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text 2017-09-05 10:52
Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 2)

5/8/2015

 

Books by V.C Andrews (Ghost Written by Andrew Neiderman)

1. Eye of the Storm (No)

2. The End of The Rainbow (No)

3. Ruby  (No)

 

4. Beaches by Iris Rainer-Dart (No)

5. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (No)

 

Books by Sophie Kinsella:

6. Confessions of a Shopaholic (No)

7. Can You Keep A Secret  (No)

 

 

Books by Richelle Mead:

8. Vampire Academy (Yes)

9. Bloodlines (No)

 

10. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (No)

 

 

 

5/10/2015

11. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (Yes)

 

 

Books by Tess Gerritsen:

12. Vanish (No)

13. The Sinner (No)

 

14. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown (No)

 

15. You Will Never Nanny In This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen (No)

 

 

5/15/2015

 

 

 

16. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Yes)

17. Magnolia by Kristi Cook (No)

 

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. The Face on the Milk Carton (Yes)

19. Whatever Happened to Janie (No)

20. The Voice on the Radio (No)

21. What Janie Found (No)

22. Janie Face to Face (No)

 

23. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (No)

24. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (No)

25. Wish by Joseph Monninger (Yes)

26. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price (No)

27. This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl (Yes)

 

 

28. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Yes)

 

 

29. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (No)

 

30 - 37 Harry Potter UK Edition Box Set. (I've read the series many times, but only reread the first 2 since buying the new set.)

 

 

5/22/2015

 

 

Books by Lois Duncan:

38. Daughters of Eve (No)

39. They Never Came Home (No)

 

40. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern (No)

 

41. The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (I have read it many times, but I don't think I have read it again since buying it.)

 

 

 I'm pretty sure I have a problem as most readers do. Used book stores are a curse and a blessing.

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text 2017-09-05 10:32
Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 1)

This is part 1, because I did many book hauls on here, more than I thought!

 

I made a book haul post a couple years ago. I'm only going to list the books that were personally meant for me. Some were my husbands. I was curious if I read the books since I bought them! Let's see!

6/1/2015

 

Books by Sarah J. Mass:

1. The Assassin's Blade (Yes)

2. Throne of Glass (Yes)

3. Crown of Midnight (No)

4. Court of Thorns and Roses (No)

 

Between 5/29 and 5/31 /2015

 

 

by Tonya Hurley

5. Ghostgirl #2: Homecoming  (No)

 

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6. The Watcher's Guide Vol 1 by Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder

7. The Monster Book by Christopher Golden, Stephen R Bissette & Thomas E. Sniegoski

(No to both, but these are more for my Buffy/Angel book collection)

 

Books by Cecelia Ahern:

8. Thanks for the Memories (No)

9. Rosie Dunne (Yes)

10. The Book of Tomorrow (No)

 

Books by Tess Gerristen:

11. The Surgeon (Yes)

12. The Apprentice (No)

13. The Keepsake (No)

14. The Mephisto Club (No)

15. Bloodstream (No)

16. Girl Missing (No)

 

17. Haunted by Jeff Mariotte (NO, but this is for my Angel book collection)

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. Hush Little Baby (No)

19. The Stranger (No)
20. Fatality
(No)
21. The Fire
(No)

22. Wanted (NO)

23. The Return of the Vampire (No)

 

But in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection, I have read them as a teen.

 

Books by Diana Hoh:

24. Win, Lose or Die (No)

25. Kidnapped (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

Books by R. L. Stine:

26. Lights Out (No)

27. Missing (No)

28. Broken Hearts (No)

29. The Cataluna Chronicles: The Dark Secret (No)
30. The Surprise Party
(No)

31. The New Boy (No)

32. The Dare (No)

33. First Date (No)

34. The Prom Queen (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

35. Resolved: You're Dead by Nicholas Adams (No)

36. Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan (No)

 

Books by Christopher Pike:

37. Remember Me by Christopher Pike (No)

38. Bury Me Deep (No)

39. Whispers of Death (No)

40. The Starlight Crystal (No)

41. The Midnight Club (No)

42. Monster (No)

43. The Visitor (No)

44. Scavenger Hunt (No)

45. Die Softly (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

What have I learned? I learned that I buy a bunch of books for the purpose of collecting, rather than reading right away! 


Out of all the ones listed here, I read 4 of them. You do the math!

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review 2017-08-29 23:24
Book Review: Steel & Stone: Companion Collection By Annette Marie
Steel & Stone Companion Collection (Steel & Stone Book 6) - Annette Marie

 

This companion novel made the series that much better! I loved every single story, but Lyre has found a special place in my heart. I enjoyed seeing the same situations from a perspective that wasn't Piper. I like Piper, but being in Lyre or Ash's head is much more interesting considering they've been alive for centuries (it seems) and are much more knowledgeable in everything than Piper is.

