WWW Wednesday: Week 4 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


 

Hello, hello! I know this is a day late but this past weekend has been full of ups and downs. We visited family for my nieces 5th birthday (up) and are currently on day SIX of no A/C (down). Thankfully its not full summer here yet with only highs in the upper 80’s but with all the humidity its still not a cake walk. The people looked at it yesterday and apparently ordered the part needed but are claiming it wont be in until next Thursday. Needless to say we are now calling around to other places to find find the part and do it ourselves. You would think that paying for a warranty going on our third year and this is the first problem we’ve had would maybe give them the incentive to help more but they really just don’t seem to care. Bleh.


Recently Finished

Romancing Mister Bridgerton
If you love historical romances and haven’t read this series yet, you are missing out! This is definitely one of the top reads of the series tied with The Viscount Who Loved Me. I loved that it wasn’t an instant romance but a build up friendship to romance. Penelope has really become one of my absolute favorites women in the Bridgerton series. I’ve already got the next book on hold from the library.

The Lost Girls
Emotional. Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Uplifting.
So many emotions to describe this book. While I haven’t read many non-fiction books and the ones I have read I didn’t particularly like, this book felt like it was very well written and full of facts. This is such an amazing story of survival, of three women who were kidnapped and held for over 10 years. I enjoyed that it gave a background on all of the key people and interviews/comments from many outside people who at the time had no idea of what was going on in that house and afterwords not just from the victims but those who loved them and worked with them. I am really interested in reading more by Glatt. I really enjoyed his way of telling the story.

The Crown
This final of the series. I plan to have a full review/discussion of this book up soon. I’ll link it when I do!

The Secret Ingredients of Wishes
If you enjoy magical realism this is a book for you. I enjoyed this book as I do with almost any book involving baking. I would absolutely love to have a pie off between Catch and Rachel because seriously there is no down side. There were some elements that I wish had been expanded on but maybe there will be a sequel (fingers crossed). The thought of having the ability to grant wishes is fascinating but also we get to see how much of a burden it can be.

Currently Reading

Dexter in the Dark
As usual I am listening to the audio book for book three in this series. This book seems to have more of a in depth exploration of the Dark Passenger. Honestly I’m not very far into it but am very intrigued by whats going on. I think my favorite part is the relationship that’s budding between Dexter and Cody.

Fear University
This book is the first in its series and was recommended to be by the owner (Nalana) of Book Scents. Nalana works with authors and creates custom candles and scents for their books. This is an urban fantasy/ paranormal romance. I cant tell you the last time I read something this unique in this genre. I am absolutely loving this book. The snark and banter is fantastic. If you enjoy this genre give it a look!

Up Next

Storm of Swords
While I am technically still reading Clash of Kings (almost half way through) this was one of my birthday presents that finally came in the mail this week. Even though its slow going I really am loving this series!

Killing Hour
I can not get enough of some Lisa Gardner. I have this book from the library just waiting for mt to finish Fear University and pick it up! This installment has a new FBI agent, Quincy’s daughter, and I’m really excited to see whats to come from her!

 –Taylor

 

WWW Wednesday: Week 3 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



Welcome back to my little corner! I recently got nominated for a fun Entertainment Blogger award/tag, you can check out my post here and I highly recommend you check out all the amazing blogs I tagged as well! Look at me, two posts in one week! This may be my new goal. I’d really like to start doing more actual full book reviews. Any advice?

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Recently Finnish

The only time ever that I don’t hate putting up laundry is while listening to an audio book. I’ve found it as the perfect compromise. I finished The Angels’ Share by J.R.Ward this week. It was good, it wrapped up almost everything nicely. Which leaves me to question what in the world book 3, The Devil’s Cut, will be about. I really expected this book to be more about Maxwell since the synopsis really made him sound sinister but he didn’t show up till over halfway through the book. I can’t say that I’ll read/listen to the next book. I may just have someone tell me what happens. Any takers?

