My Unofficial List of Happy Things

There are some things that make me feel like I have my life together. Little, simple things that probably don’t make that big of a difference in the world at large, but make me feel like dancing for joy.

This unofficial list includes things like:

  • Having my fridge full of lunches for a whole week, so all I have to do is grab a little baggie or two and stuff them in my lunch bag each morning
  • When I follow my daily routine
  • Feeling energized enough after work to get things done instead of just zoning out
  • Reading a nonfiction book early in the morning that makes my brain have to fully engage to understand
  • Having my Bookstagram feed line up (which might be why I posted two pictures today – simply because I was craving order) 😉

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  • Checking things off my to-do and/or goals list
  • My plants when they grow and thrive and actually live 
  • When everything is organized and where it belongs
  • People using my name when they talk to me and being able to use other people’s names while talking to them (name tags are a lifesaver with this when it comes to meeting tons of new people at once)
  • Bouncy, happy music
  • New babies
  • Finally feeling like I’ve got the hang of something new
  • Random texts from friends asking how life’s going
  • Bright yellow curtains, fresh flowers, and having my dreams match up with reality

What are some things that make you want to perform a happy dance?

May 2019 In Review

WHAT I FOCUSED ON IN May 
  1. May 7th was my last day (at least for the summer) at the coffee shop, so making sure I finished out my time there was super important.
  2. May 11th I headed to Mexico to join my family for twelve days of vacation.
  3. May 26th I moved to Kentucky for the summer, so a lot of May was spent getting ready to move, then settling in.
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READING UPDATE

Fiction: 10
Nonfiction: 6
Audiobooks: 4
Books for Review: 7

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TRAVELING

I’m not even sure how to compute this anymore? I was in Mexico for twelve days, then I moved to Kentucky at the end of the month.

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GOALS
  1. Finish at the coffee shop – YES
  2. Pack for Kentucky – YES
  3. Pack for Mexico – YES
  4. Mow Grass – YES
  5. Personal – YES
  6. Help with House/Animal Sitting When the Family is Gone – YES
  7. Budget stuff – YES
  8. Personal – YES
  9. Leave with Room Clean – YES
  10. Four Bookstagram Pictures – YES
  11. Children’s Church Party and Write List – YES
  12. Personal – YES
  13. Vacation! – YES
  14. Move to Kentucky – YES
  15. Set Up Camper – YES
  16. Buy All the Little Things Like Soap – YES
  17. Start New Job – YES
So, for my month-long goals, I accomplished 17/17, and for my weekly goals, I accomplished 46/51.
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WHAT I’VE BEEN LEARNING

Um, it’s more like what haven’t I been learning? Because maybe that list is shorter. 😉

  • How to drive ‘long distances’ by myself. Aka, I’ve basically never driven more than two hours at once, and where I now live is nearly four hours away from home, so to make that trek on my own was a wee bit overwhelming to consider. As was picking some friends up at the airport mid-month. Cities and I just don’t generally get along well when I’m behind the wheel, but I’m learning and it’s a lot better than I had thought it would be.
  • Learning to do what I can and then let go was something I had to practice a lot while getting ready to move. I wanted everything to be perfect before I moved to Kentucky for the summer. As in, I wanted everything that has been on my mental to-do list for ages to get checked off. And I did check off a huge amount of things, but in the end, there were times I just had to choose to breathe deeply and move on.
  • How to pack light. Folks, why is this something I’m still working on? I thought I packed lightly for Mexico, I REALLY did. I just took a backpack and canvas bag, and some of the stuff was actually for my family. Still, I had at least four clothing items I could have done without. Hence the hunt for that perfect packing medium continues. (On the bright side, other than some rags, I think I have used everything I packed for my summer in Kentucky.)
  • I read six nonfiction books in May and there was some fantastic information on those. From what forgiveness really looks like, to the lies little girls are being fed by society today, to how to seek God’s will and move forward boldly. I learned about the bravery it takes to homeschool, how to be more engaged in each moment, and that sometimes a couple years really does make a huge difference in the level of someone’s maturity.
  • The learning curve of a new job, and how very far outside my comfort zone I’m sometimes thrust. It’s hard being the new girl at a job, but add that to being a new girl in a community (or rather lack of community) and an overloaded brain, and it’s kinda overwhelming.
  • I’ve been learning a lot about what works for me living on my own and working a more full-time job. I’m actually amazed by how fast I’ve gotten into the groove of always packing my lunch, leaving for work at the same time each day, and doing all my own shopping, cooking, dishes, etc… (Instead of splitting some of those tasks with family members.) Living in the camper is for sure as much fun as I thought it would be, and actually, a lot like I had imagined it would be.
  • To navigate my way around my new surroundings. New stores, new roads, and new rooms at work. I’m very thankful for people who patiently walk me through tasks when I’ve got questions, and are willing to help remedy my mistakes when I make them. I’m also super thankful for a GPS that makes shopping and finding my way around so much easier.
  • How to meet, remember, and make friends with a multitude of humans. I went from working with one co-worker per shift to having dozens, if not more, co-workers all around me. It’s a weird feeling sometimes, folks. Plus, I went from having a lot of “regular” customers to never seeing the same customer more than twice.
  • How to be more assertive/question/pay attention. Y’all. I come from a big family, which means I’m used to having a lot of eyes, ears, and hands around to help me when necessary. So, to now be in a place where I need to figure things out on my own? Well, it’s super different. (And also super good for me to be learning.)

