WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted this. I’ve been neglecting my blog in my rush to get Coming Home ready for re-release, but this reading this is getting too long to hold off another week!

I’ve been hauling in the books lately, thanks to gift cards and Christmas presents, but I thought I’d share that 5 out of the 6 books I’ve read were borrowed either from the library or from friends! Sharing is caring!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

 Just so you know, I’m not jumping on the Carrie FisherBoba Fett and Princess Leia bandwagon because of her death – I’ve been firmly on board since I first saw Star Wars. I was one of the many fans devastated by her untimely death.

Saying that, yes, I bought this book because it details her affair with Harrison Ford during the making of Star Wars. I would have gotten it anyway because I have her other books, but maybe not so quick after release! C’mon – Leia and Han? IRL?!

What I’ve Read…

Here’s my list, because it’s been a while!

New Futuristic Thrillers with Eve and Roarke!

I should really put J.D Robb on the list of my favourite authors. she never disappoints. The futuristic catch-the-bad-guy books are always entertaining, full of non-stop action and sexy bits with Lt. Eve Dallas and her hubby, ruler of the world, Roarke.

Sci-fi, Romance, insane AI, plague zombies, planet invasions all in one!

Blurb – This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

This was a very cool read. I should use better adjectives, but it is what it is – a very cool book. I’ve never read anything like it and already have the second in the series waiting impatiently for me to pick it up!

Kids threatening world politics, lost princesses – only so-so

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I borrowed the YA Embassy Row series by Ally Carter. I won’t go into many details because I was kind of disappointed. The premise behind the series was great but the writing – the trilogy could have easily be a single book if half of the inane “Are you, okay Grace?” ‘Gracie, are you okay?” comments were cut, as well as all the running going on. Grace never ran anywhere in particular and I suspect the author was trying to imply Grace was running from her problems. I don’t think it was necessary.

Anyway, an easy, fast read. 3 stars for the series. Maybe 2.5

What I’ll Read Next…

Here’s my choices!  Please help me pick one to start!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

On to this week’s WWW – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Blurb – Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to the emergency room and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.

Rachel, the beloved, popular, and protected daughter of two doting parents, grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.

Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat, Andy and Rachel will find each other again and again, until they are finally given a chance to decide whether love can surmount difference and distance and if they’ve been running toward each other all along.

I’ve never read Jennifer Weiner before but I’ll be looking for more of her work after this!

What I’ve Read…

Blurb – Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

I finally got around to reading this and so glad I did. I gave it a 4.5 stars only because I wanted a different ending. Beautiful book – the story and the writing and the characters

Blurb – “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

This book blew my mind, both for the quantum physics involved and just how excellent it was. Five stars all around!  This mind-bending sci-fi thriller should be on everyone’s TBR list and was on my best reads of 2016. Since I finished it on Jan 1, I think it will have to go on my best of 2017 too!!

Blurb – In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband….

Queen Victoria is a monarch that I knew little about but after reading Goodwin’s book, I can’t wait to find out more.  It’s fascinating to learn about how she came to the throne as a sheltered, naive girl and grew to one of the most influential monarchs. Her era brought change to all aspects of Great Britain. I can’t wait to watch the PBS series when it comes to Canada, as well as look up Goodwin’s other books.

Blurb – First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Here’s a quick little ditty I read to catch up on my Goodreads challenge! Cora Carmack is one of a handful of NA authors I turn to when I want something sweet and sexy.

What I’ll Read Next…

This feels like the ‘I’ve finally read that‘ post, so maybe I’ll keep with it and check out my TBR list to see what else I have to read.  Suggestions are always welcome. As you can see, I’m open to just about anything!!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading – 1 More Book to Go for Goodreads!

One More Book to Go in my Goodreads Challenge!!

I was a book and a half short in my 2015 Goodreads challenge and I forget how bitter I was about not completing it until I neared the end for this year. 60 books may not seem a lot for some people but it may seem like too much for some. Whatever your reading speed, I recommend signing up to Goodreads and doing a challenge. I love to look back on the books I’ve read – it’s great for end of year lists or to recommend books to others.

