Loved That, Read This [10]

 

Loved That, Read This

 

I’ve been giving a lot of books recommendations lately, so I decided to start a new weekly feature. Loved That, Read This is all about recommending books! There’s no set amount on how many books you have to recommend per week, or restrictions on what genres/age categories you can feature. Just have fun with this! If you want to participate, please link back to me in your post, and then link up below via the linky! Okay, with that said, here we go:

 

I’ve read the first four books, but then for the other recommendations, I’ve only read one book from each pairing. But for the books I read, I loved them, and the other two are high on my TBR pile.

 

If you loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, then read Shuffle, Repeat.

These two books focus on playlists in cars (yay for music!), and another fun little connection between these are the fact that the parents know each other pretty well. Both of these books are on my favorites list, and have a swoony boy.

If you loved Lola and the Boy Next Door, then read The Start of Me and You.

Both of these feature kind of nerdy boys who are SUPER adorable. Once again these are two of my favorite books. The main characters are vastly different (Lola is more eccentric, while Paige is more reserved), but they’re both excellent reads.

If you loved Things I Can’t Forget, then read The Names They Gave Us.

I haven’t read The Names They Gave Us yet (I’m awful for letting Emery’s latest book sit so long unread). But based on the summary, it sounds similar to Things I Can’t Forget. Religious main characters being counselors at a summer camp. Both of these authors write swoony romances too!

If you loved When Dimple Met Rishi, then read Click’d.

I love how these two feature girl coders. I loved When Dimple Met Rishi, so I’m super excited to read Click’d. It’s written for a younger crowd (middle grade vs. young adult), but I’m sure it’s amazing. Once again, these books feature some kind of summer camp/program.

 

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Don’t forget to link up below with the URL to your blog post (not your blog), and your name. Then if you have some time, check out some of the other links!

 

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Reading Habits Tag

 

I was tagged by Jessica over at Reading with Jessica. Thank you for the tag! I have no idea who created the tag, so I can’t give credit where it’s due.

 

1) Bookmarks or random piece of paper?
It really depends. When I put things on hold at the library, they put a slip of paper in each item with my initials. Sometimes I’ll just use that while I’m reading to hold my place. Other times I’ll bring out a bookmark.

 

2) Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?
I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter, but if I have to, I can pretty much stop wherever.

 

3) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Usually my bed, but sometimes the couch.

 

4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
I drink water, and then sometimes I’ll snack with one hand while holding the book with the other. I have to be careful not to get food on the book!

 

5) Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I can watch TV, or listen to music, while reading. But with that said, I usually prefer silence so the book has my full attention.

 

6) One book at a time or several?
Several at a time. As hard as I try to focus on just one book, my mood reading makes me pick up a few books at a time. I’m usually reading at least one physical at home, and listening to one audiobook at work.

 

7) Reading at home or everywhere?
Mostly at home, but I’ll listen to audiobooks at work and on road trips.

 

8) Reading out loud or silently?
Silently unless my brain isn’t grasping what’s on the page, and then I might try reading it out loud.

 

9) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I have issues with this one haha. As hard as I try not to skip ahead, my eyes seem to gravitate further down on the page, or even to the next page. I need to stop myself and go back to where I left off.

 

10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
KEEP IT LIKE NEW! I don’t like when my books have a physical defect like a broken spine, although sometimes it’s unavoidable unfortunately.

 

11) Do you write in your books?
NO WAY! I know some people do, but I just can’t do that to my books.

 

12) Who do you tag?
Shawn @ the Bookish Librarian
Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook
…and anyone else who wants to do this tag!

 

Waiting on Wednesday [62]

 

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: December 26, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Everyone knows Abby Turner is in love with her best friend, Cooper Wells. Including Cooper Wells. But despite what people tell her, it doesn’t affect their friendship. And she’s practically over it, anyway. What she really can’t get over is when her boss at the local museum tells her that her paintings lack heart.

