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 🙂

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

Reading List: March 2018

Hello, March 🙂

Is anyone else embracing the arrival of Spring? Normally, the Floridian in me dreads the crazy hot weather, but I’ve actually been enjoying the 80 degree days lately.

There is something so refreshing about Spring.

Speaking of a refresh, it’s that time of month in which I review my reading list from February, see how I did, and set some reading goals for March.

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Favorite Reads from February 2018

Another month checked off of the 2018 calendar!

I’m headed over to my Goodreads bookshelf to review the books I read this past month and share with you my favorites!

Since I don’t typically post my reviews immediately after I read a book (though I have been writing them immediately after reading), you won’t see my full reviews for these books until later this month.

I read five books this month and of those five, three of them became favorites! I’d say that’s a pretty good reading month!

Favorite Books I Read in February 2018

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From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

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.

Oh, Mariana Zapata, you are the freaking best. I am already trying to restrain myself from reading this one again. I’m attempting to wait for the audiobook!

Goodreads | Amazon

 

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

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?

Laini Taylor has such a beautiful way with words and storytelling. I definitely fell in love with this book.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

My sister told me about this book months ago and I’m kicking myself for waiting this long to read it! If I had to pick, this book would be my #1 favorite read of the month.

Goodreads | Amazon

What were some of your favorite reads of February? Have you read any of these books?

Book Haul: February 2018

I would like everyone to take a moment and notice that I, shockingly, did not download 8 million free Kindle ebooks this month.

Thank you, thank you. I know. First time for everything.

Of course, I fully balanced that out by spending money on a bunch of audiobooks.

In my defense, Audible had a sale and I cannot be held responsible.

Anyway, here is my February Book Haul!
Covers link to Goodreads.

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Book Hangover: The Hating Game

One of the worst things about reading a great book is that you can never read it for the first time again.

There is absolutely nothing like reading an amazing book for the very first time. It leaves you just a bit melancholy when you turn that final page.

It is the feeling you get after those moments when tackling your TBR list for something similar seems daunting and impossible that I like to call a Book Hangover.

My remedy is usually to either listen to the book on audio if I read the hard copy or read it if I listened to it on audio. I also force my sisters and mom to read the book, then stalk them as they do so … asking for updates every 4 seconds.

If there is a fandom associated with the book, you’d better believe I look for that, too.

And then, there is the difficult journey of trying to find a book similar enough to the book I just read so that I can start the process all over again.

I am here today for all those The Hating Game fans who have gone through this process. I’ve gathered a few books that I’ve read that are fantastic remedies for the book hangover you might be experiencing at the hands of Sally Thorne.

 

6 Book Recommendations for The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Fans

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Favorite Romance Novel Comfort Reads

Comfort reads are books that I turn to when I’m in a total book slump and need a reminder that great books exist in this world. They are books that I know I will enjoy no matter how many times I read them.

They are basically the paperback equivalent to a hot bath and warm tea. A Sunday morning an freshly laundered sheets. A midnight snuggle soaked in moonlight. Floofy socks and a crackling fireplace on a cold night. A giant bowl of soup and buttered crackers. Cool, crisp sheets at the end of a long day.

These are the books that you stop to pick up and hug every time you pass by your bookshelf. The ones that you see in a bookstore and get a wave of excitement, as if you’ve just run into an old friend. The ones you pull from whatever self they’re on in the store and move them front, center, and eye-level on the bookshelf, then walk away whispering, “you’re welcome, world.”

Or maybe that’s just me who does that. #obsessive

Anyway, here are some of my favorite comfort reads

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Josh and Luci have come to the rescue so many times! Also, every time I see a friend on Goodreads begin reading this, I stalk them like a psycho.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

Hearts in Darkness Duet by Laura Kaye

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When I need a quick pick-me-up, this duet is absolutely perfect because they are short and sweet, but pack a punch.

Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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When my current reads are lacking butterflies and I need an overdose, I reread this entire series and swoon over Rhys while huffing my Liber de Stella Rhys candles.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

The Pucked Series by Helena Hunting

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Ok, so maybe I just read this series, but I already know this is going to be a go-to for me!

Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

 

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

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When I need a little bit of something unique, yet still romantic, I reach for this book.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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When instalove starts to get on my instanerves, this is my slow burn go-to.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

What are some of your comfort reads?

Favorite Romance Novels of 2017

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Oh. My. Goodness.

This year has been such an epic reading year for me. Not necessarily in the amount of books I’ve read, but more in that I discovered so freaking many amazing books and authors all in one year!

My Goodreads goal this year was 100 books and I completed that goal just in time this month. Now, I’m off re-reading all the books I’ve become obsessed with thanks to this goal.

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2017 was the year I discovered auto-buy authors like Mariana Zapata, Rainbow Rowell, Laura Kaye, Jay Crownover, Helena Hunting, Sierra Simone, Sally Thorne, Lauren Rowe, and Penny Reid. I know, RIGHT?!

I also discovered a few series that I burned through in a matter of days, characters and stories that have stuck with me, oh, and I wrote and published a novel that I love, too!

These are my absolute favorite romance reads of 2017

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Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.

The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.

Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.

What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

I have been waiting far too long to get my hands on this book. And by “far too long,” I mean “until the audiobook came out” and I’m glad I did. The audiobook was wonderfully performed by one of my favorite readers, Callie Dalton with reader Teddy Hamilton.

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Book Haul: Audible’s Win-Win Sale

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Audible has done it to me again.

They have a sale going on now that I just couldn’t pass up. $4.95 for some fantastic audiobooks that have been waiting for me on my To Be Read list, along with several favorites that I already own. If you’re an Audible member, I highly recommend checking out this sale. Some of these audiobooks retail for $30+ and they are on sale for less than $5 until Sept. 17.

I should mention now that I am in no way affiliated with Audible, I’m just an avid listener and I probably keep them in business with how many audiobooks I purchase. #obsessed

Anyway, onward to the haul and favorites from Audible’s Win-Win sale!

 
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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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Goodreads synopsis:

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

Review

This is the first Mariana Zapata book that wasn’t 5 stars for me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I certainly did. I think the reason why I ultimately took away one star was because I just wasn’t as invested in the main characters as I’d been in her other books.

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