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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bared To You by Sylvia Day

Way back in the day - and by that I mean like 4 years ago - I read the Fifty Shades of Grey series. A couple years ago I came across this series and people were saying if you liked Fifty Shades you'd like this. Well in the store these books are like $15 a piece so I never purchased them. Thanks to good old fashioned library book sales I scored all three books last year for $1!! I win.
I put them away and kind of forgot about them until a couple of months ago. I had seen Bared To You in the store and was like oh hey I have those books, I should read them. Unfortunately I forgot where I put them. Hehe. After much digging I found the 2nd and 3rd. Boo. Then miraculously I found the 1st book the other day and decided to start reading it. I finished it in just a couple days and really really liked it.
Our couple is Gideon and Eva who are absolutely crazy for each other. From the second the two met they've been hooked. Gideon is a multi billionaire handsome fella and Eva is from money and gorgeous. She has recently moved to New York City with her best friend Cary - who's a male model and I love him. She is determined to work and make her own money and the office she works in is in the same building as Gideon. Lucky girl. Once the two of them start talking Gideon quite bluntly points out that he wants her - and I mean wants her.
She's all oh no sir you don't talk to me like that but duh they end up getting together.
Gideon has secrets from a tortured past and Eva has had her own trauma. The two of them together equals a beautiful disaster.
I do see why people compared this to Fifty Shades because of the hot guy who's rich, blunt, obsessive and basically a sex addict verging on the uber kinky side. But I feel like that's where the similarities end. The only thing Ana and Eva have in common is the fact that they're jealous and can be insecure with the one they love. But Eva is more experienced and confident where Ana isn't.
I did like the chemistry between the two a lot because they're...hot. But I felt sometimes that they needed to take a chill.
With that being said I started reading the second one yesterday because I have to know the rest of their story. I'm about half way through so I'm hoping to have it finished soon and have a review up next week.
I would recommend this book if you're looking for a steamy romance.

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The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag

I saw this tag over on Spines & Covers and loved it. Any tag that talks about the book blogging community is fun for me. If you want to check out their tag click HERE

1. How long have you been a blogger?
My first post was on February 19, 2013 - and yes I did just go look. So I've been a book blogger for over 4 years now and that is crazy to me.

2. At what point do you think you'll stop blogging?
I don't know if I'll ever stop blogging. It has become such a constant in my life and I always look forward to writing my posts.

3. What is the best thing about blogging?
Everything. I love the people I've met, I love the books that I've read that I might not have without bloggers and vloggers. It's just a wonderful community and I'm so grateful to be a part of it.

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
Um, I don't know if there is a "worst thing". I mean it sucks when I get in reading slumps because then I don't post any reviews. The whole reason I started A Book Lovers Playlist was to write reviews and create playlists. So yeah it kinda stinks when I have none to write BUT that's not my blogs fault.

5. How long does it take to make/find pictures to use?
It depends, sometimes it's like 10 seconds, sometimes it's a lot longer.

6. What do you wear when you write blog posts?
Sometimes I like to write my posts when my son is sleeping at night so if that's the case then I'm in pajamas. Other times I write them when he's napping so then I'm - usually - dressed for the day.

7. How long does it take to prepare?
I hate to say this again but...it depends. There have been times when I've read a lot so I pre-write reviews or tags if I see any that I like. I have sat down before though with notes and things and it takes me a while. Not really preparing but the act of actually putting it all together takes a long time.

8. How do you feel about the book blogger community?
I love every one of them.

9. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Keep it up. Don't let lack of pageviews, comments, or followers get you down and make you quit doing something you love. It's a fun world to be a part of and if you keep up with it you'll really love it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Literary Dinner Party Tag

1. One character who can cook/likes to cook
Anastasia can cook pretty well in Fifty Shades so we'll go with her.

2. One character who has money to fund the party
Hmm...well Christian Grey has a lot of money...not sure how he'd feel about funding a party and Ana cooking though.

3. One character who might cause a scene
Nan from the Rosemary Beach series. She's a pain in the tush more often than not.

4. One character who is funny/amusing
Patrick from Perks of Being a Wallflower is super funny and I think he'd make an excellent dinner guest.

5. One character who is super social/popular
Brett from Until It Fades is a professional hockey player so he's my perfect choice.

6. One villain
I always liked Sebastian from the Mortal Instruments. He'd make things interesting I think.

7. One couple - doesn't have to be romantic
Rule and Shaw. I <3 them.

8. One hero/heroine 
Katniss is a hero, lets go with her.

9. One underappreciated character
I don't feel like Eddie from the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series gets enough love. He does in the book, I just don't think enough people love on him who read the books.

10. One character of your own choosing
Catherine from Until It Fades because I love her and because Brett is coming, so she should be there too.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Because of Lila by Abbi Glines Is Now Available!!

Prim, proper, classic good girl, and her least favorite label - icy. 

