May 2017 Recap

In May I made an effort to review the books I read that weren’t ARCs and I did fairly well with it. Half of the books I reviewed were either library books or ones I own, which is better than I have done in a long time. Since this is a book review blog and all, I’m trying to get back into regularly reviewing. In life news, the highlight of the month was going to Painting with a Twist with my mom for Mother’s Day (check out the link to the Mother’s Day post farther below for pictures of our paintings). My biggest frustration of the month was when I had an issue with Adobe Digital Editions and getting library books. I posted the error message on Twitter to see if anybody could help and Adobe Customer Care eventually responded (not helpfully) and their final follow up to my response cracked me up. I have decided I’m going to buy a Kindle Paperwhite (thanks to all the helpful comments on my Convince me to Buy a Kindle post), but I was told there’s usually a summer sale, so I’m going to wait until then to get one.

Books Read: 9

Adult: 5
YA: 4

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. Read it!

Books Reviewed: 6

Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson – 4/5 Stars

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – 2/5 Stars

The Girl Who was Taken by Charlie Donlea – 3.5/5 Stars

When It’s Real by Erin Watt – 4/5 Stars

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole – 4.5/5 Stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2017 Overall: 57

Funny Fridays:

Read all the books. Do all the things. Later.:

May 5

Good planning.:

May 12

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May 19

Or read outside under an umbrella!:

May 26

Other Posts:

April 2017 Recap

Happy Mother’s Day

Blogger Stats Book Tag

Convince Me to Buy a Kindle

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017

Reviewing the Unreviewed: May 2017

 

Reviewing the Unreviewed: May 2017

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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Always My Girl (The Shaughnessy Brothers #3) by Samantha Chase. Read May 6-7. 3 Stars.

There were some cute moments in this book, but I spent a good deal of time being frustrated at either Anna or Quinn. It was a pretty well done Friends-to-Lovers story, though. I might check out some of the other books in the series.

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Read May 5-10. 2 Stars.

I applaud the ambitiousness of the many, many narrators in this book, but unfortunately it really didn’t work for me. Some of the POVs were 1st person POV and some were 3rd person. The perspective changed so quickly that I never really felt a connection to any of the characters. However, the quick chapters were also the only thing that really kept me reading. I felt like the story dragged on for much too long. Information was given about each character one little piece at a time and by the time things were actually explained I had already guessed it so it felt really anti-climactic. There was absolutely zero shocks or surprises in the whole thing. This isn’t one I would recommend.

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The Party by Robyn Harding. Read May 11-13. 3 Stars.

Even though I hated all the characters in this, I still wanted to find out what happened, so this is getting 3 stars instead of 2. Full review to come closer to release date.

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Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh. Read May 21-25. 2 Stars.

Well, this was disappointing! Good concept, but really lacking in execution. I thought a great deal of the book was really boring. There’s a ton of inner monologues where the characters just go back and forth and back and forth on any and everything they’re thinking about. I’ve read all these reviews about how Mariko is this bad-ass warrior, but, like, am I reading the same book?? I thought she was immature and kind of self-centered. She went on and on about having honor, but didn’t really do anything very honorable. There’s a part where she talks about how she outsmarted some people several times over and it made me laugh. The romance was ok, but not as good as I was hoping it would be after loving Shazi and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn series. Overall, I was just really disappointed in this. But, obviously, I am the black sheep of hype, so I’m sure may others will love it.

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My Lady Jane. I loved this book just as much as I did the first time around. I still really recommend it if you haven’t read it yet!

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I admit I requested this from the library based on the cover and hype alone. I didn’t even really know what it was about. I read the prologue and knew that I was definitely not in the mood to try it, so I decided to put it off for some other time. I actually just found out yesterday I won a giveaway of this book, so it’s definitely one I will be reading in the future.  The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon. I got this from the library, but it’s going to expire before I get to it. Plus, I really think I need to read the first two books again before I try to continue with the series.

Convince me to buy a Kindle


I bought a Nook a few years ago and I have loved it. It’s basically my favorite thing in life. However, sometimes the things we love hurt us.

Because I have an older version of the Nook that doesn’t connect to the internet (other than the Nook store), I have to download library books on my computer and transfer them to my Nook via Adobe Digital Editions. When it works, it’s easy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. On several occasions I get error messages for no apparent reason. I discovered a fix for it in the past, but after trying it several times last night, it still wasn’t working. After much tears and prayer, I decided to try it one last time and it fixed it. I am feeling pretty fed up with the whole thing, though.

Only poor bookworms can understand how important it is to have access to library books. And only poor bookworms with major anxiety can understand how important e-library books are. I don’t want to go through this experience again, so I am really thinking it’s time for a new e-reader. I thought about a newer version of the Nook, but I have read that some of them have had lots of problems with getting books from Overdrive so it might be time for a Kindle.

