// ARC/Book Review // Logging Off by: Nick Spalding #BookReview #LoggingOff #ARCReview

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Logging Off by: Nick Spalding
Published April 7, 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
Fiction/Humor

Andy Bellows is in a right state. Plagued with insomnia, anxiety and neckache, he’s convinced there’s something seriously wrong with him. And the worst thing is that his doctor agrees. The diagnosis: Andy is in the grip of a self-destructive addiction to technology—he just cannot put that bloody mobile phone down.

Texting, tweeting, gaming and online dating—technology rules Andy’s life. His phone even monitors his bowel movements. So how will he cope when he’s forced to follow doctor’s orders and step away from all of his beloved screens?

From having to leave the flat in search of food like some kind of Neanderthal to engaging in conversations with actual people, Andy’s about to discover just how bewildering—and scary—the analogue world can be.

And when his sixty-day detox hits the headlines—making him a hero to suffering technophiles everywhere—Andy is sorely tempted to pack it all in and escape in the nearest Uber.

Can he get himself out of this mess, and work out how to live a better, technologically balanced life…without consulting Google even once? Continue reading “// ARC/Book Review // Logging Off by: Nick Spalding #BookReview #LoggingOff #ARCReview”

// Audio Book Review // The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by: Abbi Waxman #AudioBook #BookReview #AbbiWaxman

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by: Abbi Waxman
Published July 9, 2019 by Berkely
Fiction/Women’s Literature

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is? Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by: Abbi Waxman #AudioBook #BookReview #AbbiWaxman”

// Audio Book Review // We Used to be Friends by: Amy Spalding #BookReview #Audiobook #WeUsedToBeFriends

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We Used to be Friends by: Amy Spalding
Published January 7, 2020 by Amulet
Young Adult/LGBT/Contemporary

Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // We Used to be Friends by: Amy Spalding #BookReview #Audiobook #WeUsedToBeFriends”

// Current Reads & Ongoing TBR list // #CurrentRead #TBR

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I did finish an audiobook today, so I’ll be writing a review on it and hopefully have it posted tomorrow. I have read more of Sadie, but not of The June Boys. I’m gonna try to pick that up again before I forget what all happened, but I can’t help it if one book grabs me more than the other, can I? I didn’t think so.

I did read more of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Good lord! I’m like on page 200 and usually that’s great because that means I’m halfway through the book. Nope! Not happening with this book in the series. I have 300+ more to go. And geez, the movie sure did switch details around a lot. I still love the movies, so that’s not really important.

I will say, in Sadie, the whole podcast interviews are sometimes a bit annoying – I would rather read Sadie’s point of view than the chapters of the podcast. They weren’t bad in the beginning, but now it’s like…umm…okay I just left off of this cliffhanger in a chapter and now this podcast is interrupting. Meh on you! But I’m liking the book so far, regardless.

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I guess with people being in quarantine and whatnot, I’m seeing more and more articles on these types of books for this situation or that theme and I wound up making like five pages of lists of books that I want to read now. I’ll only list a few on this post as because I’m not exaggerating when I say, about four or five pages of book titles I’ve written down because they all sounded so good to read.

Sadie, oddly enough, was on one of those lists but since I already had the book, I didn’t write it down, lol. So this list is the YA list.

And this is just my YA list. If you have read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them. I’ll post next time about another list I have. Like I said, I have more – I haven’t gotten these books…yet.

// Update on Current Reads // Sadie and The June Boys // #CurrentReads #Sadie #TheJuneBoys

I would make graphics, but I’m kind of lazy right now. That and I am not feeling very inspired for them right now. I wanted to give an update on my time alone at the apartment and reading these two books. I wanted to catch these up with my Harry Potter book, so Harry didn’t get as much attention as I thought he would.

So, both books I’ve past page 50. I am more drawn to know what happens with Sadie than I am with The June Boys. I’m not saying that The June Boys wasn’t great, but I don’t know, I think I want to know what the hell is going on with Sadie and her journey and this podcast that continues to tell the story of her sister’s murder.

