Goodread Synopsis: Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. Continue reading “Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour Review”
Hi guys so I ended a really enjoyable weekend. I went to Book Con this weekend. I went on Saturday. I wanted to go Sunday but I wasn’t able to go on Sunday. I do have to say it ended up being really enjoyable and so much fun. I really can’t wait to tell you guys all about it!! Continue reading “Book Con Recap”
Hey guys it’s that time again where I wrap-up all the books I’ve for the month of May. I didn’t end up reading as many book as I would have liked but I overall enjoyed the books I read. I am a bit sad with myself because I posted how I would be partaking in The Month of Matson. I’m sad to say I only read one Morgan Matson book. So I was a little upset by that. I’m hoping I end up reading all the books on my June TBR list.
Goodreads Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis: Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis: Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.
On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.
For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.
The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.
ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis: Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy’s destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival.
Now, in his riveting memoir, Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life—paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Cranston also chronicles his evolution on camera, from soap opera player trying to master the rules of show business to legendary character actor turning in classic performances as Seinfeld dentist Tim Whatley, “a sadist with newer magazines,” and Malcolm in the Middle dad Hal Wilkerson, a lovable bumbler in tighty-whities. He also gives an inspiring account of how he prepared, physically and mentally, for the challenging role of President Lyndon Johnson, a tour de force that won him a Tony to go along with his four Emmys.
Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most memorable performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.
Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
What books did you guys read in May? Did you discover any good books? I am happy to have discovered some new authors. I can’t wait to see what you guys have read!
Hey guys! So it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the lovely The Broke and the bookish. I am excited for this one because this one is one I can choose but has to do with mother’s. I decided it would be fun to go through some of the books I’ve read and try to pick out which ones I would buy for my Mom. My mom does like to read. I feel she’s more into romance books than I am. I am happy to say I did get her into Outlander even though I haven’t read the books. I know she’s been enjoying though so I’m excited to make this list. Her birthday is in July so maybe I can buy her a few of these books and update you guys on how it ended up going. Alright let’s dive in!
Ten Books I Would Buy For My Mom
Reason: Okay so if you guys haven’t already noticed this is one of my favorite books. It’s such a classic and I feel everyone should check it out. I think I also really enjoy it so much is because it’s a classic that I actually really enjoy. I’ve tried reading a couple of classics and just felt they weren’t for me. I feel since it’s such a famous novel that this is something my Mom should read.
Reason: Okay so everyone knows Gone Girl but that was the one Gillian Flynn book it took me a couple times to read to get into it. Dark Places was the first book I read by Gillian and I really really enjoyed. I was hooked right away and completely surprised by the ending. I would love to get my mom into Gillian Flynn books.
Reason: So my Mom just told me she just finished watching Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix. Now I’m pretty sure she hasn’t read the book yet. I don’t think she really reads Young Adult books. I can see her being into them. She said she really enjoyed the show so I feel she should read the book now.
Reason: So The Night Circus was a book I ended up reading this year and really enjoyed. It was such a fun and magical experience that I feel my Mom needs to give this book a try. The writing is so visually stunning that I felt like I was actually there. I was so upset that this wasn’t actually a real thing. I feel this is something she would really enjoy as well.
Reason: Right now this is my favorite Morgan Matson book. I do plan on reading the 2 I haven’t yet this month so that may change. I think this is such a fun contemporary book that I can see my Mom really enjoying. It’s a cute read and I feel it’s such a enjoyable summer read. Plus her birthday is in the summer so this could be a possible gift.
Reason: So this was a super hyped up book that got turned into a movie last year. I can see this being something my Mom would like. She does like her romance books. I’m not sure if she saw the movie but I feel this would be the perfect gift because I could buy her the book and the movie. I’m a big fan of books to movies so this is something I would try to get my Mom into as well. Plus if she likes it I could always buy her the second book later on. I did think the second one was a bit better.
Reason: I’m surprised this book didn’t come to me sooner. This book’s television show just ended a couple weeks ago. I would totally buy her the book and the dvds since my Mom doesn’t have HBO. I really enjoyed both the book and television show a lot. I loved the writing and overall really enjoyed the story.
Reason: This is a book that I really enjoyed even though I feel the story is so messed up. This is bad like hooking up with your friend’s fiance bad. I somehow really enjoyed it. I did find this book to be a roller coaster of emotions. I think my Mom would like this for the romance. This is also another book that got turned into a movie. It’s a shame that this book has a cute story but is also soooo messed up. I really want to watch the movie again now.
Reason: This is such a cute story. It’s about a girl whose aunt has died and has left behind 13 little blue envelopes. The envelopes send her traveling on this amazing trip around the world. This is another Young Adult book but I know my Mom loves to travel so I can see her enjoying this just alone from the places gone in this book.
