Blogmas Day 28: 11 DNFs of 2019

Happy BLOGMAS Day 28!

I know this is probably a shock for some people. Some readers never put down a book for good. I just don’t put up with books I’m not enjoying. I understand that some of these were from NetGalley, which should take priority, but I’m still not going to finish it if I’m not enjoying it. Here’s to hoping that 2020 is better!

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

I won this one in a Goodreads giveaway, but I would sit down for an hour and only get 20 pages in. I would get distracted because I didn’t want to read it. The sentences were all so long. I just decided to put it down.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

A friend recommended this to me because it was one of her favorite books. It sounded really cute, so I picked it up. I didn’t jibe with the writing style. I don’t even think I got 20 pages into in before I decided to put it down.

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

I read The Chalk Man by Tudor, and it was actually an okay read. I was excited to pick this up because the books can only get better, right? Wrong. I was bored.

The Editor by Steven Rowley

I actually really enjoyed the writing style of this one. I realized that I’m just not a fan of books about writers. I couldn’t really tell you why. I may try to give this another shot in the future.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

The beginning was quite interesting, but it became confusing very fast. I didn’t care about any of the characters. I gave it a good shot though.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This novel was problematic for me. There were a few lines in the beginning that just deterred me from continuing. It was a no from me. This is a DNF for good!

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

I don’t even know about this one. It’s almost a 500-page book, and it confused the crap out of me. The writing was okay, but it didn’t hold my interest.

Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines

I love romance novels but this didn’t do it for me. I realize that I like to read books with a good balance of plot and smut. It cannot be all smut.

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

I didn’t fancy the writing style or the story. I couldn’t justify continuing when I have so many other books I’m excited about.

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton

I can’t express how much I disliked this one. The writing was good, but the story was flat. I was so excited for this and it disappointed me.

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

*Yawn*


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Blogmas Day 27: Let’s Talk Bookish – Who is Qualified to Write About Diverse Characters?

Happy BLOGMAS Day 27!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books

There are chosen topics to discuss and share your opinions on.

Please link back to the host!

This Friday’s topic is: Who do you think is qualified to write a book with diverse characters?


Short answer: Everyone.

I don’t think there should be qualifications. Even if it is an own voices book, everyone is different. What rings true for someone may not have any significance to someone else. If an author who isn’t “diverse” does their research, then I don’t see any issues with writing a novel with diverse characters. Will the book seem more realistic? Maybe, but that specific person could also just be a horrible writer.

There is so much pressure to be inclusive, but there is so much hate toward authors who don’t have that “qualification”. It’s all fiction and there will always be problematic books. Just let people have fun, and if it absolutely offends you, then state your opinions and move on. One person isn’t more qualified to write a book with diverse characters than the next. I’m sure if the reader didn’t know who the author was, it wouldn’t make a blatant difference.

Please remember that this is my opinion. There is no right or wrong answer.


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Blogmas Day 26 – Book Review: On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics #1) by Nina Bocci

Happy BLOGMAS Day 26!

On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics #1) by Nina Bocci

Published: 8/20/19 by Gallery Books

336 pages

ISBN: 9781982102036 (paperback)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thank you to NetGalley / Gallery Books for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Goodreads Synopsis

What’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare? A smooth-talking charmer who’s never met a scandal that he didn’t like.

When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and mayor of her town—asks her to help rehab Cooper Endicott’s image, she’s horrified. Cooper drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, and she can’t say no to him without him finding out the reason why: Cooper and her have a messy past. So Emmanuelle reluctantly launches her father’s grand plan to get this Casanova someone to settle down with and help him lose his lothario reputation.

Cooper Endicott wanted to run for Mayor, but he never wanted the drama that went with it. Now that he’s on the political hamster wheel, the other candidates are digging up everything from his past. Even though he’s doing all the right things, his colorful love life is the sticking point for many of the conservative voters. He wants to win, badly, and he knows that if he wants any chance of getting a vote from the female population, he needs to change his image. The only problem? He might just be falling in love with the one person he promised not to pursue: the Mayor’s off-limits daughter.


