February Book Club

This month as with recent past months we have been reading very short easy books. This is mainly due to, with the twins, my reading time has been cut tremendously, but also because another member (one of my dear friends) also had a baby last month. Precious little Mackenzie was born on 1/23, so needless to say her reading time has been cut too!

This month we read a free Kindle book called Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson.

You are always hit or miss with free books, they normally aren’t anything fantastic but some are cute and some stink! This one wasn’t too bad! It was a cheesy love story that was pretty decent for the length of the book (106 pages). My biggest complaint was that there were tons of errors (grammatical, spelling and word placement).

Goodreads rating: 3.3 stars

Our rating: probably 2.5/3 stars (one of us didn’t read the book 😉 ) But she had a newborn so we forgive her!

Here is the Goodreads description:

Runaway bride Louisa Honeycut is looking for a quick escape when she passes the Double Dare, Inc sign and the slogan “Are you ready for the time of your life?” seems like divine intervention. Sheltered by her overbearing father, Louisa has years of catching up to do and can think of no better person than gorgeous Sam Rawlins to show her. Is she ready for the time of her life? Hell, yes.

Ordinarily unflappable adventure guide Sam Rawlins makes his living showing the wealthy how to have fun, but nothing in his experience could have prepared him for the “adventure” Louisa Honeycut asks for. He might be showing Louisa the time of her life, but the quirky little snack-cake heiress is soon turning Sam’s own life upside down…and perversely, he likes the new vantage point.

Well, you be the judge and read it if you are curious..it was cute and FREE!! So what the heck, if you are looking for something cheesy and quick and don’t mind being annoyed by errors then give it a shot.

Happy Hump Day 🙂

March Book Club

This month we did a breakfast book club, where we all made tasty book club breakfast foods, we had my mini crescent danishes, little quiche, monkey bread and Noelle made homemade cinnamon raison bagels, that were pretty awesome!

The book choice for last month was The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

The Goodreads description: During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.

Goodreads average rating is 4.11 stars

Our average rating was a 3 stars!

Our thoughts summarized and beautifully said by Jess: Kate Morton’s long winded tale of a mother with a mysterious past and a daughter determined to uncover it was a journey. A 481-page long journey.
The story is sprawled throughout two World Wars and present day, following monotonous Laurel, Dorothy in all her narcissistic dysfunction, and Vivien with her surprisingly soft demeanor.
Overall, the story- in terms of execution- was 200 pages too long with redundant scenes from different points of view and these inner dialogues (specifically Laurel) that went forever. However, in the last 100 pages or so, Morton was able to pick up the pace within the plot a bit and deliver some remarkable twists to the story as Dorothy’s mysterious past fell into place. That being said, would we as a book club read another Kate Morton novel? Probably not.

Happy Monday!

Book Club

So I belong to a book club in my town with 3 other awesome ladies (Jess, Marissa & Noelle) and I love it oh so much! These ladies have become friends and the one night a month that we get together, we laugh, have fun and share a passion we all love…BOOKS!!!

Since this is another one of my passions I decided that I will share with you these books one day a month. I will share the book & it’s description, our average rating and some major likes and dislikes.

The book choice for last month was Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

The Goodreads description: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death–and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing

Our average rating was a 1.5 stars!

Our thoughts summarized and beautifully said by Jess:

Although Lauren Oliver establishes a realistic vision of high school culture in Before I Fall, both the plot line and characters were weak and unforgiving. This book is close to 500 pages and after 200 pages of the same day being retold, it becomes stale regardless of the minor details that Oliver tweaks. As for the characters, not only is the protagonist, Sam, selfish and cowardly her best friend Lindsey is monstrous. As a reader, it is natural to harbor disgust toward a villain but makes it all the more difficult when the villain is meant to be the hero. Sam and her subsequent journeys back from the dead lacked the compulsion for the reader to attach oneself to something in the story and sympathize; the ending- although rushed and unresolved- served more as a relief that the book was over instead of contentment that Sam evolved.

Even though this book seemed to be a big bust for us, the following are the other books we have read & their average ratings we have given them: (from most recent to oldest)

The Very Picture of You by  Isabel Wolff (4 stars)

What The Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg (2.5 stars)

The Good Braider by Terry Farish (3 stars)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (5 stars)

The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry (3 stars)

Everlost by Neal Shusterman (3.5 stars)

Partials by Dan Wells (4.5 stars)

Shine by Lauren Myracle (3 stars)

Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris (4 stars)

The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski ( 2.5 stars)

Forget You by Jennifer Echols (2 stars)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2 stars)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (4 stars)

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (4.5 stars)

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (3 stars)

Some were good, some were bad but we have a good time no matter what and it is all about broadening our horizons! I encourage you to start one, you never know what kind of relationships and bonding you will get out of one!