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April Wrap-Up

Happy Saturday friends! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by…how is it almost mid May!? Last month was such a great reading month for me and I thought it was time to share my April wrap-up. I read a total of 12 books! Out of the twelve that I read, four of them were children’s books and one was a middle grade novel that I had the opportunity to read via Netgalley. Being that I am a nanny, I love to be able to read up and coming children’s books that I will hopefully be able to purchase for my kiddos later on. The others were romance and YA fantasy/horror.

  1. The Girls of Firefly Cabin by Cynthia Ellingsen
  2. Livi Grace by Jennifer Lynch
  3. Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
  4. Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias
  5. Jocelyns Box of Socks by Kristen L. Jackson
  6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  7. Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
  8. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  9. War of the Roses by Iris Moreland
  10. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  11. This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale
  12. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

I am so thankful to have had a great reading month and hope that May will turn out to have the same outcome! I will be traveling to New Mexico the end of the month and I am planning to get a lot of reading done on the plane and while I am at the airport during my layover.

What are some of your go to genres while flying or road tripping? Let me know down in the comments!

Xoxo,

Nicole

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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

 

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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 02.17.19

 

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

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What Im reading 02.04.19

Happy Monday friends! Hope all of you had a great weekend. My weekend was spent with my boyfriend and our pups. We got a lot of snow on Friday so we pretty much stayed in our cozy apartment most of the weekend. Now I am back at work and ready to take on the week! I will be reading through 4 books this week.
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1.A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert: This is the February pick for Dragons and Tea book club!

2. Forever Winter by Alexa Riley: Why not through in another winter novel into the mix. I mean spring will be hete before we know it!

3. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid: I am listening to the audiobook of this and so far it is way too good! Penny Reid is a pro at romance novels.

4. The One Who’s Not the One by Keris Stainton: I was provided the eARC of this book via netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. I am about 4 chapters in and so far I am loving it. Its funny, witty, and sassy!

 

What are you reading this week?

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January 2019 Wrap-Up

Hey friends! Can you believe we are already done with January? It was a very good reading month for me. Last year was a rough year for reading so I was pleased to start off the year with reading 6 books.

 

The Wicker King: This was my first read of 2019 and the January pick for the Dragons & Tea book club This book is filled with so many emotions! It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you frustrated, and every other emotion that is out there.It follows two friends who love each other so much, but tend to depend on one another too much due to the lack of parental guidance. Jack deals with hallucinations and August sinks deeper and deeper as Jack explains the things he sees during his hallucinations. August gets sucked in so much, he joins jack in burning a down a building which leads them into spending time an asylum. 

The Legend of the Golden Raven: This is the companion novella to The Wicker King. I truly enjoyed reading this because it follows Jacks perspective of the story, but I wanted so much more. I wanted it to a go a little deeper into what exactly was going through his mind beyond what we read during the previous novel. I also wished it gave more background into Jacks relationship with his parents.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes: I was provided the eARC of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel follows three different women as they work through their stages of grief. I believe Ruth Hogan painted a beautiful picture of grief. However, as much I wanted to love this book, it lost my attention more than I would have liked. 

Seven Places Without YouSeven Places Without You is a graphic novel following a young woman named Elena who is going through a transitional phase in her relationship with her boyfriend Jorge. The only thing she can do is move out and start a life of her own. I really enjoyed this graphic novel.

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop: This was my favorite book I read during the month of January! It follows a woman named Rosie who is going through a divorce all while embarking on a journey of living a nomadic life. It was a fun read and you can find my review here: Rosies I was provided the eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. This is  set to release March 03,2019.

Mistletoe and Murder: I began reading this in January, but am still reading it. I always enjoy reading London Lovett’s books! Will write more in a future post!

 

Well there you have it, my January wrap up! How many books did you read last month?

 

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Review: Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin

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eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Happy Friday friends! I do not know where you all are from, but here in the Midwest we dealt with the Polar Vortex this week. Being that I am originally from the Southwestern part of the United States, I pretty much was as frozen as one can be! I love the cold weather, but I can do without the -30 degree temperatures. A perk of this cold weather, however; is being able to read a lot more!  I was really glad I was able to finish Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin this week and you guys, it has been one of my favorite reads so far this year!

This book follows a woman named Rosie who is going through a divorce and although it seems like it is one of the worst things that can happen, Rosie finds herself on an adventure that will be life changing. She goes from working as a chef in a highly recognized restaurant to living a nomadic lifestyle and running a tea shop out of a van.  Along the way she will meet people who turn into family, fill her belly with delicious food, experience adventures she was always fearful of, and finds love in the most unexpected place. Rosie’s not so great year turned into one filled with more happiness than she could ever imagine!

This was the first book that I read by Rebecca Raisin and it did not disappoint! It was a fun read and gave me just enough of every emotion that it continued to draw me in more and more. I loved the character development and enjoyed how each of them were so different from one another, yet they got along so well. I loved reading about how no matter what may be going on throughout the community of nomads, they would always be there for one another. It seriously made me want to have my own traveling shop to embark on all the great adventures. I would highly recommend this book.

This book will be released on March 03,2019 and you can pre-order your copy now at Amazon

Again thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for providing me with the eARC.

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Book Review: Seven Places Without You By Juan Berrio

screenshot_20190117-235258I received an advanced digital copy of this graphic novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Seven Places Without You is a graphic novel following a young woman named Elena who is going through a transitional phase in her relationship with her boyfriend Jorge. The only thing she can do is move out and start a life of her own. Little does she know, Jorge will show up and try to win her back. Will Elena give in?

I truly enjoyed reading this graphic novel! I loved how the author described Elenas pain and confusion. I could feel her emotions  and that is one of my favorite things to experience while reading. However, I hated that Jorge came back into the picture and ultimately expected for everything to be normal.

Overall, I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.