Showing posts from 2017

My Week of Reading (19 - 24 June 2017)

Hello Everyone,

I've fallen a little bit behind with reading; though I did manage to get one review out.

The Stair by Brian Harrison:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Stair
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Stair
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Stair

As I said in the review, this book took me a little longer to read, but it is essentially a novella.
Monthly Reading Goals: At this stage, I highly doubt I'll be able to get to this month's reading goals, I'll explain why below; though who knows what could happen these next few days.
Last Word: One reason why I've fallen a little bit behind with reading is because my mom has had knee surgery; so I've had to take over some household duties. So with that and having a full time job, you can imagine that I don't get much reading done. I'm hoping to finally start 'Searching for Sarah' by Julieann Dove, and I'm also hoping to pick up a book by Deborah Coonts, though at this stage, I'm not g…

Review - The Stair by Brian Harrsion

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2015 Genre: Mystery; Psychological Leanings
Blurb: Architect Paul Dial creates his most famous building in Ava, Missouri. Its the first building his brother didn't help him with and its the building Paul murders a woman in. He is sent to Dr. Cylus Pine's facility moments after the end of PROGENY for a very specific reason. While there, he begins to unravel all the work Maguire, Elissa, Lester, Charlie have made. And in doing so, reveals a secret connection with one of them. What is Dr. Pine hiding about his facility that Paul Dial knows? Will Dr. Pine lose his own grip on reality?  The life and death fall are not just for the patients, even Dr. Cylus Pine isn't safe.
About the Author: Working at a grocery store for over 12 years now, working every position there and becoming one of the managers of a corporate chain store, I have seen and heard it all in the retail/service world. I had to get those stories, thoughts, feelings, and ways to escape…

My Week of Reading (12 - 17 June 2017)

Hello Everyone,

Reading was alright this week; I managed to get one review out. 

Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Better in the Morning
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Better in the Morning
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Better in the Morning

At the moment, I'm busy reading 'Vile City' by Jennifer Lee Thomson, and I'll be reviewing this book sometime next week on the Genuine Jenn blog. I'm getting through this book faster than I anticipated. Which means I'll be able to pick up another review book soon.
Monthly Reading Goals: If I get through my review books, I should manage to get to this soon. Though at this stage I'll probably only be able to read one of the books I listed; and not both.
Last Word: I've fallen a little bit behind with reading, but this long weekend has enabled me to catch up a little bit. I'm hoping to start another book if not today, then tomorrow. I'm still posting on my facebook page, if y…

Review - Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016
Genre: Chick Lit; Women's Fiction; Contemporary 

Blurb: Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer. And when he tells her he has big news, she's certain he'll pop the question. But instead of proposing, John informs her that he's moving to London. Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman. Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.
About the Author: Fern Ronay has lived in Manhattan, Chicago, and now sunny Los Angeles with her husband, but she will always consider herse…

My Week of Reading (5 - 10 June 2017)

Hello Everyone,

I managed to post one review this week, I got a little bit of reading done.

The Stationmaster's Cottage by Phillipa Nefri Clark:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Stationmaster's Cottage
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Stationmaster's Cottage
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - The Stationmaster's Cottage

I just managed to finish this book on time for the review. 

Monthly Reading Goals:
Still concentrating on the review reading; hoping to get to this one soon. 

Last Word:
I'm not sure how this next week of reading is going to go. I'm still busy with re-reading a book, and another one I'm busy with is 'Better in the Morning' by Fern Ronay. I've now changed my username on Twitter as well; so the last two places where I need to change them is on Google + (and youtube), as well as this blog.   I've also gotten my facebook page up for this blog as well, which you can check out here If there are any readers or authors who have liked my blog, kindl…

My Week of Reading (29 May - 3 June 2017)

Hello Everyone,

I got some decent reading in, and I managed to get two reviews done.
#struggles by Craig Groeschel: Amazon: Amazon Review - #struggles Goodreads: Goodreads Review - #struggles Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - #struggles
I'm actually surprised how fast I read this book. But having finished this one (after having it on my TBR for two months), it allows me to move onto other books.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer: Amazon: Amazon Review - Nightshade Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Nightshade Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Nightshade
Monthly Reading Goals: I haven't had a chance to get to this yet. I'm currently focusing on review reading.
Last Word: I should be able to get another review out next week; though I'm not sure how overall reading is going to go. I'm still reading 'The Stationmaster's Cottage' by Phillipa Nefri Clark and am doing some re-reading as well. I also plan on getting a facebook page going sometime in the …

Review - #struggles by Craig Groeschel

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2015
Genre: Christian; Non Fiction

Blurb: We all love the benefits of technology and social media, but even with the incredible upsides, many of us suspect there are unintended negative consequences that are beyond our control. We’ve lost perspective, even perhaps ourselves. In this timely and life-changing new book, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of Craig Groeschel encourages readers who are hungry to regain control over their lives and put Christ first again. He walks them through biblical values that all Christ followers know are essential, but are even more important for our maxed out, selfie-centered world.  The more you compare, the less satisfied you are. The more we interact online, the more we crave face to face intimacy, but the harder it is to find. The more filtered our lives become, the more challenging it is to be authentic. The more information about the pain in the world we’re exposed to the more difficult it is…

