June Recap

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Working in the garden, She-ra refusing to look at me. LOL

June has been a great month! Its been kind of chilly and rainy the last few weeks but its kept the mosquitoes away so I’m not complaining. I painted, I read more books than I did the previous month, I saw some movies, I hung out with my family. No complaints from me. I did try a no spend for June and I failed epically. Ugh. I don’t know if I’m going to try again for July.

Books Read in June:
1. Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
2. Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde
3. Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
4. Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata
5. My Roommmate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes
6. Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
8. Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
9. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Grades:
A – 1
B – 7
C – 1

Formats:
E-Book – 7
Print – 1
Library E-book – 1

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 5
PNR – 2
New Adult – 1
Contemporary YA – 1

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Week in Review: June 26 to July 2

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First of all, belated Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks. 😛 I was at my Grampa’s on Saturday so I didn’t have a chance to post. And for all my American friends, I hope you have a good 4th of July tomorrow. 🙂

My past week was fine. It was quiet at work (which I’m NOT complaining about) and it was quiet at home so I got some good reading done. I did go see a movie yesterday, The House. It was ok – I had some laughs but it was totally ridiculous.

Here’s what I read this past week: (this week’s reading choices are Nath’s doing – she wanted me to read Allegiance of Honor and I had to re-read the previous books to remind myself about what’s been going on in the Psy/Changeling universe)

sownsShield of Winter – Nalini Singh

sohnsShards of Hope – Nalini Singh

aohnsAllegiance of Honor – Nalini Singh

CURRENTLY READING

tonr.jpgThe Obsession – Nora Roberts

So how was your week?

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Week in Review: June 12 to 25

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I had an exciting Sunday last week and I ended up not having time to write a WiR post. Yesterday wasn’t exciting but time got away from me so this is coming a week and a day late. LOL

So the previous week (12 to 18) was relatively quiet leading up to the weekend. My baby brother turned 21! I went to see Rough Night with a friend and then on Sunday my mom and I went out to visit my Grandfather for Father’s Day. My own dad had to work that day so we did a big dinner for him on Saturday evening. The weather was perfect on Sunday so after we had a late lunch/early supper we hung out outside around the fire. The pic above is She-ra running around FREE for the first time in years. I say years because my aunt and cousins have had big dogs for the last while and I could never let She-ra be off leash. But there were no dogs on Sunday. Unfortunately, I found a woodtick on my back when we got home. OMG I was terrified. Woodticks are my biggest phobia. Ugh. Sunday night we had a family emergency so I didn’t go to sleep until 4am Monday morning. Double ugh.

Now this past week was awesome. I was off from Wednesday to Friday. LOL I painted! I read. I watched a bunch of movies. It was me time to the nth degree. It poured rain too so I didn’t even feel guilty about doing nothing. ha!

Ok, here’s what I read in the past two weeks:

BOOKS READ

dyhyclDating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

damzDear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

mrgjkMy Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes

stmnrSavor the Moment by Nora Roberts

wdmrsmWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

CURRENTLY READING

sownsShield of Winter by Nalini Singh

So that was my week. How was yours?

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June TBR Challenge: Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

tbrchallenge2017I still have some blogger guilt for completely missing May’s review but I decided I would not miss June’s. So for the TBR Challenge, June’s prompt was favourite trope. I didn’t go with a trope but I did pick a favourite sub-genre – the motorcycle club romance. 😛 Joanna Wylde’s MC romances always hit the spot. 😛

rfjwReaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

He never meant to hurt her.

Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.

Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.

It’s been a while since I read the book preceding this one, Reaper’s Stand, but as I read along, the story and characters started coming back to me. Painter goes to prison due to events from the previous book and he lends Melanie his car while he’s locked up. They start writing each other for the next year or so. Melanie definitely wants Painter but he’s not willing to go there. A fact he makes obvious when he’s released and keeps his distance. He thinks Melanie deserves better than him. And then that excuse doesn’t fly when he sees another guy hitting on Melanie. Melanie wants Painter but she isn’t on board with the whole MC lifestyle. She didn’t grow up in that world and she doesn’t understand it fully. She struggles with Painter’s loyalty to his brothers when she sees them as being the reason he was in prison. For someone who’s mom left her when she was younger, she wants to be important to the person she loves and she knows with Painter she’ll always come after his club and brothers. This is where the main conflict fell between Painter and Mel.

So the story actually opens up with a present day scene, with Painter getting mad at Melanie (she brings a date to the club’s clubhouse) and then we go back a few years to how they got to this point – of them not together. I really like how the story unfolded. It shows how Mel and Painter became friends via their letters so they had a good foundation for their relationship. And Mel and Painter were well drawn characters. You get with their backgrounds why certain things are important to them. But when these two were together, they were good and their chemistry was scorching. Knowing that they do split over something at some point did create a bit of tension that had me on edge.

Reaper’s Fall was a solid addition to the Reapers MC series. I really enjoyed Mel and Painter’s characters. The club stuff that is developing in the background is interesting too.

B+

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Week in Review: June 5 to 11

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This week’s WiR pic was taken today. She-ra was my helper while my mom and I gardened. 😛

This past week started off rough. I was feeling horrible on Monday so took a sick day. Luckily I was feeling better by that evening so it wasn’t anything that lingered. Work was also a mixed bag. People were let go on Monday. 😦 Tuesday and Wednesday were stressful as a result of that but also with other stuff. But then Thursday and Friday were quiet. Had a staff meeting on Friday and my unit was responsible for the food so that was good. We had some good breakfast and lunch (and leftovers for supper haha).

Tuesday night I went to see Wonder Woman. It was good! I recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.

