I always spend some time over Memorial Day weekend reflecting on those who have given their lives while serving our country, as we all should be doing. That is, after all, the whole purpose of the holiday. I also spent some time this Memorial Day weekend relaxing, soaking up some sunshine, and of course reading. This weekend I dove into a new release by Natalie Walters, Living Lies. While largely a murder mystery, Living Lies also touches on many important subjects, including those who serve and have served our country. This book especially highlights those who have lost their lives due to their service, particularly post-service as a result of trauma. It was a most fitting book for Memorial Day weekend, and I couldn’t put it down.
One of the incredible things about being a book blogger is getting to read new and upcoming books. I enjoy books of all genres, including historical fiction. Today I’ll be reviewing a new book from Revell Reads, The Heart of a King, which takes place during the time of Solomon’s life in the Old Testament. This is a stand-alone novel that focuses on the relationships of Solomon, the son of King David. Solomon was a wise man, granted wisdom by God. Even if you haven’t read the Old Testament, you’ve likely heard some of the stories about Solomon, such as the two women fighting over an infant. It was Solomon’s wisdom in cases like that which made hundreds of people line up on a regular basis to seek Solomon’s wisdom on various issues. But for all his wisdom, Solomon struggled to make wise choices in his own life, particularly involving his relationships.
Some of my favorite books over the last couple of years have been from the YA genre. I love the YA genre so much that I blogged all about it last year. I’m always on the lookout for new and emerging YA authors and YA stories that pull me in and keep me thinking about them long after I’ve turned the last page. Today I’ll be reviewing a new YA novel from author Kelly Wittmann, An Authentic Experience.
2017 was a great reading year for me. It was the year I discovered books like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. That novel was beautifully written and is now a part of my permanent library so I can enjoy re-reads. When I learned that the author had a new book coming out this spring, I was thrilled. I was also thrilled when I got a prime spot on the library waiting list and received the book just a week or so after its release date (just one more reason to love my local library!)
Perhaps I was too excited and my expectations for this book were too high. All the hype I’d been reading about this book may have also played a role in that. At any rate, I had very high hopes going into Daisy Jones, and while the story was intriguing, I ended up disappointed overall.
I love a good mystery. I especially love a good mystery with an unreliable narrator who keeps me guessing through the whole book. Sure, it can be fun to uncover clues alongside the likes of Hercule Poirot and read about how his mind works and connects the dots of a case. But there is also something so fun about reading two different first-person versions of events and trying to figure out which to believe, if either of them. That was the case with Michele Campbell’s newest psychological thriller, A Stranger on the Beach, which releases this summer.
What a month! What a couple of months actually! I have been very busy with work over the last six weeks or so – but that’s a great thing! I love being a writer and working on articles and new book projects.
I have been fortunate enough in my writing career to become a published author. I have written several nonfiction educational books for children and teens, and just recently finished working on a couple of new ones that will be out in 2020.
In January, I had a new book release as part of a middle grade series called Inventions That Changed the World. I wrote about Facebook. There’s no denying that social media, and Facebook in particular, has had a huge impact on our world. That’s what I dive into in my latest book, How Facebook Changed the World.
I love middle grade novels. Last year I did a post about why I love reading the young adult genre, and I think I may have to do a similar one about middle grade in the future. MG novels are the best! The characters are usually around 10 to 13 years old and still figuring out who they are, where they fit in, and what the world is all about (aren’t we all?!)
I recently received a new MG novel from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo. To be honest, the title and the cover drew me in right away. Yes, I know, we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers. But, come on, look at it! Those beautifully blended winter blues and purples in the trees and reflecting off the snow…that gorgeous pink moon…the young girl dancing in the snow…and is that a dog? For a dog mom like myself, you just can’t beat a book with a dog on the cover. I was intrigued from the get-go.
After kicking off the New Year with some unseasonable warmth in the northeast, Old Man Winter showed up with bells on! January brought two intense winter storms, most recently a full-blown blizzard with unbelievably cold temps. Thankfully, my family and friends are all safe and sound and the weather seems to be tipping back toward normal over the next week or so.
As inconvenient as they are, snowstorms really aren’t all bad. They mean time to snuggle up and read or catch up on some TV. For me, that meant enjoying more of Marie Kondo’s new series on Netflix about tidying up your home and sparking joy. It has become a show I look forward to watching, but it has also recently sparked some controversy…
January is still going strong with good books and lots of reading time. I just finished reading Sophie Kinsella’s newest novel, I Owe You One.
Sophie Kinsella has become an automatic read for me. I just need to see her name on the cover, and I know I will enjoy the book. I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of her most recent novel from Penguin Random House. I was thrilled to learn that Kinsella has a new release coming out in February and couldn’t wait to dive in.
January has started off to a much stronger start than December did, and I’m so thankful for the time to read and get back into the swing of things. Today’s post will be my list of gift ideas for bookish individuals. I had planned on posting this list closer to the holidays, however, December took an unexpected turn and I didn’t get to share my ideas. But bookish gifts are always a great idea, not just for the holidays. They make great birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, thank you gifts, and “just because” gifts. So, here they are…my round-up of bookish gift ideas for yourself or the book lovers in your life.