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A big thank you to Jesse @ Books at Dawn for tagging me for the Bath and Body Works Tag. I have to be honest. I don’t use many of their products. I just use their mini hand sanitizers. I love all their smells, but my skin is just too sensitive for their products. 🙁

Now, onto the tag!


Pure Paradise – A book that was pure perfection 
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Bright Side by Kim Holden was perfect in my mind. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think about my life and what I should be striving for each day. I absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to anyone.


Sweet Pea – A romance/contemporary you really enjoyed

 

There are so many contemporary romances I could have picked for this one, but I went with On The Fence by Kasie West. I love all of her books. They are sweet coming of age romances that can only make you smile.


Fresh Strawberries – A book you really enjoyed that came out this year

 

I just found author Ginger Scott this year. I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of her books before. They’re amazing. I love the emotions she is able to portray in her characters. Wild Reckless is my favorite. I absolutely loved it.


Warm Vanilla – A chaacter and/or book that made you feel all warm inside

 

Sustained by Emma Chase made me feel happy the entire time I read it. Jake was the bad boy lawyer that never planned on falling in love…until he met Chelsea and her six orphaned nieces and nephews.


Paris Amour – A couple you majorly ship together

 

One of my favorite couples comes from Ginger Scott’s You and Everything After. Cass Owens has MS. She’s not about to let it ruin her college experience. Tyson Preeter may be confined to a wheel chair, but he has no problems lining up the ladies. When these two sarcastic characters fall in love, you can’t help fall with them.


Dancing Waters – A book that takes place on the beach/ the perfect beach read

 

It has “beach” in the title — does that count? There is a beach, but the majority of the book doesn’t take place on it.  But I love the way Karen White mixes mystery, family, romance and history all into one book. The Beach Trees is the first book I read by Karen White and it’s still my favorite book of hers.


I Heart Cake (and Books) – your favorite book

 

Oh, the favorite book question! Ugh! I don’t have one favorite book. I think I have a favorite book per year. (The Beach Trees was my favorite the year I read it.) This year, it’s Bright Side. It’s the book that impacted me the most.


Winter Candy Apple – A book set during Christmas or winter

 

The last Christmas / winter book I read was A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak. It was cute and fun!


Beautiful Day – A book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting

 

My choice for this one isn’t an unusual or appealing setting. It’s a very real and actually kind of ugly setting. But it is a setting I find interesting.The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is set in war torn France during World War II. It was such a good book.


Dazzling Diamonds – A beautiful cover

 

Before I explain this one, I have to ask — Did anyone else sing “shine bright like a diamond” when they saw the picture of dazzling diamonds? Or am I the only one? Lol.

I love the beautiful simplicity of Amy Harmon’s Infinity + One cover. The detail on the guitar is very pretty and the font of the title is pretty but almost edgy. And not only is the cover beautiful, so is the writing.


And now for the tags:

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Michelle @ Mishi-Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

No pressures to complete the tag, if you have already done it or don’t want to. 😉

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Publisher: Atria

Synopsis:

I tried to write my own synopsis, but everything I wrote sounded too much like the book blurb. Anything I would add to or write to change it would give too much away. I don’t want to give anything about this book away, so here’s the book blurb from Goodreads.

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


You know how every once in a while you get the question, “If you could spend one day / have lunch with an author, who would it be and why?” Well, I feel like I finally have a good answer to that question: Colleen freakin’ Hoover.

Why and what does this have to do with my review for November 9? I’ll tell you why. Because Colleen Hoover is a freakin’ genius. Seriously. I’ve always loved her books, but November 9 blew my mind in ways I didn’t expect.

It wasn’t so much the surprises Colleen Hoover had in store for the reader (Don’t worry — there were many great ones!), but the way she took my emotions played with them. My emotions were a blank piece of paper that she wrote something happy on, crumbled up and then threw in her garbage can — only to grab it out of the can, flatten them back out and write something happy again. And just when I thought all the creases were gone, she would do it all again. She managed to make me angry, smile from ear to ear, laugh and get teary eyed all in the matter of a few chapters.

To say I loved November 9 would be inadequate. I don’t have the words to say how much I adored this book.

I’m just going to leave it at that. You won’t get any more information from me on this book. It’s one you have to read and experience for yourself. And I highly suggest you do just that.

