Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Synopsis (from Amazon): Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.  This book had me laughing so hard and I couldn't wait to get back to the book.  The characters are all so crazy and just make the story.  Go get it today and make sure you have some time to sit down and read away!  You won't regret it.

Favorite Character(s):  Bernadette - absolutely loved her and her points of view.  Bee, Bernadette's daughter, Audrey, the crazy neighbor and Soo-Lin, Adurey's friend and the lady Bernadette's husband has an affair with are all other favorites.  Every character in the book just complete the whole story.  

Setting:  Seattle/Northwest and Antarctica - who writes a book taking place in Antarctica?  I have never one before! It added to the nuttiness of the book.

Fast read/slow read:  So fast and I was so sad when I was finished….I wanted MORE.

What Others Are Saying:  "Comedy heaven.... This divinely funny, many-faceted novel...leaves convention behind. Instead, it plays to Ms. Semple's strengths as someone who can practice ventriloquism in many voices, skip over the mundane and utterly refute the notion that mixed-media fiction is bloggy, slack or lazy.... The tightly constructed WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is written in many formats-e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple's storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"You don't have to know Seattle to get Maria Semple's broadly satirical novel.... Underlying the nontraditional narrative are insights into the cost of thwarted creativity and the power of mother-daughter bonds, although a reader may be having too much fun to notice."—O, The Oprah Magazine

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Are you kidding? ABSOLUTELY! I found she wrote This One is Mine.I have to have it!

Maria Semple wrote for the television shows Arrested Development, Ellen and Mad About You. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Seattle.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Twin Piques

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common. 

How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head? 

Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore? 

To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all?  

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One (or more) Sentence Summary: I am on a reading roll!  Another amazing book and I loved it.  Sloane and Willa are so different (just like my own twins) and together they make a great story.  I really enjoyed how they both found love and neither were expecting it.  One never wanted it and one had bad luck.  Brody and Gav round out the story.  

There are also a lot of one/two liners throughout the book that are absolutely hilarious.  Keep your eyes open for them.Twin Piques is loaded with them.

Favorite Character(s):  Sloane.no doubt about it.  I am a CPA and just connected with her so much!  I love books when one of the main characters is an accountant.it seems so rare.

Setting:  San Fran, but could take place anywhere and it wouldn't have mattered.  

Fast read/slow read:  Fast.  Even though this is my busy season time and I couldn't wait to steal five minutes and read!

Cover:  100% perfect!  Sums up both girls just as I see them.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Give me more.  I must read Blame It On The Fame and In Need Of Therapy.

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed BLAME IT ON THE FAME, was released in January, 2012. And she's following that up with the fun summer read, IN NEED OF THERAPY. 

Tracie blogs about books and other fun stuff at http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thursday Night Club

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.

As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A story of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year, The Thursday Night Club will make you look at the holiday season in new ways.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: What a great story and beautifully written.  A positive novel is so many ways.  A refreshing story about four college students that do amazing things in the memory of their friend who was tragically taken from them.  

Favorite Character(s):  All of them are my favorite characters.  I really can't just pick one as they are so special in their own way and do so much good.

Fast read/slow read:  Very fast.

Cover:  So calming and perfect.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Absolutely.  Steven Manchester reminds me of a Richard Paul Evans - feel good books, with positive messages, and leaves you wanting more.

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months and The Rockin’ Chair and the novelsGoodnight, Brian and Pressed Pennies. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.


Gimme A Call

Synopsis: A new life is just a phone call away!
Devi's life isn't turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn't join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.
Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!
Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn't some wacko—she realizes that she's been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she's already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?
Except . . .what if getting what you think you want changes everything?
Fans of Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series will love this hilarious new novel with a high-concept premise .

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Loved it! What an interesting twist of a book.  Calling your younger self! This is the perfect time travel book for middle schoolers/young adults (oh heck - adults too). What I would tell me younger self..Wow! 1. Be nice to everyone, it is okay to different. 2. Think with your head first, heart second. 3. Go back home!

Favorite Character(s):  Freshman Devi! She is too funny.  

Fast read/slow read:  Super fast! You won't want to put it down

Cover:  Love it, but found these other ones too!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: OF COURSE - I love Sarah Mlynowski!