Lila Kate Carter has heard them all. The last one, being the newest. She is not icy. She just doesn’t care for Cruz Kerrington and his spoiled, selfish, careless ways. That doesn’t make her icy, that makes him a jerk!
Tired of being labeled and doing what is expected of her, Lila Kate leaves Rosemary Beach, Florida ready for an adventure. Wanting to recreate herself, find a new path, and become something more. 
Eli Hardy is tired of women who always act the same, do the same thing and expect the same thing. He's ready to swear off women until he can get the rest of his life together. 

Two weeks into his no-women-rule he meets Lila. She’s so damn sweet and polite. Like she walked right out of an etiquette book. But he’d already been drunk before she walked in so there was a good chance she might not be as stunning and perfect as he thinks. He’s just too drunk to worry about that. 

The next morning, he swears he can still smell her on his skin. He just can’t remember why or what happened after that third dance. 
Their worlds are about to collide, and so are the secrets and lies.


Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Series I Haven't Finished

On Tuesday I shared with you all the book series that I have completed and today I'm going to tell you all the ones that I have not finished. Some of these series I haven't finished because they are still being written, some I just got behind on, and some I just didn't like enough to finish. After writing this lists it made me want to work harder on finishing more series.
Enjoy and let me know in the comments which book series you haven't finished.

1. The Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse books) by Charlaine Harris
-Read 6 out of 13. I will finish this series.
2. Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
-Read 1 1/2 out of 3. Will finish.
3. Obsidian Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
-Read 3/5. Will finish. 
4. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
-Read 1/7. Maybe finish.
5. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
-Read 1/5. Will finish.
6. The Selection by Kiera Cass
-Read 2/3 (original trilogy is what i'm basing this off) Will finish.
7. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd
Read 3/852...hehe...13. Probably not finishing this series.
8. Sea Breeze by Abbi Glines
Read 1/8. Of course I'll finish.
9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
1/3. We'll see.
10. Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
I read one. I will not read another. 
11. Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
2/3 and oh yes.
12. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
1/3. Sure will someday.
13. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
1/? Absolutely.
14. Rusk University by Cora Carmack
2/uh ?  I love Cora so yes I'll complete.
15. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
2/4. Doubtful.
16. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
2/3 and I'd really like to finish.
17. Getaway series by Jay Crownover
1/? Yep.
18. Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
5/8 I love this series and plan on completing it.
19. The Allure by R.S. Grey
2/? Maybe.
20. Thunder Road by Katie McGarry
1/3? Perhaps.
21. Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
2/4. Who knows.
22. The Maddox Brothers by Jamie McGuire
2/5. Oh heck yes.
23. Penryn & The End of Days by Susan Ee (read Angelfall)
1/3. Eh...we'll see.
24. Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Taryn Fisher
1/3. Yes.
25. Ruin by Rachel VanDyken
2/3. Sure.
26. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
2/3. Yep!
27. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
1/3. I really want to finish this trilogy.
28. Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
2/3. Very much want to finish.
29. Legend by Marie Lu
1/3. Yep.
30. The Coincidence by Jessica Sorensen (1-5)
5/7. Eventually.
31. Elixer by Hilary Duff
1/3. Possibly.
32. Marriage To A Billionare by Jennifer Probst
1/4. Yes.
33. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
4/15, Wow that's a long series but yes I'd like to complete it.
34. Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
3/19. Holy moly...maybe.
35. Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
3/7. Not a chance.
36. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
1/3. Eh.
37. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
2/4. Nope not happening.
38. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
1/3. Maybe.
39. Sophie & Ava London by Elle and Blair Fowler
1/?? Eh.
40. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
1/2. Yes.
41. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
2/3. Maybe someday.
42. Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
1/3. I remember really liking this book so I'd like to reread it and complete the series.
43. House of Night by P.C. and Kristen Cast
4/12. Maybe.
44. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
2/3. We'll see.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Series I Have Finished

I did a tag the other day that asked about book series and it made me think about all the series I have an have not finished. So for this week I'm going to share with you all the series that I have and haven't completed - well at least the ones that I remember.
Today I'm sharing with you the series I have finished and on Thursday I'll share the books I haven't.
((And please leave comments telling me if you've completed any of these and what you thought))
1. Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines

2.Marked Men series by Jay Crownover
3.Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
4.Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James
5.Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer
6. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
7. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
8. Bloodlines series (spin-off series from Vampire Academy) by Richelle Mead
9. Anna & The French Kiss companion novels by Stephanie Perkins
10. Wither The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
11. The Beaumont Series by Heidi McLaughlin
12. Me Before You duology by JoJo Moyes
13. Breathing trilogy by Rebecca Donovan
14. Existence trilogy by Abbi Glines
15. Watersong series by Amanda Hocking
16. Losing It trilogy/companion novels by Cora Carmack
17. Forever trilogy? by Pricilla West
18. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
19. The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter
20. The Vincent Brothers duology by Abbi Glines
21. Anna duology by Kendare Blake
22. Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber
23. Between The Lines series by Tammara Webber
24. The Kiss Off duology by Sarah Billington
25. Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
26. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han
27. Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan
28. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I did this book tag in 2015 and I thought it would be fun to do it again so here we go :)

1. Best book you've read so far in 2017
Confess by Colleen Hoover which I reviewed HERE

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2017
The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead which is the last in the Bloodlines series. If you want to check out my review for it click HERE

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to
I suck, I can't think of anything.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the yearColleen Hoovers new book that comes out in October. I. Need. It. Now. Oh and wait isn't John Greens books coming out? What's the date?!

