Top 10 series I want to read!

top10 I haven't done the Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for a while now, but this week I have something to share. I don't have a lot of series that are new, soI will include old series" that I still haven't read but want to. And I'm only listing the ones I own. Here it goes.

81y7jSoqeGLDivergent Yes I know it's been out for a while, a long while, but I just need to be in that distopian mood. And I fear it's similar to Hunger Games, which I did like, but I need a brake from those types of books.









81EqJ7GFhzLHarry Potter I watched the first 2 or 3 movies, and loved them, so I got all the books and I'm really looking foreword to reading them all. But with a baby it will take me a very long time.




51CCHNULpjLAnne of Green Gables My mom keeps telling me these are great, a little adventure about a young girl. Maybe I'll give these a try too, they are sitting pretty on my shelf.









51YZH4NSK4LThe Series of Unfortunate Events I already read the first book and loved it, can't wait to read more. It was a quick read and fun, even thought sad and depressing. It's weird you have to read to it know. Is the movie any good?






51NL8VCyZqLA Wrinkle In Time Never heard of these but they are classic, right. I see them recommended everywhere even to adults, so I bought all 5. Yey me, and if I don't like them maybe my doughtier will when she's older.









61Y-vYqyqYLGame of Thrones I don't have HBO so I'm not too itchy to watch the series yet, I have finally collected all the books, so one of these months I will binge read.









51nMbXWvFQLAcross the Universe I finally got into reading more YA, and this one I love, I listened to the first book about a week ago, and love it, already ordered the rest of the series. I wonder if there will be a movie based on this book.








51hFn4MuOLLAll Souls Trilogy For some reason I just love the idea of witches, so of course I got all the books from this trilogy. And can't wait to start. And the covers are gorgeous.








31A9zHJ8w3LPercy Jackson I watched the first movie, before I knew it was based on a book, so now that I know, I want to read the rest. I also used to love mythology, so I think I will like all the gods coming to life.






91XG+xArzxLClan of the Cave Bear I really don't know what these books are about, I guess gave men. It focuses on a girl and follows her life, but it's just a topic I never read about, cavemen. Hmmm. I already have three of the books. Let me know if any of you read these and if they are good.

10 Books I never finished reading....Shame....shame.....shame...

top10 Once again I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish, todays topic is “Top ten books that you started but never finished reading”. There are many books that I started to read but never finished, either because it was bad, I wasn't in the mood or I was too confused to try and figure it out. So here is my list. And don’t forget to check out other people’s posts, spread the love. I own 8 of these books, so I will most likely go back to some of them and try again. Sometimes all it is it timing. When you click on the cover images you will be taken to my amazon associates account.




Insomnia by Stephen King

After reading The Shining and Bag of Bones when I was 14 I decided to read more of Stephen King, and with this book I stopped, for quite a while. This book seemed boring and it dragged on to get the story started. But I never read far enough to know if it got any better. I still own it and will most likely go back to it one day.


The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I like time travel, it's an intriguing topic but this was a little too confusing for me. I couldn't figure out when and where he traveled. I watched the movie instead. Which confused me as well, but I enjoyed it a little bit more than the book.



12 Years a Slave by  Solomon Northup, Randy Decuir (ghostwriter)

I wanted to read this book as soon as I found out that they were making a movie, but as it turned out the movie was better, for me at least. There were too many big words in this book. I didn't feel like reading it with my dictionary. So I saw the movie instead.



Modern Prophet Edgar Cayce

To be honest I like the idea of prophecy, but I don't think it exists, I don't think anyone can tell the future. My boyfriend recommended this book to me, but I just couldn't get into it.




Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I know this is a good book, and I really want to read it, but when I tried a few years ago I just wasn't in that mood. I need to be in a certain mood for this book. And by the way, it's huge.



The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

I love this series, don't get me wrong, but this book dragged on so much I skipped a lot of pages just to get through the book so I could move on to the next one. I did read most of it, I just skipped a lot. But I still like it, and will read the last one too.



Paradise Lost by John Milton

Lets just say I want o read it but I'm too stupid. Haha there are so many difficult words in this book as well as the way it's written I know that I would be confused. It's something to read in English class.



The Devils Cup by Stweart Lee Allen

So this guy is just traveling all over finding out how coffee is made, and blah blah blah. All I wanted to know was a little bit about coffee and then drink some. Wake up and move on. I didn't care for this book.



