Monday, March 29, 2010

Lady Killer

This is my third Lisa Scottoline book for this year.

Yes, I could be becoming slightly obsessed with her.

I really love her writing and her stories. They move at a very quick pace and truly never let me down.

This one was awesome! Highly recommend it! :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thank you, Alynn!!!

So, honestly these two books are ones that I would never, ever have read. Not my style and well, they sounded a bit lame. Buuuut because of Alynn's review I went ahead and bought "The Hunger Games. Finished it pretty much overnight and then RAN to the store to snatch up "Catching Fire" and finished that one just as quick. Needless to say, loved the books and am anxiously awaiting the third one. Thanks again, Alynn!

Friday, March 26, 2010

New Favorite Author

Diane Chamberlain!!!

'Breaking the Silence' was EXCELLENT!!!

I think Tempie and I are the only ones who read this one and the rest of you are so missing out! This book was just great.

It was full of suspense and surprise and so many things happened that made the story just amazing.

Can't say enough!

Order it, read it! You won't regret it! :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lovin this book!

Is anyone else reading 'Breaking the Silence' right now?

If you aren't and you haven't, you should!

It's so good!

I can't hardly put it down when I pick it up.

The story kind of reminds me of a Jodi Picoult book, in that there's a little bit of mystery about what's going on with the characters and the storyline is dealing with real issues.

I am about 100 pages in and the more I read, the more I love it!

Tempie, you're the only one I know has read it, so I'm kind of directing this thought towards you... Others... if you haven't read it, stop reading here. :)

I'm so anxious to find out where Sarah fits into everything. Because of her nursing field that she was working in, I'm thinking she may have some connection to Ray. I don't want to write much more, because I don't want to be a spoiler for others, but I'm really anxious to see where this is going. Also, Dylan... can't wait to see what happens with him. I feel so much sorrow for Emma. I can't imagine my Emma having to deal with what that sweet little girl is having to go through.

Monday, March 22, 2010

3 Books for April!! :)

Okay, well, since only a few of us are into the voting on here, we have another tie.

I think the best thing to do at this point is to let both of these stand for April.

Of course, each of us can choose what works for us as far as reading all three books or choosing two of the three to read. How does that sound?

Personally, I already have 'The Sugar Queen' and 'The Friday Night Knitting Club' so I KNOW I'm going to read both of those. And I've got 'Waking Up In the Land of Glitter' on my wish list at PBS so if it comes in time, I'll be reading it as well! :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

We've Gotta Break The Tie!!!

Book #1 for April has been chosen...

It's going to be...

There was a three way tie for the second choice, so I need you guys to please vote for ONE of these now...

Thanks!! :)

Voting ends tonight at Midnight...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Okay, Let's Vote!!

Waking Up In The Land of Glitter


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Secrets of Eden

Let the Great World Spin

Okay girls, these 5 and the 4 I listed in my post yesterday are the ones we're voting on for April!

Since there are so many, we'll just let the two that get the most votes be our books for April if that sounds okay to all of you.

I didn't include the ones I nominated in this post because the links are below. Hope that's okay. Just vote for your top three and we'll let the voting go until this time tomorrow.

Can't wait to see what's chosen! :)

April suggestion/update......

ok I think a fun suggestion would be this book.....
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel

   This book I have been eyeballing.......... 

The Friday Night Knitting Club

 I am currently reading 2 books.....

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
My vote:
1) Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married
2) The Friday Night Knitting Club
3) The Sugar Queen

:) Sorry I have been slack this month.....with working more and the housework not getting done like I'd like (UGH!!!) I have not had time to read like I would love to! ;( Can't wait for next month's FUN book!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Suggestion for April

Okay I also don't know how to do the whole link thing to pictures so I guess you will have to search for this one. Candace, I know you said non-serious but I looked at my bookshelf and I didn't see anything there.....I wonder does that make me a dark, moody person. :)

My April Suggestions

Okay girls, here are my suggestions!

Click on the name of the book below the picture and it will link you to the B&N page that gives a summary of the book!

Don't forget to put yours in! :)

The Forgotten Garden

Here Comes April!!

Okay, girls, time to choose April's book or bookS.

I think we should look for something fun and different. All our books so far have been seriously serious. ;)

But, anyhow, just think about it and if you have a suggestion, make it by 5pm tomorrow!

p.s. whatever I suggest is probably going to not be a brand new book, because I have 500 books (not really, but close) from PBS that need to be read. ;) Therefore, I may make a few suggestions, because it's almost gauranteed that someone will have already read what I suggest.

