A Clash of Kings ~ George R. R. Martin

What can I say about this book that I didn’t say about the first? Um…I loved it! I listen to these books because they are so long. They give me something to listen to as I work and it really makes the day fly by. I listen to them at 1.5x speed so I don’t have to listen for 40 hours. But it is just slow enough that I still comprehend what is being read to me.

This is the second book in the Game of Thrones series. This novel follows the Stark family all over the Seven Kingdoms, as well as other families that are entwined with that group and some that are not. People die and are killed and some are just separated from the ones that they love.

It is a great novel. And there is so much going on that I am never bored with the books. Plus I really like the guy that reads the books. Continuing the books on tape….is that what it’s still called?

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(Sidenote: Watching the Super Bowl [commercials] and just saw the one for Stranger Things 2…HALLOWEEN!!! I can’t wait that long! I want to watch the new season like now!)

Next book … The Wolf Road ~ Beth Lewis

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The Magnolia Story ~ Chip & Joanna Gaines

I love watching the DIY Network and HGTV. And I love Chip and Joanna Gaines. They are just a wholesome couple and I love what they do inside houses. Their style is amazing, or I guess I should say her style. My husband and I want to redo a lot of our house and we have this show in mind when it comes to style and design. #DemoDay #Shiplap #SubwayTiles

The Gaines’ book is just a memoir of their life together. There are so many interesting facts about their life that are so great and things that you don’t learn from their show. It was like taking a peak inside their lives and that peak looked so inspiring. Their love story is so cute and the proposal made me cry, it was that cute. Their values as a family are something to look up to and I have learned some pointers when dealing with my little ones and husband.

If you love to watch their show I highly recommend their book. Even if you don’t watch their show they have a great love story and there are some pointers for new families.

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Next book … A Clash of Kings ~ George R. R. Martin

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Day 2 of #24in48

I’m tired!! Its 6am. I drank coffee last night so I was tossing and turning all night. Didn’t get much sleep. But I’m here and I’m going to start reading.

I would love to finish my audio book, Big Little Lies, about halfway through listening to it at 1.5x speed. And I want to finish my ebook, The Underground Railroad.

Time to get comfy on the couch and start my reading day!

Happy Reading!!

Hour 2 of #24in48

I’m reading and reading and listening! Haven’t finished a book yet but I’m reading The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian and listening to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

So far I love both of these books. Hoping to finish them both today, or at the least this weekend.

Time to get back to it!!

Happy Reading!!!

(go to www.24in48.com for more info)

California —-> Ohio ((CANCELLED?))

If everything goes as planned my little family will be moving to Ohio Spring 2017.

I listen to a bunch of podcasts! One in particular that I listen to is Elise Gets Crafty. She talks about crafting and running a crafting business. That is one of my goals, so I love listening to her insights. Today on her episode she talked about a move that she thought was going to happen that ended up not happening. She was thinking that she was going to move to Japan with her family but it fell through and is able to stay in her house for the next 3 to 5 years. She has mixed feelings about it since she had mentally prepared herself to make this big move. I am in that same boat. My little family and I thought that we were going to be moving to Ohio this Spring. It turns out that my husbands branch in Ohio is overstaffed already, so it looks like there will be no transfer. We were so bummed to hear the news since we had visited and loved the areas and school systems. On to our next plan.

We are now in escrow on a house here in Southern California. I would love to stay home with my girls (what I would have done in Ohio) but I also love my job and my coworkers. We are thrilled that we get to own a home AND stay in the warm SoCal weather, even if I do still have to work.

For now this is our plan. We stay in California, own a home and fix it up the way we want. Maybe in the future other opportunities will open up to us and we can move to an area that gets every season and I can move into my chosen career!

Ingredient ~ Ali Bouzari

I can not begin to describe how much I loved this book. My mind was blown a few times! Sugar in ice cream is the reason why it doesn’t freeze solid! OMG….who knew?!? But the way Ali Bouzari explains food and cooking is brilliant.

I bought this book for my mom for Christmas but, naturally, had to read it before I gave it to her. And she is living in Hawaii now so I had a couple extra days to read this one. Awesome read! I recommend getting the hard cover book though. The art and pictures are great! It is a great coffee table book or gift.

The science behind food and what it is made up of was so fun to read about. I have noticed that I think about what I am doing more in the kitchen because I have read this book. I may just have to buy this book for myself so I can have it to look back on if I get stuck in the kitchen. I mean, what if my soup is too thick? This book has taught me what I need to do next to make it amazing.

Now to make lunch for my girls!!

Next book … The Magnolia Story ~ Chip & Joanna Gaines

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This is Where it Ends ~ Marieke Nijkamp

I bought this book when it was on sale in the Kindle app. It looked interesting and short so I bought it for $1.99.

