Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cover Reveal: Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid



Cover Reveal: MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid!

We’re dreaming of summer—feet in the sand, soaking up the sun, taking a dip in the pool—but what we’re most excited about this summer is the release of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s third novel, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE (on sale July 7, 2015). While we (impatiently!) wait for the book, today we’re giving you a first look at the gorgeous cover! Plenty more information below…

ABOUT MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE:

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.

Hannah hesitates.

What happens if she leaves with Gabby?
What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?
Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.




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MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Atria Books/Washington Square Press Paperback | 352 pages | ISBN:  9781476776880 | July 7, 2015 | $16.00

eBook: Atria Books/Washington Square Press | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476776897 | July 7, 2015 | $11.99

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stitches West

Yarn. Have I told you how much I love buying yarn? It's a bit of an addiction, I am afraid. It's not a bad one to have, right?

Sunday I made it to the MarketPlace of the StitchesWest convention in Santa Clara. Wish I could have taken some of the classes, but we didn't get back from our vacation to Banff in time. Shopping for yarn in a gigantic convention space was perfectly okay. And I went with a friend! Always more fun with a friend. 

Anyway. I spent a bit of money but all on some really lovely yarn.

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A Miss Babs Leftie Set which I have already cast on.
Some Wandering Wool in a beautiful variegated purple destined to be something for the little girl
and three skeins from Yarn on the House in three different shades of gray.

Same day cast on for the Leftie Shawl.

Lefties



Happy Knitting!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta

The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 2014, Pixel Hall Press
Source: received from publisher in exchange for my honest review
About the Book
Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, Mary Doria Russell and Ursula K. LeGuin, "The Winter Boy" explores important political and social issues within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld, all wrapped up in masterful storytelling. The Valley of the Alleshi is the center of all civilization, the core and foundation of centuries of peace. A cloistered society of widows, the Alleshi, has forged a peace by mentoring young men who will one day become the leaders of the land. Each boy is paired with a single Allesha for a season of intimacy and learning, using time-honored methods that include storytelling, reason and sex. However, unknown to all but a hidden few, the peace is fracturing from pressures within and beyond, hacking at the very essence of their civilization. Amidst this gathering political maelstrom, Rishana, a young new idealistic Allesha, takes her First Boy, Ryl, for a winter season of training. But Ryl is a “problem boy,” who fights Rishana every step of the way. At the same time, Rishana uncovers a web of conspiracies that could not only destroy Ryl, but threatens to tear their entire society apart. And a winter that should have been a gentle, quiet season becomes one of conflict, anger and danger.

My Review

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. It is a bit different than my normal reading but it sounded so interesting that I had to give it a try.

The relationship between Ryl and Rishana is an interesting one. Part teacher, mentor and trainer, part lover. Rishana is a widower and Ryl is a boy, who after a season with an Allesha will then be a man, and peace keeper. 

The world is built through the lessons shared and the stories read about the land before Peace. Secret meetings and whispered conversations hint at a purpose for taking on such a difficult, headstrong and selfish boy. Rishana has her work cut out for her. 

After the Winter Season, will Ryl be ready toe be the Alleman the elders expect him to be? A leader and defender of the Peace?

About the Author

Whether she is writing books or taking photographs, Sally Wiener Grotta is the consummate storyteller. Her words and pictures reflect her deep humanism and appreciation for the poignancy of life. As an award-winning journalist, she has authored many hundreds of articles, columns and reviews for scores of glossy magazines, newspapers and online publications. She has also co-authored numerous non-fiction books with her husband, Daniel Grotta. Her novel "Jo Joe" was published by Pixel Hall Press in spring 2013.

For more info about the book and author visit her WEBSITE


Happy Reading!
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Current Read and Teaser: The Winter Boy by Sally Weiner Grotta

I am currently reading The Winter Boy by Sally Weiner Grotta. (Look for my review on the 19th)

It is a bit different than my usual book, but interesting. I have two weeks to read this long book. Of course, I have just read two long books in a row before this one. 

Here's a synopsis and my teaser:

Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, Mary Doria Russell and Ursula K. LeGuin, "The Winter Boy" explores important political and social issues within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld, all wrapped up in masterful storytelling. The Valley of the Alleshi is the center of all civilization, the core and foundation of centuries of peace. A cloistered society of widows, the Alleshi, has forged a peace by mentoring young men who will one day become the leaders of the land. Each boy is paired with a single Allesha for a season of intimacy and learning, using time-honored methods that include storytelling, reason and sex. However, unknown to all but a hidden few, the peace is fracturing from pressures within and beyond, hacking at the very essence of their civilization. Amidst this gathering political maelstrom, Rishana, a young new idealistic Allesha, takes her First Boy, Ryl, for a winter season of training. But Ryl is a “problem boy,” who fights Rishana every step of the way. At the same time, Rishana uncovers a web of conspiracies that could not only destroy Ryl, but threatens to tear their entire society apart. And a winter that should have been a gentle, quiet season becomes one of conflict, anger and danger.



"Whatever powers the Alleshi possessed, Ryl was convinced that they'd be able to see right through him. Once that happened, no Allesha would be willing to select him."  ebook, Loc274 of 8160


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Happy Tueaday!
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

My aching back

It has been kind of sad the past couple weeks. 

