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September Swoons 2019 Wrap Up [Reading Challenge]

I set a goal for myself to only read romance in September because it’s a genre I used to love, but I’ve gotten away from it. I’m glad to be back to it. I’d like to give you some suggestions of where I get my romance suggestions from

Bree at Falling for Romance and her YouTube channel, Bree Hill.

Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk on YouTube.

Sarah from Tea Hags on YouTube.

Chandler Ainsley from YouTube.

Here’s all the romance I read this month. It’s a lot! They are not in order of when I read them or what I liked most. I just kinda put them in the post and that’s how they are going to stay because I’m lazy. I’m just going to talk about each of them briefly. You can find all the reviews for them on previous posts. It was a good month for reading romance, and I know it’s going to continue for a long time. It’s great to be back reading a genre I love so much.

Christmas and royalty are so great together. This one will definitely get you into the holiday spirit. It’s the first one in a trilogy as well.

This is like book eight in a series so there’s a lot of mentions of other characters from prior novels. I stopped trying to keep track. I liked this one mostly… just wish the rivals to lovers aspect was stronger.

Brother’s best friend. I love it. Just kinda over the awkward yet pretty protagonist all of the time. This wasn’t a bad read, just rather formulaic.

The mystery of a serial killer in a small town. What’s not to love? Even better when you add in romance.

Will these people finally get their happy ending? The conclusion to their story had their wedding being planned… but it may not go according to plan.

This is so cute. I could not stop reading this book. Puppies and Christmas together make for a great time. Definitely add to your holiday romance books.

If you want a badly written Gossip Girl type book, you can try this book. I don’t recommend it. The romance isn’t great, and the book is not that well written.

Cute contemporary Christmas romance. I’m happy how it ended, but I kinda wish it had been more Christmas oriented than it shows on the cover.

Amy Miller is a new fav contemporary author. Both of her books have romance. I did not like one of them, but you may find you do so she’s definitely worth checking out.

So the main heroine in this book was so oblivious I wanted to scream the entire time I was reading the book. Honestly this kind of turned me off Penny Reid because it was just not great. The romance is kind of annoying and just… I would say try her Winston Brothers series instead. Even though I still need to finish that one…oops.

Adorable. This was like the first romance I read for the month, and it set a decent pace. I can’t wait to read more max Monroe.

Both of the above were good Christmas books. Mostly. Let It Snow was a little less annoying because it wasn’t like subtlety full of Jesus and making me want to hit my head against the wall. But both deal with family situations so if you’re looking for those, try both of these out.


So I did read a lot more romance than I expected to. I still have so many NetGalley romances to go through. I also need to take a library trip eventually so I can have all of the romances. But I do have Kindle Unlimited so I think I’ll be okay. I’m so thrilled to be back into reading romance, but I’m also craving a thriller so I’ll be reading some of those in October. Have you read any good romances lately or read any of these? I’d love to talk about them with you.

Until I rant about books again,

2019 DNFs [So Far]

I know book reviews and wrap ups are great. But I’m also trying to write other posts which could be interesting. I used to not be someone who DNFs books, but I have too many books to read at this point. Not to mention, I have a five and a half month old so my reading time is precious to me. I DNFd 15 (!!) Books this year. So far.

I used to push through books but now I just DNF them. That’s easier. Sometimes I just remove them completely and don’t even count them to DNF if I just read a short bit. It’s how I make my reading system work for me.

I got this book from booksirens. It was much too sci-fi for me, I just couldn’t get into the premise. I would say it would be great for YA sci-fi fans. Just not for me.

Another book from booksirens. The problem with this book is I did not enjoy the romance. I was like three chapters in and the main character was being asked by her potential love interest to show him her goodies. This was so he would agree to fake marry her. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes so I decided no.

The dialogue in this YA book was too simplistic. It seems like it was meant more for tweens. I liked the message of being eco conscious with clothes and such. I also didn’t love the gay best friend being a stereotype.

Just another new adult romance I couldn’t get into. I think my issue was yet another cliche romance I wasn’t feeling. This seems to happen a lot with the office romance books to me.

This is about two people who meet after bad relationships and fall in love. It just was not interesting. I felt like nothing was going to happen so I just ended up being unable to finish the book at 75%.

The narrator was a mess in this book. And I just was so upset when I read reviews to see if other people shared my thoughts. I want to avoid spoilers, but I don’t understand the appeal of this book.Didn’t like the language and structure of the book. I only made it ten pages in before I gave up.

I thought this was going to be an adorable romance. It was a Christian romance though so it wasn’t for me. The story had cute aspects, but I’m not religious so the book wasn’t the right fit for me.

I read this while I was being induced and dealing with a newborn. I wasn’t about a really long book regarding dragons I found super boring so I just put it down. I am not a huge adult fantasy fan. I do love Samantha Shannon’s other series though… I can’t wait for the last book. It’s been so long…

This book was too dry for me. I also think I had issues reading it because I was pregnant with a boy at the time. Not that I’m worried about Ever becoming like the child in the book, but I just couldn’t deal with the narrator incessantly going on and on. I plan to try again in the future with this one since I have heard it’s worth the time. I will probably do it on audio.

