What I’ve Been Reading Lately

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Well hellooo there.  Haven’t talked about what I’ve been reading lately as I’ve been a little MIA considering September was quite the doozy of a month.  I don’t even know if I remember how to write posts these days lol.

Here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately (and I really want to hear what you guys have been reading lately because I’m SOOOO out of the loop):

 

 

Wild

Wild by Cheryl Strayed


 

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I have a feeling this summer is going to be a lot of me doing shorter book talks especially since, as I talked about here, I’m going to maybe post a little less during the summer.

 

Outrun the Moon stacey lee

Outrun The Moon by Stacey Lee

I received this for review consideration but this in no way affected my opinions.

 

About In A Sentence or Two: Mercy, a young determined young Chinese girl, refuses to let the fact that she’s Chinese and a girl get in the way of her dreams. She cunningly bribes her way into an exclusive all-girls school and endures the push back from those who don’t want her there and keeping her story under wraps….until it all changes in an instant when a historic earthquake hits the city.

Thoughts: I loooove historical fiction and, while I loved Under a Painted Sky, this one blew me out of the water and stirred me up emotionally — and by that I mean there were lots of tissues next to me upon finishing. I loved the setting of San Fransisco at the turn of the century during this historic earthquake. I LOVED Mercy and how determined, strong and resilient she was and loved watching her go after what she wants — regardless of the roadblocks set up because she’s Chinese AND a woman. Her resilience in the face of tragedy was inspiring. I thought Stacey Lee tackled racism/prejudice in such a nuanced way in this book and I loved seeing it contrasted in the before and in the after — especially to see these glimmer of hopes that barriers could come down when everyone is mourning this tragedy together as a city. I thought the way she wove it through the novel was so perfect. The secondary characters were incredible, truly. If you like historical fiction, this is a must read for 2016.

 

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Happy Monday, friends! Let’s talk about a few things I’ve read recently! I have to say….these 3 books couldn’t be any more different which pretty much sums up my reading life — very eclectic.

 

The Deal Elle Kennedy

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

About In A Sentence (ish): Hannah, a girl with a crush on a popular football player at her college, makes a deal with Garrett, a hockey player with a reputation, in which he’ll help her get Justin’s attention and she’ll help him pass his Ethics exam so he’ll be able to stay on the team.

Thoughts: I’m super picky about the New Adult romance books I read so I always go into them pretty nervous. This one was soooo addictive and I really enjoyed it! Totally hooked! I love the hate to love trope. It’s one of my faves of all time. Plus the fact it started with the kind of “deal” that it did? I LOVE THAT KIND OF STUFF. When people who don’t mean to fall for each other do…SWOON. I didn’t always love Garrett but his character grew on me and, while he’s not my type, I found their relationship to be something I was so invested in — especially how they grew into a friendship during their study sessions and then into something more. Some of those parts were my FAVE. I loved their banter and their chemistry! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series because I’m so curious about the other guys they feature. Overall, I can’t really explain why I enjoyed this one so much — it was super fun and sexy. It wasn’t anything new or original in terms of tropes or storylines and it was pretty predictable….but none of that mattered because something about the characters and their stories hooked me. So happy to be able to have another New Adult romance I will happily recommend because I only have a few in my arsenal that I truly loved.

 

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately – Mini Book Talks

December has been so busy so let’s just quickly talk about some of the books I’ve been reading!

 

 

Big Magic

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

About In A Sentence (ish): Elizabeth Gilbert talks about creative living and overcoming fear and other obstacles in your creative life!

Thoughts: I liked this one and will share some of my favorite quotes from it in another post but I think it’s a good one for all creative types — especially writers. I will say I thought it was going to be a little bit more ~practical~ type of book (more tips/exercises/etc) but it was definitely more inspirational. Sometimes I found myself skimming (especially because some of her thoughts on creativity were a little hokey for me and also some were repetitive) but the parts that stuck with me were things I so needed to hear. It’s intended for all creative types but I do think it would super benefit writers and, also as a blogger, I got a lot out of it, too.  I can’t wait to share some of the things I learned from it later and that definitely helped reframe things for me. It’s a short, quick read that I think will be good for anyone feeling like they need a little inspiring kick in the pants or who needs to work through some roadblocks in their creativity as she touches on quite a few things that could hinder.

 

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2 New Adult Romances I’ve Read Recently

I don’t read a lot of New Adult but I’ve been trying to find things that I think I might like because I LOVE the idea of reading about twenty-somethings. So let’s talk about two that I read this month!

 

Luck on the line zoraida cordova

Luck on the Line by Zoraida Cordova

This one was enjoyable and OH BOY did it make me HUNGRY. A lot of the story takes place in a restaurant and the male lead is a chef soooo FOOD FOOD FOOD so naturally I was into that though I think it is the author’s duty to send samples of the food to readers whilst reading because COME ONNN. Oh did I mention he’s a really HOT chef? I really enjoyed Lucky as a heroine — she’s headstrong and confident but she totally is a mess the way a lot of us are in our early twenties. I loved that Lucky kind of bounced from one thing to another in this journey to figure out what she wanted. I think Zoraida captured that “I don’t know what I want to do with my life” feeling so well. Plus Lucky has this guilt from her father’s death that has always kind of lingered with her and caused this growing fracture between her and her mom (who is a hot mess). I enjoyed the romance because it is a trope I LOVE (a “hate” to love story) and I enjoyed their amusing banter throughout the book. I think the only thing I was disappointed in was that the tension between them was going so well and then when they finally had “a moment” where things could change between them it went at breakneck speed to intense love. The sexytimes were…well SEXY…especially a certain kitchen scene. But I just felt like a serious love relationship came too fast for my own taste.  It was an enjoyable romance that read quickly and is perfect if you want a lighter romance without TOO much angst.  Oh hey and it’s $2.99 for Kindle!

