Wrap Up

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Happy 2017!  This year is off to a good start reading-wise for me.  Here are my stats:

Books Read/Listened to:  14

5 crown reads: 3

4 crown reads: 4

3.5 crown reads: 1

3 crown reads: 3

2 crown reads: 1

1 crown reads: 2

How did you do?  Are there any that you really wanted to get to but didn’t?  I had a few that I wish I didn’t read…oh well!

Happy Reading!!

How to Murder Your Life by: Cat Marnell

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Description from the publishers through Netgalley

Lone Wolf by: Jodi Picoult

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I always enjoy reading Jodi Picoult’s works.  This story had a very interesting premise but the overall story was one that touched the heart.  Jodi has woven the story of a family that has been torn apart over time with the description of wolves and how they live.

Due to a severe car accident, decisions have to be made by a family that has not been in the company of each other for many years.  This is a difficult task to do when the family communicates with each other; imagine how hard it is for a family that doesn’t talk at all.

I love how Jodi’s books are so realistic and hit a nerve for the reader.  I enjoyed this book and the creative way in which it was written.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by: Katarina Bivald

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This is a wonderfully translated book from Swedish.  It tells of a friendship between two women that are worlds away from each other and have connected through their mutual love of reading.  When Sara travels from Sweden to visit her friend Any in the States, she soon has to come to terms with the sad truth that Amy has passed away a few days before her arrival.

This is a wonderful story about the power of the written word and friendship.  This little town of Broken Wheel, Iowa has accepted Sara and she has to learn how to accept them.

I really enjoyed this story. I gave it 4 crowns.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Underrated Books

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“Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.” TOP 5 WEDNESDAY GOODREADS GROUP

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I absolutely fell in love with this series by Colleen Houck when it was released.  She is still releasing more and there is rumor to be a movie for this series soon!  YAY!

firebird-series

I still have to read the last one but I really enjoyed this series.  I am not one for alternate universes and realities but this was done so well.

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This is a fun series about a group of older women and their unlikely friendship.  Ten Beach Road is the name of this series but Wendy also has some other wonderful books.  She is an auto-buy author for me for sure.

This is the Valentine series by Adriana Trigiani.  If you like to read about crazy Italian families, this author is for you and this is where to start.  She always makes me laugh out loud and sometimes cry a bit.

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I do not like everything James Patterson writes but I am a fan of the Women’s Murder Club series.  This May the 16th one will be released and I have them all.

 

I hope that if you haven’t read these books or heard of these authors before, that you look into them and give them a chance.

Happy Reading!

The Book of Speculation by: Erika Swyler

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I had purchased this book some time last year from BookOutlet.com and I decided to listen to this on audio.  It is an interesting tale of a young man who receives an antique book in the mail without any clue as to why except that there is a familial name written in it.

This antique book seems to be a ledger of some sort of carnival experience.  Simon makes it his mission to figure out his family tree and try an prevent the inevitable that seems to happen to the women in his family on a particular day.

I really enjoyed the characters and their stories.  It was very well written.  My only gripe is that it involved Tarot cards and fortune telling.  For me, that is something that bothers me.  I do understand why it was in the story, but it annoyed me a bit.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak by: Glenn Dixon

juliets-answer Publication date: February 7, 2017

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Polarizing Books

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These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between.  This one is a bit difficult for me as I don’t tend to read to many YA books that are common among BookTube vloggers and other bloggers.  But I’m going to give it a try.

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First published in 2006, this book touched my life in such a tremendous way.  However, this is a book that you either Love or Loathe.

twilight-saga

When this series was first released, I thought everyone was nuts for being so obsessed.  I picked up the first book just to see what the hype was about and enjoyed the story.

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This was published last year and since I am a fan of Cecelia Ahern, I wanted to give this a shot.  I am not normally interested in reading from the dystopian genre, but I really enjoyed this book. I have been hearing some negative reviews about it lately.

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This is the 5th book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and I really appreciated being brought back into this world.  It was refreshing to see the girls a bit more grownup. Many people did not like this book and found it unnecessary.

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I thought this was a fantastic twist on the retelling of the Wizard of Oz.  Looking at the Goodreads reviews and remembering some unhaul videos, I know that this is another polarizing book.

Wow, I did it!  I came up with 5.  That was hard!  I can’t wait for next week’s topic!  Happy Reading!

 

The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson by: Rosanna Bruno

the-slanted-life-of-emily-dickinson Publication date: March 7, 2017

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

Untamed (Splintered 1.5, 3.5) by: A.G. Howard

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This is a companion book comprised of novellas that take place between books 1 and 2 and then after book 3.  I liked reading the stories about what happened in between and after the series ended.  I enjoy A.G. Howard’s writing and her story telling abilities.  She has a way of transporting you to Wonderland with the characters.

This is an interesting read but not a necessary one to understand the story.  I am a fan of this series so for me, it is a must read.

I gave this companion collection 4 crowns.

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