WWW Wednesday: November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran’s Day and welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

I started Colleen Hoover’s highly anticipated November 9  yesterday. I’m loving it so far!

I started reading Kim Holden’s All of It last week. I had to put it down at about 30% in. I like it, but I was in the mood for something different. The same thing happened with Thoughtful. I plan on finishing those two, but it will be after few other books that I need to finish.


Recently finished:

I had a very slow (for me) reading week last week. I didn’t get near as much reading done as I normally do. Life has been busier and I’ve been in kind of a book funk. Rebel by Elle Casey totally got me out of that funk. I should have a review up by Monday for it. If you’re interested in reading it, it’s FREE in e-book version right now!


Reading Next:

Yes, this is still on my reading next list. I didn’t get a chance to start it last week. I will have to read ASAP. It’s going to have to return to the library in a couple of weeks.

I also plan on reading More Than Enough by Jay McLean very soon.


What are you reading next?

ARC Review: Reckless in Love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully

Reckless in Love (The Maverick Billionaires #2) by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully

Publication Date: November 11, 2015

Publisher: Maverick Oak Press, LLC 

Synopsis:

Media mogul and billionaire Sebastian wants Charlie, a local junk artist, to create a statue for the lobby of his new office building. Her work enchants him and he knows she will create something as amazing as his building.

When Sebastian stops by Charlie’s garage to commission a statue for his lobby, he can’t help but be attracted to the woman who creates such masterpieces. She’s a masterpiece herself. He desperately wants to get to know her. He’ll do everything in his power to make her see he’s not just interested in her for her art.

Junk artist Charlie is happy with her life. Sure, it would be nice to make it big with her art but she’s perfectly happy teaching art at the community college and creating in her free time. She knows her art isn’t anything special. That’s why she can’t believe it when Sebastian shows up in her garage with a huge check.

As Sebastian and Charlie get to know each other, their differences in lifestyle start to overpower their connection. Can Sebastian and Charlie let go of their differences and get a chance at true love?


My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully are back with The Maverick Billionaires series! If you have followed my blog from the beginning, the first book in this series was one of my first reviews! You can read my review for Breathless in Love here. The second book, Reckless in Love, picks up where Breathless in Love left off but with a new Maverick brother. It can be read after the first book or as a standalone novel.

To be completely honest, Reckless in Love started off a little rocky for me. While I loved Charlie and Sebastian’s first meeting, there was something that bugged me a little bit. It was Sebastian’s thoughts.  His insta-love for Charlie kind of weirded me out for a minute. Actually, insta-love isn’t the best way to describe it. He knew he wasn’t in love with her yet. It was more like an insta-I-think-this-is-the-woman-I-could-fall-in-love-with-just-from-seeing-her-once thing. I just wanted to shout, “You don’t even know her! She could be crazy!” at him. But I know it’s a romance novel and things usually move quickly for characters, so it didn’t bother me enough to ruin the story.

From there on, I truly enjoyed reading Reckless in Love. It was a sweet love story filled with real life relationship issues. Both Sebastian and Charlie doubted themselves a lot.

Despite being a billionaire, Sebastian had a lot of past hurt he was dealing with. It affected all of his decisions — especially ones he made about or for Charlie. Poor Charlie knew she was falling for Sebastian but she wasn’t sure if she was enough or if she could be the person he wanted.

I found these parts of the storyline very refreshing and real. I think most people have moments in relationships where they doubt themselves or wonder if they’re enough for the person they love. It was fulfilling to watch them really get to know each other and grow from what they learned about themselves and each other.

Reckless in Love was also filled with gorgeous descriptions. The authors described Charlie and Sebastian’s artwork so thoroughly that I could imagine exactly what it looked like.

If you’re looking for a sweet billionaire love story, this Reckless in Love is for you.

**I received an electronic copy of Restless in Love from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To / Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch. I’m going to give you 5 of each instead of picking one of those options this week.


Five Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To:

1.Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

 

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

5. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

 


Five Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch:

1. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

 

2. Paper Towns by John Green

 

3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

 

4. The Duff by Kody Keplinger

 

5. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

 

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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I would like to thank Laura over at LaLa’s Blog for tagging me in for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. If you haven’t already checked out her blog, you totally should! It’s a really fun blog filled with great reviews. You can find her post for this tag here.

