Dates read: November 9th 2016- November 13th 2016
Front and back cover: 5/5
If you scroll through my reviews of 2016 you will find my review of the first book in The Double S Ranch series, Back in the Saddle. I fell in love with that book and was so excited for the release of the second book in October 2016. I finally got my hands on a copy and dove right back into the amazing world of Grays Glen Washington. I love the Stafford family so being back with these characters was so fun. In the first book we follow Colt Stafford who comes home to his family’s ranch, while in the second book we follow his younger brother Nick Stafford and his two daughters who were abandoned by their high class mother three years prior. His oldest daughter is lashing out and ends up in some sticky situations so Nick finally takes the advice of everyone, and takes his daughters to see therapist Dr. Elsa Andreas. Elsa teaches the girls coping mechanisms and helps them move past their mothers leaving. Nick grows as a Christian and man and has one of the greatest character developments I’ve read along with his brother Colt. He faces many unwelcome thoughts from his past and throughout this Nick and Elsa develop a relationship that is sure to hit some rocky roads in the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first one or loves a good family oriented read.
p.s. I am totally fangirling for the third book that is due to come out in 2017. I want more of the Stafford family and the Double S Ranch.
Disclaimer: I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review by Blogging for Books. Everything in this review is entirely my own opinion.
This edition of a classic fairy tale is absolutely beautiful. It is filled with intricate illustrations that flow with the story. Each piece is so unique and really captures the attention of the reader. I love everything about this book. Every last detail is stunning and you can tell that the Sanna Annukka really took her time in incorporating the story in each image. This will be a great addition to any bookshelf and even make for great decor in any room. I highly recommend this to everyone!
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Time Spent Reading: 2 days
This is a memoir of a semi-famous actress Mindy Kaling who has acted in and written many great things. I was so excited when I got my hands on this book I pretty much started it right away. I did not want to put it down. I was in the middle of a different book that I was disliking and begging for an excuse to put to the side, and then this book appeared on my doorstep. It only took me two days to start and finish this book because it was just so funny. I am very confident that everyone can relate with at least one of the essays in this book. If not then they will find them funny anyways. I knew nothing about the author (minus what she acted in) before picking this book up. While reading it I felt like I was reading a book that one of my close friends had written. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. If you love humor and being privy of others life, then you will devour this book like no tomorrow. This was easily one of the best books I’ve read in a few months.
Y’all go pick this up like now. You will not regret it.
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TRIGGER WARNING FOR THIS BOOK. THERE ARE A LOT OF HARD TOPICS THAT TAKE PLACE. The plot of this story is what instantly caught my eye. You have murder, love, and drugs all in one book. There was never a dull moment in this book. Between prostitutes, drug lords, and killers you are set for a raw and emotional story from the beginning. I really enjoyed some of the characters (Ryan and Karine mainly) at first, but by the end of the book I did not care for any of the characters.You learn about the life of different people, and how their back story will affect their future. Each character is somehow intertwined with the others. I loved the setting of this book and how it was in Ireland during a recession. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It flowed like a movie in some parts grasping your attention and not letting go. I hope one day this is turned into a movie because I believe it would do really well.
Read August 26th-September 4th
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books
I want to start with the fact that this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with you. I tried hard to get along with you. Some people just weren’t meant to click. I do not hate you, but that doesn’t mean I like you. I tried to be your friend. You wouldn’t let me. I tried to help you, but you didn’t want to help yourself first. You came and went, but only came when you needed something. I gave you all I had and that was a mistake. You took with no intent of ever giving back. It was a waste. I was ok when you treated me badly, but I was livid when I saw how bad you treated your own kid. Did you not feel love? Was that the problem? If so then I am truly sorry, because you are missing out on the greatest thing life has to offer.
Did you know how your actions hurt and affected those around you? Well if not then let me tell you.You took a small person and belittled them.You made them smaller. You took everything they had to offer and threw it away, and got mad when they had nothing left to give. You left them broken and with a sour view of ever helping anyone else. Their trust was diminished. How could they ever be able to recoup from such a low blow. They blamed themselves at first, until they saw you hurting others the same way. You had them on a marry go round. Doing the same things over and over expecting different outcomes. You would say you were better and then go right back to how you were before. Never wanting to accept that you were responsible for every single thing that happened to you. Your choices were exactly that, YOUR CHOICES. No one else could make them for you. No one else had that power. No one told you what to do or tried to control you. No one belittled you the way you belittled others. No one took from you, because you always took from them. You spent your days making new schemes, instead of actually trying to help yourself. You wanted people to fight a fight that wasn’t theirs. You were angry when no one had anything nice left to say, because you were blind to your own actions. You pointed fingers forgetting all the ones that were pointing right back at you.
I thought for the longest time that I was the problem. You after all led me to believe that I wasn’t doing enough to help you. You made me the bad guy, and that’s ok. You needed someone to blame so why not me, because now I know better. Now I am better. None of this had anything to do with me and everything to do with your own problems. I had a good heart and you took advantage. I cut you from my life because I deserve better. Your child deserves better than anything you have to offer. The truth hurts but it’s time you heard. I pray to God that I can offer more for my child than all the pain you gave your kids.
YOU were absent. YOU were small. YOU were spiteful. YOU pointed fingers instead of accepting YOUR consequences. YOU were a beggar. YOU were a liar. YOU were a cheat. YOU threw shame. YOU were jealous. YOU were the best teacher I have ever had. I learned not to give out chance after chance. Some people don’t even deserve a second one.I learned that you can’t change anyone but yourself. I learned that I will never be good enough for you, and that’s your problem not mine. I learned above all that people’s actions bring equal consequences into their life. I learned that I don’t have to be sad that our family will never be the picture perfect family.
I want to end with the fact that we no longer have a relationship, and right now I don’t want one with you again. This has everything to do with you, and nothing to do with me.
The One Who Sees Your True Colors
Braving It is a book you will be unlikely to forget. I was astonished at how much I learned just by reading their story. It contained three different trips to the North, each different and special in their own way. A story that includes everything you could ever want in a book. Humor, suspense, heartfelt talks, character development, it really has it all. There is not a single thing I would change about this book. I felt myself relating to Aidan and her father with their itchy feet and intense admiration of the wild. I gave this a book a 5/5….no scratch that I give it a 10/5 because it was just that good. I highly HIGHLY recommend this book to parents, sons, daughters, adventure enthusiast, Alaskans, lower 48 citizens, and anyone in the mood to be taken along on a beautiful trip through the last frontier. If you don’t already want to read this book then let me add that it also has some pretty neat pictures too!! When I say this book has it all, that is exactly what I mean! So go hit up the bookstore and be prepared for the best nonfiction book you’ll read this year.
Back cover 5/5
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Summer At Oyster Bay by Jenny Hale
Overall rating: 4/5 stars
Cover: 5/5 stars
Let me start off by saying I thoroughly enjoy all of Hales books that I have read so far. She has a way of telling a story that makes it seem so realistic. Once you get into the story, which is usually at page one, you cannot put the book down. One of the things I love most about Summer at Oyster Bay, is that it is such a light read that you can take with you on a trip and enjoy. One problem I find I have with certain summer reads is that it seems like every story involves instant love, I praise this book for not being one of the traditional instant love stories that we get way to much of now days. I loved that this book really captured some of the heart of what it means to be born and raised in the south (like i was). The only issue I found with the story came up with the characters. I just could not get attached to the characters like I did with some of her others. Seeing how that is not a big deal in my eyes, I would recommend this book to anyone who has read her other books and enjoyed them, or anyone in search of a fun summer read whether you’re on vacation or staying home.
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review!