Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018. So, I know that this is supposed to be a top ten list, but after looking through the books I read last year these were the only truly new authors I read books from. I’m also very glad that I discovered them! I enjoyed all of these books and have either already read or bought other books by them. 🙂

Have you read any books by these authors? If so, what did you think of them?

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Bout of Books Wrap-Up!

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My first readathon of the year is officially over and I’m so happy that I participated in it! Bout of Books has been one of my favourite ways to start off the year. It’s low pressure and always motivates me to start the year off right. This time around it’s been even more special for me since I really haven’t read anything since August. I am so happy with my progress! I managed to read 3 books and get half-way through another. Fingers crossed that this is a good omen for the rest of the year. 🙂

You can check-out my daily updates and musings related to Bout of Books here on my Twitter.


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.


What I Read:

Books That I Didn’t Finish:

Did you participate in Bout of Books? How did you do?

Series to Finish 2019 Sign-Up & TBR

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Anna at Reader and Proud is hosting a fun challenge called Series to Finish. Basically, the challenge is to finish the book series that you have started but haven’t gotten around to finishing (or in my case completely forgot about). I’ll be posting my progress here and on my Twitter account. I’m really looking forward to conquering my TBR through this challenge. I have so many books that I’ve forgotten about. Let’s do this! 🙂

The Rules:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st and you can join at any point.
  • ARCs do count for the challenge, as well as books published in 2019.
  • You can also include comic books and graphic novels.

My Challenge TBR:

Prisoner of Night and Fog (1/2 books):

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Poison Study (1/6 books):

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Daughter of the Pirate King (1/2 books):

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Ruined (2/3 books):

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Books I Read in 2018

December Wrap Up

So…2018 wasn’t my best year for reading. Through so many ups and downs I was able to read 45 books, which really isn’t too terrible. However, I’m used to reading a lot more! The majority of the book I read were absolutely AMAZING! Mirage and the Heart of Mist series are total standouts. I was also able to finally get to some books that have been on my TBR for ages (why did it take me so long to read To All the Boys I Loved Before?). If I was to sum up this year, I would say it’s the year where I rediscovered my love for fantasy and super adorable romances. I can’t wait to get back into reading in 2019! ❤

 

Did you read any of these? What did you think of them?

Bout of Books Sign-Up & TBR!

December Wrap Up

I love participating in readathons! Bout of Books has always been one of my favourites and I can’t wait do it again. Since I really haven’t read much in months I’m trying to keep it simple. I’m only selecting 4 books for my TBR. I probably won’t get to all of them but I’m going to give it a try! Will you be participating?


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.


TBR:

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Have you read these books yet? 

Time to Get Back to Blogging!

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while…a lot longer than I had originally planned. I haven’t given up on this blog, life has just gotten in the way. Lots of things have changed since the end of July. I’ve had a beautiful baby girl, returned to work and coordinated a large international event. I’m still trying to figure out the whole work/motherhood balance and had to push some things aside in order to stop myself from feeling overwhelmed. I miss reading. I miss blogging. And…I can’t wait to get back into it in January. Thank you so much to those who have stuck around and for your continued support of this blog. Love you guys!

Also, happy holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends. ❤

ARC Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Release date: October 30th, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Contemporary, adult, romance
Format: eBook

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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…

Contemporary romance is a genre that I’ve been exploring more of as of late and I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this book while browsing through NetGalley. This novel was exactly what I needed! It’s beyond adorable and so much fun from beginning to end. A perfect summer read for lounging by the pool and soaking up the sun (too bad that it’s scheduled for release in October…what a wasted opportunity!).

Before I start my review, I do want to say that I have never read the author’s debut, The Wedding Date. The Proposal features characters from this book but it’s not promoted as a sequel or companion novel. Not reading the first book didn’t impact my enjoyment of this one at all. So, you don’t have to worry at all, however, I now really want to read The Wedding Date. It sounds like another great romantic read!

The story begins with a woman having her boyfriend of only a few months propose to her at a Dodger’s game. She declines his proposal and is judged by thousands of people in the stadium. Right away I was behind her 100% because I would hate having such a public proposal. I cringe just thinking about it. I could really put myself in the main character’s shoes and I loved that about this book. Anyway, as the lead character is trying to deal with the awkward situation, she’s aided by a man who had watched the whole thing a few rows back. This intervention changes both of their lives and kicks off a series of events that made me smile uncontrollably, laugh out loud, sigh and shake my head in disagreement. I cheered the characters on and found myself mumbling about some of their choices…basically I was fully invested in this story and was so sad when it ended.

What I especially loved was how the romance was friends to lovers. The two characters had to navigate through a lot of personal issues to figure out how they could make what they had work. Things weren’t easy but that’s what makes for a good story! The book is also very diverse with a cast of characters that actually reflect the world that we live in. For example, there is a black main character and a Latino love interest. The writing was simple, but it flowed and I just kept on turning the pages. I read this book rather quickly and totally didn’t mean to…I just couldn’t help myself! 

So, if you are looking for a fun romance book to read or need a good pick-me-up then this book is totally for you! I know that I’ll be getting a copy of the author’s first novel very soon and will be keeping on eye on her future releases.


About the Author

16287225Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks. As well as writing books, Jasmine sometimes writes about books, pop-culture, and food, some of her favorite things.

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