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Goodreads Monday [September 30]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

Here’s the book of the day…

Synopsis:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in The Night Circus, the spellbinding bestseller that has captured the world’s imagination.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long. I think I picked it up because everyone was talking about it or I liked the cover. I know it’s a book people have mixed feelings on. I constantly say I’m going to read it yet I still haven’t even tried? I guess we will see if I do get to this book anytime soon or not. It looks like I will love it. Someday I will read it… I swear.

What is on your Goodreads shelf to read? If anyone is doing this, I would love to see your book choice so I can add more books to my own TBR.

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap Up [September 22-28]

I had a decent week of reading. I’ve been glued to my iPad and Kindle app to make a dent in my NetGalley books, but it’s definitely worth my time. I’m always finding time to read between taking care of the baby or I’d lose my mind. My Hulu shows are suffering, but they will still be there so I’m content. This week I read six books. All romance. I can’t believe September Swoons is almost done. I’ll be doing a Wrap Up Post for that coming very soon. Here are all the books I read this week:

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A dude whose wife leaves him, and this puppy saves him right before Christmas.

My rating: 4/5 stars

You can find my full review here.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A couple moves into a house, and they go into the attic. These Christmas lights entangle them and transport them to Christmas hell land.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

I did a mini review of this you can find here.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A couple goes to Antarctica because the world is ending. They dig under the ice, a million spiders emerge, and kill everyone.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

My review is linked above.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A woman tries to get with a guy, risking everything, but he is uninterested.

My rating: 4/5 stars

Review linked above above.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A guy returns to his family during the holidays and says he’s a wolf but they reject him. Essentially twilight with Christmas.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

I have a mini review of this coming soon. But let’s just say if you like paranormal and Christmas, this book should be on your TBR.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A cheating woman who falls in love with a servant.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

This will also be part of my mini review upcoming. I would say if you want to start a Christmas trilogy with princes and castles, this is the book for you. It was so sweet and made me want a vegetarian hot dog.


So that’s everything I read this week. I had a good reading week in comparison to what I had last week. I think I’m just trying to get through these NetGalley books so my ratio stops being so low. And I’m hoping to keep improving so I can maybe someday get a book from Berkeley. Ah, wishful thinking at its finest.

Until I rant about books again,

My Crazy NetGalley TBR!!

NetGalley is an addicting thing to me lately. Since I’ve been on this romance kick, I’ve been requesting so much romance. Which is good when I get approved. And sad when I don’t. But I requested way too many so I still have 20 books to read, and I have like another 18 pending. So right now my ratio is shot to hell, and I’m doing my best to catch up. I don’t plan on ever asking for so many at one time again. I plan to save it for the ones I really love. I’m hoping my ratio will stay good after the crazy pending requests have cleared since I’m working as fast as I can to get through the ones I do have.

Here are the 20 books I’ve got on my NetGalley TBR at the moment.

They are all romance books. So I’m excited. A few don’t come out til next year so I’ll be just mentioning those in my wrap ups and avoiding any big reviews until closer to their release dates (Tweet Cute and The Neighbours). The rest of these do come out the next few months so be on the look out for either a mini review or larger one depending on my thoughts on a particular book.

Are any of you reading a lot of NetGalley books right now? How do you limit yourself? Also will Berkeley Press ever not reject me? So many questions.

Until I rant about books again,

First Line Fridays [September 27]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? 

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Here’s the first few lines:

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I mogen AlbrIght gAve the perfectly made bed one more completely unnecessary swipe with her hand. The Egyptian cotton sheets, with their one thousand thread count, were soft beneath her fingertips, and a light, deliciously clean fragrance tickled her nostrils. A little nervously, Imogen tucked a honeyblond strand of her shoulder-length hair behind her ear and glanced around the room.

What is the book?

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I just recently finished this sweet Christmas romance. It comes out October 1st so please preorder it if this sounded good to you. I know the beginning seems a little strange, but it’s such a good book. If you’re doing First Line Friday, I would love to see your post so comment below if you’re doing it so I can add some more books to my TBR (not that I need to.)

Until I rant about books again,

Romance Mash Up [Mini Review]

I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately. So I decided to just do a mini review mash up thing. Here are three recent romances I’ve read along with my mini reviews.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you Netgalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So this is book number nine in a series which means there are a lot of people to keep up with. I’m not really a fan of series which stretch out this long but I was able to keep up mostly fine. You can read this book on its own but it’s part of a larger verse. I read this book because I liked the cover when I requested it, but I had not read anything by the author before.

In A Dash of Christmas, Emery is dealing with a scandal about her ex fiancé and so she’s trying to escape the media and her horrible parents. Carter is about to open a new restaurant. Emery is staying at Carter’s family condo when he shows up and is surprised to see her. They have been rivals since childhood and do not get along. Emery just wants to eat junk food in peace while Carter wants to eat home cooking with a variety of ingredients. They start butting heads at first but grow closer as they spend more time together.

