Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time #BEspring19

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The daily topic today is, Wishing I could read you or the first time, hosted by Clo @ Book Dragons.  If you would like more information on the Bookending Spring event, it is hosted by Sam at FictionallySam and Clo at Book Dragons. Stop by and check it out. 

Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time

I can honestly say I have never reread a book before. It hasn’t been something I have thought about much as there seems to always be a great new book that I want to read. But, if I were to reread a book, I think that I would reread Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Gone with the Wind. These three books have been by far my favorite reads and I wouldn’t mind sitting down to read them again, to enjoy them as if it were the first time I was reading them. That would be time well spent.

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What book or books would you want to reread as if it were the first time?

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First Line Friday | The Night Before by Wendy Walker

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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Cover Image for The Night Before by Wendy Walker

“I don’t know if this is a good idea.”

 

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Book Review | The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Cover Image of The MIracle Morning by Hal ElrodAuthor:  Hal Elrod

Paperback: 180 pages

Publisher: Hal Elrod; 1st Paperback Edition edition

Publication Date: December 7, 2012

ISBN-10: 0979019710

ISBN-13: 978-0979019715

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

 Source: Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Blurb

What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life-changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible.

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or EVERY—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life—the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined—is about to begin. Buy the book and WAKE UP to your full potential!

Quote

“You are where you are because of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.”

My Thoughts

The Miracle Morning was a typical self-help book.  The concepts were basic and the writing was a bit over the top. I feel this book could be easily summarized in just a few sentences.

  • Go to bed the night before thinking positively about the next morning.
  • Wake up with your alarm when it first goes off, no snoozing.
  • Brush your teeth
  • Drink a full glass of water.
  • Get dressed in your workout clothes
  • Follow the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. (Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing)

It seems to be basic information but for those that love self-help/self-care books, the content makes sense and is organized in a way that it is easy to understand.

Rating

2-stars

 

About the Author

Hal Elrod is on a mission to Elevate the Consciousness of Humanity, One Morning at a Time. As the author of one of the highest rated books on Amazon, “The Miracle Morning” (which has been translated into 27 languages, has over 2,200 five-star reviews and is practiced daily by over 500,000 people in more than 70 countries)… he is doing exactly that.

Hal is grateful to be alive and living his mission alongside his wife and their two young children in Austin, TX.

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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 | Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

First Line Fridays
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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Cover image of Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

“There was something you wanted to tell me, wasn’t there?”

 

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Book Review: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

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Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Mariner Books; Revised ed. edition (June 9, 2015)

ISBN-10: 9780544484092

ISBN-13: 978-0544484092

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

 

Source: I purchased this book.

Blurb

In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop — the only bookshop — in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.

This new edition features an introduction by David Nicholls, author of One Day.

Quote

“Surely you have to succeed, if you give everything you have.”

“Gentleness is not kindness. His fluid personality tested and stole into the weak places of others until it found it could settle down to its own advantage.”

My Thoughts

Fast Read, Frustrating, Heartbreaking

The Bookshop is a well-written story.  The main character, Florence Green, is a strong-willed lady with the idea of opening a bookshop, in Hardborough, in 1959.  She faces many obstacles and injustices along the way.  However, If you are looking for a happy ending to this story, you have the wrong book. Overall, The Bookshop, is a sad book, beginning, middle, and end. There is no happiness to be found in this book which made it a bit difficult to digest.

Rating

Pace: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Plot / Conflict: ❤ ❤ ❤

Characters: ❤ ❤ ❤

Setting: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoyability: ❤ ❤

Ease of Reading: ❤ ❤ ❤

Overall Rating:

3-stars

About the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald, author of The BookshopPenelope Fitzgerald was an English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of “the ten best historical novels”.

Fitzgerald was the author of nine novels. Her novel Offshore was the winner of the Booker Prize. A further three novels — The BookshopThe Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels — also made the shortlist.

She was educated at Wycombe Abbey and Somerville College, Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1938 with a congratulatory First.

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Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Cover Image of the book, The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton

Author: Karen Hamilton

Print Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition

Publication Date: March 26th, 2019

ISBN-10: 152583150X

ISBN-13: 978-1525831508

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

Blurb

A “twisted page-turner that should appeal to fans of You”.—Entertainment Weekly.com

YOU’VE NEVER READ A LOVE STORY AS TWISTED AS THIS.

