Book Review of The Roommate by Rosie Danan

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

336 pages

IBSN: 9780593101605

Publication: 9/15/20 by Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.


Even if Clara had broken his heart. Even if she continued to baffle him, continued to infuriate him with how much she made him want her. If she wanted to go to war with a porn monolith, well, the least he could do was ride in beside her.

› A rom-com about the porn industry? Sign me up! You don’t read about that…ever. I love that there’s a book that normalizes it, but also discusses how toxic it can be/is. It tackles both perspectives, male and female, and how sexual assault is sexual assault no matter the gender. I think it would be an important romance to read just in those regards.

› Moving on to the characters—they didn’t impress me by the end of the novel. Josh and Clara start out being two interesting main characters. They are in the same place for two completely different reasons, and they make it work because it’s in their best interest. They get to know each other, for the most part, and there’s sexual tension, of course. It wouldn’t be a romance novel without it. I respect what they tried to do after Josh didn’t want to work for the big porn company anymore—making their own sex-ed type of company, Shameless. I just couldn’t pinpoint why they hit every nerve. The drama just seemed childish (as is most drama).

› I’m really excited to read The Intimacy Experiment by Danan. I actually have the early digital copy from NetGalley, so I’m hoping I’ll get to that sooner rather than later. Thanks Berkley/NetGalley! I think the writing, the potential of the characters, and the intriguing plot has me coming back for more. I’m pretty sure this a series because a character that’s in this book is in the next one, but there’s no series title.

› Would I recommend this to you? Yes! It’s so much fun to read. If you can handle pain-in-the-ass characters, then you’re golden. It might drag a little bit toward the end, but I think you’d be able to push through.

Rosie Danan writes steamy, big-hearted books, articles, and tweets about the trials and triumphs of modern love. When not writing, Rosie enjoys jogging slowly to fast music, petting other people’s dogs, and competing against herself in rounds of Chopped using the miscellaneous ingredients occupying her fridge. To receive first look updates on Rosie’s books as well as infrequent—but cultivated with care—odes to swoon-worthy celebs, useful writing tools, and recommendations for everything from books to bold lipsticks, subscribe to her newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/rosiedanan


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Blogmas 2019 Announcement!

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I’m not used to making super short blog posts, but this is just me letting you all know that I will be blogging every day in December! I just decided this yesterday, and I have been planning my little heart out. Here are a few ideas I have already planned out:

Genre Spotlight (You’ll have to wait and see what genre I picked)

My POPSUGAR reading challenge list will be up at some point.

Last but not least, a Top Ten Tuesday every Tuesday. I usually pick and choose which ones I want to do, but I’m forcing myself to step warily out of my comfort zone.

If any of you have some blog post ideas, then leave them in the comments. I am definitely open to suggestions. I have 31 days to plan for. YIKES!

I hope you all have a wonderful December! Stay warm (or cool if it’s summer where you live.)


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Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life

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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 ↑).

1. The biggest change is that I don’t really read YA anymore (I’m not saying there is anything wrong with it, it’s just not my cup of tea). When I first started reading on a daily basis, I thought I would only be able to comprehend YA. Now my comprehension struggle is with literary fiction and some SF/F.
2. I have an e-reader now, so e-books are a thing. The big reason I started reading e-books is because I started using NetGalley. It’s such an awesome website, and I am very thankful that it exists!
3. I fell in love with historical fiction. I used to think it was a boring genre that nobody wanted to read.
4. I have started to create TBRs each month. This is a recent change in my reading life.
5. I would never buy books, and now I have two big bookshelves almost full.
6. I read multiple books at once. It’s quite difficult for me to only focus on one book at a time. Life is too short to only read one book lol.
7. I listen to audio books A LOT now.
8. I buddy read sometimes.
9. I do read a little bit faster.
10. I participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge every year.


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Library Book Haul!