Art is Abby’s passion and she hopes her future as well. She is determined to change his mind and earn her way into the upcoming exhibit at the gallery. So along with her family’s help, she compiles “The Heart List,” a series of soulstretching experiences that are sure to make her a deeper person and better artist in six weeks or less. When Cooper decides to complete the list along with her, she realizes this list is expanding her heart in more ways than one. Maybe she needs to start another project.

Love, Life, and the List is about a girl who, in an effort to bring more emotional depth to her art, compiles a list of soul-stretching experiences to complete with her best friend—a boy she also happens to be in love with.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.


Why I Chose This Book:

All the Kasie West books I’ve read so far have been so cute and fluffy, and this one sounds like no exception. I’m here for it, and I can’t wait for her to publish another book. Speaking of, I should probably finish the few of hers I haven’t read yet. If you’re looking for a good YA (young adult) contemporary romance author, definitely check out Kasie! Also, can I just say that I adore that cover?

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders of a Book Club

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?). I decided on Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders of a Book Club.

 

       

1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series Hermione likes organizing clubs (hello S.P.E.W.), so I feel like she’d want to organize a book club for fellow literature lovers. I’m not sure who at Hogwarts would all join though. Maybe Luna, Neville, and Ginny.

2. Maddy from Everything, Everything Her book club would have to be virtual, but since she writes reviews (and obviously likes to read), and has a lot of free time on her hands, I think she’d be a good book club leader.

3. Jo March from Little Women – Jo would definitely do a book club if anyone else would join it. Unfortunately, I think she’d be the lone member…unless she talked Laurie into it.

4. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass – Celaena really enjoyed reading in this book, as evidenced by her borrowing books from Dorian, and visiting the library. So if anyone would join her book club she led (on the off days from the competition), then I think she’d create one.

5. Belle from Beauty and the Beast – I have to include Belle. She could host a book club in that gorgeous library, and I’d definitely come. Although her and I might be the only attendees, because most other people couldn’t read (at least not the females). Darn.

      

6. Viola Fisher from This is War/This is Love (Checkmate Duet) Viola is obsessed with books, especially Harry Potter, so she’s my kind of girl. I could just see her getting an impromptu book club together to discuss that series, and more.

7. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables series – Anne would definitely host a book club, especially if reading Victorian poetry was a common occurrence. I feel like Anne would be great at discussing, and would make people see things differently because of her great imagination.

8. Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls – As you can tell from the quote in Rory’s picture, she loves books. And I think if she found a nice group of people to have a book club with, she’d definitely lead it. She’s a bookaholic!

9. Clark McCallister from The Unexpected Everything – No spoilers, but let’s just say Clark likes books. And I think it’s nice to have a guy on the list who might start a book club potentially.

10. Phoebe Martins from Bookishly Ever After – I haven’t read this one yet, but I got it from the library to read soon. Based on the summary, you can tell the main character loves to read. So I think she’d do a book club without hesitation.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

ARC Review: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

Title: It Started with Goodbye
Author: Christina June
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: May 9, 2017
Pages: 272
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

 

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

 

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This was a super cute read. Predictable, but still very enjoyable. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

I obviously enjoyed this one to finish it in two nights. It was a quick read, and I adored the characters. I think a lot of girls can relate to Tatum, and her situation. Maybe not the severity of it, but we all have falling outs with our parents as teens. I really enjoyed virtual Prince Charming, Tatum’s step-abuela slash fairy godmother, and some of the other characters like Abby.

 

Nothing really surprised me while reading this book, but I don’t think books always need to do that. And since it’s a spin on Cinderella, you kind of already know what’s going to happen. Prince Charming was just that…super charming. He’s going on my book boyfriend list for sure. I get swoony just thinking about him. *sigh*

 

I liked the growth Tatum reaches by the end of the story, and how she–and everyone around her–is better for it. I guess I wanted a little more romance, but I know the focus was more on the family dynamics, and Tatum’s journey of discovery. Props for making me a little emotional towards the end. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a cute contemporary read with heart.

