Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Favorite.. Childhood Movie




My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

I have loved watching movies for as long as I can remember. And I’ve loved all kinds of movies. A lot of Disney movies were definitely some of my favorites like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Peter Pan. But the movie I remember watching the most when I was growing up were the Free Willy movies. I must have seen them all a dozen times. I loved Free Willy and Jessie and I used to imagine that I grew up with them.


I haven’t seen the Free Willy movies in ages. But I still have some very fond memories of them. Maybe one day I can see this movies with my children. Or maybe these movies will be too old by then. LOL! 

Although I loved the first Free Willy movie, I adored the second one. Maybe because in that one Jessie also met a girl. And I was a sucker for romance even then.  



What is your favorite childhood movie?

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Sunday Post #82: The Shopping Has Started



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was pretty good, except for some back pains that forced me to do things slow. I worked on Monday, and after work we had a going-away-dinner for a colleague who has a new job. This dinner was in the city where I worked at, and I even got time to buy my two very first pregnancy pants. LOL!! I just had to have these, since my old jeans just started to hurt. It was a nice dinner.

On Tuesday I had to work again. And on Wednesday, I went to this pregnancy/baby event with one of my girlfriends. It was really fun to just look at all this stuff. And I’m proud to say that I only got a lot of info, and two shirts.. and I didn’t buy anything else. And these are the only two things I got for the baby myself so far.. and a copy of ‘Guess How Much I Love You’. Pretty impressive with I all these pretty things around for baby’s. :D 

On Thursday and Friday I had to work again. And this weekend I’m taking things slow. A little bit of cleaning in the baby room, but a lot of resting too since my back is telling me I need to.  

Reading wise I didn’t get as much reading time as I planned on, but I did manage to do some blogging. I even made some plans for my blogiversary week in March. And I could definitely use your help.   

Blogiversary in March:

On March 17th Maureen’s Books is celebrating it’s 4 year #Blogiversary! (Yes, I know it’s crazy. Four years!!) Where has the time gone right?! And to celebrate this exciting event I’m looking for bloggers & authors who are willing to write a guest post for Maureen’s Books. It can be about anything you want and it can even include anything you’d like. Maybe you want to add a giveaway, or a little game.. you name it and I can make it work. So are you interested to help me celebrate in the week of March 12th till 18th? Just sign up here and I'll send you an email with more info. 


I hope you all had a great week.

Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • My New Bookish Corner 
  • My Favorite.. Childhood Movie
  • Review ‘The Bad Daughter’ by Joy Fielding

New Arrivals:


Received from Little, Brown Book Group
Bought myself

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review & Giveaway 'A Darker State' by David Young


Today I’m excited to share my review of ‘A Darker State’ by David Young with you. ‘A Darker State’ is the third book in the Karen Müller series, but can be read as a standalone. I’m also thrilled to have an awesome #giveaway going on for you for a chance to win a paperback copy of ‘A Darker State’(two winners).

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37534291-a-darker-state
For the Stasi, it's not just the truth that gets buried . . .

The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People's Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi.

Then, when the son of Müller's team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Müller and her young family into real danger.

Can she navigate this complex political web and find the missing boy, before it's too late?




The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 8th, 2018
Series:
Karin Müller #3
Genre:
Crime, Mystery
Pages:
384
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I read a lot of romance novels, but another genre I love is crime novels. So when I received an email with the question if I wanted to read ‘A Darker State’, I couldn’t say no. ‘A Darker State’ is the third book in the Karen Müller series, and the first book in the series I read.

In ‘A Darker State’ main character Karin Müller is still on her maternity leave when a young boy is found in a lake. After Karin is appointed Major of the People's Police she starts working on this case. But soon she finds out that this is not your average case and things aren’t what they seem.

To be honest, I had some trouble reading this book at the beginning. Although this book is in English, there is still a lot of German names that took some getting used too. What I also didn’t realize is that this book takes place in East Germany during the 1970s. It’s not a bad thing, but it definitely took me some time to get really into this book. And then the mention of the Stasi.. I had no idea what or who they were and had to google them.  But thankfully after the first view chapters, I really started to enjoy this book.

‘A Darker State’ is really a greatly written book. I loved the way this book felt really original and well thought off. Just reading a view chapters makes you feel like you really are in Germany in the 1970s. The story kept me hooked and I really enjoyed reading every page. The story is really fast paced and made me want to read until the very end.

The main character Karin Müller is a great character to read about. She was strong, tough and smart and I enjoyed getting to know her. And reading this book made me want to read the previous two too, just so I can get to know her a little more.

If you like crime novels, with a little bit of a history lesson in it, than this book is definitely for you.

My Rating:

About the Author:


David Young was born near Hull and – after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree - studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic specialising in Modern History. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher's van were followed by a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC’s international newsrooms where he led news teams for the World Service radio and World TV.