Reason: Okay so I had to put this book on the list because this is probably my favorite Roald Dahl book. I loved it even more seeing it come to life on the big screen. This was such a fun book that I really enjoyed a lot. I don’t think my Mom has ever read it and I think it’s too cute that you can’t help but love it.
I highly recommend these books for your Moms as well. These are all books I enjoyed and would love to reread even at some point. Do you see any books you would buy for your Mom? If not, what are some of the books you would buy for your Mom? I would love to hear what you guys have to say.
So once again it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday. I am super excited for this one because it’s a bit different and sounds like so much fun. I love the idea of having books bring people together so why not have events inspired by books.
This week’s theme : Books as Events Themes — It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??
Reason: Okay so right away I think this would be fun without the murder. This book has gymnastics in it. I don’t know if you guys have ever been to the places where they have the foam pit with the rope where you swing a couple times and jump in. I picture there being a trampoline. I also picture rock climbing. I feel that would be a fun event for people to go to. It’s fun and it’s different. It’s been ages since I did the foam pit and have always wanted to go back.
Reason: So in this book Sloane disappears and leaves her best friend Emily a list of things she must do. So it’s basically a scavenger hunt. I think this would be such a great thing to do with a bunch of people. I love it because you can easily come up with stuff. I know girls do this sometimes for their bachelorette parties so you can have fun with it. This is something I’ve always wanted to do with my friends. I can see it being really fun and having people take risks.
Reason: Okay so I’m a huge It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fan. I feel it would be so fun to have a themed party. There are so many people you can dress up as. I can see it being a really great time. I just wish I had more friends that watched IASIP. If you watch, let’s get a IASIP happening soon.
Reason: Lady Mechanika is a comic I just discovered this year. It’s steampunk which I don’t really read a lot of. I absolutely love the artwork. The artist dis such an amazing job with all the costumes. I think it would be fun to dress up like the characters in this comic. I can see if people get really into it they would have some amazing costumes.
Reason: Okay so I mainly put this on my list because I really want to do a murder mystery type of party. I think that would be such a fun concept. I know my friend went to one about a year ago and it seemed like she liked it. I love the idea that everyone is playing a character and you’re trying to figure out who the murder is. I love mystery and thrillers so it’s basically like living those books except nobody actually ends up dying and killing anyone. I do hope to go to one soon.
Would you guys attend any of these events based off books? I do have to say this was a toughie but I really enjoyed trying to pick out books for this. What are some books you would base an event off of? I really would learn to hear what you guys come up with!
Hey guys!! Here I am coming at you guys with another tag. The lovely Jesalin @ JBelkBooks. I was tagged in this last year but completely didn’t realize. So here I am am finally completing it. Thank you so much Jesalin for tagging me. Better late than never.
- Answer the questions
- Nominate 4 people to answer the same questions”
~Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name:
~Four Jobs I’ve Had:
- Dog Walker
- Production Assistant
- Theatrical Publicity intern
- Corporate Events and Promotions intern
~Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:
- Dirty Dancing
~Four Authors I’d Recommend:
- Gillian Flynn
- Kimberly McCreight
- Morgan Matson
- Roald Dahl
~Four Places I’ve Lived:
- Across the street from where I live now
- Currently where I’m living now
- Santa Monica
- No where else yet
~Four Places I’ve Visited:
- New Orleans
~Four Things I’d Rather Be Doing Now:
- Watching a movie
~Four Foods I Prefer Not to Eat:
~Four Favorite Foods:
- French Fries
~Four TV Shows I Watch: (I watch a lot of TV, so I picked TV shows that are still on air)
- Better Call Saul
- Game of Thrones
~Four Things I’m Looking Forward to This Year:
- Going back to Italy this year
- Hopefully going back to New Orleans
- Hopefully finding a stable job
- Red Dead Redemption 2
~Four Things I’m Always Saying: (I had no idea for this one)
- I can’t stop laughing
- I need a job 😦
- I want sushi.
I hope you guys enjoyed this! I hope you learned a little bit more about me from this. Feel free to do this as well!! I would love to learn more about my followers.
So I recently found out that Maureen Graham over at MaureenKeavy on YouTube created Month of Matson where you spend the month reading Morgan Matson’s book. She started it in 2015 and has continued doing it since. The Month of Matson will begin tomorrow, May 1st.
When I heard about this I was super excited. I ended up buying Morgan Matson’s box set in March which included Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, and Since You’ve Been Gone. I had to get my hands on this because two of these books I haven’t read yet. I’m excited that the paperback of The Unexpected Everything was just released because it has extra bonus content on it. So I need to get my hands on that one A.S.A.P.
I am super excited to read the books I haven’t read already and to freshen up on the ones I have. I know I am going to discover new things because Morgan likes to have old characters appear in her recent books. So I’m super excited to see what I missed.