This book is cute. I like the romance but neither character was very appealing to me. Carter just seems too obsessed with fancy cooking and Emery isn’t dealing with her ex fiancé and other issues well. I think another problem is they are supposed to be rivals and have this past but it’s not really established well. The dynamic I expected for rivals to lovers was weak. It’s more just like saying they had issues and suddenly they kiss and it’s all good. Building up a stronger foundation to believe the rivalry would have made this story much better. The story isn’t bad. I just had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and really caring about the plot.

Starting at book nine is never a good idea so that’s probably what my issue is. Still I did like the Christmas and family aspects included. A Dash of Christmas is a good read. I suggest reading the other eight first though. There are so many people to remember, it probably makes more sense when read sequentially. I did like the book, but I don’t think I’m going to read the other installments. This is a good book for someone wanting a long series to read. I may try the novellas this author has.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

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

Book three in the series. How do I not pay attention and end up in the middle of a series all the darn time? Who knows? I think I just get too excited for the romance and intrigue I just can’t help myself when it comes to requesting these books on NetGalley. Seriously, someone needs to stop me. Jamie works as a sheriff deputy and Nate just moved back to work as a wildlife officer. When she finds another victim of the killer the sheriffs department has been searching for, the two are forced back together to work on the case.

Jamie is focused on caring for her sister Donna and had no need for Nate. He left her seven years ago, and she has no desire in dealing with yet another broken heart. The killer is still on the loose and she wants the case solved before there’s another victim. Nate wants them to be friends and Jamie doesn’t want to be at first. She’s closed off from pain after losing her parents and having to take care of her sister. Her life is just fine the way it is. But the pressure of trying to catch the killer is a lot for the town to deal with so Jamie and Nate keep growing closer.

I like how they don’t just get back together… it takes a little time because of what happened in the past. This is the third book in the series so I would say start at the beginning to unravel the full mystery of the killer and to get the other romances. This was a pretty decent read, and I wanted to know who the killer was. I can see myself reading more from Myers in the future.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you to netgalley and harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fourth book in a series. And so confusing when you have not read the others. I need to read what books are about instead of just asking for them on impulse. It’s going to save me a lot of confusion in the long run. I say this now but I’ll probably be doing it again because I can’t say no to a Harlequin Intrigue book no matter what.

Bree and Tanner are getting married. This book literally picks up right after the other one so it’s like imperative you read the others first. They are getting married in like two weeks and Bree is losing her stuff over all the things she needs to do in order to get ready for the wedding. So Bree is freaking out about the wedding. Tanner is excited because they are going to be married and he’s so in love with her. It’s going to be amazing. Then something comes up and maybe they will end up at death til us part sooner than even getting married!

There’s a fire that happens at the shelter Bree works at and they think it’s targeting a specific woman. So tanner and Bree are trying to find out who did this and make sure the woman and her family are safe. So they end up going on a camping trip. This is where all of the intrigue and such in the story plays out. I was invested the whole time and could not stop reading.

This is a great intrigue story, but it would have been better had I read the others. Of course there’s a HEA. It’s so cute. I would definitely read the other books to see how the couple got to this point. There’s also mentions of other stories the author has done in this book so I would be keen to check those out as well. Bree and Tanner have been through a lot it seems, they definitely deserved the wedding and happiness they got.


Whew. So those are three more romances I’ve gotten done this week. I’ll probably be doing a lot of mash up reviews for my NetGalley books because I have so many of the darned things to get through. It’s a good problem to have, I’m not complaining.

Until I rant about books again,

BookTube Boyfriend Tag [Tag Post]

I don’t do YouTube, but I still thought this tag would be fun. The source of the tag is here.

Here are the questions

1. how long have we been dating

2. are you a reader

3. what hogwarts house are you in

4. what is my most anticipated book (this year or next year)

5. what was the last book i read 

6. what’s my favorite book

7. what is my favorite book genre

8. how much time do i usually spend reading

9. what is one thing you notice about my reading habits (ie: watching tv, listening to music etc.)

10. what book should i read sometime soon?

11. what book would you consider reading 

12. superhero or supervillain 

13. ask your s/o booktube terms

  • Booktube
  • Reading Slump
  • Tbr
  • wrap up
  • readathon
  • reading vlog

Here’s a photo of Ethan and the baby

Ethan and Ever

And here are Ethan’s answers:

  1. A year and three months (please note he counted on his fingers)
  2. Dyslexic.
  3. Hufflepuff (ew)
  4. Sarah J Maas books
  5. The last one he remembered is Frankenstein
  6. Jane Eyre
  7. YA
  8. All the time
  9. You just read whenever you can read
  10. The Shadowchildren Series
  11. The ones above
  12. Super villain
  13. BookTube- where people talk about books on YouTube. Reading slump- where you don’t read for like a day or two. Tbr- Tuber. Wrap up- summary. Readathon- where you just read until you pass out. Reading vlog- where someone talks about books on video.

