The Cake Book Tag

Cake Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Books and Big Ideas, and I thought that I would give it a try. Fun fact, I used to work at a bakery, and I love looking at gorgeous cakes.

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Book Review: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry (The Elements Series #4)

Book Cover - Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. CherryIn July, I signed up for a Round Robin at Keystroke Blog. There are four bloggers who have signed up to read each other’s favorite books and annotate them with our thoughts.

We had to be able to read any book we received within a few weeks and be willing to read any book in any genre.

This is the first book I received. The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry. It’s the fourth book in The Elements Series, but it’s really a complete standalone.

The story is a romance about reclusive writer Graham Russell and wild-child Lucy Palmer. The two can’t be more different. Graham has closed himself off to the point where he doesn’t feel any emotions, and Lucy feels absolutely everything.

The unlikely pair is drawn together by circumstances and the result is a story that will leave you laughing and crying.

Audiobook Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

9780718181338-668x1024I love a good thriller. I can’t remember where I first heard about Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin, but something made me want to get the audiobook version. I started listening and I was amazed. At first glance, it seems like this is a story you’ve read before, but as it continues, you realize that this is an artful narrative with several dimension to it. 

At sixteen, Tessa Cartwright was left in a grave on a farm covered in black-eyed susans with another dead girl and the bones of two others. Sixteen years later, the man who was convicted of the crime is set to be executed.

Now an adult, Tessa is second-guessing her actions all those years ago, partially because of the sudden appearance of a patch of black-eyed susans that appear outside her bedroom window. Needing answers, Tessa enlists the help of an attorney and a forensic investigator as they attempt to prove who is really responsible for the crime. At the same time, memories of the event, and of her best friend haunt Tessa, resulting in a tense and suspenseful mystery that just wouldn’t let go.

Friday 56 // The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

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This book meme is hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

The Rules 

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
  • Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
  • Post it.”
  • Add your (URL) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post URL, not your blog URL.

This week’s quote comes from The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.

Book Traveling Thursdays // A Book Featuring a Latinx Main Character

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Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly feature created by Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much that highlights book covers from around the world. It is now hosted by Lauren at Comma Hangover.

This week’s prompt is a book featuring a Latinx protagonist.

For this week’s prompt, I chose In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. I read this book years ago, it’s set in the Dominican Republic which is part of Latin America, and tells a fictionalized account of three real sisters.

Now, onto the covers!

WWW Wednesday // September 13, 2017

WWW Wednesdays 9-13-2017

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?

Let’s see how this week went.

Audiobook Review: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

fight-club-book-coverYears ago, I watched Fight Club for the first time on DVD during a big storm, and I had no idea what happened. The DVD was sitting in my cabinet forgotten. I actually thought that I may have given it to my brother for a time. Something about this movie seemed to keep inching its way into the recesses of my mind!

I decided to pick up the audiobook during a sale last year, and I finally gave it a listen! Let me set the stage for you. I have just read two romances that left me feeling like I was bathing in a sticky sweet bath of cough syrup, and I wanted something that sounded so antithetical of a boy meets girl scenario, that when I came across Fight Club in my library, I said: “Okay, that’s the book!”

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk is about two friends who find a way to channel their rage through underground boxing clubs, or fight clubs. The anonymous narrator is an insomniac who frequents support groups so he can cry and get some sleep, despite not dying of any actual illness. Then in walks Marla Singer. Marla is also a faker, who frequents these support groups while not dying of any illnesses, and her presence is what makes our narrator’s world starts to unravel.

Book Style // The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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I don’t read middle-grade literature often, but when I do it’s a book that I have heard nothing but rave reviews about. Last month’s book club pick was The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, and I came up with this outfit based on different aspects of this intricate story.

Audiobook Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

salt-to-the-sea-bigcoverThis has been on my digital audio shelf for over a year and I finally got around to it, and the only thing I have to say is: what took me so long?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a masterfully crafted young adult World War II story about fate, survival, and guilt.

As the war draws to a close in East Prussia, thousands of refugees embark on a desperate quest towards freedom. Among them are Joana, a medical student desperate to reunite with her mother, Emilia, a pregnant Polish girl who is trying to outrun her guilt, and Florian, an art conservationist who is on the run. Their paths converge as they board a ship that can lead to their salvation: the “Wilhelm Gustloff.” Just when it seems like their freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes and the three teens are forced to fight for their own survival along with the ten thousand people on the Gustloff.

A book that is moving at times, sad at others, and doesn’t shy away from the tragedy and grotesque nature of war, this audiobook is definitely one that will haunt you.