A vacation on the island of ex- Boyfriends By: Stacy bierlein

Published March 11, 2012 by Hollys~BookShelf

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Synopsis:

In three days we have played, cried, ran, fought, laughed, danced, and built fires with them all–every man we’ve ever wanted. We’re exhausted.

Two friends plan a visit to Nantucket, but find themselves on a different island completely, where the men they have loved are lined up on the beach in chronological order. A grieving mother and daughter encounter naked strangers in unexpected places en route to the Dordogne River. A restless New York artist travels to Madrid to find a European lover, only to fall for another persnickety New Yorker. Such quirks of fate are the hallmark of Stacy Bierlein’ s debut story collection. From that mysterious island in the Atlantic to the crowded highways of Los Angeles; from the Charles Bridge in Prague, to the temples of Luxor and the most remote regions of the Myanmar peninsula, Bierlein’s characters are women of dazzling ironies and introspections, always in motion and trusting in love–even when it remains out of reach.

My thoughts:

I won this book through A LibraryThing giveaway and was really excited to check it out. I received it in the mail yesterday and finished it this afternoon.

This Book contains a collection of stories from different women about their encounters with their lovers,exs, one night stands.

I really enjoyed this book, I think the author did a great job. From the start it pulls you in and keeps you interested. The author does a very good job with description. The flow of The stories was great, I never lost my interest.I think this could be a book I would read a second time.

so, overall I would recommend this for a read.  I gave it a 4 out of 5 : )

Stand By me By: Neta Jackson

Published March 7, 2012 by Hollys~BookShelf

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Synopsis:

Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you.

Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman form a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family all but disowns her.

When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multicultural church family. But her tendency to immediately say whatever she’s thinking steps on the toes of nearly everyone she meets-especially Avis Douglass.

Avis has a strong faith, is the principal of one of Chicago’s highest performing elementary schools, and is a founding member of SouledOut. But the country’s economic downturn has thrown both her and her husband’s jobs in question. And Avis hasn’t heard from her youngest daughter in months-an estrangement that gnaws at her every day. Where is God in this?

Kat’s flamboyant zeal for living a “radical” Christian life is a stark contrast to Avis’s more reserved faith. But in God’s timing, the two women discover they need each other in ways neither of them expected.

 

 My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. The pace was nice, I really liked the characters. I enjoyed the story. Definite recommend. I would give this book a 4/5.

Infinite Days By: Rebecca Maizel

Published February 21, 2012 by Hollys~BookShelf

Synopsis: “Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you…no one.”


Those were some of Rhode’s last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.

Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.

I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn’t Rhode.

But Justin was…daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.

I never expected to be sixteen again…then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me…
 
 
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My Thoughts :
 
I just finished this book about 15 minutes ago. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. The story was great.
I loved Lenah as far as a strong main female character goes , I feel like she was perfect.
What really pulled me in was the back and forth from present time to going back into the 1800’s.
 Overall, I liked the pacing of the book. I enjoyed the story line and really look forward to the second book. I’m really hoping more about Rhode is in that one. : ) 
  I give this book a 5/5. I just really enjoy the authors writing style. 
 
 

I’ll Be There By: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Published February 14, 2012 by Hollys~BookShelf

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Synopsis: 

Sam Border : wishes he could escape. Raised by an unstable father, he’s spent his life moving from place to place. But he could never abandon his little brother, Riddle.

Riddle Border : doesn’t talk much. Instead, he draws pictures of the insides of things and waits for the day when the outsides of things will make sense. He worships his older brother. But how can they leave when there’s nowhere to go? Then everything changes. Because Sam meets Emily.

Emily Bell : believes in destiny. She sings for her church choir, though she doesn’t have a particularly good voice. Nothing, she feels, is mere coincidence. And she’s singing at the moment she first sees Sam.

Everyone whose path you cross in life has the power to change you–sometimes in small ways, and sometimes in ways greater than you could have ever known. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, Holly Goldberg Sloan’s debut novel deftly explores the idea of human connection.

 

 

 

My thoughts:  I really loved this book, The story was awesome. The pace of the book was great. I think the characters of Riddle, Emily and Sam worked really well together. At times reading this book you find yourself holding your breath in anticipation of what is going to happen. I personally wanted to punch Clarence in the face haha! Overall, I think the author did a great job! I loved the ending : ) I look forward to reading more books by this author.

The Fault in our Stars By; John Green

Published February 6, 2012 by Hollys~BookShelf

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis, but when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. By the award-winning author of Looking for Alaska.

My thoughts: I LOVED THIS BOOK!! This is one of those books you can reread over and over. The writing was great and the story was really well written. I was pulled right  in and couldn’t stop reading until the end.

 

Winter Girls By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Published February 1, 2012 by Hollys~BookShelf

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Synopsis: 

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secrets,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way – thin, thinner, thinnest – maybe she’ll disappear altogether.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

 

My Thoughts:

 This books really offers you insight on what it would be like to have an eating disorder. I felt awful for lia and her family. This was a really emotional story with a beautiful ending. I really enjoyed it. The  pace of the book was good. The overall story was good, I would recommend this as a read : )