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 : July 2018

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Amber Can Read

I’ve posted before and said you can tell what kind of month I’ve had based on how many books I’ve read (and by how often I blog, but that’s another post). With that in mind…

Books read this month : 1

Yep. One measly book. I’m not proud of myself either haha.

We had two people leave at work in early June, and for a four-person staff, that’s a big blow to our structure! I’ve been a lot busier, so when I come home, I’m ready to give my brain a break! I think it’s getting better though because we’re in the hiring process for one of the positions.

Here’s my book, which was an Erin 9.0 selection, so at least it was a productive pick!

1. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This was a cute book! It’s a love story told from fourteen different viewpoints! At first, it was a little overwhelming to sort out who was who, even with the character headings and notes, but once I caught on, I was hooked! Recommended for fans of YA and fluffy romance books.

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Amber Can Read : June 2018

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This month is a 2-for-1 special where I’m sharing what I read last month and my picks for the Book Challenge by Erin 9.0!

Books read this month : 4 

1. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

This one was okay. The premise was realistic enough, but it kind of dragged on and on during some parts. Recommended for anyone who likes YA fiction with some heavy themes (death being the primary one).

2. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

I’ve read her blog on occasion, so when I was browsing my public library’s eBooks app and saw this one, I decided to give it a go. It had some interesting insights about travelling the world with children, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was an avid fan of hers. Recommended for those who love to travel or enjoy reading about others’ self-discovery.

3. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

I enjoyed this one a lot! It was funny but had a couple of good underlying messages, plus I was satisfied with the ending, which can make or break a book for me. Recommended for anyone who enjoys light reads or feels like the way we represent ourselves on social media is all a lie.

4. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

I’ve only watched their show a few times (#nocablelife), but I find them funny and likable. I enjoyed reading about their life before the show, including how they met and how they started to grow their business. Recommended for fans of the show or nerds like me who just love biographies/autobiographies.
And now for my Book Challenge by Erin 9.0 picks! I’ve written about the challenge before, and I encourage you to join the Facebook group if you’re interested in participating. This challenge starts on July 1 and will end on October 31!

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages – The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “N” – Newsworthy : The Supreme Court Battle over Privacy and Press Freedom by Samantha Barbas

• 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) orange cover – The Martian by Andy Weir

• 15 points: Read a book with an unlikeable character  – Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy

• 20 points: Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American Read” – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

• 20 points: Read a book with something related to water in the title; i.e. ocean, sea, lake, river, waves, etc.The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro

• 25 points: Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yet (or that has been on your goodreads “to read” list the longest, or has been sitting in your kindle the longest)…basically, read a book you’ve been meaning to read the longest but haven’t got to it yet. – The Shadow Scholar by Dave Tomar

• 30 points: Read a book with an emotion word in the title; i.e. joy, sadness, grief, love, anger, etc.  – A Little Something Different : Fourteen Viewpoints, One Love Story by Sandy Hall

• 30 points: Read a book (must be at least 2 words in the title) where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter – Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

• 35 points: Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar one – The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Lots of good books in my future!

Linking up with Steph 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!