The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.
WHAT I WATCHED
Season 4 of Outlander started last weekend. Claire and Jamie are in America before the Revolutionary War.
This was an eye opening and touching documentary about Joe Garner who for 30 days lives off of Craigslist. He gets rides, meals, and a place to stay in exchange for volunteer work or companionship on a long drive. Like Joe, I was so surprised at the generosity and trust of the strangers that helped him.
I am enjoying this more than I thought I would.
CURRENTLY LISTENING TO
Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.
I think Matthew Quick is becoming one of my favorite authors. This book was my third book by Quick and I loved it. Bartholomew is 40 years old when his mom dies. He has spent his whole life with her and now doesn’t know what to do. His father isn’t in the picture and he has no friends. This was a beautiful book about friendship and neighbors coming together to help him find purpose in his life. In therapy, he meets brother and sister, Max and Elizabeth, who also have no one. They decide to go to Canada to search for Bartholomew’s dad. There are some sweet and humorous situations that will restore your faith in humanity. Oh, did I mention that most of the story is told through Bartholomew’s letters to Richard Gere? If you like heart warming and quirky, read this book.
I wanted to read this book because the main character, Elle, has to go live in Tokyo. My son is currently studying for a year in Tokyo so I felt like I was experiencing what he is experiencing through Elle’s eyes. In fact, I was impressed with how accurate this book was with Japanese culture. I would read something about a custom in Japan, and then ask my son if it was accurate and he would say yes. There were some great sights and attractions mentioned through out the book that I would Google to see the images of. I even wrote some down as possibilities to visit when I go over in March to see my son. The romance and ending is a bit predictable but not cheesy predictable just realistic predictable. In fact, I hope there is another book because I would love to know what happens next in the life of Elle and her family.
It is on my bucket list to go to Ireland someday so when I saw this book I snatched it up at my library. If you read and liked this author’s first book, Love & Gelato, then I think you will like this one. The main character, Addie is best friends with Lina who is the main character in Love & Gelato. Lina is mentioned through out the book and even makes a brief appearance which is nice. Addie and her brothers go to Ireland for her aunt’s wedding. Addie’s heart has been broken by one of her brother’s (Ian) best friends so there is some family tension. As a way to heal, Addie and her brother tour Ireland via a Guidebook For The Broken Hearted. At each, tourist stop, Addie must do something to help her heal. I loved these parts of the book the most. In addition, Ian has been keeping a big secret from Addie and his family. This is what leads to the road trip through Ireland. Ian’s big secret, and the reason Addie is heart broken are slowly revealed through out the book which kept me turning the pages. I think I enjoyed this book better than Love & Gelato. The themes were deeper and the telling of the story more engaging.
Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.
I checked this out from my local Library!
After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?
Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.
I was approved for this on NetGalley.
Hero Dogs is the incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of shelter dogs into one of America’s foremost disaster-response assets in catastrophes from 9/11 to Katrina.
Ana and Hunter were failed service dogs. Recon was left for dead on the train tracks. Cody was returned to the shelter seven times before he turned two. To most, these dogs were unadoptable. Unsalvageable. Irredeemable. To retired gym teacher and grandma Wilma Melville, they were the heroes America needed.
I bought this at a Thrift shop. I loved the cover.
Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery’s owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.
But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery’s opening party, she badmouths Carrie’s homemade dog biscuits, insisting she’ll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn’t do it before she’s collared for murder.
The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer
This weeks prompt is…
Do you subscribe to any book subscription boxes?
I don’t but they look fun. I did win one once from Uppercase. I won a book, some ear rings, and other cool bookish stuff.