Feb 28, 2019

Monthly Re-Cap: February 2019



Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 



Happy Almost March! How was your Feb? Mine was busy with school and work, as can be expected. It has been snowy, icy, and so cold in Vermont in February and I am SO ready for warmer weather! 

Luckily in a few weeks we are headed to Florida for a week 😃🌴

Reading and Blogging seemed like it was slow this month, but after putting together the re-cap I think thinks went pretty well. I read a lot of longer books and got a bunch of reviews up.

At Home, we put new floors in the living room and I got our taxes done (both are huge accomplishments!). For Valentine's Day I got a laminater and a label maker and I am SUPER excited about both! I am a nerd and I embrace it! 
We spent an evening at the bike dealership to learn more about the track days - for the hubs, not me! - and they had pickle/bacon pizza... it was delicious! and obviously that was the most important part of the evening for me 😋

At Work, WWE came to visit and they were wonderful! 



I hope that your month was wonderful, let me know in the comments something fun that you did in Feb or a great book you read!

~~Books I Read in February~~
             
Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1) You're My Little Sweet Pea  Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows  Amy's Diary #1 Space Alien...Almost?  Crow Flight by Susan    Cunningham      

How did I do on my February TBR
I finished 1 / 2 books. I added a few additional Review books to my pile mid month and then those took priority.

    ~~Links to Some Reviews from Books Read in Jan.~~
    Quinn's Promise Rock by Christie Thomas (Youth) -2 stars
    Julius Zebra:Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield (MG)-4 stars
    The Secret Joy of Hygge by Alexandra Amarotico  (Non-Fiction)- 4 stars
    You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day (Non-Fiction, Adult)- 5 stars

    ~~Links to Some Reviews from Books Read in Feb.~~
    You're My Sweet Pea by Kit Chase (Youth) - 4 stars
    Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (YA) - 3 stars

    Feb 26, 2019

    Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway! Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham


    About the Book

    The curious flight patterns of crows lead a teen computer programmer down a path of mystery and romance. 

    Gin trusts logic a little too much. She even designs programs to decide what to eat and how to spend her time. All that changes when she’s paired with a new transfer student, Felix, on a computer modeling assignment to explain certain anomalies in the behavior of crows.

    As she enters Felix’s world and digs further into the data behind crow behavior, Gin uncovers a terrible secret. And the wrong decision could equal disaster squared . . .
     






    Crow Flight was a mystery combined with a teen romance, combines with technology. Gin is in her Senior year of high school and she has gotten this far by focusing and using programs to get her through. She uses them to make sure she gets everything done, to ask what to wear, everything is organized and coded. But then she meets a guy that is weird and smart and she completely falls for him. Her coded days fall behind her, but she develops something even better - together they are working on an assignment to model crows. The data that they are using though has some weird issues and Gin is determined to figure out what they mean. 

    I really enjoyed this book, it was wonderfully paced and the characters were fun to follow. The plot was a mystery that all came together so nicely. I really liked the build up and how it eventually all blended in the end and all made sense. There were no weird clues that a reader would have missed like some mysteries. 


    I liked to see a character that was female and into tech, that was very refreshing. My only issue is how quickly Gin loses herself when she falls for Felix, I know that it happens in a lot of teen books, and in real like for teen girls, but she completely abandons a lot of things that make her who she is. She does grow in the programming world, but she takes a lot of hits because of her feelings for Felix. 


    The author did a great job with this book though. I loved the crows and how interesting that was. I am also from the Northern VA/ DC/ Fairfax county area and I can honestly say that she did it justice. Overall, if you are looking for something mysterious, and not a series, this is a really fun read and I think many different types of readers will enjoy it. That being said, it is also a romance and gin does fall pretty hard for this guy, so if that isn't your style there is a good portion of this book that you might not love. I had a good time with it though and would recommend it.


