Being A Reader [Discussion Post]

I have not written a discussion post in a long time because I tend to think I lack anything interesting to say, but the idea for this post came to me earlier today when I saw a friend talking about whether or not he annotates books. In this case, he does which I think is just fine. I just wanted to have a chance to share my thoughts about what it means to be a reader to me and touch on some of the silly things people say about those who read or don’t. Forgive me if this post doesn’t make a lot of sense. I am typing this the night before it goes up with my mind on the audiobook I want to finish and debating about whether I should pop open another sparkling water, as those are my vice. Much better than soda though I will never turn down a cherry coke. But I digresss. Time to talk about my thoughts on being a reader.

I don’t remember a time when I did not read a lot. I mean, my grandma taught me how to read when I was three and it has a been a lifelong love affair with books since then. I got my love of reading from her, no doubt. I remember her always having a book with her when she was on the couch, along with a cup of coffee. She still has many books to this day, and I enjoy sharing with her books I finish.

But I have been a big reader my whole life. I read all of the time though t know there was a time when I was not reading as much, but it started again when I was in high school. I would get so many library books and read them all. My life was just reading and being at home. I never like drank or did any of those things you see in the movies. It has always been books for me.

Books saved my life. They got me through the death of my mom, they helped me survive an abusive relationship i stayed in way too long because I did not know any better. They helped me survive my pregnancy and the hard road I had postpartum. They help me survive the mental illness I deal with and help me to survive so I can raise Ever.

As I write this, I have read 51 books this year. I have read ebooks, comics, graphic novels, audio books, physical books and baby books. I have read so many books that sometimes I’m afraid I will become a book. Weekly library trips are my favorite because we do not have the funds to buy books. Ever is able to get to read many books and enjoy other perks the library has to offer. I am also going to be checking out a kindle from the library when we take a vacation soon. I read whenever I can and use any form of reading because all of it is reading.

I just want to say being a reader is about enjoying books. The number doesn’t matter. Nor does the format. All books and forms of books are reading. Audiobooks are real books. Graphic novels are real books. Comics and manga are real books. The only thing which matters is you enjoy what you read. This is what I have learned about being a reader. You just have to enjoy it in any way you want, and you are a reader. Never let anyone telll you otherwise.

I hope this post helps someone or just reminds you to enjoy what you are reading. I would love to hear all about your reader journeys and anything else you want to talk to me about. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I am so grateful to be a part of the reading community. And I hope you know I am glad you are a part of it too.

One Last Chance [NetGalley ARC Review]

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 stars ⭐️

Format: NetGalley eARC

I didn’t read the other two books, hence I cannot comment on how they hold up in comparison.

This is the book about the last of the Roux sisters. She was closest with their dad who passed away from cancer. This impacted her a lot and led her to decide to marry her best friend, Sawyer. This is where the book begins, I guess.

Zoey and Sawyer were best friends for seven years. She would be his fake girlfriend at family events. Her dad dies so they get married. However, they aren’t together for long before she leaves. They don’t divorce. Zoey and Sawyer just have not seen one another for six years until a marathon where they see each other and she states perhaps they should finally get divorced. They end up having to spend time together, and it causes a re-evaluation of their relationship.

Mmm, so I am not a huge fan of the flashbacks in this book. But they are needed for the build up. Since it’s a second chance romance, there has to be depth and connection between them. Sawyer and Zoey have a long history, and it’s illustrated well. I just didn’t really like the back and forth, but I can see the value.

This was a wonderful romance! I plan to read the other books in the series. I love the diversity of the cover and the setting being in South Africa, it made the book even more awesome.

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Weekly Wrap Up #6 [February 2-15, 2020]

Alright, I have a confession. I type this on my iPad and I’m finally getting a keyboard so this should get easier. I’m also planning on getting a better case with a keyboard so I won’t have anymore issues. This is part of the reason I hadn’t been doing wrap ups, and I had been feeling a little unmotivated. But I’m excited about the keyboard, and I can’t wait to get back into my blog since it’s a fun way to talk about books.

Here’s a really big wrap up of all the books I’ve read since I last updated.

I like the new format I have going on, I’m going to keep it going. The last few weeks I’ve read 20 books. Yes, 20. I’m not a magical being. I just really love to read.

The break down is:

10 physical books.

2 audiobooks.

8 digital books (NetGalley and Hoopla).

The ratings break down as:

0 -1 star ⭐️ ratings.

0 – 2 star ⭐️ ratings.

6 – 3 star ⭐️ ratings.

11 – 4 star ⭐️ ratings.

3 – 5 star ⭐️ ratings.

I read a lot of books, and I even took a break to watch Hulu . This next wrap up may be smaller, but I’m getting back into reading after hitting a small slump. If you want my reviews on these books, please check them out on Goodreads. I sprained my ankle this week, hence I’m too lazy to type up thoughts on all the books.

How did you reading look the last few weeks? Keeping up with goals and TBRs? I’d love to hear all about it.

Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Today is my 28th birthday. I’ll just be spending time with my partner and tiny human. There will also be pizza. And I’m finally getting a new iPhone. Life is good. Didn’t know what else to post so I thought a book tag would be fun.

This is the Valentine’s Day Book Tag is from Epic Reads.

Here are the questions:
1. First Book Crush – Logan from The Babysitters Club. I thought having a boyfriend like him would be the coolest thing in the world.

2. What book would you want as your Valentine?

This is my favorite book ever, and it just really makes me happy.

3. Candy Hearts or Chocolate?

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4. What book would you gift to your true love?

Ethan isn’t a big reader, but we both love Mr Rogers so I’d give him this book.

5. Favorite Rom-com

The last favorite one I watched was Morning Glory.

