Goodreads Recs: To Read or Not to Read Book Tag #2

Hey there booklovers!

I created this tag and I thought I’d resurrect it once per month. Feel free to participate, too!

Because I’m SURE we all need MORE books on our TBR, right? /sarcasm

Here are the ‘rules’:

  1. Link back to Bree @ In Love & Words
  2. Look at your Goodreads Recommendations (Goodreads>Browse > Recommendations)
  3. Choose a shelf (To-Read, Read, etc.)
  4. Pick at least 3 of the recommended books
  5. Share the synopsis and covers of each book
  6. Add the “Recommended because I added _____ ” section (change to “list” view and hover over “Because you added…”)
  7. Decide whether or not you’re going to add it to your TBR
  8. Explain why or why not
  9. Tag at least 3 friends

Goodreads Book Recs

updated: March 26, 2019 09:33 AM. Based on my ‘Favorites’ shelf.

The Man I Love (The Fish Tales, #1) by Suanne Laqueur

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“A watershed moment exists in every man’s life, Fish—the moment he stops being his mother’s son and starts being his lover’s man. When he transitions from protected to protector.”

Erik “Fish” Fiskare is only a college junior when a gunman walks into the campus theater, intent on stopping the show. From the lighting booth, Fish sees his girlfriend, Marguerite “Daisy” Bianco, get caught in the line of fire. Everyone runs away from the stage but Fish, in a watershed moment, runs toward it.

Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of friends. At the center are Fish and Daisy, two soul mates who always brought out the best in each other. Both are hailed as heroes after the shooting, yet the tragedy starts to bring out the worst in them, tearing the circle apart.

Soon, Fish is running again—not toward Daisy this time, but as far away as possible. But can you really leave the one you were born to love? And is leaving always the end of loving?

“You never got over her, Fish. You just left. You may think that’s closure, but it isn’t. You may think a woman like Daisy comes along twice in a lifetime, but she doesn’t.”

Fearlessly touching on today’s social and mental health issues, The Man I Love follows Erik Fiskare’s journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can’t forget. With its gripping story and an unforgettable cast of characters, this epic novel of love and forgiveness lingers long after the last page is turned.

“A new kind of romance, well-crafted and intelligently written. Suanne Laqueur deftly explores what it means to be vulnerable, resilient and human.”

“A compelling, heartfelt, intense read. The Man I Love raises important and tough social topics that are relevant and timely.”

“An intelligent, perfectly-pitched modern romance. NOT your typical boy meets girl, but a story of first love and how people handle extreme situations.”

“The Man I Love looks love, sex, depression and PTSD in the face and calls them by name. An astounding journey of forgiveness and recovery.”

“Laqueur combines the dynamics of a circle of friends with a school shooting. The result is The Man I Love, a gripping, angsty psychological romance that explores second chances at first love. Book clubs will find plenty to discuss in this coming-of-age emotional journey of forgiveness and recovery. The characters are flawlessly crafted and deserving of love after tragedy. You’ll be thinking about them long after you’ve finished.”

“From university to adulthood, through love and loss, devotion and betrayal, estrangement and forgiveness, the Fish Tales series will bring you on an emotional journey of love and truth.”

Recommended because I added: All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? I really don’t think I can handle this. It’s a little too intense for me. I might consider it if it is highly recommended by a friend, but otherwise, I don’t think I can do it.

 

Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy, #1) by Annette Marie

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Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess-and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command-whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate-but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope… and hope is all she has left.

Recommended because I added: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Add to TBR? Yes
Why or Why Not? Wow this actually sounds really good and it’s highly rated on Goodreads. I actually can’t believe I haven’t heard of this before. The cover is pretty, too!

 

Charming Hannah (Big Sky, #1) by Kristen Proby

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From New York Times Bestselling author, Kristen Proby, comes the first in an all-new trilogy in her beloved Big Sky Series!

Hannah Malone loves her new town. Despite living in Cunningham Falls for five years, she’s still considered a “move in” by most of the locals, and that doesn’t bother her in the least. She’s the “new girl”, and she hasn’t regretted it for one day. This town is her sanctuary. Her home. The one place she finally fits in and feels safe after a lifetime of being different and running from the memories and a past so far away it can’t haunt her anymore.

As the newly appointed police chief, Brad Hull has the responsibility to keep his citizens safe and to maintain order. His roots in this town are deep—five generations deep, to be exact. Cunningham Falls, Montana is his town, and being a cop and protecting what’s his is his passion. Everything’s running like clockwork until a sassy redheaded doctor moves in and disrupts the order—and Brad’s focus.

She’s not just beautiful, funny, and strong. Hannah’s everything he’s been looking for in a woman. The chemistry is undeniable, and the heat in the bedroom is off the charts. Brad knew the minute he met Hannah that she was the one for him. He’s tenacious in his pursuit of her. But when the past catches up with Hannah, will Brad be able to protect her and their hearts?

Recommended because I added: Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? This sounds like it is a spin-off series and I’m kind of a stickler for reading things in order.

 

Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles, #1) by Jillian Dodd

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Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Recommended because I added: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? I’m 100% not usually into the YA Hollywood trope. Though this one sounds like it could potentially be interesting, I’m just not interested enough.

 

Strength & Courage (The Night Horde SoCal, #1) by Susan Fanetti

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The only constant is change.

The Night Horde SoCal is the new charter of the Night Horde MC, one that rose up from the ashes of a violent war with a drug cartel. The Horde’s outlaw days ended with that war.

Muse, like many of his SoCal brothers, was a member of an MC that was destroyed in that fight. A former Nomad enforcer, he’s struggled to be settled in a straight life. But Southern California is his home, his family is now Horde, and he has responsibilities. So he keeps his head down and does his best to take care of his family and responsibilities.

