Sunday, December 21, 2014

Week in Review (109)

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last week in review!! In the past three weeks, I had a birthday, so did my aunt and uncle, the staff Christmas party and I was busy!  For my work, it's been 6 months since I've been on my new team. I cannot believe time has flown by so fast. But it caught up to us this past week. We were exhausted! I know I was feeling burnt out. So I'm glad I have the next week off. Yay!

TV wise, I know SoA finished and I'm three episodes behind. I stayed offline a few days after the finale so I could avoid spoilers. I admit sometimes I give into temptation and read stuff. But I was good. I'm hoping I can catch up this week. My viewing partner has two days off so I'm hoping we can watch those episodes on Wednesday. Thursday will be crazy since we'll be going to my Grandpa's.

Oh! And my cousin's girlfriend had a baby this week. I didn't even know she was pregnant! It's so nice to be kept in the loop. *rolls eyes*

Anyway, here's my reading list since the last WiR.

Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha
To Die For by Linda Howard
Marked anthology with Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend and Lauren Dane
The Other Side by Sarah Rayner
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Captivated By You by Sylvia Day
Blame It On the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels
Riding Dirty by Jill Sorensen
Knock Out by Michele Mannon
Real by Katy Evans
Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

Currently Reading
Owning Violet by Monica Murphy (for Book Binge)

I picked up a few books from the library but I'm SUPER lazy to post them. Same with book purchases. But November was very quiet for book purchases.

Anyway. there's my quick update. Also, I'm hoping to see the Hobbit on Wednesday. YAY.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

May Wrap Up

This time last year I was scrambling to catch up on my monthly recaps. But that was after Christmas and I only had a couple of months to post. I really struggled with blogging this year. And it shows. I've barely reviewed and I was up and down on my week in review posts. But I'm going to try and catch up on my recaps but I'll just be listing my books and not really saying anything about them.

She-Ra just looking so freaking cute when I came home from work.

May was a freaky month. I had visits from my Grandmother and Max!! Spiritual visits. They were timely and very comforting. :P

Here's what I read in May

1. All Of You by Christina Lee: B+

2. Shade's Fall by Jamie Begley: C

3. Colter's Lady by Maya Banks: B

4. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson: B+

5. Colter's Daughter by Maya Banks:  B

6. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas: A

7. Breakable by Tammara Webber: B

8. Oil and Leather by AL Summers: D

9. Riding the Wind by Laura Day: C-

10. Stone Cold by Kristin Fletcher: D

11. Sons of Mayhem: Oil and Leather by Nikki Pink: C

12. Dinah's Dark Desires by Mechele Armstrong: C+

13. How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke: A-

14. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas: B+

15. Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles: C

16. The Secret by Julie Garwood: B+

17. Once and Again by Lauren Dane: B

18. Lost In You by Lauren Dane: B

19.  Island Peril by Jill Sorenson: B+

20. Viper's Run by Jamie Begley: C+

Contemporary - 11
Historical - 4
Young Adult - 2
New Adult - 2
Romantic Suspense - 1

A - 2
B - 10
C - 6
D - 2

eBooks - 12
Library eBook - 2
Library Book - 1
Print - 5 (3 were re-reads)


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

review at Breezing Through

I'm alive, I'm alive!! And guess what? Wena and I have a buddy review up at Breezing Through. LOL

Check out our thoughts on Julie Cross' Whatever Life Throws at You here.

Life loves a good curveball...

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart...


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Week in Review (108)

This past Thursday marked one year since I had to say goodbye to Max. And it wasn't hard to get through - I had a really busy work day (4 back to back meetings) and one of my cousins who had a funny relationship with Max was over and we shared some good laughs. She was teasing Charlie the way she used to Max and Charlie wasn't having any of it. It was cute. And I thought it was a good way to remember him. Of course I had a good cry when I got home from work, but that was it. And yes, I still get teary eyed over him. Usually when something catches me by surprise but those times are coming less and less. One thing that bothers me is that She-Ra doesn't come to greet me at the door the way she used to when Max was alive. LOL

Work wise - last week I only worked three days and I swear I was more tired than if I had to work a whole week! But it's a good busy.

And it finally snowed here. It's been getting colder and colder every day now we have snow. But really, did it have to get so cold so fast?

Here's what I read:
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
I thought ABA was really cute! I could not wait to read Mili's reaction to Samir's lies. I like how he fell for her and I really liked Samir's family. And the wedding? I laughed over the way that played out. I could picture it so vividly in my head. A great debut and I cannot wait to read more by Sonali.
4.5 out of 5

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Rowena and I enjoyed and reviewed book 1 and I was in the mood for NA and this one definitely hit the spot. Silas was a douche in book 1 and I wanted to see how he would be redeemed. He was and I was all caught up in his and Dylan's story. I like how they met in jail.
4 out of 5

What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I had this one from the library and it was due back so even though the heroine annoyed me, I persevered and finished it on time. It's not that the book was bad, but it was more about me. I just didn't have the patience for the heroine to grow up. LOL I did like the heroine in the end, once she got there, and all the other characters were good so it wasn't a total wash. I liked her little brother and her cousin. And Cass. *sigh* What a cutie!
3.5 out of 5

Before You Break by Christina Lee
I was still in the mood for NA so I picked this one randomly. It was a good choice because I loved Quinn and Ella. At first, after reading the blurb, I wasn't sure I was in the mood for angst on this level but it wasn't bad. Ella is such a positive person and Quinn was more guilty than suicidal so it worked out. (I don't like dealing with suicide in my fiction because of my work - I'm not unfeeling, I just get enough of real tragedy that I don't go looking for it my personal time.) Christina Lee is a great author and I can't wait to read the next two books in this series.
4.25 out of 5

Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha
I'm about 30% in and wowzers! I highly recommend this series if you haven't picked it up yet.

I am way too lazy to blog about recent buys so just know that since I said no more buying books I've only bought two. LOL