Tag: Versatile Blogger Award (Take 4)

A big thank you to Leslie for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! ❤ ❤ It’s been a few weeks since she nominated me, but I finally did it! Here are seven new facts about me.

You can see the previous takes of this award here: one ✫ two ✫ three

The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

7 things about me:

1. I have this new thing where I wander around my neighborhood at night listening to music and I highly recommend it. The only problem is sometimes I get distracted and then I find myself like two miles from home and it’s pitch black outside because, for some reason, my town doesn’t believe in street lights. (Luckily I live in a very safe place!)

2. I am currently in my natural habitat: sitting on my couch with a cat in my lap, drinking tea, and listening to an audiobook while writing a blog post. This is how you’ll find me most often, although sometimes I’ll be listening to music instead of an audiobook.

3. I think I’ve mentioned before that I really rarely drink alcohol. My coworker Suzanne has made it her mission to get me drunk and whenever it gets slow at work, she randomly shoots off a list of bars she wants to take me to. But she doesn’t actually know their names, so she’ll just say things like, “That bar… by that restaurant… ugh, it has a name that sounds like a pharmacy.” We’ve spent so much time together at work that I know exactly what she’s talking about! (Alchemist & Barrister.) This is my new favorite thing. It could be a game show.

4. When my best friend and I were in high school, we used to pass each other notes between classes that were solely written in song lyrics. It was the best thing, and we’ve recently started doing it again when we’re texting. (We live 1,000 miles apart now.) So now I find myself thinking in song lyrics sometimes. I have a lot of lyrics stockpiled for the right moment.

5. I hardly ever watch movies! I’ve only watched four so far this year, but I’ve loved all of them. In case you’re curious, the movies I’ve seen in 2018 are:

  • Love, Simon
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • When We First Met
  • Coco

Oh, I suppose I also watched The Little Mermaid three times in one day with my boyfriend’s nephew, but I’m not sure that counts.

6. Speaking of this kid, he’s my favorite human. Yes, fact number six is that my favorite human is three years old. Nobody can put a smile on my face quite like him. He was born in the middle of a blizzard and it was a disaster and a half to get to the hospital, but so worth it. We’ve been best buddies ever since and he melts my heart every time I see him.

7. I’m from Wisconsin, which is like… the land of camping, football, and hunting. I have never gone camping, I hate football with a fiery burning passion, and I cannot even imagine going hunting. Honestly, I would probably cry if you put a gun in my hand and told me to shoot something. This is basically blasphemy in Wisconsin, so it’s probably a good thing that I moved.

Since I’ve already done this one three times before, I’m not going to call on anybody else to share seven facts about themselves. But if you haven’t already been nominated and you’re comfortable sharing some info, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me so I can check out your post! ❤

ARC review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: ARC from publisher (via Netgalley)

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

I haven’t read a ton of Diane Chamberlain — after all, this is her 26th book and only the fourth that I’ve read — but I would consider myself a fan. I was so happy to get an email from St. Martin’s Press offering me an ARC of this book. St. Martin’s really is the best.

The premise was so interesting and definitely a big change from the kind of books I usually associate with Diane Chamberlain. Time travel books can be pretty hit or miss for me, and I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to suspend my disbelief at that aspect of the story, but it ended up working out pretty well. I can’t really tell you whether the method of time travel is at all realistic, but it seems to make sense within the context of the book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it’s not my favorite of Chamberlain’s. It raised interesting questions of how far you’d go to save your child and what you’d do to ensure your child’s happiness. I struggled a little bit with the pacing and I didn’t always connect with the characters, but it was a good story.

If you enjoy books like The Time Traveler’s Wife, I would absolutely recommend it.

Previously: Necessary Lies • Pretending to Dance • The Stolen Marriage

Have you read The Dream Daughter? Is it on your TBR?
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