Books I Couldn’t Finish so far this year

I am always talking about books I loved, but never the ones I picked up but just couldn’t bring myself to finish. In the past that list was non-existent as I finished most books I started even if I disliked them. This year I made a conscious effort to spend my reading time only with books I truly enjoy: so my DNF (did not finish) list has grown tremendously from years past.

It doesn’t mean these books were terrible, it just means I didn’t jive with them or was ready to put it down before finishing. Because no book is for everyone I will share why I DNF’d but also share a rave review, and you can make up your own mind:Read More »

Currently Reading: Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause

“The same way you’d get wrinkles on your face from making the same facial expression over and over, she thought, you could probably get wrinkles on your brain from thinking the same thoughts and feeling the same feelings over and over.” – Suzy Krause, Valencia and Valentine

Published: June 1, 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Contemporary

I just hit the 50% mark of Suzy Krause’s debut novel – Valentine and Valencia – and have a theory on how Valencia and Mrs. Valentine’s lives may intersect: I can’t wait to see if I am right!!!!

This is what I love about reading: that excitement to see how the book will actually wrap up in the end. Hopefully I can get to that within the next few days. I’ve been limited on reading time and trying to sneak in a chapter here and there when I can. Can anyone else relate?!Read More »

Audiobook Review: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Publish date: September 4, 2018 by Gallery Books
Length: 7 hours and 16 minutes, narrated by Jayme Mattler & Todd Haberkorn
Category: Rom-Com, Chick-lit

My current reading mood = light, feel good, summer vibes. I just want to read books you would enjoy poolside, lakeside, or oceanside even if I am just reading from the couch.

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is my 2nd Christina Lauren book and I’m totally here for it. It was super fun, quirky, and the quick read I needed.
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Blog Tour: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

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Published: May 14, 2019 by Thomas Nelson
Category: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Christian Fiction

Make your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, take a seat, and get comfy: this book will give you all the warm and fuzzy feel good feels.
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If this book was a dessert it would be Strawberry Shortcake – the one with the homemade biscuit and whipped cream – my favorite dessert that is underrated and needs to be served at more restaurants for me to enjoy. Hello restaurants! You taking note here?! XO, Saturday Nite Sweet Tooth

This book is just as good as that smooth red velvet cake or decadent molten lava cake: it doesn’t need the fancy frills to keep you yearning for the next bite. Its simple ingredients are still packed with that addictive sugar…you see what I’m doing here 😉

Okay, too much dessert talk and I feel like I need to bake something. Read More »

To Be Read: Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen

“When my mother wanted to teach me a lesson about life,’ said Luca Dotti, ‘she never used stories about her career. She always told stories about the war. The war was very, very important to her. It made her who she was.”
Robert Matzen, Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

Published: April 15, 2019 by GoodKnight Books
Category: Nonfiction, WWII, History

I love all things Audrey Hepburn so when Smith Publicity offered to send me an advanced reader’s copy of Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II I couldn’t respond YES fast enough! Read More »

Audiobook Review: Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

“I love that every generation thinks they’ve invented it. They think they’re the first ones to fall in love and get their hearts broken, to feel loss and passion and pain. And in a way, they are. We’ve been there before, of course. But for young people, that doesn’t matter. Everything is new. Which I love, because it means everything is always beginning again. It’s hopeful, I think. At least to me.”
Jennifer E. Smith, Field Notes on Love

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Published: March 5, 2019 by Listening Library
Length: 8 hours and 23 minutes, narrated by Anthony Mark Barrow & Karissa Vacker
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary

Someone call the dentist! All this sugary sweet adorableness may have given me a cavity. I will say I am not a fan of the dentist but this book would have been worth the trip.

It made me want to be 18 again which is no small feat, because I wouldn’t want to relive some of my teenage years…well, unless I was getting a do-over. But, I digress: back to being 18 and traveling cross country by train with a cute Brit sounds like a great idea to me.Read More »

Audiobook Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

“capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment.”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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Published: October 21, 2014 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Category: Nonfiction, Memoir, Social Justice, Law
Warwick Prize for Writing Nominee for Longlist (2015), Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-Fiction (2015), NAIBA Book of the Year for Nonfiction (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction (2015), Kirkus Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (Finalist) (2014), Alabama Author Award for Nonfiction (2016)

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Penguin Random House Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for my honest review. This book will certainly be one of my Top 5 reads from 2019 there is NO doubt about it.

Download this audiobook now, you can thank me later. Read More »