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OTHER 

May was packed full, but with that beautiful balance of vacation in the middle of what has been the beginning of a very unusual season of my life.

As always, reading hit that sweet high place for the year while I was in Mexico. I think I read nine books in ten days which was lovely. I also got to spend a huge amount of time hanging out with my family, playing games, and resting. It was a delightful time and I’m so thankful that I was able to soak in time with my family before I moved to Kentucky.

I was sick for the last few days of vacation, which was no fun at all. I was supposed to move the day after I got home, but because of having the stomach flu, I stayed home one extra day. Resting for a whole day was nice, but I missed a wedding and that was sad.

Work was a lot easier in some ways than I had thought it would be, but oh, so much harder in other ways. I’ve been rather surprised and have learned a lot, including of more of what I need to pray each day. 😉

Living in my cute little camper has been delightful and I’m having fun learning all the little things I need to know to keep life going smoothly here. There’s also a huge yard that makes me feel like I’m smack-dab in the middle of the country and that delights my little country-girl heart.

How was your May?

A New Favorite Historical Fiction Book? {The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White}

Y’all. This is the book that I nearly cried about when I found out I’d been chosen to be on the early review team. Yeah, I was that excited and that honored about it. Of course, back then I didn’t realize that I would be in the midst of moving and overwhelmed with a new job and life-ish happenings in the weeks leading up to the book’s release. But here we are! The book released yesterday and although I moved before the physical copy of the book arrived at my old address, I did download an e-copy of the book and landsakes, people!

I settled down with this book and some popcorn on Sunday afternoon and prepared to be delighted as I read. Why was I so excited? Because this book features Margot De Wilde as the main character. Readers were first introduced to this character in the middle book of the Shadows Over London trilogy, as the younger sister of one of the main characters. In that book, she intrigued me like crazy – as in I would say she’s probably in the top five of most intriguing characters I’ve ever read about. And, considering the thousands of characters that have been part of my reading experience, that says a lot.

Before I say more, here’s a bit about the book:

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Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

Also, you can take a quiz for the book (after you’ve read it, because #spoilers). I just took it and got 8/10 answers right. I really thought I’d get 100 because the book is so memorable, but one of the questions was guesswork, and the other was a bit tricky. 😉

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This book was gold. The writing, the characters, the plot, and the time period came together in a perfect, seamless, beautiful story that tugged my heart and made me want to keep reading for ages. In fact, although I read this book in two sittings if I hadn’t been hurrying to finish it for review I would have made it last even longer so I could savor the characters.

When I read this book the rest of the world faded away and I was so immersed in the story that it really felt like I was there…that the characters were my friends, that I’d time-traveled back to the early 1900s and England was right outside my door.

