Posted in Book spots, bookish rambles, Uncategorized

I may seriously never leave my new library!!

pic of front.jpg We just got a new town library and it is absolutely gorgeous!  I am so excited!  Not only is it at least five times larger than the previous one, but there is more parking, lots of computers, study rooms- yes, rooms that students can rent out and put themselves in so that they can study in peace, conference rooms, a storm shelter and IT support on hand.  Holy cow!

Did I mention how gorgeous it is?!?  Sky lights and open layout, comfy chairs scattered everywhere.  Tables…. freaking vending machines!!!!  That’s right, we have an eating area where I can see myself having a lot of snacks (brought from home, of course, so that I don’t blow my diet), while I read several papers or magazines.

Warren is excited because we are also supposed to get a 3D printer here, along with other tech in the green room (it isn’t open yet, I think they are still getting equipment).

Here are just a few pics I took in my quick tour:

While I love all this, it does hurt that it is so far from me now- it used to be a five minute walk, now it is across town.  Having our area loose fast access has made me consider things like the Little Libraries that are popping up everywhere.  I am blessed in that I have a car and can get anywhere, and have free time.  Some of my neighbors aren’t so lucky.  I had considered taking some of my books- ones that I don’t mind possibly loosing- and setting up one a Little Library outside my house with the idea of people being able to take a book to read and return, or leave a well loved book for others.

In a perfect world this would work flawlessly.  Everyone would only go to the book area and leave the rest of the house unmolested, books would return, and nothing would get broken or vandalized.  But I worry that this would not be the case.  Is it fair of me to invite strangers so close to my home- a home I share with my husband (and his possessions)?  Also, would this affect the neighbors?  And for the love of God, I don’t want to be part of the Little Library site because I would have to enter my information and address!  You have to pay them at least once, maybe more, and I don’t see how they could make this any safer.  I just want a weather proof cabinet outside that proclaims that it has Community Books- take a book, share a book.  That sort of thing.  One would open the cabinet and see a small selection of books.  They would take one to read, and return it when finished for the next reader.  I want to believe this would work!  I also don’t worry about “getting the word out” because it would be small and, with luck, just for my community.  What do you guys think?  Crazy, right?  I haven’t even asked the husband yet because I know he’s gonna nix it lol.  Let me know your thoughts in comments!

Amber

Posted in bookish rambles, in other news

I am so very behind and feel awful!!!!

I-am-so-sorry-sad-puppyUgh!  I hate myself this month.  I had several read-for-reviews from First to Read and Netgalley and I swear I don’t think any of them will be out on time.  I don’t like doing that and, honestly, rarely do.  I just can’t get my act together.  I am especially worried about FTR, because it won’t let me post a review after the release date, so I basically failed.

It isn’t that I don’t want to read the books- I do!  I am just having trouble finding time to read right now, which is completely out of character.  Also, I may have been bad and started a free trial of Comixology- I swear I have only read a few Guardians of The Galaxy and X23!

Hopefully I will have a better work-exercise-housework-read-socialize routine down for next month.  One can dream, right?

Have you guys ever missed a bunch of release dates at once?  How did you feel?

Amber

Posted in weekly wrap-up

Weekly Wrap-up! June 13th-18th.

Personal Life:

This week has been a bit stressful for me.  My best friend Kris, lost a dear friend to cancer.  I feel for him, and want to be there for him, but we live very far from one another.

My husband has started meds that have severely messed with his appetite, making him not wish to eat.  The first day he admitted to only eating an oatmeal until I got home at 5:00 pm, and the next day tried to mask this fact by claiming he didn’t know how much he had eaten.  Sunday he said that he was outside working all day and didn’t want to over heat or get sick; but was sure he had some berries and lunch meat.  I worry because he is taking in very few calories unless I am monitoring it.  Today he had an oatmeal in the morning and small soup for lunch- 500 calories total.  I don’t want to harp or nag, but I want him to be healthy.  He says this is how he has always eaten and then he has a big dinner or he feels stuffed and lethargic all day.  He did have a lot of the pizza we had tonight (I had a portion with a medium salad, he had half the pizza).  I have tried to talk to him about this, I don’t think it’s healthy to eat so little through the day.  Certainly not for over half your daily nutrients to come from pizza.  Maybe I am over reacting… I tend to do that.  When pressed about how he eats his meals he said that people had different metabolisms and that his blood sugar had tested fine.  I know that he is on this med for blood pressure, but that he also wants to loose weight if he can.  I just don’t see how this can work….

