Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
From the beginning, she had me hooked because I felt like she was talking about me - hard headed, stubborn and a woman who wants to find herself in control all of the time - yep that's me! Thankful for my single years, which made me who I am, they may have also made me a little more self sufficient and needing of control. Through her book, I realized that following the boy's "lead" doesn't mean I am giving up control, it just means we are moving together as a unit as we should be.
I would absolutely recommend this book to the ladies of my generation who had a time being single and may have become used to being in control of all the decisions of their lives. We are a generation that didn't go straight from college to married life, but instead we are creating our own homes before we get into relationships - because of this we may not be the most accomodating to "someone" invading our homes and lives!
July-Sept 2011 Challenge: Time for a Change
Monday, August 29, 2011
Kritters Thoughts: With a little hesitation, I pick up chick lit because I have to be in the mood for light and fluffy. Although this quintessential chick lit, it had heart and soul that made it more than just a girlie read. A story centered around a girl who makes the decision to "follow" or rather move to a new city - L.A., where her long-term fiance is said to follow. Will he ever move and will they ever get married? The ultimate questions.
As a girl who has decided to move with a boy, it takes some courage, guts and many conversations to confirm that this is the best decision both for yourself and the both of you as a couple. Not recommended for everyone, but if done right, it can build a solid foundation. Off the soap box - I loved this book, even if I had to read it in mass market form!
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Off the Shelf Challenge: 19 out of 50
July-Sept 2011 Challenge: Red Dress Ink
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
Paperbackswap or Bookmooch:
Burning the Map by Laura Caldwell
Lucky Girl by Fiona Gibson
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Back to the earthquake, I work on the 14th floor of a building in Tysons Corner, VA and as I was cleaning up our board room - the shaking began.
I share all of this to also share the below pictures of the ceiling tiles that were hanging right near my desk.
As far as damage at our house - I had a picture wall that looked a little cock eyed and some books that fell off a shelf, but nothing was lost. The boy was home with the pup, so she was not alone when our place did a little shaking. She loves to bark at thunder and has no fear, so I just wonder what she was thinking when the ground beneath did a little shaking. And just for kicks - a great pic of my reading partner and four-legged cuddler!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
With three men vying for her attention, it was pure joy to read and try to guess who she may end up with. Sadly, I was wrong, but that made it even more fun and a lot less predictable. I will not divulge as to whom she ends up with, but I will say that it was more than fun to see one of the men end up as a friend and just a friend.
The writing and word choice were light and fun. I felt as though it was Eva's true voice within each page. As some chick lit books read, the character can be whiny and depressing - this was not that kind of read. She was intelligent, successful and unsure as to whether a man would even fit in her life.
I think young and old, married and single will enjoy this one. A classy read with heart and depth.
July-Sept 2011 Challenge: On TV
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I think this series can be enjoyed by all ages as the mystery is the heart of the story. As they are high schoolers, the drama is obviously at that level, but I don't think the story is any lower due to their ages.
July-Sept 2011 Challenge: Unbelievable: Well Rounded (YA)
Wicked: To Be Young Again
Killer: Going Green
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
A meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
Missing in Mexico by Stuart Gustafson
Telling Lies by Cathi Stoler
Next off the TBR pile:
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Saturday, August 20, 2011
A great week full of reviews, wins, and a small shopping trip. I also had some free time to shot the vlog - sorry for Miss Charlotte's instance on being a part of the party.
A meme hosted by The Story Siren.
Barnes and Noble run:
Art of Social War by Jodi Wing
Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Just My Type by Simon Garfield
Unforseen Fears by H William Gruchow
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
The Devil Colony by James Rollins
The Bond by Wayne Pacelle
Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
What came in your mailbox?
Friday, August 19, 2011
Despite warnings from her coach husband, Lois gets in the middle of the controversy, butting heads with a new teacher, who appears to be a spy for bureaucrats, and pushing the state Legislature with Mayor Eva and Molly, who walks to Baton Rouge in protest. The hotshot consultant sent in to monitor the school is none other than Mayor Eva's long-ago, almost-forgotten ex-husband, mixing up Eva's renewed friendship with Dub McCuller. The district's legal woes bring attorney Terrence to town, much to Dr. Kevin's delight. The highway continues to creep forward, raising more doubts about the future of Green, and Lois learns that to make lasting changes, she will have to refuse to conform but be transformed.
A christian fiction that didn't beat me over the head with its bible verses and messages to urge the reader to "come to jesus." I enjoyed that this book was sweet and thoughtful, but not crazy christian fiction as some stories can become. A great read for the beach, but please start at the beginning of this series as it may help with the merry cast of characters.
As I was finishing this book, I found out it was the 4th book in a series, so I will have to go found the first three and read them now - such a bummer.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.