Ever have one of those moments when you are completely wrapped up in a book, lost in the emotion, and someone comes along busting your bubble and completely jarring you to reality? Yea, that happened to me while reading Dragonfly in Amber. Normally my husband doesn’t bother me when reading and he knows how much i am loving the Outlander series but for whatever reason he decided to he absolutely needed my attention at that moment. If you’ve read the book you’ll know the scene, Claire and Jamie are at the little shack at the bottom of Craigh Na Dun and he’s confessed to have been counting the days. My heart stutters just thinking it all over again. Anyways, Hubby messed with me and I got off track before finishing the rest of the book. While it was still an amazing ending I feel that build up of emotion would have given it a little something extra had i not lost it. Even through all that I did cry. Boo-hooed really. I do plan to write up a longer full review so be on the lookout for that!

Another series I am loving is Lisa Gardner’s Quincy and Rainie series. I finished The Next Accident within almost 24 hours. I’ll admit I wasn’t keen on this book’s synopsis. You learn about Quincy and his family problems from the previous books and then a year after the accident and a month after the burial, it’s being questioned as murder? Why must it be a murder? Why can’t it legit just be something bad that happened and shaped them as they are. If you can’t tell this really did bother me but I expected a great story telling so i continued on. Overall it was a really good book that I’ve come to expect from Gardner. The plot was twisty and devious, the murder was smart, and the good guys just a smidgen smarter. The next book seems to focus more on Quincy’s daughter which I thinking will be interesting. I’ve already got it placed on hold from the library!


Currently Reading

The book club I’m with likes to read not necessarily the same book but books in the same genre, which I love. This month’s theme is Non-Fiction. I have read very few non-fiction and own only two. One I attempted to pick up and hated it, the second I haven’t tried picking up because I’m nervous I’ll hate it too. I have however read a book on Mini Farming because I absolutely love the idea of being self sufficient. I’ve had small potted gardens in the past and attempted a larger garden this year only to have Mother Nature rail against every single attempt. I’ve decided to put down the gardening gloves for this year and try again next year. My husband and I are also seriously considering raising some chickens which lead me to read Raising Chicken for Dummies.

Also with this genre I’ve started listening to The Lost Girls by John Glatt. Obviously I love crime stories so I thought of venturing into True Crime to see what that’s like. So far into listening the narrator is good, which is a big consideration for any audio book, and the story has me hooked.

On to a lighter note! Romancing Mister Bridgerton is number 4 in the Bridgertons series. I’ve really been looking forward to reading this book specifically because a book review podcast I listen to enjoyed it and made me want to read it all the more! If you like baking and books check out Fresh Baked Books, I believe they have a website, Instagram and a Pinterest page. Its two sisters who review a book and bake goodies to go along with it. So far Romancing Mister Bridgerton has been one of my favorites of the series. I have only a few chapters left so I should be able to finish it up today.



Up Next

I got some more book mail this week! Birthday book four out of seven arrived yesterday! Recklessly Royal is book 2 in The Royals Series by Nichole Chase. If you can’t tell by now I also have a love for royal romances. This is one of the series where the library has book one but none of the other! It drives me crazy. I’m planning on joining a Read-A-Thon over on Instagram at the beginning of July so I’m saving this quick read for then.

According to tracking numbers I should be getting one more book in the mail today, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I’ve seen this book around, have heard great things about it, and absolutely love that cover! Have you read it yet?


 

Are we friends on Goodreads? My username is Taylornichole221, I’d love to hear from you and compare books!

-Taylor

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WWW Wednesday: Week 2 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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My boys ‘reading’ to me their favorite book while my husband cooked me a birthday breakfast.

Happy Birthday to me!! Well kind of. My birthday was actually on the 11th which is one reason I didn’t finish any books this week. Another reason being my twin toddlers got a virus starting Wednesday, after separate doctor appointments and a run around to get their medicine, they finally kicked their fevers by Friday. Thankfully in time for birthday celebrations. It wasn’t a big affair but Saturday I got to meet some friends I hadn’t seen in a very long time for a day at the beach. Then on Sunday we tried a new sushi place in downtown Savannah and came home to make Homemade Strawberry Shortcake. Overall a pretty great birthday!

Currently Reading

I feel like I have quiet a few books going on right now even though its only four. The only book I actually started this week was Dragonfly in Amber. I’m right about the halfway point I really can not express all of the feels that I get from this book. I highly recommend this series, do not let the size intimated you! The story is worth it!

