Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Overall Rating: 4 Stars


Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Synopsis from Goodreads



Though this book took a little while for me to get in to, once I finally got over the hump, I was thrown into another one of Laini Taylor’s beautiful fantasies and loving every second of it.

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Romance Novels that Made Me Laugh Out Loud

While it’s not rare for me to squeal or sigh or groan while reading a book, it’s a bit more unusual for me to laugh out loud while reading.

When thinking about the theme of my book recommendations for this month, I decided to focus on the rare books that have made me burst out laughing while reading. The books that had my husband looking over at me as we lay in bed at night with a raised eyebrow and a shake of the head.

Here are the romance novels that gave me the giggles

Wrong by Jana Aston

Oh my gosh, I made so many noises while reading this book, laughing was just one part of it.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Pucked by Helena Hunting

Violet accidentally yelling, “I LOVE YOU!” while having sex with Alex for only the second time and tacking on, “MONSTER C*CK!” at the end to cover up her mistake had me bursting out laughing.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

When Lucy tries to walk in all smooth into work and ends up tripping and dropping her lunch box in front of Josh… classic.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

Keane is so ridiculous, you can’t help but roll your eyes at him, laugh at him, and love him all at once.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

The. Insults. MZ outdid herself with the snark in this one! So funny!
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Georgina’s demon boss takes the human form of John Cusack, but refuses to admit that he knows who John Cusack is. That’s just an example of the absurd hilarity in this series.
Goodreads | Amazon

Undead Series by MaryJanice Davidson

To be honest, I didn’t finish this series, but oh my goodness, the books I did read in this series seriously had me bent over with the giggles!
Goodreads | Amazon

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

I’ve mentioned that this book is one of my favorites and I find it so underhyped and underrated. It’s such a sweet story, but the funny parts in this had me dying.
Goodreads | Amazon

What are some books that have made you laugh out loud while reading?


From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

Overall Rating: 5 Stars


From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

[eBook Purchased from Amazon]

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.

Synopsis from Goodreads



The Hating Game… I mean… From Lukov with Love was so hard for me to rate. I seriously deleted and rewrote 4 and 5 continuously until I finally landed on 5 stars.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli / Love, Simon Movie/Book Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.



I had the opportunity to screen this movie before it officially came out… and I am so grateful that I did!

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Book Blogger Insider Tag

I don’t think I’ve ever really gone into detail about my blog/blogging style before, so I’m pretty excited to do this tag! Thank you to Panic at the Bookstore for tagging me (who not only has a fantastic blog, but the best freaking name ever).


1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!


Where do you typically write your blog posts?
I have a fun little reading chair in my library at home that I use to read (obviously), work, and write blog posts. I occasionally (but rarely) write my blog posts at work during down time.

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
Not long. Only about 10-15 minutes.

When did you start your book blog?
July 2017

What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
The unnecessary stress I put on myself to make sure I post every day, and to read other blogs and comment every day… even though I love doing all those things, sometimes life and my full-time job get stressful and I don’t want to do anything but curl up in bed and read — I end up feeling guilty if I don’t work on the blog every day.

What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
The. People. 100%. All of you guys are my very favorite thing.

What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
Hmmm… that’s tough. Randomly enough, I really like writing the posts that list my favorites from Audible sales. I love Audible and I love audiobooks, so it totally gives me an excuse to go through and find all the goodies. I also loved listing my favorite book boyfriends!

What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
I love Favorites posts and writing reviews.

When do you typically write?
I write reviews as soon as I can, but I plan out most of my blog posts months in advance. I leave an open space every other day for posts that pop up. Since I work 40+ hours a week and have two little girls, I rely heavily on scheduling my posts. Whenever I have downtime at home (usually on the weekends) I’ll write and schedule my posts for the upcoming week. One day I’ll do a full post on my blogging technique!

Do you review every book you read?
Yes. It’s something I’ve committed to doing. The only time I don’t review a book is if I don’t finish it. Everything else is fair game!

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
I sit in my reading chair, typically with a cup of tea 🙂

When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
I try to write my reviews immediately after I read a book, but sometimes it takes a day or two to get to it.

How often do you post?
I’ve been posting every day since December!


I tag…

Book Dragon Lair

Sincerely KarenJo

Book Twins Reviews

The Book Dutchesses 

The vagaries of Us




Freebie: I Love You to the Library and Back Printable

I can’t remember where I saw this quote, but I immediately fell in love with it.

Similar to the “Books are Proof that Humans Can Work Magic” graphic that I made, I used this graphic similarly in that I printed it and had my favorite authors sign it at Shameless Book Con.

This printable would be a great addition to a gallery wall in your library if you print it on cardstock and frame it, or you could have it printed on some blank greeting cards, put it on a bookmark, or make a signing board out of it!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!



Let me know if you end up using this! I’d love to see pictures!


The Longest Book Tag

First of all, shout out to The Book Duchesses for tagging me for this one! Hop on over and check out their blog!

Contrary to what the title of this tag may have led you to believe, this tag is about the largest books you have in your library as opposed to being a really long tag 🙂


So, don’t worry, I won’t keep you long!

