Monday, February 27, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

What I Just Finished Reading
 
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What I'm Currently Reading/Listening To
 
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Super close to being done with Yes Please, and just started I Liked My Life last night! 

What I Plan To Read Next

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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would

 

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

This Week's Topic:
 
Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would
 
When I first saw this topic,I thought the "More" category would be easier...it turned out the "Less" category was easier. I read some books by my favorite authors in 2016 (Hilderbrand, Giffin, Green) that I was disappointed in. 
 
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Books I liked LESS Than I Thought I Would

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Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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What I Just Finished Reading
 
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Read my review here!
 
What I'm Currently Reading/Listening To
 
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What I Plan To Read Next
 
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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: Always

Title: Always
30213116Author: Sarah Jio
288 pages, Release Date: February 7, 2017

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

From Goodreads: 

While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle's chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can't believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt "right." But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants.

Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she's willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.


 I'm a big Sarah Jio fan, and this book was no exception. But first, can we take a minute to swoon over this GORGEOUS cover?! I LOVE a beautiful cover! This book was beautiful, heartbreaking, and emotional. My heart broke for Kailey and Cade throughout the book.

If you're familiar with Jio's work, you know that she loves to add a historical or past element to her books. This book followed the same format--as Kailey tries to help Cade in 2008, the chapters alternate to their relationship back in the late 1990's, ten years earlier. I'll admit at times this made me frustrated because I really wanted to know what happened in 2008--but it definitely kept me reading the book! I did enjoy the 1990's story, I was just eager to know what happened in general. This book sucked me in and kept me up late reading!

This was definitely one of my favorites of Jio's--if you haven't read her books, I highly recommend them!

Overall rating: 4.5 stars



About Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, THE BUNGALOW, BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE LAST CAMELLIA, MORNING GLORY, GOODNIGHT JUNE, THE LOOK OF LOVE--all from Penguin (Plume), and ALWAYS, forthcoming on February 7, 2017 from Random House (Ballantine). Sarah is also a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, and many others. She has appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her novels are translated into more than 25 languages. Sarah lives in Seattle with her three young boys. 

Happy Reading!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Release Day Blitz: To Rome, With Love by T.A. Williams




34017119Author: T.A. Williams
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: HQ Digital

About TO ROME, WITH LOVE
It’s a summer of second chances…
Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect distraction…
Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still 600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to cover, anything could happen!


Purchase Links: Amazon  iTunes  Barnes & Noble

Watch for my review on the upcoming blog tour! 

About T.A. Williams


Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.
Find Trevor Online

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: All About Romance


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

This Week's Topic:

All About Romance!
My list features some of my favorite romances!
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What are some of your favorite romances?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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I got a lot of reading done this weekend!

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Enjoyed all three books!

What I'm Currently Reading

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What I Plan To Read Next

 ...not sure yet!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: Scrappy Little Nobody

29868610Title: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
304 pages, published November 2016
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”


Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


This book was absolutely delightful! I laughed out loud SEVERAL times and couldn't stop reading. I'm a big fan of hers and I feel like her personality really shone through in this book. I think my favorite part in the book was the "Boys" chapters--they were a perfect glimpse into how teenage and young adult women think--and so well written!

What I loved most about this book is that you saw how REAL she was--so easy to relate to. I felt like I related to her in so many ways. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!

Overall rating for "Scrappy Little Nobody": 4.5 stars 

Happy Reading! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

What I Just Finished Reading

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Loved both of these books!!

What I'm Currently Reading/Listening To

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Just started 1984 last night, and almost done with The Violets of March.

What I Plan To Read Next  

...no idea! 

What are you reading this week?