5. Biggest disappointment
I wouldn't say it was a huge disappointment but I didn't enjoy Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane as much as I was hoping to. Review HERE

6. Biggest surprise
I don't mean surprise in wow I'm shocked this book was good because I've liked previous books by this author but Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick is one of my favorite books hands down. My review can be found by clickinggggg HERE

7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)
Most of the books I've read this year are authors that I already love so I can't really answer this one.

8. Newest fictional crush
Adam Connor from To Hate Adam Connor by the lovely Ella Maise. Review

9. Newest favorite character
Owen Gentry from Confess <3

10. Book that made you cry
Confess. No joke.

11. Book that made you happy
I laughed a lot in To Hate Adam Connor. Ella has an incredible way of making you laugh in her books and making them a really fun experience.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year
I have not watched a book to film adaptation this year yet.

13. Favorite review you've written this year
Probably my review for Dangerous Lies. I loved the book so much so it was really easy to write a review for it.

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)
Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker. I received this book for review - and did my review Tuesday which you can find  - and when I got it in the mail I just stared at the cover. It's stunning.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Before I start you all know I like to tell you when I receive a book for review...so now's where I tell you I was sent this book ;)
Even when I am sent a book my opinion is 100% honest because I need you guys to be able to trust me. Luckily for me a lot of the ARCS I'm sent I really do enjoy.
Except for Beastly Lights...we all know that one didn't become my favorite.
I loved Until It Fades. Like really genuinely enjoyed my time reading it.
In the beginning we are in the past which sometimes I don't like. I feel like it's not always well done and unnecessary. However I really liked it this time around. I felt like we needed that background to understand our main character Catherine.
Speaking of our main character I think she's absolutely wonderful. She has dealt with some pretty not fun things in her life but she's not annoying about it like some characters can be.
She seems real and I love that.
As far as our love interest Brett, yeah I love him too.
The rundown of the story is that Cath had a baby when she was pretty young and is now a single mom working for a truck stop diner. One night on the way home from a terrible blind date she sees a car that has hit a tree and she stops to call the police. During her phone call to them she sees that the driver is deceased but the passenger -while he has some serious injuries- can be helped. The car catches on fire and through serious super human strength and a little help from the half conscious man, Cath is able to get him out of the car. Once the police show up - one officer is her best friend - she begs them to keep her name out of report. Remember how I said she's had some not so fun things happen? Yeah that's why she doesn't want her name out there.
Anyway it turns out that the man she saved is a NHL star and his mother is a huge movie star. He ends up finding out her name and showing up on her doorstep.
I don't really want to tell you much more because then I'll start gushing and end up giving you every detail. If you guys are looking for a book that is extremely well written but also easy to read you seriously don't need to look any further.
I loved the characters, the writing, everything. I definitely recommend Until It Fades!!

Buy Until It Fades Here:
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

If you guys are long time readers of my blog then you know that I'm a big fan of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. You also know that I have a deep love for Adrian Ivashkov. Ah. Adrian.
I read the Vampire Academy series FOREVER ago and when I found out there was going to be a spin of series I jumped on it. Well, I jumped on it once the first book was out in paperback. I really liked the first book and wanted to read the second but waited until it too was released in paperback. For some reason when I got it though I didn't read it at first. Silly me.
When I finally did read it I was in love. Because I took 10 years to read it books 3-5 were out so I went crazy and bought them all on my kindle and read them one after the other. I couldn't wait for the last book to come out but didn't want to pay for the hardback and at that time the kindle book was more than a paperback so I waited.
It finally released in paperback and I snatched it up and then it sat on my shelf. I didn't want the series to end. This is a world that I've lived in for a while with these books and I wasn't ready for it to be over. But a couple weeks ago I looked at it and I just really wanted to find out what was going to happen. So I read it.
It's hard for me to review books that aren't the first book in a series - let alone the last book - so I'm not really going to give you any details.
What I will say is that I loved it. If you have read Vampire Academy or Bloodlines and haven't read the Ruby Circle yet don't be like me and wait forever.
Adrian and Sydney are so ship worthy it's sickening. I love them so much.
So much happens in this installment that it's crazy but so so good.
If you have read the series please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.
Obviously I definitely recommend!!

