Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've been kind of so-so on books lately. I go up and down and I like to just let those phases run their course. I was reading The Clockmaker's Daughter and don't want to say I DNF'd it, because I don't even remember the first 2 chapters, but I am pausing it for now. Just not in the mood for a Kate Morton book. Once I finally admitted that, I got back into reading but mostly romance so I don't have a whole lot of 'normal' books to share.

Jane Doe - Victoria Helen Stone
mystery thriller with sociopath
This one is near impossible to talk about or describe without spoilers. Basically, the main character is a nutjob but this is one of the times that you like them/agree with them/want them to succeed... Kind of like Joe from You, but even more so. I knew I liked this author's writing because she writes romance under another name but I was hesitant because this isn't my usual genre. I was pleasantly surprised because I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty 
nine strangers go to a health resort
I really, really, really liked this. I am so glad I read it as soon as it was released, unlike Truly Madly Guilty where I waited a bit and then the hype was too insane and there were negative reviews and I ended up waiting a couple of years. I will say, this one is nothing like what I've read from her previously and I think she is a super versatile writer. It does get a bit weird and it's hard to explain why without spoilers. I loved the characters in this book and while it's not exactly compelling in a must find out all the things way, it is a very easy quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, as always, biased because I love all the Australianisms in her books but doubly biased this time because our book club went to go see her talk about it last week and it was everything and now I adore her even more.
Pride - Ibi Zoboi
modern YA diverse P&P retelling
I was insanely excited for this and ridiculously disappointed. I should have DNF'd it but the idea was so fantastic and I kept hoping it would get better. I didn't click with the writing, I personally don't think it should be called a P&P retelling, but mostly the characters are what ruined this for me. I think I am eve more bummed because I was so excited, so sure I would love it. Womp.
Eh, even romances were a bit lacklustre for me lately. A couple of great ones but for the most part everything was very fine but forgettable.

Bad Habits Trilogy // Butterface // Fall // I started the Immortals After Dark series finally, very behind the times at least in the paranormal romance world, and I'm currently up to book 6.
Kingdom of Ash - well, I've read the first chapter a couple of times but this book is almost a thousand pages so I keep putting it off even though I'm excited for it.

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend both Jane Doe and Nine Perfect Strangers. Hopefully my reading mojo will be up before the next link up.

Read anything decent lately?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

October 2018 Recap - What's New With You Link Up

Hello all, time for another what's new with you link up! Thanks again if you join me, I always appreciate it. You don't have to display the button if you don't want to, but don't forget to mention it somewhere in your post and check out some of the other posts! I'll be doing a monthly recap like I do every month.

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So October was a very quiet month.

KC randomly got a hankering to make some bread, so we did. First we made it after following a recipe from a youtube channel that makes things like in the 'olden days' and then we made one I found on pinterest because some things are better modern. Ha. I also figured I'd try and make some muffins, they turned out pretty well too. First time I've ever made muffins (baker, I am not).

My friend invited me to a craft night her friend was hosting, and we made these cute little nail art things and they are way harder than they look. Seriously.

My favourite Heather sent me some goodies that I didn't take photos of besides the crunchie that I demolished immediately. She also sent me these fancy night lights that her husband made on his 3D printing thingy. I need to take a photo of those to share because they are so lovely!

And then there was Halloween - well, Halloween eve. We got all our trick or treaters on Tuesday evening and ran out of candy. No photos, we didn't dress up either. I get kind of overwhelmed and feel a lot of pressure so I only hand a bit of candy out and then I make KC do the rest.

Other than that, I read a lot, nothing new there. I also started watching Riverdale one night when I didn't feel like reading, I think I made it 10 episodes and I'm not over it or anything, but when I felt like reading again I did. I just have a horrible attention span when it comes to TV shows because they take so much longer for me to watch than for me to read a book... You know?

My sweet Pacey died and even though I've been gone for 6 years, I still got regular updates and photos and she definitely remembered me both visits. She lasted a year longer than mum originally thought she would and she wasn't in pain, so that's what matters. I wish I had more photos of her, but when we got her I didn't have a digital camera, so I'm sure photos exist somewhere.. on film ha.

And now here we are in November - this year has definitely flown by. 2017 and 2018 have both been hard years emotionally for me (and lots of other people). I am feeling the same about 2018 as I was 2017 - I am ready for it to be over so 2019 can be better. I know that's a silly way to think, but a new year is a fresh clean slate and always makes me feel better. I honestly feel like I've been under a cloud since November 2016, anyone else? It's funny, my reading went up 50% in 2017 and another 50% in 2018 (so far). Not bragging or trying to be like, look at me I read so much, but reading is 100% my coping mechanism and it shows over the past 2 years.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Link Up Reminder

Hello all - just a quick reminder to anyone who wants to link up - this Thursday the 1st is the next What's New With You link up if you want to join me!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Books Lately

Show us your books day! First off I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words on my post about my nana yesterday, they were much appreciated. It's funny how sharing things like that can make you feel better, help you cope. I liked sharing some of my memories and though I'm sure I will always miss her, I feel lighter somehow. So, thank you. Now, book time! As usual, when I'm going through stuff, I bury my head in books to cope. So I have quite a few to share!

