{Book Chat} The YA Fiction Stigma

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I’ve always been of the mind that a good story is a good story. I don’t care if it is middle grade, young adult, or adult fiction. I’ve noticed there seems to be quite a bit of stigma related to reading YA fiction in the Booktube and Blogger world lately. I really don’t get it. Does it really matter who the targeted audience is for a book as long as it is something you enjoy? What’s with the shaming people?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Reading is a very personal thing. There is no reason for anyone to be ashamed of what they like to read. Books are like music. You’re not always going to like what everyone else does. Which is totally fine. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel ashamed of what you enjoy reading, even if it is Fifty Shades of Grey. You all know how I can’t stand that book (yes I read all three books and I just about gouged my eyes out afterwards), but I will never judge someone for enjoying it. Hell whatever floats your boat in my opinion.

Personally, I’ve been judged for liking paranormal or contemporary romance. I don’t care. I read for me not anyone else. My reading tastes vary depending on my mood and if someone wants to be all judgmental about it that’s on them. So here’s to reading whatever the hell we want to because dammit we’re not here to read for anyone else but ourselves!

Have you ever been judged based on the books you read? What are your thoughts on the attitude change towards YA fiction? Let’s chat about this.

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW55

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post in the comments down below. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. And I Darken by Kiersten White
  2. “You looked like you were about to fall asleep. I was worried you would drown.”
    “Well, thank you for preventing my drowning by pulling me under the water in an attempt to drown me.”
  3. No, I would not want to live in it. It is a fascinating world to visit through a book.  I just don’t think I would survive very long in it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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{Most Anticipated} Books Coming Out This Summer

There are so many great books coming out this summer that I want to add to my shelves. Some are endings to series I have been collecting and some are debuts. The books on my wishlist range from middle grade to adult fiction and vary in genres. What can I say? I’m pretty much all over the place with which books interest me. Here are some of the books that are on my radar for this summer.

(For more information click on the titles of the books to access the Goodreads pages)

The Last Star by Rick Yancy

So, I have the first two books but I haven’t read them yet. I’m one of those people that will at times collect a whole trilogy before I even pick up the first book from my shelf. What can I say? I love to binge read a series. I hate the whole waiting period between books. I really want to read this series though before I watch the movie.

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The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

This is the stunning conclusion to Justin Cronin’s The Passage Trilogy. I’m currently reading an advanced reader’s copy on my Kindle. I love love love this series! It’s so damn creepy! A post-apocalyptic world where humans struggle to survive while being hunted by virals. This is not just a horror series, it’s not just a dystopian or science fiction series either. It has all these elements, yes, but Cronin is definitely a literary writer. Digging deep beyond the horror of what is going on in the world he created, Cronin explores what it means to be human…literally and figuratively. It’s definitely a series that stays with you long past the reading of the final pages. I need a finished copy of this book. Justin Cronin is coming to Changing Hands in Tempe. I’m hoping I can get there to get a signed finished copy of this book and hopefully get my copies of the first two books signed as well.

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The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

I have been waiting for a new Lords of the Underworld book for forever! Ok, not forever but it sure seems like it.

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The Girls by Emma Cline

This is a debut novel about a girl named Evie that finds herself fascinated with another girl named Suzanne. Evie finds herself drawn into a soon to be infamous cult lead by a charming and charismatic man. This book has been blurbed as perfect for fans of The Virgin Suicides. The part that caught my interest is that the cult in this book is based on the Manson Family.

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Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

This is set in the  Galápagos Islands during the brink of World War II. Yeah, that was all I needed to  know. If you’ve been watching my BookTube videos, you know that lately I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction set during World War II.

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The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

The sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I have the first book on my Kindle. I have not read it yet. It has received many conflicting reviews, which just makes me even more interested to find out what I think about it. This second book though has been getting all kinds of raving reviews. Which I have to admit kind of scares me.

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26 Kisses by Anna Michels

This is a debut novel that is supposed to be both funny and heartbreaking. I have a feeling this one will have my FEELS all over the place. I do love me a good contemporary, especially during the summer.

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

“A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.” Aaaah heck yes! Sold right here please because I need to read this!

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The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

I had no clue this was a sequel. I need to get my hands on the first book as well. It’s being pitched as perfect for fans of the Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

I received a review copy of this via NetGalley. I’ve seen this pitched as “What if Vlad the Impaler was a girl?” Yeah, you pretty much sold me there. This is next up on my TBR of ARC reads and I just know I’m going to want a finished copy of this one. Plus, look at that cover! So freakin’ gorgeous!

