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!