    Praise for CROW FLIGHT


    "You'll adore Gin, who's determined to apply her brilliant computer skills to the mysteries of love... and in doing so, finds herself caught up in high-stakes intrigue. We cheer her on as she learns to trust her gut and heart along with her tech-savvy mind. CROW FLIGHT is a soaring debut from an author to watch." ―Laura Resau, author of RED GLASS 

    "A timely, fun story that flies across the pages and into your heart. A romantic tale with intriguing content, Cunningham delivers a compelling read about the predictability of life and love. ―Donna Cooner, author of SKINNY and SCREENSHOT 

    "Crow Flight is a delicious novel. Gin has decided what her life should look like - and it involves logic, equations, computer models, coding, ambition, and over-achieving. An unexpected twist forces her to reconsider, and rather suddenly she finds herself in new territory - a path that calls forth the heart, the willingness to adventure, and most importantly, an effort at finding and honoring the immaterial truth. When an English teacher asks her to consider Victor Hugo's contention that 'One must have bread, but before bread, one must have the ideal,' she boldly launches forth into a world of discovery, romance, and danger. This book, like Gin's adventure, is a beauty." ―Laura Pritchett, winner of the PEN USA Award in Fiction


    About the Author

    Susan Cunningham lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys science nearly as much as writing: she’s traveled to the bottom of the ocean via submarine to observe life at hydrothermal vents, camped out on an island of birds to study tern behavior, and now spends time in an office analyzing data on wool apparel. She blogs about writing and science at susancunninghambooks.com.   
    PHOTO CREDIT: KEL ELWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY 

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    Feb 24, 2019

    Building the Book Pile #292

    Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

    Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 


    Another week has come and gone... how was your week? Mine was super busy again! This school thing is exhausting, but I am so happy to be doing it. This week at work was busy, I am have my own tasks now and am kind of in a good place as far as learning and doing my own thing now. My class has one more week! and then I am off for a week before the next one starts. AND I have a bunch of trips planned - some for work and one actual vacation and I am SO excited! 

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    Coming up on the Blog


    Blog Tour: review and Giveaway! Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham (YA)
    Monthly Re-Cap: February 2019
    TBP Pile: March 2019

    Books Received this Week 


    Mera: Tidebreaker The Summer of '69


    Books for Review:

    Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige from Netgalley and DC Ink for review.

    Summer of 69 by Todd Strasser from Librarything Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press for review.



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    Feb 22, 2019

    Recent Reads: Julius Zebra #3 by Gary Northfield

    Source: From Librarything Early Reviewers program and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

    Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians!Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield
    Series: Julius Zebra #3
    Publisher:  Walker Books Ltd.
    Publication Date:  March 1, 2018



    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39096380-julius-zebra  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1406378909/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1406378909&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

    Format: Paperback ARC

    Rating:






    Goodreads Synopsis:
    Julius Zebra is in ancient Egypt on his third madcap adventure. Will he and his friends make it out alive, or will they all end up entombed in a pyramid forever? 
    After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt, Julius Zebra can't believe his luck: he's been mistaken for a Horse God and given the royal treatment. Preened and pampered, Julius and his friends are treated to a lavish party and ferried down the River Nile. But when hapless antelope Felix accidentally stumbles upon the Tomb of Cleopatra, he steals a gem for his rock collection, unknowingly bringing a pharaoh's curse down upon the group. With the Egyptians beginning to realize that Julius is not quite what they thought he was, the zebra gladiator and his friends are soon fighting for their lives in a series of hilarious hijinks.

    Review: 

    Such a cute and weird book. Julius Zebra Entangled with the Egyptians is the third book in the Julius series. Up to this point Julius has Rumbled with the Romans in book one, got into a Bundle with the Britons, and now he is moving on to the Egyptians. 

    I have not read the first two books in this series but after having read this one, I would love to pick them up and read them. In this book, Julius is on his way home and finds himself proclaimed the Pharaoh of Egypt. He ans his friends are aware that he is not a Pharaoh, nor even Pharaoh material but they play along until they realize that they could be put to death for pretending. 

    From this one book I have learned that each of Julius' friends has quirks, there is a mean one and a clumsy one and that they always as a group get themselves into big trouble. It is hilarious to read through and see in the illustrations that are included on every page.

    It is a history and vocabulary lesson disguised as a humorous book for younger readers and I think that they will find it educational but mostly they will find it funny. Between the plot and the wonderful illustrations this book will be a hit with middle grade readers, and even reading it without the other two books works fine. 

