November 2017 Recap

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Well, guys, November was not great. As you will see below from the number of books I read. I’ve just had such trouble concentrating on anything. I mentioned last month that there was some family drama going on. While I don’t want to get really into it, my parents are divorcing. My mother is now staying with me in my one bedroom apartment until things are finalized, whenever that may be. In happier news, we had a great visit with my sister, brother-in-law and niece the beginning of the month. There were some stressful things we had to deal with, but we still managed to have some fun. It took a few days for my niece to really warm up to us, but she eventually did and we had such a great time with her! I was so sad when they had to go back to Canada. We also had a nice Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s new house.

Books Read: 6

Adult: 4
YA: 2

Favorite Books I Read This Month:

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Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1) by A.V. Geiger. I ended up enjoying this book way more than I thought I would.

  Books Reviewed: 4

Blue Ridge Sunrise (Blue Ridge Romance #1) by Denise Hunter – 3/5 Stars

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor – 3/5 Stars

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins – 4/5 Stars

Always You (Bachelor Brotherhood #3) by Denise Grover Swank – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2017 Overall: 124

Funny Fridays:

Mwehehe. Yep.

November 3

November 10

Believe the 4th voice! #mybookcave #amreading #booklover #bookworm

November 17

November 24

Other Posts:

34 Bookish Facts About Me

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

The Nope Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Book on my Winter TBR

Reviewing the Unreviewed: November 2017

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: November 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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A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleaver. Read October 26-November 7. 3 Stars. 

I’m going to preface this by saying that I think if I had read this at a different time I would have enjoyed it much more and read it much faster. It just happened to be the book I started when a lot of life stuff happened and I didn’t really feel like reading. I can’t really tell if I just didn’t find this that interesting or if it was my mood. Maybe a little of both? I did like the general concept and the multiple perspectives. I liked Joshua. I liked the ending. I thought the writing was a little too wordy at times. I felt like it over-explained a lot of things. Overall, it was a decent book, but I didn’t love it. Again, it might have just been my reading mood.

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Public Relations by Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini. Read November 8-11. 2 Stars. 

I wanted to read this because I thought it sounded a little bit reminiscent or Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren and When It’s Real by Erin Watt, both of which I loved. However, Public Relations fell far, far short of my expectations. The main character, Rose, was pretty awful. She was incredibly self-centered, completely unprofessional, and just so, SO unlikable. I did not find her to be a sympathetic character at all and I almost wished things would’ve blown up in her face by the end instead of following it’s obviously predictable path just because I would’ve liked her awful behavior to have some type of consequence. I also found the book way longer than it needed to be, filled with so much pointless detail that I had to skim some parts. So why am I giving this 2 stars instead of 1? Archie Fox! I often found myself smiling at scenes he was in and even though I did not understand at all why he was into Rose, I enjoyed their scenes together (though she often ruined it by the end of the scene). Sadly, though, even Archie Fox is not enough for me to recommend this book to anyone.

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The Ghostwriter by Allesandra Torre. Read November 14-19. 3 Stars. 

So I thought this book was supposed to have twists? Did I misunderstand? Where were the twists?!?! I’m trying to not let the disappointment of my expectations effect my rating. The writing wasn’t bad. I really liked Mark. It was verrrrry slow going, though. And I was ok with that because I thought there would be a great pay off later…but there wasn’t really. A decent book, but another instance where my expectations/hype ruined it a little.

A big thanks to Suzanne @ https://thebookishlibra.com/ for a copy of the book which I won as the book of my choice from a giveaway on her blog.

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Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1) by A.V. Geiger. Read November 19-22. 4 Stars. 

This is maybe more of a 3.5, but I’m bumping my rating up to 4 for a couple reasons. I thought this was really compulsively readable and I did not really see the end coming. I can’t wait for the next book to see if my predictions are right.

I also liked the psychological aspects of the story. I thought the role reversal of online obsession was well done.


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The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham. Read November 22-25. 3.5 Stars.

