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text 2018-08-23 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
The Controversial Princess - Jodi Ellen Malpas

Started expecting it to be a contemporary romance book, ended up reading bdsm erotica...

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review 2018-08-22 17:49
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”




Title:  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Genre: Contemporary


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*** BOOK BLURB ***
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.
*** REVIEW ***
Oh my... This is the kind of book that makes my heart soar. Eleanor Olephant is more than fine, she's amazing!
It is such a rich, awkward but interesting and twisty book. It just phenomenal. One of the best examples of character building I've read in years. Quirky characters with a soul.
From the very beginning it intrigued me. It felt like I was observing a behavior of some newly found specimen previously unknown to me. And all that observation paid off. I was totally invested in Eleanor's life just after a few chapters.

It might be strange, but even during the hard times I felt no pity for her, only sympathy, because of her admirable courage. Eleanor isn't conventional character, she's a true oddball. But that is her charm.
This book took me on a real emotional roller coaster: I laughed out loud, I had to stop more than once to think about my own life and actions, I even shed a tear.
Unquestionably the best book I read this year.
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review 2018-08-22 16:54
A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels #1) by Sarah MacLean
A Rogue by Any Other Name - Sarah MacLean


"She realized how little she wanted a quiet life of pastel colors and quadrilles and tepid lemonade. She wanted more."




Title: A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels #1)

Author: Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical Romance


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*** BOOK BLURB ***


A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them... even her heart.


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If I had to sum up this book I would describe it as enjoyable but forgettable romance. There was nothing special about it, but I like books like this as palate cleansers.


I loved inclusion of the letters that main characters exchanged for years during their childhood. These snippets provided a great opportunity to glance into their past.


Aside from Penelope and Michael, there is an entertaining cast of secondary characters who will get their own books in this series.


Writing at some parts is a bit over the top, but overall it was fun little romance.


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text 2018-08-22 12:49
Bout of Books 23 Read-a-Thon


 DAY 1


Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords


Passionate risk taker following her dreams.





Book of a day: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Pages read today: 386

Total of pages read: 386


So today I started and finished A Rogue by Any Other Name. I enjoyed it. Author did a great job of bringing up Penelope and Michael's past while being in the present. Book like these are my vice. They are pretty forgettable, but enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next book in the series.






Challenge: Book Plot Emoji


Pretty Little Killers by Rita Herron



 Book of a day: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Pages read today: 327

Total of pages read: 713


Oh my... This is the kind of book that makes my heart soar. Quirky characters with soul. Definitely will be one of my favorite books read this year.








Challenge: Literary Villain


Favorite villain in books that was first though in my mind have to be Voldemort from Harry Potter. While he wants to make the world of magic available only for those of the purest blood, what really reals him up is his hatred for Harry Potter.


Book of a day: 1984 by George Orwell

Pages read today: 328

Total of pages read: 1041


1984 was sitting on my book shelf for years and I never got around to reading it. But I really glad I finally did it! Classics isn't genre I like much, but many times reading this book I couldn't believe it really was written in 1949. This book still seems so relevant in nowadays.


It reminded me in many aspects a tv series The Man in the High Castle.







Challenge: Book Trip


Paris is Always a Good Idea. We all are fascinated with The City of Light like no other, and it definitely is on many peoples bucket list. Here some books I would recommend to read if Paris fuels your imagination.

Historical Fiction - Paris by Edward Rutherfurd

Historical Nonfiction - The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

Historical Romance - The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans

Contemporary Romance - Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Paranormal Romance - Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum




Unfortunately today I won't have as much free time to read as I had few previous days, so will split the book between today and tomorrow.


Book of a day: The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Pages read today: 254

Total of pages read: 1295

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text 2018-08-21 09:00
Bout of Books 23 Daily Updates
Crewel World - Monica Ferris
The Baron's Blunder (Black Diamond) - Susan M. Baganz


Monday, August 20, 2018

Currently Reading: The Baron's Blunder by Susan M. Baganz (Christian Gothic Romance - that comes straight from the cover), Crewel World (Needlecraft Mysteries #1) by Monica Ferris (cozy mystery from the late 90s)

Reviews:  4 written

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