    So if you, or your middle grade reader is looking for a new series, this could be a fun one to read together and learn some things about Egypt and see if Julius and his friends make it out alive.

    Feb 21, 2019

    Early Reader Review: Amy's Diary by Véronique Grisseaux and India Desjardins

    Source: From Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.


    Amy's Diary #1 Space Alien...Almost?
    Amy's Diary #1 Space Alien...Almost? by Véronique Grisseaux and India Desjardins
    Series: Amy's Diary #1
    Publisher: Charmz
    Publication Date:  March 12, 2019



    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

    Format: Ebook

    Rating:







    Goodreads Synopsis: 
    At fourteen, Amy Von Brandt doesn’t feel particularly close to anyone. Since her father died, her mother has become some sort of a zombie, except all of a sudden, she’s back to life (and even wearing edgy underwear!). Could there be a connection with Dennis Belcher, the school principal? (OMG!) As for her best friend, Kat, love has rendered her brain uncharacteristically mushy. No way that’s happening to her, either! But it seems no one is truly safe from love at first sight… And in the middle of all this chaos, there’s only one thing Emily really wants: to find her place in the universe.
    Review: 
    Amy's Diary was not really what I expected and I think that for that reason it brought this rating down for me. What this graphic novel was, was very geared toward a younger audience, and while I normally enjoy that, this time it didn't seem to fit me. It follows a teen and her diary, and her thoughts about love and boys and her friends and is very realistic from what I remember of that time in my life. However the way it was all put together, I didn't really feel for the main character, so while she was having issues, there was no sense of urgency or connection. 

    The illustration was fun, and the way it was pieced together really gave it the feel of a dairy though, to that was all a big plus. It was very wordy for a graphic novel and I think that more could have been expressed in the images throughout. 

    Overall this one was not my jam, but if you have a teenage daughter, friend, etc who is fretting about similar issues, and they seem like the world is ending - this may be best fitted for them. 

    Feb 17, 2019

    Building the Book Pile #291

    Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

    Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 


    It has been a few weeks since my last BTBP post - I have been busy. 
    Last weekend we bought and put in new floors in our living room. It looks so nice and we got rid of a gross old rug. I am two weeks from finishing the class I am taking and so I have been writing a lot of papers lately and it takes a good amount of time. Not much reading is going on but hopefully this week I will have a bit more time for it.

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    Early Reader Review: Amy's Diary #1 Space Alien...Almost? by Veronique Grisseaux and India Desjardins (MG, GN)

    Early Reader Review: Julius Zebra Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield (MG) 

    Books Received this Week 


    The Beast's Heart The Minimalist Way: Minimalism Strategies to Declutter Your Life and Make Room for Joy
    Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid Crow Flight


    Books for Review:

    The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross from Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for review.

    The Minimalist Way by Erica Layne from Callisto Publishers Group for review.

    Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid by Marcus Emerson (Ben Braver #2)  from the publisher for review consideration.

    Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham from author for a blog tour.



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    Feb 12, 2019

    Early Reader Review: Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen

    Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this in no way alters my opinion or review.

    Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows
    Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen 
    Publisher: Elandrian Press
    Publication Date:  February 2, 2019



    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

    Format:  Paperback ARC

    Rating:








    Goodreads Synopsis: 
    Magic is real, Thomas. No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real.
    Seven years have passed, and Thomas hasn't forgotten. He hasn't forgotten the blue of his dad's eyes either, or the tickle of beard on his cheek as they hugged goodbye. Last moments with a parent are memorable, even if you don't know that's what you're having at the time.
    Now, with his 13th birthday rapidly approaching, Thomas's search for magic is about to take a radical and unexpected turn. At an out-of-the-way shop filled with dusty leather books, a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes offers him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows. The price is high and the rules are strict, but there's no way Thomas can resist the chance to look inside.
    With the mysterious book guiding the way, a strange new world is revealed – a world in which Thomas has a name and destiny far more extraordinary than he ever imagined. But time is short. Even as Thomas uncovers his secret family history, enemies emerge, threatening to end his rise to power and destroy everything he holds dear. 
    Praise for Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows...
     “Reading this truly well-written novel was a lot of fun… It had plenty of exciting moments, funny parts, intriguing developments, and characters you just have to love. I assume that Harry Potter fans would love Thomas Wildus too. And while the story is aimed at younger readers, adults can also enjoy it.” – 5 Stars, Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite “In Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows, J.M. Bergen has created a marvelous fantasy/sci-fi story for children and teens. With all the qualities a great book should have, the story holds your interest and offers a pleasing blend of legend and modern-day problems. Thomas must choose between good and evil… and accept the consequences of his actions. J.M. Bergen provides a wonderful tale that anyone can enjoy.” – 5 Stars, Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite
     “Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen is a stunning fantasy novel… The book was very descriptive and incredibly well written. The plot was intriguing and well thought through … This book will entertain readers of all ages. I would definitely recommend this book.” – 5 Stars, Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers’ Favorite


