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text 2018-05-25 14:26
#41 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JoRead

 

 

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Joanna, an avid reader and romance books fan, who prefers reading than eating and sleeping. Obviously. 

 

Follow JoRead on BookLikes: http://joread.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

I hardly ever read more than one book at once but right now it happens that I’m reading two. The first one is a lovely ARC by the always amazing Katharine Ashe called The Prince and I’m loving it. I’m also reading Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London but only a few chapters in on that one so it’s too early to tell ;)

 

The Prince (Devil's Duke) - Katharine AsheBad Bachelor - Stefanie London

 

 

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?

 

Very early in life. I was the girl that would rather spend her time inside reading a book instead of playing outside with kids my age.

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

At first it was sort of an escapism. Books would take me to a different place, different time, and sometimes even different worlds. Now I’ve realized that books, regardless of genre or whether is fiction or non-fiction have always something new for me to learn. Books have taught me to understand people better because in a way I’ve been inside other people’s minds.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I think people need to give romance books a chance. Romance is more than “smut” or “mommy porn,” which by the way, are terms that I loathe with the passion of a thousand suns! Romance is a genre that’s been empowering people in general (women in particular) for centuries. Depending on your tastes you could try authors Lisa Kleypas for historical stories, Penny Reid for some fun contemporary reads, and Jennifer Ashley for adventure with paranormal creatures.  

 

JoRead's Shelf

 

 

You short bio says: “If it wasn't because life gets in the way, I could spend all day reading”. How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Dear me, hours I tell you! Hours! But who needs to eat and sleep is overrated anyway… :)

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

Besides Booklikes I’m part of several book groups in Facebook and Goodreads. Like-minded people tend to recommend the best books.  

 

 

We can find many romance titles on your BookLikes shelf. Do you switch between the genres or do you follow you favorite reading path?

 

I read romance the most because it’s what I like the most but I do enjoy all genres. I’ve read from Leo Tolstoy to the beautiful crafted Japanese Manga. A book is a book is a book and each one has something new to teach the reader. 

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

I try to stick to one at a time but there are times when I cannot take my print with me so my handy eBook reader comes to the rescue. For instance, currently I’m reading Bad Bachelor in print and The Prince in eBook.  

 

joread.booklikes.com

 

 

Your bookshelf has got many thematic shelves. Does it mean you’re a well organized reader?

 

I try to be. My digital shelf is organized so because if I ever need to “pick” a book with a certain theme I can just check that shelf and voilà! All at the click of a key :)

 

 

A library or a bookstore?

 

Tough question. Bookworms should never be made to choose.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Eek! I have lots! No way I could choose only 3. How about I give you the three that come to mind right away ;) 

 

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld,Keith ThompsonLady in Red - Maire ClaremontWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo

 

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. Well, I love prints and if I’d have more place at home all of my books would be in print but I love the simplicity of format of an eBook. You can literally have hundreds of books in the palm of your hand!

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

 

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

I’d read Jennifer Ashley’s Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage while sipping Earl Grey tea. Yep, that would hit the spot.

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

My apartment is really small so most of my books are in boxes *sad face*

But here is a pic of the books I have on hand because I’m planning on reading them or have read recently.

 

 

Thanks! This was lots of fun! 

 

Thank you!

 

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quote 2018-05-25 11:00
“You're pressing too hard,” Bradley said in a low voice, from behind him.
Rory looked over his shoulder and was shocked to see him so close that, if he'd had the courage, he could have kissed him. “What?” he asked, not able to think clearly enough to remember what he'd said. Bradley was too close, smelled too good and his lips were just a little too far out of reach.
Unable to control his thoughts or his centre of gravity, he found himself drifting towards Bradley before he could stop it. Those lips curved into a smile, as two hands caught his waist and straightened his stance.
“Careful there, cupcake. You might headbutt your painting,” he mocked, shocking Rory back to reality with that unwanted wake up call.

Never Let Me Go, by Elaine White

 

The Prequel to The One That Got Away

 

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text 2018-05-25 10:53
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 16 pages.
The Voicemail of Magnus Bane - Cassandra Clare

This one was funny

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review 2018-05-25 03:15
ARC Review: A Full Plate by Kim Fielding
A Full Plate - Kim Fielding

This was utterly adorable. And it's apparently true - the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

At least, in this case, that old adage works - Sage seduces Tully with his cooking skills.

I'm getting ahead of myself though...

Bradford Tolliver aka Tully is a hot shot young lawyer, living in a fancy condo, driving a fancy car - and living an empty life. When his colleague asks for a favor for her cousin to live with Tully for a few months, less than a year, Tully reluctantly agrees.

Sage Filling (what the heck, Kim Fielding?) took a job as a short order cook for reasons, but his dream is cooking on a much higher culinary scale. He loves trying out new recipes, and Tully is only too willing to be the guinea pig. He doesn't mind the hot kissing either. He doesn't mind spending a bit of his cash on some fancy cookware either if that keep Sage cooking up culinary delights.

The focus of this story is on the slowly developing romance between the two men and the presumably inevitable ending - Tully's life is in the city, and Sage wants to go home to his small town. 

There's a wee bit of drama with Tully's filthy rich ex Eddie who needs to learn the meaning of NO, and who comes across as a bit smarmy. I didn't like him much, though the Thanksgiving standoff was highly entertaining. 

This is a romance, so of course they get their happy ending. That's not a spoiler, is it?

This is a really sweet, adorable story, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone - the author is Kim Fielding after all. Enjoy this with a glass of wine or two, or read it lounging by the pool this summer. You won't regret giving this book a chance. 


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2018-05-25 02:35
ARC Review: Bad To The Bone by Nicki Bennett
Bad to the Bone - Nicki Bennett

This was for the most part a sweet second-chance romance between two men who were friends in high school and could have been more if it weren't for small town bigots and needing that scholarship.

Back in high school, Alex was going to be a big shot football player at college until an injury put an end to that dream. But that injury didn't happen until he had already lost his heart to Ricky Lee, a boy his age from the wrong side of the tracks, who shared his love of books. 

So Ricky Lee left town, and Alex stayed. He's now working at his hardware store he co-owns with his sister, his marriage has failed, and his life hasn't turned out at all how he imagined it would.

And then Ricky Lee comes back into town because of their high school reunion and makes it very clear from the start that he's never forgotten Alex. Ricky Lee now lives in Portland and is some kind of technology genius. He wants Alex and he starts his pursuit from the time he arrives back in town. 

This being a Dreamspun Desires title, the plot and happenings inside are deliciously OTT, the characters are slightly too perfect, and the supporting cast is a bit one-dimensional. I liked Alex's sister a whole lot - she seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, and I liked his cop friend as well. I liked Alex and Ricky Lee, and Ricky Lee's somewhat flamboyant friend/business partner. 

As the romance gets its second wind, the small town bigots do their very best to try to put a cork in it. This is where the plot leaves realistic territory and veers dramatically into what the hell just happened. 

I was entertained, of course, and the scenes where Alex and Ricky Lee are on page together without others are really well done. I believed that they still had feelings for each other after all these years, and that those feelings were easily rekindled into a raging fire. 

This is a feel good book. It's an easy read for a day at the beach or curled up in your favorite chair with your favorite beverage. It's not deep, it's not memorable, but it's definitely enjoyable.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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