Me Before You

“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”  – Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking on December of 2012

Blurb: Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

My Take On It: Ok I kind of feel like people reading this review might be thinking “been there, done that, seen the movie…” Well yes. This has been made into a movie with quite a bit of popularity. My book club actually read this and then went to the movie last year when it came out. So I won’t spend a ton of time on it except to say that the book is outstanding! All the feels people, all the feels! I still stand by the old saying THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER.

The book has so much more detail and so much more character and story and back ground. It really made me think. And yes, yes by all means while you’re reading picture the characters as you see them on screen. Sam Claflin makes a dreamy Will Traynor and Emilia Clark is a perfectly cast Lou.

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Words of… Wednesday

This quote made me giggle. When I was in Jr. High I struggled with math. At the time it really hit my self-esteem. From what I saw my friends were doing fine with math, and I just felt stupid. Therefore, I didn’t like math. I enjoyed reading, language arts and history just fine, but math was bleh! I did learn that for me there would be no skating through this subject. The fact was that I needed to get good grades whether I liked the subject or not, so I did learn that I could bet B’s in math classes if I worked really hard to get them. No more chit-chat. (ouch!) I grew up thinking that I was no good at mathematics and that’s just how it was.

FAST FORWARD suuummediumpth years to now. As I started work this year at a new school I found that I would be doing mostly language arts and reading, and some 5th grade math. Whaaattt? 5th grade math? I happen to have a 5th grader, who lucky for him, does really well with math (He takes after his dad whom I have nicknamed my human calculator. Guess it’s true what they say about opposites attract!) I was very nervous about working with 5th grade math. I don’t remember much about 5th grade and apparently my mind has suppressed memories of math making most of it unfamiliar to me now.

The teachers that I work with have been great to give me information, especially since the way things are taught now have changed. I have had to spend some extra time refreshing on some of the concepts. I’ll tell you what, my feelings about not liking math have changed, I have enjoyed re-learning for myself and helping the kids. Really as I have matured over the years I began to realize that just because math was not, or is not a strong subject for me personally that it doesn’t make me a person that is not smart. I’ve also noticed that kids at the school that I am working with do not seem to feel as down about their struggles. There seems to be a much more positive attitude throughout the school system that helps kids who are struggling try to catch up while not making them feel bad about themselves for needing help. I am so glad for that! It’s exciting to see them start to understand and get excited and keep trying. And I have to admit math isn’t so bad. After all think about poor Albert Einstein and his #realmathproblems!  🙂

Happy Wednesday, we’re half way through!

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My hiatus is officially over!

I started this blog about 2 years ago and at the time was so excited to write down my book reviews, thoughts, and feelings. And here we are these two years later and it has been months since my last post. What?!?!?!?

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What happened? A Little thing called life. We moved, I got a new part time job, went through two new callings ~volunteer position~ in my church, and I started projects on before mentioned new house. All while still caring for my little family. You know the drill volunteering in classes, homework, activities etc.

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However, I cannot use that as an excuse any longer and I would like to jump back in.

Allow me to make a confession….I have not even been reading very much. (Yikes!) Phew, glad to get that off my chest. I do have a few books I have read over the last 6 months and will be reviewing them soon. I’m going to do a little house keeping items to change it up a bit. Please stick with me guys. (And thanks for reading this!) I am excited to be back!

 

 

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

“When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone. Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again.”
Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

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Lost Lake written by Sarah Addison Allen

Published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2014

Blurb: The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it’s too late?

At once atmospheric and enchanting, Lost Lake shows Sarah Addison Allen at her finest, illuminating the secret longings and the everyday magic that wait to be discovered in the unlikeliest of places.

My Take On It: Eby and Kate seem to be the only two in a long line of women in their family with the strength and spirit to survive the so-called “curse” that has plagued them. For a year Kate was a mere shell of herself just going through the motions of her life after terrible tradgety had struck her family. She is finally waking up. Eby has come to a transition point in her life, but must she lose the past that brought so much joy in order to take the next step? It will take work, love, friendships, and a pinch of luck … or is it magic?… to save Lost Lake and put their lives back together.

Earlier this year I read Sarah Addison Allen’s The Peach Keeper and absolutely loved it. Lost Lake did not disappoint either! She writes such interesting characters!  I love a book that leaves me wanting the back story on each of the supporting characters as well! I felt transported. I could totally picture Lost Lake as I read and wished I could visit a place like that today! I love that Allen’s novels seem to have a hint of mystery and magic in them. It’s not over powering, but  just enough to leave you wondering. This was an easy going read and really enjoyable. I will definitely be putting more novels by this author on my to-read shelf!

 

 

Throne of Glass Winner!

Sorry this is late! I initially didn’t put a date on the contest, but then when I realized that I said Monday without then realizing it was a holiday! Sorry everyone I guess that it what I get for going AWOL from my blog for a while!

Sooooo….. Our winner of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas is:

 

 

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Shari Thompson!!!!

Congratulations Shari I will contact you about getting your book to you soon!

Thanks everyone who entered!

(winner is chosen through random.org,  random number generator)

Throne of Glass -Giveaway

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass    

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Throne of Glass written by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury USA in August 2012

Blurb: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Take on it: Now forgive me as I did read this back in April, but haven’t posted a review until now so my thoughts are less “together” than they would be if this review were more fresh in my mind. I like a good tough girl story, (is there anyone who doesn’t?) and Celaena is tough, she’s had to be. As a girl fighting against men she is often underestimated, but she has the skill to prove herself and she is a little cocky which is different in a female character, but cool. I loved the parts of the book that delved deeper into her past and would love to learn more about who she was and how she became an assassin. I enjoyed the other characters as well, Celaena is not the only tough girl in the story and that was nice too. It is full of magic and humor and butt kicking so it was a really fun and easy read. There were a few little parts that I felt were written wrong or unusual for the character, for lack of a better way to put it, but it was easy to overlook and move on. It is the first in a series of 6, YA novels by Maas. As this book was one that I got as a book exchange for bookclub I hosted the April book club. We had fun doing our own “Champion Test” quiz for the book.

So I am passing on my copy! I am the only person who has read it so the book is like new. If you are interested in entering to win this fun read you can do the following: #1 leave a comment on this blog post, #2 reply on and facebook post about this blog post, #3 share the facebook post with your friends. For each one you do you’ll gain an entry!

 

 

 

 

Back on Track

moabcol.pngAlright, so that took a little longer than I thought it would, but I am finally in a place to start reading and reviewing again!

To make a long story short, we sold our house, moved to a new house, had two weeks of being “homeless” which really means bouncing around between family and hotels until we could get into our new home. During that time we took a mini vacation to Arches National Park, which was a lot of fun! 4th graders get into National Parks free so if you have a 4th grader check it out! My kids had fun naming their own shapes in the rocks such as: CornDog Rock, Yoda’s hand, and Manatee.

I have been reading a little and have a few books to review very soon!  For now I will leave you with some pictures of the beautiful landscapes that we enjoyed on our trip. Thanks for sticking it out with me!