Finder’s Keepers (The second to the Bill Hodges Trilogy) by Stephen King

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Good morning! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

First of all, two words: STEPHEN KING.

Now then… it starts off intriguing. It instantly began with trying to get you to think and hope that what was going on went a different direction (at least I was). Oh, but it took a turn for the worst, lol, because of course.

Anyway, beyond that nerve wracking beginning, it was a steady pace of story lines and curiosity. I wouldn’t say it got boring, but I was just waiting for the crazy parts. But worry not, because crazy it got.

This story is different from the first. They don’t go hand-in-hand (if that would be the correct term…), but they do connect. If someone were to have started with Finder’s Keepers first rather than Mr. Mercedes (like I almost did, not knowing it was a trilogy at the time) then I don’t think any confusion would have been made. BUT it is better reading the first one first so that you understand the characters when they reminisce.

The very end makes me think that the next book will go back to the First Book character’s story. And I must say I am VERY excited to get to it. I believe it’s called End Of Watch. I’ve got to get it SOOOOON!

Currently reading Alone in Paris by Ashley Earley. A story that includes depression, suicide, and love. I am almost halfway through.

New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

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2 out of 5 stars

Let me begin by pointing out that this is just my personal opinion and is not my usual read. I know a few women who would rate this a 5 because it would be exactly their cup of tea. So, because I don’t like chick-flick types of reads I give it a 2. It didn’t disinterest me enough to stop reading, which I have completely stopped reading not even a handful of books, so that’s how I can confidently say that some other girlfriends of mine would totally be into this.

Why this would appeal to women who love chick-flicky stuff: This story is about a woman who gets a divorce (her man left her for another woman) and she moves back to her small childhood town. She has run-ins with ex-boyfriends and for one reason or another she has them doing favors for her and her mother, as they are both trying to get back on their feet.

Here’s what turned me off… it was predictable. I knew exactly where this was going, about how she finds love (again) and whatnot. The drama wasn’t exciting to me and the romance build-up wasn’t original. Now, you could be like how I am when it comes to thrillers or horror stories, which is I don’t care how predictable it gets, so this could still be a good read for you. But not for me. However, I want to point out that her love interest as I know him in my head is absolutely dreamy and wonderful and her mother is fun as hell. Favorite characters. Had to point that out, lol.

Though I wasn’t digging the story, I was absolutely digging this cover. I LOVE blue. I love ties. And I thought it quite clever ❤

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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5 out of 5 stars!

The thing that captured my intrigue… Well, to be honest, the very first thing was the fact that an article said it was one of Emma Watson’s favorite books, lol. I suppose the second thing was that these letters are directed to famous people. Before I knew what the story was really about I assumed it would be letters to people the character personally knew. But it seemed better that she’s writing to famous people because the readers know some or all of them. We grew up knowing a part of their lives. We felt the shock and sadness when they left this world, so when the character writes her letters in relation to what she goes through in the book, what we feel is genuine.

It begins as an assignment for a class. Then she felt it was too personal. And she liked it. So she kept writing and kept them to herself. She writes to them as a journal. She writes of what is currently going on in her life and what she feels.

Just a journal in letter form to dead people.

If you love being an emotional read then this is the stuff for you.

I’m Hosting a bookstagram Challenge!

This is my first time hosting something. I see it on Instagram all the time and it looks fun, so I’m going to try it out this month 🙂 If you’re on Instagram TRY THIS OUT WITH ME!

For each day I will pick my favorite photo and post all my favorites on my blog and tag you at the end of the month.

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Be sure to tag #prettybookthingsjuly

Let’s all get creative together. If that sounds fun to you, then I guess I’ll see you on Instagram!

Follow me: https://www.instagram.com/mandyreads_mandywrites/

Also, tell me what you think of the list. I’m just curious.

Goodnight!

P.S. Tomorrow, the 30th, is my birthday 😉 I’ll have a drink for all my followers 😛

Scored These Summer Reads from an Instagram Giveaway!

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I had such an amazing morning yesterday! I entered an Instagram book giveaway that @booksparks was hosting (If you’re not following them yet, you should) and I won and my lovely package arrived yesterday! I have never won anything from the internet before. Now I can say that I have, lol.

Looks like I won’t have to make any book purchases for the rest of the summer! I also REALLY LOVE the summer vibes the books give off. I have not started any yet as I am currently reading June by Miranda Beverly-Wittemore, courtesy of BloggingForBooks. BUT! The one I might start with is The Mermaid of Booklyn because I loooove mermaids, lol. Perfectly reasonable, right? I don’t need to read any of the synopsis… pshhh.

But I really am eager to tackle them all.

Let me end this by pointing out my favorite cover out of the bunch. It would have to be Ways of Leaving. It’s an upside-down image. It’s trippy 😛

When You Combine Your Love for Books and Photography

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I love book photography. And, in my very first post on my blog, I review this series, The Sword of Truth, because it is my favorite series.

Anyway, this image was for an Instagram contest hosted by redbubble and bookwormboutique. The theme was called Mythical Creatures and Magical Beings. You can probably imagine all the awesome images that’s been posted by all the participants. It was a pretty cool contest. And I hadn’t done a fun image like this since my son’s birthday back in February.

The contest ended last night, but I just wanted to share my image. Hope you like it. Have a great Wednesday!

Subway Book Review! Check ’em out!

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So, I just came across this awesome Instagram page moments ago and I just HAVE TO SHARE.

I don’t know who and how many people run the page or if they are journalists or anything, but I guess they sort of interview people they see reading, or who have books on them, about those books. They get a quick pic of the reader with their book (you’ll see some stylish people on there!) Some of you may be familiar with HONY (Humans of New York) and what Subway Book Review does is something similar. Where HONY gets insight on the lives of strangers, SBR gets insight on strangers’ reading material and how they like it.

I am absolutely in love with this idea. I was immediately captivated by their posts. I had already found myself making a list of books that I want to get in the future.

Dinner by Cesar Aira Dinner by Cesar Aira [the following is a c&p from SBR quoting the interviewed]

“Although the book looks really pretty and pink it’s about zombies. It starts with a man in his sixties having dinner with his friend and his mother. This friend shows them this giant doll – you can’t tell there’s something strange about it. The cover made me feel like it was a contemporary story and when I read the description I was sold. This year I’ve been doing this thing were I read a book a month and it’s making me more open to read about topics I usually wouldn’t immediately pick. It has definitely made me more curious.”

THIS IS NOW AT THE TOP OF MY READING LIST!

Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/subwaybookreview/?hl=en

They are probably on Facebook and Youtube as well. I have not explored them too much yet as I pretty much immediately started blogging about them once I decided I love them.

Anyway, have fun exploring and enjoying their posts!