Saturday, April 26, 2014

Best Books of the Reading Year!

in December to commemorate the year.  So what are my thoughts so far on this year?  Without further ado:                                                                                                                                                        This is a mini challenge over at Dewey Readathon.  I usually share something like this in April.                                              

Best Book of Your Reading Year

Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe:  This book is a page turner.  I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.  I also loved the subject of the Bottlenose dolphin.

Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year

Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putnam This novel follows the work of the Monuments Men but had a great plot.  Very historically accurate this made the characters even better.

Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year

How about a debut novel by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke?  Your Perfect Life is their third novel. The story is rich with detail and characters you will love.

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year

I don’t read many of these but for me Blindsighted would win for best mystery.  This is the debut novel by Karin Slaughter.  Great characters!  The plot was a little predictable but I couldn’t wait to see how it would end.

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year

Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson:  This book is a bible study but I felt God talk to me and guide as I learned what she is teaching.

Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year

Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen
I have followed Sarah from the beginning of her career and her novels only seem to get better with time.  Catching Air is one that you will definitely want to check out for the upcoming Beach Reads season.  Great story!   The conflict is not resolved until the last page.

Best Main Character of Your Reading Year

Gabby from Tempting Fate by Jane Green is my favorite character.  The first part of the novel it is told in first person from Gabby’s point of view.  I found her an admirable character as she dealt with the crisis in her life.  I also felt she had the best speech towards the end of the novel to her friend Claire.

Best Author of Your Reading Year

Jane Green

Her stories only improve with time!   I have questioned whether I might enjoy a novel.  They all turn out to be excellent.  I have had a privilege of reading two of her novels recently.

Introduction Memes for Dewey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am reading from Conyers Georgia in the United States.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

  I am looking forward to Time Flies by Claire Cook

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I don't know yet.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I work for a library.  I also like to write. 

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I missed the last readathon because it was on my birthday.  I had plans and could not participate.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Giveaway for Spun

Spun will be released in a few days.   It follows the novel Spin.   Goodreads is having a giveaway  for Spun

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How Can Texts Change Your Life?

Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty is her latest novel.  Thank you to Netgalley for the review copy.   I look forward to sharing this new novel with you!


Emma Hamilton, a mother of two and make-up artist gives up the only life she has ever known in Dublin, and moves to London in support of her husband, Jame’s career as a rugby coach.   She is left without her usual support system.  She finds herself floundering a bit, until she makes friends with the neighbors.  She gets herself a new job in the London area.  The peace in Emma’s life is short lived as her husband continues to work later and later hours. Emma and James are soon inundated with texts of a very personal nature.  How well does she really know James?  Can their relationship survive?

My Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed my first book by Moriarty and I am looking forward to reading all of her past books (once they release them in the USA).   This book was well written and read super-fast.    Seeing how Emma handled the struggles with not just her absent husband, but her self-centered sister, and workaholic best friend was quite interesting.  I really enjoyed some of the side characters such as a millionaire hunting divorce and a go green mommy.  Of course this book makes you question what would you do if you were in Emma’s position. 

 After every text the couple received I was definitely wondering how my husband and I would handle such a scary situation.  The mysterious texts definitely added a level of suspense and mystery to this already intriguing novel about what happens in a marriage.  By Alicia Kociuba



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Michele Gorman Shares Her Upcoming Release!

In June my next book, The Curvy Girls Club, will be released in the US and Canada, and I’m very excited about it! Having spent six months imagining The Curvy Girls Club when I was writing the book, I couldn’t shake the idea that this kind of club should exist all around the world. So I’ve created the real Curvy Girls Club, and it’s an initiative that’s very close to my heart.

So if you can, please post about the club to encourage as many women as possible to feel great about themselves. Because we can all use a little encouragement, right?
Imagine a place where nobody is judged by the size of their waistband, where you’re reminded every day how fabulous you are. That’s exactly what Michele Gorman did when she wrote THE CURVY GIRLS CLUB, and she had so much fun in that imaginary world that she’s creating the real thing! 

Welcome to The Curvy Girls Club – a friendly, supportive, encouraging community where everyone is welcome, a fun place for people who want to love themselves. Think of it as the most flattering fitting room in the world - perfect lighting and mirrors that make you feel fantastic. Because you are fantastic. And that's the whole point. 
Club members are treated to a daily dose of loveliness – empowering reminders that you’re pretty great just the way you are. Chat with one another, get involved in the book club and, once there are enough members, check out the real life social events. We’ve all got one thing in common: We want to live in a world where everyone is welcome no matter where they tip the scales.

Join the Club* for all the fun and the Facebook group to get your daily dose of loveliness.

* It’s not just for curvy girls, but for everyone who wants to feel great!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What Could Be the Worst Seat in the House?

Most Americans are familiar with the fact that on April 14th 1865, one of the most famous and beloved president of our time, Abraham Lincoln, was shot in his box at Ford Theatre.

 What many people don’t remember is that President and Mrs. Lincoln were entertaining an engaged couple in their theatre box; Clara Harris & Henry Rathbone.   Not only did Rathbone witness one of the greatest American tragedies, but he was also stabbed by Lincoln’s murder, John Wilkes Booth.   This book tells Henry’s story and what it was like carry the burden of not being able save the President of the United States.  More than 10 years later, Henry becomes consumed by madness and commits an act that is eerily similar to what happened on the night of April 14th. 

My Thoughts

I thought this book had a great concept.  Personally, I was unaware that the Lincoln’s shared their box with another couple.   The author raises many great points, such as in today’s world of social media.  Henry Rathbone would have become an instant celebrity.  His story would have been all over the internet and TV in a matter of minutes.   Unfortunately, in 1865, very little information was gathered about Henry. 
Due to this fact, the author does make a lot of speculation on what may have happened and what may have been going on through the mind of Rathbone. 

  It was a little disappointing that there were not more facts but I do give the author credit for giving alternate theories on various incidents.   The author showing how Henry experienced symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, was very interesting and has shown how far we have come in medical advancements.   This is an interesting read and a different view of one of the American’s most famous historical events. 

By Alicia Kociuba



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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Great Deal for Catherine McKenzie’s Previous Novels

Here is a reason to purchase the ebooks of Arranged, Spin, and Forgotten. Once you have read Spin you will be prepared for Spun in a couple of weeks.   They are a reduced price right now on Amazon.  The deal runs through April 28, 2014.   Her other novels have been reviewed right here at Writer’s Corner.