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We’ll Always Have Summer

23 Jul

Book Review of We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Barnes & Noble Overview

Can Belly make a final choice between Jeremiah and Conrad? Find out in the conclusion of the New York Timesbestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, now in paperback.

Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. While Conrad has not gotten over the mistake of letting Belly go, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never—tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.

Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

This paperback edition features bonus content, including Conrad’s letters to Belly and an excerpt of Burn for Burn, the upcoming new book from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian!

 

My Review:

I have loved the first two books of this series from Jenny Han. It has been such an easy and relaxing read with a little drama and life going on in between. Although this book was as easy to read with drama – I wasn’t as much of a fan! I think it is definitely worth reading but I personally didn’t like the ending.

In this book you follow Isabel through the beginning of her college years. She’s out on her own, making her own decisions, and she’s left with the toughest decision of all. Conrad or Jeremiah? Which do you think she chooses?

I give this book a 3.5-5 stars.

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It’s Not Summer Without You

17 Jul

Book Review of It’s Not Summer Without You– by Jenny Han

Barnes & Noble Overview

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started—at Cousins Beach.

My Review

Jenny Han did it again! It’s a summer unlike any other summer Isabel (Belly) has ever had and with all the change comes endings and new beginnings. Although some are easier than others, some are just down right painful. Belly is growing up so much but at the same time she’s still so young and she finds out that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are – you will always need your mother.

As a second book to the first book – The Summer I Turned Pretty you get a real feel for what it’s like to have people in your life that are more than just friends and how much you’d do to keep them in your life. Fighting for the ones you love and having to let go of others you never thought you’d lose. I flew through this book in two days without any problems and not wanting to put it down. A perfect summer YA read series so far. On to the next one!

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

The Summer I Turned Pretty

11 Jul

Book Review of The Summer I Turned Pretty – by Jenny Han

Barnes & Noble Overview

Some summers are just destined to be pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

My Review

Every summer I look for a series of young adult easy fun reading and my mom passed this one along to me knowing I would love it! I’ve never read a book by Jenny Han before but I was definitely pleased! She takes you on the journey of a young teenager and the summer she had always dreamed of having. You get to know her connection with her “summer family”  by chapters that are dedicated to showing past life stories in between this summer’s chapters. It’s really easy to follow and Jenny Han does an amazing job of showing you what it’s like to live life for the summer! Now that I’ve finished this book – I am on the the next 😀

This book is a 5 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Always,

J

Good Morning Sunshine!

6 Dec

 

This morning as been pretty good! I think E got used to sleeping in this weekend because she is still asleep!! It’s 8:30 and I have been up for thirty minutes planning my day, started a load of laundry, searched around for the cheap chicken recipe but no luck .. and now on email, facebook, and wordpress! Another mom commented on my blog not too long ago saying that she gets up earlier then her litte one so she can have some “me” time and get prepared for the day. I completely understand why! This feels great to be up and have already accomplished a few things before someone needs me!
  
Also on my list to do today is I think I am going to make a wishlist at JoAnns, Michaels, Ben Franklins, Hancock Fabrics, AC Moore, Home Goods, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Khols. Then when I have save enough money I’ll know exactly what I want to get! Or I can just hang on to it until I find something better 🙂 The Barnes & Noble, Borders, Target and Khols are going to me more for me and not really craft stuff but that way I don’t forget what I want or projects I want to do, I can put it in order of importance and change it around as much as I want, and less time meandering around the store and more time getting more crafts done! Another plan is to save up enough money so that I can just order everything and once you spend a certain amount you get free shipping! YAY no going out in the cold!!
 
Today should be a fun and interesting day! I have lunch planned to make it easy and breezy. We’ll see if E eats it or not 😉 Lately she has been just way too busy having fun to eat. Then realizes she’s hungry and I’ve already cleaned it up and then we are stuck with snack foods or reheated meals. At least they are healthy snack foods!
 
B helped me with laundry yesterday. Isn’t that sweet!? I had put one load in the washer and one in the dryer, then folded the stuff in the dryer and put it away and moved his stuff into the dryer, then made dinner and he helped. Matched and put away socks that I had been avoiding 😛 and then cleaned up dinner, and while I was cleaning he went upstairs and I assumed it was either for eclairs or reese’s cups and I was right but he also folded laundry and brought it down for me! 🙂 I can’t remember what else he did but he did something and it made me smile. Something helpful that I didn’t ask him to do. I am glad I am noticing that stuff more because I am sure all the praise is overdue!
 