Bookish Life:

I am currently reading Eddie Izzard’s Believe Me.  I am loving it, but have had very little time to read this week.  I feel bad because this one is also going to be a late review for an ARC- all of them probably will be this month.  I just can’t seem to catch up!

believe me

So that’s me for the week, what’s up with you?

Amber

Posted in Book Reviews

The Party, Robyn Harding

the partyspolier alertTitle: The Party

Author: Robyn Harding

Pages: 352

Genre: mystery, adult fiction

Is this part of a series?  No.

Published: June 6th, 2017

          I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Scout Press.  Sadly, time got away from me and I did not read it before it’s release.  My apologies for being late to The Party….

Jeff and Kim Sanders have their issues, but they have a good life.  Money, friends, respect, and two good children.  Hannah, their sweet daughter with good grades, is turning sixteen!  Invitations have been sent- four of her “best friends” for a slumber party.  The girls have been told the rules of the house- no drinking, boys, drugs or porn.  What could go wrong?

The answer to that, is everything.  Rules are broken and extremely bad choices are made that result in a life altering event.  One of our girls’ lives will change forever, each of them will feel the effects.  As the Sanders’ world unravels, secrets come out- no one is innocent.

I am glad that Goodreads labeled this correctly as adult fiction.  The blurb on Netgalley and the writing style often made one think of YA, and that would be a mistake.  I was on the fence about this book.  Like several other books I have read this year, it showcased the worst in teens- how cruel they can be.  Laden with bullying and backstabbing, this book cut me to the quick.  Throughout the novel one question came through my mind- would I want my niece- now 14- to read this?  Even though I trust her to be smart, to make good choices…. the answer is a resounding no.

As an adult, I can respect the nuances in the writing and how each of these characters were exceptionally crafted disasters.  I can love the plot, and watching it unfold.  As someone with a teen in her life, I hate it.  None of those girls- none of them!- showed any real growth throughout the heartbreaking story.  I despised the ending, but could it have ended any other way when there had been no lesson learned?  I guess I just hit on my main issue- there was no lesson learned.  I could sit Jules down and talk about each and every part of that book, but I can’t show her an epiphany- a moment where a character changes for the better.  Now, these characters weren’t all bad- and they did a lot of good things- but I feel like most if not all of the good they ever did was in self interest or pity.  Not because it was right, or they felt empathy.  For me, this is a three star book.  Three Stars   It was good, and I enjoyed it; but it could have been so much more and I was left dissatisfied.

On the adult content scale, this is a doozy.  Mild violence, sexual innuendo and some sexual content, drug use, alcohol, bullying and hate.  I give it an eight because it disturbed me, and I don’t know how it would affect a teen.  adult content road sign

The book is out.  Have you read it?

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber

Posted in Book Reviews

The Little French Bistro, Nina George

the little french bistrospolier alertTitle: The Little French Bistro

Author: Nina George

Pages: 336

Genre: romance

Is this part of a series?  No.

Published: 6-13-2017

Marianne is at a crossroads in her life.  While vacationing in France with her overbearing husband, she decides that she no longer wants that life.  She cannot go back to it.  A botched suicide attempt leads her to be hospitalized while her husband goes back to the states, agreeing to retrieve her later.

While there, she sees a painted tile of a town that is so beautiful it fills her with purpose.  She has to get there!  A mad escape and crazy journey complete with sick nuns finds us at the little town.  Here, she can be someone new- someone she likes.  She can work at the bistro, along side Jean Remy; and befriend an old artist who is loosing her mind.  She finds a version of herself that she loves here, and friends that quickly become family.  When her past catches up with her, though, will she be strong enough to hold onto this new life?

Apparently I was so excited about this book that I requested it from Netgalley and FTR on accident.  I had fallen madly in love with George upon reading The Little Paris Book Shop.  The character development, slow of the story, and storm of emotions packed into the pages had me reeling.  This book gave me the same feelings.  I loved the character development and how one played off another.  The plot was heartbreaking at times, and life affirming in others.  I enjoyed watching Marianne grow while discovering facets to the other characters.  For me, this was a five star book.  Five Stars

On the adult content scale, there is sexual content and language.  I give it a five.  Parental Guidance

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber

Posted in weekly wrap-up

Weekly Wrap-up! June 5th -12th

Personal life:

