I’m So Excited! Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap!

I was once again catching up on my Booktube subscription videos on Youtube and saw that the deadline for Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap hosted by the Chaotic Godess Swap, was fast approaching (2 days left to sign up).  I wanted to take part in this experience on its’ last go around but it had already happened.  I am excited to say that I have been accepted to participate this time!


The sign up is ending soon.  If you want to participate go to: http://cgswaps.com/.

I can’t wait to show you what I receive!


The Girl From Home by: Adam Mitzner

The Girl From Home

Book #48 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I received an unsolicited copy of this book from Stephanie the publicity manager at Gallery Books, the publisher.  I did not request it, but I was happy to get it.  I knew nothing about this book and really didn’t read too much about it so I went into it blind.

Jonathan is a Wall Street tycoon and lives the luxurious life that he has always wanted.  He has all that money can buy and whatever else he wants, he works towards.  One day, life as he knows it comes crashing down around him.

He finds himself going back to his childhood home in New Jersey and visiting his ailing father.  He attends his 25th high school reunion and reconnects with his former classmates.  His life will never be the same.

On the cover of this book it states that it is a Thriller.  I almost wanted to recheck on the definition of thriller.  I would not classify this as a thriller.  It reads as a contemporary with a small twist.  A third of the way through this book, I was still waiting for the thrills.

Do not get me wrong, this reads well.  The story flows for the most part and goes back and forth from Jonathan’s present situation to a few months before.  It is a bit too detailed in the first few chapters about Wall Street type business.  Not my thing!

I gave this book 3 crowns.


The Trial by: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The Trial

Book #47 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I think that by now, I have already told you that I will pretty much only read The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson.  I have read some of his other books and haven’t been impressed.  I like him as an author and fully admire his support independent book stores and getting kids to read.  It is nothing against the man himself.  I just don’t enjoy his other series as much as I do this one.

Anyway, James Patterson has come up with BOOKSHOTS.  They are short stories either written by himself and his co-authors or they are written by authors that he supports their work.  This BOOKSHOT is technically considered book 15.5 in the Women’s Murder Club series.  You can not read this as a stand alone because it picks up where book 15 leaves off.

Even though it is a novella, it does its’ job of packing a punch.  The story is fast paced and involves all of the same personalities as the full length novels in this series.

I gave it 4 crowns.


Changeless by: Gail Carriger


Book # 46 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

This is book 2 in the Parasol Protectorate series.  In this installment Alexia follows her husband to Scotland to help him, annoy him and to find out the truth about what has been happening to the paranormals in certain areas.

Although I found the start of this book to be a bit slow, it definitely picked up its’ pace.  I love the humor in this series and the characters are very entertaining.  The relationship between Alexia and her husband remind me so much of my relationship with my husband; minus the fact that my husband is not a werewolf (that I know of).

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series to see what happens as this one leaves off on a bit of a cliffhanger.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


Pop Manga Coloring Book

Pop Manga

ABOUT POP MANGA COLORING BOOK- from Penguinrandomhouse.com

Manga artist and Pop Surrealism superstar Camilla d’Errico presents her first ever adult coloring book, filled with portraits, patterns, and the stunning artwork her fans and collectors have come to love.

This one-of-a-kind book offers you the opportunity to collaborate with d’Errico, adding your colors to her gorgeous black and white linework. Featuring everything from haunting and surreal character portraits to pages filled with patterns and designs all rendered in d’Errico’s inimitable style, Pop Manga Coloring Book is guaranteed to provide hours of coloring fun and excitement.

My Review:  I have been looking at the plethora of adult coloring books that have flooded the market for the past few months and although some of them have peeked my interest, I have yet to purchase any.  When I was given the chance to review this for bloggingforbooks.com, I jumped at it.  The images are gorgeous, and the details are amazing.  This is what I have been looking for as it combines the fantastical with bold images.

I give this coloring book 5 crowns.


First Comes Love by: Emily Giffin

First Comes Love

I received an ARC of this book from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads.

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.

My Review:

Although I have heard of Emily Giffin and the books that she has written, I had never read anything by her.  I know that her book Something Borrowed, is a huge hit and it seems like the type of genre I would enjoy.  I was thrilled to be accepted to read and review her newest book.

This is a story of two sisters and their love/hate relationship; but it is so much more than that.  When tragedy strikes and realization of the truth hits, will forgiveness overcome the pain?  When one sister is known for her less than acceptable behavior and the other is prim and proper their family has to figure out how to react when they reverse roles.

I really enjoyed this story.  It flowed nicely and kept me interested.  I have seen some negative reviews for this book but if you do not take it so seriously, this book is good.  It is a fictional story but it does take a look at the implications of a tragic death and the aftermath.

I gave this 4 crowns.

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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by: Ann Brashares

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

Book #45 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.  I listened to this second book in the series on audiobook.  It was just as good as the first book if not better.  Maybe listening to it made it more real.  The narrator gave each character a voice that allowed me to image the scenes.

I love the friendship between these four girls and during this second summer in which some of them are apart from each other, you can see their development and growth.  It is a beautiful story of friendship and love across generations.

I like that everything isn’t always roses with the story lines.  Ann deals with many different things that happen in real life and makes the characters deal with them.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Don’t You Cry by: Mary Kubica

Don't You Cry

I received a review copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think it is the covers that made me what to start reading books by this author.  When I was approved to get an ebook of this, I was ecstatic.


An electrifying tale of deceit and obsession from “New York Times” bestselling author of “The Good Girl “Mary Kubica
In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us.”

My Review:

I devoured this book.  I could not get enough of it.  It was a true page turner and when I thought I had the mystery figured out, I was wrong.  The characters are well developed and it is a true suspenseful mystery.  Quinn is young women and  is easy to relate to.  Alex is a lovable young man who has some stalker-ish tendencies but they are forgivable.

I enjoyed this book and will definitely pick up more books by this author.  I was a bit disappointed by the wrap up at the end.  I felt like it was missing a bit of detail.  The ending came together quickly and I thought it could’ve used a bit more.

I am having a hard time trying to decide on a rating between 4 and 5 crowns.  I guess 4.5 crowns it is!


Wrap Up



Books Read/Listened to:  11

Books I DNF’ed: 1

5 crown reads: 8

4 crown reads: 1

3 crown reads: 2

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 10

This month I read a decent amount but I also purchased a few too.  I can’t help myself.  I really enjoyed what I read this month and only DNF’ed  1 book that I was sent for review.