Top 5 Wednesday: Characters’ Fitness Routines I Want

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Happy Top 5 Wednesday!

Things have been hectic around here with school starting this week, but I couldn’t miss a Top 5 Wednesday. Especially this one since the theme is “Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want,” and I am currently on Month 3 of trying to up my fitness game.

As a little reminder, Top 5 Wednesdays is a theme/tag developed by GingerReadsLainey and moderated by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. I discovered T5W thanks to Amanda over at A Court of Books and Love. Check out the GoodReads group if you’d like to participate, too!

And we’re off…

Feyre Archeron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

Ok, so mostly I want her routine because in books 2 and 3 she works out with three great guys, but also because she is working out with magic and strength. Pretty freaking cool.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy Series

Working out with Dimitri Belikov? Sign me up. And not just because he’s gorgeous, but because he really pushes her to go beyond her limits. I really wish there was some sort of fitness class that was based on dhampir training lol!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Sal Casillas from Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Kulti

Bringing it back to the “real” world for a moment, one thing I always wished I’d done was participated in sports more. As it happens, I’m the least athletic person known to mankind, so when I read Kulti, I was jealous of Sal’s ability. What a fun way to exercise!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Aiden Graves from The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Ok, so maybe not his exact workout routine, because it’s monstrous, but I mostly have him on this list because of his dedication to it from nutrition to the amount of time he puts in at the gym. It’s his life and he doesn’t stray from it.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Eliza Caelum from How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo

How to Kill a Rockstar

It’s not a big part of the book, but Eliza is a runner. I’ve always been super jealous of runners because I am certainly not one. It’s incredibly uncomfortable for me to run and being that I live in Florida, the heat is way too intense for me. I much prefer cycling since it is a heck of a lot cooler given the wind + sweat situation. I just don’t move fast enough when I run to cool down from the wind!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

And that wraps up my list! In putting it together, I realize how few characters in books I read have workout routines. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to come up with a list of five, but I’m happy with this list!

 

What about you? Which characters have your favorite workout routines? Comment below or link to your own Top 5 Wednesday post!

 

Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

[Audiobook Given in Exchange for Honest Review]

Bells of Avalon

Goodreads synopsis:

Thrust into a limelight she never chose, Katie’s been paired with Danny for as long as she can remember. Films, roadshow tours, and drugstore appearances…post-war Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of the sweetheart team. They’ll even fall in love one day. But young love seldom survives the fog wake of Los Angeles–a place of dreams and nightmares.

 

Review

Bells of Avalon was gorgeous and tragic with just a tiny glimmer of hope. This story has that softened, almost blurry feel of closeups in those movies from the 1950s and 60s, where everything is all gentle hues and violins. There is always that touch of sorrow in the romance… and that’s how this book felt to me.

The writing was lyrical and stunning. I was easily swept away with the words and it makes me want to read more books by the author. It doesn’t even matter what she writes about, I just want to see how she writes it.

And to be honest, these four stars aren’t necessarily for the story itself, it is for how the story was told. If you love the glamour and mystery of old Hollywood, you will love the story.

Though it is told across many years, it doesn’t feel choppy. It runs the course of those years smoothly and elegantly.

The characters are wonderful and troubled and perfectly flawed, but mostly, what made the characters so great, was the fact that they are believable despite their circumstance. And though I couldn’t relate at all to them, I still believed them, which is just as good as (if not better than) relating to them.

I took away one star partly because I got confused several times about what was happening since the perspectives change quite a bit. It could be because I was listening on audio and this book may be better suited for actual reading, though. I usually don’t have any trouble with audiobooks, but this book, though beautifully written, wasn’t necessarily clearly written. That’s not a bad thing, it just doesn’t lend itself to audio very well.

