Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson | Book Review

There’s many reasons I love my book club. I could write a whole post about them, but I’ll stick with this reason today – we always pick books that are far different than what I normally read. I love it! One such suggestion was Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, a book that keeps you guessing and is a page turner from beginning to end!

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…’

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.


It was one of those read in one setting type books. I had about 87 theories as to what was happening or why and can’t say any of them were right, but I love that when I’m reading! Watson hooks you with an intriguing premise, curious characters and circumstances you’re trying to figure out right along with narrator.

I loved the mystery and I didn’t see the ending coming. Maybe it’s because I don’t read a ton of thrillers or watch those type movies. I also read a few reviews where people discussed the science behind what she had and complained about that. Here’s the thing, true or not, I didn’t read this book to study amnesia. I grabbed it to be entertained. And you know what? I was! Either way, I enjoyed the ride and it’s now on the big screen, so looking forward to seeing it!

Have y’all read this book? How about some books turned movie that you are looking forward to – I’d love to hear about them!

(Heads up: there’s minor language and adult material)

Where to Buy: Amazon |

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Book Review

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

You may have heard of this book since it was released in 1988.

I was six.

So yeah, I’m a few years behind, but better late than never right?

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.


I have to confess, I think I set my expectations a bit too high. How could I not, with it being an international bestseller, selling 65 million copies and being translated into 56 different languages?

With that being said, I still enjoyed the story. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a simple story or maybe I should say an easy read. Even though I can’t say I agree with the overarching theme of the novel (like when the old king said: “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true.”), I do believe there were some lessons to learn from Santiago’s journey. Life is full of twists and turns and you never know what tomorrow will hold, but that’s part of the adventure no? It takes courage to become who we’re supposed to be.

“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

I really enjoyed the love story in it as well. It was sweet and a pleasant surprise, as I didn’t think that would be part of his journey. Plus this quote: “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

Finally, this book shows an important lesson in life, no matter what your life philosophy. We can learn something from everyone we encounter in life. Whether that be a thief or businessman or fellow voyager.

Have you read this book or any of Coelho’s books? I’d love to hear your thoughts and also if anyone else thought of Harry Potter with each mention of the Philosopher’s Stone. :)

4 Questions with Bestselling Author Stephanie Grace Whitson

I simply love how authors can come across one little tidbit of the past and turn it into a novel that not only opens up readers to a piece of forgotten history, but can be so creative that it grabs the reader from the start. As bestselling author Stephanie Grace Whitson mentioned in her book Sixteen Brides (I’ll share my review soon!), it only took the words “Another cargo of war widows arrived…” while researching in Nebraska Historical Society to create her story (and it was a good one!).

Such an awesome skill to be able to envision the cast and characters from that point on! And Whitson knows how to make it work! So of course I was super excited to have her join us here with 4 Questions!

And she speaks French, which makes you automatically rad.


A two-time Christy Award finalist, author Stephanie Grace Whitson pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.

With the spring, 2013, release of the third and final book in The Quilt Chronicles series (The Message on the Quilt), best-selling, award-winning Nebraska author Stephanie Grace Whitson will have over twenty novels and two non-fiction books to her credit. Whitson is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on a variety of historical and inspirational topics for civic and church groups. Her church, her grandchildren, her motorcycle (named Kitty), old stuff (antique quilts, sepia-toned photographs, etc.), women’s history, and French and Italian language and culture all rank high on Stephanie’s list of favorite things.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
That I would find such joy in being a grandmother.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I’d have learned to speak more languages in addition to French.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Seeing the first copy of my first published book.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
That God loves them so much that he was willing to watch his own son die on a cross so that they could not only know forgiveness, peace, and joy in this life but also so that they could begin an eternity of bliss in the blink of eye after their last breath.


Thank you again Stephanie! And since she has a new release out this month, we obviously need to give one away! Her newest The Message of the Quilt is out and you don’t want to miss it! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (I know, so shocking huh?!)! If you want to earn extra entries, here’s a few easy ways (just leave a comment each time you do)

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