Sunday, July 4, 2021

Book Reviews




 It has been a while since I have posted . I finished my English course and I got a good mark. Now I am just waiting for the transcript so I can send it to the college and hopefully start my office admin college program with bookkeeping specialty in Sept or Oct.


I have done some reading lately. Actually finished  four books so far this book.



Rating: 4/5

Part of a series - yes

Review: I really enjoy this book and this series. It was a nice easy read. Look forward to reading the last one in the series soon.




Rating - 3/5

Part of a series - yes

Review:
It was ok book. I like the characters for the most part, but I just love the book. Not sure if I would read the author again.

 


 Rating: 4/5

Part of a series - yes

Review: I really enjoy this book. It is exactly what I like about a cozy mystery, great character and nice small town feel to it. I will definitely look out for more of this author and this series

 

 

 


 Rating: 4/5

Part of a series - no

Review:This was my first time reading this author. I really enjoy this book. I don't really read historical fiction but I like it. I like that it has two different timelines and it keeps you guessing to what happened to these characters during that time. Great book.

 


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Summer books

With the sunny weather, it got me thinking about some summer books that I would like to read this summer. Not sure how many of these I will actually get read before September but hopefully I can get most of them read.














Thursday, April 8, 2021

Update

In January, I wrote a post about books I want to read. I didn't get as much read as I wanted but that is ok.

Here is what I read from the list

1: The Sugar Camp Quilt - 3/5. It was an ok book, I didn't get to read the other book . "Quilter's Homecoming as I need to take it back to the library
2:Hiding In The Shadows - 4/5 - Great book. Loved it.
3:Shopoholic and Sister - 4/5 - Great book.


So I still have 6 from the list to read.  Hope I am able to finish them in the next few months.  In sometime in May, I will write some summer reads I am hoping to read. 



Tuesday, February 2, 2021

January Review

I did pretty well with my reading this month, I read three books which is pretty good, especially when I am doing school work as well.


Books read:







All of my books this month. I gave 4 stars, I read three different genres this month.  I really like this cozy mystery series and I will defintely read more in the series and I even enjoy a science fiction series that I will read more of. 


New authors this month:

Martha Wells

Leanne Sweeney


Goals for Feb:

To hopefully read 1 or 2 books. 



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Books I want to read

Here are some books that I am hoping to read either February, March or April.  And at the end of April, I will write about what books I read.



Summary:History is thick with secrets in The Sugar Camp Quilt, seventh in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series from bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini. Set in Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the years leading up to the Civil War, the novel follows Dorothea Granger's passage from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery. She discovers that a quilt she has stitched for her uncle Jacob with five unusual patterns of his own design contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. The heroic journey she undertakes leads to revelations about her own courage and resourcefulness—newfound qualities that may win her the heart of the best man she has ever known.

 


 

A roaring twenties adventure unfolds in Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest Elm Creek Quilts novel, “A series that neatly stitches together social drama and the art of quilting” (Library Journal).

Newly wed in a festive yet poignant ceremony at Elm Creek Manor, bride Elizabeth Nelson takes leave of her ancestral Pennsylvania home. Setting off with her husband, Henry, on the adventure of a lifetime, the couple’s trunks are packed with more than the wedding quilts Elizabeth envisions them dreaming beneath every night of their married lives. They are landowners who hold the deed to Triumph Ranch, one hundred twenty acres of prime California soil located in the Arboles Valley north of Los Angeles.

 

Why Do I want to read this:

 I got both of these books from the library. I really enjoy these books when I read them.  This is part of a series that I am hoping to finish one day.

 


 



For two years, Justice Turnbull has paced his room at Halo Valley Security Hospital, planning to escape. Justice has a mission-one that began with a vicious murder two decades ago. And there are so many others who must be sent back to the hell that spawned them. . .
 

Laura Adderley didn't plan to get pregnant by her soon-to-be ex-husband, though she'll do anything to protect her baby. But now reporter Harrison Frost is asking questions about the mysterious group of women who live at Siren Song lodge. Harrison hasn't figured out Laura's connection to the story yet. But Justice knows. And he is coming. . .
 . 

All her life, Laura has been able to sense approaching evil. But that won't stop a psychopath bent on destroying her. Justice has been unleashed, and this time, there will be no place safe to hide. . .

  Why do I want to read this:

Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite authors and this series I started a few years ago and want to continue this series and this is next in the series.  I love that she writes with her sister.


 


 

Wedding florist Emma Grant gets to play with flowers every day and work with her three best friends in the process. She couldn’t ask for a better job. And her love life seems to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. And the last place she’s looking is right under her nose.

But that’s just where Jack Cooke is. He’s so close to the women of Vows that he’s practically family. Now though, the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. And when Emma returns his passion—kiss for b
listering kiss, they must trust in their history—and in their hearts…

 Why do I want to read this:

 How can you go wrong with Nora Roberts. This is part of a trilogy that I am hoping to finish this year. I can't wait read the next one in the series.

 


 t was love at first sight for Claire and Bill Hudson. They met at Claire's fifth birthday party and they were destined to be together for the rest of their lives. When baby Georgia came along, it was the icing on the cake. So when a tragic accident snatched Bill away, Claire felt like she'd lost everything--except Georgia. In the three years since, Claire has devoted her life to Georgia; she knows no man could ever replace Bill, and the child needs her all her attention. Now Georgia's a teenager, though, and there's one thing Claire can't advise her on: dating. And so, purely to help her lovely young daughter in her journey through the teenage years, Claire sets out on some serial dating. And destiny is watching, again.

 

Why do i want to read this?

Shelia O' Flanagan is an author that my mom really enjoys reading and my mom shares a lot of her books with me. This is an older book from this author, but it sounds like it will be good and my mom liked the book so I am sure I will too.

 


 

 Accident victim Faith Parker has done what her doctors feared she never would: awakened from the coma that held her prisoner for weeks. But she has no memory of the crash that nearly killed her – or the life that led up to it. Nor does she remember journalist Dinah Leighton, the steadfast friend who visited her in the hospital... until she disappeared without a trace.

Now as Faith begins to regain her strength, she's shocked by intimate dreams of a man she doesn't recognize and tortured by visions of violence that feel painfully real. Something inexplicable ties her lost memories to Dinah's chilling fate. But even as Faith tries to understand the connection and reach out to save Dinah, death is stalking both women. And one of them will not escape its lethal grasp.

FBI agent Noah Bishop has a rare gift for seeing what others do not, a gift that helps him solve the most puzzling cases.

Why do I want to read this?

Last year I started to reread this series and this is the next one in the series to read. If you like paranormal suspense you will like this series.

 


 Set in Cedar Cove’s charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber’s captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find.
 
Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has met fascinating people from all walks of life, but none have piqued her interest quite like handyman Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends—and are becoming something more—yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. As she grapples with Mark’s decision and tries to convince him to stay, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.
 
Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James—the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change—and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead. 
 

Why do I want to read this:

 Debbie Macomber is an author that I read for many many years. I love her books as they are nice and easy to read but still great.  This is next in the rose harbor series. 

 


 The largest uncut diamond in the world, the Minstrel's Rough, is little more than legend. Brought into the Pepperkamp family in 1548, it has been handed down to one keeper in each generation. Juliana Fall has inherited its splendor from her uncle--and, unwittingly, its legacy of danger.

Juliana's mother wants nothing more than to bury her memories of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. But with the diamond in her daughter's keeping, Juliana's safety becomes entangled in the secrets of the past.

There are others who seek the Minstrel's Rough.

A U.S. senator who will risk his career and face the ultimate scandal to claim its value. A Nazi collaborator willing to do anything to possess it. And a Vietnam war hero turned journalist, chasing the story of this mythic stone.

Now Juliana has only two choices: uncover the past before they do--or cut and run.

 

Why do I want to read this?

Carla Neggers is an suspense author that I have been reading for many years.  This book is from the 1980s so it will be interesting to see what her earlier books are like.


 

 Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.
 
As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.
 
In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.

Why do I want to read this?

Danielle Steel is an author that I read every once in a while. This is a book that I got from the thrift store many years ago. I like the sound of the book and so far all her books I have enjoyed so hopefully this one I will too.

 

 


Becky thought being married to Luke Brandon would be one big Tiffany box of happiness. But to be honest, it’s not quite as dreamy as she’d hoped.