I only tried up to page 50, but I didn’t feel any desire to read this book. I thought the forensics and setting could keep me going, but I did not care. Also, the spoilers I read about annoyed me. Maybe I’ll try this again someday, but I have other books to read so this will be a did not finish for now.

This book was annoying at the start when the main character went on and on about being a social media influencer. Then it got worse when the love interest when mmm juicy ass and she walked in on the guy just grabbing his balls while he was naked.it was supposed to be like some cute story, but I was super turned off so no thanks.

I just saw this as a bad rip off of The Kiss Quotient, but just bad. It was so dry and uninteresting. The reviews also aren’t great.

I just was not in a good mindset to read this book… it’s about homelessness and mental illness. I know it’s going to be a good book, but I have been reading a lot of romance so it just doesn’t work currently. I will probably pick up a copy from Amazon soon though.

And those are all-of the books I have put on my DNF list for now. I’m hoping the rest of 2019 is just filled with good reads but I’m currently in a reading slump so guess I shall see what the rest of the month will bring…

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap-Up #2 [September 8-14]

I didn’t read a lot this past week. I still need to catch up on some eARCs on NetGalley. I did get all of the ones I needed done on time though. It’s nice way to watch my percentage go up instead of fall though. I did kind of make a poor choice, and I requested 26 romance books on NetGalley. I was approved for three. Guess we’ll see what happens with the others.

Here are all the books I read this week, complete with what Ethan thinks each of them are about.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Groupie chick falls in love with rockstar. He dumps her and she gets mad.

My rating and thoughts: 3 stars.

It’s been done before. The trope of bad boy and good girl. I don’t mind the brothers best friend trope, that’s one of my favorite ones. I’m just tired of smart girl suddenly becomes enamored with the hot dude who is right down the hall from her. That’s exactly what this story is.

Haley moves in with her brother and his best friend. The best friend is named Cade and he is a man whore. He sleeps with a lot of women. Of course, he’s mean at first to Haley but eventually gets attached to her. However, Haley has a boyfriend named Adam. He is the nice guy, but he wears a lot of cologne.

But of course Adam is a bad dude and Cade saves the day so Haley is like, I’m going to fall in love with Cade. Of course, there’s more to the story but I don’t want to discuss spoilers.

The parts of the story I highlighted were about how perfect Cade was and how sexy. There was a lot about smells. I’m not sure if Haley is just like a blood hound but she was so obsessed with Adams cologne and then how Cade smelled. One specific line was, I can smell that fresh scent. I would be happy if this is the only scent I ever smell again. I’m not sure why it bothered me so much, but there was way too much about olfactory references.

The smut aspect of the book wasn’t bad, but it didn’t appeal to me too much in this story.

This author just wasn’t for me. This would work well for someone just starting out reading new adult or doesn’t mind the same old tropes overly done. I did enjoy how Cade was written. The ending just seemed rushed. Also, do not read the synopsis of the second book unless you want spoilers.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Two really depressed drug addicts in recovery meet in halfway house and they relapse at the end and die. My rating and thoughts: 4 stars.

Jess and Alex have a fair amount of parallels in their lives. Both are dealing with the loss of loved ones, career changes, and living in London. It’s a new start for each. Both are determined to lead their own lives and avoid relationships since they both had prior ones end poorly. So they resolve to be friends. They are also living in a shared house with a no couples rule… of course they aren’t going to fall in love, right?

This book contains a lot of cute elements. Jess loves romantic movies and has this sweet relationship with her grandmother. Jess was raised by her grandmother and even posts on Instagram so she can see her granddaughters life in London. It’s a cute story, but it’s more of a friendship between Jess and Alex most of the time. It’s a really slow burn Christmas romance, I suppose.

Overall, a super cute story. I really like how it describes London so well. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a quick, sweet romance with a little bit of holiday. I would read more from this author.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Story about the Dalmatian and how he likes winter and snow.

My rating: 3 stars. You can find my full review here.


Well. This was my week in reading. Feels good to have some of my NetGalley books caught up. I’m feeling good with my September Swoons Reads. I’m so excited to share those with you at the end of the month. How’s your wrap up for the week looking? Or how about just your Reads so far since September is halfway over ? (!!!)

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap-Up #1 [September 1-7]

I meant to start doing wrap ups like a week ago. Of course I didn’t. I’m just that person, I guess. So here’s how my wrap ups are going to work. I’ve been reading a lot of romance in September. I blame Bree over at https://fallingforromance.com/. Check her out. She’s fantastic, and she’s even writing articles for Frolic. Do not sleep on her and her blog. She’ll give you all the romance books you need and more!

