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March 2019 TBR

Happy March friends! There is so much to look forward to this month, the main thing being that it is my birthday month! I am hoping for another good reading month and hope to get through at least ten books! This month I will be focusing on Mystery novels, particularly Cozy Mysteries. Are you a fan of Mysteries? What are some of your favorite novels?

This month I will be reading:

  1. A Killer Bridal Party (Firefly Junction #2) by London Lovett
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  3. Murder at the Vicarage (Miss. Marple #1) by Agatha Christie
  4. On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle
  5. Murder on Lot B (Starfire Cozy Mystery #1) by London Lovett
  6. Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  7. Meet Your Baker  ( Bakeshop Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander
  8. Roses and Revenge ( Port Danby #4) by London Lovett
  9. How to Bake a Murder by K.J. Emrick
  10. Deadly Vows by Jody Holford

I am excited to dive into each of these novels and know that its is going to be a great Mystery March!

 

xoxo

 

Nicole

Posted in Monthly Book Wrap Up

February 2019 Wrap Up

Happy Thursday friends! Can you believe we are already done with February? I mean where does time go? This was a pretty good reading month for me, but fell flat the last full week of the month being that I was sick. I was able to complete seven books which puts me right on track for my yearly goal!

 

Mistletoe and Mayhem: I started this in January and was able to finish it within the first week of the February. I absolutely adore London Lovett’s novels so this was a fun read for me!

A Girl Like Her: This was the Dragons and Tea Book Club February read. This was way better than I thought it would be and was so smitten by the romance in this novel.

Forever Winter: This was a classic Alexa Riley book and was filled with some steamy romance.

The Girl He Used to Know: This was hands down my favorite read of the month! This ARC was provided via St.Martins Press. This novel was everything and left me in tears. Everyone needs to read this! My review can be found here.

Truth or Beard: I listened to the audio version of this book and loved it! I always enjoy Penny Reid’s writing and this did not disappoint. My Review can be found here.

Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #1- Stacey and the Missing Ring: This was just a fun nostalgic read!

Waisted: I received the eARC of this novel via Netgalley and Atria Books. I wanted to love this book so much, but it fell flat for me. My review can be found here.

What books did you read this month?

 

xoxo,

Nicole

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Review: Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers

 

Waisted

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Thank you to Netgalley and Atria Books for this eARC!

Title: Waisted

Author: Randy Susan Meyers

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Pages: 288

Genre: Women’s Fiction

My Rating: ★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.
Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them.
Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight.
The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.
The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.

My Review:

When I first came across this novel on Netgalley, I was super excited because it is not often you come across fiction books that follow people who are on a weight loss journey. However, I thought the story would be a little more lighthearted and would focus on the camp primarily while only taking bits and pieces of why each woman was attending the camp.

While the author did go into the stories of both Alice and Daphne, I felt that it was too much. By that I mean, it went into too much detail that it took away from the actual story. I would have preferred to learn more about the other five women who were attending the camp because each of their stories were kind of thrown in at the last minute.

I wanted to love this book so much, but overall it fell flat to me.

 

xoxo,

Nicole

Posted in Uncategorized

What I’m Reading 02.25.19

Happy Monday friends, it has been quite some time! I was so sick the last week and could not get the energy to create content let alone read. I even had to cancel my trip to West Virginia which was a bummer, but hopefully I can go in the next couple of weeks!  I was hoping to complete three books last week, but was only able to finish Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers. My review for this book will be up in the next couple of days! As for this week, I am hoping to complete two books and start a third! The books I will be reading are:

  1. Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale
  2. Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman
  3. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

What are you reading this week?

 

xoxo

Nicole

Posted in Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday:Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday was formerly hosted by the  Broke and Bookish and is now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl


Happy Tuesday friends! Today is my first day back to work after a four day weekend and let me tell you, it always hard to wake up at 5 in the morning after such a long weekend. Thankfully, I only work three days and then I will be spending my weekend in West Virginia visiting some family. Any good audio book recommendations? Comment down below please! For now, I am going to be giving you my top 10 books that I loved and has fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads! 

  1. The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves (1014)
  2. Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett (1426)
  3. Carnations and Chaos by London Lovett (247)
  4. Mistletoe and Mayhem by London Lovett
  5. Last Christmas by Talli Roland (248)
  6. The Legend of the Golden Raven (276)
  7. Inside Deaf Culture by Carol Padden & Tom Humphries (320)
  8. Death in the Park by London Lovett (123)
  9. The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado (456)

I don’t know if you can tell, but I kinda like London Lovett’s books! You may also notice that there are only nine books, that is because those were the only ones that I had on my “read” shelf that had 2000 or less Goodreads ratings. Have you read any of these books? What is your top book that has less than 2000 ratings?

