Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2019

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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The Long Call (Two Rivers #1) by Ann Cleeves. Read September 28-30 (yes this was September, but it was after I posted my September installment of Reviewing the Unreviewed). 3 Stars. 

I found this a pretty average mystery. It was very character driven, which is fine, but the pace seemed soooo slow. It did pick up towards the end, though. The main characters were likable enough, but not really memorable. It was a decent read, but I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to continue the series.

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. Read October 4-6. 3 Stars. 

This was ok, but not what I expected. I didn’t think the alternate timelines were used that well, nor did I think we really needed POVs from all four girls in the past. I thought the story was a little too long and large parts of it were too unbelievable. And the most unbelievable wasn’t even the ghost parts (which made me take the whole book way less seriously, as well)

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Reveal Me (Shatter Me #5.5) by Tahereh Mafi. Read October 13-14. 2 Stars.

Did we really need another novella full of Kenji’s feelings? Honestly, getting his POV just makes me like him a little less.

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The Bridal Party by J.G. Murray. Read October 15-16. 2 Stars. 

There was so much potential for this story, but it failed to reach it. The events weren’t very feasible and the big reveal wasn’t at all surprising. I was still holding out for a fun twist at the end, but there wasn’t one and it was just kind of depressing instead.

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The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. October 17-19. 3 Stars. 

This was ok, but I can’t really say much more for it than that. It was much too long and repetitive and I was bored for large parts of it. There were also thinly veiled political analogies between unregistered Luxens and undocumented immigrants and I found it a little annoying. There were multiple scenes of the main character yelling at protesters that just kind of felt like wish fulfillment from the author. And I’m not saying that’s bad, but I feel like everything that is wrong in the country comes down to two sides yelling names at each other instead of trying to talk and work things out. It’s so unproductive and I get enough of that in real life. I did enjoy getting more Luc, though, and I liked the romance, which is what JLA is always good at. I also liked the cameos from the Lux series. There was more of all the characters I love than the last book had, so that helped make up for some of the boredom.

*****DNF*****

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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag. DNF at 9%. I wasn’t too impressed after I started this, so I set it down to read something else. Two weeks later and I just have no interest in picking it back up again.

Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate. DNF @ 4%. Sometimes you know right away if you’re not going to click with a story and that was my experience with this book. The first chapter was enough to make me not like the main character – mainly because some of the events remind me a lot of my father. The writing style didn’t really mesh with me either. However, I will say that the reviews I’ve seen so far for this book are pretty positive, so this is probably just a case of not being the right book for me.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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Lake Season (Bluebell Inn Romance #1) by Denise Hunter – 2.5/5 Stars

Meet Me on Love Lane (Hopeless Romantics #2) by Nina Bocci – 3/5 Stars

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo – 2/5 Stars

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters – 2.5/5 Stars

Reputation by Sara Shepard – 3.5/5 Stars

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 3/5 Stars

Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year #1) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

Hiatus Highlights (and Lowlights)

Hello bookworms! I have missed you all! My October hiatus was a much needed break, but I’m glad to be back in the book blog world. I thought I’d share some highlights – and lowlights – from my hiatus.

Highlight – I met Elvis Duran!

I listen to Elvis Duran and the Morning Show every morning and I loved Elvis’ book, Where do I Begin? He came to the area on his book tour and Amanda and I went. He was flying back to New York the same night so he was on a time crunch and didn’t personalize books. They were all pre-signed, though. There was also a picture line, which was still taking much longer than they thought so by the time I got to meet him it was pretty rushed. That’s not awful, though, because I’m so awkward and can never think of anything to say anyways. It was a good night!

Lowlight – My friend passed away

My friend, Cindy, whom I’ve known for about 14 years passed away from cancer. I met her in my first adult job and worked with her for about 7 years (thought not all consecutively). She was one of my favorite co-workers and was kind of an Office Mom to me (which is kind of funny because my actual mother also worked there) and would do things like make me soup and hot chocolate when I was feeling under the weather. She retired a couple of years ago and we were all so happy for her, but it wasn’t long after that before she was diagnosed with cancer, amid several other health issues she was already having. She was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

Highlight – I have a new niece!

She is beautiful and sweet and I get to meet her very soon! My brother and sister-in-law don’t like pictures shared publicly, so I apologize you don’t get to see her cuteness.

Lowlight – I had a major book slump

Of the 11 books I read in October, only one was 4 stars. There were a lot of 2s and a few 3s and a couple DNFs. I really don’t know what my deal is, but I kind of hated almost everything. I ended the month with a Lauren Layne ARC and that was my 4 star read. I’m hoping November will continue to improve.

