Monthly Archives: June 2013

Back from Japan!


I know, I know. I’ve been very quiet here and I apologize, but I have a very good reason! I spent two weeks traveling Japan with my husband, my mother, and my 18 yo daughter – this was her graduation gift trip from all of us. It was an amazing trip, visiting family, friends and fabulous places!

IMG_2622Miyajima, Japan

I spent a lot of time on planes and trains. What’s the perfect way to pass the time when traveling? Reading, of course! And I read a lot! Of the six books I read, I was only disappointed with one. All the other books were fabulous!

9780399256615_p0_v1_s260x420The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I am a huge fan of Maureen Johnson’s and love all her books! The Name of the Star was a bit of a departure from her usual contemporary fare, but I was hooked. I saved book 2 for my plane ride and devoured it. I’m going to skip writing a synopsis because I don’t want to give anything away from the first book. Read it! I can’t wait for book 3!

9780062267702_p0_v3_s260x420Die For Her (A Novella) by Amy Plum

I absolutely loved Die For Me, the first book in the trilogy about a grieving girl who moves to Paris and ends up falling in love with a revenant – a sort of guardian angel who is undead. I read this book on a flight to Paris so it was especially exciting to read a book set in a place I was about to see. (And I ended up accidentally eating lunch at La Palette where Kate sees Vincent with another woman.) The chemistry between Kate and Vincent was palpable and I turned pages at the speed of light, wanting to know the outcome of their story. I enjoyed book 2, Until I Die, as well.  Die For Her is a novella written from the point of view of Jules, one of the secondary characters. I felt the story read more like a long synopsis and I ended up liking Jules less after reading his story. I was disappointed enough in this book that I have put off reading the last book in the trilogy.

9780452297548_p0_v1_s260x420Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (adult fiction)

I absolutely loved Rainbow Rowell’s YA novel Eleanor & Park! See my rave here. When I learned she had previously written an adult novel, I had to give it a try. Attachments did not disappoint! Lincoln lives with his mother and works at a job he hates – pulling a graveyard shift reading employee emails at the Courier (newspaper) and sending warnings for inappropriate use of company email. He gets caught up in the personal emails between Beth (movie reviewer) and Jennifer (copy editor) and even though he knows it’s wrong, he can’t help it and he starts to fall for Beth. What follows is a humorous and touching story that had me rooting for Lincoln all the way!

9780778314950_p0_v5_s260x420I’ll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan (adult historical)

I read a review about this book and was intrigued. I love epistolary novels! This is a story written in letters between two women during WWII – as pen pals who form an everlasting friendship and bond. This might have been my favorite read of the trip! A fabulously and emotionally rich story about friendship, love, family, betrayal, grief, and support during wartime. A wonderful testament to soul sisters! Interesting note: the authors met online (via a blogging community) and while commiserating about how hard it was to get published, they came up with the idea for this book and wrote it via emails.

9780316220880_p0_v2_s260x420Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley (adult fiction)

Twelve year old Amity has only ever known the family – her father and his 50 wives and all her siblings. She is 2nd daughter of 1st wife Amaranth. Sorrow, Amity’s older sister is Oracle and pregnant with their father’s child.  To save Sorrow and Amity, Amaranth escapes the compound and finds herself in Oklahoma at the mercy of gruff kindness from a dustbowl farmer. Sorrow loses the baby and is overwrought, determined to return to her father. Amity is torn between her mother and sister and confused by the outside world. A journey of love and family amid the backdrop of the disturbing pull of a cult/religion. This was beautifully written, even though it hard to read about Amity’s confusion and struggle.

9780552165402_p0_v1_s260x420You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning (adult fiction)

I learned about this book from one of the many fabulous reading blogs I visit. I apologize for not recalling which one. It was described as New Adult, but I think I have to put it firmly in the adult fiction category for the graphic (*fans self*) sex scenes. Set in London, twenty-five-year-old Neve has dropped from a size 36 to a size 16, but still wants to lose more weight before her long time crush William returns from the States after a 3 year separation where they kept in constant touch by letters. Neve also wants to have a practice relationship before embarking on one with Will, so that she and the relationship will be perfect. Enter Max, Neve’s sister’s boss at a fashion magazine – who with his reputation as a manwhore agrees to be Neve’s practice boyfriend. The emotional connection between Neve and Max was real and intense, and I fell in love with both of them as they navigated the murky waters of their “fake” relationship.

And that’s it for my travel reading! I’m back home, over jetlag (after a week of struggling with not napping for 3 hours in the middle of the day) and back to my routine. I have some fabulous interviews planned and hope to share more reading raves soon!

Happy Reading!