Reading Round Up February 1-10

Hey Guys sorry its been so long since my last post, I seemed to have caught the cold that never ends. I have been able to read a little though so if you want to know what I have been reading so far this month keep reading! (P.S. There may be slight spoilers)

Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne – 3 Stars This was one was a pretty fast read. While nothing really stood out to make it great it did keep me hooked so that I had to finish it. The book starts with our main character Naomi who is going to her recent lovers funeral only to find and meet his wife and mistress. The three woman form an unlikely bond and decide to help each other not fall for another cheating man. This is a three part series and the first one is about Naomi and her old child nemesis Oliver. I have to say I do love a good enemies to lovers romance. One of my early complaints of the book was all the label dropping in every other paragraph. However by the end that was no longer the case and I am left wondering if that was intentional to show the growth of the character. This book was a fun read and if you are looking for a light hearted romance then you should pick this one up.

The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor – 3.5 Stars I had a difficult time on how I was going to rate this one. The story definitely kept me engaged and wanting to know more but over all left me feeling like it was lacking. This story takes place in 2 different timelines. Part of it is in the 80’s about a group of kids who find a dead body and then in present day when one of them comes back into town. I don’t typically like dual timelines but this one seemed to work. I think my main problem is some of the misdirections we were given and how the story concluded. I feel like I missed something but not sure what it is was.

Educated by Tara Westover – 5 Stars This book was so good and I loved everything about it. Educated is about how Tara grew up one of seven children in a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho. I am struggling with how to review this book because there is so much to this incredible story of how she had never received a formal education until she went to BYU when she was 17 and went on to get a doctorate from Cambridge. I highly recommend this book on audio, it was so addicting I could not stop listening. TW for both physical and mental abuse from a sibling, mental illness and family.

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver – 4 Stars This story follows Ben who is a teen that has come out as non-binary too their parents and is then kicked out of their house. Ben has no one else to call except their estranged older sister who they have not spoken to in 10 years. What follows is a beautiful story about self acceptance and learning to rely on those around you. I loved Ben and their friendships with Nathan, Maleika and Sophia as well their sister Hannah and her husband Thomas. I would highly recommend this book!! TW for depression, anxiety, misgendering, homophobia.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading

Reading Round Up January 12-31

It’s time for the rest of January’s reading round up! I hope you have been enjoying what ever you have been reading. My month overall went really well, everything I have read has either been a 4 or 5 star for me until the last week and then I had a few that didn’t’t work for me. If you want to know more about what they are then keep scrolling!

Kind of Cursed by Stephanie Fournet – 5 STARS I decided to pick this one up on a whim from my kindle library when I was having a hard time getting into any of my physical books. I was so happy I did!! This book was so cute and instantly pulled me into Millie and Luca’s story. If you are looking for a heartwarming romance you should check this one out. (There are some sensitive topics discussed in this book that you might want to look into that before reading. Fertility, miscarriage, death of a parent.)

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – 4 Stars This book was a little heavier than what I normally read, it deals with how one experience can be so different depending on your race. You get different perspectives from the two women involved, a white self made woman and a black babysitter. Over all I really enjoyed this book, I think the thing keeping it from being a 5 star was the ending. While I liked it I just felt it a little lacking. I did listen to this on audio and thought the narration was fantastic!

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes – 4 Stars I have been trying to catch up on Reese Witherspoon’s bookclub so I decided to use an Audible credit one this book. I am so glad I did! This book took my to a time and place that I knew nothing about and now need to know everything I can find on it. It follows an English woman who married and moved to rural Kentucky in the 1930’s and helped take library books to the remote locations in the mountains. I highly recommend this book even if you are not a big reader of historical fiction. This was my first book Jojo Moyes and I am looking forward to trying more from her.

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate – 2 Stars Im not really sure how to rate this book. I found a few parts pretty funny but over all I was a little lost with this book. I listened to it on audio and really like hearing this from Jenny herself but this book was just not for me.

Forever Freed (Forever Bluegrass #13) by Kathleen Brooks – 5 Stars I have been reading this series and the ones before it for years and I still enjoy every book! This book centers around a small town in Kentucky and the people who live there. Kathleen writes such amazing characters and heart that you can’t help but love everyone in the books!

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner – 5 Stars I don’t even know where to begin with this book! I loved every minute of it and was so happy to return to these characters. Lisa Gardner has a way of just pulling you in and keeping you there till the last second and then you are left waiting for her next one! If you like a good mystery/thriller I can’t recommend this one enough. This is book #11 in her series and also ties in with another but having picked up the last book on a whim I had no problem starting from there.

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J Christopher – 3 Stars This one was just ok to me. The book is a gender swapped retelling of How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and I found it hard to get into. The story itself was really cute and I enjoyed listening to this on audio but it just never grabbed me.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella – 2 Stars I wanted to like this book so much but it just didn’t’t work for me. I found the main character unlikable and the quirks that were supposed to be cute were irritating. I would recommend trying some of her other books before this one.

