Thursday, February 28, 2019

Random Reads - March 2019 Pick

Years ago I participated in a book meme called 'Random Reads'. I LOVED it. I had, and still have, an atrociously long list of books to read on Goodreads. What ends up happening is that a lot of the books that I have added over the years keep getting buried under the books that I keep adding that are more new and upcoming. 

I KNOW that I have some diamonds hiding in my list of books to read.

Since I haven't participated in this for so long, I don't even know if it is being run by anyone. If any of you are aware of someone running this, please let me know! 

On that note, has chosen this as my next read for March!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Book Cover of the Month - February

Cover love....

How I have missed looking at covers and choosing only one. If only in life, this was the most difficult decision I had to make on a regular basis... let me tell ya.

Ok, sucker for covers over here! Never denied it.  I love displaying some of my favorite books, and I love walking through the book store and library and looking at all the books displayed for that day/week/month. Yes, yes... shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, I know... but it would be ridiculous to deny that covers are undeniably a first impression for many. Unless a book is recommended to me, covers WILL catch my attention and draw me to it.

So, looking through the new releases for February, I have to admit... I had a tough time. I had to take a second pass through to even find one that really drew my attention.

I did however find one that really ticked off a lot of my favorite things.

a) beautiful color scheme - check!
b) interesting images - check!
c) the beginnings of a story - check!

Take a look and let me know if you agree.

Goodreads Book Page Click Here

Full disclosure, I did NOT add this book to my to read list. The time period is not one of my favorites to read about, and the base story line didn't really interest me. However if it came highly recommended I may make an exception. Love the cover, no denying it. There is nothing wrong with admiring the art, and walking away from the book itself.

Any other book covers grab your attention for this month? What about them did you really like? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Kingdom of Sand & Wishes

I am a SUCKER for fairy tale retellings, and I am excited about reading this collection of stories. Love the colors and the design of this book. It definitely does conjure up (pun intended) all the right Aladdin feels! 

Kingdom of Sand & Wishes: A Limited Edition Collection of Aladdin Retellings 
Publication date: May 24th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Aladdin, but not as you remember it….

On the dusty streets, around the bustling bazaars, being overlooked by a Sultan’s Palace was a land. A land of magic, secrets and treasures buried deep beneath the desert.

Through Arabian nights, dark forces are at work. Dark forces that can threaten the peace of everyone in the Kingdom. Watch our authors as they answer the question, can three wishes save the day?

Join our award winning and USA Today best selling authors for nine action packed fantasy and contemporary retellings with Sultans, sorcerers, romance and more magic than a genie’s lamp can hold.

One click now for your happily ever after….


Friday, February 22, 2019

Book Reviews - Just One Day & How to be a Good Wife

Having two kids under two, and trying to read, review and blog is certainly a greater challenge than I ever anticipated. And so, here I am in 2019, and behind on my Netgalley reviews. Below are two titles that I read and didn't get to review in real time. Did Just One Day or How to be a Good Wife last the test of time in my memory? Read on to find out.

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Title: Just One Day
Author: Sharla Lovelace
Release Date: June 5, 2013
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon  
My Rating: 4 stars
Well, this is embarrassing. I was approved for this title through Netgalley. My kindle had crapped out and this title was archived. So I didn't have access to it. But not only did I read this almost a year ago, I completely forgot that I ended up buying it and read it. So here we are, ready to review.... I gave it 4 stars, so I really enjoyed it. I finished it the same date I started reading it. Great sign! So..... details? Unfortunately, I barely remember this story. Once I read the synopsis again, the only thing that came back to me was how sad her boyfriend (the one who proposed) was, because he wanted to spend his life with someone he clearly didn't know well, or didn't care to know well. Besides that, everything else is a blur. So even though the story itself was not memorable, at the time that I read it I was clearly entertained by it enough to give it 4 stars.
Title: How to be a Good Wife
Author: Emma Chapman
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon  
My Rating: 3 stars
This book was quite unusual and certainly not what one would expect. As the story unraveled along with our main character's state of mind, I wasn't sure if she was having mental issues or if something sinister was afoot. Without giving out any spoilers, it was pretty much all of the above. I found the conclusion of this book to be quite original in its delivery, and that the author did a great job in building up this story to its surprising end. I am usually quite intuitive and seem to come to the answers on my own before the book gives them, but I do recall that I was taken by surprise over the true beginnings of Marta and Hector's marriage.
Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, February 18, 2019

For those of you that are celebrating this today, Happy Family Day! 