Wow I have been rambling all morning long! I feel so productive this morning and I have no idea why. Partially because I woke up before Emma so I feel like I get some me time and I made a list that’s exciting and gosh if all goes well with E today I will get a lot of stuff done!
 
So lately I have been trying to limit my computer time so I don’t sit around all day on the computer and get nothing accomplished! Although I will be making wishlists so I might be on the computer half of the day, I feel like it’s really working! I put the computer down and it’s only an hour later and I get up and do something rather then playing around reading, relaxing, shopping (window shopping), and looking at the time and going oh my gosh! It’s lunch time!! Where did my morning go!??? It’s really not a great feeling, and I have managed to cease it for now.
 
Well I’ll stop rambling, you probably have better things to do with your time 😉
 
Should be posting some more crafts later tonight if today goes as planned!
 
Love Always,
 
J

Between Friends by Kristy Kiernan

4 Dec

 Between Friends by Kristy Kiernan was an amazing book from the start. This is a novel about two girls who grew up together and were best friends. They were nothing alike in a million different ways but they had one thing in common, a daughter. Ali wanted to be a mother from day one and Cora hadn’t planned on ever having children but Ali was struggling. She wasn’t able to have any children and Cora stepped up to the plate.  Ali was given the chance to have what she always wanted thanks to Cora’s eggs and invetro.

Later on Cora realized that what she had done for Ali might have been a terrible thing instead of a miracle. She was keeping a secret from Ali and it was tearing her apart. Meanwhile Ali was wanting to use the frozen embryos to try to have another child and Cora was determined to stop her.

This book is about friendship, motherhood, parenting, and the love between a family that can’t be broken. Kristy Kiernan takes you into the life of what is now a popular trend for contemporary women who are struggling to have the family they always dreamed of having.

I give this book 5 stars! It was an easy read and it kept my attention the whole way through. Although this book is similar to the last book I read, Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner, in that the chapters are separated by who it is about it was much easier to remember who you were reading about. I am not sure if it’s because there are three people instead of four or if it’s that Kristy Kiernan found a way to make you remember things about each one that made it easier to follow but this book had whatever it is that Jennifer Weiner was missing.

Barnes and Nobles description:

A provocative new novel about birth, death, and the stuff in between, from the award-winning author of Catching Genius. Thanks to modern reproductive technology-and the gift of her friend Cora’s eggs-Ali Gutierrez is the mother of a fourteen-year-old daughter. Now, yearning for a second child, Ali asks Cora’s permission to use another of the frozen embryos that have been stored away in anticipation of this decision. But Cora has a secret that could not only change Ali’s plans for the future, but tear apart her life right now.

I would pass this book on to all of my friends whether they are mothers are not. This one gets your attention and takes you back to when you were a teenager. Although if you are a  mother this might change your perspective on how you want to raise your daughter.

Love Always,

J

Leap Frog – ABC Animal Orchestra

20 Nov

I signed up for this free book giveaway at www.freebies4mom.com and they sent me this book in the mail. It’s Leap Frog’s Tag Junior ABC Animal Orchestra and it’s a book to teach your child ABC’s. In this collection they have other things like Numbers, Opposites, and so on.

E already loves this book and I do too! This one and Dr. Seuss have seem to be her favorites. This book is educational and the type of book that’s going to stick around for a while.

Barnes and Nobles description:

Ratta-tat-tat on Cat’s congas and croon with Baboon’s bassoon while exploring the ABC’s!

This Tag™ Junior board book springs to life when you touch the Tag Junior book pal to any part of any page. More than 24 playful activities and 150 audio responses encourage little ones to explore while helping build confidence with books. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see their child’s progress and get printable activities to expand the learning!

Introduces:
– Alphabet
– Music
– Animals

For ages 2 to 4.

 

As you all probably know by now E is only 16 months and I would have bought this book for her months ago if I knew it existed. My second favorite thing about this book is you can buy Tag Junior Book Pal that reads to the kids. I am super excited about getting this when I think she’s a little older and understands how to use it. When I got this free copy a $5 dollar off coupon came with it that doesn’t expire until March 2011 so that is PRETTY SWEET!

Barnes and Nobles description:

• Set the stage for reading! The Tag™ Junior book pal encourages toddlers to explore while helping build confidence with books.

• Each Tag Junior board book introduces a different preschool skill—such as the alphabet, counting or social play—through 24 playful, book-based activities and more than 130 audio responses.

