A Little Bit Cupid

I don’t know about you all, but I am a sucker for a good love story and when I saw this book, I was like awww cute! I had high hopes for this and I wasn’t let down (I mean look at that cute cover!!!)

This was a free kindle book and was only 84 pages but I still loved it 🙂

A Little Bit Cupid

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Goodreads: 3.48 stars

Finding love should be easy, but wedding photographer Phoebe Ward knows better. When Cupid shows up on a crazy mission to help her —and save the world in the process—Phoebe realizes love might be even more complicated than she thought. Even with Cupid showing her Mr. Right , she can’t stop thinking about his best friend, Mr. Wrong.

Cal Crawford has never had time for love, but now he’s falling for Phoebe. Which means it’s got to be just plain wrong to set her up with his best friend, right? But even though seeing Phoebe with someone else will break his heart, he can’t walk away from her.

Phoebe can’t afford to choose the wrong guy with the fate of the world at stake. But maybe Cupid has it wrong. Maybe she has to rely just a little bit on Cupid, and a whole lot more on her heart.

My Review: 5 stars!! Maybe 4.5 but definitely closer to 5!

LOVED it! Such a cute novella, I thought the cupid thing was a little weird in the beginning but I got sucked right into the story that it didn’t bother me! I loved the characters especially Cal and his charming and witty personality.
I would like to say I read this in a day but you know Mom life doesn’t always allow that, but otherwise, this is definitely a one sitting/day read! I mean who doesn’t want to find love, and maybe sometimes you aren’t meant to be with the one you think you are! There is a plan for you, be patient and enjoy life 🙂
Give it a shot, come on it is only 84 pages 😉
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Wow Wow Wow!!! Readers this book took me by surprise! I read it as a group swap sort of thing and I did not know how i was going to like this and man am I glad I ended up with this book!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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Goodreads: 4.44 stars

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

My Review: 5 stars!!!

Louie was an extraordinary man, his struggles and the obstacles he overcame are so inspiring, if you haven’t read it PLEASE DO! How a man can live through and survive things he went through, no one will ever know. The lessons he learned and the things he did with them make him such a remarkable man!

I started out reading this book thinking what a horrible, devil child hahahaha but seeing what he became was quite shocking and amazing and will hopefully give some hope 🙂

Absolutely amazing and I highly suggest EVERYONE read it weather you like History or not! Let me tell you a little secret… I do not like History! This story was so touching and so much more!!! Run before the movie comes out!! 🙂

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Reading Mojo!

Yes! It seems I have gotten my reading momentum back, I guess getting the kids in to a routine gives me a little more “relax” time! Oh and I guess all the good books help a lot too! I read 7 books so far this month and am in the middle of 4 right now, 2 of which I will finish today or tomorrow!

So far I have had 1 let down, 2 ok, 3 amazing, and 1 LOVE!

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Let down (2.5 stars): Fragments by Dan Wells. I LOVED the first one in the series, Partials. It isn’t normally something I would pick up on my own but it was a book club choice and I loved it, so why wouldn’t I like the second one?!?! Lets just say it was a 576 page book and I was not interested until about page 350-400, a waste for half of the book! So sad…I prob won’t finish the series (yes love I CAN do that :p )

Ok (3 stars): Second Chances by Alison Stanley and Crossed by Ally Condie. Second Chances was a Christian Lit and I enjoyed the underlying theme about God’s love and second chances but it seemed a bit rushed. Crossed is ok, this series doesn’t wow me but is interesting to listen to nonetheless.

Amazing (4 stars): The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry…I mean who doesn’t love a good love story, I had all the amazing feels that makes me love a book and give it 4 stars! Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevrin was a very unique book with a very interesting story that had me intrigued and held my interest! I really enjoyed it. Last was Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg and I am actually torn on this one! The story honestly was CRAP, but the feelings I had and the things this book made me think about (even though it didn’t have much to do with the main theme) had me leaning towards a higher rating. It made me think about the kind of mom and wife I want to be and to continue to be and I don’t know why but it hit a lot of emotions inside me, which is why it gets this rating!

