Thursday, January 17, 2019

Japanese Literature Challenge 12 (JLC12)

A new year means new reading challenges.  To kick off 2019, I am participating in the JLC12 - Japanese Literature Challenge 12.  Yep, its the 12th year that my dear friend, Meredith, has hosted this wonderful challenge and I am so excited. From January to March, all you have to do is read one (1) book of Japanese Literature.  That's all. How easy is that? And, how fun? If you want any more information, or want to find out who else is participating then head on over to Meredith's book blog, Dolce Bellezza


Now I need to figure out which books I want to read. Ever since I re-read Murakami's novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimmage, I've been itching to read (and re-read) more of his work, along with some other Japanese writers. I was thinking Yoshimoto - I have several of her books waiting to be read.  I do wish the new Yoko Ogawa book was already out - that would be at the top of my list. Hmm...I need to find more new-to-me Japanese authors. Until then, these are the books I was thinking about reading for the JLC12:




What do you think of my choices? Not bad, eh? Or, do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know, I would definitely appreciate it.
And now, I'm off to start reading for the JLC12.  Happy reading to you, too!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pretty In Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup from author Laurie Boyle Crompton, Pretty in Punxsutawney tells the tale of a girl willing to look beneath the surface to see people for who they really are.

Andie is the type of girl who always comes up with the perfect thing to say…after it’s too late to say it. She’s addicted to romance movies—okay, all movies—but has yet to experience her first kiss. After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, she gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again.

Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating the various cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams, and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.

my thoughts:

I LOVE Pretty in Pink!! That is one of my favorite movies - how could it not be, right?  So, when I read about a book titled, Pretty in Punxsutawney, that mashes up Pretty in Pink with Groundhog Day - how could I not read it, right?! Seriously?! How good does that combination sound? Plus, the character's name in the story is Andie!! OMG!!

Let me just say - I'm so HAPPY I read this book!! A book chock full of 80s teen movie references and romance - bliss! I loved how cute, sweet, and slightly corny this story was. Andie finds herself at a new high school for her senior year - egads! Except that's not the worst of it. Nope, the worst of it happens when she finds herself reliving the same day over and over again - her first day at her new school. Talk about nightmare to the max!!  So, what's a gal to do? Figure out a way to use these "first days" to her advantage so that she can get out of this time loop.  And let me just say, Andie's idea of meeting her true love, coupled with the unexpected connections she makes all make for one delightful story. I just loved getting to know Andie, reading about my fave 80s teen movies, and wondering how she would get herself out of this very "weird science" pickle she seemed to be in.  Talk about a fun and engaging story chock full of teen angst, crushes, and the ups/downs of high school life.  Such a great book!!

I would happily recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read- especially if you are a fan of the YA genre.  You will absolutely fall in love with this book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Pretty In Punxsutawney
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man: A Novel by Jonas Jonasson

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

The hysterical, clever, and unforgettable sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

He’s back. Even older. Even funnier.

It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harboring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un. Yikes!

Soon Allan and Julius are at the center of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Needless to say, things are about to get very, very complicated.

Another hilarious, witty, and entertaining novel from bestselling author Jonas Jonasson that will have readers howling out-loud at the escapades and misfortunes of its beloved hundred-year-old hero Allan Karlsson and his irresistible sidekick Julius.

my thoughts:

The sequel to the bestseller, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, this new story takes us through the current events happening now.  Allan is now 101 years old and along with his sidekick Julius find themselves navigating the political climate after an accidental hot air balloon landing lands them in some hot waters.  And that is all I will write about the story.  Its better that you read it and experience the humor and absurdity that abounds.  Talk about a fun and engaging book!

Once again, Jonas Jonasson creates some new adventures for beloved character Allan to share with us.  This time round, instead of learning about history through Allan's life during the 20th century, we find ourselves reading all about today's hot topics as Allan and Julius endure each one face-to-face so to speak.  Its hilarious and insightful at the same time. I truly enjoyed getting to know these characters as they go about trying to figure out how to extract themselves from some pretty crazy situations. This book is definitely a delightful treat to read. Jonasson's writing it top notch and his characters are so much fun to hang out with - you can't help but laugh with them and root for them. I would happily recommend The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man to fans of the Jonasson - you will LOVE this book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Accidental Further Adventures
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!!

2019 is here - Hurrah! This means its time for new goals, dreams, and hopes. And let me just say I am ready.  2018 was a rough year and I am really looking forward to a new year filled with possibilities.  Cheers to 2019!!

As for my goals, here are a few:

1. Read more. I read plenty in 2018, but not as much as I had hoped. So, I plan on reading at least 2-3 books a week.

2.  Don't buy any more books. I have so many books sitting on my shelves that are begging to be read, so I have decided to not buy books this year.  Except for these:





3.  Blog more. I didn't blog nearly as much in 2018 and this year I plan to do so more consistently.

As for some personal goals...

Eat healthily - I need to focus on eating healthy foods and drinking more water.

Use my handbags. I used to have a handbag addiction, which means that I have quite a collection. I've decided to use a different handbag each month. I figured that would be a great way to get use out of all of them.

And, I want to focus on my two words for the year: patience, simplify.  I have no patience, so I need to most definitely work on that.  Simplify with regards to my belongings. I want to buy less and appreciate what I already own.

There you have it. Some of my goals for this new year.  What do you think? Not too bad, right? They seem reasonable and attainable.  What about you? Any new goals for 2019?

Hope you are having a great start to the new year.  Happy reading!!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Family Trust: A Novel by Kathy Wang

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:


The Washington Post • Elle.com  Buzzfeed  Entertainment Weekly • Bustle  The Globe and Mail • Apartment Therapy • Town & Country • Harper’s Bazaar

“Reads like a brilliant mashup of The Nest and Crazy Rich Asians (with a soup├žon of Arrested Development for good measure).” — Cristina Alger, author of The Banker’s Wife

Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Meet Stanley’s family: son Fred, who feels that he should be making a lot more money; daughter Kate, managing a capricious boss, a distracted husband, and two small children; ex-wife Linda, familiar with and suspicious of Stanley’s grandiose ways; and second wife Mary, giver of foot rubs and ego massages.

For years, Stanley has insistently claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. Now, as the Huangs come to terms with Stanley’s approaching death, they are also starting to fear that Stanley’s “small fortune” may be more “small” than “fortune.” A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trustdraws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life.

my thoughts:

A slow-paced family drama that I enjoyed over a teapot of English Breakfast on a rainy day.  This book is character-driven, which I absolutely loved.  I mean, when it comes to a story about a dying father and his "vast" fortune, shouldn't it be all about his family? Don't we want to learn about the wives and children who may or may inherit all his money? I know that I want the gossip, the scandals, the secrets, the different perspectives from each family member - after all, that's what makes a family drama truly captivating.  Luckily, Kathy Wang delivers.  Her writing is top notch and filled with characters that you will love to hate.  Her story is centered on family - the love, the hate, the miscommunication, the history, etc..  Family Trust is truly a treat to read.

I would happily recommend Family Trust to fans of family dramas - you will LOVE this book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Family Trust
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!