I Wish I Could Go There- a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

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This week’s topic is -

Top Ten Places I would love to visit from Books (real or fictional)

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1.  New Orleans- from almost every Anne Rice book.

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2.  Rivendell- to hang out at the last homely house with Elrond

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3.  Hogwarts from the HP series

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4.  Paris, 1920s- Fitzgerald

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5.  Pemberley- from Pride & Prejudice

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6.  Hobbiton from The Lord of the Rings

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7.  Tara Plantation from Gone With the Wind

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8.  Italy- really Naples, from Eat, Pray, Love

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9. The South of France from Tender is the Night

Where do you wish you could visit?

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain- a review

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The Silent Sister

by Diane Chamberlain

published by St. Martin’s Press

October 2014

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

This book really pulled me in and held my interest almost to the end.  I loved the idea of Riley digging up her family’s secrets.  I thought the book was well written and very suspenseful, but I don’t like it when a story wraps up too neatly, which is what I felt happened here.  It’s probably just me, since I have read other glowing reviews for this book.  I have enjoyed this author’s work in the past, and am sure many will enjoy The Silent Sister as well.

Summary

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.

Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.  Head over there and check it out!

1.  Fall is in full swing here and the temps are dropping!  Last night it went down to 45 degrees by my home.  We had our first fire-and first pot of soup (potato cheddar) on Sunday and I am loving it! Here is what the yard is looking like-

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2.  I am trying to keep myself motivated to exercise everyday, but it is getting harder.  I am doing hot yoga and running, but I am definitely in need of some inspiration.  Or some uppers.

3.  I went to see Gone Girl on Saturday.  Loved the movie- more on that later.  We went to one of those AMC theaters that have the barcolounger seats-big comfy armchairs that recline.  The theater was packed-mid afternoon- with all these reclining people with their vats of soda and popcorn, and it reminded me of the

movie Wall-E a little too much.

4.  Gone Girl- great movie, but knowing what happened takes a little away from it.

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5.  Neil Patrick Harris as Desi- totally creepy.  It killed Doogie Howser forever in my mind.

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6.  My daughter has joined the Model Congress club at school and has to write a bill for the Homeland Security committee.  Suggestions?

Ebola?  Immigration?

7.  I loved AHS’s last season Coven- not planning to watch the new one called Freak.  Not even once.

8.  My library had its semi annual Book Sale on Saturday, and I came home with about 10 books.  Now I can’t decide what to read.  Seriously.  I need a good recommendations.

9.  It is so beautiful out, that I am stopping here, and taking my dog out for a walk.  Have a great day!!

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First Impressions by Charlie Lovett- a review

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First Impressions

by Charlie Lovett

published by Viking Adult

October 2014

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

My Review

I loved this book!  I thought I would, since I also loved his last novel, The Bookman’s Tale.  If you haven’t read that one, do it!   This is a little different, yet similar in some ways.  Tale featured a bookworm who tried to figure out the mystery behind the true authorship of a certain well known Bard, while First Impressions gives us a heroine bookworm trying to uncover the truth  behind whether Jane Austen plagiarized Pride & Prejudice.  Since that is one of my favorite books, I was in a little bit of heaven reading this.  While I hope this doesn’t become TOO formulaic, I have enjoyed both stories and definitely recommend them, especially if you enjoy reading about characters that love to read.

Summary

Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bookman’s Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen.

Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition ofLittle Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield.  Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.

In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books

For more on the author, please visit http://charlielovett.com

Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.  Head over there and check it out!

It has been SO long since I participated in this awesome meme hosted by Christine!  I am so excited to be able to join in again!!

1.  I just finished (as in an hour ago) the gargantuan Under The Dome by Stephen King- 1,072 pages long.  I picked it up on Tuesday, got to about page 175 and thought about putting it down.  I am so tired of reading right now, but WOW!  So here are a few thoughts I have about the book.

2.  Stephen King is awesome.  That being said- how does he imagine ALL the characters he outs in his books?  I thought The Stand was filled to the brim, but Dome might actually have more.

3.  While I loved it, I did have one complaint- Jim Rennie.  I know he is supposed to be the bad guy, but he was totally awful.  Many of King’s “villains” have something good about them- John Torrence did love Danny, but Rennie was just bad, very bad.

4.  I actually watched 2 or three episodes of the TV show last summer before I lost interest, but just from that I am thinking that the show is a bit different front the book.  If any of you have seen/read both, tell me how they compare.

5.  I have read the following by King- The Shining, The Stand, The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, The Long Walk, 11/22/63, Salem’s Lot, Different Seasons,  Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep.

What should I read next?

Was also thinking of trying Joe Hill- any recommendation?

6.  I don’t know why, but these past few months I have loved my reading, but writing reviews-or actually even trying to write any posts at all, has been so daunting.  Has anyone else gone through this?  Any advice?

7.  I can’t wait for fall sports to be over at my kids’ high school.  The schedule kills me.  They leave at 6:30am and get home 12 hours later- if there isn’t a game- then who knows when.

8.  Just watched the last episode of How I Met Your Mother with the family- I know we are slow.  Man, my kids were pissed!!  I knew what was coming, but really?  You spend 8 years introducing the character, only to kill her off?  Not good.

9.  Finished one series and started another- with hubby only-Breaking Bad.  You really have to get through the first episode and push on, huh?  That first one is crazy!  But I am sure it gets better, right?

10.  I can not wait to see Gone Girl!   Probably won’t happen, since the last movie I saw was Catching Fire, but it still looks good!

Stop Giving me a Hard Time! a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is -

Top Ten Books that were hard for me to read- pick your reason why-

I came up with a few different reasons and here they are-

KEPT THINKING OF THE MOVIE

10.  The Princess Bride

9.  Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (The Shawshank Redemption)

8.  The Body (Stand By Me)

DIDN’T LIKE THE CHARACTERS

7.  The Shadow Year 

6.  The End of The Affair

5.  The Dinner

SUBJECT MATTER

4.  The Fault in Our Stars (kids with cancer)

3.  Skipping A Beat (young husband dying)

2.  The Invention of Wings (slavery)

 

 

SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME

1.  The Shining

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We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas- a review

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We are Not Ourselves

by Matthew Thomas

published by Simon & Schuster

August 2014

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

 

My Review

I was very excited to receive an ARC of this novel through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers group, so I was actually surprised to find myself putting it aside- twice- to read other books.  The writing was wonderful, but I just couldn’t keep reading about Eileen Tumulty.  She reminded me of a great aunt I had- not my favorite person.  When I finally decided to push through, about a third of the way through the book, Bam! I was hooked and finished it in two days.  The summary of the novel is below, and I am going to let you go with that, because I had mixed feelings about the start of the book.  Instead, let me tell you about the book as a whole.  It was a wonderful, thought provoking story that will stay with me a long time.  Without giving away too much, it shows you how amazing life can be.  Hopefully, I will have many years to enjoy this author’s works.

Summary

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.

When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.

Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away. 

 

A few great quotes-

“There were places, she now saw, that contained more happiness than ordinary places did. Unless you knew that such places existed, you might be content to stay where you were.”

 

“The fact that they were there, that everything they owned wasn’t enough somehow, disturbed her, suggesting a bottomlessness to certain kinds of unhappiness.”

 

“So much of life was the peeling away of illusions.”