Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Far From Here

Author: Nicole Baart
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.83/5
My Rating: 5 our of 5 stars
Pages: 352
Release Date: February 7, 2012

One of the advantages of having a mom who works as a bookseller is I get to read a lot of great books that are Advanced Reader Copies (also known as an ARC). Some of my favorite books have been found because of these types of books including The Midnighters Series by Scott Westerfield, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield, and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Luckily for you its not going to be too long before this book comes out because it is a great read, and a book that I think people should read. For this book, I'm going to go very light on the spoilers because its not readily available. 

Synopses from

How long do you hold on to hope? 
Danica Greene has always hated flying, so it was almost laughable that the boy of her dreams was a pilot. She married him anyway and together, she and Etsell settled into a life where love really did seem to conquer all. Danica is firmly rooted on the ground in Blackhawk, the small town in northern Iowa where they grew up, and the wide slashes of sky that stretch endlessly across the prairie seem more than enough for Etsell.  But when the opportunity to spend three weeks in Alaska helping a pilot friend presents itself, Etsell accepts and their idyllic world is turned upside down. It’s his dream, he reveals, and Danica knows that she can’t stand in the way. Ell is on his last flight before heading home when his plane mysteriously vanishes shortly after takeoff, leaving Danica in a free fall. Etsell is gone, but what exactly does gone mean? Is she a widow? An abandoned wife? Or will Etsell find his way home to her? Danica is forced to search for the truth in her marriage and treks to Alaska to grapple with the unanswerable questions about her husband’s mysterious disappearance. But when she learns that Ell wasn’t flying alone and that a woman is missing, too, the bits and pieces of the careful life that she had constructed for them in Iowa take to the wind. A story of love and loss, and ultimately starting over, Far From Here explores the dynamics of intimacy and the potentially devastating consequences of the little white lies we tell the ones we love.
My Review with spoilers after the Jump!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays

I wanted to take today to wish everyone a Happy Holiday this season. This year I've done a lot of reading and I'm looking forward to another year full of reading and family. In 2012, I get to kick off the year playing with the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Tablet that my father got for the holidays. So on top of my book reviews I will also be able to tell you all about these two great products. I also got another new book: You Can Read Anyone by David Lieberman

I've found that as you get older the holidays change for obvious reasons, but this year my family was still able to provide me with what they could even thought we are smack in the middle of renovations. I got to spend Christmas Eve with thirty of my closest family members and even thought I got great gifts, gift cards and clothes, My favorite gift of all was a keychain from my niece that said "Aunt, You're Terrific!"At that moment someone could have handed me the keys to a car that cost more than my house, and I wouldn't have cared. It's never the quantity of the gifts you receive or the quality of the wine you're drinking, its the small gifts, like a necklace with children charms or a keychain that recognizes you as a great aunt.

With that being said, get off your computers like I'm going to and spend the day with you family and friends because thats what this season is about.

Enjoy the holidays and enjoy the new books you've gotten this year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Author: Danielle Trussoni
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.22
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

I listened to this book as an audiobook, given that information, it took me a long time from when I started it to when I finished it. It was a twenty hour book that took me two months to read, sometimes listening to it a lot, sometimes not for a month. That being said, some little facts are forgotten between starting and ending it. My opinion of this book also changed knowing that it was the first in a series, although I think that it would have been better as a standalone.

Synopses from
A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.
Genesis 6:5
Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.
For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.
Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.
My review after the jump!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins
Average Rating: 4.54/5
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

I decided to do a review of a book that I read over the summer. This past summer I did my bed to read as much as I could. I read about 35 books this summer and The Hunger Games was one of them. I chose to write about this particular book because of all of the hype surrounding the moving coming out in three short months. I am going to warn you now that this review will contain spoilers after the jump and if You haven't read this book yet, I would do so.

Synopses from

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

My review after the jump.

Monday, December 19, 2011


This is going to be my new blog about books. Since this is only going to be an introduction to who I am and what sort of things that I like. Right now I am a recent college graduate waiting to turn twenty one. I love to read, and have a degree in History and so I love Historical Fiction books. My mother is a bookseller and my sister is an English teacher which is how I found my love of books.

I have started to come out of my comfort zone as far as books go, I usually don't read a lot of factual books or memoirs, but I have started to, and I really love it. I listen to audiobooks when I'm driving and occasionally when I work out. I do still love to read and do it any chance that I get. This Christmas I will be getting a Nook and I will be blogging plenty about my new Nook and what its like.

While I get to the ends of the books I'm currently reading, I will update you on previous books that Ive read, and offer some books that fit the season.

Right now I am in the process of reading Angelology by Danielle Trussoni, Plague and Fire by James Mohr and Far from Here by Nicole Baart.

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I look forward to being a trusted site for what books to read!


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