Sunday Coffee

Hello Friend. We have made it to another Sunday, and I’m so grateful. This past week was one of those weeks I couldn’t wait to end. Grab your Sunday morning drink of choice, and let’s catch up.

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There has been a murder at the hands of a military member that has really been on everyone’s hearts here in San Antonio. An Air Force officer has been arrested for the disappearance of his wife. Our unit along with hundreds of volunteers have been assisting the local law enforcement in attempting to locate her. I didn’t even know this woman, but I want her found. I want her laid to rest like she deserves to be, not somewhere laying in a ditch possibly, in the elements. It is sad. Especially when our unit was tasked with going out to one of the locations we know he went to after her disappearance, it just made it even more real. 

Sometimes I find being in the military, and the person that serving kind of molds you into, at complete odds with the person I am becoming. I had a situation this past week where I allowed one of the shifts I’m in charge of completely pull me out of character. I lost it, then spent most of the night tossing and turning, upset with myself for allowing them to get me so worked up. Don’t disturb this groove. I need to chill. I feel like I spend more energy getting worked up than I would if I remained cool, calm and collected.

In the whee hours of Monday morning, about 5:30, I was on my way to work and stopped at the gas station. Right place, right time. The gas station had the radio on a classic rock station and I became acquainted with a new favorite song: Love Bites by Def Leppard. If asked what I’ve been obsessed with lately, that’s it. That was all I listened to for two days straight. Shoutout to early morning gas station runs! You never know what song you’ll leave with stuck in your head.

Reading wise, I finished one of my picks for March Mystery Madness..

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 A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley was a fun read. I love cozies surrounding books. In this one, the main character is a writing apprentice for her life long favorite suspense author. Shortly after meeting, the two find a dead body outside of the author’s Victorian home. I loved that the author incorporated quotes from the book the character’s are working on at the beginning of each chapter. Kind of a story within the story. There is also a blooming romance that I would like to see more of, so I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series.

I was also in the mood for another Candace Osmond, but not quite ready to continue on with the trilogy of hers I have been procrastinating on finishing.

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A Stolen Heart is very, very short. It’s less than 50 pages, but being that it’s book one in Osmond’s The Wayward Witches series, it did a fantastic job of being the first book. It introduced me to the leading characters and gave me a bit of background for each one and I’m intrigued to see where the next story picks up after getting a glimpse into what Lenora is trying to do.

Candace Osmond is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine. I want more from her, now!

On Instagram this week:

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I received this review copy of The Cliff House by Raeanne Thayne thanks to Little Bird Publicity. In the post I wanted to know how you incorporate reading into your busy work week. I have found that my reading, especially of physical books, slows down tremendously throughout the week, leaving me to play catch up on the weekend. If you have any advice, let me know. I have set a challenge for myself to read 30 minutes every night in the month of March after 8 p.m.

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I’ve done a full review of Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in October when I read it on Netgalley, but it is here, and I am so happy to have a physical copy of my own. I have noticed it’s getting plenty of mixed reviews, but I am a total Stan for this book.

Share with me what’s been up with you. How is your reading going so far this month? Anything great that you’d recommend?

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October in Review

Hello Friends! I hope your November is off to a wonderful start. I love this month. It is my daughter and I’s birthday month and also the month that I get really excited with Thanksgiving on it’s way followed by Christmas. Love this time of year.

October more than any other month of the year feels like my to be read stack is supposed to look a certain way, give off a certain feel. I had so many plans, so many books that I started off the month wanting to read, but per usual, my mood had different plans for me.

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The first book I completed in October was A Potion To Die For by Heather Blake which is book one in the A Magic Potion Mystery series. This was good. I didn’t love it like I did some of the other cozy mysteries I have been reading but I felt it was a good book one. It interested me enough in the main character, with her lineage of witch craft, a possible rekindling romance and making things right possibly with a cousin of hers, to want to continue on with the series. One thing I really liked about this cozy is that it takes place in the south. A lot of cozies I have read take place either in the Pacific Northwest or somewhere in new England, which is great, but the change of location was a nice surprise.

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Next, I finished my first ever Devney Perry, The Coppersmith Farmhouse. This is book one in Perry’s Jamison Valley series. I loved this. It gave me all the small town vibes I love in a small town romance, then got super hot and sexy which I wasn’t expecting. Then, just when I thought things couldn’t get shaken up any more than they already were, things got super intense! I loved it.

