Category: Books

Waiting on Wednesday: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

I love Colleen Hoover’s books and her last one, “It Ends With Us” was an absolutely incredible piece of work. It was compelling, it was moving and it was real. There was less romance and more real life and I loved it! I don’t know much about “Without Merit” but I have no doubt that is going to be amazing. The only question is “will it be as amazing as “It Ends With Us”?

 

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

 

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.Com: 

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

Release Date: October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books

August Book Haul

Saturday was my monthly SPCA/bookstore splurge day. As usual I got a great combination of books I really wanted. My overall haul felt smaller than usual but that was probably for the best since I am rapidly running out of book space.

August Book Haul

 

SPCA BOOKHAUL:

SPCA BOOK HAUL 1 SPCA BOOK HAUL 2

I’ve already read (and enjoyed immensely) “Whiskey Beach” and “Key of Valour” by Nora Roberts (in fact I think I might already own a copy of “Key of Valour”. I also immediately finished “Spellbound” as soon as I started it last night. I can’t wait to read “Ever After”. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nora Roberts’ writing. The rest of the books are all unread. I’ve been wanting to read “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” ever since it was referenced in a Her Campus article once. It seems like a really interesting read.

 

Bargain Books Haul:

My visit to Bargain Books was pretty sad since I owned all of the YA books on sale (and I was certainly not buying YA at regular price because I’m too cheap for that). However as soon as I walked in, I found a copy of “Leave Your Mark” and grabbed it. Since it was part of the sale books, I needed two more books to get it at the discount price. It was a struggle to find those books but then I found Dumplin!!! IN HARDCOVER! Obviously I had to have it. And despite my best efforts I couldn’t find a third book so I settled for Melissa Delport’s “Rainfall”. I don’t really like that book since it made me cry like a baby and I am still not over it. I am so not over it that I reread the last chapter and started crying again before putting the book on my shelf without covering it in plastic. That book doesn’t deserve to be protected. I would tear it up myself if it wasn’t for the fact that I bought it with my own money. Stupid evil book.

Bargain Books Haul

 

What did your latest book haul look like? I’d love to know below!

August TBR 

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’ve been suffering with really bad headaches and my eyes have started hurting because of my glasses. My glasses are old and I just found out that they were the wrong prescription (the trainee who did my eyetest in 2015 messed up somehow and gave me a prescription from my 2013 glasses. So basically my glasses are from a prescription that is FOUR YEARS OLD!!!) Thankfully I have gone back to my regular optometrist and now I have glasses that I can see with (but they still give me headaches because they’re so strong. Just typing this post gave me a headache). Anyway all this is to say that I’m pretty optimistic that August is going to be a great reading month. Here’s what’s on my August TBR:



1) The Internet Made Me Do It  (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 2) by Jennifer Ammoscato: I read some of this and it is hilarious. When Avery is fired and cannot find work, she decides to write the next Fifty Shades of Grey. As someone who experienced the stress of job-hunting, I support this idea whole-heartedly.
2) Internet Famous by Danika Stone: I don’t remember what this was about but I know that there’s been ton of praise for this book.

3) The Divine Heart by Danielle Mani: The Divine Heart is my current read and I am enjoying it so very much. I’m not too far into it (the text hurt my eyes but hopefully that isn’t the problem with my new glasses) so I don’t really know where the plot is going but I really liked this series.

4) Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher: This is another Netgalley read that I didn’t get to. It seemed like an intriguing romance but then I read a really negative review and now I have mixed feelings.

What are you planning to read it August? I’d love to know. 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen (Gravity #2)

Falling from the Sky (Gravity, #2)Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Callie meets dashing and daring Hank for a few minutes before one of his jumps. While it is clear that she makes no impression on him, Hank definitely makes an impression on Callie. And then he gets in an accident that leads to them running into each other repeatedly.
While pre-injury Hank was dismissive of Callie, post-injury-Hank is pretty taken with her. Ever since losing his career, his girlfriend, his friends and his drive for life, Callie is the only one who sees him as a person and not as someone as a wheelchair. But Hank’s accident has left him with more than just physical scars and if he wants anything to do with his pretty doctor, he will need to overcome his own personal demons and Callie’s own issues too.
I thought this was a really great novel. Callie and Hank are an adorable couple and this book was not as angst-filled as I thought it would be. I also really liked Hank’s character. He was flawed but well-written and well-developed. I especially enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book.
I thought that both Callie and Hank’s exes were awful and I enjoyed seeing them get what (I thought) they deserved.
I definitely recommend this book to all fans of romance novels.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

I’m not sure what it is about this book or it’s pairing but I have wanted to read this since I met Eden’s character in the first book in this series. I feel like Dougie might have feelings for her too so I’m interested in reading this book and seeing his perspective on things. Dougie and Eden seem like a great couple so I can’t wait for this book to release. I am sure that this is going to be one of my favourite contemporary novels.

