One Dark Throne ~ Kendare Blake

Synopsis

The Ascension Year is moving at full speed. The sisters are stronger than ever and constantly on the look out for danger. Arsinoe has discovered the real truths behind her powers and must now figure out how to use these powers without letting the secret out. Katharine is now looked at as the strongest sister. And Mirabella must keep her followers safe from the attacks from her sisters and their people.

This is becoming an Ascension Year to remember when twists and turns are thrown at each girl. The only thing stranding in the way of the crown is each other. These girls were bread to fight to the death.

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My Review

I am really enjoying this series so far! Normally when I read a series all the books are out already. This one is different and I’m having to wait for the books to come out. But it is exciting to read and revisit the characters every year. The triplets are portrayed so well and have complicated lives, like any normal family would.

I recommend these books to anyone looking for a quick and easy read. It was so fast paced that it was hard to put the book down and go about my day. There are so many characters that I just love. Just read it and fall in love the way I did!!

Next book … Chemistry ~ Weike Wang

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2017 in Review

2017 was a great year!

My husband and I bought our first home, something that I never thought would happen as long as we were living in Southern California. We found a great little neighborhood with great little houses in a great school district for our kids. Our dreams of moving out of state are not dead but in the meantime we have our little home to take care of.

I did something in 2017 that I had never done before. I did the 100 day challenge. I created 100 bookmarks over 100 days. I had so much fun! There were times when I thought that I would have to skip a day, most notably on the day we had a party for my daughter’s 4th birthday. But I prevailed and never missed a day. I created some great bookmarks and added a ton of them to my etsy shop. Towards the end of 2017 I have slowed on creating bookmarks but I am positive that I will pick it back up now that the year is over.

At the beginning of the year I created a goal for myself to read at least 50 books. I did not meet that goal but I got close with 42 books read. I have to say that this was by far the most books I have read in a year. There was a period of adjustment when we moved. I was now driving for an hour each way to work. I had to get used to that drive time so my reading time suffered a bit. I am very proud at how far I got and hope to top that goal in 2018! I read so many novels and series that I thoroughly enjoyed; Annihilation, The Magicians, Red Rising, Big Little Lies, Ready Player One, my favorites list from last year could go on and on.

As a family of 4 we started getting outdoors more last year. We started going camping. Both my husband and I used to go with our families when we were younger but lost that when both our sets of parents got divorced. We saw my younger sister going camping with her boyfriend and my older sister going camping with her two boys and wanted to join in the fun. Our first trip was to a small little lake about an hour and a half drive from us. It was hot the summer weekend we went. We played in the water and ate next to the campfire. From that first trip we learned a few things, what to bring and what not to bring. Our second and final camping trips of 2017 we went to Sequoia and Big Sur. In both parks we had no cell reception which was a blessing and at times a curse. It was so nice to get out in the woods and be detached from our phones for a weekend. We have two camping trips planned for 2018, both planned with my sisters. I am hoping to plan at least two more.

Those were my highlights from last year. Leave me a comment about what you did last year and what you plan to do this year.

Ready Player One ~ Ernest Cline

Synopsis
The story follows Wade Watts in a dystopian 2044. Everybody is plugged into the internet where they live, eat, play, work and/or got to school. Wade goes to school in the virtual reality but is also on the search for an Easter egg that will lead him to an inheritance.

On this quest to find the Easter egg he joined by other “gunters” (a nick name for egg hunters). They need to find three keys and complete games and other puzzles to move on. A large corporation is also on the hunt for the egg because they want to make profit from the relatively free virtual reality platform. This corporation does not let anyone stand in their way of finding and securing the egg.

The friends that Wade makes in the game are no doubt his for life.

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My Review
My husband told me that he wanted to read Ready Player One in anticipation to the upcoming movie. I had this book on my TBR for a bit so I downloaded it for myself and my husband. Well, he read the book and I got the audio book from the library. That was so fun because Wil Wheaton reads the book. I totally geeked out!! I cannot wait for the movie to come out next year. We live in a time where the digital effects should look amazing on the big screen, not to mention that a huge chunk of the U.S. population is playing video games and has internet access. This book, and now movie, will relate to many many people.

It is safe to say that I loved this book and I recommend it to anyone that is into science fiction. It also relates to the younger generations because of its content. So good! My husband didn’t know if I would like this book but I sure did. If any of you read it let me know how you liked it, or disliked it!

Next book … One Dark Throne ~ Kendare Blake

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Big Little Lies ~ Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies  was so fun to read. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire book. I wanted to read it before the show came out on HBO and I did. But when I went to watch the show it followed to book to the T and made it feel like I was back at the beginning, plus my little ones were running around and I couldn’t focus. I don’t even think I finished the first episode. Maybe I will go back and try to watch it again.

The book follows a group of women and their children in a small town in Australia. All the women have their own problems in their personal lives and with their respective children. Jane is a single mother to Ziggy, who is accused of bullying one of the other children. Jane becomes friends with some of the other mothers who learn the identity of Ziggy’s father. The novel comes to a head on trivia night where someone is killed. I’m not going to tell you if it was an accident or on purpose but it is the plot twist of the year! Go read it and maybe watch the show.

I have already told you that I really enjoyed this book. I want to read more from her because she was just a great writer and I enjoy reading novels from authors that write in different countries. It gives me a little glimpse of what life is like in a different country. I am always looking for great recommendations, so if you have a favorite book or author that lives and writes in a different country please leave me a comment to peak my interest.