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I went ahead and read book two in the Jamison Valley series by Devney PerryThe Clover Chapel was another really good read although I didn’t love it as much as I loved The Copper Smith Farmhouse. I like a good second chance romance and this one especially because it has it’s own twist; the character’s are already married. I am a little weary about finishing this series, although I know I will being that I hauled all the books to it. I just am assuming that I can expect each story to take some drastic turn towards the end, which is fine, but when reading The Clover Chapel, by the time all of the craziness started to take place, I just didn’t care anymore. By the time the twists and turns come along, I was kind of over it. The way Perry wrote the first two books, the romance happens fast! So when reading it for the romance, you’re getting that pretty early on. So you’re basically reading the rest of the book to see what is going to happen that may possibly break the romance up. Fingers are crossed I enjoy book three more.

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I (finally) finished my arc that I am super grateful Netgalley approved me for, and that was Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was fantastic. It releases March of 2019 and I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy. Hands down a five star read for me. I loved the format in which the story was told. I loved the time period it takes place in. Taylor Jenkins Reid is such a wonderful story teller.

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Another five star read in October was Heron’s Landing by Joann Ross. This is book one in her Honeymoon Harbor series, and one that I literally bought on a whim when I saw it in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. When Littlebird Publicity sent book two in the series my way, it gave me the push I needed to finally read it and oh, I am so glad I did. I love a well written character in a romance grappling with grief and the love interest in this one is grieving the loss of his wife. I loved this book so much. In this one, there is the romance between the two main characters and also an old love on the brink of being over. Such a beautifully written story.

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I reread one of the first romances I picked up after deciding that I wanted to give reading romance a try, Debbie Macomber’s Merry and Bright, and I loved it just as much this go around as I did the first time. I really think that reading this book as one of my first romances played a big part in holiday romances being my favorite. Debbie Macomber has such a way of creating these main characters who feel like people you want to be friends with. I love how believable, the importance of family feels while reading this one.  It is wonderful, and I think it may be a new tradition to reread it around this time every year in anticipation of the holidays.

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I finally read my first ever Nora Roberts novel. Yes, finally! I read Dark Witch, which is the only somewhat October vibe’ish book I read. This is book one in her The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. It was okay. I enjoyed the family aspects and the Irish folklore and history. I loved the magic. The main character is what bothered me. She was so annoying at times. Like, the kid getting to hang out with her older cousins and ruins it by being overly excited. I wanted to yell shut up, so many times. I am looking forward though, in seeing where the rest of the trilogy goes.

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I also finished two books in the From Manhattan With Love series by Sarah Morgan.  First,  I finished New York, Actually which wasn’t bad, but not a favorite. A lot like with Dark Witch, I just wasn’t a fan of the main character. Molly, the main character in this one, isn’t annoying or anything, but there was just something about her I didn’t like and didn’t connect with. I actually preferred the scenes from Daniel, the love interest’s perspective. I then jumped immediately into Holiday in the Hamptons. Reading this one reminded me of reading the character Frankie’s romance which was book two. This is Fliss’s romance, and Fliss has always been the tough girl and is avoiding love. She has her issues she needs to process and work through before she can realize the good thing she has in front of her and oh man was he good! Seth is so patient, and might just be my favorite love interest in the series.

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I really hope you had a wonderful October and that your November is starting off well. Let me know what you’re reading this month.

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Review: Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

March 5, 2019 release date  (thank you Netgalley for approving me for this arc)

Hutchinson Publishing

5/5 Stars

 

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Plot Summary:

In 1979, Daisy Jones and The Six split up. Together, they had redefined the 70’s music scene, creating an iconic sound that rocked the world. Apart, they baffled a world that had hung on their every verse.

This book is an attempt to piece together a clear portrait of the band’s rise to fame and their abrupt and infamous split. The following oral history is a compilation of interviews, emails, transcripts, and lyrics, all pertaining to the personal and professional lives of the members of the band The Six and singer Daisy Jones.

While I have aimed for a comprehensive and exhaustive approach, I must acknowledge that full and complete accounts from all parties involved has proved impossible. Some people were easier to track down than others, some were more willing to talk than others, and some, unfortunately, have passed on.

