Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2018




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This Week's Topic:

   New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018
Discovering new authors is so fun! Many of them wrote some of my favorite books of 2018!
 I look forward to future books by these authors!!
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I know, I can't believe 2018 was my first time reading Kristin Hannah and Meg Wolitzer either!!
Who are some new authors you discovered in 2018?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bout of Books 24 Wrap Up

Bout of Books 24 is complete!  What a great reading week! I definitely spent more time reading than usual this week, and finished three books!  In my original goals I had planned to track time reading, but....I tracked very little. In my daily updates posts, I listed estimated time but didn't want to stress myself out when I should be having fun! But I definitely met my goal--reading, connecting with others (mostly on twitter) and finishing books!

These are the books I finished:

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Since my goal was to finish one book, I was thrilled to finish three! I liked all three of these!

Bout of Books 25 starts May 13th! Can't wait for another round of Bout of Books!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

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384 pages, published January 8, 2019
St. Martin's Press
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:
Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

I enjoyed The Wife Between Us and was excited to receive Hendricks and Pekkanen's second novel from the publisher! My undergrad was in psychology so this one grabbed me from the beginning and kept me hooked.  By the time I got halfway through the book, I literally did not stop reading. Though I was irritated with Jess for much of the book (I wanted to shake her and yell "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!") I just couldn't put it down. Like Jess, I was sucked into the crazy story and couldn't look away from the wreckage. Who can she trust? What can she do? How will this end?  I couldn't stop reading because I needed answers!

The book was told alternately from Jess's point of view and Dr. Sheilds' point of view, which did give some insight into the story. Dr. Sheilds' portions were written as if she were talking or writing to Jess, which felt awkward to me, but perhaps that was the point. It added to how creepy and weird the whole thing was.  An Anonymous Girl is a fantastic, edge of your seat, ignore everything around you until you finish it psycological thriller! Don't miss this one!
 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Bout of Books 24: Goals, TBR and Updates


Bout of Books 24 starts Monday! It's my favorite readathon because it gives me the opportunity to connect with other readers and bloggers, as well as an extra excuse to devote more time to reading :) As in the past few Bout of Books rounds, I'm not stressing out about pages read. My goals this time are the exact same as Bout of Books 21, 22, and 23. Want more details about Bout of Books? Check out my sign up post.

Goals

1. Spend time reading. Duh. I will be tracking TIME reading, not pages. Pages are hard to compare--a YA book vs. a women's fiction book vs. a graphic novel. I don't care how many pages, or compare this readathon's page total to another, I just want to spend time reading because I love reading! My goal is to spend more time reading than usual but not stress out about it. I have enough in my life to stress over and reading is supposed to be FUN! I'd like to finish at least one book during the week, but again, no stress.


2. Connect with other readers and bloggers via Twitter, Instagram, etc. Bout of Books is such a great way to connect with others! Please tweet or DM me on instagram to connect! Also, the Bout of Books team named me a Bout of Books Expert, which basically means I've participated in A LOT of these great readathons! Feel free to ask questions if this is your first time!




The Books

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I I'll see what I feel like as the week goes! These are all on my list for the near future!

Daily Log

Monday, 1/7/19: Finished An American Marriage (was already halfway through) and started The Library Book (3 hours total)

Tuesday, 1/8/2019: Read 2 hours in The Library Book (95 pages) and started The Girls at 17 Swann Street (30 min) Listened to Crazy Rich Asians on audio (40 minutes)

Wednesday, 1/9/2019: Read 1.5 hours in The Library Book, 30 minutes in The Girls at 17 Swann Street, and listened to Crazy Rich Asians for 30 minutes

Thursday, 1/10/2019: More reading in The Library Book, and listening to Crazy Rich Asians

Friday, 1/11/2019: More reading in The Library Book

Saturday, 1/12/2019: Finished The Library Book and The Girls at 17 Swann Street

Sunday, 1/13/2019:





Wednesday, January 2, 2019

WWW Wednesday: January 2

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Happy 2019! Here's to a new year of reading great books!!

The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
 
What are you currently reading?  
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
 
 
Recently Finished 

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My last read of 2018 and my first read of 2019 are both new books releasing January 8th! An Anonymous Girl was an excellent psychological thriller--full review will be on the blog next Tuesday. In contrast, In Dog We Trust was a delightful, happy novel full of labrador retrievers that I devoured on New Year's Day. Both great reads!!

Currently Reading

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Can't miss a CoHo read! I've hear good things about this one!

