Monday, January 15, 2018

Bout of Books 21 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

What a fun week of Bout of Books! I'm super glad I tracked time instead of pages read, it made for a fun and relaxing experience. I definitely spent more time reading  than I have lately, mostly in the evenings. I used to read every day at lunchtime but since we got Elway I've spent my lunch breaks driving home to let him outside since he's  still a pup.  I met all my goals! Unfortunately I didn't get to participate in the Twitter chats because they didn't work for my schedule but I still spent a fair amount of time on twitter connecting with other participants.Anyway, here are my results:

Total time reading: 14 hours and 15 minutes

1 book finished (Sisters Like Us)

Also a good part of the way through Best Friends Forever, should finish that soon!

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Bout of Books 22 will be from May 14th to May 20th! Can't wait!

Happy Reading, friends!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017...

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic:
 

 Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)
 
Or, as I like to call it...
 
SO MANY BOOKS SO LITTLE TIME!
 
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Which of these are must reads?
 
Also: Next week Top Ten Tuesday hosting is moving here!

Monday, January 8, 2018

TBB Asks: January Q & A

I saw this The Blended Blog Asks post on Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine's blog last month and started following them, so...here's January!


1. Resolutions or No Resolutions?  I wouldn't call them resolutions, but goals. This year my goals are to run a 10k and to add some strength training into my workout routine. I also start the new Goodreads challenge for the year, if you call that a resolution.

2. Love Snow or No Snow? At my house-No Snow!! I hate worrying about driving in it (we don't just get snow here, we get ice too) and getting to work. Plus, I hate being cold. I do like snow in the mountains though--like going on a trip with the intention of playing in snow.

3. Name a new place you want to go this year: 2017 was SO travel heavy. I went to 4 different states in 5 months. I'm really looking forward to NOT going anywhere in 2018. There's a possibility I might get to go to an out of state conference for work this year but it's not for sure yet. I'd like to take a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast but that's not a new place for me.

4.  Would you rather have a new haircut or hair color? Well, I'm in the process of growing out my bangs, so I'd LOVE for that process to be farther along, so...haircut?

5. Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year? More self care!! I made it a priority in November and December and I plan on keeping that up. I have a nice bathtub and I LOVE taking baths and reading in the tub. So, more of that!

6. Least favorite thing about January? I absolutely hate January. It's my least favorite month. I hate winter, I hate how dark it is, I hate the cold.  I love the Pacific Northwest except in Winter! Haha.  So, my least favorite thing? Everything. Hello, vitamin D pills!

7.  Most favorite thing about January? When it's over! And having a long weekend for MLK Day.

8.  When do you take down your holiday decorations? I always try to take them down before I go back to work in January. This year we took them down Dec. 30th.

9.  Do you diet in January?  I wouldn't really call it "diet." I am currently doing a personal challenge of Dairy Free January. I have sinus problems and am constantly congested in some way, and had them for years. I read and talked to several people that said giving up dairy made a HUGE difference  for them. So in 2017 I limited dairy--mostly I just cut out cow's milk and switched to almond milk. I still ate cheese, things cooked with butter, etc. I began to notice how I felt on days when I ate lots of other dairy and days I did not--so I decided to do Dairy Free January. At the end of the month I'll see how I feel and go from there!

10. What area of your home do you want to organize the most? We just moved last June so everything is pretty well organized at the moment!!

11.Favorite Winter Comfort Food? Soup! I love soup!

12. Favorite Guilty Pleasure? Romance novels? At this point in my life I don't really feel guilty about reading or doing what I like.

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish

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Author: Liv Constantine
400 pages, Published October 17, 2017
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne and her husband, Jackson—the beautiful philanthropist and the confident real estate mogul—are a golden couple straight out of a fairytale, blessed with two lovely young daughters.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrish family, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.  


 
I first heard of this book through my friend Breanne, who follows Reese Witherspoon's book club! I've been really into psychological thrillers lately so I immediately jumped on this one!
 
Psychological thrillers are hard to write reviews without spoilers--I don't want to give anything away! Typically I don't stay up late reading--I'm usually too tired by the time I get to bed and pass out, book on face after only a few pages. But THIS BOOK kept me up late two nights in a row! I was determined to finish it the second night no matter how late it got. It was that good and that addicting! The three characters were so well written, and the twist in the middle does surprise you. Perhaps I'm too used to creepy books but the first part was creepy but not creepy enough to make me feel like I was reading a thriller, and then bam! The twist in the middle where everything changes.  That's where I just couldn't stop reading. 
 
The end of this book was excellent. The book itself reminded me a lot of The Wife Between Us but I liked this one better because of the ending. This is a must read!
 
