U. S. Flag Day

JUNE 14, 2019
(flag was adopted on June 14, 1777)

 U. S. Flag Day

 

U.S. Flag

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In honor of U.S. Flag Day, here are some book recommendations for books about our Presidents and the “Founding” from my Goodreads shelf.

***Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
(My review here)

America's First Daughter

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
(My review here)

my dear hamilton

Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey

Dearest Friend

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

team of rivals

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
(My review here)

leadership in turbulent times

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Middle Grade)

Jefferson's Sons



QOTD!

What books can you add to this list?



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Links

I need to read only one more book to finish off my Spring TBR! 
Did you make a Spring TBR list or do you make a monthly list or no list?

If you need book recs for a (U.S.) Father’s Day gift, check out this post!



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The River: Book Review & Recommendations for Dad

June 7, 2019

In anticipation of U.S. Father’s Day, here is a book that a Dad in your life might enjoy!

*This post contains affiliate Amazon links.

For wilderness enthusiasts…….

The River by Peter Heller

The River Review

Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Wilderness Survival, Suspense/Thriller, Friendship

Summary:

The River is a story of wilderness survival and friendship with a generous side of suspense/thriller. Wynn and Jack are college friends who enjoy the mountains, reading, and fishing, but they get more than they bargained for in this wilderness canoe trip. Instead of days filled with fishing and reading and nights of stargazing, they attempt a rescue as they face starvation, a forest fire, and a dangerous stranger.

My Thoughts:

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May Reading Wrap Up

May 31, 2019

May Reading Wrap Up

May Reading Wrap Up

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

May was a great reading month and I am especially excited to report a few five- and four-star reads. Find all my May reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

5 Stars. WW11. A poignant and memorable story in free verse (YA).  Full review here.


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

5 Stars. Contemporary Fiction. Powerfully told from an “own voices” perspective (YA). Review coming soon.


The River by Peter Heller

5 Stars. Wilderness survival/suspense/thriller. Review coming soon.


The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads). Historical Fiction/Korean island of Jeju. Full review here.


The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads).  For fans of Eleanor Oliphant. A heartfelt and memorable read. Review coming soon.

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A Book For Mom!

May 3, 2019

(and tomorrow, May the 4th be with you!)

 

Is Your Mom a Reader?

Would your mom appreciate a book as a gift?
Are you looking for a book recommendation?
I scoured my list of read books and pulled every title that I would buy for my own mom and feel comfortable recommending for yours.

 

Books Your Mom Might Like:

Ten of my favorite recommendations…

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

From Susan Meissner: A Fall of Marigolds, As Bright as Heaven

The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

By Stephanie Dray: America’s First Daughter, My Dear Hamilton, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

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April Reading Wrap Up

April 29, 2019

April Reading Wrap Up

April Reading Wrap Up

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

April was a great reading month and I am especially excited to report a few five- and four-star reads. Find all my April reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads received mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me.

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (ARC)

5 Stars. Family drama (mental health/alcoholism). ARC: Pub Date: 5/28. In contention for the best read of the year. Full review coming soon.


The Gown by Jennifer Robson

5 Stars. Historical Fiction. Loved the friendship theme. Full review here.


Brown Girl Dreaming (MG) by Jacqueline Woodson

5 Stars. Memoir: Diverse read/own voices. Free Verse. Full review here.


The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister (ARC)

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads). ARC: Pub Date: 5/21. Coming of Age. Full review coming soon.


A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

4.5 Stars. Historical Fiction. A heartfelt and memorable read.  Full review here.


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March Reading Wrap Up

March 31, 2019

March Reading Wrap Up

March Reading Wrap Up

I read ten books in March and abandoned one. Titles are listed in order of my star ratings. Although I didn’t have any full five star reads, it was still a good reading month.

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links and available reviews are linked.

March Reads

Beantown Girls by Jane Healey
Genre: WW11 Historical Fiction
4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads)
Find my full review here. (more…)

Spring TBR

March 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2019 TBR

spring TBR

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top ten tuesday

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Spring 2019 TBR.

I have two books to finish from my Winter TBR, and they’ve been on  my TBR for so long that it’s too embarrassing to add them to yet another TBR. So 84, Charing Cross Road and its sequel will be my priority before any book on this list!
***UPDATE: finished these two reads…both 3 stars.

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on this list…..check back often though because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. In no particular order, here is my Spring 2019 TBR list.

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Need A Sequel

March 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday:
10 Books That Need a Sequel

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top ten tuesday

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Need a Sequel. *This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Have you read a book and thought “I wish there had been a little bit more closure?” Then do you think about the book and the ending for a few days as you mull over various ways it could have ended or do the characters linger in your mind for days and you worry about them? It’s not that you were unhappy with the ending, but you were simply left wanting more. I have listed a few books below that made me wish for a sequel. Do you agree with any of my picks? What books would you put on your list?

(listed in no particular order…..titles are Amazon affiliate links)


Books That Need a Sequel


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

What were the three words?!
(not reviewed because it was read before I was active on Goodreads and before my blog)
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Women’s History Month: 10 Inspirational Reads

March 10, 2019

Women’s History Month: 10 Inspirational Reads

Women's History Month

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Inspired by Women’s History Month, which was established to amplify women’s voices and value their contributions to history, I searched through my reading lists to find stories about inspirational women whom we can celebrate during Women’s History Month. Titles are Amazon links and my available reviews are linked.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

In no particular order….

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

my dear hamilton

This fictionalized biographical narrative of Eliza Hamilton, reveals her vital contributions to U. S. History in her role as Mrs. Alexander Hamilton. Review

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10 Reads For Middle Grade March

March 6, 2019

10 Reads For Middle Grade March

Middle Grade March

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To participate in #middlegrademarch, I’ve compiled a list of ten great Middle Grade Reads! There are many wonderful middle grade books from which to choose and even though I haven’t read extensively in middle grade, these titles are stories that I’ve recently read and thought were exceptional because of their themes and/or diversity.

Often, children fall in love with reading in Middle Grade. Was this your experience? At last, children in Middle Grade have “learned to read” and they can fully immerse themselves in the world of words as they “read to learn” and “read for enjoyment.” They have more autonomy to choose their own reading material and can pursue individual interests. Many stories promote great family read aloud experiences. As a bonus, most Middle Grade stories have heartfelt themes without the angst and/or objectionable language of YA. Reading builds understanding and compassion.

For adults, Middle Grade books make the perfect palate cleanser or fit the description of books that can be read in a day. I strongly believe that great Middle Grade literature can be enjoyed by adults!

In addition to all the above reasons to read Middle Grade literature, I appreciate the authors who write diversely for Middle Grade readers and write on difficult themes or topics in an easy to read and understandable manner. If we buy and read more Middle Grade diverse literature, it will encourage publishers and writers to produce more. I think it’s important for children to see themselves in literature. (more…)