    I am such a slacker and need to read faster! This book was recently release and I was hoping to have a review up for its release - alas life happens.

    Thomas Wildus is about a boy whose father is no longer around, but who instilled this belief in Thomas that magic is real. Thomas has been searching for evidence of this from bookshop to bookshop his whole 12 years, this year though, he stumbles upon a bookstore and a book that just might make his dreams come true.

    The book is the first in a series about a world of magic and a struggle between good and evil forces, not unlike a lot of books on the market. However this one was still very fun and engaging. The first half of the plot was a build up, Thomas reading The Book of Sorrows and learning about magic and what was out there. The second half was more of the adventure you find in a fantasy novel. There was good build up in the first half though, questions with just enough of an answer to keep pushing the reader through. I really enjoyed this plot line and the fantasy parts of the book. The lead into the magic and fantasy aspects were very well done, there was just enough mystery to it to keep my attention. 

    Thomas, the main character, was perfectly written for his age (and I have brothers this age so I have good case studies). He was realistic - he had school issues and fun, had an after school activity that he was involved in and he had to spend some time at home alone because a parent worked. It was all very real, except for the fantasy elements thrown in, so it really did well as a normal boys gains magic book.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book and the story was very interesting. While the boy meets magic theme is a common one, I think this book did very well with it and it adds another good story into the genre. This is also the start to what seems to be a new series, so if you are looking for a new MG/YA Fantasy series this may be a fun one to pick up.


    About the Author
    A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…
    J.M. Bergen graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing and a minor in business. Over the years his writing has appeared in a variety of publications under a variety of pen names, and though his favorite stories are about magic and adventure, his best-known work to date has been non-fiction.
    J.M.’s debut series originally started as a bedtime story for his oldest son. The story turned into a saga, and one book turned into five. The first book in the series, Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows, is scheduled for release in February 2019. The second, Thomas Wildus and The Wizard of Sumeria, will be published in late 2019, with the remainder of the series released before the end of 2021.
    When J.M. isn’t working on the Thomas Wildus books, you can find him playing with his kids, splashing in the ocean, or dreaming up new adventures. If you ever meet him and can’t think of anything to talk about, you might ask about Herman the Shark, the Kai and Eli stories, or why Riddle-Master by Patricia McKillip is his all-time favorite book. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll have questions and stories of your own (if you do, he’ll think that’s far more interesting). To learn more, visit www.jmbergen.com

    Readers can connect with J.M. Bergen on Facebook and Goodreads.

    Feb 11, 2019

    Recent Reads: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

    Source: From Netgalley and James Patterson Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

    Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
    Series: Girls of Paper and Fire #1
    Publisher: James Patterson Books
    Publication Date:  November 6, 2018



    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

    Format: Ebook 

    Rating:







    Goodreads Synopsis: 
    Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel.
    But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.
    In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.
    Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

    Review: 
    Trigger Warning: This book contains scenes of violence, cruelty, and sexual assault and abuse.

    I picked this book up not knowing too much about it, the cover is gorgeous and the tagline for the book had been popping up and it was enough to make me want to read it. 

    The tagline: 
    We might be Paper Girls, easily torn and written upon. The very title we're given suggests that we are blank, waiting to be filled. But what the Demon King and his court do not understand is that paper is flammable. And there is a fire catching among us.

