Reading Resolutions 2018

Hello, lovely readers!

Long time no write. Seriously though, I’ve been gone for a while, yeah?

I hope you all have been doing wonderfully since I was last here. I am really hoping to get back into blogging, as I’ve missed it a lot over the months that I have been gone. I hope you are all looking forward to new content from me.

Today I come to you with my reading resolutions for 2018!

Goodreads Challenge – This year I’ve set my Goodreads challenge to 50 books. I only read 40 books last year, but have made a general goal to make more time for reading this year. I think 50 is an attainable goal for me, as I have read more than that in past years.

Finish Five Series – This year I want to knock out some series. I own quite a few series that are completed, some that I haven’t even started yet! Not only that, but I have a few series that the last book will be published this year. So, I should have plenty of books to choose from for this challenge.

Read Five, Buy One – Okay, so a little bit of a funny story here. I was talking to my husband and a friend of mine about how I wanted to buy less books this year. I bought way, way too many books last year compared to what I read and my TBR is starting to get a little out of control. I had mentioned I was thinking of setting myself a read so many before I can buy a book goal, and they both jumped at the idea. Five books is what we settled on. I have a chart hanging on my wall and everything. I’m really hoping I can stick to this.

A Readathon a Month – I would love to participate in a readathon a month. This isn’t a very strict goal, but I would like to at least participate in more readathons this year. I don’t think I did a single one last year, and that makes me incredibly sad. I love readathons and do pretty well with my reading when I do them.

Unhaul – I have a plan to go through my books and get rid of the books I know I will not read. I have some books that I picked up at our library book sale, or at our used book store, that I got simply because they were having a really good sale and I felt I needed to buy more books. Which is so incredibly ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, I read the back of almost everything that I bought, so it was always books that I thought sounded interesting. However, I know I probably will not ever read those books. I already have so many books that I want to read more, and more books coming out. I figure that if I want to read them later, I can always pick them up again or get them from the library.

What are your resolutions for the year?

happy reading,


July 2017 TBR

Hello, lovely readers!

I know you’ve probably heard this numerous times already, but I cannot believe that 2017 is already half over! This has been a crazy year for me so far. I’ve switched jobs and am working more hours. Along with dealing with a handful of health issues (though that’s not all that new). I haven’t done as much reading this year as I had originally planned, but I’m still hoping that it will pick up.

I thought I would drop in and talk about some of the books that I’m hoping to get to this month. I have been wanting to participate in a readathon in the near future. It’s been quite awhile since I joined in on a readathon, however I don’t really know of many coming up soon. There is one that I am kind of interested in, a classics and science fiction readathon taking place from July 2nd to July 8th. If you know of any others, please let me know in the comments!


  1. Saga Volumes Four through Seven by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – I finally got my hands on copies of the sixth and seventh volume and have been rereading the past volumes the last couple of days. I’m excited to get caught up on the series!
  2. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This book sounds really interesting. I won a giveaway on Goodreads for an ARC of this and would love to read it and review it before it’s release in September!
  3. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – I have read a few pages of this and am really interested in continuing it. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good mystery/thriller and I’m hoping this one will satisfy that itch. I like what I have read so far, so I’m hoping I will enjoy the rest.

And that’s it for me. I don’t want to overwhelm myself by putting a ton of books on my TBR. On top of that, only have a few leaves things more open to choose other things if I wish. I don’t end up feeling like I’m avoiding the books on my TBR if I read other things instead!

What do you plan to read this month?

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Format: Hardover

Pages: 278 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 5 sm

An urgent and provocative debut from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a book about community and ambition, love and friendship, and living up to expectation in contemporary black America.

It begins with a secret, then follows that secret through the lives of three different characters-from high school into adulthood-tracing it’s impact far beyond their Southern California youth.

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken seventeen-year-old beauty. She’ll be the first in her family to go to college, if she indeed leaves home as she intends in the fall. But meanwhile, mourning her mother’s recent suicide, she has taken up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, handsome but lacking direction, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables. They are young; it’s not serious; they keep their relationship to themselves. But the secret that results from this romance-and the subsequent cover-up- will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth.

As Nadia hides the truth from everyone, including Aubrey, her chaste best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults, still shadowed by the choice they made in their youth, and by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

“Oh girl, we have known littlebit love. That littlebit of honey left in an empty jar that traps the sweetness in your mouth long enough to mask your hunger. We have run tongues over teeth to savor that last littlebit as long as we could, and in all our living, nothing has starved us more.”

The Mothers is such a phenomenal story. I absolutely loved Brit Bennett’s writing and the characters that she created. They all seemed so incredibly realistic, woven into a story that was breathtaking. It’s a story about life and love and loss and how the decisions we make can affect and change, not only our lives, but the lives of the people around us as well. It’s about how life happens.