Highlights of the Month - May 2017

Hello Everyone,

I had a decent month of reading - I managed to read 5 books - one for leisure, the rest for review.  I would say that my favourite was 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer (leisure reading), my second favourite would probably be 'Lost Dragon' by Abraham Williams.
Monthly Reading Goals: Sadly I only managed to tick off one goal this month - though I did suspect that that would happen. I did manage to start the one; but not finish it; and not get to the other one at all. So, without further ado, here is JUNE'S reading goals: Read either: A Classic OR Any non-fiction
Last Word: I seem to have stacked my reading schedule for June already; so I'm not sure if I'm going to have too much time (if any) to do a little bit of leisure reading for my monthly reading goals. Chances are good that I'll either get the same amount of reading done, maybe a book or two more. It just depends how it goes during the week. I can't believe that we're halfway through the …

Review - Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

The Copy that I Read
Year Published: 2010 Genre: Paranormal; Romance; Young Adult
Blurb: Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
About the Author: Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl. Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot t…

My Week of Reading (22 - 27 May 2017)

Hello Everyone,
I've had a decent week of reading, I managed to get some reviews done (and on time as well!), both on my blog and on the Genuine Jenn blog.
Lost Dragon by Abraham Williams: Amazon: Amazon Review - Lost Dragon Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Lost Dragon Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - Lost Dragon
And last but not least:
Last of the Third by John Lindholm: Amazon: Amazon Review - Last of the Third Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Last of the Third Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Last of the Third
I've been able to get a long weekend to myself, so there's plans that I can make with what I'm going to read next.
Monthly Reading Goals: I'm hoping to make a plan with reading in this area this weekend. I probably won't be able to do both of the options that I wanted, but I think I most probably will start one of them.
Last Word: I'm still reading 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer, and am hoping to finish it this coming week. At the moment, I&#…

Review - Last of the Third by John Lindholm

Book Cover
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Contemporary; Humorous
Blurb: Twenty-two year old Shawn McMaster hasn't been seen since the last time he played baseball four years ago. But when a chance meeting with Quail Township's eccentric lures him out of hiding, he learns how much he's missed, and the shocking truth of how little time he has to save his family's --- and his hometown's --- way of life. In his debut novel, John Lindholm investigates and reflects upon love, loss, and the clash between contemporary, suburban living and simple, small-town life. Oh, and baseball...While football may have taken over as America's national pastime, in some parts of the country, baseball still reigns supreme. Lindholm's fictional hamlet of Quail is no exception. Readers of "Last of the Third" will experience the game both from the front row as a fan and also from inside the head of the player.
About the Author: Teacher. Writer. Author of "Last of the Third."…

My Week of Reading (15 - 20 May 2017)

Hello Everyone,

It seems to have been a slow week of reading, so I unfortunately have done no reviews this past week, though I will be putting up a review on Genuine Jenn next week. 
Monthly Reading Goals: Still no progress, not sure when I'm going to get to this. Once I'm done with my review books, I should be able to get to this.
Last Word: For now, I've put down 'Nightshade' to get my review reading done. I'm currently reading 'Lost Dragon' by Abraham Williams and 'Last of the Third' by John Lindholm. I should be able to finish 'Last of the Third' sometime next week. I'm definitely enjoying the books I'm currently reading, but for some strange reason it's been a slow reading week, maybe it's just because it feels busy in the evenings when I get home from work. 
I have managed to get some nice reading in this weekend, which has helped a little bit with the speed. I'm also hoping that I'll get another book in the mail …

My Week of Reading (8 - 13 May 2017)

Hello Everyone,

I had a week of reading good content. I only managed to get one review out.

Diamond Rain by Michael Gallagher:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Diamond Rain
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Diamond Rain
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - Diamond Rain

It's nice being able to review on Genuine Jenn again, I'll be doing another review there later this month. Somehow I managed to get this book read on time and have it up on the blog.
Monthly Reading Goals: Still haven't been able to make progress on this front. Depending on how my reading schedule goes, I'm hoping to get to this the end of this week.
Last Word: At the moment, I'm currently (still) reading 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer and have started reading 'Lost Dragon' by Abraham Williams, which is a book I'll be reviewing for Genuine Jenn. I also want to read another book for refreshing purposes, I'm hoping to get to that this week; and I still haven't started 'Searching for Sarah' b…

My Week of Reading (1 - 6 May 2017)

Hello Everyone,

I had a sporadic week of reading, and would have liked to have read more than I did. I managed to get one review out.
Don't Make Plans by Ava Armstrong: Amazon: Amazon Review - Don't Make Plans Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Don't Make Plans
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Don't Make Plans

I haven't been able to read too much this weekend, since it's been a bit rushed.

Monthly Reading Goals:
I unfortunately haven't been able to make any progress on this yet, though I think I'll probably end up starting the Christian book first.

