Books on my 2017 Summer Reading List

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. Am I wrong for saying that one of my favorite things about long summer days is the extra reading time? I set ambitious reading goals for myself and it seems the majority of my reading is usually done during the summer. I can't help that one of my favorite places is in my patio chair with a sweet iced tea in one hand and a book in the other. Also, oddly enough, summer seems to be the only time I prefer paperbacks to eBooks. I hate trying to read on my iPad outside in the … [Read more...]

With My Eyes Wide Open by Brian “Head” Welch (Book Review)

After I decided to consider Luck, Love, and Lemon Pie a DNF (did not finish) I moved on to reading With My Eyes Wide Open by Brian "Head" Welch. I've always been a big fan of KoRn and I remember when Head first made the announcement that he was leaving KoRn to focus on raising his daughter as a single dad. I knew that he'd devoted his life to following Jesus and religion played a major role in his new life. I also remember when he rejoined KoRn. This book shares his life as a single dad, his tense relationship with his daughter, and the … [Read more...]

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Book Review)

I love dramatic movies and slow reads. I find it to be a great source of escape. It is a really fun way to get away from real life and get lost in another world. That's one of the reasons I picked up A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. The summary led me to expect a long personal narrative of the life of Harry Cane. A lot of my favorite books have read like that and I expected big things from this story. Instead, I felt let down. It was just so boring. It was a coming-of-age story gone wrong. Major book critics rave have about … [Read more...]

How to Delete Shelves on GoodReads

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. Last week Brandon and I decided to do a casual date night of Barnes & Noble and the Starbucks cafe inside. The Starbucks cafe inside of the Barnes & Noble near us features desserts from The Cheesecake Factory and other places nearby so it's a great place to go for a quick treat. Brandon wanted to buy a copy of Unscripted by Ernie Johnson Jr. but it took me forever to decide. In the end I settled on buying Girl In Disguise by Greer MacAllister because I … [Read more...]

WWII Novels Worth Reading

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. I have a bit of an obsession with WWII novels. I'm not sure when it started and I didn't notice it until a co-worker told me that every book I talk about takes place during war. She is Buddhist and said that because her beliefs focus on peaceful things she avoided filling her mind with negativity, especially as entertainment. Novels that took place during war was negativity to her so she avoided them, that's how she noticed that all of my favorites were books she … [Read more...]

Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt (Book Review)

I put off writing my review of Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt for a few days because I'm feeling a bit conflicted over how exactly to present it. I loved the writing but sometimes the storyline was just so convenient that it turned me off. Cara (our lead) kept finding herself in these situations with strangers and it was just always oh-so-lucky that they were good people who took her in and let this complete stranger (who just happened to also be a broke, homeless, vagabond with a stray dog) take over their guest room. Uh-huh...what?! I'm sorry … [Read more...]

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Book Review)

I'm not crying, you're crying! No, seriously, I cried and I cried hard. I mean, The Light Between Oceans should come with a warning label because I cried so hard and it wasn't just the ending that did it to me. I cried throughout the whole book. In fact, this was another book my husband and I decided to read together but at about 25% he just looked at me and said, "No. I'm not reading this. I'm not doing this to myself. You read it but damn, it's depressing." Well, it's not depressing but it is definitely a tragedy (and we got into a big debate … [Read more...]

Too Blessed to be Stressed: 3-Minute Devotions for Women by Debora M. Coty (Book Review)

I downloaded Too Blessed to be Stressed: 3-Minute Devotions for Women by Debora Coty at least 6 months ago from NetGalley. I had so much going on between work, my blog, and my side hustle business that I wanted a quick way to reconnect throughout the day and help keep me focused. I do a longer devotion every morning so I intended to use this book as more of a check-in than a full devotion. In the end, it was ok.  I don't have anything specifically negative about it but I wanted something more. Even though it is billed as 3-minute … [Read more...]