Thursday, July 2, 2015

More Happy Than Not Tag

I've been meaning to do this meme for a few weeks now. It was started by Shelumiel at Bookish and Awesome! I haven't read More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera yet, it's on order at my library and I'm first on the list when the finally get their copy in. I'm antsy for it to get here soon, because I really need to read this book!

So.... 

I AM MORE HAPPY THAN NOT WHEN....

-my hubby and I spend a quiet night in
-I'm reading an amazing book that just pulls me into it's pages
-I get to spend time with my niece and nephew
-I listen to Taylor Swift songs
-my cats snuggle beside me when I'm reading or watching TV
-I binge watch great TV shows on Netflix (like Buffy, House, Glee)
-I see lots of comments on my posts (I don't always receive a ton, so it's like Christmas when a post receives so many)
-I have the chance to listen to audiobooks
-I receive anything in the mail that is not a bill (really need to find a pen pal again - number one on my life list, I better get on that)

I'm not tagging anyone specific.. just whoever wants to be a part! Make sure to mention BOOKISH AND AWESOME since he started this meme in the first place.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July TBR Pile

So I'm taking a page from About Happy Books and compiling a pile of books to read in June. I'm hoping this will help me get through the giant pile of books in my TBR pile. So here goes... some are review copies, one is a library book and two are from my own shelves. 


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (audiobook from library) DONE
Seen Reading by Julie Wilson (from library) DONE
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (from my TBR shelves for Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge)
Love May Fail by Matthew Quick (ARC for review)
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand (ARC for review)

ETA: I'll be adding more to the pile, since I kind of read two of the books at the end of June when I wrote this post ahead of time.

-Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs (audiobook from library) DONE
-In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker
-The Here And Now by Ann Brashares (audiobook)  
 
What's on your TBR pile this month?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Second Life by S.J Watson | Review

Second Life by S.J. Watson
Published: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 416
Received: via publisher and TLC Book Tours for honest review
Find Online: Amazon | Goodreads | IndieBound | B&N

From the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep, a sensational new psychological thriller about a woman with a secret identity that threatens to destroy her.

How well can you really know another person? How far would you go to find the truth about someone you love?

When Julia learns that her sister has been violently murdered, she must uncover why. But Julia's quest quickly evolves into an alluring exploration of own darkest sensual desires. Becoming involved with a dangerous stranger online, she's losing herself . . . losing control . . . perhaps losing everything. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family, and her life.

A tense and unrelenting novel that explores the secret lives people lead; and the dark places in which they can find themselves Second Life is a masterwork of suspense from the acclaimed S. J. Watson.


Interesting concept - the world of cyber sex. Another life - completely online where no one knows you, that is until they do. 

Julia is reeling over the death of her younger sister who has been murdered. While trying to figure out what happened, she stumbles upon her sisters secret life of online dating and hookups. She lets herself fall into a cyber world in the guise of locating her sisters murderer. At first I think it was truly to find her sisters killer, but then it becomes more. It's her way of tapping back into the world she once belonged to as a young woman. 

Flashbacks to her previous life keep popping up. You see what she was like, what she sometimes yearns for and sometimes is terrified could happen again.

Julia's life is starting to get out of control with all of the secrets and uncertainty. Her life starts unraveling, she's beginning to become paranoid and feels out of control. The story begins to get extremely intense and completely absorbs you just past the halfway mark. 

Yet again, just when I think I have part of the story figured out, BAM, not quite! I can't write too much, it gives away too much of the plot and the twists.

I still think Before I Go To Sleep wins for the thriller plotline, but Second Life is a close second. They are not even remotely alike, but both can keep you on the edge of your seat, guessing who and what. Both are great reads and I look forward to more by Watson.


About the Author:
S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands and lives in London. His first novel was the
award-winning Before I Go to Sleep, which has sold over four million copies in more than forty languages around the world. It was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Budget | June 2015

It was originally thought up by Felicia at Geeky Blogger's Book Blog.
MY RULES
1) I can buy 2 books a month or spend a MAX of $20, whichever comes first.
2) Only accept/ask for 2 review books per month. Including NetGalley.

At the end of each month I will post a recap and we will see if I stayed within my limits.
*Prices are subject to change as I do not control sales and some of the books listed below are from online specials.

PURCHASED: 
-Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

FREEBIES:

BORROWED FROM LIBRARY:
-Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (audiobook)
-Seen Reading by Julie Wilson
-In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker
-Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs (audiobook) 
-The Here And Now by Ann Brashares (audiobook) 

REVIEW COPIES:
-Inherit The Stars by Tessa Elwood (NetGalley)
-A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan (NetGalley)

TOTAL: $5.99
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