Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What I Read: October 2017

What I Read:  October 2017


Favorites this month were:  

   Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

   Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders ⭐⭐⭐⭐

   All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

   The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A book that surprised me:  Lincoln in the Bardo.  I was lost at first but once I planted myself firmly in the setting of the story it was an enjoyable experience.

A book that disappointed me:  The Almost Sisters.  Felt formulaic to me.  It past the time just fine, but I felt it didn't live up to the hype.   

Currently Reading:  A Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Lauras - A Book Review October 29, 2017

The Lauras

The main theme of this book was the mother/daughter relationship.  It was the coming of age story of Alex ( age 13,the main character), who was preoccupied a lot with her sexuality and where she belonged in the world.  Alex and her mother make an escape in the night after an argument occurs between her parents.  Mother and daughter journey on a road trip of 3 years, visiting many places across the country which are sometimes unsafe and dangerous.  Most of the places the duo visit are connected to her mother's childhood, in and out of foster homes.  Alex's mother begins to tell her daughter stories about her experiences as a child.  Alex then retells the story as an adult at age 30.  This was a darker story but the writing was very good and made you want to know more about Alex's mom's past and Alex's future.

*I received this book from Blogging For Books for an honest review

Friday, October 13, 2017

What I Read: September 2017

September was a good reading month.  I read (hard copies) and listened to 9 books.  Linking up this month with Jana and Steph Show Us Your Books with Jana and Steph! If you're looking for reading recommendations please check it out!

My favorites were:  
Setting Free the Kites - by Alex George (set in coastal Maine, the main character meets a new friend and it changes everything.)
Born a Crime - Trevor Noah (Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to a desk at the Daily Show began with a criminal act...his birth)  I found this audio version fascinating and funny.
Caraval - Stephanie Garber (remember it's only a game..magical, dark/light, kept me wanting more)

Please read my review of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker here: Review of In a Different Key.  I received the book from Blogging for Books in an exchange for an honest review.  

I have been reading a lot of YA lately.
I am trying to finish up on Erin's Challenge this month (I have one more book to read).
I am planning on reading my shelves in November and my TBR for December will include lots of winter themed titles.

Monday, September 18, 2017

In A Different Key: The Story of Autism By John Donvan and Caren Zucker (BOOK REVIEW)

As a mom to a child with Autism and an Educational Advocate, I was very interested to read In A Different Key:  The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker.  Donvan/Zucker did not leave any stone unturned when it came to telling the history of Autism.  Starting with the first child ever diagnosed and weaving its way through institutionalization, refrigerator moms, vaccines, ABA/TEACCH and Asperger's this book covers it all. Real life accounts brought living with Autism "alive" to the reader.  It was heartbreaking as a mom and advocate, but to see the strength and advocacy of parents who made so many changes to long term outcomes for children and adults with Autism was empowering.  It was an honor to read this book and learn so much about a diagnosis that has been part of my life for the past 25 years.  I challenge anyone who cares about, works with or loves someone with Autism to read this book. You will be a better person for it and understand the true history of the disorder.  It is fascinating and heartbreaking, but important.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich, Ma

Visited the Heritage Museum and Gardens on Free Fun Friday/Highland Street Foundation on
August 25, 2017.  The weather and scenery were beautiful.  Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich, Ma

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What I Read: August 2017

Favorites this month: 
 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi⭐⭐⭐⭐
 Jaws by Peter Benchley⭐⭐⭐⭐

Friday, August 11, 2017


I love when you come upon something randomly.  Yesterday while visiting Lincoln Woods, RI, we drove by a sign at Sunset Stables and stopped for a visit.  Glad we did!