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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What I've Been Reading

So I haven't done any book reviews in a very long time but I figured it was time to do some catching up considering I have read some really great books this summer! I have started keeping up with my reading lists in my Good Reads account. You can create "bookshelves" for the books you want to read or have read.  It is a really great way to keep up with everything, plus, you get to rate the books and see what everyone else thinks about the books as well.  I am ALWAYS looking for great books to read and love to hear what everyone else is reading and what they recommend.  I would love to hear what's on your reading lists for this summer!

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I have loved every single book I have read by Moriarty.  Although this one was probably not my most favorite one of her's, I still found myself laughing out loud and not being able to put it down.

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.
Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
I was very drawn to this book by the pretty cover but the book really wasn't what I was expecting it to be.  It was a good read but a bit long and drawn out and I did not like the ending at all!  It's a good one if you really love to read about the uppity Manhattan life style.  It has some really great characters but overall, not my favorite.

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the future they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.
This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.   

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury

This is the second book in Kingsbury's Angels Walking series.  I loved the first one and so I was excited to read this one.  I love all of Kingsbury's books.  She really makes you fall in love with the characters.  This is a great light read with an overall happy ending but leaves you hanging.  I am currently reading the final book in the series and it is just as good so far.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the second novel in the Angels Walking series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life: the dramatic story of a woman desperate to find deeper meaning in her life.
Growing up in a comfortable home, Mary Catherine wanted for nothing. Though she loves her wealthy parents, their lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, Mary Catherine pursues meaning through charity work, giving away a part of herself but never giving away her heart.
Now Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with baseball coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodgers pitcher Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine's intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision.
Inspirational and moving, Chasing Sunsets is the story of one woman's deep longings of the soul, and the sacrifices she's willing to make in search of healing.

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing  by Christy Beam

I remember seeing all the attention this book got a few months ago when the movie was being released but I never got a chance to read it until now.  I loved this book and this family.  It is a true story of a little girl's unbelievable story and her family's unshakable faith.  A quick and enjoyable read.  I hope to get a chance to watch this movie.

In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to Heaven and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease.
Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree, a fall that may well have caused death or paralysis. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment. 
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN will change how we look at the world around us and reinforce our belief in God and the afterlife.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Oh I loved this book!  I absolutely fell in love with the characters and their relationship.  I caught myself laughing and crying and even a little mad a few times.  The movies just came out and I have heard it is just as wonderful! Definitely one to add to your summer reading lists!

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
I picked this up one day when I was killing some time in Barnes and Noble.  It said it was similar to Gone Girl which I absolutely loved.  It took me awhile to get into it and I seriously considered quitting it a few times but I am soooo glad I decided to stick with it!  It turned into a book I couldn't hardly put down and kept be turning pages until the very end!  Seriously don't skip the last chapter!

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
A friend of mine loaned me this book and warned me I would have a hard time putting it down!  She was so right! This book was not at all what I expected but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it is a great portrayal of the pressures a lot of women face on a daily basis... the desire to be accepted and prove themselves to others and doing whatever it takes to make them appear to be perfect and happy.  It touches on some sensitive subjects such as sexual assault, bullying, drinking, etc. through a pretty compelling story that I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancĂ©, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
I have always loved reading all about the Kennedy family.  I just get very intrigued by how their parents seemed to manage their children so closely.  It wasn't until a few years ago that I first heard of Rosemary Kennedy.  I really enjoyed this book!  It is an extremely sad true story that really breaks my heart to think about really but one of my favorite Kennedy historical books I have read.

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.  Major new sources — Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors' letters, and exclusive family interviews — bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then — as the family’s standing reached an apex — the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three, and the family's complicity in keeping the secret. 
Rosemary delivers a profoundly moving coda: JFK visited Rosemary for the first time while campaigning in the Midwest; she had been living isolated in a Wisconsin institution for nearly twenty years. Only then did the siblings understand what had happened to Rosemary and bring her home for loving family visits. It was a reckoning that inspired them to direct attention to the plight of the disabled, transforming the lives of millions.

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