Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I don't have a ton to share today, I have fallen off the reading wagon hard. First it was stress and crappy stuff and I just couldn't concentrate on a book, but now I'm feeling like reading again but have been busy busy busy. I can see the light at the end of the busy tunnel and I am sure I will be back to normal soon. Also, my phone went kaput for several hours last weekend and the only way I could get it back up was to restore it and of course I hadn't done a backup in ages and lost all my photos and I don't want to talk about it but here's a picture of a book and Penny back in May. It's fine, I'm fine, everyone is fine.

nothing lately, womp.
Everything Isn't Terrible - Kathleen Smith
self help/anxiety
I thought the first half of this was fantastic and very eye opening/helpful. I didn't like the second half. I don't know if that was because it was bad, or because I couldn't relate to those scenarios at all. If you deal with anxiety, maybe it's worth a read anyway. It probably depends on the areas of your life that give you anxiety. It was a very short, quick read. Doesn't come out until December though, so... christmas wish list?
Received from netgalley
The Key to Happily Ever After - Tif Marcelo
three sisters, wedding planners, family drama 
This was okay. It wasn't amazing, it wasn't awful. I think perhaps it tried to do too much, or maybe it was because it wasn't what I was expecting at all. It was fine. It took me 2 months to read, so not really a page turner.

Three Women - Lisa Taddeo
follows the sex lives of three women
This was book club's latest, and it was... not a hit. So much potential! This was just weird. I feel like it could have been better. Ruined cadbury creme eggs for me. Jk, nothing could do that, but seriously. Think twice before you read it if you like them. You can't unimagine some things.

The Best Thing - Mariana Zapata
Still not as amazing as Winnipeg, but definitely better than Luna and the Lie. Honestly, I read this during one of the more stressful/upsetting times in the past month so it's like I didn't really absorb it and might need to reread it one day. I did like it though.




Well. According to goodreads, I am 'currently reading' these 5 books, but haven't picked any of them up in a couple weeks. So.

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TL;DR - I recommend.... um. I recommend that you recommend me something, ha. But seriously.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

What's New With You Link Up

Hello all, time for another what's new with you link up!

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Link Up Reminder

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've had a crappy few weeks and sometimes I turn to books in times of stress, and other times I turn to tv, and this time it has been tv. We watched The Boys on amazon and we are working our way through Mad Men (we originally watched a couple seasons back in 2012 or so). I also watched Derry Girls. As for what I read... Most of these are from right after the last link up, I haven't read much in a couple weeks. But anyway. Hopefully I'll find some good books to add to the TBR today!


