Tuesday, May 24, 2016

People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper


People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper

I won't waste any time with any small talk, I will cut straight to the chase. I really loved this book! At the very end of this novel, I craved answers that only sitting in my car with my Kindle in hand could solve. I was enthralled by the characters in this book, and grew to be especially fond of Paul, Drew and Claire. Kim Hooper is an incredibly gifted writer, and I only hope that there is a sequel to this book. This should stand as my official plea to Kim to write the second installment of this story. 

Synopsis
Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loved passionately, she was building the life she always wanted. But when enormous stress threatened her marriage, Emily made some rash decisions. That’s when she fell in love with someone else. That’s when she got pregnant.
Resolved to tell her husband of the affair and to leave him for the father of her child, Emily’s plans are thwarted when the world is suddenly split open on 9/11. It’s amid terrible tragedy that she finds her freedom, as she leaves New York City to start a new life. It’s not easy, but Emily---now Connie Prynneforges a new happily-ever-after in California. But when a life-threatening diagnosis upends her life, she is forced to rethink her life for the good of her thirteen-year-old daughter.
A riveting debut in which a woman must confront her own past in order to secure the future of her daughter, Kim Hooper's People Who Knew Me asks: “What would you do?”

About the Author 
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Seriously...Order Your Copy 

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Litsy!


Have you heard about Litsy? It's a new app that is a place to connect with readers just like you and see what kinds of books they are sharing. If you are anything like me, choosing your next book in an extensive TBR stack is a daunting task. I usually go to my friends and ask, "what should I read next?" You can also organize your reading list, add quotes, and create a blurb about a book you are reading. It really is a book lover's paradise!

It is streamlined and extremely easy to create an account. Litsy Sign Up
Find me at lilmommareader and let's connect!
Happy Reading!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Summer Reading Challenge!


I have some really exciting news for all of you parents out there! This summer, Read Baby Read (that's me!) will be hosting a Summer Reading Challenge for your Middle Grade and Teen Kids. There are weekly prizes, plus a grand prize up for grabs! I know how challenging it can be to get your kids to want to read over the summer, so that's why you should get them involved in this inaugural reading challenge. 
Please fill out this FORM to be contacted for further information.
Here are some of the awesome books that will be featured in the Summer Reading Challenge:


Endangered
Eliot Schrefer
The Rules of Survival
Nancy Werlin
All The Bright Places
Jennifer Niven

Bone Gap
Laura Ruby

The Hour of The Bees
Lindsay Eagar
The War That Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Fish in a Tree
Lynda Mullaly Hunt

El Deafo
Cece Bell

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Best Books of May


Blood Defense by Marcia Clark
Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star—and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.
Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules—and fearlessly breaking everyone else’s—Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she’s ever encountered.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. 
 
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. 

Titans by Leila Meacham 
Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan's connection drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love, lose, and betray.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

There isn't a doubt in my mind that Chris Cleave is a brilliant, talented writer, and this book is no exception. Readers who enjoyed Little Bee will devour this novel as well. All readers will find this book to be an enjoyable read, but fans of historical fiction will be particularly excited for this novel. For me, the connection to the main character was a the selling point. I hope you all enjoy reading Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. 


Synopsis
It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.


Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Best Books to Buy Mom!


Today I am sharing with you the best books to buy mom! It's not a simple task to buy mom something for Mother's Day, so if your mom is a reader, then check out this list of books to buy that special woman in your life!

If your mama is a...
Fiction Lover 
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Mystery Lover
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History Buff
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Psychology Lover

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes (Plus a Giveaway!)


Island in the Sea 
A Majorca Love Story

Take a trip to the idyllic ocean side in Anita Hughes' newest release Island in the Sea. Set in the backdrop of Majorca, this enchanting novel explores the importance of love and what music can do for the soul. Readers of all ages can become smitten with the adventure of discovering yourself, and aligning yourself with what you know deep down is important.  Love is sometimes all you need. With an exotic flair, you will be eagerly planning a flight to Spain after devouring this new release from acclaimed author Anita Hughes. 

Luckily, you won't have to wait long because I have a giveaway for Island in the Sea! One lucky reader will win a finished copy of this beautiful book.

Synopsis

In ISLAND IN THE SEA, we meet Juliet Lyman, a senior executive at a prestigious record label sent to Majorca by her famously philanthropic boss Gideon with the task of retrieving much-awaited lyrics from Lionel, an award-winning lyricist and talented client who is six-months overdue on delivering new lyrics. To Juliet, business comes first, emotions are secondary, and love isn’t even on the menu. But to Lionel, love is everything, and he blames Gideon for his broken heart. He's determined to show Juliet that nothing is more important than love. As her professional and personal lives begin to overlap, Juliet learns that her boss hasn’t been completely honest and is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Love may be the only thing that gives them all what they need.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ANITA HUGHES is also the author of Rome in Love, French Coast, Lake Como, Monarch Beach and Market Street. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.