SPOILER ALERT

Another reason why this did not receive the full 5 stars for me was the lack of a true happily ever after (HEA). This was an “almost, but never” situation and since this is categorized as a historical romance, I think some may question whether it truly is a romance. I know there is a lot of debate about whether a book can qualify as a romance without an HEA or happily for now (HFN). I’m not sure where I stand on this, but I will say that I much prefer an HEA or HFN.

That being said I wouldn’t change the ending even if I had any say in the matter, because the undertone of this story was melancholy throughout, it just made sense that it ended the way it did.

SPOILER ALERT OVER

Overall, I think historical romance lovers and lovers of old hollywood will really enjoy this story!

 

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

3-stars

The reader wasn’t my favorite, but I will say that her accent and different voices were pretty good. I think the narration (when she wasn’t reading speaking parts) was a little monotonous and overly breathy, but it didn’t drive me crazy.

 

Butterfly Rating: 1 Star

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Not too many butterflies in this one. I usually get butterflies in books when something sweet and happy happens, but there wasn’t a lot of happy in this one!

 

Re-read Worthiness: 1 Star

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I likely won’t reread this one, but I will suggest it to my sister! It sounds right up her alley.

 

Bookshelf Placement: No

As much as I think this is probably one of the rare books whose cover matches what is inside the novel perfectly, I probably won’t display this on my shelf.

 

New Book Boyfriend: No

Danny is definitely not my type at all, however I will say that I really liked Max!


Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

Amazon | Audible


The Princess Game by Melanie Cellier

book review

Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (The Four Kingdoms Book 4) by Melanie Cellier

The Princess Game

Goodreads synopsis

They call her the Sleeping Princess, but Celeste is far from asleep…

Celeste has been cursed since her sixteenth birthday–just not in the way the rest of the kingdom thinks. All they see is her breath-taking beauty, marred by her foolishness. Only she knows that she retains her brilliant mind. And it’s a secret she must keep at all costs.

Over the years she’s grown accustomed to the necessary deception. After all, her life depends on it. And she’s even found a way to protect her kingdom, working from the shadows. But now a dangerous new threat has emerged, one that Celeste can’t defeat alone. She needs the help of a newly-arrived prince. One who’s altogether too handsome and too charming. Somehow she needs to keep her secret, save her kingdom and find a way to free herself from the curse. The last thing she has time to do is sleep.

In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, it’s only the princess’ mind that is asleep. And sometimes appearances can be deceiving.

 

Review

The Princess Game is the last book in The Four Kingdoms series, and let me tell you how pleased I am! I thought the whole series was so intriguing and so creative! This book is my favorite out of the whole series.

When Princess Celeste gets cursed by her aunt after given the gift of beauty and intelligence from two godmothers her whole world changes only a few days after her birth. The innocent baby is sentenced to death on her sixteenth birthday. But when a third godmother steps in she declares that at the age of sixteen, Celeste will not die, but will sleep until true love awakens her. But with the outrage of her father the King, and the Duchess of Sessily suggestion, the godmother gave her gift to the innocent princess: instead of death, only will her mind sleep.

No one knows what actually happened to Celeste. The curse forces her to act like her mind is sleeping, but inside, Celeste is the same and must protect the kingdom. Things get hard though with the curse preventing her.

This book was so intense and intriguing with a great twist on the story!
This is a wonderful series that I enjoyed reading, if you like re-telling of fairy tales with a little bit of romance, you will definitely like this series!

 

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 Stars

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William truly loves Celeste for who she is and not all because of her beauty. He even is willing to sacrifice himself for her.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

The book did give me some butterflies! The story also produced emotion which was well written.

 

A Midwinter’s Wedding by Melanie Cellier

book review

Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms novella by Melanie Cellier

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Goodreads synopsis:

Princess Cordelia is used to being overshadowed by her many brothers and sisters. So when she’s offered the chance to attend her brother’s wedding in a faraway kingdom, she leaps at it. In Northhelm, she’ll finally have the chance to stand out. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll even find romance.