The June Boys I’m not sure if it has a typo or not…but the character’s name is Thea – quite a few times someone as called her Thee. I haven’t read that it was some sort of nickname for her, so now I’m not sure if it is, or if this was just a really repetitive typo with this character’s name.

I didn’t read much anymore because I had a hard time going to sleep. After turning on some guided meditation and it starting to rain did the trick. I’m still tired but I want to read some more before the day is over. My SO will be back tomorrow. While I liked the uninterrupted reading time I got yesterday, the stress and anxiety of being home by myself still clouded me to where I was so tired throughout the day at work.

I’m gonna read some more today, but so far, it’s going pretty good. If you have read these two books, let me know and tell me what you think 🙂

// Home Alone w/ 3 Books // #CurrentReads #AloneWithBooks #TheJuneBoys #Sadie

Book Blitz

My SO has to work out of state for the next two days. I have to go back to work tomorrow and I have a feeling I’m not going to sleep well tonight. It’s part of my anxiety. The first night somewhere, even my own home, by myself always gives me nerves. So, I figured if I would pick three books to make my main focus and not go back on YouTube and listen to horror stories…then perhaps I’ll survive this.

That sounded dramatic, but it kind of is…but isn’t. Anyway, I do have some books on my kindle as well, but I picked three physical books that I have that I’ll make my main focus. One book has been on my TBR for longer than the other, and one is also a re-read.

Here are my three books for while I’m home alone.

The fourth book of Harry Potter, of course. I want to finish reading that series again. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the books and I want to go through them and remember what all happened and the different details that made Harry, Harry.

The June Boys and Sadie are books that I saw on Jesse the Reader and now…I can’t get them out of my head. IF you’re not familiar with the other two:

The June Boys:
The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Sadie:
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

I started the first part of The June Boys, haven’t started Sadie. I’m 100 pages into The Goblet of Fire. I have several ARCs that I have to read as well – I have my work cut out for me. No horror stories on YouTube for the next couple of days.

Otherwise…I won’t sleep at all. My overactive brain can concoct a lot of things…it’s scary. So I sit here in my Stitch pajama pants with The Carol Burnett Show playing in the background…and now, I shall read.

// Audio Book Review // The Lying Game by: Ruth Ware #SpoilerAlert #Audiobook #BookReview

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The Lying Game by: Ruth Ware
Published July 25, 2017 by Scout Press
Mystery/Thriller/Fiction

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father). Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // The Lying Game by: Ruth Ware #SpoilerAlert #Audiobook #BookReview”

// Book Review // The Proposal by: Jasmine Guillory #BookReview #TheProposal

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The Proposal (The Wedding Date # 2) by: Jasmine Guillory
Published October 30, 2018 by Berkley Books
Women’s Fiction/Romance

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…
Continue reading “// Book Review // The Proposal by: Jasmine Guillory #BookReview #TheProposal”

// Audiobook Review // My Lovely Wife by: Samantha Downing #Audiobook #MyLovelyWife #BookReview

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My Lovely Wife by: Samantha Downing
Published March 26, 2019 by Berkley Books
Thriller/Mystery

A couple’s fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. Continue reading “// Audiobook Review // My Lovely Wife by: Samantha Downing #Audiobook #MyLovelyWife #BookReview”

// ARC Review // If You Must Know by: Jamie Beck #ARC #BookReview #JamieBeck

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If You Must Know (Potomac Point #1) by: Jamie Beck
Publish Date June 1, 2020 by Montlake Romance
Romance/Fiction

Sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner have little in common except the childhood bedroom they once shared and the certainty each feels that her way of life is best. Amanda follows the rules—at the school where she works; in her community; and as a picture-perfect daughter, wife, and mother-to-be. Erin follows her heart—in love and otherwise—living a bohemian lifestyle on a shoestring budget and honoring her late father’s memory with a passion for music and her fledgling bath-products business.

The sisters are content leading separate but happy lives in their hometown of Potomac Point until everything is upended by lies that force them to confront unsettling truths about their family, themselves, and each other. For sisters as different as these two, building trust doesn’t come easily—especially with one secret still between them—but it may be the only way to save their family. Continue reading “// ARC Review // If You Must Know by: Jamie Beck #ARC #BookReview #JamieBeck”