I liked the writing. I read the first part of the book very quickly. I enjoyed both Meghan and Agatha’s POVs. There just wasn’t anything that surprising. Based on all the reviews I expected a few more shocks or twists, but it was all pretty straightforward. One thing that I did like, though, was that I forgot this was written by a man. I don’t always think 1st person POV female characters written by men are very believable, but I thought Robotham’s writing was solid. I’ll read more from him in the future.

I started this book while I was at my brother and sister-in-law’s for Thanksgiving. My sister-in-law is named Megan and is pregnant so I kind of felt like the story was a little more personal. I told her to stay away from any unknown pregnant women that try to befriend her lol.

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Library books that expired before I started them:

If There’s No Tomorrow by JLA, Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George, Little Deaths by Emma Flint, Betrayedby Lisa Scottoline.

Library books I barely started before I immediately thought, “Nope! Not in the mood!”

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All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin.

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When It’s Real by Erin Watt. As you can probably tell by now, this was a very moody reading month for me where I spent more time figuring out what I didn’t want to read than actually reading. I decided a good re-read was in store and went for this one. I loved it just as much the second time around.

34 Bookish Facts About Me

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Today is my birthday! I am 34 today (yikes!) so I thought I’d share 34 Bookish and Blogish facts about myself.

Bookish Facts:

1. I hate spending money on anything and usually only buy books I’ve already read so I know for sure it won’t be a waste of money.

2. I would rather read a book with graphic violence than a book with graphic sex.

3. I have never read the Harry Potter series and I have accepted that I never will. #sorrynotsorry

4. In 2017 I have read primarily mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. I have had to really be in the right mood to read anything else.

5. Over the last couple years I have been to book events for Linda Castillo, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Scottoline.

6. I have a hard time determining which exact genre a book belongs in. For instance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Crime. Are they synonymous? Are they a little different? Are they vastly different? I plan on writing a full post about this subject someday.

7. I almost always disagree with the hype surrounding popular books.

8. As much as I want to, I just don’t care about graphic novels/comic books. I’ve tried a couple and can’t get into them. Even Marissa Meyer, Rainbow Rowell, and Pierce Brown can’t get me to care about them. And I have often declared that I would read anything Pierce Brown writes.

9. Really long chapters are the bane of my existence.

10. While there are a few exceptions, I generally really dislike a lot of description in books.

11. I love library ebooks, but I haven’t checked out a physical book from the library since college. I’m a little bit of a germaphobe.

12. I love books that feature fake relationships.

13. It’s not really a conscious choice, but I have found that the books I read are almost entirely written by female authors.

14. A couple of male authors I love, though, are Pierce Brown and Linwood Barclay.

15. I used a Nook for years and loved it until it kept giving me problems with downloading library books. I bought a Kindle last summer and have read primarily on that ever since. I’m not giving up my Nook completely, though (I still have so many books on it).

16. I used to love Historical Fiction, but these days I really have to be in the right mood for it. I still usually enjoy it once I start it, but for some reason I really have to force myself into starting it.

17. I’ve found that a lot of the books I really loved when I first got back into reading are not ones that I like that much anymore.

18. I hate movie tie-in book covers.

19. I try not to let a bad book cover keep me from reading a book, but I will absolutely read a book based on a really beautiful cover.

20. I always want to share books I love with people, but actually lending those books to someone makes me very nervous.

21. I’ve had to unfollow a lot of my favorite authors on Twitter because their tweets were making me not want to read their books anymore.

22. If it takes me more than three days to read a book it usually means I am either incredibly distracted by real life things or am not enjoying the story at all.

23. I used to never be able to DNF a book (or a series), but I have gotten much better at it over the last couple years. I usually try to give a book 25% before I decide, but some books I don’t make it through a chapter before I know I don’t want to continue.

Blogish Facts:

24. It took 3+ years of blogging before I figured out that when people talked about “commenting back” it meant visiting the commenter’s blog and commenting on their post and not just replying to the comment they left.