Kritters Thoughts: A heartbreaking story that from the beginning pulls you in to want to hear from the beginning the full tragedy, which allows you to completely enjoy the extreme hope. I was swept in because she had the ability to easily switch from telling the current events to jumping into the past to share a tidbit which provided depth and back story that was both enjoyable and informative.
Fortunately, I have not experienced such a tragedy, so to hear a story where she can end peacefully with a family and fulfillment, it made me completely emotional. I recently lost my grandmother, so to read this story of loss (extreme loss) I found it interesting to see each "character's" reaction to the experience. I had a heart for this girl who was still trying to grow up, but was left without a stable adult to lead and guide her through both her adolescence and her grief.
This book is not for the faint of heart, it is a definite ride through the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. As someone who is reading memoirs more frequently, I would put this at the top of your list to read and enjoy.
This book was provided for review by Tribute Books.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author in conjunction with Tribute Book tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The one thing I missed from the first book was the many characters that had stories that were interlocking. I wish there was just a little more of the previous tenants on Alamanac Road. The new characters were entertaining, but I missed continuing their stories along with Jem and Ralph's.
July-Sept 2011 Challenge:
Check out the other stops on the blog tour:
Aug. 17 - Nicole @ Forbidden Reviews
Aug. 18 - Heather @ Proud Book Nerd
Aug. 19 - Cindy @ Oodles of Books
Aug. 20 - Andrea @ A Chick Who Reads
Aug. 22 - Lisa @ Books in the Burbs
Aug. 23 - Molly @ Reviews by Molly
Aug. 24 - Rebecca @ Beck's Book Picks
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author in conjunction with Crazy Book tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton
Marriage by Design by Lynn Michaels
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
It's a Waverly Life by Maria Murnane
Hand me downs from my Aunt Gloria (thank you!):
Good Grief by Lolly Winston
A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas
What Remains by Carole Radziwill
What arrived in your mailbox?
Friday, August 12, 2011
July-Sept 2011 Challenge: Cooking is the New Black
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Twenty-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black miad, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
Kritters Thoughts: After all the hype, I had to take a bit before I read this one. When I heard the movie was coming out at the end of the summer, I knew I wanted to read it before the movie came out - so here it is.
Anyone who has not picked up this book - you are officially crazy. It does live up to all the hype! This complex story is told from three very different perspectives that help guide the story along its path. From 1962, a time when white women had help in their homes that consisted of black women that lived just beyond their privileged neighborhoods. The rare relationship that is formed between the women and between the help and the children of the home were written with perfect ease.
The relationship that Skeeter, Minny and Abileen form is unique. I loved how the story unfolded page by page. At first, I thought maybe the length was too much, but as I neared the end - I decided I was absolutely wrong. The length was perfect for the story that had to be told.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone. Of course, I think you should read it before the movie arrives in theaters in August.Pages: 451
Cover Challenge April-June: Don't I Know You
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
However, what this predator does not know is that he, too, is being stalked. There is someone in the shadows - a trained Citizen - who is ready to make sure that the child under his assigned protection is never harmed.
One pedophile, one abuser, one killer at a time; this Citizen and others like him will take a stand against those who prey on the weak and the innocent.
Kritters Thoughts: A hard subject to read, but one that we all need to think about because it is a form of slavery that still exists in our society - human trafficing. I have watched tv specials and read news stories, but nothing took it home like this book. Not for the faint of heart, this book and subject matter happens every day in many different forms.
The book jumps back in forth between life at the company - ARC, different Citizens hunting Marks, and then the surveillance of one Mark that has been on the hitlist for awhile. I enjoyed the different stories going on at once. The dark and gritty of surveillance and the on the field of the job contrasted completely with the happiness that occurred at the company headquarters. At times, it was hard to hear how nice the on the job was because you knew what their real jobs were.
I definitely enjoyed this one and felt as though it wasn't too hard to read because there were only a few instances where you were reading about being out in the field, most of the book took place at corporate headquarters. I would recommend this book to those who don't mind a little controversy and want a read that may challenge your morals and view points on some tender social issues.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Monday, August 8, 2011
July-Sept 2011 Challenge: Starstruck (Tom Hanks)
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
A meme hosted by The Story Siren.
Why I Love Singlehood by Elisa Lorello
Sins of the Mother by Tara Hyland
Just Say the Word by Carla Salvo
Take it Like a Mom by Stephanie Stiles
Outside Wonderland by Lorna Jane Cook
Bookmooch or Paperbackswap:
Babes in Captivity by Pamela Redmon Satran
Spent by Avis Cardella
Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston
She'll Take It by Mary Carter
What came in your mailbox this week?