Remember, That Book Club?

As you can tell this blog has been having its ups and downs. I have been more consistent than I have in the past…. but definitely, hit a slump mid year and couldn’t quite shake it. Lets’ hope the 2019 is different.

Earlier this year, I told you all about how Andrew and I have our own little “book club” The Boyfriend Book Club. Every month Andrew and I read a book together and talk about it.  My goal and hope is to get people to join us and for couples to enjoy some bonding time together while reading a good book.  My goal was to also be ahead of announcing the books we were reading and review them on here…. and while Andrew and I have done a great job reading.. we have failed at the review part and announcing the book we will be reading for the month; So that others could join along.

A big part of that was because we wouldn’t alway know what book we were reading until a few days before the 1st of the month. To get ahead of that this coming year, I have decided that I will be announcing every month on the 15th (yes, this is late) on my Instagram (@alittlebit_kt) the book we will be reading for the next month!

I am excited for this and I hope ya’ll will join us. I also think that means Andrew and I will be doing some form of reviewing the book.. I was thinking podcast but now maybe an Instagram Live, therefore it’s interactive with those who have read the book!

Head over to my Instagram to see this months book!

February TBBC Book Review: Midnight at the Electric

It’s June and I am finally reviewing our February Book Club read… GO ME!

Lol when I began the 2018 Boyfriend Book Club. I had jotted down a list of books we would read each month, pre-picked them. That way you guys would know what books to read and could follow along with us. However, after this book we have yet to read a book that was on the pre-made list. OOPS.

So, lets start off with how I discovered this book… there is a youtube channel, based off a blog, that is affiliated with a HarperCollins, but it is for their YA books (my preferred genre of reading) and on that channel Margot Wood did a segment talking about all the books on her TBR, that she had just read and that are going to be released soon.  Many videos ago… she talked about Midnight at the Electric and based off her description and mainly the cover I was sold.

Here is what I knew about the book. It tells the story of different people during different time periods. And yes, the book does just that. However, my feelings are super mixed from there. As we read we learned that there are 3 ladies.  Adri in the future, Catherine and her family during the dustbowl and Lenore is post WWI England.

Each of the stories are unique and interesting. Adri’s especially since it takes place in the future and you kind of feel this realistic dread that that is where we are heading if the politics stay as they currently are.  Catherine’s story is so heartbreaking as I think many of us don’t truly understand the devastation that the dust bowl actually caused for many people and Lenore’s story felt very much a catalyst but also, open-ended.

Now, the most intriguing part of this book and the title of the book is what happens at Midnight.. at The Electric?! Welp, if you were expecting some magical nightly occurence. Maybe ala Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. You will be sadly disappointed as The Electric has really zero importance to story.

Despite that flaw, Andrew and I did the book and were quite into the stories and the mysteries involved within the plot. Until the book did one of biggest pet peeves. Ended too soon! You know what I am talking about.. I just mentioned in my last post that How to Stop Time did this too.  You are nearing the end of the book and you realize their are 10 pages left and yet there is SO much story left to be told, so many questions and closure, how could they possibly wrap that up in 10 pages?! It does get wrapped up, but not ever how you truly would have liked or what would seem realistic.  Thats what happened here folks!  I felt there was SO much more that could have been told and so much more that needed to be answered. Andrew and I would have happily read another 100 pages of this story.

With all that being said. The story is a good story. I just went in with preconceived notions about the book, that messed with how i enjoyed it.

Available at Amazon & Target.

 

 

 

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January TBBC Book Review: My True Love Gave To Me By Various Authors

I am SO far behind on book reviews! OOPS!

In January Andrew and I embarked on our Book Club reads. Since then we have completed 2 more books, took a break due to the birth of Owen and currently awaiting for our May Read (That Summer by Caitlin Robbins).  While looking for books to semi schedule into our reading routine (although, I derailed that for our March Read) I stumbled across My True Love Gave To Me and knew I couldn’t wait until December 2018 for us to read it. It’s a book filled with Christmas related short stories and I was a big fan of pretty much ALL the authors.

One thing I definitely learned after reading this book and the book before it (Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes) is that I am not a big fan of collections of Small Stories; because I if I like the story… I want to read more of it! but, I do appreciate them for what they are.  So I am not going to review all the stories but I am going to note the ones that were our favorites and least favorite stories.

We will begin with my favorites “Welcome to Christmas,CA” by Kiersten White & “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins. Both stories just made me happy and made me wish that they were snippets of a full blown book.

Runner ups would have been “Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” by Myra McEntire &“Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me” by Jenny Han. And although, not my favorites I appreciated “Krampuslauf” by Holly Black and “Star of Bethlehem” by Ally Carter, as they were on par for their style of storytelling.

My least favorite which was also, Andrews least favorite was “The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link. I was intrigued by the story at first, but the ending just got really weird and had me scratching my head about what I read. While I didn’t hate it, Andrew most definitely did.

Weirdly, Andrew’s two favorites were ones that I didn’t care for as much. “Angels in the Snow” by Matt de la Peña and “The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor. Although, if you asked him why they were his favorite.. i just get “I don’t know they just are..” I personally, felt like Laini Taylor’s short story, would have been better as a book, i didn’t feel it suited a short story narrative in my opinion. So, it wasn’t that I didn’t like it persay, i just felt it didn’t belong in this book.

Overall, I would recommend My True Love Gave To Me… IF you don’t mind short stories, like a handful of these authors and it’s around the holidays. Reading them after the holidays was a little odd.

Buy The Book Here:My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

The Boyfriend Book Club

A week late, what a surprise!

But I would like to introduce you to something. Andrew and I call The Boyfriend Book Club. Although.. he is in fact my Fiance now. Andrew and I started this in Jan. 2016. When I was pregnant with Bennett and actually in the hospital. Our first book was The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel and our plan was that every month we would pick a new book and read it together.  And every year we have failed. 2016 we got into February and then stopped, 2017 it was April.  A lot of that was because I had originally planned that we alternate months of who picked a book out, but although Andrew enjoys reading.. he isn’t a former book blogger. Therefore, he doesn’t keep up with what books to read, what is being released.. etc. and we would always leave it to the end to pick a book and then just end up not buying them. Even though we have failed at it. Andrew and I enjoyed doing it. We enjoyed the bonding of every night sitting next to each other in bed, reading the same pages and discussing what we had read after.

So, in 2018 we have come up with what I hope to be a better system. This year… I am picking the books and i am buying them mid-month, so they are ready for us to begin the first of each month. I have already made my list up until September I believe, leaving room for new releases and recommendations.

And here is our January 2018 Pick:

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 My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesProbably, a better pick for December.. But i saw this while ordering Christmas gifts and i saw all these amazing authors, that I LOVE. So… it became our January pick. Now that I have rambled on about the origin story of our little book club. I would like to invite you to join! First, let me start by saying that you DO NOT have to have a boyfriend to join in. You can be single, have a fiance, husband, wife, girlfriend… whatever. It is just a catchy name. Second, if you want to use this as inspiration but don’t want to follow along with our book choices that is fine too.Third, the way we read, is that we divide the total amount of pages in the book by the days in the month. This usually averages about 12 pages a night. That way it’s easier if one or both of your are not as strong of readers. Andrew enjoys reading, but doesn’t have a strong attention span. So this works best for us. However, read at what pace works best for YOU.At the end of the month / beginning of the next month, we will both share our review and thoughts of the book. We would LOVE to hear your thoughts and opinions too and we would love that if you decide to join in that you follow us on Instagram @whatupKT_ and @andrewbiscardi and that you use the #theboyfriendbookclub. 

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