Amber Can Read : June 2019

It’s time to talk books again!

Amber Can Read

I’m trying something a little bit different this month. If you click on the title of the book, it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page, and if you click on the picture, it will take you to the book’s Amazon listing. Amazon links are affiliate links (click the link at the top of the post to find out more about affiliate links).

1. What Do You Do With A Problem? by Kobi Yamada

I read this one while I was at the bookstore and Charlotte was playing with the toy displays. It started out cute, but I didn’t love how it ended. I know there are some other related titles, so I want to read those and see if I like them better than I did this one.

2. What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe Tuma

I read this one while we were at Target and Charlotte was playing in a little playhouse they had set up. Sensing a theme here? This is from the people who started Dinovember, so it was pretty cute and creative!

3. Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk

I’m not going to talk about how long I’ve owned this book before finally reading it! I enjoy the Clean Mama blog, so I knew this would be a helpful book for getting me started in creating housecleaning routines. She has a lot of good, practical advice from setting up routines to making your own household cleaners. Although i haven’t fully implemented her routines and methods, I’ve seen a difference just from what I have done so far!

4. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

My lone audiobook for the month, but this one was definitely the one to listen to on audio! It was read by the authors, which made it more enjoyable, especially in the sections where they talked about how they met and started dating. She is a little more crass than he is, and he is more of a softie than I expected!

5. How Hard Can It Be?  by Allison Pearson

I absolutely hated this one. I don’t know what it was about it, but I just slogged through it hoping that something, anything, would happen to catch my attention and make the main character more likable. Spoiler alert – nothing did.

6. My Oxford Year by Julia Whalen

This one started out a little slow for me, but I got into it more after the “big twist” was revealed. I even found myself crying during one part (I say “even” like I’m not over-emotional and set off by the slightest little thing on a regular basis…). I wanted to revisit my dreams from my teen years after reading this one!

7. Daisy Jones and The Six

I enjoyed this one, but I wanted to love it like I did The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I thought the format of this one was interesting, and I liked how it wrapped up, but it was one of those that may have been a little too hyped for me to fully enjoy it.

8. Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

I found this one when I was browsing through my public library’s eBook app, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I still have a couple of years until Charlotte is in kindergarten, but I hope I have a class mom like this one when she is in school!

9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I somehow made it through high school and an undergraduate English degree without reading this one. It was okay. I didn’t realize that it was a few unrelated short stories, so I felt like the title story was a little unresolved. I want to watch the movie eventually and compare and contrast. Wow, what a nerd thing to say. Ha!I st

10. One Day in December by Josie Silver

I started listening to this a couple of months ago and couldn’t get into it. I put the eBook on hold back then and just got it recently. This was a little bit different than a traditional romance, but I enjoyed it and how it wrapped up.

Total for the month : 10

Total for 2019 : 59 (I’ve now surpassed my 2018 reading total, and I still have 6 months to go!!)

Have you read anything good lately? What’s something that you made it through high school and/or college without reading? Leave a comment and let me know!

Linking up with Steph and Jana!

Amber Can Read : May 2019

Another month, another list of books that I’ve read!

  1. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I listened to this one, and let me just tell you, there are a lot of love scenes in it. I felt like that was every other chapter…or twice a chapter…or seventeen times a chapter…whatever. It’s a cute story with a cute premise (although a little bit predictable, which says a lot since I rarely ever figure out twists in books!). Recommended if you like love stories and don’t mind excessive fornication (that may be the only time this phrase ever appears on this blog!).

2. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Okay, now we’re on to one without excessive…well, you know. I really enjoyed this one. It had a fun concept, and it had a couple of big twists/surprises that I didn’t expect (see note above about me being bad about figuring out twists…ha!). Recommended for fans of lighter mysteries or of Kinsella’s other books.

3. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

Admittedly, I only got this one because I saw that it was made into a movie with Anna Kendrick, who I want to be my new best friend (sorry, Kelly Clarkson). This was an interesting book, and it kept me on my toes. I want to see the movie now because I’ve heard that they made quite a few changes to the story. Recommended for mystery/suspense fans.

4. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

This is the kind of but not really sequel to The Wedding Date. It had a better premise and not quite as much…adult time. I liked it better and would recommend it to anyone who likes cutesy love stories or anyone who read Wedding Date and wants to know a little more about a couple of the characters in it.

5. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

Spoiler alert- the “how” in this book is primarily meditation, and we go a loooooong way around the world to get there. I still enjoyed the book because I like autobiographical books, and I enjoy hearing books narrated by the author, but this one could’ve been a touch shorter. Recommended for biography/autobiography fans or anyone that wants to learn a little more about meditation.

6. Food Freedom Forever  by Melissa Hartwig

I completed a Whole 30 in January (4th try is a charm haha), and I am currently on Day 14 of a summer-long Whole 90. This book was really interesting because it helped me see that I don’t have to go off the rails of healthy eating once I’m not doing a Whole Whatever. I tend to have an all or nothing type personality, so on January 31, I rapidly slipped back into my old habits without doing the reintroduction protocol or thinking of a long term strategy. This book has helped me see how I can have long term success with healthy eating, plus what I can do when (not if) I mess up and am veering towards unhealthy habits. Recommended for anyone who has wondered what to do after a Whole 30 or anyone who just wants to have a better relationship with their food.