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Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

I believe this is the sequel to Legacy of Kings, which I have not read yet. It is definitely on my TBR and I’ve heard great things so…yes I want to read it soon!

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which I totally loved. Elias is like everything in this series. I love his character so much. I need to know what will happen to him next.

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The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

I believe this is going to be the final book in the series, at least I think it is just  a trilogy. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, sorry guys I saw that plot twist coming. However, I completely loved the second book and since it totally left me hanging I’m desperate to read the third book. Like NOW!

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So those are the books I can’t wait to get my hands on this summer. What about you? What books are you most anticipating? Let’s chat down below.

As always stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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{Book Chat} Books That Get All The Hype…

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I always feel like the odd man out when I end up not liking a book that everyone loves. I think this is why I always hesitate to pick up a book that gets a lot of hype. I want to love all the books, but lets just be realistic. That’s not going to happen.

When I finally give in and read the hyped up book and I end up loving it I feel great. I then proceed to push the book on just about anyone I know, like I did with Illuminae for instance. Then I get all…

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However, when I end up not loving a book everyone else does I end up feeling like maybe we read different books. It sucks, because then I end up feeling misled by all the raving reviews. It’s frustrating and CONFUSING AS HELL when this happens.

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My thought process when I run into this usually goes like this: I wonder if I missed something while I was reading. Were all the raving reviews about said book truly honest? I can’t possibly be the only person that doesn’t like said book. WHAT DID I MISS?!!!!

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It’s usually around this point that I get a bit slumpy and lose a bit of my reading momentum. I don’t want to pickup another book until I figure where I went wrong while reading the book in question. Sometimes, I even force myself to read it again. If I still don’t like it after that then I pretty much come to the conclusion that I didn’t get any of the punch that other people were drinking during their read. Which seems highly unfair, don’t you think?

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It’s entirely possible that everyone that raved about the book totally loved it. I know this. However, I also think that all the personal attacks towards bloggers that post a review that says the book is less than stellar has a lot to do with this. I don’t get it personally. Reading is a personal experience. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about a book. When it’s such a polar opposite though, that’s when I’m like “Okay wait a minute here, something doesn’t feel right.” Who knows, maybe I’m the only one that thinks this way.

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Let’s chat down in the comments and let me know what you think? If you are a blogger, do you hesitate to post reviews about books you do not enjoy? How do you feel about books that get all the hype?

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{Book Review} The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{Book Review} The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, Young Adult
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

My Thoughts:

There are times when you come across a book that is so beautifully written that when you finish it you’re just like words…need more of the WORDS! The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is exactly that kind of book. The writing is just absolutely gorgeous and elegant. Chokshi creates a stunning world steeped in magic and folklore. You will not want to put this one down.

“I wanted a love as thick as time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible…”

Cursed with a horoscope that promises her marriage will be one of death and destruction, Maya has been shunned by her father’s kingdom. Accepting that love may not be in the cards for her, Maya is content to pursue the scholarly life. However, her world is turned upside down when her father, the Raja, decides to give her hand in marriage for political reasons. On the night she is to select her future husband her father hands her a vial of poison and advises her to drink it. Before she can go through with drinking the poison, a strange prince convinces Maya to join him as his queen.

Maya is a complex character. She’s vulnerable and strong…fierce and gentle. I loved seeing her interact with her little sister. It is very clear that their sisterly bond is powerful and one of the few loving relationships that Maya has in her life. On the other hand, Maya’s prince, Amar is a very stagnant character. I would have like to see his character developed more, he just felt very one dimensional for me. I would have liked to get to know him better, his thoughts, his secrets, what motivates him, etc.

This story has a Hades and Persephone feel to it, so it is sort of a re-telling of sorts. At least it feels that way to me. I did love the romance within this story. I like that it doesn’t have any love triangles or insta-love elements to it. The relationship between Maya and Amar is slow building. Maya does not trust her new husband, he has too many secrets that he withholds from her. Her inability to trust him keeps her from completely handing over her heart to him. Their love story is both heartbreaking and sweet.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book. The writing was wonderful and captivating. Maya is one of my favorite characters I have met so far this year. Although I had some issues with the lack of development for Amar’s character, this book did not disappoint. I found it hard to put down once I started it. Chokshi had my FEELS all over the place with this story and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys fantasy that is steeped in mythology.

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Coyer Summer Vacation Reading Challenge

COYER is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading, Berls @ Fantasy Is More Fun and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! 

The sign up post will be open until August 1st. The COYER reading challenge will begin June 18th and end on September 2nd.

