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R is for Rest

I took a little rest from posting on my blog. This week will be intermittent with my posts as I’ll be taking the kids to the other side of the state to visit my family while Jon stays home as he doesn’t have enough vacation to come with us.

As I write this, my mom is in the hospital. She is fighting cancer and last night she developed a fever and has low red blood cell count so they gave her more blood of which she developed hives from. She hopes to be able to go home tomorrow. I hope so!


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Sorry. I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to get my reviews up in a timely fashion. I’m working on them right now and hope to have them up in the next week or two.

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This week’s challenge is to name a fictional character that we would most like to have a conversation with. Wow – what a hard choice to make.

I would probably go with Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice just because I find that character fascinating. 😀

I’m sure there are many, many others…

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Always You

Goodreads Summary: Lyla has to move on. She’s been stuck in a rut since her heart was broken five years ago. Trying to decide about life with her fiancé, Nick, she resolves to finish one last project before moving to Spain and starting a new life. That is until she is face to face with the one man who broke her heart all those years ago, Alexander Knight.

Five years ago, when Alex and Lyla meet at his friend, Andrew’s grave, they fall deeply in love. But, Alex is hiding a secret that will destroy his relationship with Lyla and does. What Lyla doesn’t realize is that Alex has changed since their break-up, because of her love, only she still has hate in her heart towards him.

But now, fate has brought them together in such a way that they have no option but to remain dangerously close – dangerous enough for Lyla to fall in love with him again. How can she? Not after what she knows about Alex and what he did to Andrew.

It’s true that love can change people for the better. But is it enough? What will happen when two broken people with a past come together? Can they forgive and heal?

Book to be released on March 6, 2012.

Please join me on February 15 for my review as the book tour stops here! And again on March 6 for the release day party! Click on the picture below for a complete list of participants!


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Before I Go to Sleep

Goodreads Summary: ‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.

My “Review”: I enjoyed this novel though it seemed rather predictable. I definitely was wanting to find out what happened so it was good in that aspect. I had a lot of sympathy for the main character because she had to rely on this person in her life to make sure she knew what had happened in her life each day when she woke up. How does one in that situation know what is a memory and what is imagination based on a seed given to you by the person you rely on? It is enough right there to make you crazy! My head felt like it was going to explode just by someone telling me I did something I had no memory of doing.

And for the person on the other end: which memories are ones you should share and which memories that are better left unsaid? When is it mean and when it is kindness to not share or to lie about something? I liked this quote about this: “There are memories I am better off without. Things better lost forever.”

The rest of my “review” has spoilers so read at your own risk.

Like I said above – it just seemed rather predictable in some ways but one aspect did take me by surprise.  It always felt to me that the guy living with her had this sinister side to him so I wasn’t surprised he had something to do with her condition. Though there was some doubt as I wondered if this guy was really being selfish or sinister or was he just not telling her things or lying to her because of kindness – to keep her apart from the grief she would have when hearing about her son or how she got to be that way.

However, I was surprised that he was not really her husband. However, looking back, I should have seen that coming once we learned her son was alive or even before then possibly with the lack of pictures (but again, was that out of kindness or selfishness – though what father doesn’t keep some photos of his son up somewhere?)

Some small critiques:

It seemed like when some memories would come back they were just a little convenient at times – especially the ones there toward the end.

Also, do people really write like that in their journal? I know I don’t. And for a person who has memory issues, she certainly remembers details of conversations like I never could. However, sometimes, I think I have my own memory issues like when another department at work tells me I’ve created something I have no recollection of ever doing and well, there are plenty of other examples. My memory has always been shotty – I hardly remember most of my childhood!

Anyway, I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads though 3 1/2 might work better for me if that were an option.

Book received from the library.

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Summary from Goodreads: Encouragement to help mothers reclaim peaceful moments with God.

My “Review”: This read as if I was reading blog entry after blog entry. I do appreciate some of the stories and it did help to give me some perspective on certain aspects of parenthood. However, it felt like the stories were too short and just read as if it was a blog and not a book (and, I do like reading blogs)!

2 stars.

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Found the Read From Your Own Library (see off to the side) challenge on The Beauty of Eclecticism blog and I think this is a good challenge for me. I think my goal for next year is to read at least 1, if not 2, books a month from my own library before reading books from the city or county library. We’ll see how I do.

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Summary from Goodreads: Danny is only five years old, but he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of an old hotel, his visions grow out of control. Cut off by blizzards, the hotel seems to develop an evil force, and who are the mysterious guests in the supposedly empty hotel?

My “review”: This was my book club’s pick for the month! I really enjoyed this book in that it was full of suspense and there were times that I was a little freaked out. Stephen King really knows how to write a good, suspenseful novel. I’m not sure what more I can say about this book, but I would definitely recommend this book.

I heard that Stephen King is writing a sequel to this book so we can see Danny all grown up. That I definitely need to read. My husband doesn’t seem to want to read it – he’s fine with how things wrapped up – and well, so am I, but I still would be very interested in how Danny turned out.

I’ve never seen the movie so I am wondering if the movie will add to that suspense and scariness? I’ve got the movie from the library so I’ll hopefully watch it soon.

Happy Halloween!

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# 40 – Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4) – It ended up o.k., but I liked the first 3 more. I will still read #5 when it comes out next year.

#41 – The True Story of Hansel & Gretel – This was my book club pick. It was a good book . It was also depressing and hard to read because of the subject matter.

#42 – Loyalty In Death (In Death #9) – Well, this was another depressing read, but it was a good book as usual.

#43 – Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4) – Love this series. I’m looking forward to reading #5 soon and pretty soon thereafter #6 will be out!

#44 – Beauty Queens – It was cheesy, but I enjoyed this book.

#45 – Smokin’ Seventeen – Currently reading this book.

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I last left off at #22.

#22 – Shadow of the Wind – loved this book. It was a gripping mystery filled with some romance. Terrific writing.

#23 – The Invisible Man – so bored by this book.

#24 – River Marked (Mercedes Thompson #6) – This one was better than the last few. Just a nice, fun fluff read.

#25 – Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) – Another one that was better than the last few, but #4 is still my favorite. I just read that there will be only 2 more Sookie – that is probably for the best.

#26 – Bossypants – Some rather humorous stories. The stories dealing with motherhood were my favorite.

#27 – Conspiracy in Death (In Death #8) – another one I’ve enjoyed more than the last few.

#28 – City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) – I really enjoy these books.

#29 – Tempest Rising (Jane True #1) – this book was just ‘eh’. Still debating whether I want to continue with the series. So far, the answer is no.

#30 – The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival – I like this book o.k. but kind of felt bad for the tiger as well as the people that were killed.

#31 – Divergent (Divergent #1) – This was a very good dystopian novel. Look forward to reading #2.

#32 – Abandon (Abandon #1 ) – Not a good story at all. Was quite bored by it. I don’t see myself reading the sequel.

#33 – Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) – Love these books!

#34 – A Visit from the Goon Squad – Can someone tell me how this won a Pulitizer? I kept getting lost as to who was talking which was rather annoying to me. Perhaps if I read it a second time, I’d enjoy it more but life is too short for that.

#35 – Bel Canto – Really enjoyed this book. Quite depressing too. Not quite sure about that ending/epilogue though.

#36 – Enclave (Razorland # 1) – Promoted to Hunger Games fans as something that they would enjoy. I did not.

#37 – One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) – Love! Cat & Bones!

#38 – Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1) – Really liked this book and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

#39 – At Grave’s End (Night Huntress #3) – See #37

#40 – Currently reading Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4) – So far, just eh. I loved the first 3.

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