The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

I just couldn't get into this story, there wasn't much of a story, ti was all about the animals. I just had no patience to find out. Maybe some other time.



The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall

I started this book right after I read The Bronze Horseman, so I was in a Russian mode, but since there wasn't a lot of romance like the Bronze Horseman I quickly put it away. I do have the whole trilogy so I will probably give it another try.

I want MORE books from these authors!!


Once again I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish, todays topic is “Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More". I own a lot of books, over 500 and have barely read half, probably way less, but I just buy buy buy, and usually when I read a book and like it, I right away buy more books from the author, because if I don't I might forget to do it later and then never read a book that that author again. Yes, I am crazy, here is my list.  And don't forget to check out other people's posts, spread the love.

1. David Nicholls  I read One Day and loved it so much I could't wait to see the movie, which was good too. But now I'm curious about the rest of his books. I already own a couple so that shouldn't be a problem.

2. Katherine Howe I read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane a few years ago and really enjoyed the idea of witches, and magic.  And I already own Conversion so I will definitely get into this magical world.

3. Douglas Adams It's about aliens, that's all I have to say. Funny aliens and I have all the sequels to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and will read them sometime in the future.

4. Steig Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) This books blew my mind, I already bought the second one, but I need to be in a certain mood to read it. Not a happy book.

5. Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane was so great that I fell in love with Gaiman, and only then discovered that I already own 3 of this other books. 

6. Michael Crichton My boyfriend loves Crichton, and told me to read Jurassic Park, and I did, and I loved it. Then I realized that I have read another book by this author,  Timeline and enjoyed that one as well. And I have about 10 of his books on my shelves and will sure give then a try.

7. Ian McEwan Who didn't love One Day, that was such a sad and beautiful book, I really want to read more of his work.

8. Charles Dickens I love classics, not that I read a ton, just to have them on hand when I'm in a classic mood. The first book by Dickens that I read was The Great Expectations, I didn't understand it at first. But after the story picked up speed I really enjoyed it.

9. E. Lockhart I just finished We Were Liars a few days ago, and loved it, the twist at the end really made this one of my favorites. I don't even know if Lockhart wrote more books but I will look into them.

10. Liane Moriarty I read The Husbands Secret, and although I wasn't too impressed it was a good book, so I already picked up another one. Of course. I have a book buying problem.

BOUT OF BOOKS here I come

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


book-a-thon 2014

Wench: 290 Pages

The Postmistress: 350 Pages

The Christmas Wedding: 261

Where We Belong: 372

Total: 1,273 Pages

That is 181 pages a day, maybe I can do it, but that is not my goal. I have all of then on audio as well, so I hope to listen to them in the car and when I'm out running. With a baby around I will need all the audio books I can get. I will have to prepare some meals in a crackpot, or just have my boyfriend cook. I don't think he'll mind. I have cleaned the house top to bottom this weekend, so that there isn't much cleaning needed over the week. And off I go. This might be tough. I used to read a book a day, than I got a full time job and a baby, now I read a book a month. So this, I'm hoping will speed things up. And the books I chose are kind small. I just need to get some off my TBR shelf. So, I actually own all these books in print, but I got them on audio from the library, so I will not report these in time spent listening and time spent reading. I will just find the page in the actual book and say that I read so and so many pages. Because once I'm not in the car I will actually read the real book.

• Read at least a 100 pages a day. 150 would be ideal.

• Finish at least 3 of the books.

• Update my progress daily

• Of course have fun (reading always is)


Monday Number of pages read: 258 Books: Where We Belong
I listened to a lot of it, but I also got into the hot tub and actually read after the baby was asleep. Yey I'm past my goal. I think I can do this. I think I will finish on Tuesday and start another one.
Tuesday Number of pages read: 144 Books: Where We Belong and Postmistress
I finished up Where we Belong and loved loved it. Review coming soon. I started Postmistress and am a little confused. So many characters.
Wednesday Number of pages read: 197 Books: Postmistress
It was a little difficult to understand at first. Too many characters. But now it's pretty good. Not great yet.
Thursday Number of pages read: 249  Books: Postmistress and Christmas Wedding
I didn't really care for Postmistress and Christmas Wedding seems good, really fast read.
Friday Number of pages read: 131 Books: Christmas Wedding
Finished up the book, and I hated it. So bad.
Saturday Number of pages read: 290  Books: The Wench
Sunday Number of pages read: none Books: none I finished all of them
Total  Number of pages read: 1,273 Books finished: 4

should I read these 10 books?



