Saturday, January 4, 2020

My Least Favorite Books of 2019





Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder





Although I gave this 2 stars way back when I read it, I should have given it only 1 star.  It is way too long and boring as can be..  A good part of the story is about Laura's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, who is a very unlikeable person.  If you liked the Little House book when you were young,  I wouldn't recommend this book in the least.  I wish I DNF'd it.

It's In His Heart (Red River Valley, #1)


Another very unlikable book.  Unpleasant characters, undeveloped plot, and not the least bit romantic, unless you just want the characters to have sex like rabbits with no real story.

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

I'e read quite a few books about Mormon Fundamentalists, but this one was just so boring.

Educated

Now here I seem to waiver from popular opinion, but then there were quite a few people whose reviews mirrored mine. this ws so unenjoysble and unbelievable.. Totally overhyped. This was the last book that I finished this year in 2019 and like the book, the year I say good riddabce to!


Friday, January 3, 2020

My Favorite Books of 2019

These were the books that I read in 2019, not necessarily ones that were published in 2019, although a few of them were published last year. These re not necessarily in any particular order.




The High Tide Club

I went into this book expecting a beachy read, but it is much more it is contemporary with  historical mixed in along with an interesting mystery.  I absolutely loved it.  This was the first book I read by Mary Kay Andrews.  I read another by her later in the year, but unfortunately was not quite as enamored by it, but I won't give up on the author yet.



Daughter of Moloka'i

This was a 2019 release and a sequel to the 2003 release of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert.  I read the first book back in 2006 and loved it and once I heard a sequel was coming out was super excited to read it and even more do to receive an ARC on NetGalley.  I loved the book and want to read the author's other historical fiction.


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I love this author and this is the second book in her Sweetwater Springs series. I would so want to live in this town if it existed.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Snowfall on Cedar Trail, plus she has another book coming out 2/25


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Another favorite author and the 2nd book in the McBrides of Texas. A sequel will be oming out 2/25. This is also #16 iin Emily March's Eternity Spring series.  The cover also is espcially pretty.

Dad Is Fat

I had to add this one. It was an audiobook that I listened to for a second time.  If you are a parent or have been one, this book is a must listen!  This was just as funny the second time around.x

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Good News!!!!

This blog is being revived within thr next couple days!  Now that I'm home recuperating from a stroke this will  be a great way to stay busy and a fun way to work on my typing and fine motor activity in my left hand  As well as a way to share my love of reading!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Blog Tour: Jackson by Emily March









My Review:
4.5 stars raised to 5 stars. This is both Book 16 in the Eternity Springs series and the first book in The McBride's of Texas series. Even if you have never read a book in the Eternity Springs series, you can still read this its more a 1st book in a new series than one of a continuing series. Plus the Eternity Springs series books can all pretty much be stand alone books. The book may have some of the characters appear from the past books, but not in a way that makes you unsure of what is going on. I originally started reading book 7 and loved the book, so much I have read all the books in the series, except for #5 and #6, which I still plan to read.

I loved this book and am so excited to continue with another off shoot of the original series. It is pretty much a sweet romance with little sexual content, which is refreshing. There was only one area of the book that I wasn't crazy about or maybe a bit bored (and thus the deduction of half a star), but since I was not able to write my review immediately, but instead a couple days later; at this point, I can not quite remember specifics of what it was, so I probably could give it a full 5 stars. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and wonder which of the other 2 cousins will be the main feature in this book. I am guessing Boone, but it could be Tucker. I'll just have to wait until later this year or next year to find out.



Monday, June 3, 2019

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

I really did not know anything about Kamala Harris, other than she was one of over 20 people who were running for the Democratic nomination in order to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 Election and that she was born to parents of Jamaican and Indian ancestry. I found the book quite interesting; she starts with her early life as well as a bit about her parents before she was born and continues into her professional life, as well as her personal life. I am hoping to read or listen to many of the other nominees' biographies or autobiographies. for the Democratic party over the next year. 4 stars.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

3 stars. I really wasn't crazy about any of the characters, especially for quite a long while into the book, even by the end I wouldn't consider him favorite characters The first part of the book, I was thinking that I might give it 3 stars, but it was near the end that made me decide it was worth 4 stars on Goodreads. The story was a little on the long side and could have been at least 50 pages shorter. There were also a few typos/mistakes that should have been caught in the editing process. There were 2 separate mysteries, 40 years or more apart from each, in one incident, one victim was given the wrong surname (that of the other victim). If I had read the ARC, I would have assumed it would be caught and not used it to judge the book, but this was a library and therefore the finished project. When I wrote this review the morning after finishing the book, I rated it 3.5 stars and was going to raise it to 4 stars on Goodreads, but now after typing it and thinking about the story more, I feel 3 stars is a better rating in my mind. I liked the book, but wasn't overly crazy about it, and I had really enjoyed the author's previous book, The High Tide Club, so I will read more by Mary Kay Andrews.

A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861 by Karen Hesse

A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse

2.5 stars raised to 3 stars. I'm not sure if this is middle grade or YA. The main character, Amelia Martin is 18 or 19; my library and the library's near me have this and the others in the Dear America series in the juvenile literature section (middle grade), but Goodreads has it as YA on the book'a main page. I usually enjoy books set in the Civil War era, but this book was not quite as engaging, although I am not of the age group that this book is targeted towards I did find the epilogue and author's note interesting..