First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones
she's a part time investigator and full time grim reaper 
This book has been on my list for ages. It is tagged romance on the title's main page on goodreads, but I really don't think it is (but it may be in future books). I mean, there is a smidge of romance in the book, but it's not a romance, if that makes sense. Anyway. This was very readable, very quick, very entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me a little of Stephanie Plum, but paranormal-y and not as ditzy (nothing wrong with Stephanie Plum, I just got kind of bored with them).
City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert
kind of a fictional memoir in the form of a letter
This was book club's choice last month and I finished it at our book club meeting, oops. Sometimes when I 'have' to read a book, I'm a little more critical of it, especially when I procrastinate and don't start it until the day before. I liked this but I did not love it. It was entertaining, but some parts seemed pointless. It was interesting and I didn't have a problem with the writing, but something was missing for me. It was fine, I don't not recommend it. I will say though, if I asked someone a question and they wrote me a 470 page letter, I'd call them and be like 'can you just answer the question in a paragraph? or one page? Did you really need an entire book?' of course, that's the point, it is a book, but come on now. This is not a letter.
Polaris Rising - Jessie Mihalik
sci fi with a smidge of romance
This was a super fun read, I really enjoyed the writing and the story. Sometimes sci-fi just really hits the spot for me. The characters were all fantastic, I do love the kind of serenity/firefly vibe in books. There is romance in this one, could have been developed a bit more for my liking but not a big deal. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I am excited for the next one.
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
mystery thriller thing
This book took me 2 months to read. It wasn't bad, I was interested, it just never reached unputdownable for me. I don't really have strong feelings about it either way. Lots of twists and turns, but nothing mind blowing.
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower - Nancy Campbell Allen
steampunk fairytale retelling
Books like these are hard to separate into my review categories - it's tagged as a romance but it is a proper romance, which generally means nothing more than kisses (some people call this 'clean', as if romance with more than kisses is 'dirty'. Nice message you're sending there). It definitely focuses more on the other elements of the story, so if romance isn't normally your jam I would probably recommend - but of course only if fantasy/steampunk/fairytale retellings are. Anyway, I enjoyed this one but it wasn't as good as the previous two. It was paced a bit oddly and I felt like there were a lot of elements taken from different fairytales. But it was enjoyable.
The Catcus - Sarah Haywood
susan is awful and not at all lovable like eleanor oliphant so stop comparing k thanks
Oh boy. Oh boy. I was not a fan. Who tagged this as a romance? This is the least romantic book I have ever read. Look. Perhaps people who don't like romance think this is romance because there is a guy and a girl and if you smoosh them together, that makes a love story? NO. If you have read Eleanor Oliphant, would you call that a romance? No. It has a romantic subplot, but it is not a romance. Which is fine, but come on, there is a difference. I loved Eleanor. I hate comparing books and didn't actually expect this to be exactly like Eleanor, but I expected the same vibe. Susan is awful. She is absolutely awful. Do not recommend. Hard no. Bloody cute cover though.
Someone Like You - Lauren Layne
I had high expectations for this one because the guy's story had been hyped up in previous books and I really enjoyed it. Not my favourite of hers and I did feel like I'd seen certain elements before - whether it was in another book, a movie, or real life, I don't remember. But it was good. 
Hearts In Darkness - Laura Kaye
This has been on my kindle for years and honestly, based on the cover and synopsis I didn't expect much. I was wrong! I love when that happens. Loved it. I read the second immediately afterwards and loved it just as much but apparently it's not very well thought of. It's set only a few weeks or months later, but it came out 5 years after the first and I guess people weren't too impressed with the direction it took. It didn't bother me, I think because I read them back to back. Slight warning, it is tagged as erotica on goodreads and because tags are by readers, everyone has different definitions. To me, erotica means more sex than story. Someone else might mean it's just more explicit. I do not consider this erotica.
Brazen & the Beast - Sarah MacLean
The first in this series was a bit clunky and hard to understand the convoluted backstory, but once it got going I liked it. This one was immediately easier because I already knew the backstory with the brothers. I love the world MacLean has created in this series.  I absolutely loved the main characters, Hattie was fantastic. The banter was fabulous, the story interesting, it was a super quick easy read... not my favourite of hers, not my favourite historical ever, but enjoyable nonetheless.
The Wedding Party - Jasmine Guillory
Meh. It was fine. I really enjoyed The Wedding Date and liked The Proposal but this was just meh. Very quick easy read but... meh. Perhaps because it claims to be enemies to lovers and it is very much not.

still working on The Huntress and about 75 other books because my attention span just ain't there right now

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TL;DR - I recommend... First Grave on the Right if you like paranormal and City of Girls, if it sounds like your jam.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

July 2019 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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July was both busy and uneventful. We didn't do anything for July 4th, besides house projects. We changed up the little computer area, KC built me a new computer (as you do) and we moved the bookcases downstairs and built wall shelves. Millie is very stoked about my desk. I have to move my keyboard out of the way for her, but as long as she's happy right?


We also ripped up the nasty ass carpet in the sunroom (emphasis on nasty, seriously) and put down sheet vinyl, which wasn't the easiest thing in the world (literally nothing in our house is straight/level/square/logical) but looks bloody fantastic, if I do say so myself.


The cats are big fans.


Then we went to a soccer game where I had some lovely seltzer - not normally my jam - and our team won. I'm not much for sports on TV but can enjoy almost anything live (besides golf, cricket or baseball, so anything where they hit a ball with a stick). It was something fun and different even if we aren't huge fans.


Then we both got sick (I had strep for the first time, yay) so we were sick on our wedding anniversary. We just hung out at home, not very eventful. I haven't had lamb since I moved here (so freaking expensive here) so KC made some lamb meatballs for me, it was lovely.

We went to a place called Holy Grale which was a ton of fun, though it started raining inside even though it wasn't raining outside.... long story short, someone did something stupid upstairs and water overflowed and somehow into the ceiling fan, which then sprayed water all over everyone. We were all thankful it was just water.


Bev sent me some reusable bags (thanks Bev!) and I've used them a couple of times now. They hold so much more than normal grocery bags. I have been behind on blog reading but I can't wait to catch up on everyone's plastic free July blog posts to get some tips. I also got some bags that I've been using for produce, I always felt worse about those vs the actual grocery bags.


Other things - books, cats, doctor's appointments, vet appointments (for 2, both did well but Chelsea is fat and Penny pissed on me on the way home, which was as awesome as it sounds). Not enough workouts but I shall blame being sick.


