Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Show Us Your Books ~ January 2019

I hope you are reading a good book right now. I'm currently enjoying Elin Hilderbrand's, Winter In Paradise. Do you like to read books that take place in the summer during the cold winter months? I normally read "summer books" in the summer time on my raft in the pool, but our local library had Winter In Paradise, so I said, why not? Today I'm linking up with Jana and Stephanie for Show Us Your Books. Join us! 
Catching Christmas || I read five Christmas books between the month of November and December, but only two of them are worth mentioning. Catching Christmas was probably my favorite of the season. Bah-humbug cab driver, Finn Parrish picks up Miss Callie, who is suffering from dementia, and his life is never the same. This book made me laugh and cry and a total holiday favorite. Four stars. 
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A Spark Of Light || I've seriously got to go back and read this book again. First of all, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would after seeing some of the reviews. However, it is not for the faint of heart. The setting takes place at an abortion clinic in Mississippi. Having said that, I was so confused in the beginning because the book is actually written backwards and it took me a while to realize it. There are also lots of characters and you know how I feel about that. Not my favorite Picoult novel, but strong characters and a timely topic made me give it three stars. 
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The Christmas Sisters || This book had much more depth and believability than I had expected. I don't like sappy Christmas books, so this one did not disappoint. Beth, Hannah, and Posy are sisters with their own baggage who descend upon their parents' house in Scotland for Christmas. Totally recommend this book for Christmas 2019. Three stars.
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The President Is Missing || Mixed feelings about this collaboration with Bill Clinton and James Patterson. A reader in a Facebook group that I'm in said that it was absolutely horrible, but a few days later, another reader posted that the book was on sale for $4.99, so I decided to try it. To be honest, this book was all over the place. It included everything from an assassination attempt to bio-terrorism to foreign cyber hackers.  I thought the remaining 40% of the book was the best and more along the lines of a "traditional" JP book. Three stars. 
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The Handmaid's Tale || I wanted to know what all the hoopla was with this book and then I saw that it was written in 1986? Well, this was the most bizarre book I've read in a while, but I would still like to watch the series by the same name. Just plain weird. Three stars. 
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Then She Was Gone || Pleasantly surprised with this thriller/suspense novel that everyone seemed to be reading in the Fall. A four star book with crazy twists and turns that I highly recommend. Laurel's daughter is kidnapped and the book picks up ten years later when she meets a perfect stranger in a cafe. What happened to her daughter, Ellie? 
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Happy reading, Bookworms!
Laura
Laura

Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing! I’m currently reading Fly Girls for my book club!

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    1. I haven't heard of that book. Sounds interesting.

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  2. I'm glad you liked Then She Was Gone. Thanks for the tip on the Jodi P book. I've heard similar reviews, so I don't think I'll bother. Here's to lots of reading in 2019!

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    1. Yes!! Three cheers for reading!

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  3. I was very disappointed by The President is Missing. I am not a Clinton fan but I love James Patterson. I guess I had higher hopes for it. Yes, we love the handmaid’s tale series and I was wondering about the book? Have the best day my sweet friend!

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    1. I wasn't impressed with Bill Clinton's writing, either, but I mean, who knows exactly how much of it he actually wrote, right? I LOVE JP!

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  4. I read Christmas Sisters also- I was expecting sappy and corny but was surprised by how much it wasn't and how much I liked it!

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    1. Oh, I'm glad you liked it, too!

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  5. I'm looking forward to reading A Spark of Light, despite the mixed reviews.

    The TV adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale is better than the book, I think. It explains a lot of what the book left out.

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  6. i keep meaning to watch the handmaid's tale, i really liked the book. i've read some romance books by sarah morgan but was unsure about that one, i'll have to add it to my list. i, unfortunately, was not a fan of a spark of light at all. womp womp.

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  7. Well you know me and books...not so much, but The Christmas Sisters sounds like a good possibility and the Jodi P books sounds horrific. LOL. Happy Tuesday! XO

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  8. I'm really curious about Then She Was Gone. I also need to read some of Picoult's newer books - I used to read her all the time.

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  9. Then she was gone is on my list! Handmaids tale is one of my favorite books. Only the first season of the show resembles the book though so keep that in mind!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, Monica!

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  10. I was torn on Then She was Gone... I'm always someone who still has lots of questions.
    I love The Handsmaid Tale on Hulu - but still need to read the book to see if it's similar.

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  11. Then she was gone was such a good book. Loved it. I need to get to that Picoult but Im currently on a Picoult break. lol

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    1. I'm curious why you've taken a break from Picoult?

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  12. I'm with you on the Clinton book. I couldn't get through it. I love Jodi Picoult but I don't think that I'm going to be able to get through her latest one. Have a great week.

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  13. Handmaid haunts me to this day.

    I loved the Lisa Jewell. The Picoult was my least favorite of hers.

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  14. I used to be a huge picoult fan and I haven't heard of this one, checking it out!

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  15. I wasn't 100% with Catching Christmas but thought it was an easy read and its set in the STL area, where I'm at, so I was kinda partial to it.

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  16. I just added Catching Christmas and the Christmas sisters to my to read list for next December. I love Picoult but Spark of Light was one of my least favorite reads.

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  17. Putting The Christmas Sisters on my list for next year - I've enjoyed some of Sarah Morgan's other books! That Lisa Jewell book is on my list too!

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  18. Oh Catching Christmas sounds like I would definitely cry but I really want to read it! A Spark of Light has been on my "to read" list for a while, I didn't realize what the setting was. Thank you for the heads up! Then She Was Gone is also on my list! Looks like you read some great books this last month!

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  19. You read a lot of books I've been wanting to read! I'm really interested in reading The Handmaid's Tale, especially after I read the supposed copy cat/not as good book Vox.

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  20. Hope you will give The Handmaid's Tale series a go. I read the book and have watched the series, too. Disturbing but thought provoking. The cinematography is lovely.

    A Spark of Light was a very difficult read for me. It was my first (and only so far) Picoult book. My vitual book club voted to read it and I struggled the whole way through. The subject matter is tough but so was the structure of the story.

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