Here’s the link to my Goodreads year so far if you’re interested. 2016 challenge

On to this week’s WWW – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

 What I’m Reading…

all-played-outWith just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

Going for quick and easy here, with a side of fun!

What I Read…

beautiful-290x450After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.

Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.

With this circle of friends, there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful.

This is part of the Beautiful Bastard series and I should really read the other books some day. It’s one of those funny and sexy NA series that you know exactly what to expect when you go in. A quick, light read with lots of sex and the predictable happy ending.

chemistBlurb – She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

This my Goodreads review: I’m giving this a 3.5. I feel sympathy for the fans of Stephenie Meyer. She’s obviously trying something new with The Chemist – no vampires, werewolves or aliens. They might be disappointed by this latest forays, but I was pleasantly surprised. Alex/Juliana is no Bella. Yes, she falls for Daniel a little too quick, but it works. The story is a little slow to start, but it quickly picks up and some parts are non-stop action. I feel like I want to give Meyer’s a pat on the back – good job for trying something new!

What I’ll Read next…

Good question! Here are my choices for what might be the last book I read in 2016. It might not be, but with getting ready for Christmas right around the corner, and a trip to Mexico to pack for, my reading time will be limited. Of course, I have a week on the beach to look forward to as well so the rest will be packed to read there!

What do you think I should end the year off with?

all the lightgerman-girldark-matter victoria

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

WWW Wednesday -What I’m Reading – The Chemist and The Couple

WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

 What I’m Reading…

chemistBlurb – She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

To be honest, I didn’t expect much from this. I’ve read Meyer’s Twilight series (who hasn’t) but not her adult fiction. I picked this up as research for the spy series I’m writing and while it hasn’t given me much insight, I am enjoying it more than expected! I’m pleasantly surprised by it. Even though Meyer’s writing is more telling than showing, I’m caught up with the story and the characters. So much that I’m looking forward to a chunk of time to finish the thing. I expect bedtime might be later than usual tonight so I can find out what happens!

What I’ve Read…

couple-next-doorBlurb – Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora, but one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

I liked this better than Girl on the Train. While I figured that one out about halfway through, The Couple kept me guessing. And I definitely didn’t see the end coming!

What am I Reading Next…

After I finish The Chemist, I’ll only have 3 more books to go to finish my Goodreads challenge of 60 books! I’m looking for light and fluffy, something I can whip through before Christmas. Any suggestions? I’ve got a Christina Lauren and a Cora Carmack on my pile that will be quick reads.

What about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading – Smut!

What I Read This Week? Some Smut

For me, Jilly Cooper is a classic example of smut, similar to Jackie Collins. Not exactly romance, but not erotica and definitely not to be classed under women’s fiction!

I checked for the definition of smut:

  • small flake of soot or other dirt; all those black smuts from the engine or a fungal disease of grains in which parts of ear change to black powder
Not exactly what I was looking for, so I checked urban dictionary, which said smut is:
  • ‘A writing style that is sexually explicit and generally associated with females.Basically porn aimed towards women.The difference between porn and smut:Porn: Usually has very little plot line and is extremely sexually explicit. Mostly watched or ‘read’ for the pictures. Aimed towards men.Smut: Highly developed stories with love lines and other things that appeal to women that also include alot of sexually explicit scenes. Can be in comic form, or in written form (as in romance books)’
That sounds like Jilly Cooper. Also Emma Chase, another book I read. I do think calling it porn is a little too much, however. I don’t read it all the time, but once in a while smut is good if you just want some mindless entertainment.
On to the meme!

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

 WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

 What I’m Reading…

couple-next-door

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora, but one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

Started it Monday night and already over halfway finished! I wouldn’t call it a thriller yet, but I’m looking forward to the twist. So far, much better (imo) than Girl on the Train.

What I Read…

royally-screwed-by-emma-chaseNicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Smutty book # 1.

The main thing I didn’t like about this book was the title. I had to keep the cover hidden from my kids. Luckily, it only took me a couple of days to read it!