Up Next

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So excited to read my ARC of this long awaited sequel to one of my all time favorite books! I'm hoping it's good, but I'm a little nervous because I loved the first one so much. This one is out in February!


What are you reading this first week of 2019? Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2019 Library Love Challenge


It's no secret that I LOVE going to the library! Between my public library and the university library where I work, I visit the library AT LEAST once a week! I'm excited to participate in this challenge again this year. In 2018, 33 of my 105 books were from the library, which I'd actually like to increase in 2019. My goal for 2019 is the Overdrive Junkie level--36 books. I do read a lot of ARC's, which can account for a lot of the other books, but it's something I'd still like to increase.

Please join me in this challenge and support your local library! Getting a library card is FREE so it is super accessible! Plus, if you have a Kindle or love audiobooks, apps like OverDrive or Libby give you digital access to the library catalog as well. I'm super lucky to live in a town that has an awesome network of libraries!

Want to know more about the Library Love Challenge and sign up too? Here are the details, straight from the host, Angel's Guilty Pleasures:

Details:
Runs: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join any time.
  • Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it in the linky below. Make sure it’s public.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  • Any format will work for this challenge (prints, ebooks, or audios); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  • As an added bonus: I’m offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! Their are a few freebie entries just for signing up to join the challenge and then the main entries throughout the year will be the direct links to your book reviews. You will have until Jan. 4th, 2020 to enter your reviews in the Linky/Rafflecopter. Go here to enter your reviews & the giveaway: 2019 Library Love Challenge Review Link-ups.
  • (Optional) Mid-Year Library Check In: This year (2019) I plan on posting a Mid-Year Library Check In Post sometime in June or July. This post is to showcase what you have done so far in the Library Love Challenge. I’ll be offering up a separate giveaway for the Mid-Year Library Check In.
  • (Optional) Reviews: Write a review to enter the giveaway – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.” “I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters.”
  • Please use #LibraryLoveChallenge when sharing your reviews, library pictures, etc…

Levels:
  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books 

Want to follow what books I'm reading for this challenge? Here's a link to my Goodreads list for the challenge! 

You can also add me on Goodreads to follow my reviews!
 
 
Happy Reading and library visiting, friends!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Bout of Books 24 Sign Up!


Well that went fast!! It's already time for another Bout of Books--Bout of Books 24! Bout of Books is my absolute favorite readathon, and it starts January 7th! I've connected with so many other readers and bloggers throughout my time participating in this readathon and I can't wait for another week of reading! New to my blog and aren't familiar with Bout of Books? Here's the official details from the Bout of Books blog:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


You guys, above all, this readathon is FUN!!! It's no pressure and all about sharing your love of reading! I used to stress out about pages read and whatnot and a few readathons back, I stopped caring about stats and just focused on the fun! I usually finish 1-2 books and have a great time! There's plenty of time to sign up and join me!

More info about my Bout of Books TBR will come next week! Until then....happy reading!


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

TLC Book Tours: For Better and Worse

About For Better and Worse

Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (December 11, 2018)
On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.
Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?


Purchase Links


Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble 

 

Wow, talk about a page turner! This one sucked me in from the first page  and I couldn't put it down! The summary gives a good chunk of the plot away, but you still can't stop reading because you have to know how it all turns out. The ending totally surprised me!  The book was told alternately in Natalie and Will's perspectives at the perfect points in the story to hep you see the other spouse's perspective and contributes to the inability to put the book down. A solid thriller that will keep you up late reading--I give this one 3.5 stars!

About Margot Hunt

Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller.


Connect with Margot


Website | Facebook | Twitter

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TLC Book Tours 

To follow the tour, click here!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Best Books of 2018

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 Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging. I've usually done Top Ten Tuesday but wanted to switch things up!

This Week's Topic: Best Books of 2018

I read A LOT this year--currently at 103 and will probably get through a couple more by the time the year is done! This is my highest number of books ever. I got really into audiobooks this year, which increased my total. I read a lot of fantastic books--here are some of my favorites, in no particular order :


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 So much greatness here!! I highly recommend all of these books. What were some of your favorites this year?

Happy Reading!!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WWW Wednesday: December 11

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The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
 
What are you currently reading?  
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
 
 
Recently Finished 


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Read my review here


Currently Reading 

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 Reviewing this one for TLC Book Tours a week from today!


Up Next

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I started the first few pages earlier this week but needed to switch to reading For Better and Worse for the review tour. This one will be next!
 
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!