Buy The Ruby Circle Here:
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning to Start But Haven't:

10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
8.Across The Universe by Beth Revis
7. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
6. Rebel Bell by Rachel Hawkins
5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
3. The Point by Jay Crownover
2. A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
1. Harry Potter...by J.K. Rolling

Friday, June 16, 2017

OITNB: Heathers Perspective

Hello friends, so as you know yesterday I shared my take on season 5 of Orange Is The New Black. Today my friend Heather, who you know from her DUFF story on Wednesday, has shared her thoughts. Enjoy!! Along with most of the planet I spent my weekend bingeing season 5 of Orange is the New Black and let me tell ya it was a weekend well spent. Okay so I must say that the last 2 seasons weren't exactly stellar in my opinion and I did struggle a bit to get through the last one but I still found myself wanting more. As the release date got closer and the previews started dropping the more excited I got. Now I've been reading a lot of people's thoughts about the new season and all I can think is did they watch the same show that I did because I thought it was brilliant. It finally got back to the same level of excitement and darkness as the first 2. It picked right up with Daya holding the gun on the guard and it didn't stop until it was over. I literally was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The acting was on point and the characters made us fall for them all over again. It was a constant rollercoaster of emotions that lasted the entire season. I both laughed and cried so hard in almost every episode and all my favorites were in it. There were a couple breakout scenes for me that made me feel these girls pain and love for Poussey so deeply that I seriously had to take breaks in the episodes in order to get through them. That's how good it was in my opinion. The character that really got to me the most and I felt was the real star of this season was by far Taystee, that girl took me to places I wasn't ready for and she left me screaming for more. So I completely disagree completely with all the negative Nancy's out there who say that this show has lost it's spark. I think it is the best season yet and Netflix did a great job with it. The only regret I have is bingeing the entire season in 3 days because now I'm crying about having to wait a year to find out what happens to my girls.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

OITNB: My Thoughts

I'm sure many of you know that I am a big fan of Orange Is The New Black. I've done that tag and I've mentioned it a few times on my blog. So as a huge fan I'm sure it's no surprise that I was counting down the hours until this fantastic show began streaming on Netflix.
I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and while my sweet son still slept I binged the hell out of it.
I ended up finishing it completely in the span of three days. The only reasons it took me three whole days to finish are because I do have a son and it's not exactly Paw Patrol material we're working with here, and also because I needed a break between some of the episodes.
I posted on my personal Facebook that I was watching it and mentioned something about Taystee and a good friend of mine commented that she had finished the season and hated it. She proceeded to write a few more paragraphs on how the show has gone downhill and basically thinks it sucks now. She did say a few scenes were good and the acting for some was great but those were about the nicest things she had to say. Well that had me worried! I was only 3 or 4 episodes in at the time so I thought to myself, "Self? Does this mean that these first few episodes have been good and the rest suck?"
Uh. No.
At least not in my opinion.
I'm going to be totally honest with you guys, I did not like season 4. It took me probably a month to actually finish it because I just wasn't as addicted as I usually am. I will say the last couple of episodes got me hooked and I was upset when it was over. But as an overall season I didn't like it.
I was excited for this season because I wanted to see how they were going to pick up from season 4 and I wanted to see all of the characters I love so much. The previews were bad ass too soooo that kind of helped in my excitement.
I think season was the best season since the first 2. I laughed, I cried, I yelled at the stinkin screen. It was incredible.
The acting guys. The freaking acting. Danielle Brooks who plays Taystee deserves every award that's ever been created and future awards that don't exist yet. She was phenomenal. She had me in TEARS!! Her performance was absolutely stunning. If I ever got the chance to meet her I'd just want to hug her and tell her she's the best ever. Like ever.
The other actresses did a fantastic job as well but I think Taystee really was the hit this season and really captured all of us.
In conclusion I have to say again that I loved it. If you haven't checked it out yet you should because...wow. So so good.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I'm A DUFF: Heather

It's been a hot minute since I have shared someones DUFF story but I'm so happy to be bringing it back today. My friend Heather will be telling you her story and I have to tell you I think she did such a beautiful job writing it and I'm so proud of her for being so fearless and opening up to us.
Thank you Heather!!

