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

The Mister by E. L. James

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Mister by E. L. James. The book was good but I found it a little cliche. By cliche I mean rich guy falls in love with poor housekeeper (kind of like a Pretty Woman or Maid in Manhattan all over again) cliche. The story has a nice pace with a little bit of anxiety, a little bit of maybe not forever but for right now and hope for forever sort of feeling, and a whole lot of sex. It wasn’t Fifty Shades of Grey but it was still very sexy. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t swoon either. So……somewhere in the middle. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

April Reading Wrap Up

Wow April is over today and it’s less than a month from my kiddos being home for the summer! Yay!!!!!! I finished and reviewed 18 books in April and I am currently reading The Mister by E L James which I won’t get finished until tomorrow.

πŸ’ My Family’s Survival by Aviva Gat

πŸ’ The Wrong Guys by Tom Wells

πŸ’ The Wicked King by Holly Black

πŸ’ The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

πŸ’ Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta

πŸ’ Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

πŸ’ To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

πŸ’ The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

πŸ’ P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

πŸ’ Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

πŸ’ Playing For Time by Fania Fenelon

πŸ’ To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

πŸ’ Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

πŸ’ Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

πŸ’ Chasing Ivy by S J Sylvis

πŸ’ Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

πŸ’ The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine

πŸ’ No Exit by Taylor Adams

On to May Reads! Hope everyone had a wonderful April!

No Exit by Taylor Adams

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟No Exit by Taylor Adams. This book is exactly why I do not stop at rest areas on State Highways! There is no other way to explain what happens in this twisty novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. Darby rushing home to see her mother because she was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with pancreatic cancer pulls into a rest area to avoid a blizzard and her world was turned upside down. All of the twists this book takes will make you think no rest areas EVER! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com.