Monday, May 25, 2015

#REVIEW - The Rocks by Peter Nichols New Release Tuesday, 5-26-15


Description:
A romantic page-turner propelled by the sixty-year secret that has shaped two families, four lovers, and one seaside resort community.


Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet–like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.


Peter Nichols writes with a pervading, soulful wisdom and self-knowing humor, and captures perfectly this world of glamorous, complicated, misbehaving types with all their sophisticated flaws and genuine longing. The result is a bittersweet, intelligent, and romantic novel about how powerful the perceived truth can be—as a bond, and as a barrier—even if it’s not really the whole story; and how one misunderstanding can echo irreparably through decades.


My Take:
2 STARS
You would think by the description of this book that is would have to be one of the BEST books this summer - nope! Not at all, not in the least for myself, and I read a LOT of books! I could not stand to read this book, and I did NOT look forward to reading it, either. This book was supposed to explain a sixty-year love story, but this book was not a love story. I could not relate to these characters at all, in fact, they irritated me! I did not like these two characters’ children who were from separate marriages, after their divorce, either. They are Luc and and Gerald. Lulu puts her son down terribly, and Luc was Luc. I need to be able to relate to characters in a story in order to enjoy it. This author fell very short in this area. I kept asking myself ‘WHY did I choose this backwards book to read?’ I don’t know. This book sounded good from the description, but in my opinion, it did not live up to the description at all. I’m sure there are those of you out there who will LOVE this book, as there always are differing opinions, but for myself, I did not like it at all. Yes, I did say this book is written backwards. Perhaps the author thought this might make him stand out against the rest of the competition out there, but all it did for me as I read it was to confuse the heck out of me! The writing style was very difficult for me to follow as the writing was choppy, given the circumstances as to how this is written backwards. (WHO writes a book backwards???) The writing is also overly descriptive, as we already know this takes place in Mallorca, a Greek Island off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, so we didn’t need conversations or parts of the story interrupted so the author could go on and gush about the scenery. In a way it was irritating because it took away from my own imagination of what I thought things looked like. It was way overdone. It’s like watching a movie of a book you read. Your imagination is ruined from the movie because it’s not what you thought things looked like. Actually. I think the author loves this area, so he was gushing here and there. Again, this backwards writing style got me confused at times. I don’t ever want to read another book like it again!
This book is supposed to be a love story. There is NO love story in this book, at least almost the entire book had zero love story to it. There may be the very few sentences after Lulu and Gerald were married when they were happy, and to be honest, at the end, this huge climax of what split these two up was nothing! This book starts off with Gerald and Lulu meeting up decades later, close to the end of life. Lulu already had had what they thought was a stroke and then a verified stroke. She was NASTY! She swore like a banshee woman. The kids said she was like that after the stroke, so was it REALLY hatred towards Gerald, or was that behavior from the stroke? That was not clear. You could not tell if she really did not like him or if she acted that way because of the stroke.
I could cover the part where the author brings in the book, The Odyssey, but I'll leave that for you. It's way overdone.
I wanted to like this book more than I did, but I didn’t. It is simple as that. Pass.
One more thing. Was this author trying to write a Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter? Taking a part of his book and then we have this? I wonder???
I would like to thank the publisher, Riverhead, and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this in advance in exchange for my opinion.



Saturday, May 23, 2015

The #NYTimes Top 20 #Bestsellers in #FICTION - ebook and print/week ending 5-24! PLUS Blog Updates



Hi Everyone! HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! This is to wish ALL of our servicemen and women thoughts of you who have lost your lives for our Country. Wishing your families the BEST, even though it is hard to move on in life without them. I wish our soldiers who have been hurt can heal once again, and those in their daily struggles caused by war are healing, as hard and arduous as it may be.
On a brighter note, I hope you all enjoy the parades and/or picnics or however you will be celebrating with your families and friends, and for those service people that are STILL not home, we are thinking of you, still, for a SAFE return!



