Friday, August 11, 2017

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

About the book:
Goodreads Summary
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
Release DateMay 5, 2015
✥Setting: California
✥Page Count: 346
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Women's Fiction/Chick Lit  
✥Date(s) Read: 8/10/17-8/11/17

✥Rating:   5/5

My Thoughts:

I closed this book with a big smile on my face! I loved it from cover to cover!

This is my first Kasie West book. I needed something light, so I took this off of my shelf not quite sure if I would finish it or even get into at the time, just to test to see if it fit what I wanted to read. 

Well, I read the first 90 pages pretty quickly, even though I wasn't feeling 100% at the time. I wanted so desperately to read even though my head was screaming to leave the lights off! But, when I could pick it up to read, I devoured it, even if I had to set it down a little bit later. 

Believe it or not (for those who have read the book), I actually loved the main character, Gia. I know some may not have liked her much, but I guess maybe I understood her a little bit. I also loved the "fill-in boyfriend" from the moment he showed up. I do believe I even loved Bec from the beginning as well. She was a bit gruff, but I liked her. And as the story went on, I grew to love her! 

I went into this book hoping I would like it and could finish it, I came out loving it and it being one of my favorites this year. I am looking forward to grabbing The Distance Between Us and On the Fence. I will try not to go into them with my hopes too high, because when I do, I tend to get a let down. It's not that I am not looking forward to her others, but those are the ones I want to get to first. 

Although, I am not sure if I will read her Pivot Point duology, that is something I'll have to think about because I tend to read a lot of paranormal & fantasy and need a break from that. I am mostly interested in her romances because I would like to get more into romance and when I am in the mood for lighter reads, these types of books are perfect. I said I would try to read more romance and I am going for that. I seem to gravitate more towards YA romance, but I do read and like adult too (As long as it's not too heavy on the drama, language and sex. Which is why I like YA). 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

About the Book:
Goodreads Summary
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series (New Beginnings #4)
Release Date: August 8, 2017
✥Setting: Seattle, Washington
✥Page Count: 310
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance 
✥Date(s) Read: 8/3/17-8/9/17

✥Rating:  3.75/5

I won this book in the Goodreads give-a-way for my honest thoughts.

Now, with that said, let's get started. 

As I was about to put up this review, I realize this book is in a series and it is the fourth book in that series but it reads like a stand alone so I'm assuming it may be more of a companion. I may go back and look for the others in the series so I can get the history of the families in this book. That may be hard for me to do because once I know what happens, it's hard for me to go back because I've been spoiled. I will at least try though. 

This is only the second book I have read by Debbie Macomber and although I really enjoyed her previous book The Inn at Rose Harbor, this one, I can say is my favorite so far. Although she would get very repetitive (especially in the beginning & a little in the middle/towards the end), it was still a really good book. I still go between a 3.5-4 out of 5 stars, mostly because of how repetitive it is. So, I guess that would make it a 3.75/5? This book has dual points of view going between Shay and Drew but it, for me, was still very much easy to follow what was going on.

I typically do not enjoy Christian books, not totally sure what it is about them that just doesn't allow me to get into them. I had never looked up Debbie Macomber (even after reading her first book) to see the type of writer she was, which I guess is a good thing because that may have had me steer clear of her books. Not because I'm not a believer, because I am, but because I just can't get into them as I stated before. I think most for me are just slow and drag. This one and her previous had it's slow times but her writing seems to keep  your attention enough to want to see what happens in the book. 

I do have one more book that is a part of the series in my room that I will get to soon enough. I am going to take each book I go into on an individual basis and just hope I like each one I pick up. This book gave me new hope on reading others. I didn't go into this one with my hopes too high, I just hoped that I would enjoy it enough to finish it. Well, I did! 

The day I got this book, it was just calling to me to read it. I planned on just reading the first page or two to see what I thought and it pulled me in immediately! And throughout this book, I just felt like it was a breath of fresh air, that fresh air I was needing this week! Whenever I was reading it, I felt my depression lift, but when I closed it, it hit me again. I am needing more books like this in my life! Ones that just makes you feel better. Ones that the characters give you hope for your own life. This book did that for me. 

I had hoped I would finish it before or on the day it came out (August 8, 2017) but I didn't get it until under a week it was due to come out and I am a bit of a slow reader and have to live in reality most of the time, so I had to put the book down quite a bit. And some moments, I just didn't feel like reading because I was not feeling 100% myself. 

