// Bookish Project Days 4-5 // Slump Weekend #Bookish #BookishProject

Sadly…I did not do any reading over the weekend. Mostly because I was tired and just really didn’t want to do a thing. Although I did go overboard with my book buys on Saturday…but that will come later.

I was in a bit of a slump. But I will start today and get my focus back on again. I also have a couple of ARCS to read as well.

Do you have traditions you do for the holidays?

// Bookish Project Days 2-3 // Already Behind? #Bookish #BookishProject #YA #ChristmasMurder

Thursdays and Fridays at work are usually draining. It’s hard to schedule these kinds of posts because what if I hadn’t a chance to read? I’ll do some more whining later – I promise.

Okay so here’s my progress so far:

This is the Way it Always is: I’ve gotten through the first two chapters and I’m assuming it’s background story. It’s kind of interesting but at the same time…I’m finding it difficult to care a little. I won’t fully judge just yet. Everything needs a back story. You can’t just type something up and say here it is. Yeah, won’t work like that.

A Christmas Carol Murder: So I didn’t realize this was part of a series, but I’m assuming I can still read it without going back and finding the first two books. Well, so far, the first chapter of this story involves Charles Dickens and then…he’s left with a baby. Great way to start a story lol.

Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow: Only read one chapter in this story. So far it’s a girl moving somewhere for a reason. I’ll know more when I read some more. I’m hoping to read this weekend.

What is on your current read for this month? Let me know!

// Bookish Project Day 1 // Start of Book and Discussion // #BookishProject #BookDiscussion #Day1

Welcome to Day 1 of my bookish project. I did start on This Is How it Always Is – I have not even finished the chapter because I’ve been so busy today. That’s okay, I at least got it started.

I thought I would also add maybe some discussion questions to make these posts a bit more entertaining and fun.

So I did the whole No Buy November challenge, but I did it for the fun of it. I have a partner who loves me and even wonders if I’m okay if I DON’T buy a book.

Do you get a sort of third degree for buying more books when you have a large TBR stack? Do you know someone who does? How do you handle it?


// Bookstagrammers Campaign // Book Review: No Consent by: L.J. Sellers & Teresa Burrell #ARC #ARCReview #BookCampaign

No Consent (Conner & Hitch #1) by:
L.J. Sellers & Teresa Burrell

A stressed-out prosecutor needs help from a charming ex-con. What could possibly go wrong?

District Attorney Clara Hitchens faces two major battles—exposing a corrupt DA, who might be her boss, while handling a high-profile trial with a victim who isn’t sympathetic. When Hitch runs into Nate Conner, he’s the last person she would expect support from.

Newly released from jail, Conner has his own problems. A thug is pressuring him for money, and his little sister Kaylee is missing. Determined to go straight, Conner decides that Hitch is the one person he can trust with his suspicions.

They develop a plan, but everything goes sideways.

A HUGE thank you to the authors, L.J. Sellers and Teresa Burrell for giving me this opportunity to read and review the first of their Conner and Hitch Thriller series. I love a good series thriller!

After being released from prison with a chance to start over, Conner tries to set himself on the right path and find his little sister. Things take a turn when Conner learns that his sentencing was done by a possible snitch who was put in his cell in order to get information – what?! It’s up to the prosecutor who put Conner in prison to find out what happened and how to fix it – if possible.

Conner cannot catch a break. I felt bad for the guy, even if he did do something messed up. He’s trying to make up for it and gets the short end of the stick. His sister is awesome and I hoped he would find his little sister in time before she did something, something else, stupid. Hitch is a pretty cool woman and tries her best to ignore the feeling in her stomach when she sees Conner.

Well, from how he’s described, I can’t fully blame her. I mean, if the authors described him the way Tom Ellis (Lucifer) looked I’d be drooling…metaphorically speaking anyway. A girl can have her fantasies so it’s okay Hitch.

This is a great start to a series. I really enjoyed the story and how these little side ones eventually tied into one long one – Conner has a lot on his plate and this is only the beginning. I did really want to smack him across the head for his decisions – like the hotel, come on man! Don’t be that kind of guy!

Okay, I won’t give anything else away. The book is a page turner and you want to see Hitch win this case and her other case that was so heartbreaking. IT’s not a disappointment. I’m a bit of a thriller nerd so it appealed to me more. The story is a great beginning for a series and I can’t wait for more.

// December TBR // Bookish Project #Bookish #DecemberTBR #BookishProject

I did this last year and it seemed to do pretty well for me. Since this year my grandmother passed away and it still makes me very sad and the last thing I want is to go into a deep depression for Christmas. Now, I’ve done a sort of quiz in order to choose these books, but this year, I’ve decided to go with what three I choose and stick with. No particular order, but they do rank ‘been on my TBR for up to a year’ scale. That doesn’t mean I won’t buy more books. Of course if one kind of steers me more toward them than the others, it still counts. At least, that’s what I tell myself. Although last year, I finished two out of the three. Let’s see if I can make it all three.

Okay enough of me chatting away. You’ll see more of that throughout the month. I will still be doing some reviews as well. I do have to keep it more interesting after all.

These are the three that I have chosen to focus on during the month of December.

