March 2021 Recap

I don’t have a lot to say about March. I hit a book slump about halfway through and haven’t been able to read anything. Instead, I started binging Schitt’s Creek on Netflix and just finished it yesterday. It took me a bit to get into it, but I really enjoyed it and I know it’s a series that I’ll be watching again. I’ve been feeling really burnt out and stressed with work, so I finally scheduled some vacation time. I’ll be off all next week and I could not be more excited for it. I have some plans, but would really love to pick one day just to sleep as long as I want.

Books Read: 7

Adult: 6
YA: 1

  Books Reviewed: 2

The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon – 4/5 Stars

Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter – 3/5 Stars

Favorite Book of the Month:

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Love at First by Kate Clayborn

Books Read in 2021 Overall: 25

Funny Fridays:

March 5

March 12

March 19

March 26

Other Posts:

Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2021

February 2021 Recap

WWW Wednesday: March 3, 2021

WWW Wednesday: March 10, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2021 TBR

WWW Wednesday: March 17, 2021

WWW Wednesday: March 24, 2021

The Book Snob Tag

Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2021

Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2021

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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To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn. Read March 8-11. 4 Stars.

I have been eagerly anticipating Eloise’s book and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I expected to. It took me awhile to figure out what wasn’t working for me, and it was half way through when her brothers show up that I realized I was missing the other Bridgertons. The banter that I love wasn’t as present in this installment of the series due to the Bridgertons not being around for most of the book and also that Phillip is on the quieter side. I also was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see much of the initial letters that led up to their meeting and their wedding was glossed over. Though we did get to see more of it in the previous book, I wanted to see it from Eloise and Phillip’s point of view. And I know this sounds like a lot of complaints, but they’re small nitpicky things and I did end up enjoying this. I will be eagerly waiting the next book in the series to become available at the library.

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Too Good to be True by Carola Lovering. Read March 5-12. 2 Stars. 

I found this really disappointing. I kept hearing about great twists, but there was absolutely nothing in this book that was surprising. Maybe if you’ve read very few books in this genre? Still, though, at least one of the “twists” was super obvious from very early on and wasn’t “revealed” until after half way through the book. I was waiting for a really explosive ending, but everything that happened just made me roll my eyes.

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Love at First by Kate Clayborn. Read March 4-13. 4 Stars. 

Quirky, romantic, a little sad, and sweet. I really ended up enjoying this book. I loved Will and Nora and all their neighbors. Though it took me just a bit to get into the story (I think that probably had more to do with my mood at the time I started it than the book itself), once I did, I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down. While it was just a little longer than I thought it needed to be, it was such a sweet story and I’m really looking forward to checking out more by this author.

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Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn. Read March 17-18. 4 Stars. 

I struggled a little with how to rate this. There wasn’t really much to the plot for most of the book, it could get pretty cheesy, and the big dramatic turn it takes in the last quarter or so of the book seemed a little out of nowhere – and in how it impacted Meg a little on the unrealistic side. However, the romance was cute and sweet, there was some good humorous moments, it made me want to learn calligraphy, and I did overall enjoy the reading experience, so I’m going to boost my rating up to 4 stars.

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To Have and to Hate by R.S. Grey. Read March 18-19. 4 Stars. 

This was a cute marriage of convenience story. I got a little frustrated with the lack of communication and would have liked Elizabeth’s relationship with her family a little more explored. Overall, though, it was a quick read that I enjoyed.

*****Back on the TBR*****

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A Simple Murder (Kate Burkholder series novellas) by Linda Castillo. I was in a big book slump for the last week and a half or so and by the time I finally felt like reading again, I only got through one of the stories before my library book expired. I will definitely try this again later, though. 

*****DNF*****

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A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas. DNF @ 4%. Yes, I only read a couple chapters of this, but I couldn’t really force myself to read anything more. I looked at a lot of other reviews and there was nothing in them that made me think it would be worth it to me to finish the book.

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Take it Off the Menu by Christina Hovland. DNF @ 36%. I thought this sounded cute, but I never really connected with it. I didn’t think the main character was very likable and I hate when poor communication is a major plot point.

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

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Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson – 2 Stars

The Book Snob Tag

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tag and I saw this one over on Bookworm Blogger and thought it looked fun.

1. ADAPTATION SNOB: DO YOU ALWAYS READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE?

No. A lot of times watching a show or movie will make me want to read a book that wasn’t on my radar before. Reading the book first will most likely ruin the show/movie for me because most adaptions are not done well when it comes to being faithful to the source material.

2. FORMAT SNOB: YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE ONE FORMAT IN WHICH TO READ BOOKS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH ONE DO YOU CHOOSE: PHYSICAL BOOKS, EBOOKS, OR AUDIOBOOKS?

While I’ll always love physical books, I could not give up my e-reader.

3. SHIP SNOB: WOULD YOU DATE OR MARRY A NON-READER?

Yes, but I would prefer another booknerd.

4. GENRE SNOB: YOU HAVE TO DITCH ONE GENRE – NEVER TO BE READ AGAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH ONE DO YOU DITCH?

Non-Fiction. I usually only read a couple of non-fiction books a year, so I could easily give them up.

5. UBER GENRE SNOB: YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE TO READ FROM ONE GENRE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH GENRE DO YOU CHOOSE?

I want to say Mystery/Thriller (I’m counting them as one genre because I honestly don’t know the difference between them and always just push them together like that), but if I look at what I’ve read most of this year, it’s been Romance. But I might be too snobby to make Romance the final answer.

6. COMMUNITY SNOB: WHICH GENRE DO YOU THINK RECEIVES THE MOST SNOBBERY FROM THE BOOKISH COMMUNITY?

Romance. Even though it’s a huge market.

7. SNOBBERY RECIPIENT: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SNUBBED FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN READING OR FOR READING IN GENERAL?

My brother used to send me a lot of memes like the below to poke fun at me, but other than that, not really.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2021 TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is: Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

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1.  The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

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2. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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3. Sunkissed by Kasie West

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4. Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

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5. To Have and to Hate by R.S. Grey

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6. When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons #6) by Julia Quinn

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7. It’s in His Kiss (Bridgertons #7) by Julia Quinn

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8. A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

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9. The Engagement Arrangement by Jaci Burton

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10. Shutter by Melissa Larsen

February 2021 Recap

I don’t really have much to say about February. We had a few days of bad weather, but it wasn’t that bad for being Ohio. Plus, I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home most of the time, so I barely left my apartment. I didn’t read a ton of books, but I only DNF-ed 2, which was way better than January.

Books Read: 8

Adult: 7
NA: 1

  Books Reviewed: 4

The Love Proof by Madeleine Henry – 4 stars

The Minders by John Marrs – 2 Stars

To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne – 4 Stars

You Love Me (You #3) by Caroline Kepnes – 2 Stars

Favorite Book of the Month:

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons #4) by Julia Quinn and The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon

Books Read in 2021 Overall: 18

Funny Fridays:

February 5

February 12

February 19

February 26

Other Posts:

January 2021 Recap

WWW Wednesday: February 3, 2021

WWW Wednesday: February 10, 2021

WWW Wednesday: February 17, 2021

WWW Wednesday: February 24, 2021

Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2021

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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Nate by Tijan. Read February 18-21. 3 Stars.

I liked this, but I didn’t love it. Usually I hate the “Surprise! You’re a father!” trope, but there was kind of a twist on it here, so I didn’t mind it as much. I loved all the times we got to see Nate interacting with Logan and Mason. I was never fully on board the romance, though. It felt a little icky to me since Nate had previously been with Quincy’s sister.

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons #4) by Julia Quinn. Read 21-24. 4 Stars. 

I have really been enjoying this series so much more than I ever expected to and I think this book has become my new favorite so far. Collin has been one of my favorite characters in the last couple of books – he always has the best lines. His banter with Penelope (and so many others) definitely did not disappoint. Since I watched the show before I started the books, I already knew who Lady Whistledown was, so that reveal felt a little drawn out to me, but I didn’t mind it too much. I loved the relationship between Penelope and Collin and I had a lot of fun reading this one.

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Wrong For Me by Meagan Brandy. Read February 24-26. 2 Stars. 

After reading a couple Tijan books recently, I was kind of in the mood to continue with that type of crazy, angsty read and I came upon this while browsing KU. This book was ridiculous. Like every single crazy thing that happened was more ridiculous than the thing before it. I honestly don’t know why I kept reading it, but I did and that’s why it’s getting 2 stars instead of 1. It’s definitely not one I would ever recommend to anyone, though.

*****Back on the TBR*****

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Enjoy the View (Moose Springs, Alaska #3) by Sarah Morgenthaler. I’m a little concerned that this series might be a one hit wonder for me. I loved the first book in this series, but I couldn’t get into the second book despite trying it several times and I couldn’t get into this one either. I’m hoping it’s just my mood and I will try this again sometime. 

