Star Studded Saturday | April TV Premieres

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s topic: April TV Premieres


These are some upcoming shows that I plan on watching/trying out in the month of April. I’m surprised by how few there are. Maybe I’m missing out on some?

 

April 2nd: Miz and Mrs, Season 1 continues on USA

April 9th: The Bold Type, Season 3 premieres on Freeform

April 9th: The Code, Season 1 premieres on CBS

 

Which shows do you plan to watch in April? Will you be trying out any new pilots?! Let me know in the comments below!!!

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Down the TBR hole | 2

Down the TBR hole

Down The TBR Hole is a meme, hosted by Lost in a Story, about organizing your TBR on Goodreads by deciding which books you want to keep, and which books you want to delete.

I recently went through my list and got rid of a ton of YA books that no longer interest me. Now I mainly have romance books left but I doubt I still want to read all that remains. Wish me luck as I go through them all one by one.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector's Edition

I really would like to read and look at this at some point. Will it happen any time soon? Probably not. I’m not going out to purchase it and my library doesn’t have it. May as well delete it from my TBR.

Verdict: GO

The Moth & the Flame (The Wrath & the Dawn, #0.25)

There are very few YA books that I’ll be keeping. This series is one of them that’s staying.

Verdict: Stay

The Girl on the Train

I was pretty much told the entire “plot twist” surrounding this book. So now I really don’t even want to read it.

Verdict: GO

If You Only Knew

This just doesn’t interest me right now. I do love the cover for this one though!

Verdict: GO

The Mirror & the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1.5)

Here’s the other novella for this series. Keeping it to read!

Verdict: Stay

Sinner's Creed (Sinner's Creed MC, #1)

My friend told me she saw something about this series and now she doesn’t want to read it. It’s making me iffy about it. It does have “dark” as one of it’s genres on Goodreads. That’s not my cup of tea. This can go.

Verdict: GO

The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)

I tried to pick this up once before. It was all sexy times and very little story. I have issues when they don’t have any sort of plot to them. I do want to try it again but giving up on it though.

Verdict: Stay

Hope Flames (Hope, #1)

I have this thing about men with dogs on covers. To me it seems like that’s who the romance is between….don’t ask lol!!!! In all seriousness, I don’t think this is one I would like…feel free to convince me otherwise in the comments below.

Verdict: GO

Real (Real, #1)

I’ve heard this book and its series is really good. So I’m going to at least try this book and see what I think.

Verdict: Stay

A SEAL at Heart (West Coast Navy SEALs, #1)

I’m not a fan of this cover…..Don’t you hate when you pick up a book and just don’t LOVE the front of it?? I have a thing about Navy Seals so I want to give this one a try!!

Verdict: Stay


The STATS:

Books removed this week: 5

Total number of books removed: 10

Current number of books on my TBR: 939

So….I did add a few books to my TBR this week. UGH!! I’m supposed to be reducing the number not adding to it lol!!!

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The ABC Book Challenge | K

Book Tag

I saw this book challenge/tag floating around the blogger world and just had to join in. This looks like such a fun feature!! What better way to share your book favorites?! I’m not sure where this originated from, if you know please leave a comment below so I can credit them.


*Clicking each cover will take you to its Goodreads page.*

Memorable Titles That Start With “K”

King of Wall Street

I’m a sucker for office romances and alpha males so this was the perfect read for me!!

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

I loved the twists and turns in this book. Trying to figure out the guy’s identities really kept me guessing!!

Knuckle Down (The Cursed Ravens MC, #2)

This one had my top 2 favorite types of stories into one:single dad and MC romance. There is also nothing more attractive than a present father.

Books Starting With “K” On My TBR

Kept by the Viking (Forgotten Sons, #1)

I also have a weakness for viking romances. YES PLEASE!

Knight in Highland Armor (Highland Dynasty, #1)

I’ve been craving a historical romance here lately. I think I’ll pick this up next!!!

Kings of Mayhem (Kings of Mayhem, #1)

See….told ya I have major love for MC romances lol!!!

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Review: Mastering Adulthood by Lara E. Fielding

Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up

Mastering Adulthood by Lara E. Fielding

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

So….this was nothing like I expected it to be. When I first looked into this book, the synopsis showed “skills to help you cope with the feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and stress that may be getting in the way of living an independent, fulfilling adult life”. That was just what I needed!! However, I didn’t absorb the “delve into the deeply emotional aspects of growing up” part of the synopsis. I really wish I saw that and knew that it was going to be a “deeper” read.

You know when someone is explaining their favorite hobby to you and the details that are involved. Such as someone who likes rebuilding car motors. They can tell you every little detail and they get what they’re saying, however….to someone who doesn’t work on cars, it can be overwhelming. That was this book for me. I just couldn’t keep up. The author used several metaphors throughout the book and honestly, I got lost in the shuffle more often than not. I’m not sure if it was due to me not usually reading this type of book or if it was just not geared towards the average adult. I felt quite dumb trying to understand this book and catch what the author wanted me to.

