First Line Friday | The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See


This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See


Cover image of The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See


“An old woman sits on the beach, a cushion strapped to her bottom, sorting algae that’s washed ashore.”


Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.


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First Line Friday | Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

First Line Fridays
If you are interested in participating, stop over at Hoarding Books and check it out.  The premise of it is simple.  You simply share the first line of a book so that it may inspire other readers.


This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott - Cover Image


“The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.”


Now it’s your turn!  Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week (Just click on the FLF button below.


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Book Review: The Heavens by Sandra Newman | ARC

the heavens

Author:  Sandra Newman

Print Length: 272 pages

ISBN: 9780802129024

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

 Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have impassioned conversations over takeout dumplings and champagne. The evening shines with the heady optimism of a progressive new millennium. A young man, Ben, meets a young woman, Kate—and they begin to fall in love.

Kate lives with her head in the clouds, so at first Ben isn’t that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she’s had since childhood. In the dream, she’s transported to the past, where she lives a second life as Emilia, the mistress of a nobleman in Elizabethan England. But for Kate, the dream becomes increasingly real, to the point where it threatens to overwhelm her life. And soon she’s waking from it to find the world changed—pictures on her wall she doesn’t recognize, new buildings in the neighborhood that have sprung up overnight. As Kate tries to make sense of what’s happening, Ben worries the woman he’s fallen in love with is losing her grip on reality.

Both intoxicating and thought-provoking,The Heavens is a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions, a poignant testament to how the people we love are destined to change, and a masterful exploration of the power of dreams. The dream sequences seemed to be much more vivid than the portrait of her real

My Thoughts

I liked this book, but not at first.  I felt the book started off a bit slow and I found it a bit frustrating as I wasn’t sure where this book was going. The plot developed rather slowly. The transitions between Kate’s dreams and reality were a bit confusing. I found that  Kate’s dreams were vivid in comparison to the portrayal of her perceived reality.

I found this book, The Heavens, to be a difficult book to review.  Personally, I have never read a book like this before and it’s hard for me to really describe how I feel about it.  It was bothersome, fascinating, captivating, sad, complicated, and a bit bizarre. My recommendation is to not read too much into this book before reading it. Which sounds odd, but it is a book that you will want to experience for yourself.

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in return for an honest review. I would like to thank Grove Atlantic, Sandra Newman and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.


“Kate was a money suck, a time suck, an energy suck. As Sabine put it, she was human quicksand.”



About the Author

Sandra Newman is co-author of How Not To Write A Novel. She is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done and Cake, as well as the forthcoming memoir Changeling. She has taught writing and literature at Temple University, Chapman University, and the University of Colorado, and has published fiction and non-fiction in Harper’s, Granta, and London’s Observer, Telegraph, and Mail on Sunday newspapers, among other journals and newspapers.



NetGalley | Looking for Feedback

Good Morning book lovers and book bloggers!  Happy Friday to you all! 

Girl Drinking Coffee and Reading a BOok

In learning about NetGalley, it’s a common behavior to initially be so excited about all the great books on this site and to over request.  Well, I’ve been there and done that.  In doing so I have a feedback ratio of 20% on NetGalley!  This is stressing me out!  It appears the only way to remedy this is nose to the grindstone and read, read, read.


I wanted to reach out to those of you who use NetGalley, to get your feedback.

  • What is your best recommendation for keeping your feedback ratio above the recommended 80%?
  • What works for you?

Asking For A Friend


Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Author: Gillian Flynn

Paperback: 254 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (July 31, 2007)

ISBN-10: 0307341550

ISBN-13: 978-0307341556

Buy Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.


Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you're really doing it to them. ~Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

My Thoughts:

Gillian Flynn is one of my many favorite authors. Gone Girl, AMAZING! So, I couldn’t help but read another one of her books and I wasn’t disappointed. Sharp Objects was a book that sucked me in from the beginning. Flynn takes us on a journey with Camille Preaker, the main character in Sharp Objects. Camille has to go back to her home town, face her past, her family, and at the same time do her job as a reporter. Throughout the book, Camille struggles to keep per personal demons at bay while trying to get the latest scoop on the murders of 2 girls. Who could have done this? What was the motive? Just when you think you’ve figured it out, it throws you for a loop. Will Camille even survive this trip?

If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers or of Gillian’s other books, you will love this one too.



About the Author:

Gillian Flynn is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gone Girl and Dark Places, which was A New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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