I hope you had a GREAT week of reading! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday, and most of the time earlier! Let's do the Blog Updates first!
I didn't go over Reviews last weekend, so I'll add a review from the week before, and the reviews from this week! Just click on the NAME OF THE BOOK to be able to go to the review!
My favorite story was the first book, How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz, Women's Fiction, about four women who meet in college and remain friends the rest of their lives! On the practical side, the Clutter Free book gave me some EXCELLENT advice to get this house in order! With my disability, this house is NOT the best it could be! It takes me forever to get things done, but what I can do I am LOVING throwing things OUT! I am making some boxes of things for my husband to take to charities! Now, if only I would fold my clothes instead of dumping them on the extra bed in the extra bedroom! LOL! No! I DO get them put away, eventually! LOL!
Have a GREAT week!
HAPPY READING!!!

                         How to Start A Fire by Lisa Lutz


                         The Promise by Beth Wiseman


  Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space by Kathi Lipp


                    The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl


       
AND, LOOK WHAT BOOK CAME OUT THE 17th! My FAVORITES!! The YA version is out, too, at NetGalley! There are a TON of GREAT titles to choose from! I'll be planning my Fall into Winter reading, of course! I will be taking today to go through this book! I've already peeked and read the Intro, and it sounds like there are some GREAT books, as always!


Don't forget this #GIVEAWAY! The 2015 Book Reviewer Yellow Pages - Win $50! Either click the title OR look in the Upper LEFT side column where ALL Giveaways are always posted!


Okay! Let's say we get to the books!

FICTION: COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT!

1.   The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $  6.99
print:   $13.47



2. 14th Deadly Sin (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $12.96



3. Memory Man (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $12.73



4. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $13.99
print:   $13.62



5. Gathering Prey (The Prey Series Book 25) by John Sanford
ebook: $10.99
print:   $ 7.18



6. The Forgotten Room: A Novel by Lincoln N Child
ebook: $11.43
print:   $19.96



7. Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries Book 11) by Craig Johnson
ebook: $13.19
print:   $18.98



8. Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $11.48



9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
ebook: $  8.99
print:   $15.99



10. Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) by Jeffery Deaver
ebook: $12.99
print:   $13.53



11. The Liar by Nora Roberts
ebook: $12.31
print:   $19.39



12. Never Never: Part Two by +Colleen Hoover
ebook: $2.99
print:   $7.99



13. Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by Diana Gabaldon
ebook: $  1.99
print:   $13.43



14. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James - I don't care anymore.


15. The Enemy Inside: A Paul Madriani Novel (Paul Madriani Novels Book 13) by Steve Martini
ebook: $14.99
print:   $19.01



Congratulations to +Colleen Hoover for hitting this #NYTimes #Bestseller list with Never Never Book 2!!! I LOVE her writing!! There are a LOT of GREAT books on this list! The only problem I see is the publishers are pricing us OUT of purchasing ebooks. The ebook and print books are a $1 or $2 apart, and if they are that close, as long as I have the space on my shelves, I would rather have the print books, even though I LOVE reading on my ereader. I like both. I'll buy what I have to, but I wish the publishers would come back down with their prices. I'm positive if they compared the prices of today to yesterday when they were under contract, they made more money than they do now. Just a guess. What do you think?
Thanks for coming again! Here are the rest of the books!

BORN OF DEFIANCE, by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin's)
THE BONE TREE, by Greg Iles (Morrow/HarperCollins)
FALLING FOR MY BOSS, by J. S. Cooper and Helen Cooper (J. S. Cooper)
THE STRANGER, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
A GOD IN RUINS, by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown)


Aren't these GORGEOUS! For a flag dress, at least! I looked up copyright free images, but could only connect to another blog that had this in a post, and NO copyright on them, or anything mentioned, so I assume it is okay that I repost these. I LOVE gowns, and want to share these with you! Beautiful design! I LOVE the one on the left! As the stripes come down into a train as it flares out! I used to sew a long time ago, and I miss it SO much! I loved it so much I made my first wedding gown! I don't want to post a photo of it, though, as it never meant what it was supposed to mean, but I DID win 3rd place in the Michigan State Fair for hand sewing it! I saved the ribbons and the photos, but when that part of my life HAD TO CHANGE, I put the dress on top of a garbage pile! It didn't mean anything more to me. I HOPE someone else was able to use it! Thousands of cars would have passed by the dress, and it DID disappear! I HOPE someone else got to wear it and it meant what it was supposed to mean till death do them part!
I still LOVE gowns! I had to share this with you! HOPE you enjoy it!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