 

If you couldn't tell by now, I adored being in Lyre's head. Annette Marie did this character justice with her writing and I'm so happy for that! Lyre proved to be just as secretive and intriguing as I was expecting him to be. I'm officially hyped for his prequel series.

 

Looking from Piper's eyes I assumed Ash would have complicated and tumultuous thoughts. From the stories from his point of view, he came off as nonchalant. It almost felt like a calm before the storm. It was interesting but not as interesting as Lyre.

 

Overall this was a collection of interesting stories and makes an amazing companion to the original series. These stories gave me a much better understanding of Ash and Lyre which would make re-reading the Steel & Stone Series that much more fascinating.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"Once, Ash had called Lyre an angel of death. Tonight, he would do the name justice.  "

 

"Incubi are lover's, but no woman's true love."

 

"The past lies in rest, its ghosts long slumbering, and I would not disturb them. Let us begin again."

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review 2017-08-25 16:48
He Completes Me (Home #2) by Cardeno C. Review
He Completes Me (Home Collection Book 1) - Cardeno C.

Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he’s falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn’t need to be fixed and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.

Patience is one of Aaron’s many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron’s adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily-ever-after.

 

Review

 

I really, really enjoyed this book. It is a super sweet romance and it just soaks in the couple time and we get so many phases of the relationship. Agh. Love it.

 

Aaron is completely sweet and well a wish fulfillment hero for someone as hurt and angry as Zack. Zack's voice in wonderful with great asides to the read and wry self reflection.

 

Aaron is a bit of a doormat but there is some nice conflict around making sure Zach and Aaron are partners in this relationship.

 

As much as I liked it, and I did, there are issues with the writing in terms of unresolved stuff,.

 

Aaron's relationship with Zach's brother and wife need to be discussed. There is so much co dependency in Aaron.

 

Zach needs therapy for his childhood trauma.

 

The plot pacing is sluggish so while even though I enjoyed it, others will be driven batty.

Aaron has no pets. He is a vet. We never get to see his love of animals.

 

And there is other weird stuff but I liked it anyway, A lot. lol.

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review 2017-07-28 02:34
ARC Review: Scrap by Josephine Myles
Scrap (The Bristol Collection Book 3) - Josephine Myles

This third book in the Bristol Collection is about Grant (Mas' asshole cheating married ex) and Dare, who had a thing for Perry, but didn't succeed.

There's a scene in Stuff where Grant shows up at Perry's store in hopes of winning back Mas, a little on the drunker side, and gets doused with wine, courtesy of Perry, and then escorted out by Dare, who also attended the 'grand re-opening' of Perry's store.

You see, Grant was married with children when he carried on an affair with Mas, but he's come clean to his wife, divorced, and now doesn't know how to move forward. He's gay, he knows it, but still closeted. His boss, a sleazebag first class, sends him on a fact-finding mission, which brings Grant to Dare's scrap yard, where Dare rebuilds travel vans (and lives in his "office" trailer), while taking care of his junkie brother who lives in Dare's house. 

Dare is out and proud, straight-forward, and doesn't take shit from anyone, especially not some real estate developer's minion who's rude and snobbish and looks down his nose at him.

Of course, to the wanna-be posh Grant, Dare's motor oil perfume isn't what he's looking for, but while he's busy looking down his nose, he cannot help but notice the other man's body and lust for what seems to be a sizable endowment. 

Dare remembers Grant from the store reopening and feels kind of sorry for the guy. They get physically close quickly, but Grant is an idiot and selfish and scared, which nearly costs him the one good thing he's found since he fucked over Mas and his wife and kids. 

With her typical charm and style, Jo Myles made me care even about someone like Grant, even though I usually cannot abide cheaters in my romance novels. I felt sorry for him, really. He sucked, sure, but I could see that he didn't really want to be a bad guy. He tried to do the right thing in the end, even if it cost him. 

This book was probably the angstiest of the three in this series. Dare's situation with his brother's addiction does have a positive ending, even if it didn't look like it would, for a while there. I liked Dare a lot - his no-nonsense attitude combined with his deep love for his brother, and his steadfastness when it came to people he cared about made him a lovable character and a good guy in my book. 

The author teases at the end that there might be another book forthcoming. Possibly a new character not yet introduced, or possibly a book that revisits all three couples in the future. I'd read it either way.


** I received a free copy of this book from Signal Boost Promotions as part of the re-release. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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