"With her magnificent descriptions of Majorca’s beauty and mouth-watering morsels, Anita Hughes takes you on a romantic journey that will leave you breathless. Island in the Sea: A Majorca Love Story is a decadent delight that must be savored!"
—Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Status Of All Things
To enter the giveaway:
1) Leave a comment on this post with you think is the best place to find love
2) Visit Intsagram (@lilmommareader) and tag a friend who you would love to travel with
3) Visit my Twitter page and tweet this post or tweet the following:
I want to win #IslandintheSea by @hughesanita. #stmartinspress limommareader.blogspot.com

Winners will be notified by Friday, April 15!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Let's Start a Revolution

Let's Start a Revolution.
Start now. With you, and your students.
Think about how you start a fire, the power of a flood that moments ago was rain, or how the eye of the storm becomes the strongest center. It may take moments, but sometimes it takes longer, and is accompanied by frustration and turmoil. Nature and teaching have uncanny parallels. The truth is, there needs to be a shift in our educational practice. Not tomorrow afternoon, not a year from now, but right now. Years ago, teachers held tremendous power because they were the basis of knowledge through which children tapped their knowledge. Now, we have Google. This is the start of the revolution. Young minds are depending on teachers to shift their sails and move with the changing winds. This is the time to embrace the changing winds, and sail! One little change can become a collective big change. Let's start this revolution!

The Best Books to Inspire Teachers
Most Likely to Succeed


The Gift of Failure


Mathematical Mindsets


Learn Like a Pirate
Are there any books I may need to add that have inspired you? 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson


The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson

With shades similar to Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica, The Stopped Heart offers readers a thrilling adventure that leaves you wondering if grief really can play tricks on the our mind. Long ago in the idyllic countryside, a chilling event takes place, and at the center of the ring is someone with red hair. Fast forward a century, and a family moves to the same countryside to escape their grief that is the result of a terrible family tragedy. A chilling parallel between past and present begins to reveal itself, and the reader is left turning the pages to become immersed in this gruesome tale. This book depicts crimes against children, so for readers disturbed or revolted by that narrative, they should be warned. For the thriller in you, this book will suit the dark side of your reading tastes. Read the synopsis to decide if The Stopped Heart is the kind of book to add to your bag!

Synopsis
Internationally bestselling author Julie Myerson’s beautifully written, yet deeply chilling, novel of psychological suspense explores the tragedies—past and present—haunting a picturesque country cottage. Mary Coles and her husband, Graham, have just moved to a cottage on the edge of a small village. The house hasn’t been lived in for years, but they are drawn to its original features and surprisingly large garden, which stretches down into a beautiful apple orchard. It’s idyllic, remote, picturesque: exactly what they need to put the horror of the past behind them. One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lies a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead—surely no one could survive such an accident. But the red-haired man is alive, and after a brief convalescence is taken in by the family living in the cottage and put to work in the fields. The children all love him, but the eldest daughter, Eliza, has her reservations. There’s something about the red-haired man that sits ill with her. A presence. An evil. Back in the present, weeks after moving to the cottage and still drowning beneath the weight of insurmountable grief, Mary Coles starts to sense there’s something in the house. Children’s whispers, footsteps from above, half-caught glimpses of figures in the garden. A young man with a shock of red hair wandering through the orchard.
Has Mary’s grief turned to madness? Or have the events that took place so long ago finally come back to haunt her…?

It is intriguing, right? A huge thank you to Harper Books for the early copy of this book.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Bad Books by Pseudonymous Bosch

Bad Luck
Secret Series Book #2
Book Two in the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch takes place on a volacnic island. Clay and his friends must solve the mystery of the cave drawings that are attrating the attention of people outside the island. Clay's magical abilities are what will work to save them. The author of this series does it again by providing a series that readers can get excited about. The truth is, I cannot wait for the third book in the series!

Synopsis
At Earth Ranch, things can get a little magical (some might say strange). Intrepid readers will discover a runaway boy, fishy cruise ship, strange cave paintings, dragon-like footprints, and other mysteries that Clay and his friends need to solve. Danger, adventure, mischief, mystery, llamas, and a delightfully irreverent and hilarious narrator make bestselling author Pseudonymous Bosch's anticipated new novel irresistible.

This book, Bad Luck, was the second in the series. A link for the first book can be found below. 
To read a portion of Bad Magic Book One, click here http://www.thebadbooks.com/books.html
To read a portion of Bad Luck Book Two, Click here http://www.thebadbooks.com/book2.html

While I had an audiobook of Bad Luck, I think the book would have been devoured quickly be both me and my children.