Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Books #23 - #37 for 2017...

Well my laptop died and I haven't figured out what to do about replacing vs. repairing it yet so haven't been able to post anything on the ole' blog. Borrowed Jeff's laptop so I figured I needed to to get my latest reads up since it has been awhile!

Previous Book Posts

#23..."Night Circus" has been on my TBR pile for awhile. I loved it! It was imaginative and I loved the characters. The magic part was done so well. I hear they might make this into a movie and I think it would be spectacular on the big screen if done right. If you like books with the magic touch...then read this one.

#24..."Bear Town" was written by Fredrik Backman...who also wrote "A Man Called Ove." I liked this book better than the "Ove" and thought it was done well.

#25..." The Light we Lost" was a sweet love story that is all about timing, the decisions we make regarding relationships, and just growing up seen through two characters. It is moving and made me think a little of the movie..."Up Close and Personal." Read for a modern love story.

#26..."A Life Intercepted" is another book by Charles Martin. It was okay but I didn't like it as much as the other ones I have read so far by him. Don't worry...I've got a couple more by Charles Martin to read. I'm still loving his style of writing and story telling so I wouldn't let this be the only book you read by him.

#27..."The Stranger in the Woods" is based on a true story of a man who lived in the woods all alone for years before getting caught for stealing. He did serve time in jail. I thought this story was interesting and actually believed him and his story.

#28..."Dead Letters" was a suspense genre book and I thought it was a different set up then the usual. I liked it but the main character did drive me a little crazy.

#29..."House of Spies" is Daniel Silva's latest in his Gabriel Allon series and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it when it came out this summer. I really liked it as I like the series in general. I felt this one you do need to know what happened in the previous book ("The Black Widow"...which is one of my favorites in the series!) but it was a solid read. Cannot wait for the next one!

#30..."The Identicals" by Elin Hilderbrand is a great summer read. I think I read one of her books each summer and I always like each one. It was fun and I enjoyed it!

#31..."Exit West" was a book that I was excited to get but it disappointed me. I felt like I was reading the author's outline of the book...it felt like it was missing lots of details. I liked the idea of the book but wanted more information.

#32..."The Dry" is in the suspense genre and I really got into it. I thought the writing was well done and you are immediately drawn into the story. I would recommend it for a solid read.

#33 "Same Beach, Next Year" is another easy summer read by Dorothea Benton Frank. I also feel like I read one of her books each summer. They are always fun to read and I love the local details since it is written in the lowcountry. Can't go wrong with one of her books for that "beach" read.

#34..."Everything You Want me to be" is another suspense genre and I really liked it. It was fast paced and you want to know what happened. I liked the set up how they told the story. Would recommend.

#35..."The Break Down" by BA Paris...this is a suspense genre and I had high expectations because I loved "Behind Closed Doors." This book did not disappoint!! I really liked it...you do have to get into it a little to get going because at first it is hard to bond with the main character. But once the book got going...I was hooked! Would recommend.

#36..."All Our Wrong Todays" intrigued me because I do like some science fiction type books ("Martian" or "Dark Matter") but this one has a lot of techno talk that probably could have been edited a little. But once the book got going...the end went by in a blur. This book would not be for everyone. Some parts where really great but other parts were just okay.

#37..."Faithful" by Alice Hoffman is one of my favorites that I have read this year! I LOVED it! I picked it up because I really liked her previous book, "The Marriage of Opposites," and did not even really read what  the book was about before reading it. It is a fairly short book at about 250 pages but it is packed with so much goodness! I read this book in a day and it made me cry...smile...chuckle. It has all the feels!! READ THIS ONE ASAP!!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Days

Whew...I cannot believe we have two weeks of summer left before school starts. Throughout the summer we have seen movies, played with friends (had friends visit from Charlotte!!), gone to beach/pool, hit up the water park, spent time on the River, and basically everything you do in the summer!  We have also done our back to school shopping and Norah has one more camp next week at Church. We hopefully will squeeze in a little bit more fun along with some lazy days before summer 2017 comes to an end.

Washington, DC

Right after the 4th...Norah and I headed to Washington, DC with my mom for a few nights! We stayed HERE which ended up being a great location. We visited a couple of museums, gardens, and of course an indoor pool (she did the gym a little too.) We ate out and did a little shopping. So glad Norah got to go to DC again and spend sometime with her Nini too.

July 4th

This was the first July 4th week without Jeff's mom and it definitely was on our minds. We spent the day at the beach and at night we went to Georgetown to a friend's house for food, fun, and fireworks!

Norah's 10th Birthday!!

We definitely celebrated Norah's birthday for the month of June! It is hard to believe that she is 10 years old! Seems like yesterday she was just a little girl...man...time really does go by so fast! I look back at pictures of her from each of her birthdays...it is crazy to see how much she has grown and changed. Norah is such an amazing girl who is loved beyond anything measurable!! Plus she will always be my baby!

Lake Burton

So behind in posting summer pics! Back in June...Norah and I were invited to go with friends to their family's lake house in Lake Burton. It was my first time at Lake Burton and it was beyond beautiful!! Definitely a place I want to visit again. It was a little overcast/drizzly at times but it didn't matter a bit. Norah lived in the water...it was crystal clear! And the house was amazing and it blended right into the outdoor space...it was like the most peaceful, magnificent set up! And Norah became obsessed with paddle boarding which was cool!