Home for the Holidays

This book was pretty fast (It had only 4 CD's... so I imagine that it's just a short one).
It was light hearted, fun, a little *gasp* romantic, and just what I needed for a fun book.

It's about a young woman, Larissa Ascot, in old England (early 1800's, I guess?) who has been sheltered her whole life. While her father is away on business, leaving her (It said that she was just about ready to 'come out into society') in charge of her 12 year old brother, A baron- named Vincent Everett decides to take out his revenge on the family by purchasing their home and evicting the two siblings a week before Christmas. As soon Vincent sees the lovely Larissa he changes part of his revenge- and decides to include seducing her as well. - So he invites Larissa and her brother (and servents) to come and live at his estate until Larissa's father returns home.

Anyway- It's a really good book. I really enjoyed it. (There was a lusty scene or two... but easy to skip over, if you desire).

I discovered Johanna Lindsey a few years ago when I randomly picked up one of her book on Cd's. I have come to LOVE her writing! She has a quite a few series- my FAVORITE (well, I've only read the one) being about the Malory Family. There are 10 books in the series (the last one that has come out- I haven't had a chance to get my hands on yet)... but holy smokes. Lusty little boogers, those books are. You just involve yourself into this aristocratic family and wish to belong to them, for real. Each book in the series is about a different sibling- but it also involves the whole family in the story- and their reactions and perspectives of what is happening to the siblings. *sigh*... now I want to read them again.

This list has all of her series and novels on it.

Think Twice

I'm readddiiinnnnggg again!!!! ;)

Okay, so after resting my brain for about two weeks (give or take a few days), I am again immersed in an excellent book.

This one would have been really cool to read together, because it's so dynamic. Great characters and tons of things going on that would be so much fun to talk about!

And I'm NOT done with this one yet, but I'm so into it that I wanted to come and do a post on it, because I feel like I haven't posted on here in FOR-EVER!

I've ordered 'Breaking the Silence' from Amazon, because I could not find it anywhere. It's taking it's sweet time getting here... which is annoying, but hopefully it will be here by the time I finish this one.

On a side note.. I don't know if any of you guys have read much of Lisa Scottoline, but if you like James Patterson, you would really like her. She writes in short chapters (which you know I LOVE) and the books are fast paced. You definitely do not get bored reading her books.

Now tell me what you're reading!!! I feel so out of the loop. The only one of you guys that I know what is going on with is Tempie. And Tempie, are you done with BTS yet?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Breaking the Silence

I started this book yesterday and I am liking it so far. This is definitely going to be a quick read. I read pretty much off and on yesterday no more than 15 mins at a time and I am already on page 168. The story is pretty interesting, my only complaint is some things have seem to fallen in place a little too easily. Once you start reading you should be able to figure out what I am talking about.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This is my book club's current selection for the month. It is about a black woman from Baltimore named Henrietta Lacks. She dies in 1951 from cervical cancer. While being treated at John Hopkins doctors remove pieces of the tumor (without her consent or knowledge) to be sent off to their lab. Those cells became the first ones to survive and become duplicated. With the use of her cells doctors were able to find cures for polio, research how cancer works and many other medical breakthroughs. This book not only tells the story of the cells but also of Henrietta's family. While some doctors made money off of the cells (named HeLa), Henrietta's family was very poor and couldn't even afford life insurance. This book lays the ground work for the debate of whether or not doctors should be able to use your cells & tissue for medical research without your knowledge and if you do agree to let them use them should you be compensated for them. This book was good. The only thing that kept it from being excellent was it included a lot of medial discussion that I grew bored with. The story about Henrietta's family and their search to who their mother was and what happened to her was excellent though.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Hiatus

I think it's a combination of the fact that I read 23 books in January and February and that I'm getting stacks of books each week from PBS, but I have seem to have dropped my reading ball these last 10 days.

I've tried to read Olive and I CANNOT get into it for the life of me, so I've given that one up. I'm planning to start something else... who knows what... today.

I have SO MANY BOOKS from PBS. Oh gosh, it's really a little overwhelming. I just have stacks of them sitting all over my house. Basically, everytime I've seen a book that has looked at all interesting to me over the years that I haven't bought, I've ordered it. I just have so many credits on there that I keep ordering.... and ordering... and ordering...

So all these unread books sitting around my house has intimidated me a little. :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Black Hills

As I was walking through the library I just picked this off the shelf- and didn't bother reading the back. I took a chance- and it paid off.

