TeaChat: Bookstores and Eggs

TeaChat is 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!

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Favorite Blog Posts from May 2018

It’s that time of month when I get to brag about all the awesome book bloggers that I follow and share all of my favorite posts they wrote this past month.

I’ve been a little absent the past few weeks, so I haven’t read as many posts in my feed as I normally do, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t found some great posts!

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Reading List: June 2018

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The official first day of summer isn’t until later in the month, but it sure feels like summer around here. After almost three weeks of rain every single day, the sun has finally broken through and I couldn’t be happier.

Typically, when it starts getting this hot around here, I start complaining about how suffocating it is, but after dealing with the extremely unusual wet weather for so long, I’m so grateful for the sun. Even if it melts me as soon as I walk outside.

It’s kind of like when you take for granted how amazing it is to be healthy until you get sick.

Anyway, it’s the beginning of June and that means it’s time for a new reading list…

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Reading List Wrap-Up: May 2018

Reading List Books Read: 4

OMG I think for the first time in the history of these Reading Lists, I’ve actually read every single book I intended to read this month! However, one was a DNF. A for Effort, though.

✘ = Did Not Read
✓ = Read
/ = Currently reading
✂ = Did Not Finish

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
With Ties that Bind (Books 1-3) by Trisha Wolfe
Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward
White Knight by CD Reiss
Lover by Marni Mann and Gina Riley

Reviews coming soon!


Other Books Read: 4


 

Books Reread: 2


 

Totals

Total Books Read in May: 10

Audible Hours: 52.32

Pages Read: 871

Goodreads Goal:
52 Books Total for 2018
9 Books Behind Schedule


 

How was your reading month?

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Reads from May 2018

Every June 1st, the first thing I think of is this:

The second thing I think of is this:

 

My birthday is June 14 and I’m putting together an exciting giveaway, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I want to share my favorites from May.

 

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Book Haul: May 2018

It’s been a slow blogging month for me. I’ve been absent from the internet altogether for a couple weeks now and I’m actually pretty happy about it. It’s been nice to go to bed early with a book every night without browsing the internet or feeling obligated to do anything outside of work.

Sometimes it’s nice to take a little break without guilt. (Even if the “without guilt” part takes a little work when you love your blogging community and want to read and respond to #alltheposts.)

Anyway, it wasn’t a slow book-buying month! (Honestly, I don’t know if it ever really is.)


 

Here are the books I hauled this month

eBooks

White Knight by CD Reiss
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Catherine Barrington is a rich girl. Chris Cartwright is a poor boy.
He left her to make something of himself. A man she could be proud of. A man she could bring home to her parents. A man she could marry.
On the trading floor he became the man he knew he could be. Now, it’s time to return.
Rich girl.
Poor boy.
She didn’t care about his money, but he didn’t believe her. Soon after he left, all the money was gone.
Her life is hell.
Now he’s back, and he’s different. Pristine. Gorgeous. Rich.
Rich boy.
Poor girl.
Money was never the barrier, until now.

After reading my friend CD Reiss, King of Code, I’ve been obsessed with her books, particularly these characters and their intertwined stories.

 

Prince Charming by CD Reiss
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Keaton Bridge is exactly the kind of guy a straight-arrow like Cassie doesn’t need.

For one thing, he’s a criminal—and she fights crime for a living. And being criminally handsome isn’t helping her say no, either. Everything about him screams trouble, from his British accent to his mysterious past.

And Cassie doesn’t do trouble.

Keaton’s got his own trouble. He’s trying to go legit, and an FBI agent hanging around is the last thing that will help his credibility. All it took was one night of passion to sear her into his skin. Now he can’t imagine living happily ever after without her.

All they have to do is walk away.

But neither of them ever walks away from danger.

 

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
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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.

I’ve already read the eBook, but I’ve been dying to re-read the audiobook! I bought it as soon as it came out.

 

Flow (Grip #1) by Kennedy Ryan
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In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.

Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.

But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world, and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.

From completely different worlds, all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.

