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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Confess: A Novel - Colleen Hoover

I love Colleen Hoover but she's not an author that you should read a lot of in a short space of time. Fun, but essentially much of the same.

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Unseen World: A Novel - Liz Moore

A fantastic book about the relationship between a young girl and her father with the backdrop of artificial intelligence.

 

A brilliant character focused read with a nice side of mystery. Just make sure you keep reading (I nearly gave up) as this one pays off in spades.

 

Highly recommended.

Reassessment

Hi everyone. I hope you're all keeping well.

 

I wanted to let you know that since I've been home from the music festival in England (where I had the BEST time) I've realised what's important and that I need to put my health at the top of my priorities. Even though, like I said, I had a great time, it did exhaust me and I need to start rebuilding myself. For the longest time I couldn't admit how tired I am most of the time, but in order to get better I need to start taking care of myself.

 

With that in mind I wanted to let you all know I'll be taking some time out from reviewing. I want to spend what little time of the day I feel energised finishing off my novel, with the goal of releasing it early next year.

 

I'm going to mostly be listening to audio books and I'll update on them and post short reviews, but I find it too much of a slog to write an intricate review.

 

I'll still be here, be posting on all your updates, but I'll be taking a bit of a back seat when it comes to everything else.

 

I hope you're all reading some fantastic books and I can't wait to get chatting again.

 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Confess: A Novel - Colleen Hoover

I'm going away on Thursday to a music festival and I'm a little bit anxious about it (to say the least!), so I'm reading light books in the hope of keeping myself relaxed. Anyway, I think I'm done with Ms Hoover. Her books are fun, but theres too many niggly little problems with them to read another. Pity, because they are lovely. I have a couple of short story collections. I think I'll try one of them, either Pastoralia by George Saunders or My Man Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse. Which one do you guys recommend I try first? I want some humour.

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Thank You

I wanted to say thank you to Moonlight Reader and Osidian Blue for a fantastic few months playing booklikes-opoly. Thanks, you guys! You're both amazing. Bring on the next game.

 

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love - Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love is the second book by Colleen Hoover that I’ve read and I had so much fun. It was completely different to the other one of hers I read, It Ends With Us. That one was to do with physical abuse and as hard as the topic matter was to read about, I thought the book itself was amasing and it got to me a way that few books ever have. Similarly, this one tackled difficult themes, but nowhere near the same level. It was mostly just a really fun read.

 

The story followed Tate and Miles who meet each other under dubious circumstances and a physical attraction develops between them. Miles doesn’t want a relationship, just something casual. He propositions Tate and she agrees.

 

This is a novel of dual perspectives. The chapters in the present day are written in Tate's, while Miles narrates the alternate chapters that take place six years in the past. The chapters from the past illuminate the reasons why Miles can’t bear the thought of falling in love again and only wants a sexual relationship.

 

I loved virtually all of the characters. Tate was fun and quirky and she showed such vulnerability when she began to see Miles as more than just a casual fling. All she wanted was for Miles to feel the same way about her and I could almost taste her disappointment when he kept shooting her down. There were several times when I wished Tate would walk away because I couldn’t bear to see her hurt anymore, but she kept coming back for more. This was infuriating to a degree, but communicated  the depth of her feelings for Miles.

 

Miles himself was a very stoic character who it was hard to get a measure of. His chapters, which were often written in verse  (I didn’t get that at all), really helped to shine light on his character. I preferred the chapters written in the present day as I did find the angst a little too much in Miles’s chapters, but they were okay.

 

A lot of people go on about Cap (one of the side characters), an old man who operated the lift for residents at the tower block where Tate and Miles lived .I liked him, but I really don’t get why people were so enamoured with him. He was fun, though, and I certainly didn’t dislike his parts.

 

This was such a fun read that was perfectly paced and really addictive. If you’re in need of a light read go check it out. It left me with such a warm glow!

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

The Unseen World: A Novel - Liz Moore

This is the book I picked for my last roll, tagged a mystery on GR. It's taken a while to get going, but finally the mystery is coming to the fore. I'm going to try my best to get it finished by tomorrow so I finish on the day the game officially ends-not so I can submit my final balance, by the way, because I'm not finishing anywhere close to the to the top!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

Like Water for Chocolate - Thomas Christensen, Carol Christensen, Laura Esquivel

My RL book club is meeting on Tuesday and this is their pick. I thought I'd have it as my final free friday read. I love how cooking is weaved throughout.

On Every Street by Karina Halle

On Every Street  - Karina Halle

I picked this for my free Friday read last week and I was so looking forward it. It’s the prequel to the Sins and Needles trilogy, of which I reviewed the first book yesterday. This book takes us back to Ellie’s past where we get to know the infamous Javier, the antagonist in Sins and Needles. In that book we don’t see Javier, but we’re told about him through Ellie and we’re led to believe he’s a pretty wretched guy. Javier was a man Ellie previously had a relationship with that ended badly. He shows up at the end of Sins and Needles and becomes part of the love triangle that is Ellie, Camden and Javier.

 

It ended up that I pretty much hated most of this novella. The plot was okay at the beginning,  but then it became a love story between Ellie and Javier. I fell in love with the story of Sins and Needles, the romance element being tagged on to the end. But in On Every Street there was hardly any plot. It was too much of a change for me and not what I was expecting.

 

Then there were the characters. Ellie was completely different to what she was in Sins and Needles. I get that the events in the novella were supposed to be one of the reasons that she became what she did, but the difference was too stark. She wasn’t even vaguely similar to the Ellie from Sins and Needles. I felt like I was reading about someone else entirely.

 

Then there was Javier. Oh my God! What a world class prick! He was so smarmy it was ridiculous. Every time he opened his mouth I cringed. And we were supposed to believe he had women dropping at his feet!? Ugh, he was hideous. I loved Sins and Needles but now I’m not going to continue with the trilogy because I can’t bear to read another bit of smarmy drivel that comes out of his mouth.

 

Oh and I don’t want to forget to mention the cheese. It reeked! Just don’t do it to yourself, don’t read this!

 

I read this for my free Friday read and really wish I hadn’t.

Sins and Needles by Karina Halle

Sins & Needles - Karina Halle

As I’ve said in a few posts, I wasn’t well for a while and wanted to read something that was light and completely different to what I would normally read. When I landed on cars land 18 and found out this book was published in 2013, it seemed like the perfect time.

 

Sins and Needles is part of a new-adult trilogy. It concerns Ellie Watt, a twenty-something grifter. However, she’s ready to give the grifting life a rest and returns to her home town Palm Valley to spend time with her Uncle. When she arrives in Palm Valley she isn’t sure what she wants, to stay there for good or just visit with her uncle.

 

One day she bumps into Camden McQueen, a guy who was her best friend for a period in high school. When she knew him he was dorky, but now he’s matured into a very attractive man.

 

As she gets to know Camden and she sees how well he’s doing for himself, she can’t resist formulating a plan to steal his money and return to her grifting ways. But as you would guess, their mutual attraction gets in the way.

 

The reason I enjoyed this new-adult novel so much is that even though it contained some odvious troupes from the genre, it didn’t feel that way. Everything just seemed to fit together really well.

 

As much as it was hard to like Ellie, the author brought in a strain of backstory that meant that even though I didn’t like her much, I understood why she did some of the things she did. Camden on the other hand was someone I could route for the whole way through.

 

There are quite a few sex scenes, by the way and even though they were well done there were too many for me. One or two would have been enough

 

Above all, though, this was a fun read that was easy to get into and stay that way. The sexy storyline was punctuated with enough meat to make this a satisfying read.

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