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May 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Hey there my fellow bookworms! I cannot believe that we are already starting a new month, but I am excited to see how much reading I will accomplish during the month of June. May actually started off with me not reading a single book, I was honestly just not in the mood. Thankfully, about halfway through I was able to pick up and finish not only one, but six books! It was a pretty even split between cozy mysteries and other genres. So lets dive into my monthly reading wrap up!

  1. Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander: This Bakeshop Mystery series has been such a fun read. Not only are the characters likeable, but the little town of Ashland Oregon is sure to make you want to visit. It is a small town filled with Shakespearean stores, restaurants, theaters, and of course Torte the local coffee shop/bakery.Being that it is a cozy mystery, you are sure to find yourself joining our sleuth Jules as she cracks the next murder case. In this particular book a new burger shop is moving in, but one morning Jules walks in to find the owner dead. Will she crack down on who the killer is before the cops do?
  2. Tulips and Trouble by London Lovett: This is the fifth book in the Port Danby cozy mystery series. This series has sparked my love for reading again. It is not hard to fall in love with this series because the characters become your best friends. You can picture yourself walking down the streets greeting each of the residents as if you too are a part of the story. Another thing I love is how Lovett is able to capture a murder mystery in its entirety, but still keep it a “cozy.” I never feel as though I am missing information or suspenseful elements.
  3. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster: I recently picked up this Puffin Classic and boy am I glad I did so. I have been wanting to dive into classics more and I feel like this was the perfect one for that. This book follows our main character Jerusha also known as Judy. Jerusha received the opportunity to attend college for free under the circumstances that she would write letters to the trustee who has paid her way. Although she was only asked to write about her progress throughout her schooling, Judy would write every week about anything that was happening. Being that she was an orphan, she felt that writing to this stranger was the closest she would get to family. Little did she know the relationship would turn into something much more.
  4. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: I have seen this book all over bookstagram and I decided to listen to the audiobook which I am glad that I did. I feel like I may have not been able to get the full experience by reading a physical book. The audio painted such a great picture of each character and because of that you were able to get the full experience the author was wanting you to have. I believe it is such an important book to read because it does touch on racial issues that people face everyday due to the color of their skin. It something that we should read so that we can educate ourselves more to support one another more effectively.
  5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon: This book was one of my favorite reads for the month of May! I am so mad at myself that it has taken me so long to read it because I truly enjoyed it that much. This story follows a girl by the name of Madeline and she has been sick her entire life which has prevented her from ever leaving her house. However, a boy named Ollie moves into the house next door with his family and Maddy will do anything to meet him. It takes them awhile to meet in person due to her illness, but once they do they want each other more. She wants the freedom to do as she will and so she will push her limits and go on a trip of a lifetime.
  6. Dahlias and Death by London Lovett: The sixth installment of the Port Danby series is by far my favorite book so far. Relationships are now fully developed and we have been able to get some answers to questions that have formed since the beginning. Particularly why there is so much tension between Detective Briggs and Dash. To me being able to finally have some answers has really helped paint a better picture and it opens up the opportunity for the relationship between our sleuth Lacey “Pink” and James Briggs to truly begin forming. So excited to dive into book seven!

Well there you have it, my May reading wrap up! What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Nicole

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Book Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Happy Wednesday friends! I finished reading Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon yesterday and I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. It was a quick and lighthearted (for the most part) read filled with teenage love, risk, and redemption. It is a beautiful story told by our protagonist Madeline who has been cooped up in her house with her mom and her nurse Carla her entire life. She was diagnosed with a rare disease when she was a baby which has prevented her from living a normal life. Now she is eighteen and is ready to take some risks especially once she meets her new neighbor Olly who has her smitten beyond belief. However, Maddy will take it too far and push her limits with her health. Little did she know that taking such a big risk would ultimately change her life…..for the BETTER!

Between the captivating story and the writing style, I felt that it was hard to put the book down! I really enjoyed the character development Yoon was able to create. I felt like I knew each character completely and I truly believe that it helped capture the story even more. I also loved that throughout the book you would not only have normal chapters, but you would find diagrams, text messages, emails, and instant messages to help capture the story as a whole. Overall, I would highly recommend that you pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.

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Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

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I never thought I would fall in love with Field Notes on Love and yet here I am, a big cry baby because of how much I loved this novel by Jennifer E. Smith! It was the first book that I have ever read by this author and I am so thankful that I was able to get my hands on a copy. I bet you are wondering, “Nicole, why did you love this book so much?” Well bookworms, let me tell you:

It involves a cross country train trip from New York to California

  • I have an aching for wanderlust and knew that this would just make me want to travel even more…preferably by train now.

