Why yes, I am still blogging…

25 Aug

*waves at all the happy readers*

HELLOOOOOOOO!

I am back! Apparently I took a little break from book blogging. (Actually, I took a little break from pretty much everything.) It happens sometimes. But I am back and will be posting a couple of reviews a week. I may also blog about other bookish things from time to time. We’ll see. I’m just going to go with the flow and see how I feel.  But I have my reading mojo back so it’s all good. :)

Taken By Chance — Erica Cameron and Lani Woodland

14 May

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Released: May 5th, 2015
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Ebook for review from author

 

 

 

A single chance encounter can change your life…

Despite being the son of Hollywood’s hottest director, Dare Andrews has managed to steer clear of the paparazzi for seventeen years. But when his ​ex-​girlfriend sells a tell-all interview to the tabloids, he’s suddenly hounded by fans and reporters alike. Dare is getting cynical fast, so he’s unprepared to meet a glass-half-full girl like Chance. And unprepared for the consequences after he helps her save face. Pretending to be the new guy in her life was easy enough when she was being dumped by her boyfriend, but the lie backfires.

What started as a random act of chivalry becomes something deeper as Dare and Chance find themselves trapped in their charade. The problem is that the more Dare gets to know Chance, the less fake their relationship feels. But secrets they both keep threaten their future, and with new storm​s​ overhead, will Chance’s lessons in optimism be enough to help Dare find the silver lining?​

From Goodreads

First of all, how freaking cute is this title? I LOVE play on words and this title is spot on.

This whole book was cute and funny and sweet and I fell in love with it from the first page. The plot was interesting and there were even a few times where I was like WHAT? which I love. I love when something unexpected happens and I’m surprised but it fits into the plot perfectly.

As some of you may know, I’m not a huge fan of romance-centered novels. At all. But the romance presented in Taken By Chance was totally real and honest and messy and I dug it.

I think the thing that I enjoyed the most about the book was the portrayal of friendship. Once again these were written in a real and honest way.  I loved the banter back and forth between friends and the different group dynamics that took place.  Nothing was cookie cutter or idealized.

I also like how Verity’s sub plot was written. It was obviously very important but the authors didn’t tell too much too soon. I knew something bad had happened to her, but the authors dropped little nuggets of information rather than coming out and telling right away which added to the tension and made me want to know even more.

So, yeah, I really enjoyed Taken By Chance. It’s the first in the Laguna Tides series. I think this is going to be one of those series where when I finish one book I itch to read the next.

Dark Seed Blog Tour

22 Apr

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Hey everybody! I’m very happy to feature a spotlight today for the Dark Seed blog tour. This sounds like an AWESOME read and has been added to my TBR pile. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

A disillusioned journalist and the grieving daughter of a murdered scientist uncover an immoral and destructive global plot by the largest developer of genetically engineered seed and its parent pharmaceutical conglomerate.

Nick Barnes and Morgan Elles learn that the goal of the man behind these organizations is the complete control of human existence. He eliminates opposition and interference without hesitation or remorse.

The couple quickly find themselves fighting for their lives. And yours.

Grad hold for a wild ride with this exciting, high concept thriller that tackles one of the big issues of our time.

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About the author:

Head shot 1Lawrence Verigin’s goal is to entertain readers while delving into socially relevant subjects that need more attention brought to them. Since 1999 Lawrence has spent a considerable amount of time and effort learning the writing craft.

In his spare time Lawrence enjoys cooking good food, rich red wine, travel, running, reading and numerous rounds of golf.

Lawrence and his wife, Diana, live in beautiful North Vancouver, Canada.

 

 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

6 Apr

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I had a HELL of a week. On top of a horrible couple of months. So this week’s reading is all about non-fiction, self-help, get my ass out of misery books.

 

First up is The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown. She’s been popping up all over my social media for the last few months and I am super excited to finally get a chance to read this book.

Then I’ll be tackling The Bitch in Your Head: How to Finally Squash Your Inner Critic by Jacqueline Hornor Plumez. And OMG do I EVER need to read this one!

