms to flare.

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  • Back in the Spring, I didn’t know what was wrong with my legs, so when I went to the doctor, they sent me to PT, but I only got worse. Way worse. Finally, it took two months to get a rheumatologist appointment, so all I could do was suffer. I used a walker for awhile, plus had to take a ton of pain meds and now an anti-inflammatory.

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Cute walker in the back.

  • I got my Botox shots a few weeks ago, which are a lot harder to schedule and get to than you would think, since my doctor reschedules a lot. Something went wrong and my head is actually falling forward now. It makes life really hard. My other doctor showed my husband how to tape my neck up. For my dystonia pals, I am going to write a tutorial later. It keeps you from drooling on yourself.

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  • Since I’m not always mobile, we put a mini-fridge beside my bed. While I always wanted a refrigerator in my bedroom as a kid, I didn’t want to have to get one because I am not mobile. What’s also bad is that I keep losing weight no matter how much I try to lose it safely through PT. (Being chronically ill can make your weight yo-yo, but usually go up. This is the first time it’s gone down without diligent calorie counting and exercise). Since I can’t have someone with me 24 hours a day, I’ve really started liking these almonds – since I have to have a snack that isn’t heated/cooked. They taste like the Vanilla Almond Special K, which I love.

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  • There is an odd contradiction going on. I take one medication that makes me dislike sweets/lose my appetite. (I thought that I had miraculously kicked my soda habit on my own, but then I researched the medication some more, only to find, that in addition to weight loss side effects, studies showed that people lost their fondness for sweets!) I take another that makes me unable to drink water because it tastes like metal. Some foods taste bad. So, I absolutely cannot drink water. After totally cutting out soda, I am having to drink sweetened drinks, if I want to drink at all. I have to carry the squeeze bottles of flavoring around in my purse.

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  • I have been enjoying using Faded to edit my photos. I don’t know why, but it’s more awesome than anything else than I’ve tried.

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  • The fall is my favorite! I gave my husband his early birthday present because I couldn’t stand it. September is his birthday, October is always homecoming, November is our anniversary, Rylie’s birthday, and Thanksgiving! I desperately want to feel better so that I can celebrate these things.

IMG_8762Early birthday present for my husband! I couldn’t wait!

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+ So, now I’m just trying to get better. Trying to get off the medications that hurt me. But, right now, I have a hard time taking care of myself. I am doing everything I can do, but it’s a lot harder than just wanting it.

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So, I got a cute planner to try to help myself and track my symptoms, but every time my symptoms get so bad that they need to be written down, it is hard to write them down…

I guess that’s my story (not about books)!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Read Authors!


my top ten most read authors

I’m linking up with Broke and Bookish to list my most read authors (and I’d love to hear your’s!). I’m not sure that these are my most read of all time, but most read recently!

Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca was my favorite novel in high school. Recently, I’ve delved back into more of her novels.

David Baldacci

Well, since I read then entire King and Maxwell series, Baldacci makes it to the top of the list.

georgette heyer

Heyer, who I found recently, has provided me with hours and hours of entertainment while I’ve been sick and unable to sleep.

henry james

I’m not sure why, but I have been reading a ton of Henry James recently. Most of the novels are super long, though!

jacqueline winspear

Since I’m working my way through the Maise Dobbs series, Winspear has made her way to the top of my list!

Jonathan Tropper

I only have one or two more Tropper novels left. I love his stuff!

Michael Connelly

Well, since I read all of the Lincoln Lawyer novels and most of the Harry Bosch novels, Connelly makes the top of the list!

Philippa Gregory

You may be sensing a theme… Since I read the entire Cousins War series, plus a few other Gregory novels, she has risen to the top!

Tana French

After the all 5 Dublin Murder Squad series novels (and I eagerly await more…), again French goes to the top.

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite novelists, oddly enough. I don’t know why.

William Faulkner

Other than Flannery O’Connor, Faulkner is one of my favorite southern Gothic novelists!

Who are your most read and go-to authors?!

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“You fundamentally misunderstand the concept.”


Days of Awe Review
days of awe book review: back to carolina

Days of Awe is about Isabel Moore, a teacher, mother, and wife. The novel begins with the death of her best friend and fellow teacher, Josie. The novel vacillates between the past and the present. When Iz, as her friends call her, was a child, and her dissolving marriage.

The novel explores how Iz juggles so many life changes at once, how her past shaped her present, and most of all how to cope with grief as she feels like she may be responsible for Josie’s death. Iz sees how easy it is to second guess everything and go back years and trace events that lead to Josie’s death.

