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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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What I am Reading 04.24.19

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Happy Wednesday bookworms!

It has been such a great reading month for me. After my March Mystery Month, it ignited a fire in me and I CAN’T STOP READING!! I am just so happy I am out of my reading slump. So what I am reading this week?

 

 

 

  1. This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagle: Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with the eARC of this book!
  2. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: This is the second book in the Wayward Children’s Series and you guys…it is so good!
  3. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker: I have heard so so so much about this book and I finally got my hands on a copy and all I can say is…WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ IT!!? I cannot wait to get my review up this weekend!

Have you read any of these? What are some books you are looking forward to reading?

 

xoxo

Nicole

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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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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

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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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Review: A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

 

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“There are some things you don’t get over. You just accept them, and keep breathing. That’s enough.”

This week I had the opportunity to read A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert along with the Dragons and Tea book club and all I can say is WOW! This was so so good and I never wanted to put it down.

The story follows a short, curvy, autistic woman named Ruth who is also known as the town’s “jezebel.” Ruth has had one heck of a ride when it comes to the people of Ravenswood due to rumors and the constant gossip throughout the town. Instead of being around the people who hate her, Ruth isolates herself in her apartment. Little did she know, her dreamy new neighbor Evan would rock her world. Not only is Evan easy on the eyes, he is kind, accepting of Ruth, a fixer of things, and he can cook! Ruth went from eating frozen dinners to having dinner cooked for her almost every night because of Evan. He could not stand the fact that she was living off little and knew that he needed to take care of her…even if he did not know her. All he knew was that he was falling head over heels for this girl and wanted to make her his one and only. However, Ruth being the person she is, would make that very difficult. She figured he would just be another guy who would add to the gossip. Will Evan win Ruth over?

I truly adored this book and knew that I needed to be friends with Ruth ASAP! She is quirky, sassy, and has such a great sense of humor. I love that Hibbert created Ruth as someone with autism, but did not create her to be a scientist/doctor/math wiz like other autistic characters are portrayed. Ruth was truly something beautiful and all you wanted was for her to win. For her to be able to live her life as she wanted without the scrutiny of those around her. I am definitely a cheerleader on the sideline cheering her on! As for Evan, my is he the man every girl wants!? I loved that he did not try to be someone that he was not and wanted to be friends/lovers with the girl everyone hated. He was so so kind to her and although at times it would be difficult to keep his hands off of Ruth, he always made sure that she was okay it. He was just an all around gentleman and all I wanted was for the two to be together and live happily ever after!

“that I will always treat you as you deserve to be treated. That I will always respect you. That I won’t lie to you or betray your trust. I try not to say never, but I will say this: hurting you is something I would never choose to do. I swear.”

 

My Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

Have you read this book? If not tell me what some of your favorite romance novels are in the comments!

 

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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February 2019 TBR

Hey friends! I am so excited to begin this month because I have so many great books to read. Being that it is the month of love, I will  be reading primarily from the romance genre….let’s be honest though, romance is my favorite genre to read! I am hoping to make it through all six books, but we will see what the month brings! Tell me, what do you plan to read this month?