 

xoxo

Nicole

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What I’m Reading 02.17.19

 

Hey friends! Hope you all are doing well! This past week was a slow reading week for me and only completed 3 books. I finished

  1. The Girl He Used to Know by Stacey Garvis Graves( you can find my review here)
  2. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid (you can find my review here)
  3. Stacey and the Missing Ring (The Baby-Sitters Club, Mystery #1) by Ann M. Martin.

This week I am hoping to finish up

  • Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers which I received an eARC via Netgalley, Atria Books, and Simon and Schuster publishing in an exchange for an honest review.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Once I complete these two novels I hope to start

  • The Winter Sister by Megan Collins. I received an eARC via Netgalley, Simon and Schuster Publishing and Atria Books.
  • Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton

What are you reading this week?

xoxo

Nicole

Posted in Reviews

Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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★★★★

Title: Truth or Beard

Author: Penny Reid

Series: The Winston Brothers, #1

Pages: 390

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. 

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

My Review:

I have enjoyed Penny Reid’s writing and have heard so much about The Winston Brother’s series. It has taken me awhile to start, but book one was such a fun read!  I was not sure what to expect going into this series, but it was filled with some good humor, romance, and some unexpected turns. 

The characters in this book are so lovable and very relatable.   Jessica James is an outgoing, strong-willed woman with a wanderer’s heart. She knows what she wants and she will not let anything stop her. Duane is also strong-willed, but more reserved,family oriented, and loyal. He works at the body shop that him and his brother’s own and does not plan on moving anytime soon. Jess on the other hand cannot wait for the day that she pays off her student debt so she can begin travelling. However, like every love story..their hearts get pulled in different directions and have to decide if their love is worth the compromising of each of their dreams.

I would say the part that I hated about this book was just the back and forth with their relationship. One minute you would be cheering them on and the next you just wanted them to part ways. I know they had to figure out what was going to work and if it was even worth it, but I did get to a point where enough was enough. Thankfully, towards the end of the story they talked out their frustrations and came up with a plan that would suite the both of them. 

Overall, I enjoyed this series and plan to continue on with the series. I am excited to see where their relationship leads and look forward to learning more about the other Winston brothers! 

Have you read any of Penny Reid’s novels? If so, which is your favorite?

 

xoxo

Nicole

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Review: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

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★★★★★

Title: The Girl He Used to Know

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Pages: 304

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

My Rating: ★★★★★

 

Goodreads synopsis:

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins. 

My Review:

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this novel. Tracey Garvis Graves wrote each character with complete care and detail. It was beautiful watching each character unravel throughout the novel. Annika is the most delicate of all the characters,  she is socially awkward, she loves books, chess, has not dated much, and does not understand why people treat her differently. Jonathan on the other hand is outgoing, has a decent amount of friends, works at a bar, and is advanced in the dating department. They were complete opposites, but that is what made their relationship work so well. I absolutely loved how gentle Jonathan was towards Annika and how he paid so much detail to her facial expressions in order to understand what was going through her mind. He had to work hard at the relationship, but he never let that stop him from falling head over heels for her. 

It broke my heart when they went their separate ways, but was so glad that fate would reunite them. Annika had worked so hard throughout the ten years they were apart and it truly helped her grow to be able to give herself in a way she was never able to. I was definitely cheering them on and wanted them to get back together. Without going into too much detail….the ending wrecked me. I cried for twenty minutes. I literally felt like I was watching my best friends go through such much pain. All I can say is that you need to read this book ASAP so you can see what I am talking about!

Thank you to Macmillan Publishing and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with this ARC copy! 

 

xoxo

Nicole

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What I’m Reading 02.11.19

Happy Monday friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend! My weekend was filled with time with my love and our dogs, lunch with friends, and lots of reading! It was definitely a perfect weekend, but I am ready to take on this new week. I was able to finish three and a half books last week which I am very excited about!

  1. Mistletoe & Mayhem by London Lovett (💛💛💛💛💛)
  2.  A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert(💛💛💛💛💛)
  3. Forever Winter by Alexa Riley (💛💛💛)

Currently Reading:

 

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves:

I received an ARC copy via Macmillan Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have heard so much about this book and was so excited to receive it in the mail. I am about 6 chapters in and so far it is really good! 

Motion by Penny Reid

Today is the book release of this novel and I am so excited to get into my hands. I loved Reid’s Hypothesis series and know that this series will not disappoint! 

Roses and Revenge by London Lovett:

This is the fourth book of the Port Danby series. What will our detective duo be up to in this book? Will they finally kiss? Ahh so excited to see where the story goes! 

 

What are you reading this week?

xoxo

Nicole