• Open-ended questions and fun sound effects encourage children to take charge, as they touch any part of any page to bring words, pictures or activities to life.

• Download audio for your child’s books, and keep up to 5 at a time on your book pal!

• See your child’s progress through the online LeapFrog® Learning Path, and get printable activities to expand the learning!

*Included sampler book, If I Were…, has 16 activities and over 70 audio responses.

For ages 2 – 4.

 

There is a whole series of books that go with this tag reader and I plan on purchasing all of them. If you have a one year old I would consider getting these right away and buying the book pal when they are two. These are great learning books whether you have the book pal right away or not.

I give these books and book pal 5 stars! This totally rocks!!!!!!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

J

Little Earthquakes

20 Nov

TADA! I finally finished this book! This has been a long hard battle for me and I’d have to say I was highly disappointed with this book up until the last few chapters. Midway through the book Jennifer Weiner finds a way to grab your attention but holding it was not her best value in my case. I was half interested instead of not interested at all and then at the very last chapter for each girl I had an emotional connection. But it took me until the last chapters. This book has a great storyline, great characters, and a real sense of living the lives of true people but it lacks that “I can’t put it down” feeling. The other thing that probably made me a little crazy was instead of “chapters” she had sections where the name of the person she was talking about was at the top and then a couple of pages and then the next person and so on. In the beginning this made it really hard for me to keep track who was who, where they came from, and what was that guys name I was probably supposed to remember? And then there was that one girl that you kept wondering why the heck is she even in this book until you get to the middle. So those are a little of my pet peeves. I rate this book a 2 and a half. It had potential but I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone who loves a book you can’t put down or they might just give up and put it down forever halfway through.

 Barnes and Nobles description of this book:

 In Jennifer Weiner’s richest, wittiest, most true-to-life novel yet, this highly acclaimed storyteller brings readers a tale of romance, friendship, forgiveness, and extreme sleep deprivation, as three very different women navigate one of life’s most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.

Rebecca Rothstein-Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, supportive friends, a restaurant that’s received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl…and the mother-in-law from hell.

Kelly Day’s life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors of her largely empty apartment, she’s struggling to balance work and motherhood and marriage, while entering Oliver’s every move (and movement) on a spreadsheet, and dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day.

And Ayinde Towne is already on shaky ground, trying to live her life to the letter of a how-to guide called Baby Success, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril — and their new family even more in the public eye.

Then there’s Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has just come home, leaving Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret, to start her life all over again.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after…and how an eight-pound bundle of joy can shake up every woman’s sense of herself in the world around her.

From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, from sisters and husbands to mothers and mothers-in-law, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive Diaper Genie-eye view of the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.

If you are a mother to a young baby and have the patience for a book that peeks at the end then this one is for you!

Love Always,

J

A Secret Kept

13 Nov

Just finished reading a free preview of the book A Secret Kept  by Tatiana de Rosnay. I finally figured out how to work the eNook again. Okay so maybe I didn’t really figure it out, I signed in and signed out and tadaaa! It worked. YAY! So now I have 10 books on my list to read and review. Some of them are short stories, some not so short. I am reading the short ones while I am continuing to read Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. So back to the book! Here’s the overview on Barnes and Noble.

This stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah’s Key, plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood.  Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach.  It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased.  But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer.  When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash.  Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death.  Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.  

Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children.  How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself?  Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way. By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life. 

I must say that even though I have only read the preview of this book that it is addicting. Tatiana has a way of catching not only your attention by incorporating all of your senses. Her words give you every detail so you can put a picture in your head and play it out like a movie. She makes you feel at home and a part of the family just by the first few paragraphs. I have without a doubt that this book could catch anyones attention and hold it. It’s about family relationships and every reader has those memories and secrets of their own family that keep you tied to this character and the rest of his family.

This book will be on my list to read without a doubt. I am excited to see where this family takes me and interested in hearing more from this author. Five stars!

Love Always,

J

Nook Idiot

9 Nov

I had previously posted about Barnes and Nobles free downloadable eNook that allows you to read books from your computer. Super cool and I loved it. Now that I actually downloaded a few books.. they aren’t showing up on my library and I AM TOTALLY not okay with it. Maybe I am not all that brilliant but whats the point of downloading this little thing if I can’t read any books? (except for the first sample I got) Pretty disappointed so if anyone has any clue on how to use this thing I would greatly appreciate it.

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