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Recent Reads | Royals, Second Chances, and Other Thoughts

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and have been doing some fabulous reading lately!! I have been somewhat struggling with my reading but I’m hoping that July will bring more motivation for me!

If you saw my monthly wrap up for June you would know I did okay with my reading. Not amazing, but honestly pretty average for me! How many books do you read in a month?

So like last time, I am going to do a little update about what I’ve been reading lately. Lets start with what I have recently finished!


I just finished The Heir Affair a couple days ago!

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I absolutely loved this book. I will post a review for it soon but for now let me just tell you that this book did not disappoint! The drama was wild and just as good as the first book (The Royal We)! I received this book for a Goodreads giveaway!

I hadn’t read The Royal We before and then when I realized The Heir Affair was actually the 2nd book I was like oops better read the first one LOL. I quickly bought The Royal We on my Kobo and read it within I think 2 days. I was amazed how long The Royal We was… like it was a BIG ONE YOU GUYS!! Anyways, it was so fab that I plowed through out regardless of size. I pretty much immediately picked up The Heir Affair (also quite large) and read that one within the week.

I think these 2 books were really interesting in the sense that you get a snap shot into what it might be like being royal with today’s media! A lot of the drama is media drama and just how people make up these headlines about them or twist the truths. Also how the public can be SO MEAN and rip these people apart when they don’t even know them?!?!? I know this is a fictional book but it does make you think what it must really be like!

If you like the royals, specifically Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then you will love these 2 books! I don’t know if they will write another one but I hope they do lol.

I also recently finished The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove

Again, I will have a review for this one soon but just a little overview of it… a woman divorces her husband and decides to get a fresh start. She packs everything she owns into her car and drives off to a hotel she used to visit as a child. Little plot twist here… she actually BUYS the hotel and spruces it up to get it up and running again. She of course makes new friends and meets a guy… wonder what happens there?? Lol.

This was a predicable story but cute! It was also short so definitely a good one if you want a fast read that will make you smile!

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My current reads… this is a little up in the air right now lol. I have started a Netgalley book – Bookish and the Beast.

When I say I’ve started it I mean I’ve read about 3 pages lol. It has been sitting on my list for a bit and I know I need to read it AND I am excited to read it but just feeling a little uninterested in reading at the moment. I’m sure once I read a couple chapters I will be hooked… I mean who doesn’t like a fairy-tale retelling??

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I usually read 2 books at once but I honestly don’t know what book I will pick to read alongside!! So right now I will give you the couple options I’m trying to decide between:

  • The Unhoneymooners
  • The Guest List
  • Darling Rose Gold

Struggling to pick one…. maybe someone can help me decide?? What should I read?


Well that is all for today everyone! Hope you enjoyed my little reading update and my thoughts!!

What are you reading right now? Do you plan a monthly tbr or just go with the flow?

Chat with me in the comments 😊

Recent Reads | Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, and Other Thoughts

Hello friends, hope you all had a great weekend and were able to read lots and just relax! The state of the world is honestly unbelievable and I feel so deeply for everyone right now.

In other bookish news – I have been getting a decent amount of reading done and I’m feeling happy about that! So I wanted to start doing a recent reads blog post every couple weeks just to give an update on what I’m reading and my thoughts. I love doing WWW Wednesday but I want to get a little deeper into the recent reads than just list them! So, I’m going to give this a go and see how it goes!! Let me know if this is an idea you like? I see others doing weekly reading wrap ups and whatnot but I don’t think I read fast enough to do it weekly. We will see though!!

So, first off, I have recently finished Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth.

I LOVED Veronica Roth ever since Divergent.. I feel like that is like everyone else 😂 I’m definitely not a unique opinion when it comes to that LOL but I loved her writing style and loved the story. Since then I know she has come out with other books like Carve the Mark and the sequal to Carve the Mark (cannot remember the name right now). BUT for some reason I didn’t pick those ones up? Like what the heck Deanna? Anyways, they are on my long long list of books I should read one day. Will I get to them? That is a the age old mystery that I do not know the answer to!! All I can say is, I like Veronica Roth and I hope to get to those books sometime soon.

So, to Chosen Ones! I have a full review to post so Ill just go into it a little bit here. The book follows 5 characters called the “chosen ones” who are picked based on a prophecy that states the “dark one” will destroy the world. They go through this whole war with the dark one and you find out the dark one was DEFEATED. Now, that is NOT a spoiler (it is in the synopsis). The book then starts in the present and the reader finds out about the dark one and the war through flashbacks and other means of the characters going into the past! The characters are then taken on a new adventure when a new “dark one” (actually the same dark one) comes around and they have to save the world AGAIN. Obviously!