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{A Day in the Life of a Book Blogger} Silence on the Blog & the Creative Struggle

So if you visit my blog on a regular basis, you might have noticed I kind of disappeared for a bit. I didn’t put up any new content, or interact with anyone here on the blog. Anything that posted during the time I went MIA had already been pre-scheduled prior to my blogging slump.

I know it might not seem like it, since a lot of my content was lost about 5 months ago, but I’ve been blogging for about 4 years now. I started out on Blogger and after a year there I migrated over to my self-hosted Word Press blog. I love it, and all the customization I’m able to do on this platform. The downside though came around during one of the large updates that my host underwent, something in my WP got screwed up and well I lost my blog.

Years of content and hard work just went poof. I almost quit at that point because I was just so frustrated. I’m thinking that’s when the slump started. I stuck it out for a bit, but I was mainly doing memes and putting up the obligatory review post. It got to the point where just the idea of pulling up my blog would stress me out. I just felt so much pressure to do something that my heart just wasn’t into anymore. Which totally sucked! I love reading, blogging, and connecting with other readers.

It didn’t help that my creativity decided to just abandon me at that point. So there I was just sitting here stressing out about what to post and I finally decided that I wasn’t going to make myself do it anymore. I tossed my blogging schedule out the window…ok not literally, but you know what I mean. I knew if I continued to force myself to do something that I just wasn’t feeling, it would eventually come through in my posts. I didn’t want that to happen so I took a break and focused on other things.

I devoted my time to reading for pleasure instead of for the purpose of reviewing. I binged on TV shows on Netflix and picked up my first graphic novel (Jessica Jones Alias). I missed the book blogging world so much, but I was still not feeling a return of my creative side. I tried different platforms like a reading journal…yeah that lasted like one week. Then I started my BookTube channel. I began reconnecting with book lovers and slowly the urge to return to my blog rekindled again.

So am I back? I can’t say I’ll be posting on a daily basis, but yes I’m back. I’m going to commit to posting at least three times a week if I can. However, if I don’t manage that I’m also promising myself not to stress about it. Same goes for my BookTube channel. I’m committing to  posting twice a week there but if I get busy then, well life happens and all that.

There will be some changes on how I do my posts. I’m playing around with this until I find my creative style again. So for those you that have stuck it out, thank you. I’m so sorry I disappeared. I really think I just needed the break to be honest.

If you blog, how do you get out of a blogging slump? How do you deal with the pressure to post creative and unique content? Let’s chat about it below in the comments.

Hugs!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW54

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog via the link up. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  2. “It is an interesting truth that the human body, liberated from its head, is in essence a bag of blood with a built-in straw.”
  3. No, no, no, no, no! The world in this book, in this whole trilogy, really creeps me out. It’s a post apocalyptic world where the human race is no longer the dominant species. Nope, we are the food to these man-made monsters. Stuff of nightmares people! I just can’t help reading it though, because it’s that good.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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P.S. If you have a WAYRW post to share leave the link in the comments below so I can come check it out 🙂

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Tawna Fenske Promo‏ Blast



We are half way through our 7 nights of laughter where we will be highlighting the queen of laughter, Tawna Fenske, her laugh out loud until your stomach hurts books, a special sale and giveaway! So kick back, relax and get ready to fill your ereader with books guaranteed to liven up your reading time.

Today we have an extra special treat for you. The Fix Up is just 99¢ for a limited time only. So be sure to pick up your copy today!



About The Fix Up:

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto. 

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?

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“I hope I read that right.” The brunette scooted out from under his arm, and he instantly missed her softness. She looked up at him with those odd violet-gray eyes and smiled. “You looked like you were being eaten alive there, but too polite to tell her to back off.”

“Eaten alive,” he repeated, a little mesmerized by the woman’s eyes. “I’m not entirely sure.”

“Seemed like that’s what was going on. Salesgirl sees a big guy with a big budget and big—” She paused, then gave a small shrug. “Well, sometimes it brings out the worst in women.”

“Thank you,” he said, meaning it. “I’ve been flying back and forth between cities all week, so I’m a little jet-lagged and distracted. I guess I wasn’t even a hundred percent sure I was being—uh—”

“Hit on? Ogled? Mentally undressed?”

“Right.” He cleared his throat. “Not until you pointed it out. Thanks for the rescue.”

“No problem. Pay it forward sometime.”

“Is that real? It’s huge.”

She blinked, then glanced down at the paperweight-sized rock adorning her ring finger. “Nah, I keep it in my purse for when I want to avoid getting hit on at ladies’ night.”

“Does it work?”

“Not with the real jackasses, which probably defeats the purpose, huh?”

He nodded, not sure what to say to that. “I’m sorry, what was your name again?”