I have been unable to sit long enough to get any drawing, knitting or blogging done. The degenerative discs in my back have been causing some back pain, sciatica issues that make it really hard to sit to do anything. Chiropractor appointment is set for Monday. A great therapeutic massage would be good, too.

I have really been missing doing all the things I love to do. Thankfully, it is not bad enough to limit my walking which I have been doing. It does, however, keep me from starting to train for the half marathon in July. Need to let it get better first.

So, besides some scheduled posts, it may be a little quiet here for awhile. 

Going to go use my foam roller now and listen to some Lumineers. Then the little girl and I plan to walk downtown for some play dough. 

Hope you are all having a less achy Thursday.

Currently Reading:

The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta





Happy Reading!
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My Father's Wives

My Father's Wives by Mike Greenberg
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 2015, William Morrow


Purchase Links
Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes & Noble

About the Book
The co-host of ESPN's Mike and Mike follows up his New York Times bestseller All You Could Ask For with this poignant story of one man's search to understand himself , his marriage and his father.
My Review

Jonathan Sweetwater comes home early from work to discover that his wife may be having an affair. Instead of confronting her, he goes on a quest to discover more about his father, who was out of his life by the age of nine. His high profile Senator father had six wives before he died and Jonathan travels the world in search of them and what they can teach him about Percy Sweetwater.

Jonathan is a likable character. His journey seems more appropriate for a midlife crisis, though, rather than a response to thinking his wife may be having an affair. He went two weeks suspecting without ever confronting her about it. Seems a little unlikely, right? But despite that, I enjoyed meeting his father's wives and visiting Aspen, Chicago, London, and Nevis. 

So, did his wife have an affair? Guess you will have to read the book.

About the Author

Mike Greenberg is the co-host of ESPN"s Mike and Mike, the highest-rated sports talk program in the United States, and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel All You Could Ask For. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Connect with the Author
Twitter: @ESPNgreeny
Publisher's Author Website 
Happy Reading!
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 Disclaimer: Book was received from publisher for review as part of a book tour.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
ebook, 547 pages
First Published September 1992, Knopf

Source: purchased 

A California kid from a working class family manages to get in to an East Coast College and tries to fit in with all the rich, upper class kids in his Classics courses. They are a strange bunch, who happen to kill someone, but he is still determined to be a part of their group. 

This book was so long. Almost 600 pages. About three hundred pages in we finally find out what happened to Bunny. Then there are almost 300 more pages, including a really long Epilogue. This story could have been told in half the pages. 

So long, and yet I kept reading. I wanted to know what happened to Bunny so I kept reading. 

None of the characters are very likable- all very self-absorbed, lazy, drunk kids that don't see any consequences for their actions. They are interesting, but unlikable. I usually enjoy reading about elitist societies but this was different somehow. Perhaps because it was so hard to pinpoint the time period that this story takes place in. I believe it is supposed to be the late 80's or early 90's but it read so much older. I characters dressed and spoke as if it were the 50's or 60's. It was confusing and threw me off when something more current was mentioned.

So, it is hard to say if I liked or disliked this one. The writing is great, the murder and its suspense was intriguing. It is going to make for some interesting discussion in book group next week. Can't wait to hear what the others thought about it. 




Happy Reading!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Current Read and Teaser: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

My book group is currently reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. We are meeting in a couple weeks and I have about 174 pages left to go. I am enjoying it and it has definitely drawn me in, but it definitely could have been half the length. Very long book.

Here's a teaser for you all... one ver long sentence instead of two. :)

"“WHEN THE LIGHTS came on, and the circle of darkness leaped back into the mundane and familiar boundaries of the living room—cluttered desk; low, lumpy sofa; the dusty and modishly cut draperies that had fallen to Francis after one of his mother’s decorating purges—it was as if I’d switched on the lamp after a long bad dream; blinking, I was relieved to discover that the doors and windows were still where they were supposed to be and that the furniture hadn’t rearranged itself, by diabolical magic, in the dark.”

Excerpt From: Donna Tartt. “The Secret History.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-secret-history/id467953657?mt=11




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Happy Reading!
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Creative Every Day (Days 12-18)


This week challenged me some- especially with the sketching. I haven't done it in a very long time and am having problems with proportions. Need to do more and practice. That Zentangle was also a bit of a fail, and the little girl added some of her own artistry to it when I wasn't looking. 


Day 12: A is for..Day 13: ZentangleDay 14: Still LifeDay 15: Quick SketchDay 16: AbstractUntitledDay 18: Kid stuff
Happy Reading!
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
320 pages, hardcover
Published January 2015, Sourcebooks Landmark

Source: Netgalley

About the Book
Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder —and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
My Review

I enjoyed every second of the Amazing Arden's story. Strapped to a chair, hours after the murder of her husband, the magician shares the story of her life to a policeman in an attempt to convince him that she is innocent. Is it all a lie as the title suggests? 

Switching between the present (1905) and the past, the story of Arden unfolds in spectacular color and magic, some real and some just illusions and slight of hand. A difficult childhood, an abusive cousin and a lucky start to a new life when she escapes her previous life, fill the pages of The Magician's Lie.  It's just that, sometimes, the past doesn't stay in the past.

Such an enjoyable read. I didn't want it to end.

About the Author

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist whose work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Missouri Review, and The Messenger. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

For more info about the book and author visit her WEBSITE.

Happy Reading!
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