Sunday, September 14, 2014

Awesome Audiobook Arrival

Look at all the audiobooks that arrived in the mail last week! Awesomesauce.
I won these in a giveaway from BookRiot. Lots of exciting SciFi books to get lost in.
I especially cannot wait to listen to the Dresden Files book (after I catch up in the series). It's read by Spike (James Marsters)!

Awesome giveaway win from @bookriot and Penguin Random House Audio! Thanks.

What books came into your house?

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Happy Reading!

Four Today

My little girl is four! 

It is hard to believe it has been four years sometimes. It is going fast. She is a joy- happy, smart, social and imaginative. She loves to read, make art and still happily gives me big hugs and squishy face. Love her bunches and bunches.

Happy Birthday to my sweet girl!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Favorite Photo Friday

It's kind of frightening, right? Haha.
A certain little girl is already excited about Halloween and the stores around here are helping her out. Don't think we will be going with the pig mask, thankfully. She has her heart set on being Elsa this year. :)
Happy Friday!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
384 pages, Mass market Paperback
Pubished July 2002, Avon, Reprint Edition

Source: purchased

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

How had I not read this before? Wow. I absolutely loved it. 
The foreshadowing and build up of Manderley, the first person retelling of the new Mrs. de Winter of how she came to Manderley and what she did- Perfection. I especially enjoyed when she would imagine what was happening elsewhere or conversations between others that had occurred years prior. Her mind works a bit like mine- dwelling on what others are saying, doing and playing it out all in her head. 

My first introduction to the strange character of Mrs Danvers, was actually in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books. This was years ago, and still I never felt the need to pick up this book. Finally, for book group, I got the chance and I couldn't put it down. It may need a reread again very soon. I feel like little details could easily have been missed as I sped through to find out what exactly happened to Rebecca. 

Aw, Rebecca. So loved by all, presumably. How could the new Mrs. de Winter compare? Really enjoyed learning all about her slivers of information given by Mrs. Danvers, the staff,  neighbors and Max. The side looks, the resistance to talk about her- all so mysterious.

Have you all read Rebecca? What did you think about it?

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Current Read and Teaser: Ghosting by Edith Pattou

It has been a really long time since I have shared a Teaser on Tuesday. Thought I would start it up again. I love seeing what others are reading and to share what my current read is.

I am currently reading Ghosting by Edith Pattou for BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge. It is written in verse, each short entry is in first person by a different character, teens going out on the last night out before the beginning of the new school year.
Here is a little tease...
"finally the water stops. after a few minutes the bathroom door opens and mom comes out, wearing a robe, her hair wet, her eye still swollen shut." 
I am reading this on Kindle so the formatting is off and I am not sure of the page. I am 27% in, though.
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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On the Hook

I have become quite the crocheter lately. Been doing more of it than knitting lately. My latest project is a Ripple Blanket using Attic24's Neat Ripple Pattern. I am using Berroco Comfort in navy blue, Robin's Egg Blue and teal. Love this yarn. It is really soft, washable and perfect for blankets. Wish I had thought of it before using the cashmerino for the little girl's Granny Square afghan. 
Making some progress.
This one is turning our great but I am going to run out of yarn. Everytime! Have already sent out some requests on Ravelry to purchase some from other Ravelers. 

Do any of you crochet?

Happy Hooking!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Favorite Photo Friday

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

A couple weeks ago, the little girl and I tagged along to Florida on the hubby's business trip. Can't complain about this view and the weekend in Disney World. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: The Hidden Girl by Louise Millar

The Hidden Girl by Louise Millar
400 pages, paperback
Published August 2014, Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Moving can be such an ordeal but throw in an old house in the middle of nowhere, strange and sinister neighbors and a blizzard that traps you there on your own with no heat and no help it can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Hannah has a lot to deal with- a husband who doesn't want to be there, a house in need of some fixing up before a visit from Barbara- a social worker approving them for adoption, and a freak snow storm that traps Will, her husband, in London. She attempts to find help amongst her neighbors when the boiler stops working. She seems to find some nice helpful neighbors, but are they really? She quickly realizes that she and Will are not wanted in this close knit community. They may learn the secrets that have kept hidden for generations.

This was a creepy psychological thriller that I could not put down. The mystery of the house and its previous owners and the strange collection of neighbors kept me intrigued. I thought I knew their secret, but I was wrong. Oh, how I was wrong.  This was a great book to read late at night, if you don't mind getting a little freaked out.

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

Happy Reading!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French
464 pages, Hardcover
Published September 2014, Viking Adult

Source: NetGalley

I was so excited to get this book approved to read early. I am a huge fan of Tana French's books. I have all four of her previous books on my shelves and this one, The Secret Place will be purchased and added alongside them.

An unsolved case gets some help from Holly Mackey when she shows up at Dublin Castle with information to share with Stephen Moran about a murder that happened on the grounds of her school a year before. He hasn't seen her in years. Since the events in Faithful Place. Stephen knows her and is quick to believe her.

He takes the info to the lead detective on the case, Antoinette Conway- tough, no nonsense and not a favorite of the other detectives in Murder.  Together, they spend a day at the school investigating, interrogating the girls and trying to discover what was missed a year ago.

I loved the interaction between Moran and Conway-first full of apprehension and suspicion that, in a short time, changes to trust and respect. The girls at the boarding school are all so interesting. Some, typical teens while others have so much depth with interesting stories to tell. The plot is fast paced-taking place during one day. The flashbacks are perfect, sharing a little more info about what happened the year before. There is even a little bit of magic thrown in. 

Another great addition to the Dublin Murder Squad Series. Go get yourself a copy! The book came out today. 

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

Happy Reading!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
304 pages, Paperback
Published June 2014, Washington Square Press
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for review, NetGalley
My Review

Have you ever envied your friend's life over yours? Maybe she has the career you always wanted, no kids, dating young hot guys and sleeping in until noon. Or maybe she has the perfect family-loving husband, kids, home with a white picket fence. 

Would you switch lives if you could? What if there was a magic purple drink that would give you your friend's "perfect life"?

Casey and Rachel don't choose to, but a mysterious bartender at their 20th high school reunion sets in motion an interesting "Freaky Friday" like switch. Casey gets a chance to see what Rachel's life is like as a stay at home mom of two teens and a baby and a husband who has checked out. Rachel gets to try out being a semi-celebrity, co-hosting an entertainment program. 

Both are surprised to find that they may have already had the "perfect life", it just needed a little tweaking.

Your Perfect Life was such a fun read. Perfect summer vacation book to take with you to the beach, lake, bathtub. Where ever you feel like relaxing and losing yourself in the fun of it. These characters are my age and I was able to relate to some of each of their problems. I really enjoyed this book-the style of writing, the characters and the fantasy of it all. Finished it in about a day, I believe. Ready for their next book.

For more information about the book and the authors, visit their WEBSITE.

Happy Reading!

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