I don’t want anything fancy, so I’m not interested in the Kindle Fire. I prefer it not to be backlit either, as it kind of hurts my eyes. So, my questions to you, that I really hope I get some responses on, are:

  1. What model of Kindle do you have?
  2. Do you get library books on it? If so, have you had any problems with it?
  3. Do you pay for Kindle Unlimited? If so, have you found it to be worth the money? And if you are familiar with the type of books I like, do you think it would be worth my money?
  4. Have you used any other brand of e-reader? How do they compare?

I’m very hesitant about switching from Nook to Kindle, so if you love your Kindle, please convince me why I would too.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there! Moms that read books to their children are the best!

For my Mom’s present this year I took her to Painting with a Twist last night. It’s one of those places where you bring your own beverage (wine!) and snacks and take a painting class. It’s the first time either of us have done it and it was so fun! Our pictures didn’t quite turn out as good as they were supposed to, but we were both pretty happy with them. We are definitely going to go again some time!

 

Here is what it was supposed to look like:

Happy Mother’s Day!

April 2017 Recap


In April my niece turned 2 and we all went to Canada to celebrate. I can’t believe how much she’s grown since we saw her last summer. It unfortunately took a little while for her to warm up to us – and she seemed to have to start over again every morning or after every nap, but we still had lots of fun with her. The rest of April seemed to pass by in a blur. Work gets steadily more depressing. I finally updated my resume and applied for a new job, but I got an e-mail the following day saying they weren’t interested in “pursuing my candidacy”.  Oh, well.

Books Read: 10

Adult: 8
YA: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter. 4 Stars. Review coming in June.

Books Reviewed: 5

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – 3.5/5 Stars

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda – 3.5/5 Stars

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline – 4/5 Stars

A Different Blue by Amy Harmon – 3.5/5 Stars

I Found You by Lisa Jewell – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2017 Overall: 48

Funny Fridays:

Hilarious book humor you'll understand if you have "too many" books.:

April 7

10 Images You’ll Understand If You Only Want Books for Christmas:

April 14

Life without books is like an unsharpened pencil ... it has no point.:

April 21

Other Posts:

Disney Princess Book Tag

Happy Easter

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that will make me instantly want to read a book

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that will make me instantly NOT want to read a book

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Want to Read More From

Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 2017

Book News

Lux spin-off series by JLA announced

As I predicted in my review of Opposition (the last Lux series book), Luc is getting his Origins spin-off! It’s a 3 book deal with the first installment coming out Fall of 2018. I’m super excited to see some Daemon and Katy cameos.

Famous in Love tv show debuts

I read Famous in Love when I heard it was being adapted to tv. Though I had my issues, I enjoyed the book (not so much the second one). So the show aired and…it’s awful. Awful acting. Awful casting. Awful plot changes. I decided not to watch it again, but then it was announced that the whole season was available on demand, in addition to it’s weekly airings, so I thought I’d go ahead and give it another try and binge it. It’s kind of the trainwreck you can’t look away from. I feel like I could rant about all the changes it made from the books, so I might do a post about it soon.

More Shatter Me books

When I finished Ignite Me, I was happy with the ending, but I thought there could be more story to tell. Turns out I was right, because there are three more books coming to the Shatter Me series. And to really get you excited about it, they will be told in dual POV between Juliette AND Warner. Let the swooning begin.

Looking Forward to May:

My reviews for Seeking Mansfield and The Names They Gave Us will post (one is pretty favorable, the other not so much). There are a few books being published that I’m looking forward to: When Dimple met Rishi, Flame in the Mist, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and Sons of Ares. Looks like it’s going to be a good month for YA.

Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 2017

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. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. Read April 1-2. 4 Stars.

I really enjoyed The Marriage Pact. Though it started out a little slow for me and did get bogged down in the details a bit, for the most part it was well-paced and seriously creepy. I had fallen into a book slump before I started this and it definitely pulled me out. This is my first Michelle Richmond book and I’ll definitely be reading more from her. Full review to come.

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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.  Read April 8-10. 3 Stars.

After all the glowing reviews and everyone saying this book was better than Mackintosh’s I See You (which I read first and really enjoyed), I had very high expectations going into this. Unfortunately, they weren’t quite met. Part One of this book was sooooo slow. If it wasn’t for all the good reviews, I may have given up on it. I didn’t really care for Jenna’s POV until closer to the end of Part One and while I liked Ray’s POV, he started to really make me angry. However, it definitely got more interesting in Part Two. I liked the reveal right before Part Two. I knew a twist was coming and I had a few guesses and one of my them was about half right. I knew there was another twist coming and I did figure it out before the reveal, but that’s ok. Overall this was a good book, but it did not live up to my expectations.

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Marrying His Best Friend (The McKinnon Brothers #3) by Jennifer Gracen. Read April 9-11. 3 Stars.

A very cute Friends-to-More/Marriage of Convenience story. I loved, loved Aiden. He was so sweet. This was well on it’s way to being a 4 star read for me, but then Maura started acting like an idiot and I couldn’t stand her for awhile so it definitely brought my overall feelings about the book down. It was still, cute, though. This was a free Nookbook (and is probably on Kindle too?) and I’m glad I actually read it instead of letting it sit for years untouched on my Nook, like most other free downloads do.