My name is Heather and I'm a DUFF!!
I've always made friends really easily. I was never the shy girl. I love to talk, dance, and help out anywhere I could. I was a part of so many groups in school, but I never fit into one particular group of people. I fit into all of them in some way so as awesome as that might sound, it's actually quite lonely. I had so many friends but soon realized I was always going to be that girl that they associated with for whatever need they had for me at that moment, like the backup friend in case something better fell through. I was never really the popular one by society standards. I mean I liked to read and was good at school and followed the rules: the good girl that did what she was supposed to.
I was the plain girl next door, the one that is always there for you, but you never really pay attention to. I've always felt like I was pretty, but never beautiful. I've never been skinny a day in my life and I'm barely 5'2" with mousy light brown hair so not really model material you know, and people sometimes made fun of me and called me "Hefty Heather" like it was a compliment. I tried to ignore it but deep down it hurt so bad and no matter how little I ate and how active I was I could never lose enough weight.
This battle followed me well into early adulthood and I often stumbled over my style to find what I could wear that was flattering and what I shouldn't wear. I realized I should always play up my eyes and smile because they are my best features and that glitter is always a girls best friend. I also learned that I have Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Endometriosis which is the reason why I have such a hard time losing weight, along with that comes infertility and gull bladder issues along with a ton of food allergies as well as depression and sever anxiety. I also had to have a cancerous tumor removed and undergo radiation therapy. So in a nutshell the weight is the least of my concern. It wasn't until after I started dating my husband and ending up in a treatment facility after a suicide attempt that I was able through a lot of therapy and self reflection and having the most supportive husband, friends and family a girl could ever hope for. I finally got to a place in my life where I can actually say that I love the person that I am.
I will also learn to love the many versions of this person that will evolve as my life goes on. I have learned that it's okay to not be perfect according to some stupid stereotype that society makes us think we have to fit. Yes I still have my days where I look in the mirror and am like "oh girl today is not your day" but on those days I make myself put on my favorite heels and dress and put on the makeup and do my hair because my momma always told me that no matter what, "You get up, dress up, show up and never give up." I am proud of the woman that I have become because I have had to fight her so much in order to become her. I can finally accept it as a fact when my husband calls me beautiful instead of dismiss it as him just being nice. I know that it is okay to stand out because I have a super power that no one else has. I am ME and no one else can ever have that power.
Guess what, you all have an equally amazing super power too, the power of being YOU and don't ever let anyone take that power away!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Book Blogger Memory Tag

I saw this tag on the Book Nuts blog and thought it was a fun tag and I wanted to be a follower and participate. If you want to check out the tag click HERE
I tag Just Another Bookish Blog and Mornings and Epilogues

1. Name a book written by an author named Michael.
Fern Michaels...does that count?
2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

3. Name a book about a character called George.
4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
Jennifer E. Smith
I love her and was able to interview her a couple of years ago. Check it out HERE

5. Name a book set in Austrailia.
On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
November 9 by Colleen Hoover <3

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
There's an edition of The Outsiders that has a knife on the cover so I'm going to choose that one since I LOVE that book.

8. Name a book with the word "one" in the title.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline...which I still haven't read.

9. Name a book with an eponymous title.
Does Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List count?

10. Name a book turned into a movie.
The Princess Diaries.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Why Do They Do This To Us?!

The other day I was catching up on a favorite television show of mine and do you know what happened? One of the main characters died.
Yep. Died. Dead. Bye bye.
After I finished crying and going through the other stages of television character loss grief I got thinking about how angry it makes when they kill off main characters.
You know what I hate even more than killing them off? Almost killing them, letting them live, and then uh oh yep killing them.
It drives me nuts!!
In this particular show this character had an issue with another person. They almost killed her and she lived. Then she gets in a car accident. And lives. Then she's in the hospital and bam outta nowhere she's gone. Not only did I hate that they killed her off but I hated the way that they did it. You know why they killed her off though? Because she didn't want to be on the show anymore.
I recently read that the girl who plays Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time is leaving the show as well as half the cast. She said that she was ready to move on and it ticked me off.
Listen this is how I feel, if you're going to sign up for a show then you need to commit to it. It's not fair to make us fall in love with you and then leave because you're ready to move on. If you're not interested in a long commitment then don't audition for television shows.
I sometimes wonder if these actors that we love realize the impact that they have on us. Week by week, episode by episode, we fall deeper in love with these characters. They become real to us and we look up to them.
The other thing is if you REALLY don't want to be on the show anymore I think they should agree to be a series regular or even a guest. Letting them kill off their character is way to final and it's not fair to the viewers.
I know this is a little bit different than something I'd normally write but I really needed to vent. If you want to leave me a comment and give me your opinion I would love it!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My Life in Books Tag

I saw this tag over at Dreamland Book Blog and I loved it!! If you would like to check out Beatrice's tag click ----> Dreamland Book Blog

1. Find a book for each of your initials.
K: Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen. Never read. Probably won't.
J: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. It has been a hot minute since I've read this book but I do remember really liking it!!
P: Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Oh yes I love that one.

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
I've told you all before that I don't really have a designated "bookshelf" It's disgusting, I know. I have books in a small "bookshelf" above my window, under tables and basically anywhere else I can fit them. But I did count and the book that is 27 in is Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country?
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. We had to read this one in middle school so I absolutely can not tell you what it was about but I did like it.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you'd love to travel to.
Anna & The French Kiss. Because Paris. Duh.

5. Pick a book that's your favorite color.
The Selection by Kierra Cass. That minty blue green color. I live for it.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
I remember the day that I got Twilight in the mail. It was the very first book I ever ordered from Amazon and I was so stinkin excited. I'll never forget that feeling or the feeling I had while reading it.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I really liked the book Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken but it took me a while. Probably because it was so big and daunting.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
Most of them. :P

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Colleen Hoover Book Tag

I don't know how I didn't find this sooner but I am so glad I finally did!! If you want to check out the original tag made by Marta check out her blog Marta's Bookshelf by clicking HERE!!

