Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TTT: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Now hosted by That Arsty Reader Girl
A little late in the day, but here's my choices. Just this past weekend, I decided to purge my wishlist and my catchup TBR pile because I've found my reading tastes have changed and I'm trying not to add every new book to my wishlist. I need to make sure they are really books that I'm interested in because like they say "so many books, so little time". So these are books that I just decided I'm not actually as interested as I thought I was. Many of these were either unsolicited ARCs or passed along to me from friends and some were free kindle deals or Netgalley.




What books did you take off your list and why? 

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Guilty Reader Book Tag

 

I stumbled upon this tag via Kelly's Rambles - I am not sure who the original owner of the tag is however. Also, I tag anyone who wants to play along with this tag.

1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you've been gifted?

Yes. I do this often, but only with books that I've never read. And only if I know the person I'm giving it to will want to read the book. No random re-gifting here.


2. Have you ever said you've read a book when you haven't?

No. That makes no sense to me to say you've read something that you haven't. How can you have an actual opinion on it, if you don't really know the contents?

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Not on purpose. Actually, I have loaned out many books, only to have them never reaturned. That reminds me... I need to see if my sister-in-law is done with my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yes. The one that I am always reading out of order is the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. I feel like many you can read as standalones, but they do have a background story that carries over. Generally you can pick up the info needed during the novel, but I'm sure reading them in order would be a heck of a lot easier. 

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Just the other day I was telling a coworker about a book and I got so carried away that I gave out two spoilers. Oops!


6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

I never used to, but now I do if it's one of my own books. I don't always have a bookmark handy and I generally like to use post it flags to mark quotes and such, but sometimes I don't have them handy.

7. Have you ever told someone you don't own a book when you do?

No. That's just silly. 


8. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Yes. Especially in historical romances where the descriptions are so over the top detailed. I can get overwhelmed with that from time to time.


9. Have you ever badmouthed a book you actually liked?

Why would someone do that? If I like a book there wouldn't be a reason to badmouth it.

Let me know in the comments if you decided to do this tag so I can pop over to see your answers. Or if you have any other Guilty Reader questions ask me in the comments!
 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves | Review

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves 
Published: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages: 336
Received: from Netgalley for review (I'm playing catchup on my review books)
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?

Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.

Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.

Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.


Look at the gorgeous cover for this book. It's just stunning in real life too (I picked up a copy when I realized I still hadn't read my review copy via Netgalley). 

I loved Tracy Garvis-Graves debut, On The Island, and just knew that I would enjoy reading more from her. She did not disappoint. Her writing is beautiful and poignant.  

I've never been in a situation like Claire, but did I ever empathize with her. As her story unfolds, I found myself getting emotionally sucked into the book and both feeling sorry for Claire and being angry with her for letting herself get into this situation. I could see how easy it would be to let the attention and affections of another man make you feel special again if you were feeling ignored or forgotten by your current beau/husband, but I was angry with her for letting herself think that being "just friends" would work with a man she was obviously attracted to. I was both rooting for Claire and yelling at her throughout the story. Ms. Garvis-Graves writes this emotionally charged story in a way that you can't help but feel for Claire and want the best for her whatever the ends up being.

And you also simultaneously root for both Daniel and Chris. Daniel because he seems to be the kinda of man that Claire needs in her life and Chris because he deserves the chance to show her that he's still here and loves her. What a love triangle! The backstories unfold throughout the chapters and you learn more about the three as time goes on. I loved Daniel and Claire together, but they really just seemed to experience the best of each other and not facing any real stressful or challenging times during the story (until near the end of the book). And it felt like all Chris and Claire had at the moment was this big, ugly situation that wasn't getting any better. Both relationships were heartbreaking in their own way. I did not envy Claire and the choice she had to make.

There were also some really interesting supporting characters namely Claire's friends who each had issues of their own going on including alcoholism, gambling and infertility. It touched on many different issues, but left Claire's story of loneliness be the star topic.

I'm looking forward to more by this author and I think she has now become and auto-buy for me.

About the Author:
Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-nine languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish. She is hard at work on her sixth book. -source





Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry | Review & Blog Tour

Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: January 30, 2018
Pages: 400
Recieved: from publisher via tour host TLC Book Tours
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon | Books-A-Million | B&N 

When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve.


This isn't a made-for TV movie. This is real life, and sometimes in real life, we take a million baby steps until a wound is healed.

This is my first Katie McGarry book and it won't be my last. I've always heard great things about her writing, but now I can say that I've experienced it first hand. This story of Elle and Drix has my heart at the moment. They come from different backgrounds yet they both are learning to stand on their own two feet for the first time. They are smarter than they give themselves credit for and stronger than anyone realizes, both individually and together.

Elle has quickly become a character that I would want to be BFFs with. She is smart, determined, witty and down to earth. And Drix is the bad boy with a heart of gold - he's smarter than he gives himself credit for, he's determined to better his life and those around him and he's strong. The two of them together make a powerhouse couple that I can see going the distance and staying together through thick and thin.

And for those wondering - this was not your typical good girl meets bad boy story. It was so much more than that. It's about fighting for what's right, standing up for yourself and others, putting others first, and accepting help when you need it most. It's about letting love in and sharing the joy your life can hold.

"... That's the problem, I don't know who I am."
"But you know who you aren't. That's a big step."

I think one of the biggest themes in the book was the main characters not having control of their lives. Elle being pretty much forced to be a part of her father's political life and not being able to make choices of her own. And Drix because he pretty much lost his ability to make choices when he signed on to the Second Chances program - he's in the spotlight and needs to make sure he makes no mistakes or he looses everything. When they both finally start standing up for what they believe in and showing that they are stronger than people think, that's when people start noticing them, in a good way. No one expects the Governor's daughter to go against his wishes and the community as a whole seems to be expecting Drix to fail at showing that's he changed his life around.

If you're looking for a great coming of age book and love cheering on the under dog, then this book is perfect for you. It's also filled with some pretty great supporting characters - Holiday, Axle, and sweet Thor.

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All of us have too many tears we haven't shed over the years, and it's time we start releasing the pain. Holding it in isn't working for any of us, and we need to start focusing on each other. Hate hasn't been working out too well either. We've got nothing to lose by trying love.

About the Author:
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. -source

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