Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've not had the best luck with books since the last link up. Nothing horrible, just nothing amazing either. 

Love and Other Words - Christina Lauren
second chance romance, something happened 11 years ago

This reminded me a lot of Swear on this Life. In some ways better, in other ways not. I don't always like when one chapter is the past and one is the present, but obviously if it was told in order there would be no tension in the present half. So I get it, but still. I recommend if you liked Swear on this Life. It is a romance, but it's not this author duo's normal style, it's more grown up. Read it in one sitting, I liked it but felt like I must be missing something because people were raving about it, then I got to the end. The ending kicked me in the heart and then gave me a hug. Feelings, I had 'em.

Bright Side - Kim Holden
incessantly happy and optimistic girl goes to college and meets a guy but secrets

This book is insanely popular on goodreads and amazon, I liked it but didn't love it. Honestly the main character drove me bonkers and I wanted to push her in front of a bus. Unfortunately, the book kind of hinges on you liking her because of reasons that I can't tell you because spoilers. So. Do I recommend it? I don't know. If you don't hate the main character, sure.
The Summer Wives - Beatriz Williams
famous actress returns home to island after being gone for 18 years

I have only read one other Beatriz Williams book - A Hundred Summers - and absolutely loved it, so my expectations were high for this one. This wasn't as good, but it wasn't awful. Took a bit to get into and I had a hard time with the flip flopping between times and keeping all the characters straight (not a strength of mine when books go back and forth between multiple time periods). But it was overall a good read.

Received from Edelweiss.
Send Down the Rain - Charles Martin
secrets, second chances and stupid people

I didn't absolutely hate this, but I had super high expectations and it never really got more than 'okay' for me. It felt like it was trying too hard to teach me a lesson but I was too busy rolling my eyes to get it.

Received from Netgalley.
Blind Kiss - Renee Carlino
two people kiss blindfolded and then stay friends over the years

This is a romance, yes, but I feel like people read this author even when they aren't super into romance so it kinda crosses over into normal mainstream kind of books? Either way, I don't recommend it at all. I had high hopes and it was not good. The characters were awful and made stupid decisions and then got all butt hurt when those decisions had consequences.

Received from Netgalley.

Record of a Spaceborn Few - Becky Chambers
3rd in wayfarer series 

This is a DNF for now, I loved the first two but got to 18% in this one and couldn't have told you anything I'd read. So I'm giving up for now, I might pick it up again one day, but maybe not. It just didn't grab me like the previous two books. Womp.

Still reading Still Me and The Fifth Season. I've not been in the mood for Still Me and I'm struggling through The Fifth Season. I would DNF it but KC really wants me to read it so we can talk about it. So I continue.

Linking up with Steph & Jana.
Life According to Steph

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

Dragon Bound // The Ravenals series // Dr Strange Beard (5th in Winston Brothers series) // Not So Nice Guy - not my favourite RS Grey but still enjoyable.

TL;DR - I recommend The Summer Wives and Love and Other Words if they sound like your jam. 

Read anything decent lately?

Thursday, August 2, 2018

July 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. I didn't mean to disappear again, but that's life lately. July was both insanely busy and super not busy. I don't have much to show for it, it felt busier than it looks though.

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In July:

We didn't do anything for the 4th, in fact, we didn't really do anything at all until we left for Vegas on the 12th. We had a great time in Vegas, it was very relaxing and low key compared to my other trips or our Honeymoon.

I was unfortunately quite sick off and on for the first 2 weeks of July, have no idea why, I would feel fine and then I would be like nope, need to lay down or puke right now. Including in Vegas, which made the trip even more fun. Nope, not pregnant. Which is really quite rude of my body, if you ask me.

Beatriz Williams - author of A Thousand Summers and her newest, Summer Wives - came to the Louisville Library and I had tickets (free, but still) but had to skip because my body hated me in July. Like I said, rude.

My girlfriends and I went to see Shania Twain. Tickets went on sale last year and we bought them immediately. In terms of nostalgia, she was absolutely amazing, one of the best concerts I've ever been to. In terms of entertainment, it was just okay. Not trying to shit on her, I'm sure seeing her in the 90s or whatever would have been fabulous. I still had the best time, but I went to hear the songs, not to see a show, if that makes sense.

Then, we had our food/book club. We read You, which I'd already read 3 years ago but didn't mind reading again. It was a fun book to talk about and is anyone else excited for the mini series?

Lastly, I got braces. I would share a picture, but I don't want to. I look like me, with a bunch of metal in my mouth. Instead, here's a picture of the exciting waiting portion and Penny sharing my after-braces-nap.

No workout pictures from this month - what with Vegas, recovering from getting my oral surgery, being lazy and now my braces, I've been reading a shit ton (what else is new) but failing majorly at getting to the gym or running. My teeth are sore right now but not enough to stop me exercising, so I have no excuse. I am currently doing a diet bet with my bestie, hopefully that's the kick my butt needs to get to the gym (aka hopefully I have some workout pictures to share next month, not that any one else cares about them but they are great motivation for me so this is me telling myself to get my butt to the gym today).

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

So that was July. What's new with you?