This book is entertaining. There is some magic, action, YA romance, zombies even make an appearance! There is also some sci-fi aspects to the story that I really enjoyed! Overall, it was a good read.


I am reading two books right now – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson & The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

Treasure Island is my 2nd ever classic. The only other classic I have read was Pride and Prejudice in college and to be honest…. I did not like it. Don’t @ me 😂 I know, its an unpopular opinion BUT I just did not enjoy the book and I felt forced to read it which made it so much worse.

However, I’m feeling different about Treasure Island. Its a little hard to read I wont lie. The English is very old!! Like the book was published in the 1800’s and that is what the English is like. SO I’m having a hard time with that a bit. The story itself though is entertaining. I like the adventure and the pirates! I’m at the part where they get to the island and some of the crew gets off the ship and some stays! Some murder ensues on the island and now I’m feeling SUPER sketchy about some of the characters!

So that is that! Will update you more when I get further in the book 😊

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is so far so good! I’m about 100 pages in and I’m happy with the story. I never liked President Snow in the other Hunger Games books but I’m liking this take on his character. Basically if you don’t already know – this book is a prequel to the Hunger Games series. It follows President Snow, before he is President, when he is still a kid and the Hunger Games are only 10 years in. He is a mentor to a tribute and basically it goes from there!

I wont lie to you.. I didn’t want to read this book when I first heard about it. It was all over the internet, people were freaking out, fan girling all over again for this book franchise! I LOVED the Hunger Games and also the movies when they came out. I was all for Gale and didn’t want Katniss and Peeta to be together, I was THAT girl 😂 but, I felt that I left the Hunger Games in the past. I read the stories when I was in high school and while I loved them and they were a turning point for my reading life, I just didn’t want to bring it back. If that makes sense. Anyone else feel that way?

HOWEVER, I will say that the more I saw it on IG, the more I needed to be on that hype train with everyone else. Then, on this past weekend, my parents stopped by my house and what did they bring you may ask??? THEY BROUGHT THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES. This is where my journey on the hype train began! Thanks mom and dad!

The story is fab so far. Loving it! The book is large and so I feel it will take me some time to get through but you know what? I’m cool with it. Ill ride this train for a while and when I have more solid thoughts and feelings about this (because like I said, I’m only about 100 pages in) I will let you all know!


My last reading update is what I am hoping to read next but am unsure about.

I will for sure be picking up a Netgalley title because as you guys know I have about 10 books waiting for me on there LOL. I’m thinking I will pick up The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove. It looks so cute and I just want to read some more fluffy books after I finish my current reads (or even during… maybe Ill try to read 3 books at once?) 🤷‍♀️

I also bought the whole series of Harry Potter books and LET ME TELL YOU I’m excited!! I wanted to start them the second they showed up at my house but I didn’t because I just cant drop a book I’m reading half way through, it feels WRONG. I am hoping to get to Harry Potter and the whole wizarding world soon but I also am torn because a part of me feels that Harry Potter should be read in the Fall/Winter. What do you guys think??


Well that’s all for today folks! That was more in depth than my WWW Wednesday and it was more fun to get some thoughts out about what I’m reading instead of just telling you all the titles with no real updates.

Let me know what you think of this post in the comments below. Do you like it? Is it too long? Do you simply not care about what I’m reading? I need to know so please tell all 😊

Stay safe out there everyone and talk soon!

Currently Reading Book Tag

Hey bookish friends!!

I saw this tag on Reading With Jessica‘s blog 🙂 So fun!! Go check out her answers as well!!


How many books do you usually read at once?

I have been reading 2 books at a time! Usually 1 is an ebook that I read on my kobo and one is a physical book!

Recently though I have started reading a 3rd book on my phone when I am waiting somewhere or have random down time! So far, so good!

How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?

I usually alternate between the books day to day. So, one day Ill focus on the ebook and the next Ill focus on the physical books. I will switch back and forth until they are done. Sometimes if I’m super into the book though Ill read that one and put the other to the side for a couple days!

Do you ever switch bookmarks partway through a book?

No hahahah I have never done this?? Do people do this??

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Just all over the place 😂

On the couch, the windowsill, the computer desk, the kitchen table, the bed, in my nightstand, on the floor…. really they just get put down anywhere and left there until I pick them up again!!