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Quote

“If you love someone, set them free.
If they come back, they’re yours.
If they don’t, make them.”

My Thoughts

Highly Recommended!  This has been my favorite read this year!

Juliette appears to be a sweet, intelligent and a “normal” young lady, but she is delusional and obsessive! Even though Nate has broken off the relationship with her, she just knows that their love for each other was meant to be and she has a plan to get him back. He is everything she could ever want and she is the only one that could ever make him happy. Her infatuation with Nate is over the top, crazy and the level of deception is beyond imaginable. This book will leave you with a feeling of uneasiness.

Juliette is driven with a plan that she will see through to the very end.

Rating

Pace: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Plot / Conflict: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Characters: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (*I would have liked to see some more fight in Nate.)

Setting: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoyability: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Ease of Reading: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Overall Rating:

5-stars

I could not put it down! I LOVED it. This book was amazing and can be counted among my favorites. Highly Recommended!

About the Author

Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect GirlfriendKaren Hamilton caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium, and Italy) and having worked as cabin crew for a major airline.
In 2006, she and her husband put down roots in Hampshire UK and four years ago, she later gave up flying to raise their three sons and concentrate on her writing.
In 2009, she decided to ‘become a writer.’

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First Line Friday | Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Cover image of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

 

 

“The champagne bottle knocks against the marble kitchen counter, making me jump.”

 

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Book Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward #NetGalley #BeautifulBad

Cover image of the book Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Author: Annie Ward

Print Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Park Row

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 9780778369103

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

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

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

Recognition

 March 2019 Indie Next selection  March 2019 LibraryReads selection

Blurb

In the tradition of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes the psychological thriller everyone is talking about, a twisted novel about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.

There are two sides to every story… And every person.
Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas, while she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

*Blurb is from Amazon.com

My Thoughts

How well do you know your significant other?

Do you know what are they capable of?

Beautiful Bad is a well written, twisted tale about the main characters, Maddie and Ian, their relationship and the trials along the way. Maddie has had a traumatic brain injury that leaves her with panic attacks and other struggles. Ian has witnessed the carnage of war first hand and upon returning home struggles with flashbacks, survivors guilt, and adjustment back to his home life.  These struggles put stress on their relationship but not only for them. Ian and Maggie have a little boy named Charlie.

Overall, I did enjoy this book! Early on I had figured out “who’d done it” and the outcome. However, for me, it was more of a story about how it was going to play out and how “she/he” were going to get away with it.  The main characters are well developed, as are the secondary characters. The story itself did jump around a bit.  There were past and present scenes, a countdown to the murder and time lapses after the murder.  Lastly, the ending left some open-ended events that I would have like to have known more about.

Many thanks to Annie Ward, Harlequin Books, Park Row, Netgalley. I was given this book in return for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Quote

“I sometimes feel like my mind is possessed by another person or creature.”

Rating

4-stars

About the Author

Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad

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Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While studying at AFI, she sold her first short screenplay to MTV/ BFCS Productions. Starring Adam Scott, STRANGE HABIT became a Grand Jury Award Winner at the Aspen Film Festival and a Sundance Festival Official Selection.

After film school, Annie moved to Eastern Europe to work for Fodor Travel Guides, covering regions of Spain and Bulgaria. She remained in Bulgaria for five years spanning a civilian uprising and government overthrow. The novel THE MAKING OF JUNE, which Annie wrote with the Bulgarian revolution and Balkan crisis as its backdrop was sold to Penguin Putnam and published to critical acclaim in 2002.

During Annie’s five years in the Balkans she received a Fulbright Scholarship, taught at the University of Sofia, and script doctored eight screenplays for Nu-Image, an Israeli/American film company that produced a number of projects in Bulgaria for the SyFy Channel. She was later the recipient of an Escape to Create artist residency.

She lives in Kansas City, Kansas with her family.

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First Line Friday | Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

First Line Fridays
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This weeks choice for First Line Friday is:

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

 

Behind Her Eyes Cover Image

 

“Pinch myself and I say I AM AWAKE once an hour.”

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this book!  I absolutely LOVED it!  If you haven’t read it yet, you should. I highly recommend it! ❤

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