Highlight – I met my Goodreads Challenge Goal

My goal for the year was 120 books and I ended October at 121 books. It is the one goal I meet every year 🙂

Highlight/Lowlight (depending how you look at it) – It’s my birthday!

Today is my birthday! Which sounds like it should be a good thing, but I am feeling pretty old.

How was your October? Feel free to share links to any of your posts that I missed and need to check out!

September 2019 Recap and Hiatus Announcement

In September the library I work for had Elizabeth Vargas come as part of our author/speaker series. I had never heard of her before, but she’s apparently very popular. She talked about her journey of anxiety and addiction (as told in her book, Between Breaths). She was a really good speaker and we had one of the highest turnouts we’ve ever had for this type of event. There was a special reception beforehand that I ended up having to work at because the person who usually plans those was out of town. I mostly stood in the corner checking people in and being awkward, but my boss eventually made me join the party – where I stood farther away from the corner being awkward.

Books Read: 12

Adult: 9
Young Adult: 3

Favorite Books I Read This Month:

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Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters and The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

  Books Reviewed: 6

The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter – 4.5/5 Stars

29 Seconds by T.M. Logan – 2/5 Stars

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay – 4/5 Stars

Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

Where Do I Begin by Elvis Duran – 4/5 Stars

Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 109

Funny Fridays:

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September 6

September 13

September 20

September 27

Other Posts:

August 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: September 11, 2019

WWW Wednesday: September 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

#eBooksForAll

Reviewing the Unreviewed: September 2019

Hiatus Announcement

I’ve decided it’s time to take a little break from blogging and social media, so I will be signing out for most of October. I do have two reviews scheduled during that time, but other than that I don’t plan on posting anything. I’m also hoping to stay off of Twitter and Facebook for the month. I will still be on Goodreads, though. I hope you all have a great October full of good reads and Pumpkin Spice everything. See you in November!

Reviewing the Unreviewed: September 2019

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. Read September 9-13. 2 Stars.

Um, did I read a different book from everyone else? It was not nearly as creepy as I expected it to be and the two big twists before the ending shouldn’t even be called twists. There were SO MANY hints that they seemed super obvious from very early on in the story. I can’t believe there are many people that would be surprised by them. The ending was not at all surprising either. The excruciatingly slow pace almost made me DNF this several times and I kind of wish I did.

Obviously I am in the minority here, though. 🤷‍♀️

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Part-Time Husband (Trophy Husbands #1) by Noelle Adams. Read September 13-14. 4 Stars.

I’ve been having a lot of book-ADD lately and have been struggling to get through anything. I knew I needed something quick and cute and Part-Time Husband was just right. I love a good marriage of convenience story and Noelle Adams always does them well. Though there were a few too many graphic scenes, it was sweet and romantic and Melissa and Trevor had some good banter.

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The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley. Read September 15-16. 3 Stars.

This was cute, had some sweet and funny moments, and quirky characters. The main character wasn’t always likable, though, and there were lots of communication issues that drove me a little crazy.

*****Re-Read*****

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I decided to re-read this before starting the long awaited sequel. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. There was bonus content in the version I read this time that had all of Paige and Max’s e-mails from their summer apart which were pretty cute. It made me excited to read the next book.

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I got into a book slump and couldn’t decide what sounded good, so I decided to re-read Take a Bow, which is one of my favorites. I loved it just as much the third time around.

*****DNF*****

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The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts. DNF-ed at 21%. This was occasionally humorous, but the main character was really unlikable and I was not invested at all.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin – 3 Stars

The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You #2) by Emery Lord – 3 Stars

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters – 4 Stars

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell – 4 Stars

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne – 4 Stars

#eBooksForAll

Here is some library humor to celebrate National Library Week. Library people and book lovers alike are a quirky bunch, Enjoy some of our library funnies.

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that getting eBooks from the library is one of my favorite things in life. I am pretty strict when it comes to allowing myself to buy anything that’s not a necessity and even though books give me life, I only buy a couple a year – usually when I go to an author event so I can get it signed. Looking at my 2018 stats, out of the 150 books I read, about 32% were eBooks from the library. Only about 3% were ones I purchased. The rest came from a mix of publishers, NetGalley, gifts, borrows from friends, or a couple months worth of Kindle Unlimited subscriptions.

Starting in November, though, eBooks from the library could become a lot harder to get. Macmillan Publishers are changing their eContent policies and other publishers are taking notice. Starting November 1st, libraries can only buy 1 copy of a Macmillan eBook and there will be an 8 week embargo before they can purchase more. After those 8 weeks, they will be able to lease more copies at $60/book. That lease will be for two years. This could mean that soon books more than two years old won’t be available as an eBook because your library decides to prioritize more current, in demand titles. In the immediate future it will definitely mean much longer wait times.

