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Book haul|June  

We’re just about halfway through July but I wanted to share a few of the books that I purchased– and remembered to take pictures of. I have a bad habit of forgetting to jot down the books as I buy them, or at least take pictures, which then leads me to buy another copy of a book I already own 😦

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been on an e-book reading kick. It’s just far easier for me to quickly download a book, no matter where I am, and read it at that moment in time, as opposed to buying the book and waiting until I have free time to read it.

Books I Pre-Ordered:

I Call Upon Thee by Ania Ahlborn (Release Date: August 7, 2017)

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (Release Date: October 3, 2017)

e-books I purchased:

Woman On the Eadge by Marge Piercy

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag

Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

Books I purchased:


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Book Outlet had yet another amazing sale (no surprise there) and I had to take advantage! 🙂 I didn’t notice I bought two copies of Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. I may have to do some kind of giveaway soon along with other books I already own copies of.

Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain

The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary L. Stewart with Susan Mustafa

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Evil At Heart by Chelsea Cain

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall

Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

That Night by Chevy Stevens

The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Bitter Almonds by Lilas Taha

 

It was a great month for book buying but I seriously need to buckle down and start working on my TBR. I have lots of plans for this second half of the year and my money needs to go to those plans… but then books go on sale and all I do is buy, buy, BUY! I’ve already bought a handful of books and e-books… 😦 other than a few pre-orders I have on Amazon, I really don’t think I’ll be missing out on anything, right??

Happy Reading,

R.

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Quick Wrap-Ups + Mini Reviews

It’s been months since I’ve done any kind of wrap-ups and I don’t think I’ve done any reviews. So I’m going to quickly summarize my thoughts on the books I’ve been reading these last few months…

April 2017:

33140405Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

⭐⭐⭐

This was my first Whitney G. read after reading my favorite novellas Reasonable Doubt. I was craving more of her work and although I enjoyed it, Nuaghty Boss was nothing compared to RD. Maybe I was expecting too much after reading those novellas but this came up a little short for me. This didn’t stop me from reading any more of her books, though. I’ll talk about those a little later.

 

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Charade by Nyrae Dawn

⭐⭐⭐

I came across this author because her second book was in the clearance section at Barnes & Noble. I picked it up and even ordered the third installment and the first installment on Amazon. I wasn’t sure what this book was about but it was a fun read. It was one of those where I wasn’t in a hurry to pick it up and read it but whenever I did, I didn’t want to put it down. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

May 2017:

 

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was dreading finishing this series. When I first read TUMD, I loved it. Re-reading the first two books reminded me of why I enjoyed this series so much. It was dark and had its spooky moments. It took me this long to finish it because I didn’t want to leave the characters, then I found out that Noah Shaw was going to have his own series and I quickly jumped on it so I can be ready for his story. I had the book the day it came out and was super happy to finish it.

 

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a beautifully written story. I kind of predicted the ending, rather it was more of a hunch, and wasn’t too surprised that that’s what it was. Still, I loved everything about it. It was raw and it was real. It resonates with what is going on in today’s society, and if this doesn’t open your mind and your eyes, then there is something wrong with you. It was a tough read at some points, but I think that was the premise. It’s not a fun read and it will most likely hit close to home, but I definitely recommend this book to those looking for a more diverse read. One of my favorite books of 2017.

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Dirty Doctor by Whitney G.

⭐⭐⭐

This was another miss of Whitney G.’s for me. I still enjoyed it as the wit and humor of all Whitney’s characters is very entertaining, but other than that I found the characters annoying and the plot was just too quickly wrapped up. This still didn’t dissuade me from reading her books, though 😉

 

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This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the first book by Jennifer E. Smith that I actually finished. I’ve started a few of her other books but never seemed to catch my interest past the first few pages. But for some reason, this one was the one to get me to fall in love with her writing. She develops her characters so well as well as her

 

June 2017:

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As much as I enjoyed this book, it was a three-star rating for me. The one subject in this book that I appreciated above everything else was that it spoke about sexism in a working environment. This is a topic that is still taboo and needs to be open to a wider range of people. Overall, I loved reading about the jobs of these TV/movie agents in Hollywood and enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters. Having read Beautiful Bastard a few years ago (and loving it), I was expecting it to be much steamier than what it really was, but to be honest, I was okay with that.