It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

 

Swallow Me Whole: A Friends To Lovers Romance by Gemma James
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Sadie Sawyer wants to learn how to blow a guy. She’s my sister’s best friend. The girl I’ve known since grade school. The girl I’ve always considered off-limits. She’s the girl that crawled under a table in a bar one night and changed everything between us.

Now the brain in my pants is more than willing to step up. The rules are simple.

No kissing.
No screwing.
No falling in love.

But the more I let her use my body in the name of experimentation, the more I know being friends isn’t enough. Is it too much to want it all with her?

The taste of her lips.
The sweetness of her innocence.
The chance to earn her love.

I might have a real shot with her…if her douchebag ex and my past don’t ruin everything.

The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski
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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

This is my book club book this month.
 


Audiobooks

Love Hacked (Knitting in the City #3) by Penny Reid
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There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

 

I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
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SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

This was a pre-order. Helena Hunting is an instabuy author.

 
 


Hard Copies

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

This was a preorder!


 

What books have you purchased this month?

 

 

 

Books I Didn’t Finish (May 2018)

With so many books in my TBR pile, many of which I already own, I can be pretty picky.

If a novel doesn’t grab my attention by the first 50 or so pages, I set it aside and start a new book.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that at some point I won’t go back to it and try again. Sometimes it’s simply timing and my mood. I’m a total mood reader and since reading is strictly something I do for pleasure, I never force myself to read a book that doesn’t interest me.

This month, in particular, I was pretty moody. I kept starting and stopping books just because I couldn’t get into them. In this post I’ll be listing all the books that I moved to my DNF list.

 

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Recently Added to my TBR Shelf {May 2018}

This is a new series here on the blog, and I’m realizing that it’s pretty eye-opening.

At the rate that I’m adding new books to my TBR, I will have to read about 10 books per day for the rest of my life to get through them all. ::cringe::

Do you every just get overwhelmed with all the books and movies and music and other amazing media there is available out there? I’d want to be immortal just so that I could get through it all.

Sometimes, when I have a few spare moments, I almost go into a panic trying to decide what I should do. Should I listen to an audiobook? Read a book on my Kindle? Take a book off my shelf? Listen to a podcast? Watch a TV show or movie on Netflix?

It almost makes me sad to think of all the incredible stories I could be missing out on.

Does this happen to anyone else?


 

Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added.)


The Princess and the Fangirl (Starfield #2) by Ashley Poston
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie, et. al
Flow (Grip 0.5) by Kennedy Ryan
Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

I didn’t realize that Geekerella was a series until I looked it up on Goodreads after posting my review. I immediately added the next book in the series to my TBR. I actually thought that Because you Hate to Love Me was on my TBR, but when I realized it wasn’t, I added it.


 


Elusive (Princess Presley Duet #1) by S.E. Hall
Asher (Inked Brotherhood #1) by Jo Raven
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
Hardball by C.D. Reiss

 


 


Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1) by C.D. Reiss
Shuttergirl by C.D. Reiss
Blackmail Boyfriend (Boyfriend Chronicles #1) by Chris Cannon
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

After reading my first CD Reiss book, I kind of went on a spree adding all her books to my TBR. (I only add first books in series because I won’t know if I’ll want to read the entire series.)


 


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh (Editor), Elsie Chapman (Editor)
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody
Wait With Me by Amy Daws
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang

Ace of Shades has been everywhere lately, and so many great bloggers have loved it, I’m sure I will, too!


 


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Untitled Novella (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.2) by Sarah J. Maas
Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #5) by Sarah J. Maas
Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Clearly, after reading the latest ACOTAR book, I went ahead and added all the rest to my TBR.


 


The Merciless (The Merciless #1) by Danielle Vega
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
Rush (Breathless #1) by Maya Banks

After reading Bentley’s review of Merciless, I added it to my TBR and asked him for Horror suggestions. He suggested My Best Friend’s Exorcism (the cover is so creepy!)


 

What books have you added to your TBR this month?

 

 

 

Recovered by Jay Crownover

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Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: Recovered
Author: Jay Crownover
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
It was hate at first sight…

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

GOODREADS

Review

This was a classic case of, “Almost, but not quite,” for me.

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