WWW Wednesday – October 26, 2016

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Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?


www1026-1I have actually had an amazing reading week!  As I was putting together this post I was shocked at how many books I read since last Wednesday.  I’ve been on another big audio re-read kick lately and lucky for me my library has had some titles I’ve been able to check out.  I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I can only listen to an audiobook if I have already read the book in print first.  I’ve tried listening to books I haven’t read but I just can’t keep focused on the audio and end up missing a lot. I also finished reading the print copies of books 5-8 of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries so I could read my arc of the 9th book, which I started this morning.

www1026-20I also had a couple of DNFs from my Halloween TBR.  Nightfall felt really juvenile and not what I expected at all.  The main characters were overly naive, I just couldn’t stand to continue the book.  I started reading The Exorcist on Saturday morning for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon but I couldn’t get into it.  The opening is really dull and the sentences felt very fragmented and incomplete.  I thought about giving it a chance until the action really starts but decided I didn’t want to waste any more time on it.

www1026-2Currently I am reading the arc of All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris which is book 9 in the series I mentioned above.  So far it is pretty good and I’m really interested to see what happens.  I am also doing an audio re-read of I Hunt Killers by Jasper Dent.  I really enjoyed reading this book in print and the narrator is doing a great job.

www1026-3My next audio re-read will be An Ember in the Ashes which I have borrowed from the library.  I will also be reading some more arcs that I have received through NetGalley and Edelweiss.  I’m looking forward to reading these three.  I want to get some of these arcs out of the way before I start reading some of the recent releases I’ve been looking forward to.


What have you been reading lately?

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

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Expected publication: April 26th 2016 by HQN Books

384 pages

Goodreads Summary: To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

Review: I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Whenever I am looking for a feel good romance, I turn to authors like Susan Mallery.  Her stories that take place in Fool’s Gold have never failed me and this one was no different.  While there were some things that bugged me, I know that those things come with these kinds of books.  The things I didn’t like included how unrealistic it is that a small town would have multiple ex-NFL players, country stars, ex-Olympic athletes, etc and that these stories are so predictable.  But the predictability is also the reason I turn to these books.  I want my happy ending.  The main characters in this story, Aidan and Shelby, were very likable and I enjoyed reading their story.  I love Charlie, Aidan’s little Bichon Frise.  So cute.  I think what I loved most was that both of these characters were overcoming some pretty heavy stuff and they were able to work through them together.  It made their relationship stronger.  And as their relationship grew stronger, they also grew stronger individually.  Shelby was able to make her dreams come true and expand her bakery business.  And Aidan was able to come up with new offerings for his tour business.  There are many mentions of another town called Happily, Inc. where Aidan’s brothers moved to so I’m wondering if that is an opening to a new series.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a feel good romance.

Best of My Love is the final installment in the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery.

3.5 Stars

February TBR

This month I have quite a few books that I would like to get through.  Some for read-a-longs and others for review.  I have a backlog of books for review that I am going to make my priority this month.

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This was my original TBR that I had posted to my Instagram the other day.  I am currently halfway through The Knife of Never Letting Go but as I mentioned in my WWW Wednesday post yesterday, I am going to set this one to the side for now.  I have 3 read-a-longs/buddy reads this month: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover with the Bibliophile Gathering Goodreads group, Game by Barry Lyga with Shelbie @ Lu-Lu’s Rants and Reads, and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell with Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm and Shelbie @ Lu-Lu’s Rants and Reads.  An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir will probably be pushed back a month because I have a lot to get through this month now.

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I want to start reading Perfect Days by Raphael Montes immediately after I finish my current eARC because it will be published in about 2 weeks.  It sounds really awesome!  I won a copy through Shelf Awareness.  I also recently won an ARC of Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace from Epic Reads.  This one was published in January but I am really excited to read it!

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In September, I won a copy of The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander through LibraryThing but I still haven’t read it yet so I am going to really make an effort to read that one soon.  Last month I won a finished copy of Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy through LibraryThing for review.  This one sounds really good so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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Then I have 3 more eARCs to read through for the year.  I have a few other pending requests but I’m not holding my breath on those.  I am really excited for all three of these!

And next month when I head to California for the Shattered Blue event I mentioned in my spotlight post on Monday, I will be meeting Kristen Hunt, author of Blonde Eskimo, so I hope to be able to fit that one in before I meet her out there.

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I know I won’t be able to finish all of these but I hope to make some good progress on them, especially the ARCs and books for review so I don’t have to worry about them.

Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday – December 23, 2015

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

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I had a great week of reading!  I finished two audiobook re-reads of Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion.  I just love Jane Austen so much!  Then I finished two ARCs – Sanctuary Bay and The Widow.  I really enjoyed Sanctuary Bay!  The Widow, unfortunately bored me to death even though it was supposed to be a psychological thriller.  And the other night I finished reading the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Such a beautiful book.  Reading Harry Potter never gets old for me.

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Currently I am working my way through book 5 of the Outlander series – The Fiery Cross.  Because I have so much going on right now I’ve been bouncing back and forth between the trade paperback, Kindle and Audible editions.  I’m only listening to the audio while I’m loom knitting though because that doesn’t require much thinking so I am able to concentrate on listening to the book.  I’m a little over 30% in and it is really good.  At work I am listening to Sense and Sensibility to continue my audio re-reads of Jane Austen.  And this morning I started another ARC – Nirvana by JR Stewart.

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I am HOPING to get through The Rose Society and Carry On before the New Year to close out the month completing all of the books on my official December TBR.  And my next Jane Austen audio re-read will be Emma.

What have you been reading lately?