Ramblings

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Day 4: After Dark

I am determined to stick with this photo challenge this month! So far so good.

If only I could say the same thing for the Shred….. I just can’t get motivated to get off my butt and do it. Although, I watched Extreme weight loss lastnight and that always gets me motivated but it was too late by the time I got done watching it. This girl lastnight started out weighing 314lbs (she was 400lbs at her heaviest but lost 100lbs on her own), at the end she weighed 155lbs! Wow! Talk about inspiring! I know I don’t have anywhere near that much to lose, I just want to lose 10-15 lbs and get in shape. If she can do it so can I! I’m thinking of joining a gym.
I’m still eating healthy. I made a porkchop and asparagus for dinner lastnight, I still haven’t had a coke…. although the other day I told my sister I wanted a Cherry Limeade and she brought me one from Sonic and it did not agree with me! No more of those for me! That’s just proof that I don’t need any of that in my body.
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I’m currently reading

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Karen Kingsbury’s The Chance.

I’m not too far into it yet but so far so good! I love her books! The thing with her books though is, she usually writes series. I don’t like series, I like stand alone books. This is the first stand alone book she has written in awhile so I’m excited to get further into it!

Look Again

So I said the next book was going to be True Colors but….I lied.

Lastnight I read :

 
 
 
When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves.
 
 
 
 
 
Yes, I read it lastnight. I started it around 8:30pm and finished it at 2am. It’s almost 400 pages.  I could NOT put it down. This is not the normal kind of book I would pick up. I don’t normally like thrillers/suspense,  I don’t even know what made me get it from the library but I’m glad I did!  There I was, sitting on the steps of my apartment with tears streaming down my face, and now here I sit with bags under my eyes from staying up so late reading! I’m going to check out some of her other books that she has written and see if I like them as well.

I recently went to the library and checked out several books but I’m just now getting around to reading them.

I started Distant Shores lastnight and ended up reading 225 pages! I finally had to put it down because I could no longer keep my eyes open. I’ve said it before but, Kristin Hannah is one of my FAVORITE authors! If you haven’t read any of her books you are missing out!

From www.amazon.com

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their lives look picture perfect. But after the girls leave home, Jack and Elizabeth quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job, Elizabeth puts her own needs aside to follow him across the country. Then tragedy turns Elizabeth’s world upside down. In the aftermath, she questions everything about her life—her choices, her marriage, even her long-forgotten dreams. In a daring move that shocks her husband, friends, and daughters, she lets go of the woman she has become—and reaches out for the woman she wants to be.

 

 

I joined the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challange and said I’d read 50 books in the year of 2012. I have read 14. I’m 4 books behind. According to Goodreads, I read 16 books for the entired YEAR of 2011. What’s up with that?!

After Distant Shores I will be reading another Kristin Hannah book.

 

The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their stern, unyielding father gave them almost no attention. Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight dreamer, she never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that had been in her family for three generations. Aurora, the middle, is the peacemaker. Vivi Ann, the youngest, is the undisputed star of the family. Everything comes easily to Vivi Ann, her father’s love most of all. But when Vivi Ann makes a fateful decision to follow her heart, rather than take the route of a dutiful daughter, events are set in motion that will test the love and loyalties of the Grey sisters. They will be pitted against each other in ways none could have imagined. Secrets will be revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both the family and their beloved town. With breathtaking pace and penetrating insight, Kristin Hannah’s True Colors is a novel about sisters, vengeance, jealousy, betrayal—and ultimately, what it truly means to be a family.

Home Front – Books I’ve read in 2012

I hadn’t really read much lately but I was really excited to start Kristin Hannah’s newest book Home Front.  Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and I’ve talked about her before in previous posts. I layed in bed ALL day on Sunday reading it, I could not put it down! I love books that just suck me right in from the beginning. 

This is from Amazon.com

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life—children, careers, bills, chores—even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own—for everything that matters to his family.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope. 

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If you haven’t read a book by Kristin Hannah, then you don’t know what you’re missing out on. She’s an amazing writer!!! I think everyone should read this book!!!