This tag was originally created by TheBookArcher and you can watch the original tag below.

Now, I have to admit this isn’t the first time I’ve done this tag. I did it a while back and you can find my original post here. I thought it would be fun to do it again and see if my answers had changed at all. So, here I go!

1. A popular book that you didn’t like.

To be honest, I didn’t completely dislike this book. I actually loved the first 2/3 of the book. It just lost me at this point. I didn’t like the direction it took and I didn’t go on to read the next two books in the series.

2. A book or series everyone seems to hate, but you love.

Readers seem to either love or hate Stephenie Meyer’s Twililght Saga. I loved it.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person that you didn’t want to end up with, or an O.T.P. (One True Pairing) that you didn’t like.

The book was good, but I didn’t like Ruby’s relationship with Michael. It just seemed wrong to me. Plus, Michael’s girlfriend/ex-girlfriend made it even weirder.

4. A popular book genre that you barely reach for.

Horror! I never reach for horror. I don’t like to be scared and I don’t like bad dreams!

5. A popular or beloved book character that you do not like.

Oh, America. I liked you in The Selection but I couldn’t stand you in The Elite.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just go with Kiera Cass.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

It’s not so much a trope as it is a certain kind of character. I am tired of seeing strong men become complete wimps in romance novels. One minute, they’re an alpha male. The next, they’re the most sensitive man on the planet. I think done correctly, alpha men can be sensitive in a romance novel. (Jill Shalvis and Elizabeth Reyes are masters at creating men like this!) It’s when their personality completely changes that it bugs me.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

My best friend loves Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books. Me, I’m just not interested in this kind of story.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie.” but what book or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

It’s been a long time since I read the book, but I just watched this movie last night. I thought it was a really good adaptation.


So those are my unpopular opinions. What are yours? Feel free to tell me in the comments or consider yourself tagged!

The Versatile Blogger Award

versatilebloggernominationsThank you to Arec @ Rainy Thursdays for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. If you haven’t, hop on over to Arec’s blog on books, video games and all things nerdy. 🙂


The Rules:

Show the award on your blog
Thank the person that has nominated you.
Share 7 different facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.


7 Facts About Me:

  1. I just got a sewing machine and I can’t wait to use it. I haven’t sewn since I was about 11 years old.
  2. I’m way behind on my reading right now. It’s kind of stressing me out. But I keep telling myself reading is for fun.
  3. I have a 12-year-old Beagle named Bailey. She’s white with black spots like a cow. But her head is brown like most Beagles.
  4. I’m in love with Adele’s song Hello right now. I could listen to it over and over again.
  5. I volunteer once a week in my daughter’s second grade class. I have the utmost respect for teachers of small children. I could not hang out with 20-30 kids all day, let alone try to teach them
  6. I have a love-hate relationship with the Disney Channel.
  7. I think contestants on The Voice should pick the girl coach (Gwen this season) because everyone always picks Blake, Pharrel or Adam. I think there’s a better chance of going farther on the girl’s team. At least to start the season. 😉

I Nominate:

I don’t know who has/hasn’t done this, so feel free to ignore it if you want!

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Erika & Miedjel @ partnersinbooks

Jane @ greenish bookshelf

Jess @ Princessica of Books

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Kristy @ Kristy Reads

Michelle @ Mishi-Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

Tasha @ Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books

The Real Neat Blog Award (Round 3?)

I would like to thank Michelle @ Mishi-Reads for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Check out her blog. You can check out her Real Neat Blog Award post here.


The Rules:

1. Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 7 questions the nomination has provided.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Create 7 questions for your nominees.


Michelle’s Questions:

What is your favorite book from childhood?

I don’t have one favorite. I do remember my mom reading to us The Boxcar Children and Little House on the Prairie. I loved those series.

Would you consider joining Booktube?

Sure. 

Any festivals that you are planning on attending this or next year?

Book festivals or regular festivals? I don’t have any planned either way.

What young adult series is your all time favorite?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

What book character would you switch lives with?

I know I’m not really answering the question correctly, but I wouldn’t change places with any of them. Why? Well, they all almost always go through something hard / bad / horrific / painful and I think I’ll stick with my own uneventful life. 😉

Do you use a journal to write down your thoughts when reading?