I can’t even begin to imagine how much work and research went into writing this book. The concepts were so far beyond me, yet without being confusing. That takes so much talent and time to pull off. Margot, the main character, is a codebreaker who works in Room 40 during WW1. I knew about codebreakers during WW2, but until I read this book I had no clue they existed during the Great War. (Which is why I mistakenly assumed that this book took place during WW2 when I first heard about it.)

Margot is a mathematical genius and thinks in numbers. She’s logical, scorns emotions, and is unlike any other character I’ve ever read. I seriously couldn’t get enough of her character and wish we had a whole trilogy solely from her perspective. The way she reacted to grief was my favorite scene in the whole book, simply because I can’t even fathom doing what she did, and it totally shocked me, but was so true to who she was as a person. Plus, it made me tear up, and books that make me cry are the best.

Drake was the second main character, and although I generally don’t like it when the main female and main male character both have chapters from their perspectives, Miss Roseanna pulled it off perfectly. I think this is because although there was romance in the book, that wasn’t the main plot and when we saw life from Drake’s perspective we were actually seeing espionage work, not just fluff. Seriously, his work was so cool and when I read in the endnote how much of it was taken from historical facts, I was pretty amazed. Also, Drake is just a wonderful character all around and he’s got a fantastic name, so what’s not to like?

And then we have the bad guy. Seriously, y’all don’t even know how much I dislike it when books have sections from the villain’s point of view. And yet, somehow Miss Roseanna makes it work. She gave us just enough time inside the villain’s head so that he became real and intriguing, yet without giving too much away or making me feel creeped out. I’m very impressed.

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When it comes to books, this is one of my favorites. As in, it’s so close to being five stars that I’m really not sure if I should rate it four or five stars? (And y’all know how rare five-star fiction books are for me.) My one issue is that I really didn’t agree with a lot of  Margot’s ideals. I understand how she was changing and growing, and yet the book felt a little more feministic than what I like.

Other than that though, this book was simply fantastic. I hope y’all read it and enjoy it as much as I did. If you’ve read the Shadow Over London series, or if you plan on reading this book you should totally let me know so we can gush about the stories together. 😉

Way to go, Miss Roseanna, on writing another winner! Please keep writing and thank you so much for the honor of having me be part of your review team!

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

Camper Life Observations from a Pro

Yesterday was the one-week-of-living-in-a-camper mark. So, obviously, I’m an expert now. (That, my friends, is sarcasm.) However, I did think it would be fun to share some of my thoughts and insights that I’ve gained so far. Then several months down the road when I actually do know what I’m talking about I can do a comparison post and see how much my more well-informed self agrees with my still-rosy-eyed self.

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So far, living in a camper has lived up to every dream I had of such an adventure. I know this has a lot to do with the fact that I’m living on my own, so twenty-six by eight feet is plenty of room for me. And, I have a huge yard that’s boarded by lovely trees, so any time I feel the need for a little more space I can always grab a book and go read in the grass.

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Here are some random observations about living in a camper:

  • Bright, cheery curtains are a must since they remain closed most of the time and therefore take up a large portion of the walls
  • Sparse decor and no clutter makes space feel a lot bigger
  • It’s super easy and fast to clean everything
  • Which is a good thing because things get messy super duper uber fast
  • Seriously, you can go from a clean camper to a wrecked one with a few well-placed messes
  • Cooking quantities isn’t easy, but it is doable if you use your imagination
  • Don’t put too much hot food in your fridge or else instead of cooling it down the whole fridge warms up #oops
  • Have a system down for how to keep things clean and organized
  • Buy cute containers for storage if they’re going to be in the open
  • Get some plants to brighten the place

On perhaps a more interesting note, let’s talk about water usage for a moment. See, I have plenty of water. I just don’t have a big holding tank for the used water. And, the problem is I actually have no clue how big the holding tank is. So, I’m trying to be exceedingly careful with how much water goes down the drain.

That means I catch as much water as possible in containers I set in the sink and then dump it outside. So, all my hand washing, dishes washing, regular cleaning, teeth-brushing water gets collected and tossed.

For a little insight as to how this works, let’s talk about… Hair washing. It actually kinda amuses me every time I wash it, so here the steps are:
-I heat water up in my electric kettle (I have a hot water tank, but haven’t turned it on to conserve propane)
-I mix the hot water with cold water to get the right temperature in a little plastic tub (that I generally keep in the sink)
-I set the tub on the floor, then kneel down and wash my hair

It’s pretty fun. 😉

And I’ve got to leave for work now, so bye, y’all!

