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May Wrap-Up!

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Well here in the northeast, we went from winter to summer practically overnight! May brought with it unusually warm weather – I can’t believe we had to use the air conditioner in May! But I have to admit that it felt great to finally get some sunshine and fresh air. My dogs were thrilled as well! They’ve had cabin fever for weeks now, waiting for the never-ending winter to finally cease. This month I was able to get my outside reading nook all set up, complete with flowers, birdbath, and fountain. Oh, and some good books to dive into!

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Author Profile: Emily Giffin

Emily GiffinLast month I was fortunate enough to receive an advance reader copy of Emily Giffin’s latest novel All We Ever Wanted. Reading her newest book reminded me of why I am such a fan of her writing. I always feel like I’m right inside the story, experiencing everything alongside her characters. Her characters often find themselves in relatable situations, usually involving relationships – romantic relationships, forbidden relationships, unconventional relationships, friendships, family relationships, etc. So I think it’s safe to say that just about everyone can find something or someone to relate to in her books.

The big bummer of going back to school in ’14 was that my read for fun time went out the window. This means that I had a stack of Giffin’s novels on my shelf that were long overdue and calling my name. Reading All We Ever Wanted reignited my spark for Giffin’s true-to-life stories. Now that I’ve graduated and have read for fun time once again, I decided to get all caught up.

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Kait’s Bookshelf Privacy Policy

 

kait_webThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect tomorrow, May 25, 2018. While this applies to organizations within the European Union and Kait’s Bookshelf is based out of the U.S., the website does get visitors from all over the world. Since the Kait’s Bookshelf blog and services are not exclusive to U.S. residents, I felt I should comply with the GDPR and post the Kait’s Bookshelf privacy policy in plain English. This way everyone understands exactly what happens when you like or comment on a post on Kait’s Bookshelf or sign up for notifications with your email address or WordPress account.

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Book Review: Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley

Begin Again“You will not be left or abandoned. God will not be disgusted with you. Ever. In that way, God is not like the people in your life. God doesn’t tire of your struggle and your back-and-forth and your uncertainty. God doesn’t grow weary of your winding path.” – Begin Again

Well May has been an interesting month so far. Actually, 2018 has been filled with all kinds of surprises, and I feel thankful that I got through April in one piece. Within one week, my husband and two of our dogs each had surgery. They are all recovered and doing beautifully, but I was just about ready to collapse at the end of that week! On top of taking care of my family, I had my own health issues to contend with.

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease in which my immune system is attacking my own body, specifically my joints. It is my second autoimmune diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease almost 15 years ago. So between taking care of my family, working, and dealing with my own tests, doctor appointments, and adjusting to my new medication, I’m just thankful I’ve had time to read at all. Thanks to Baker Publishing Group (and Someone else I believe 😉 ), I ended up with just the right book at just the right time, Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley.

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Book Review: The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

The Other Lady Vanishes

Cover art is copyright of Berkley Publishing Group

 

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you probably know that I love books set in the Golden Age of Hollywood. So when I got the opportunity for a sneak peek at Amanda Quick’s newest mystery set in 1930’s California amidst the glamour of Hollywood movie stars, I couldn’t resist!

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April Wrap-Up!

April Wrap Up

I don’t know about you, but we had quite a cold, snowy April in the northeast. Winter just didn’t seem to understand that it was time to move over for Spring. We had an ice storm, freezing temps, and snow on the ground. And here I had pictured myself sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and a good book! I still enjoyed my cup of coffee and book, but I did it in front of the fireplace yet again. The good thing about the wintry weather was that it gave me a chance to stay inside and dive into some good books.

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April Book Bucket List: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's TravelsI vaguely recall watching a movie version of Gulliver’s Travels as a child that, I believe, starred Ted Dansen as Lemuel Gulliver. What I remember from the film was a man journeying to different lands and encountering different kinds of creatures, including a land of miniature people followed by a land of giants. I have always been drawn to fantasy stories like The Chronicles of Narnia, so Gulliver seemed right up my alley. I always wanted to read the book the movie was based on, so I made it my book bucket list pick for April.

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Book Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

Cover art is copyright of Ballantine Books

I have been hooked on Emily Giffin’s books since I read her debut novel Something Borrowed. For me, that novel established Giffin as one of the most real and relevant writers out there. Her characters and the situations they find themselves in are contemporary and relatable. The questions Giffin’s characters must ask themselves create journeys that are just so real. Giffins characters are people I know –  friends, family, and even myself. Her books always make me stop and reflect. So of course I had high hopes for All We Ever Wanted, and of course, Giffin didn’t disappoint.

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Book Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur“People looked to him like one of those Tibetan children picked out as a reincarnated lama. They think he knows the secret to life. They get mad when he doesn’t offer it up. What happens, anyway, when the village chooses the wrong kid as their prophet?” – White Fur

So this is going to be a different kind of review for me. White Fur is a book I’m not quite sure how to categorize or review. At this point, I’ve only read half of the book. It’s definitely not a DNF (did not finish) as I do want to finish this book. It’s more of a finish later kind of a book. This is for a couple of reasons.

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Book Review: Limelight by Amy Poeppel

Limelight

Cover art copyright of Atria/Emily Bestler Books

One of my bucket list items was to visit New York City, which I got to do a couple of years ago, at Christmastime no less! The city was magical, just as I’d imagined it would be. I, like all NYC lovers, have found myself thinking from time to time about what it would be like to live in the city. That is the premise of Ms. Poeppel’s sophomore novel, Limelight. In Limelight, we meet Allison, who has dreamed of living in Manhattan for years. When her husband, Michael, gets an incredible promotion at work, the couple decides to leave their lives in Dallas, Texas behind and move to Manhattan with their three kids and their cat. But things don’t go exactly as planned, resulting in a tangled mess of job hunting, school hunting, apartment adjustments, hormonal teenagers, celebrity sightings, and one spoiled young pop star.

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