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The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski. Read April 13-14. 3 Stars.

I reject the premise of this book. Emma basically decides to catfish Eli with the end goal being Eli asking her out. Ummm, ok. There was also a kind of random love triangle thrown in towards the end of the book that was kind of pointless. All of Eli and Emma’s friends existed for the sole purpose of advancing the Eli/Emma relationship. Despite all those problems, though, there were still several cute moments and I did like Emma and Eli together once they stopped being stupid. I liked their friendship, as well. I appreciated that this was a pretty clean YA Contemporary. Overall, this was a quick, easy read that provided the distraction I was looking for.

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Driven to Date (Better Date than Never #7) by Susan Hatler. Read April 15. 3 Stars.

I’ve had this book on my Nook forever and finally decided to read it today when nothing else was working for me. It was a workplace romance with a bit of a mix of fake-relationship, insta-love, and enemies-to-lovers. It was short and sweet with likable characters and I’ll be reading some of the other books from this series that have also been sitting on my Nook for awhile.

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. Read April 16-17. 3.5 Stars.

It took me a little while to get into this. I didn’t really care for either Juliet or Declan in the beginning. I’m an avoidant people pleaser, so I can’t really relate to angry, confrontational characters. However, as the story went on I became more invested in the characters and the story. The chapters alternate between Declan and Juliet’s POVs and I have to say that I enjoyed Declan’s chapters a lot more. While I liked the relationship between Declan and Juliet, it was the friendship between Declan and Rev that really made this book for me. I loved their interactions and how supportive of each other they were. I also really liked Frank, Declan’s “supervisor”, and a couple of the teachers. This was not as emotional as I was expecting it to be (that isn’t really a bad thing, though). Overall, a good book, but not my favorite of Kemmerer’s.

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The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham. Listened to April 19-24. 4 Stars.

I listened to this on audio and even though the book would be good on it’s own, Kristen Bell’s narration just made it amazing. I loved the show and listening to this book was almost like watching an episode. I thought the mystery was well done and it definitely kept me guessing. A must-read (or listen) for all Veronica Mars fans.

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Arrowood by Laura McHugh. Read April 25-27. 2.5 Stars.

I feel a little bad for rating this under 3 stars because the writing wasn’t bad (though much too descriptive for me), but when I finished the book my first thought was, “That was a waste of time.” The chapters were long and the pace was slow and it took well over half way through for me to really get interested in the story. The solution to the mystery wasn’t really a surprise at all and I thought the reveal wasn’t very well done. The characters could have used a little more development, but I didn’t mind Arden and I liked Josh. If you’re really into description and some light history you would probably enjoy this more than I did, but if you’re looking for a good mystery or suspense I would say to look somewhere else.

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Breaking Silence (Kate Burkholder #3) by Linda Castillo. I listened to most of this on audio on the drive home from vacation and I couldn’t remember all the details of the conclusion, so I had to read the rest as soon as I could. This was a good mystery. I really like this series.

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Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. I got almost half way through this and just don’t care about it. It might just be my mood, though, so I’m putting it back on the TBR to read another day.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. DNF at 38%. When I first saw this book I didn’t think it looked like my cup of tea. But then I saw it was Taylor Jenkins Reid and I thought, “yes, please.” Sadly, I should’ve gone with my first instinct. I pretty much hated Evelyn – both in the present and the past. I felt a little sorry for her as a young girl, but then she grew up into an awful person who did awful things and was not the least bit sorry about it. Now, I can read and enjoy books that have unlikable characters. But I either have to love to hate them or they have to have some type of redeeming quality and I felt like both of those aspects were missing here. I also didn’t really find Monique developed enough to care about one way or the other, but by the time I stopped reading I was growing to dislike her a bit. I’m sure there will be many people who like this book, but unfortunately I’m not one of them.

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The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts. DNF at 12%. I have absolutely no patience whatsoever for Vivian.

March 2017 Recap

I was an awful book blogger/reader in March. I’ve been in a weird anti-Contemporary funk where I just didn’t have patience for them, yet I still tried them and probably gave them lower ratings than I normally would have. Then I got a bad sinus infection. I’ve never had one before and I had no idea how debilitating they are! I was off work for 5 days. I went to stat care for the first time in my life. I can’t remember the last time I had felt so awful. I didn’t read for over a week and I pretty much ignored the blog for even longer. I’m feeling much better than I have been, but it’s still holding on.

Books Read: 7

Adult: 4
YA: 3

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Books Reviewed: 2

I See You by Clare Mackintosh – 4/5 Stars

Geekerella by Ashley Post – 3/5 Stars

Books Read in 2017 Overall: 36

Funny Fridays:

March 3

Break the spine of any of my books & you will suffer the same fate.:

March 10

haha book nerds 4 life :P:

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Other Posts:

February 2017 Recap

The Sims Book Tag

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Felt Betrayed By

Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2017

Looking Forward to April:

I have a couple reviews scheduled. I’m just hoping to get back on track with my reading really. I’m also going to be going to Canada a few days for my niece’s 2nd birthday!