All of the characters in this novel felt like real people. Like I could have walked out the door, down the street, to my neighbors house. (Okay, probably not. I live in rural America – so let’s be real here.) My point being that they didn’t feel like characters, they felt like people. And I absolutely love when an author is able to make me feel like that. They each have their flaws and their selfish moments and their mistakes. The same as any of us.

This is a book full of funny and smart and sad moments. Of fantastic, quotable moments. It’s full of life and love and hurt and regret. It’s a story about death and ruined dreams and betrayal. It is one hundred percent human. Brit Bennett is a wonderful storyteller and I cannot wait to read more from her.

I thought the ending was daring for a debut novel, but I found it fit the story perfectly. I wouldn’t have asked for it to end any differently. This story didn’t need a neat little bow on top of it. In fact, I think it’s point is made even more so without a tidy wrap up.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It’s a remarkable debut and I’m glad that I gave it a go. I will definitely pick up whatever she writes next.

*The image was taken from Goodreads and the synopsis was taken from the book jacket. Clicking on the “add to Goodreads” image above will take you to the Goodreads page for this book.*

Catalyst by Lydia Kang

Publication Date: March 24, 2015

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Series: The Control Duology, Book Two

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 388 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 2½ sm

In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they’ve come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something–a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister’s safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There’s more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined…aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.

I was a little bored reading this. I originally read the first book, Control, two years ago and really enjoyed it. I reread it earlier in December and didn’t enjoy it as much as the first time I read it, but still enjoyed it. I had fairly mediocre expectations for this. Like, I wasn’t expecting to be spectacular, but I was expecting to enjoy it a little bit more.

After reading almost 400 pages of this, I’m still a little confused as to what the actual plot of this novel was. To me, it felt more like she threw a few subplots together and tried to make them all work as the overall plot. Like, here’s problem number one. Oh, we solved problem number one. Let’s move on to problem number two. Oh look, we solved problem number two. Let’s move on to problem number three. Oh look, we solved problem number three. And that would have been fine, but each individual problem didn’t have much to do with the others? I just don’t think it worked as well as she wanted it to.

One of the big draws for me in the first book was the science that was involved. I’m a huge, huge fan of science fiction, and this second book felt very lacking in the actual science part. I just wanted more from this novel.

Pretty much every character in this book switched personalities from what they were like in the first book. And it just made me go “ughhhhhhh” while reading. I just don’t like it when characters change that much randomly. There were a few characters, such as Caliga, that I enjoyed more in this second novel. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the changed so drastically.

This book was just overall very anticlimactic for me. Which is not at all what I wanted in this conclusion novel. The ending didn’t feel creative and was just rather boring to be honest. There is this kind of fight scene right before the ending that just didn’t really seem to serve a purpose? It felt almost like it was there because she felt like she needed to have a fight scene at the end.

Overall, I would not recommend this book. This series overall was kind of a letdown. I’ve left it with a “meh” feeling, and that’s never a good thing.

*The image and synopsis were both taken from Goodreads. Clicking on the “add to Goodreads” image above will take you to the Goodreads page for this book.*

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 344 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 2½ sm

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

This isn’t a three stars book but isn’t quite a two and a half. More like a 2.75, but I don’t really like to rate books that way, haha. I think the reason I had a hard time rating this is because of how much I loved the writing and the style that it was written in. I wanted to give it a high rating for that reason, but I can’t ignore the issues I had with it.

I really wanted to love this book. I did. I like the idea of love at first sight, and I think it was handled fairly well in this novel. Although, I did feel like Daniel was a little obsessed with Natasha and that made me a little uncomfortable.

I loved the diversity represented throughout the novel, with the two main characters being a Jamaican immigrant and a Korean American. I appreciated that it dealt with issues regarding immigration.

However, I absolutely hated the characters. There was not a single character in this book that I liked, and that’s a big thing for me. I have to like the characters that I’m reading about (or at least appreciate the roles that they play throughout the story). I found both of the main characters to be extremely selfish and not at all open-minded toward how the other thought/believed.

I didn’t really appreciate how the differences in belief between the two main characters all of the sudden basically became a nonissue. Especially when it was such a big deal between through the first 75% of the novel.

Overall, I didn’t really enjoy this book between disliking the characters and not really connecting to the romance. I think it just wasn’t the book for me, and that’s okay. I still would recommend picking it up and giving it a chance. I’ve heard a lot of people have really loved it and I’ll say it again, Yoon’s writing is fantastic. This won’t be my last book by her.