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Rebound Noelle August

Rebound by Noelle August

Man, I have to say I didn’t LOVE this one like I did the first book in this series, Boomerang. I liked it and it definitely held my attention but it didn’t shine for me as Boomerang did which is a shame because I was really excited to get to know more about Adam and Alison — the CEO of Boomerang and the daughter of a potential investor who also know as Ethan’s former girlfriend who cheated on him (which I LOVED getting to see the other side of THAT story). I thought the romance was kind of similar to Mia and Ethan (no idea who each other is when they first hook up…oh and it’s a sexy scene) and then find that it complicates things professionally but I found this one to be more angsty and dramatic than Boomerang. It was nice to see our favorite characters again and get to know these two better but I don’t know…the spark I felt for Boomerang just wasn’t there despite there being some really great moments.

I enjoyed it just fine but surprisingly I didn’t fall in love with Adam and Alison like I thought I would.  Both of their stories were interesting and their chemistry was good (seriously sexy!!!) but I just didn’t feel giddy about them like I did Mia and Ethan. I think maybe because both Adam and Alison have these major trust issues and these bad things that happened and it fell more in line with the New Adult “saving each other from the past” stuff I don’t like? I can’t quite put my finger on it. Despite that, the writing is still fantastic and I LOVE getting to know all these employees at Boomerang which seems like such a fun company to work for. I really do love that these books continue to showcase twenty-somethings trying to figure things out career-wise and with themselves in those tumultuous 20’s years in addition to all the romance. I will DEFINITELY be reading the next book because it stars GREY who is Adam’s brother who we got a nice glimpse of in this one and from what was teased he’s going to have an interesting story!

Rating

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Have you read either of these? What did you think if you have? ALSO I would really love some New Adult recs — in any genre not just romance. I love the idea of reading about twenty-somethings trying to figure out life, work, romance, etc.

Mini Review Time: 2014 Backlog

So, I purposely took a lot of time off from normal blog things in December (reviews, discussions, etc.) and did lots of end of year lists and fun giveaways to give myself some rest. But I also did a lot of actually RESTING and doing NO blogging stuff. Which means I got a lot of reading in. I’ve created quite a backlog for myself so I’m going to just highlight some things I read recently but am not going to have a whole dedicated post about.

 

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

Whistling Past The Graveyard

This one was an adult historical fiction novel that takes place in the South in the 60’s. The main character is a nine year old girl named Starla who lives with her strict grandma (her dad works on an oil rig and isn’t home) and she decides to run away to Nashville to find her mom who she hasn’t seen since she was 3 when her mom left to become a famous singer. Early in her journey she gets a ride from Eula, a black lady who has a white baby with her, and the two become unlikely companions on the road. I really enjoyed this one — it was both a reminder of the harsh realities of segregation and the fight for equality but also incredibly heartwarming. Their adventure held my attention the whole time and my heart was just bursting with love by the end as family begins to take on a whole new meaning for Starla.

Rating:

RATING-reallyliked

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

AHHH the second book in Marissa Meyer’s series was EXCELLENT. We still get to follow Cinder but we are introduced to some amazing new characters — namely Scarlet but also Wolf and Thorne!! I was so excited to have Cinder’s perspective still but getting to know these other characters and watch their stories intersect with Cinder’s was something that just kept the pages turning for me! It was a great sequel that set up well for the rest of the series but still stood as an important book and helped develop some new, great characters. Lots of action and things revealed and I finished the book with racing heart from what went on and knowing what is to come!!

Rating

RATING-loved-it

 

 

All Of You by Christina Lee

All of You by Christina Lee

I haven’t read a TON of new adult romance (okay well been able to make THROUGH a lot of it — favorites are Boomerang & All Lined Up) but this one was enjoyable enough that I devoured it in one day. I was in need of a light-ish, quick romance and this delivered — and it especially delivered a new guy to swoon over for sure! Avery is into just hooking up and no commitments — a lot thanks to her mom’s mistakes that have affected her and her own desire to not turn out like her mom and rely on men and lose control of her own life. Then she meets her new upstairs neighbor — a hot tattoo artist and a virgin who wants his first time to be with someone he loves — a lot to do with his own family situation.

Their chemistry is undeniable and I kept flipping the pages to see how their very different ideas about sex and relationships would be at play considering the strong feelings they developed for each other. It was sexy and just what I needed though sometimes a LITTLE bit corny at times (but this maybe this is also me still being a newb to romance). If you don’t like pretty detailed sexytimes in your books, this might not be for you! ALSO BENNETT TOTALLY DEFIES NEW ADULT DUDE STEREOTYPES THANK YOU JESUS. And he’s hot. Did I mention that?

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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