The dynamic between our two main characters was so perfect.

  • Hugo: an 18 year old boy from England who just so happens to be a sextuplet and is now “famous,” in his little town of Surrey.
  • Mae: an 18 year old from New York who has two dads and a grandma who is spunky and wants Mae to live the best life she can.

The way love comes to be in this story is just so sweet and makes you swoon way too much!

Most things are easier than you think,” She says “It’s deciding to do them that’s hard.”

Hugo has always lived his life in the shadows of his five other siblings and by that I mean that it has always been Hugo and his brothers and sisters. They did everything together….they were a package deal when it came to EVERYTHING. All Hugo wanted was to live a life separate from his siblings, but how can he do that without completely shutting them out and making his family upset. On top of trying to figure that out, he was going through a break-up. All Hugo knew is that he NEEDED to go on the trip that him and his now ex-girlfriend were going to take…..a train trip across America. Once he realized that everything was in her name and that he could not change the reservations…he did something completely out of the ordinary. He was going to find himself another Margaret Campbell and was going to ask her to “pretend,” to be Margaret Campbell his ex-girlfriend!

Mae has always known what she wanted to do, being that both of her dad’s were artistic it was just a given that she would fall in love with film. Her hopes and dreams were to attend school in California at one of the most respected film schools in America and maybe even in the world. However, when she got that rejection letter…Mae did not know what to do. She thought the film she sent the school was perfect! She knew she needed to change something, but what is there to change when you already love it so much? After getting advice from pretty much every person in her life, she found that she needed to experience a little more life. So when her friend Priyanka sends her a link to a wanted ad of a boy looking for a Margaret Campbell to take a cross country train trip with….she decided to do the unthinkable….she responded! Sadly, she did not get chosen and school was about to start…so she just sat it out….until she got another email saying that the previous winner was unable to make it!

Now Hugo and Mae have come together at Penn Station to embark on a trip of lifetime. The catch though, neither of their parents know they are traveling with a complete stranger. Every time their parents call they fib a little in hopes that they won’t find out. Of course Hugo’s parents would eventually find out because when you are part of sextuplets…someone is bound to spill the beans. For Mae though, her little secret remained a secret. Her grandma was the one who knew and being that she too found love on a train many years ago, all she wanted was for her granddaughter to do the same. So off they went on this journey of a lifetime where they each would gain more life experience and even find love! 

You guys, this book was absolutely perfect and all I hope is that there is a second novel that will go a little further into the relationship between Hugo and Mae. Will Mae get into film school? Does Hugo stay in the USA or does he go back to England for good? Do the two of them end up being in a long lasting relationship? So many questions!

Have you read this? Let me know in the comments!

 

xoxo,

Nicole!

 

 

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How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

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“They say your life flashes before your eyes, but it wasn’t my life as I’d lived it that I saw. It was the life I’d been waiting for. The one I’d never get a chance to live.” 

Happy Tuesday friends! I finished up How to Walk Away by Katherine Center yesterday and WOW! You guys this book was and is everything book dreams are made of! To be honest I never heard of How to Walk Away and it just so happened to pop up on Hoopla so I picked it up and decided that it was the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Here is a little synopsis for you in case you too have not heard of this book.

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page. 

Let me start off by saying that I freakin’ love our main character Margaret! She is feisty, strong headed, funny, and independent. Although she has found herself in a less than exciting situation, she refuses to let everyone walk all over her or treat her any different than how they did prior to her accident. I really think that Katherine Center did a phenomenal job developing every character! I love when I can picture every character and feel as if I know exactly who they are. Like I can meet for coffee with Maggie and her sister—-and don’t even get me started on Ian…can we just say hubba hubba!?

Overall though, I loved how Center was able to make me feel so many emotions. One minute she had me literally laughing out loud and the next minute I would feel so much grief. However, despite the grief–I found hope just as Margaret did. At the end Maggie says something that will forever live with me and I hope that it will do the same for you—-“You have to live the life you have, you have to find inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out of the hardship——Because that is all we can do, carry the sorrow when we have to and savor the joy when can.”  How beautiful is that? I think that at times we forget to find the joy within our struggles and life is far too short to wallow in self pity, so I encourage you to find joy even in the smallest things. 

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

xoxo,

Nicole

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I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

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 Happy Thursday bookworms! I am so excited to come to you with a book review being that it has been so long since I have written one! A sweet friend of mine on #bookstagram (@kassyreadsbooks) shared that I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll was on super sale and decided to pick it up, but thankfully it is part of Kindle Unlimited! Woohoo!

