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WWW Wednesday #19 | August 15, 2018


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
      
Everything Under the Sun - Jessica Redmerski
It's been a *long* time since I delved into the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre so I'm interested to see how this one goes. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?


Blind Kiss - Renee Carlino
Despite a few issues, I really enjoyed this one. But if you're interested in it, be warned: the angst is strong in this one, my friends.  

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
    
I'm still trying to get to More Than We Can Tell and I just renewed it for the second time so that really needs to happen. The Kiss Quotient is also a possibility. I'm seeing rave reviews so I have high hopes. If you've read The Kiss Quotient, what did you think?

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookish Sites

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
Favorite Bookish Sites - Book Blogs and More
I'm mixing this week's topic up a bit with a mix of my favorite bookish websites as well as a few of my favorite book bloggers (it was hard to pick just a handful - there are so many more!).

BOOK BLOGGERS


I'll swear up and down that this list is in no particular order, but it's also no coincidence that Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books is at the top. 😇 I feel such a kinship with this lady and I try to never miss a single post. She's a master at laying out her thoughts - both pros and cons - in her reviews and when she loves a book you really feel it. Her excitement and emotion is contagious! But more than her reviews, Sam is just an awesome person that I click with which makes her every post and every comment something to look forward to.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog is one of the first bloggers I followed. She's always reading something I want to read, have already read, or am just interested to know more about. I love her concise reviews, her gorgeous blog aesthetic, and her friendly nature.

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-Ear is a somewhat newer find but I connected right away with her humor and her casual, chatty style of reviewing. With her mix of romance, YA, children's books, and comics, there's always something interesting on Lindsi's blog.



When I went looking for blogs that focus exclusively on adult titles, I was excited to find Jenea's Book Obsession. With a mix of women's fiction, romance and mystery-thrillers, Jenea's blog is heavy on reviews (which I love!) and she's been responsible for more than a few additions to my TBR.


I don't even share similar reading tastes as Olivia @ Books in Blankets but that's never been an issue. Somehow, regardless of the lack of shared books, I always enjoy her reviews of sci-fi, fantasy, literary fiction, and more. And the fact that she occasionally shares photos of what she cooks is a bonus! 

I really enjoy the eclectic mix of posts from Karen @ For What It's Worth. There's plenty of book talk and book reviews, but there's so much more. Karen talks about movies and music and participates in fun weekly memes that give her blog a well-rounded feel. 

BOOKISH SITES

GoodReads is a no-brainer, right? But even if it seems like an obvious choice, there's no denying the role GoodReads plays in my reading life. From keeping track of my TBR, to sharing reviews, to checking the ratings/reviews of books I'm interested in, and sooo much more, GoodReads is an invaluable resource.

I've used Fantastic Fiction for many years as a comprehensive resource for author bibliographies. At a glance I can see an author's entire catalog, see when their books were published, check the order of book in a series, and more.

The launch of OverDrive opened up a whole new avenue of reading and listening options. I love the convenience of downloading digital content from my library.

While there are several BookTubers I follow on YouTube, there is one that stands out above the rest for me. Jessica @ PeaceLoveBooksxo focuses almost exclusively on romance books (adult, new adult, contemporary, historical) and she uploads content frequently. Reviews, recommendations, TBR's, monthly wrap-ups, reading vlogs... Jessica has it all and is so down to earth and casual that watching her videos is like chatting about books with a friend.


Do you follow any of these bloggers or use these bookish sites?

The Sunday Post #115


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

I saw Christoper Robin last week and it was simply precious. Sweet and funny and even a little emotional here and there. I already want to see it again.


In slightly bigger news, we're moving! Not far (at all) but we found *the* house (back in June) and have spent the last six weeks or so taking care of paperwork (and more paperwork), putting our house on the market (it sold within 24 hours, thank goodness!), and generally taking care of all things big and little that go into buying and selling. Hence fewer posts over the last month or so. There's just been a lot going on. We close on the new house in just under a month so it's getting time to kick it into high gear with packing and making arrangements. Exciting stuff... but also time-consuming and sometimes exhausting!

THE NEW HOUSE!


Wednesday, August 8

Thursday, August 9

WHAT I FINISHED IN THE LAST WEEK:
       
Blind Kiss - Renee Carlino
I finished this one yesterday and I have such mixed feelings. Overall I really enjoyed it but there were also some things that bugged me. The pay-off is a looong time coming and I think that's going to be an issue for a lot of people. It's angsty, it's emotional, it's frustrating... and yet I was 100% invested. Talk about conflicted! I'm part of the blog tour and my post is scheduled for this coming Friday so I better get my thoughts in order before then!

