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 : 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!