Here are the rules:

  • Show the five biggest books on your shelves that you have read and tell a bit about them.
  • Show the two biggest books on your TBR and explain what you expectations are.
  • Last but not least, tag a few bloggers to do this tag!

Here are 5 of the longest books that I’ve read


Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (756 pages)

Believe it or not, I read this book in one night… the night I bought it. Yes, I admit it, I loved the Twilight saga when the books were first released. It wasn’t until the movies came out that I couldn’t stand it anymore!


Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas (693 pages)

I blew through this entire series in just a couple of weeks, so it all kind of blurs together. In other words, I can’t really tell one book from the next, it’s just all one story, so I don’t recall this book feeling any longer than the rest of them. Actually, considering the ending, I wish is WAS longer!

The wall of winnipeg and me

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (673 pages)

The fact that a contemporary romance novel is on this list is hilarious. Typically, long books tend to be fantasy, maybe paranormal, but contemporary romance? Leave it to the Queen of Slow Burns herself to make it on this list. This is 673 pages of burning so very slowly.


Wait for It by Mariana Zapata (670 pages)

Spoke to soon, MZ managed a second contemporary romance on this list. For me, her books never seem too drawn out even when they are crazy long like this. Wait for It was such a great slow burn, and such a sweet typical MZ story.
My review


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (626 pages)

Obviously the length of this book matters not to me considering this might be my most re-read book of all time. You absolutely must read the first book in this series for the impact of this book to really hit you. There are no words. I was a shell of myself after reading it.

Two of the longest books on my TBR


Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson (578 pages)

I literally picked this book up over 10 years ago. I don’t even remember what it is about and I refuse to read the synopsis before I read it again. I trust that it was interesting enough for me to buy it! Now, whether i ever get to read it before I die considering how many other books I have on my shelves is a different story.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (507 pages)

Though I’ve never read the book, I know the story well through the many movie adaptations. By far, my favorite adaptation was the most recent with Michael Fassbender. Anyway, I expect that there will be many highlight-worthy lines in this book.

Your Turn!

I tag anyone who would like to participate! Make sure you link back to this post so I can read your response!


Favorite Books from Audible’s Listens You Love Sale

Good morning!

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been MIA the past few days … I apologize for that! Work has been a nightmare lately.

Anyway, I’m back at it again today with some of my favorite reads from Audible’s Listens You Love Sale. These are either books I’ve read or books I want to read.


Details About the Sale

  • Members Only
  • Ends March 18 at 11:59pm
  • Sale consists of highest rated audiobooks for $6.95 each

I’m not sure if this is US only, but if you know, please fill me in and I’ll update this post!


Here are my favorites from this sale

Covers link to Audible.




King of Wall Street
By: Louise Bay

Ugly Love
By: Colleen Hoover

By: L.J. Shen

This is part of the Romance Package

American Queen
American Queen Series, Book 1
By: Sierra Simone

My review

The Negotiator
By: Avery Flynn

Shacking Up
By: Helena Hunting

Damaged Like Us
By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

Full Tilt
By: Emma Scott

How to Date a Douchebag
By: Sara Ney

This is part of the Romance Package

Ball Peen Hammer
By: Lauren Rowe

This is part of the Romance Package
My Review

The Knocked Up Plan
By: Lauren Blakely

Mack Daddy
By: Penelope Ward

Priest: A Love Story
By: Sierra Simone

My review


Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Stardust: The Gift Edition
By: Neil Gaiman



Two by Two
By: Nicholas Sparks

The Mountain Between Us
By: Charles Martin


Bios & Memoirs

Talking as Fast as I Can From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
By: Lauren Graham

Why Not Me?
By: Mindy Kaling

Eat, Pray, Love One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
By: Elizabeth Gilbert

Sounds Like Me My Life (So Far) in Song
By: Sara Bareilles

What are some of your favorites from the sale? Did you buy anything?



Broken Ties (Prequel, The Mentalist Series) by Kenechi Udogu

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Broken Ties (Prequel Novella)
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist Series
Format: eBook provided in exchange for an honest review

Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.


This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.




First thing’s first, I was so intrigued when I found out that the book was in Paul and Nora’s point of view!

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TeaChat: Playing Hooky

For those of you who are new around here, TeaChats are a monthly post that I do in which I pretend that you and I are going out and grabbing a cup of tea (or coffee or wine) and we’re chatting about what we’ve been up to lately.

Let’s chat!


February was a LOVEly month around here… minus a couple of rounds of sickness that made its way through my house (AGAIN!).

My husband and I played “hooky” (and by hooky, I mean we used PTO days) from work so that we could spend some time alone together while the girls were in school.

We very rarely get to hang out alone these days as babysitters are hard to come by… and I definitely have major mom guilt any time I am away from the girls too much since I work full time.

During our little staycation we saw two movies: The Shape of Water and Black Panther, went shopping, and went out to eat before picking the girls up from school.

Black Panther was AMAZING! I had goosebumps the entire time. The Shape of Water was… weird, but I respect it.

Anyway, let’s jump into the categories of what I’ve been up to lately.

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