“I’ll leave it to you, Sassenach,” he said dryly, “to imagine what it feels like to arrive unexpectedly in the midst of a brothel, in possession of a verra large sausage.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

I had been listening to Ross Poldark as an audio book but it got slightly boring and was due back at the library. I have it on hold to try and finish it but so far I think I like the TV show a smidgen better. I’m also listening to the audio book The Angels’ Share. Again it was due back this weekend so it took until today for me to check it out again. I only have abut 2-3 hours left. I absolutely love J.R Ward’s series the Black Dagger Brotherhood and was hoping this series would be amazing but its only been OK. The drama and mystery are there but the romance is kind of lacking. We’ll see how I feel once I finish it.

Last but not least, Clash of Kings. I swear I will finish this book before the year is out! I doubt I’ll pick it up until I’m finished with Dragonfly in Amber though. I’m already so behind in the books it seems I have little motivation to catch up to the TV show. Who’s excited for July? This girl is!

Up Next

In order to keep from repeating myself from last weeks post I’ll tell you about some of the books I’ve recently acquired. I participated in a bookish exchange through Instagram and we mailed and received our packages this past week. My new friend Tracie had me figured out perfectly. She sent me lots of Harry Potter bookish goodies. One of them being Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay!! Gosh that is a pretty book! I’m really thrilled about it!

For my birthday present my husband gave me a nice big Barnes & Noble gift card! I ordered 7 books and 1 pre-order! So far I have only received 2 of the books ordered so I’m in contact with B&N to find out whats going on there. The first book is The Queen of the Tearling. Talk about another beautiful book! I have actually read this one but I loved it and want to reread it before continuing the series. Next is The Royal Pain. This is the second book in the series of the Alaskan Royal Family. I absolutely loved the first book I borrowed from the library and plan to buy it at some point. I’ve just been wanting to continue this fun light romantic series but my library doesn’t carry books 2 and 3. How crazy is that? So this was the perfect opportunity to pick up book 2. I’ll wait to reveal the other books as they come in.

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Have you read any of these books or plan to? I’d love to chat with you about them! Happy Reading!

-Taylor

WWW Wednesday: Week 1 – June 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Whew. Yesterday was a whirlwind. It started out as a normal stay at home mom day with dishes and laundry but nap time came with a high fever for one of my toddlers. My husband ended up coming home early to stay with one toddler while I took the other to the doctor. When I tried to pick up the medicine the pharmacy was out and wouldn’t have it till the next day. After calling to check with the doctor if that would be ok they sent the prescription to a different pharmacy that wouldn’t have it ready for another two hours. Needless to say a busy day which is why this post is late.

Recently Finished

Dearly Devoted Dexter
I’m seriously loving the Dexter series. He is so funny! I find saying that the oddest thing since, you know, he’s a serial killer and constantly thinks about murder. Oddly I really expected Dexter to do more killing than he has in the books so far. And as much as I love Deb she had me eye rolling quite often with her love interest here. I’m kinda hoping that doesn’t last. Using an audiobook has been great for this series and I plan to continue in that format.

Geekerella
Adorable fandom themed Cinderella retelling! All the fandom love is spot on!
Who doesn’t relate to having close friendships with people you only know through text and social media? This book gives me all the feels, from interacting with the vicious stepsister, the comfort of finding that true friend you can always geek out with, the triumphant confidence of accepting the geek within, and the absolute joy of getting the guy who loves you and all your geekiness. If you love Retellings and are apart of any fandom anywhere I think you’ll enjoy this fun quick read

Savannah Blues
I’ve owned this book for a couple months now. I picked it up at my library’s used book sale. I’m fairly certain I’ve read at least one book by Mary Kay Andrews and since moving to Savannah I’ve enjoyed picking up books set in the city. While this was a mystery and technically what I’d call a “cozy mystery” the main character, Weezie, never once had the thought to be an armature detective or that she could solve the murder before the police. Nope. She wanted nothing to do with it. That alone made this book stand out to me. The romance of the story seemed lacking, maybe it was just because they were pretty wishy-washy and only kind sorta made up at the end. From reading the synopsis of the next book it’s more about BeBe. While this was a neat quick read I doubt I’ll pick up the next one.