This is How it Always Is Summary:

This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

A Christmas Carol Murder Summary:

London, December 1835: Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. But their blood truly runs cold when their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house. They soon learn the dead man at their feet, his neck strangely wrapped in chains, is Jacob Harley, the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow Summary:

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart.

Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.

A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.

// Book Review // Cracked Up to Be by: Courtney Summers #BookReview #YA #MentalHealth

Cracked Up to Be by: Courtney Summers
Published December 23, 2008 by Wednesday Books

Summary: Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games, but they don’t know that the real reason for this whole mess isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody–be totally alone–then everything will be okay…The problem is, nobody will let her.

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// Discussion // Book Buying Bans #BookishPost #BookBuyingBans

I’ve seen several readers put themselves on a book buying ban and some will keep to it and others…well not so much. I understand trying to put yourself on a ban, but at the same time, why ban when you can budget?

So I joined a challenge on bookstagram No Buy November. Of course the idea is not to buy during the month but read what you already had. Hard? Why yes, yes it is! I’m going through withdrawals now lol. Day 17…I can do it!

Anyway, I totally understand finances of course. Me just buying a house and having to do some renovations, money is tight. I’ve always been good about budgeting my and my SOs money so buying a book here and there never hurt us anyway. I did sort of restrain from spending more than 20 dollars though.

I’m more book buying budget rather than ban. Do you put yourself on book buying bans?

Let’s discuss!

// Discussion Post// DNFing Books #BookishPost #DNF

Ahh the dreaded acronym…

DNF = Did Not Finish

I myself have done this multiple times. I’ve DNF’d audiobooks, printed books, and ebooks. I have one time posted a DNF picture on my Bookstagram and explained the reasoning for it. While there was a reason for my DNFing this particular book, I felt kind of bad and a little uncomfortable for even doing so. I have seen others who have done the same, but if I DNF a book, I’ve always not mentioned it. After that one post, anyway, I decided to not focus so much on a book I DNF’d. If it was a few books in the past, maybe, but I wouldn’t go into detail about it.

I’ve met a few BookTokers that will absolutely refuse to DNF a book.

Boy do I envy their strength…

Now…I’m not saying that I like to DNF a book, because I absolutely don’t. You want to push through because the author put a lot of thought and hard work into this book. I have pushed through quite a few times because while I lost interest in it, there’s still a part of me that wants to know what happens. Sometimes it redeems itself, and other times, not so much.

What’s the last book you finally decided to put on your DNF list? Why was it? Story? Style of writing? Found out something about it that you didn’t care for?


// Discussion: Reading YA And Whatever You Want // #YA #BookDiscussion #ReadWhatYouWant

Yes, I am 36 years old (No I don’t act it) and I enjoy reading YA books. It doesn’t matter which kind of YA, even some romance. Sure, I do read other genres as well, but I always veer toward the YA section. I’ve seen this discussion on BookTok and it really got to me. Why in the world would someone judge you on what you read? I read YA books, sometimes I’ve read books where the target audience is middle grade (IE, The Land of Stories. I love that series!) Do I intend to change that? Hell, no!

I do read adult fiction books and thriller books. Does it really matter what kind of books readers choose? Why is it such a topic that people are actually being judgmental?

If you don’t like YA, that is totally fine too. If you only read fiction, or only read non-fiction, that is awesome as well! More people are reading books, ebooks, audiobooks, who cares what the genre is? Just because a book was made for a teenage audience, doesn’t mean they are ONLY for that audience.

That may sounded more like a vent, but I’d like you all to comment on this. If you read YA, yay, if not, yay! It’s all good. What is preference though? What draws you to that genre?

Why does YA draw me? The covers are usually gorgeous, the stories are intriguing (most of them), and most of the time, YA has a lot more representation. That’s just me.

// Two Mini Audiobook Reviews // A Deal with the Elf King and The Friend Zone #Audiobooks #BookReviews

Happy Friday!! I give you two little mini reviews of the latest audiobooks I have listened/read in the last month or so. I know, they are long overdue. One book took me a little to finish because of some of the scenes, but I did finish them and I enjoyed both of these books.

A Deal with the Elf King by: Elise Kova

I had seen this book over Bookstagram and BookTok and I finally had to get this audiobook. In a time where Elves relied on the magic of a Human Queen to bring about Spring and Summer, Louella could very well be the last Human Queen because the magic is fading and hard times were going to come for the Elf kingdom. The story takes on a sort of Beauty and the Beast theme and I really enjoyed the story. I tend to talk to myself when I listen to a book and I said so much during this book. I enjoyed the pace of the story and how it ended so much. I do intend to read the second book of this Married to Magic series. I enjoyed the story and how Louella and Eldos’ relationship built.

The Friend Zone by: Abby Jimenez

This is the second book by Jimenez that I have read and Lord help me, I LOVE THIS WOMAN! This book was no different. Told from two different points of view, Kristen and Josh – the two grow from tolerating to liking to loving each other in the most different and albeit most frustrating way! Kristen is so awesome even if she was so infuriating. I’m willing to forgive because damnit…Josh was so hot and just as awesome! The story ends with such a twist that I definitely din’t see coming and I loved it so much! Is there really such thing as the friend zone, or is that something made up? I don’t know to be honest.

Enjoy my little mini reviews. If you want me to elaborate more on one or both of them, let me know and I’ll happily oblige! Enjoy your weekend my lovely Reading Horses!