Morgan Matson is hands down one of my favorite contemporary authors. I am excited to be partaking in this. I am excited because in June Morgan will be making an appearance at Book Con in June. I really hope she ends up doing a signing because I would love to meet her and get my books signed. I know she will be doing a panel there so I hope I am lucky in getting in on this.
Will you be partaking in Month of Matson? If so have you read any of Morgan Matson’s books or will this be your first time reading them? I would love to hear your thoughts.
The theme is : Top Ten Authors I’m Dying to Meet / Top Ten Authors I can’t believe I met
Gillian Flynn: If you know me this is no surprise. I have been such a huge fan of Gillian since I read Dark Places. I love her work and am always surprised by the outcome of her books. She never disappoints. I am anxiously waiting for her to write a new book. If she does any tours I am going to do whatever I can to meet her.
Morgan Matson: I have only read two of Morgan’s books and I have loved every second of them. Hands down one of my favorite contemporary author. Plus they just make me wish summer could be all year round. I saw she is suppose to be at Bookcon this year. I’m hoping she’ll be there on Saturday so I can meet her.
Bryan Cranston: I am super obsessed with Breaking Bad. I was so excited when he wrote a memoir last year. I haven’t read it yet. I am anxiously waiting for the audiobook to become available from the library. I would love to meet him.
Brian K.Vaughan & Fiona Staples: I am a huge fan of the Saga comic. I love the story and am such a huge fan of the artwork. I believe these two would be extremely cool to meet. I would love to get inside their heads and find out more about their process. I have always wondered about the process of comics and think seeing them speak about Saga would be such a great experience.
Ruth Ware: I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ruth’s books. Last year I finally decided to read the first book she came out with and absolutely loved it. I was so upset I waited so long to read her books. I would love to meet her. I know she’s coming out with a new book this year so hoping she does some book tours for it.
Augusten Burroughs: Wow has this man lived an intense life. Augusten writes memoirs about his life. He writes them so detailed that I feel like I’m friends with him. It feels like we are hanging out together and he is catching up on everything that’s been going on. I’ve read two of his books so far and I can’t wait to continue on and learn more about him. He really is such a talented author. I’m so upset because he had an event the other day but I wasn’t able to make it. Hopefully I will be able to go the next time.
Kimberly McCreight: I’m happy to say I have met Kimberly twice so far. I read Reconstructing Amelia and loved it. Not only was it an amazing mystery book but it took place right in the neighborhood I lived in. I found out Kimberly was doing a book signing for her newest book at the time, Where They Found Her. I had to go. I ended up going and got to meet her. It was such a great event. I ended up loving the book. She’s a local author so thankfully she always has signings near me. I look forward to her next release which is The Scattering, a sequel in The Outliers series. I’m really looking forward to that.
Amy Poehler: I am such a huge fan of Parks and Recreation that the moment I found out Amy was having a book signing I had to go. I got to hear Amy talk about the book and then read a chapter from the book. Then after got to meet her. She called me Anne and I got to give her a hug. Seriously the best book signing I have ever been too. This woman is a pure delight.
Ned Vizzini: I honestly feel like this is my author meeting story. I know meeting Amy is up there but this one is even more special because Ned approached me. So me and my friend were at Barnes and nobles years ago. Barnes and noble was always my go to hangout spot when I was younger. So we were just looking at books when all of a sudden this man came up to us. What do you know but it was none other than Ned Vizzini. He told us he holds a writing program for teens at Barnes and Noble. He told us about the program and when they meet and told us he would love for us to join. I am sad to say we didn’t end up taking up on the offer but really wish I did. He was such a down to earth guy and I still to this day can’t get over that he was the one to approach us and not the other way around. I have read Be More Chill and absolutely loved it. I have It’s Kind of a Funny Story and feel I am long over due to read it. It breaks my heart to know what happened to him. 😦
Meg Cabot: I met Meg years ago. I think it was for the release of either the 5th Princess Diaries book or 6th book. It was after the movie came out so I had to go. I remember it being such a fun experience. She read from the book and was giving out swag from the book. It was such a fun time and I really cherish that book. I’m pretty sure at the time I didn’t even read the series I just really wanted to get a signed book from her. When I was younger I did really enjoy the Mediator series but I think I got into that after I went to this signing.
Can’t wait to see what authors you guys would like to meet and who you’ve actually met!!
Hey guys! I just wanted to inform you of this awesome deal I spotted on amazon yesterday. I am a huge fan of Morgan Matson. I have discovered there is a box set of three of her books called Detours, Do-Overs, and Dares. This box set includes: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, and Since You’ve Been Gone. It is currently only $13.44 when it is usually $22. I’m not sure how long this is going on for but I just felt like informing you guys because I was so excited that I immediately bought the box set.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Goodreads Synopsis: Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?