 

4 stars

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [6]

 

I started this during October for #blogtober, but I have more reader nightmares, so I’m going to keep sharing until I run out. It’s nice being able to commiserate with fellow readers sometimes. Here’s nightmare number six:

 

 

You only have a certain amount of money to spend on books, and you just bought one you’ve been IMPATIENTLY waiting to read. And then there are typos, and grammatically incorrect sentences, all over the place. It’s frustrating for some readers (and writers) to see that. The book has gone through so many passes and sets of eyes, and yet it still has a ton of errors. I know typos happen all the time. A couple here and there isn’t a huge deal. But if the book is scattered with them, I notice…which pulls me out of the enjoyment of the book for a few moments. My mind stops focusing on the book, and instead focuses on the errors. And as a reader who wants to devour books cover to cover, it’s not a good thing.

 

Tune in next week to see my seventh reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know your thoughts about poorly edited books in the comments below.

Stacking the Shelves [41]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Here’s some Kindle books I bought from my Deals & Steals post and some others from a BookOutlet order a while back, an eARC from Netgalley, and a couple audiobooks I borrowed from the library.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

  

 

Netgalley:

 

Borrowed:

 

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Loved That, Read This [9]

 

Loved That, Read This

 

I’ve been giving a lot of books recommendations lately, so I decided to start a new weekly feature. Loved That, Read This is all about recommending books! There’s no set amount on how many books you have to recommend per week, or restrictions on what genres/age categories you can feature. Just have fun with this! If you want to participate, please link back to me in your post, and then link up below via the linky! Okay, with that said, here we go:

 

This week I decided to show authors who have a similar writing style/theme in their books.

 

If you loved Sarah Dessen, then read Morgan Matson.

They both like to focus on mostly the same small town in their books, and their earlier characters reappear in later books. The characters are engaging, and I could get lost in their books. Morgan is one of my new favorite authors, so I highly recommend her books, especially Since You’ve Been Gone.

If you loved Huntley Fitzpatrick, then read Miranda Kenneally.

I think both of these authors write super cute romances. Miranda has a sports focus on her books, but as someone who doesn’t really like sports, I still adored her Hundred Oaks series. I loved the audiobooks for Huntley’s books, and would recommend them to audiobook lovers. You could easily read either of these authors’ books in a day if you’re so inclined.

If you loved Elle Kennedy, then read Miranda Kenneally.

Yes, I’m recommending Miranda twice. Anyways I’ve only read books 1-2 of Elle’s Off-Campus series, but I LOVED them. If you’re looking for some sports books with a little less hot romance, check out Miranda’s Hundred Oaks series. They’re fantastic, and geared towards a younger group of people (YA vs. NA). I still have a ton of Elle books to read, so I better get on that!

If you loved Sophie Kinsella, then read Jill Mansell.

These two are authors from the United Kingdom, and I think they both have a similar feel to their stories. Although to be honest, I’ve found myself enjoying Jill’s books more lately than Sophie’s. I think because there’s more of a focus on romance throughout each book? Not sure.

 

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Don’t forget to link up below with the URL to your blog post (not your blog), and your name. Then if you have some time, check out some of the other links!

 

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The Anything But Books Tag


I was tagged by Jessica over at Reading with Jessica. Thanks for the tag girlie! This tag was created by Katie at Reador Rot. Let’s get to it!

 

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love.
Well I haven’t watched actual cartoons in years, except some with my niece…which I don’t particularly love. I do watch animated adult shows/Disney movies though. But for actual cartoons, one of my favorites as a kid was Rugrats.

 

2. What is your favorite song right now?
Probably Halsey – Bad At Love, or MAX – Lights Down Low feat. Gnash, or Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes.

