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text 2018-09-22 20:35
2018 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge Progress - Summer Progress

My friend talked me into this challenge again this year. Prompts filled are in bold.

 

 

2018 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

  • Book made into a movie you have already seen - The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
  • True Crime - American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
  • Next book in the series - The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li #2) by Jeannie Lin
  • A book involving a heist
  • Nordic noir
  • Novel based on a real person
  • Set in a country that fascinates me - The Lotus Palace (Pingkang Li #1) by Jeannie Lin
  • Time of day in the title - Evening Stars (Blackberry Island #3) by Susan Mallery
  • Book about villain or anti-hero - 
  • Book about death/grief - The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson
  • Female author/male pen name - Wonderment in Death (...In Death #41.5) by J.D. Robb
  • LGBT+ MC - George by Alex Gino
  • Author with a different ethnicity than me - Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  • Book that is also a stage play or musical
  • Book about Feminism - The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich
  • Book about mental health - It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor #10) by Jill Shalvis
  • Book that was borrowed or gifted to you
  • Book by two authors 
  • Book about or involving sport
  • Local author
  • Favorite color in title
  • Alliteration in the title - Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood
  • Time Travel - Paper Girls (Book One) by Brian K. Vaughn et al
  • Weather Element in Title - When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak
  • Book set at sea - The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • Book with animal in title - Wolves at the Door by Skye Jones
  • Book set on a different planet
  • Book with song lyrics in the title - One Wish (Thunder Point #7) by Robyn Carr 
  • Book set on or about Halloween - A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon
  • Book with a set of twins - Three Sisters (Blackberry Island Novel #2) by Susan Mallery
  • Book mentioned in another book - Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter
  • Book from a celebrity book club
  • Childhood classic you’ve never read - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Entengle
  • Book published in 2018 - Dark in Death (In Death #46) by JD Robb
  • Past Good Reads winner
  • Book set in the decade you were born
  • Book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t - Love is Love anthology by Various Authors
  • Book with an ugly cover - White Witch (Texas Devlins #1) by Lyn Horner
  • Book that involves bookstore or library - Trinity Falls (Finding Home #1) by Regina Hart
  • Book set in your home state (prompt from 2016 reading challenge) - The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

 

Advanced List

  1. Bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  2. Cyberpunk book
  3. Book read by a stranger in public - I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  4. Book tied to your ancestry - The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan
  5. Book with a fruit in title - Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1) by Susan Mallery
  6. Allegory
  7. Author with same first name as you - Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz 
  8. Microhistory - Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo
  9. Book about a problem facing todayAWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service - and How It Hurts Our Country by Kathy Roth Douquet and Frank Schaffer 
  10. Book recommended by someone else doing the challenge
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review 2018-09-16 20:48
Queen Sugar - Natalie Baszile

I picked this up for kindle a while back because OWN (I believe) has a series based on it.  This summer I started watching the series via Hulu.  I now, offically, have too many series on Hulu and AcornTV that I am addicted to watching.

 

The book is different than the series in some major ways - two siblings instead of three, for instance.  But you can see why a series was made from it - race, family, history, and tradition all come into play in the story.  There is also quite a bit of class.  The tone isn't one of judgement, but of sympathy and reporting, especially in the case of Ralph Angel.

 

There is a quiet beauty in this story.  A love not only for land and family, but also for the beauty of words.  It is a beautiful book.

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review 2018-09-13 05:49
Sugar: Volume 1
Sugar #1 - Matt Hawkins,Jenni Cheung,Yishan Li

I just didn't connect to this title the way I did to Sunstone or Swing - the storyline and characters lacked emotional punch for me. I think the real issue was that I didn't particularly like most of the characters. Several of the side characters are terrible people, and the main characters both felt very stock. Aptly named, this one can be a bit on the sweet and saccharine side. If you like the movie Pretty Woman this might be a big win for you. I will say that in the end I finally started to connect to Julia, so it must have been doing something right. All in all it was a mixed bag for me.