But not everything in the Northhelmian court is as it appears. With her brother distracted by the wedding, only Ferdinand, the ugliest man at court, will listen to Cordelia’s concerns. An observant princess and a strangely amphibious soldier may be the only thing standing between all Four Kingdoms and disaster.

Cordelia will have to overcome prejudice, deceit and danger if she wants to save the day and find romance at A Midwinter’s Wedding.

Review

A Midwinter’s Wedding is a retelling of The Frog Prince, which is yet another interesting story. Although this fairy tale isn’t as popular as some others, it’s so unique in comparison. This retelling was put into an amazing, somewhat original perspective.

When Princess Cordelia is the only one out of all of her siblings sent to her brother, Rafe and Marie’s wedding (we met these characters in the previous book) she hopes to find true love at the palace.

Cordelia’s sister Celeste, who we also met in the very first book in the series, gives Cordelia a golden ball that she believes might be magic to find true love, and was given to Celeste from her godmother.

While Cordelia is overshadowed by her many siblings including Celeste, who was gorgeous, was not used to so much attention. But when she meets the rider on a chestnut horse with odd features, he doesn’t acknowledge her, only giving her a shocked expression, and then runs off. Disappointed, Cordelia quickly reminds herself it’s not that much of a surprise being ignored.

When staying at the Northgate palace, Cordelia notices something strange with help of her amazing hearing and excellent observation. But no one seems to believe her, not even the charming Prince William, Marie’s brother. But when she meets William’s close friend Ferdinand, he is the only one that will take her seriously. Later on, Cordelia investigates her suspicions and finds out incredulous information that could ruin the Four Kingdoms!

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+

Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

2-stars

*SPOILER ALERT! This next paragraph might be a spoiler for you if you don’t want to find out who Cordelia falls in love with!*

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 Stars

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One of the amazing things about Ferdy is that whenever there is a crisis, he always is smart and calm.

I still have more reviews coming on the rest of this series so make sure you check them out!

This is the Four Kingdoms reading order (I have reviews on all of the previous books in the series and an upcoming review on the next book which is the last!)

The Four Kingdoms series should be read in this order:

  1. The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea (Book One)
  2. The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (Book Two)
  3. Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella
  4. The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (Book Three)
  5. A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms Novella
  6. The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (Book Four)

 


Grab a copy of A Midwinter’s Wedding by Melanie Cellier

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Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book is Best

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Top 5 Wednesdays is a theme/tag developed by GingerReadsLainey and moderated by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. I discovered T5W thanks to Amanda over at A Court of Books and Love. Check out the GoodReads group here if you’d like to participate, too!

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday’s theme is “Second Book is Best.”

I’m going to be grasping at straws here because, honestly, there aren’t many books that the second book in the series was leaps and bounds better than the first, in my opinion. There are some series in which books further into the series are the best and some where the first was the best. But, alas, I will try my best!

Here goes…

Frostbite (Vampire Academy Series) by Richelle Mead

Frostbite

Synopsis from Goodreads

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

I love this entire series, but Frostbite is when Adrian is introduced and he might be my very favorite character in this series!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Gideon (Nightwalkers Series) by Jaquelyn Frank

Gideon

Synopsis from Goodreads

They’re called the Nightwalkers–proud, ancient beings who live in the shadows, existing just beyond the human world. But there are also dangerous humans who hunt them–necromancers who use the blackest magic to manipulate them. And for a Demon named Gideon, the battle against these evil forces will soon be all too personal…

AS A HEALER, HE KNOWS HER BODY. BUT IT’S HER HEART HE WANTS.

