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Book Review: Beartown

Synopsis:

Title – Beartown  (Goodreads)

Author – Fredrik Backman (Goodreads)

Published – April 25th 2017 

Genre – Fiction

Summary – People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

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Book Review: The Kiss of Deception

Synopsis:

Title – The Kiss of Deception  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Mary E. Pearson (Website, Goodreads)

Published –  July 8th 2014

Genre –  Young Adult

Summary – She flees on her wedding day.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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Book Review: All The Ugly And Beautiful Things

Synopsis:

Title – All The Ugly And Beautiful Things  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Bryn Greenwood  (Website, Goodreads)

Published – August 9th 2016

Genre – Fiction

Summary – As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer. 

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Two Money Books for Your New Year’s Resolution

Two Books for Your Financial Goals

(that is not Ramsey or Kiyosaki)

Are you one to set goals in the new year? Is one of those goals a financial goal?

Do you have a solid, achievable goal for your financial new year’s resolution? Or do you know things have to change financially but don’t know where to start?

Either way, here are two books published in 2017 that will help you for the New Year!

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Book Review: Gem & Dixie

Gem & Dixie Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Gem & Dixie  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Sara Zarr (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 4th 2017

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie—on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep. 

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11 Favorite Books From 2017

11 of my Favorite Books From 2017

I should open this list by saying that these are books I’ve read in 2017 – but all of the books on this list are written in either 2016 or 2017!  (Apparently I’m a half of year behind.)

Whether they are published in 2016 or in 2017, they are still great books that I recommend any year you pick them up!

If you are struggling this holiday to figure out what to get a family member or friend who enjoys a good book, any of these would work as a great gift!

Are you personally looking for a good book to get yourself out of reading funk and back into the reading groove? All books below are ones I highly recommend!

 

On my list this year, I’ve got 2 fiction, 5 young adult, and 4 non-fiction (2 of which are memoirs).

Let’s get to it!

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2017 Book Recommendations

Fiction

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Published October 11th 2016

Can Jodi Picoult write a bad book? I don’t think she can. Obviously, Small Great Things is a wonderfully written novel. But I think that this is the most relevant, relate-able, and most important piece of work by Picoult. Full Review >

Where to BuyAmazon • Barns&Noble • Target • iBooks

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Winc Wine

Nothing pairs better with a good book than a glass of wine.

Okay, this could be argued depending on what time of day it is. Steaming coffee in hand is usually the way to go in the morning.

However, picture this: unwinding after a long day at work with a page-turner, rose lavender bath salts in the tub, and a heavenly glass of wine.

Personally, my wine tastes started with the $6.99 bottles of wine from Aldis. (Which doesn’t actually sound that bad after finding out Aldi’s Rose was voted best in the world!)

Recently I’ve started trying different kinds of wine. My favorites are the dry reds, but sometimes I bring home sweet whites for my husband to try too.

Winc

I stumbled across winc.com, a way to try different wines delivered straight to the doorstep.

The bottles start at $13 and if you get 4+ bottles, shipping is free. They can mix and match the wine based on your preferences, or you can pick the bottles yourself.

Now I don’t know about you, but jumping from my $6.99 Aldi’s bottles to $13 was questionable. I wasn’t sure it was worth it.

But I decided to try it out this past month. I received a $20 coupon. If you divide that by 4 bottles, they came out to be $8 per bottle!

You can ask my husband: I was beyond excited to get my first delivery! I ordered on a Monday and the order came on a Friday.

The only crappy part was that a person over 21 years had to sign for the package. I missed the delivery on the Friday but was able to sign for it on Saturday. (If that wasn’t an option for me, I could have picked it up from the delivery company.)

All four of my bottles were wonderful and I will definitely be ordering from winc.com again!

Want to try Winc?

This is not a sponsored post! But I do have a referral coupon for you!

If you want to try out Winc and want to receive the same discount that I did, simply use my link and earn a complimentary $20 of Winc wine! (for first time customers only)

https://www.winc.com/hi/kmattila

 

 

What type of wine do you prefer? Do you like sticking to one brand or trying different kinds? Let me know if you try Winc and enjoyed $20 off!

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Book Review: Such a Rush

Such A Rush Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Such a Rush  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jennifer Echols (Website, Goodreads)

Published – July 10th 2012

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

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Book Review: Without Merit

Without Merit Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Without Merit  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 3rd 2017

Genre – New Adult Fiction

Summary –  The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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Book Review: It Ends With Us

It End With Us Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – It Ends With Us  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – August 2nd 2016

Genre – New Adult Fiction

Summary –  Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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