An Unexpected Bookish Meeting

Y’all, here it is! The last book I read for review while I was on vacation. (Whew, getting all these reviews written is fun, but kinda hard because I let them build up since I didn’t have my computer with me.)

Fun story before I get into the review: I was reading this book in Mexico where our family goes on vacation each year. We stay in a small fishing village that isn’t in a touristy area.

As I was reading I posted about the book on my Instagram Story (y’all can follow me here if you want, I often post reading updates). A friend commented and said that it looked like a book she’d enjoy reading.

Now, plot twist: It turns out this lady was on vacation with her husband and their four young children only about a half an hour away from where we were staying! Crazy, right? As it turns out, we invited them over for supper one night and I hurried to finish reading the book before they arrived so I could give it to her. It was fun to have that random bookish/friendish connection in a different country. And hey, I’m glad she commented on my story. 😉

FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:

Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Pages: 208
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Title: Homeschool Bravely
Nonfiction

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Quiet the voices of “not good enough” and step courageously into guilt-free homeschooling

Many homeschool parents have a long-term relationship with self-doubt. “Did I make the right decision?” “Could someone else do this better?” “Am I robbing my kids of something by not sending them to ‘regular school’?”

What if there’s a better way?

Not a 3-step technique or a shiny, new curriculum, but a change in perspective that transforms the way you plan, teach, and homeschool?

Homeschool Bravely teaches you to see homeschooling as a calling, helps you overthrow the tyranny of impossible expectations, and guides you through the common bumps in the road, including how to:

  • juggle school and parenting with toddlers at home
  • teach a struggling learner
  • plan with the end in mind
  • accept your own limitations without feeling guilty
  • stay the course even in the face of criticism

Reclaim your hope, renew your purpose, and transform your homeschool. Because the truth is: God will use every part of your homeschool, even your fears, faults, and failures, to weave good plans for your kids.

WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

Despite the fact that I’ve read a lot of parenting books, I’ve never read any homeschooling books. That seemed like a fact I should remedy, and this book caught my eye, partly because of the title, partly because the cover is black.

Disclaimer: I’m not a parent, I don’t think I have the answers to parenting, homeschooling, or raising kids. I simply enjoy studying the subject and seeing how I can (very, very loosely) apply the principles I learn to myself, kids in my life, and maybe in the far distant future my own kids. Plus, it’s pretty fun to learn when there’s no pressure. But, as always this review will, therefore, be quite subjective, but will hopefully provide a unique point-of-view compared to the reviews written by parents who actually know what they’re doing.

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

I found it surprisingly interesting. The author is a blogger and a lot of times a blogger-turned-book-author is a hit or miss for me when it comes to style – there’s no middle ground. This one was, thankfully, a total hit. Her writing style was engaging, her tone honest, encouraging, and at times funny, and her stories were ones I could relate to from the perspective of an adult who grew up being homeschooled.

The author used to be an elementary school teacher, which felt like it gave her added credentials while talking about homeschooling vs. public schooling.

There were some things in the book I didn’t fully agree with (more related to her views on various things, rather than what she actually did), but those things were minor enough that they didn’t take away from the book for me.

For me, the most interesting part of the book was when she gave different suggestions of things to do with kids. It’s so intriguing to hear about things little kids can do for fun that are actually educational as well.

CONCLUSION

If y’all are interested in this book, you should check out her website (The Unlikely Homeschool) or look her up on Instagram. I watched some of her Instagram stories as I was reading the book and that really helped her to feel more relatable and alive to me.

I generally don’t recommend parenting books as a non-parent on my blog (because that’s weird), and the same goes for homeschooling books. But, I did enjoy reading this book.

RATING

I’m giving Homeschool Bravely four out of five stars – Moody Publishers was very kind to send me a copy of this book so I could review it.

Holy Noticing (Aka, Most Confusing Book Review I’ve Written)

FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:

Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Pages: 240
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Title: Holy Noticing
Nonfiction

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Does your life ever feel like one series of rushed moments after another?