 

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?
Watch TV shows/binge movies, write, listen to music…

 

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
Write novels? Play video games? That’s about it.

 

5. What is your favorite thing to learn about?
To be honest, I don’t like learning about much nowadays. My school days are over. I guess learning more about writing, plot structure, etc. would be my answer for this. Or learning more about cooking, because I’m trying to eat healthier lately.

 

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?
I can make fart noises with my knees (like people do with their armpits). Thank my cousin I don’t talk to anymore for that useless skill haha.

 

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).
A middle grade novel. I can’t really show it to you, but below is the novel aesthetic I created.

 

8. What is your most recent personal project?
I’m debating doing an #ownvoices novel during NaNoWriMo about being bullied, and a bit about what high school was like for me. Not sure I have the mental capacity for that deep/dark of a novel right now though. We shall see.

 

9. Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).
What my life is going to look like in the future. Novel ideas. Books in general.

 

10. Tell us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific. (Not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat, etc.)
I don’t know. If I crave something, it’s usually pizza. I think I could eat it every single day. Not kidding.

 

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.
See below for the gif-y goodness of what I thought of first.

 

Tag, you’re it! Feel free to do this tag if you’re so inclined. 🙂

Release Day Blitz & ARC Review: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, THE FORTUNATE ONES, is available now! Read a sneak peek below and be sure to pick up your copy today!

 

About THE FORTUNATE ONES

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.

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Get a Sneak Peek of THE FORTUNATE ONES:

“I missed you today,” he says, his heated gaze lingering on my body.

I step back, and he follows.

He looks like he’s cornering his prey.

“Apparently not enough to make it to dinner,” I point out icily.

“I called the restaurant and told them I’d be late. Didn’t they tell you?”

I cross my arms and glance away.

“Brooke.” He steps closer and gently lifts my chin, forcing me to look back at him. “Fight with me tomorrow.”

I narrow my eyes, angry with him for shelving this discussion so casually. To him, it doesn’t matter that I sat in that restaurant alone, looking like a fool for nearly two hours. He’s brushing off my anger, stepping closer and forcing his way past my defenses.

“I think I’d like to talk about it now.”

I catch the beginning of a smirk just before he leans in to kiss my cheek.

“Are you sure there isn’t anything you’d rather be doing right now?”

He uncrosses my arms and brings them up over his shoulders then steps closer, towering over me. My arms tighten around his neck, but still, I turn away, keeping my mouth from him. His breath hits my neck and he pulls me taut against his hard body, growing more impatient with every moment I try to resist.

“Brooke,” he whispers huskily.

My eyes flutter closed as he bends and presses a kiss to my cheek, my chin, then lower, tipping my head back so he can reach the smooth recess at the nape of my neck. I shiver and he groans, obviously aware of what his touch is doing to me.

 

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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First, I just want to say that I enjoyed this eARC. It’s different than what I was expecting, but still great. Thanks to the author for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

This was well-written, and very entertaining (I laughed and cried and swooned), but based on the summary, I was expecting a whirlwind romance. And while there was romance, it wasn’t the main part of the book. There was pretty much zero romance for the first half of the book. And even for some time after that, it still wasn’t super romantic.

 

Even though I’m a die-hard romance fan, and pretty much want it to be a major plot in the books I read, I still liked this story…a lot. The characters were amazing (Brooke, James, and Ellie to name a few), and I enjoyed their interactions. There was a healthy dose of drama with the going ons at the club, the attraction between Brooke and James, etc., so beware if drama’s not your thing.

 

James is definitely going on my book boyfriend list. He’s such a sweetheart, and I just love him to bits. I liked Brooke for the most part, but sometimes I just wanted to shake her and tell her to knock it off and open her eyes. She came to the right conclusion eventually, so points for that.

 

This was a fast, enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see what the author publishes next, and to go back to read her older books. Definitely check her out if you haven’t already! And might I recommend Scoring Wilder by her? It’s fantastic!