Friday, May 22, 2015

#REVIEW - The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl


Description
“This swashbuckling tale of greed and great literature will remind you why Pearl is the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers. His latest is guaranteed to delight lovers of history and mystery.”—Library Journal (starred review)


book'a-neer' (bŏŏk'kå-nēr'), n. a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in

London, 1890—Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published without an author’s permission. Authors gained fame but suffered financially—Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few—but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively. Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction.

From the author of The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves’ epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific island. As always, Davenport is reluctantly accompanied by his assistant Fergins, who is whisked across the world for one final caper. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest to steal Stevenson’s manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers’ trade forever. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson’s last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, appears on the island, and soon Davenport, Fergins, and Belial find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself.

In The Last Bookaneer, Pearl crafts a finely wrought tale about a showdown between brilliant men in the last great act of their professions. It is nothing short of a page-turning journey to the heart of a lost era.

My Take:
5 Stars!
Do you love to read? Are you a book enthusiast? A voracious reader? Do you just love books? Have you ever wondered about the history of publishing in history? (Although this IS fiction). Like adventure? All of those fit this book and more! You are going to LOVE this book! This book is an adventure about stealing manuscripts from authors and being able to sell these out from under the authors noses. This book is told by a Narrator who takes us on this adventure all over the place.  
While not a typical book I would read, but because this is about books which I read the first few chapters in Buzz Books Spring/Summer 2015 (again!), this absolutely grabbed my attention! Believe me, if you are not the Adventure type reader, but LOVE books, you are going to LOVE this journey! You will enjoy this immensely! I’m not going to say too much more about this book because there is already a lot in the description up above, go on this journey and you will never forget it! It really makes you wonder if this happened back then! Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Press and NetGalley for this one!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#REVIEW - Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space by Kathi Lipp



DESCRIPTION:
If you've ever wished you could clear out your clutter, simplify your space, and take back your life, Kathi Lipp's new book has just the solutions you need. Building off the success of her The Get Yourself Organized Project, this book will provide even more ideas for getting your life and your stuff under control.


Do any of these descriptions apply to you? You bought a box of cereal at the store, and then discovered you have several boxes at home that are already past the "best by" date. You bought a book and put it on your nightstand (right on top of ten others you've bought recently), but you have yet to open it. You keep hundreds of DVDs around even though you watch everything online now and aren't really sure where the remote for the DVD player is. You spend valuable time moving your piles around the house, but you can never find that piece of paper when you need it. Your house doesn't make you happy when you step into it.

As you try out the many easy, doable solutions that helped Kathi win her battle with clutter, you'll begin to understand why you hold on to the things you do, eliminate what's crowding out real life, and make room for the life of true abundance God wants for you.