For a thousand years, Gideon has healed his people. And as the oldest surviving male of his race, his wisdom has always been respected without question. But Gideon knows that even he is vulnerable to the powerful, primitive desires that befall his kind during Hallowed moons–and nine years ago that truth was hammered home when he found himself claiming Magdalegna, the Demon King’s sister, in a wild embrace. Horrified by his lack of control, he left her wanting and furious–and then exiled himself for the better part of a decade. Now, with necromancers threatening his people–and Magdalegna nearly their victim–Gideon must face another truth. He and the beautiful, stubborn Magdalegna are destined to be together, to share a love as deep and old as time itself. But first he needs to regain her trust. Then he’ll have to save her life…

Every night holds secrets.

Ok, so this is where I’m grasping at straws because I actually like this book just as much as the first book, but I’m adding this to the list because when I was introduced to Gideon in Jacob’s book, I had absolutely no interest in him. In fact, when I saw that Gideon’s book was next, I almost didn’t continue with the series. But then I did… and oh my gosh, it was so good. Honestly, though, this entire series is amazing.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) by J.R. Ward

Lover Awakened

Synopsis from Goodreads

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

I’m definitely smudging the rules here because this book is actually Book 3 in this series, however this series has about 4 million books in it, so I feel like in some obscure mathematical equation this would round down to book 2. Z. Oh, Z. I just can’t with him. His story is amazing, he is amazing, Bella is amazing for him. Did I mention this book is amazing? Cuz it is. Ok, now I’m off to find a new word…
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Trust (Wrong Series) by Jana Aston

Synopsis from Goodreads

“Knock knock!”
“Um… Who’s there?”

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me
you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in
plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.
But I’m going to get it together. I am.

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.
I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.
I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.

Right after I get out of this interrogation room

So, I’m not so much smudging the rules here as I’m completely disregarding them because this is book 3 of 3. No amount of rounding or math will make this book 2, but whatever. I really enjoyed the first two books, but this was my favorite one of them all. You can read my review here.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series) by Sarah J Maas

 

A Court of Mist and Fury

Synopsis from Goodreads

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Look at how much I’m not breaking the rules! This is actually book 2 and it is leaps and freaking bounds better, people. Leaps and freaking bounds. And that is saying a lot because I actually really, really liked A Court of Thorns and Roses. ACOMAF took my breath away. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it in other posts, but I did not see it coming. I was completely blindsided in the best way possible. That butterfly rating of mine? Yeah, this is what I measure everything up to.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Which series has your favorite second book?

 

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

Him

Goodreads synopsis:

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend… and a big one to learn about himself.

Full book details here.

 

Review

Him was either the best choice for my first m/m romance or it was the worst. It was so freaking good that it either has ruined all the rest that I will read after it, or it has set the tone for the rest. I guess only time will tell.

I fell in love with Wes and Jamie almost immediately. Their characters were so well developed and loveable, their relationship was believable and not over the top at all, and the romance blossomed beautifully.

Aside from Jamie and Wes’s relationship, I got all goo-goo over Jamie’s family. They remind me so much of my family. Even though they were only in the novel for a very short time, getting little glimpses into how (and with whom) Jamie was brought up really validated why Jamie is the way he is: laid back, accepting, understanding, introspective, and confident in the most humble way.

I also loved the contrast of Wes’s family as well, the things he had to deal with, how he dealt with them, and how they affected his perception of his relationship with Jamie.

This book gave me so many feels — the most prominent being straight up giddy. It was such a refreshing read, I cannot wait to crack open the next book. I should probably see what it is about since I haven’t even checked yet! Oops!

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan narrated the audiobook and OMG, both of them were mother effing fantastic. Their voices, especially the guy who performed Wes’s POV (I don’t know who did what, unfortunately), were super sexy. The performance itself was basically flawless. I highly, highly recommend checking out the audiobook for sure!

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m stingy with my butterfly stars because a 5-star rating to me is ACOWAR, which gave me so many butterflies I literally had a stomach ache (in a good way). This was not too far behind, but not quite there. While I did get butterflies while reading this book, it was mostly pure happiness that I experienced during most of it rather than butterflies.

 

Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars

4-stars

There’s a good chance I’ll re-read this one!