This book came into my life right on time & thank God for Goodreads and me finally winning a book! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

About the Book:
Goodreads Summary
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
Release DateMay 13, 2001 (1st pub. November 6, 1939)
✥Setting: Devon, England (United Kingdom)
✥Page Count: 275
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Mystery, Classic, Fiction, Crime, Thriller
✥Date(s) Read: 7/31/17-8/3/17

✥Rating: 5/5  Audio: 5/5   (Read by: Dan Stevens)

My Thoughts:

The first chapter of the audio, I believe I found online and chapters 2-17, I found else where. I had to read the final 'chapter' on my own, which wasn't too long. I can say that from what I remember of the first narrator, I liked her; the male narrator, Dan Stevens, I liked a lot. He had a great voice for this book and made it just that much easier to get into and enjoy it even more so. There was one chapter (Chapter 11 I believe) I had to search for because it wasn't in the mix of audios I had.  


Oh, how I'd love to find the original and read through it, even if not read it from cover to cover, just to scan through it to see the original wording for it! I know it's supposed to be "controversial" but what many have to understand is, in 1939, that language was quite normal, so, many may not have had a problem with it. Of course, there were people who did, but again, the time of this book was written, it was the norm unfortunately. 

This book started off questionable for me. I wasn't sure how I was feeling about it the first couple of chapters. Once they hit the Island, I began to enjoy it more and more as the story went on. Once I hit about half way to two-thirds (2/3) of the way through, I was loving it! 

I didn't know who had done it until the end and I may not have known that if I had skipped reading the last 'chapter'. I almost didn't read it because it wasn't the chapter numbers, well roman numerals to be exact, like the other chapters. It just stated with the phrase "A Manuscript Document To Scotland Yard by the Master of the Emma Jane, Fishing Trawler". Thankfully, I read the first paragraph or two & looked at the last page to see a name I recognized from the book to know it was a part of the book. 

Agatha Christie knew her stuff and she put it down on paper well! Had you guessing to the very, very end! I will definitely be going to look at her other books to figure out which one interests me most and trying to get that one next and hoping I enjoy it as much as I did this one, if not more! 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up

The 2017 Reading Challenges:
1. Read a book with a person on the cover. Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
2. Read a hyped book. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (H.P. #3) by J. K. Rowling
3. Finish a book in one dayUnder the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome (Artist/Illustrator)
4. Read about a character that is very different from youRumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
5. Finish a book completely outdoorsUnder the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome 
6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
7. Read seven books.

My thoughts on each book I read:
(Just click on the title(s) to see my thoughts)

1. Under The Quilt of Night 5/5
2. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban 3/5
3. Rumble Fish 3.5/5

The only book I could think of that I bought solely based on the cover, I had finished before the Booktube-A-Thon started and most of the other books, I had heard of from booktube'rs and/or are part of series. 

As far as the "Read 7 Books", I pretty much knew I wouldn't be getting to that one and I am fine with that. 

Three (3) books covered all of the other categories I could get to. So, to get even three (3) books done this week, I am pretty proud of myself. Even though 1 was only forty (40) pages, the other was under two hundred (200) pages and both were pretty quick reads. 

Even with Harry Potter being over 400 pages, it's still an easy read that was made easier by listening to it on audio mostly while I was on the computer. 

Well, I finished Harry Potter with a lot of time to spare on the Booktube-A-Thon but I also know that I won't have time to finish any other books, so, I decided to just post this early so I don't have to try to do it later. I started working on it as the Booktube A Thon went along so it would be easier to get it together at the end of it, especially if I was running behind for any reason. Plus, it would make it easier to type things up while they were fresh on my mind. 

Book Covers:

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling

About the Book:
Goodreads Summary
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series (#3)
✥Release DateOctober 1st 2001 (first published July 8th 1999)
✥Page Count: 435
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
✥Date(s) Read: 7/24/17-7/30/17

✥Rating: 3.5/5 Audio: 3.5/5

My Thoughts:

I had a bit of an issue finding an audio that I liked and had to struggle through it for the first 10-15 chapters & I couldn't stand the narrator, she read to fast & I kept hearing her smack her lips (was a person who read the book and uploaded it to YouTube) but I finally got to the point I found a decent audio and narrator.