Happy Reading! 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bout of Books: Goals, TBR, Etc.

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 starts on Monday! I am excited to dedicate time to reading and connect with other readers and bloggers!

In the past, I've stressed about page counts and how many books I've read. The last few readathons I've decided I have enough  stress in my life and this fun event doesn't need to be one of them, so I've really relaxed my goals. This round I'm relaxing them even more! What can I say? Yoga has changed me!

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 overstress about it. I still plan on yoga and going to the gym (and at the gym I can listen to audiobooks!).

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!

3. Have fun! Always the main goal of Bout of Books.

The Books

I have a lot of reviews coming up for TLC Book Tours and this is the month I need to read them! Not  expecting to read all of these, but these are  the ones on my radar right now.  I've been reading a lot of thrillers lately so I may start with the Susan Mallery one. We'll see how I feel on Monday.

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Daily Log

Time Spent Reading:

Monday: 2 hrs and 45 minutes in Sisters Like Us

Tuesday: 2 hrs and 30 minutes in Sisters Like Us

Wednesday: 1 hr and 30 minutes in Sisters Like Us

Thursday: 2 hours, finished Sisters Like Us

Friday: 1 hour in Podium Finish

Saturday: 2 hours in Best Friends Forever

Sunday: 2.5 hours in Best Friends Forever

Total Time Spent Reading: 14 hours and 15 minutes

Books Finished: Sisters Like Us

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Library Love Challenge

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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 2017, 24 of my 72 books were from the library, which I'm pretty happy about since a lot of my reading is ARC copies. My goal for 2018 is at least 24 library books as well.
 
Here are the details, straight from the sign-up post (you can sign up too-you don't have to have a blog!):
 
The second annual Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs.
 
 
Getting a library card in most places is FREE. So, if you love to read and/or listen to books then grab your library card and join the challenge.
 
Runs: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. You can join any time.
  • Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it 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.
  • 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.”
  • As an added bonus: We are offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! The entries are the direct links to your book reviews and you will have until Jan. 3rd, 2019 to enter your reviews in the linky and then the Rafflecopter. Go here to enter the giveaway: 2018 Library Love Challenge Review Link-ups.


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, January 2, 2018

Bout of Books 21 Sign up!

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 starts next week! This readathon is one of my favorite events because I've met so many blogger friends through Bout of Books. Having an extra excuse to spend lots of time reading is always good, too :)

What is Bout of Books? Here's the official blurb:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you want to sign up, there's plenty of time! This is the link to sign upCan't wait for another fun event! My TBR list and more information will be posted this Friday!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic:
 

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017
 
Happy 2018 everyone!
 
Some observations from this list:
 
*I read a lot of thrillers in 2017! I've really gotten into them lately so it made it easy to have new authors to add to this list!
 
*Yes--this year was the first time I read both Neil Gaiman and Roxanne Gay. I realize how sad this iss and how much I was missing out.
 
Who are some of your favorite "new to you" authors?
 
 
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Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.
 
Things have been crazy and I haven't gotten a Monday post up in a couple weeks! Oh, December craziness! Here's what I've been up to, reading wise.
 
The blog will probably be a little quiet these next couple weeks so I can enjoy having a break for a little while but I will come back strong with Bout of Books in January! Today is my last working Monday of 2017 and I am thrilled! I have December 22-January 1 off work and I am so excited!
 
 
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Really enjoyed this one!! Find my review here.
 
 
Currently Reading
 
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This is Book #3 in the Mischief Bay series--I'm reviewing Book #4 for TLC Book Tours on February 7th, with an excerpt post on January 16th!
 
Up Next
 
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Book #4 in Mischief Bay series!
 
These are also on my radar for the break! Both have review posts with TLC Book Tours coming up in early 2018!!
 
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Happy Reading and Happy Winter Break!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blog Tour and Review: The Wife Between Us

 
Authors:   and  
Release Date: January 9, 2018
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Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.


 
This book keeps you guessing at every twist and turn! When the plot summary says assume nothing, they are right! You spend the first part of the book thinking you understand what's going on and then the next section flips it upside down. Then you can't stop reading because you have to figure out what the heck is going on. Then everything changes again! It's an amazingly well written psychological  suspense read not to miss!
 
 I did have to reread parts here and there to make sure I was keeping everything straight (especially at the end) which kept me at a 4 star rating for this one instead of 5--sometimes it was a little jumpy and hard to follow. I also had to re-read the epilogue to make sure I had figured it out. But wow! What an ending!   But the need for rereading could've been because I was reading so fast to figure out what happened! It did leave me with an unanswered question or two (if you've read it and know me, you know what I'm talking about!) but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book!