Next book … Ready Player One ~ Ernest Cline

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My Glory Was I Had Such Friends ~ Amy Silverstein

It is no surprise that I get a lot of my book recommendations from the ladies over at the All The Books Podcast. They talked about this book and that it made them both cry buckets. I haven’t cried reading a book in a long time so I thought that I would give it a try. I have to admit that I did not cry but it did take me a while to get through it.

This memoir is about the trials of a heart retransplant and the friends that were by Amy Silverstein’s bedside. She has beat the odds and has lived with a transplanted heart for 25 years. Now she is on the road to heart failure and finding another heart. Amy is surrounded by a loyal husband and a group of great friends that fly all over the country to be by hear side in her time of need.

This was such a great book about the awesomeness of friendship and it taught me a lot about heart transplants, heart failure and a lot of medical terms in regards to the heart. But with every page I was reminded of my friend. One of my friends is currently under medical supervision with a failing heart. He was hospitalized earlier this year when his heart was only working at 16%. I told him about this book and he told me to think positive for him. I do and I really feel he will get better. He has a two year old son with banked cord blood. What a time to be alive with all these advances in the medical science world. I have faith that he will be just fine.

Next book … Big Little Lies ~ Liane Moriarty

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The Guest Room ~ Chris Bohjalian

Soooooo good!! I really fell in love with this book. Maybe because I liked the setting of the back east suburb and and the seemingly perfect family. There was just so much that made me not want to put this book down. But I did…..when I finished it!

The novel centers around Richard Chapman and the party he allowed in his home. He allowed his younger brother to have his bachelor party in his home where his friends proceeded to hire Russian entertainment. In their drunkenness, Richard who is married, was lead to the guest room by one of the Russian girls. Meanwhile, downstairs things are escalating quickly with the other Russian girl, her bodyguards and the rest of the guys. There is an incident, people die, and the girls take off. The story splits from there with Richard’s marriage crumbling and the girls running for their lives from the police and the gangsters that want them dead.

Like I said earlier I really enjoyed this book. I posted a lot about it on Litsy and Instagram. I posted so much about it that the author ended up commenting on one of my posts! I had to sit back and geeked out when I showed my husband. That was a proud moment for me! So go pick up this book.

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Next book … My Glory Was I Had Such Friends ~ Amy Silverstein

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Mr. Splitfoot ~ Samantha Hunt

Hello everyone! I need to get better about posting more often. It has been a busy month for me with my husbands birthday and my birthday (yesterday) and planning my 2 year old’s birthday at the end of the month and it has just been so hot in So Cal that we just don’t want to be home! But I’m sitting in the coolness of my office right now.

I read Mr. Splitfoot earlier this year. It was weird, weird but good. I’m into weird right now. The ending made my head spin!!

The story switches each chapter between the past and the present. The past follows Ruth and Nat, orphans stuck in a religious home for abandoned children. They “speak” to the dead for fun and money. Neither one is really sure if they are telling the truth when they channel these dead people. The present follows Ruth’s niece. She is pregnant and following Ruth who is now mute and middle-aged. They go on an unexpected journey where the two stories merge.

It is bonkers and definitely a good read for the ghost-story lover.

Next book … The Guest Room ~ Chris Bohjalian

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The Underground Railroad ~ Colson Whitehead

This book was not my cup of tea. Now now, before you stop reading, I think it was written very well and the story moved along nicely. But I have learned that I am not into the Civil War era, slavery in general I guess. I know the book is fictional in nature but so much of the content made me sad and made me think that these events might have really happened to someone in history. I know this book has been highly praised by like everybody! It was good, so if you are into this topic, by all means get this book and read it!

The story takes place in Georgia following a slave named Cora. Life was not the greatest for the slaves on this plantation (I can only imagine). When a new arrival, Caesar, tells Cora stories of the Underground Railroad, they decide to escape to freedom. In Whitehead’s novel the Underground Railroad is a real underground railroad, with conductors and train-cars, not a metaphor. They take this journey all while being hunted since they have been labeled as runaways and dangerous.

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I am really glad I read this book, even though it was not my favorite, because I honestly think that this book is going to be required reading for young ones in the future. Very well written indeed.

Next book … Mr. Splitfoot ~ Samantha Hunt

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Day 2 of #24in48 (1 day late)

Yesterday was the end of a great weekend! I have FINALLY finished a book in one day! I was so proud of myself. Last readathon I took on too many large books and wasn’t able to finish in a day. But this time I was able to finish a small 100 page book in the first day and a 200 page book during the second day. I got a lot of really great reading and listening done. And I read for a lot longer than 24 hours! I started Made for Love and so far I’m liking it. I need a good laugh and a romance in my life.

I have submitted my proof that I read for 24 hours this weekend and am keeping my fingers crossed that I win!

Day 1 of #24in48

Today was a good reading day!! I started last night at 9 pacific time but this makes me in sync with the moderator and website. I read for 2 hours last night then got up around 6 and started reading. I finished Searching for John Hughes and 84, Charing Cross Road today. I also listened to a good amount of Atlas Shrugged. As of right now I have read for almost 15 hours!! I am so happy, proud, shocked that I was able to get that much done with two crazy kids running around and a husband. I helped with some yard work and made dinner while listening to my book. It was a great day!!

For the rest of the night the kids will go to sleep and the hubby and I are going to watch a movie. Tomorrow is a new day with new books. AND, just this second, we got word that one of our friends is in the hospital having their baby. So it’s good that I was able to get so much reading done today in case we can go see this bundle of joy tomorrow. 

Proof….


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Happy reading!!