Book Blogger Hop 4/27-5/3



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

Have you ever thought of writing a respectful, but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

My answer:

Honestly, I’m a very non-confrontational person and I don’t really have it in me to do that. Although with social media being the way it is, it’s easier than ever to get in contact with an author, so I can definitely see the temptation!

What about you? Have you ever written an author about killing off a favorite character? Leave me a comment below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

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Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my excerpts will be from my current read, The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson. I actually found two quotes for my Friday 56 and couldn’t choose between them, so I included both.

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Synopsis:

A moving, lyrical, beautifully-written portrait of a nurse and the lives she has touched

Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her most unforgettable patients.

In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, hovering at the very edge of survival, like tiny Emmanuel, wrapped up in a sandwich bag. On the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important–which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer. In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone. And the stories of the geriatric ward–Gladys and older patients like her–show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Through the smallest of actions, nursing provides vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion.


Book Beginning:

I didn’t always want to be a nurse. I went through a number of career possibilities and continually exasperated the career advisor at my failing secondary school.


The Friday 56:

I nod. “Thank you.” But I have no clue what I’m meant to do. What is my role here as a nurse? Do I simply sit with the patients, or try and talk to them, or watch them.

I like the idea that I can help provide meaning to another person’s life, and during the same process search for meaning in my own. But I have no idea how to go about it.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: April 25th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.

Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.

When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront the truth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.

This is an ARC that I received through NetGalley. I want to point out that the synopsis is a bit misleading, but the book itself has been really good so far! I’m really enjoying it.


I just finished reading:

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes–each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned–becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

As soon as I finished reading this book, I had an inexplicable urge to pick it back up and re-read it again from the beginning. Beautiful, poetic, thought provoking, profound, inspiring… I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful book!! It is now a top favorite of mine. And to think, I had never even heard of it before I stumbled across a copy at my library’s used book sale…


What I’m reading next:

The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson

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GoodReads Synopsis:

A moving, lyrical, beautifully-written portrait of a nurse and the lives she has touched

Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her most unforgettable patients.

In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, hovering at the very edge of survival, like tiny Emmanuel, wrapped up in a sandwich bag. On the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important–which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer. In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone. And the stories of the geriatric ward–Gladys and older patients like her–show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Through the smallest of actions, nursing provides vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion.

The funny thing about this book is it just kind of showed up one day! It’s an ARC that’s being published on May 8th, but I don’t even remember requesting it (although I’m sure I must have at some point because how else would they have gotten my mailing address?). It definitely looks like a book I would enjoy, so I’m looking forward to reading it.


That’s all for my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

Book Review: Blood Will Out

Title: Blood Will Out
Author: Jo Treggiari
Genre(s): Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Pages: 256
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible 

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Book Blurb:

Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.

My Thoughts:

I had a really hard time getting through this book. The biggest reason was due to the blatant editing errors spread throughout it. I know we’re not supposed to take those into consideration in our ratings (since it’s an early version and might be re-edited before the actual publish date), but I had a really hard time ignoring them this time just because of how prevalent there were. For instance, almost each chapter started with the first letter of the first word several lines above the rest of the sentence, like this:

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ri was…” instead of “Ari was…”. It was really annoying and I tripped over that first word almost every time. That’s just one example of several types of mistakes (spelling, grammar, and formatting) peppered throughout this book.

As if the editing errors weren’t bad enough, the story itself was incredibly slow, especially for a book categorized as a thriller/suspense novel. At one point I saw that I was almost halfway through, but absolutely NOTHING of interest had happened yet. The main character was still stuck in a cistern/well, trying to remember how she got there, and thinking about her best friend, her crush, and a shopping trip she went on earlier in the day. In sharp contrast, the chapters from the killer’s perspective were overly violent and gory, but also one dimensional and cliche.

On the positive side, it does get better in the second half of the book. The writing is still somewhat clunky and unsophisticated, but the story picks up with a lot more action and suspense. And I was genuinely surprised when the killer’s identity was revealed – it wasn’t predictable at all (or I somehow missed the clues).

Overall, I was really disappointed with this book. I’m going to give it 2/5 stars.

Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Book Blogger Hop 4/20-4/26



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

How do you organize your books for review? Does it work for you or have you had to change it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My answer:

Most of my review copies are egalleys, so they usually just sit on my Kindle until they can be read and reviewed. To make it easier to find them in the future, I assign them to a custom collection I created on my Kindle (that I can filter by). As far as physical copies go, I keep them in a separate stack in the front of my bookshelves until I finish my review and then they get shelved in their proper place or donated. I never have more than 2 or 3 physical copies waiting to be reviewed at any given time, so it’s a pretty simple system. I also have a notebook where I keep track of the publish dates to make sure I have them read & reviewed in time, but I am pretty selective about which books I request for review so it has been pretty easy to meet all of the deadlines so far.