MY TAKE:
4-Stars
This book describes myself because this is what I have been trying to do with all my ‘stuff’ right now. I bought a micro-shredder and started shredding papers, and boy, do I have a LOT of papers to shred! So I think I’m off to a good start. When I saw this book at NetGalley by Harvest House Publishers, I requested this book because I REALLY need this book!
As I was reading this book, and in my quiet time reflecting on what I read in this book, I really started thinking about this book and what it says about all the excess I have, and what it says about myself. Not only does this book give you ideas on how to unclutter our homes, but it also helps us grow. It talks about the ‘why’ we are cluttered, why we buy stuff, why we keep doing it over and over, the Spiritual side of clutter, and how much money we have in this clutter.
I truly have to agree with this author. Where I am today is not where I was over ten years ago, and I am left with ALL that clutter I bought for scrapbooking and rubber stamping (for instance) back then. This book gets into the nitty-gritty of why we buy in the first place, why we KEEP the clutter, why we move it, the ‘what if’s’ if I do get rid of it and I need it again, etc., and so much more!
I’m at the point where I DO want to get rid of my clutter. Get it out! This book does go into detail how to do it! Yeah! She has all kinds of great ideas on how to get rid of your clutter, and some of them are really great! That will be my next step, but first I’ve made an agreement with myself, and that is to shred the paperwork I have. Some of this goes back 20 years! I’ve kept it because it has personal things on it, and it’s not something you just throw out today. You MUST shred your paperwork, so I have the shredder and I’ve started. After that I’ll move on to ‘stuff’. I did have quite a collection of candle holders that I packed away into two boxes in hopes of moving one day, but after reading this book, I don’t NEED two boxes of them. I’ll go through them and only pick out what is near and dear to me. After I see what I have, I’ll try to only keep five of them TRY to! LOL! “Try” is the HARD word here!
The author does have a “three-box, two-bag system’ and I am going to try to do that because my husband and I live kind of small now, but we want to go smaller yet. Not Tiny House small, but 750-1,000 square feet would be the largest we want. To be honest, I think we do live in less than that now because two of the rooms don’t really have heat or air in them, and the problem with them is they have become a dumping ground. The hard part for me will be going down to one bathroom. That is the only luxury we have where we are now. We want to go smaller because the kids are grown and they won’t and aren’t staying over anymore. I think this may be the point when most people are ready to pair down. We LOVE the Tiny House craze that is going on now. It is very appealing to us, but our house would have to be permanent, but we can’t have outside upkeep to do. My husband is nine years older than I am and I have to agree I would not want to be out mowing the lawn after never having had to do it! (He and I have always had apartments.) I’m excited to start doing this!
The only problem I had with this book is that it refers us to other books this author has written. I wish she would have just included it in this book because if I go buying her other books, (and these are books you want in print, not in an ereader where the screen goes blank after a few minutes) it just creates more clutter! The whole point of this book is Clutter Free! I had to laugh at that! I won’t buy the other books. I’ll just work from this one. Clutter Free! It IS freeing so far! I’ve shred four entire boxes that my husband got down off the top shelf in our bedroom closet! Now there is ROOM in there! I highly suggest this book!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#REVIEW - The Promise by Beth Wiseman


Description from the Publisher and Goodreads:

Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal--and danger. Can the only man she's ever loved rescue her before it's too late? Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend, parents, or anyone else get in the way of her #1 goal--to save a life. She had that chance when she was a teenager, and the opportunity slipped away, leaving a void she's desperate to fill. Then a new friend she met online offers her the chance she's dreamed of. But she'll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it. Tate Webber has loved Mallory for years. He understands that Mallory's free spirit has to fly, and when he gives her the space she needs, he hopes that when she lands, the two of them will be in the same place and can marry at last. In a bold move--and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her--Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dream. Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend isn't who he says he is. And Mallory can only pray she'll make it out alive. Inspired by actual events, this riveting story will take you on a wild journey and have you asking yourself: How far would I go for love? Bestselling author Wiseman encourages readers to think through their feelings about Islam, Christianity, faith, love, and what it means to help others. Her novel will challenge, encourage, and stimulate discussion among her loyal fans and first-time readers. --Publishers Weekly

