Park Bench by: Christophe Chabouté

park bench

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this.  It is strictly images and roughly drawn ones without any words.  However, as you turn each page the stories that are told are magnificent.  You see the lives lived and only constant is this one park bench.   I absolutely love this graphic novel and the more I think about it, the sweeter the story is.
I gave this book 5 crowns.

May I Be Happy by: Cyndi Lee

May I Be Happy

So technically, I did not finish this book with less than 100 pages left to read but she made me so mad that I don’t care. I don’t understand how someone who is supposedly such a wonderful yoga instructor could be such a down right mean person. She is into fat shaming others and her own beliefs about her body image are so poor. Like I mentioned in my update, she mentioned the name of her yoga studio 3 times in the first 50 pages and the constant name dropping of celebrities pissed me off.
What made me give up on finishing this book is when she was talking about her mother’s caretaker. When she says that she never saw her eat, “and we all know that is usually a sign of secret bingeing” I was done. How does she know what is going on in this woman’s life. She reinforced a stereotype on this woman who spends 12 hours a day caring for her ailing mother. I am just so mad at this woman.
To me, she should be ashamed of herself and I would never support her as a yoga instructor. 

I did not give this any crowns but wanted to put it on my blog because I wanted to warn my readers as to the crap that is this book.

Fireblood by: Elly Blake

Fire Blood

I received this sequel from Novl publishers because I read and reviewed Frostblood the first book in this series.  I couldn’t be happier with their generosity nor more thankful.

I am not a fantasy reader but this series is something special.  Ruby is a kick-ass female who is not afraid to defend herself against some pretty vicious opponents.  She does struggle and I like that we see that in her.

The beginning was a bit slow for me but it picked up its’ pace towards the middle of the book.  The ending…a cliffhanger.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.  But I have to wait until 2018 for Nightblood!

I gave this book 4 crowns.


Rose Harbor in Bloom by: Debbie Macomber

Rose Harbor In Bloom

I realize that this is the second book in a series but I thought I had read the first one.  In all honesty, I’m not sure if I did and if I did, it was years and years ago.  I listened to this on audio but wasn’t lost with the story line.  The book did just enough retelling of the first book for me to piece together what I missed.

I don’t want to say much about the story line because I don’t know what would be a spoiler for the first book.

The characters in the story were very lovable and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I will definitely look for the rest of this series.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


Look Again by: Lisa Scottoline

Look Again

This is my very first Lisa Scottoline book and it will not be my last.  I listened to this on audio and really loved the characters in this story.  They were written so well rounded that I could believe that I was listening to a real story.

This is a story about a reporter who falls in love with a sick little boy and then is able to adopt him.  One day, she receives a flyer of a lost child in her mail and recognizes the missing boy as her son.  She struggles with trying to figure our if her child is really the boy in the photo and what to do if it is.  I wasn’t sure how this would end and if it would end abruptly but it didn’t.

I really liked this book and can’t wait to pick up more books from this author.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Yoga Bitch by: Suzanne Morrison

Yoga Bitch

This was a fun read.  Suzanne has a way of bringing the reader along with her on her journey.  I could imagine the scenes that take place in Bali and I can feel the tension and then release of it after a good yoga session.

It reminded me a bit of Eat, Pray, Love but had more humor and less food.  This was a good read but to be completely honest, I don’t remember too much about it and I finished reading it exactly 1 week ago.

I gave this book 3 crowns.


Love Lies Beneath by: Ellen Hopkins

Love Lies Beneath

So this is one of 2 of the last Ellen Hopkins’ books that I had left to read.  This is unlike her YA books in that this is not told in prose.  I’ve heard many people say that they did not like this book but I really enjoyed it.  She does have some prose throughout the book and her writing style flows very well throughout this book.

I loved the premise of this story and appreciated the twists that Ellen Hopkins usually provides her readers.  If you haven’t read anything by this author before, I think you should give her a chance.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


A Million Worlds With You by: Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds With You

This is the last book in the Firebird trilogy.  I again listened to it on audio because I listened to the first two that way and wanted to continue listening to the story.  In this concluding book, we see if Marguerite can save everyone she loves in all of the worlds.  It was a fast paced, action-packed ending.

I loved this series and recommend it.  I normally don’t read sci-fi/fantasy but this kept me interested and entertained.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


Wrap Up


Books Read/Listened to:  6

5 crown reads: 2

4 crown reads: 2

3 crown reads: 1

1 crown reads: 1

DNF: 1

This was my slowest reading month of the year.  I was on vacation for about two weeks in the beginning of the month and then have been really busy at work for the last two weeks.  A total of 6 books is ok for the amount of time that I really had to read.  I can’t wait until things return to normal at work so that I can get back into reading over 10 books a month.

How was your August reading?

As we go into my favorite season, I am excited to get into some of the books on my TBR shelf and take a break from the plethora of review books I requested.  I will get to them eventually but now I need to read what I want.  I wish you all:

Happy Reading!

Sugar and Iced by: Jenn McKinlay

Sugar and Iced

This is my favorite cozy mystery series.  I was so excited to buy the series for my collection and I was in the mood to continue where I left off.  In this book, Mel and Angie are working with a beauty pageant to help promote their business and to support one of their close friends.  Of course, it isn’t as easy as that.  When one of the pageant’s own turns up murdered, all eyes turn to the outsiders as suspects.

I think these books are fun and I would recommend them to anyone.  This is a great series and even though this is the 6th book, the story lines do not get old.

I gave this book 5 crowns.