Into the water by paula hawkins review


I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Its a novel about many people but 1 main character is Jules, the sister of the suicide/murdered Nel. She has to come back to the town she ran from because of this and be a guardian to her niece. There’s so many characters in this book and so many events that link to eachother that all goes back to Nel and why this tragedy happened. 

To me personally the story wasn’t really about one person but more so the secrets of a town that ripped peoples lives apart. I enjoyed how everyones story and version of events were told even though it was sometimes overwhelming. Pay close attention to each character even if you think they aren’t important. 

I feel like if you enjoy twists and turns and suspenseful books, this is right up your alley. The ending definitely was a huge shocker and it is worth a read. 

Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.

Next book review will be about since we fell by Dennis Lehane. 

Stay blessed.

Book review: The girl in the water by shalini boland 

I happened to come across this book while surfing the amazon prime reads. I saw the cover and felt drawn in instantly because I’m  a sucker for a great cover. 

This book is basically a suspense and at each chapter I kept wanting to read it to find out what would happen to the poor girl that washed ashore named Mia. Mia ends up having amnesia and hallucinates a women whom remains unknown for most of the book till the end. I don’t want to spoil it for you but lets just say my jaw dropped when I read why she kept seeing this women. 

So apparently, Mia is rich and has a lot of troubled and complicated relationships with everyone around her. It doesn’t really phase her much that mostly everyone in her life isn’t really a major part of her life. Her boyfriend claims her when the police put out that shes found via the need because she doesn’t even know who she is or who he is but his role in the book is short lived. 

Before I ruin the ending for you, which I am so trying not to, just know that Mia isn’t who I thought she was as I continued to read the book. I am hoping that she gets another book because her character to me was one I would love to get to know more and see what happens after everything. 

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on good reads. Do I recommend this book? When i rate books over 3 stars you know I will highly recommend it. I enjoyed reading it and finished it in two days despite the challenges of my day to day. 

I really do hope there is another book that involves this character. And I enjoyed how very detailed and descriptive everything in the book was. The author did an awesome job with the feel of the settings and character. 

Thats all for now. Would you read this book? 

Stay blessed. 

Wrap up of Dewey’s readathon

24 hours of reading is completed! Even with all the interruptions of life I still managed to read 789 pages off four books. Feeling beyond accomplished even though I didn’t think it was going to be possible.

In the first half, I managed to complete Purple Orchids and The Neon Lawyer. The neon lawyer wasnt something I was very much interested in, it dragged a lot and the plot was a bit typical. It isn’t a recommended read but if you do manage to snag it for free with the audio then go for it. 

Purple Orchids had so many steamy scenes and it kept me very much interested because just when you thought you had it figured out, something else would happen and throw you for a crazy loop.  Can you believe it was a romance novel? Yup, my reading a romance novel is beyond rare, like finding a four leaf clover. 

Now as the readathon was winding down, I did snag in about  3 hours of sleep that I needed oh so badly. I did wake up and began to read Good as Gone by Amy Gentry which started off really good and I am hoping to continue reading it. Who doesn’t like a good kidnapping, survival, thriller book? 


Then, I began listening to The Color Of Secrets which is a world war 2 novel and anything based in that era always gets my attention so that one I managed to read close to half of it.  


Out of all the books I read during the readathon Purple Orchids was my favorite. I am shocked that I enjoyed a romance novel because I tend to steer clear of those but it was nice to step out of my comfort zone which is what I had intended to do for this readathon. 

I am so excited for the next one in October and even joined another group that holds monthly readathons! I think I have rediscovered my inner bookworm. 

Which book did you enjoy reading during the readathon? If you didn’t participate,  will you consider joining the dewey’s 24 hour readathon in october? 

Stay blessed! 

Halfway mark for Dewey’s readathon

Today is the 24 hour readathon. I started it with an audio book as I laid in bed still achy and sore from the day before.  Waking up at 8 am is the hardest especially on painful weeks but listening to The neon Lawyer by victor methos helped kick things off. It was free with Amazon prime membership which is always a plus and life saver for me.


While I prepped everything in my morning routine I continued to listen to this book. I even listened as I prepped for dinner and I think I will continue this habit of listening to books while doing chores and cooking so I can get more books under my belt. Especially trying to met my reading goal on Goodreads.

It felt so good to relax and enjoy reading without flipping threw netflix as I always do when I am stuck home during mister officer’s long days. 

The book I did manage to engulf myself into reading is Purple orchids. Oh my lord! I give it 5 stars, that’s how awesome it was, from the main character Gavin to the wonderful story plot of first love etc. This book isn’t a typical book I would have pawed threw this quickly but I did and I have zero regretts about it being the first book I read during the readathon.

There is still about 12 more hours to go and I am utterly excited to see what other books I have in my kindle to emerse myself into and actually feel words and descriptions because to me thats the valuable part of books and actually visualize it all which Purple Orchids hit it dead on. I always enjoyed reading so much and a big part of me has shyed away from it because being a mom eats up so much of my time (I don’t mind but it feels great to read just for myself).

I have no regrets in taking on this 24 hour readathon headon. I hope I still feel this once its over. Wish me luck!

Read on! And did you know about Dewey’s 24 hour readathon prior to this post? 



Day 2 & 3 of #the100dayproject 

#2 

The last coversation 

The long silences

The grim goodbye 

Waiting to see

He listened

Fighting 

Grief

To waste time

Quiet and watchful

Talked instead of listening

Confused 

Obnoxious

I see you 

It was exile

#3
Upstairs

The master 

Held a potrait

A crucifix

The bay window

Offered a view of

The port

The window 

A message

Tired 

Now

Journey into black out poetry

As I was surfing threw the vast creative world that is youtube, i learned about black out poetry. 

I have seen many photos via tumblr and wondered what it was and now I can say that I really enjoy this process especially on days that i simply can not place words together. 

This creative outlet is unlike anything I have come across of and actually feels soothing, its the best way I can describe it to be for me anyways. 

Here is the first one I managed to create. 

I placed washi tape on the corners of the pages I did create. Since this book is a thriller, it will be interesting to see all the finished poems. 

Here’s the cover of the book: 

I will revamp the cover to suit me better and the poems I end up creating from it. 

If you would like to see more photos of the poetry I wind up creating, please visit my tumblr

Stay blessed. 

Vanessa 

Making vision/inspiration pages in my Bullet Journal

I had cut out a few things that stuck out to me from a magazine and had been wanting to make a vision board/inspiration pages in my bullet journal for awhile. I didn’t want to make a big typical one on a poster board and hang it up etc. Like most I have seen. Putting it in my bullet journal that I am constantly in and flipping threw seemed more and more like a good idea.

I enjoyes the process so much and it didn’t take long to place it all together. 

What is something you have done to be creative in your bullet journal? 

Xo, Vanessa.