Another library book haul for you all! Some of these are about due back, so I figured I would make this now. I’m excited for all of these, but I just don’t have enough time to read all of them 😦

  1. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
  2. Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis
  3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  4. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
  5. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  7. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
  8. Letter 44 Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Charles Soule
  9. Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman
  10. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
  11. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
  12. The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley
  13. Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman
  14. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  15. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  16. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
  17. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
  18. The Outsider by Stephen King
  19. Providence by Caroline Kepnes
  20. Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
  21. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  22. The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
  23. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  24. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Have you read any of these? No spoilers please!

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2018 Reading Goals

I have just started reading as a hobby in August of this year and I’ve been loving it so much! I haven’t read a lot but I think 30 something books in 4 months is decent for a newbie. However, it isn’t a race. I enjoy taking my time with books that I love. I’m very excited to have goals for a whole year! They will probably be ambitious but who doesn’t like a good challenge?

I’m going to make 5 reading goals for 2018. I’ll check in throughout the year and let you all know how these goals are coming along.

1. Read 50 books

2. 10 of those should be non-fiction

3. Read at least one book with 500+ pages

4. Complete the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare (I’ve read the first two in the series years ago and just never continued.)

5. Complete the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (I have not read any of these yet. I’ve tried reading the first one 100 times since I’ve been able to read and just haven’t finished it.)

I would love to see everyone else’s 2018 goals. Let me know what you think of these. Remember to be respectful and happy reading!

Book Review: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Title: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)

AKA: Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman

Publication date: April 16, 1996

Page count: 399

ISBN: 9780679879244

Rating: Image result for 4/5 stars

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“That’s the duty of the old,” said the Librarian, “to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.”

Synopsis:

The Golden Compass follows a young female protagonist named Lyra Belacqua and her dæmon, Pantalaimon. The story starts off following her around inside the Jordan College where her uncle, Lord Asriel, comes back and tells all the scholars about the North. He mentions a severed child and this peculiar thing they call Dust. Unfortunate events happen and Lyra ends up getting herself involved in the mess. There are experiments on children and their dæmons, armored bears, and many battles. It’s definitely a story you will never get bored with.

The characters:

I enjoyed all the characters in the sense that Pullman did a good job with developing all the different personalities. An example would be Lee Scoresby, an aeronaut from Texas. The dialect he uses differentiated him from any other character in the book. He was also one of my favorite characters along with Fardar Coram, a gyptian elder. There were also armored bears and witches that I didn’t expect to be in the book. I enjoyed reading how much they helped Lyra in her journey. There were plenty of people working against her and it was nice to run into someone who was fighting with her.

Lyra is one of the few female protagonists that I liked reading about. Most of the time I find the protagonists a bit annoying and pretty selfish. I usually love reading about the supporting characters in a novel. Lyra was always thinking of others even when she was in need. She even made sure that her dæmon was safe which is necessary considering the characters aren’t allowed to stray far from their dæmons without it physically hurting them. With that said, I really enjoyed her journey and I’m still enjoying it in, The Subtle Knife.

My thoughts:

This book makes sense to be called Northern Lights because it does deal a lot with the Northern lights. It’s actually one of the main pieces of plot.

I enjoyed how creative the story was. I’ve never read anything like it before. It’s considered a Young Adult book and I don’t even think I could have read it when I was younger. I could see some of it being difficult to understand and I’m in my 20’s. Pullman did a great job in describing everything, but sometimes I felt like some parts of the novel needed more plot or more dialogue. It all depended on what was happening. That being said I loved the one on one conversation between Serafina Pekkala and Lee Scoresby. It was towards the end of the novel and they discussed what it was like being a witch (Serafina) and an aeronaut (Scoresby). They talked about choice and what it meant to them and it was just very interesting to read. In all honestly, it made me think about what choice means to me.

This is definitely a novel that will make you wonder what you would have done in a certain situation. Maybe you could have done it better or maybe they did it better than you could thought of. There are so many difficult situations the characters are put in and all you can feel is sorry for them. It’s exhausting to read because of everything that happens and all you have to do is move your eyes back and forth and flip the page.

