Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review: Open When... Letters to Lift Your Spirits

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 I loved the size, artwork and uniqueness of Open When. If someone you love has been sick, had a new baby, graduated from school, gotten married, or you need a way to say "thank you" Open When would make a sweet gift.  I enjoyed opening up each letter and reading through the special messages.  
 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What I Read - February 2017

Anne of Green Gables - listened to this version read by Rachel McAdams - 4*
Miss Jane - read a library copy - 4*
A Walk in the Woods - listened to audio reserved through Overdrive - 4*
The Nine of Us - read a library copy - 3.5*
Fish in a Tree - listened to audio reserved through Overdrive - 3*
All the Light We Cannot See - read a copy I own - 5* Best of the Month
Where'd You Go Bernadette - read a copy I own - 3.5*
Being Mortal - listed to audio reserved through Overdrive - 4*

Reading in March?
Peace Like a River 
Listening in March?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February SNOW!!!

February 12, 2017

This has been a very mild winter.  We traveled to Florida for two weeks in January and missed one major snowstorm.  But February has arrived and it seems like we have had snow every day!  Last week on Wednesday it was mid-50's and the next day we received 15 inches of snow.  Today starts another round.  As New Englanders we have to expect a little bit of snow. It is beautiful to photograph.  Hopefully this snow will wind down and spring will be on it's way soon!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What I Read - January 2017

January was a good reading month.  We were on a road trip/vacation for two weeks.  I was able to listen to several books on tape and read a few as well.  There wasn't a bad one in the bunch.

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin - This was a very interesting book about life, death and reincarnation.  The main character, a 4 year old boy, is troubled, and keeps asking for his "other mom".  His real mom gets help and guidance from an experienced doctor in the field.   Interesting, relatable characters make this a good solid read.   3.5

The Great Hurricane of 1938 by Cherie Burns - We listened to this on our drive to Florida.  This book surprised me.  I had picked it for a Reading Challenge (Erin's 6.0) for the category a book related to your state (Rhode Island).  This book was packed with stories and details of the Hurricane.  It described events leading up to the the storm and contained many personal stories of those affected by the storm. It explained weather conditions in detail and the devastation this "surprise" storm left in it's path. I highly recommend this book.  4

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan - I enjoyed reading this book.  This one was about a young girl who was relocating and reinventing herself after a bad breakup and business failure.  She meets many interesting people (and a puffin) along the way.  She learns about herself, love, heartbreak and life on a small island.  I have picked up the sequel Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery to read on the beach this summer.   3.5

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - I loved listening to this book.  The writing and narration by Jacqueline Woodson, was smooth.  The book is actually poetry.  It  is the story of growing up in South Carolina and New York in the 1960's/70's as a young African American girl. Close ties with her grandparents and a confusing relationship with her mother are themes. This book is short but oh so sweet.  4

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - I saw this book recommended on a blog and thought I'd give it a try. I listened to the audiobook. It is about teenagers living in Alaska in the 1970's.  The author kept all the teens' stories separate until the end where they all met and overlapped. This story is about young love, financial insecurity, living off the land and dealing with mental illness of a parent.  3

The Martian by Andy Weir - My husband and I have started a book club.  Each month we pick one book we both read.  Our pick this month was The Martian.  Mark Watney, an American astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after an extreme dust storm and is left for dead by his crew.  Watney must improvise in order to survive. This book had a ton of scientific information but it did not deter me at all.  It is suspenseful and interesting to see how or if Mark survives.  Highly Recommend.  4

Currently Reading - All The Light We Cannot See, Listening to Anne of Green Gables