 

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com: Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea.

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for?

10 Problems that Only Bookworms Understand

Bookworms have different reading tastes. Some prefer fantasy or YA while others only read non-fiction. However hardcore bookworms are on another level. Here are a few problems that only hardcore bookworms can relate to:
10 Problems That Only Bookworms Understand

 

1) Not having enough book space:

Excuse me while I just make a random stack of books here in the middle of the room. Please don’t trip over my babies.

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2) Not having enough money for books- especially when there is a sale:

Can I just get a I.O.U? (Why are there always sales when I have no money?)
3) Making the decision between books or adulting:

Do you really need food? Because you could survive on sandwiches for the rest of the month just so you can finally read that new bestseller everyone is talking about. C’mon. You know it’s totally worth it.
4) Paperback vs hardback:

Paperbacks are more comfortable to read but hardbacks look so gorgeous on the shelves. Is both an option?
5) Having an endless TBR but still needing more books:

You need to get new books just so you’ll have something to read when you finish your TBR pile

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6) Falling in love with a fictional character:

We all know boys are better in books.

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7) Mourning the death of a fictional character:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows almost killed me. Like it killed several of my favourite characters.

 

8) Not being able to function in The Really World after you finish a book:

Like after reading a Sarah J Maas. How can you live in a world with no faeries or wars? What do you DO with yourself?

9) Having someone tell you “It’s just a book” when a book tears you into a million shattered pieces:

Shut up, okay! You know nothing, you callous non-bookworm-person! This book is my life.

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10) Trusting someone enough to lend them a book only to get in back in awful condition…or worse, not at all:

Do NOT get me started on how many times this has happened to me. This is why I don’t lend out my books anymore. Insensitive non-bookworms!

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman (Secret Brides #2)

Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2)Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Annie has earned herself the (very unfortunate) nickname of “The Runaway Bride” after a botched elopement attempt. When her sister and brother-in-law leave on their honeymoon, Annie sees it as a perfect opportunity to fix her past mistake and actually get married to the man that she loves. But first she needs to escape her brother-in-law’s meddling best friend, Jordan.
Jordan has sworn to keep an eye on Annie and is determined to keep his word. He knows firsthand what it is like to love someone and not have that love returned. And since Annie’s beau has no backbone, it falls to Jordan to protect her reputation. So he kidnaps her and takes her to the country.
I really liked Jordan and Annie together. They have a very clear chemistry and the build-up to their romance is great. However I felt like that latter part of the book was forced. The plot seemed flat and it just seemed like Annie and Jordan’s relationship was dragged on. This was a really good book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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July Weekend Bookhaul

I bought books! Again. “Valley of Silence” was from a secondhand stall at the Stables while the rest of the books were from Bargain Books Umhlanga. I love that place. I should just move in.

What was your last book buy? Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out LoudLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sonny lies about everything. It’s her way of regaining control over her life. So when her nemesis, Ryder messages her instead of his crush, her best friend, Amy, she doesn’t bother to fix his mistake. However a real connection developed between Ryder and Sonny and Sonny is now forced to stop her lying ways. But Ryder hates her in real life and telling the truth would mean ending things between them permanently.
I absolutely hate stories/movies where there is a lying character who, for whatever reason, is unable to confess to the truth. It pisses me off because literally all you have to do to fix everything is TELL THE DAMN TRUTH.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I was incredibly frustrated with Sonny. She was incapable of telling the truth throughout the book and it just annoyed me.
Like “Run”, this also had a really strong female friendship which I loved. I also enjoyed seeing Wesley and Bianca again.
This was a great read (with the exception of annoying, lying Sonny) but the ending was a bit too open for me. Like in “Run”, I needed to know more about the future of these characters. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick read.

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Waiting on Wednesday: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2)

I absolutely loved “One Dark Throne” by Kendare Blake. The world was dark but compelling and the story stayed with me long after I finished the book. I especially loved all the twist and turns towards the end of the book. The sequel releases in September and I CAN NOT WAIT!!!
Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other

 

 

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