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Books, books, books!!! So this month, I didn’t read as many books as usual. I had a busy work month and  having to stay late and work a little on weekends…..we had lots going on most weekends….and it took me forever to get through The Forgotten Room. Still, I had some winners this month so let’s take a look!

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

I found this book very fascinating. Sure, it is a bit morbid thinking about what happens to the body after death but this book really opened my eyes up to the idea of donating my body to science. I never really thought about the fact that even after you pass you can help the world by possibly curing a disease or making safety features in cars more successful in crash tests, helping authorities determine the time and reason of death, etc. I did this via audiobook, I tend to only enjoy nonfiction by listening over reading.

Bottom Line: If you are in to non-fiction, this is a great read!

Rating: 4/5

The Forgotten Room by Karen White

The Forgotten Room

I am going to be very honest and say that this book was very slow going for me. You have to keep up with three women in three different time periods. The chapters rotate between the three women and their time periods. There are a lot of similar last names and it can be a little confusing at first. It took me quite awhile to get through this book, much longer than usual. However, I was interested in the stories from each of the women and I wasn’t going to quit it. I figured out early on how the three women were connected and had ideas of how the men in their lives were connected but I wasn’t 100% right. I liked that the book was different, I have never read a book about a room in three different time periods.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for something different and a time jump sort of book, then this is for you! If you have a hard time keeping up with characters and enjoy fluffy reads, this would not be your cup of tea. I was glad I read it, but it won’t be making my list of top books of 2016. Not all books can, you know? It had a really good idea, and I wish it was executed better.

Rating: 3/5

*I was provided a copy of The Forgotten Room by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

I know a lot of you have already read this one and are like…about damn time!!! But you guys!!!! If ever a book were to break  you, this would be it! I loved the characters and the way the story was written. It was beautiful and it really made me think about what I am doing with my life and what kind of person I am. When a book makes you think deep, it rates high on my list!

Bottom Line: Yes yes yes!!! You must read this book if you haven’t already. I absolutely adored this book. I can’t wait to dive in to After You. This is my first Moyes book and I can promise you it wont be my last.

Rating: 5/5

Zeke by Kelly Gendron (Breaking the Declan Brothers)

ZEKE (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3)

This is book three in the series. I didn’t realize that when I started but you don’t have to read the first two books to enjoy this one. So this book is basically your guarded bad boy MMA fighter who is really a sweet guy deep down but damaged…and the good girl that tries to break down all his walls. Zeke has 4 rules:

Rule #1 Don’t call him. He’ll call you.
Rule #2 He doesn’t date.
Rule #3 No sleepovers.
Rule #4 Absolutely, no virgins.

I wasn’t a fan of how many ridiculous names are in this book. Lurlene, Rayna, Emmie, Rusty (a girl), Nix, Jax, Slate, Token, Zeke. Meh. You can’t tell me that many weird names are in this little pocket of people, that isn’t realistic. What I was a fan of, is how Lurlene sticks to who she is the entire time. And I was not able to guess what happened to Zeke until the very end so it wasn’t as predictable as some books can be.

Bottom Line: This was a light, quick and easy read. I needed a break from the other books I had read this month. This wasn’t mind blowing, but I read it in 4 days so obviously it kept my interest. This book wouldn’t be for the prude. I mean, look at the cover. It passed the time just fine.

Rating: 3/5

*I was provided a copy of Zeke by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Home Made Simple


My mom got me this book a year or two ago for my birthday and I can’t tell you how many times I have referenced to it for something. There are recipes, how to chapters on meal planning, streamlining your house, how to pick house plants and grow an herb garden outside, there is a how to on making your own front door mat, how to set a table for a party, so much information!!! I like looking through the decorating tip section also.

Bottom line: This makes a great coffee table book that you will actually use time and again!

Rating: 4/5

I haven’t started a new book yet, but I need to!!! What have you read lately?

Linking up with Steph and Jana.

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  • Reply Kaitlyn March 8, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Human cadavers, what an interesting topic for a book. You don’t hear about that everyday. Me before you sounds like a book that would be right up my alley. I’ll have to put it on my list!

  • Reply Katy March 8, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I really need to read Me Before You!!!!

  • Reply Christina March 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

    The Home Made Simple book is so me.. I need to check that one out!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston March 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I totally forgot about After You until you just mentioned it…I read me before you so fast I wonder if it’ll be the same with After you! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Kelli March 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I’m so glad you liked Stiff, you know after my mom read that book she signed up to go to The Body Farm. My sister and I had to sign paperwork and everything.

    I want to read this Home Made Simple book but as usual my library doesn’t have it, maybe I can get a deal on!

  • Reply alyssa March 8, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I loooved Me Before You. I’m nervous about trying After You though because I’ve heard such mixed reviews! Interested to see what you think of it.

  • Reply laura March 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I need to get back on my reading train. I read one book in February! ONE!! me before you is definitely next on my list!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine March 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Me Before You was my first JoJo book and I am sold!! Made me feel so inspired!! Now if I could just catch up with all the ones I want to read in 2016!!

