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Weekly Wrap Up #1 [December 29, 2019- January 4, 2020]

I’m back into reading after being lazy for awhile. I was just wasting all of my time on my phone when I could have been reading. Sometimes I still end up on social media, but I’m trying to get better since my goal for this year is 220 books. It seems weird to include books from last year (haha), but I thought it’d make my life easier to keep my wrap ups weekly.

Here are all the books I read this past week:

This is a NetGalley book, publishing the 10th of this month. I’ll have a review up on the date. I like this author, but this book wasn’t my favorite. Stay tuned for my reviews for more thoughts.

Also a NetGalley book coming out this month. I’ve only heard good things, so I was so happy and lucky when I was approved. Once again, so many thanks to the publisher for the approval. But I have a review for this one upcoming. I’ll just say it’s just as adorable as people say, and I think it’ll be a favorite of this year for quite a few people.

This was an erotica short story I got from kindle unlimited. It was a quick read, and I gave it four stars. Amy Vander apparently doesn’t do erotica anymore, which is sad because I love how she writes. I’d recommend if you want a quick and short erotic story to curl up with before you spend some alone time with your partner.

I have a hit or miss relationship with Julie Murphy. But this was a big hit. There will be a review for it up on the other blog I write for, Reads and Reels so also follow that blog to see even more reviews I write that I don’t feature here. I’ll just say I gave it four stars.

And these are the books I did not finish:

I ended up deciding to DNF this at 13%. I heard good things about Tessa Bailey, but I couldn’t do the misogyny all up in this book. Maybe I’ll try another book by her, but this one wasn’t the right fit for myself.

I wasn’t in the right mindset for this one so I’m going to try it during February since it’s black history month. I’ve heard amazing things about the book, but I wasn’t in the mood for magical realism when I was reading this. And it was a two week book from the library so I had to take it back before I would want to read it.

This one was a DNF at 42%. I was just annoyed by the characters and the storyline. I’m sure many people will love it. But once again, not the right fit for me. I adore the Brazilian rep though. I live for books with Latinx leading ladies, and I want to read more from Mia Sosa soon.

So, I decided I’m going to DNF books I’m not feeling this year since I set my goal for 220. I am going to dnf physical books after 50 pages, and audio and ebooks after 20%. That’s how I plan to stay on top of my reading and only read what I’m deeply invested in.

What did you read this week? Did you make any book goals? I’d love hearing about them.

Weekly Wrap Up [October 13-26, 2019]

I realize I didn’t do a wrap Up last week so I’m going to do one for the last two weeks, but it’s going to be short. I also need to get back to asking Ethan about what the books are about, according to him. I’ve just been all over the place. But here’s all the books I have read over the last two weeks.

I finished this one last night. 5 stars. I’ll be writing a full review soon. Another book done for reading all of the books from Reese Witherspoon’s book club.

Find my thoughts here.

This was 3 stars. Just a book I picked up on Kindle Unlimited for Tropeathon. Pretty much just reiterating Google on all the cases.

1 star. Terrible writing. Just poorly edited. Avoid this.

Find my thoughts here.

Overall, the Mystic Bayou series gets 3.5 stars. It’s not bad, but I’m not super interested in everything it has going on either. I’ll have a review coming with more thoughts soon.

2 stars. I did not like this like I expected. I will have a full review of this soon too. Possibly.

5 stars. So funny. I loved this book a lot. Definitely check it out.

Find my thoughts here.

3 stars. I was sad since this was the newest West book, and I normally love her stuff. Really just hoping it was an anomaly.

This was an eARC from NetGalley I’ll have a full review on closer to the release date of December 3rd.

So that’s just a brief recap of everything I have read the last two weeks. I’ve done much more reading in the past few weeks, so I’m proud of myself. I’d love to know if you have read any of these books or possibly plan to. Let me know. Chatting with you all is so much fun.

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap Up [October 6-13, 2019]

My wrap up this week is a little different because I’ve been all over the map this weekend. I also won’t be doing what Ethan thinks each book is about this week because his band has a performance so he’s been crazy busy all weekend. I’ll be doing it again next weekend. It’s just easier to not have it done this week when everything is a little bit of chaos all around. Plus, it’s suddenly become autumn and I’m living for it. Two weeks ago, it was like 80 degrees and now I’m adoring the weather. Fall is the best time of the year… I’m sad it seems to go by so quickly. Anyway. Here are all the books I’ve read this week:

I really hated this…. I actually downloaded Audible Escapes solely for this since a few friends were listening to it. And I hated it so much, I gave it one star. You can find all my thoughts on this book here.

3/5 stars. This was another one I listened to on Audible Escapes. It’s a super cute story. I would definitely read the other books in the series. I just gave it three stars because so much was happening, and then it was just done.

This was probably one of my favorite reads all year. My full review is up, please check it out. I gave this one a solid 4 stars.

I decided I need to read this series because the books have been dormant on my shelves for ages. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s a good start. I gave it 4 stars, and I’m picking up the next one for Tropeathon. I have a TBR for this readathon coming up this week.

I picked this up on recommendation and didn’t like it at all. I think it may work for some people, but I only gave it 2 stars. I also have a review of this, too.

I gave this 3 stars. I’m sad because I was so obsessed with the first one. It was a 5 star read I could not put down. This second one just fell flat. I was bored and didn’t care. I barely remember what it was about at this point, and I skimmed most of the book toward the end. I hope the last one is better.