Overall, this isn’t a book that’s surface level if you will. It goes deeper into why we act the way we do, the inside wiring of our personalities, etc. If that’s your thing, then definitely pick up this book. However, if you want a basic understanding and different tips and tricks to handle your anxiety and other issues, I don’t think this is what you are looking for. Who knows, this may not have been my cup of tea but you may really enjoy it.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Audiobooks FAQ

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme previously hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

This week’s topic is: Audiobooks FAQ


My journey with audiobooks: I’m one of those people who just could not listen to audiobooks. I could sit there and listen to a story but my mind just wanders all over the place. I would remember I was listening to a book and then have to rewind. Try repeating that 700 million times. It just wasn’t working out. In January 2019, I decided that this was the year of audiobooks. I wanted to be able to listen to audiobooks when reading wasn’t an option. So I waited until bedtime and crawled into bed. I turned off the tv, electronics, the lights (except my lamp), etc. I also chose a novella because I think that’s best to start out with. Don’t start out with a 1,000 page story because you aren’t used to listening quite yet. Anywho, I chose my novella and just laid there listening to the story. This is what it took for it to “click” with me. I didn’t use a faster speed or anything like that either. I just took it nice and slow. Finally I was able to start listening while cleaning. Before I knew it, I had finished my first audiobook and actually understood what happened in it!!! I was so proud of myself!!!! I graduated from bedtime in the dark listening to listening during the day while doing certain tasks. Cleaning, doing laundry, cooking, etc. That’s where I’m at now. I’m not at the point of driving while listening and not sure if I’ll ever be. I don’t really like driving so I like to be totally focused and don’t want to zone out while listening to a book. That’s just me, I know others are more than capable of doing this without any dangers. I’m just not at that point yet. So basically, I’ve been where you are (if you’re struggling). I would start a book and my mind would just start thinking about EVERYTHING. I recommend trying what worked for me and seeing if you have any luck with it. Keep me posted on your progress!! I’d love to hear how it’s working for you!!

How I listen: I usually listen to audiobooks through my phone. I have several apps that I listen to (read me romance, overdrive, audible, etc). I haven’t yet attempted to listen to an audiobook while driving. I just don’t need that kind of pressure lol!!

Favorite audiobooks: Royally Endowed by Emma ChaseDefy by L.J. Shen, and If I only knew by Corinne Michaels.

Places I listen to audiobooks: Read me Romance app/podcast , Overdrive, my library has some audiobooks on cds, Audible, Scribd, and sometimes authors have audio tours for advance copies of books as well. Also, my library has the option to get books from other libraries called Interloan. Maybe you can request some audiobooks that way or even ask your library to purchase ones you are interested in?

Is listening to audiobooks reading? OF COURSE IT IS!!! If you wear glasses are you actually seeing?? YES!!! Just because you use a different method, that doesn’t mean you aren’t really seeing. It’s the same concept.

Favorite Narrator: Shane East hands down. I’m soo in love with his voice. It’s so sexy AND he has an accent. YES PLEASE!

Female narrator wise, I don’t have a stand out favorite. I haven’t listened to that many narrators yet but I’m sure I’ll eventually have a preference. I really liked Tracey Marks and Sophie Eastlak, so I’ll pick those two for now 🙂

How and when do you find you listen to audiobooks? I usually listen when I’m cleaning or doing other household tasks. Something that doesn’t require my full attention and that I can do on autopilot. I sometimes listen right before going to sleep with all the lights out while laying in bed.


I hope this post helps some of you. I’ve been there, trust me!!! I’d love to chat about audiobooks with you all. Leave me some comments below ❤

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Review: Lovely Little Liar by J. Kenner

Lovely Little Liar (Blackwell-Lyon, #1)

Lovely Little Liar by J. Kenner

3 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

This was my first book by this author and I’m still not sure whether or not I enjoy her writing. It’s really hard to tell much about an author’s style when you start with a novella. Novellas tend to rush things because there’s such a limited time frame to work with. With lovely little liar, we basically got love at first sight and insta-love. I’m usually not a fan of those two things if I’m being honest. I’m not sure whether or not I believe in love at first sight. It’s usually lust at first sight as opposed to love.

In this story we have Pierce Blackwell, former military man who now runs his own security business with friends. Pierce has major trust issues. His fiance, Margie, left him before their wedding and it really messed with Pierce. He wants nothing to do with love and only hooks up with women for one night only.

Jezebel Stuart is the manager for her younger sister Delilah whose an actress. Due to some drama surrounding her sister, Jez wants to hire Pierce and his team to protect her. Pierce and Jez have instant connections but don’t want that to get in the way of protecting Delilah. They have this banter where you aren’t sure if they hate each other or want to rip each other’s clothes off lol.

Overall, this is a shorter read at around 150 pages give or take. We’re thrown quickly into this duo and everything is at a much faster pace than we would get in a larger book. I felt the story was just okay. I wasn’t really rooting for these two because I didn’t have time to connect to them. I did enjoy the characters but I just wasn’t invested in them if that makes sense. I’m eager to try out a full length book by this author and see how that one goes.