*The image and synopsis were both taken from Goodreads. Clicking on the “add to Goodreads” image above will take you to the Goodreads page for this book.*

What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Series: The Haneys, Book One

Format: eBook

Pages: 260

Source: NetGalley

Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 3 sm

Whether it’s repairing a home or taking care of clients’ other needs, Twin Cities handyman Sam Haney is in demand from his mostly female clientele. Despite Sam’s lothario reputation, love isn’t part of his portfolio. He’s built a lot of walls in his time, but the one that’s surrounded his heart ever since the death of his parents is his most solid yet.

Haley Cooper has had enough heartache for a lifetime. Her high school sweetheart up and moved to Indonesia—alone—just two weeks before their wedding. Her mother thinks it’s time for Haley to move on and contracts Sam to work on Haley’s wreck of a house—and anything else, if he’s got the notion.

Sparks fly and passion ignites. But Haley isn’t into Sam’s love-’em-and-leave-’em act. She wants something more. Fixing a house is one thing, but for this handyman, building a relationship will need a whole different set of skills.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Though it did take me about 35% of the way in till I reached that point. It’s sweet and fairly well-written. However, there were a few things about the writing that I didn’t enjoy all that much. Longley used an excessive amount of italics throughout the book and some of the language she used made me cringe a little. It just felt cheesy at times. I also found the story to be occasionally cliche and predictable.

There wasn’t a whole lot of character development up until the very last bit of the story. Although it felt a little sudden, I think it worked well and made sense for the book. I enjoyed the revelations that Sam’s character experiences. I found Haley’s character to be just okay. I liked Sam’s family members, I found them all to be very endearing. The character I couldn’t really stand was Haley’s mother. I found Trudy frustrating and some of her action’s not very believable.

Sam and Haley should win some kind of award for the slow burn romance between the two of them. I’m serious, if you like slow burn romances, this is the book for you. The attraction toward one another happened immediately, but that’s a fairly normal thing. The romance definitely was not instantaneous. It was like the perfect amount of flirting and sexual tension and it worked really well for the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. If you enjoy slow burn, kind of cheesy romances, you would definitely enjoy What You Do to Me.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to both NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this book. The image and synopsis were both taken from Goodreads. Clicking on the “add to Goodreads” image above will take you to the Goodreads page for this book.*

Bender by Gene Gant

Publication Date: June 16, 2016

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Format: eBook

Pages: 86 pages

Source: NetGalley

Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 3 sm

At nineteen, college freshman Mace Danner works as an escort, hiring himself out to customers who want a submissive they can dominate. Having no carnal urges himself, the sexual side of his job leaves him cold, but he sees the pain inflicted on him by his clients as punishment for causing his brother’s death when he was in high school. Pain is not enough, however, to wash away his guilt, and Mace starts binge drinking in an effort to escape his remorse.

The dorm’s resident advisor, Dex Hammel, sees Mace spiraling out of control and strives to help him. Despite the mutual attraction between them, Mace is disturbed that he still feels no sexual desire for anyone. Even with Dex’s support, Mace’s self-destructive behavior escalates, leading to a situation that endangers his life.

Trigger warnings for physical abuse, rape, and alcohol abuse. If this triggers you in any way, I do not recommend picking this book up. Please beware and take care of yourselves. ❤

Bender was a very dark story. I was very intrigued by the synopsis when I saw it on NetGalley, which is what drew me in to read it. A young male escort dealing with a fair amount of guilt who deals with it by specializing in submission as an escort. Along with the fact that Mace is asexual.

I had not, until this novella, read about an asexual main character. And although I am not asexual, it felt like a fairly good representation of asexuality. Or at least, my understanding of it.

I enjoyed the characters, for the most part. I think they fit their roles well and each had their own purposes. I appreciate Mace’s character for the struggles that he deals with. I liked the fact that Dex wanted to help Mace and be there for him. Troy is lovable and has unwavering integrity, which is always a great attribute to have.

I think the way that Mace decides to deal with his guilt is interesting, but I’m not entirely convinced that it made a lot of sense. I also wasn’t extremely attached to the romance, but I feel like that had more to do with the size of the novella than anything else. There really wasn’t much time to get attached to it.

For the first little bit of this novella, the line between consensual BDSM and sexual violence seemed fairly clear. However, as the story progresses and more events take place, that line became more blurred. I was not a huge fan of the murkiness there, but I suppose it made sense for the direction that the plot took.

Overall, this was a good, quick read. There’s a lot of hurt/comfort throughout this novella, so if you’re a fan of that I would definitely recommend giving it a read.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to both NetGalley and Harmony Ink Press for the opportunity to read and review this. The image and synopsis were both taken from Goodreads. Clicking on the “add to Goodreads” image above will take you to the Goodreads page for this book.*

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