Showing posts from February, 2015

Book Lover's Tag

I saw this post on Lauren's blog A Blonde Librarian, and she tagged anyone and everyone who wanted to participate. It looked like a fun one, so I thought, why not? :) Here goes :)

1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?  Generally I'll be sitting on the comfy couch, or in bed. Where ever I feel comfortable at the time! Sometimes if my husband's not home I'll read while eating dinner at the table or something. Just depends on the day!
2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?  If it's MY book, a bookmark. If it's a library book, usually the receipt they give you with the due date on it. I have this fear that I will return a library book with my personal bookmark in it so I don't use mine in library books...weird I know! 3) Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part etc? I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter. Or at least one of those paragraph breaks or something. Sometimes I don't get that option (…

Versatile Blogger Award!

The Versatile Blogger Award is the best of the ‘chain letter’ awards out there in the blogosphere. Bloggers can only nominate each other for this award and when a blogger nominate another for this award, he/she looks out for the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page, or of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

Thanks go to Christina at Once Untold for nominating me for this award!! Rules of Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging
2. Let the bloggers know that you've nominated them.
3. Share 10 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you either by leaving a comment or following them and link back to their blog.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.

10 Random Facts About Me:

1. I love animals! I have four cats and a Black Lab. 2.  Sunset is my favorite time of …

TLC Bok Tour Review: The Boy Who Loved Rain (Plus a Giveaway!)

Title: The Boy Who Loved Rain
Author: Gerard Kelly
288 pages, published January 2015
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Note: I received this book from TLC Book Tours to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Good Reads:

They say that what you don't know can't hurt you. They're wrong.
David Dryden, pastor of a high-profile church in London, is admired for his emphasis on the Christian family.  But all is not well in his own family. He and his wife, Fiona, have been glossing over his son Colom's erratic behavior. Then, when a commitment to die is discovered in Colom's room after the suicide of a school friend, David finds himself out of his depth--and Fiona, in panic, takes Colom and flees.  A wonderful, intelligent, and searching novel about the toxic nature of secrets, and the possibility of starting again.

My Review:

This book was so eloquent and so beautiful! It was thought provoking, emotional, and had so much dep…

It's Monday, what are you reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.
Recently Finished: Currently Reading: On Deck: What are you reading this Monday? Happy Reading!

Review: A Second Bite at the Apple

Title: A Second Bite at the Aple
Author: Dana Bate
336 pages, published November 2014
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it--though she does that too--but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV's biggest egomaniacs--until she's left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers' market.

Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn't going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she's even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp--along with her relationship…

Waiting on Wednesday: Confess

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  The event spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week, I am excited for the release of:

by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: March 10, 2015
320 pages
Genre: Contemporary

From Good Reads:
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relations…

Top Ten Book Related Problems

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Book Related Problems! This should be fun!

1. I can't stop buying books! I think we all have this problem. I have stacks of books to read at home, but I see a book store...or a book sale...or books on sale online...and I can't stop myself. I need MORE!

2. My bookshelves are packed. My husband even built me a new bookshelf....and it's already packed.  I need an entire room of bookshelves really, but we have a small until then...overstuffed bookshelves are my life :) Or I need to sort through and sell some of my books that I'm not going to reread...but....I can't part with

3. My TBR list is endless. I actually have real anxiety about the fact that there are so many books I want to read but I know I won't be able to read them all.

4. Book hangovers. I love that books that give me book hangovers, but it makes figuring out what to read next im…

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday  is a weekly event where readers and bloggers can share any new books they received in their mailbox during the past week. I'm also including new books on my kindle, even though they didn't technically came in the mail :)
Next week I'm participating in my first TLC Book Tour, and the book I'm reviewing came in the mail this week! The Book I'll be reviewing is The Boy Who Loved Rain. So excited to read and review this one!

Since this past Saturday was also Valentine's Day, my awesome hubby let me pick out some books for my Kindle!! Thanks to him, these three lovlies are now on my kindle! So excited to read all three of these!!

Did you get any books in the mail this week? Share in the comments!
Happy Reading, friends!