Lets get on with it shall we?

1. Maybe Someday
If you had to make the soundtrack for a book, which book would you choose and which songs would you choose?Well my friends my blog is a Book Lovers Playlist because I love books and music so much and I include a playlist in almost every review that I write. I'm going to link my reviews for Colleen Hoover books and you'll find the playlists at the bottom!! :)

2. Slammed
I dare you to make a four verse poem describing your favorite book right now.

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
I love Auburn,
And Owen too.

Wow guys, I out did myself.

3. Ugly Love
"Love isn't always pretty, Tate." A book that can break your heart and fix it at the same time.

Um, literally every Colleen Hoover book I've read. :)
If I had to choose I would say It Ends With Us. The emotions that I felt while reading that book were intense. I remember staying up late to finish it after my son went to sleep and I just cried and cried. That woman is so darn good at the writing thing.

4. Losing Hope 
A book that you would like to read in another characters POV.

I know it would be horribly heartbreaking but I'd like to see Augustus' POV from The Fault in Our Stars. The love he has for Hazel is beautiful and I'd really love to read how he felt.

5. Confess
Lets judge a book by it's title...lets confess. What is a book that no one expects you to like but you actually love?

Hmm...I'm not sure there really is a book that people wouldn't expect me to like. I'm stumped.

6. Warren (Maybe Someday)
Most main characters have a best friend that can either be either very charming, or really annoying. Who is your favorite secondary character? And who is the one you dislike the most?

I've said it before, Adrian Ivashkov is one of my favorite secondary characters ever!! Him and Sydney are absolutely why I picked up the Bloodlines series.
One of my least favorites is Kate from Fifty Shades of Grey. My gosh she's annoying.

7. Miles (Ugly Love)
Very often we find characters with a very troubled, dark and traumatic past that doesn't let them move on. Which characters past would you like to erase to make them feel better?

Without a doubt I would change Rule's past in Rule by Jay Crownover. He has dealt with a lot and I feel so deep for him whenever I read that book. Actually just talking about it now makes me want to read it.

8. November 9
Name a book you perfectly remember the day you read it.

Actually November 9. I was sent the book for review on my kindle and my son - who was just a few months old at the time - was asleep. It was gloomy outside and I decided to start it and couldn't put it down. I will always remember when I read that book because I laughed, cried, smiled, got angry, and all the other feels that are so good.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The TBR Book Tag

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
That's easy! I do not.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
Oh print definitely.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I usually get a craving for a book or genre. Sometimes when I watch a BookTube video it makes me more excited to read a book.

4. A Book That's Been On Your TBR List The Longest 
There are so many guys it's actually sad. I've had Bewitching by Alex Flynn for a looong time so let's go with that one.

5. A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

5. A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover
Hehe The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. Echo echo.

6. A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading
I've had Alice in Zombieland on my kindle for what seems like an eternity. I wouldn't say I never plan on reading it but I'm not seeing it in my future any time soon.

7. An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For
The Boys South of The Mason Dixon series that Abbi Glines is writing. I think the first one came out this week.

8. A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You 
Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

9. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You
I don't really have a lot of friends who read so most recommendations come from BookTube. I'm going to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses. That one I'd actually like to read soon.

10. A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read
I recently started the final book in the Bloodlines series. I've had it since like last year but I've been putting it off because I love the series so much. However I've decided it is time.

11. How many books are on your TBR shelf?
Let's not discuss this.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Almost Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin Cover Reveal

Alright guys, here's the cover reveal for The Almost Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin!!

Isn't it adorable?! Ahh I love it so much!!
Okay here's a little bit more for ya...

About The Book:
Nobody likes Devon James, including Devon James. And why should they? He had it all and took it for granted -- money, girls, popularity and a future with endless possibility. Now he's just a washed up has-been. Or so everyone thinks. No one knows the real reason the handsome soccer star quit the team and dumped the hottest girl in school, but they're not about to forgive him for it either. That's why he's perfect for Samantha Connors.

Sam Connors always follows the fules. But when her father forces her to leave Boston to finish her senior year of high school at a posh prep school in Ireland she has no choice bu to rebel. And bad boy Devon James is just the guy to help her break all the rules.

Sam is determined to get her life back and return to Boston by any means necessary. her plan is crazy, but she's convinced it will work--almost. A Fun, Fast, YA Romance Read Perfect for fans of Gossip Girl, 13 Reasons Why, and Pretty Little Liars.
(Note: Suggested reading age 16+ for mature language and content.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Blogger Confessions Tag

1. Which book - most recently - did you not finish?
Hmm...I actually can't think of the last book I didn't finish. Oh wait no, I started to read A Torch Against the Night but I ended up putting it down. Not because it wasn't good because duh of course it was, but because I really want to enjoy it.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?
Probably Twilight. I still love it so much and I've been thinking about rereading it again soon.