Once again I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish, todays topic is "Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read (books you may have bought but aren't sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren't sure about --- basically any book that has you going, "TO READ OR NOT TO READ?""


So here is my list, I own all these books, I don't know why, I'm a bookahilic and should not be allowed in bookstores, because I binge shop. Yes, I will buy 10 books at a time, some just because they sound good at first, and once I'm home I realize that I don't really care for some of them. But that's just me. So if any of you have read these books, please tell me what you thought of them and if I should or should not read them.

I will be checking your blogs too, and maybe discover something new. Enjoy !


38296The Last of the Mochicans 3.66 Stars on Goodreads

The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has madeThe Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests.


I am pretty sure I saw the movie in school, years ago, and my boyfriend tried reading this book a few months ago, and he said it was very hard to follow. That it was written in sort of old english and difficult to understand english.



11857408Fiftly Shades Darker 3.94 Stars on Goodreads

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.


I hated the first one, and I own the whole series, I've been thinking about reading the rest, but I'm just going to kick myself in the butt if I read it. I did not like it at all.




3257136Dewey 3.81 Stars on Goodreads

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa


Ok I do love cats, I have one (no longer lives with me) but I don't think I want to read about one. Can someone convince me to read it? I think it might be cute, but I've had it for over 4 years, and don't see myself reading it anytime soon.






10990Lord John 3.56 Stars on Goodreads

The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor.

Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society — and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London’s night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything — or nothing.

I'm already tired to Diana Gabaldon, I read 7 of the Outlander books and I just can't stand to read more, Lord John is one of the characters that bug me in Outlander, so I don't think I want to read more about him.



870321Secrets of the Code 3.17 Stars on Goodreads

Secrets of the Code, a five-month New York Times bestseller, is a sweeping tour, guided by renowned experts, through the many provocative ideas raised in The Da Vinci Code. With excerpts from many original works, all-new material, and interviews with prominent scholars exploring the novel’s underlying themes, Secrets of the Code will satisfy your curiosity, engage your imagination, and provide you with insights to better understand the historical and religious issues of the novel.


I got this as a gift, and I don't know if I want to read it or not. I did enjoy The Da Vinci Code and the sequel, but I'm just over that whole topic.






18626864The Art of War 3.92 Stars on Goodreads

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.


I don't know why I have this book, I am so not interested in war or the art of it. It's stupid and useless. So please tell me why I should read this.



9410421Chasing Fire 4.05 Stars of Goodreads

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.

But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive fire-fighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend in the field. She's been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home - even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.

Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is among the strongest ever - and Gulliver Curry's one of the best. He's also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kid's arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas "Iron Man" Tripp, yet he's instantly more fascinated by his hero's daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn't hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn't make a good case to be an exception to the rule. 

Everything is thrown off balance, though, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year's tragedy. Rowan knows she can't complicate things with Gull - any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn't find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.


I'm just over Nora Roberts, it bugs me that she has that many books out. If you can write 6 books a year then they are probably no that good.



5043The Pillars of Earth 4.26 Stars of Goodreads

The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.


That is all I know about this book, I know it's supposed to be good, but I still have no idea what it's about. So I'm a little hesitant about reading it, it's pretty big too. I hate to start a book and never finish it, so I just avoid to start it in the first place.







99152Life on the Mississippi 3.85 Stars of Goodreads

A stirring account of America's vanished past...
The book that earned Mark Twain his first recognition as a serious writer... 

Discover the magic of life on the Mississippi. 

At once a romantic history of a mighty river, an autobiographical account of Mark Twain's early steamboat days, and a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches, Life on the Mississippi is the raw material from which Twain wrote his finest novel: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 


I guess if they made me read this book in high school I would probably enjoy it, but now, not so much. I read Hucleberry Finn and loved it, but this might be a little too much.

It seems like it's more about the river itself than about his life. Just weird.




