Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Confessions

This has been a good reading month for me, mostly because it still has been pretty darn cold here in PA. I don't think spring got the memo that it should be here. But I have already started reading books for my Summer Kickoff, so it's summer in my mind regardless of what the temperatures outside are. Pina Colada, anyone? 

1.  See Me by Wendy Higgins - 3.5 out of 5 stars
2.  Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill - 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.  A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe - 4 out of 5 stars
4.  At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen - 4 out of 5 stars
5.  First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan - 3.5 out of 5 stars
6.  Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby - 4.5 out of 5 stars (Review to come)
7.  One Plus One by Jojo Moyes - 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)
8.  99 Days by Kate Cotugno - 3.5 out of 5 stars (Review to come)
9.  Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen - 4 out of 5 stars  (Review to come)

Did Not Finish:
Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark - For my reasons why, click here.

1. Favorite Book: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby - Man, Jessi Kirby is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors...right up there with Sarah Dessen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and LOVED the setting.

2.  Biggest Surprise: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen - I am used to Sarah Dessen writing certain kind of summertime novels for the most part (except Dreamland) and Saint Anything wasn't like that at all. It felt darker, more mature, but still had some of that signature Dessen style. There were so many great quotes in this book and to be honest, this story will stay with me longer than some of her other ones. She can do no wrong.

3.  Biggest Disappointment: 99 Days by Kate Cotugno - I LOVED aspects of this book, but then the protagonist kept making the same mistakes over and over again. I got frustrated. Sort of like when I yell at the girl in the scary movie because she's running around the house making desperate moves and runs right into the room with the killer in it. That's how I felt about this story.

4.  Favorite Post/Most Popular: Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Sarah Dessen was by far my most popular post.

5.  Favorite Part of March: Even though I was sick on my birthday, I loved spending extra time with my family. Who doesn't love the healing powers of cake? :)


  1. I can't wait to read Things We Know By Heart. Glad you liked it so much. I am ready for some warmer weather. I wouldn't mind skipping spring and going straight to summer. It's got to arrive sometime right? I can't drink pina coladas but I will celebrate warmer weather with a strawberry daiquiri. :)

    I loved One Plus One and At the Water's Edge. Jojo Moyes is becoming one of my favorite authors. I am planning to read A Fireproof Home for the Bride soon.

    1. Strawberry daiquiris sound good to me, Christina! Things We Know by Heart was really great...probably my favorite of her novels so far. I am very impressed with Jojo Moyes. I want to read Me Before You next. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Fireproof Home...hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting, Christina!

  2. Looking forward to that Dresen novel, and I just read your review of At the Water's Edge. I can't to read that one now, too.

    Great month, Christina!

    1. Sarah Dessen's latest novel was very good- very different than her usual works, but good. Darker than what I was expecting. Thanks for dropping by Joy!

  3. I'm looking forward to your review of Saint Anything. I keep hearing such good things!

    1. Thanks, Linda! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn't my favorite of Dessen's books, but it was very good....very different than her usual books, but in a good way. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. I'm excited to hear what you thought about One Plus One (I enjoyed it!) and I love, love, love the cover art on the book you're currently reading (The Forget-Me-Not Summer); so cute! I'm with you...if we choose the right books, it can be summer whenever we want. :)

    1. I really enjoyed it and want to read more of Moyes' books in the future....especially Me Before You. Hopefully I can read it before the movie comes out. Forget-Me-Not Summer is SUCH a cute read so far....an adorable MG book.....and you are right...it's summer in my mind! :) ha. Thanks for visiting, Tara!


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