Top Ten Tuesdays #352: Secondary Characters

Posted August 10, 2021 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #352: Secondary Characters

Secondary Characters who Deserve More Love 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 read a ton of companion series, obviously, and one of my favorite activities is to guess who will get their own books. I also am a big fan of companion spinoffs when it’s obvious that one of the side characters deserves their own love story. Here are some prime examples of that! Deserve Their Own Books/Spinoffs Imani from HOW SWEET IT IS // Imani, the MC’s best friend, is the whole reason for the book and Kate working for Drake. There’s some chemistry between Imani and Drake’s brother, so it would be fun to see these characters all come back in a spinoff/companion book. Multiple characters from SANDCASTLE BEACH // In my review for this, I wrote: “there are at least 3 new characters that totally could get their own books! Two women move to town in this installment and Maya’s brother also returns home. I would love to learn more about any combination of these people in more books ” Sinclair from SECOND CHANCE ON CYPRESS LANE // I know I’m cheating a little here because this a companion series-starter and she could very well have her own book coming next. […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2021

Posted August 5, 2021 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2021

  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 don’t even know why I bother blogging or acting like I’ll be getting back on track any time soon lol. I am STILLLL reading RULE OF WOLVES and a couple of other nonfiction books I was hoping to get through faster. However, I do anticipate finishing a couple of those this week and hopefully a quick rom-com to start the month off in August. I usually can blitz out one more book or try to finish two I’m currently reading in the final weekend of the month but my best friend got married and I was super busy the whole last week of July. SIGH.      5 books read in July 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 1692 •   Average rating: 3.7 stars Sources: 5 review, 1 purchased Formats: 4 egalley, 1 mixed Genres: 2 contemporary, 2 mystery/thriller, 1 fantasy Age Target: 3 young adult, 2 adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge None read this month | 23/40 read total A-Z Reading Challenge None read this […]

August TBR

Posted August 4, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
August TBR

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. August TBR July was another rough month. I did manage to check some books off my list but when I would have usually finished 1-2 books in the final weekend of the month, I was at my friend’s wedding and didn’t have any time to read for quite a few days. There are at least two books I’ll be able to finish off ASAP this month at least. Currently Reading and Just Finished    Yes, RULE OF WOLVES is here for the millionth time. Really hoping I can actually finally follow through on my plan to listen to one chapter or read one chapter per day until it’s done this month. I’m just sick of having it on here and really hope once I get rolling and things start happening in the book a little more, I’ll be itching to just finish it off. I’m almost done with INTUITIVE EATING and plan to finish off the INTUITIVE EATING WORKBOOK soon as well. Physical/Owned Books I got ARSENIC AND ADOBO in my recent BOTM package and it’s been sitting there! I’m excited to read it but I’ve been Kindle-addicted lately. I also got […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #351: Titles/Covers

Posted August 3, 2021 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #351: Titles/Covers

Titles and/or Covers of Books that Made Me Want to Read the Book 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 the biggest sucker for book covers so none of these will be surprising. I did enjoy tracking down some fun titles and trying to remember if that’s what motivated me to read the book too! Cover Made Me Want to Read Title Made Me Want to Read

ARC Reviews: The Woods Are Always Watching and They’ll Never Catch Us

Posted August 2, 2021 / Book Reviews / 0 Comments
ARC Reviews: The Woods Are Always Watching and They’ll Never Catch Us

I enjoyed Perkins’ first foray into contemporary horror with THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE. It felt a little closer to a mystery/thriller for me, which is probably why it worked. The whole “teen thrasher movie” vibe was fun and I was eager to read her next. After reading this, I am definitely ready for her to get back into contemporary romance. The story centers around Meena and Josie, two best friends who decide to take a 20 mile backpacking trip in the woods before one of them leaves for college in California. The first half of the book is just them bickering and having issues as they hike, try to set up camp, and sleep in the woods. The story picks up a lot and was pretty addicting in the second half.  Josie falls and injures herself, which forces the two of them to separate while Meena runs to get help. They’re a full day into their journey at this point so she has quite a ways to go. When they encounter some less-than-helpful fellow “hikers” in the forest, things get worse for them. This was definitely more horror than thriller, with some pretty terrible gore happening. I should have seen it coming obviously but it just felt yuckier than her previous horror novel.  I didn’t really enjoy that this was mostly two girls walking through the woods and fighting for the first half – it was a little boring and I missed having a full cast of characters like I […]

ARC Review: How Sweet It Is

Posted July 30, 2021 / Book Reviews / 0 Comments
ARC Review: How Sweet It Is

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 […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #350: Deserted Island

Posted July 27, 2021 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #350: Deserted Island

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…

Review Round Up | A Vow So Bold and Deadly and All the Tides of Fate

Posted July 23, 2021 / Book Reviews, Review Roundup / 2 Comments
Review Round Up | A Vow So Bold and Deadly and All the Tides of Fate

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 […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #349: Read in One Sitting

Posted July 20, 2021 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 2 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #349: Read in One Sitting

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.

Top Ten Tuesdays #348: Question Titles

Posted July 13, 2021 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #348: Question Titles

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