As a reader, I was engrossed in the story. I was emotionally invested in the characters, who were well developed. My heart broke when Iz’s heart broke. I got mad at the other teachers when Iz got mad at the other teachers. I was rooting for her. However, the ending left me disappointed.

There was no ending. Not really. Endings to novels definitely don’t need to be neat and clean. I don’t need them wrapped up in a box with a bow. However, when I think about ambiguous endings that are done correctly – an ending where I don’t know what happens to the characters, really – I still feel satisfied. Satisfying ambiguous endings are satisfying because the main character or characters have not only learned something, but they’ve applied it to their life. Even if they learn not to care about what other people think about them, and they exhibit a glimmer of hope in their eyes or they kick their crappy boyfriend to the curb, but now they have to move back home with their batty family. I don’t learn how they rebuild their lives, but I know that they’ve come out better people and something good is going to come out of the bad situations in the the novel.

Days of Awe leaves the reader hanging. I don’t know if Iz’s empowerment is implied, which if it is, it isn’t done well, but honestly when I finished the novel, I wanted to hand it back to the editor and the author with a big fat F in red at the top and write “try again.” Or, maybe to borrow a phrase from my least favorite professor on a literary criticism test that I failed as a baby sophomore, who didn’t belong in the class, I could write at the top “You fundamentally misunderstand the concept.” Ms. Fox and her editors need to try again because they fundamentally misunderstand how to end a story.

It’s really a shame because I couldn’t put down the novel. When I got to the last page, I was stunned that it was the ending.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

 

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What I Read Last Month: July


What I Read: July 2015 >>> Seriously, Sarah?
I over-requested from NetGalley, so I spent most of July reading those novels, not that I’m complaining. I was able to read some new novels from authors I already liked, plus find some new books!

Most of these were audiobooks, which helped me read more novels. I’ve been extremely sick, so I’ve had a lot of time to listen!
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Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

You can read my full review here. The short synopsis is that I was very surprised to find that this was not a novel of a new writer once I finished the book. I liked it, but I would have expected a tighter plot from someone who has published many more novels.

Birds of a Feather

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I read a paperback copy of the first novel in this series as part of a summer reading challenge. Through my library, I was able to listen to this through Overdrive. I liked the first novel because it gave a ton of necessary background on Maisie Dobbs, but the “mystery,” in the novel wasn’t very great. This mystery was much more intricate, since space wasn’t taken up with background, of course.

I can’t wait to read more of this series!

Love May Fail

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Silver Linings Playbook is one of my favorite books ever. I’ve thought about reading some of his other novels, so when the Goodreads’ newsletter notified me that Quick had a new book coming out, I knew that I had to read it. I quickly put it on hold at the library and listened ASAP!

I read the book in two days. I absolutely could not put it down! I recommend it (AND Silver Linings Playbook, if you haven’t read it).

Pretty Baby

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This was an interesting follow up to Kubica’s first novel, The Good Girl, which I thoroughly enjoyed. You can read my full review of Pretty Baby here.

Among the Ten Thousand Things

Among Ten Thousand Things

This is a beautiful novel about love, life that ruins love, family, and what’s leftover when life is done. You can read my FULL review here! This new release is definitely worth your time, even though there aren’t a whole lot of reviews on it yet. I got an early copy from NetGalley – but early by about two days. So, in my typical fashion, I used my accumulating Audible credits to pick it up because I was loving it, but my new medications have my sleep messed up.

I have a short window during the day that I can read physical books/ebooks before I start to lose the ability to follow along and need to lay down and at least shut my eyes. I don’t sleep at night, but I lay there for 8 or so hours before I finally get what I loosely term “sleep.” Therefore, having audiobooks to listen to while I close my eyes are the BEST. I don’t have bluelight messing up my sleep, not that I have the energy to navigate a computer, plus there isn’t much on TV/Netflix that I want to watch, especially in the middle of the night. Oddly enough, books make me feel less alone and sad.

So, since I had to put down the ebook one night, I got the newly released audible and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the book – even when I shed a tear or two.

I don’t know if other readers will appreciate this part like I did, but Simon, the 15 year old son, is a wonderful representation of a teenage boy. He reminded me so much of my moody, angry, teenage brother with a bad attitude! It made me laugh a lot.

The novel reminded me of the humanity in all of us. Parents are people. Kids see more than we know. And kids turn into adults who will perpetuate the cycle.

The Litigators

The Litigators

Average, average, average.

If you haven’t read BJ Novak’s short story about John Grisham, you need to. If you can listen the audio version where Novak reads it, even better. The Litigators embodies everything in Novak’s witty story.

Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1)

Case Histories

I enjoyed this more than the regular police procedural mystery because it wasn’t neat and tidy. Not only was it a hell of a lot more complicated, there wasn’t a cliff hanger or an ending packaged with a bow.

I want to read more of the series to see how Jackson Brodie progresses, since I felt like some of his clients had such strong personalities/characters that they impeded my “getting to know” the main character. However, they were funny. If I read the novel correctly, and wasn’t just confused, Atkinson played with time, like she did in the only other novel that I’ve read by her, Life After Life. There were scenes that were written where I was like “ah! This scene is the scene that happened a few chapters ago…! And the characters overlapped.”

I will be reading more of the series and checking out the television series, if I can understand the accents 😉

Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs #3)

Pardonable Lies

I loved how this novel fully fleshed out the characters in the series more. Maisie took on more cases in this novel, which made for a much more interesting novel.

Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher #1)

Cocaine Blues

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the heroine of this series while she solved multiple mysteries. I enjoyed that she flies in the face of convention, which I know is easier to write from the future looking back, but it is fun to imagine someone like Phryne Fisher with an enormous intellect, unlimited funds, and a daring sense of social propriety solving mysteries, while genuinely caring about the neglected and poor. Oh, and a shoot out in a mystery novel with a female detective earned the author some bonus points!

Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher #2)

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Long story, but I ended up reading the first, the third, and then the second novels in this series. While this novel still helped established who the main character is, the third was the most enjoyable because it dug into the mystery without wasting time on character development.

Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher #3)

Murder on the Ballarat Train

Phryne Fisher is an interesting character. She adopts abused children, solves crimes, and I can’t wait to see how she develops more! This is a really easy-listening series. I like to listen for 30 minutes or so before I try to go to bed.

Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher #4)

Death at Victoria Dock

I liked this follow up, but I’m still trying to adjust to that kind raunchiness in a story that takes place when women couldn’t even be doctors alongside men!

(The Grantchester Mysteries #1) Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

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This novel was pretty good. I confused by how many mysteries Sidney Chambers solved during the one novel that weren’t necessarily related. I do plan on reading more of the series because I am interested in the main character as a character. I even watched an episode from PBS of the TV show they created from the novel. It was the exact same story, not like Amazon’s Bosch, which is an entirely new storyline, loosely based on the series.

Summerlong

Summerlong

The “meat” of the novel was good. The overall impression was horrendous. Every time I thought of the novel, I went back to Goodreads and removed a star.

A Duty to the Dead

A Duty to the Dead

I love Maisie Dobbs mysteries, but they have a touch of a new-ageness that kind of freak me out. Bess Crawford is the perfect answer to Dobbs! It’s much darker, though. Bess Crawford is not trained to solve mysteries in any way, but she’s a naturally curious and smart woman who who is a nurse during WWI. I’m interested in reading more of the series, which only has a few novels. Charles Todd, the author, is actually a mother and son team. They’ve written 17 or so novels in another mystery series. I just got the first novel from Paperback Swap, so I’m looking forward to seeing if I like Inspector Ian Rutledge!

If I Stay

If I Stay

This one made my cry. Really sobbed at first. I thought that it was rather though provoking for a Young Adult novel, which made me glad. I hope that teen girls read it and think harder about their own lives and why they live–and maybe even purse more things like art, music, and family time. I am looking forward to reading the second novel!

Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs #4)

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I enjoyed the mystery here more, plus a little more resolution on Maisie’s personal life. Had to read books 3 and 4 very quickly because I had them on loan from the library – audio version – on overdrive. There is someone who was one book ahead of me and VERY slow. I waited on hold forever for book 3, so while I was waiting, I checked books 4-6 out. Now, I’m ahead of this other person because I listen to books a lot faster than they do. That person took almost all 21 days. I was afraid they just checked it out and let it sit/didn’t know how to return it.

As soon as I finished book 4 (quickly), I returned it, so they could have it, but now I’m ahead. Boom!

An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs #5)

An Incomplete Revenge

This was an interesting look at how Londoners picked hops on estates with for two weeks each fall; while there, Gypsies were camped on the edge of the town. It was specifically interesting because the novel gave an insight into Maisie’s Gypsy heritage and hinted that it had something to do with her “third” sight.

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness #1)

Her Royal Spyness

Obviously, I’ve started listening to and reading a lot more British (or Australian) mystery novels that take place around the World Wars. This was a cute story/mystery, so I think I will try out the next novel!

The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

I enjoyed this novel because it takes place in places that I know and could picture. I liked this novel, but I didn’t love it.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

This whimsical novel was a great read/listen for the summer. I haven’t read anything else by Sarah Addison Allen, but I have some on hold!