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review 2018-09-12 11:00
Release Week Review! Sugar (Cake #2 / Whiskey Sharp #3.5) Lauren Dane!
Sugar - Lauren Dane

 

 

A Cake sequel

 

An impromptu road trip makes for the honeymoon Gregori and Wren didn’t know they wanted

 

Bad-boy artist Gregori Ivanov wants nothing more than to marry Wren Davis. He’s asked her before—more than once—but she insisted on waiting until she’d established her own career. Now that the time is finally right, Gregori has one hell of a celebration in mind. Restaurants, museums and NYC luxury all the way…on top of all the newlywed sex they’ll be having.

 

The universe, unfortunately, did not get the message. When their plane is grounded in Idaho, they’re forced to improvise a road trip to get back to Seattle instead of the romantic getaway Gregori painstakingly planned. But that they’re together is what’s important, and with giant roadside potato museums, funky galleries in towns with little more than two stoplights and some seriously great diner food—in between all the great sex—Gregori and Wren find a honeymoon as unique and memorable as their love.

 


The very strong and memorable Gregori and Wren have finally tied the knot and their honeymoon becomes just as unique and memorable as their love is when their plans go awry and they end up on an impromptu road trip. Very sexy and romantic with lots of sizzling chemistry and scorching hot passion that holds readers captive throughout the steady paced plot. Readers can’t help but fall in love with this couple as they can practically feel the love that flows from the pages of this delightful romance and the author ensures that readers are treated to adventure and wonderful settings on a road trip that has readers feeling as if they are tagging along because it is so vividly portrayed.

 


Author's Book Page - http://www.laurendane.com/books/sugar/

 

Carina Press Page - https://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781459290433_sugar.html

 

 

 

Add Sugar to your shelves at -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17735858-cake

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/sugar-whiskey-sharp-by-lauren-dane

 

 

Sugar is the sequel to Cake

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17735858-cake

 

 

& is #3.5 in the Whiskey Sharp series -

 

Author - http://www.laurendane.com/connected-books/whiskey-sharp/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/174406-whiskey-sharp

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N9TREUQ?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

Sugar is not a standalone story - it must be read after Cake.

Cake & Sugar can be read independently of the Whiskey Sharp series.

 

 

in ebook at -

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Whiskey-Sharp-Lauren-Dane-ebook/dp/B01AREQRUU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529986059&sr=8-1&keywords=lauren+dane+sugar

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sugar-lauren-dane/1128097683?ean=9781459290433

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/sugar-45

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/sugar/id1076220391?mt=11

 

 

The story goes like this - While on pregnancy bed rest, LAUREN DANE had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about "giving that writing thing a serious go" to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

 

Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres.

 


AUTHOR LINKS


Website http://www.laurendane.com/


Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLaurenDane


Twitter https://twitter.com/laurendane


Goodreads https://goo.gl/pg3R22


Amazon https://amzn.to/2uDfIHF


BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lauren-dane

 

 

 

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review 2018-09-06 22:24
Sugar and Iced
Sugar and Iced - Jenn McKinlay

Mel and Angie are hired by the beauty pageant to make the contestants recipes for the competition and cupcake towers for the people who come to see the competition, participate and judge the competition. She balks at the thought but is finally convinced to participate. Lupe, Oz's friend, is going to participate and Mel's mother and friend, Carrie, get her ready and help her. She is the odd girl out as her mother is not there to help her, she is not blonde and blue-eyed and she hasn't been doing these contests for years, like the other girls. 

 

Mariel is the head judge and has a bias against Lupe and when Lupe confronts her there are issues. It is when Mariel's scores are reviewed that the lowest score on all the girls is thrown out. It is when Mariel is found dead the next day that Lupe is viewed as the murderer. It is because of this that Angie and Mel try to find out who really murdered Mariel. 

 

This was a fun story and definitely had a twist to it. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. 

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