My Take:
1 Star
*WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS*
A quick review - a naive American woman who DESPITE WARNINGS falls for a muslim man, thinking she is going to do the ultimate and save a life. Flies to Peshawar, Pakistan, stays with the family, finds out there is no life to be saved and she has been lied to, becomes forced to marry the man who was so sweet to her on Skype, is abused by him and his other wife, gets stuck in the country, expecting the American Embassy to help get her out of trouble, OR, she has now become a key player in Human Trafficking, being expected to earn her keep, if you know what I mean.
The REAL review:
One star for taking the time to TRY to write a story that is not Amish. This author needs to stick with writing her Amish stories because in my opinion, that is ALL she CAN write. I have NEVER been as disappointed and upset as I was while reading this book over ANY other book. Don't get FOOLED into buying or borrowing this book and wasting your time to read it like I did. 
I saw this book at NetGalley at Thomas Nelson Publishers and had seen it around other blogs for quite a while, (that should have been a clue to me as to 'why' it was STILL AT NETGALLEY!) The cover is catchy, and I always wondered what this book was about, but I never noticed or read what the book was about, and knew the author was popular for writing a lot of Amish books, so I thought I would take a chance as it had potential. 'Had potential' is one of the key words here. It's a huge FAIL!
Let me tell you one thing before I continue. I have taken WEEKS which turned into MONTHS writing this review out. I ditched every single review I wrote. I tried and tried to write a review that wasn't so long it wouldn't bore you to death. I kept putting my own opinions in, took them out, then finally decided I'll just tell it like it is. Pathetic!
This book is supposed to be based upon a true story, but I don't know ONE PERSON who could possibly be this naive and flat-out dumb, but this book has been written, so I guess that one person is out there. This author has written a character who is such a push-over, stupid, and yes, I said STUPID! This young woman is in her twenties and I think she crawled out from behind a ROCK! No one would do what she did without asking a single question, or even doubting what she was about to do, but she does it! Unbelievable in every meaning of the word!
Mallory, at age 17, had a cousin dying from a kidney disease and was on dialysis for it. This cousin was in the end stages of her life as her kidneys were not working to remove the waste from your body. Mallory already knows she can't have children. (How? We never are given an explanation.) She goes through all the testing and would have been able to donate her kidney to save her cousin's life, and since she could not have children, I'm assuming she could give a kidney and not have to worry about only having one? The author does not tell us this. 
Mallory's parents said no. We are never given a reason WHY they said no, they just said no. Her cousin dies, but Mallory still wants to save someone's life. I guess now she is an adult and in her twenties (when I keep saying I guess or I am assuming something, that is because the author has conveniently left that part out!) and she still wants to carry out this 'save a life' thing. Great. I'm all for it. I guess like attracts like because she has a boyfriend named Tate, and he never questions this event that she is willing to walk into as well. He has to be just as naive! (I just can't believe this author would write such a story and ask us, the Reader, to believe this!!!)
Mallory works with an Indian woman named Soraya, married to Ismail. He is friends with a man named Abdul, and he lives in Peshawar, (near Istanbul) Pakistan, one of the most dangerous cities in that country. Abdul supposedly has a daughter who has cancer, and if Mallory will marry him, he can bring her here to the US to get treatment for her here. Soraya thinks this is a good idea; and she is putting ALL her trust into her husband, Ismail. She is believes in him and tells Mallory. (Remember that.) The author hints something is amiss with this story, but that is all she does, never telling us just what it is.
Mallory and Abdul start to Skype. It is during these phone calls that Mallory starts to talk about religion with Abdul. Mallory does not own a Bible, but DOES go out and buys a Qur'an. This sends Tate off the deep end!
Abdul is Islam . . . just wait! Malory has to be screwed up. Abdul praises her constantly with compliments, understanding of her confusion about religion, kind and understanding to her, but he crosses the line when he talks about what a beautiful woman she is, how nice she is, and how can she not be married yet? Mallory crosses the line when she accepts Abdul's compliments, making her blush and feel good about herself, and she looks forward to these phone calls despite her having Tate as a boyfriend whom she loves, and he love her back with a vengeance. 
Abdul is apparently over the moon in love with her. (Wait! Isn't she supposed to be going there to help save a life and should NOT be being courted?) The boyfriend doesn’t find anything wrong about this except about the religion they were trying to confuse her over??? Or, as we’ve come to know Mallory by now, has she not told him anything about what Abdul is saying to her? That is probably the most logical reason. Mallory looks up the country and sees the US has US Citizen TRAVEL WARNINGS all over every website she goes to. That tells her nothing! If it were me, I would NOT be going! She goes!!!
On one of the Skype calls, she sees a woman's arm serving Abdul tea. She asks who that is, and Abdul has an explanation that his divorced wife still lives with him because she is the mother of their children. She ACCEPTS this answer! As you can tell, red flags are popping up all over the place! Off Mallory goes on the plane to Peshawar, Pakistan.
(Here is a map to help you understand where she went.)