The trouble started on honeymoon, when she told Luke the tiniest little fib, about the teeniest little purchase. Now she’s on a strict budget, she doesn’t have a job – and worst of all her beloved Suze has a new best friend. Then she receives some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister!

Becky has never been more excited. Finally, a real sister! They’ll have so much in common! They can go shopping together… choose shoes together… have manicures together…

Until she meets her – and gets the shock of her life. It can’t be true. Surely Becky Bloomwood’s long-lost sister can’t… hate shopping?

A sister. A soulmate. A skinflint?

 Why do I want to read this?

This is another series that I am rereading.  It is such a fun series that I laughed out loud a lot. I look forward to reading this and seeing what Becky getting up in this book.


 

 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Year in review

 My year in review book edition

How many books did I read? 35 books which is a lot for me.


Genres read: Science fiction, fiction, romance suspense , thrillers and cozy mystery.


Shortest book  read ( 222 pages): Debbie Macomber -  Angels at the Table - 4 stars out of 5 stars

Longest book read (512 pages) :  Karen Swan - Christmas Under The Stars





Since I already talked about my top five series book in the previous post.  This is going to be my top 5 others books this year:


1: Mary Kay Andrews -  Beach Town 

 I always enjoy her books, they are nice easy reads but always so much fun to read.  I really love this one.  4/5 stars. 

 


2 Silver Girl - Elin Hilderbrand

 Every summer I read one of her books when I go on vacation and even with Covid we were still able to go on a little trip so I took this book with me.  I really love this book.  I just wanted to keep reading and reading this book. Great characters, and I love all the twists and turns - 4/5

 


 

 

3: Beach Girls

 Love this author.  I really enjoyed this book.  I definitely fall in love with the characters. I know this book it is sort of like a series because in her other books you sometimes have characters from previous books but I had to include this book in my list of favorite.  4/5



4: High Noon - Nora Roberts

This was a great romantic suspense book, it had lots of suspense but it had some romance too.  I love all the twists and turns in the book -  4/5



5:  Christmas Under The Stars -  Karen Swan

Karen Swan is one of my favorite authors, I enjoy her books so much, I read two of her books this year.  I really like this one  as some of it was set in Canada which I like since I live in Canada.  Even though the title says Christmas there wasn't a lot about Christmas, but it didn't matter much to me.  I love the characters in this story, It was a long book but I read it so quickly because I  was so invested in the characters.  4/5




New authors  that I read this year:


Brenda Novak

Stef Ann Holm

Leslie Budwitz

Emma Newman

Maddie Day

Mary Roach



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Top 5 book series

 It has been ages since I have posted on my blog. I am going to try next year to post at least once a month with a monthly recap, we will see how that goes. So I thought you would like to see my top 5 series I read this year. I like reading series although it seems to take forever to finish a series but maybe one day!


Top five series that I read this year


1:  Tess Gerristen - Rizzoli and Isles series.




I read The Apprentice  this year and I really enjoyed it. It had lots of suspense which I love.  I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. 


2: Lisa Gardner 

 


 

I read Lisa Gardner books many years ago but I never read them in order and now I am actually going back and reread the series from the start.  I can tell see why it would be best to read these from the beginning.  I really enjoy " The Third Victim" . It had exactly what I like in a thriller, lots of twists and turns. I read this book very quickly because it was that good.


3: Sophie Kinsella - Shopaholic series

 

 


I love this series. I haven't read the last three books in this series but I decide to start from the beginning and  reread the series until I get to the books that I haven't read.  This series is definitely chick lit, I love how it is a nice and easy read but so much fun to read.  I definitely laughed outloud many times which is nice to have after reading lots of heavy novels.


4:  J.D Robb

 


Another great addition to this series.  I love how this series in the future and really like the relationship between  Eve and Roarke.  This is such a long series not sure if I will ever finish it.


5:  Kay Hooper - Special Crime Unit series




This is another series that I am rereading because I got so well behind in this series, I decide to just start from the beginning again.  I forgot how much I love this series.  It has everything that I love in a suspense series, but also added a paranormal stuff to it as well. I am so excited to read more of this series next year.  


Series that I want to continue next year beside this five series.. 


1: FBI Thriller series by Catherine Coulter

2: Lucy Kincaid series by Alison Brennan

3: Rose Harbor series by Debbie Macomber