It’s no secret that my reading has been weird, terrible, inconsistent – you name it – this year. When I saw Forever post about the pub date arriving for HOW SWEET IT IS, I was immediately motivated to get reading. How could it already be mid-August?! Honestly, I was taken with this book right away. I immediately loved the characters and read a lot of it in one sitting. Then… it sat around while I tried to finish up other reading obligations. But the minute I dove back in, I was ready to finish it up! The story had a unique premise based heavily around the jobs of the two main characters. Kate is an event planner who specializes in romance and weddings. Drake is a horror writer, who happens to be the client of Kate’s best friend, and her services are needed for his book launch. Could this finally be the event that wins the coveted EVPLEX award? She signs on, hoping it’ll work in her favor, and spends time in Drake’s cute town planning the event. The two had a lot of chemistry right from the start but don’t really act on much of anything until 50-60% through the book. I appreciated that they had to keep it PG and appropriate while working together; it made it all the more sweet and exciting when they finally moved forward. I loved Drake’s family and how prevalent they were in the novel. His mom was so sweet. It was like everyone […]
Month: July 2021
Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I am honestly not a big re-reader, so this is a challenge for me! There are a lot of books I’d love to reread someday that I haven’t yet, and a few that I have just because they’re in a series. That’s the most common time I reread a book. I definitely want to cheat and include full series but I’ll be nice and only pick one from each if it’s in a series. This was SO HARD because my memory is so shitty, but I tried to find some recent faves that I would love to reread because they’re super funny or shippy, as well as a few nostalgic favorites that probably wouldn’t get old. For the sake of nostalgic faves… To laugh out loud… For the rereadable swoons…
In an effort to cut down on posts and burnout, my Review Roundups will feature 2-4 books I’ve read or listened to recently. Sometimes they’re newer releases and sometimes they’re all backlist titles. My ARC reviews usually get the solo treatment. Enjoy the mini reviews! I enjoyed the first two books in this series but my mind was a blank when starting this final book in the trilogy. Even worse? All of my book recap websites didn’t have a summary for book two! I was able to piece everything together pretty well from spoilery reviews at least. Usually I get very sidetracked and unmotivated to read fantasy books, especially this year. I’m so behind on my challenge that I’ve been focusing on quick contemporary books or mysteries. However, VOW really kept my attention. I was always interested in reading it and didn’t feel like putting it down every two seconds to check my phone. Reviews for third or final books can be challenging because I don’t want to give everything away from the first two, but I’m going to hope most people reading this review read the first two books. I won’t say anything major though. The character in the last book who was very terrible is on the path to redemption, in a way, in this book. I didn’t remember the gory details from book two but remember thinking “since when is he like this?!” All in all, a very interesting character arc there. I liked getting all four character’s POVs […]
Books I Read in One Sitting/Day Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I have a Goodreads shelving system that specifically allows for me to track things like this. I haven’t been reading a ton of books in one sitting lately because my reading is terrible but there are plenty of books I HAVE done this with in the past, as well as books where I certainly could have if time allowed! I have the “read in one day” shelf as well as “couldn’t put down” for these two occasions.