    After reading the book, I had mixed emotions. This book was a lot... I knew going in that there would be violence and I also knew about the sexual assault aspect, however I was very surprised to find a F/F relationship. I am perfectly ok with it being there but it was so hidden, and that makes me a bit sad. There was no mention of it in the synopsis. Other feelings about this book, was that it was very intense, all the way through. There is a kidnapping and then the slavery of these girls and their job to please the king, it you don't like intensity in this way, this book will not be for you.

    I enjoyed the book, but I feel weird saying that since it had so many violent aspects, but the plot was pieced together enough for it to all come together pretty well. I was not completely in love with it though and I had trouble understanding the world. In the first few chapters it seemed like we were going to get this vibrant exploration of this new world with humans and animal human hybrids and then once the girls arrive at the palace, all of that pretty much fell off. There were no more details about the overall world, and while this may be a symbolic way of making the reader fell like the girls who are imprisoned, I still wanted more as a reader. There is a war coming and I feel like I don't know enough to want to pick up the next book in the series.

    The characters were interesting and only a few fell flat for me, but they were not so strong that I need to be in their lives. I am interested to see where the romance leads though and so again it is sad that that aspect was left out of the overall synopsis. If I were looking for a book like this, I would have to find it via the words of others, there is no stumbling upon it (unless you have a wonderful librarian or bookstore helper to add it to an LGBTQ end cap because they happen to know). 

    So if you are looking for this kind of drama and intensity, this may be for you. If these themes already seem too strong, do not pick this one up, it is very violent in all aspects.

    Feb 7, 2019

    Early Reader Review: The Secret Joy of Hygge by Alexandra Amarotico

    Source: From Callisto Publishing Group and Althea Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

    The Secret Joy of Hygge: A Practical Guide to Cultivating Happiness in the EverydayThe Secret Joy of Hygge: A Practical Guide to Cultivating Happiness in the Everyday by Alexandra Amarotico

    Publisher: Althea Press
    Publication Date:  February 12, 2019



    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

    Format: Paperback

    Rating:








    Synopsis: 
    Spread hygge happiness throughout your life. 
    The Secret Joy of Hygge (HOO-gah) shows you how to make small changes to bring more warmth and joy to your everyday life. Sipping a cozy cup of tea. Nesting at your desk surrounded by your favorite plants and pictures. Gathering loved ones around your table. All are the hygge way. 
    With simple, actionable techniques, you’ll learn how to embody hygge inside―and how to live it at home, at work, and with family and friends. If your life is a little frantic and you’re looking to slow down, de-stress, and increase your overall happiness, this book is for you. 
    The Secret Joy of Hygge includes: 
    Hygge 101―defines hygge, explains the history behind the concept, and describes its role in creating happiness 
    Hygge for all―shows you how to apply this Danish idea to your life no matter where in the world you live 
    Beyond hygge―examines related topics like meditation, feng shui, and minimalism 
    Explore hygge and discover the simple joys of unplugging and reconnecting with yourself and your world. Let these step-by-step strategies be your guide.
    Review: 
    I have seen a few stories online about hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) and they called to me mostly because most of the things I was reading were about curling up with a good book with lots of blankets and pillows and a pet and just enjoying your surroundings... and after reading this book... I can say that that is in fact part of it, but there is more to learn here too.

    Hygge is about finding joy in the simple things, about sharing time with others, and about being comfortable. All things that I am trying to get better with this year. I want to take more me time and stop to smell the roses and relax - because let's face it, even reading for me is kind of like a job... the blog and review books do keep me busy. But I also need to look at it in other ways - I love reading and I love the blog and sharing great books with the internet and I get lots of books in order to do that, I need to savor that time. 

    This book is a great stepping stone into the culture of Hygge. You first learn about the word itself and all the variations of it and how they can be used. Then you learn about how to apply it to different things - self, Home, Friends, and Work. All of these chapters has wonderful pointers that I will use to improve my the amount of hygge. 

    I also found though, that like those first articles I was reading I already do use a lot of the techniques the author outlines. I love pillows, blankets, comfort and reading. I love the ambiance a good candle gives off on a cold winter night, and I love having plants on my desk at work - all suggestions she makes. 

    Overall I think this is a fun book to learn about having this joy in your life and if you are looking for more joy in your like it gives you a way to adapt things you are doing so that you can stop and smell the roses whenever you want.