LOVE (5 stars): One of my Nesties writes books, well a bunch do and I ALWAYS want to read them, even though they are online friends it is exciting to “know” them, plus I want to support them! So I am letting you know this, but it did NOT influence my review on this book one bit! This Novella, Make You Blush by Macy Beckett is just THAT GOOD! A little steamy and oh so amazing I loved the story, characters and pretty much EVERYTHING! I can’t wait for the next one to come out on May 6th (Make You Mine)

Have you read any good books lately? Comment and give me some recommendations! I am always up for anything (except the things A reads and wants me to read…no thanks! Love you!)

Happy Reading!

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Lately I have had some good luck with books and one not so good!

Recently I have loved: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Recently I have not loved: Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim by Lisa Scottoline and Francisca Serritella

 

Have you ever read a book and fell in love with an author?!? Well this is what Sarah Dessen does to me ALL the time! I absolutely love her books and for some reason don’t read them enough! The Truth About Forever was AMAZING! I really enjoy Sarah Dessen and this one just puts my love over the top! Her books are so light and enjoyable. There are so many aspects to this story that I loved and it all meshed wonderfully! Maci was a great character, not annoying and very easy to understand and relate to. The idea of playing Truth (Truth or Dare but only the Truth part), is a fantastic way to get to know someone! I really enjoyed the whole catering aspect of this story, the chaos and all! I also loved Wes and his unique hobby! I guess I just pretty much loved everything about this book!

How about reading a book that you are very unsure of, maybe thinking the story line may be a difficult one where you won’t relate or it will be hard to read, but end up loving it?!? Well this was Wintergirls! I actually listened to this one on Audio and normally I don’t have good luck with audiobooks. I never thought this storyline would keep me to engrossed! This is a very serious matter/ disorder that I know nothing about. Reading this book gave me tons of insight on how awful/scary/horrible/deadly Anorexia and eating disorders are. This book kept me on the edge, wondering why anyone would put themselves through something like this. Anderson did an excellent job explaining this in the story! This was well done, and I surprisingly really like this book and how real everything about it was!

Or reading a book you think would be funny and a great, light, fun read…and it was a huge let down?!?! Welp…that was Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim. I don’t know why I listen to these kind of books! The description sounds good and then I highly dislike them! This was a bunch or random rambling! I mean I know they were essays compiled but I thought they would at least flow a little better together. I just wasn’t impressed and didn’t really find it funny!

What books have you read that have fallen in any of these categories?

Book Review

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This past weekend I finished two books, one which I really enjoyed and one which I really did not!

Audio-With Breastfeeding I have a lot of time to listen to books, and it is nice to get back to listening to audiobooks! I used to listen to them a lot at work, but I guess I just got tired of missing things. I have a love hate relationship with audiobooks! A reader can make or break a book for me and I HATE IT!! I always found myself saying I think I would like the book better if I read it…which is another huge reason why I put audiobooks on hold (and prob still would if I didn’t need to fill time hands free 😉 )

The audiobook I recently read was Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and shockingly I really enjoyed it, I gave it 4 stars!!! The readers weren’t bad even though the main character Chiyo’s (Sayuri’s) character sometimes annoyed me, but I guess it was more the writing then the reading!

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Here is my short review (I kinda stink at them!): I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, especially on Audio. The story was interesting and I loved the “twist”. At times Chiyo’s (Sayuri’s) voice was a bit annoying and repetitive when talking to men, but I easily got past it. This topic and Japanese culture is something I am very unfamiliar with and it was a nice way to learn about the custom’s and a geisha’s way of life.

Book– I have a Kindle and tend to read it more now that I have two infants because it is easier to turn a page while entertaining them :-), but I love actual books! I love looking at and watching my bookmark move, showing me how much of the book I have left and turning an actual page instead of pushing a button or swiping your finger across the screen. Call me old fashioned but I would prefer the actual book then any e reader! 🙂

The book I recently read and HIGHLY DISLIKED was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, I gave it 2 stars (maybe a 2.5). I had high hopes for this book and was very disappointed. Mainly I was bummed with the writing style, it was very hard to follow, I may even have given it a better rating because of the story if it wasn’t for the writing.

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Here is my review:  I really wasn’t a big fan of this book. I think I expected more, and the writing style, I really DISLIKED. Most of the time I was confused, making it very hard to follow and distinguish who was speaking at times. I am disappointed in the “story lines” I feel as though they were jumbled and in the end I felt were a let down.

What books are you all reading right now? Recommend your favorite book! I am always looking for something else, and I will try anything 🙂