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

Abso-freakin-lutely! It helps that the cover is swoony.

 

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

I loved both Jamie and Wes! ❤

 


Grab a Copy of Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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Book Haul 08.07.17 [Library Bookstore, eBooks, & Audiobooks]

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Ok, I am seriously trying not to load my Kindle up with so many free ebooks, and if you’ve seen my past hauls, you’ll notice this week’s haul is significantly less than others. At least, as far as ebooks go.

I immediately made up for that by perusing my local library’s bookstore and picking up a ton of books. In my defense, I also donated a big reusable bag full of books that I knew I wasn’t ever going to get around to reading. My hard copy TBR shelf is overflowing once again, though.

If a room without books is a room without a soul, then my house has so many souls it’s basically a cemetery.

That came out way more morbid than I intended.

Anyway, onward to last week’s haul!

 

Free Kindle eBooks

free kindle ebooks

My reason for picking up free Kindle books is usually the same every time. I get an email from Bookbub or other deal alert and if it is free and looks vaguely interesting I immediately grab it before the price goes up.

Two Cabins, One Lake: An Alaskan Romance by Shaye Marlow
Amazon | Goodreads

Elfin (Elfin Series Book 1) by Quinn Loftis
Amazon | Goodreads

Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy Book 1) by Karpov Kinrade
Amazon | Goodreads

Forever and For Always (The Inn at Sunset Harbor—Book 2) by Sophie Love
Amazon | Goodreads

Alpha Fighter Part One and Part Two by Ava Ashley
Amazon | Goodreads

Dating the Undead (Bite Nights Book 1) by Juliet Lyons
Amazon | Goodreads

The Pocketbook of Sunshine and Rain by Nenia Campbell
Nenia is a Goodreads friend of mine and I’ve wanted to get my hands on her poetry book for awhile, now. In honor of her birthday, the ebook was free over the weekend, so I downloaded it.
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Purchased Kindle eBooks

purchased-kindle-ebooks

Chasing Serenity (Seeking Serenity Book 1) by Eden Butler
Kimberly Faye Reads recently posted a rave review of this novel and mentioned that it was only 99¢! Obviously, I had to get it!
Amazon | Goodreads

Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell
After reading the prequel to this book and chatting a bit with the author on Twitter, I knew I needed to read this book!
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Audible Audiobooks

Audible-books

I had 6 credits to use, so I picked up 6 books on my To Be Read ASAP list plus Trust, which was only $8!

Attachments and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I mean, it’s Rainbow Rowell. Of course, I need to read these. Rainbow is an insta-read author of mine. I just finished Attachments, check out the review here.
Amazon | Goodreads

HIM by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
So many people have recommended this book to me. I’m currently reading (and loving) it. Stay tuned for my review!
Amazon | Goodreads

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
This has been all over my Goodreads feed lately! My sister recently listened to this and told me that the reader is really good in this audiobook!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Another “everyone is loving this” book. I tend to be the type of person who loves all the hyped books, so I fully expect to love this one. I’ll be doing my very first Buddy Read with Amanda over at A Court of Books and Love with this book!
Amazon | Goodreads

Beast by A. Zavarelli
I’m a bit obsessed with Beauty and the Beast. When a friend of mine rated it highly on Goodreads, I knew I needed to read it ASAP, so I did! You can read my review here.
Amazon | Goodreads

Trust by Kylie Scott
Another hyped novel! This one was only $7 which is basically unheard of for an audiobook (usually audiobooks run about $25+, that’s why I have the Audible membership). I needed this in my life. Also, this cover is glorious. Read my review here.
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Library Book Store Haul

library-sale

I donated a big bag of books, only to come home with two bags. I only spent $12, though! And I’m supporting the library. Win/win!

 

From my TBR List

tbr list

These are books I happened to find at the library bookstore that were actually already on my Goodreads To Be Read List. I have no idea why that makes me so excited, but it does.

