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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

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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

Day 3 – Keeping it Crafty ;)

16 Nov

This is what I did today!

I bought some thicker wire to make the names stand out more than the last time. I absolutely love it! I thought since it was going to be thicker it would be harder to bend but it worked out quite well and they come in all different colors. This was way too much fun and it only takes a minute to do a name. I am still working on certain letters that are leaving me stumped..

These are the things I bought yesterday.

Yay more stamping things!! Good things will come of these later 😉

I am going to make mini puffs out of these for the Christmas gifts 😛 Oh crafting is so much fun!! The thing that I have probably figured out the most is when you really love doing something even if it takes hours it doesn’t feel like it. I can be sitting in my chair working on something while B plays video games or watches TV and the next time I look up it’s been 30 minutes and I feel like it’s been five! You get so lost in what you are doing that you really enjoy it and take it all in .. unlike chores that make the clock seem like it’s going sooo sloooowwww. Haha.

If you are keeping up with book reviews I am almost done with Little Earthquakes  by Jennifer Weiner. It started to pick up in the middle and before I knew it I was only 100 pages from being done! So I’ll be doing a final review on that in the next couple of days depending on how much reading time I get this week.

Did anyone watch the Steelers game Sunday night? Oooh so depressing but Wallace got me a ton of points on Fantasy football! He picked up well considering we lost Ward. Did you hear that they let Reed the kicker go?? I had him on my team too but not anymore! I was actually surprised about that one because even though he messed up a pretty easy goal he didn’t seem to be doing that bad. Well during all those commercial breaks for time outs, injuries, and craziness I got a lot of crocheting done. If I get another night like that I’ll have two sleeves in no time! Maybe I’ll start working on that now..

Hope you enjoy!

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

Daydreaming again!

11 Nov

There are so many things I should probably be doing right now but instead I am blogging 🙂 Ever since I started moving all of my craft stuff into its new home I have been getting ideas out the wazoo! And thanks to my mother-in-law I have so many cool things to use for my Christmas cards!! That’s probably going to me on the top of my list to work on tonight depending on how E is doing. I’ve also been finding a bunch of stuff that we never used, or don’t use anymore of our stuff and E’s stuff that I am considering selling on Ebay. I read an article about how a mom went through all of her kids stuff that they didn’t use anymore and made a fortune off of Ebay. It said that children and kitchen things were highest on the list of sold items. It makes sense because no one wants to pay full price for something that a child is going to use for all of three months and never need agin. A lot of the stuff I bought I intentionally made sure that it would last newborn-toddler so I wasn’t going out and buying double things that weren’t necessary.

Unfortunately since E has been sick this past few days I haven’t done much except take care of her and some online christmas shopping 🙂 Oh and of course baking cookies!! I don’t know what was up with me yesterday but I was in a crazy cooking mood. I made dinner and decided that I wasn’t quite over cooking yet so I made funfetti cookies. My favorite kind of cake is funfetti cake and thanks to all my college friends that lived with me in my dorm and had the same obsession we made funfetti cake as much as we possible could! They turned out greaat!! Yummy!

E seems to be feeling better today, she’s eating more, drinking more, and actually sleeping! Yesterday E decided she didn’t need to sleep at all. It made me freak out a little because usually when she is sick all she does is sleep but not this time. I am hoping this nap lasts a little longer than usual so she can do a little catching up and I can do a little cleaning up.

Oh and for those of you following my book reviews I am a quarter way through Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. It was a slow start and it’s picking up a little bit but still a little slow for me. I feel like I am still getting to know some of the main characters and I am missing some major details about each of them. Curious to see how it turns out but if it keeps up the way that it is.. it’s going to take a me a while to get through this one. I live for the books that I can’t put down but this seems like a book I keep forgetting to pick up and when I do pick it up I keep putting it down. It’s sad because so far I like the plot and the idea of it I just can’t stand the lack of information and slow speed.. more updates later on this one!

Well E just woke up.. looks like my daydream of a long nap is officially over 😛 Back to being super mom!

Love Always,

J

It’s all Uphill from here ..

7 Nov

Do you ever get that feeling like no matter how hard you try it’s just not working today. Although I have spent a majority of the day lounging with B then went to the movies to see Due Date with B, JO, and SO (which was totally awesome despite its horrible reviews) it seems like whatever I say today is just not good enough. I am doubting my blog, doubting my craft abilities, doubting my cooking skills, doubting my priorities.. this list could go on.

I know that these days come and go that everyone gets them but how do you get out of the slump of failure when it’s all around you? I haven’t been very crafty lately. Instead I have been seriously clean! This kitchen and living room haven’t looked this clean since we moved in (besides the crazy amount of toys E has thrown across the floor). I spent a half a day yesterday organizing the storage hoping to make that into my craft area and I should be super proud of how far I have gotten but all it did was added to my list of things I want to get done and none of them involve actually completing a craft .. sad. Crocheting is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I am almost done with a complete arm but I took a break from it because I felt like I was just messing up every time. I am in the process of reading Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner and it’s been a slow start compared to the last book I read so it’s been a little hard to be dedicated to it. Lets just hope it goes “uphill” from here. Haha okay I had to throw in a quote from Due Date because it’s just THAT GOOD!

So basically I need a pick me up. A project/craft/book/SOMETHING that just gets me back on track with blogging, life, and crossing my fingers that I make something that’s actually worth some value.

That’s today for me.

Hope today is better for you!

Love Always,

J

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