All of which is to say that while this is the first and only authorised account from all represented perspectives, it should be noted that, in matters both big and small, reasonable people disagree.

The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle.

 

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“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.”

 

My Thoughts:

Taylor Jenkins Reid completely blew my mind with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so when I finished it and shortly after got approved on Netgalley to read Daisy Jones and The Six, I was very excited to read something else by her, and also kind of nervous. I had my worries. Would this novel be anywhere near as good as the one I had just read? My impression of Taylor Jenkins Reid now, is that she probably sits at her kitchen table after she publishes a novel, and ponders on how the hell she can outdo herself.  Daisy Jones and the Six is freaking incredible.

My thoughts on it are honestly going to consist of a mixture of thoughts and quotes from the book. I don’t think I read a single page on my Kindle without highlighting something.

This is an historical fiction novel with of course, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s spark added to it. You are transported to the world of rock and roll in 1970s America. This is the story of Daisy Jones. This is the story of the rise and fall of a band. It’s the story of how complicated things can be behind the scenes when you have a group of people with the common interest of music, but who can grow to disagree about almost everything else.

Daisy grows up with parents who are there, but really don’t care about what she does. She turns to drugs and drinking and partying pretty early in her life.

“You know how every once in a while you’ll meet somebody who seems to be floating through life? Daisy sort of floated through the world, oblivious to way it really worked.”

At her core though, Daisy is a song writer, and she stays true and fights for her right to express herself through music and with her writing.

“Daisy high is fun and carefree and a good time. If she’s having fun, you’re having fun. But if you want to rip people’s hearts out of their chests, bring Daisy back down to earth and have her sing her own songs. There’s nothing like it.”

The Six was the popular band, all over the place, with these songs and lyrics that hit people in the core. Things happen in the story, and Daisy doesn’t really become part of the band, but the two do make an album together.

This entire story is told through interview format and I couldn’t imagine it being written any other way. I grew up loving shows like E-True Hollywood Story, and Where Are They Now and I’m still a big fan of interviews, so if that’s also your thing, this is will be an easy read for you. You move through it so quickly.

I loved the growth you saw with all the characters. With a band, you can’t expect things to always be perfect. You can’t expect band members to always get along, and I felt that was shown really well with this story. I really loved how well written Billy Dunne, the lead member of The Six was. Billy slipped there for a while and was super hooked on drugs and sex, while his soon to be wife, Camila, was pregnant with their daughter. He spends the rest of the story really trying to stay on the straight and narrow. You see the pressure he feels to continue to put out hits and the cost it comes at. He does some pretty crappy things to band members trying to keep the band in the spotlight.

Daisy was an amazing, complex character. Girls all over the world idolized her, and wanted to be her. She did her own thing and wasn’t going to change for anyone.

“I run hot and I always have. I am not going to sit around sweating my ass off just so men can feel more comfortable. It’s not my responsibility to not turn them on. It’s their responsibility to not be an asshole.”

You as the reader though, witness just how much of a hot mess she is. Daisy has a serious drug problem yet even Billy’s daughter Julia, wants to be Daisy Jones when she grows up. It really makes you reflect on idols and how you only see what they want you to see. You don’t know the behind the scenes, the mess and garbage they keep hidden or save for late nights to themselves.

It’s always refreshing to read about music and I really enjoyed reading the process behind creating songs that become loved by so many people.

“Rod told me to stop writing about stuff I didn’t know about. He said, “Don’t reinvent the wheel. Write about your girl.”

We as the reader get to tag along with Billy and Daisy as they create an album, then we see the band playing sold out shows all along knowing how there is so much tension amongst the group.

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There is a twist at the end of the story and you learn who is actually conducting the interviews, and I loved it. When it happened it took me by surprise because I hadn’t even been thinking of who that person was. What was even more of a surprise is as the empire is crumbling, and Daisy and Billy are in this funk where neither wants to admit that amongst all of this writing together they have grown feelings for each other, who comes through and sort of saves Daisy from it all.

“Don’t count yourself out this early Daisy. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There is almost a hidden gem in the book, a character in the background who for a few of the main characters, is the glue that holds them together and I loved it. Reid has a way of making someone in the background, who isn’t seen too often, also such a vital character to the story.

Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, the moment it comes out!

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