Overall:

I would recommend this book to any age. There is nothing provocative or weird. There is a battle between two bears that gets a little brutal but that’s about it. It’s a really fun read and it took me almost a week to read it but that’s because I had to work. If work didn’t exist I would have read it in two days. It also helps if you listen to the audio book. It’s a full cast and it’s so good!

I will also be doing reviews on the two other books part of this trilogy as well as Pullman’s new book, The Book of Dust. Keep your eye open for those.

Let me know if you have read this book before and what you thought about it. Remember, be respectful and happy reading!

 

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday! Oct 18, 2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

It’s pretty simple just answer these three questions!

What are you currently reading?

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover and Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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I’ve been in a reading slump and I think these two are helping me with that. They are both enjoyable right now, not my favorites though. Without Merit is fast paced and Into the Water is sort of intriguing. I’m about 35% through it and it hasn’t really caught my attention yet but I’m enjoying the read.

What have you recently finished reading?

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson

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I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing me mention this book. I haven’t finished anything since this so when I talk about what I’ve read recently finished reading, this is it. It was a fun and morbid book. I don’t know if I’m continuing with the series but I do recommend this book!

What will you read next?

I’m participating in Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon on the 21st, so there are quite a few books I’m going to be reading next. Here’s the link for my 24 hour read-a-thon tbr.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Buddy read)

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Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver

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Every Heart a Doorway & Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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I’m really excited to read all of these! If I don’t get to them during the read-a-thon I will still definitely read them.

If you have any opinions about any of these books please let me know! Don’t forget to keep track of Taking on a World of Word’s blog for posts like these and other lovely bookish posts. Be respectful and happy reading!

Dewey’s 24 Hr Readathon TBR!

If you didn’t know, there is a 24 hour read-a-thon on October 21st. I’ve never participated in one before so now is my chance. I will be posting on all my social media that is linked on my blog page if you want to follow me on all of that. I will also do a wrap up after the read-a-thon is over! I highly encourage you to participate. I think it will be a lot of fun!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 

For me, this TBR is a bit ambitious since I am a pretty slow reader. I do have the attention span of a goldfish (no hate towards goldfish) so a lot of books help me from not getting bored. Books aren’t boring to me it’s just I can’t sit and do one thing for a long period of time.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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I have already started Without Merit and I am about 65 pages in. Obviously I will chip away at this book throughout the week but I do work some days so it’s going to be a challenge. This will probably be my main focus during the read-a-thon. If it’s all I read I will still be satisfied!

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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This is one of the creepy books I’ll try to read since it is October! It’s not one of my main priorities but I will definitely try to get to it if I can. If you have read this book, no spoilers, tell me what you thought of it.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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One of my co workers recommended this book as well as the second one. I heard these books left people wanting more since they are so short. I’m hoping I’ll want the same. I could probably bust the two of them out in a day but I don’t want to rush anything if these are such good books!

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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Ringer by Lauren Oliver.

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This one is probably my most anticipated read! If I don’t get to it I will definitely read it soon and do a review. I have read Replica before I started my blog. I hope Ringer is as good if not better than the first one. Don’t let me down Lauren Oliver!

That’s my tbr so let me know what you think of it! I’d like to know your opinions on these books. Be respectful and happy reading.

Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag!

Nominated by Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads 

Created by Book Princess Reviews

Mushu from Mulan / Olaf + Sven from Frozen
The Comic Relief – Name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book:
The Sellout by Paul Beatty

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This is a book that is definitely hard to follow sometimes. There are plenty of funny parts, especially the first page! It hooked me when I started out listening to the audio book.

The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White
Favorite Group/Ensemble:
I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak.

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Ed Kennedy, Audrey, Marv and Ritchie are probably one of my favorites. They joke around with each other but they also help one another in a time of need. This book is drawn out a bit but I would say it’s worth a read!

Pascal from Tangled
The loyal cheerleader chameleon (not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way but changed for you:
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Fiona Staples.

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I know these are graphic novels. They started out really good but by the 4th and 5th I just wasn’t interested anymore. I don’t know if I couldn’t understand what was going on but they started out strong and I never ended up finishing all of them.