I thought this would just be a fun silly little post. Enjoy 😊

Until I rant about books again,

The Saturday Supper Club by Amy Miller [Review]

Genre: Romance

My rating: 3/5 stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

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

Eve and Ethan were soul mates. Until Ethan left her without any warning, and Eve is left to pick up all of the pieces. It’s been three years since she’s seen Ethan. Then he shows up at her door for the Supper Club. Eve has moved on with her life though… she’s going to be opening a cafe and is in love with her boyfriend, Joe. Ethan doesn’t matter to her anymore. Yet, she can’t stop thinking about him now that he’s back in London. Ethan claims it’s destiny, but Eve isn’t quite sure.

I liked the first Amy Miller book I read recently, but this one doesn’t hold the same appeal for some reason. Perhaps I’m comparing the books too closely since I read them so close together. Miller writes contemporary well. I enjoy how she has the element of domesticity woven in as well. It’s important to respect women who work and also prefer to bake and such. I think Miller excels at showing women can still be awesome no matter what they decide to pursue.

Eve is a good character. Ethan is kind of annoying. The way Eve views Ethan is kind of obsessive and all consuming, like he’s the best thing that happened to her despite how he treated her by leaving. So it’s just hard for me to want to root for a couple who was torn apart by his actions and her having a boyfriend. I can’t explain why it bothers me so much. I don’t really like either character in regard to how they see their relationship. Then being thrown together for this Supper Club for the newspaper just seems like it’s going to implode.

Eve and Ethan have a lot of unresolved issues, and they have to work them out or just finally let go. Eve claims she’s happy with Joe, but she can’t stop thinking about Ethan. He says he’s come back to make his life right and to be with Eve because they are destined to be. Eve is trying to open a cafe and dealing with her best friend moving away. But most importantly, she loves Joe so much. Even though she doesn’t want to marry him…

The issues I had with this book weren’t major, but it didn’t make me like this one as much as The Girls Guide to Homemaking. Miller follows the same story arc for both books. A happy couple is destroyed by an action taken by the male partner. I know this is a popular trope, but the author didn’t have to use it for both of her books. There are so many other tropes the author can use. I would even be willing to suggest some. Seriously, I read a lot and would love to help.

My other issue is… the family secret in this book is huge. I don’t want to spoil it, but I was off put when it was revealed. I was hoping the book would take a different turn because I didn’t want Eve to choose Ethan after the truth comes out. It’s just a personal preference for me. If I was in her shoes, I would have walked away because it’s kind of gross and weird. It made me immediately hate them as a couple and stop caring about the rest of the book. I even skipped ahead hoping for a different ending and was left disappointed.

I don’t see this as a heartwarming story or romantic. Eve should have been with Joe. I don’t care about the rest of the book or how Miller wrote it. So don’t be misled by the headline. The story doesn’t fit the criteria at all. Ethan is annoying. Eve isn’t the best. They aren’t a good couple. Then Eve has a sister who adds in more drama, and I was rolling my eyes the entire time. I was also grossed out. Just no… nothing about this whole situation is less than a what the heck. This book wasn’t for me. I enjoy how Miller writes, no doubt. I’m hoping her other book I have left to read isn’t a disappointment.

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WWW Wednesday [September 25]

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! All you have to do is answers the following three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

I’m currently reading my first Harlequin Intrigue novel in years. It’s the third in a series about a serial killer so I’m a little behind, but I’m definitely enjoying it so far. The characters have been apart for seven years so I’m excited to see how they reunite and if the mystery of who this killer is will be solved yet.

What did I recently finish?

I recently finished yet another Christmas romance. You would think I’m getting sick of them, but I’m still going strong. I have a full review of this book available on my blog.

What do I think I’ll read next?

This one won’t be right away because of the other NetGalley books I have right now, but I’m excited about this one because of the jojo moyes blurb. I’ve kind of wanted a book that makes me cry. I haven’t had that in a very long time. It was just a book I could not resist so I’m glad I was approved.

That’s what I’m currently reading, what I finished, and what I’ll be reading next (soonish). I’d love to see what you’re reading or what you’ve finished or planning to read soon. Let me know.

Until I rant about books again,

Top Ten Tuesday- Books on my Fall TBR [September 24]

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here are 10 books on my fall TBR. These are all NetGalley books since I have so many to get through. I’m not going to be talking too much about them since some aren’t published yet, and there will be reviews for them. Either long or mini reviews.

This was a cover pick. I’m also excited because of the title. I have a good feeling about this.