Effin’ Birds: A Field Guide to Bird Identification – 5 Stars

I just want to state that these are my own opinions and I understand we all have different reading tastes. I don’t mean anything against you if I didn’t like a book.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Writing Reviews

I sat down to write up a new review for a book I recently read and I was finding it hard with what I should and should not include. What is the line between giving a thorough review and spoiling the entire book.

When you are reading reviews how much information do you like to be included? Are spoilers okay as long as there are warnings? Or are you just looking for basics and the general feeling from the reviewer?

Until the next post, happy reading!

The Hating Game By Sally Thorne

I seemed to have gotten the cold that will never end! I am now going on over a week with a sore throat and sinus pressure. Because of this I have had very hard time focusing on anything, especially reading, so I have dived down the audio book rabbit hole! I was looking for something the other night that would not be very hard to focus on and decided to reread ( for the hundredth time) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I absolutely love this book and it just gets better with every read.

If you are unfamiliar with The Hating Game it is about Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman. They work in a shared office at a publishing company and play these little games with each other, like the HR game or the Mirror game. These games they play are so good! If you are looking for a great romance to get lost in I highly recommend this one. As you can see from above I own 3 copies of this book in multiple formats! You just never know when you are in the mood to re-read a favorite.

5 out of 5 Stars!

Can one own too many copies of the same book? Let me know in the comments below!

Until the next post, happy reading!

End Of Year Reading Survey

This Year I decided to do Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner’s End of Year Reading Survey. Below are 33 questions that gives you a glimpse into my reading for 2019. I hope you Enjoy!!

Number Of Books You Read: I Read 174 books in 2019

Number of Re-Reads: 24

Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

1. Best Book You Read In 2019? This one is hard as I read so many good books last year but I think my favorite had to be Next Year in Havana and When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Seven Letters by J.P. Monninger, this went to a place that I just didn’t care for. I also was not a fan of the writing style.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves. This book was so good and I loved every minute of it. I was not prepared for where the ending went.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Any books by Chanel Cleeton and Megan Miranda.

5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and  Roc Upchurch (Artist) the best series I started last year and the best sequel would be any of the books in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changling series.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019? Karin Slaughter and Megan Miranda

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I read All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda last summer while on vacation and this book sent me into a love of thriller books. Before I was only reading mostly contemporary.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner

 9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019? When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

11. Most memorable character of 2019? Chloe Brown from Get A Life, Chloe Brown

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019? When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019? Birthday By Meredith Russo

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019? None

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019? Shortest was Air Kiss by L.H. Cosway and my longest was Rich People’s Problems by Kevin Kwan.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most. The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) I don’t have one.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year. Liobhan and Brocc from Harp Of Kings

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously. Wolf Rain and A Sunshine in Madness both by Nailing Singh

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019? Red from Get A Life, Chloe Brown

23. Best 2019 debut you read? Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019? I balled like a baby for both It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and Birthday by Meredith Russo

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and Birthday by Meredith Russo

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019? Technically You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson, this book was told entirely by texts. It was also a really cute read.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Seven Letters by J.P. Monninger

How was your reading last year? Did you read anything that was a stand out? Please let me know in the comments below!

Until the next post, happy reading!

Reading Round Up January 1-11

Hello Book Friends! Usually I would do these round up’s for every week but my reading so far in January has been a little slow. Since I only read 1 book the first week I thought I would go ahead and combine it with the following week’s books. Keep reading if you want to see what I have been up to the first 2 weeks of January.

Conviction by Denise Mina – 4 Stars This book was a fun read about a woman whose life is not going as planned and ends up going on a cross country journey with her husband’s mistresses husband ( sounds confusing right?). Together the two of them go on a journey not just about finding out if the murderer talked about in a podcast is innocent but also a journey about they are as people. I really liked both aspects of the story, the mystery surrounding the podcast and the path they take of self discovery.

Meg and Jo by Virgina Kantra – 4 Stars This is a modern retelling of Little Women that focuses mostly on Jo and Meg. In this story Meg is already married and struggling with her role as a wife and mother. Jo is a writer living in New York and is working in a restaurant’s kitchen while she writes her food blog. I loved Jo’s story and kept wanting to skip the chapters not about her. But in the end I loved the way it all came together and I am excited to read the next one.

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine – 4 Stars This is the 3rd book in the series about a woman who was married to serial killer and how she and her family deal with that stigma. I really like this series and the path that the main character, Gwen Proctor takes. In this book Gwen, her partner Sam and her two kids head to a rural community when a local woman reached out and asked Gwen for help. By the time they get there a murder has already happened and the local police want nothing to do with Gwen or what she might know. I love Rachel Cain’s writing and am excited to start Bitter Falls soon!

