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2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 3 books toward her goal of 60 books.

Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Day

The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event–but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY–into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

Review: 3 Stars

So many characters, so many histories, story lines, yet the end left me bewildered and lost. 

I know some books are better off without an epilogue or happy ending for everyone, but when a book throws you into the lives of each character you expect a full journey with them. I was confused and flabbergasted with how it ended…

Like with all families you have wackadoos, rude ones, selfish ones, romantics, morons, assholes, jerks, cheaters, lovers, idiots, and protectors. Definitely could have happened in any family, which is what makes the lack of closure hurt.



Goodreads Summary: Life and Life

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.

This seems interesting and highly emotional, I hope I am strong enough to get through it…


Through audible  I’m reading No Second Chance. It’s a night mare to wake up and have your family gone. I wonder if they are going to pin it on him. I LOVE listening to books rather than music…really keeps me focused. 

From Harlan Coben, author of back-to-back New York Times best-sellers Tell No One and Gone for Good, comes his most accomplished and electrifying work to date. The novelist who “serves up everything you could ask for in a can’t-put-it-down book . . . rocket-fast pace with solid emotional underpinning” (San Francisco Chronicle) returns with a thriller of explosive tension and breathless psychological suspense. No Second Chance is a breakneck ride where nothing is what it seems–and where hope and fear collide in the most surprising ways. Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends and the love of a father, No Second Chance is another masterpiece from an author who writes “suspense at its finest” (Jeffrey Deaver). PRAISE FOR HARLEN COBEN AND Gone for Good: “A killer thriller with more twists and turns than an amusement park ride. . . . Gone for Good is great.” –USA Today. “Coben stands on the accelerator and never lets up . . . riveting.” –People (PAGE-TURNER OF THE WEEK)



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Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.


Just Finished Reading… — 6 Comments

    • Ugggh, I messed up and put the wrong book I’m reading now, I’m actually reading, Life and Life…which I’m still on the fence about. Oh, what’s that about?

      • Karen, never heard of that one. The Boston Girl is about an 80 something year old woman telling the story of her life to her granddaughter in flashbacks. Truly loving it so far and having trouble putting it down.

  1. I don’t know if I could handle a book without a real ending…unless I know there’s a sequel on the way. Though the description for “Beautiful Day” is intriguing. Can’t wait to see how you like the next one!

  2. Bummer about Beautiful Day. I don’t necessarily need a happy ending every time but I do like to feel like the story is wrapped up, especially when I am emotionally attached to the characters. I have heard great things about Life After Life. Stopping by from SITS and sharing another one of my favorite books by an NC author (my home state).

Would love to read your thoughts