Macmillan is doing this because they say libraries are hurting their bottom line. They believe that a longer wait time will mean that people will go buy the book instead. That’s probably true for some people, but there are a lot of people like me out there that can’t afford that. Since I’m so strict with the money I spend on books I almost exclusively only buy books I’ve already read before and know that I love. Not having access from the library means that I probably won’t ever read that book. I personally think this new policy will just drive up piracy instead, not sales.

The American Library Association has started a petition to ask Macmillan to reconsider this new policy. You can sign it here.

What do you think of this new policy? Do you think libraries are hurting authors?

August 2019 Recap

I am so glad August is over! It was a stressful month. I am officially moved into my new place. There were a few hiccups on moving day and there have been a few more since then, but I’m finally starting to feel ok about it. The other big thing that happened in August was seeing Kristan Higgins on book tour! You all know what a fan I am of her, and I have always hoped she would come to Ohio. The crowd picture below is one Kristan took and put on her Facebook page – can you find me and Amanda?

One thing I have mentioned about Higgins books several times on this blog is that I absolutely love her Romance books, but she’s moved more into Women’s Fiction the past few years and I don’t enjoy those quite as much. Someone in the audience asked her if she would return to her Romance roots and she basically said no. She said the older she gets and the farther away she gets from her first kiss, etc., the less interested she is in writing that. She wants to write about women closer to her own age. I get that, but I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed. I was also a little disappointed in a couple of other things. I didn’t want a copy of the book tour book, since I didn’t love it, so I planned on buying one (or several) of her older books for her to sign when I got there, but they only had one of her Romance books available. I loved The Best Man, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. However, they only gave out sticky notes to get your book personalized to people that bought the newest book. When it was finally our turn to get our books signed, I felt like she really just rushed through it. I am also in her Super Readers group and she had posted to tell her that you’re a Super Reader and she would have something special for you, but when I told her, she asked my name (and still didn’t personalize my book) and that was it. Out of all the authors I’ve been fortunate enough to meet over the last couple of years, I really expected her to be the most personable and friendliest, and I honestly felt pretty let down.

Books Read: 9

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter

  Books Reviewed: 5

Trust Me When I Lie by Benjamin Stevenson – 3/5 Stars

On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics #1) by Nina Bocci – 3/5 Stars

Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown – 4/5 Stars

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon – 4/5 Stars

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – 2/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 97

Funny Fridays:

August 9

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

August 16

Other Posts:

July 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: August 7, 2019

WWW Wednesday: August 21, 2019

WWW Wednesday: August 28, 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: August 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: August 2019

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda. Read July 30-August 2. 3 Stars. 

I liked this for awhile, but it kind of got old fast. It was really repetitive with not a lot really happening. You can tell right away that Jane is a sociopath, but she was still fun to read. It either says something about the writing or just how much I hate cheaters that I felt a little sorry for her when it came to her husband. But for real, he also wasn’t a good person. I had high hopes for a good twist at the end, but I guessed every single reveal well in advance. I also thought the last chapter was kind of lame and the book ended on a bit of a sour note for me. It might still be worth the read for fans of unreliable narrators.

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The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata. Read August 23-26. 3.5 Stars

A sweet story, but a little too long (like all of Zapata’s books). It involves my least favorite trope, but it didn’t end up being as frustrating as I thought it would be. I liked the characters and the romance.

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Mine by Courtney Cole. Read August 27-28. 4 Stars. 

Super addictive writing made this one hard to put down. I loved the alternating POVs and timelines. Both Tessa and Lindsey were pretty crazy and I was having a fun, if slightly horrified, time reading about them, but the last few chapters were kind of a let down. I expected a crazy twist or explosive ending, but it didn’t go that route. 

***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***I don’t like that there’s no definitive answer to what Tessa decides to do with her marriage. It kind of sounds like she decides to stay with her husband and that’s frustrating to me. It’s one thing to try to work things out if someone makes a mistake and are sincerely sorry about it, but that is not the type of person Ethan is. He’s a serial cheater and liar and only apologizes if he’s caught. I also read that the author decided to write this book after finding out about her own husband cheating. I don’t know what the current status of her marriage is, but in the About the Author section it mentions that she lives with “her husband and kids”, so I’m assuming she decided to stay with him. I just hope he’s a much better person than fictional Ethan is.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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29 Seconds by T.M. Logan – 2 Stars

Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond – 3.5 Stars

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren – 3 Stars