Nonfiction November TBR

I have been watching BookTube for a long time. I have never participated, but I am a long time watcher. Since I’m doing this blogging thing as a regular thing now, I thought it would be fun to participate in more events than I had before. I would do readathons and stuff with my best friend, but it’s been fun to be in the blogging world to have more friends and people to connect with. Anyway, this is going to be my first year doing nonfiction November. I read nonfiction not a lot, but I’ve enjoyed all the ones I’ve picked up. I started reading it as a teen when I was perusing the library and stumbled upon a book I liked.

Since then I’ve been drawn to memoirs and so much more. The majority of the nonfiction I read is true crime, related to memoirs on topics I enjoy, books about the opioid crisis, and books about parenting. I will pick up any nonfiction which interests me though.

This event is hosted by Olive from abookolive, she has an announcement video and her TBR for the month long event posted. Please check those out for more information.

The four prompts for this year are:

  • Design
  • Voice
  • True
  • Sport

Olive explains them more in the video, but I’m going to share the books I’m planning to read for each prompt. I have six books picked out for the month, which seems very manageable since it’s a month long event. Here are the books I’ll be reading along with each prompt they fulfill.

I will also be reading:

Design:

Collapse by Jared Diamond- This discusses how societies succeed or fail, so I’m using it as the design of societies in regard to how well they prevail or fail.

Voice:

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus- I am using this one for voice because it’s got the ridiculous 90s voice, and I’m curious to see how absurd it’s going to be.

Empty Mansions- I am listening to this on audio so it works well for voice since the audio book contains the voice of the subject of the book.

True:

Killers of the Flower Moon and Karla- They are both true crime books.

Sport:

Lethal Marriage- This talks about the toxic marriage of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, and I’m doing it for sport because of the games they played with each other and how they acquired their victims.

I’m highly looking forward to this month of nonfiction November, and I can’t wait to see what others will be reading. Will be participating? Let me know what you plan to read if you are, or if you may be thinking about it.

Until I rant about books again,

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Paranormal Romance [Blogtober]

I used to read a lot of paranormal romance as a teen. Be it Twilight or Vampire Academy. I also read some adult ones, but I have been mostly reading YA for a long time. Like that’s mostly what I’ve read the last ten years. I have just recently stepped back into romance and other fiction. So here are some of the paranormal romances I’ve been delving into recently. I’m just going to share covers as I am going to be doing a full series review on some of these books soon.

These are all audio books, and they are so much fun. What are your favorite paranormal romances? Chat with me and tell me so I can read them all.

Until I rant about books again,

Top of Her Game [Book Review]

Genre: LGBT Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

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

Sapphic soccer story. It’s a book I didn’t know I needed until I stumbled upon it by accident on NetGalley. I’m not even a sports person, but I love sports romances. It’s odd.

Kenzie is drafted to the Hurricanes. Her crush, Sutton, is team captain. There’s instant attraction, but Sutton has a girlfriend. She also seems to date people for like a soccer season and then end the relationship. Kenzie doesn’t want to break up a relationship or be the other person so she isn’t going to pursue Sutton despite the mutual feelings. They just don’t get together immediately after the reveal either, which is refreshing because it shows them as mature people assessing their feelings before just diving into a relationship.

There’s a lot of soccer stuff talked about, but it doesn’t detract from the story. This is probably a plus for someone who likes the sport…

I don’t so it was just kind of whatever to me.

Trigger warning for sexual assault in the book. I hate how it was just like skimmed over, I think it could have made an even stronger story by going in depth and empowering the character it involves to face what happened to her. As a survivor myself, I think it should be addressed better in books, including links to resources for people who need them because of that situation.

The relationship is fantastic. Kenzie is so likable the entire story, and Sutton gets better as the story moves along. I think anyone who has had a celebrity crush will love this story because it’s what you always wanted to happen to you so it’s a little of vicariously living through the characters as well. And the sex scenes are great. Always love good ones of those in a book. All in all, an awesome book and definitely a must if you love sports romance.

Definitely glad I picked this book up and I’d read more from this author.

