Book Reviews for Q1 2016

I’m taking the opportunity to review a few books that I’ve read starting this year’s reading challenge.  I have been doing the reading challenge in Goodreads now for few years this year my target is 50 books, I’m a bit behind but catching up.  Anywho – if you don’t know what Goodreads is, check it out – I describe it as FaceBook for readers to an extent.  Below each book is a link to my Goodreads review.


The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins – My rating 4 stars

This is a wild psychological train ride, to say the least.  I actually recommended this book to my local book club a few months ago.  Heard it was good and a movie adaptation is in the works and we thought as a book club it could be a fun outing.  The main character be warned, Rachel is a drunken mess, but loveable.  The author does a fantastic job at weaving several plots in a thrilling way.


First Born by Janelle Gabay – My rating 4 stars

YA debut novel and it’s a goodie!  A future world where the last immortal is now being brought into the fold of the world that shaped by this mysterious group, including his deceased father.  Trouble is, other agendas are at play and they want our hero Tarian dead. Who can we trust? It’s fun and a unique plot, worth your time.


Legend by Katy Evans – My rating 5 stars

This is the last book in a series, you don’t have to start at the beginning of the series, this one stands on its own very well.  It’s a mixture of Creed (newest Rocky movie) and just about any favorite sport underdog movie you love.  I devoured this book in 24 hours.  Certainly reminded me why I loved the first book in this series entitled REAL.  It’s steamy McSteamy, so if you don’t like that, not your book or series.

A couple other books I enjoyed over the last quarter included:

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Happy to link up on Goodreads, it’s a great option to make suggestions.  Let me know if there is something I should add to my TBR (To Be Read) list.

Did you enjoy the books I’ve mentioned or feel differently about them? If so, let me know in the comments below.  If you enjoyed this blog hit the like button and remember sharing is caring.

Happy Reading!

Got Me Fighting Rowdy Rousey

Have you ever got to the end of a book and the countdown starts where your dreading the end?

Have you ever wanted to continue a book to savor it that you get the last page reading off the library of congress numbers?

I did on both counts. I just finished Ronda Rousey’s book My Fight/Your Fight. I’m still on a high and writing this via my iPhone at 24,000 feet in an airplane heading from Tampa, Florida to Sacramento, California.

  Amazon Kindle Book Rousey

I pre-purchased this book off of a whim from watching Jimmy Fallen interview UFC Champion Ronda Rousey and he talked about her book coming out. My husband knew who she was, but I didn’t. I have a personal challenge to read more diversity and needed a biography, she peaked my interest. She was likable in the interview and, as always Jimmy made it fun.

I was enthralled with this book from the first few pages. The story of her life and what she’s accomplished is epic.  She’s made history and created a pathway for women that wasn’t there until her. I couldn’t put this book down.  She becomes a life coach in this book by telling her stories. I gained so much from reading this book.

I certainly can’t relate to being an elite athlete, but the lessons are beyond that. What you do when you hope versus believe. How you fail and how you win, mentally and physically. Not just in the octagon of a UFC fight but in life. Lots of wisdom in here. I’m sure I’ll read this book again and get something different later. It’s that kind of story to me.

I’m inspired by this story of Rowdy Ronda Rousey. I’m also a fan now.  The hubby is excited and looked up her next event, we’ll certainly be watching.  If you don’t like the sport of fighting, you might be turned off in some sections but I challenge you to see how we all fight in various situations and fail to be inspired by this story.

Certainly the a best read for me in 2015. I can’t stop talking about it.  Certainly has me reevaluating a few things in terms of my sweat equity of what I say I want to do and doing it.

Definitely put it in your ‘read’ list this summer. What else is a must read this summer?

Seeking Solace on Sale!

What a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month – get your copy of Seeking Solace By Callum McLaughlin on sale from today until Friday, April 17th. I read this his poetry compilation earlier in the year and gushed over it. Yes, if you were around me in February you heard all about it! Get your inner reader fed with gift of poetry that leaves you fulfilled. It’s well worth your $0.99 and more as you’ll see per my Goodreads review.

Callum McLaughlin

Seeking Solace Seeking Solace

As part of the celebrations for #NationalPoetryMonth, the Kindle version of my poetry book, Seeking Solace, will be on sale from today until Friday 17th. It will be just 99p in the UK or $0.99 in the US, making now a great time to pick up a copy if you are at all interested.

The poems in Seeking Solace were written to be both approachable and relatable, so whether you are new to the genre or looking to expand your collection, I hope you will find something that speaks to you. In either case, there seems no better time to explore the form than during National Poetry Month.

In way of an excerpt, here are a few visual quotes to whet your appetite.

Taken from 'In Memoriam' Taken from ‘In Memoriam’

Taken from 'Grand Cosmos' Taken from ‘Grand Cosmos’

Taken from 'Making Memories' Taken from ‘Making Memories’

Taken from 'Dawn' Taken from ‘Dawn’

Huge thanks to anyone who gives…

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