I love how the book was written. It is in the point of view of 4 students that are trapped inside a school who has a shooter amongst them. Each chapter takes place over a couple minutes and visits each student and what they are doing. Some students are taken by the shooter and some make it out safe.

This book is not for the faint of heart. There are many graphic details and vivid storytelling. I started reading this book and was really into it. But because there was so much going on and the book was full of very hard topics, it took me a while to get through it. At first I thought I was just bored with the book but I really liked it in the end. It was just tough to get through in some spots.

All in all, I liked the book and recommend it to strong readers who don’t scare easily. Great read.

Next book … Ingredient ~ Ali Bouzari

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A Game of Thrones ~ George R.R. Martin

I LOVE GAME OF THRONES!!! I love the show and now I am in love with the books! I love when movies/shows are made from books. I usually like to watch first then read so I can get a character in my head and put a face to them. I know other people like to use their imagination but I like to see them first. Especially if it is a long series like Game of Thrones on HBO.

My husband and I started watching the show at the beginning of the year. We flew through it, it was that good! And now we wait. We wait for the new season to come out. But while we wait I will listen to all the novels. They are amazing! Exactly like the show but with more detail. I love it!!

The novels are broken up into chapters (obviously). But each chapter is from the point of view of a certain character. So the book jumps around in space but not in time. It follows the Stark family as they live in Winterfell and when they all split up. Some of the family goes to King’s Landing, one goes to The Wall, some stay in Winterfell and others go in different directions. Other chapters follow the Lannisters, the Baratheons, Daenerys Targaryen and other lords and ladys of the kingdom.

I highly recommend that you watch the show before reading the books. There are so many characters and the show does a great job of sticking true to the novels and including all of the characters. If I forgot who a character was I would just look them up on the many wiki’s that are on the internet. There really is a huge following of fans for the novels and the show.

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Next book … This is Where it Ends ~ Marieke Nijkamp

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Security ~ Gina Wohlsdorf

I have finally met a book this year that I haven’t been all in to. It was talked about a couple times on All the Books podcast so I thought I would give it a try. I love scary books but I could not get into this one. It started off good but I don’t know, I just couldn’t get behind it. Maybe because it was set on the west coast and I’m over living on the west coast. I don’t know. But I stuck it out and finished it.

The book is about a new hotel that is built on the coast of California. It is about to open but there are killers lurking inside. One by one all the staff is picked off by these two masterminds. This hotel is supposed to be the most secure but it has its flaws.

The book was written by the different camera views. I heard it talked about that the pages were split depending on what camera you were reading about. But I read the e-book format and there was no split with the pages. I did’t get that effect and maybe that’s why I wasn’t completely into the book. That may have added that little extra the book needed. And the ending…I wasn’t sure if my copy cut off or what. Then I remembered that Liberty, on All the Books, had talked about that. I wanted to go to a book store and look at the end just to make sure I wasn’t crazy but I never got the time. I still haven’t got into a bookstore.

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(I’m going to give you guys a little background on why I’m over the west coast and why I haven’t been into a bookstore. My husband, daughters and I are trying to transfer to Ohio with his job. I want to stay home, raise our kids and eventually put them in the best schools. The area that we live in now is expensive! We both have to work in order to pay rent and daycare. If we stay in California we will not buy property. That is our goal as a married couple. A year ago we decided that moving out of state would be the best way to have our cake and eat it too. So we are waiting to hear about the transfer, that’s why I’m over the west coast and its prices. And since we may be moving across the country in the Spring, my husband has put a ban on my book buying. I am only allowed to get books on my kindle…for now! I want to write a longer post on our reasons why we are moving but I just haven’t had time. Soon, I promise!!)

Next book … A Game of Thrones ~ George R.R. Martin

All the Light We Cannot See ~ Anthony Doerr

I’m starting to fall behind again! It has been one month since I have been here doing anything. Ahhh…anyways….

I really enjoyed listening to this book. After I read The Nightingale earlier this year I became enthralled with occupied France during WWII. I would really love to read more fiction or non about that time. (So any great suggestions would be greatly appreciated!) So I listened to this book just like the last one. I thought it was very well written, and read very well. It was read by Zach Appelman and he did a great job.

The main characters of the book are on opposing sides. A young, blind French girl and a young, orphaned Nazi boy. The story jumps back and forth between the two and back and forth in time as well. Oddly this book reminded me of Beautiful Ruins. At times I was a little confused with the timeline but after I listened more I was able to pick up what time they were talking about. There are also websites online that helped out. They list out the timeline in chronological order which was helpful.

Amazon does a better job at explaining what this book is about, so here it is:

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

I thought that the main characters were going to spend more time together than they did but that did not take away from the story. It was a great story with a great ending. I see why it is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Next book … Security ~ Gina Wohlsdorf

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