My Blog’s Name in Books

I saw this tag over on Fictionophile not too long ago and thought it looked fun. The basic rules are to use your current TBR list (no cheating!) to spell out your blog’s name. This might take awhile, folks.

S

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

T

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Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

E

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Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio #5) by Lisa Scottoline

P

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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

H

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Hangman (Detective Williams Fawkes #2) by Daniel Cole

A

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

N

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Nearlyweds by Beth Kendrick

I

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It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

E

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The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1) by Christi Daugherty

‘S

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Silent Scream (D. I. Kim Stone # 1) by Angela Marsons

B

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Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

O

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One Small Thing by Erin Watt

O

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Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

K

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

R

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Rolling in the Deep (Rolling in the Deep #0.5) by Mira Grant

E

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Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

V

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Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong

I

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

E

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The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

W

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Watching You by Lisa Jewell

S

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Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes

Do we have similar books on our TBRs? Did you find anything you wanted to add to yours?

Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to play.

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: October + Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday! I have nothing book related to say about that, but I just wanted to share it 🙂  Yesterday at work my coworkers made me a candy bouquet!

candy 1  candy 2

Before I get to my reviews, I want to say that you probably won’t see a lot from me in November, as I am attempting to participate in NaNoWriMo. If I’m successful at this, it means way less time for reading, so we’ll see how it goes. Now, onto the book stuff…

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.

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4)

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4) by Kristan Higgins. Read September 30 – October 2. 3 stars.

Another adorable book by Kristan Higgins. I liked that there was a pretty decent presence of the whole Holland clan in this one.        

Always On My Mind (Lucky Harbor, #8)           

Always on My Mind (Lucky Harbor #8) by Jill Shalvis. Read October 13-14. 3 stars.

I’ve read one other book by Shalvis and didn’t love it, but was encouraged to give her another shot, so I picked this one because of my love for the Fake Relationship trope. However, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. There weren’t really any cute moments where they were a fake couple out and about. It was just kind of announced they were couple to the town and the only times they were together really were in private where some slightly-more-graphic-than-I-would-like things happened. I felt like their background could have been expanded on and the side-plot was a little too predictable. But overall, it was an ok read.

Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally. Read October 20-21. 3 stars.

While the premise of this book was interesting and had some unique aspects, I had a lot of issues with this book. Mostly in the relationships between the characters and how the guys viewed it. One example, a girl really liked one of the guys and slept with him and when Jordan asks him about how he feels about the girl his answer is that “she’s a good lay” and it’s a nice stress reliever. The whole book highlights all the reasons why these characters are too immature to be having sex, yet it is never addressed as being emotionally harmful, but completely normal and casual.

There were times that I was ready to give this book 1 star, but because of it’s interesting premise and the fact that I liked how it ended, I’m giving it three. I’m going to try the next book in the series only because I got the 3 book bundle from the library.

Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally. Read October 21-21. 3.5 stars.

3.5 stars. I liked this book better than the previous one in the series. While it had it’s own set of issues, it made up for all the issues I had with the previous book (which was not showing any of the possible emotional effects all the casual sex could bring). I also thought it was interesting that it involved God and a relationship with Him and church, without being preachy. It had the full spectrum of “church people” which is unusual to see in a non-Christian-fiction book.

Perhaps my biggest problem was that Parker’s mom’s big life lesson to her daughter was to do whatever makes you happy and to forget everyone else. That may work sometimes for a seventeen-year-old, but as a mother of 2, it kind of makes you horrible.

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout. Read October 22-24. 2 stars.

This book didn’t really keep my attention. I think it was a bit longer than it had to be. An interesting twist in this series is that readers get the chance to vote for which guy in the love triangle we want Layla to end up with in the next book. However, I didn’t feel like it was written in a way for there to be any real contest. I think it’s obvious who it’s supposed to be, even though I’m totally voting for the other guy!     

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris. Read October 24-25. 3 stars.

I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile and ended up being a little underwhelmed. While it was overall cute, it didn’t have a lot of the things I love about the fake relationship trope.