You guys, this book was so so good. I was not sure what to expect from it, but it drew me in right from the start! Not only was it a fast paced book, it changed from different point-of-views every single chapter. Now some people hate when that happens because it can make it hard to keep up with the story, but Driscoll did a phenomenal job!

Without giving too much away, this book follows the story of a young girl named Anna who had gone missing a year ago while on a trip with her friend Sarah. After they had gotten into an argument they ended separating at a club and from there Anna was unable to be found. Now the question is, why did she disappear? Did she go with someone? Was she abducted? Why can’t anyone find her? Between family, friends, by standers, and investigators they will get to the bottom of it…..or will they?

I would highly highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in psychological thrillers.

My Rating

stars

xoxo,

Nicole

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Top Five Romances

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Happy Valentines bookworms! In honor of this day of love I thought I would share with you my top five romance novels. These are filled with so much love, acceptance, and very steamy scenes and they are all worth the read!

  1. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  2. Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  4. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  5. Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid

I hope your day is filled with so much love and joy! ❤ Let me know what your top romance novels are!

 

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Mystery Monday: Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton

43152669.jpgHappy mystery Monday sleuths! I am so excited to share this cozy with all of you! I reached out to Kensington Publishing Corp and requested several books including Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton and it showed up in my mailbox over the weekend! So thank you to Larissa at Kensington for sending me this new cozy that is set to release on August 27, 2019.

Jealousy Filled Donuts is the third book of the Deputy Donut Mystery series and it sounds like it is going to be a great one!

Synopsis: “It is a truth universally acknowledged–cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Caf�, owned and operated by detective’s widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily’s adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily’s shop gets deputized.

But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily’s treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop’s reputation, Emily needs to solve this case–before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …”

I cannot wait to dive into this cozy this week! Check back on release day for my full review!

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My BOTM Pick: August 2019

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Happy Friday my fellow bookworms! We made it to the end of the week and it is now time to soak up some sunshine and relax! This weekend I will be diving into Well Met by Jen Deluca which also happens to be my August Book of the Month pick! I have been seeing this book ALL over #bookstagram and I am so glad to now have it in my possession! What makes it even more special is that this book is not set to release until September 3rd! Not sure what this book is? Well here is a little synopsis from goodreads.
All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

Does this sound like a book that you will pick up on release day? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

xoxo,

Nicole

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Iris Morland Cover Reveal!

Title: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Steamy Romantic Comedy (The Flower Shop Sisters)

Author: Iris Morland

Genre: Romantic comedy

Release date: July 16, 2019

Blurb:

I’m a good girl—until I got drunk in Vegas and married a panties-flaming-hot Irishman.

Oops.

I’ve always lived my life by the rules. Unlike my two sisters, I’m the good one. The responsible one. Going outside my comfort zone is when I wear red lipstick before five PM.

That comfort zone of mine? It’s smashed to smithereens on a wild night in Las Vegas when I met—and married—Liam Gallagher.

After one shot of tequila, then two, then too many to count, a good girl’s rules tend to disappear. And so do her panties, and her bra, and various other articles of clothing when she’s with an Irishman who knows his way around a woman’s body.

Now my husband wants us to stay married. For six months. He says it’ll be worth my while. Considering our chemistry underneath the sheets, I can’t say that he’s wrong.

Liam isn’t safe, though. Liam definitely isn’t comfortable. He’s like the male equivalent of wearing red lipstick in the daytime all wrapped up in an irresistible, dangerous package.

Yet this stubborn Irishman isn’t about to let me go, drunken Princess Bride-themed Vegas wedding or no.

Now I have to decide if I’m brave enough to break the rules for love.

Goodreads:

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Preorder links:

Amazon: http://irismorland.com/loves-amazon

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About the author: A coffee addict and cat lover, Iris Morland is the author of over a dozen sexy, small-town romances and romantic comedies. If she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys binging on Netflix shows and cooking something delicious.

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Seanan McGuire

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5star

Synopsis


Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

Review


Oh my goodness y’all! I was blown away by this first novel in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire! I am not a huge fantasy reader, but this book alone has me sold! It was such a fun story that follows a group of children who have experienced a case of what I call “Alice in Wonderland syndrome,” where they find a door that takes them to a magical land that is different from where they came from. However, this first book is following them after they have found their way back to the “real world,” and are now at a boarding school to try and find their place in this world where they have never quite fit in.

Each character is extremely unique and they each have experienced a different world from one another. I would say the most fascinating thing is to learn about each of these different worlds. Some are considered dark worlds where death and vampires are and then there are worlds that are colorful and full of candy. Overall, this was such a fantastic start to this series and I cannot wait to give you my review on the next two novels!