25. I’m still not very good at always “commenting back” because sometimes I just can not think of one single thing to say that isn’t just really generic.

26. I don’t follow the “commenting back” etiquette on Good Reads. I will probably only comment on a status if I have something specific about the book to say and will probably only comment on your review if you don’t have a blog. I use it basically for book tracking/recommendations and not for social media purposes.

27. I’ve become more generous with my star ratings over the last year or two…but still not that generous.

28. I have exclusively used NetGalley to request ARCs until just last month I gave Edelweiss another try. I requested two books and got approved for one the next day. It was also one that NetGalley rejected me on.

29. Getting rejected for an ARC pretty much guarantees that I won’t buy a copy. If it’s not at the library or I can’t borrow it from somebody I probably won’t read it.

30. I wish I would’ve spent a bit more time coming up with my blog name when I first signed up for WordPress. As you can see, I put very little thought into it.

31. I’ve thought about changing my blog name over the years, but I’m afraid it will be too difficult so I never pursue it.

32. I will probably never move to a self-hosted site because I hate spending money, but I am also really terrible with all things website development.

33. I hate whenever someone in my real life stumbles upon my blog. Anytime someone mentions it to me I want to shut it down.

34. I spend more time talking to blogging friends online than I do talking to people in real life (outside of work, anyways).

Giveaway!

Whew! Did you make it through all those facts? As a reward, I am going to give away a book! The winner will receive a book from The Book Depository (only enter if you they ship to you) up to $20 value. You may choose from any book I have reviewed on my blog (see a list by Author or by Rating). Please note that I will verify all entries and anyone with one unverifiable entry will be disqualified.

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October 2017 Recap

October was kind of a rough month for me. Work was pretty awful. A lot of new fee changes that we weren’t really trained on or understand went into effect and we’re all kind of scrambling to figure things out. There was also some pretty significant family drama. Lots of big changes ahead. If you are a praying person, please say a prayer for my family if you think of it. And a special thanks to Deanna for letting me vent to her! …In book news I am proud of the number of reviews I ended up posting, but I didn’t read as much as I would have liked. I took part in a book tour – just my second in the 4 years I’ve been blogging. I decided that I won’t be signing up with that particular tour host again. I found the information and graphics they provided hard to use (though I will take responsibility that it was probably my own user error that I couldn’t get them all to format correctly) and they did nothing at all to promote my leg of the tour. I only saw a couple of tweets from them during the whole tour actually. Maybe that’s normal for blog tours? Please share your experience with various blog tour hosts in the comments, if you have any.

Books Read: 9

Adult: 8
YA: 1

Favorite Books I Read This Month:

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I read all of the DS Imogen Grey series this month and I love them!

  Books Reviewed: 7

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough – 3.5/5 Stars

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – 1/5 Stars

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst – 2.5/5 Stars

The Secret (Imogen Grey #2) by Katerina Diamond – 4/5 Stars

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz – 3/5 Stars

The Angel (Imogen Grey #3) by Katerina Diamond – 4/5 Stars

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff – 3/5 Stars

Books Read in 2017 Overall: 118

Funny Fridays:

October 6

October 13

October 20

October 27

Other Posts:

September 2017 Recap

Top 5 Wednesday: Non-Horror Books that Scared Me

Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2017

Fall TV Disappointments:

I have not found one new show that I liked enough to watch past the pilot. I tried: Young Sheldon, 9JKL, Seal Team, Valor, Ghosted, and The Good Doctor. After watching Once Upon a Time to find out how they explained having Hook on the show without Emma I am now done with that show. The only reason I watched it the last couple seasons was because I was a Captain Swan shipper. I also am finding  the second season of Riverdale pretty disappointing so far and am really hoping it gets better soon.

Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 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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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Read September 30 – October 1. 4 Stars. 