David was a student on the inaugural Crime Thriller MA at City University – winning the course prize in 2014 for his debut novel Stasi Child – and now writes full-time in his garden shed. In his spare time, he’s a keen supporter of Hull City AFC.

Stasi Child is the first of three books in the Oberleutnant Karin Müller series – set in 1970s communist East Germany – bought by the UK arm of Swedish publisher Bonnier by former Quercus CEO Mark Smith. It reached the top 5 bestsellers on Amazon Kindle, was number one bestseller in Amazon’s Historical Fiction chart, and has been optioned for TV by Euston Films (Minder, The Sweeney etc). Translation rights have so far been sold to France.

For more information about David Young please visit his website.  Or visit him on Twitter.

Giveaway:


I received this book from Bonnier Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  

http://www.bonnierpublishing.co.uk/

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

My Favorite.. Movie of 2017




My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

In 2016 I saw a lot of movies. I had this card for the cinema and I would go to the movie with one of my coworkers almost every week. I loved it. But our wedding was coming up and this card for the cinema got a little more expensive and I was barely even able to go because I just didn't have the time. So I quit the card and.. Well.. I haven’t been to the cinema since. I love movies, but just going to the movies isn’t in the cards for me all that much. 

So there haven’t been many movies in 2017 I have seen. A view movies I’ve seen I enjoyed, but just didn’t really love. For example ‘It’. I enjoyed it, but didn’t really love it. But there was one movie I loved: ‘Wonder Woman’. I always love movies about strong woman, but this one just seemed to have it all if you ask me. Excitement, romance and so much more. I loved it. And Gal Gadot and Chris Pine were amazing in this movie. I definitely need to see this one again soon.


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Review 'One Night Charmer' by Maisey Yates


Copper Ridge, Oregon's favorite bachelor is about to meet his match 

If the devil wore flannel, he'd look like Ace Thompson. He's gruff. Opinionated. Infernally hot. The last person that Sierra West wants to ask for a bartending job—not that she has a choice. Ever since discovering that her "perfect" family is built on a lie, Sierra has been determined to make it on her own. Resisting her new boss should be easy when they're always bickering. Until one night, the squabbling stops…and something far more dangerous takes over.

Ace has a personal policy against messing around with staff—or with spoiled rich girls. But there's a steel backbone beneath Sierra's silver-spoon upbringing. She's tougher than he thought, and so much more tempting. Enough to make him want to break all his rules, even if it means risking his heart…



The Facts:


Publication Date:
April 19th, 2016
Series:
Copper Ridge #4
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
352
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


A view days ago I was in desperate need of some fun, not to complicated love story. And I came across Maisey Yates. I’ve read the first three book in the Copper Ridge series and loved those books. So the decision to read this fourth book in the series was easily made. And a story about cowboys can never do wrong.  

In ‘One Night Charmer’ we follow Sierra West, the youngest daughter of one of the richest man in Copper Ridge. And she is everything Ace Thompson doesn’t like in a woman, except the fact that she is very beautiful. But Ace doesn’t need to get involved with a rich girl who didn’t have to work for anything in her life. 
Sierra is used to people thinking stuff about her before even talking with her. But when she finds out her family is anything but perfect, she has to swallow her pride and beg for a job at Ace’s bar. And soon Ace finds out he is all wrong about Sierra.  

Like I said before I loved reading the previous Copper Ridge books and this book is definitely not an exception. I loved ‘One Night Charmer’ and I loved Sierra and Ace. There were a lot of wrong assumptions in this book and I really enjoyed reading about Sierra and Ace slowly learned the truth about one another. There was some definite chemistry between these two and I just couldn’t stop reading. Which is probably why I read this book in only one sitting. 

I also enjoyed the part about Ace being a bar owner. I’ve never read a book with a bar owner as the main character and I definitely enjoyed reading about his life and the way he did his work.  

There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about ‘One Night Charmer’. It was definitely a fun, easy going, romantic, cowboy story. And I can’t wait to read more books by Maisey Yates.

My Rating:

About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.

She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.


For more information about Maisey Yates please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Sunday Post #81: The Big News



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was definitely special to me. If you guys follow me on Instagram and Facebook you might have already seen our big reveal. The thing that kept me busy for the last view weeks, and made me not able to blog as much as I used to. And I’m so excited and happy to be able to finally share this news here today. I am pregnant! Almost 13 weeks now. My husband and I have known for a long time and I’ve been dying to share my news with you guys. Especially since it changed things for me a lot.

