Low-Rated Books I Loved

I saw this post by Lauren at Bookmark Lit earlier this week, and I was so curious about my own reading. I needed to know which books I loved that had a lower average on Goodreads. I decided to cut it off at 3.4 stars, and these are books that I rated 4-stars or 5-stars.   Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult Average Rating: 3.19 Stars My Rating: 5 Stars Why I love it: I read this book when I was in college, maybe before, and it was one of the first books I read with alternating perspectives and a non-linear timeline. It’s […]

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Recent Reads #2

Recent Reads 2

The four books I’m sharing today are by authors I’ve read and loved before, but sadly, only one of these recent reads lived up to my expectations. Books I’ve read recently Twelve (Naturals #4.5) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes I just mentioned last week that The Naturals is one of my favorite series of all times, so obviously I pre-ordered this novella via Amazon Kindle. I kind of hate that about novellas in general – that you can only buy them to read in ebook form versus getting them from the library, but I digress. This story is a prequel and sequel all at once because it […]

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Book Round Up: Compelling Reads

Compelling Reads

Last summer I wrote a column in Country Woman magazine on books you won’t be able to put down. Today I am sharing those three books along with other compelling reads.   The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen With neighborhood drama, multiple characters/perspectives, and many secrets, this book is the perfect recipe for a domestic suspense novel. I couldn’t put it down. 4 Stars   Always by Sarah Jio The main character sees her old boyfriend homeless outside of a restaurant one night while out with her fiancé. It’s only natural that she becomes a little obsessed and determined to help […]

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Recent Reads #1

Woman reading on an e-reader

Recent Reads is a new series I am going to try for 2018. Part of why I sucked at blogging during the last quarter (half?) of 2017 was that I was very overwhelmed by the amount of books I was reading, the lack of notes I took while reading, and the pressure I was putting on myself to review every book I read. One of the reasons I started blogging in 2015 was to remember why I liked the books I did and why I disliked some others I’d read. Writing my reviews for my own reference was very helpful, but I’ve noticed a very […]

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5 Favorite Book Series

Favorite Book Series

I’ve talked a lot about some of my favorite books, but I don’t know that I’ve done a post before on my favorite series. And since I just share my screen-based analogy of books, which concludes that book series are the ultimate reading experience for me, I thought I needed to remedy that oversight ASAP. So…here it is! My 5 favorite book series of all times   Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling I’ve said a lot about Harry Potter. You may recall my post about why I love Harry Potter.   The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer I’ve talked about these books a lot too. […]

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Best Books I Read in 2017

Best Books 2017

I read 154 books in 2017, but I only rated 9 books 5 stars, and 2 of those books were re-reads. Today I’m sharing the 15 best books I read in 2017. This list includes those 9 5-star reads and well as 6 4-star reads that have stuck with me and were too good not to mention. New 5-Star Reads from 2017 Dear Martin by Nic Stone The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (I loved […]

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TBR List: January 2018

TBR List January 2018

I’m back! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with blogging this month. I have some ideas on how to change things up, so I’m not so overwhelmed by the list of books I’ve completed but haven’t reviewed. Here are some of the books I’ve gotten recently that I hope to get to this month. Books I’ll be reading in January 2018 La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Phillip Pullman How I got it: I borrowed the CD audiobook from the library. Why I got it: I love, love, love His Dark Materials, so of course I was beyond excited when I learned […]

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TBR List: November 2017

TBR Pile: November 2017

I skipped my TBR posts the last two months, but they are back! I tried to stack my list today with books I’m really interested in reading. I should really just title this month by favorite author list. So many great writers have new books out, and I am going to try to read them all. Haha. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so I’m hoping to find a couple of great books that really get my fired up about reading again…beyond audiobooks. I have been loving audio lately, but I miss my reading time. Stress can make it hard for me […]

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TV to Book Recommendations: Teen Dramas

TV to Book Recommendations: Teen Dramas

No matter how old I get, I still love a good teen drama TV series. If you’re like me, and you loved the series discussed below, you will likely enjoy these book as well. Dawson’s Creek…Emmy & Oliver So, yes, Dawson can be kind of whiney, and Joey doesn’t pick him in the end, but there’s still something fun about the classic boy next door trope. Emmy & Oliver is a terrific YA contemporary romance with one of the healthiest teen relationships I’ve ever read. Oliver returns home after being kidnapped by his father 10 years earlier. Emmy and Oliver used to be best friends, but […]

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Book Round Up: Travel Stories

Book Round Up: Travel Stories

I wrote a column in Country Woman magazine back in April/May on Travel Stories, but I never shared them here. Today I am sharing those three books along with other general fiction books centered around travel. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick This story about an older man who travels the world after his wife’s death is really sweet. He’s kind of grumpy, but he comes out of his shell and learns a lot about her past because of a charm bracelet he finds in her closet. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. It’s the perfect book for readers of all ages. […]

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