  • Reply Katie @Running With Wine March 8, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I love all the books by Jojo Moyes, I’m waiting to get After You from the library, I’ve been on the waiting list for almost two months!!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter March 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I have not read any Jojo Moyes books despite seeing them everywhere. I have to get on that!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo March 8, 2016 at 11:07 am

    You read Me Before You just in time… now go watch the movie trailer… I know I’m going to be in shambles in that movie!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders March 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

    You’re not the slowest one to read JoJo Moyes! I still haven’t read Me Before You, but hopefully I’ll get around to it eventually! The Forgotten Room sounds like an interesting book, but definitely one that you have to be in the mood for. All of those names in Zeke are too funny! I don’t know if I’d be able to take the book seriously!

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native March 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I read Me Before You last month too and oh my gosh…SO SO SO GOOD (and so much ugly crying). Definitely going to read more Moyes books. I’m always nervous when a book is so hyped up…for me, Me Before You, Sea of Tranquility, and You are the ones that stuck out to me as being most hyped up by bloggers lately. Buuut Me Before You and Sea of Tranquility did not disappoint! Can’t wait to read You when I can get my hands on it!

  • Reply Tania // Run to Radiance March 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

    OH how much I miss reading!!! I am so ready for this crazy season of business to end so I can pick one of these up and read!

  • Reply kristen March 8, 2016 at 11:59 am

    i have heard of stiff, and while i am totally okay with donating my body to science, it’s not something i want to read about, lol. you know my thoughts on the forgotten room. what a bummer! something about it was hard to get into. so glad you loved me before you 🙂 if you read After You, don’t go into it expecting a sequel, try and read it as a stand alone. i know that doesn’t make much sense, but it’s seriously it’s own book almost.

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization, Actually March 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve seen a couple people mention The Forgotten Room and I’m kind of intrigued just because of the time period disparity. What genre would you call it? Like a historical romance?

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots March 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Loved Me Before You and the sequel. I don’t think I could read the cadaver book, but interestingly enough I have cadaver tendons in my ankle from my ankle reconstruction surgery, so I definitely appreciate them!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph March 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I have always ended up sort of meh after reading Karen White books. I don’t think she’s for me.

    I’m intrigued by Stiff but probably won’t read it. I like that other people are reading it and telling me about it though! LOL

  • Reply Lauren March 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Stiff sounds good… but maybe a little gross. I read Me Before You last year, before I really picked up reading as a hobby again, and it reminded me why I like getting lost in a book so much. I kind of want to revisit it to get that feeling again!

  • Reply Myra March 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Me Before You was so good! Definitely got me right in the feelers! Stiff sounds interesting, but I’m so terrible at reading non-fiction books, lol. Well done on all the reading you did this month!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista March 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    You still rocked it this month compared to me gurlie! I’m sure I’d love all the fresh ideas in Home Made Simple. What a great gift 🙂

  • Reply Jackie March 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read Jojo Moyes for a long time. Honestly, I do judge a book by it’s cover and I keep putting it off because her font annoys me.

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Lolo March 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I still haven’t read Me Before You, and it’s been on my list for ages! I need to buckle down and get to it. Also I think I would be obsessed with that Home Made Simple book! I always need more planning and organization in my life!

  • Reply March 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    i read stiff and completely forgot about it until this post! i liked it!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says March 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Me Before You made me sob and sob. I’m super nervous for the movie adaptation.

    The Stiff books seems like something I might like because it’s weird and kind of gross. I like both of those qualities in a book sometimes.

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American March 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I’m really bummed about all the The Forgotten Room reviews. I love two of the authors, so I was really hopeful!

  • Reply TexErin March 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Did we already talk about Stiff? I feel like we have, but I’ll say this anyway. I thought it was fascinating. I was already a donor, and it reinforced that I should be. I’m perfectly happy with my dead body to be used in whatever way.

    Me Before You – I own it. It’s on my challenge list. I had it ready to read next. But. I had several heavy reads in a row, I need to NOT cry in a book for a change. Haha. I’ll come back to it.

  • Reply ~ carmen ~ March 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Stiff sounds like a very intriguing read. I’m really into crime dramas at the moment. I know this is nonfiction but it sounds interesting nonetheless. :]

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  • Reply Kara March 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Loved Me Before You! I haven’t heard anyone say they didn’t like it. The Forgotten Room just came on my radar today. Beatriz Williams is my current obsession, so I might give it a go because of her.

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration March 9, 2016 at 12:53 am

    I have not read Me Before You. It’s on my reading list and I will get to it, eventually. There are just many good books and not enough time!

  • Reply Joey March 9, 2016 at 6:07 am

    I haven’t read a single book in far too long. Impressed lady!

  • Reply Teh Megan March 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I think I’ll add Human Cadavers for a NF book on my TBR list. Sometimes those are a nice change of pace from all the fluff.
    I am very glad you liked Me Before You! I’m interested to see how you feel about After You!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family March 9, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Oooh I’m looking into Me Before You right now. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  • Reply Whitney LaDon March 9, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Man, I’ve been interested in Stiff for awhile. The author Mary Roach is well-known as an excellent non-fiction writer for young adults. I can’t decide if I want to read Me Before You or not. I’m somewhat intrigued, but I how so much else I want to read….

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