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

Yours Truly, Cammie by SJ Sylvis

I received this advanced readers copy from the author for free. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Yours Truly, Cammie by SJ Sylvis. Cammie has one rule. DON’T EVER DATE A MARINE. Not maybe, not what if? No the rule is NEVER. After terrible family experiences, her father being a Marine and her brother, the rule is set. Her best friend is planning her wedding and Cammie is all to excited to help even if her best friends keeps sending her on horrible blind dates. And after a night at the Marine Corp ball and a hurricane blowing in, what better time to break a personal rule, even if it’s just for one night of ecstasy? But rule breaking leads to heartbreaking or does it?………This book had me laughing then crying and then laughing so hard I was crying. The author did a wonderful job weaving military life into real world scenarios that make you think, yep that’s exactly how that works sometimes and mixes it with humor and pranks that only a military brat could think of. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.comimg_20180715_191954_3401443705849.jpg

 

June Wrap Up

I am wrapping up June with 24 books read! I am glad to say Thank you summer for giving me my groove back! I struggled for a few months thinking I could get over 20…..maybe it’s the hot weather or more time or the kids are home, I can’t tell you but whatever it is, I will take it! Yay! My list includes Everless by Sara Holland, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio, Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion, Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman, The Fates Divided by Veronica Roth, No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong, Its Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor, Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The 3 Everyday Rules of Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill, Boying Up by Mayim Bialik, Lights Camera Cook and The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper, Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Thank you to all the book clubs I read with: @halflostbutterflyreadalong @saltwaterreads @blackheartreads @purewowbookclub @bookofthemonth @uppercasebookbox @25infive Modern Mrs. Darcy (@annebogel)and all the #buddyreads I pair up with @mycornerforbooksand and @kaylasteirwalt and to @kidlitexchange to make this one awesome month of reading! You can find all of my reviews on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Sinking by Sarah Armstrong-Garner

Over on Instagram I teamed up with @indie_blog_hop to help promote this book, because just look at it! MERMAIDS!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!

Synopsis:

Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteenth century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all of her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.

Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her–willing to give up everything for her.

But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another’s love. The embrace of water. Does she belong to this world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?

So seriously, mermaids and 18th century Ireland, I must know more. Grabbing my copy on Amazon today!

My Life As An Album Series

Have you read The My Life As An Album Series yet? My Life As A Country Album and My Life As A Pop Album are both available for purchase on Amazon. Evans’ third book My Life As A Rock Album releases soon so grab your copies of these soon and get all caught up in time for her new release! I have reviews for all three books on my blog at readsbystacie.com (link in profile) so head over there and check those out! 🚨🚨🚨🚨Meanwhile, we are hosting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram head over to @borenbooks or @indie_blog_hop to enter.

While preparing for this blog tour and giveaway everyone got a chance to ask @ljevansbooks about her inspiration behind writing this series. In your book My Life As A Country Album Cam and Jake’s story is linked to Taylor Swift songs in every chapter, but were there other country songs that inspired their story as well? I am only asking because immediately into the book my first thought of Cam and Jake was Check Yes or No by George Straight or A Boy and A Girl Thing by Mo Pitney. And so if as a reader these were songs that popped into my head I thought while you were writing this book there must have been song overload for you. Her reply was amazing when she said: Thank you for the question. I love Boy & A Girl Think and Check Yes or No! They are such sweet growing up stories! Yes there were lots of other songs (country and other) that inspired the Jake and Cam’s story, some of them are because of the actual words, some are just because of that growing up together feel, and some are because of that nostalgic looking back feeling.One is referenced in the book, “Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw which of course doesn’t end up the same way, but still has that feel of growing up together and please don’t take the love of my life. But I also like “Damn You 17” and and “Good-bye Town” by Lady Antebellum which just makes you think of those early loves and how they impacted your heart in ways that still get to you today. I also love Two Steps Behind by Def Leppard for Jake and Cam because its like they’ll always be there supporting each other.

Guys this series is AMAZING! I have read all three and posted the five star reviews on my blog. Head over to Amazon grab your copies today. Here are my reviews!

I downloaded this book on my kindle because @theloudlibrarylady loved it and part of my New Years Resolution was to read more in this genre because I know it is my one weak area in reading. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Country Album by LJ Evans. Let me start by saying I dislike romance novels so to score a 5 for me in this genre says enough. This self published book has songs tied into it that relate to the story in the book and since I am a country music fan this made me feel better. I would not have classified this as a romance book but a book of love, loss, grief and rebuilding. As twenty year story of children three years apart that have no idea how to live without one another until fate hands them no other choice. Then support, love, understanding, and a great group of friends help rebuild Cami into a person she can be happy with again. Be ready to cry on more than one occasion and for oh so many reasons!

I purchased this book on Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Pop Album by L. J. Evans. After reading My Life As A Country Album, I was excited to know more! (See my previous review for details). In this book, we get to know Mia’s story of Jake and Cam and life after from her point of view. I was excited and intrigued. In the first book we only got glimpses of Mia as the little sister. Now Mia is all grown up and on her way to the biggest adventure of her life. She is going across the country spelunking with a gorgeous musician and his band. Despite the beautiful scenery she enjoys, she begins to understand life and love and happiness. She rescues a kitty, herself, and most of all Derek, (The sexy musician she refuses to fall in love with). On her journey, reality hits her hard and she runs scared but hoping for more. This book contains passionate scenes between two people that will leave you feeling in awe and satisfied with life all in one moment. It is not an over the top romance but still a romance indeed.

I received this ebook from the author to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Rock Album by L. J. Evans. Oh my, Evans has done it again, sucked me into a romance story I would swear I don’t like. But after reading Cam and Jake’s story and then Mia and Derek’s I couldn’t help but want to know PJ and Seth more. Poor, poor messed up bad boy Seth that you learn to hate in book 1 comes completely undone in this one while PJ rips a hole into himself and her from page 1. Seth’s million dollar career scares PJ into believing every time he does something for her its to buy her affection. But Seth being as broken as he is doesn’t know how to use words to explain how he feels so buying her things and protecting her is his way of saying I love you. And while PJ decides she must fix herself, Seth comes completely undone. I am not completely convinced I liked the letter format in this book, but I understand why it works, so I don’t hate it either. However, no matter how this story would have been written it’s hot and steamy and heartbreaking and healing in all the right places.

No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong

I won this book in an author giveaway. Thank you @hoangchitruong for this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong. Sue was an ordinary pumpkin on an ordinary farm in California until one day she awoke in the middle of a 100 year flood of the Sacramento River. This timid pumpkin learns strength and courage through a few adventures of helping others. I enjoyed that at the end of the book there are discussion questions that involve natural disasters where the devastation and recovery can be discussed with children who have been in this situation. Since we live in Texas and just last summer experienced a 500 year flood of the Brazos River it was amazing we could relate to this story and discuss some of the fears and anxieties that Sue must have felt too. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com