Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Presidential Playset by Caitlin Kuhwald

"Three Wise Women"

Check it!  An awesome new book that allows you to create fun and exciting scenes starring our future President, Hillary Rodham Clinton - what more could I want?!  The Hillary Rodham Clinton: President Playset by Caitlin Kuhwald is a fold-out book that contains replicas of the White House and Oval Office, along with paper dolls of HRC and company (both good and bad).  I'm talking Bill, secret service, ghosts of people past (Abe Lincoln and Jackie O), and Republican adversaries like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.  How cool does that sound?!  I absolutely loved playing with HRC and her squad as they talked politics, books, and so much more.  This is the perfect playset for HRC supporters - its "fun and feminist-friendly." I know I can't wait to gift copies of Hillary Rodham Clinton: Presidential Playset to family and friends this holiday season!  And now I'm off to set up HRC on the White House lawn with Bill and his trusty lawnmower.  Happy reading!!

Thank you to Quirk Books for providing me with a copy of this book!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

My Bookish Christmas Wish List...

Christmas trees, turkey leftover recipes, and Black Friday ads abound.  The holiday season has arrived.  And I must admit to being rather excited about it all.  The decorations, the food, the music, and Christmas cheer - what more could I ask for?  How about books?  Yep, family and friends are already asking about gift lists.  So, here's my list of new reads I wouldn't mind opening up on Christmas day:

What do you think?  Not a bad list, eh? If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments - I would definitely appreciate it.  I'm always on the look out for new-to-me authors to fall in love with.  And now, I'm off to start reading the latest book in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic to the Rescue.  Happy reading!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Water On The Moon: A Novel by Jean P. Moore

Water on the Moonabout book:
In her debut novel Water on the Moon, Jean P. Moore introduces readers to Lidia Raven, whose life begins taking seemingly endless wrong turns. Lidia and her girls miraculously survive the plane crash that destroys their home and are taken in by Lidia’s friend Polly, a neighbor with a robust collection of first-edition books who lives alone on a sprawling estate.

Struggling to cope with each of these life-changing events, Lidia discovers a connection between herself and Tina Calderara, the pilot who crashed into her home. In the months that follow, Lidia plunges into a mystery that upends every aspect of her life.

Rife with age-old dilemmas, this contemporary novel explores the relationships between mothers and daughters and the trials and triumphs of women’s friendships. As Lidia learns to reconcile her pain with her need to be true to herself and to accept that need in others, she discovers that while life has the power to unhinge her, it also has the power to open her to new ways of being in the world.

my thoughts:
Wow! Talk about a terrific family drama filled with secrets, mystery, and romance.  I absolutely loved Water On The Moon by Jean P. Moore.  The story starts off with a bang when a plane crashes into the Raven's home one morning and turns their lives upside down.  Taken in by their neighbor, Polly, the Raven family set about making sense of the plane crash, their current states of mind/life, and everything else happening around them.  It truly makes for one compelling read.  The story is slow-paced, which enhances the connections between past and present within these characters' relationships and history in general.  Yep, seems that on the day of the crash, water is discovered on the moon and the author is able to connect the two - pretty neat, eh?  Not to mention the inclusion of famed poet, Lord Byron - how about that for a bit of literary history?

Moore has written a fantastic story that is layered, engaging, and intriguing.  The connections between the past and present are fascinating to say the least.  I found myself unable to stop reading this book until I reached the very end - it was unputdownable!  Life-changing events that lead people onto new paths - that is definitely my kind of read.  I would happily recommend Water On The Moon to anyone and everyone looking for a new great read - you will LOVE this book!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Water On The Moon

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

Monday, November 2, 2015

Upcoming reads...

Hello!  Sorry, I've been MIA lately, but truthfully, blogging has been low on my list of priorities.  Especially, since I've been sick and in a book rut.  Yep, I can't seem to find a good book to read lately and its really starting to get on my nerves.  I've been reading your blog posts for inspiration and ordering books (that never seems to be a problem), but nothing has caught my fancy.  Until now!


Two fantastic read-alongs!!  How exciting!!  I've been wanting to re-read the HP series for quite some time and what better season than Fall to dive into Rowling's magical world?  As for Emma, I've had a box set of Austen's works for years that have yet to be read - now is the time!  I loved P&P to pieces and just know that I will fall in love with Emma, too. 

If you want to join in on either of these fun read-alongs, check out the following websites for more information: Emma and Harry Potter

And now, I'm off to re-acquaint myself with Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Dumbledore.  Hope you have a Happy Monday!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mendocino Fire: Stories by Elizabeth Tallent

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

about book:

The long-awaited return of a writer of rare emotional wisdom

The son of an aging fisherman becomes ensnared in a violent incident that forces him to confront his broken relationship with his father. A woman travels halfway across the country to look for her ex-husband, only to find her attention drawn in a surprising direction. A millworker gives safe harbor to his son’s pregnant girlfriend, until an ambiguous gesture upsets their uneasy equilibrium. These and other stories—of yearning, loss, and tentative new connections—come together in Mendocino Fire, the first new collection in two decades from the widely admired Elizabeth Tallent.

Diverse in character and setting, rendered in an exhilarating, exacting prose, these stories confirm Tallent’s enduring gift for capturing relationships in moments of transformation: marriages breaking apart, people haunted by memories of old love and reaching haltingly toward new futures. The result is a book that reminds us how our lives are shaped by moments of fracture and fragmentation, by expectations met and thwarted, and by our never-ending quest to be genuinely seen.

Profound yet elemental, Mendocino Fire marks the welcome return of a sage and surprising voice in American fiction.

my thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of the short story.  In fact, I'm always on the hunt for new-to-me authors that are capable of packing quite a punch in such a short space.  Luckily for me, I've found Elizabeth Tallent's brilliant new book of short stories titled, Mendocino Fire.  Comprised of ten stories, this terrific book is filled with a fascinating cast of characters - each bent on surviving broken relationships and struggling with making sense of their lives.  Written in a beautiful and descriptive prose, these short stories are filled with emotion, relatable situations, and an honesty that is both captivating and refreshing.  Tallent delves into these characters' messy lives, their pain, and flaws with such raw intensity - its truly breathtaking at times. She explores humanity and our need for connection in such a compelling and vivid manner -  these stories thrum with life.  I'm serious! You can't help but feel these characters' need for some sort of link to some one or some thing.  Its utterly mesmerizing.  I found myself dipping in and out of these stories in an attempt to savor them.  I didn't want them to end.  I loved getting lost and entangled in Tallent's words.  The beauty of her writing is awe-inspiring.  I absolutely loved getting to know her writing through this book and can't wait to seek out more of it.  I love that I have found a new author to fall in love with. 

Mendocino Fire is a must read for fans of Tallent and fans of the short story - you will LOVE this book!!

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