Sarah is the author of both the WHATEVER AFTER and MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series, as well as DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (March 2014), MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS, GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and HOW TO BE BAD (along with E.Lockhart and Lauren Myracle). Sarah's short stories and novellas include A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, A NICE FLING IS HARD TO FIND, KNOW IT ALL and CRUISIN'. Sarah also co-edited the bestselling chick-lit collections GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, SEE JANE WRITE. 

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love the One You're With by Emily Griffin

Synopsis: Ellen and Andy’s first year of marriage doesn’t just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live. At once heartbreaking and funny, Love the One You’re With is a tale of lost loves and found fortunes—and will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered what if.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: While I was hoping Ellen would realize what she had with Andy ( I really liked him - he was the safe choice).going through her "what ifs" made for a very entertaining story.  The twist/secret that Margot kept, I never saw coming.  

Favorite Character(s):  Ellen.with the road(s) she was traveling down is one that is faced by many (both women and men). 

Fast read/slow read:  I listened to Love the One You're With and enjoyed it.  

Cover:  Cute, LOVE the daisy!

What Others Are Saying:  "Giffin's talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting with enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh. The cat-and-mouse game between Ellen and Leo lights up these pages, their flirtation as dangerously addictive as a high-speed car chase. The ending isn't explosive, but what Ellen learns is quietly thrilling: Sometimes, you have to do whatever it taks to be with the one you love." --People
"Though it's easy to resent [Ellen] for taking [her] ideal life for granted, Giffin's vivid depictions of Ellen's steamy past with Leo help you commiserate with this realistically insecure woman." --Entertainment Weekly

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would!

Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children. Visit www.emilygiffin.com.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Carrie Diaries by Candance Bushnell

Synopsis (from Amazon):  The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.
Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie's senior year of high school. She and her best friends -- Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse -- are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  It is best to just start out saying.if you expect this to be Sex and The City, stop.  This is a great book for young adults pre-Sex and The City.  It is a cute story for teens.  Now that is said.I liked The Carrie Diaries. I understand that there are things in the book that don't jive with the TV show.okay.  I also liked the series (short-lived as it was), The Carrie Diaries.  It reminded me of 90120 in NY!

Favorite Character(s):  Carrie of course! 

Fast read/slow read:  Okay pace.  I didn't find it very fast.

Cover:  I like it!
Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes. I really enjoyed Lipstick Jungle (and the show that they canceled) and One Fifth Avenue.

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed bestselling author of The Carrie DiariesSex and The CityLipstick JungleOne Fifth Avenue4 Blondes, and Trading Up, which have sold millions of copies. Sex and The City was the basis for the HBO hit show and films of the same name. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television show on NBC. Candace lives in New York City.


Friday, January 30, 2015

The Metabolism Solution + Giveaway and Author Interview

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

SBN:  What;s your mission in life? 

Lisa: My life mission is to help as many depressed and overweight people lose weight.  Especially teens and families, since being overweight is a family affair and teens are prone to being bullied.

What Others Are Saying:  Check out what others are saying as part of the iRead Book Tours:

Jan 12 -Suko's Notebook – review
Jan 13 - Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
Jan 13 -Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
Jan 14 - A Soccer Mom's Book Blog - review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 15 - My Life. One Story at a Time –  guest post / giveaway (review will be posted later)
Jan 15 - Life With Katie – review / giveaway
Jan 15 - Rockin' Book Reviews – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 16 - Laura's Online Interests - review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 16 - Mary-andering Creatively – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review / giveaway
Jan 19 - Psychotic State Book Reviews – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 - Bless Their Hearts Mom – review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 - Hello, my name is Alice – review – guest post
Jan 22 - Cassandra M's Place – review / giveaway
Jan 22 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Jan 23 - Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian – review / giveaway
Jan 23 - Luxury Reading – review / giveaway
Jan 26 - Roughseasinthemed - review
Jan 27 - Green and Glassie – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 28 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Jan 29 - Genuine Jenn – review / giveaway
Jan 30 - Seaside Book Nook – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 30 - Jessica Cassidy – review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 30 - JBronder Book Reviews – review / author interview
TBD - I'd Rather Be At The Beach – review / giveaway