Until I rant about books again,

Orange Covers [Blogtober]

I anticipated this was going to be a hard prompt for me, but it turns out I have actually read some books with orange on the cover. These are all books I’ve read recently as well.

This is a short little audio book I listened to on Audible Escapes. I’m sure it makes more sense when you read it in order with the series, but I was still able to enjoy it. It’s about a couple where the woman has a spell cast on her by accident, and she doesn’t know who her boyfriend is. Even worse, if the spell isn’t reversed, she won’t know he exists after midnight. It’s part of the Nocturne Falls series, which I’m planning to try soon.

This one has a fall orange vibe to me. I’m not going to talk too much about this book because you can find all of my thoughts here.

I think this was the first book I reviewed on my blog. I love the orange color of the sky. Find my review here.

This book reminds me of childhood, and I can’t wait to read it to Ever. This was the first book I thought of when I read the prompt was orange Covers.

What orange covers did you choose? Are they like mine or different? Or have you read these books or would like to? Let me know, I love chatting with friends about books.

Until I rant about books again,

How To Date Your Dragon [Book Review] Blogtober

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via Audible Escapes.

I really like this book. My only question is how do you have a book series of standalone stories? Oh, well. Still really awesome. I recommend this for sure.

Jillian is sent to Mystic Bayou by the league to look at how the community thrives as a mixed population of magical creatures and normal humans. There are some who are thrilled she’s there, while others are less than. Bael is the sheriff (I think?), and he is not exactly thrilled to have Jillian there. He’s protective of his town, but he also takes an interest in Jillian. But of course he does because it’s a romance, and there would be no story otherwise… I think Jillian and Bael are cute as a couple. I liked this book, but I laughed so hard when they had sex on his treasure hoard. I think it was supposed to be steamy, but the sex scenes made me laugh because they are either having sex on gold coins or his scales are coming out. I know it’s about a magical community, but I’m just finding it super hilarious that he’s a dragon and the sex life aspect. Clearly this isn’t what gets me hot, but cool if it works for you.

There’s a murder mystery too… shifters are being killed around the time Jillian arrives, and she was planning to interview them so there’s some type of connection. Bael wants to discover what’s going on in his town before someone else is killed.

This is a great book. A magical community, the bayou setting, and a great romance. It’s so good on audio, I enjoyed every minute of the story immensely. It’s seriously worth the time. I’m excited for the next one… I can’t wait to see what else going happen. Thank you Stephanie for the suggestion, this book hit just right. But I’m still dead from the dragon sex. Oops. I don’t know why that’s so amusing.

I’d love to know if you have read this and what you think. It’s such a great start to a series, I can’t wait to listen to all of them.

Until I rant about books again,

Favorite Reading Drinks [Blogtober]

I’m probably super boring when it comes to my choices for favorite Reading drinks. We don’t drink soda often. I avoid caffeine. I don’t go to cafes or Starbucks. Usually I’m at home with the baby so I just drink the most boring of drinks.

I adore tea. It’s been a recent thing since we moved. I have an awesome giant tea kettle. I drink raspberry or peach tea. I’m also weird and put soy milk and honey in my tea. Sometimes sugar. I adore a nice mug of tea with a book. It’s so relaxing. I never have time to take nice photos so you get a stock image. I’m so creative.

Water is also common. I used to detest water, but it is actually awesome now. I didn’t even like drinking it when I was pregnant. Literally what got me into drinking water more was a reusable metal straw. It just makes me feel like I don’t mind drinking the water and it’s easy to sip from while reading a book.

What are your favorite reading drinks? I’m sure they are more exciting than mine. Let me know below.

Until I rant about books again,

Favorite Ghost Stories [Blogtober]

I’m guilty of not really being into ghost stories. I do have a book picked out for Tropeathon which has a ghost, but I won’t be talking about it until my Wrap Up. So the only ghost I could think of was….

Casper. I loved this movie when it came out. From the Pepsi commercial before the movie… just all of the Casper movies from the 90s bring me back to childhood. I just get the 90s vibe whenever I think about the movie. Yes, I’m old. I miss the 90s… but yes. Casper is the only favorite I can think of.

What are your favorite ghost stories? Please tell me I’m not the only one who misses the 90s and loves Casper. Please. 😂