3. Which book do you love to hate?
I don't know if there's a book I actually love to hate. I love to hate certain characters in books but I either don't like a book or do.

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?
I don't know if I could be so cruel.

5. Which book have you read the most?
I believe that I've read Twilight 5 or 6 times. I've also read TFIOS 3 times.

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
Uh anything I've read and didn't like.

7. Which book could you not live without?
I'm not sure there is a book that I couldn't live without, that's a tad dramatic don't you think? TFIOS!! ;)

8. Which book made you the angriest?
I got really mad when I read November 9 because of something one character does do another. I'm not going to tell you though just in case you haven't read it. If you haven't though come on guys, what are you doing with your life?

9. Which book made you cry the most?
Pretty much every Colleen Hoover book that I've read. And obviously TFIOS.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?
I'm not a huge fan of one of the covers for the Outsiders. The one with the boys on the cover and they're kinda faded and floating heads. I love the new cover though for the anniversary edition!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Blogger Test Tag

1. What are your top three book pet peeves?
Cover changes, love triangles, dog eared pages. That hurts me.

2. Describe your perfect reading spot?

I like sitting on the end of my couch with the book on the arm. It just feels so nice and comfy :)

3. Tell us three book confessions?
I have an addiction to buying Nicholas Sparks books, I don't organize my bookshelf like most people, I like to read most before I go to bed.

4. When was the last time you cried at a book?
I think it was It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Actually wait no I did cry in November 9 too.

5. How many books are on your bedside table?
On top? 3. Underneath...like 6.

6. What is your favorite snack to read while eating?

7. Name three books you'd recommend to everyone.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, annnnnd Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick.

8. Write how much books mean to you in 3 words.
I love them.

9. What's your biggest reading secret?
I don't think I really have a reading secret, i'm pretty open with you guys.

I tag: Mornings & Epilogues and Just Another Bookish Blog

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Since it is now May I and we are into Spring now I figured it was the perfect time to do this tag. I hope you guys like it!!

1. The struggle of getting started
A book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size
I read Cinder FOREVER ago and I never continued on with the series. It's not that the books are horribly long but it seems like there's so many. I've read series with more books but for some reason I just find it daunting.

2. Cleaning out the closet
A book/book series that you want to unhaul
I honestly can't think of any books that I don't want anymore. That would be like giving away a part of me and I just can't do that.

3. Opening windows and letting the fresh air in
A book that was refreshing
My darling Ella Maise and her writing is refreshing so obviously by default that means her books are refreshing. Seriously when I read her I just feel so light and happy. It's lovely.

4. Washing out sheet stains
A book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in
I'm going to say Allegiant and that's all I'm going to say.

5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks
A book in a series that you didn't feel was necessary

I can't really say that I've ever read a book in a series that I didn't think was necessary. I mean things happen that change the story or affect it somehow...so it's kinda necessary.

6. Polishing the doorknobs
A book that had a clean finish
I loved the ending of the Twilight Saga. I don't know if you would call it clean but it was beautiful and that's the same thing to me. ;)

7. Reaching to dust the fan
A book that tried to hard to relay a certain message

Since it's getting a LOT of mixed feelings I'm going to say 13 Reasons Why. I don't think that it "tried to hard" but it sure did push things. 

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of Spring cleaning
A book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through?
The Mortal Instruments Series. I mean I love it but those books are so darn big!!

9. Looking forward to next Spring
Tag 4 people that you want to do this tag

Just Another Bookish Blog
Mornings & Epilogues
Books & Stars
The Hardcover Lover

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Another Something Different...

Last week I shared with you guys a super cool car renting site and this week I have something else a little different for you. I was contacted by a woman named Carly who works for Loot Crate. In case you don't know what Loot Crate is it's a subscription box service that was established in 2012. They provide boxes of geek and gaming related merchandise which is pretty stinkin cool.
She told me that they're always looking for new ideas and wanted to reach out to fans about creating their own "Dream Crate." I thought it sounded like a lot of fun so I told her that of course I'd participate by creating my own Dream Crate. If you like my picks be sure to let me know and let me know what you would do for your very own Dream Crate. :)

My Theme: Walking Dead Boyfriends
What can I say, I'm a romantic and I love my book boyfriends so why not Walking Dead ;)
For starters we need a shirt that expresses our love for the one and only Daryl Dixon and I'm pretty sure this is the best one for the job.

Who doesn't love Pop Figures? Do you love Glenn? This girl does!! I would love this.