Currently Reading

The Angels Share
I actually started the physical book back in March but after a couple chapters I just wasn’t feeling it at the time. I’ve started it over listening to it on audiobook this go around. I just caught up to the point where I had left off in the book. The narrator is good and does a fun southern accent for everybody. Oddly though by listening I find that certain characters annoy me much more now. I really love J. R. Wards work, she has yet to disappoint me let’s hope it stays that way!

Dragonfly in Amber
Here it is finally! I am literally only a few pages in so not much to tell at this point. I did kind of specifically pick this book up right now for a reason. My Goodreads goal for this year was 50 books and this book will mark number 50 for the year! I am really surprised I’ve already hit this goal. I think my problem is I am an overachiever. Last year my goal was 25 books and I read 50. So we’ll just have to see what this year ends up being!

Up Next

The Crown
This is the final book in The Selection series and due back at the library soon so I’m sure I’ll pick it up next!

Romancing Mr Bridgerton
I’m really excited for this book, I love the series, and I’ve only heard good things about it.

Secret Ingredient of Wishes
I have seen this book around and no one of my favorite book review podcasts (Fresh Baked Books) are about to read it so I thought I read along as well!


Do you have a lot of bookish merch? I have barely any! Tell me some of your favorites!!

-Taylor

WWW Wednesday: Week 5 – May 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Not a lot of books finished this week but a couple are still on going. I did however find a new crime series to love. The best part of my week? My husband surprised me with my birthday present early!! Barnes and Noble gift cards for the win!!! So I’ll be having some fun book mail throughout the month of June and I can not wait!


 

Finished This Week

The Perfect Husband

This is the first Lisa Gardner book I have read but it will not be the last!! This book was amazing. If you enjoy crime mystery thrillers check this book out!! From seeing this as a series about Quincy I did expect him to be in it more but the story captivated me so that I didn’t realize he was missing until he was finally introduced. There were moments where I gasped aloud from shock and held my breath in suspense. Overall 5 star!!

The Third Victim

My second Lisa Gardner book! This continues on in the series and has much more Quincy. We also get introduced to another main character of the series Rainie. Working together they strive to find out what really happened during a local school shooting. While most evidence points to the Sheriff’s son there are a few odd pieces that don’t add up. While it wasn’t a fairy tale ending I was kept on my toes till the very end!

 

Currently Reading

Clash of Kings

I didn’t even pick this book up this week. I will make progress even if it’s just a few chapters this week!

Ross Poldark

This story is starting to drag a little. My audiobook was due back and I couldn’t renew it so I’m on the list to check it out from the library again.

Dearly Devoted Dexter

I started the audiobook this week. It’s recorded by the author which I think gives the characters a little extra something. I absolutely love Dexter. I watched almost all of the TV series (the last twoish seasons got kind of boring to me). Listening to the books you get even more of his thought process and get to hear more of his witty remarks. I will have plenty of fun quotes from this book!

 

Up Next

Geekerella

I received this book in a book box recently and I’ve been so excited to read it! It will be literally the next book I pick up!

Summer at Little Beach Bakery

I thought I was going to start this book earlier this week but plans changed, this week it is!

The Crown

The last book in The Selection Series. I’m interested to see how this series will wrap up. Eadlyn has been one of those characters that has some serious character growth going on and I’m excited to see the woman she becomes.



What are some of your go to Summer reads? I think I’m in the mood for some chick-lit soon. What do you recommend?

-Taylor

WWW Wednesday: Week 4 – May 2017

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three W’s stand for:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Lots of varity this week. From Non-fiction to Young Adult, Crime Thriller to Historical Romance.img_5309


Just Finished

Julie and Julia

I was slightly disappointed with this book. The movie is one of my favorites so of course I thought the book would be even better. I actually didn’t realize that it was nonfiction when I started reading. I don’t think that was the problem though, there are a good bit of time jumps mid story to explain an incident then coming back to finish the story when really you’ve kind of forgotten what was going on. There was a lot less Julia as well. Overall it wasn’t a bad book but not one I’d read again.

Deja Dead

These are the books that the shows Bones is based from. I’ve heard they are quite different and I can say I definitely see those differences. With the setting in Canada and a good bit of French thrown in, at times it was slightly distracting just because I didn’t understand or know exactly where I was (there is a map in the beginning and all the French is translated but I still find it distracting). The crime and mystery were interesting and I loved that you really saw Brennan’s thought process as she went along with the investigation. Reich can also build some serious suspense. There were a few parts I found myself physically holding my breath caught up in the action. I really liked it and am excited for the next book!