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So, what's new with you? Lots of fun, busy things planned for August.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Link Up Reminder

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I am still kinda in a funk in the sense that I am reading plenty, but books aren't really wowing me right now. With a random exception here or there. Which could be the books I'm reading, sure, but it feels like me, if that makes sense.


^All my choices for Erin's challenge! 

A Curse So Dark and Lonely - Brigid Kemmerer
beauty and the beast retelling
This book was so good!! I kept hearing how amazing it was and I knew I would love it, and I did. But still, it took me almost 2 weeks to read, so that's how I know the funk is me and not the books I am reading. But anyway. This was such a fun, interesting, fantastic Beauty & the Beast retelling. Absolutely loved every second of it, can't wait for the next one.
lady opens a cupcake cafe after being made redundant 
I don't know why this was on netgalley when it was published years ago but I'm not complaining. It was cute. I enjoyed it for the most part but had a really hard time with how she kept going back to her dirtbag ex. I liked the ending, I liked the other characters, I liked the story. Take out how much of a doormat she was and I would have liked this a lot more. No big, it was cute and passed the time well enough.
Received from Netgalley.
Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus
secrets, twins, missing girls and murder mysteries
I really enjoyed her first book and found it instantly unputdownable, though it had its issues. I found this one the opposite of unputdownable in the beginning, perhaps I am easily confused but I couldn't wrap my head around it all. Eventually it picks up and I liked it a lot. So even though it wasn't instantly unputdownable, I much preferred the story, the ending and the characters in this one. I'd definitely read her next one.
Recursion - Blake Crouch
sci-fi mystery thriller
Not my favourite of his, but I did like it a lot. I just think a lot went over my head and I don't know that I loved the topic. It eventually got unputdownable though, when it focuses more on the characters, maybe? I really liked the two main characters and I loved the ending. He really is a fantastic writer, he has a talent for mixing in the sciencey stuff and making it interesting and somewhat easy to understand.
Received from Netgalley.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb
memoir/self help
This was June's book club book and I admit, I was resistant to reading it. It was interesting, but some parts were super hard to read - that's on me though, don't think it was the content or writing that would bother other people. It was a really good book club book, lots of discussion.
Meet Me in Monaco - Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
historical fiction, grace kelly, photographer + perfumer
I requested this purely based on their other book. I wasn't loving it as much as Last Christmas in Paris, but it was good - one thing was annoying me but I could brush it off if the story went where I wanted it to go. Then something else happens and it meant I finished the book irrationally bitter and cranky. I still liked it overall, I just would have liked it a lot more if something else had happened. How's that for a vague review.
Received from Edelweiss.

Parental Guidance - Avery Flynn
If you remember me talking about Butterface and Muffin Top - this is the same author. I adore her. I love the topics she writes about, I freaking love her characters, her books are just so bloody delightful. At first I was upset she was veering away from the Hartigans series, but after reading this one I am 0% upset. One of my favourite things is finding an author and knowing exactly what I am getting from them, Avery Flynn is one of them for me. If you are looking for fun, adorable, slightly steamy romances with realistic characters - pick up one of her books.
Received from Netgalley.
The Wallflower Wager - Tessa Dare 
This one doesn't come out until next month, it's the third in the Girl Meets Duke series. I didn't love it as much as the first two, but I did really really enjoy it.  It was funny and adorable and I wanted to squeeze the two main characters. The first one is still my favourite though!
Received ARC.
Lady Bridget's Diary - Maya Rodale
This is a mix between a P&P and Bridget Jones retelling - I know what you're thinking, Kristen, Bridget is a P&P retelling already so that's redundant but there are things in Bridget that aren't in P&P, so this is a mix of the two, and regency to boot. It was bloody delightful. Did I like it because of P&P/Bridget or because it was actually a fabulously wonderful time? Don't know, don't care friends.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown - Talia Hibbert
OMG. I cannot even with my love for this book. It comes out in November - I am never this far ahead with ARCs but there was no way I could hold off. Also, there's a cat! There needs to be more cats in books. The heroine is a chronically ill computer geek with an 'I almost died so I need to get a life' list. Also, the hero is dealing with the after effects of an emotionally abusive relationship and he's all emotionally vulnerable and not a dickhead about it. These things don't sound like they'd make a romcom, but gah. My feelings. My heart. I just, I just can't, okay. It is steamy because it is Talia Hibbert, but this is one of my top reads of 2019 fo shiz. Also, cat.
Received from Netgalley.

Still working on The Huntress and also The Wife Between Us

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TL;DR - I recommend A Curse So Dark and Lonely if fantasy is at all your jam. I also did like Two Can Keep A Secret, Recursion & Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

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