Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

I checked out this book from the local library to read with #modernmrsdarcy Bookclub. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen. How do you take life’s tragedies and make them magical adventures? You find a Birch tree in Pennsylvania, a little girl, and a book that should not have existed and you watch the magic unfold before your very eyes. This book is beautifully well written and very descriptive of any kind of tree you can think of and oh the tragedy in this book is so heart wrenching. The idea of saving a public library and a little girl with magical dreams in a different way was refreshing. I just didn’t love it. At times I felt the book would just go on and on with no ending. Other times I felt I was sure I was almost done with it. All in all I enjoyed the reading experience just didn’t fall head over heels for the book. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Go Read, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

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

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

I checked this book out from the local library to read with Modern Mrs Darcy Bookclub. All opinions are my own. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell 🌟🌟🌟🌟 This was a short, light read that will have you in the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens with Evie. After WWII is over and Evie’s stepdad is home they decide a Florida vacation is in order for this New York family. Leaving Grandma at home the three embark on an adventure in the heat of Florida in fall. And 15 year old Evie is amazed and then bored until 23 year old Peter shows up and asks her to dance. Then dinners and movies and soda shops. And oh my how in a 15 year old mind can a story be twisted to be so much more than it really is and just how naive their minds work. But after realizing the truth of matters, Evie has the perfect plot to set it all straight. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with #modernmrsdarcy bookclub for the April pick. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. The bond between a brother and sister runs deep, the bond between twins is fierce. This book took a few chapters for me to get into and I almost put it down. But I am glad I stuck through it. Once the plot twists and the manipulation begins you can’t help but wonder why. This truly heart wrenching tale will keep you wanting more even when the end comes. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

I checked this book out from the local library to read with Modern Mrs. Darcy Bookclub. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo. Yejide suffered an impossible childhood but married into a loving family. Only soon to realize a family’s love sometimes hurts more than it helps. She struggles through married life dealing with an intolerable mother-in-law and a secret that will destroy everything she has loved for so long. It is only after tragedy strikes this family 3 times the secret surfaces and once Yejide has made up her mind to leave does she realize just how much she has missed. A tragic story with a happy ending. Very different than what I expected it to be. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, and Go Read.