“Holly. Holly Colvin. I’m the owner of First Impressions.”

“First Impressions?”

“We’re a public relations and branding firm that specializes in creating and remaking corporate identities.” She fished into her purse to pull out a business card. She held it out to him and Ben started to reach for it, but Holly withdrew her hand.

“Shit. Vampira the Sales Queen is headed back here.”

Before he could say anything, Holly was sliding her hand around to cup his ass. For a few beats, he thought she was copping a feel, and he hoped like hell she kept doing it. Then he realized she was tucking her card into his back pocket. She grinned and tilted her head back to look up at him.

“Gotta commit to the role, right?”

“Right,” he murmured, staring down into those slate-speckled eyes. “We certainly do.”

“I suppose we could throw in a little something extra if you really want her to buy it.”

“Like what?”

Her lips parted slightly, almost like she was braced for a kiss. Or was that his imagination? It seemed hot in here, and he was getting dizzy, and now all he could think about was claiming those perfect lips.

“I’m sure you’ll come up with something,” she murmured.

Her mouth looked so soft, so inviting, and he could have sworn her lashes fluttered low the way they might if she were waiting for him to make a move. A big move.

He knew what he needed to do. What he wanted to do.

And with that, he bent and kissed her.

Holy mother of hard-ons. 

Okay, Holly couldn’t actually detect a hard-on, but she was feeling every other inch of this luscious man with the enormous hands and the sexy-geek vibe and the magical mouth that was kissing her silly in the middle of the damn furniture store.

Had she started it, or had he? Did it matter?

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See what happens when this geek gets a makeover both inside and outside of the boardroom? Find out for just 99¢!

Find it online:

Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Goodreads


About Tawna Fenske:

Tawna Fenske is a fourth-generation Oregonian who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year.

To learn more about all of Tawna’s books, visit www.tawnafenske.com

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Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim…

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Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim.”

Ugh the agony of this topic for me!

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Truth is, most of the books I pick up are because I’ve seen them recommended on blogs or Booktube. This wasn’t always how I used to pick the books that ended up on my TBR pile. I used to just walk into the library or bookstore and pick whatever appealed to me at that moment. I actually kind of miss that impulsive side of reading that becoming a blogger has changed for me. I still occasionally do this when I go to the library, but it does not happen as often as it used to for me. That said, I have a few books I can share that I did pickup purely on a whim, just not 10.

I do want to say I have not read any of these yet. These books are sitting on my TBR shelf and so far I’ve managed to avoid spoilers. If you have read them feel free to let me know if you think I should push them up on my pile, but please no spoilers. So anyways let’s get on with it!

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This was a shameless cover buy. I saw it on BookOutlet and fell in love with the cover. It was a super great deal too, so I couldn’t pass it up.

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Also, a cover buy. Uh…most of these will be. I can’t help it! I’m a sucker for a pretty cover.

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I’m not entirely sure what this one is about. I got a review copy from NetGalley. I saw it was set in Paris and I was like click “I want it!”

 

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I picked this one up at a book festival in Tucson a few years ago. I have not read it yet. The cover is just gorgeous and the illustrations inside the book are beautiful. I’m not sure what it is about, I’ve been avoiding reading the synopsis. I do know it is a story within a story though, so those are always fun to dive into.

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I also have no clue what this one is about. The cover is absolutely beautiful and it was sale on BookOutlet so I couldn’t pass it up. BookOutlet is the reason why my TBR pile is now taking over two bookshelves.

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Well those are the books I bought on a whim. Have you read them? I’m still not sure which one I should read first. Any suggestions? What books have you bought on a whim? Let’s chat down below in the comments!

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Bliss Release Day Blast

Do you love a sweet small town romance? Then get ready for Bliss's two new May releases, The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen and The Wedding Wager by Barbara DeLeo.


The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen

There are certain words that have always described Cam Brantley: Town bad boy. Soldier. Protector. But never, everdad. Until he returns home from his latest military tour to discover the girl he had one smoking-hot night with is now mom to the adorable two-year-old Zoey. Who has his eyes.

Plenty of words could describe Emma Walker these days. Mom, dutiful granddaughter, budding designer, the town’s golden child. But when her longtime crush Cam Brantley comes back to town, she knows the perfect word to describe herself: screwed.

Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants Zoey in his life. But Cam’s not sure he’s ready to be a dad, and Emma can’t gamble her daughter on maybes. As the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.



The Wedding Wager by Barbara DeLeo

Nick Katsalos has a foolproof plan to save his parents’ floundering wedding venue. The last thing he expects is for Erin O’Malley, the captivating daughter of his parents’ biggest rival, to waltz in and charm the client who could finally get the family business back on track. Nick would be furious–if only he could stop thinking about her.