Another 3 star read. Actually I tend to give out a lot of 3 stars so I don’t know why I am surprised honestly…. my review with more of my thoughts will be up later today.

Stephanie recommended this to me… and I liked it! It’s a 4/5 star start to a series, which is a great sign to me. They are all on Audible Escapes. I just finished the first one, but I’m on the second one so I’m hoping to get the series done before my free trial runs out. I can’t justify paying for the audio books when I would use Kindle Unlimited more… so I’m going to start using the library for audio books more often.

This was an actually awesome reading week for me. I’m proud I did well despite having a teething baby who doesn’t want to nap. I stayed up later than I should have a few nights, but I just need the me reading time. I’m excited to know what everyone else read this week. Have you read any of these books or plan to? I’d love to discuss them.

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap Up [September 30-October 5th]

I didn’t actually complete as many books this week as I have been. I took a much needed break from NetGalley, and I have been reading books from Kindle Unlimited and books I own which I’ve had for ages. It’s just been an off week because I was watching some Hulu, but I think with Ethan being off work, I didn’t read as much since I don’t normally get to spend a lot of time with him. So I’ll just update you on the book I read this week and the books I’m currently reading. This won’t be much of a post, but I hope to have a better post next week.

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4/5 Stars

My full review is available.

I am currently reading:

I’m liking this first book so far. I’m very interested in the manifestation of powers and how the politics of the land will play out.

I started this on audio because some friends were reading it as well. It’s a piece of trash full of dumb tropes, and I hate it. Of course I’m going to complete listening, but I just have a lot of issues to complain about in regard to this series.

I like this one, but I also am kind of cringing at certain elements. The enemies to lovers is so freaking strong, and I understand high school kids can have sex and behave this way. I just think I would have liked this book better if it was set in more of an adult setting rather than high school. I blame this on me getting old but still wanting decent new adult books, too.

I’m hoping to finish all these current books this week and possibly add a few more. But I also want to watch a lot of The Goldbergs so I don’t know what’s going to happen with reading once I decide to turn on Hulu. I’m weak, okay?

I’d love to hear about what you read this week and what your upcoming plans are for books. I’m enjoying Blogtober too. It’s quite fun. I can’t wait for Blogmas.

Until I rant about books again,

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,

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,

Weekly Wrap Up [September 15-21]

I didn’t read a lot this week. I made a bad choice and requested way too many books on NetGalley so I have a ridiculous NetGalley TBR now. I’ll definitely be doing a post soon about the NetGalleys I have gotten, and you’ll see what I’ve read from NetGalley in my upcoming wrap up for the month/how I did for September Swoons.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Rich white kids doing weird culty things.

My rating: 3/5 Stars

You can find my full review here.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: girl trying to find herself and turns out she’s just a basic bitch.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

My thoughts: This was a sweet book that reminds me of Sophie Kinsella and other British romance authors. I really did love this book. I have a review coming up this week so stay tuned for my full thoughts soon.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A Supper Club full of Swingers

My rating: 3/5 Stars

My thoughts: I did not love this book like I expected. It left me disappointed and mad. This one is also going to be reviewed this week so also look out for this one.

I didn’t really very much this week… yikes. I am going to be trying to read NetGalley books and get caught up on those. I regret requesting so many. I’m still waiting to hear about 25 I have pending so I guess we’ll see what happens what that. My ratio is going to take a beating if I don’t keep up.

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 #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.

August Wrap Up.

I didn’t read a lot in August because we got Hulu so I’ve been watching way too much of that recently. I can’t really blame the baby because he’s pretty chill. I’m still getting used to having a blog, and I do enjoy when people like my posts. It can be a little discouraging as well, when I don’t get any views so I worry I’m doing something wrong. But this is so much fun, and I can’t wait to keep growing and writing more.

So here are the few books I’ve read last month and an update of what I’m reading for September Swoons along with the books from August I’m still reading.

We moved so I pulled out my trashy books. 4 stars. I will eventually complete the series. I don’t know why I like these books when they are the same again and again,with the same overused plots and incest.This was a Review book, I gave it 4 stars. It’s about witches and a town where witchcraft is illegal. I’m curious to see how the relationships will develop. This series definitely has potential. Goodreads review here. This book was from the Facebook group, Young Adult Book Stop.

I adored this book a lot. I’m looking forward to the other two. Academy books are a genre I didn’t even really know I loved til now. This was a solid 4 stars. Got this book from the author in the Facebook group, Young Adult Book Stop.4 stars. A NetGalley book that comes out next year. I’ll be taking about it more closer to the release date.

5 stars. I still don’t have words.

The rest of these are reviewed on Goodreads and my blog so I’ll just be leaving the rating and the links for the reviews to avoid repeating myself.4 stars. Review Here. Definitely a unique read. Procured from Young Adult Book Stop.4 Stars. Review Here. Read for Hello Sunshine Book Club Reading Challenge.4 Stars. Review Here. NetGalley from Avon Books UK.

3 stars. Review Here. NetGalley from Avon Books UK.

4 stars. Review Here. Read for Hello Sunshine Book Club Reading Challenge.

4 stars. Review Here. Yet another book I got from Young Adult Book Stop. The author gave me the first two to read as well so the series makes sense.

I’m still reading

Frankenstein is slow going so I picked up the audio book from the library so I can finish it.

I loved the other two a lot, but I’m having issues finishing it. I think it’s a little boring.

I’m hoping to read more in September with my September Swoons so wish me luck. What have you read recently? Let me know.