Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! Best. Day. Ever.

Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
sequel to beartown
'Couldn't put it down' is not really accurate as I very much could put it down, and did, several times. I seriously had to read a chapter, read another book I was enjoying more for 20 minutes, go back to Us Against You for another chapter, and so on and so forth. So very put downable. That being said, it was beautifully written so I wasn't hating it, I just wasn't loving it like I did Beartown. It was a little too tell-y instead of show-y and that got on my nerves. Once I got to about 75%, then it was unputdownable, emotional, beautiful and everything Beartown was. It just sucks that was only the last 25%.
Received from Netgalley.
Iron & Magic - Ilona Andrews
spin off about a bad guy from the kate daniels series 
I cannot even with my love for Ilona Andrews. This was amazing. I am so cranky that the next 2 are years away. Honestly, I just wanted to share my love for this book but you really shouldn't read it unless you're up to date with Kate Daniels. Only this author duo could make me love a guy I used to hate.

All We Ever Wanted - Emily Giffin
aftermath of something happening with teenagers à la beartown
So it's not exactly like Beartown and it's unfair of me to compare it, but compare it I shall. It felt like it was trying to be Beartown, but never went below the surface. It's thought provoking sure, but left me feeling dissatisfied. Definitely not what I expected when I opened a book by Emily Giffin. Quick, easy read, relevant to today's world but just wasn't enough for me.
Received from Netgalley.
Between Sisters - Kristin Hannah
estranged sisters
This was the one Gina and I decided to read this time. I was disappointed, perhaps my expectations were too high based on how much I loved her other books. It was fine, just okay. If the book went up in flames around halfway I would have been fine never knowing what happened, but I did get more into it towards the end. The end of the story was emotional, if a bit unrealistic. One of the characters was so unlikable I wanted to push her in front of a bus.
family, secrets, and grief
I really enjoyed The Coincidence of Coconut Cake so I had high hopes for this one. This is not like that, unfortunately. It was super emotional at times (like the story relating to the cover, that was adorable) but other than that, there's a twist (that you find out about before the characters) and someone's actions change in such an unrealistic way (twice, really) that left me feeling so disconnected and disappointed, really. It's not a romance, and coconut cake was, so maybe that's why. Blah. It was just okay. I'm not mad I read it, wouldn't 100% not recommend it.
Received from Netgalley.
Little Do We Know - Tamara Ireland Stone
ex-best friends deal with family financial issues & a boyfriend almost dying
I really struggled through this one. It mentions one of the girl's 'strong faith is shaken' in the synopsis but religion is almost another character in this book. I am not anti-religion, so please don't get offended if you are religious, I just don't love it in books. The characters were unlikable, the reason for the family's financial issues disgusted me. It was weirdly paced, some things were glossed over or not dealt with at all, there is a really disturbing relationship with a teenager and an older man in a position of authority, the girls had a huge fight months ago and when you find out the reason I wanted to slap the one at fault. Overall, not impressed at all.
Received from Netgalley.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Linking up with Steph & Jana.
Life According to Steph

If you're a romance fan, here are a few I enjoyed recently:

One and Only (the second was also really good) // the Psy-Changeling series (currently up to book 5 and I am obsessed) // A Princess in Theory // The Real Deal (if you like romance, you HAVE to read this - it was adorable and funny and gahh).

Also, one more, The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare - it's a historical romance and I loved it so freaking much. I accidentally went off on a rant in my review though because tons of reviews were shitting all over the romance genre and I totally understand if you don't like romance but I 100% do not understand reading something you know you will hate. If you don't like romance, don't read romance. There is no rule that says we all have to like the same books. Anyway. If you like historical romance, check it out. I also had to share this quote one more time because I loved it so much:

TL;DR - I recommend Us Against You if you enjoyed Beartown. Other than that... not much to recommend today - obviously I recommend the romances I liked and Iron & Magic, but only if you like those kinds of books.

Read anything decent lately? 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

June 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. Hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July - we did not celebrate at all, normally we go out of town but with it falling on a Wednesday it didn't make sense, plus we normally go to see KC's family and we just saw them like 2 weeks ago, so we were both okay just staying in town and enjoying having the day off.

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In June:

My girlfriends and I went on a little road trip to Cincinnati and Ikea. It was a ton of fun and I didn't buy every single thing in the store, so I consider it a success.

We went to Mellow Mushroom after Ikea, and I got the exact same thing I always get - I mean, my friends and I shared it, I didn't eat the whole thing. But I never deviate. Does anyone else do that? Not just at Mellow Mushroom, but anywhere? Once I find something I love at a restaurant, whether its a pizza place, McDonalds, jimmy johns - I rarely change my order, whether I've been twice or two hundred times. I really like my comfort zone.

We went to a local German sausage fest - no photos of the food but the beer was good. Then we went and got popsicles from Steel City Pops. Dangerous that they are right around the corner from our house.

Like I mentioned above, we went out of town to see KC's family to attend a wedding. The ceremony was outside. At 2pm. With no shade. I love the heat but even I was like.. okay, glad I did my hair and makeup for this! Lucky there was a 4 hour gap in between the ceremony and reception, we were able to go back to the hotel and freshen up/get completely changed and start all over again.

I worked out as much as I could the first couple of weeks, knowing I wouldn't be jumping straight back in after my oral surgery. I took lots of photos of my cats, as usual.

I threw in a dog for fun. He's the sweetest dachshund I've ever met. Also there's a duplicate workout selfie but I just can't care enough to re-do the collage, so whatever.

And of course - I read. Then read some more. Also, I read a book or two. Clearly I'm doing so well at that whole stop using reading as a crutch thing. Oh well, whatever.

As for my oral surgery - I got my wisdom teeth removed and also these other things, like, installed in my gums. And that basically knocked me out for the remainder of June. My whole face blew up like a puffer fish, I was covered in bruises and I had 2 black eyes. Fun. It was actually kind of terrifying as I've never been put under - except for when I was 6 weeks old and obviously I have no memory of that. Logically I knew I'd be fine, I wasn't worried about the actual surgery but the vulnerability of laying there while they put me to sleep was so terrifying. I am not kidding when I say I completely lost it, crying so hard I couldn't breathe properly. The gas calmed me down and next thing you know, I woke up, so no harm no foul, but gah. I hated it. Thankfully they allowed me to hold paper towels in my hands because remember, I'm addicted to them. It was hilarious because the guy was like 'like a blankie?' and I was like hell yes, and if you try and take it away I will scream like a toddler as well. It was all very grown up. But not kidding, the pain meds I was on made me so drowsy I slept seriously 80% of the time. When I was awake, I was dizzy and felt sick. When I went back to work - two days later - I had to go home early because I was just not functioning well at all. Thank goodness KC is off for the summer and acted as my chauffeur and slave/nurse. I took tons of photos of my fat bruised face but obviously not putting them on the internet. I'd say I'm 85% recovered now. My face is almost completely back to normal.

Anyway, that's why I basically fell off the face of the planet for the last couple of weeks, not apologising, just stating. Plus there is also the fact that I'm feeling kind of apathetic about life right now, I go up and down and right now I'm down. Not trying to be a debbie downer, again, just stating. It is what it is and we've got Vegas next week so that should pull me out of my stupor.

June felt equal parts crazy busy and empty. I like a good mix of the two.

If you'd like to link up, please do so below.

So that's what I got up into June. What's new with you? Do you get the same thing when you go to restaurants often? Or do you try new things? I'm honestly curious.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Link Up Reminder

Hello all - just a quick reminder to anyone who wants to link up - this Thursday the 5th is the next What's New With You link up if you want to join me!

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