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

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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

The Starless Sea

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.

June 2018 Recap

June was a pretty good reading and blogging month for me, as you’ll see below, so I’m going to take a moment to talk about some life updates. My parents’ dissolution was completed this month. It’s been a very stressful several months and there has been a lot of changes in our family and I’m glad we can all finally move on. My mother has been staying with me, in my one bedroom apartment, for over 7 months. (I’m not sure what the qualifications are for sainthood, but I’m pretty sure I meet them haha.) She is finally going to get back to her condo soon and I think we’re both pretty pleased about that. Maybe one day I will do a whole post about the events that led up to all of this. I think it could be kind of cathartic. It’s felt like a poorly written Lifetime movie. Anyways, on to the books!

Books Read: 14

Adult: 12
YA: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Promise (DI Imogen Grey #4) by Katerina Diamond

  Books Reviewed: 9

The Book of Me by Peng Shepherd – 3/5 Stars

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering – 4/5 Stars

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash – 4/5 Stars

Providence by Caroline Kepnes – 2.5/5 Stars

Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley – 2.5/5 Stars

One Small Thing by Erin Watt – 4/5 Stars

The Date by Louise Jensen – 2/5 Stars

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – 3/5 Stars

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2018 Overall: 82

Funny Fridays:

I assumed you owned a bookstore.

June 8th

Blessed are the children of the bookworm for they shall inherit the books.

June 15th

June 22nd

Other Posts:

May 2018 Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Given up on / Don’t Plan to Finish

Reviewing the Unreviewed: June 2018

Bellarke

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I’ve never been a huge fan of the show The 100, but I’ve watched it – mostly as background noise – since it’s been on. I’ve always shipped Clarke with Bellamy and that has basically been the only reason I’ve stuck with the show for so long. However, I’ve really been enjoying this season so far and decided to go back to the beginning because I don’t remember who a lot of these characters are or how they got there. Between the current season and the first couple of seasons I’ve re-watched now I’ve become, like, a #Bellarke super fan. I spent so much time on Pinterest lately looking at Bellarke pins. It’s a problem, but I can’t help myself. I ship them so hard!

Looking forward to July

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There are 2 author events I’m really excited about in July. As part of my favorite Summer tradition, Linda Castillo will be in the area for her book tour. (Look for my review of her latest book on July 2nd). She is also holding a writing seminar while she’s here that I’ve signed up for. I am also going with book buddy Amanda to see one of my favorite authors, Linwood Barclay!

May 2018 Recap

Like I’m sure most other bloggers do, I drafted this post awhile ago, to finish editing closer to the posting date. However, as I tried to add pictures I’m having a lot of problems with WordPress. Once a picture is added, it will not let me edit it. I can not select the picture to re-size it and whenever I try to click on it, the whole page shifts up or down. Am I the only one this is happening to? I’m also having issues with Goodreads. I finished a book and marked it as read, but it would not let me enter a Finish date, which means it doesn’t update my reading challenge. Again, is this just me? I’m so frustrated right now. Sorry this post looks like crap.

Books Read: 15

Adult: 10
YA: 5

Books Reviewed: 10

Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin – 2/5 Stars

Hangman (Detective William Fawkes #2) by Daniel Cole – 4/5 Stars

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll – 2/5 Stars

Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne -4/5 Stars

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne – 3.5/5 Stars

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen – 3.5/5 Stars

Just One of the Royals (The Chicago Falcons #2) by Leah and Kate Rooper – 3/5 Stars

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier – 4/5 Stars

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West – 4/5 Stars

Nearlyweds by Beth Kendrick – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2018 Overall: 68

Funny Fridays:

May 4

May 11

May 18

May 25

Other Posts:

April 2018 Recap

Kindle Unlimited Review