What time of day do you read the most?

Mostly night time! Since I’m at work all day I don’t have time during the day to read very much. If I have the day off or on the weekend I will read during the day though!

How long do you typically read in one session?

Probably like an hour to 2 hours!

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket off?

Noooo, I like never ever take the dust jacket off!

What position do you mainly use to read?

I like to curl up on the couch in my comfy little corner spot with blankets and cozy pillows!

Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

Very rarely! Only recently have I started to read on my phone so, I guess I technically take my current read with me! But I never take the physical book with me. Too much to carry and normally I don’t have time on my outing to read!

How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?

I try to update it everyday but sometimes I forget!

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I am currently erading 3 books:

  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating (on my phone)
  • The Dark Continent (on my Kobo)
  • Truly Devious (physical book)

I tag you!! Anyone can join in on this one 🙂 I’d love to see your answers!!

First Impressions: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Hi there 🙂

So today I wanted to share my thoughts on Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. It has been sitting on the Kobo shelves for months now! I got it for super duper cheap, like 0.99 cents or something crazy! I have been wanting to read it because I’m getting more and more into chick-lit style books and everyone says this is such a good one. So, finally, I have picked this one up and I AM HAPPY I DID!

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First impressions: So, this book is actually hilarious. I am about 45 pages in and I am impressed. Like, I have actually laughed out loud a few times. It is super funny. I have never experienced this before with a book!! I think Hazels character is just perfect. She is funny, crazy, has no filter, and is so genuinely herself which is just so heartwarming. It is also so perfect that her character is teacher, I think that is really fitting. I think we all knew someone in high school/ college that became a teacher and we were like oh…….. that’s not good 😂. She also has the most hilarious, weird, different relationship with Josh!

Josh is an interesting character to me. So far, I enjoy him, but he hasn’t fully won me over yet. There’s something about him I’m not connecting with but I feel like that will blow over just based on how cute and funny this book is. I’m sure he will open up and become a better character with time.

I just cannot get over the writing and how comical it is. I am so pleasantly surprised by it and I do not want to put it down (but I have to because work and stuff 🙄).


What did you think of this one? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will?

What Is Currently On My TBR?

Do you find your TBR grows and grows and seems like it is basically a huge mountain that just wont stop growing?? I sure do. When I first started my Goodreads account I added a lot of books that seemed in anyway interesting. It became obvious that it would take me years to actually read any of these goods and honestly probably longer because new books come out constantly!

I tell myself that I will get to them and I don’t want to take them off my list because WHO KNOWS when I might want to read it and god forbid I forget about it and it slips into the book abyss… I have a hard time parting with my list 😂 So, instead of deleting some books and being realistic… sorry not sorry… I am going to tell all of you wonderful people about my very long list and pick out some of my top “to reads” as well as a few that have been on there for, well, a long time!

My top “to-reads” right now:

  • Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  • A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • If I Never Met You by Mhairi MacFarlene
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig
  • Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

So, as you see this is a decent list of some newer books that have made it to the top of my list! I desperately want to read them all and I just need more time during the day to do this haha stupid working schedule!!! So, with all these wonderful books popping up to the top of my list, lets see which books have been getting shoved down….

My backlist “to-read” books:

  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • The Hive by Barry Lyga
  • How To Hack Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
  • Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
  • Good Girls Lie by J.T Ellison
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  • Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
  • Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro

Honestly so many good ones are on my backlist and so many more are pushed even further down the list haha. I need to go through my goodreads and do a massive clear out and be realistic but it is SO HARD!


What is your TBR like? Are you like me with a forever growing list with the backlist just stacking up to never ending heights??

WWW Wednesday – Jan 15, 2020

Hey comfy readers 🙂

Been awhile since I did a WWW Wednesday! Here we go 🙂

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover

Recently Finished

The Grave Keepers by Elizabeth Byrne

** Check out my review for this one 🙂

What I Will Read Next

It is always soooooo hard to pick what I will read in advance. I am such a mood reader! So I will do my usual and give a few options!!

  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

I feel like those 2 are at the top of my list!! I have a bunch I should read but those are newer books for me and I have been waiting!!! But I will let you all know what happens with that LOL.

WWW Wednesday – 09/25/2019

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Last of August – Brittany Cavallaro

LOVING it so far!!

Synopsis:

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Recently Finished

The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware

** Check out my review

Synopsis:

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

What I’ll Read Next

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Synopsis:

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.


Well that’s all for today folks! Let me know what you are currently reading!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