The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin. I must say thank you to a local Bookclub for making this book the choice for this month, it isn’t one I would have picked up on my own. 102 year old Fiona is making her appearance at a conference the first in 20 years. An appearance with before and after questions and oh so many questions. When she begins the answer to the infamous question that everyone asks but she never answers. Her answer must include every detail of the life and love of her siblings and the moments of tragedy and love with each one of them. Fiona is the youngest of 4 her sister Renee, Caroline, and her brother Joe. Fiona deals with life in words. Lists, poems, love, tragedy, all wrapped up in words. Her pivotal points in life are determined by the words she uses to describe that moments. Holding onto those words is her coping mechanism, especially when she describes the people around her. I kept waiting for the accident referenced in the first parts of the book so when the reveal came I wasn’t shocked. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Legend by Marie Lu

I purchased this book to read with Reading Butterflies Bookclubs on Instagram. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Legend by Marie Lu. What used to be Los Angeles California is now The Republic and the stay in constant war with The Colonies while fighting diseases and poverty unless you are a member of the High Ranking Republic. Day, a boy that struggles to survive while his mother believes he is dead attempts to try to steal the cure for his brother’s illness only to be tracked by June’s brother. When June’s brother, Metias is found dead it is Day the Republic wants hunted down. So June enlists in her brother’s previous patrol and hunts the one criminal every person wants to get their hands on. Only when she finds him new light sheds on the entire system and some hard choices must be made. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my friend Kayla. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 31 Proverbs To Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs. This is a great book for a Bible study with friends. Kayla and I broke it into one verse a day reading and studying each verse then doing the small One Minute, One Step at the end each day. An amazing way to look forward to some light in your day and include the way one verse from Proverbs can be associated even in modern times. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

I promised my bestie @mycornerforbooksand that I would read this series and I DID IT! The Last 756 pages in 3 days and I finished the entire Twilight Series. I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. So in the last book Bella with her love triangle was so grating on my nerves I wasn’t sure I would be able to read book 4. Even in the beginning of book 4 I was anticipating a love affair and a broken Edward. While I couldn’t get behind #teamedward or #teamjacob I could definitely identify with #teamhatebella. I felt like she was making everyone’s life just too messy. While this one ended in a Happily Ever After I fretted it from page 1. Thank you to @k.e.radke and @fawnberrys_books for tolerating all my silly memes and predictions as I read through this last one. Also thank you to @kaylasonlyheart heart for dealing with my daily commentary as I unloaded my thoughts to her daily. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch. In the book Love and Gelato we followed Lina to Italy and fell in love with Ren and Gelato. In Love and Luck we follow Lina’s friend Addie to Ireland with her family on a family trip for her Aunt’s wedding. After the wedding Addie and her brother, Ian are taking a trip to Italy to visit Lina and Ren. Only Ian has other plans and Addie must hold onto her secrets and her brother to get through the summer. But sometimes with a little bit of luck a plan that wasn’t what you thought turns out to be the trip you needed. So Addie and their new friend Rowan follow this little guidebook of Ireland while Ian follows his own path that lead to a concert where everything falls apart or comes together, it doesn’t really matter it was in Ireland. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. A ruthless leader…..✔ A loyal squad…..✔ Space creatures with unbelievable descriptions…..✔ a space rescue that goes south quickly…..✔ a human with unreal powers…..✔ This one has it all. When Squad 312 was assembled from Aurora Academy they were given a simple supply mission but it escalates quickly and this Squad will either learn to pull together or die quickly. Amazingly written and fast paced after Part 2 this was a could not set down for me. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

I promised my bestie @mycornerforbooksand that I would read this series. I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. Ok real quick cut to the chase Bella absolutely got on my nerves in this book. While the book was packed full of action and less heartbreaking for Bella this time, she is absolutely wrong for dragging both of those boys thought this mess. The love triangle is messy. While I feel sorry for Jacob, I feel he knew from the jump she only wanted to be friends and while I feel angry at Edward for playing the mind games, I feel like maybe she deserves to hurt a little more for her part in all this mess. But looks like I’m onto Book four and Bella is preparing for a wedding. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

May 2019 Wrap Up

14 books. I also go to meet author Judith B. Pinkard and she was wonderful! We got our new puppy, Sasquatch and I hope in June he will sit still long enough that maybe we can include him in some photos. We also had a preschooler that graduated and registered for kindergarten next school year. What a busy month! I read The Mister by E L James, The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz, My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Guarded Dreams by L J Evans, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, Bible Promises For Moms by Heidi St John, The Invited by Jennifer McMahon, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Broken Pieces by Judith B Pinkard, Falling For Fallon by S J Sylvis, and With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I normally strive for 20 books a month, didn’t quite get there this month but great thing is there is always next month! Do you strive for a number goal every month or do you just read without setting goals?

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. 17 year old Emoni Santiago lives in Philadelphia with her daughter and grandmother. Trying to finish high school and navigate life with friends and an ex boyfriend who is also the baby’s father she struggles. Money is short and what little she has she works so hard to hold onto, but her luck begins to change when the Charter School she goes to offers new electives and one is a culinary class. Emoni’s love for kitchen flavor begins to steer her in directions she never thought she would go. A great coming of age story with a plot and recipes that will keep you turning the page until the end! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Falling For Fallon by S J Sylvis

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Falling For Fallon by S J Sylvis. I was so excited to go back to Oak Hill and see what Ivy and Dawson were up to, but this book was about Dawson’s brother Emmett. Emmett owns his own tattoo parlor and one day an interesting socialite named Fallon drops by to get her belly button pierced and true to his bad boy form Emmett takes her out for drinks, only we all know it can’t end there. 23 year old Fallon is struggling to live the life her parents expect. Fallon’s parents expect her to marry a corporate yuppie and Fallon is afraid of being cut off from her family. So as her family spends their time planning Fallon and Derek’s wedding Fallon finds herself sneaking off like a teenager to be with Emmett and his friends before the vows are taken and it’s too late. Emmett and Fallon both know this can’t be permanent but for now the arrangements work. At least until Fallon has to make some big decisions that will effect everyone but there is no better time than now to choose happiness. You have to read it if you read Chasing Ivy because Dawson and Ivy’s future changes I this one too! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com