What I’m trying to do with my wrap ups though is make them a little more fun to read and just delightful for me. So each week, I’m going to show my partner the covers of the books I’m reading and ask him what he thinks they are about. I will be putting below each book what he thinks it’s about followed by own thoughts. I’m very excited about this. I garnered my inspiration from Steph’s Romance Book Talk and her video about her partner judging a book by its cover, found here. She was inspired by BooksandLala. I don’t watch the second channel so if you’re interested in that channel, you can find them on YouTube.

Here are all the books I’ve read the first week of September.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Doing cocaine

Rating and my thoughts: 3 Stars. This was a disappointment. I’ve never been so sad about a book before. Riley Sager is one of my favorite authors. I can’t even remember the name of the main character anymore. I ended up seeing the plot twists coming. Not really worth talking about in my opinion. Definitely check out the other books Sager has written.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Dude makes another dude for sexy time

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. This is a classic for a reason. It’s bad ass how a woman wrote one of the first science fiction books. But this was kind of boring to me. I did enjoy it, but I only survived it because I read the retelling by Kirsten White so I knew the basic story line. So, not a bad book but I’m not going to read it again.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Girl has sex with brothers billionaire best friend

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. Book one done for September Swoons. I loved it mostly,but I was also kind of bored. I enjoyed it,but I think Maybe was too tropey being pretty and awkward. I kind of just want a normal protagonist for once 🤷🏻‍♀️

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Cave man walking around New York and falls in love with human

Rating and my thoughts: 3 Stars. 2nd book finished for September Swoons.

I started reading The Winston Brothers series awhile ago, but I’m waiting until I have all of the books to binge read them. So I decided to try some new Penny Reid (new to me). But this was disappointing. Janie is so dense and oblivious. For someone so intelligent, she’s so freaking stupid. She also gets more annoying. The plot line of this book is not really good. I found it a little outlandish and hard to believe given how it’s set up. Quinn was not an interesting love interest. The only thing this book did for me was make me want a hot dog. And I don’t eat animals so just a veggie dog for me, thanks. I planned to read the whole series, but this went downhill so fast. I hope the Winston Brothers series doesn’t turn to shit, but I have heard and read good things so fingers crossed 🤞

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Fourth dimensional being

Rating and my thoughts: 3 stars. 3rd book read for September Swoons.

I’ve seen countless people buzzing about this book. It’s a build up for me… a build up read I craved for awhile. I found it on Kindle Unlimited so I decided to take the chance.

I have a love hate relationship with Colleen Hoover books. I don’t know how to explain it well. I will hate her books, but yet I read them. So I think I secretly love them. Yikes.

I read a lot of thrillers. This was dark, but I didn’t love it the way I do the other dark ones. I love Karin Slaughter or Clare Mackintosh for thrillers which make you go holy cow. This book wasn’t it for me. It may appeal to other readers though.

I was able to put this book down so I was not addicted. I just kept complaining to my partner about some of the passages. Maybe it’s because I could resonate with some aspects because it reminded me of when I was struggling with my post partum depression, but this book was next level screwed up.

Try this book out if you want, I just didn’t enjoy it. I also cheated and counted it as romance… but there was a small romance so I think I’m okay.

I should probably just not read this author, but I probably will keep doing so.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Medieval farming

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. Sad it’s over, glad it ended the way it did. The last book in the Conqueror Saga… Lada is so bad ass. This book is brutal. I love what White writes. I can’t wait to read more from her. I hope she will do more than retellings in the future though.

All reviews come from my Goodreads. Check it out here.

It’s fun asking Ethan what he thinks my books are about. I’m looking to more of this each week. I’ll be doing the boyfriend BookTube tag soon but adapted to my blog. I had a good reading week and September Swoons is going well.

September Swoons TBR and Current Reads

So the month of September is going to be a deep dive into the romance genre for me. It’s one I used to read as a teenager. Yeah, I read those Harlequin Romance books when I was a tween and young teen. Mostly the purple mystery ones. I was so addicted to those back in the day. I’m not sure why I got away from romance because it’s a great genre. The best part is I don’t even have to buy any books because I have a lot of romance books on my Kindle. I actually added 16 books to a collection for this month. I don’t know if I will get through that many, but here are 10 books I’ve planned out for September Swoons. I will also be reading some other books as well… but those will be talked about in my weekly wrap ups.

Some of these are eARCs. The rest are books I’ve had on my Kindle.

  • All I Want- Tamara Lush (eArc)
  • To Be Your Girl -Rae Kennedy (eArc)
  • We Met in December- Rosie Curtis (eArc)
  • Meant to Be- Melody Grace
  • A Girl Like Her- Talia Hubbard
  • From Scratch- Katrina Jackson
  • Cracked Kingdom- Erin Watt
  • The Perfect Game- J Sterling
  • Challenge-Amy Daws
  • Step Brother Dearest- Penelope Ward

And these are the books I’m currently reading:

Are there any romance books you think I should read? Have you read any of the books on my list? Join me for September Swoons if you wish. I’ll be using the hashtag #septemberswoonsreads on Twitter. My username on there is hybibliophiliac. Come find me and follow along or join me!