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

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

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!

Chasing Ivy by S. J. Sylvis

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Chasing Ivy by S. J. Sylvis. A truly swoon-worthy fairytale read. A love story meant to happen. As teenagers they were best friends, Ivy and Dawson were the perfect couple to everyone but themselves, then one night tragedy happens and Ivy is sent away. Learning to handle life on her own until she is able to move back home. Suddenly moving back stirs up feelings she thought she had long since buried about Dawson. Six years is a long time to put behind you until it isn’t. Ivy and Dawson both begin to feel the pull they both tried so hard to put behind them and they understand that sometimes just being friends means so much more. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

My Family’s Survival by Aviva Gat

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Family’s Survival by Aviva Gat. This Historical book was an amazing tale of survival during WWII. While everyone has heard stories of the Jews of Germany and the horrors they survived there were so many more countries with so many more Jews that no one who didn’t experience it would think it was unreal. This family not only survived, they stayed together. David and his wife Honda, their three children, Abi, Sarah, and Yossi, with David’s sister Rachel managed to stay one step ahead of the Nazis. Beginning in a small village called Butla in Poland, through Hungary, and Romania they hold onto one another for strength and survival when the times get rough. This incredible true story is how the Schwartz family managed to survive and thrive during the war. It is a story of true luck and true faith in family. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

March Wrap Up

I’m wrapping up March with 15 books! While you are doing your wrap up posts for the month do you ever feel like, “I should have read more” ? I do. I mean 15 isn’t a terrible number but I my personal goal is 4 books a week……Im not close. Not yet….but I have faith and will continue to read until I reach that goal! I have reached it before I know it’s possible, just need to be more consistent. Do you set yourself these goals too or am I the only crazy person that does this? Undead and The City by K. E. Radke, The Dark Vault by Victoria Schwab, Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda Brunstetter, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace, The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace, The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace, 12 Strong by Doug Stanton, Heart of a Champion by Jennifer Freeman, The Cursed Series by Rebecca Donovan, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, Enchantee by Gita Trelease, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, and Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake.

The Cursed Series by Rebecca Donovan

I received this book in a Giveaway on Instagram. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟The Cursed Series by Rebecca Donovan. Everyone Lies, You can only save yourself. Lana and her friends go our on a Friday night and get into the hottest party spot in their small town but everything goes wrong and continues to get worse the entire night and Lana ends up in juvie and refuses to talk in order to save and protect her friends. Her lawyer pulls some strings and Lana instead of serving time in juvie is transferred to a rich private school full of other delinquents just like her but they come from wealthy, privileged backgrounds. Just as Lana is becoming accepted into the new peer group suspicious notes and messages begin to appear and strange things begin to happen around her just as she realizes she may be falling in love with someone completely out of her circle. As secrets begin to emerge the mysteries become thicker than Lana could have ever imagined. Lana doesn’t know who to trust when she is the only one telling the truth. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Heart of a Champion: The Life and Legacy of Coach Bill Freeman by Jennifer Freeman and Tina Wendling

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Heart of A Champion: The Life and Legacy of Coach Bill Freeman by Jennifer Freeman with Tina Wendling, Foreword by Lynn Dickey. Bill Freeman was a man that coached High School Football and Track, he owned a bank and farmed 3000 acres in Leroy, Kansas, in his short 81 years. He fought for state championship titles, students to make higher grades and succeed in life, manage a successful bank, raising corn, hunting arrowheads, quadruple bypass surgery twice, prostate cancer, only to succumb to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. This devastating disease was something he fought as long as his strong body would allow. While looking back at his life his daughter Jennifer stands to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s as well as preserve his legacy. My favorite part of the entire book was the section in Chapter 2 called Other Freemanisms. I think that we can all relate to someone in our life that has his own way of saying things. Bill Freeman’s way of saying things stuck with so many people not just while he was their coach but later into their own lives. If you love football, know someone who coaches, or just curious to know more grab this book on Amazon today! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

My Life As A Mixtape by L J Evans

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Mixtape by L J Evans. I absolutely love Lonnie and Wynn’s story. The songs she paired with the titles work so well while blending two lives into one. (Not that she has worked that magic before). In this book though it really is obvious there was ,ore blending needs than just two people falling in love. An amazing twist to true heartache and blossoming love is in all of The My Life As An Album Series books, but with Lonnie and Wynn there was an added person in the mix that almost broke your heart more than once. And thank the heavens there is an epilogue and a final epilogue for the entire series because I might have just had to send her a note to tell her to wrap them all up in one neat little story. I loved this series and can’t wait to put the final book on my shelf! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com