Bossman by Vi Keeland⭐⭐⭐

I’ve been on such a contemporary romance kick that a lot of these books starting to blur a little bit, and with this one in particular, I was reading two books at one time (the other one being Cocky Bastard) and ended up loving the other one more than this one. The heroine in this book was smart and funny but to me she was missing some spunk. Especially in comparison to the hero of this story who came on strong and was aggressive in his pursue of her. The attraction was hot and again, the witty banter between the two main characters was funny and very entertaining. Vi Keeland has a way with words, let me tell you! 😉

Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward⭐⭐⭐⭐

This would have been a five star for me had it not been for the lying on the main character’s part. For me, starting any kind of relationship on that kind of note is a deal breaker, no matter the intentions. That’s just a small pet peeve of mine. I know in this case it’s fictional, but to me it’s still cringe-worthy. Other than that, this was another great red for me. Vi Keeland teamed up with Penelope Ward and I have to say, they know how to write great characters. Was a fun summer read.

Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward⭐⭐⭐⭐

I rated it for stars only because there is no option for “3.5” on Goodreads. I mentioned earlier how I don’t like relationships based on lies, well, I despise when a story involves a manipulative ex. It almost bothered me to the fact that I wanted to stop reading but I wanted to support Keeland and Ward since I really enjoy their character development and the I loved the banter between these two characters. I loved how the heroine handled the situation with the ex and especially how she could keep up with the hero of this story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, fast moving story plus excellent characters.

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.⭐⭐⭐⭐

To me, a great and long-lasting relationship is when it starts off as a friendship because you’ve already seen them at their worst and you know what that person is capable of and you know their heart and understand where they came from. Those are my favorite kind of love stories. Which is why I enjoyed this one so much. These two characters have such a strong connection, you just know they’re meant to be together. I didn’t too much like how they would literally put their significant other on hold for each other, but I guess those side relationships weren’t all that important to them in the first place. I wasn’t expecting such a sweet story from Whitney G. especially after reading a steamy series of hers previously. But I really liked this one and definitely recommend it.

Sincerely, Arizona by Whitney G.⭐⭐⭐

This short novella, however, I could have done without. Whitney G. mentions that she would have added it as an epilogue to Sincerely, Carter and I really wish she would have done that. It was already short, but a lot of the details could have been cut. It was a sweet and fun short read.

Cocky Bastard by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Okay, so the hero in this story is Australian. Enough said.

But seriously. It was a sexy, fun read that I finished this one in a matter of days, I couldn’t put it down. The two main characters meet in Nebraska, of all places, and their mini adventure begins from there. I wanted the whole book to be on this high but then all of a sudden we get thrown to a “two years later” dealio that caught me off guard. Regardless, it was an enjoyable read from beginning to end and highly recommend it.

July 2017:

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Ego Maniac by Vi Keeland⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Apparently, I have a thing for guys that are full of themselves, because these heroes that Keeland and Ward write about I happen to fall in love with (shhh! Don’t tell my bf!) Not only is he charming and sexy, but with the addition of a funny and gorgeous redheaded heroine, you know this relationship is going to be steamy! These characters were well developed and had such depth to them it was hard not to enjoy this book. They’re both perfect characters who are perfect for each other with the perfect chemistry. This was another winner for me 🙂

Book haul, March

March Book Haul & Wrap-Up

HAPPY APRIL! 🙂  We are officially a quarter into 2017 and this year has flown by, don’t you think? Anyway, reading wise last month sucked balls; I only read two books. Neither were five star reads but I enjoyed them both enough. Julianna Keyes’ Undeclared (sequel to Undecided) was a major disappointment. At them moment I can’t remember what rating I gave it on Goodreads, but if I gave it a three I was being generous. I completely loved her first book and had high hopes for this one, unfortunately it fell very short. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters, in fact I thought the entire plot was pretty dull and it took me almost all month to finish it. I figured it would pick up at some point, but it didn’t. If there’s a third installment I’ll read it, or if she comes out with another book I’ll read that, too. I’m not giving up on Keyes just yet. I also read Dare You To by Katie McGarry. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her Pushing the Limits series and I have to admit, so far so good. I really enjoyed the sequel. Quite possibly a little more than the first one. It felt like it was maybe a little more raw and edgier than the first one as far as what her main character had to go through, still, I couldn’t put it down.

 

Books I bought:

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I stopped by Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago and they had a great clearance section. Usually they don’t, or at least it never catches my fancy, but this time they had such great books that I went back a second time to get more. I am suuuuuuper excited to read teh Stephen King companion. It has some amazing pictures and stories in there.

