February Novel Review Wrap Up

Undone by Shannon RichardUndone by Shannon Richard

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

Hell Without You by Ranae RoseHell Without You by Ranae Rose

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

Februrary Book Haul

These are the books that found their way to my bookshelf this month.

Bought Books:
– Celebrity Shopper by Carmen Reid
– The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg
– Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 (Coyote Moon, Night Of The Living Rerun & Portal Through Time) by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover & Alice Henderson

Giveaway:

Goodreads Giveaway:
– Fallout by James K. Decker
– The Winter People by Jennifer McMahone

NetGalley:
– Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
– Undone by Shannon Richard
– Hell Without You by Ranae Richards
– Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry
– Third Degree by Julie Cross
– Me Since You by Laura Weiss
– Endless by Amanda Gray
– Cowboy In My Pocket by Kate Douglas
– The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George
– Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard

Another Update!

I’ve decided that I want to get back into the habit of writing and blogging everyday and while I don’t exactly have all the time in the world I’ve decided that I can squeeze in a half hour everyday if that’s what it takes to get back into a routine. I love writing and blogging, it fuels my creative outlet.

There has been a lack of book reviews this month despite the pile up of books sitting to be read and reviewed. I hit a snag with two books that I was attempting to read and they’ve put me behind severely. I’m terribly sorry, I will try to have another  up within the next week. Possibly on the weekend.

I started up a sims blog yesterday, I got back into playing, actually playing a family versus building and decorating. I started a legacy family. It’s different mostly because I’m not looking to write a story – that’s where I get stuck it seems is telling the story. So my posts will be mostly picture laden with a few words here and there possibly explaining the moments before and after the picture was taken. I’ve also decided not to follow a legacy challenge I just want to see how long I can keep the family going. You can follow it here if you like: Just Another Sims 3 Blog. I’ll be attempting to move all my pages over within the next week.

January Book Haul

So theses are the following books that found their way onto my shelf for the month of January.

Store Bought:
City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

NetGalley:
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Goodreads Giveaway:
Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad
Blood Reunited by Amber Belldene
Alabama Sons by E. A. Whitehead

Giveaway:
A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June McCrary Jacobs

January Review Novel Wrap Up

I’m going to try to do a monthly wrap up of the novels I’ve read, link their reviews and mention what Reading Challenges I counted them towards, and since I don’t think I’ll get any more reading done for the month of January I’m just going to post it now. However if I do, then I’ll update this post accordingly.

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
– Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2014

Review

An Earthly Knight

An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– Meet the Protagonist Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

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Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2014
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

Challenges

– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Update

So lately I’ve been a little behind with updating….it happens.
I recently went back to work…post ankle injury and wouldn’t you know my ankle has been swollen since my first shift back – not surprised, just maybe a little peeved.

With the Sims 3 Island Paradise expansion…post…I played and found that I am totally in love. Island Paradise has to be by far my favorite expansion pack yet that I own.

My reading and reviewing has been lacking lately…*cough* … *cough*…
I started to read The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson and surprisingly it’s taking me forever and I mean that. It’s an ARC from Netgalley and of course I have it on my phone as opposed to my e-reader since the phone is well on me all the time. That’s besides the point…it’s a good story, I’m enjoying it, it just feels like it’s taking forever to read it. I like it but I mean I can put it down and walk away for a few days before I think to pick it back up again.

My copy of A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June Mccrary Jacobs – the uncorrected proof from Bookworm Lisa’s Clear Your Shelf Hop   came in the mail, so that review will hopefully be up soon.

Books on the prominent to read list:

1. The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson – Currently reading…and like I mentioned above, it’s taking forever.
2. A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June Mccrary Jacobs
3. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Piccoult
4. The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins
5. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

 

Book Review – Safe Haven

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Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Series:
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 14th 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0446547598
Source: Owned (Paperback)

 Synopsis 

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draw her into two reluctant relationships: one with her plainspoken neighbor, Jo; and another with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. Katie slowly begins to relax her guard, putting down roots in the community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her. With Jo’s support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards…and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

 My Review

First off I have to say that I did see the movie way before I got a chance to pick the book up and finally read it. With that being said like most instances books are way better than movies, well this novel was no exception. It was definitely way better than the movie and I only wish now that I had gotten a chance to read the novel before hand.

This book was hard to put down and even when I had to put it down it was never far from reach. I liked the characters from the beginning with the exception of Kevin; Katie’s husband. But who would like a man like that, character or not. The characters were relatively easy to relate to in their everyday lives. I could feel the fear that Katie felt with the way Spark’s put it all into words. Spark’s painted setting that I could easily see the characters in. It was like watching a movie, a fantastic movie. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was interesting to see how gradually mentally insane Kevin got as the story unfolded, while the opposite happened to Katie, it was like they switched roles.

I’d have to say out of the whole novel my favorite character was Jo, the spirit of Alex’s deceased wife. I loved her personality and the way she helped Katie realize that she doesn’t need to keep hiding in fear. It was very interesting in the end to know that she had all along just been a figment of Katie’s imagination and it wasn’t until the end that Katie put all the pieces together and realized it when she read the letter.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Author’s Website: Nicholas Sparks

Books, Books and More Books

I’ve come to the sudden realization that I really do have too many books…both ebooks and read hard copy novels. Should there be a limit to how many books a person owns? I was browsing an online bookstore yesterday trying to find something to read when a sudden thought occurred…I already have books I haven’t read. Most of them I want to read…I just either haven’t had the time or it wasn’t appealing when I am trying to find something to read.

I have…I guess I can say an obsession with books. I can’t find it in myself to throw out or give books away. And I really can’t help myself when I go into the local bookstore. When I eventually leave I’ve always had a bag in my hands with a newly purchased book. I always save books….and magazines for that matter…but Magazines are an entirely different story. I need them for my studies and eventually my career. I’ve got magazines leading all the way back to before I was born.

I recently have taken into care my grandfathers belongings and in these blue Rubbermaid tubs are magazines and  books on almost any topic. Some are really old and yet I find myself keeping them all. Some books I have no interest in reading but there like a connection to him and will forever be a keepsake of mine.

Whats your bookshelf like? Both ebooks and book?