The Heir

This book is the continuation of The Selection series except from Eadlyn, Maxon and America’s daughter, point of view. While I didn’t care too much for Eadlyn in the beginning by the end you are really rooting for her, talk about character transformation. While everything isn’t ‘happily ever after’ just yet I am excited to see where the next book takes her.

An Offer From a Gentleman

The Bridgerton’s are such a great family. I absolutely love them. This has been my favorite of the books so far. Who doesn’t love a Cinderella retelling? Benedict’s dry humor and sarcasm had me giggling (yes giggling) throughout the book. Sophie was a lovable character trying to do the best with what she had with a lovely dose of sarcasm mixed in. Some of my favorite scenes are when Benedict annoys and teases Sophie even so far as to make her throw things. They are absolutely adorable and perfect for each other.

Currently Reading

Clash of Kings

I swear I am making progress. Between the intimidation of such a large book and such an in-depth complicated plot I am taking my time and thoroughly enjoying the story. Seriously it’s one of my absolute favorite worlds.

Ross Poldark

I am listening to the audio book of this one. I’ve seen the first season of the BBC show and loved it. So far the narrator is really great at telling the story and it’s been pretty close to what I remember of the show. At times it does seem to get off plot detailing too much on a minor character but usually brings it around tying everything back in even though it doesn’t feel like that tidbit was essential to the main plot. So far, I can’t say for certain if I’ll pick up the other books but I am enjoying this one.

Next In Line

Geekerella

I have wanted to read this book since I saw someone with it as an ARC. It looks absolutely adorable.

Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery

A fun light read for summer time. This is the second book in the series and I absolutely love the author Jenny Colgan

The Perfect Husband

This was a recommendation for a book similar to Criminal Minds. After reading the synopsis I am eager to read it!


 

I love a varity of genres and to have something of each one close by for whatever my mood strikes me. What are your top 3 genres? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

-Taylor

March Wrap Up

March has been a good reading month overall. I’ve started a new series, had a couple rereads, and am making nice dent in my owned TBR pile.

I was introduced to the Kay Scarpetta series by a relative and absolutely loved this first book. The next few were good but now on books #9 and #10 I’m really starting to question if I want to continue this series. Point of Origin had an interesting murder mystery, at least until Carrie Grant started making an appearance again. I really thought we were done with that plot line. The ending was very lacking as well. I’ve come to believe if there isn’t a body they are most likely not dead. Black Notice was basically everybody is against Kay, everybody wants to ruin Kay, or maybe it was just that Kay was being stupid. Its all very bureaucratic, he said she said with very little criminal insight. Overall not impressed. I’ve already started reading The Last Precinct (#11) and its not looking up. It seems to be a continuation of Black Notice with just as much he said she said and everybody out to get Kay. Bleh.

On to better books! As you know if you’ve read my previous posts Time Travel was my book groups theme this month. I read Legend by Jude Deveraux, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren. You can follow the links for the first two books to get a more in depth review but overall I seriously enjoyed them both. Unfortunately Waterfall felt a little lacking after reading two such interesting books. I’m not sure if it was the YA aspect or if it was because it felt so short. Overall the book was good, plot and characters, but it just felt too juvenile for my preferences.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe was a delectable fun read. You can see my full review here!

I am really excited for what books April will bring. My book group is planning to read fairytale and folklore retellings! So far I have picked Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik! There are a couple other ones I’m looking into reading but these are my top picks. I am also reading Blood Rights by Kristen Painter for a different book group and for my own pleasure I am hoping to read The Redbreast by Jo Nesbon. Ive heard such good things about this series, I’m really looking forward to it.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading this month!!

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Outlander

For the month of March my book group is reading Time Travel themed books. My second pick for this theme was Outlander (my first being Legend). It’s been on my TBR list for a little while now and I’ve put off watching the show in order to read the book first. I find a book like this so hard to review. I enjoyed this book so much, much more than expected, therefore I find myself nit picking small silly things.

