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:

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

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

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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

And my poor ex-husband got the wrath of this. Perfect book boyfriends = unable t

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.

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

March 2019 Recap

March was a blur. Spring has finally arrived, but in true Ohio fashion, the month still ended with snow. The highlight was going with Amanda to see Harlan Coben. Some interesting things he shared: he has had several books adapted to film, but he is only interested in doing it if he can be involved. He also doesn’t mind if they make a lot of changes from the book. He said if you want the book experience, read the book. An adaption should be different. (We have to agree to disagree on this point.) He also said that after he wrote Run Away, all of his children read it and then fought over which one of them the main character’s drug addicted daughter was based on. He said that all of his characters are made up, except for one popular character that appears in several books (I apologize for not remembering the character name, as I have only read a couple of Coben’s books so far) that is modeled off of his college roommate. He said his old roommate was at one of his book signings once and ended up getting a longer line for autographs than Coben did.

 I like this picture of me and Amanda because I’m kind of fuzzy in the background like I’m her weird stalker or something 🙂

Books Read: 13

Adult: 9
YA: 4

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley #2) by Cara Hunter

  Books Reviewed: 7

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – 4/5 Stars

Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren – 4/5 Stars

Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne – 3/5 Stars

Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin – 4/5 Stars

The Wedding Deal (Heart in the Game #1) by Cindi Madsen – 3/5 Stars

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin – 3/5 Stars

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 38

Funny Fridays:

March 1

This is ME! Is it odd that I'd rather hangout with my fictional friends inside my books; than hang out with nonfictional living humans?

March 8

Bookish Problem #2 Praying that your favourite author stays alive long enough to finish the series.

March 15

March 22

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

March 29

Other Posts:

February 2019 Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books that Need a Sequel

Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2019

February 2019 Recap

I was kind of an awful book blogger in February. Winter time in Ohio just doesn’t inspire me. I did get a good number of books read, though. Real life in February had some good things, though. I got to meet up with Brandie from Running on Words and Wine for coffee. We exchanged some books and got to catch up and it was a good time. I also went with Amanda to see Lisa Gardner! I haven’t read any of her books yet, but still really enjoyed the event. I liked hearing how she got started as a writer and how her books killed off people with the same name as some of her former bosses. She’s also had 4 books made into tv movies and she was really honest about how much she hated one of them lol. I’m really looking forward to reading her books.

I also was contacted by a couple of publishers in February about ARCs. I received copies of Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren and Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett!

Books Read: 12

Adult: 7
NA: 1
YA: 4

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin

  Books Reviewed: 4

On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls #3) by Julie Cross – 4/5 Stars

Romancing His Rival (Accidentally Yours #3) by Jennifer Shirk – 3.5/5 Stars

Huge Deal (21 Wall St #3) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 25

Funny Fridays:

Funny book humor you’ll understand if you're in a book club--or you need to find one to join.

February 8

One of the 17 things you'll relate to if you spend all of your time reading on the BookBub Blog.

February 15

February 22

Other Posts:

January 2019 Recap

Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2019

Looking Forward to March:

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Harlan Coben is going to be in the area in a few weeks!

January 2019 Recap

Anybody else feel like January drug on forever, but also surprised it’s already over? It was a weird month. The weather was unseasonably warm for a while and then record-breaking low. Gotta’ love Ohio. I didn’t make any firm new year resolutions, but there were a few changes I really wanted to start implementing…that didn’t last more than the first week. I think I’m going to consider January a trial-month and start fresh in February. Book-wise, though, things are going pretty well for me. I’m really happy with the number of books I managed this month.

Books Read: 13

Adult: 8
YA: 5

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

I’ve been in a real Contemporary mood lately and I really enjoyed all three of these book and can’t pick between them:

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On Thin Ice by Julie Cross, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

  Books Reviewed: 5

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella – 4/5 Stars

Lovestruck by Kate Watson – 3/5 Stars

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills – 4/5 Stars

The Temp by Michelle Frances – 2/5 Stars

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins – 2.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 13

Funny Fridays:

January 4

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

January 11

You could just borrow a library book when you're ready for it... :)

January 18

January 25

Other Posts:

December 2018 Recap

2018 Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Books Reads of 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: ARCs on the Top of my TBR

Top 5 Wednesday: Book I’ve Recently Removed from my TBR

Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2019

Book News:

Grishaverse series coming to Netflix

Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha and Six of Crows books are combining into a Grishaverse tv series on Netflix! It will be amazing seeing these characters and universe come to life, but I am so nervous about the casting for Kaz Brekker!

November 2018 Recap

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November was a whirlwind. My first month at the new job is in the books. It’s been stressful. I kind of underestimated my aversion to new things and new people and leaving an agency I had a long history with and co-workers I’ve known for over a decade to a place where I didn’t know anyone has been more challenging than I thought it would be. However, the people are nice and I really like my boss. I’m looking forward to the day when I know what I’m doing everyday. I had a nice Thanksgiving. I got to spend it with my niece (who will be turning one this month) and she is just so sweet and fun.

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I also got to see Adriana Trigiani speak in November. She came to one of the branches in our library district and my boss asked me if I wanted to come with her when she stopped by the event. (This is the type of thing I expected when I envisioned working at a library.) We could only stay for an hour because we had meetings back at the office, but I’m so glad I got to go see her. She was a trip. I haven’t read any of her books before, but I’m definitely going to check some out.

Books Read: 10

Adult: 7
YA: 3

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

  Books Reviewed: 5

On Magnolia Lane (Blue Ridge Romance #3) by Denise Hunter – 4/5 Stars

In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick – 3.5/5 Stars

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 4/5 Stars

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren – 4/5 Stars

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2018 Overall: 137

Funny Fridays:

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

November 2

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

November 9

#BookishQouteOfTheDay #Books #Reading

November 16

This is me

November 23

Other Posts:

October 2018 Recap + Life Updates + It’s My Birthday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Top 5 Wednesday: Largest Books on my TBR

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I want to read before 2019

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookbloggers/Book Friends I’d Want at Friendsgiving

Reviewing the Unreviewed: November 2018

Book News

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Erin Morgenstern is publishing her second book!!

The Night Circus is one of my favorite books of all time and I have been very impatiently waiting for Erin Morgenstern to write another book. And now she finally has! The Starless Sea will be published in November 2019 and I have zero chill about it.

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Dark Age (Red Rising #5) by Pierce Brown publishing date pushed back (again)

You should all know by now what a fan I am of the Red Rising series. This 5th book in the series was originally supposed to come out last year, but got pushed back because Iron Gold ended up being pushed back. It was supposed to come out in February 2019, but it was announced recently that it will now be released in July 2019. While I am disappointed, I trust Pierce Brown to know when it’s ready to go and will anxiously wait.