As Mallory was getting off the plane, an American man approached her to talk to her and tried to find out what she was doing there and tried to make sure she knew of the danger. He pressed his business card discreetly in her hand and said to call him if needed. She thought this was strange and she wouldn't need his card. Hello? She's in the middle of the thick of things, of people who do not get along, etc! Trust me, she needed that business card!
As you can see, Peshawar is right next to Afghanistan. There was a cross of Pakistani's and Afghanistan's in the crowds in the city. There were vehicles with men holding guns, men walking around with guns, etc. If you can imagine it, it was written in this book. This part of the book was the most detailed. At least it shows this author can do research. It didn't take long for me to learn this is NOT a country for a blonde haired, blue-eyed, light skinned American woman to go to!) 
At this point do I care? No! I have no sympathy for this woman, and I'm not sorry about it. The author has failed to give me any convincing reason to even like Mallory. All I think of about Mallory is she is so dumb to have fallen for such a plan! I knew this was going to happen!
Within a week of Mallory being in Pakistan living with Abdul and his family, including his wife, she finds out his daughter does NOT have cancer. What is she here for? To save a life, yet there is NO LIFE TO BE SAVED!
Eventually, Abdul forcefully marries Mallory. As everyone is going to bed that night, Abdul's wife looks over to her and smirks, telling Mallory that Abdul will be sleeping with her tonight, NOT Mallory.
Okay. Abdul is practicing polygamy, a part of the Islam religion.
NOW Mallory wakes up! Now she sees she must get out of that country, and fast. Fast is NOT a word in Pakistan. She contacts that man at the American Embassy and in the book it sounds like it only takes a few weeks to get her out, but in reality, in reading the author's notes, it sounds like it may have taken a year or two to get her out.
So, do you think Tate is still waiting for her back here in the states? Yes, in real life he does help her get home.
I just can't believe someone who had EVERYTHING would drop and LOSE EVERYTHING for a man, a LIAR in Pakistan!
Oh! The BEST part - I almost forgot! Soraya found out what her husband did to help Abdul. She left him! Yes! I LOVE it!!
In closing, I just want to say if you feel you have a calling, even to save a life, DO IT IN THE USA!
Here are some links to help you do what you feel called to do:
Living Donors - to donate a kidney IN THE USA:
and
Look EVERYTHING up online before your feet hit ANY foreign soil! Today there are bound to be OODLES of websites and information at your FINGERTIPS before you go and put your body in danger! Thank you.



Saturday, May 16, 2015

The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending May 17 2015 plus blog updates!


Welcome! It's been another great weeks of books and reading! Let's see what books made the bestseller list this week! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday and most of the time earlier!

BLOG UPDATES
Wow! What a week for books! I got a few books from publishers this week, and I am DYING to read them! Both of these are due out for release on June 2nd! The first is The Appetite of Girls by Pamela Moses about girls/women and our self image hang-ups. Yes! I DO have self image hang-ups! I always think I look FAT no matter how thin or when I do have those extra pounds on me. I think ALL of us women have this issue, and even though this book is fiction, it DOES HIT HOME! I believe this book will truly be sought after! Here's a sneak peek! RELEASING JUNE 2ND, 2015!




and the second, which I'm DYING to read, too, is Eeeny Meeny by M J Arlidge



Yes! #EenyMeeny is a hashtag! Look it up now! This is an amazing thriller of a book. Two people are abducted. You are in the bottom of a swimming pool with NO WAY OUT! There is one cell phone and one gun at the bottom of that pool. You get a phone call. The called tells you there is ONE way out. Someone has to kill the other one. There is only enough battery left on that phone for that phone called and then it goes dead. Are YOU going to kill the person you are with so you can go free, or are YOU going to offer to be killed? It's you or your husband, which is it going to be? WOW, huh!!! This is just the first chapter! A 395 page book with this author's NEW book's first 3 chapters in the back, for Pop Goes the Weasel by M J Arlidge - same author! These are the first and the second books in the NEW Helen Grace series! #EenyMeeny is this author's debut thriller/crime police procedural! RELEASING JUNE 2ND!


