I seriously had to alter my reading goals on Goodreads. It was depressing seeing that I was almost 10 books behind to reach a goal of reading 100 books. After I altered it to 60, I felt a bit better. Is that sad? Maybe a little sad.
I, unfortunately, haven’t finished any books this week. I have made progress, and also have a couple of ARC opportunities.
I have not finished The Raven Boys. I have gotten a bit further, but seeing as how it was mentioned in last Sunday’s post, it’s kind of redundant to mention it again. Although, I am still liking the story, I want to get a bit further before I make any other opinions.
The Kiss Quotient by: Helen Hoang
I mentioned this book in my last Sunday post as an anticipated read. I have started this book and I have to say I am enjoying it so far. I won’t give another goodreads summary, but the gist of it is that this girl named Stella (I say girl, but she’s 30) has problems with socializing due to her Asperger. After her mother says out of the blue that her and her husband are ready for grand children (really? Couldn’t let the woman eat breakfast in peace?) Stella decides that she needs…practice.
So she decides to enlist the help of an escort service. That’s where Michael comes into the story. He’s a nice guy with some baggage, but only takes on ‘client’s on Friday nights and does not do repeats, due to some clients’ need to be obsessed. I’m not too far into the story but I am where Michael agrees to give her ‘lessons’ as she puts it. I’ll update more when I get further into the story without spoiling it.
The story is highly entertaining and sometimes I have to stop myself from laughing a lesson plan that Stella prepares. Seriously, funny!
The Nerdy and the Dirty by: B.T. Gottfred
(cover taken from Goodreads)
This would be an audio book that I’m listening to right now. Oddly enough, most of my Instagram buddies had never heard of this book. Audible does make some good suggestions from time to time.
Summary from Goodreads:
Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated—and not quite sure that she’s like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?
His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he’s destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different–but that’s what he likes about himself.
When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?
Kind of like Jandy Nelson’s ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’, the story is told in two points of views. One is from Benedict who believes he is far superior and is the smartest kid in school, believes that when he gets a girlfriend he will be popular and have his path set for life, yeah okay.
Pen (Penelope) goes through so much lengths to NOT be herself. She stays this quiet and passive person whom her Catholic boyfriend prefers and her ‘cool’ friends like more. And she considers herself a freak because she likes to masturbate.
This book is kind of frustrating me, but it’s only because I realize that I’ve been in this kind of situation that Pen has been in, only in my adulthood which only makes it sound much worse.
I definitely don’t want to give anything away, but this book has me so heavily invested that I am sometimes yelling in my car at how dumb or stupid a decision is or how idiotic someone’s idea of having a relationship is. I’m hooked. We’ll just leave it at that. Yes, there will be a review for it later.
See You Soon, Afton (After Morrison Series # 2) by: Brent Jones
(Image taken from Goodreads).
This is book 2 of the Afton Morrison series! I reviewed the first book a few weeks back and I just love it! The publisher sent me an ebook copy yesterday! I’m thrilled about it! This one won’t be published until August!
For those that haven’t read or know about the first book, here’s a quick summary:
We all wear masks, and Afton Morrison is no exception.
A small-town librarian with a dark side, Afton, twenty-six, has suppressed violent impulses her entire adult life. Impulses that demand she commit murder.
Blending her urges with reason, Afton stalks a known sexual predator, intending to kill him. But her plan, inspired by true crime and hatched with meticulous care, is interrupted by a mysterious figure from her past. A dangerous man that lurks in the shadows, watching, threatening to turn the huntress into the hunted.
This was described to me as a Jessica Jones type story. I’ve only seen one episode of the show so I wasn’t entirely familiar with it. But it is basically a female version of Dexter. If you would like, here’s a link to my review, Go Home, Afton, to give you an idea.
Anyway, the summary for the second book is as followed.
A teenage girl in Wakefield has been abducted, and tracking her down not only tests Afton’s moral limits, but threatens her freedom and her life.
Suspected of murder by local police, and under the watch of a menacing figure in the shadows, Afton’s search and rescue effort unravels dark secrets from her own past. Familial secrets her mother took to the grave, more than a decade ago.
I’m very excited about this book. I have to go through and put it on my kindle, but I don’t care. The author is super nice and I’m very excited to get the second book.
Not her Daughter by: Rea Frey
(Image taken from Goodreads)
A new Twitter friend of mine told me about this site called NetGalley – I already use a site called Hidden Gems for reviews, so I’m giving this one a try. This is the first book I received so I’m hoping to get this read before the end of the month. Original publish date is August.
Emma Grace Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June.
Emma Townsend is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.
Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Abandoned by her mother. Kidnapper.
Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal—and when a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her, far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?
Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure she wants her daughter back.
Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now she’s gone without a trace.
As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But her real mother is at home, waiting for her to return—and the longer the search for Emma continues, Amy is forced to question if she really wants her back.
Does it grab you yet? I know it did me. So it should be very interesting. I’ll definitely post my review here when I have it up on NetGalley. I’m a new reviewer so I have a lot of catching up to do.
That sums of my Sunday! So many books and just not enough time in the day. So many are being published and I just can’t read them all fast enough. Le sigh!