Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. Nine people decide for very different reasons to go to a health resort that offers to change their lives forever in just ten days. After dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s on their consent forms they begin to arrive at the retreat where they are greeted in very unusual ways……just when they think they have fallen into a routine they discover something is amiss and just when they discover what’s amiss something even more tragic happens and it all becomes a very messy situation. That messy situation changes everyone of them in a way but doesn’t necessarily transform them into someone else. 10 days they will never forget for nine perfect strangers……Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

We Were Mothers by Katie Sise

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 We Were Mothers by Katie Sise. In the beginning of this book I was feeling a bit frustrated about the time and the people arrangement of chapters but it quickly meshed together and I overcame that. In idyllic Ravendale everyone must be seen as “the perfect family”. Your kids must be smarter, your spouses must work harder, and every wife must be a stay a home mom, until one day at a twin’s birthday the dark, dirty secrets of the people inside of this tiny town slowly begin to unravel and when they surface the only people who will walk away are able to say, “Because we were mothers.” I love how each character pulled you into their own world and you experienced things from where they stood. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

July 2018 Wrap Up

July 2018 wrap up! 25 total! Yay! Threatening Souls by Nicole Lambert @halflostbutterflyreadalong, The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen @saltwaterreads, Far From The Tree by Robin Benway @diversebooksclub, Let It Go by Karen Ehman, Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley, Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph, Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor #buddyread with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand, Princess Pulverizer Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser, The Collector by K R Alexander, The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey @bookofthemonth, Save The Date by Morgan Matson, Amber Dusk by Lyra Selene, Coin Toss by Brian Amado, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor #buddyread with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand, Yours Truly Cammie by SJ Sylvis, Lost Boy by Shelley Hrdlitschka, Angelfall by Susan Ee #buddyread with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand, Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs, Suicide Club by Rachel Heng, I Felt A Funeral In My Brain by Will Walton, Lucy In The Sky by Anonymous, Jays Journal by Anonymous, Go Ask Alice by Anonymous. What a great month July was!

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen. Josie thought she had a happy marriage until one day at a coffee shop she discovers that her world will forever change. Her marriage is a lie. One big lie. As she digs deeper into those lies she discovers just how strong and angry she can be. She also discovers friends that stand beside her and begins going to therapy to understand herself. When she promises she will make her own choice about her happiness and not just settle for easy, she uncovers part of herself she never knew existed. This one hit hard after the first few chapters and I had to put it down for a day or so and then pick it back up, some things hurt even to read about. Raw emotion is always best when you pick up a book though. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, 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

The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A wonderful tale of the power of a woman’s mind and heart. The power of a woman’s mind and heart unfolds in this wonderful work of historical fiction. Vera is the daughter of Geman immigrants and has fallen head over heels for the Italian newspaper boy and her heart is torn between love and friendship as New York City begins to involve the hustle and bustle of Penn Station. Vera chases dreams that will secure a future for her daughter Alice, and later a grandaughter Libby. While chasing dreams, all three woman learn in life you, live, love, and lose, but only true love is constant and must be held onto. There were moments in this book when I cried and moments when I laughed, this is not a book I would normally read, but I was captured from page one. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read and discuss with @saltwaterreads on Instagram. I also #buddyread this with @mycornerforbooksand. We gossiped the entire way through with all of our suspects and theories. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. A night out on the town for new mom’s of babies less than 3 months old on Fourth of July turns tragic for one mom and her baby boy. This group of moms and one dad put their own lives and reputations at risk to find the truth. But the truth they were looking for was staring right at them the entire time. When you think your friends are closer remember enemies are closer than you think. About half way through this novel I thought I had this all figured out and then BOOM, I was wrong. So very wrong. Molloy did a great job with the twist, so much so I had to read that paragraph twice to make sure I caught it right. Amazing! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

I checked out a copy of this book from the local library to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. β˜„Tangerine by Christine Mangan. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Alice has moved forward with her life, married, learned to survive on her own until……….one day an old college room mate shows up out of no where. Unwanted and unsettling are the least of Alice’s worries once Lucy enters her life. Alice’s past is full of loss and devastation and effects her whole life and lands her in a world of trouble she was so naive to not see coming. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. Medical dramas have always fascinated me. Since I was little I watched General Hospital, Doogie Howser, Grey’s Anatomy, and House. All of which are still a go to when there seems to be nothing on TV. As a pediatric special needs nurse nothing gets my head and heart reeling over an awesome medical based book. The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Zadie and Emma have been best friends since medical school both now mothers and both leading thriving medical careers, happy to put medical school way in their past. Until one day they can’t. Now faced with balancing careers, homes, and children they have to overcome mistakes made a very long time ago and neither one will walk away unscathed. It only takes one secret to end it all. Martin hit this one right on with just enough romantic and just enough medical that made you want to read more and I felt it wrapped up nicely even after all the trauma involved. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

I purchased this book from Amazon to read and discuss with @saltwaterreads for December 2017.🌟🌟🌟🌟 Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart. Nora has a secret and it all begins with the little girl that she dropped off with her sister Quinn and demanded she keep the girl safe and keep her whereabouts a secret. However, the secrets that come undone are not just about the little girl that began them all. They are deep, dark family secrets that everyone in this book has overlooked or hidden for a very long time. The characters in this book are very realistic. The family dynamics in the book are complicated and only become more and more complicated as you read on. In the end, all things broken only make you stronger. Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, and Go Read.