Sweet, sexy and entirely predictable. I get that New Adult books need some conflict but I wish they would stop with making the guy such an ass that it’s upsetting that the girl would forgive him. The book had a couple of those moments, but ended on a happy note, setting up for the next in the series. A good light and fluffy read.

Smutty book #2

mountBlurb – Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .

Mount is classic Jilly Cooper. Not her best (that was Rivals) but pretty darn good. If you like a sexy romp in the wilds of Cotchester, this is the book for you. If you don’t like smut, don’t bother with it!!

What I’ll Read Next…

I have no idea. I’ve got a pretty big pile of TBR books that I need to get through before Christmas, when it will get even bigger! 🙂

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WWW Wednesday – Mount! I’m enjoying the ride

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

Jilly Cooper’s new book is out!!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

mountBlurb – Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .

Why I love Jilly Cooper:

It’s been six long years since Jilly Cooper put out a new book and I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. I’ve been in love with her Rutshire Chronicles for over twenty years, after finding dog eared copies of Riders, Rivals and Polo at a yard sale. These books are smut, plain and simple, full of adultery and betrayals set in the British world of horse racing and for those who enjoy those kind of books, there is nothing like them. Cooper writes from her own experiences, crafting multiple story lines and large case of memorable characters, including the infamous Rupert Campbell -Black. Other than fantasy novels, I’ve never been so immersed in an author’s world before.

Her last novel, Jump! was published in 2010. Six years is a long time between books but understandable when you consider Jilly is 79 years old, recently recovered from a stroke and her books are 600 pages long! She writes however she wants to – with multiple POVs often changing mid-page and colourful descriptions of gardens and dinner tables. I think it’s a JK Rowling thing – no one wants to edit her! For those who have never experienced the joy of following the antics of Rupert Campbell -Black, I don’t suggest starting at this book. Go back from the beginning and read Riders. And the series isn’t for everyone – the sex is raunchy, the comments sexist with plenty of despicable characters and changing the POV like she does is kind of jarring. But it’s a wild ride and I, for one, am thoroughly enjoying it!

What I Read…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

I had such high hopes but this book proved to be a disappointment. Here’s my Goodreads review:

There was so much potential to this book – great premise, fun way to connect Outlander, talks about my favourite book boyfriend Jamie Fraser, wonderful to explore Scotland. The main thing that didn’t work was the main character. Emma was…just stupid. There’s no nice way to put it. At 29 years old, she hasn’t got her life together, or even attempts to. Instead she runs off the Scotland to find her ‘Jamie’. Sometimes I don’t think she realizes Jamie Fraser is an actual fictional character. The character of Emma is why chicklit gets a bad name – she’s every one of the stereotypes of flaky, annoying characters so focused on finding a man that she can’t see what’s in front of her. It’s too bad because this book does have a lot going for it, including a plug from Diana Gabaldon herself.

It received 2 stars. 🙁

What I’ll Read Next…

couple-next-door Unless I find something exciting at the library during my next visit. But it will take me a while to finish Mount, so I’ll return to WWW Wednesday when I do!!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

I finally got through The Girl on the Train! What did I think? Keep reading…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

What I’ve Read…

girl on the trainBlurb – EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I gave this three stars on Goodreads but couldn’t decide what to say about it. It was okay. Meh. It had some moments, but I figured out whodunit from the get go. I’m sure I’ll watch the movie and compare the two. What this book really taught me is that I need to like the main character to be able to enjoy the book. Rachel got a bit better near the end and I found myself enjoying it more, rather than feeling obligated to pick it up. I know most of the world loved this book, but I’m not one of them.

roman-crazyBlurb – Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

What I told Goodreads: “There is so much good about this book. It’s sweet, heart-warming, funny and makes you fall in love with Rome. But one little thing spoiled it for me. SPOILER SORRY* If you lost a baby like Avery did, it would affect you. You would talk about it. You would think about it every day, every time you saw children. Avery’s loss was only addressed once, and all too briefly. Alice Clayton (who I love) and Nina Bocci should have left this aspect out of the story if they were unable or unwilling to continue with it. Once I realized Avery could forget about such a thing, it ruined the story for me.
Also, Marcello was too perfect.”

