Category Archives: Coffee Break

Happy Holidays

We’ve been away for a few weeks and have about 3 1/2 more to go! So I just want to wish you a belated Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. ~L charlie-brown-snoopy-christmas

Advertisements

👀 I may never know the truth about the happenings at Carterhook Manor… 🕵

🕵 The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 👀

518F+go8wYL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_SYNOPSIS:

Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.


 

REVIEW:

My first thought after reading this story…WTF did I just read?  Insert loud laughing out loud here!  But seriously, I read this book in under an hour but I’ve been sitting staring at the actual book for about 2 hours.  

The protagonist starts out telling, in graphic detail her life and current job as a “customer service” at Spiritual Palms (good name play)  which is a polite way of saying it, to her present position as clairvoyant/ house cleaner.  During her time as a clairvoyant is when she meets Susan Burke.  Susan is a fixer, yet she can’t seem to fix her problem with her stepson Miles or her absentee husband.  Insert gaping hole and a few plot twist.  When the protagonists finds herself face to face alone with the antagonist stepson, the story final took a turn for the better.  But that was short lived.  The ending of the book comes with varied twists and a cliffhanger (which I absolutely hate).

The book told in 1st person  and present tense is not an easy task for any author to pull off.  However, Flynn seems to do it quite well.   Okay back to the book, the opening line is what seized me.  Most readers will give you ten pages, in those ten pages  you must set the scene, introduce a primary character and or  problem.  Flynn did that in the first two sentences.  Now I must admit, I’ve never read a Gillian Flynn book until now.  It’s an acquired taste.  Overall this was a decent story, scary not at all, a mind fuck definitely!

4 Stars

☕☕☕☕

 

☕️ Open a book… ☕️

wishing a

🍵Boxed in no more….🍵

 

📚 Just Between Us by Brown, Christy, Dunlap, Haskins, Ross and Thompson 📚

514Cs0fbxoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Just Between US there is a determination to reminisce and reveal all that once crippled our lives. You are invited to share in this short story collection of TM Brown, Tamika Christy, Nicole Dunlap, Selena Haskins, Janice Ross and Adrienne Thompson. These stories are all real, no work of fiction can match the emotional expressions displayed in this heartfelt collection of inspirational stories.


REVIEW:

When you combine the talents of six women destined for more than their current state, you get Just Between Us stories designed to encourage or inspire women.  I found them to be enjoyable.  Having read a couple of the listed authors, I was able to adapt to their unique styles.  This book reminds me  of Chicken Soup for the Soul, yet it comes just short of hitting their mark.  I would love to see these stories re-adapted, expanded and possibly include more writers.  If they should reconsider, they should write unafraid, unabashed and as if no one will ever read it.  But for now, the most enjoyable story I can remember was, Epiphany, it starts with a poem and then the story shows how children from a single parent home can still conquer.  Overall I give this book, 3 Stars

 

☕️ ☕️☕️

 

☕️The Truth is more Peculiar than Fiction…When you open your eyes to believe! ☕️

 

📚 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 📚

Synopsis:

51uku9hgGDL._SL250_A mysterious island.



An abandoned orphanage.



A strange collection of very curious photographs.



It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


 

Review:

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman’s life is about to change. Currently, He has to endure a dull job at the family business. He doesn’t connect with his bird-obsessed father or show-off mother. He used to find comfort in his grandfather’s fantastical stories of World War II through a Jewish refugee and soldier’s eyes, until one day while sharing the stories, none of the children believed him, thus labeling him an outcast fairy boy.

Then just as suddenly everything Jacob thought was a fable was actual might really be the truth.
Grandfather Portman whom everyone believes to have dementia is mysteriously murdered after a haunting phone call. Jacob’s parents send him to a psychiatrist after the nightmares about the monsters keep him up at night. Then, a trip to a small, secluded island in Wales intended to allow Jacob to close the book on his grandfather’s perplexing death and past gets him wrapped up in time travel, young love, new friends, centuries-old secrets, and undiscovered superpowers.

There are several elements that drew me into this book, like the peculiar powers of the peculiar children, mind-bending time travel “loops” and villainous “hollowgasts and wights.” There are various plot twists and vivid settings. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will leave you turning every page to see where Jacob’s journey of self-discovery and chasing down evil will take him next and will leave you clamoring for the sequel.  I found this book while out shopping and was immediately drawn in with the title and cover.  Riggs use of vintage photographs enhances the overall reading experience.  I wouldn’t recommend it on kindle.  I’m adding the rest of the series to my reading list.  4 Stars

 

peregrines1


pergrines3

peregrines2

☕️☕️☕️☕️

Follow Jacob, Emma, Milliard, Bronwyn and the others on their adventures…

51RP+9OrP6L._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_ 51557mIWXZL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Claudia Rankine Has Been Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry : Harriet Staff : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

CLAREMONT, CA - SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 - Poet Claudia Rankine at her home, September 26, 2014. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

CLAREMONT, CA – SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 – Poet Claudia Rankine at her home, September 26, 2014. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

Allison Flood of The Guardian writes that just a “week after Marlon James became the first Jamaican to win the Booker, the Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize for poetry.” More: Rankine, whose collection of prose poems examining everyday racism, Citizen, has already won the Forward prize in the UK along with the NBCC award in the US, is one of 10 poets shortlisted for the £20,000 TS Eliot prize from a record 142 books submitted by publishers. “Jamaica has become the poetry – the literary – capital of the world at the moment,” said poet and chair of judges Pascale Petit, announcing the line-up.

Two first collections made the cut, Sarah Howe’s Loop of Jade, in which the Chinese-British writer journeys to Hong Kong to explore her dual heritage, and Rebecca Perry’s Beauty/Beauty. They are shortlisted alongside works by some of poetry’s biggest names, from Australian writer Les Murray, whose Waiting for the Past explores those things which have been lost in the modern world, to Sean O’Brien, whose The Beautiful Librarians celebrates “those unsung but central figures in our culture”, and Don Paterson, picked for 40 Sonnets.

“We read a lot of outstanding debut collections,” said Petit. “We’ve got quite experimental work from Rebecca Perry [and] Sarah Howe is a very interesting new voice, giving a glimpse into China, and what it’s like to be a Chinese woman.” […]

 

Source: Claudia Rankine Has Been Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry : Harriet Staff : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

☕️ What we’re reading this week! ☕️

Vintage book shop, text and eyeglasses icons. Vector file layered for easy manipulation and custom coloring

Support Independent Bookstores.  Today’s store is Between the Lines Bookstore.  Check out thier website and show your support.  Between the Lines Bookstore


 

📚 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Ross 📚 

51uku9hgGDL._SL250_A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


 

📚 Just Between Us 📚

514Cs0fbxoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Just Between US there is a determination to reminisce and reveal all that once crippled our lives. You are invited to share in this short story collection of TM Brown, Tamika Christy, Nicole Dunlap, Selena Haskins, Janice Ross and Adrienne Thompson. These stories are all real, no work of fiction can match the emotional expressions displayed in this heartfelt collection of inspirational stories.


Leave us a comment and let us know what you’re reading this week.

%d bloggers like this: