June 2019 Recap

Oh June, where did you go? I took my first vacation from work since starting my job last October. My sister and her family from Canada visited and we also spent a couple days at my brother’s, so I got to spend time with both of my nieces, which is always amazing. I also signed a lease on a new place to live. I gave up rather quickly on buying a place, due to there being pretty much nothing I liked in my price range. I looked at a couple different places to rent and ultimately decided on one. After signing the lease I immediately regretted it, but it’s too late now. I don’t move in until August, so at least I have plenty of time to pack.

Book of the Month Recommendation

Are you signed up for Book of the Month – YA? If you are, I definitely recommend Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg. I was contacted by BOTM and asked if I would be interested in writing a recommendation for it (I had already read it, via NetGalley). You can see my rec HERE! There’s also a link below to my full review.

6 Year Blogiversary!

Once again, my blogiversary snuck up on me. In June, I hit 6 years of blogging. I honestly never thought I would stick with it so long, but I have read so many wonderful books because of it and made some wonderful friends (even if I’ll never actually meet most of you).

Books Read: 13

Adult: 9
YA: 4

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

  Books Reviewed: 6

Those People by Louise Candlish – 4/5 Stars

In the Darkness (Zoe Bentley Mystery #2) by Mike Omer – 4/5 Stars

One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase – 2/5 Stars

Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer – 4/5 Stars

The Doctor by Lisa Stone – 1/5 Star

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 72

Funny Fridays:

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June 14

June 21

Other Posts:

May 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: June 5, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

WWW Wednesday: June 19, 2019

WWW Wednesday: June 26, 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: June 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: June 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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Marriage for One by Ella Maise. Read May 31 – June 2. 3.5 Stars. 

This had a great slow burn romance that I loved. However, like the other book I’ve read by this author, once the slow burn developed into the actual relationship, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. There were several explicit scenes and the end was a cheesefest. It was also a lot longer than it needed to be. However, if you’re a Romance fan and like slow burn, I still definitely recommend this one.

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Trashy Romance Novel by Jacqueline E. Smith. Read June 2-4. 3 Stars. 

Interesting idea, but a little underwhelming. I thought the big conflicts in the story were a little unbelievable. The main character published several books under a pen name and she keeps it a secret from her real life friends. But, she still does book signings and takes pictures and gives interviews and no one is supposed to figure it out? I thought what happened to her in high school that makes her refuse to tell people her real name was going to be something really intense, but it was just some poor decisions and a little bullying. I felt like the characters should have been aged down a lot for that to still have such an impact. 

I also thought it was odd that she was on set of the tv show for the whole shoot. She was a co-writer on the script, but she’s never consulted or has to do any actual work on the script while she’s there. She basically just stands around and watches them film. And the actors seem to get a whole lot of time off? I also HATED her best friend, Gemma. However, the romance was cute and there was some good banter here and there. It wasn’t bad for a Kindle Unlimited selection.

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Wild Reckless (Harper Boys #1) by Ginger Scott. Read June 8-10. 3.5 Stars. 

Cute, but super angsty – sometimes a little too over-dramatic. I shipped the romance, though there were times it didn’t seem all that healthy of a relationship. I thought the characters were well developed, though. Also, I found parts of Kensi’s relationship with her father relatable – I’m always up for seeing cheating, emotionally-abusive men get kicked to the curb.

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When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington. Read June 12-14. 3 Stars. 

A cute, summertime read. I liked the romance and the characters – though Olivia did annoy me sometimes. One thing that kind of seemed odd to me was that the story was told in alternating 1st person POV and it would sometimes change several times in one chapter. Which isn’t that big of a deal, but sometimes it would only be for a couple paragraphs at a time before switching back. I just didn’t really see the purpose in it. And since both voices sounded exactly the same, maybe this would have been better told in 3rd person? Anyways, it was still an enjoyable read, but the last quarter or so of the book could have been a little better for me. The ending felt really abrupt and I felt there could have been a little more detail and that’s why I’m dropping my rating down to 3 stars instead of 4.

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Coldhearted Boss by R. S. Grey. Read June 15-16. 3 Stars.

This was cute. I shipped the romance, but there were still plenty of things about it that I was kind of annoyed by. I thought they both acted really childish for way too long and I guess I expected a little more from all the hate-to-love antics.

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No Exit by Taylor Adams. Read June 17-21. 3 Stars.

This didn’t quite live up to the hype for me, but it wasn’t bad. I was hoping for a few more twists and surprises, though. I really loved to hate the main villain. I thought that characterization was pretty well done and made the book worth the read.

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A Pizza My Heart (Slice Series #1) by Teagan Hunter. Read June 21. 3.5 Stars.

As with all Hunter’s books, the addictive writing made this a fast read. I really loved about the first half. I’m all about the slow burn. I also loved the banter. I just felt like once they started to get together it became all about the physical relationship, which kind of cheapened the actual love story. I also wish the secondary characters were developed a little bit more. However, it was a quick fun read and I definitely shipped Wren and Foster.

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Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis. Read June 22-24. 4 Stars. 

I don’t listen to a lot of audio books, but I was going on a little trip and decided to browse through Hoopla to see what was available to listen to while I drove. I’m not that familiar with Rachel Hollis, but I have heard a lot of good things about her from other bloggers and decided to give this one a try. I’m glad I did. I am not really an ambitious person at all, but this made me feel inspired to start setting some small goals for myself – and then maybe some bigger goals. And while audio isn’t my favorite format because I can’t easily go back and look up passages I wanted to revisit, I think it really added to the experience to hear it narrated by Rachel herself. Definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something a little motivational.

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The Stand-In Boyfriend (Grove Valley High #1) by Emma Doherty. Read June 24-25. 4 Stars. 

I loved this. There were many ridiculous things and Livy kind of drove me crazy about 90% of the time, but I still loved it. Chase was so, so sweet and made up for everything else. A fun fake relationship story I recommend if you can deal with the angst.

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Four Doors Down (Becca McKenzie #1) by Emma Doherty. Read June 26-27. 3 Stars. 

Easy, quick read that was kind of addicting, but I did not like this one as much as the other book I have read by this author. The plot was different, but it felt really similar. Both books are about a completely oblivious girl who doesn’t realize the hot, popular guy is SUPER into her. Becca was a really unlikable character and I wish more than just the epilogue was told through Ryan’s POV. Becca was always going on about how other people were stuck up and thought they were too cool for her, but she was a complete jerk to everyone. I don’t even really want to read the next book because I don’t think I can handle any more of her. If you’re interested in this author, I would recommend The Stand-in Boyfriend, instead.

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

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The Proximity Principle by Ken Coleman.

This is for people who already know their passion and need to figure out how to achieve it, which is definitely not me yet, so this goes back on the shelf for another day.

*****DNF*****

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Rule #1: You Can’t Date the Coach’s Daughter by Ann-Marie Meyer.

DNF @ 30%. Found this on Kindle Unlimited and thought it might be cute. However, the writing isn’t great and the main character is a bit of a psycho.

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Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein.

DNF at 33%. I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn’t for me. The writing wasn’t bad, but the story was far-fetched and the main character was AWFUL. She was so shallow and selfish and she had zero self-awareness. I think that there will probably be a lot of people that can overlook those things and enjoy this, but I’m not one of them.

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Chasing Clouds by Kathryn Andrews.

DNF @ 14%. This seems a little unbelievable, but it has potential. However, I put this down because it hadn’t really grabbed me and I just don’t feel interested in picking it back up again.

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

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Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham – 3 Stars

May 2019 Recap

I got some good reading done in May, but that’s about all I can say for it. I was informed my rent is being raised by an extra $55/month. I’m already paying a ridiculous amount of money for my crappy one-bedroom apartment and I just don’t feel like I can stay here anymore. The other rental options really aren’t much better. I thought maybe it would be a good time to re-evaluate buying a condo and I went to talk to a loan officer and ended up being really disappointed in what my price range would be. I work so hard at saving money and deny myself so many things and it just all feels so pointless right now. There are also crappy things happening at work and I’m just feeling very disappointed with life. Anywho, onto the important parts of this post…

Celeste Ng Book Signing

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Amanda and I went to see Celeste Ng on the paperback tour for Little Fires Everywhere. I haven’t actually read it yet, but it’s set in Ohio and she is a former Ohioan, so attending seemed like a no-brainer. It was interesting, but she made a couple of political statements that kind of put a damper on the whole experience. However, I’ll still be reading the book.

Books Read: 12

Adult: 10
YA: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Truth or Die (DS Imogen Grey #5) by Katerina Diamond. Watch for my review in July!

  Books Reviewed: 7

The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker – 4/5 Stars

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – 3/5 Stars

Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen – 4/5 Stars

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda – 4/5 Stars

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout – 4/5 Stars

The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall – 2 Stars

Sweet on You (Bradford Sisters Romance #3) by Becky Wade – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 60

Funny Fridays:

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May 3

For the most part

May 10

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May 17

Other Posts:

April 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday – May 8, 2019

WWW Wednesday – May 15, 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: May 2019

Book News

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The Hating Game is being made into a movie!  It’s going to star Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell. The casting wouldn’t be my first choice, but I don’t hate it. Super excited to see what this ends up looking like.

Reviewing the Unreviewed: May 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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Her Pretend Billionaire Boyfriend (Clean Billionaire Romance #1) by Bree Livingston. Read April 26-May 1. 3 Stars. 

This was suuuuuuuper cheesy, but it had some good moments, too. I got this as a free e-book because I am a sucker for fake relationship stories. I probably would never have read it otherwise, but despite the cringeworthy title and cover it was overall entertaining. Belle drove me crazy for most of the book. I’m definitely not someone who often stands up for myself, but even I wouldn’t have let myself be walked over as much as she did. It was a little much. I liked Tristan much better, though.

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

(I read mostly NetGalley books that aren’t published until June or July this month)

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Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer – 4 Stars

Those People by Louise Candlish – 4 Stars

In the Darkness (Zoe Bentley Mystery #2) by Mike Omer – 4 Stars

Truth or Die (DS Imogen Grey #5) by Katerina Diamond – 4 Stars

One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase – 2 Stars

One Little Secret by Cate Holahan – 3 Stars

A Stranger on the Beach – 4 Stars

April 2019 Recap

April was a pretty awful blogging month for me. I was out of commission for about a week because I got pretty sick, but I don’t really have much of an excuse for the rest of the month. April was not a great month for me, overall, actually. One bright spot was getting to visit my niece one weekend, though. Now she can walk and babble and she’s so fun. I really wish that they lived closer so I could see her more often.

Books Read: 10

Adult: 8
YA: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen and Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

  Books Reviewed: 3

The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman – 1/5 Stars

Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter – 4/5 Stars

Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 48

Funny Fridays:

April 12

April 19

April 26

Other Posts:

March 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: April 10, 2019

WWW Wednesday: April 17, 2019

WWW Wednesday: April 24, 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 2019