It’s too bad when one little thing about a book can spoil it for you. But as a mother I couldn’t abide with Avery’s reaction – or non-reaction – to losing her child. Too bad. It still makes me want to wander around Rome, though. But not with a Marcello.

What I’ll Read Next…
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I love Jilly Cooper and I’ve already pre-ordered her latest. It’s out next week, so whatever I pick up after I finish with Finding Fraser will be short so I can start this as soon it’s delivered to my door.  Can’t wait!!

What about you? Are you reading anything good? Are you excited about a new release?

WWW What I’m Reading/ This Week in Books

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

A friend asked recently if, being a writer, that I felt reading was ever like doing homework. I told him no, because I rarely read in the same genre as I write. I obviously read in just about every genre, as shown once more by my WWW list!! Thriller, sci-fi, women’s fiction and New Adult. Not a chick lit in sight!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

girl on the trainIt’s been more than a year since the beautiful sunny weekend I first picked up Girl on a Train…and put it back down because it was too dark to read. Actually, it’s not because it was dark, it was because I found the main character to be so pathetic I couldn’t bear to read any more.

I decided to try again, because the movie is out and one of my friends absolutely raved about the book. So I picked it up again…and I’m still at the spot where I put it down the first place. What to do? Do I perverse with it or give it up for good? Help, please! What do you think?

 

When I got frustrated with Girl on a Train, I picked up this. It can’t be any different!

roman-crazyBlurb – Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

I really like Alice Clayton. She writes fun, sweet and sexy books. This one…it seems to be missing something. Possibly, in-depth conversations between the main character and everyone. If I ran to Rome after finding hubby cheating, I’d be talking about it. If I rain into ex-love while in Rome, I think I’d be wondering what he’s been up to with his life! But so far, it’s an easy read, kind of like one of those mindless, entertaining movies that you really enjoy watching until you get home and start picking holes in it! I suspect I will be picking holes in Roman Crazy when I’m finished!

What I Read…

life-debtI threw a Star Wars in. If you’re into the movie/books, you need to read this series because it’s what happens between movies 6 and 7. And Chuck Wendig is pretty good at delving into the Star Wars universe. Plus, Han Solo is in this one and I loove him!img_4788

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-hiveIt’s the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power…and how to get invited to lunch.

Beatrice — undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come.

Heather — desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong.

Georgie — desperate for a cigarette.

And Rachel — watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover taht the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.

THE HIVE is a wickedly funny and brilliantly observed story about female friendship, power plays, and the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of trying to do one’s part.

I liked this read – I really did. Loved the ending. But I found that the characters cut a little too close to home! I know a Bea, a Georgie and a Heather at my kids school and so reading a fictional account of what happens there was a bit scary! And I would have run her over a lot sooner! But a good read and thanks to Claire @Art and Soul for the recommendation!

 

eligibleBlurb – This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Loved it! One of my favourites for the year. Best retelling of Pride and Prejudice ever! Crumbling houses, spiders, transgenders, reality shows and Mr. Darcy – it’s got everything!!

What I’ll Read Next…

I’m going to try to get through Girl on a Train because that’s who I am. And then I’ll need something fun. I found this on Amazon and I’m looking forward to it!

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

What about you? What are you reading this week?

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

My ‘What I’m Reading List’ list is short and sweet this week. Maybe not that sweet, because I only give Empire of Storms 3.5 stars and include my criticisms of what should have been a kick-ass read. 🙁

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

eligibleI had a stack of magazines to read after Empire of Storms, so I took my time deciding on my next book to read.. A visit to the library helped, especially when I saw this sitting on the shelf. A modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Perfect! And I’m already in love with Mr. Bennett’s character!

Blurb –

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

My first impression is pretty favourable!!

