When You Reach Me
**** / 4 stars
Quick Summary: A young girl discovers notes that correctly tell her her future & now she's wondering who is leaving them & starts questioning if time travel can actually happen.
I saw this on someone's Show Us Your Books post & then saw it available on my library page for my Kindle - I snagged it up. & so glad I did. It's such a cute & fun read, but has a mystery that had me held in until I could get to the end & see how it wrapped up.
A good book on friendships, & families & wondering how time & space works & if time travel is possible.
I think the best part of this for me is Miranda, the young girl who is the center of the book, she's obsessed with A Wrinkle in Time - & a lot of the book centers around that book & that whole idea of time travel - tesser away ;) .... so as someone who just read Wrinkle, it made this book even more fun for me. I also kind of appreciated it was set in the 70's! #groovy
This is a super fast read & is written actually for ages 9-15, which I am shocked by that because it was really good & as a 46 year old, I loved it myself - but makes me think it would be a fun read for a parent to read with their pre-teen.
"Common sense is just a name for the way we're used to thinking"
**** / 4 stars
Quick Summary: Cass passes a car in the middle of a storm & find out later that the woman inside was murdered. She struggles with wondering what happened - all the while, struggling with memory issues that are confusing her to the reality around her & convincing her the murdered is now after her.
I loved Behind Closed Doors & was anxious to read this book by the same author.
& I ended up loving this book more than the first.
I dont know if its because I knew the style of writing, but I was all about trying to find clues or pick up on things reading it - still didnt help completely. The end did take a little twist I wasn't expecting.
I was totally wrapped up in this book feeling like I too was loosing my mind. & was so anxious to see how this was going to turn out.
To me, this was well written & clever in the details & how it was laid out. I really am happy about this one & ready to pick up more books by this author now.
"The thunder starts as we're saying goodbye, leaving each other for the summer holidays ahead"
In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence
***** / 5 stars
Quick Summary: A insightful but humorous look at our struggles with insecurities that points the reference back to what God's word says to us about it.
I just love Kayla Aimee. I think she's like a little version of Angie Smith - she's just funny in her story telling, but real, & always has a good point of view on directing the struggles in life back to God.
This book is just a really easy read with different chapters on different topics - like fear, friendship, comparison... all of it with Kayla's dose of every day life humor & deep thoughtful points that will have you laughing one second & then a big "OHHHH" the next.
I read her first book & enjoyed it but this one, I thoroughly enjoyed & would recommend to all my girlfriends.
"One of the worst feelings in the world is to not be seen. No one wants to go through life unnoticed. We all just want someone to tell us we matter."
Running - Getting Started
**** / 4 stars
Yes, I've run 8 half marathons & I'm reading a book about starting to run.
I just havent ran in awhile & I've never read any books by Jeff Galloway - who if you are a runner, you know he's a big deal with his style & method of running. He believes in doing intervals - changing out running with walking - for a good pace, & a healthier & safe race. He's pretty much sponsored by Disney races & is a big deal in a lot of the big races around the country. So I wanted to read about his method from a beginner's view point. Especially since I hadn't run in about 6 months.
I did get a lot of good info, some great reminders & I'm excited to implement his style when I start lacing back up.
The book is a fast read, nice to breeze through with helpful tips all through it. A very simple book to go through.
I got this one from the library & glad to check it out. I do know his web site has a lot of similar information but I've found this one is truly for the first time beginner runner. & would be a good book to have reference to look back on.
**** / 4 stars
Quick Summary: The story of 5 sisters, mainly focusing on the two eldest of the sisters who have to take charge once their father has a heart attack & a mother who just wants to marry off each of her daughters to a wealthy man to take care of the family, while finding love with unexpected suitors of their own in unexpected circumstances.
I just loved this book - makes me want to read the other books in The Austen Project now.
I'm not a person who has read all the Jane Austen books but I've seen a few of the movies & more of the adaptions of the stories... so I had a lot of visuals in my head reading this - but loved the Bennet sisters in this & loved they tied in a show similar to The Bachelor to play along with it as well.
Always love a Darcy character (though this one, I visualized the Darcy from Pride & Prejudice Zombies - which is surprisingly good actually) & I always cant help but picturing the guy from Bridget Jones too every time I hear the name. Movies will do that to ya!
I was actually sad to see this one end & will miss each of the sisters & Mr. & Mrs. Bennet & their own personalities.
A light & fun read with romance & family dynamics. Just a really delightful read to me.
"He seemed simultaneously like a stranger and someone she knew extremely well; there was either an enormous amount to say or nothing at all.”
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