Book Titles that are Questions Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I always love the lazy TTTs where I can just scroll through my shelves and quickly find some examples. I also enjoy splitting these into books on my TBR and books I’ve already read, just to give it a little extra something! To Read Read
I read the first book and the last book in the Angel Falls series last year around the holidays and never managed to get the second book read. I hope to get to it in the second half of this year because I actually have a review draft for the whole series that has been SITTING THERE since December of 2019. Regardless, I was excited for a new book by Liasson – this one is set in Seashell Harbor, which appears to be on the Jersey shore. The setup for this one was extremely fun. It’s a second chance romance between two high school sweethearts that return home for the summer. Cam (or Tony) made it big in the NFL as a tight end and had his career come screeching to a halt when he had too many knee injuries to play through. Hadley went out to LA to be a publicist for celebrities and endured a very public breakup when her actor boyfriend left her for a costar. I loved that this was not only a second chance at love for a high school couple, but they both went on to be pretty famous! Coming back to a small, beachside hometown is always something that will appeal to me in books too. There was a lot of tension between the exes because Hadley’s grandmother, after suffering a fall and needing to take time off from Pooch Palace (a dog boarding company), is contemplating retirement. Hadley wants to keep the […]
The Bookmark Lit Bulletin wraps up the last month in reading and what was on the blog, as well as what’s coming up next. You can check out my book haul, books read, posts shared, challenge updates, etc. You can read past bulletins here. If you’re looking for more personal updates, you can check out my Lauren Lately feature; it highlights my life events and non-bookish fun from the previous 30 days. I’m still slogging through RULE OF WOLVES (by that I mean letting it hang around on my currently reading shelf and not actually read it ever) so that will be a nice boost when it’s finally done. I’m hoping to blaze through some books this month because I’m in the mood. June wasn’t the best but it was the first month that felt somewhat normal around here and had a lot of plans. 6 books read in June 6 new books • 0 rereads • 0 DNF Pages read: 2233 • Average rating: 4.17 stars Sources: 5 review, 1 purchased Formats: 4 egalley, 2 mixed format Genres: 5 contemporary, 1 fantasy Age Target: 5 adult, 1 young adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 23/40 read total About art/artist A-Z Reading Challenge 1 read this month: V Calendar of Crime Challenge None this month Breakdown: 1 purchased | 0 borrowed | 1 free/gifted | 10 for review All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest […]
Reasons I Love Reading Books that Made Me Remember I Love Reading Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I felt a little cheesy sitting here and writing about the reasons I love reading. It’s the same stuff as everyone else – being transported elsewhere, learning new things, having a relaxing hobby, etc. I thought it would be fun instead to share a few recent reads that made me remember how much I love to read. Reading hasn’t been a huge priority for the past year and a half during the pandemic so every once in a while I read a great books that makes me want to get back into it.
My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. July TBR I’m in terrible shape here y’all. I’m even further behind. I hope to read a few graphic novels this month to get slightly back on track. This TBR post is also late so I will cheat and include the book or two I’ve already read. I’m also ready to admit defeat on some of the books I keep carrying from month to month on my TBR, like INSTANT KARMA and MAJESTY. I want to focus on review copies for the next month or two because I somehow went wild on Netgalley and ended up with 10 more last month. Currently Reading and Just Finished Yes, RULE OF WOLVES is here. I put it on hold for a few weeks while I read another fantasy book because I don’t like reading two of the same genre at once. I do hope to do my “chapter a day until I finish” plan for this one beginning ASAP because I want it off my shelf. I started COMING HOME TO SEASHELL HARBOR right after finishing THE WOODS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING because I needed something contemporary right afterwards. That was a tough (but […]
I always have the idea to do a “Christmas in July” feature on my blog because it’s riiiight around this time of year when I notice all of the holiday books coming out in September/October. I browsed Nick’s amazing list of romances coming out in the second half of 2021 and many of them were excellent-sounding holiday books! I thought now would be a great time to dive into back into this kind of post (last/first done in 2019). Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday // I’ve adored every single Jenny Holiday book I’ve read so far and have plenty more to dive into still. She wrote a lovely royal holiday romance last year and this one will probably be just as excellent. Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne // It’s not a holiday season without a book from RaeAnne Thayne! I’ve read a ton of her companion series books and usually there are some holiday stories sprinkled in. They’re always a touch cheesy and more wholesome, but usually have a cute small town holiday vibe that I love. A Season for Second Chances by Jenny Bayliss // I really enjoyed her debut last year and was so excited to see another holiday book from her for this year. British Christmas books in charming country towns? Sign me up, always. Also, her covers are super cute and wintry. The Christmas Village by Annie Rains // I feel like a broken record because all of these books so far have been from tried-and-true authors I […]