Do you want to feel more present and connected to those you love? Do you want to be able to listen without thinking the whole time of what you’re going to say next? Do you want to feel less distracted, less busy, and more whole? Most of us spend our distracted lives longing to get to the next, better moment and fail to notice the present one. We lack space between one task and the next, one thought and the next, one email and the next. Social media, TV, work deadlines, and family stress steal our enjoyment and engagement in the moment.

Holy Noticing will teach you how to:

  • become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and environment
  • recognize Christ’s presence in the moment
  • reduce your stress by developing the ability to focus on God and people rather than tasks

Many today think mindfulness is dangerous, unchristian, or associated with Eastern religions—and often it is! But Dr. Charles Stone reveals that the art of holy noticing—purposefully paying attention to God as he works in us, our relationships, and our world—is a spiritual discipline Christians have practiced for millennia. Holy Noticing explores the historically Christian and biblical roots of this lifestyle, as well as Dr. Stone’s BREATHe model, which teaches you to be more engaged with Christ in the everyday moments that too often slip right by us.

Discover the lost spiritual discipline of holy noticing today and learn to engage the world like Christ.

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

The first half of this book had me quite confused. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was talking about, or if I agreed with the author or not. I read each chapter with my skepticism rising, but also trying to keep an open mind so I could write a fair review for the book.

It wasn’t until the second half of the book that what the author was saying began to make sense to me, and I could nod in agreement and see where he was going. Because of that, I feel like my whole perspective of the book is a bit skewed. I wish the book had been set up a little bit differently without so much “introduction” type writing at the beginning. I do see why the author did that though – I think he was trying to avoid Christian’s jumping to conclusions about why he wrote what he did, and write him off as not having Biblical principles.

Essentially the book is teaching how to take time to slow down, be more in touch with the world around us, and therefore better able to focus on what God is doing.

That is something I can get totally on board with, and why I read the book in the first place. The way the author suggests to do that – his BREATHe method (and yes, the last e is lowercase) still has me slightly confused, but goes something like this:

B: Ponder and Yield Your Body
R: Review and Renew your Relationships
E: Notice and Engage your Environment
A: Label and Release Your Afflictive Emotions (Affect)
T: Be Conscious of Current Thoughts
H: Pay Attention to your Spiritual Life (Heart) and the Spirit’s whispers
e: engage the world like Christ

See why I was confused? But when I read through the second half of the book where we spend a chapter focusing on each of the letters, it’s really not that weird. Instead, the author talks about how to spend time praying about each specific thing.

For instance, when you’re on B – your body – what you do is spend three to five minutes each day thanking God for how your body works, His great design, and the various blessings He’s given you in your physical body. As you pray, you also stop to notice if you’re feeling stress, pain, etc… and if you do, then you pray about that as well.

The author mentioned how he often feels stress in his shoulders, so he breathes deeply and prays about whatever is causing the stress. This made sense to me in both physically and spiritually, because I know that I often clench my jaw without even realizing it, which can actually knock my body out of shape. The chiropractor pointed it out to me a while ago and ever since then I’ve made sure to relax my jaw whenever I realize I’m clenching it, and it actually has helped me be less stressed.

This book talks a lot about the science behind certain things – like breathing deeply, paying attention to what we focus on, and what various thought patterns (like anxiety) can do to your body, etc…. Then the author brings it all back to the Bible and shows how these principles are healthy not only from the physical and science standpoint but also spiritually.

As far as putting his steps into practice? Well, I’m still not sure what I think about that. I’ll probably try it someday and that may change my rating of the book, but who knows. 😉 As it is, I will be working at paying more attention to what I dwell on, staying focused in the moment, breathing deeply, and resting in God’s goodness.

CONCLUSION

This is one of the hardest-for-me to write book reviews, mostly because I feel like I really didn’t fully grasp what the author was saying. If any of y’all have read the book (or do read it) you should totally share your opinions with me.

RATING

I’m giving Holy Noticing three and four out of five stars – reserving my final star count until I’ve put the principles into practice and re-evaluate what I think of the book. Moody Publishers was very kind to send me a copy of this book so I could review it.

