Waiting on Wednesday: The Return

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Just stopping by to let you know about a book that I am waiting on! 

Author: Nicholas Sparks
Summary from Goodreads:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a moving new novel about an injured army doctor and the two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.
Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.
Tending to his grandfather's beloved bee hives while preparing for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.
Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Claiming to be 17, she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. Discovering that she was once befriended by his grandfather, Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues - until a crisis triggers a race that will uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could have ever anticipated.
In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.
Will you be seeking this one out?

Happy Reading!

Book Date: Where The Crawdads Sing

Monday, April 27, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Stopping by to share what I am currently reading.

Have you read this one? What are you currently reading?

Happy Reading!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to let you know that the Dewey's 24 hour readathon is now open! Beginning on April 25, 2020 at 8 Eastern time and the corresponding times around the globe! 

Will you be joining?

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Hello Summer

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Summary from Amazon:New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.

It’s a new season...
Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.
For small town scandals...
When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat—and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”
And big-time secrets.
Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.

Personal Review:When I picked up this tome, I hoped that it would keep me intrigued and that it did. The book has a little bit of everything: unexpected, mystery, and even a smudge of romance. I enjoyed this one and the opportunity to escape everything that is going on in the world around me.

If you don't mind big books and if you want one that will keep you reading til the end, then this may just the one for you!

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the publisher. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.
Happy Reading!

Reading Recap

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are well. Just stopping by with a few mini reviews from books that I have finished recently.

Bromance Club
People were raving about this book, so I had to check it out. While I liked it, I dont know that I shared the same enthusiasm. It was good, just not a favorite for me. I thought the premise and characters were interesting.

Epic Solitude
I found out about this one from MIL. I am glad she told me about it. Anyone who can hike both the PCT and do an Iditarod is impressive.  I really enjoyed this one!

Open Book
This one was Jessica Simpson's memoir. I also really enjoyed this one and learned so many things that I would never had any idea about had I not read this!

Me and Patsy: Kicking up Dust
The story of Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline is one for the ages. I truly enjoyed the insights and backgrounds in this one as well. If you love country music, check this one out!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Pippa Park Raises Her Game

Friday, April 17, 2020

Summary from Goodreads: “Pippa is a magnetic heroine, funny and good-hearted.”―Booklist

Readers will cheer on Korean American Pippa Park in this compelling middle grade reimagining of Great Expectations. Navigating friendships and cyberbullying at a new school, Pippa reinvents herself and discovers who she really is.

Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the “Rules of Cool.”

At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her family’s laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened.

As things begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.

Personal Review:
I enjoyed this book. I found it a good book about thinking about who you are, who your friends are, and what does it mean to be in a new place. I find that those could be really powerful themes for students as they think about school.

The book was upbeat and we watched as Pippa dealt with a variety of issues that can be very tough to navigate. Thank you for the opportunity to read this one.

 Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the Publisher Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday; Admission

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday. Just stopping by to let you know about a book that I am 'waiting on.'

Author: Julie Buxbaum
Summary from Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She's headed off to the college of her dreams. She's going to prom with the boy she's had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer--at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she's long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

Happy Reading!

Quaran-TBR Bingo

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well and are safe/healthy. I came across the Bingo card here from Epic Reads and thought it would be fun to share. I hope that books can take you wonderful places while you are home and safe.
Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 27.5

Monday, April 6, 2020

Hi Everyone! 

Just popping by to wish you all a 

Happy Bout of Books Stay at Home edition! 

More information on their website. 

Will you be participating?


Happy Reading!

Book Review: Show Me The Honey

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Dave Doroghy

A lighthearted, self-deprecating account of one fledgling beekeeper’s misadventures. With wit and warning in equal measure, this informative, refreshingly honest narrative will resonate with any new beekeeper.
When Dave Doroghy’s sister gave him 15,000 honey bees as a Christmas gift, his practical knowledge of beekeeping would have fit on the proverbial backend of an Apis mellifera. He spent the next two years learning everything he needed to know to keep that beehive alive and well—he attended a beekeeping conference, joined a bee club, and even went to bee school. But bad things still happened—he sustained multiple stings, wasps attacked his hive, he fought an ongoing battle with killer varroa mites, and even lost his queen—twice!
In Show Me the Honey Doroghy recounts his often tension-filled misadventures in beekeeping with self-deprecating humour and lightheartedness. Whether it’s the impending chaos of transferring tens of thousands of insects to an outyard, the horror of discovering bees on the inside of his beekeeping suit, or just wondering if he will end up with even an ounce of honey for all his efforts, Doroghy shares the joy, the surprises, and the less-acknowledged financial sting of keeping bees. Above all, he relishes in the details of keeping a hive and getting to know the fascinating little creatures that inhabit those mysterious wooden boxes.

Personal Review:Who knew? This was my first exposure to world of beekeeping and I really enjoyed it. I learned alot and really appreciate the author's humor throughout the book.

I can see the value in bees, but honestly it maybe makes me a bit nervous? How do you make sure you dont get stung? There is so many different experiences out there-events, training, etc. The author has done them all.

A very interesting read!

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!