I did in my teens and college years. I don’t now, but I probably should.

What is your favorite place to read?

Our brown leather Costco chair that reclines.


I Nominate:

If you’ve already received this award or don’t feel like doing this, feel free to ignore my tag.

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Bea @ When Curiosity Killed the Cat

Claire @ Art and Soul

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Megan @ Little Blog of Books

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews


My Questions:

  1. Name one song that fits the book you’re reading right now (Tell us the book, too!).
  2. Have you ever looked up a band and/or song after reading about it in a book?
  3. On average, how long does it take you to read a book?
  4. Who is your favorite author?
  5. Would you ever name a pet after a fictional character? Which one?
  6. Are you planning on writing your own novel?
  7. Do you like your books (no matter what genre) to have a romance in them?

Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: Gallery

Synopsis:

Jake Becker is a hot-shot Washington D.C. defense lawyer on his way to making partner. His cold demeanor helps him win cases. It also helps deter women that think he could be more than a one-night stand.

Jake’s not interested in having a wife or family. Having a girlfriend isn’t even on his radar. He’s content with a revolving door of women and his busy work life. Or so he thinks until Chelsea McQuaid and her seven nieces and nephews bump into his life.

All of a sudden, Jake finds himself involved in the McQuaid’s family life. If he’s not saving one kid from trouble, he’s taking one to a class. And it’s all worth it to see Chelsea McQuaid smile.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Sustained was so much fun to read. I absolutely adored it. I loved that the story was told from Jake’s POV. His thoughts were hilarious! I loved how cocky and sure of himself he was. I also loved the sweet side of him that wanted to help Chelsea and the rest of the McQuaid family. I would have fallen in love with him too, if I was Chelsea.

I also loved each and every one of the McQuaid kids. Emma Chase created an amazing and fun bunch of kids. I don’t think I could pick a favorite if I tried. Their interactions with Jake were so much fun to read.

This book was just so sweet! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary romance that will leave them in a happy mood.

Be Thankful Challenge

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I was tagged for the Be Thankful Challenge by the lovely Dimple @ enthrallingdimple. If you haven’t checked out her blog, do it! Not only is her site beautiful but it has a ton of fun stuff to read. You can check out her post for this challenge here.


The Rules:

Share this image in your blog post.
Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for.
Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for.
Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part.


Five People I Am Thankful For:

  1. The woman who gave birth to me. Without her tough decisions I wouldn’t be who I am today.
  2. My adoptive parents who raised me and love me as their own. They are and have been my “real” parents since I was born. Same with my sister.
  3. My amazing husband, Jason, for getting me and loving me for who I am. I couldn’t imagine a better partner for this life.
  4. My beautiful, talented, smart, fun, good, loving daughter. (I’m totally bragging here!) I’m so lucky to have such a sweet girl in my life.
  5. My friends. I’ll start with my BFF Melissa. She’s always had my back since 5th grade. She’s defended my honor more than once with a slap. I also really appreciate the fact that we have the same body type and can complain together. Next, there’s my BFF Jaime. We’ve been friends since we got in trouble for passing notes (or actually stick figure drawings) back and forth our sophomore year of high school. Then there are all my “mommy” friends. Without them, the last seven years of my life would have completely sucked. Next, are my new blogger friends. Thanks for making books even more fun to read and talk about! Last, but not least, I’m thankful for my follower friends. Thanks for reading all of my ramblings and (hopefully) not getting too bored. 😉

Five I’m Thankful For In 2015:

  1. Good health. There have been some scary health problems in my extended family over the past couple of years. I’m thankful that everyone seems to be happy and healthy at this point.
  2. Running water. I am always thankful for clean running water. It tastes good, allows us to bathe and have working toilets. I’m big on toilets.
  3. Books! I’m thankful for all of the authors that write books. Without them, I would be REALLY bored.
  4. Comedy — especially the movie Pitch Perfect 2. It was such a joy to laugh so hard I cried with my BFF while watching it.
  5. Being a stay-at-home mom. It’s been almost 8 years now and I appreciate every moment of it. The fact that I can be there for my daughter any time she needs me fills my heart with joy. I appreciate that my husband supports this and us.

Five Nominations For This Challenge:

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings


And I’m thankful you took the time to read this! 🙂