Show Us Your Books- What I Read In May

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Happy Show Us Your Books Day, happy Show Us Your Books Day! I’m so excited for another wonderful Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana because I had some pretty solid reads this month, and I hope that you’ll get to pick some of them up! So let’s get on with the book reviews!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In May

Somewhere In Time by Richard Matheson ★ 3 stars

This was a book that I had selected for Erin’s Challenge because it had been sitting on my TBR shelf for literally years, and it fit perfectly into the time travel category. I had bought this book years ago because I loved the movie with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour and I thought that the book would be pretty similar to the movie, and while they were similar, I definitely didn’t like the book as much I loved the movie.

While the movie told the story of a man falling in love with a woman based upon her picture and then traveling back in time to meet her, the book was more of a man telling his story of how he falls in love with a woman based on her picture and him trying to travel back in time to meet her. Obviously it’s the same story line, but the book was a lot more shaky because the main character was originally dictating his story to a tape recorder while the movie made everything a lot smoother. So obviously I had more of an issue with the writing than the actual storyline, which is why I only rated it a 3 star.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In May

The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh ★ 4 stars

This was our selection for the Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club this month and you can find a full recap here. This was such a great young adult book, and I can’t recommend it enough, my only complaint is that it ended so abruptly which basically makes you want to go and pick up the sequel immediately. But that’s pretty much my complaint with all young adult books lately.

Anyways, The Wrath And The Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand And One Nights, where every day a young king takes a new bride and at dawn the next day she’s been killed. Young Shahrzad decides to marry the young king in order to seek her revenge for him killing her best friend. In order to survive the night, she tells the king a story that doesn’t end before dawn, and she continues that story for the next several nights. What she doesn’t expect as she survives more and more nights is that slowly but surely she starts to have feelings for the king that she has sworn to kill.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In May

The Yard by Alex Grecian ★ 4 stars

Jack The Ripper has finished terrorizing the city of London, so the police force thinks, but that doesn’t mean that the people of London are willing to trust the police again. So when a member of the “Murder Squad”, one of the elite members of London’s police that are responsible for solving murders in the city, turns up dead, the rest of the Murder Squad will do whatever they can to solve his murder. But what will happen if the murderer refuses to stop?

I was seriously so excited when my work book club picked this as our book for this month because not only had it been mentioned on Show Us Your Books recently, but also it was set in London, which was one of our stops during our Europe vacation! Needless to say it was a good book, and I hope that you pick it up!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In May

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★ 4 stars

I have to admit that I had tried to read this book years ago, but for some reason I couldn’t get into it. When I saw that Hulu was doing a miniseries based on the book, I knew that I had to give it another chance, and I’m so excited that I did because I loved it! Plus we selected it for next month’s Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club, so it was a definite win-win and I’ll be writing a more thorough review at the end of the month! But basically I loved this book, and you should totally pick it up!

In once was The United States of America, a religious sect has come into power because of fertility issues across the country. In the new world order, women who are fertile are called handmaids and are placed with high ranking officials within the new government order in hopes that they will become pregnant and have a baby for the official and his wife. Offred had a life before she became a handmaid, and she tells her story of how she became a handmaid and her time as a handmaid as well.

While I only read 4 books this month, most of them were all really solid books, and I can’t recommend them enough! If you only have the opportunity to read one book though, I definitely think that you should pick up The Handmaid’s Tale, and I have to admit that I can’t wait to watch the show either!

Have you read any good books lately? Do any of the books that I’ve read interest you?

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In May- Reviews of Somewhere In Time, The Yard, The Wrath & The Dawn, The Handmaid's Tale.

The First Weekend Back In The States

I don’t know what it is with us and getting home from an international trip and immediately driving somewhere else the next weekend, but that’s exactly what seems to happen! Even though we were still getting over some of jet lag from our trip, we had a great weekend with family, so I’m linking up with the amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The First Weekend Back In The States

Friday

It felt like last week was a whirlwind with us getting back in town and then getting thrown right into the middle of close at work and then the jet lag, that I felt like I never got caught up on everything else with life in general. So sorry if I’m still a little bit absent from blogland for the next few days!

Anyways, I was very happy when 4:30 rolled around on Friday, so that I could head home and relax for a little bit! Apparently the babies have really been craving Mexican food because Chuy’s was exactly what I was craving for dinner! We grabbed an early dinner before heading home for a quiet night in.

When I tell y’all that I was jet lagged, I mean that I was falling asleep on the couch at around 8:30 or 9:00 every night, and Friday night was no different. We tried to watch a little bit from our DVR, but I kept on falling asleep so we headed to bed early. Apparently that’s exactly what I needed because I slept for almost 11 hours Friday night and I think that I finally beat the jet lag!

Saturday

We woke up at a reasonable time on Saturday, hung out a little bit around the house before hitting the road to San Antonio for Chris’s cousin’s graduation party. Chris and I were probably even more thrilled and excited to help her celebrate because she’s decided to attend A&M in the fall, which means that we’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of her!

The Wandering Weekenders- The First Weekend Back In The States

The party was a fiesta theme, so again the babies were very happy with lots of queso and fajitas and salsa in general! Chris’s parents and grandmother were also at the party so we had fun just getting caught up with them, telling them about the trip, the babies, and just life in general.

Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel to get some sleep before heading back to Houston that night. The past few times that we’ve gone out of town with Dart that we needed a hotel, we’ve stayed at Alofts, and I can’t say enough good things about them! Not only do they give you free doggy treats when you check in, but they’re seriously so nice about dogs staying there!