In the Unlikely Event

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I absolutely adored this novel! I thought it was an odd summer release, since the majority of the action takes place in the middle of winter; however, I it is a great novel no matter the time of year because the story does take span over the course of the main character’s life – if you can call her that. The novel does follow a ton of characters!

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Romolaromola

Really preachy and not very entertaining. Maybe if I had done more research on the time period that it was written about, I would have liked it more, but I didn’t…

The Bostonians

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This novel took a few tries. It wasn’t bad, but the first time that I tried to read it, I had to move it to “finish later,” because I just wasn’t in the mood for a James novel. You have be in the right frame of mind, I think. The thing is, though, is that there are so many Henry James novels to chose from!

And to be honest, I enjoyed the novel a lot more once I read a summary that told me that the novel was satire about the women’s movement. It made what seemed slightly absurd actually quite funny.

Friday’s Child

Friday's ChildI loved this novel a lot more than some of Heyer’s Regency Romances. It had the humor of novels like Arabella and Fredrica, but it was slightly longer with more substance than those novels. Friday’s Child didn’t stop at the marriage of an out of place woman in high society, but rather examined the ramifications of the marriage, which were not easy on either party, like I am most likely to imagine as some of Heyer’s books come to a close, and I move on to other novels.

Friday’s Child may move into my most recommended Heyer novel because the main character, Hero, who is aptly named, challenges social conventions, is true to her word, but also displays a depth of feeling that some other Heyer heroines lack.

Overall, this novel had the greatest set of well developed characters in all of the Regency Romances that I’ve read so far, and I’ve read quite a few!

April Lady

April Lady

Another tale of marriage between two people who don’t realize that they love each other and full of misunderstandings. I am glad that we get married a little differently now. Not my favorite Heyer novel, but I did like it.

Cotillion

cotillionThis is one of my favorite Heyer novels now! Like most novels, a naive woman asks an improper favor from a “rake,” but doesn’t realize it. He says yes, and it is fun to watch him slowly change… :)

Black Sheep

The Black Sheep

I liked this one, too! Surprise!

The Corinthian

The Corinthian

This was a good Georgette Heyer novel, but nothing to write home about.

read these

Love May Fail

Pretty Baby

Among the Ten Thousand Things

Friday’s Child – If you are a Heyer fan, pick this one up!

In the Unlikely Event

if you have time

Somebody I Used to Know – This was a fairly interesting interesting psychological thriller/love story.

Birds of a Feather – If you haven’t tried the Maisie Dobbs series, you should try it. I thought that this was a great follow up.

A Duty to the Dead

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The Litigators

Romola

Summerlong

What I Read: Round Up of Monthly Reads

You can read my past monthly round ups:

June 2015
May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

And other archived roundups here!

Also, you can find other individual book reviews, tips on saving money on Audible books, book recommendations  based on genres and all things related to literature here!

Don’t forget that you can add me as a friend on Goodreads so I can steal ideas on what to read next–or see your ratings, so I know what to stay away from!

Did you read anything good last month? Are you participating in any challenges? What should I be reading? 

Will be linking up with The Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick-Lit!

 

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Why I Changed My Blog’s Name!


back to carolina new blog name graphicI changed my blog’s name, if you noticed at the top or my announcement on Instagram. I’ve even changed my name Twitter. All that’s left to do is get my husband to change the domain name. I’m really excited about the name change, if you can’t tell!

When I started blogging, I hadn’t been back to South Carolina for very long, yet I was so excited to get started blogging when my husband gave me the idea that I grabbed the first available domain name that matched any stupid thing we came up with. So, that is how Seriously, Sarah? was born.

Last fall, though, I started thinking more about Southern literature, the importance of place, and how much the Carolinas mean to me, even if I was born elsewhere and moved around a little bit. I went to college in the best college in South Carolina, only to leave for the big city. A few years later, after I got sick, I had to come back to carolinaso my family could help me. Living on the North/South Carolina border has been interesting (not what I would have chosen…), but I did meet my husband here!

Back in Carolina – South Carolina, that is – I bought my first home, had my first dog, had my wedding, attended more weddings and baby showers, and attended many homecomings, of course. Even though I only went to two years of high school and 4 years of college in South Carolina, compared to all of the other places that I lived, there is hardly a major city that I can’t visit with my husband and have tons of memories to share (and know all of the back roads).

I talk about wanting to pick up and start over somewhere new, but the fact is that place is as important to my heart as it is to a Southern novel, so South Carolina will always be home.

And I am quite happy to be

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Literary Ladies Book Club Reading Challenge


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Another book challenge? Yes! I’m linking up with See You in a Porridge to show my progress! The challenge runs from June 21, 2015 until September 21, 2015. And this reader is finished!!!