Now I know he isn't everyones favorite, I for one hate him for everything he has done. However..he's fine as hell.
I have this button and it's awesome. Everyone should have this.
Alright I know Hershel is old but he is a good looking silver fox and I love him.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Purple Hearts by Tess Wakefield

When I was approached by Atria to review this book I had to say yes. See I'm an avid watcher of the show Army Wives so as soon as I read that this book was about a guy in the Army there was pretty much no way I was not accepting this book for review.
Purple Hearts follows Luke and Cassie and is told in dual POV. My fav. We all know this by now.
Luke has a troubled past - he was addicted to some seriously heavy drugs and got himself involved with some reeeeally sucky dudes - but he has now joined the Army to prove to his brother and dad that he's changed. Unfortunately the sucky dude that I just mentioned is now threatening Luke and his family. He wants money and he wants it now, problem is he doesn't have it.
Cassie is a singer in a band who has recently lost her main job and is now working at a bar and focusing on her music. Here comes the unfortunate part for her; she gets diagnosed with diabetes. Now she has medical bills and prescriptions on top of her student loans and she can't afford it.
One night while she's working her childhood friend Frankie comes into the bar with his Army friends, Luke included. The two meet and there's instant attraction but then things fizzle pretty quickly once Cassie makes it clear that she doesn't agree with the Army.
After realizing she can't pay for anything Cassie goes to her friend Frankie to ask him to marry her. Why? Because if they are married the Army will give them $2,000 a month and she'll receive the full medical benefits. Frankie gently declines her offer because he has a girlfriend and well...most girls aren't going to be alright with that. Luke however overhears and since he's also in need of extra cash he agrees to marry her.
Luke ends up getting injured overseas and has to return home to his loving wife and things aren't all rainbows and butterflies.
That's all I'm giving you. :P
What I liked about this book is the writing. I thought Tess did a beautiful job writing this story and I absolutely 100% LOVED the concept. I also really liked Luke most of the time and Cassie too. Frankie and Nora - Cassie's best friend and band mate - were probably my favorite characters.
Here's where I had a problem. Like I said, I wanted to read this book because I love Army Wives. For some reason I had it in my head that this book was going to be like watching Roxy and Trevor's love story and that's silly because it's nothing like it. So really my problem is my fault.
I really did like it though and it was an easy read. If you're looking for a good contemporary that is a little deeper than the norm then I definitely recommend Purple Hearts.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beauty & The Beast Book Tag

Oh. My. Gosh.
Guys, it's a Beauty and The Beast book tag!! Heck. Yes!!
As soon as I saw this I did a little happy dance. I hope you guys love this as much as I do.
Have you guys watched the new movie yet? My mom, son, best friend and I went to see it the other day and I totally cried. Like a lot.

Thank the person who tagged you. Which was no one. Call me Ponyboy.
Mention the Creator---Kirsty and the Cat Read
Match a book to each of the songs/characters below
Tag as many people as you like: Just Another Bookish Blog Mornings and Epilogues Books & Stars

1. Tale As Old As Time

A popular theme, trope, or setting that you will never get tired of reading.It seems that I will never get tired of the good girl bad boy stories. I'm a sucker for them apparently.

2. Belle
A book that you bought for its beautiful cover that's just as beautiful on the inside too.Actually I loved the cover for Beastly and obviously I loved the story...since you know it was a retelling of a story I love.

3. Beast
A book you didn't expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.
When I read Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick a couple of months ago I knew I would like it but I didn't expect to LOVE it as much as I do.

4. Gaston
A book everyone loves but you don't.
I tried reading The Book Thief forever ago but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I just wasn't in the right place at the time I started it but I couldn't finish it. Don't hate me Book Thief lovers.

5. Lefou
A loyal sidekick that you can't help but love more than their counterpart.
I don't know if he'd be considered a sidekick but Adrian from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines is my love.

6. Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth
A book that helped you through a difficult time or really taught you something.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. No doubt.

7. Something There
A book or series that you weren't into at first but picked up towards the end.
I remember when I first started reading The Mortal Instruments and I liked the first but I didn't love it. I decided to keep reading and ended up loving the series.

8. Be Our Guest
A fictional character that you'd love to have over for dinner
Oh wow, seriously? Just one? I'm going to go with Rose from Vampire Academy because she eats a lot of junk and that sounds like a good time. :P

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Little Something Different

Good afternoon fellow book lovers and pop culture enthusiasts, I have a little something different to talk to you about today.
The other day I was approached by a woman named Emma who is the Community Coordinator for Turo, which is a car sharing company from San Francisco. (Like where the Full House family live.) If you go to their site right now you can rent the Wagon Queen Family Truckster that's modeled after the National Lampoon Vacation movies!!
Emma asked me to share a post about cars from pop culture that I would like to drive and I thought it sounded like so much fun. I'm going to share my picks below but I'd love to hear what you all think too so please leave some comments!!
If you want to check out the site click HERE
 Here we go!!

The first car that came to mind when Emma wrote me was this beauty:

That is Cher's 1994 Jeep Wrangler from Clueless - in case you didn't recognize it you silly thing - and when I see it it makes me smile. Oh the fun I would have renting this car.

One Tree Hill is my favorite show in the whole world and Peyton's 1993 Mercury Comet is my dream. I want this car so freaking bad and to be able to rent it...I can't even imagine.
Brandon Walsh's 1965 Ford Mustang is my third choice because...well Brandon Walsh.