I've also received Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

and Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis

I have a review to write for House Broken by Sonja Yoerg but muscle spasms got me earlier this week after writing a few reviews, so I have to get rid of these things so I can write again!

I also have The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison!

The Promise by Beth Wiseman - I am EXTREMELY DISSATISFIED WITH THIS BOOK AND ANGRY ABOUT IT, TOO! ANGRY AT THE AUTHOR! Don't waste your money!

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer


The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag



and MORE! Keep watching for MORE reviews coming ASAP!



Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman - To be read after the June 2nd new releases! 



DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE UPPER LEFT SIDE COLUMN FOR GIVEAWAYS!! CHECK THIS AREA EVERY WEEK AS THEY DO CHANGE! Some of these books up above (new releases on June 2nd WILL be Giveaways!) Keep your eyes peeled!

Let's hit the books!

FICTION: COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT: All links go to the ebook at Amazon, but they have redone the website, so when you pull up a book, there is a very nice box to click on for whatever version you want to choose to click on! I am impressed! They are always working on making it so easy to purchase books in the versions we want! Enjoy!

1. 14th Deadly Sin (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $12.96



2. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $ 6.99
print:   $8.37



3. Memory Man (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $14.67




4. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $12.99
print:   $14.53



5. Gathering Prey (The Prey Series Book 25) by John Sanford
ebook: $10.99
print:   $17.37



6. Cat's Lair (Leopard series Book 7) by Christine Feehan
ebook: $6.15
print:   $8.33



7. The Liar by Nora Roberts
ebook: $12.99
print:   $17.76



8. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
ebook: $  8.99
print:   $14.66



9. A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
ebook: $12.99
print:   $16.19



10. The Fall: A Novel by John Lescroart
ebook: $12.99
print:   $17.21



11. The Bone Tree: A Novel (Penn Cage Book 5) by Greg Iles
ebook: $9.99
print:   $8.80



12 The Inn at Rose Harbor (with bonus short story "When First They Met"): A Novel by Debbie Macomber
ebook: $  7.59
print:   $12.64



13. Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel (Lizzie & Diesel Book 2) by Janet Evanovich
ebook: $ 8.54
print:   $10.74



14. The Stranger by Harlan Coben
ebook: $  8.97
print:   $12.93



15. Personal (with bonus short story Not a Drill): A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
ebook: $7.29
print:   $7.67



Thanks AGAIN for stopping by this weekend! I LOVE it when you do! Grab the ebooks at the amazing low prices while they are on the bestseller list before the prices go up (not the $12.99 ones! I REFUSE to pay that price, and am still staying below $10 for an ebook. I said that several years ago, and I stand by it, still. WHY publishers are upping the prices so high is for one, that settlement they reached for three years did time out, so now they think they can price their ebooks at whatever price they would like. I recently got the opportunity to read a book I could ONLY get in print after reading so MANY ebooks, and I'll admit, it was such a PLEASANT CHANGE TO READ A PRINT BOOK! I'VE MISSED IT WITHOUT KNOWING IT! Thanks to those publishers that provided the print copies for me! I'll admit, I buy a LOT of books, ebooks, mostly, but rarely get to read what "I" want to read, which is okay with me because eventually I'll get to what I want to read and the BEST part about blogging about books is getting the New Releases ahead of time and being able to blog about them on or near their release dates! That happens to be on my favorite things about blogging about books! They are generally in ebook format, but lately the LOVELY PUBLISHERS have been sending out more print books than ever before, and I am LOVING it! This is how I realized I am MISSING reading print books as much as I love ebooks! I guess both versions are the BEST of both worlds, really! Try a print book again! Don't forget what you may be missing and don't even know it! Have a GREAT week! Here are the rest!!

PUCKED, by Helena Hunting (Helena Hunting)
OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon (Dell)
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's)
LEAVING TIME, by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine)
DAY SHIFT, by Charlaine Harris (Ace)