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Book Review: There Are No Men

Author: Carol Maloney Scott
Published: 2014
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Number of Pages: 340
My Rating: 4

Summary from
     Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date. After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but …

Throwback Thursday: The Glass Castle

Author: Jeannette Walls Published: 2006 Publisher: Scribner Number of Pages: 288 My Rating: 5

Summary from         The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want the responsibility of raising a family.         The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.         The Glass Castle is truly astonishing--a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Love to Read with a Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new prompt is provided and book bloggers, like me, share their top ten lists. 
This week's prompt- Top Five Books I'd Love to Read with My Book Club

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I know, I know. Of course I would pick Gone Girl as a book club discussion choice, but I can't help it! I feel like this is an excellent book with so many "OMG" moments and I would love to talk to someone about it. Also, the ending. Who can't but help the heated arguments that happen revolving around that!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I'm aware this may seem like a weird pick that I would want to talk about, but I have had a tough time with this book and have never fully understood the hype. This was one that I picked up because it's always listed as a classic that everyone should read, but I absolutely did not like it. I felt it was depressing and sad and I guess I would like to see if anyone else felt …

Celebrating a Milestone!

Nothing like celebrating 10,000 pageviews than with some corny memes... 

Thank you so much! Here's to the next 10,000 :)

-Busy Brunette

Book Review: Defending Jacob

Author: William Landay
Published: 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 421
My Rating: 4

Summary from
     Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a fut…

I Mustache You Some Questions...

I was tagged for this post by Lori Bree @ Palmer's Page Turners

Four names people call me other than my real name:
Busy Brunette :PAuntSisTeacherFour jobs I’ve had:
WaitressTutorHostessDaycare WorkerFour movies I would/have watched more than once:
Titanic Get Him to the GreekThe Wolf of Wall StreetThe Notebook (guilty!!)Four books I’d recommend:
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny NordbergSlammed by Colleen HooverAll We Had by Annie WeatherwaxThe Green Mile by Stephen KingFour places I have been:
Jacksonville, FloridaChicago, IllinoisGreen Bay, WisconsinSouth Padre Island, TexasFour places I’d rather be right now:
In bed with a good bookOn the beach listening to the oceanWith my family (all over the U.S.)Anywhere warm :)Four things I don’t eat:
MushroomsGreen beansFishTomatoesFour of my favorite foods:
Macaroni & CheesePopcornStrawberriesPizzaFour TV shows that I watch:
Mad MenOrange is the New BlackGame of ThronesLove It or List ItFour things I am looking forward to this year (2015…

Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and that means it's time to get in the mood... for a book giveaway! Hilary Grossman over at Feeling Beachie is hosting a massive book giveaway just in time for the holiday. Head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win any of these 40 books!

Here are the books... good luck :)