6. Best Valentine’s Day gift you ever received (or want to receive)

I’m getting the new Sarah J Maas book, and I’m excited about that. It’s my birthday so it’s never really been about Valentine’s Day per se.

7. Favorite thing about Valentine’s Day (if you love it) OR favorite thing to do on Valentine’s Day (if you hate it)

Eating food with my partner and just being together. This year I’ll also get to spend it with Ever and Buddy. I’m so excited.

Today I’ll be enjoying my birth. But I’ll be back in Sunday to share my last TWO weeks of reading. Did I read a lot?! Possibly. You’ll have to come back to find out.

The Absolution [NetGalley ARC Review]

The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Crime Thriller

NetGalley EARC

3 stars ⭐️

I really wanted to like this book because it is blurbed by Karin Slaughter, and she’s one of my favorite authors. I’m not sure why, but this book was a big disappointment to me. I liked the beginning parts about the crimes, but it went downhill.

Stella is taken from her job at a movie theater and murdered. There’s a 2 under her body, and no one knows what this means.

Hudlar is the detective assigned to the case, and there’s also Freyja, the child psychologist. Both are working from different angles to see what happened to Stella. The police search through footage, but they are no closer to finding the killer. Freyja is interviewing classmates to see if anyone knew what could have happened to Stella. Her classmates actually saw the murder on Snapchat, but no one has answers.

Then they find out Stella was a terrible bully. She was setting up a horrible website about a classmate and even trying to sell her classmate online like a sex worker. Her phone shows up in the mailbox of a woman, but she says she has no idea why. Clearly, she’s connected somehow.

Then a teen boy goes missing and his body is found with a 3. There’s also Snapchat messages sent out about him as well. They contact someone who specializes in bullying, but there aren’t clear answers yet.

Normally I like police procedural books, but this one got so boring. I didn’t care about the characters and their lives. All the minute details of their lives were so boring to me, and I had a hard time finishing the book with all the extraneous details about everything. None of the characters were interesting, and I was annoyed that apparently Huldar and Freyja become a couple because there seems to no be no chemistry.

It was interesting to see how bullying interwove all the events, and I liked the gruesome parts. Not sure if I’d read more from the series, but I did like the gruesome. That was the only highlight for me. I ended up skimming towards the end. I will say the ending was super creepy, and I loved it.

Thank you NetGalley and St Martins Press for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mini Reviews #2 [Thriller/Romance]

These are reviews that are late because I’m forgetful to post. I didn’t write long ones, so I thought I’d just add them together. Both are books I’d recommend. Both are 4 star ⭐️ reads. So check them out. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publishers.

This is the second book so I picked up the first one so I’m not lost. It works as a standalone, but it’s better when you’re reading them in succession.

Emily is back to take care of her dad after a heart attack. Her dad has been the doctor and medical examiner for a long time so Emily steps in when they start finding bones. She’s supposed to be going back to Chicago, but she’s needed in her hometown. Of course there’s a love interest in Sheriff Nick. The bones belong to someone he knew and they plan to investigate. All I can say is that it’s a little predictable if you read romance. I guess it’s like a cheesy episode of a crime show, but it’s not bad. I’d read this author again, but I don’t know if I would continue the series.

Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books.

I picked up the first book so I had a better understanding for this book. You don’t have to do that, but I prefer having a series make sense in my head.

Kerry and Rafe are OG friends with a past. Always an epic way to start a romance honestly. I live for this trope. Rafe was adopted by the Colton’s, and he has not talked to Kerry in like 13 years so that’s a lot of tension already. They have a history and he just stopped talking to her. He did it for a reason but she assumes he just cut her off. So she’s not exactly thrilled to have to see him again at first. She’s trying to solve who killed her brother and another detective case. So they both have a lot going on in their lives.

Rafe is the CEO of the family company so he’s all fancy, and he’s different from when they were young. But like he still has feelings for her. They have mutual feelings, but they aren’t acting on them at the start. It’s like they know they should be together but not. Kerry is like no no no, but since this is a romance you know it’s going to happen. And it’s so good when it does.

So they just have sex and like no big deal. Biggest trope ever. So yeah they do end up getting close because like how could they not. I was so happy the whole time I was reading this book, and I am so thrilled to know the author has more books in this setting because I need them all ASAP.

The suspense is good. I couldn’t stop reading once i started, but the romance is the best part. Kerry juts fights in but you can’t stop fate. I was so happy when she took the plunge and let herself fall in love with rafe. If you want a great suspense novel with a fantastic romance, read this book immediately. Then read everything else this author writes.

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Reckless Runaway [NetGalley ARC Review]

Genre: Historical Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review copy graciously provided by NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first historical romance. I saw it being noted as available on netgalley, and I went for it. I’m glad I did because I enjoy the manner of writing Jess Michaels uses in this genre.

Anne is being forced to marry Harcourt, but she doesn’t love him. Luckily, Ellis Maitland is going to take her away and marry him. Except he leaves her stranded on an island with his cousin, Rook. Once it’s established Ellis is a slimy jerk, Rook becomes the hero! Or not because he’s got a terrible past of crime and horrible things he has to keep from Anne.

Alright, this book starts out slow. I wasn’t really loving it at first because I didn’t care about how Anne is a triplet or her family. I get it... triplets are a miracle during this time. Anyway! But once the tension starts building between her and Rook, this book is just one to be devoured.

The romance is lovely. The steamy scenes are excellent. The entire story is superb. Though this is the second book so I was a little lost but they explain it well enough. I still plan to read the first one, and the prologue has made me so eager for the story of the final sister.

I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who loves historical romance or just romance in general. Once you begin this book, it’s impossible to not race to the end to get the happy ending. I find it’s worth the time and swoon factor though. I love this book and this new to me author!