Category: Reviews

The Little Book of #Hygge…by Meik Wiking

Posted February 9, 2020 by Karen in Books, Mini Review, Reviews , , / 0 Comments
The Little Book of #Hygge…by Meik Wiking

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while. While I had the general idea of what hygge was, I was excited to learn the details of the Danish art of coziness.   I love the idea of hygge and plan on using some of the advice in the book. The author made Denmark seem wonderful. I  also plan on trying some of the danish recipes. Some of the illustrations were also cute and fun but I think this book was way overhyped.   There was a lot of repetition. There was also a lot of statistics about happiness that no one wants to read about. This whole book could have easily been a 20-pages (and that’s only if they added some actual photos). It seemed they were trying to stretch the book out to justify the $19.99 price […]

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The Deal of a Lifetime…by #FredrikBackman

The Deal of a Lifetime…by #FredrikBackman

You’ll be waking up soon, it’s Christmas Eve in Helsingborg, and I’ve killed a person.     An absentee father who is more worried about making lots of money than raising his son seeks to explain his actions. It includes a Backman style twist at the end.   Fredrik Backman writes some of my favorites characters (Ove, Britt-Marie, Elsa’s grandmother). So, I was hoping for some fun and quirky characters in this short Christmas novella. I quickly found out that this was not the case. It is a story about morality and it is meant to get you thinking about what is important in life.   While not my favorite Backman book it will definitely was worth reading. At well under 100 pages, it is also a quick read. Well worth giving an hour or so of your reading time.    

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The Great Unexpected…by Dan Mooney-#Blogtour

The Great Unexpected…by Dan Mooney-#Blogtour

‘ They’d ask, sometime later, what he had been trying to prove, what was his message, what did he what to tell the world, and that itself would be the message.’   As odd as it sounds, some of my favorite characters are grumpy. Grumpy people that turn out to be not so bad after all (once you take the time to understand them). This was true in ‘A Man Called Ove’, and it’s true in ‘The Great Unexpected.’   Adult one on one friendship is something that adds a wonderful aspect to a storyline. This was one of the things that originally attracted to the book.  So from the start, I was rooting for Joel and Frank’s friendship to blossom.   From the beginning, I could tell that both Joel and Frank were very special characters. Franks’s bright and friendly […]

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The Stars of Alabama…by Sean Dietrich #blogtour

The Stars of Alabama…by Sean Dietrich #blogtour

‘You can control what you know and what you think and what you do. But not who you love.’   ‘The Stars of Alabama’ tells the story of multiple characters struggling to survive in the south amid the Great Depression. The stories of various unrelated characters come together to form a beautiful tale of survival and love.       I love Southern Fiction. It, along with historical fiction, is by far my favorite genre. When the two come together they are always a must-read for me. Sean Dietrich is known for his southern persona and storytelling and this story did not disappoint.   This book has all the things I love, a gritty struggle to make ends meet, strong but endearing characters, all set among the historical south.   I loved Vern and Paul’s story the most. To me, […]

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Remember Me…by Chelsea Bobulski #blogtour

Remember Me…by Chelsea Bobulski #blogtour

‘First rule of storytelling,’ he says, a glint in his eyes.’ Everything is possible.’   Nell is still trying to recover from the loss of her mom when her dad moves her across the country. The move is for his new job in a historical hotel. In 1907 Lea is being forced to marry a man she doesn’t love to improve her family’s circumstances.   I love me some historical fiction and some spooky stories. So when this novel was described as a cross between ‘Titanic’ and the ‘Shining’, I knew this story was for me.   The Winslow Hotel in this novel was a character in itself. It is so full of life and history while still being so very creepy. Having worked in the hotel industry I really loved some of the hotel lingo and inferences in the novel. […]

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The Woman in the White Kimono…by Ana Johns #Blogtour

The Woman in the White Kimono…by Ana Johns #Blogtour

‘In the struggle of stone and water, water eventually wins. Since my family’s mind is set like stone, I must persist like water to change it.’ ‘To understand your direction, you must know both your roots and your reach.’ ‘To pick the correct one is fate. To pick the wrong one is also fate.’ Tori Kovac is on a mission to find out what happened to the woman her father fell in love within the 1950s. Naoko Nakamura is fighting her parents and their traditional Japanese ways to marry the man she loves.   I really love historical fiction. The dual timeline with a present-day perspective is by far my favorite. While there have been a ton of WWII historical fiction lately, they almost all center around the European war. The war in Japan was huge and had so many nuances. I […]

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No Place Like Here…By Christina June #blogtour

No Place Like Here…By Christina June #blogtour

  When Ashlyn’s father goes to prison and her mother goes to rehab for depression, her world falls apart. Ashlyn’s father decides she needs to work at a retreat for the summer with a cousin she barely knows.   This story is a companion book to ‘It Started With Goodbye’, and ‘Everywhere You Want to Be’. Although they have crossover characters, each can be read separately.   I was really excited to read, ‘No Place Like Here,’ when I found out it took place at a wilderness retreat. This is such a unique premise and setting.   It is a ‘Hansel and Gretal’ retelling, although this is very subtle.  Deb as the witch definitely took a while to catch onto even with the candy and gingerbread house references. Ashlyn’s quote journal and her leaving ‘breadcrumbs’ of quotes everywhere was wonderful and […]

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We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

Callie is trying to survive high school and get out of her small Florida town. When her best friend moves away to college, Callie believes she is stuck alone.   I really love me some books set in Florida. Especially when it gives a glimpse into small-town Florida.   I really liked Callie and her relationship with her twin brother. Being a mom to boy/girl twins myself, I love seeing older twins that have a close relationship.   Callie’s spunky and fun personality is relatable and her hate to love relationship with Jaime was definitely swoon-worthy. I also loved that their family ran a diner.   I kind of figured out the twist that was coming but it was still shocking. It really brought out the realities of modern-day high-school.   I thought that the Hurricane threat was an interesting part of the story and […]

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A Straw Man…by Amalie Jahn

A Straw Man…by Amalie Jahn

In the third and final installment in the ‘The Clay Lion’ trilogy, Charlie’s little sister Melody takes her own trip to the past. Melody learns that small actions can have large and unexpected consequences in the present.   I adored the previous installments in the ‘Clay Lion’ series. I pretty much jumped from ‘Tin Men’ into this one. I could not wait to find out where Melody’s time-traveling journey would take her. The story begins as Melody is starting college. Her first day she meets handsome, sweet, and strong Nate. Nate and Melody fall head over heels for each other.   Nate and Melodie’s lives take a dramatic twist after a tragedy. Melodie decides to go against everyone’s advise and use her one-time-only time-travel trip.   I really loved Nate. Amalie Jahn is so good at making swoon-worthy characters. I can totally understand why […]

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Tin Men…by Amalie Jahn

Tin Men…by Amalie Jahn

In this continuation of the ‘Clay Lion’ series, Brooke’s boyfriend Charlie takes his own journey into his past and in the process discovers who he really is.   I really enjoyed, ‘The Clay Lion’, and literally went right into ‘Tin Men’ as soon as I had finished the first one. I had to know how Brooke’s story continued.   Charlie was my favorite character from ‘The Clay Lion’ (and he is totally swoon-worthy), so I  loved that this book took on his story. Jahn had me totally forgetting that government-sanctioned time-travel isn’t really a thing (yet). I had to keep reminding myself that this is really a science fiction story and not just a romantic contemporary.   I found I was more sympathetic to Charlie’s character in this story then I was to Brooke’s in the first book. Charlie’s intent throughout the […]

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