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Before Book Outlet began their crazy sale (more on that in a future post), I wanted to purchase a few books on there just because. Two aren’t picture in here because I already had a copy of both so I didn’t want to haul them. The Inexpolicable Logic of My Life was a pre-order and am looking forward to reading it. I haven’t read any reviews and am staying away from them for as long as I can because I don’t want to spoil anything.

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We went to a rummage sale a few weekends ago and there was an entire section dedicated to books and they were a score!! These were all the books I got there. They are all in really good condition, too 🙂

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That Book Outlet box is the first of two orders. I haven’t opened it because I’m thinking of filming my first ever BookTube video (still not sure yet) so I kind of want to surprise myself. Either way, there will be another post showing what my books orders were. I can’t wait! 🙂

e-Books I bought:

Also bought a few ebooks that were on sale because I’ve been reading a lot on my Kindle/tablet lately more so than physical books.

So, yeah. I am that crazy cat lady… but with books because I don’t like cats.

How was your March? read any good books? Bought any interesting books? Let me know!

R.

 

Book haul, March

February Book Haul #2

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As per usual, I do a lot of shopping on my birthday. Well, the whole month really. Last month I went a little crazy and purchased almost 100 books. Physical books. Luckily, most of them were older books, some classics, that I found rummaging through garage sales and yard sales and used book stores and I am super excited about adding all of these beauties to my book shelves.

I know we’re just over a week into March, but it has been pretty busy at work and at home and I haven’t found the time to sit and write blog posts. I’ve started a few (I have, like, 3 drafts saved) but get sidetracked and never get to finish. Which also means I haven’t done much reading. I’m almost done with one that I’ve been working on for a while now, after that I have one I want to get to:

31141489Undeclared by Julianna Keyes is an ebook I purchased late last month. I have been looking forward to this book since I read Undeclared last year and loved it.

Lots of stuff has been going on at home. We’ve started the Spring cleaning process, which is my least favorite and favorite thing to do (I know, how does that work, right? It just does). We’re getting rid of the kids’ old clothes and toys and getting rid of all the stuff we don’t use and clearing the way for what spring/summer have in store 🙂

What are guys reading? Do you like to declutter?

Happy reading,

R.

Book haul, February

Book Haul #1

I have been obsessed with classic literature lately. Not to read but to buy. Collect, actually. Hoard, if you will. I don’t have a valid reason as to this obsession other than I have an unhealthy addiction to buying books.

Or maybe because last year (and this year) I set a new year’s resolution/goal to read more classics only to come up short. Like, by a lot. This year I’m trying harder but finding it rather difficult to get through just one of those books. I’ll get through a chapter and get bored because it’s either too slow or I can’t follow and thus a reading slump immerses. I guess I want to challenge myself and I’m hoping to eventually find a good old classic work of fiction that will motivate me to read more of them, and I’ve somehow tricked myself into thinking that by buying multiple of these books that something will spark. So far, no go.

But I have found myself at yard sales, garage sales, used book stores and even swap meets digging through old books and used books and picking up random books- books I’ve read as ebooks but don’t have a physical copy, ebooks I’ve bought but haven’t read and don’t have a physical copy, books I’ve been meaning to pick up but forgotten over time, books I’ve seen across the book community but didn’t want to pay full price for, etc. etc. I’ve had good luck in finding some treasures and some I just bought on a whim. This usually happens to me around this time of the year: my birthday comes around and I go crazy with the book buying and then Spring rolls around and I’m stuck with an even larger To Be Read pile than I started the year off with and I overwhelm myself and in turn it causes up to months long reading slump that can be really hard to come out of, and I know, I do this to myself. I have no one to blame. My poor boyfriend really has no say because he’s addicted to video games like I am with my books. We each have our vices.

Anyway, here’so the proof of how bad I have it:

I think that’s 65 books just these first six weeks of 2017. I want to say that I’m done for a while, but I’m really not. Maybe I’ll stop buying in huge bulks and focus on new releases but I prefer to wait a little bit to read reviews. Other than a handful of auto-buy authors, I steer clear from new books because I’ve been let down more often than not due to the book not meeting my expectations (a.k.a “the hype”).

Anyway, I have a few books on my Kindle that I’m reading, plus my first audio book (in a very long time) that I’m really enjoying, so not one of those books in either of those pictures is on my immediate “to read” list. But tell me, what are you guys reading? Are any of you on Goodreads? Let me know what books you think I should read. Or what books you’re looking forward to this year?

Thank you for stopping by, hope you guys stick around 🙂 happy reading!

R.