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 
 Everything Under the Sun - Jessica Redmerski 
Well technically I'm not currently reading this one but I plan on starting it today. Close enough. I've read a couple by Jessica before (she usually write as J.A. Redmerski) including the first book from the In the Company of Killers series (which I really need to continue). The synopsis of this one really intrigued me... it's been years since I read a dystopian novel. Fingers crossed that it's a winner.

    
KINDLE BOOKS:
    The Birthday List - Devney Perry
I haven't read anything by Perry yet but she's an author that I'm super excited to try.

AUDIOBOOKS:
 
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
Beautiful Mistake - Vi Keeland
Audible is having a 2-for-1 sale and I couldn't pass it up.
Eleanor & Park has long been one of my favorites on audio. The narrators are so perfect and really do the characters, and the story, justice. I've listened to a couple by Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward before and enjoyed them, so snagging this one by Keeland was a no-brainer.




How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!

New Release|Review: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott

 
A new Kylie Scott release is cause for celebration! You know you're going to get a relatable main character, a swoony love interest, smokin' hot scenes, and plenty of laughs. How can you go wrong? It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time delivered all that and more and I loved getting to know Adele as she put her heart on the line - again - for the man she'd loved for years.

IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME
by Kylie Scott
Releases August 7, 2018

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was. Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town. Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings. Sometimes first loves are the truest.

"Addictive like all Kylie Scott books, you'll swoon, laugh, ache, put your life on hold, and compulsively read until the wee hours of the night—only to reread the whole thing the next morning. Perfection!" - Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author      

AMAZON | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AU | iBooks | B&N | KOBO

When I read the synopsis for Kylie Scott’s latest I was immediately all in. Forbidden romance? Check. Age gap? Check. Two elements that I love, so color me excited. I’m happy to report that It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time totally delivered.

Spending summers with her dad as a teenager, Adele grew close to his business partner, Pete. Their easy friendship flourished and on her 18th birthday Adele took things a step further. Unfortunately professing her love and going topless did not have the desired effect. Pete was shocked, her father was outraged, and Adele returned home, embarrassed and dejected.

“There should be wrong-man rehab. Counseling, hand holding, and maybe a little waterboarding for the extreme cases like me.”

Now, seven years later, Adele is returning for her father’s wedding. At 25, she’s had her share of short-lived relationships but she’s never felt for anyone what she has always felt for Pete. Her connection with Pete is still there, and now the feelings don’t seem so one-sided, but Pete has his own issues to work through and there are plenty of obstacles to overcome.

“How many times could you get your heart broken by the same person before you finally wised up? 
That was the question.”

Adele was the feistiest of feisty heroines. I loved her quick wit, her lightning fast comebacks, and the fact that she had no problem speaking her mind. (We should all channel our inner Adele!) Pete was plenty broody and their back and forth banter was so snarky and so clever that it often had me laughing out loud. These two just got each other – and it didn’t hurt that their chemistry was smokin’ hot!

“Even with no alcohol to speak of, I had definitely been debauched. 
Frankly, last night I’d been so debauched I’d be surprised if I had a single bauch left to speak of.”

The last several chapters took a turn I didn’t see coming and, while I’m not sure I loved the direction it took, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time was still a totally enjoyable read filled with Scott’s signature humor. If you love sassy heroines, forbidden romance, age gaps, Australian settings, steamy sexytimes, and plenty of laugh out loud lines, you’ll love this one. 


ABOUT KYLIE SCOTT
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/   FACEBOOK | TWITTER | FACEBOOK FAN GROUP | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS


        

WWW Wednesday #18 | August 8, 2018


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
      
The Raging Ones - Krista & Becca Ritchie
As of last night, I've actually set this one aside for now. After a week, I'd still only managed to get to the 40% mark. It breaks my heart because I adore Krista and Becca and they write some of my all time favorite contemporaries, but this one just isn't doing it for me. I don't understand the world, I have no connection with the characters, and overall I'm just... bored. 

Blind Kiss - Renee Carlino
Because I kept plugging away at The Raging Ones, I'm now in a bit of a time crunch to read and review The Blind Kiss. I'm part of the blog tour next week, but thankfully Carlino is one of my favorites and I also seem to get through her books fairly quickly. I only read a few pages last night but it was already like a huge feeling of relief. 
Ahhh, I'm back in the contemporary world again. Thank you.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
 That would be *nothing.* Since I spent all of the last week trying to read The Raging Ones, the last book I finished was Kylie Scott's It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (review posts tomorrow).   

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
I guess I could say I'll go back to The Raging Ones, but no. I need more of a break before attempting it again. I still have More Than We Can Tell out from the library so that's a possibility. Otherwise I'm just going to wait and decide at the time. After struggling with The Raging Ones, I don't want to force anything now and end up in a reading slump.

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)