I don't think I have a whole lot to say about this book. It wasn't a favorite, but I did enjoy it. I read this book for the Booktube-A-Thon 2017 for one of the challenges (I will link the Wrap Up post below). Hermione really got on my last nerve for most of this book, her goody too shoes side came out a bit too often. I guess I can kind of understand it but gracious, it seemed like she was worse in this book than the first two. I'm not quite sure when I will go on to the next book (yes, I seem to say that a lot), but hopefully within the next month or two I will get to it, maybe a little sooner. With the ending, I might have to go on to it sooner rather than later, to see if Harry had a much better summer than previous. :)

(Booktube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

About the book:
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release Date: October 1, 1989 (First Published in 1975)
✥Page Count: 144
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Young Adult/Teen, Fiction, Contemporary, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction, Classics
✥Date(s) Read: 7/24/17-7/27/17
✥Rating: 3.5/5

My Thoughts:

You know how that saying: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it? 


Rusty-James wanted so much to be exactly like his brother The Motorcycle Boy. He really thought his brother was near perfect. [Almost] Everything his brother did, he tried to do, but never really measuring up in his eyes and he couldn't really figure out why. Some tried to tell him to just choose another path and he would 'fight' against that and would continue trying to figure out how to be like his brother. 

He 'lived in the past' a lot. Wanting things to 'be how they used to be', not really thinking that how things are now, could be a good thing. Then, one day, things began to change for him and he started seeing things a bit differently. Good? Bad? Why? Well, I can't say that part, that would really be a spoiler.

I did enjoy the book. One thing I notice about Hinton's books is that all of the stories are a lot alike. The absentee parent. The one good kid with good parents that hang out with the 'bad boy'. The younger sibling always looks up to the older & so on.  What I do like about her books though, they are a coming of age story. Many times, the main character always has some level of growth throughout the book. 

I do enjoy her writing (evidently). I've gone through most of her books that I know of. I think she has children's books but I doubt I will be reading those. I think I have two more books to get to then I will be done (Taming the Star Runner and Hawkes Harbor). There seems to be a book of short stories but I doubt I'll go on to those because I am not much into short stories bind ups. I also didn't really intend on reading Taming of the Star Runner but thought I'd give it a try whenever I decide to try to get to it.

Hinton has become a favorite author. I didn't see that coming when I picked up the first book I read by her [That Was Then, This Is Now]. I saw it at the library one day, recognized the title from a movie when I was growing up (Born in 1974 but of course, most of my childhood memories are in the 80's). And that is the start of my love of Hinton's books. I only watched one of the movies (The Outsiders), after finishing the books. I may go on to the others as I feel like watching old movies I have yet to see. 

Now, on to the next book. Hopefully I will find another favorite some where.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Under The Quilt Of Night by Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome (Illustrator/Artist)

About The Book:
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release DateJanuary 1st 2005 by Aladdin (First Published in 2002)
✥Page Count: 40
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Historical, Fiction, Children's picture book, Poetry, American/African American History, Cultural (African American)
✥Date(s) Read: 7/25/17
✥Rating: 5/5

My Thoughts:
This book is a re-read for me. I first bought this book in February 2005 (I know that because I wrote when I bought it in the book lol). I read this as part of the Booktube-A-Thon 2017 as part of two of the challenges (Read a book outdoors & Read a book in one day). Since I felt it was time that I go through this book again because I do enjoy the pictures in this book & of course the 'story', I decided to go to this one because I knew it would be a quick read I could read in one sitting while outside.

This is a book that I can say is a favorite and probably always will be. Not because it's something to gush over and it's all good feelings and happy thoughts but because it it beautifully drawn & told. It shows a small part of our history that does need to continue to be talked about. Not because we need to throw it in the faces of people, but so that it isn't repeated again for one & well, two, it's just great to know where we came from, what it took to get where we are and what it will take (positively), to keep things moving forward.

I won't go into a long drawn out 'speech' saying we need to "come together", " work together" etc, because we already all know that. But I will say it's time to stop the blame game and hatred. Those who are willing to listen, get with those who are willing to teach but both sides do need to listen and figure out ways to work together and stop shouting at each other. Stop minimizing what our ancestors went through (Regardless of race).

But, I said I wouldn't get into any kind of speeches, so I won't. This could be a teaching moment, but I think the book needs to be a start of great conversations and how to really do what we need to do to make things as peaceful as possible, on our own soil! Regardless of where that soil is!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

About the book : Goodreads Summary ✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc :   Stand Alone ✥ Release Date :  May 5, 2015 ✥Setting :   Ca...