Whose Waves These Are

Y’all, hang on tight because we have a little bit of a rambly review below. This is generally what happens when I really do or really don’t like a book.

FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:

Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Pages: 368
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Title: Whose Waves These Are
Fiction

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper: a rallying cry for hope, purpose . . . and rocks. Send me a rock for the person you lost, and I will build something life-giving. When the poem spreads farther than he ever intended, Robert Bliss’s humble words change the tide of a nation. Boxes of rocks inundate the tiny, coastal Maine town, and he sets his calloused hands to work, but the building halts when tragedy strikes.

Decades later, Annie Bliss is summoned back to Ansel-by-the-Sea when she learns her Great-Uncle Robert, the man who became her refuge during the hardest summer of her youth, is now the one in need of help. What she didn’t anticipate was finding a wall of heavy boxes hiding in his home. Long-ago memories of stone ruins on a nearby island trigger her curiosity, igniting a fire in her anthropologist soul to uncover answers.

She joins forces with the handsome and mysterious harbor postman, and all her hopes of mending the decades-old chasm in her family seem to point back to the ruins. But with Robert failing fast, her search for answers battles against time, a foe as relentless as the ever-crashing waves upon the sea.

WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

Mostly the cover. And the title. The title sounds so intriguing. I also read the back cover blurb, but that wasn’t the tipping point for me.

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

Oh guys. This isn’t a review I’m looking forward to writing because I always feel so bad writing a negative review when I’ve received a book for free. Yet, honest reviews are my specialty, so here I am.

Let me start off by saying that there isn’t really anything wrong with the book. The content is clean, the editing is good, and the writing is lovely.

But.

It just wasn’t the book for me. And that’s sad, because after reading the first several chapters I was super excited. As in, it’s been a long time since I’ve started a book by a new author and felt so much promise. I was intrigued by the characters, delighted by the quirks, and drawn in by the lyrical tone of the writing.

But then the time hops started, and the writing style changed, and I fell into bookerly woes and didn’t even want to finish the story. The good news about all those things I just mentioned is they’re purely subjective. That means that there’s a good chance you will like the story.

For me, when a book begins going back and forth with time periods, it’s a total hit or miss for me. Meaning, I either really, really like it, or else I really don’t like it. And this book was one that I really didn’t like. I’m not even sure why it was. I liked each of the time periods, but when the switching began I lost interest in all of them.

One thing that I think is super cool in theory but didn’t actually like in reality, was that the tenses changed with the different time periods. One of the storylines was told in present tense, and the other was told in past tense. (Both third-person.) This is a brillant way to tell a story, but sadly, for me, present tense just messes with my brain and it’s hard and takes a super long time for me to get into a story. So, to be pulled back and forth meant I never really had time to immerse myself in present tense, which is probably the biggest reason as to why I didn’t like the book.

Also, when I re-read the back cover copy just now I was amazed by how long it takes in the book to find out what the rocks are for. I read the back cover copy before I requested the book, but then forgot what the book was about before I started reading. I’m not sure if the knowledge of what was going on would have made the book better for me, or been spoiler-y?

As for the plot itself… It felt kinda jumbled together. Not everything made sense to me and I was a bit confused by why the relationships were so messed up. I mean, it you find out in the book, but it just felt off. 

I read this as an e-book because I was on vacation, but in retrospect, if I would have realized sooner that it was a time hopping book I would have waited to read my physical copy of the book and probably would have enjoyed it more.

To end on a positive note, there were some things I really liked in the book: The small town feel, the way Ann communicated with her uncle (SO COOL and one of my favorite things I’ve read about in a loooonnnngggg time), Rob and Roy’s relationship with each other (sweetest thing ever), and a certain chapter near the end of the book involving watching the sunrise over the ocean.

CONCLUSION

Y’all will probably like the book. I certainly don’t not recommend it. It was clean and interesting. I do encourage y’all to get a physical copy instead of an e-copy if possible because this is one of those books that is better read while physically.

Also, the book has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, with over 75 reviews, so that’s pretty great.

RATING

I’m giving Whose Waves These Are two out of five stars and am thankful for NetGalley giving me an e-copy so I could review it for y’all.