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – 4 Stars I absolutely loved this book! It isn’t too often that you get a romance book that takes place after the wedding but that’s what this one does. The two main characters have been married for a few years and have 3 year old twin girls. After deciding she was unhappy Thea kicks Gavin out of the house and that’s where our story begins. Gavin is a famous baseball player and his teammates decide to help him win back his wife by bringing him into their bookclub. The club consists of men reading romance novels so that they can make their spouses happy. This entire book is funny and well written and I highly recommend it!

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn – 4 Stars Ever read a book that you were not expecting and kind of slaps you in the face? That was this book for me, I had seen it around the book community was surprised with how much I needed it just then. I had been in a pretty bad book slump before this and this one just sucked me in. Meg is an in demand hand-letter who makes custom planners for her clients, before this she was made hand-lettered wedding invitations. One day a man walks in and asks her how she knew his marriage was doomed before he did. I don’t want t give anything away but if you are looking for a sweet and beautifully written story then look no further.

Until the next post, happy reading!

Struggling

I find myself struggling so hard today as I seemed to have finally caught the crud that has been circling my family for the past few weeks. Hopefully I can get over it soon as I still have tons of stuff to do this week like finally taking down my Christmas decorations.

I have also been struggling with my reading for the past week or so. I have started at least 3 different physical books and none of them can hold my attention for more than 5 pages. I wrote earlier about my reading slumps and it seems I am entering into another one, so I will keep picking up any book that sparks an interest and can hopefully hold my attention. I will add that I am reading on my e-reader Effin Birds: A Field Guide to Identification by Aaron Reynolds. This is a very quick and humorous take on bird identification. I love birding and it is one of the few things I enjoy doing whenever I am going to new places. This book is not your typical field guide in that it won’t help you while you are out enjoying the birds but it just might fill you with some much needed laughter. But be warned this book uses the “F” word quit frequently.

On another note, I have recently been an audio book kick and this seems to be the only way I can finish a book right now. I just binged Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars on Audio in two days. This story just sucked me in and I couldn’t wait to find out more about the girls who were the Baileyville Packhorse Librarians.

Have you read either of these books? If so what was your thoughts? Did you enjoy them or just them think they were ok? Tell me down below in the comments!

Until the next post, happy reading!

Contemporary-A-Thon Round 6

Today it was announced that Round 6 of the contemporary-a-thon will be returning February 10th-16th and I am so excited! This is one of the few readathons a due because I mostly read contemporary. Here is a link to the announcement videos from the hosts; Natasha from MyReadingisodd, Chelsea from Chealseadolling reads and Julie from Pages and pens .

Here are the challenges

  • Read a contemporary book with Green on the cover
  • Read a contemporary from a new to you author
  • Read a diverse contemporary
  • Read a backlist contemporary that has been on your TBR for more than a year
  • Read a dark/hard hitting contemporary
  • Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover
  • Read a contemporary that is beloved by someone in the book community

As I stated in an earlier blog post I am not great with keeping to specific books so my plan is to pick books that can be used for multiple prompts and hope they work. Here a few I have picked out so far.

  • Queenie by Candice Carty Williams
  • The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
  • Eleanor and Pre by Rainbow Rowell
  • Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

I will put out another post with what I am planning to read closer to the readathon. Do you participate in readathons? Do you plan on doing contemporary-a-thon? Let me know in the comments if you are and what you will be reading!

Until the next post, happy reading!

Reading Slumps

Ahhh the dreaded reading slump. Anyone who has ever been in one (or any kind of slump for that matter) knows how hard it can be to get out of it. Since about November of last year, I keep falling into slumps. I will eventually find a book that I just devour and then can easily pick up a new one and keep going. However that seems to only last for a few books before I am back to the slump.

In November I was trying to force myself to read a bunch of predetermined books I had chosen also known as a TBR (To Be Read) for some reading challenges. I kept finding myself making excuses to do anything but pick up those books, so instead of just picking up something else I just quit reading. In early December I did the same thing, I chose certain books to read but kept finding myself not wanting to read them. Durning the first week of December Nalini Singh came out with her new book which was her first thriller, A Madness of Sunshine. This book did exactly what I needed it too, I dived into it and got lost in the mystery and beauty that was set in New Zealand. I find that her books have a way of bringing me in and making feel like I am a part of the story.

Since then I have learned a little more abut my reading habits and the biggest one is that I can not plan books to read. I am such a mood reader and if I am forcing myself to pick something up that I am not completely invested in then I quit reading altogether. I have also found that re-reading some of my favorites can help me out of a slump. My usual go to books/authors for this are the Pay/Changling series by Nalini Singh specifically Caressed by Ice, Sheild of Winter, Silver Silence and Wolf Rain. Some more of my favorites are Penny Reid’s Neanderthal Seeks Human and Shelly Laurenston’s Honey Badger Chronicles.

How do you get out of a reading slump? Do you have certain books you read or something you do to get out of that head space?