Far From The Tree by Robin Benway

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Far From The Tree by Robin Benway. Guys!!!!! This book has such complicated emotions and family situations and love and anger and forgiveness. If you are looking for a book filled with emotion THIS IS IT! It will tear your heart out and sew it back all in the same chapter. Maya, Grace, and Joaquin are three siblings all with the same birth mother but live very different lives in their own homes. Struggling with adoption, love, lack of love, pride, and secrets they all hold close they find that family is family and forgiveness is important. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com. **********For those of you that have read it, the car scene with the bow at Mark and Linda’s did you cry too? I balled like a baby!!!!!!!

Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman

I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read with @diversebookclub in May. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. In the beginning this book was all over the place and I didn’t quite understand but the thoughts begin to tie up and become the “not so neat” package of mental illness. I love how the patient gets to tell the story from his point of view in this book. It isn’t a lot of diagnosis and medicine. It’s based o feelings and the way the patient perceives those feelings. It is very different. Alternating between a world on a ship and real life puts the ups and downs in places no one would imagine your mind could take you. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @diversebookclub for their middle grade April pick. All opinions are my own. 🐱 Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Applegate has amazed me yet again with her writing. And although this book was printed before Wishtree it is truly a heart warming story too. It almost seem like she has put you right in the middle of these children’s thoughts and you want to fight for them. In Crenshaw, Jackson is old enough to understand his family doesn’t have much and sometimes they have nothing but he wraps it all up in himself until he can’t anymore. He realizes what’s going on and that it will effect school, friends, and his family and he thinks his parents are trying to hide things from him. 🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱 Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Go Read, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

I purchased this book from Barnes and Noble to read. @diversebookclub March selection All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Let me start by saying I don’t read very many memoirs. It isn’t that I don’t like them or don’t appreciate them, it just isn’t my go to genre. Hope wonderfully tied her life of science and emotion into a novel that spans a 20 year time frame. Love,friendship, loss, marriage, childbirth, and fighting for her right to study Science with the best of the best every step of the way. I also now know more about trees than I ever even thought possible. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Go Read, and Twitter @jason_stacie.

February 2018 Wrap Up

February started off a rough reading month for me I went on my first cruise at the beginning of the month for 5 days and hardly read at all that week. The next week I spent playing catch up but I managed to pull it together at some point and finish the month with 23 books. One Audiobook~Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, 4 picture books~John Deere That’s Who and Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer both #kidlitexchange shares, Brightly and Glow by Sophie Carmen, and Monsters A to Z by AJ Cosmo and 18 books~Left Neglected by Lisa Genova with Diverse Book Club on Goodreads~A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle with Madeline from Top Shelf Text #wrinklereadalong on Instagram~Red Clocks by Leni Zumas and Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker both book of the month club books~Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, Bringing Me Back by Beth Vrabel, Pumpkin Spice Secrets by Hillary Homzie, Happily Ever After Ghostcoming, and Happily Ever After Crushed by Orli Zuravicky all #kidlitexchange shares, Please Stay by Greg Payan, The Cowboy and The Unicorn by Kristyn Gasten, We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman, Peacegun by Andreas Hellburg, My Life As A Pop Album by LJ Evans, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for a buddy read, Saved In Paris by Donnalyn Vojta, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, and the Bible study I finished up with my sisters Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado. All my reviews are posted on goodreads.com/StacieBoren go check them out and let’s be friends there too!

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

I purchased this book from Barnes and Noble to read with @diversebookclub. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. πŸ’‰ Sarah Nickerson is living the successful life as VP of HR for a huge corporation in Boston. Cramming 3 children, phone calls, meetings, dinner, and a husband into her 80 hour work week is how she thrives. Then on one rainy day her world comes to a complete stand still. As she learns to deal with a devastating brain injury her world changes to things that are more successful than an 80 hour work week. As a nurse I gobbled up every word on every page of this book and am truly glad I purchased this one instead of just grabbing it from the local library.πŸ’‰πŸ’ŠπŸ’‰πŸ’ŠπŸ’‰ Review also posted on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Go Read, Amazon, and Twitter @jason_stacie.

Secret Daughter by Shilipi Somaya Gowda

I purchased this book to read with Diverse Book Club (@diversebookclub) on Goodreads. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Secret Daughter by Shilipi Somaya Gowda. From a struggling couple in their residency right out of med school Somer and Kris struggle to become a family. After several attempts they choose to adopt. A child from Kris’ home country of India. A child of their own. For twenty years they are able to put arguments and questions to a minimal but as Asha grows into a woman she yearns to know more. Accepting a fellowship for journalism Asha is going to India for a year for research. Somer becomes angry and Asha becomes angry. Both rebelling against the other and leaving the family they worked so hard to create in shambles. Both women have to find the answers they need in order for the family to survive the crisis. Love, loss, birth and death are embedded in this story to pull so many emotions through you at once. As the book changes from Asha’s birth mother, Kavita to her adopted family you get to see both sides of emotion and how both women must be stronger for the love of their family. It also reflects how giving up a child because of some else’s choice is hard for everyone even years after. It also explains just how favored a male child is in India vs. a female child and why Kavita struggles with her choice.

The one issue I have is Asha’s search for her birth parents. I felt the process in this book seemed to cut and dry. It is just not that simple everytime. Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com