Review: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

The Boy Is Back (Boy #4) by Meg Cabot

I absolutely loved The Boy Is Back. It’s technically the fourth book in a series, but I think the series is more about writing style and title. The characters in this book are completely new. The night of their prom something happened between Becky and Reed, and they haven’t seen each other in 10 years. Reed is now a professional golfer, who’s supposed to be headed to Orlando for a big tournament. But when Reed’s parents are arrested for trying to buy a restaurant meal with a vintage postage stamp, he has to come home and help deal with their situation. Becky is the senior moving […]

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Discussion: Starting vs. Finishing Books

Discussion: Starting vs. Finishing Books

I loved reading Gretchen Rubin’s books because she classifies people into different categories, and I am all about classification. I am a scientist after all. One of her categorizations is Starters vs. Finishers. I am definitely a Finisher. I love finishing a tube of toothpaste. I love wrapping up all of my reads at the end of the month. I love finishing a project at work. But lately, I’m finding that I keep starting new books. It’s so out of character for me. I mean, I’ve always been someone who was reading more than one book at once, but it used to be just one […]

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TBR List: July 2017

TBR List: July 2017

I have a fun mix of books selected for July 2017. I actually read (or am reading in the case of the last book) all of the books from my June TBR List, so that’s pretty exciting. It doesn’t always happen that way, and I managed to read a bunch of unexpected books, which is even better. Books I’ll be reading in July 2017 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon How I got it: I borrowed it from the library. Why I got it: I keep hearing about this book. It was one of my suggestions for book club for July, but we settled […]

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Mid-Year Book Freakout

Mid-Year Book Freakout

I’ve been seeing this post around the blogosphere this month, and I couldn’t resist doing this tag. I can’t believe we’re at the half way point of the year, but I have read 78 books so far this year (5 ahead of schedule according to my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge), so I have a lot of books to pick from for this Mid-Year Book Freakout tag. First Half of 2017 Best/Worst/Etc.   1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2017 I shared my 10 Best Books of 2017 So Far on Tuesday, but if I had to narrow it down to only one book, […]

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Review: Getting Off On Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards

Getting Off on Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards

There is something about Megan Edwards writing that hooked me in right away. This book is the first in a new mystery series. Copper Black is a lowly reporter who happens to get wrapped up in a murder investigation. She’s young and eager with amazing connections. I liked her right away. While at a party with her priest brother, she scores a story about an elite private school. Little does she know that she will stumble upon the body of Marilyn Weaver, the school’s founder, later the next day. There is a lot going on in this book. It sets up well for a series, […]

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Best Books of 2017 So Far (Top Ten Tuesday #27)

Best Books of 2017 So Far

I’ve read so many great books so far in 2017. I had a hard time narrowing this list of best books of 2017 down to only 10, but here they are. Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017 We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Tumbling by Caela Carter The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (review coming soon) The Upside of Unrequited […]

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Review: Starfall by Melissa Landers

Starfall by Melissa Landers

Starfall is the second book in a series. I loved Starflight, so I was eager to read this book when it released a couple of months ago. Unlike the first book, Starfall isn’t focused on Solara and Doran. It picks up the story of Cassia and Kane, who were both minor characters in the first book. Cassia, a princess who’s been on the run with her best friend, is kidnapped and taken back to her home world of Eturia. Kane of course wants to go and rescue her. This book was fairly predictable. And while I loved Cassia and Kane’s banter in the first book, since they’re […]

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Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

The Museum of Extraordinary Things was not a good fit for me. It was recommended to me by a coworker, and when she described the side-show museum, I immediately wanted to read it. I love books about the circus, and a museum of oddities is kind of like a circus, right? Sadly, this book was too character-driven for my taste. There just wasn’t enough plot. The book jumps back and forth between past and present and between two main characters. Coralie is living on Coney Island with her father. She has been appearing as the Mermaid Girl in his museum since she was ten years old. Eddie […]

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Series I Want to Read (Top Ten Tuesday #26)

Series I Want to Read

I love book series. I sometimes struggle to get through descriptive or character-driven books, so when it’s a series, it feels like I’m getting a deal: more plot with the same characters, so less character descriptions or introduction. If I had to choose to read only series or only stand alone books for the rest of my life, I think I’d go with series. But of course they are a time commitment, so there are always more I need to get to. 9 Series I Want to Read (I couldn’t come up with a 10th! I’m sure I’ll find one on everyone else’s lists today.) […]

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Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. […]

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