January Review Novel Wrap Up

I’m going to try to do a monthly wrap up of the novels I’ve read, link their reviews and mention what Reading Challenges I counted them towards, and since I don’t think I’ll get any more reading done for the month of January I’m just going to post it now. However if I do, then I’ll update this post accordingly.

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
– Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2014

Review

An Earthly Knight

An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– Meet the Protagonist Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

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Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2014
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

Challenges

– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014

Review

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Book Review – Safe Haven

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Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Series:
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 14th 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0446547598
Source: Owned (Paperback)

 Synopsis 

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draw her into two reluctant relationships: one with her plainspoken neighbor, Jo; and another with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. Katie slowly begins to relax her guard, putting down roots in the community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her. With Jo’s support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards…and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

 My Review

First off I have to say that I did see the movie way before I got a chance to pick the book up and finally read it. With that being said like most instances books are way better than movies, well this novel was no exception. It was definitely way better than the movie and I only wish now that I had gotten a chance to read the novel before hand.

This book was hard to put down and even when I had to put it down it was never far from reach. I liked the characters from the beginning with the exception of Kevin; Katie’s husband. But who would like a man like that, character or not. The characters were relatively easy to relate to in their everyday lives. I could feel the fear that Katie felt with the way Spark’s put it all into words. Spark’s painted setting that I could easily see the characters in. It was like watching a movie, a fantastic movie. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was interesting to see how gradually mentally insane Kevin got as the story unfolded, while the opposite happened to Katie, it was like they switched roles.

I’d have to say out of the whole novel my favorite character was Jo, the spirit of Alex’s deceased wife. I loved her personality and the way she helped Katie realize that she doesn’t need to keep hiding in fear. It was very interesting in the end to know that she had all along just been a figment of Katie’s imagination and it wasn’t until the end that Katie put all the pieces together and realized it when she read the letter.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Author’s Website: Nicholas Sparks

Reading Challenges 2014 Master List

With the new year comes new reading challenges for me to try. I’m an avid reader and I like to try and challenge myself to read different books from different genres and try to read as many books as I can. Here is the master list to the many reading challenges I’m going to attempt in the new year. It will be updated as I continue to find others to join. Should you be interested in doing the same, follow the links posted and sign yourself up. Each link will take you to my page and there links will be posted to the official challenge page.

100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2014

2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
Goal: 10 Contemporary Romance Novels Read

2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge

2014 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
Goal: 13 – 16 Books Read

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Goal: 15+ Novels Read

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Goal: At least 30 Books off my to be read list on Goodreads

2014 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Goal: 1 -5 books read

Banned Books Reading Challenge 2014
Goal: 15 or more books that have been banned or challenged

Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2o14

Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2014
Goal: Read One Book For Each Month

Meet The Protagonist Reading Challenge 2014

The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014
Goal: 24 Novels Read

The Month of October

Wow, October came fast didn’t it?
I just love October…and all the things that come with it. By now our communities are turning beautiful with orange and red colored leaves, apples are being picked and kids are picking out their costumes for Halloween. My favorite thing to do is bake…anything with apples.

Anywho … the month of October is bound to be busy…for one its exactly one month until NaNoWriMo…one month until I give November all I’ve got and write my book, and the second…I am now a working girl, yay!! Yes I finally got a job. Thank goodness I was beginning to think I was never going to get one. After all I have been searching and applying since August. It’s not much but its something. It’s part time but six hours a day not including weekends. I’ll work everyday. It’s fast food but as my first day was yesterday I loved the environment. A little intimidating at first but after a bit it worked out. Since I am now working there is a good chance I won’t be going back to school. I think I’m done with Humber anyway for the most part. I’ve made several attempts to get in contact with the program coordinator and I did go above her head to see something done but nothing so far? They make a promise at the beginning of the year that you won’t fall through the cracks and yet I’ve fallen and still falling into a canyon.

I also booked my road test to get my G2 – I can’t even explain how nervous I am. But it’s solid and set in stone so I can’t change it now (I probably could but I’d like to keep the mindset that it is otherwise theres a probable chance I will chicken out).

Here’s a list of novels I plan to read for October:

1. The Lucky One – Nicholas Sparks – Currently Reading
2. The White Princess – Philippa Gregory (The Cousin’s War #5)
3. The Search – Nora Roberts
4. The Gathering – Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising #1)
5. Along Came a Spider – James Patterson (Alex Cross #1)

Anyone else have a list of books their reading for October. I have one for each week. I probably won’t get to all of them but some of them in no particular order. Then again I might surprise myself and read them all plus a few added.