You’ve probably already seen that I haven’t been blogging much these last view weeks. Well, since Christmas I’ve been feeling nauseated, but the hardest part was how tired I was. Working full-time in a hospital is always challenging but these last view weeks I just didn’t have the energy to do much more than eat, work and sleep. Every night I fell asleep on the couch, and blogging and even reading has been a real challenge. And after trying so hard to keep up I just decided I needed to take care of myself and our baby and sleep when I needed too. So I did. And that means my evening at home were short since I went to bed around 9 p.m. And slowly on I’ve been feeling better and better. We had our first two echo’s and it was so exciting and beautiful to see our baby. The nausea is almost completely gone, and this last week I’ve been feeling less tired. So hopefully I will be able to get back in the blogging and reading world. But.. since there will have to change a lot in our home before the baby comes, it will be busy. And I want to enjoy every single moment. Blogging more than three times a week will probably not be possible.. but we’ll see. 

Next to sharing our news on social media, life has been pretty busy. I have been working, and I’ve been browsing through stuff for the baby room etc. It’s such an exciting time and I can’t wait to meet our little one and start reading all those pretty baby books together. 

And how have you guys been? Tell me what’s going on in your life? And what are you guys reading?

Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘One Night Charmer’ by Maisey Yates
  • My Favorite.. Movie of 2017
  • Blog Tour ‘A Darker State’ by David Young

New Arrivals:


Bought myself

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Favorite.. Valentine's Day Experience



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

Happy Valentine’s Day!! ;)

My husband and I never have been these big valentine’s day celebrators. Most years, we don’t do anything at all accept that I buy him a nice card and write something sweet on it. And every year I tease him with the fact that he almost never does something for me on valentine’s day. It doesn’t bother me at all, since I think it’s much more important that he shows me he loves me throughout the year, but teasing him sure is fun. But in the almost eleven years we’ve been together, he did give me a view valentine gifts. But one definitely stands out.

On valentine’s day in 2014 my husband woke me up with this beautiful gift in his hands. It’s a beautiful piece of art I saw in a shop months before and I just loved it. The collection is called ‘More Than Words..’ and this piece is called: ‘Love Always..’. Isn’t that romantic? It’s one of my most precious possessions. And it still stands proudly in our living room. Every day I see it and I still think it’s so beautiful.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Experience?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review 'Gabriel's Rapture' by Sylvain Reynard (ReRead)


Sometimes, we just have to revisit old friends. And since I was having a little trouble reading new things, I decided to re-read a view of my favorites.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13639050-gabriel-s-raptureProfessor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?

In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.





The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 22nd, 2012
Series:
Gabriel’s Inferno #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
386
Formats:
Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


When I decided I wanted to t re-read some of my favorite books, I knew I needed to re-read the Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard. I completely fall in love with this series years ago and I was super excited to start reading these books again. It still surprises me that I can forget certain details over the years.  

‘Gabriel’s Rapture’ is the second book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series and it start right where the first book ended. This book is much more dramatic then the first one, I think. The romance between Julianne and Gabriel is more intense and their relationship gets more and more heated. But they both have a past that keeps haunting them. 

I loved ‘Gabriel’s Rapture’ the first time I read it, and I still love it. Time goes by fast in this book, sometimes to fast for me, but other times I wished time would go by faster. But this isn’t a bad thing. No not at all. The moments Julianne and Gabriel are together are just so good to read about, I just never want to stop reading about them. 

What I loved most about ‘Gabriel’s Rapture’, next to the romance parts is the way Julianne seemed to get a little bit more fierce. In the first book she just seemed to take a lot of bad stuff, and in this book she stands up for herself a little more. And I just really loved that.

If you want to read a beautiful romantic story this series is definitely for you. I also kind of feel like I’m a little smarter since I also learned some art stuff in this read. LOL!

My Rating:

About the Author:


NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.  
 

For more information about Sylvain Reynard please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Discussion: Getting Out of a Book Slump


As a fanatic reader and book blogger I loved reading book discussions. And since I also love having my own book blog I decided to post a book discussion myself. So join me on my little book discussion journey and let’s have some fun!

Lately I kind of have been having a book/reading slump. Not because I don’t have lots of great books to read but just because I’ve been feeling really tired. Honestly, this is the longest book slump I’ve had in years. As a fanatic reader I’ve been used to reading at least two or three books a week for years. Now, I still read but definitely not as much as used too. And at first I was just feeling really weird about it, and even a little guilty. But now I just feel like I’m having a little break, and it will get better soon. Hopefully..

But how do you get out of a book slump? At first I thought the best way would be to start re-reading one of my favorites. So I did.. But still.. After finishing one book, I just got trouble starting over in a new one again. And not because I don’t want to read.. What also doesn’t help is the fact that it’s so cold I feel like curling up in bed at night.

So what do you do if you’re having a book slump? Do you just accept it? And what do you do with the books you’ve planned to read? I just feel like I’m so behind which makes me feel a little stressed, and that will definitely not help my book slump. I could definitely use some of your thoughts. 

 
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