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Throwback Thursday (July 27, 2017)

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Good morning bloggers!

Once again, I am so sorry for being MIA lately. It was a busy weekend/week. We went down to a 3 day country music festival and since we’ve come home this past Monday I’ve been playing catch up on everything!

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Rene over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we want to read that were published over a year ago. Lord knows we all have a big enough TBR pile, but this is such a great way to share recommendations!

My Pick This Week:

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Published: November 19, 2015

On the surface, Kit Caldwell has it all. A senior in college with her future ahead of her, lots of friends, lots of parties … not to mention also having the eye of Tommy, the star quarterback of the football team. But underneath, kit’s life is a charade, built on a foundation of secrets and lies, including one so dark it threatens to tear her world apart: her twin sister, Cat, was kidnapped when they were both seven, never to be heard from again. That is, until one dark Halloween night. But is it really Cat? Or is it someone else, someone playing a sinister and deadly game? To save herself from imminent danger, Kit, with the help of Tommy and her friends, is forced to go back in time and confront her own personal demons, as she finally discovers what really happened to Cat, all those years ago.


When the time comes on this never ending TBR pile, I cannot wait to read this novel. Everything about it screams my name to read. I might just have to bump it up on the list!

Happy Reading! xx

Book Reviews

The Snowman (Jo Nesbø)

Author: Jo Nesbø
Goodreads Rating:
★★★★☆ (4.04)
Pages:
500
Published:
April 17, 2012

Goodreads Synopsis:

One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished – all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules… and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web.

My Review (4 Stars)

Round of applause to Jo Nesbø for now opening up the creepiness to innocent snowmen! I read The Snowman as a buddy read with my book bestie Megan over at Coffee by the Novel! I was first suggested to read this book by Abby from Crime by the Book. I simply approached her after realizing how many books the Harry Hole series had and asked if you had to read all the books in order or if they could be read as stand alones. Surprisingly enough she told me to start here. From there I suggested the book to Megan as she was out shopping in the bookstore and the rest is history! Boy do I love this book community!

Anyway, back to The Snowman. This book did not disappoint. There were some parts that were harder for me to get into. My hardest part was coming to terms with the pronunciation of some of the Scandinavian names but I quickly made nicknames for them. One thing Megan and I both had to do was write down notes for each character for we would get slightly confused between characters if we did not.

I will not be providing spoilers, so no need to worry on that front. I just have to say though that this being the first Nesbø book I have read, he really knows how to keep the writing creepy on all accounts. I am one obviously that loves the crime/thriller/mystery genre and the occasional scary movies “at night” but I found myself in a couple spots where I put the book down because it startled me. It honestly gave me the heebie geebies.

I had a lot of fun with this book as well. Investigations always intrigue me and if you could take tours and sit in on an investigation, I would definitely be the first to sign up. With that being said, I really enjoyed Hole’s character. He’s never very funny or charming but he is definitely a badass. Nesbø created a reading atmosphere (for me) of cat and mouse. The minute I thought The Snowman was a certain character he flipped the script and I was left guessing all over again.

This novel kept me on the edge of my seat, it was like I said before very creepy and it had me reading aloud to people I live with to share it’s intensity! Trying to find a motive behind the killings and the killer was very suspenseful. Nesbø provided the right amount of twists and turns to keep you guessing. This winter when I see a snowman, I will definitely be on guard.

Megan’s (Coffee by the Novel) Thoughts:

“Jo Nesbø sure knows how to build suspense and mislead the reader (several times I might add). I actually went through a few suspects and scenarios in my head before I started to put the pieces together that Nesbø so easily laid out for me. Oddly enough, what creeped me out the most about this book was the thought of a snowman in a dark forest or staring at me through the window, not the serial killer on the prowl. Who would have thought that something as innocent as a snowman could be so terrifying? Overall, I really enjoyed my first Jo Nesbø and would definitely read another book in the Harry Hole series!” Rated: 4 stars.

Head on over to her to her blog later today to see her review of Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman!


