March 2016 Book Reviews

Happiness

Reading the classics is a new thing for me and I can’t help but notice the similarities in the books. The biggest similarity I found is that everyone is searching for Happiness. I find it interesting since our Declaration of Independence even says that all men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Makes me wonder when we stopped searching for happiness and started searching for other things that will make us happy but don’t? As the the picture above shows, I find happiness in books. Not just reading but also in sharing and talking about books. Thank you for helping me find my happiness in sharing my thoughts with you. Happy Reading and best of luck in your search of your happiness!

Just to brag a little… I read over 30 books this month!! Even with the trip in Mexico mixed in that is still a lot of books.

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  1. Love is in the Heir and Shame of Thrones by Jenny Gardiner
  2. Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
  3. The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff
  4. Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer
  5. Her Best Match by Tamie Dearen

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

This was different than I expected and I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of the book just being about marrying well and sewing together in a room while waiting for callers this book was about family. I loved the intimate stories of the activities they would do together, the poems and songs they created and the morals strung through out the book. It was an interesting glimpse into history that you don’t normally get to see. It could be a little wordy in places (the author would even comment on it).  I like that everyone found their happiness even through the loss and heartbreak.  Easy to read, fun and enough drama to keep the reader guessing.

I am Malala

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I have reviewed this before but we are reading it for our book club so I listened to it audibly and I am glad I did. It reaffirmed my dedication to girls education. This book is a fairly easy read and it really gives the reader insight into not only Malala’s fight for education but also what the Taliban was really like in Pakistan and life in Pakistan in general. The conditions that Malala and her family lived in, in modern times, were sad and shocking. I definitely recommend this book not only to understand that part of the world but to motivate the reader to fight for education for everyone around the world!

Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet – (Paranormal) I couldn’t stop talking about this book as I was reading it. It’s about Grim Reapers but for all religions and their different heavens, hells and purgatory. It’s spunky, sarcastic and fun with a teeny tiny bit of romance. I love the world that the author built and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

The Unwilling Executive and Unyielding Bachelor by Miranda Charles – (Romance) I don’t know what it is about CEO Billionaire romances that I like but it’s probably because it’s usually a strong willed woman who puts the man in place. I really like this series – perfect beach reads.

Love is in the Heir and Shame of Thrones by Jenny Gardiner – (Chic Lit) I LOVE this series so much that I waited till the weekend to read the remaining to books. Fun fast reads for anyone who loves Princess Diary type books.

The CEO Buys In by Nancy Herkness – (Romance) Another fun CEO book that starts with a drunken bet between three rich men. Fun fast read.

Get Bunny Love by Kathleen Long – (Chic Lit) Super fun fast read. When the main character has the name Bunny you know you are in for a good laugh. Fun fast read. Another good beach read.

Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer – (Light Mystery) This was another fun read. The main character is funny and super smart when she isn’t being dumb. I lover her adventures as under cover security in a casino are funny and suspenseful. Could be a beach read or just a fun mystery.

Rouge’s Honor by Brenda Hiatt – (Historical Romance) This book kind of reminded me of Pirates of the Carribean in that there is a code and an honor system even amoung thieves. Fun adventurous romance.

Dying for a Date by Cindy Sample – (Light Mystery) Another fun mystery but I found it a little annoying in some places.

The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff – (Historical Fiction) I can’t get enough of stories of heroism and suspense during WW2 especially from a woman’s point of view. This is the first one I have read that was based in Poland. Very personal and it pulls at your heart strings without being overly graphic and horrific.

January and February by Audrey Carlan – (Chic Lit) A random but fun find! Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and the main character is working it. I liked the first two so much I have to get the rest!

Hired Bride by Noelle Adams – (Southern Romance) I like these types of books if only because they are always surprised when they actually fall in love with each other. So cliche but I love them anyway. This one is LOL funny in places. Fun beach or summer read.

Wildfire Kiss, Oh Cherry Ripe and Taffeta and Hotspur by Claudette Williams – (Historical Romance) These are from the Regency time period (when Jane Austin was writing) and a little different than most books because there is now a woman’s movement in England and woman are asserting their selves more. Sexier than most historical romances without being erotic. Good reads!

Her Best Match by Tamie Dearen – (Chic Lit) Super cute!! This is another CEO romance but not the typical because it is an older woman and older CEO instead of 20 somethings. You would think they would know better…but they don’t which makes it even cuter.

Annie Get Your Guy and Messing Around with Max by Lori Foster – (Chic Lit) Fun fast reads. Girl loves best friend of family  and bad boy finds life mate… great for the beach!

Quirks and Kinks by Laurel Curtis – (Chic Lit) Don’t let the title fool you. It’s not erotica but instead a fun fast read that will have you LOLing and telling your beach mate about the adventures they get into.

Filthy Dirty Laundry by Kailin Gow – (Chic Lit) Another title that could fool you. I was a little disappointed in this one because I now have get the rest of the books to find out what happened…and really more dominance?

Diamonds by KA Linde – (YA Romance) Miss popularity and almost mean girl falls in love with an older (and soon to find out married) man. I didn’t love it and especially how it made her mean and bitter at the end. The series might change her but I wasn’t interested in reading more.

Alpha by Jasinda Wilder – (Romance) This isn’t your typical BDSM/Dominance book as the title will lead you to believe. Very different even though the guy does want to be in control of everything.  Not super sexual but still pretty steamy…

The Naughty Never Die by LL Kellogg – (Light Mystery) Fake kidnapping, bombs, a yappy dog…what more could a man want? Fun read.

Armed and Fabulous by Camilla Chafer – (Light Mystery) I only gave this three stars and I don’t remember why. It was an ok book but I remember not loving it. I think it was free on either Kindle or Nook so worth the money but I won’t buy any more in the series.

My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannan – (Paranormal) Yes another vampire series but it did bring some new aspects and a lot of other cool paranormal beings. Not as sexual as it could have been since it did essentially have a sex club in a castle. Interesting read and I loved that it had a strong woman lead character but  I don’t think I will read the rest of the series.

Wedding Bells Collection by Ginny Baird – (Chic Lit) Fun fast short chic lit stories. Good for the times when you need something light but don’t want to read a whole book to find out what happened!

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jody Taylor – (Science Fictionish) This was a fun audible book find. If you ever wanted to travel back in time to see the dinosaurs or fix history then this book is for you! Full if drama and fun. The main character is snarky and ridiculous and you can’t help but love her. Based in England so the narrator had a fun British accent!

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