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

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?

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

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

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