Review

At the end of this, we’re still whatever we were before. No matter how ugly or how pretty. We’re Cooper and Emmanuelle. Whether you’re mayor or back in the office driving me insane. We’re still us.”

Emmanuelle Peroni

Writing |

I thought that the writing was inconsistent at times. It would talk about one thing and then something raunchy would come out of a character’s mouth. It caught me off guard a few times. Other than that, it was written quite well. It wasn’t anything I haven’t seen before.

Characters |

Emmanuelle Peroni: Father is current mayor of Hope Lake, PA. Cooper is an old friend who is running for Mayor. He drives her insane, but her father insists that she run his campaign. She agrees but no one can know that she’s doing it. She keeps him involved with the community. She slowly starts to find that she has feelings for him.

  • She watches Bob Ross on Netflix which gave her points in my book.
    • She was probably my favorite character if I had to pick one. She has a good head on her shoulders and she cares for the ones she loves. Emma kept Cooper afloat the whole book.

Cooper Endicott: Running for Mayor. He has a colorful past with the ladies. It has gotten him in trouble more often than not.

  • I hated him at first, just like Emma did. He is cocky, arrogant, and lazy. Then he changes when Emma becomes his campaign manager. He actually sees how great the community actually is.
    • He’s terrible at staying away from cameras.

Kirby: Opponent of Cooper in the Mayoral election.

  • Doesn’t play a huge roll in the novel. He’s a huge jerk though. He’s just there to serve as the “villain”.

The Jacksons: Haley Jackson, JOE founder and the majority stakeholder’s wife, is the woman who Cooper has a scandal with. They eventually agreed to work with Cooper again. Another “scandal” is revealed, but it’s debunked. No worries!

Whitney: Emma’s old roommate, now Cooper’s fake lawyer girlfriend. She makes him look good during the campaign.

  • She’s a total brat toward Emma for no reason. Emma definitely has jealous tendencies toward her but that doesn’t matter in the end.

Story |

It’s another meh romance novel for me. This reminds me of Red, White & Royal Blue in the political sense. I knew that it dealt with politics but it completely took over. I wanted more romance and smut. Do not go into this expecting sexy. It’s far from it. It’s just a buildup of back and forth sexual tension, an accidental passionate kiss, and a cute resolution. It drags the whole way and speeds up tenfold at the end.

The story isn’t horrible, but I don’t typically understand much about politics. It lost me. I hesitated to pick this up for months, and I’m sad it really did nothing for me.

There was a Golden Girls reference made, and I’m pretty sure that was where the third star came from. I love the Golden Girls! Dorothy was probably my favorite out of all the girls.

Overall |

The writing wasn’t bad, the characters were actually decent, but the story didn’t do what I expected. Not enough romance for me. There’s something in me that wants to read the next one though. Is that bad? I’m just curious to see if anything changes.

Do I recommend this? Probably not. It might be great for people who are entering the romance genre or people who don’t like a lot of smut in their romance novels.


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Blogmas Day 25: 5 Reasons I Love to Read

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY BLOGMAS DAY 25!

I wish I could give out ribbons to people who have read every Blogmas post of mine. Only 6 more days left! The fun won’t be over though. There will be my end of the year reading stats and my 2020 reading goals coming up in January. Who’s excited?

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A Getaway from the real world

There is no greater feeling than being sad, upset, anxious and being able to dive into a whole new world. Books help me forget about my struggles for a little while. There are enough novels in the world that I’ll never run out of options for my infinite amount of mood swings.

It’s cozy

I love cuddling up on the couch with a book. Nothing screams comfort more than that. Add in coffee or hot cocoa and you’re probably one of the coziest people in the world. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold outside, books are there to help you be cozy all-year round.

Learning

Not all books are published for educational purposes, but I sure do love reading the books that are. I think that’s why I enjoy historical fiction so much. They will usually highlight an event in history, duh. I love the research process that happens after I’m done reading. It makes reading fun!