Review : What Happens in Tuscany

Title: What Happens in Tuscany
Author: T. A. Williams
Ebook, published January 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

From GoodReads:

From rainy England…
Katie never imagined her life was perfect. But when she finds herself on a rainy street, soaked to the bone and with only a cheating boyfriend and a dead-end job keeping her in town, she knows something has to change. Which is what leads her to Iddlescombe Manor, to be companion to Lady Victoria Chalker-Pyne – the only 25 year old Katie’s ever met who hasn’t heard of Twitter, thinks camisoles are de rigueur, and desperately needs an education in the 21st century!

…to the Tuscan sun!
But it wouldn’t be an education without a summer holiday – and where better than Tuscany? Decamping to Victoria’s family villa, it’s soon clear that the valley really does have it all: sun, sea…and some seriously gorgeous neighbours. The only question is: when the weather’s this ho…

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts: February 12

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

1.I've been reviewing books for NetGalley for awhile no, but my most exciting NetGalley moment definitely came this week when I got approved for Jane Green's new book, Summer Secrets. It's due out in June. I'm a huge fan of her books and was super excited to get approved for one of her books!

2. I discovered a new website! Thrift Books is a website for used books--and all orders over $5 ship for free!! If you sign up for their newsletter, you get a 10% off coupon code right off the bat. Excited to explore this website--their used books are very affordable!

3. My puppy turned 8 months old on Tuesday!! Weighing in at 50 pounds, he's not so little any more :)  Love this little dude so much!!

4. I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately, as I've been sick :( My husband gave me his lovely cold. Just in time for Valentine's Day! On the upside, this cold is much better than th…

2nd Annual Love for Books Readathon!

I just found out about this readathon hosted by Jessi @ A Novel Heartbeat! I absolutely love readathons, not only because I have an extra excuse to devote time to reading but because it's a great way to connect with other readers and bloggers!

I didn't participate in this readathon last year but I'm super excited to participate this year! The readathon runs from Monday February 8 at 12:01am through Sunday February 15 at 11:59pm. There will be mini challenges to participate in and a giveaway at the end of the readathon!

My goals:

*Read 2 books (or more)
*Read every day
*Participate in mini challenges/connect with other bloggers
*Have Fun!

Monday 2/9
Currently reading: What Happens in Tuscany
Pages read today: 75
Books completed today: 0

Tuesday 2/10
Currently reading: What Happens in Tuscany
Pages read today: 60
Total Pages Read This Week:135
Books completed today:

Wednesday 2/11
Currently reading: What Happens in Tuscany
Pages read today:165
Total Pages Read This Week:300
Books comple…

It's Monday, What are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.
Recently Finished: Currently Reading: On Deck: Happy Reading!!

Bookish Bingo: New Year Edition: Updates!!

A new year, a new Bookish Bingo!! The challenge is hosted by  Great Imaginations and runs from January 1 through March 31, and the goal was to get a "bingo" (or more!) by the end of the challenge! More information can be found on Great Imaginations' sign up post. This is where I'll be keeping track of updates and books read.

Here's how I'm doing so far!

Books Completed: B3: Blue Cover: No Sunshine When She's Gone B4: PoC MC: This Side of Home I1: Start a Series: Slammed I4: Mental Illness: Leaving Time N1: 2015 Debut: House Broken N5: Male POV: The Art of Racing in the Rain G3: Over 400 pages: Hopeless (410 pgs) G4: 2014 Release You Missed: Station Eleven
Happy Reading!

Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet/Want to Read. I'm using Contemporary Fiction for this one!

There you have it!! What books can you not believe you haven't read yet?

Happy Reading!

Mini Review Monday: Slammed and Never Never

If you read my blog regularly you know I absolutely LOVE Colleen Hoover's books. Every new book I read of hers is my new favorite. I've recently read Slammed and Never Never (a novella she wrote with Tarryn Fisher) and couldn't put either of them down!

by Colleen Hoover
317 pages, published January 2012
Genre: New adult
Source: Library

What I loved so much about Slammed is that I related to it on a personal level, more so than any of her other books. I lost my father at age 29, so I understand how devastating the death of a parent can be. I really felt for Layken right from the first page. I loved how Will and Layken's stories ended up paralleling each other (don't want to give anything away here). I loved the ending, despite any sad parts.  It was another perfect, heartwarming, just what you need in the middle of winter Colleen Hoover novel. It's an emotional journey that  makes you laugh and cry, and by the end it became my new favorite CoHo read. Until Con…