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For Better and Worse

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Is there actually such a thing as a perfect marriage? What would your spouse have to do for you to want to leave them? In For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt, Will and his wife Nat have been married for almost 20 years, they have an 11 year old son, and everything seems pretty hunky-dory in their suburban life.

That is until they find out that the principal of their son’s school is accused by a student, who claims the principal touched him inappropriately on a school trip. This is enough to make Nat’s skin crawl, she was friends with this guy, after all. When Nat finds out that her own son, Charlie, accuses the principal of touching him inappropriately as well, Nat can’t stop herself and thinks of doing the unthinkable.

Nat and Will are both lawyers who met in law school, their first date was a little awkward, a little braggy on both ends, but the two decided that if anyone could commit the perfect murder it would be them. Who would have thought all these years later, and Nat would actually still think this to be the case? Of course, Will has no idea she still wants to see if what they said all those years ago rings true, so when Nat brings it up to Will, he’s immediately shaken.

He doesn’t want to kill the principal, but once Nat gets a thought in her head, there’s no way of getting around it. That being said, she takes her time, meticulously plans the murder, and when the day finally comes to do the deed, she’s not worried at all.

Told in dual perspectives, Nat and Will, you get to see how both parts of the couple feel about each situation that happens, from Charlie’s accusations to the murder of an old friend, plus many more secrets are dug up. I really enjoyed this book, I thought it had a little twist in it, being that Nat was the one who wanted to do the killing, rather than the husband.

One of the things I was a little disappointed about from this book was the ending. It seemed to neatly wrapped up, with a bow. Though, the epilogue did make up for that, in the end.

Overall, I’d give this 4 out of 5 stars. The plot was exceptional, the suspense was incredible, but that ending just left me feeling like I got played.

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10 Books Perfect for Early Readers

My son is going to be 6 tomorrow, that’s right, 6. I can’t believe it. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. With this new age has come some really incredible things, like the ability to read. He’s learned to read these past several months, and I couldn’t be prouder. He loves to read, and discover new worlds. I thought I’d share with you some of his favorite books to read to me!

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We originally got Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth in a book box for his little sister, but let me tell you, he still enjoys this very much! He’ll read the book and pretend like he doesn’t know what number comes next, it’s quite entertaining. It’s also fun to watch him read to his sister.

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As long as I can remember If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff has been a part of my life. I feel so lucky that I get to share this awesome series with my kids. Not only are the stories charming and adorable, but the words are shorts on each page, which means my son can keep up with the story and learn some new words too!

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Another great book in the series, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, adds a little twist to the storyline. It’s super cute, and fun/easy to read for little readers.

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If I could add up how many times we’ve read Don’t Push the Button since we got it last year, and convert that number into money, I’m pretty sure I’d be richer than Bill Gates. Bill Cotter sure knew what he was doing when he created this series, and yes, we have the Halloween and Easter version as well.

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This is another one that brings me back to my childhood. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly still cracks me up to this day, and there are also a ton of different variations of this book, which of course, we have. My son loves that these are rhyming, so he can get the hang of that, and that they are easy to read-plus they are hilarious.

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I Need a New Butt by Dawn McMillan was an Easter gift that just keeps on giving. Not only is this book easy to read, it’s ripe with jokes that’ll crack you up (see what I did there?)

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This is another book I remember from when I was younger, The Monster at the End of this Book is just so much fun to read, there’s nothing more special than a story narrated by Grover.

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This is the sequel to the above book, ANOTHER Monster at the End of this Book that includes Elmo in the festivities. Elmo is a little more brave than Grover, and doing the voices together can make for a fun story time.

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Moby Shinobi Ninja at the Firehouse is one book in a series of Level 1 Reader books that are sure to make your child excited to read. Some of the words can be a bit big, but there’s nothing wrong with a challenge. Moby gets itself into a lot of precarious situations, but he always seems to end up on top.

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Lastly, the How do Dinosaurs series is one that we’ve loved from the time my son was a toddler. We’ve got a ton of these books, but this one is his favorite right now. Not only does it teach great lessons, but the rhyming and gorgeously illustrated pictures will never bore you.

 

What are some other really awesome books that I can show to my son? I love that he can read to me now, it’s been a blast watching him grow and learn so many new things this year.

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The Scent Keeper

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This uniquely told story is quite beautiful. From the cover, to the richly detailed words, The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister is a book I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy, but I came out on the other side a better person! The book has a gloriously wonderful story, and it will also leave a little indentation on your heart and soul.

Emmeline lived with her father on an isolated island for the first 12 years of her life. There, she learned all about the world through different scents, her father teachings her how to distinguish between certain things just by the way they smell. When her father passes away, Emmeline is thrust into a whole new world. The only thing she truly has to remember her father by is the knowledge of scent.

You know how you can smell something and it’ll remind you of days gone by? This is exactly how I felt while reading this book. Imagine you smell crayons, and it reminds you of being a kid, or a certain whiff of food will take you back to your grandmother’s kitchen, it’s those nostalgic feelings that really brought this story to life for me. Emmeline is a sweet and spunky character, who grows up in this book to carry on her father’s legacy.

This is not normally a book I would pick up, but I am glad I did. The story makes me feel closer to my loved ones, and the smells that I associate with my childhood, as well as scents that bring me to different parts of my life. I loved the writing of this book as well. It was easy to read, and the pages flew by. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, just a beautiful tale.

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In Her Words

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This suspense ride pulled me in from the very first page. I don’t know what it is, but there is something that I absolutely adore about books written in diary form. I feel like I can breeze through them, and reading the words from the characters own mind is tantalizing. In Her Words by J.S. Ellis will grip you until you get to the very last page.

There are so many dimensions to this book, first of all Sophie is someone who you think has it all, a beautiful life and a loving husband, but then you find out that she has secrets, which of course we all do, but her secrets are things that she even keeps from her husband. Her biggest secret is that she is an alcoholic, and one morning she wakes up with bruises all over her entire body. Was this from a crazy sexual escapade, a fight, or was she raped?

Sophie must get to the bottom of what happened to her, especially when she starts getting strange notes and phone calls. Could the man she was seeing on the side be the cause of all of this pain? Should she tell her husband and risk losing it all?

Find out when you read this rollercoaster of a novel, the more you read, the more you’ll be confused and want to know the truth about what happened with Sophie. The end will leave you hanging on every word. Not only is the story fast paced and a fun ride, but the author really knows how to use her words to spin the tale, leaving you wrapped around her finger. I loved this book! 5 out of 5 stars.

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Everything She Lost

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Can we just start with how gorgeous this cover is? There is something about the bright orange and deep blue that really come together beautifully! Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris is a story that combines friendship, mental health, and psychological thriller in a way that will rip you apart seam by seam.

Nina struggles with her mental health, she’s recently been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, and is working to create a life she loves with her two daughters.  Her seemingly perfect best friend Deja wants nothing more than to see her friend succeed, or does she?

Watching Nina deal with her mental illness was like taking a page out of my own life, it’s hard to feel like yourself when you sometimes just want to break down. Then, with Deja, she wants to keep everything a secret and not deal with anything in her life. The drama, the suspense, and the chaos of this book will keep you on your toes.

I really enjoyed reading this book, this is the second book by Alessandra that I’ve read, the first was Blaming the Wind, which struck a chord with me as well. Both books are well written, and if you are into the same types of books as me, then I definitely think you’ll enjoy either one of these. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.