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What I’m Reading 03.13.19

Happy Wednesday bookworms! We are almost done with the week and I am ready for some down time with a good cup of joe and a book! I have been so pleased with how many books I have read this month and know that I will finish the month out with a bang! I have continued on with Cozy Mystery March, but have added in a couple of non-mystery books to my list. This particular week I am reading

  1. On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander- I am about 50% done with this one and have truly loved this series so far!
  2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This was my Book of the Month pick and IT.IS.SO.GOOD!!!
  3. Deadly News by Jody Holford- Another cozy mystery series I am starting. I have an eARC of the second book of the series so I am hoping to finish this first novel in the next day or so.
  4. Lemonade and Lies by Agatha Frost- I just finished the first book of the Peridale Cafe Mystery series and it was so so so good, so I am excited to dive into this second novel.

How is your month going? What has been your favorite book you have read so far?

xoxo

Nicole

Posted in Mystery Monday

Mystery Monday: Top 5 Favorite Sleuths

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Happy Monday bookworms! How was your weekend? My weekend was very relaxing as I spent it in the mountains of West Virginia. We had a day of snow and a day of sunshine, it was absolutely perfect! I am glad to be home though and I am already dreaming of the weekend.

Today I coming to you with our first official Mystery Monday post! I want to talk about my top five favorite sleuths, but first what exactly is a sleuth? According to Merriam-Webster it is to act as a detective. Cozy mysteries are always filled with an awesome sleuth who just cannot seem to stay out of the investigations going on in their towns. It is always fun to follow each of these sleuths as they try and crack the case before the town Detective! So here are my top 5 sleuths!

  1. Lacy “Pink,” Pinkerton from the Port Danby Series by London Lovett
  2. Jules Capshaw from the Bakeshop Mysteries Series by Ellie Alexander
  3. Sunni Taylor from the Firefly Junction Series by London Lovett
  4. Julia South from the Peridale Cafe Mystery series by Agatha Frost
  5. Nora Pennington from the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams

Do you have any favorite sleuths? Let me know down below!

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What I’m Reading 03.07.19

Happy Thursday bookworms! Today is my Friday and I am heading straight to West Virginia after work to visit some family. This week has been a great reading week for me and I should be finishing up three more books within the next 2 days. This week I have read/ am reading:

  1. A Killer Bridal Party by London Lovett
  2. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
  3. Pancakes and Corpses by Agatha Frost
  4. Murder on Lot B by London Lovett
  5. A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.

It has been such a fun reading week and cannot wait to continue on with Cozy Mystery March! What have you read this week? Let me know down below!

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

Posted in Reviews

Review: Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers

 

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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

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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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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