It keeps me occupied

Lunch break? Read. Waiting in line? Read. Sitting awkwardly at a family event? Read. It will always keep your mind off the inconveniences of life.

Allows me to be part of the book community

If I never started avidly reading, I would have never become part of the book community. Thank you for getting me this far. I have been able to connect with so many people. I have had the opportunity to be part of a couple of blog tours, interview a few authors, and read books early. It’s so much fun, and I’m so honored to be part of such a great community. 

Why do you love reading?


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Blogmas Day 24: Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree!

Happy BlOGMAS Day 24 / Merry Christmas Eve!


Rules for Top Ten Tuesday:

Every Tuesday there is a new topic that you will find over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The goal is to give your top ten answers, but you can give as many as you want. Put a twist on the topic to make it work for you!

Most importantly, make sure you link to the host (That Artsy Reader Girl ↑).


Giant Days by John Allison | All volumes

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Dig by A.S. King

These are all books that I have read and loved! I’m slowly getting out of buying/requesting books for my shelves that I haven’t read. I almost find it to be a waste—in my situation—when the library exists. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the space.


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Blogmas Day 23: Bookish Christmas Gift Ideas

Happy BLOGMAS Day 23!

Here are some bookish Christmas gifts you can get for other book lovers! They are small, simple, and thoughtful.

Bookmarks

Funko POPS!

How “on brand” of me to include a baby Yoda Funko.

Tote Bags

Keychains

Bullet Journal

Shout out to the brand Archer & Olive. Their bullet journals are amazing and great quality.

This is not sponsored. I wish it was though.


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Blogmas Day 22: Christmas Cookie Book Tag

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Happy BLOGMAS Day 22!

I found this one on Krystyna’s blog @ Turning the Pages. I’m not sure who created this one.

Disclaimer: None of these images are mine. They are all from an old-fashioned Google search.


Chocolate Chip: A classic book you loved or really enjoyed

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Thin Mints: A fandom you really want to join or a hyped book you want to read

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Shortbread: An author you can’t get enough of

John Allison – The writer of the Giant Days graphic novel series. I have been really loving them lately.

Samoas/Caramel DeLites: An emotional roller coaster

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Oreos: A book whose cover was better than the story (or vice versa)

House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler – Cover is way better than the story.

Tag-a-Longs/Peanut Butter Patties: A book that wasn’t what you expected

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Snickerdoodles: A book you may never stop rereading/loving

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Soft Sugar Cookies: A book just as good as it sounds

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I’m not tagging anyone because you all are free to participate! 🙂


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Blogmas Day 21: If I Hosted a Book Club | Books I’d Choose

Happy BLOGMAS Day 21!

I found this idea on someone’s blog, but I unfortunately can’t remember who. I thought it was so clever, and I’m sure you all were dying to know. Since this is the first one I’ve done, I’m going to use books I’ve read.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

This book has a heartbreaking and heartwarming mother/daughter relationship. I know there are a lot of people who love to read about that. This one in particular is a favorite of mine. It’s such a new mother/daughter story that I’ve never read before.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This is another favorite of mine. It has interesting topics to discuss one big one being adoption. There are a lot of big secrets, strong opinions, and butting heads. I would love to reread this one, eventually.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo gives readers a piece of the LGBTQ+ community. I think it’s the perfect amount someone entering that genre. I know it won’t be for everyone, but I love to hear the different opinions.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A Pulitzer Prize Winner (2015). This is a beautiful and polarizing WWII book. There is a character in here that readers either hate or love. It would be interesting to see everyone’s thoughts during a book club. The chapters are very short, and I know that the audio book is a great one to listen to.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Are you tired of hearing about this book yet? I’m not. I know that this is my favorite book, but I think it would also be a fantastic novel to pick apart during discussion. There are diverse characters, interesting plot points, and some rich Native American history.


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Blogmas Day 20: Let’s Talk Bookish – Is There a Time Limit on Spoilers?