There’s an opening quote about missing people that really piqued my interest. “Disappearances, after all, have explanations. Usually.” Seriously, the while quote really made me go into this thinking I might like it more than I originally thought. Originally I went into this book with a little apprehension that I wouldn’t like it or that it would get boring, 850 pages is a lot! Once I started though I could not put it down.

Gabaldon writes beautifully. Accents can be so tough but I feel that she writes them so that you get a feel for the language but not heavy enough to where you cant understand what the character is saying. The main and minor characters have such depth and are interesting without taking away from the main plot. The plot alone is amazing, she weaves this story connecting all of these people in a complicated but intriguing dynamic. Its such a detailed story and thankfully all of the details really add to it rather than bogging it down and making it boring. I can say I never felt bored while reading. There were a few times where it felt the characters where maybe getting a little to comfortable in the setting which was usually remedied but some conflict right around the corner.

The romance aspect was nice but maybe a little sappy even for me. This is me just being nit picky. As much as I like Jamie I find that I love him and Claire together more than anything which makes the story better (face it, at some point we’ve all shipped a main character with someone else or even ourselves so when the main couple are perfect for each other it makes me story better for me).

I really cant wait to see where this story goes. At the moment I have only checked the books out from my local library (Dragonfly in Amber coming soon!) but these book are definitely on my Wish List To Buy!

Have you read the series? Watched the show? Tell me your thoughts!

Whatever Bakes Your Cake

The Great British Bake Off is my crack. Seriously this is one of my absolute favorite tv shows. The ultimate downside is because I live in the US I have only been able to watch 3 out of 7 seasons. They’ve recently been added back to Netflix therefore the baking bug has bit me something fierce. I sit here re-watching Season 2 (which is actually Season 4) as I type while nibbling on this delicious Magic Vanilla Custard Cake. Not only does it drive me to actually bake but it also forces me to abandon my To Be Read books for a familiar sweet treat.

Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe is an adorable chick-lit romance packed with delicious goodies. Not only do you get a charming novel you also get recipes for the confections described in the book. Ill be honest and say I have not tried to actually make one of these recipes but I am determined to try one before I finish reading it this time. 

I remember really enjoying this read my first go around just a cute fun read with great friendships and a sweet romance. I am over half way through reading now and this time is a little different. The uncertainty Issy feels and hoops she jumps through to open her dream bakery bring to mind my dream to open a bookstore. I’ve done a lot of serious research and while it wont happen this year (or probably even the next) I WILL open my dream bookstore one day.

The friendships in this book are amazing. These women come from many different backgrounds but come together to form amazing bonds. Granted they all aren’t exactly friends in the beginning, its lovely to see the friendships form and grow.

Overall I love this book and highly recommend it for a fun delectable read!

February’s Reads

In January I read a whooping 9 books. February was a little slower only reading 5 books. Not bad though.

Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Mystery #1)
By Bailey Cates

Loved this cute cozy mystery. Books that revolving around food and cooking are usually my favorites and this one was no different. I also picked this book up because of the Savannah Georgia setting which is right near where I live. It’s fun reading about places familiar to me even if they are technically fictional. The mystery was cute and not too easy to figure out. This was my favorite read of February.

Unhooked
By Lisa Maxwell

This was an ok read. I didn’t love it. As a Once Upon A Time fan the plot felt too familiar and there were a couple unanswered questions at the end that I felt were pretty vital. Gosh, that cover is gorgeous though!

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)
By J.R. Ward

I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. A few times I’ve felt reluctant starting a book, the synopsis just not catching my attention, then once I read it I absolutely love it! I have yet to read one I didn’t like. While this book was mostly about Payne and Manny I did prefer the relationship growth between Z and Jane. The connection Ward weaves between people and relationships is just amazing.

Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta #7)
By Patricia Cornwell

I’m steadily making my way through the Kay Scarpetta series. This book was good (better than the previous) but the crime portion didn’t interest me much and the ending felt too abrupt and didn’t really wrap everything up like I would have preferred.

Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta #8)
By Patricia Cornwell

While I enjoyed the crime portion of this book the personal relationships were really dragging me down. I can understand where Kay is coming from being set in her ways but she’s obviously in need of a personal human contact so hopefully she gets over this bump soon.