Sidonie has recently moved to Madrone, the town where the Night Horde SoCal has set up its base, to begin her job as a social worker for San Bernardino County. It’s work she feels a sense of mission to do.

Muse and Sid meet under stressful circumstances, on opposite sides of a dilemma. When Muse tries to bring her to his side, a fire catches between them.

As their feelings for each other deepen, the work of the SoCal charter becomes dangerous again. But the club isn’t the only potential danger for Sid. Her own work carries risk, too.

Muse needs to keep her safe. Sid needs to stand on her own. They won’t have a future together until they find the place where those needs merge and make them stronger.

Strength & Courage is the first book in the Night Horde SoCal series. Though this series, and thus its backstory, spins off from the Signal Bend Series, and though key characters from that series appear here, this focus is on the SoCal charter. If you haven’t been to Signal Bend yet, you won’t be lost in Madrone.

Note: explicit sex & violence.

Recommended because I added: All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? You lost me at drug cartel.

 

Tag… You’re it!

 

 

Buzzword Readathon Vlog | Owlcrate/SipsBy Unboxing, Book Shopping, & A Lot of Whining {New Video}

I’ve successfully completed my very first Buzzword Readathon!

It wasn’t without it’s challenges. Both of my girls were sick and then I got sick, but I somehow was able to read all six books that I was planning on reading this week for the Readathon.

If you’re interested, I vlogged the entire time. You can check out the video here:

I’ll be updating again soon with my reviews of the books I read during the readathon. 🙂

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1) by Christina Lauren

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Sweet Filthy Boy
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

GOODREADS

Review

This was only the second Christina Lauren novel I’d ever read and it’d had been sitting in my Audible library for quite some time.

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

GOODREADS

Review

I had high hopes for my very first Jennifer L. Armentrout novel, particularly this series since I’ve heard so many good things about it … I even met her and the cover model for this series at Apollycon a couple years ago.

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Recently Read Mini-Reviews: March 2019

My house is, yet again, a sick house.

My oldest had a fever on Friday which turned out to be a bad cold and an ear infection that we are treating. Then, today, despite me separating the girls since my 6yo had symptoms, I got a call from my 4yo’s school saying she was running a fever.

And now my throat is scratchy.

Oy.

Wish us luck! At least next week is Spring Break for them, so they can recover.

ANYWAY…

Here are the mini-reviews for books that I’ve read recently!

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Giant Book Haul: Book Outlet, Books-a-Million, Paperback Exchange, Thriftbooks

Lesson learned: don’t wait too long to do a book haul otherwise it will be enormous.

Clearly my mission to fill up my new bookshelves plus the discovery of a used bookstore near me has impacted my book-buying habits!

I filmed and posted my Book Haul video for Booktube a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been putting off taking photos of the books since then, however, I finally was able to take the photos, so I’m able to share with you all the glorious books I purchased over the past several weeks!

If you’d like to watch the video, you can do so here:

If you’d rather just scroll through and see the synopses for the books, keep on reading!

Continue reading “Giant Book Haul: Book Outlet, Books-a-Million, Paperback Exchange, Thriftbooks”

Buzzword Readathon TBR & Recs! + {New Video}

The Buzzword Readathon starts on Monday and I’m SO ready.

OK, maybe not SO ready, but kind of ready and also nervous because I have a lot of physical books on my list and only one audio. Finding time to sit down and read a physical book is always a challenge for me, but that’s the whole point right?

If you’d rather watch this TBR and rec, check out my video here:

Otherwise, keep reading!

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Submission (Submission #1) by C.D. Reiss

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Submission
Author: C.D. Reiss
Series: Submission #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Jonathan Drazen. Gorgeous. Charming. Smart. Rich.
All the ingredients for a few nights of mind-blowing pleasure are right there. He’s made it perfectly clear he can’t love me, and I’m not out to fall in love either.
But I can’t stay away from him. He’s got this bossy way about him in bed. The word “Sir,” falls from my lips, and when he tells me to get on my knees…well, my knees have a mind of their own.
I got this. I can be his slave for a few nights and walk away unscathed.
We get in. Get it on. Get the hell out. Done.
He knows the line between love and lust. It’s right between my legs.
Now, let’s see if that line blurs for me.

GOODREADS

Review

This was the first CD Reiss book that I didn’t love.

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott
Format: Hardcover book purchased from Barnes & Noble
Synopsis:
Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

 

GOODREADS

Review

This book was everything I hope the movie will be. (And I plan on seeing the movie this weekend.)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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.

This week’s topic is really hard for me only because I feel like I read nothing but series/duologies/trilogies, so I have very few standalone books that I’ve read and of those, even less that I truly feel need a sequel.

Therefore, I’m adjusting this Top Ten Tuesday to Top However-Many-Books-I’ve-Read-That-I-Wish-Had-Sequels, which will definitely not be ten.

I’m sorry.

Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Right off the bat, this book popped into my head. I LOVED this book and even though it wrapped up really well, it left me wanting more because I just loved it so very much.

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My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
This is the second book that popped in my mind out of anger. It ended on a cliffhanger with no sequel in sight and I wanted to throw the book across the room and drown in tears of sorrow over the fact that no sequel will ever be written. I adored the evil book, but I hate cliffhangers!

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Ok, so the rest of the books in this list are pure fluff. I simply want sequels only because I feel like I could live in these worlds forever and I wouldn’t even care if the sequel had no plot… I’d read about Lucy and Josh’s day-to-day lives in hundreds of books because I love them so much.

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
It’s just that I wanted so much to read more about this couple’s story… so much more than the Happily Ever After… I felt unsatisfied at the end.