A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans
Amazon | Goodreads

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
Amazon | Goodreads

Rules of Attraction and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Books I Love for Display

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I’ve read both of these books and fell in love enough to want them on display.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This was an audiobook I read and I’ve wanted a hard copy for awhile now. Now I just need the other two books for display!
Amazon | Goodreads

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
I made the mistake of letting my thief of a sister borrow this book. She has a tendency to steal books from me, and she ended up keeping my copy. I actually like this hardcover version better, anyway!
Amazon | Goodreads

 

New to Me Books

book sale

These are books that caught my attention as I was browsing.

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
To be honest, I’m not sure if I’ll read this one. It sounds so freaking sad, but I love the cover, the title and the story sounds very interesting, but… it may be a little too intense for me!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
This caught my attention because of the cover. It’s nothing spectacular, like The Promise of Stardust, but it’s cute and just looks like a book I’d like.
Amazon | Goodreads

Of Love and Life by Sarah-Kate Lynch, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Duncan
To be honest, this was a second-thought purchase. The bookstore had a “Fill a Bag for $5” deal and I needed more books. As it was, I could’ve added several more to my bag!
Amazon | Goodreads

Ruined by Simone Elkeles
This was too good of a deal to pass up. Three books in one! They sound interesting, too.
Amazon | Goodreads

Love Letters by Katie Fforde
Gonna be honest, it’s the cover that sold me on this one.
Amazon | Goodreads

An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser
The synopsis of this one sounds dreamy. I’ve really been interested in romance novels that take place in other countries, especially when those countries are a main component.
Amazon | Goodreads

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
I’ve never read a book by this author, but I’ve been meaning to. This book sounded cute.
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Books that Have Been Made into Movies/TV Shows

movie-books

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
I actually have already watched this movie and I freaking love it. Can’t wait to read the book to see what changed!
Amazon | Goodreads

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
My best friend has been on my case about watching the Netflix series based on this book and though I’ve been resisting (it sounds way too depressing), I figured I’d give the book a try first and go from there.
Amazon | Goodreads

The Duff by Kody Keplinger
I actually just recently watched this movie and it had all sorts of Mean Girls vibes (I loved Mean Girls), I decided I really wanted to read the book after I saw the movie. I was excited when I saw this one for $0.25!
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ARCs

ARCs

These are the ARCs I received from Netgalley. So excited about these, they were all on my TBR before I requested them.

The Real Thing by Melissa Foster
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Irresistible You by Kate Meader
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Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino
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Wbat are some books that you hauled recently?

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

Attachments

Goodreads synopsis:

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Full book details here.

 

Review

Attachments was such a unique love story in the style I’ve come to love and appreciate from Rainbow Rowell: strong supporting characters, the quote-worthiness, and the down-to-earth romance.

I didn’t mean to finish this audiobook in a day, but that’s just kind of what happens when I pick up a book by Rainbow. I get so wrapped up in the story that I just keep listening, abandoning human interaction and sleep. I kept finding reasons to pop in my headphones (my house got very clean, all the laundry done, and meal prep for the week thanks to this book!)

Though this wasn’t my favorite of the three books I’ve read by Rainbow so far, I still really enjoyed it.

This story brought me back to the days of Y2K that I almost forgot about. Looking back, it all seems so ridiculous. I thought this time period was the perfect backdrop for the story.

The build-up to Lincoln and Beth actually meeting was almost excruciating. That’s the thing about the books I’ve read by Rainbow, she has a way of making the small things between the H/h matter: (SPOILER ALERT) in Eleanor and Park it was the first time they held hands, in Fangirl it was when Cath finally realizes Levi has been attracted to her all along, in this book it was when Lincoln realizes Beth has seen him and calls him her “Cute Guy.” Seriously, Lincoln’s reaction to that was so sweet. (SPOILER ALERT OVER)

There are two small reasons why this one didn’t get a full 5 stars for me and, to be honest, if I gave half stars this would be a 4.5 because these are just personal preferences, but Lincoln was a little too needy and unambitious for me. That particular trait has always been a turnoff for me, so I found myself cringing quite a bit at some of the things he thought/did. (I appreciate someone with passion and drive, Lincoln lacked this completely.)