What I’ve Read…

empire-of-stormsBlurb –

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My Goodreads review:

It started great, maybe because I was so excited to get into the world of Sarah Maas again. And she can write a good world! I’m giving this a 3.5 because while I did enjoy it, I have some criticisms.
1) There are A LOT of hook-ups and sexy bits for a YA book. I, myself, am not opposed, but I’m hesitating passing this on to my fourteen year old. Mothers, if you share books with your daughters, be warned.
2)Too much Rowan. No, I do not love him and Aelin – or ship him, if that’s how I’m supposed to say it. I liked Chaol. And he’s not in it, which upsets me as well.
3) Not enough Lysandra. Because she is cool! Loved her transformation in the last book, but she’s been dropped in this one, other than all the nifty animals she can change into. But Maas has continued on with the Manon transformation, giving her a more important role, which is good. I like the witch
4)It was long. I don’t think it needed to be that long. There’s a lot of descriptions of fire, of sexy bits, of Rowan’s ‘Aelin is everything to me’. In my opinion, all of those could have done with some editing. And the ending. Didn’t love the ending.

5) But what really disappointed me – I like Celaena better than Aelin. She loses her spark when she’s Aelin, which is ironic because she’s all about the fire as the queen!
This sounds like I’m being too critical of the book, and maybe I am, because I did enjoy it. But since I loved the last book, as well as the latest in her new series, A Court of Mist and Fury, I was expected to be WOWED! I was only wowed. But I’m still eagerly anticipating the next one

What I’ll Read Next…

One of these is up next

 

couple-next-door the-hive

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday…What I’m Reading

Two New Favourites!

September is here and my reading has slowed since there are no beaches or docks in which to sit and enjoy. But there will always be books to read. This week, I have two new favourites on the list! And possibly a third!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHANT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

empire-of-stormsI was very excited to get this. Not going to comment yet, just want to go back and keep reading!

 

What I’ve Read…

secret kept

Blurb – It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island–over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.

Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.

I have copies of 2 other Tatiana de Rosnay’s books, on my TBR pile but have never read them so it seems ironic that my introduction to her stories is because a friend lent me her library book!

I’m glad she insisted I read it. Sarah’s Key will be moving to the top of my list now!

ready player one

Blurb – In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

This is so good!!!  I tried to explain the plot but I can’t even come close. I do have 2 good friends – both gamers – who I told must read this book! If you like sci-fi with tons of 80s references coming out of the wazoo, video games, and a sweet love story, this is the book for you! Again – so good! One of my new favourite books. Can’t wait for the movie!

 

it ends with usBlurb – Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


Colleen Hoover has been one of my favourite authors since I first discovered her, but It Ends With Us has a place on my list of favourite books of 2016. Deeply personal, heartbreaking at times – I don’t want to give details because it would spoil the experience. But – so good!!!

three sistersBlurb – When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.

United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

This one – not so good.

I admit I’m disappointed by this latest Philippa Gregory story. I had the impression it tells the tale of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, Queen Katherine and Mary, Queen of France, but primarily Margaret’s story. I don’t know much about Margaret who was married off to the King of Scotland and her fight to reclaim the country for her son after James’ death but after reading this, I have no interest to know more. Margaret is portrayed as a selfish, spoiled, envious shrew who is more concerned with reclaiming her vast wardrobe than her son’s inheritance. I’ve never called a character stupid so many times.It’s very frustrating when a character is so very blinded by the love/desire of a good man, especially to the point where it destroys lives and even a country.

I have most of Gregory’s books and have enjoyed them. But she seems to have been phoning it in ever since The White Princess. The Tudor family gives a wealth of characters and story ideas but someone should suggest to the best-selling author about the difference in showing and telling in her writing.

Truly-Madly-Guilty-by-Liane-MoriartyBlurb – Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

This started slow but about halfway through, I found I couldn’t put it down. The characters were wonderfully flawed but I was rooting for them to have a happy ending. I’ve been told some of Moriarty’s earlier books aren’t as engrossing as Big, Little Lies and My Husband’s Secret so maybe I’ll stick with reading every new book she comes out with!

What have you been reading lately? And do you have any new favourites?