 But do we really need a holiday to celebrate being a family? Heck no! It's nice that we have this holiday to extend a weekend of family fun. We certainly try to make time to do something together regularly and today is no different.

We read to our children daily. A couple of books chosen by our son makes part of his bedtime routine and his favorite way to wind down. His favorite book right now is "Have you got my Purr". He loves interacting by making all the noises the animals make at the farm. 

Hope you are all, holiday or not, enjoying each other today, and read a nice book together.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

From the deepest pit of my heart, Happy Valentine's Day to all! 

Now go curl up with a great book and enjoy the day, you bookworms!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Netgalley Review - The Beloveds, by Maureen Lindley

Having two kids under two, and trying to read, review and blog is certainly a greater challenge than I ever anticipated. And so, here I am in 2019, and behind on my Netgalley reviews. In this book's case, I read it last year, but didn't get to the review part. Hopefully this book was good enough to have left an impression with me a year later. Read on to find out!

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An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.

Oh, to be a Beloved—one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.

Betty Stash is not a Beloved—but her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She’s the one with the golden curls and sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty’s, the one whose husband should have been Betty’s. And then, to everyone’s surprise, Gloria inherits the family manse—a vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardens—that was never meant to be hers.

Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behavior—aided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a phantom dog—escalates to the point of no return. The Beloveds will have you wondering if there’s a length to which an envious sister won’t go.

Purchase links: Amazon/Kobo


Monday, February 11, 2019

2019 Challenges - Let's try this again

Oh, hi! (Waves enthusiastically)

For those of you that actually do read my posts, you must be rolling those eyes at me again. Oh, here comes Lily with another year of challenges to fail....

Ok, maybe you are not that hard on me, but I certainly am that hard on myself. I had such optimism for last year, and bombed it royally.

I did finish my Goodreads reading challenge though, right in the nick of time! Managed to get some reading in while juggling two kids under 2.. but that was about it. I am not quite sure how I even achieved that to be honest, and still look relatively put together (I hope).

I am nothing but optimistic and certainly not a quitter.  And with that said, yes I do have some challenges this year. Keeps me focused. I managed the reading, but I hope that I can also manage the writing. I love this blog, and I love writing about books, and don't want to give it up, little ones or not.

Most of these challenges are repeats. That's because I have bombed them in the past, and will keep at it until I succeed I guess.

This challenge is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

Yes, I want to chat with you guys like a person, and not just reviews. I enjoy reading and writing discussion posts because they kind of break up the regular book review posts, and because I love to talk about books with like minded folks, they get me pumped.

For more information, sign-up, and monthly email reminder:Click Here



To not bomb as badly as 2018???

Ok let me get serious. 

My level will be 1-10 – Discussion Dabbler

I know that I can at least write one... but hope to do at least one a month for the rest of the year.

The 2019 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge is hosted by Reading Between The Pages. Ok anyone surprised I still need this? Nope not me. I am truly a book hoarder. I donated most of my read physical books, but I won't tell you how many e copies I actually have, or how many free amazon books I have saved, but my TBR list is still over 1k. I will say this... I did read a few Netgalley copies last year. What I DIDN'T do was to actually REVIEW THEM. Argh. (Facepalm)

What I am proud to say is that my % ratio is 81%. My goal was to reach the recommended 80% and I did do that with the few Netgalley reviews that I did post. In checking my list of to reads on the Netgalley front, I have some good books left guys! So my first few posts this year will be Netgalley related and catch up on those reads that need that review done.

If you join the challenge, here is the hashtag! 

The Levels…
Bronze – 10 Books
Silver – 25 Books
Gold – 50 Books
Platinum – 75 Books
Diamond – 100 Books
I'm going to be conservative here and go for Bronze again. Let's be realistic. I now have a 2 yr old and an almost 1 yr old. I am also due to go back to work soon. No miracles will happen here.

Last but not least....

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Lily at Bookluvrs Haven has
read 6 books toward
her goal of
55 books.

I raised it from 50 in 2018 to 55 for 2019. The reason for that is that I will probably commute a bit for work, and usually I go through an audiobook every couple of weeks at times. So I think that I will have a greater number of books this year for that reason. We will see how that goes.

I could grab a couple more challenges, but I would just be ridiculous. This is plenty to keep me engaged. I already have a few YA books lined up that I want to read, not to mention get through my physical copies that have been sitting on my side table for way too long (long enough that I had to dust the covers).

What challenges have you set for yourself this year? If you are a blogger, feel free to drop a link to your challenge post also! 

Happy Reading everybody.


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