When Erin and Nick enter into a wager to determine who will win the contract she prepares for the worst…and is surprised by the glimpses of warmth she sees in the man behind the numbers. But Erin isn’t about to forfeit what could be the biggest wedding of the decade to a man as cold as Nick. Especially since securing it means she could finally prove to her father she’s just as capable of handling the family business as him.

But as the competition heats up, Erin and Nick must decide what’s more important—winning or love.

I Love Libraries 2016 Reading Challenge

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I Love Libraries reading challenge was formerly hosted by Book Dragon’s Lair and is currently being hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. This challenge runs from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016, for more info click on the link down below.

http://beasbooknook.blogspot.com/2015/11/2016-i-love-libraries-reading-challenge.html

I’m a bit late signing up for this challenge, but I just found out about it yesterday. I love my local libraries. I have two that a frequent on a regular basis. I check out books, graphic novels, movies, music, audiobooks, and eBooks from my libraries. I love the selection and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I also like to check out the used book sales when I visit.
Since I’m starting so late I’m going to start my challenge level at: early reader – 9. If I do more than that’s great, but I want to give myself enough wiggle room since I do have quite a few eBooks I received for review that I need to get through this year.
I will be posting my reviews here on the blog, on GoodReads, and will most likely share quick thoughts on what I read during my weekly review videos on my BookTube channel.
Let’s chat in the comments! Do you visit your local library on a regular basis? What’s the last book you checked out?

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April WRAP – UP / May TBR

Monthly Wrap UpHoly crap it’s May already! Can you believe it? I can’t! Ugh that means summer, which means 100 degree plus weather is right around the corner here in AZ. I’m not looking forward to that. Thankfully, I will be heading on vacation in July so that’s something to look forward to.

I had a decent reading month. I participated in the Spring Into Horror, Authorathon, and Dewey’s 24 Hour readathons. This really boosted my reading during that week but unfortunately I kinda went into a slump right after. Ugh, I know. I’m still ahead on my Goodreads challenge though, so there’s that.

 

What happened on the blog:

Books I Read in April:

May TBR:

I’m hoping that the books I have planned for May will get me out my reading funk. If not, I may just go binge watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. What books did you read in April? Which was your favorite or least favorite? What’s on your TBR for May? Let’s chat in the comments!  🙂

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Authors I’d like to meet at BEA & BookCon

Happy Wednesday book nerds! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is Top 5 Authors You’d Like to Meet at BEA & BookCon. Unfortunately, I’m not going to make it to BEA and BookCon this year but I decided to go ahead and participate in this week’s topic anyway. Check out my video below.

Are you going to BEA or BookCon? If not, will you be participating in the ARM Chair BEA? I’m thinking I will do that. If I do I will be hosting a giveaway here on the blog. I’ll let you know more info next week.

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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{Book Review} Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{Book Review} Keep Me Posted by Lisa BeazleyKeep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
Published by NAL on April 5th 2016
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.
Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.   It doesn't help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?   The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.   But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet...

My Thoughts:

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley is a sweet and hilarious story that sheds light on the struggles of juggling parenthood, being a wife and still maintaining identity as a woman in this modern day world. Sisters, Cassie and Sid have lost touch over the years partly due to the long distances between them and busy everyday life. On Christmas Eve, the sisters make a pact to stay in touch over the course of a year mainly through old-fashioned snail mail. Sounds like a great idea, and things go well until Cassie has the bright idea to scan the letters online into a “private” blog. Somehow the blog ends up going public and things go on a downward spiral from there.

This was a fun and entertaining read. Cassie and Sid’s letters were both honest and funny. The sister’s personalities really shined through their writing. I really connected with Sid, but not so much with Cassie. Sid has a kind heart and she wants to give what she can to improve the lives of the people around her. She is a bit too trusting, but that just goes with her need to care for others. Cassie is not a happy person and blames everyone but herself for how miserable she has become. She is one of those people that complains about everything. I felt bad for her husband, she’s pretty much awful to him. The guy should be made a saint for putting up with her in my opinion. Although Cassie does mature and show growth in her character in the end, I feel like things wrapped up a bit too nicely for her. I would have liked to see some more penance for her thoughtless actions earlier in the book.

Overall this was an enjoyable read. It made me long for the time when I used to have a pen pal that I would write to in Australia. There’s just something more personal and engaging about handwriting a letter and mailing it instead of shooting off a text or email. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a contemporary read filled with family drama and humor. It’s heartwarming and entertaining, I really liked it.

three-half-stars