Happy BLOGMAS Day 20!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books

There are chosen topics to discuss and share your opinions on.

Please link back to the host!

This Friday’s topic is: Is there a time limit on spoilers?


My answer is quite simple, but I’m assuming unpopular: No.

Spoilers need to be done carefully because obviously there is always going to be someone who hasn’t read the book yet. I think there should always be warnings that a comment/review involves spoilers. If you want to spoil a book that is a week old or one that is fifty-years old, then be my guest. I’ll read your review when I have read that specific book. Just keep other people in mind when posting, that’s all I really ask when it comes to spoiling a book.

I know this is super short, but I truly don’t have other thoughts on this. I find that it’s either yes or no. Either way is perfectly fine! This is just my opinion.


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Blogmas Day 19: ARC Book Review: One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

Happy BLOGMAS Day 19!

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

352 pages

ISBN: 9781525832192

Published: 10/1/19 by Graydon House

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Rating: ★★★✩✩

Thank you to NetGalley / Graydon House for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It was the perfect place to disappear…

One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes.

Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all…

Review:

That had been their mission, all of her friends. One week before college. Get wasted. Let your hair down. Wasn’t that what everyone came here for?

Trigger warnings: Depression, cheating, mention of rape, physical abuse, murder, gambling.

Characters | I didn’t have a particular favorite character. They were all pretty basic as far as thriller characters go. Allison and Maureen were equally interesting to me. You learn a lot about their home lives and their relationship with their parents. You even get a lot of backstories from side characters—Clay and Tammy. I honestly don’t have anything to say about them.

Story | The story is told in two different perspectives: Maureen and Allison. It opens up during the summer of 1986 in Opal Beach. There is a girl at a party who sees a “missing person” poster taped to a pole. Before she can do anything, the paper flies off into the darkness.

Skip ahead to September 2015, Allison is going through a rough patch with her divorce attorney and antidepressants. She used to be a meteorologist at WDLT before she called her ex-husband out on television. Her sister begs her to stay at a beach home during the off-season to get away from her troubles. Her friends know a couple who is going away to Europe, and Allison can watch their cat, Catarina, and watch over the house. 

October 2015: Allison decides to go for it! It’s only a two-hour drive from downtown Philadelphia—between Ocean City and Atlantic City. She stays in the Worthington’s home. It has a lot of upkeep—salt on the windows and the plants need constant attention. 

She goes to a coffee shop called The Sweet Spot where she meets Tammy. Tammy thinks that Allison is somehow related to Maureen. They become friends and Tammy ends up talking about Maureen and her thoughts on what happened to her during that summer.

Don’t let the sunshine fool you into thinking you belong here.”

Alternate timeline: Maureen, June 1985. She works at a carnival with Jacqueline and Clyde, the owner. Unfortunately, she has to deal with Desmond, Clyde’s brother, who always shorts her on her checks. He also watches her change through her trailer window.

One night at a party, Maureen meets Clay Bishop—his family lives next door to the Worthington’s. Him and Tammy save Maureen from Desmond, and the friendship blooms from there. The only hurdle is Mabel, Tammy’s “friend.” She hates Maureen.

Clay has to put up with his father’s shenanigans. You actually deal with Phillip and his brother, Zeke, more throughout the story but I don’t want to spoil anything! Maureen got mixed up in it, and Allison does too—obviously.

There is a lot of back and forth with this novel. I thought I knew what was going on but it threw me for a loop, even though the plot twist wasn’t all that surprising.

Writing | I really enjoyed the writing style. It wasn’t over the top but it wasn’t basic. There were some thought-provoking quotes throughout. I always like the alternating perspectives. It keeps the anticipation going in a thriller.

Overall | Would I recommend this? Yes, to readers who are trying to enter the thriller/mystery genre. If you read a lot of thrillers, then this would probably bore you. That doesn’t mean this was a bad story, it just means that there isn’t anything new being done and that’s okay! I still had a lot of fun reading it, and I would pick up more from this author.


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