a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken September 19, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

Soaking up the last bit of summer weekends in Denver with soccer and a BBQ (Saturday), and a hike, brunch and backyard play (Sunday).

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book club // The Expats

 Next up, I am reading The Expats, was was loaned and recommended to me by a friend. It sounded really good when I read the back cover. A little twist on my usual mystery and suspense preference.

According to amazon.com, you can expect:
In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret—one that's become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her newly established expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life. 
Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent, and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.

I am about half-way through as I post this because I have zoomed right through it. So far it is a quick, fun read! Will you read it too?

P.S. Ignore the pink paint  on my leg in the photo above; it is from Raffa and my art class experience!

P.P.S. Read more about my blog book club here.

finished reading // The Hypnotist's Love Story

Note: This post is part of a blog book club and is a post about my feelings and opinions in regards to this book. Read more about the blog book club and why I read this book here. This post was written after I read the book and therefor contains SPOILERS, so don't read this post if you aren't finished with the book!

Overall Thoughts

This book was not at all what I expected. It was a whole different type of mystery than I usually get in to ... I was expecting a murder or something sinister. And, although the subject matter was creepy (major stalking doing serious stalking), Moriarty kept things quite light and even humorous. Things never felt dangerous or scary. That threw me because I was expecting true crime stalker mystery, and instead I got light hearted, rom com stalker mystery. Moriarty led me on like something BIG might happen at any moment, but it didn't. I felt a little cheated.

I enjoyed how the book was told from different viewpoints, which as this was the second of Moriarty's books I have read, I know see that this might be part of her thing.

Opinion on Characters

Ellen was likable. Sweet and relatable. I felt like, although I didn't find her to be super similar to me, I could really relate to her and pretty much never disagreed with her. If anything I just wanted her to stand up for herself a little more. I am not sure what I think about hypnotism, but the idea is certainly intriguing. One of those things I am also slightly apprehensive about, though. Kind of like characters in this book - what if I were to reveal something from my subconscious that I don't really want to know!?

Patrick was likable, too. Strong and handsome, and a good dad - attractive qualities. I liked him for Ellen. I worried very marginally about his lingering love for his dead first wife because, honestly, it was romantic that he loved her so much. I was a little concerned about him for a while, not sure how volatile he was ... did his stalker hold some dark, scary secret about him? Moriarty led me to believe she may. But, alas, no - Patrick was just a good guy.

Saskia was annoying but not enough to get worked up about. She was also kind of likable too and if anything I was hoping she would move on for her own sake. She seemed capable of it.

All the other characters weren't of much consequence, and if anything, just didn't matter. Kind of going along with that feeling that something big could happen any moment ... the auxiliary characters were just fluff.

Rating the Book

To sum up my feelings about various aspects of this book, I offer the following ratings...

Scale 1 - 10 with 10 being the best

Plot/Story // 7
Pace // 6
Length // 8
Characters // 7
Ending // 7
Overall // 7

Would I recommend this book to a friend? Not necessarily. I have read many books that I like more and would recommend over this one.

If you read The Hypnotist's Love Story too, 

I would love to hear your thoughts! Please share your opinion of the book in the comments below and let's get a little discussion going.

Read Jenny's thoughts on the book...

You can read what Jenny thought about the book over on her blog.

Next Up

And, watch for the next book announcement soon!


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken September 13, 2015 // Lakeside, Colorado

We went to Lakeside Amusement Park and Raffa had SO MUCH FUN. Before going, I wasn't sure if he would want to ride the rides, with or without me. However, I was pleasantly surprised that he loved all the rides - he rode the boats, horse carriages, race cars, etc. alone or with Asher and Liam. And, we even rode some of the "bigger" rides together (two different flying planes). He even wanted to ride the dragon roller coaster, but unfortunately he doesn't pass the 48" height requirement.

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a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken September 5, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

My best friend in the whole wide world.

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a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken August 30, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

Bike rides are always a favorite!

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Desktop for August

I love this quote and it reminds me so much of Jenny. This is the desktop for August, er mid-August, make that late August rather. You can grab this for your desktop background along with a 5x7" print and bookmark printable on the PRETTYblog.


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