Audiobook Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

a-man-called-ove-9781476738024_hrI have a soft spot for the “grumpy old man” trope, and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman hits that spot perfectly. 

Ove is a curmudgeon with a long list of things he dislikes, a short fuse, and staunch principles. He is the person who patrols and neighborhood and keeps people in line, but his routine gets thrown off when a boisterous young couple moves in next door.

One November morning, the new young couple whom Ove calls “the lanky one” and “the pregnant one” accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox. That evening is the comical lead-in to a heartwarming tale of stray cats, unexpected friendships, and the general skill of baking up a car with a trailer. The events that follow are stories of unlikely connections that shake an old man, a small community of row houses, and a resident’s association to their core.

Narrated by George Newburn, this audiobook is a mix of happy and sad moments that will stay with you and make you reexamine your life and the connections you’ve formed. 

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Blog Tour: Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz (Excerpt)

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I was selected to participate in a blog tour for Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz with an except from the book.

TMDWhen the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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Audiobook Review: The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

hopefulsYou ever read a book where you want to be friends with the character for maybe a few hours, then you want to slowly “ghost” yourself out of their lives? Yea, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close is kind of like that!

Beth and Matt Kelly are Washington D.C. transplants. They leave New York when Matt is offered a job on the Presidential Inauguration Committee after working on Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. Beth hates her her home, where levels of security clearance serve as stimulating dinner conversation, the roundabouts eternally confuse her Australian GPS, and where no one seems settled in their current career.

Things get worse when they meet Jimmy and Ashleigh Dylan. Jimmy works in the Advance Department. The four become inseparable, going on golf dates, coordinating brunches, and planning long weekends away.

But, as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, jealousy develops between the couples.  Hopefuls chronicles eight years in The Kellys lives and examines ambition, friendship, marriage, in a refreshingly honest way.

The Sunshine Blogger Award #7

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I was nominated for this award by Darque @ Darque Dreamer Reads. Thank you so much for the nomination Darque! Everyone, if you aren’t following their blog already. Go check it out! It’s pretty awesome! I highly recommend the bookish photos!

Now, onto the award. I have actually done this reward six times before, you can check out the other incarnations here.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Audiobook Review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girl by Anton DiSclafani

Book Cover - The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafaniOkay, let’s talk about girls, equestrianism, and the onset of the depression? Or let’s just focus on the first two with hints of the last one. Yea, that sounds like a good idea.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani tells the story of a young lady named Thea who is being deposited at a riding camp for young women after shaming her family. Set in the 1930s, the book details Thea’s experiences at the camp while she unspools the series of events that brought her here.  During all of this, the Great Depression is just beginning, and the camp is starting to feel the strain.

The first-person narrative deftly weaves the past and present together, while exploring Thea’s coming of age. In the backdrop of this novel is the oncoming financial crisis of The Great Depression.

Book Review: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

Book Cover - No One Knows by J.T. EllisonSometimes I just can’t find thrillers thrilling, or even interesting until the very end. Sadly, No One Knows by J.T. Ellison was one of those for me.

Aubrey Hamilton’s husband went missing five years ago, on the eve of his best friend’s wedding. His disappearance made Aubrey a prime suspect in the case and turned her life upside down. Now, five years, later Josh has officially been declared dead. His life insurance is paying out, and she and her mother-in-law are at odds once again.

But then a stranger shows up, and Aubrey is immediately taken in by how much he looks like Josh, leading her to believe that her missing husband may still be alive. As the story begins to unspool, questions about their relationship come into play, as well as some long kept family secrets. As the story begins to unspool, questions about their relationship come into play, as well as some long kept family secrets. 

The Unique Blogger Award

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I am accepting the Unique Blogger Award from Holly @ Nut Free Nerd. If you haven’t checked out Holly’s blog, you should, she posts amazing discussions and oftentimes her discussions end up in my The Sunday Post feature.

The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

The Sunshine Blogger Award #6

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I was nominated by Rose @ Around the Library in 80 Days for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Here’s a basic rundown of the award:

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The Rules:

  • Thank your nominator and link back to their blog
  • Answer the biographical 11 questions your nominator decides to pose
  • Do the same by nominating 11 bloggers whom you adore and use the strength left in your giganto imagination to ask 11 new questions
  • List the rules and pass the Sunshine Blogger Award onto your blog

The Fall Book Tag

Is it seriously the fall? I am torn! On one hand: salted caramel and pumpkin flavored deliciousness! On the other hand: we’re now so close to winter! But since it is not winter yet, and Honeycrisp apples are in season at the local orchard, I am inclined to be excited by the fact that it is now fall!

The Bionic Book Worm created a fall tag to help us celebrate the season. So let’s do this thing!

The rules:

  • Please link back to me, Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! I want to see your answers!!
  • Use the graphics – if you want
  • Have fun!

WWW Wednesday // September 20, 2017

WWW Wednesdays 9-20-2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that was previously hosted by Should Be Reading and is now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

To play along you just had to answer the following three questions:

  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

This week, the audiobook streak continues!