1. A YA book
If I Stay, Gayle Forman

2. Non US Author
Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (British)

3. A book that was recommended by a blogger (or instagrammer / you-tuber / goodreads-er)
Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (Phryne Fisher Series) – This mystery and some other series were recommended by Moira at Hearth and Homefront.

4. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more
The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi

5. A book with a kickass female character
Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear

6. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show).
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries #1), James Runcie, which is a PBS series.

7. A book written by a comedian or celebrity – or even a memoirif neither of those are your jam.
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari (READ THIS)

8. A book with a one word title.
Romola, George Eliot

9. A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge!
Pretty Baby, Mary Kubica

10. A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer because this is a Summer challenge!
Summerlong, Dean Bakopoulos

Don’t forget that you can be my friend on Goodreads to see what I read/give me ideas!

So, I finished up and read books that I really enjoyed (minus Romala, which was long and boring and I don’t recommend it. Ever.) them!

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Less Life // More Imagination


Less Life -- more imagination Well, if you follow me on Bloglovin or read my blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed the extreme decrease number of posts on my blog – although, I’m still snapping and posting on IG. When I do post, I write about books. I do individual reviews of books that are usually from advanced copies that I get through companies like NetGalley. My group roundups are basically what I have always look forward to posting each month.

Overall, all you’re reading from me are about books.

That’s because I’m sick.

I don’t feel like picking up my husband’s nice camera to take photos very often. I don’t “do” anything, so I am not really capable of giving anyone a DIY. I really don’t do anything fun or go out, so I can’t tell you what fun things there are to do in my city. I have less life than I had when I started blogging.

Mostly, I listen to audiobooks. I do read ebooks, but I don’t read blogs or leave comments anymore. Reading blogs is how I used to get inspiration for posts. So, with no life and no inspiration, and really nothing to do, except talking about how excited I get when my 50% off pizza coupon works, I don’t have much to say. Except, my husband just walked in and wanted to heat up frozen grilled chicken strips to put on his Ramen. GROSS. I put my foot down.

My imagination is full from reading and listening to books and I want to write, although writing isn’t very popular. My essays don’t get shared, searched, or commented on–unless people really miss the point and leave a comment that makes that part obvious. Blog posts are supposed to be quick and easy to read. They’re supposed to be in bullet points. They are supposed to have a thesis. They should share information. All I have to share are books.

But being sick also makes it hard for me to look at a latop sometimes, even with f.lux, which I highly recommend (!). It can make it extremely hard to edit photos, when I do take them. And overall, I’m heavily medicated it sometimes; therefore I completely lack the ability to write anything that anyone wants to read.

I feel bad. I spent a long time building my blog and networking. My first few months of blogging were pretty bad and funny. I finally got to a spot that I liked and then my body was like, nope. Sorry. Too bad. Go back to bed (but not to sleep!).

Again, my imagination is on overdrive, but my body is stuck on zero. I hope to unstick my body one day. Until then, books for you. I hope to share some recipes, fashion, makeup, and other things that make me happy when I can think more clearly and do justice to the post. I would rather write no post than a less-than-great post.

Please enjoy these pictures of my dogs, to make up for reading about why you will see a lot of book reviews:

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Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont: Review

Among the Ten Thousand Things Among Ten Thousand Things

This is a beautiful novel about love, life that ruins love, family, and what’s leftover when life is done. This new release is definitely worth your time, even though there aren’t a whole lot of reviews on it yet. I got an early copy from NetGalley – but early by about two days. So, in my typical fashion, I used my accumulating Audible credits to pick it up because I was loving it, but my new medications have my sleep messed up. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the book – even when I shed a tear or two. The book, broken into four parts, tells the story in an interesting way. The first part sets up the falling apart of the family. The short, second part, gives the reader a fast glimpse into the end of the family’s lives. How people die. How the kids grow up. Things you don’t expect in the middle of the novel. The third part of the novel, finishes telling how the wife, husband, and two kids get to part two. Mostly told from the point of view of the wife, it’s an beautiful, heart-wrenching look at the thoughts of a woman who has been betrayed and how she decides what she is going to do with that betrayal. While Among the Ten Thousand Things is not a light summer read, it is a beautiful, poignant novel. I don’t know if other readers will appreciate this part like I did, but Simon, the 15 year old son, is a wonderful representation of a teenage boy. He reminded me so much of my moody, angry, teenage brother with a bad attitude! It made me laugh a lot. The novel reminded me of the humanity in all of us. Parents are people. Kids see more than we know. And kids turn into adults who will perpetuate the cycle. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel for review. All opinions are my own.

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