Finally I’ll be delving into Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens.

Yups, this week it’s all about ME.

Friday Reads

3 Apr

Ah, the weekend! For us booknerds this means more time to read. And Friday has become THE day to share what you’re reading.

My Friday Reads for after work is Girl Incredible, the latest by the amazing Patti Larsen. This book looks like SO MUCH FUN. And I just love how happy the cover makes me.

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I think it’s just what I need after another rough week.

Starting To Frame — Roger Gordon

1 Apr

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Publisher: Dogsbody Book
Released: November 14th, 2014
Genre: Memoir
Source: Paperback review copy from author

 

 

 

Marital infidelity, mental illness, and divorce. Some of the most taboo topics you could think of during the 50s and 60s, and Roger Gordon was forced to grow up among all of them.

It’s the late 1940s. You’re a child living in working-class Sheffield. The war has ended. Times are hard. But you’re happy. Your family takes joy in listening to radio programs together, taking trips to the seashore, going to football games and the local cinema (“Picture House”), and, of course, eating fish and chips wrapped in newspapers. You love spending time with your grandparents, which is easy to do because they live in the same house as your parents, your younger brother, and yourself. Your family is a close-knit one. There’s much pleasure to be found in the simple things.

As you grow older, though, your happy childhood turns into a tumultuous one. Your parents argue violently, and your mother often displays erratic behaviour. Even as a child, you sense that her punishments are mean-spirited and unfair.

Your parents’ marriage eventually ends in a bitter divorce, and you and your brother are thrown in the middle of their battle, being forced to take sides. Your mother soon acquires a new live-in boyfriend, and friends, family, and neighbours talk about your mother’s romantic affairs behind your back. You are made to feel like a freeloader, and you’re forced to move out during the time that you are studying at university..

During the years that follow, you must come to terms with not only the mental illness afflicting both of your parents, but your own bouts of depression that you suffer yourself.

Starting to Frame is the story of Roger Gordon’s life. It is a story about the futility of family feuding, the innate human desire to be accepted and loved, and the need to give more attention to mental illness. Above all, Starting to Frame carries with it an important message about reconciliation and how it is never too late to forgive.

From Goodreads

 

I am very picky about my memoirs and quite often have found myself abandoning them partway through. This was so not the case with Starting Frame. In fact it was quite the opposite! Once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down. I was drawn in from the first page and really felt like I was living the memories. The descriptions of places and people were so vivid that it really put me in each and every moment.

This wasn’t alway an easy book to read, and I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult parts of it must have been to write. When I say it wasn’t always easy to read, I’m referring to some of the material (not the writing!). The book deals with mental illness, an important but often difficult subject matter.

Gordon has an easy and engaging writing style that captivates the reader. I really enjoyed the balance between light-hearted and serious, something that is hard to accomplish. The Sheffield dialect was a hoot to read, but thank God there was a glossary at the back!

If you are looking for an extremely well-written memoir, then you NEED to read Starting To Frame. It will definitely be added to my “I must read again” bookshelf.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

30 Mar

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It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve posted anything and I am totally blaming the snow. It’s been a rough winter with ridiculous amounts of snow and storm after storm after storm. I live in the country by myself most of the time so I was in serious survival mode for the last little while. But the temps are getting warmer and it’s been over a week since we’ve been hit with bad weather, so I think spring is finally here!

I love this meme, but I find I tend to get enthused and post a list of five or six books then I don’t read them then I feel bad. So from now on I’ll be posting the THREE BOOKS I plan on reading each week.  Yes, I am self imposing a limit!

The first two books I’ll be reading this week are a new series by a fave author of mine . I’m reading the first one for review and the second one as a beta reader. I don’t think the series has been announced yet, so I’m gonna be a bit cryptic about it. It’s an YA contemporary series and I did start the first book and am LOVING IT.

The third book I’m planning on reading this week is Management of the Red Fox in Captivity by Jessica Adams and Andrew Miller. We rehabbed a baby red fox last spring/summer and I’m interested in learning more about them.

That’s my reading list for the week!

What are YOU reading?

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