Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird #2)

Go Set a WatchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This book is simply amazing! And it doesn’t hurt to have Felony Melanie ( Sweet Home Alabama)- Reese Witherspoon read the book to you! I loved this story and honestly wouldn’t have picked it up unless it was in audio. There’s just something when the right story meets the right narrator and magic is made! This book tells of Scout 20 years down the road and her return to her home town. This book at first had me laughing, then story took a more somber turn but it was still amazing! I found my jaw on the floor a few times, while quietly whispering “no, no, not Atticus!”, then I got real mad and would have thrown the story down if it was a paperback book and not on my phone. Overall, this story is great! I only wished that I have reread To Kill A Mockingbird before I listened to this book.

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Book Summary:
From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven’t read this story since high school, and I’m sure back then I didn’t think it was that good. However, I’m glad I picked it up and reread it. I was able to feel more deeply about the characters and their situation. I love how the friendship between Lennie and George played out even though the ending is sad. I know some still read this in high school and I’m glad they do despite this book being banded.

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Book Summary:
The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re in the mood for a dystopian adventure then this book is for you! I honestly hated not being able to listen to the story all the way through. Unfortunately real life had to come first a few times. The story follows a few teens and how they try to survive the 5th wave. But what is the 5th wave? You’ll have to read or listen to it to find out! Happy reading my friends.

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Book Summary:
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

The Obsession

The ObsessionThe Obsession by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A page turner!

I couldn’t put this book down. I was hooked from the first page. The story and characters keep you wanting to find out what’s next, what’s going to happen, how are they going to survive. I love Xander, he’s just a badass, and Naomi is just as badass. Go out and read this book!

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Book Summary:
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up―especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper's WifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a good book to listen too. I enjoyed hearing about how the Zoo Keeper hid others in different parts of the zoo. How each had a code name, and how most survived til the end of the Holocaust. This is not to say the book was light and fluffy, it was full of hardships and issues but hope prevailed. If you’re looking for a book about history go grab this book. I recommend the audiobook.

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Book Summary:
Eine wahre Geschichte aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg
Während der Zweite Weltkrieg tobt, wird der Warschauer Zoo Schauplatz einer dramatischen Rettungsaktion, die über 300 Juden vor dem sicheren Tod bewahrt. Als Jan und Antonina Żabiński, der Zoodirektor und seine Frau, mitansehen, wie die Nazis in Polen einmarschieren, ist ihr Entsetzen groß. Die jüdische Bevölkerung wird im Warschauer Ghetto zusammengepfercht. Zeitgleich beginnen die Nazis den Zoo für ihre Zwecke zu nutzen, um ausgestorbene Tierarten rückzuzüchten. Als die Nazis den brachliegenden Zoo verlassen, nutzen die Żabińskis die Situation und schmuggeln Juden aus dem Warschauer Ghetto auf das Zoogelände, wo sie die Todgeweihten in den leeren Tierkäfigen verstecken. Sie retten ihnen damit das Leben.

Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier #2)

Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier #2)Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes you just need a good old fashion heartfelt, warm your toes book. And this book delivered. It wasn’t a snuggle down, get cozy in a blanket heartfelt book though. This book delt with issues. From when a family of three sisters moved out west in with a wagon to train, to the aftermath of a massacre, to finding hope, strength, and courage to move on from the tragedies of life. The best part about this book is that it’s a trilogy and there’s one more after this! Happy readying my friends.

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Book Summary:

A Compelling Novel of Forgiveness and Hope from Leading Author Tracie Peterson 

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace’s new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope’s mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Hope’s precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she’s not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.

As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1)

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hmmm….

I’m not sure how to feel about this book. It’s one that you have to read and saver it slowly. For those that read this in one sitting I commend you. It took me a while to get through this book. The characters are interesting and one I’ve never read about before. However, the mix of supernatural with a bit of steampunk is nice. I’m definitely going to check out the next book.

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Book Summary:
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire—and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

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