Daisy Jones & the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
follows the break up of a fictional band
Talk about high expectations! I still haven't really gotten all my thoughts together, but this was a really easy read, different format but you get used to it quickly, fast paced and you keep turning the page because you want to know what happened, a little disappointed with the endings for some characters, a teeny twist that made me gasp.. I shouldn't compare, it didn't come close to Evelyn Hugo for me, but it did give me all of the feels.
Received from Netgalley.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
new sally thorne book what more do you need to know
I like to keep my romance books separated in the little area below but this deserves its own spot up here. Heather and I both got the ARC and we were like we should read it together, when do you want to read it, it doesn't come out until January, we should wait.. and then we were both like yeah, we want to start it right away. Couldn't help ourselves! Anyway, if you are a fan of The Hating Game, I recommend, just try not to compare it, as they are like cousins rather than sisters. I really, really, really enjoyed it. Now, not so patiently waiting for the next Sally Thorne book... 
Received from Edelweiss.
Pretty Girls Dancing - Kylie Brant
missing girls
Well this was creepy AF. It was definitely engrossing. It was fast paced and I thought it was well written. I liked most of the characters, except of course the ones you're not supposed to. I really liked the ending, some characters getting their just desserts. I had no idea where anything was going, I didn't see anything coming. True, I don't read a whole lot of books like this so take that with a grain of salt. I mostly read it though I listened to a bit on audio and I don't recommend that at all.
You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
personal development
This reinforced a lot of thoughts I already had, namely that it's okay to not have big grand dreams or to live what others might consider a 'small' life. It also made me look at things a different way, and made me realise I might hold on to things a little too long, might be more angry or bitter over things I need to let go of or forgive. It made me think about being more present in my life, appreciating the bumps instead of getting angry or frustrated. It also made me want to be more honest with my goals and bad habits. There was a lot I didn't agree with or thought 'yeah no thanks, not for me' and that is okay.
Still Me - JoJo Moyes
third in me before you series
I liked After You, I did not hate it like others seemed to. Though I don't remember a whole lot about it so it took a bit to get back into this world. I ended up liking it a lot, felt a lot of emotions and I liked the ending.... but I'm still not entirely sure books 2 or 3 even needed to be written. Like they could have been about different characters and held their own, without the Will thing hanging over Louisa's head. I did like this, and After You, but I do hope JoJo Moyes writes something else soon, something not Louisa Clark related (and I really, really like Louisa). I still like Me Before You best, like book wise, but I also really, really love Sam. 
The Book of Essie - Meghan MacLean Weir
daughter of preacher with tv show like the duggars is pregnant
This was really, really, really good. It's about so much more than the synopsis makes it sound. It's a very emotional book, a lot heavier than you think it might be. There's a lot going on, it's told from three POVs and I'm not sure one of them was really necessary but it wasn't a big deal. The ending was satisfying. Somehow this was a light read dealing with heavy stuff. I do recommend. 
I Am Watching You - Teresa Driscoll
woman sees two teenage girls meet dangerous guys, next day one is missing
I thought this was really good, very interesting, very 'must know what happens next'. Had no idea who the bad guy was. There was a lot going on, not just with possible bad guys but just.. a lot. Like a lot of filler. Anyway, it makes you think, what would you do in certain situations? If you saw two teenage girls talking to older, dangerous men? Would you try and stop them, or try and call their parents (even though they are strangers), or would you do nothing?
girl writes letters to people she's loved and they get sent
I kept putting this one off because I really didn't enjoy her other trilogy. Then the netflix movie came out and obviously I had to watch it, but I had to read it first. I don't read a whole lot of YA anymore because teenagers are really annoying but I tried to ignore that. I read a LOT of contemporary romance and I also had to try not to compare it to that, because a lot of things that go down are super not okay in the romance world. But anyway. This was totally adorable, and the movie was even more adorable. I'm not so patiently waiting for the next book from the library.
A Spark of Light - Jodi Picoult
shooting at women's health services center
Never thought I would dislike a Picoult book. I think it was the subject matter, but it's turned me off her books. I can acknowledge and respect a lot of different beliefs someone might have compared to me, I try not to judge and just accept that we are different... but there are a few I simply cannot accept or understand. I feel like she was too ambivalent in this one, about which belief/opinion was right or wrong and I couldn't get behind that. It's a nope from me. Also, it's told in reverse which is not my jam.
Received from Netgalley.
Consumed (thanks Netgalley!) // Bountiful (loving this whole series but this is by far my favourite) // Fight or Flight (thanks Netgalley! Comes out today) // Hot Winter Nights (I adore Jill Shalvis) //
One Day in December (thanks Netgalley! Comes out November 7th) // Reckless (wow, this was so much better than the cover makes it look) // The Simple Wild (thanks Netgalley!) // Rebel Hard (thanks Netgalley!)

The Clockmaker's Daughter and Nine Perfect Strangers - coincidentally both Aussie authors! The Clockmaker's Daughter actually comes out today, I was hoping to finish it before the link up, but... life. Also, Nine Perfect Strangers doesn't come out in the US until next month, but I'm still hooked up to my Australian library and it came out in September there.

Linking up with Steph & Jana. Happiest of happy anniversaries guys! 4 years, wow! Favourite link up ever.

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend Daisy Jones, 99 Percent Mine, Pretty Girls Dancing, The Book of Essie, I Am Watching You and To All The Boys I've Loved Before. 

Read anything decent lately?