Bring Me Home Review

Bring Me Home by Bree Howland

Synopsis:

While Kailey was growing up, she was sure of two things:

1. She wanted to devote her life to helping animals.
2. She would never be without her best friend Cole Martin.

When her father had them pack up and move two provinces away two years before graduation, it felt like the rug was pulled out from under her.

Now she’s in college, finally pursuing her interest in veterinary medicine. Even better, Cole is at the same school. But Cole has changed and so has she. Gone was the innocence of childhood friendship and easy conversations.

Between new friends, unexpected feelings, and a road trip, Kailey’s first year in college will be more eye opening than she ever imagined.

Review

I LOVED this book. I want to start out by stating that I am usually not a romance reader, but this is a story that should be on everyone’s TBR list. It’s not cheesy and it will not make you roll your eyes into oblivion. It is a sweet story that will make you believe in love and happy endings. I binge read this book in one sitting because it was that good. I suggest curling up in a warm blanket and settling in while reading this book, because you will not want to put it down.

Kailey (Kail) and Cole are wonderful characters. Their friendship and love feel real and in no way forced. All of Howland’s characters have great chemistry. You can picture yourself in college along side Kail and her friends and you can easily fit into the friend’s adventures and witty banter.

This is a beautifully written story that will leave you wanting completely satisfied. There’s friendship, true love, cute animals, and an atmosphere of pure delight. Whether you’re an avid reader of romance stories or a fair weather fan, you will find something in the story to connect to or believe in. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Rating: 5/5

I received this ARC from the author, Bree Howland, in exchange for an honest review

Bring Me Home will be available on January 1, 2019 

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*Bring Me Home is also available on Kindle Unlimited!

About the Author

Bree Howland lives in Atlantic Canada with her husband and two fur children, two finicky felines. When she’s not working, her life revolves around reading, writing and taking care of her foster cats. You will more than likely find her curled up somewhere quiet with a book or scrolling aimlessly through Twitter.

Be sure to check out Bree’s website and social media pages: Website; Twitter: Instagram; Goodreads

Fortunate Felines Rescue

If the story alone is not enough to convince you to buy and read this book, all proceeds from Bring Me Home go to the Fortunate Felines Rescue. If you would like more information about this organization, check out their Facebook or Instagram pages. 

Be sure to check out all posts on the Bring Me Home Blog Tour!
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October Round Up

This was my first Blogtober and I learned a lot about myself as a blogger and a writer. I have enjoyed the wide-range of content I’ve written about on my blog. Sometimes, being a book blogger can be boring. The books and reviews can be very hit or miss. But with different topics and categories, it was fun to do some research or gather lists and things I don’t normally think about.

I think my favorite post this month was my book regrets post. I never thought I had books I regretted reading until I sat down and thought about it. But much like movies and TV shows, I wish I could get back that time and energy from reading those books.

I didn’t quite stay on schedule this month. In theory, I love making a schedule that I can return to. It makes me feel organized and less pressured about what I need to do on a given day. But sometimes, life gets in the way and we can’t do everything we set out to. Or, you just don’t feel like writing about a certain topic on the assigned day. I think, if I do this again, I will be less structured and not have assigned days. Maybe just have 30+ topics I can choose from and then decide day by day what I feel like writing about.

I also found that writing posts in advance is great in theory, but when I take a day and write a bunch of posts to queue for later, I don’t like the way they turn out. I like the spontaneity in my writing. I wish I would have had the chance to write a little every day instead of drafting posts to be released later. But I also know that was not realistic. I was out of town a lot this month and had too much going on. It’s just something to keep in mind for next time.

 

Did you participate in blogtober? How was your month?

October Book Round Up

This has been a difficult reading month for me. I’ve started at least six books, but I only finished one. Part of this month has been hectic, but I also haven’t been motivated.


Here are my book updates:

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: I picked this book up on a whim the day before I left for my best friend’s wedding. I always travel with a book, and when I was in Target picking up travel supplies for the weekend, I wondered over to the book section. Broken Things caught my eye. I knew I was going to be busy that weekend, but I always try to read at least 10 minutes before bed each night. I definitely did not have much time and haven’t even unpacked this book from my suitcase. I’ve read 23 of 408 pages.

Catwoman Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas: SJM is one of my favorite young adult authors and I have LOVED the DC Icon series. I started this book earlier this month, but life got in the way and I haven’t had the time to pick it back up. Plus, with the release of Kingdom of Ash, this is not the Maas book at the top of my list. I’ve read 49 of 358 pages.