This whole “healthy living” thing is really killing my reading time!  Lol, I still can’t actually see changes in my body, but others say they can.  Maybe I am just too critical (aren’t we all?).  My weight was fluctuating a bit, but I am back on track.  I have lost 25 pounds since starting.  The things that have helped me most are:

  1. My family and buds– I have a great support team that are even willing to “plank” so that I can actually see the form.
  2. walking in parks and trails– I love it in the morning or evening when the birds are out in droves.  The sound of nature soothes me, allows me to mentally recharge while exercising.
  3. My gym– I haven’t gone as I ought to because it just isn’t as much fun for me, but strength training is important…plus I kind of like the stationary bike.  It has massage chairs as well as discount rates if you go regularly.  With these types of incentives, it is easier to drag myself there in the mornings.
  4. Apps– holy crap there’s an app for everything!  My fitness allows me to track my nutrition and exercise easily and links with Google health which does the same.  These are both free which is fantastic, because I am cheap.  I think what I like best here is the fact that it listens to my health goals and current situation and gives me daily calories and nutrient amounts that will best get me where I want to be. There are paid versions, but I am getting everything I want in the app already.  Then there’s Stop, Breathe & Think.  Back in my teen years I was big into meditation and spiritual health, but that fell off, I don’t know why.  Through these guided meditations I can give myself a few moments a day to remind myself to breathe and enjoy.  There is one to help me prepare for sleep which I actually quite like, and one that reminds us of all the things we are grateful for.  I just sit, relax and let these feelings pass through me.  At the end I always feel refreshed and grounded.  We never really consider our mental and emotional health when talking about health, do we?

Oh, and I have new pics from a few parks in town and Main Street’s Spiva  statue.

Bookish Life:

I am sadly behind on my ARC’s which makes me sad.  I was reading The Party, which is really good, but then one of my library holds came in.  I am now reading The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert before returning to my ARC’s.  I have decided I am not doing a wrap-up/ TBR this month, as I just don’t know what I am doing.  I am loving these books though!

I just realized I hadn’t written a review for The Little French Bistro yet!  I loved that book!!!  I will have to think for a bit, and will probably do this tomorrow.

the little french bistro

So that’s me for the week, what’s up with you?

Amber

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Uncategorized

The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo book #2), Rick Riordan

trials of apollo 2spolier alertTitle: The Dark Prophecy

Author: Rick Riordan

Pages: 414

Genre: adventure, YA, fantasy

Is this part of a series?  Yes, this is Apollo’s second book, and has close ties to several previous story lines.

Published: May 2nd, 2017

When our dragon declared war on Indiana, I knew it was going to be a bad day.

Apollo is still human thanks to his father.  Leo Valdez and Calypso have been traveling with him, along with Leo’s mechanical dragon Festus.  They land, looking for Apollo’s friend/ master Meg.

Instead they find a city over run with monsters, a emperor calling himself New Hercules.  They find a small resistance in the waystation in the form of Emmie and Joe.  They have their own reasons for helping Apollo… but he’ll take what he can get.  Apparently New Hercules has been abducting people and holding them captive until they fight each other and animals that he’s found (like ostriches that he kitted out for battle).  Apollo needs to find Meg, put down this emperor, rescue everyone and restore the oracle that has gone silent (his mission to regain God status- restore all the oracles).  Sadly, he’s pretty inept…. so this should prove interesting!

Now, I was on the fence about this series.  Hidden Oracle did not wow me.  I found Apollo annoying and the storyline lagging in a lot of places.  I was still deciding if I would read this one or not (pro- many of the characters I loved from Lightning Thief and Heroes of Olympus; con- Apollo).  I grabbed a book from Walmart and opened it, just to get a look.  The first line alone sold me.  I figured, if nothing else this was going to be funny.

I actually ended up liking this one a lot.  Apollo made strides toward becoming a likeable character.  There were still complaints and “I am so great” moments, but he seemed to grow a lot of compassion and caring.   We saw more of that part of him.  Leo, Calypso and Meg also had a lot of growth in this book.  The story line was interesting and fun, and it didn’t lag.  I still prefer the Magnus Chase series (or really any of the other ones), but I feel like this one is finding it’s pace and turning out to be a great series.  I give this one four stars!  Four Stars

On the adult content scale, there is violence and mild language.  It is geared toward very young teens and so I would say that none of it is too over the top.  I give it a three.  General.svg

The book is out now- have you read it?

Link to book:

Amazon

Amber