What’s your organization system? Leave me a comment below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

I Spy Book Challenge

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I saw this on Musings of a Bookish Nerd the other day and decided to join in! This was a really fun challenge. 🙂 I even finished gathering my titles in under 5 minutes! (Although it took me longer than that to find all of the matching cover images online…)

The Rules:

Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!! (or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)


#1  Food

Little French Bistro by Nina George

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#2  Transportation

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

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#3  Weapon

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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#4  Animal

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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#5  Number

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

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#6  Something You’ve Read

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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#7  Body of Water

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

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#8  Product of Fire

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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#9  Royalty

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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#10  Architecture

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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#11  Item of Clothing

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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#12  Family Member

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

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#13  Time of Day

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King

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#14  Music

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

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#15  Paranormal Being

Cujo by Stephen King

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#16  Occupation

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

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#17  Season

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

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#18  Color

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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#19  Celestial Body

We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

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#20  Something that Grows

Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

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Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my excerpts will be from A Sister In My House by Linda Olsson.

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Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of Astrid & Veronika, a lyrical novel of two sisters bound together by a tragic moment from their past.

Maria and Emma have not seen each other since their mother’s funeral two years ago. But now, Emma has come to visit Maria at her house in Spain, an unsettling intrusion on Maria’s quiet and solitary life. Over six days in the seaside town, the sisters cautiously recount the years of their separate adult lives. Their walks through the quiet town and evening talks on the terrace reveal almost more than Maria can deal with, until finally, the sisters confront their unspeakable family history.

A Sister in My House is a compelling drama of grief and betrayal, but ultimately it is a story of hope and forgiveness.


Book Beginning:

I can’t explain why I did it. Often, it is as if a part of me has its own impulsive life beyond my control. I am astounded at the mess it causes. And occasionally at the good that comes of it regardless.


The Friday 56:

‘Do you really have no positive memories of mother?’

I said nothing.

‘Not even early ones? When you were little, Amanda and you?’

I stopped in my tracks and looked at her.

‘No, I’m telling you! I keep those memories away from me, because they are painful. Mostly, I remember absence. My hopeless longing for intimacy. For love. Or even a small measure of interest. But mother lived in a world where there was only room for her.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: April 18th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

A Sister In My House by Linda Olsson

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GoodReads Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of Astrid & Veronika, a lyrical novel of two sisters bound together by a tragic moment from their past.

Maria and Emma have not seen each other since their mother’s funeral two years ago. But now, Emma has come to visit Maria at her house in Spain, an unsettling intrusion on Maria’s quiet and solitary life. Over six days in the seaside town, the sisters cautiously recount the years of their separate adult lives. Their walks through the quiet town and evening talks on the terrace reveal almost more than Maria can deal with, until finally, the sisters confront their unspeakable family history.

A Sister in My House is a compelling drama of grief and betrayal, but ultimately it is a story of hope and forgiveness.

I’m reading this book for free through Penguin’s First To Read program. So far, it has been a lovely read. It’s a bit of a slow burn – there’s not a lot happening in the storyline yet, but the author has a beautiful prose and I’m enjoying it.


I just finished reading:

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

This book has been high on my TBR list for a while now, so when I found a hardcover copy at my library’s book sale on Friday, I was on that like white on rice! I couldn’t wait to dig into it and started reading it the very next day. I was not disappointed; all of those glowing reviews are telling the truth. It is a very powerful book. The story is absolutely heart-breaking and tragic, but also incredibly well-written and poignant. This is a book that will be sticking with me for a long time. I gave it 5/5 stars and highly recommend it.


What I’m reading next:

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes–each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned–becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

This is another book I found at my library’s book sale on Friday and I’m very excited to read it. I’ve heard a lot of great things and can’t wait to see if it’s as good as they say.


That’s all for my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

My blog’s name in books

Lynne at Fictionophile created this new blog meme over the weekend. It looked like fun so I decided to join!

Rules: 

1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

3. Have fun!  


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Man, I really wish I had a shorter blog name! So here goes…

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And that’s it!

FYI – I linked all of the above cover images to GoodReads, so you can can click on them to learn more about each book.

I love seeing what other people have on their TBR lists! If you decide to join in on this meme, feel free to leave a comment with your link below so I can check it out. And, of course, don’t forget to link back to Fictionophile‘s original post. 🙂

Book Blogger Hop 4/13-4/19



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in? What makes it appealing? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My answer:

This is an easy one for me. I would love to live in the world that Harry Potter lives in. And of course, the biggest appeal of that world is MAGIC! Cooking, cleaning, laundry, fixing things around the house… all of my chores would be sooo much easier. Which would give me so much more time for things I actually enjoy, like spending quality time with my kids, going on adventures and making memories, and reading of course!

What about you? Where would you like to live? Leave me a comment below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.