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My Current #TBR Pile




Happy Thursday! Yesterday, I finished an awesome book, The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner. When I finish a book that I really like, I usually have to wait a day or so to dive into a new one. Today, when I went to my "pile" I had a moment of panic. I have no idea which one to choose. They are alllll calling my name. Here's a quick look at the books that are calling my name: 

The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty- A high profile blogger and celebrity needs a housekeeper and Anne Morgan needs a job. So begins a twisting tale with secrets and lies. The only way I actually love housework is when I am reading about someone else doing it! 

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris- From the author of Behind Closed Doors, this book is set to be the thriller of the summer. 

Marlena by Julie Buntin - I have seen mixed reviews of this book, some love it, some say it's a pass but I noticed that Emma Roberts was reading it and giving it a thumbs up so I am going to give it a chance. There's a missing girl, a mysterious, lonely group of teenagers and a past that can't be ignored... 

All Grown Up  by Jami Attenberg - This has been on my pile forever and I really want to read it. Can someone just add one more day to my week? The main character is wondering, what does it take to be an adult? I ask myself that same question on a daily basis, so I have a feeling I'll be able to relate....

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave  - When your first name is Sunshine, you have a lot to live up to. And on the surface, famous YouTube Star and cookbook author Sunshine Mackenzie is nailing it. But of course, as we all do, she's hiding a few secrets that will have a catastrophic impact if they are ever discovered. 


What's next on your #TBR List? 

Your Kids' Summer Must Have: A Little Fun Club Subscription Box

Little Fun Club blog tour. A subscription box for children's books. Great for kids ages 0-12.

There are a couple things that my daughter Reese loves above all else. At the top of her favorites list: Books (she gets it from her mama) and mail. She LOVES checking the mail every day and begs me to let her open packages. 

So, imagine her delight when she received a box  from the super cute company, Little Fun Club. Does her face not say it all? 


Little Fun Club is a subscription box for children's books. It's ideal for kids ages 0-12. When you sign up, your child will receive a box containing three adventurous books every month. The books are tailored to your child's age, so you can rest assured they will always have quality, age-appropriate reading material. Each book is hand selected for your child, and no two boxes are the same.  

We received three books, two for Reese: Sparky by Jenny Offill and George Shrinks by William Joyce and The Hardy Boys, The Tower Treasure chapter book for Ryder. They were thrilled. The awesome thing about this subscription box is that they tailor pick books based on your child's age and interests. I think it's the perfect solution for school getting out in a couple of weeks too. They LOVE going to the school library on a regular basis so this is just like having their librarian visit each month! 



How it Works:

  1. Join Little Fun Club and let them know your child's age so the box can be customized for them. You can include up to three kids per box and they'll customize it accordingly.
  2. Get three adventurous books every month for as little as $25/month.
  3. Grow with Little Fun Club. As your child gets older, the books change accordingly — so you'll always receive age-appropriate books for your kids.


Good to Know:

  1. You can add a note to your child's account with reading preferences so the box can be tailored to their interests.
  2. Shipping is FREE on all boxes.
  3. Little Fun Club selects books based on merit. Books go through a rigorous selection process and are read and reviewed by the Little Fun Club team before being considered.
  4. If you receive a book that you already own, just let Little Fun Club know about it. They'll replace the book in the next box! You don't have to return anything.
  5. You can cancel or put your subscription hold at any time.
  6. A Little Fun Club subscription makes a wonderful gift for birthdays, holidays, or just because.
The final product is a box filled with education, fun, and opportunities for positive child development. They make sure each box is just right before it is sent out.  


Prices:

1 month - $29/month 3 months - $27/month 6 months - $25/month   You can see what types of books Little Fun Club offers by visiting their website.  

  $50 Cash Giveaway | batchofbooks.com  

The Little Fun Club is also giving away $50 that you can use for your first box! Checkout the Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive $50 in PayPal cash Open to US and Canada Ends May 12, 2017 Use the Rafflectoper to enter. Entrants must be 18 or older or have their parent/guardian enter for them. The winner will be chosen randomly. Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. This contest is void where prohibited by law.  
 

Check out what others are saying about their Little Fun Box! 

Books that Bring a Ray of Sunshine


Lately I've notice a little "summery" theme among some of my ARCs and picks on the top of my TBR stack so I wanted to tell you about them: 





My review for The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green - A classic family drama from Jane Green, that has her familiar, great story-telling vibe-although I did feel like the story was on a much more larger scale, which impressed me. There were a lot of characters and story lines that kept me interested. I am always drawn to stories about mother/daughter relationships. It's about the Sunshines, Ronnie, the mother, put stardom before her children and now she's at the end of her life with alot of explaining to do. Her 3 daughters are all very different and dynamic and I loved their individual story lines. I felt like there was a missed opportunity to really dive into why there is such a strained relationship between the mother and her 3 daughters, I would have liked more flashbacks because they are seriously estranged...but the action of their current lives was enough to keep me interested. 


Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop- I just dove into this and the writing is spot on. Literal, honest and to-the-point and I love that. I don't have time to tip toe around the details or the back story and Dunlop does an awesome job at diving right in. I liked and trusted the main character, Brooke, right away, even as she is telling me about a dead girl and an affair with her college professor in the first couple chapters. It's set in France. Frenchmen everywhere. What else do you need?? 

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave- This cover though, can we just send up the praise hand emojis? If this doesn't get you ready to read poolside, I don't know what will. The main character is a social media star with a luxe lifestyle and everything going for her. And of course, a secret she's trying to keep. Juicy! 


The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner-  This book caught my attention on #bookstagram (which obviously happens a lot because it's my happy place) and I really had a feeling that I was going to love it. Do you ever see a book and just feel like "yes, that's going to be my new favorite."- that's how I feel abou this book. It has everything I need to bring a little sunshine in my life: drama, family, the beach and deep, dark secrets. I mean, other than a chilled wine spritzer, what else do you really need in June? 


Are any of these going to be on your Summer Reading List? Tell me what you're reading! 


Show Us Your Books: March

I don't have a lot of time to write long descriptions but I love sharing all the books I read each month and I read some gems in March so I am going to make this short and sweet. 

Must Reads: 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: YES. Read my full review here and then plan on reading this awesome book. 



The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn: Read my full review here. This is my favorite read of the month. It's a premise that is intriguing because it really is a good "What if?" question and I think everyone wonders what lies on the other side of a question like this... 



It Happens All the Time. (My full review is here) This is a good read because it talks about a tough subject but tells the story in a reflective and interesting voice. 


Didn't love: 

Always by Sarah Jio- I love Sarah Jio- she's always a good, go-to author. However, this story just took too long. Maybe it's because I listened to the audiobook and I can only listen 3 days out of the week so it felt like it took longer to get through, but I am not sure. I felt like the main character, who runs into her first love by happenstance and who is now a homeless man, isn't being genuine enough. The story that she just happens to be a journalist who is covering homeless in her city... it just felt a little too contrived. 

The Separation by Katie Kitmura: Another audiobook fail for me. I honestly believe it had to do with the narrator. She. read. so. slow. I couldn't stand it and had to switch over and listen to podcasts instead and ended up forgetting about it all together. I think I needed to know more about where the hell the husband was to catch my attention quicker.

 I think I may have gotten another book into the line up if I hadn't gotten sucked into Up and Vanished and S-Town this month. Did anyone else listen? 

Currently, I am listening to The Roanoke Girls and reading The Fall of Lisa Bellow  

Thanks Steph and Jana for hosting another great Show Us Your Books link up!