Meeko from Pocahontas
Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming:
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I think everyone that has read this novel understands why this is here. I never expected what happened in that book to happen. The ending was way better than the beginning. I almost DNF’d this book to be honest.

Rajah from Aladdin / Flounder from The Little Mermaid
Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel:
Iko from Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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I loved how much Cinder loved her android and vice versa. It was one of her only friends and even though Iko is an android I wanted to be friends with her.

Louis from The Princess and the Frog / Sebastian from The Little Mermaid / Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, & Chip from Beauty and the Beast
The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises:
Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

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I never ended up finishing this book because I checked it out from the library. I know that it is a well-known novel with playlists. They are on a road trip so it’s to be expected.

Maximus from Tangled
The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles:
Lee from Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson.

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Since it took place during the gold rush you can only imagine the obstacles this young girl went through. I couldn’t even imagine how difficult it must have been. I definitely recommend this book. If you want to see my review for it you can find it a few blog posts back!

Hamish, Hubert, & Harris from Brave
Favorite family dynamics in a novel:
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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The relationship Paul had with his wife and newborn daughter was unlike one I’ve seen in a novel. He tried so hard to be there for them even though he was sick. I hope that one day my family will have the same love for each other! This book is heartbreaking but I recommend it to anyone that needs some motivation.

Ray from The Princess and the Frog / 3 Fairies from Sleeping Beauty
The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

I read this book at first and found it quite boring. I actually listened to the audio book three times before realizing that it has such good messages. It has so many life lessons about finding your own personal legend. You need to realize that sometimes simplicity is actually extraordinary! Please read this book at least once in your life.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is another unbelievable book. This would actually fit in “a character that faces a lot of struggles” because Liesel definitely doesn’t live an easy life. It’s back when Nazis were taking control and it will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat.

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Hei Hei from Moana
Name a character that steals the show:
Ren from The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.

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I haven’t finished this novel yet but I can already tell this is very suitable. Ren is a young boy that doesn’t have one of his hands. He lived in an orphanage but was adopted by his “brother” Benjamin. Ren not having his hand catches people’s attention whether it be good or bad. He uses it, as well as Benjamin, to get what they want.

(DNF’d)

Gus & Jaq from Cinderella
Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing:
Ginny and Lucky from Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S King.

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I read this novel a few years ago, but I do remember Ginny and Lucky. I don’t believe they ever started a romantic relationship but Ginny definitely helped Lucky find himself.

Simon and Bram from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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Oh my goodness! These two were a match made in heaven. I thought it was adorable how they started talking to each other anonymously. I met my boyfriend over the internet and he is the love of my life so I know what it’s like. I think that’s the main reason I really enjoyed this book. The characters are easy to relate with and understand. It’s another book worth reading!

Nominations

Tagging most recent followers. If you don’t want to do it that’s okay and if you’ve already done it then even better!

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JamiShelves
bookishendeavors
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Danielle @ The Introverted Book Nerd

Weekly Wrap-Up! October 8-14

I decided to follow through with the weekly wrap ups! From here on out I will be posting a weekly wrap up every Sunday with my week of reading. After you read this let me know in the comments if I should continue making these or not!

This week I haven’t done a ton of reading because I’m in a sort of slump. One of the books I read kind of left me not in the mood to read. If any of you have recommendations of books that get you out of a reading slump let me know!

Books I’ve Finished:

Hit the Ground Running by Alison Hughes. 2/5 Stars. 

Goodreads Synopsis | My review

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. 3.5/5 Stars. 

Goodreads synopsis | My review (Goodreads) | My review (Blog)

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I’m not going to give my opinions on these just because I have reviews of them either on Goodreads or previously on the blog.

Books I’m Currently Reading: 

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti. 76 pgs/327 pgs.

Not the greatest book so far. That’s all I’m going to say about it right now.

Awakened by Love by Azin Sametipour. 20% into the novel.

I can’t really say anything about the novel just yet. When I have finished it you will definitely see a review!

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I’d like to know if any of you have read any of these! Let me know your opinions. Keep your eyes open next Sunday for another weekly wrap-up! Be respectful and happy reading!

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