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Interests

Goodreads Monday: Hidden Bodies (YOU #2)

Whew what a week folks! How was your week? My week last week was obnoxiously busy/crazy. Tuesday – Thursday, our best friends from Montana came home and spent as much time with them as possible. Then we got some serious thunderstorms Wednesday night into Thursday morning and lightning actually struck my house. Hit so hard, it took out half of our breaker, blew light bulbs throughout the house and we lost all cable/internet/phone connection. It was a mess. We almost have everything back up and running. Almost. Then this weekend we had our cousins wedding and just got home yesterday. I am still exhausted!

So now that I am back and ready to get back into the swing of things, Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Be sure to check out Laruen’s blog and link back to add your own links!

Today the book I’m going to show off is: Hidden Bodies (YOU #2).

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Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend – he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he many not have a choice.

My Thoughts:

This book has been on my TBR list since I read the first book Caroline Kepnes wrote, YOU. YOU if you’ve read any of my blogs will know it has been one of my top favorite books! I have praised this book the minute I closed the back cover and I only hope the second book will be just as good. The only thing that has stopped me from reading it is because I have not heard the best reviews compared to the first. I’ve heard that Joe’s character is not the same and this really bums me out because I actually fell in love with a villain in YOU. Go read my review for YOU written by Caroline Kepnes.


Have your read this novel? If so, what were your thoughts without giving too much away?!

Happy Reading!! xx

Interests

Goodreads Monday: Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to add your own links!

Today the book I’m going to show off is: Brother by Ania Ahlborn.

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Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Gallery Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional – and deeply disturbing – traditions. Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows; backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place.

My Thoughts:

This book has been on my TBR list for a little while now and I look at it often sitting on my shelf. This book sounds so interesting to me. The synopsis alone sounds like there are going to be a lot of surprising twists and turns. For the fact that Michael wants to be a normal teenager, I have a feeling the family is going to stop at nothing to make sure he stays stuck in the world he is already living in. Very intriguing and I’m hoping that he escapes the life! I cannot wait to read this one, whenever I get to it!


Have you read this novel? If so, what were your thoughts without giving too much away!?

Happy Reading! xx

Wrap Ups

Weekly Wrap: July 10, 2017

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Good morning lovelies,

I am doing my weekly wrap up today since yesterday I was consumed with reading and watching Shameless. Whoops!

This past weekend we were at a slow-pitch softball tournament. It was the town’s festival weekend and we ended Friday night at the beer tent and Saturday night at a diaper party with good friends. I hope everyone’s weekend was stupendous!

Read below for my week in books:

NetGalley Approvals:

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My Posts From This Week:

Throwback Thursday (July 6, 2017)

Happy Birthday America! 🇺🇸

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

Bookstagram:

 

Quote of the Week:

“A well read woman is a dangerous creature.”


Well there you have it! Another week of summertime has come and gone. Do you have any summertime trips or fun plans? If you do, what are they? I love to hear about all of you!

Happy Reading! xx

Interests

Throwback Thursday (July 6, 2017)

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Good morning bloggers!

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Rene over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we want to read that were published over a year ago. Lord knows we all have a big enough TBR pile, but this is such a great way to share recommendations!

My Pick This Week:

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Published: June 2, 2015

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests and exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s’ father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight year old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface.

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I am not usually big on paranormal reads but this book seems to just grab my attention with the synopsis.

Happy Reading! xx

Life

Happy Birthday America! 🇺🇸

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If you are not familiar with this day, the USA gets to celebrate Independence Day. 241 years ago, (July 4, 1776) was the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The Declaration represents the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. 🔴⚪️🔵

On this day, American’s across the nation celebrate with cookouts, being with family and friends and of course setting of fireworks. I recently spent this weekend up in Traverse City with a bunch of my friends. We camped up on an old ski resort, went boating, had cookouts and just spent time with one another! 🏖🚤🎇

Here were some of my views this weekend:

 

Now that I am home, fireworks are all I hear and it brings joy to my heart knowing that we get to celebrate a day of freedom and love for our country! Today I will be taking my grandmother to the airport since she is moving to Maryland to marry her high school sweetheart! 😍 My heart is so full of joy for her. Then I will probably be home reading for the night! 📖


For everyone in the US today, Happy Independence Day! Stay safe today!

For everyone who is not in the US today, I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

Happy Reading! xx