I’ve been hearing awesome things about Talia Hibbert for years. So I’m so thrilled to have her first major romance title from Avon to read. It does have a warning for domestic violence so just keep that in mind if that’s a sensitive issue for you.

I think this is a sapphic Pride and Prejudice retelling so that’s awesome.

This was a cover pick and because of the blurb. I think it’s going to be an emotional read. I haven’t cried from a book in a long time, maybe this will be the one.

Yet another Amy Miller. I like her books. I think she’s becoming a new favorite contemporary author. Definitely check her out.

I’ve loved the purple harlequin books a loooong time. My grandma has been reading them for ages. It’s awesome finally see not just white people on the cover too.

Look at the cover. How could I say no? Also a prince and Christmas? It’s like a hallmark movie in a book. Yes please.

Christmas werewolf romance. What more need I say?

I just love all of the harlequin purple books. The end.

See my love for the purple books above. Just all of these books for me please.

So these are all the books I’m hoping to read for fall. I’m very excited and grateful to NetGalley and all of the publishers.

Until I rant about books again,

Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore [Review]

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: eARC via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So yet another Christmas romance in September. I guess publishers want to hook the reader early. It works though. I haven’t been able to stop requesting Christmas romances left and right.

Lila is dressed as a princess when she meets Emily and her father, Ford. Emily is convinced Lila is a princess, and no one is going to convince the little girl otherwise. Lila is attending an event in a silly princess dress because her company, Puppy Promise is donating a service animal to someone with hearing problems. I guess since it’s a romance book, there’s no big surprise Emily is the recipient of the service animal and Lila will be spending a lot of time with this family. Of course they are going to fall in love or something akin.

Lila helps Emily choose a puppy. Jeeves, the puppy, is going to be trained by Lila so he can be Emily’s ears and companion. Lila isn’t sure how well she is going to do with Emily since she doesn’t have a lot of experience with children. Her issues stem from an ex boyfriend calling her cold and uncaring. Bearing this in mind, she’s self conscious about being around Emily and making sure she treats the little girl properly. But Emily thinks Lila is an awesome princess and someone Emily can finally call a friend.

This is the second book in the Forever Home series. The first one is mentioned in passing because the series focuses on three sisters. So you get an appearance of the characters from the first book. So I guess it’s slight spoilers if you haven’t read the first one, which I haven’t but I was okay. This brings a sweet holiday romance with puppies into the mix and who doesn’t love that combination? I like this book because the characters were real and the romance was adorable. I like that Lila wants to make a good impression on Emily so she dresses like a princess every day and even sets up a tea party with Lila’s sisters. It shows Lila cares about her job, Emily, and she is close with her family. I adore stories when the families get along or people become a part of a family. I blame having a baby on this.

I like the way Ford and Lila get to know each other. Lila wants to be professional even though she’s attracted to Ford. And Ford is just a giant flirt in her eyes so she isn’t expecting anything serious from him. Lila is focusing on training the puppy for Emily, not thinking about falling in love. Of course Emily is growing attached to Lila and so is her dad. Ford and Lila spark up a friendship since she’s around so much. Of course, feelings shift for Lila and Ford. I like the pacing because it was not rushed. Lila is level headed and didn’t just jump into the romance because of professionalism and her hesitation after her last relationship. Lila is afraid she’s seen as cold and not caring and I like that Ford and Emily show her that she’s actually the opposite of what she believes.

My only issue with Puppy Christmas, is the way Lila just let her ex boyfriend say these things to her and she never really like talked to him about it. Her sisters defended her against him and told him he was wrong. He even apologized for what he thought of Lila, but I think them having an actual conversation would have been closure. Especially since Lila sets him up with someone else. I also thought this was a little strange too. I love this book a lot. I’m glad I got to read this, but I don’t know if I’m completely sold on just how Lila can let go of how her ex was so mean to her. Yeah, she cares about Ford and Emily. But being called cold seems to bother her so badly. Ford tells her she is a good person and how much Emily loves her. So I think that matters more, but I’m just surprised her ex is wrapped up so well and just dates another character Lila sets him up with. I just think Lila realizing she’s amazing on her own sooner would have been great instead of her sisters and Ford having to tell her. She runs Puppy Promise, she dresses like a princess to make Emily happy, and she’s the one in her family who always steps up. Lila needs to see on her own she is a caring person, not just other people telling her.

Okay but seriously, this is such a good book. Puppy Christmas is a must read for the holiday season. Read it because you get a cute romance along with puppies. Those are awesome on their own. Together they make up this awesome story. I like how the story focuses on all aspects of their relationship, not just falling in love. I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series. I think Gilmore is a new favorite romance author. This is a must this holiday season. Don’t miss out on this book along with the first one in the series.

Until I rant about books again,