Also, I really wish Beth and Lincoln had met earlier in the book or that there was more interaction between the two once they finally met. Rainbow is so incredible with interactions between main characters and there was absolutely none until the very end. I get that’s kind of the whole point of this story, and I’m fine with the build up, but I just craved more in the end. So much more because I know if Rainbow had written more, it would’ve been spectacular.

Overall, though, this was the only story (from a book or movie) that pulled off love at first sight (or even love before first sight) for me.

 

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

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The voice acting was fine in this audiobook, however, the email exchanges between Jennifer and Beth got a little confusing. Also, the actor didn’t really switch voices between characters which made it hard to tell who was speaking. My biggest qualm, however, was the fact that a man didn’t read the book… I mean, we’re in Lincoln’s head for the entire story… Ideally this would’ve had a male and a female voice actor.

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Despite there not being very much interaction between Lincoln and Beth, I still managed to have some butterflies in my belly. Rainbow is so good at putting you in the character’s head that I felt a lot of the anxiousness that Lincoln felt.

 

Re-read Worthiness: 2 Stars

Maybe I’d re-read certain parts, but it isn’t likely.

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I think I’m going to need hard copies of all of Rainbow’s books, even the ones that aren’t 5 stars.

 

New Book Boyfriend: No

Like I said, though Lincoln was super sweet and kind, it just didn’t make up for his lack of ambition. I had to laugh out loud when I found out he played D&D because my husband used to get together weekly with a group of guys (and one girl) to play that game and I swear he had several friends who played that were just like Lincoln. Like those guys, I’d love Lincoln as the sweet big guy I’d talk to and request hugs from when I’m feeling mopey, but I’m just not attracted to that kind of guy. Give me drive and passion!

 
Do you remember the Y2K craze? I was in high school and I remember having a bunch of Y2K stickers. I have no idea why or how I obtained said stickers, but I think there may still be a picture of my friend and I with the stickers on our back pockets LOL!

 


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Trust by Kylie Scott

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Trust by Kylie Scott

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Trust

Goodreads synopsis:

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

Book Trailer

TRUST by Kylie Scott (Official Book Trailer) from FILM 14 on Vimeo.

Full book details here.

 

Review

My favorite thing about Trust was how gloriously healthy the relationship between Edie and John was. Combined with diverse and interesting characters, a touch of a slow burn, and some drama, I can see why so many people have been loving this book. I know I did.

Edie was a relatable heroine who, much to my delight, was curvy without too much self-loathing (and without the main goal of losing weight). And one of my pet peeves was graciously not present: I could see why John was attracted to her. Their relationship was well developed and the chemistry came through loud and clear from the beginning.

And then there was John. Oh, John. An 18-year-old who understands consent and is protective without being overbearing — don’t get me wrong, I like the occasional pushy alpha — but John was a breath of fresh air without being a pushover.

I loved the contrast of how Edie handled the trauma vs. how John handled it and how they balanced one another out. This was such a well done friends-to-lovers story.

Excuse me while I go hunt down more books by this author.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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There were a few areas in which I could tell there must’ve been some audio added in post-editing toward the beginning of the audiobook, but I only vaguely noticed. Andi Arndt is a great voice actor. I definitely hope to hear more of her work in the future!

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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I definitely had some butterflies happening during certain scenes!

 

Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars

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I’ll definitely have to re-read this one once I get a hard copy of the book, which leads me to the next question…

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes!

I loved this one enough to need a place on my bookshelf for it!

 

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

I freaking love John. Like I mentioned before, he’s not without his faults, but what he does do right, he does damn well and he absolutely makes up for past mistakes.

