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Hi everyone! I just wanted to check in and see how is everyone’s February going? I am finding myself in a small slump, I am still getting in some reading just not as much as I normally would. So far I have read 8 books and dnf’d at least 3! I also have multiple books lying around me that I have started but can’t seem to make my self pick back up. I had higher hopes for this month but that’s how it goes. I will say that the quality of books has been pretty good for me, I have had four 5 star books and nothing below a 3!

I am trying to finish up an ARC today so I can get my review up tonight or tomorrow. I would also like to finish up at least one more physical book before the month is up.

How is your February going? Do you still have some books you are trying to squeeze in?

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Reading Round Up February 11-20

Hey Friends, here is my reading round up for the 11th-20th. All 3 of these reads were amazing and I gave 5 stars to all three of the books I read. If you would like to know my thoughts and what I read, then keep reading!!

Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore – 5 Stars This is the story of Annabelle Archer as she is about to start at Oxford as one of the first female students. She is there under a scholarship and must help with the woman’s suffrage movement and recruiting men of influence. Her target is the Duke of Montgomery and what follows is a hilarious and sometimes steamy set of events around these two. I loved the interactions between the Duke and Annabelle but also the side the characters were great too. I can’t wait for the next book which is about two people we met in this book. I highly recommend this book even if you are not a fan of historical romance, there was so much to love in this book.

Badger To The Bone by Shelly Laurenston – 5 Stars I have been waiting somewhat patiently for this one to come out. This is book 3 in The Honey Badger Chronicles. In this one we are following the 3rd MacKilligan sister Max “kill it again” MacKilligan, who has by far got to be one of my favorite characters in this series. She is tough and scary but will do anything to protect the ones she loves. While trying to find out information on the man who wants to kidnap her, Max discovers Ze who is ex-military and does not know he is a cat.

What follows is Ze being introduced to the world of shifters and learning about a whole side of him he didn’t know existed while also being thrown into the chaos that surrounds the MacKilligan sisters. This series is amazing and I always have a great time reading and rereading these stories. I absolutely love how Shelly brings back old favorites like Blayne and the Wild Dogs. If you are a fan of paranormal romance I highly highly recommend this series!! Also the Pride series which is before this one, is great too! Can’t recommend this one enough! (This book comes out March 31st 2020, thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an early copy to review.)

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman – 5 Stars If you have been following me for awhile then you might know that The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was one of my favorite books last year. Well now we can add this one as well! In this story we are following Lilian Girvan who was widowed about 4 years ago and has two young daughter age 5 and 7. She thinks that she is doing fine and has a plan to start dating again once the girls are out of college.

Lilian works as an illustrator for a textbook company and is one day informed by her boss that she will be doing illustrations for a book on vegetables. Her boss also informs her that she signed her up for a gardening class to get to know the product better. What happens from there is a story about learning to move forward after a tragedy and that maybe what she had planned wasn’t what she really wanted. Abbi has a way with words that brought me to tears from laughing and from sadness. I will say that I was not prepared for the amount of times that worms would come upon this book! In the beginning when Lilian is getting the details on this class her boss explains that she can’t do it because of an experience she has when young with worms. Lilian did not under stand this but I DO!!!! I had a traumatic experience and to this day have slight phobia when it comes to those things (in my house they are referred to as the “W” word). Aside from this minor thing this book was everything. At times I related to Lilian so much as mother and the paragraphs about her shopping at Target were perfect. I can not recommend this one enough! (TW for death of a spouse, depression and grief)

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

The TBR Book Tag

I saw this tag on BookBeforeULeap’s blog and thought it looked like fun! The tag originated from A Perfection Called Books.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile? – I have a few shelves on. my bookcase that I dedicate to my unread books. I also have a TBR cart next to my reading chair for the ones I want to get to sooner rather than later.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook? – Mostly physical books but I do have a fair amount of unread ebooks.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? – Im a mood reader so I tend to chose that way which is why I like to have them right next to me.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest. – Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham. I bought this when it was first released but have never picked it.

A book that you recently added to your TBR. – I just Sandhya Menon’s new book on Valentines Day. Im so excited to read, its a Beauty and the Beast retelling! Plus I get to see her tonight at a signing!!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover. – I can’t think of a specific one because a lot of my purchases are cover buys.

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading. – Probably Someday, Someday Maybe.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited about. – Too many! Megan Miranda, Chanel Cleeton and Lyssa Kay Adams all have books coming out soon that I can not wait to read.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you. – Beartown by Fredrick Backman

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you. – Anything by Gillian Flynn

A book on your TBR that you are just dying to read. – The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf. – 1303

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

DNF’ing A Book

I recently dnf’d (did not finish) two books and have been feeling pretty guilty about it. I always feel bad about it because I know the author put so much work into creating something and I can’t for whatever reason finish it.

In my mind I know that not all books and writing styles were made for everyone as we all have different tastes. I know this! Yet I feel this sense of quilt at starting something and not finishing it.

Do you DNF books that are just not clicking with you or do you power thru?

Until Next, Time Happy Reading!

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!