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Stacking the Shelves | 8

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.


*Clicking each cover will take you to its Goodreads page*

E-Books Won:

42295349

Hollywood Playboy

E-Books Purchased:

Ten Reasons to Stay (The Risky Hearts Duet, #1)

Bro Code

More Than This (More Than, #1)

Freebies:

Strong Suit


Let me know which books you’ve borrowed or purchased recently in the comments below.

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Guess That Synopsis | 5

Guess that synopsis

I’m sure I’m not the first one to come up with this idea BUT I haven’t seen it floating around. I thought this would be a fun idea to try and guess what a book is about strictly based on the cover. If you or someone you know is already doing this, that’s 100% great!! I’m not trying to steal your thunder by any means. To my knowledge, I haven’t seen this so I came up with my own title and decided to post it. If you want to join in, feel free to do so 🙂

I’ll be grabbing books from Google, Goodreads, friends, etc. At the end of my guess, I’ll post what the book is actually about and see how close I was. Alright, let’s get started!!!


The Book:

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 (Reasonable Doubt, #1)

My Guess:

Reasonable doubt and the fact the man is wearing a suit makes me think this is a lawyer romance. I think the man will be the lawyer and he will represent the love interest. I feel like all the evidence will point to her being guilty but together they solve the case together while falling in love. AWWWW lol.

Actual Synopsis:

My cock has an appetite.

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar… (Although, that’s a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was , until “Alyssa”…

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.

But then she came into my firm for an interview—a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed…

Verdict:

My friend Deanna at A Novel Glimpse recommend this book for this week’s post. I’ll admit this cover didn’t give me much to go on but I think I did okay. I got the fact he was a lawyer right. The rest…..I pretty much failed on lol!!


I would love it if you guys left me some book titles for me to do on my next post!!! I pretty much failed at this round but I’m going to shake it off and prepare for the next round!!! Thank you Deanna for the rec!!!

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Review: War by Lane Hart and D.B. West

War (Savage Kings MC #4)

War by Lane Hart and D.B. West

3 Stars

This is the fourth book in the Savage Kings series. I was excited to read War’s book from seeing him around in the previous stories. I will say he was a bit different from what I expected. He almost had this split personality. One minute was sweet, caring, affectionate….then he became almost cruel and calloused. I loved when he was being vulnerable and showing his softer side. When his uglier side came out….I wasn’t a fan. To give you some backstory, War (aka Warren O’Neil Sr.) had a son named Ren (Warren O’Neil Jr.). Ren’s mother was an addict and was never really involved in his life. War became closed off and completely gave up on finding love because he thought they were all like Ren’s mother, Marcie. This gave War major trust issues that we see throughout the book. While I understood why he was this way, it was quite hard seeing him take his problems out on Nova.

Nova McQueen is War’s love interest in this book. She’s fairly new to town and currently works as a social worker. This comes into play during the book but I won’t give away how. I felt quite bad for Nova’s character during the story. She seemed to always have the worst luck. Nova just couldn’t catch a break. I admire her determination with so many hardships in her life.

The romance in this was a bit of a let down. Once again, like in Torin’s book, it got a little kinkier than I enjoy reading. Nothing major but it still wasn’t my cup of tea. I honestly don’t know how Nova put up with War sometimes. He was frustrating me and I wasn’t even having to deal with him personally lol. I’m downing War a bit but he honestly took care of his family. He was always there for his son and even took care of his little sister as her guardian when they were younger. I think over time War will let that guard down and these trust/attitude issues will go away.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and love seeing this world through each club member’s eyes. I also like the updates we have on previous couples running in the background. It’s nice checking in on them to see how their relationships are progressing.

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March 2019 Favorites

Favorites

I love sharing what my current favorites are with all of you. It’s also fun to look back at what my favorites were at different times in my life. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting these once a month or just whenever the need strikes me.


60’s R&B music

I’m on a huge 60’s R&B kick right now. Some of my favorites are:

  • When A Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge
  • Stand By Me by Ben E King
  • You Can’t Hurry Love by Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding

Mint Medley Herbal Tea - Case of 6 boxes- total of 120 tea bags

I’ve finally found a tea that’s caffeine free that I enjoy!!! *dances* I throw a little sugar/honey in this and it’s sooo DELICIOUS!!!

I’m loving this new series that premiered in October 2018 by ABC. Such a great series that I hope sticks around for a very long time!

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I’m reading and loving this motorcycle romance series by Lane Hart and D.B. West. They’re currently on Kindle Unlimited so if you’re into MC romances, definitely give this series a try!!!

Yard Work

This may seem strange to some of you lol!! I’m just loving getting out and doing different things in the yard. I’ve been pulling weeds, mowing, raking, etc. It’s also been a great source of exercise for me (which I definitely need more of). I’ve always been an indoors kind of person so it’s nice to get out and try something new!!


What are some of your recent favorites? What are you loving? Let me know in the comments below!!

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