Last Word:
Even though reading for the weekend hasn't been that great, at the moment, I'm busy reading 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer, and have also started 'Diamond Rain' by Michael Gallagher, which is a review that I have to do for the Genuine Jenn blog. I'm hoping to finish this one by Thursday if possible.
I unfortunately haven't started 'Searching for Sarah' by Juli…

Review - Don't Make Plans by Ava Armstrong

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Military; Romance; Contemporary
Blurb: Kent McCabe, a U.S. Marine, returns from Iraq a changed man and makes a valiant effort to put his life back together. However, navigating life without a home, a job, or friends becomes his toughest mission. As he continues to fight demons, he moves in with his grandfather – a World War II veteran – who lives in Maine. His grandfather’s old farmhouse is a familiar place. It’s where he spent many childhood summers. Upon arrival, Kent meets a neighbor, Paige Hathaway, and her young son. Paige is fighting a war of her own.  A love story, “Don’t Make Plans” is also a tale of resilience and hope. An introspective romance that involves facing fears and insecurities that live inside the human mind. 
About the Author: Ava describes herself as a Constitutional Conservative, and sleeps with a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver. She has one child, whom she loves, and her collection of firearms, which she loves slightly …

Moving Forward...

Hello Everyone,

I have been able to advance to the next stage of getting this book blog to where I'd like it to be. Now that I've gotten to a stage where I'd like this to be more than just a hobby, I've gotten the idea to open up a profile on Patreon.
This is going to be for those who would like to or are able to support this blog in any way financially, with whatever amount they can afford. But I've also got an option for those who can't support every month, but will only be able to support financially every now and again. In this way, everyone who likes reading this book blog is included in being able to contribute financially. I appreciate every single person that comes to view or read my blog. And if you're able to support/contribute financially in any way, just know that I REALLY appreciate it!
For those that read my last 'Week of Reading' blog post will know that I've been wanting to change my username across the social media platforms that I…

Bookish Ramblings # 1 - Purchasing Ebooks

Hello Everyone,
This idea has been going around my mind for awhile, and I haven't been sure what to do with it until now.
As you notice from this title, this is going to be a periodic series that I'm starting, though I'm not yet sure if I'm going to be doing this once a month, or once every two months. It'll depend on what's going on in my bookish schedule.
Anyways, the topic that I wanted to bring up today; was purchasing ebooks. I've recently changed my bank account so that I can do things like internet payments and (gasp!) Amazon ebook purchases.  Now, this new freedom can be dangerous. So far, I've managed to contain it (I've only purchased one ebook since I've upgraded my account); but the possibility and temptation is nonetheless there.
But - there is hope - I've made a [price] rule with myself: I will not spend anything over $5 on an ebook. And yes, I know that there is editing and formatting that goes into an ebook, and this amount transla…

Highlights of the Month - April 2017

Hello Everyone,
This has been quite a good month of reading. I managed to read seven books this month - and even though there were quite a few books whose settings I enjoyed; there is most certainly a winner that comes out this month, and that is...
'The Best Yes' by Lysa TerKeurst.
Yes, you read right; that is definitely my favourite book for the month, though I think if I had to choose a second, it would probably be 'The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond. 
Monthly Reading Goals: Since I managed to have ticked of April's goals (finished one and started the other); here is MAY'S reading goals: Read either: Christian book OR A Classic
Last Word: And, since I'm going to be participating in Genuine Jenn from May again; I suspect that my reading schedule is going to fill up again, so I'm not entirely sure if I'll be able to do both of the monthly reading goals for May like I was previously able to. But, who knows, I might be pleasantly surprised.  I'll also mention w…

Review - The Cowboy's Accidental Baby by Marin Thomas

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Romance; Western
Blurb: Bronc rider Gunner Hardell never plans past the next stop on the rodeo. When he's home in Stampede, Texas, he's part-time manager of the run-down Moonlight Motel, to get his crotchety grandpa off his back. Then he meets interior designer Lydia Canter—hired to renovate the motel—and suddenly the gig gets a whole lot more appealing…   Lydia is looking for love, but there's nothing wrong with some Mr. Right Now while she waits for Mr. Right. But one steamy night with Gunner has unexpected consequences. And she would rather raise their baby alone than give the good-time cowboy a chance to break her heart. When Gunner learns he's going to be a daddy, he's determined to prove to Lydia he really is her Mr. Right!
About the Author: Marin Thomas writes Women's Fiction for Berkley and western romances for Harlequin and Tule Publishing. To date she has contracted over 35 projects for Harlequin.

Marin grew up …

My Week of Reading (24 - 29 April 2017)

Hello Everyone,

As from today I had a really good week of reading - content-wise.
I've managed to do two reviews this week.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Lucky One
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Lucky One
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Lucky One

And last; but most certainly not least:

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Best Yes
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Best Yes
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Best Yes

I read part of 'The Best Yes' during the 'Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon'; and as soon as I had finished it; I didn't really get much other reading done - simply because this book lingered - and in a good way!
Monthly Reading Goals: One of the books that I'm going to be picking up today will be 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer; the first book in a YA series that is about shapeshifters, and it seems like there will be a little bit of romance as well. So I&#…