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review 2020-06-01 22:24
An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good
I Picked Up This Book Because: #BlameItOnLitsy.

The Story:

This book is a collection of short stories revolving around Maude. Maude is an eighty something spitfire who is not about to put up with any guff. In fact if you cross her the wrong way you may just expire. She is calculated, quick witted and a bit scary.

The Random Thoughts:

3.5 Stars
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text 2020-06-01 22:17
June 2020 Library Love Challenge Link Up & Giveaway


Welcome to the June monthly link-up for the 2020 Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Books of My Heart. 


This year we are doing things differently.  Instead of the yearly giveaway we’re doing a monthly giveaway and review link up.  If you have not signed up for the 2020 Library Love Challenge, sign-up is open all year long and you can join anytime. Find the rules and sign-up: here.


Share using #LibraryLoveChallenge 



Now for the Giveaway & What you could win: For the June Giveaway, you can pick any CD or MP3 from the list below of Books of My Heart’s Audiobooks (USA Only). 


  • Krewe of Hunters  by Heather Graham, narrated by Luke Daniels (CDs) – 4 abridged audios: The Night is Watching (9), The Cursed (12), The Hexed (13), and The Forgotten (16)
  • Secrets in Death by JD Robb, narrated by Susan Erickson (MP3) 
  • Just One Look / The Woods by Harlan Coben, narrated by Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels, Steven Weber (MP3)
  • Broken Soul by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam (MP3)
  • Pretend You’re Safe by Alexandra Ivy, narrated by Jim Frangione  (CDs)


Giveaway Policy: The Winner will be notified by email, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new Winner will be chosen.  Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.





Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/06/june-2020-library-love-challenge-link-up-giveaway
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review 2020-06-01 21:34
A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage

*I can't link to the book but here is the review anyway.*

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of the band.

The Story:

A very “meh” book for me. It would probably have been better read off the page instead of an audiobook as I just didn’t like the narration. Content wise this book was interesting. We learn of course about T-Boz’s early years and how the band came together. We heard a lot about their struggles with their management and label. We also learn about disputes within the band and how they grew apart at times. On thing that struck me as wrong during the book is there is a lot, and I mean a LOT, of talk about things between T-Boz and Lisa “Left Eye” and it was off putting for me partly because Lisa isn’t here to talk about her side of the story but also there was very little conversation about Chilli. When she is mentioned it’s almost as an afterthought. I guess T-Boz didn’t want to put works into Chilli’s mouth but it felt very lopsided. The writing felt very amateur. There was a lot of I, I, I and me me me and I know it’s a memoir but I read a lot of memoirs and I do not often feel like this. I mean it’s your book about you, everything doesn’t have to start with I did this, I did that, I’m this way. I did really like how open she was about her illness. I have an autoimmune disease myself and I appreciate some of the frustrations she expressed her illness cause and a lot of the motivation she expressed with not letting it hold her back .

So yeah, this was very up and down for me.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


2¾ Stars

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review 2020-05-30 04:38
Love According to Liam...isn't quite how the it works in the real world...
Love According to Liam - V.L. Locey

Liam's an adorable and precocious child and if memory serves me at all he's somewhere in the 5 year old range at best. I remember my son at that age and the filters were essentially non-existent. So for me...Liam's a fairly typical reflection of his age group. It's an age when children can be adorable and loving and fiercely loyal while also being a bit self-centered it's not in a mean or nasty way. It's just that they're children and their world view has a much more limited scope than that of an adult with considerably more life experience.


So for the most part I honestly have no issue with Liam's behavior throughout this story. For me, he was just a kid being a kid. I didn't have a problem with Bryn's behavior he love's Mike and more than anything wants to be a loving and supportive husband but as any good spouse knows it's a balancing act and sometimes being a good spouse means not being the one to make the decisions but the one who supports the decision their partner needs to make and while it was hard for  Bryn, he did it to the best of his ability.


I also had no problem with Mike. I totally got where he was coming from and to be honest I was 100% on his side...surprisingly it was Kelly who made me blow a gasket. I really liked her in the first book and while I can't say that I don't like her in this one, what I can say is that I don't like much of her behavior. I apologize for being a bit circumspect here but trying to explain this and not give away the story is a bit of a daunting task. Bottom line for me was that while I understood a lot of Kelly's actions and rational there were a couple of things that no matter how she cut it, in my eyes her actions were a betrayal of Mike and also undermined him. So without getting really wordy and saying a whole lot of nothing here to avoid spoiling the story. I'll just summarize by saying that this for me because of some similar life experience with certain events hit a bit too close to home for me and the result was a whole lot of anger and frustration with certain characters and events in the story resulting in a less than stellar read for me. 


'Love According to Liam' definitely wasn't a 'bad' read in that the story was well written  but as I said parts of it just hit a bit to close to home, so if you're a fan of this series carry on, I know I will. I'm still looking forward to reading more about Bryn and Mike and the changes that are coming into their lives and maybe something in that will leave me feeling less disgruntled with this story. But rest assured this one's definitely me and I'm willing to own it.



An ARC of 'Life According to Liam' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2020-05-29 17:32
Monthly Library Love – May 2020


Here is a look at my May Library Love.
The library is a great place to pick up New & Old releases in books, movies, manga, audiobooks, magazines, and more.  Check out all the wonderful items I picked up this month.  The 2020 Library Love Challenge Sign Up is open.  Come join us for a new year and lots more giveaways!


Total Saved in May: $66.39
(Books & Movie prices based on Amazon pricing.) 


Audiobooks: Cowboy to the Core, Shadow Born, & Born of Darkness






I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!
Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/05/monthly-library-love-may-2020
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