*****DNF*****

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An Unexpected Love Story by Ellie Hall. DNF @ 10%. I was browsing Kindle Unlimited and thought this could be cute, but two chapters in and it was way too sappy for me.

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If It’s Perfect by Summer Dowell. DNF @ 26%. I just wasn’t very impressed with this. I didn’t really like the characters or the writing. It was around the time the main character called someone a “scoundrel” that it really lost me.

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

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry – 4 Stars

The Insiders by Tijan – 3 Stars

The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon – 4 Stars

Review: To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Love Is Blind meets You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy following two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app—only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.

Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just five months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout to turn the store into a parking garage. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.

Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.

But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other.

I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley and Edelweiss.

To Sir, with Love publishes June 29, 2021

There is nothing like a Lauren Layne book to break you out of a book rut and uplift your mood. Her books are often among my most anticipated of the year and To Sir, with Love did not disappoint. I really loved it!

The premise of the story is a familiar one. Two people who meet and start off on the wrong foot with each other don’t realize that they’ve just met the person they’ve been anonymously corresponding with.  In this case, they’ve been messaging as “Sir” and “Lady” on a photo free dating app when Sebastian comes into Gracie’s fledgling champagne shop offering to buy out the remainder of the lease. An offer she resents, letting that resentment transfer over to Sebastian. 

Sebastian begins to win her over, though, and I loved watching it unfold. Their animosity towards each other pops up occasionally, but didn’t overshadow all the cute moments going on. I was definitely shipping Sebastian and Gracie and was anxiously waiting for them to figure things out. Speaking of which, I really enjoyed the chat excerpts between them that were interspersed throughout the story. There was some good banter that I always enjoy. I do have to say, though, that since it’s obvious to the reader that Sebastian and Sir are the same person, I got a little annoyed at Gracie for taking so long to figure it out. All of the times she’s debating about her feelings between Sir and Sebastian seemed a little fruitless to me. However, it eventually all comes to light in a very sweet scene, so it still worked for me.

Another thing I really liked about this story is that the romance falls more on the sweet side. Those that are familiar with Layne’s other books know that she often includes a couple of explicit love scenes, but there aren’t any here and it made me like the book even more. 

In addition to to the romance, I loved the friendships and family dynamics. Gracie’s friend and neighbor, Keva, was funny and I wouldn’t mind seeing a book about her in the future. I also enjoyed Gracie’s siblings, Caleb and Lily, and I loved Lily’s husband, Alec. They were so supportive of Gracie and I liked seeing them grow closer. 

If there is one thing that I didn’t really care for, though, it’s the title of the book. It’s also the title of a movie. At first I thought this was supposed to be based on the movie, but it isn’t at all. I understand how the title works for the book, but I maybe would have changed a word so there would be no confusion in trying to compare it to the movie. 

Overall, I really loved To Sir, with Love. It was such a sweet story and I enjoyed every minute I was reading it. The characters were likable and the romance was shippable. I was feeling like I was in a book slump when I started this book and it pulled me out of it. Rom-Com fans will definitely want to add this to their TBR list for this summer!

Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

Funny Friday

Funny Friday started as book-related humor and then shifted into COVID-19 humor. I decided to stop limiting it to one thing and it will now be whatever I find that’s funny and relevant to me.

This one is in honor of the sick day I took for the weather induced migraine I got last week and was told I couldn’t go back to the office for 10 days…

January 2021 Recap

Remember at the end of 2020 when we all thought things would be better in 2021? Oh, how naïve we were! January 2021 might as well have been the 13th month of 2020. Anyways, I had a decent reading month. I may have DNF-ed 7 books (yes, 7), but that meant most of the books that I actually managed to finish were pretty good ones. I’ll take it.

Books Read: 10

Adult: 9
YA: 1

  Books Reviewed: 4

The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous – 3/5 Stars

Shipped by Angie Hockman – 3/5 Stars

The Newlyweds by Arianne Richmonde – 2/5 Stars

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon – 3/5 Stars

Favorite Book of the Month:

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn

Books Read in 2021 Overall: 10

Funny Fridays:

January 1

January 8

January 15

January 22

January 29

Other Posts:

Streaming Saturday: Bridgerton

2020 Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the first half of 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 6, 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 13, 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 20, 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 27, 2021

Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2021