Witty, fun, and well-written. I am usually a naysayer of hype, but it seems everyone was right about this one! I know it’s a very unpopular opinion, but books featuring LGBT+ romances are not really my cup of tea. Because of that I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book as much as everyone else seemed to (plus sometimes I feel people give extra stars to books just for having that extra bit of “diversity” despite how good the story is), but I ended up quite enjoying the whole thing. I really liked all the characters, though Monty did frustrate me often. I didn’t entirely understand the whole alchemy thing and thought there were parts that dragged on far too long (it probably could have been at least 100 pages less than it was) and I almost gave it a slightly lower rating because of that, but it was bantery and fun and cute and I didn’t want to put it down. I am really looking forward to reading more of Monty, Percy, and Felicity.

There is one thing that is not the story’s fault, but still really rubs me the wrong way that I wanted to mention because it’s a pet peeve of mine. I hate when there are Author Notes that need to explain things or tell me how important things in their book are. In this case it was a history lesson (the author was a history major, btw). I just think that books should stand on their own and if I want to know more, I can certainly do my own research into the topic or time period. *Steps down from soapbox*

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The Wife Between Us  by Greer Hendircks and Sarah Pekkanen. Read October 7-9. 4 Stars. 

The Wife Between Us is a very cleverly written novel of psychological suspense that managed to do what few books seem able to do these days – genuinely surprise me. Not just once, but multiple times. Full review to come in December.

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The Teacher (Imogen Grey #1) by Katerina Diamond. Read October 9-11. 4 Stars. 

This is the first book in a series, but I actually read the second book before this one. I am not sure if I would’ve liked this as much if I read it first. While I expected multiple POVs, I thought Imogen Grey would be the main focus, but I felt like her part in the story was pretty small until closer to the end. We don’t even get her POV until chapter 19. I think this normally would’ve annoyed me, however, since I already know her from the second book – and found out the answers to her past that are only referenced in this book – it didn’t really bother me. While I could’ve done with maybe a few less POVs, it did work for me. I still love Adrian and was glad we got a good deal of the story from his viewpoint. The story is DARK and definitely won’t be for everyone. Katerina Diamond definitely does not shy away from tough or graphic subject matter. If you can handle it, though, I think this series is really great so far and I am really excited to read the third book next.

Lacey’s Wedding (a Lacey Flint short story) by Sharon Bolton. Read October 12. 3 Stars.

Well then. That was not really like I expected it to be. As a self-contained short story and Lacey Flint suspense it worked. However, if this is truly the last Lacey Flint story we get, I’m going to be super pissed.

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Until You (Bachelor Brotherhood #2) by Denise Grover Swank. Read October 15-17. 3.5 Stars.

This was pretty cute and I enjoyed it. I liked both Tyler and Laine, but never really fell in love with them. I thought the whole non-disclosure stuff with Laine’s job was kind of odd and that whole storyline just didn’t make a lot of sense to me. My favorite part was probably Tyler hanging out with his younger brother again. This was probably my least favorite book in this series, but it was still worth the read.

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Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins. Read October 21-23. 4 Stars. 

I have been a fan of Kristan Higgins for years now and have read all of her books – most of them multiple times. Whenever I need a pick-me-up her books do the trick. I don’t read a lot of straight up Romance books so she has become my go-to when that’s what I’m in the mood for. Her last few books, though, have moved out of the Romance category and more into Women’s Fiction. While the books have obviously still been up to the standard I expect out of Higgins, they weren’t quite the light and fluffy feel good stories I was used to getting and I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. Even though Now That You Mention It feels a lot more serious than most her other books, it still ended up being exactly the book I needed right now. Higgins still made me happy and made me feel and I quite loved this book. Full review to come.

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The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. Read October 18-25. 3 Stars. 

For me, The Chalk Man, is a perfect example of how hype can ruin your reading experience. I have seen several absolutely glowing reviews of this book and I was prepared for it to be one of my new favorite books of the year. Unfortunately, it fell far short of my expectations. Full review to come.

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, and The Force by Don Winslow. I was an incredibly moody reader this month. These are all books I’ve really been wanting to read and my library holds for them came in around the same time. I think I read the first chapter of each of them, but never got any further. They are back on the TBR for another day.