Thursday, November 28, 2019

With the Magic

So magical. I thoroughly enjoyed the well crafted tale of Gareth coming to the modern world. He finds more than he imagined or bargained for, especially when it comes to Catherine.

It was wonderful to watch Gareth and Catherine try to understand each other and learn from one another.

Aunt Nellie is one of my favorite side characters.

As always, Ms. Weaver spins a beautiful tale.


When Gareth Hildebrand travels from the year 1850 to a future time, he’s not expecting to fall in love.

As the eighth Earl of Kellworth, Gareth is accustomed to getting what he wants. Then he encounters a woman he suspects is from the future--a utopian future that he feels compelled to see. He intends to get what he wants, but it will involve dealing with fae magic. And that could lead to disaster--for his heart.

Dr. Catherine Ryan is drawn to the handsome guest at Twickenham Manor, with his odd combination of childish excitement and old eyes that have seen too much pain. She loses her heart to him before she discovers the truth of when he’s from. Now she faces the biggest decision of her life!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ready Player One

I listened to this book on the audio version, and half of my delight came from Will Wheaton being the narrator. He was a perfect fit and excellent at giving life to all the voices of the characters.

I'd seen the film prior to reading the book. I think they both stand on their own merits.

I have to say, I think the world builiding is incredible, if at times a little long winded. The characters were real and well crafted.

The plot is captivating. Loved all the 1980s pop culture references.

Heads up: language.


It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of 10,000 planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune - and remarkable power - to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved - that of the late 20th century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt - among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life - and love - in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Miracle Morning

This book came to me through book club. I hadn't heard of it before.

The premise of the book was promising, but I got 40% of the way through the text before the author got to the actions I could take to make changes in my life that would revolutionize the way I face the day and live my extraordinary life. 
In other words, he's long winded.

I think the principles are sound and I already practice several of them in my own life. Quiet time in the morning to put yourself and your priorities in practice are an excellent idea. I encourage others to do so and use this book to kickstart that habit. 

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any - or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved? What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is guaranteed to transform any - or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible? What if I told you it would only take 6 minutes a day?
Enter The Miracle Morning. What's now being practiced by thousands of people around the world could perhaps be the simplest approach to creating the life you've always wanted. It's been right there in front of us, but this audiobook has finally brought it to life. Are you ready? The next chapter of your life - the most extraordinary life you've ever imagined - is about to begin. You deserve an extraordinary life. It's time to wake up to your full potential.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Her Ex

I enjoy a good second chance romance and liked the ups and downs Jackson and Isabel went through to come together.

There were several obstacles to overcome: their past, her father, her fiance, and hearts that couldn't move on and challenged their thinking.

Another enjoyable installment.


Her Ex is Off Limits

Jackson Braxton is back in Honey Grove for his brother’s wedding. He’s determined to make the best of this trip. After all it’s been eight years since he last spoke with his ex, Isabel. Surely they’ve both moved on.

Isabel Andrews is barely hanging on by a thread. Her father is slipping away from Alzheimers and her fiancĂ© is determined to spend all his time away from Honey Grove—the one place she can’t seem to leave.

A broken car engine later, Jackson finds himself playing chauffeur to Isabel. After all, they were friends once, they can do it again.

Except, the heart doesn’t so easily forget.

If you love second chance romances and heroes that make you swoon, you'll the fourth installment of the Braxton Brothers series, Her Ex.