 

Have you read this book or any others by this author? I’d love some recommendations!

 


Grab a Copy of Trust by Kylie Scott

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The Bookshelf Book Tag

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Who wants to take a mini bookshelf tour?

I first saw this tag on Thrice Read (it was created by Ramblings of a Red Head Girl) and it sounded like a fun way to dig through my bookshelves and share a few things that I have on it.

My bookshelves are a sacred place in which I hope to, one day, only have To Be Read ASAP books and favorite books. Right now it is kind of all over the place as I’m still in the process of downsizing, but one day I’ll get there! At least I hope I will! ::cries::

Anyway, let me know if you end up participating in this tag! I’d love to see what’s on your shelf!

1. Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.
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Because I needed so many bookshelves to fill my library (which is actually a dining room) and also because I’m cheap, I got all my bookshelves from Target.

2. Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?
Each shelf holds a different purpose, but within those shelves, there is no real organization. In fact, most of the books are in there 3 deep and just stacked haphazardly because I’m a mess. Here’s a breakdown of all 6 of my bookshelves:

  • To Be Read ASAP
  • To Be Read Soon-ish
  • Read
  • Journals/art books/design books/writing books
  • To Be Read at some point in time (books I will probably donate because my TBR ASAP and TBR Soonish shelves are overflowing)
  • Classics/my husband’s books

3. Is there a book you received as a gift?
I have several books that have been given to me, but not specifically as a gift for any occasion. My friends and family know that, for me, browsing in a bookstore is 90% of the fun of buying books, so they give me gift cards.

4. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
Yes! I was recently given The Good Girl by Mary Kubica from my coworker/friend. I also have several books that have been passed on to me by my mom and sisters.

5. What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?
I’m sure it is one of the Stephen King books! IT maybe? It’s my husband’s book.

6. What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

7. What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

The Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design by Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris

8. What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell & Rachel Storm

9. The last book you read on your shelf?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Technically, I listened to this on audiobook and then my mom gave me the hard copy after she read it. Most of the books I’ve read lately have been audio or ebooks.

10. Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

The Everworld series by Katherine Applegate. I read them when I was in my preteens and just recently found them at a used bookstore and decided I needed them.

11. Most expensive book?

Probably these from the Barnes & Noble classics collection

12. Do you have the complete series of any book series?
Of course!
To name a few:

13. What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

All the books from my recent library bookstore haul:

14. What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?

Hmmm.. I think all the books from The Seven series by Scott Wallens. I read those when I was in my teens!

15. What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I very rarely purchase hard copies of newly released books because expensive!

16. The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?
I have a bunch of art books that were my grandmother’s, I’m sure those are the oldest!

17. A book you won?
N/A

18. A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?
My copy of God Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo mostly because it is falling apart from how many times I’ve read it and when she signed it for me, she wrote a spoiler on the front page LMAO!

19. Most beat up book?
How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo. Can you tell she’s my favorite author? I destroy books I love.

20. Most pristine book?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I never even cracked it open. The version I read was my sister’s and I have it on audio. That copy is pretty much for show only lol!

21. A book from your childhood?
The Everworld series.

22. A book that’s not actually your book?
I have a couple of books on writing that I borrowed from a friend who recently moved out of state. Oops.

23. A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?

Apotheosis” I actually designed and printed this cover as a project in college. I had it printed on this textured canvas paper and put it over another hardcover book I had.

24. A book that is your favorite color?

The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy. ALL THE PURPLES

25. Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read?
Oh, Lord. There are so many. I’m not even going to try…

26. Do you have more than one copy of a book?
I used to, but I’ve been getting better about donating books before I purchase more and I usually get rid of duplicates first.

27. Any signed books?
YES! Apollycon was amazing this year and I got some autographs from favorite authors!

 

Do you think you’ll do this tag? Let me know and leave a link in the comments below if you do!