9282The Smoke Jumper 4.01 Stars or Goodreads

In a searing novel of love and loyalty, guilt and honor, the acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Horse Whisperer gives his millions of readers another hero…
His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have. For Julia Bishop is the partner of his best friend and fellow “smoke jumper,” Ed Tully. Julia loves them both–until a fiery tragedy on Montana’s Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them, and burns a brand on all their hearts.
In the wake of the fire, Connor embarks on a harrowing journey to the edge of human experience, traveling the world’s worst wars and disasters to take photographs that find him fame but never happiness. Reckless of a life he no longer wants, again and again he dares death to take him, until another fateful day on another continent, he must walk through fire once more…


I have no idea why I bought this book, it just doesn't interest me anymore, and can't figure out that it ever did.


weekend update


I am linking up with in this Weekend Update Link-up, love this idea and will be joining weekly (I hope). So here is my weekend, I hope you guys enjoy it and can’t wait to see yours…

This weekend wasn't really eventful, I spent most of it reading and relaxing. We did attend a wedding on Friday night, which was great, but after a day of work all I wanted to do was sleep. On saturday we woke up as late as we could, given we have a 1 year old it was about 8am. And we had to start getting ready for the neighborhood block party. We prepared some food, and headed over there, and boy did the baby love it. The fire truck showed up and was spraying the kids with water in the middle of the street. Evelyn loved the water, and of course I had to get all wet too while holding her. But it was fun. She was running around the grass having a blast, giggling the whole time. Even stayed way past her bed time, but she slept like a log. I met some new neighbors, a fellow runner in his 60's that's training for a half marathon. Crazy, I can't even do more than 5k, yet. Sunday I spent finishing up The Help, and I absolutely loved it. Review will be up today or tomorrow. I watched the movie already, which I DVR'd about 2 years ago, and still haven't watched it. The characters were so not what I pictured in my head, everyone seemed really young.  But more on that in my review. I didn't run at all, couldn't find a good time. Plus I've been feeling really sick, headaches and dizziness. So I didn't do much. That is all for my weekend. Hopefully yours was much more fun. Can't wait to see everyones posts.

top ten books I recommend about Historical Fiction


Once again I'm linking up with in this weeks top ten Tuesday, they have the best ideas, so join us in the fun of blogging.

So I'm supposed to share with you 10 books that I recommend in a certain category Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre, I never really took a lot of interest in history or paid much attention in history classes and that's why I don't know things I should.  But I discovered historical fiction, I think the first one was The Bronze Horseman and boy did I love it. And that's how my obsession for historical fiction started. These are the 10 I read so far but there are many many more on my shelves, just waiting to be read. Hope everyone enjoys what i have to share and I will be checking you out too.


The-Bronze-Horseman-Paullina-Simons #1 The Bronze Horseman: When I stumbled upon The Bronze Horseman, I fell in love, because it not only has teenage romance (that later follows into adulthood) but also is set in Russia during WWII. Now I know more about that war than any other one, but I never learned anything from the point of view of other countries. I loved this book, I learned quite at bit about Europe and the countries involved in the war.








Outlander-20thAnniversaryEdition#2 Outlander: amazing! What else is there to say. I loved this book and the next three in the series. The rest aren't that good. But they are all historical fiction books set in the 1700 Scotland and later in the U.S. I never learned anything about Scotland. Nor did I have any interest in that country. But once I read this book all that changed. There is the jacobite rising and war with England. Later the revolutionary war and a glimpse of WWII.

My review here

Other books in the Series are

Dragonfly in Amber


Drums of Autumn

The Fiery Cross

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

                                                        An Echo in the Bone

                                                           Written in My Own Hearts Blood

PoisonbySaraPoole#3Poison, book one in a series. This story is set in Rome, Italy in 1942 where Francesca Giordano is the official poisoner of the Borgia family. She is also determined to find and avenge her father killer. This story is pretty good, wasn't my favorite, but it was about a time period that I don't know much about. And through this book I became more aware of the way our great organized religion works. Kill everyone who doesn't agree with you and just say God wants it that way. (No offense to religious people, but that is just me).

My review here






15195#4 Maus: I read this book in college for class and I wouldn't say I loved it. But it was interesting. It's about mice.But the mice are supposed to be like the Jews and the pigs are the Germans. Sort of reminds me of Animal Farm. It's a comic book, YOU WILL FINISH IN ONE SITTING








sarahs-key#5 Sarah's Key. Set during WWII. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.


That's all you need to know, this book was great. There is a movie out there, kind of hard to find.