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal: The first book in this series, The Calculating Stars blew me away. It was one of my favorite reads this year. I was excited when I picked up The Fated Sky from the library. But honestly, I read it the first night I got it and then put it on my shelf to read later. This is a book that will take time to read, like its predecessor and I was looking for something lighter at the time. I’ve made it through 91 of 371 pages.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas: This has been my most anticipated release of the year. I had KOA pre-ordered for months. Now that I have it, I’ve been slow to read it. I want to savor this book because I don’t want this journey to end. I’m only on page 70 of 980.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss: The WMF was a re-read for me. But this has been a slow one. I wanted to comb through this book carefully. I started my re-read back in August and finally finished it two days ago. This is the only book I’ve finished this month, but I’m glad that this last re-through happened.


Books I decided to DNF this month:

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I decided to DNF both of these books because I just wasn’t feeling them at the time. I’m not going to remove either of these from my giant TBR List, but I will be moving them to the bottom. I would like to return to both of these books eventually, but I’m not in a rush to read either book right now. I read the first 20 pages of each and just wasn’t gripped. I think I suffered this month from wanting to read a light book given how dense the rest of the books I tried reading were and neither of these fit that for me.

 

How was your reading this month?

Stardust Review

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The town of Wall is a quaint little place. Wall is so named for the enormous wall and its guards posted at an opening in the wall. Once every nine years, people come from far and wide to cross the wall into the land of Faerie to attend the market.

The story begins with Dunstan Thorn crossing the wall, meeting a young girl, and them conceiving a child. Their son, Tristan Thorn is the star of the story. He desperately tries to win the love of Victoria Forester. Tristan sees a star fall to the earth beyond the wall, and promises to being it back for Victoria.

But when Tristan enters the land of Faerie, he gets more than he bargained for. Everyone is desperately searching for the fallen star and the benefits that come along with it. Tristan is taken on the adventure of his life and begins to question what he’d do for his true love.

I listened to this book on my way to/from a trip to Chicago. Stardust was a joy yo listen to. Gaiman makes his characters come to life. The story was hilarious and complex with a rich cast of characters. Gaiman has a talent of world building and making the mysterious of a magical world seem ordinary. The plot felt deliberate and the magical realm so detailed that I wanted to immerse myself into the story and stay alongside Tristan. I highly recommend this book. It’s the perfect fantasy story to whisk you away to a new world.

Rating: 4.5/5

Autumn Aesthetic

When I think fall, I think of comforting things. It is my favorite time of year. I love watching the leaves change and feeling the cold move in. Many people consider fall a time of death because all of the plants are dying. I prefer to think of it as the process of rebirth. Everything will come alive again one way or another, like a Phoenix rising from the flames. Your trees and flowers will bloom again.

Comfort can be found in anything. From your favorite book or movie, comfortable clothes, comfort food, a favorite place you can return to. I would label my “autumn aesthetic” as comfort!

Every fall, I like to return to a book I love. Usually, Harry Potter or The Name of the Wind. But I also like to change it up. I like to do a fall reread because it makes me reflect on why I liked a book so much. Or perhaps I find details I missed the first time I read it. Comfort reads are books I carry close to my heart. Like Looking for Alaska because that was my first introduction to John Green. Or Of Mice and Men because I read it on a road trip with my family.

Fall is a great time to stay in and watch movies or TV shows. I’ll admit that I’m a binge-watcher. Whether it’s something new or an old favorite, it can be nice to take an afternoon or a day to yourself and get lost in movies or shows. I love curling up on the couch with my dog, a blanket, and a giant bowl of popcorn.

Comfort foods can range from person to person. For me, I love simple things like mashed potatoes or gooey mac n cheese. But there are also more complex things. Like the lemon bars my grandmother used to make me as a child or spanakopita (spinach pie). Some times on cold days, I’ll make a huge pot of mac n cheese and just be content.

What is your autumn aesthetic?

Autumn Reading

Autumn can be one of the best and worst times for a reader. Cold nights make us want to stay in and curl up in a comfortable place with a good book. But fall can also be a time that distracts us from reading.

I love reading in the fall. It’s warm enough that I can read outside in the sunshine, but cool enough that I can justify shutting myself inside for hours. Bad weather is the perfect excuse to stay in with a book without feeling guilty. I also feel like there are a lot of great new releases as the year winds down.

However, fall can come with many distractions as well. Our days our getting shorter and sometimes that can make us feel like we haven’t accomplished much in a day. Pleasure activities, like reading, often get bumped out of the way to make room for finishing out daily to-do lists. Fall is also full of family-oriented activities and holidays. While it is a wonderful time to come together, our TBR lists suffer in favor of spending time with loved ones.

