Broken Pieces by Judith B Pinkard

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard. Sometimes an author sits down to write a book and it seems like it was written just to touch your soul. This was that book for me. Mental Illness is not something a lot of people understand. People think they could be better if they just tried. Unfortunately, that does not work for everyone. Little Judy struggled from the day she was born with her mother’s illness, whether it was hiding it or ignoring it Judy struggled. Judy’s story reaches into the soul and pulls empathy and love from deep inside you. Sometimes the broken pieces of the world are how you build a stronger you! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

I purchased this book from a local thrift store to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Anna Kerrigan has adored the sea since she was a child. Ever since her father took her to visit the man Dexter that had a house by the sea. Years later her Father has disappeared and Anna works at The Brooklyn Naval Yard where she becomes a female diver. One evening out with friends she runs into Dexter again and she knows he is the key to finding her Father. The moments she dives into after meeting with Dexter to find her father she learns will be the murkiest waters she has ever seen. The majority of the book is set in New York during WWII when the soldiers were considered heroes and the women of the world were still trying to find their voices. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟The Invited by Jennifer McMahon. Helen and Nate dream of building their own home away far away from the lives they live. When Helen’s father dies that dream becomes possible. They search and find some property to build in a small town. Helen soon finds out that the town doesn’t like outsiders and the property they have purchased has more History than anyone thought possible. There are strange things happening, gifts left, and things go missing. While some things can be explained there are others that have to be supernatural. As Helen dives into finding out more she discovers three generations of women that died tragically and can all be linked back to this bog. A Haunted House story you will not be able to put down. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Bible Promises For Moms by Heidi St John

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my sister Rhonda Wolf. All opinions are my own. Bible Promises For Moms by Heidi St John. Last summer we did the Bible Study Mom Strong and I recommend every mom read it no matter what stage of motherhood you are in I promise it will apply to you. This little pocket book is filled with prayers for those moments when as a Mom you just need to hear what God is trying to say to you. It is alphabetized by subject and an easy reference to place a prayer exactly when and where you need to hear or say it. Sometimes life is overwhelming and patience isn’t a virtue you reach alone. Take ten minutes and ask for help it makes all the difference in the world. This book is a wonderful reminder that God is in the corner of Moms every step of the way through motherhood, even when it seems to hard to handle. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with Reading Butterflies Bookclub. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. I need more of these books in my life! It was one of those that you can’t put down until you reach the last page and even when you do you feel like wait no I need more! Rachel Child’s has only ever wanted one thing, to find her father. Her mother held that secret over her head all of her life like a carrot on a string. Be a good girl graduate, be a good girl go to college etc. Then one day an accident and Rachel’s mom takes the identity of her father to the grave with her. No one knows anything about Rachel’s father. She hires a private detective, she finds her mother’s ob/gyn, she finds her mother’s old friends but no answers. She goes on to have a successful career and marries a very ambitious man, but after a few trips to Haiti she suffers a mental breakdown like no other and her world begins to spin out of control until someone from her past comes into her life and shakes her back to reality. Rachel then has to learn to battle with herself not only to survive but to protect everything she knows to be true from becoming a lie. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Guarded Dreams by L J Evans

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Guarded Dreams by L J Evans. Guys!!!!!! She has done it again. Evans matches the song with the book chapter and it all just flows so well. Only this time she got me! When I started this book I was taking my 15 year old to the Drivers License office to get his permit and as I sat there for 3 hours I plowed through the first 3/4 of the books with tears welling up in my eyes and trying not to cry in public! Ava just got out of school, Eli dreams of joining the Coast Guard and one magical summer in Galveston their souls connect but they both push harder to obtain their dreams. 4 years later their souls are still pushing for more. This one was heart wrenching heartwarming and full of fun! Ava and Eli aren’t a couple I will forget anytime soon! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. Dimple has just graduated High School and is ready to embark on adventure and going to begin college at Stanford in the fall, her only problem is her parents are very strict and very cultural. Dimple’s mother wants her to find a man and settle down not run off to college. Rishi comes from the same sort of cultured family and both families have arranged for them to meet at Insomnia Con at SFSU this summer. Only Dimple doesn’t know. Rishi is set to start his engineering degree at MIT and he’s ready to find “the girl” to stand beside him. When they meet it is all but a disaster. What a cute story and a wonderful way to sort through some of the little steps in life that make you a bigger person. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

I promised my bestie Christina that I would read this series since I never before have. I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 New Moon by Stephanie Meyer Book 2 of Twilight Series. Ok now I get it I have to pick a side in Book 1 I was like oh it’s not a choice it’s easy I can walk this line and like them both. After Book 2 you really must pick just one. To be honest I am still undecided. Tell me are you #teamedward or #teamjacob. Because I know everyone has read this series but me! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

After some peer pressure from my bestie @mycornerforbooksand I purchased this book to read from a local thrift store. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Everyone everywhere has read this book, I avoided it because it was “a vampire story” this is usually not my jam. I did enjoy it. I found Bella a little naive and a little unrealistic but I didn’t hate her. She should have been afraid of Edward, everything in her body should have been terrified of him and while I get her curiosity I still think she should have been more afraid. Now onto New Moon because you can’t just read one book of the series. 🀣🀣🀣 Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. There are absolutely no words to describe how this book was written. This story, these people, the emotions, the hope, the failures all written intricately to keep you moving through all 417 pages hoping for what’s next. Julia lives a rugged life of survival in the backwoods of Buckhorn Bay. Her father is an end of the world survivalist that preaches protection and guns and survival like no one can even imagine. The lessons he bestows upon Julia are harsh the guns, the ammo, the trauma are all abusive and when Julia (Turtle) realizes life can’t go on like this she has to make choices that will effect everyone she has ever come in contact with. In the end survival is your only choice but how you survive is your choice and your choice alone and something that only you can learn to live with. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com