7. The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

I didn’t know much about her before reading this, so this book was interesting and informative. However, I felt like it was a little jumbled and jumped around a lot. She would start a chapter talking about one initiative or idea and then would be on something that seemed unrelated without any type of segue. She probably could have cut some of the content by leaving some of it out, but then again, it may appeal to other audiences. Recommended for anyone who likes autobiographies or who is interested in politics on a state and national level.

8. I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller

I’m casually binge watching Friends, so when I saw this one on my library’s eBook app, I checked it out immediately! It gives a background of how the show was created and cast, as well as insights about how the show grew over its ten seasons. It also brought up some of the problematic elements of the show, such as the homophobic jokes. Recommended for any fans of the show.

9. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

How have I just now read this one?!? I know I’m behind the curve on this one, but I really enjoyed it! I definitely did not expect the killer to be who the killer was either! Recommended for fans of YA or mysteries.

10.  You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

This one started out a little slow and hippie-ish for me, but as I got into it, I was more hooked. She has a lot of practical lists and tips, as well as some great quotes to remember. Recommended for any self-help fans who don’t mind a little woo woo at the beginning!

Total for the month : 10

Total for 2019 : 49

Have you read anything good lately? Leave a comment and let me know!

Linking up with Steph and Jana

Amber Can Read : April 2019

I’m a couple of days late posting this one (and on a Saturday at that!), but I read an above average (for me) number of books this month so it took way longer than usual to get all of the links and pictures together. Oops!

1. Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha

This. Book. Was. Awful. 

It started out okay. Actually, it was decent enough that I texted my mom and asked her if she had read it because I thought I had remembered seeing it on her Goodreads feed. She gave me a vague answer, and as I got deeper into this book, I found out why. 

This is easily the worst book of the year for me (and that’s saying A LOT after my review of Little Women last month!). The author is whiny and spoiled, and their solutions to problems are unrealistic. I don’t know what she was trying to achieve by writing this…unless it was to bore people to tears. I finished it just because I had hopes it would get better. Spoiler alert : it didn’t. Plus, there is a very uncomfortable, way too long section about goat breeding. You have been warned. Do not recommend to anyone with a pulse or eyes. 

2. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

After the rough start to my reading my month, I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I know that it has received mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it! It has a couple of twists to it, and I’m a sucker for books that have a “tying up the loose ends” epilogue. I would recommend this one to anyone who likes quirky mysteries!

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I enjoyed this one too! I did have a bit of an embarrassing moment with it though. Will and I were out shopping one Friday evening when Charlotte was at my parents’ house for a sleepover, and we went to a game/comics store that he likes. I sat at some of their tables so I could read while he browsed, and the employee asked me what I was reading. No, it wasn’t awkward at all saying the title of this one and trying to summarize it! My own embarrassment aside, I would recommend this to anyone who likes YA books with smart and funny females. I haven’t watched the Netflix movie yet, but I plan to soon while the book is still kind of fresh in my mind! 

4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Oh look, another one I really enjoyed! I didn’t know what this one was about, but I had seen it come up in a lot of these linkups, so I was eager to dive in, and it did not disappoint! Recommended for anyone who likes stories about family secrets or revenge. 

5. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

The first book ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I was ready to see how it was resolved. Unfortunately, that was just about the most interesting part of this one. I know that I’m not the target audience for this book/series, but I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as To All The Boys…Recommended but only because once you’ve finished the first one, you’ll have to know how the issue at the end of it gets resolved!

6. Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

I listened to this one, and it was narrated by Reese Witherspoon, which made me like it more than I probably would have if I had read it. It had some cool ideas in it, and I definitely enjoyed the southern topics, especially the section about Dolly Parton (side note, I ordered this shirt a couple of weeks ago, so I’m a bit of a Dolly fan!). Recommended for anyone who likes southern charm, hospitality, and/or Reese WItherspoon.

7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I liked this book a little better than the second one, but the first one is still my favorite of the trilogy. I did like the way some things were wrapped up in this one, and I would recommend it to everyone who wants to finish the series and know what happens to Lara Jean and company. 

8. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

This one was recommended by one of our student workers, and I was interested since it takes place in Nashville and the topic was intriguing. It took me a while to get into it, but the last part of the book was pretty interesting. Recommended for those who like books about tough topics. 

9. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I don’t know why I checked this one out, but I’m not gonna lie…it was a little more than I could understand! It’s about multiverses, and there was a lot of science language in it, so I couldn’t keep up with what was going on sometimes. However, I wanted to finish it because there is a mystery in it that I wanted to see concluded. Recommended for fans of sci-fi…who might actually understand more of it than I did!

On the plus side, I taught an instruction session at work a couple of days after reading this, and one of the students said he was doing his research paper on multiverses, and thanks to this book, I knew what he meant! I think he was a little shocked that I could define it for him. In your face, random student! 

10. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

Another mystery/story with a twist. I enjoyed this one, even though I saw a lot of Goodreads reviews that said they figured out what the twist was pretty early on in the story. I totally didn’t, so if you read this, let me know if you were on team figure it out or team what the heck happened (my team!). Recommended for fans of female-centric mysteries.

11. Thanks, Obama by David Litt

I listened to this one instead of reading it, and I think the audiobook made it seem much longer than just plain reading it would have been. I liked it, and Litt had some fun insights and stories from his time in Obama’s White House, but there were some sections that just dragged on and on for way too long. Recommended for anyone who likes to look behind-the-scenes at things or for anyone who needs a little dose of Obama in their lives!

12. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

My last book but definitely not the least this month! This book hooked me from the first page! I chose it for my six-word title category in the Erin 10.0 book challenge, but the only reason I chose it was because it had been recently returned at work and had the correct number of words in the title! I had no idea what it was about, but I’m glad I took a chance on it! Recommended for fans of science fictionish stories or unconventional love stories. 

Phew! All of this book talk made me tired! 

Total for the month : 12

Total for 2019 : 39

Have you read anything good lately? Leave a comment and let me know!

Linking up with Stephanie and Jana!

Amber Can Read : March 2019


Hello friends! I haven’t done one of these posts since July! I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t realize it had been that long! I’ve definitely been reading since July, but I guess writing about it has just gotten away from me! 

Amber Can Read

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

This was the first of three celebrity autobiographies I read this month! I also listened to all of them as audiobooks as opposed to reading them. Tiffany Haddish read this one, which made it really entertaining! I didn’t really know anything about her beyond the Groupon commercials, but now I feel like I know wayyyyyy too much about her! She is funny, and she has overcome a lot in her life, but there were things in this book that made me really uncomfortable to listen to! Recommended for fans of hers or those who like to read books about people who have bounced back from adversity…and don’t mind a lot of bad language (spoken like a 95 year old lady…)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

The second of my three celebrity autobiographies and my favorite! Like I said above, I’ve been listening to more audiobooks lately, and this one was also read by the author, which lends something extra to it that a regular narrator couldn’t provide. I didn’t know a lot about Anna Kendrick, but now I feel like we can be best friends…or at least acquaintances! Recommended for Anna Kendrick fans or anyone who likes funny celebrity autobiographies.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Oh y’all. This was my choice for the Erin 10.0 category of written at least 100 years ago, and it was not a good decision. I felt like this book took me about 35 years to read! If this is one of your favorites, please leave me a comment and let me know what you love about it because besides a few moments scattered throughout the book, I was so, so, so ready for it to be over! Recommended for anyone who wants to spend 17-35 years reading an old book.

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

And to round out my trio of celebrity autobiographies, I’ve got this one by Ellie Kemper who was on The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I haven’t seen many of her Office episodes, and I’ve only watched a handful of Unbreakable, so I didn’t know a lot about her or her characters. This one was interesting because she gave some of her background and talked about her failed Saturday Night Live audition. I’ll put it in the middle of the other two autobiographies I read this month. Recommended for anyone who is a fan of her two shows or just enjoys reading random celebrity autobiographies. 

Ida, Always by Caron Levis

Oh man, this one made me cry! We bought a couple of books for work about children and grieving, and I read this one day after cataloging it and seeing it was based on a true story. It’s about two polar bears that lived in the zoo at Central Park. I won’t say too much more except that you should be prepared for tears with this one!Recommended for anyone who wants to explain the concept of grief to elementary-aged children or anyone who needs a good little cry. 

Total for the month : 5

Total for 2019 : 27

Have you read anything good lately? Leave a comment and let me know (or fight me about Little Women!)

Linking up with Stephanie and Jana!

Amber Can Read : April 2018

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Books read this month : 5

I definitely did better this month than last month!

Book 1 : Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

I’m usually a self-help book junkie, but this one was just okay. He had some good ideas about goal-setting, but since I didn’t take notes, I’ve already forgotten them! Might be worth a reread at some point in the future.

Book 2 : Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Oh Sue Grafton, I’m so sad that this will be your final book because it was so, so bad. It was long, full of graphic content, and pretty boring at times. Not recommended at all.

Book 3 : Crooked House by Agatha Christie

This was one of my Erin 8.0 challenge books, so it was something that I wouldn’t have normally chosen. However, I enjoyed it. I didn’t figure out the ending and was pleasantly surprised by the twist. It was definitely better than Y is for Yesterday! Recommended to fans of mystery novels.

Book 4 : The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This was another Erin 8.0 selection (the challenge ends on April 30, so I’m trying to finish it!). This one was okay. I didn’t love the narrator and many of the characters on the ship, so I found it hard to have sympathy when things happened to some of them. Recommended if you’re into mysteries that kind of drag on…ha!

Book 5 : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Yet another Erin 8.0 selection! I’ve got two more left to complete the challenge! I absolutely loved this book! I’ve seen a lot of criticism of the main characters, and I understand why, but I couldn’t put this one down. It has some heavy content, but I enjoyed it and how she chose to end it.

Have you read anything good lately? Let me know what you’ve read – whether you’ve liked it or not!

Linking up with Steph and Jana!