Category Archives: Good Books

What I’m Reading: The Return

I was so happy to find out that Nicholas Sparks had a new book.  I’ve long been a Nicholas Sparks fan and was excited to read The Return.

The Return

So what did I think?  Well, it was good, but I’ll be honest, it was a Nicholas Sparks book.  There was a girl who was hiding something, two actually.  The guy was more patient than any real man on earth and finally, the girl comes clean with her secret…and the story goes on.  As much as I love Nicholas Sparks, everyone once in a while, I’d like to see a guy that is a little more real…one that had flaws and still has a few flaws…like a real guy.

I loved Kramer dearly and still do, but he had flaws.  I have flaws.  We’re all flawed and in this book, everything was a little too perfect and a little too happy for me.

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What I’m Reading: Green Lights

I have enjoyed Matthew McConaughey as an actor so when I saw he had a book out, Green Lights, I decided to give it a try.  That was about three months ago.  I waited and waited for the book from my online library and finally, it was my turn.  So, was it worth the wait?

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

It was.  It was funny and insightful.

I think I would have preferred actually reading it though.  As I was writing this review I went on Amazon to get the links.  I saw that these are a few of the pages from the book…

They look like a fun read with pictures and actual notes from his journals.  I feel like I missed out a bit by listening instead of reading.

The book is a little of a where I got to be and him giving some advice on thinking things through.  I’ll admit to feeling a little frustrated from time to time.  In the book, he explains that he wanted more out of life than being a romantic comedy actor.  So he waited it out for about two years before a different style of script came his way.  That’s great and awesome if you have the financial ability to just live for two years with no income coming in but how many of us can do that?

He tries to make a point that we should decide what we want and wait it out to get what we want.  That’s all nice and dandy for millionaires, but average American’s can’t do that.  That’s why Nashville is filled with people with amazing voices that are waiting tables.

Maybe that was just me but I did get a “privileged” vibe now and then.  Overall though, I still liked the book.

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A New Book Club Book

I have a new book for the book club.

The book I’m picking is Everything Beautiful in Its Time:  Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager.

Jenna Bush Hager Highlights Grandparents' Words of Wisdom

I just finished reading it and I’d love to talk with all of you about the book.

Many of you will recognize the author, “Jenna Bush Hager is an American news personality, author, and journalist. She is currently the co-host of Today with Hoda & Jenna, the fourth hour of NBC’s morning news program Today. Hager and her twin sister, Barbara, are the daughters of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.”

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What I’m Reading: Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters

Several months ago I went to my online library and saw a couple of books I was interested in so I put them on the waitlist.  I try really hard to keep that waitlist full as the time to wait is seriously, a long time.

It finally came to my turn to listen to Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini.  You all might know this author as she writes my quilting themed books.  Her writings in the past few years have been based on historical fiction and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve heard things about Mary Todd Lincoln and accusations about her mental health but I never knew a timeline of it.  I knew she had lost a son but didn’t realize she lost several and all in a close time period.

I never knew about her growing up years and her family.  I, of course, know this is a work of fiction, but facts like that are all followed by historical fiction writers and if something is changed for story sake it is always noted in the author’s notes at the end of the story.  I found it all very interesting and enjoyed listening to the book very much.

Listening helped me realize that although covid really stinks…it’s nothing compared to the life someone like Mary Todd Lincoln lived through.

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