Thursday, October 23, 2014

Challenge Complete - I Love Library Books Reading Challenge


Description of Challenge can be found on the sign-up post:

I aimed for 'just insert IV' which is 50+ books.  I was keeping a list but didn't keep track of the number of titles on the list until earlier this week when I learned I had hit 55 read! So from here on out where just aiming to see how many books over 50 I can checkout and read in the next two months!

You can find my ratings and/or reviews of the books I've read on my Goodreads' Page.

Books Checked Out and Read:
  1. Real by Katy Evans
  2. Francis: A New World Pope by Michel Cool
  3. Mine by Katy Evans
  4. Remy by Katy Evans
  5. Still Foolin' Em by Billy Crystal (Aduiobook)
  6. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  7. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  8. Boy21 by Matthew Quick
  9. Cordina's Royal Family: Gabriella & Alexander by Nora Roberts
  10. Cane by Jean Toomer
  11. Cordina's Royal Family: Bennett & Camilla by Nora Roberts
  12. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (BCD)
  13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (BCD)
  14. The "I Hate to Exercise" Book for People with Diabetes by Charlotte Hayes, MMSC, MS, RD, CDE
  15. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (BCD)
  16. My Brief History by Stephen Hawking (BCD)
  17. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
  18. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie H. Anderson
  19. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  20. Paris in Love by Eloisa James (BCD)
  21. The King by J.R. Ward
  22. Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
  23. Everything I need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
  24. The History of diners in New Jersey by Michael C. Gabriele
  25. A Call to Action by Jimmy Carter (BCD)
  26. The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson
  27. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (BCD)
  28. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
  29. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  30. The Collector by Nora Roberts
  31. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom by Amy Chua
  32. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
  33. The Giver by Lois Lowry (BCD)
  34. Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
  35. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (BCD)
  36. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  37. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
  38. And One Last Thing by Molly Harper
  39. Divergent by Veronica Roth (BCD)
  40. Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear
  41. The Messenger by Lois Lowery (BCD)
  42. Son by Lois Lowery (BCD)
  43. Beowulf - J.R.R. Tolkien (translator)
  44. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (BCD)
  45. Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood
  46. Fast Track by Julie Garwood
  47. Longbourn by Jo Baker (BCD)
  48. Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
  49. NPR driveway moments - Dog tales (BCD)
  50. NPR funniest driveway moments (BCD)
  51. Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  52. Contagious: Why Things Catch on by Jonah Berger (BCD)
  53. The Calhouns - Catherine, Amanda, Lilah by Nora Roberts
  54. The Calhouns - Suzanna and Megan by Nora Roberts
  55. Caffeinated: how our daily habit helps, hurts and hooks us by Murray Carpenter (BCD)
Books Checked Out and Currently Reading
  • The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne (BCD)
  • The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Books Checked Out and Not Read - Yet
  • Super Graphic by Tim Leong
  • Think, Eat, Move, Thrive by James Rouse

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig

Ruth's Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the WindRuth's Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind by Donald McCaig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historical Fiction is not my typical choice for reading material. That being said, I had to read this book. I did struggle with keeping my attention on the book through a lot of the historical background sections but the story was strong enough to keep me reading. Ruth's journey begins in Santo Domingo, from there it is a complicated journey through a very important part in US history, the lead up to the Civil War.

Since the point of this novel is following Ruth's journey, I don't want to give too much away and that's hard because there is just so much good in this novel. For me some of good was reading along and coming across reference that you know will be important later in this story and in Gone with the Wind. You'll be reading along and there's a disdainful mention of those Irish O'Hara brothers, a revered mention of the Butlers of Low Country, a bit later an O'Hara mentions Tara and one of the biggest was discussion about what people think of that Mr. Lincoln person. Oh and let's not forget Ashley Wilkes and his appearances at Tara.

The book was broken down into three parts. I really enjoyed the third section the best. This section was told from Ruth's point of view and tells the story of how Scarlet becomes Scarlet. It's the last leg of the journey to Gone with the Wind and needed to be told by Ruth. Ruth has been around three generations of women in this family and through her we see how certain traits seemed to be passed down.

Before I even finished the book, I had been recommending it to people. I think it was a fascinating story and I'll be going back to read his other book Rhet Butler's People.

I received an ebook ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review - As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2)As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In book 1 of the 2B Trilogy, I Want It That Way, we see Lauren exhibit some really extreme behavior with her drinking. She has this thing with Max and ends up leaving school.  On a trip home Nadia learns that her best friend Lauren and her older brother Rob are seeing each other.  In As Long As You Love Me we get the story about their relationship as well as what caused Lauren to almost self destruct.

As someone who has Generalized Anxiety it was kind of refreshing to see main character who sees life the way I do, as one big stressful situation. My situation wasn't as extreme as Lauren's but it did make going away to college stressful and I barely made it to graduation and online courses were so much easier to manage. Coming home to her small town has had a big change in Lauren, she's focused again on school and feels much more like herself.

Lauren has always had a crush on her best friend's brother. After Lauren and Rob run into each other at the story a friendship starts between them and along the way those old crush feelings return for Lauren. Rob's had a thing for Lauren too and for the two of them it's time to find a balance between the relationship they had before and the new one they are forming now.

Rob is a handyman and currently working on redoing his home. Lauren is the only one who gets his dreams/goals and she helps him start on his dream to make and sell custom furniture out of recycled materials. This gives Rob a big break he never dreamed of but can't turn down. It's also the one thing that could end their relationship.

I really liked that while the relationship seemed easy and perfect, it wasn't. Too many times I've read romances where the relationship fixes what the character struggles with, but in this book it's not enough. Lauren has to deal learn to really work on her problems in order to be a right fit for Rob and their relationship.

I can't wait to read book three, where we go back to apartment 2B to see how everyone is doing, especially Max. One step in healing for Lauren was to come to terms with what happened between her and Max.

Lauren reconnects and makes some new friends. We're kind of left hanging with their stories and while this is only supposed to be a trilogy I hope we get some idea on how they are dealing with their own struggles/lives.

I received an ebook arc from the publisher. 

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