Why is fall your favorite or least favorite time to be a reader?

Books I Wish I’ve Read

Last week, I discussed my Book Regrets. These were books that I have regretted reading. This week, I think it’s only fair that I compile a list of seven books that I wish I’ve read by now. Some of these books are classics I wish I read while in school instead of glossing over them, some are books that have been hyped up and I have been afraid of reading, and others have just been on my TBR list for a long time.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: This is an incredibly short book and I have no excuse for why I haven’t finished it yet. I have picked this book up and have read the first half of it at least six times. But I get distracted and forget about it. I like what I’ve read so far, and have no idea why I’ve never finished it.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling: Do you know that feeling when you love an author for a specific series and you’re afraid to read anything else by them in case your illusions are shattered? That’s how I feel about this book. It has been on my shelf since I bought it in 2012. It has been through three different moves with me, but I haven’t opened the book once.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: This is one of those books that I avoided in high school. I pretended to read it and in the end, I think it hurt me. Crime and Punishment is a classic that I wish I had read by now. I even picked up a beautiful copy to entice myself to read it (this hasn’t worked yet), but I think I’m going to force myself to read it this winter.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: At first, I was hesitant to read this book because I had not read anything by Leigh Bardugo. I didn’t know this was set in the same world as her other trilogy, but I have been assured that you don’t need to read the trilogy first before understanding this book. This book has been rated highly and I’ afraid I built up too many expectations to enjoy this book.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: I have a love/hate relationship with Jane Austen’s writing. But, I’ve been told that this is one of Austen’s best books. I have been avoiding this book because this is the last Austen book I have yet to read. Part of me doesn’t want to read this book because I don’t want to have read everything by Austen. But I know I’ll cave soon.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: I own this series but it has been sitting on my shelf. Everyone has promised that this series will blow me away, but I’m hesitant. I have high expectations for this series because of its high praise. But I’m a little scared to start it and be disappointed.

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I have been reading this book since it came out two years ago, in October of 2016. This has been an incredibly slow read. I love going through RBG’s speeches and decisions. But it is dense. I’ll get in the mood to sit down and read this book and other times, I would prefer something light. I wish I would have gotten through this book by now, but I’m only about 1/3 of the way through it.

Fall Decorations

Sometimes, it can be difficult to decorate for fall. Technically, you have two holidays in the fall and a lot of sports come back in season. It can be confusing deciding what to put out. Or maybe, you don’t have many fall decorations for the same reasons. Many people do not want to go all-out on Halloween decorations because they are waiting for Christmas. Or, you aren’t sure what you can put out. Here are some ideas that I have come across over the past year.

Fall Wreaths: Burlap wreaths are an easy way to add a touch of fall to your home. This quick and easy DIY video walks you through a tutorial. All you’ll need is a wreath frame, wire, burlap, and scissors to complete your project.

Wood Signs: Wood signs are an easy way to add a touch of fall. Most signs will be Halloween specific. Some of my favorite ones I put on my bar cart read “Drink of Witches” and “This Witch Needs Wine.” But there are also simple ones like “Happy Fall, Y’all”. You can find wood signs in most store you walk into, like Target, Walmart, or TJ Maxx. I have even found a few in my local grocery store as well.

Flowers & Pumpkins: Never underestimate the power of dollar store finds. Your local dollar or discount store likely has some simple decorations that could really spruce up your place. I found some great dark purple and black flowers for a Halloween aesthetic, or some orange, yellow, and red flowers you can set in a vase. I like fake flowers because you don’t have to worry about watering them or what they’ll look like when they die. Dollar stores are also great for plastic pumpkins. You can keep these as they come, or you can spray paint them any color you’d like.

Horror Films

Halloween is next week! This month (and year to be honest) has just flown by. One of my favorite things to do on a cold fall day/night, is curl up and watch a good movie.

I thought I’d compile a collection of movies to enjoy right before Halloween. Some are your typical “horror movies” full of jump scares. Others are psychological thrillers that will make you think or keep you guessing. While some are “campy” thrillers (which are my guilty pleasure).

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  • The Babadook (2014)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • Don’t Breathe (2016)
  • Evil Dead (1981)
  • Get Out (2017)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Hereditary (2018)
  • Insidious (2010)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, 1978)
  • It Comes At Night (2017)
  • It Follows (2014)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • A Quiet Place (2018)
  • Seven (1995)
  • Sinister (2012)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • The Village (2004)
  • The Witch (2016)

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