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review 2019-01-20 02:17
Book-lovers will delight in and relish this little book about their reading obsession; the perfect bookworm gift
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life - Anne Bogel

This little book is a love letter to the joys of reading, and EVERY bookworm should have this one on their shelves.

I picked this book to fulfill my ‘reminds you of your happy place’ book choice for my #LitsyBooked2019 Challenge, and I absolutely couldn’t come up with a more apt choice for something that conjures up ‘happy place’ right now than books.

If you’re an avid reader and you are aghast at the idea of whittling down your collection of books to 30 books, or as Anne Bogel puts it, have spent time as a kid under the covers reading a book with a flashlight when you should’ve been asleep, then this is the book for you.

The book is short and sweet but packs in a lot, and you will see yourself in these pages even if you don’t know all the book titles she mentions. You will find yourself nodding and laughing and agreeing about all the things that only ‘book people’ will understand and recognize in their reading lives:

How 'normal' it is to have 1,593 books in your Goodreads Want-to-Read list, but will read a book by your favorite author as soon as it comes out. How normal it is that you've read every single book by Sarah J. Maas and have every edition of all her books, even the foreign read all the Outlander Series but have never read Jane Eyre.

How you've been that reader of all The Babysitter's Club Books when you were a tween, then you went through a phase of nothing but vampire books, then you struggled to find yourself with self-help books in your twenties, and now you read nothing but the latest bestsellers from a celebrity bookclub; you've just changed as a reader as you've got older.

Bogel mentions all these 'delights and dilemmas of the reading life' in her book and it felt like I'd found a new bookish friend, and I suspect that just about everyone picking this book up and seeing themselves in it, will feel like their circle of bookish friends just grew infinitely bigger.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38502471-i-d-rather-be-reading
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review 2019-01-17 15:22
Opposites find their way to loving each other.
No Time for Love Raine English - Raine English

This was a sweet read. I loved both characters. Past experiences convinced them that opposites do not belong together. Kinsley was a strong woman but very much a workaholic, trying to run her own business. I enjoyed Dylan's love of nature and animals, and I thoroughly enjoyed the fun facts sprinkled throughout the story. This story made me smile, made me cry, and and was hard to put down.

I received an ARC of this story, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2019-01-15 01:53
Quick read with some action, steam, and a lot of love
Game On - Ciana Stone

This was a quick read. There was quick attraction, danger, friends, family, love throughout the pages. Dillon wanted to be left alone, but his family would not leave him be. Josie was hired to protect him, but they had to play at being in love. It took no time for the steam to rise and the two of them to want more. The end had me holding my breath, hoping there would be an HEA, as this couple were cute together with the banter. I would have liked a longer, more detailed story, but this was still a good story.

I received an ARC through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2019-01-09 22:22
Secrets, tides, and some steam made this a good quick read.
Marooned with a Marquis - Emily Murdoch

I enjoyed this story and have enjoyed the series. In this one, Adena wanted to be alone, found herself stranded due to the tide coming in, and determined to get back to the beach by walking through the water. Luke "rescued" her, and their romance began. Adena was honest and open, and accepting of her fate. I wanted to smack Luke to get him to reveal his secret, but other than that, he was open with Adena. Their love was one of first sight, the sparks flew quickly, and the depth of their feelings became obvious. I recommend this story.

This is my unsolicited review.

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review 2019-01-09 18:23
Interesting background, touching story
Behind the Chain Mail - Elizabeth Rose

This was a quick read. I enjoyed learning about where the Legendary Bastards of the Crown came from. I also enjoyed the story The Gift. This was a brief glimpse into the triplets lives, with a little more emphasis on Reed and introducing Imanie for a later series. Imanie informs Reed that he has a special gift, and one day, a daughter of his will as well. It was a touching moment when he accepted this information.

I received an ARC of this story, and this is my unsolicited review.

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