Summer Challenges Wrap Up!

…or shall I say failure? (For me, not the challenges themselves.)


Series In A Month?: 1/5


I apparently experienced reader’s block, which is like writer’s block, almost the entire month of August. I hate when I get in those moods. I want to read, but I can’t find the energy to do so. And when I did start reading…it was a little too late.

This was such an awesome idea for a challenge and the next time the girls (Berls & Michelle) host it again, I will most definitely join, but I am going to make sure that I actually read more than just one book in the chose series. I am so disappointed in myself.

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Book Review: Scarlet

Book Review: ScarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
on February 5th 2013
Pages: 464
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation, Series In A Month?

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I read this book as part of the Can You Read A Series In A Month? challenge. (In addition to COYER Summer Vacation).

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Book Review: The Boy Is Back

Book Review: The Boy Is BackThe Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #4
on October 18th 2016
Pages: 368
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot comes the sweetly humorous story of a man who has to face his past in order to find his future.
Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back…
One post. That’s all it took to destroy the care free, glamorous life of pro golfer Reed Stewart. One tiny post on the Internet.
Then again, it’s not like Reed’s been winning many tournaments lately, and his uncle isn’t the only one who says it’s because of the unfinished business he left behind back home in Bloomville, Indiana—namely Reed’s father, the Honorable Judge Richard P. Stewart, and the only girl Reed ever loved, Becky Flowers.
But Reed hasn’t spoken to either his father or Becky in over a decade.
Until that post on the Internet. Suddenly, Reed’s family has become a national laughingstock, his publicist won’t stop calling, his siblings are begging for help, and Reed realizes he has no other choice: He’s got to go home to face his past . . . the Judge and the girl he left behind.
Becky’s worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed—which hasn’t been easy, considering he’s their hometown’s golden boy, and all anyone ever talks about. It was fine while they were thousands of miles apart, but now he’s back in Bloomville. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him—until his family hires her to help save his parents.
Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another…or the memories of that one fateful night.
Can the quirky residents of Bloomville bring these two young people back together, or will Reed and Becky continue to allow their pasts to deny them the future they deserve?
This warm, thought-provoking book, told entirely in texts, emails, and journal entries, is as much about the enduring bond of families as it is about second chances at love, and will delight as much as it entertains.

*I received this eBook from Edelweiss for an honest review.*

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Book Review: Sweet Tomorrows

Book Review: Sweet TomorrowsSweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
Series: Rose Harbor #5
on August 2nd 2016
Pages: 352
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Rose Harbor, Book 5
The much-anticipated conclusion to Debbie Macomber’s beloved Rose Harbor series, set in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove, Sweet Tomorrows is a vibrant and poignant novel of letting go of fear, following your heart, and embracing the future—come what may.   Nine months ago, Mark Taylor abruptly left Cedar Cove on a perilous mission to right a wrong from his past. Though Mark finally confessed his love for her, innkeeper Jo Marie Rose is unsure if he’s ever coming back. The Rose Harbor Inn barely seems the same without Mark, but Jo Marie can’t bear to lose herself in grief once more. Determined to move forward, she begins dating again, and finds companionship when she takes on a boarder who is starting a new chapter herself.   Recovering from a twice-broken heart, Emily Gaffney, a young teacher, is staying at the inn while she looks for a home of her own. Having given up on marriage, Emily dreams of adopting children someday. She has her eye on one house in particular—with room for kids. Although Emily’s inquiries about the house are rudely rebuffed, her rocky start with the owner eventually blossoms into something resembling friendship. But when the relationship verges on something more, Emily will have to rethink what she truly wants and the chances she’s willing to take.   The inn seems to be working its magic again—Emily opening herself up to love, Jo Marie moving on—until Jo Marie receives shocking news.   With Debbie Macomber’s trademark charm and wisdom, Sweet Tomorrows brings to a close the journeys of cherished characters who feel like old friends. Macomber has created an enchanting place in the Rose Harbor Inn that readers will never forget.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: Silver Linings

Book Review: Silver LiningsSilver Linings by Debbie Macomber
Series: Rose Harbor #4
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Set in Cedar Cove’s charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber’s captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find.   Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has met fascinating people from all walks of life, but none have piqued her interest quite like handyman Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends—and are becoming something more—yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. As she grapples with Mark’s decision and tries to convince him to stay, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.   Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James—the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change—and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead.   Heartwarming and uplifting, Silver Linings is a beautiful novel of letting go of the past and embracing the unexpected.

So first I have to admit that I read this book in the series last as an accident. I didn’t realize it until after I finished the last book in the series – Sweet Tomorrows, but reading it slightly out of order did not affect it at all.

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Book Review: Falling For Her

Book Review: Falling For HerFalling for Her by Debbie Macomber
Series: Rose Harbor #3.5
Pages: 42
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Debbie Macomber’s beloved Rose Harbor series follows Jo Marie as she makes her home in Cedar Cove, running the charming Rose Harbor Inn. Now, in this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Macomber tells a whole new side of the story as handyman Mark Taylor grapples with his true feelings for Jo Marie.    Mark Taylor came to Cedar Cove to leave his painful past behind him, and has spent the last few years keeping mostly to himself. But when he meets Jo Marie Rose, his world is turned upside down. She’s hired him to do carpentry projects around the inn, but for Mark, spending time with Jo Marie is a risk—to both his long-buried secrets and his carefully guarded heart. Then one day, he breaks his leg in his workshop and must turn to Jo Marie for help. And though he tries to keep his distance, Mark can’t deny how he feels drawn to Jo Marie—and how deeply he is falling for her.

This was a short read and was pretty much information and stories that the reader will already know. These stories, however, are from Mark’s point-of-view, so you are able to get a little bit of a different input or view.

If you are a stickler for complete series reads, this is most definitely one to be added for the so purpose as previously mentioned. It isn’t necessary to read this book otherwise.

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Book Review: 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block

Book Review: 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block by Marcie L. Hill
on January 1st 1970
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Kick Blogger's Block in the Face!!
Have you ever been sitting at your computer ready to create written, audio, video, or other multimedia content for your blog, website or other online project and your mind went completely blank?
Can your blog posts use a little more "oomph"?
Do you want more engagement and return visits from your readers through the content you create on your site?
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, then this book is for you.
"62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block" provides tips, tools, and strategies on how to create blog posts, which will help keep your audience returning. In addition, it will boost your creativity; improve your writing and technology skills; and increase your engagement with your readers.
Not a blogger? That's okay. This book is for anyone who produces content for online or print properties.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Book Review: Paper Girls, Vol. 1Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson
on April 5th 2016
Pages: 144
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls, Vol. 1: Finals Crisis

Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls, Vol. 1: Finals CrisisDC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat
on July 12th 2016
Pages: 128
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High!
It was the night before finals and the student body is hard at work... and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and their friends are learning to become heroes, but no one knew the trials that awaited them. In the first original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line, meet the students of Superhero High School as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all parts of growing up!
The DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls features DC Comics' most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, playing out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world. Icons including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction, as each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: Orange is the New Black

Book Review: Orange is the New BlackOrange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
on April 6th 2010
Pages: 298
Reading Challenges: #20BooksOfSummer, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading New England

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before.
But that past has caught up with her.
Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.
From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.
Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

I selected this book for the non-fiction selection of the Read New England Challenge.

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