Racing Savannah

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally. Read October 25-26. 3 stars.

When book 3 in this series didn’t keep my attention, I skipped to this one. It was ok, but I think it’s the last in this series that I’ll read.

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BACK ON THE TBR SHELF

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  Visions (Cainsville, #2)

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong. These are all books I barely started and  just couldn’t get into. I was in a pretty big reading slump, so I put them back on the TBR shelf.

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RE-READS

Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I wanted to read this again before I watched the movie. While I prefer the book to the movie, I thought the movie was very well done. And I forgot just how much I loved the book!

Major Reading Slump – Poll Time

I’m having a major reading slump. Nothing at all sounds good. These are the three books that I have started right now and am only a few chapters into each. I need some opinions here.

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Visions (Cainsville #2)

Visions (Cainsville, #2)

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

Any book recommendations to help break me out of the slump?

WWW Thursday

So I was late to the party for WWW Wednesday, so I decided to make it a WWW Thursday!

WWW Wednesday is a feature from Should Be Reading that asks:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)

Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J Lynn. So you guys know – know! – that I’m a big fan of JLA. There is no shortage of posts where I rave about her or one of her series. But I have to say, I’m just not feeling this book so far. There is just far too much gushing of how hot different guys are and how they make the main character, Calla, feel in her bathing suit area. Like, I have no problem with description and some gushing here and there. But I’m five chapters in and feel like if you added up all the pages so far, at least half would be nothing but hot guys and gazing stupidly at them. I want more STORY. I EXPECT more story. I’m still holding out hope that there WILL BE more story. So far it just feels lazy.

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan. Another series that I rave about. I was originally going to post a review on this today, but I’ve decided to give myself more time for it. I might even re-read it again first. While it didn’t live up to my expectations, I still love this series. And this was my 100th new book read for the year!

WHAT I’LL READ NEXT

Visions (Cainsville, #2)

Rule (Marked Men, #1)

Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong and Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover. I just got both of these from the library. I’ve seen the Marked Men series around a lot and decided I wanted to give it a try. I was disappointed a little with the first Cainsville novel, but I thought I’d give the series another attempt.

What are you reading?

Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

Crash (Visions, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

Crash has been on my TBR shelf for a good long while now. I thought the synopsis sounded like it could be interesting and the cover kind of intrigued me – except for the super arched eyebrow which kind of bugs me. But that could just be bitterness over my own need of frequent brow waxes…

So our main character is 16-year-old Jules, whose family-run pizza place is in the midst of a fierce rivalry with another pizza place that just happens to be owned by the family of her crush (or in 16-year-old speak: the great love of her life), Sawyer. So there’s the whole Romeo and Juliet vibe going on. Things get even more complicated when Jules starts to have increasingly frequent visions of a car crash and Sawyer is one of the victims.

What is Jules to do? I get that this is the central plot for the book, but there’s just soooooo much time spent with Jules watching and re-watching the vision (she sees it on billboards, in reflections and on the tv or computer…). There’s a lot of contemplating whether or not she’s gone crazy. There is just not a lot that happens in the book outside of Jules’ head and vision.

While Jules was a pretty well-developed character, I didn’t find her all that likable. I did enjoy her close relationship with her siblings, especially her brother Trey. I liked Sawyer, but he could’ve been a little more developed. He hadn’t talked to Jules in years and his big turnaround towards the end of the book seemed a little bit forced.

While Jules ultimately figures out how to understand and deal with the vision (yay!), it’s never explained why she has it. Does it run in the family? Is she psychic? Will it happen to her again? There is a twist at the end that I found interesting and will carry those questions into the next book in the series.

Overall, Crash was ok for me. It’s short chapters made it easy to read and the mystery was enough to keep me turning the page. I’m interested enough to read the rest of the series, but not interested enough that I’ll be doing it any time soon.

Rating (out of 5)
Plot: 3
Characters: 2
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 2
Overall Average: 2.75 Stars. Let’s round that up to 3 stars