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Snap Review: Juniper by Kelley and Thomas French

Title: Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon

My rating: 5/5


Juniper French was born four months early, at 23 weeks’ gestation. She weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest you could see her flickering heart. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love — to save her, or to let her go?
Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper’s life, and this is their incredible tale. In one exquisite memoir, the authors explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They probe the bond between a mother and a baby, between a husband and a wife. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now thriving daughter.

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Snap Review: Invisible River by Helena McEwan

Title: Invisible River

My rating: 2.5/5


When Evie and her father say good-bye at the train station, they are both on their own for the first time since her mother’s death. But Evie is not lonely for long. At art school in London, she is quickly caught up in colors and critiques, gallery visits and sketching expeditions. She finds fiercely loyal friends-Rob, pragmatic and pregnant; Bianca, dramatic and Italian; and Cecile, the sidelined ballerina-and stumbles tentatively toward a relationship with Zeb, a second-year sculptor with hair blue-black like a crow.
But when her father arrives in the city, sour with alcohol and slumped on the doorstep of her new home, Evie must determine what she owes her past, and how it will shape the life, and the art, she’s trying to create.
Gently and genuinely observed, written with painterly beauty, Invisible River is an unforgettable novel of the mysteries, desolations, and heart-soaring hopes of entering adulthood.

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WWW Wednesday (36)


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: Great Expeectations by Charles Dickens, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, and The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble

Recently Finished Reading:  Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Reading Next: Invisible River by Helena McEwen and The Art of Enchantment by M.A. Clarke Scott


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Bout of Books 19

Bout of Books







I’m super excited to be participating in this readathon this year! I’ve been in a slump since I got back from vacation – perhaps because I’m back to ‘real life’ and catching up on everything. No worries, I’m determined to make the most out of the Bout of Books reading challenge this week and knock out books that have been on my TBR for far too long!

I’m getting ahead of myself, let me have the organizers explain what’s about to go down:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Now that we are on the same page, are you ready to sign-up? Follow these steps to join in on the fun!

  1. Post on your site, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook account and declare your intentions to join. It’s EASY. They ask you share info to help spread the word. Please link back to @boutofbooks!
  2. Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in the original post. You have until Tuesday, May 9th at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you’re too late.)
  3.  Beginning May 8th, READ!

I think this calls for a sick day, cough, cough 🙂

Happy Reading!