The Wandering Weekenders- The First Weekend Back In The States

Sunday

Chris and I woke up bright and early Sunday morning so that we could head back to Houston because we had a few things that we needed to do. I met up with a friend to do some shopping for our other friend’s baby shower that’s coming up so soon! We were shopping around at a party store and soon realized that we could get the majority of what we needed online for cheaper so we decided to go out for some popsicles and do some online shopping. We got quite a bit accomplished, and have a even more solid plan for the shower, so I’m really excited!

The Wandering Weekenders- The First Weekend Back In The States

The rest of the day was spent doing all the things around the house that we had put it off from before our trip, grocery store, picking things up, laundry, and just about everything else. I also managed to get some blog work done, replied to some comments, and got some cooking done too. It was definitely a productive weekend after being gone for so long, and I just hope that the next few weekends to come are just as as productive!

Did you go have a productive weekend? Do you always go out of town after getting back from a big trip?

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The first weekend back in the States was filled with lots of family and getting things done!

Book Challenge By Erin 7.0

It’s that time of the year everybody, the category release for Erin’s Book Challenge! I have to admit that the last challenge was pretty bad for me, I only finished 8 books within the challenge period, and 1 I finished like the very next day. I’m going to 100% chalk that up to being pregnant and tired during the last two months of the challenge, but hopefully this time around I’ll have better results! If you’re looking for a fun and no pressure book challenge then definitely join Erin’s challenge! But let’s get on to the rules and the categories!

The Wandering Weekenders- Book Challenge By Erin 7.0

RULES:

  • First and foremost, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome.
  • The challenge will run from JULY 1, 2017 to OCTOBER 31, 2017. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on October 31 will count.  (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.)
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long.   Audio books are fine too.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the book you originally chose, no worries.
  • You can read your books in any order you choose.
  • Rereads can be used only once.  If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again.  Read it in its entirety.  But, only do this once for the challenge.
  • There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen.  Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them.  A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice.  (if you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
  • There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points.   That’s 10 books in four months.  For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy.  It’s all for fun, remember!
  • Book categories will be posted June 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation.
  • After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by June 15th (if possible).  If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other.  (Late entries will still be accepted.)
  • The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; most points accumulated; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!)  Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
  • Lastly, have fun.  Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome.  Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!

CATEGORIES:

  • 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
    One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages, Negalley). I’m finally going to get around to reading a TJR book! With as much as I hear everybody ranting and raving about her books, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to read one! But now there’s no excuse and I’m very much looking forward to reading this one!
  • 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
    Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, Netgalley). A thriller that everybody keeps on talking about, and I’m finally getting around to reading. I think that you’ll definitely see a theme with my list, and that’s thrillers, so obviously this one is just sticking with the theme!
  • 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
    Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages, Netgalley). I picked this one out from Netgalley because the description sounded like something that I’d love, a mix between In A Dark, Dark Wood and Serial. Another thriller and I’m knocking another one off of my never-ending Netgalley list, I think that I’d call this a win, win!
  • 15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)
    The Horse Whisper by Jojo Moyes (518 pages, Netgalley). I’ve only read one other Jojo Moyes book and that was Me Before You, so even though the basis of this book sounds completely different than that, I’m very much looking forward to reading it. Plus it’s about horses, and who doesn’t love horses!
  • 20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
    The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages, Netgalley). Surprise, surprise, another Netgalley book and another thriller. My Netgalley list was definitely the first place that I went for this category, and I’ve heard good things about this book too! I’m looking forward to reading it!
  • 20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
    One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages). This was by far the hardest category for me to choose a book for, and I think that’s because I didn’t have one book on my Netgalley or Nook list that had a direction in the title. When I was scrolling through Goodreads I saw that Nadia Hashimi had a brand new book that had “East” in the title, I immediately knew that this would be my choice! I’m looking forward to it!
  • 25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_mo…… (submitted by Christina)
    Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- Parts One And Two by JK Rowling (343 pages). I can’t believe that I STILL haven’t read this! Chris and I made a promise that we would read it together, so this might be my chance to get him to read his one book for the year.
  • 30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie); several helpful links: http://bookriot.com/…/…/100-best-book…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_… https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/…
    The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages). I started listening to this a couple of months ago, but got sidetracked and ended up putting it down. I got far enough into it to realize that the girl that got kidnapped is suffering from PTSD or something else after her ordeal so I thought that it’d be a good choice for this category. I’m planning on starting it over again though, to make sure it qualifies for the challenge!
  • 30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc. (submitted by Bev); helpful links: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/… https://www.goodreads.com/…/99906.Boo… http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/…/the-…
    Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (567 pages). I started the Infernal Devices so long ago, so I’m finally getting around to finishing up the series. The main character Tessa is a witch or a warlock, well I guess that they technically don’t know what she is, but she’s definitely not human. Plus the other main characters are Shadowhunters, which are part human part angel, so I think that counts!
  • 35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie (submitted by Kirsten); Don’t forget to check that the book is at least 200 pages: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php…; https://www.goodreads.com/…/11716.Boo……
    Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages). Again, another book that I’m finally getting around to reading! I loved the Lunar Chronicles so I’m looking forward to seeing what Heartless is all about. I have to admit that I’m not much of an Alice and Wonderland fan, so we’ll see!

And there you have it, my list! I can’t wait until July 1st so we can start the challenge and hopefully I’ll be able to finish up the challenge this time around! The other thing that I’m really excited about is that a lot of my books are Netgalley reads, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able finish those up too!

Have you read any of my choices for the challenge? Are you going to participate in Erin’s Book Challenge? 

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The 7th Book Challenge by Erin is starting up July 1, 2017, and I've got the rules and my picks for the categories in this post!

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