Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Reading Recap

 Viper Pilot is written by an F16 pilot. I was given this book by my Uncle, who flew with Dan. 

"151 combat missions
21 hard kills on surface -to -air missile sites
4 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor
1 Purple Heart

First into a war zone, flying behind enemy lines to purposely draw fire, the wild weasels are elite fighter squadrons with the most dangerous job in the Air Force

One of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. For twenty years, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, logging 608 combat hours in the world's most iconic fighter jet: the F-16 "Fighting Falcon," or "Viper." He spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the border en route to strike Baghdad. Earlier, on 9/11, Hampton's father was inside the Pentagon when it was attacked; with his dad's fate unknown, Hampton was scrambled into American skies and given the unprecedented orders to shoot down any unidentified aircraft. Viper Pilot is an unforgettable look into the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat."

I really enjoyed reading from the perspective of the pilot. With my uncle being an F-16 pilot, I was able to talk to him about this book and he said it was very realistic. It held my attention but I don't know if I would have been as intrigued, if  it wasn't for my uncle. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the war, previous wars, or the military.

This was my first Georgia Clark book and I wasn't a huge fan. It Had to Be You was a very easy read about love but there were several story lines to follow and I wasn't sure how they all went together until the last couple of pages.

"For the past 20 years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love in New York, Brooklyn’s beloved wedding-planning business. When Eliot dies unexpectedly, he even more unexpectedly leaves half of the business to his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah. Liv and Savannah are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy, cynical Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine.

It Had to Be You cleverly unites Liv, Savannah, and couples as diverse and unique as New York City itself, in a joyous Love Actually-style braided narrative. The result is a smart, modern love story that truly speaks to our times. Second chances, secret romance, and steamy soul mates are front and center in this sexy, tender, and utterly charming rom-com that is “so much fun” (Casey McQuiston, New York Times best-selling author)."

This story was about several different relationships; from ending, beginning, connecting, etc. I still had questions once I was finished reading and I didn't love that the author included so many personalities into the book. I thought there was a lot going on in the book with not a big purpose.

This was my second Lisa Jewell book. The first book I read of hers was The Family Upstairs. I loved this book so much more than The Family Upstairs. Then She Was Gone was a thriller and held my attention the entire time.

"Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. 

Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together. It's been 10 years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie's case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a cafe, she is surprised at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she's meeting Floyd's daughters - and his youngest, Poppy, takes her breath away. Looking at her is like looking at Ellie. And now the unanswered questions she has tried so hard to put to rest haunt her well as some new ones about Floyd and Poppy...."

This book was so realistic to me. I kept thinking that this could happen to children who just "disappear" and I couldn't put it down. I thought I'd have parts of the book totally figured out just to have it twist and something else happened. I thought it was well written and the characters were well developed. I could picture each of the characters in my mind as I was reading. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, it was so good!

I love Emily Giffin books and this one was wonderful. The Lies that Bind was set around 9/11. Life most of Emily's books, this one was a very quick and easy read. Most of the book was predictable, however, I was still invested in knowing the end.

"In this irresistible novel from the author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace.... 

It’s 2 AM on a Saturday night in the spring of 2001, and 28-year-old Cecily Gardner sits alone in a dive bar in New York’s East Village, questioning her life. Feeling lonesome and homesick for the Midwest, she wonders if she’ll ever make it as a reporter in the big city - and whether she made a terrible mistake in breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Matthew. 

As Cecily reaches for the phone to call him, she hears a guy on the barstool next to her say, “Don’t do it - you’ll regret it.” Something tells her to listen, and over the next several hours - and shots of tequila - the two forge an unlikely connection. That should be it, they both decide the next morning, as Cecily reminds herself of the perils of a rebound relationship. Moreover, their timing couldn’t be worse - Grant is preparing to quit his job and move overseas. Yet despite all their obstacles, they can’t seem to say goodbye, and for the first time in her carefully constructed life, Cecily follows her heart instead of her head. 

Then Grant disappears in the chaos of 9/11. Fearing the worst, Cecily spots his face on a missing-person poster, and realizes she is not the only one searching for him. Her investigative reporting instincts kick into action as she vows to discover the truth. But the questions pile up fast: How well did she really know Grant? Did he ever really love her? And is it possible to love a man who wasn’t who he seemed to be?"

I know this wasn't based on real characters but I have read where people who worked in the towers made the same decisions that Grant made on the morning of 9/11. The ending wasn't what I expected. If you're looking for an easy, love story, I would recommend this one.

The Giver of Stars was given to me last year at Christmas time and I never got around to reading it.

"Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So, when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. 

The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them - and to the men they love - becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: Bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic - a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond."

I can't imagine living in a time where we couldn't pick up a book and read. It was amazing to read about what these women did to deliver books to others. I believe it was much more than delivering books. There was a huge plot twist that I didn't expect and couldn't see a way out Margery. The author did an amazing job writing this book and developing characters. I highly recommend this book!

I'd love to know what you've been reading and loving lately!

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