My review here






wintersea#6 The Winter Sea: This reminded me of Outlander, because it's set in Scotland and it's in the 1700's too, as well as the 20th century. The story is about Carrie, she is a writer and she visits the Slains  Castle in Scotland to get a better look at it, since that is where her story will take place. She decided to name one of the characters in her book after her own ancestor that used to live there. Well if your like time travel books, this will hit the spot. Not so much time travel and channeling the dead. hmmm. It was really good, the ending really pissed me off though, but it wasn't bad.

My review here






guernsey-book#7 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: another one from WWII. This one follows a few people from the Guernsey Island. I never even knew such a place existed till I read this. It's a short book. And right up our alley. It's about a book club, during war, and how the characters try to save books and keep sane by reading and discussing.

My review here







9780385503952#8 Atonement: Ok I have a problem. I know. Most of these are about WWII. But that's just my go to topic. This book was so good I'm kind of sad it finished. The story changes perspective in the first 3rd of the book so many times it becomes a bit confusing, and a bit redundant, but in hindsight is really important to the story. The prose writing that McEwan obviously has a great dexterity in is really special. The events are so elaborate, a few times I couldn't wrap my head around them. And the sexual connotations, that Briony's crazy imagination doesn't interpret correctly, play a big part in the story, making me hate her even more. The ending came as a shock, I really didn't see it coming, I had so many different endings in mind, but this totally blew my mind. In a good way. If you like surprise endings you will love this. The movie was really good too. I recommend this book to all.

My review here





4667024#9 The Help: I haven't finished the book yet, I'm on chapter 5. So I can't really say anything yet, but so far I love it. A new topic for me.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

13508607#10 The Secret Keeper: The Secret Keeper is my favorite Kate Morton book, so far. I love her style of writing and her ideas for stories. They pull you right in and they keep you there till the big reveal at the end. It's sort of a mystery suspense, but in a more girly way.

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

I don't know if this qualifies as a historical fiction, but it does take place during WWII (yea I know more war) but I loved loved loved this book. It takes place in England before the war and well into the 60's. It's about Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy who meet by chance in London and who are forever connected. In ways you will not believe.



weekend update


I am linking up with in this Weekend Update Link-up, love this idea and will be joining weekly (I hope). So here is my weekend, I hope you guys enjoy it and can't wait to see yours...

There wasn't much going on here this weekend. Aside from doing the dishes at least 15 times and yelling "don't touch that!" every few seconds I did manage to finish a book Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas. Check out the review here. I spent the days mostly with the baby, and helping out with the house remodel, we're building a room in the back for our little art studio, we both paint and currently all our stuff is in the laundry room, not much space. Canvases are taking over the house, if anyone is interested here is the website where you can purchase my awesome painter boyfriend's stuff. I picked up some new books to try and cram on my bookshelves, like I don't have enough. I can't help it, I'm am seriously addicted to buying books, I NEED HELP. I don't think there's ever a time when I go to Target and not check out the book section, there might be something new and amazing and I can miss it. And we don't want that. I have heard of Under the Dome by Stephen King being a new series and have been seeing it all over the place but I never took an interest. Well something told me to read the back of the book Duh! And wow, I love the concept, wasn't this on The Simpsons? Either way I will read this one really soon. And I read The Husbands Secret a little while ago and loved it, so without even reading what Big Little Lies was about I just bought it. What the heck, right. untitled-945

I only managed to run 4 miles total, my goal was 4 miles at once, but no chance, I'm so out of shape need to start my Pilates again, some strength training, my hips and knees are bad bad bad. I wanted to do an 8K reach in September but I don't know if I'll be in shape by then, seems like I'm fallen apart (health wise) and I'm only 27. Oh well, I'll keep trying. I did rent an audio book (The Help) from the library and was listening to that while running, I kind of like that, more relaxing than music. 


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The OH SO GREAT! thing that happened this weekend was Saturday at 12am I watched the premiere of Outlander on STARZ!! OMG I loved it, they did great job sticking to the story and of course Jamie is super hot. No really what I imagined, only way better.


I spent A LOT of time on redesigning my blog, yes this blog. I moved to wordpress last week and just have to make it look and function well, it's about 90% done, so bare with me here.

Also I baked and cooked and made some ice-cream. (recipe below)untitled-950 untitled-955 untitled-952(I promise she's safe)

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Spending all day with the little munching is so fun, yes she was trying to eat crackers with a spoon. Hahaha So that's my weekend, motherly duties and some books.  I will be checking out what everyone else has been up to, and maybe I can stumble on something new and interesting.