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2014 was a banner year for reading, specifically for reading eGalleys from NetGalley. My count so far is 41 books in this year’s challenge and I am reading two more as I type. I hope to top 45 this year so…woohoo! My ratio right now is just over 50%, which is FANTASTIC because it was abysmal at the start of 2014. The recommended ratio is 80% so I am going to be spending 2015 getting to that number. I’ve got some great galleys to get me there! So this is my post for 2015’s challenge! I’ve chosen the HARDCORE level, since I read a lot and 40 books was no […]
The Fragile World is an excellent read– deeply moving, paced well, poetically written. I truly enjoyed it!
I’m not physically capable of giving a Cleave book fewer than five stars. He is perfection.
Title: XL Love-How the Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America’s Love Life Author: Sarah Varney Genre: Social Science Publisher: Rodale Books Release Date: August 19, 2014 Pages: 256 With two out of every three Americans overweight or obese, it’s all hands on deck—scientists are studying how excess fat changes physical and mental health, demographers are calculating how it’s shortening life spans, and economists are debating the impact it has on America’s productivity and global competitiveness. But how weight affects intimacy and sexuality is barely discussed. Yet it’s a question of high importance for the tens of millions of Americans who are overweight or obese and having difficulty sexually and romantically. It […]
Title: You Author: Caroline Kepnes Genre: Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: September 30, 2014 Pages: 432 Love hurts… When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams. Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . […]
I say this every time I give a book five stars but I really so rarely do. There’s something about a book that makes me block out everything in space and time, forego food and other habits because I just can’t put it down. I NEED to know what happens.
This year, I’ve been participating in a really fun reading challenge with Ariel Avalon. The NetGalley Reading Challenge was organized as a way to increase our reading, specifically of Advanced Reader Copies (or ARC) of novels that bloggers and readers receive from services like NetGalley and Edelweiss, etc. The books are furnished by the publisher. If you see a book you’d like to read before publication, you request said book. Upon approval from the publisher, you receive a review copy of the novel and are requested to read and post an unbiased, honest review before the book goes on sale. This helps to increase the hype for the upcoming novel. […]
Title: Hot Christmas Nights (TUSCAN NIGHTS) Author: Farrah Rochon Genre: Fiction Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque Release Date: September 30, 2014 Pages: 320 In Tuscan Nights gorgeous pastry chef Nyla Thompson brings Aiden Williams to Italy for Christmas. Three years ago Aiden’s older brother foolishly let her go. Now a mature and sexy Aiden is determined to win her love. I picked this up from NetGalley specifically to read the short by Farrah Rochon, Tuscan Nights. I’ve sought out her writing in the last year, having discovered her through Harlequin. I find her stories to be extremely entertaining with believable character arcs, not to mention the locales! Setting is most certainly […]
A few nits aside (like the constant reminders of how important and highly regarded Gia Andrews’ job as an International Aid is), I really enjoyed this book. The first quarter of the book is a little slow but the pacing and the mystery picks up rather quickly. I really like reading a book where I can’t tell whodunit and in The Last Breath, you literally don’t find out until the end.