This was such a good book. About 1/3 of the way through, before they introduced who the bad guy really was, I was speculating who it could be..... it could have been anyone. It was fun to try and figure it out- but then they simply said who it was.

It's a suspense book- it's a romance book- It's a little mysterious.
There are about 3 or 4 steamy sex scenes- but they were easy to skip over. I don't recall much if any foul language.

This is off of the back of the book:
Lil Chance fell in love with Cooper Sullivan pretty much the first time she saw him, an awkward teenager staying with his grandparents on their cattle ranch in Montana while his parents went through a messy divorce. They spent every summer together, treking in the Black Hills, tracking cougar and falling in love. Then Cooper broke her heart and moved back to New York City. Ten years later and Cooper has given up his job in the police force to run the ranch after his grandfather is injured in a fall. Lil has stayed true to her love of cougars and of the Black Hills and opened an animal sanctuary. She has been targeted by animal rights campaigners in the past but this time someone seems intent on murder. As hikers are killed, animals mutiliated and a family member goes missing, Lil knows that she has no choice but to turn to Cooper for help in her fight for survival ...

The love conflict that Lil has gets a little drawn out- she just doesn't seem to get over her heart break and you want to shout at her "Enough already! Just get over it!!"

Other than that- great book. :)

Monday, March 8, 2010



This was a great's about a woman in NY, who just wants someone to love her and respect her for who she is and not what society believes she should be! It takes you through how she comes to find herself all while searching for love that she had forever claimed she never cared to have!

Brooklyn OK book. I thought it was going to be better. I did finish it, which at first I didn't think I would and I'm glad I did, because I thought the ending was the best part. It's not too exciting. Just the story of a young Irish woman coming to America on her own to find work in the 1950's. She goes to school, works for a department store, lives in a boarding house, and finds and falls in love with an Italian American. Nothing too exciting goes on until the very end when she receives word of a tragedy back at home and has to go back to Ireland. Should she stay in Ireland with her mother or go back to the life she has made for herself? The writing is pretty good, but again, nothing too groundbreaking.

A Reliable Wife

I thought this was a pretty good read, but could have been better. The plot is interesting...a very wealthy business man in northern Wisconsin advertises in the paper for a reliable wife. He chooses what he believes to be a plain Jane sort of woman, but when she steps off the train, he sees she isn't the woman in the picture she had sent. And so begins the secrecy, twists and turns, and suspense! You learn about the man's heartbreaking past and how exactly his new wife's past intertwines with it. A pretty good read, I just wish the ending would have been a little different. Seemed to end a little abruptly.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Painted House

This is a story of a 7 year old boy named Luke growing up on a cotton farm in Arkansas in 1952. It basically takes place during the cotton harvest time and the story tells of Luke's interactions with his family, the "hill people" and the Mexicans who help harvest the cotton. Poor Luke is a witness to a murder and is threatened by one of the "hill people" to keep the secret of what he saw.

This book was okay. It's only a little under 300 pages but it took me about 5 days to read it so it was definitely dragging. The other thing is the main character is only 7 and about halfway through the book I realized he is only a year older than my son. I couldn't in my wildest dreams imagine my son going through and witnessing some of the things this little boy did. Overall the though the story was good and I believe it was inspired by Grisham's own childhood in Arkansas.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Olive Kitteridge

I just finished this orning and I loved it. Curious to think what you all thought. I know not everyone has started or is close to finishing...we've had a boring last few days so I had some time to read...but I thought I'd start this so everyone could add to as they were reading or whenever they finished. I found it to be a good story (or stories) but most importantly, very thought provoking about living life, getting old, losing those you lose, loving those you still have, having regrets or no regrets about your past, and making your own future....

There are so many ways to interpret this book, I'm sure we'll all walk away with something different. I know it made me look at my own family and relationships with my parents, grandparents, husband, and children all a little differently....


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Lost Boy

This is the sequel to "A Child Called It". I had to read it. These books read super fast and really make you look at your own life and children so much differently.

I feel so deeply for this little boy, who is now a man. The things he had to endure growing up are nothing you could conjure up in your own imagination. At least I couldn't.

I find it very difficult to accept that a mother who has felt her child grow inside her and given birth to a sweet, perfect little baby could hate and abuse it so violently.

It's horrible.

Monday, March 1, 2010


After I read "Olive Kitteridge", which I'm about to start, I want to start the series that "The Other Boelyn Girl" is a part of.

Is the first one "The Constant Princess"? That's what I'm thinking, but I don't know!


Someone please tell me. :)