And this weekend was relaxing. Saturday it rained so I did a small bit of shopping (I’m addicted to Michaels and their damn 50% off coupons) and watched Logan. Today I gardened. It was great.

BOOKS READ

rfjwReaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

Ugh only one book again this week. I would really like to know what’s happening with my reading. Mind you, I enjoyed this book. I picked it up for the TBR Challenge. I wasn’t going to forget this month since I still feel a bit bad for missing May.

CURRENTLY READING

dyhyclDating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

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Week in Review: May 29 to June 4

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The past week was a good one. The weather has been great and we had two birthdays to celebrate, my cousin and my dad’s. For June we have my youngest brother’s 21st birthday to look forward to. Yay. Oh and father’s day! I got my dad a Canada 150 T-shirt and a movie. Seriously, my dad has everything! So I don’t know what to get him for Father’s Day. I know he mentioned getting a new Tim Horton’s travel mug. So I’ll get him one of those. Nothing fancy. haha

I’m getting worried about my reading. I read one book this week. Again. I had to return Caraval before I could finish reading it (library book if you couldn’t guess) and I started Rocked Up by Karina Halle. WELL the book was feeling off for me and I get why…I had the placeholder file from Kobo…so it wasn’t the correct file. And here’s my beef with kobo. You have to CALL and speak to an actual PERSON for customer service stuff. Seriously, just give me the right file and let’s not talk to anyone. I’m such an introvert. LOL So I’ve been avoiding making the call so I haven’t read anything once I realized I had the wrong file (the book cuts off at Chapter 4 – and this is the second time it happened!).

BOOKS READ

suphhShacking Up by Helena Hunting

So that was my reading week. I enjoyed Shacking Up. I love Helena Hunting’s writing and this was a sweet romance. Not as bawdy as her Pucked books. But there’s still that Helena flavour. 😛

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May Recap

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Baby bison!

May brought sunshine and some wackadoodle weather but there were plenty of warm days to take She-ra out. I started the garden – just to get it ready for planting which I hope to do this coming weekend. I saw some movies (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 twice!), hung out with my grandpa lots, spent way too much on planner related things (I have no self-control) and again had a slow reading month. I did do some re-reading and I forgot the tbr challenge. May was a mishmash. I hope June is a better reading month. 😛

Books Read:
1. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
2. The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan
3. Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan
4. Irresistible by Mary Balogh (re-read)
5. Tell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O
6. Going Nowhere Fast by Kati Wilde
7. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
8. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (buddy review at Weendizzle)

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 5
Contemporary YA – 2
Historical Romance – 1

Grades:
A – 2
B – 5
C – 1

Formats:
E-Book – 6
Library Book – 1
Library E-Book – 1

That was my May in books. How was yours?

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April Recap

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This was April 22, 2017

I sat down to start drafting my May monthly recap and I realized I hadn’t done an April recap yet! Whoops. That’s the monthly recap and the tbr challenge I’ve forgotten this month. I’m so bad.

I don’t really remember what I got up to during April. I went to a hockey game, I binge watched season 1 and 2 of Narcos (I recommend it!) and She-ra had an ear infection. I guess those are the highlights. LOL

Here’s what I read:
1. Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren
2. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
3. Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen
4. Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre
5. How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell
6. Her Nightly Embrace by Adi Tantimedh
7. Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
8. Once and For All by Cheryl Etchison

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 4
Historical Romance – 2
New Adult – 1
Mystery – 1

Grades:
A – 1 (Dreaming of You, which was a re-read)
B – 5
C – 2

Formats:
E-Book – 5
Print – 1
Library Print – 1
Library E-book – 1

All in all, it was an ok reading month. Eight books has been my lowest count yet for books read during the month. I don’t track my re-reads though when I skim. Like Wait for It and Kulti by Mariana Zapata. I don’t read every word. So even though I’m not reading new books, I’m still reading.

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Week in Review: May 22 to 28

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Like I said in my previous post, this past Monday was a holiday for us Canadians. 😛 I finally finished Geekerella so that was a day well spent. LOL I don’t know what’s up with my reading lately but it’s really tapering off. I’m actually watching less tv so I can’t say that’s cutting into my reading time. I’m just doing…nothing. It’s a bit perplexing. Anyway, I had a sick day on Wednesday and I watched the season finale of Scandal and caught up on Veep. The rest of the week has been fine. Yesterday I checked out a huge community garage sale with my mom, cheered my brother on during a black belt test and went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 with my other brother. Second watch – I think I enjoyed it more the second time around. 😛 Today is going to be a relaxing day. Maybe go to Michaels…again. LOL And read!

BOOKS READ
GeekerellaapGeekerella by Ashley Poston

aajbAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Besides these two books, I also did a quick re-read of Jennifer Crusie’s Crazy For You. I love Nick and Quinn, and little Katie. 😛

CURRENTLY READING
csgCaraval by Stephanie Garber

How was your week?

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Week in Review: May 15 to 21

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This past week flew by! I felt like I didn’t have a lot of downtime and I’m not sure why. I usually watch DWTS with my mom on Monday and we didn’t get to it until Wednesday. And then I didn’t watch tv again until Saturday night! Do you think I was reading though? NO. Its a holiday tomorrow for us peeps in Canada (Victoria Day) so I’m hoping to finish up a book I started. Also, I completely forgot about the TBR Challenge this week!! I just remembered TODAY. WTF? LOL

Here’s the one book I read this week:

gnfkwGoing Nowhere Fast by Kati Wilde

I really enjoyed this story. You have a road trip paired with a best friend’s older sibling and it starts off with them hating each other. Hot stuff. LOL

CURRENTLY READING

GeekerellaapGeekerella by Ashley Poston

I’m enjoying this one but I’m just not able to sit down and read these days. So sad. Let’s hope tomorrow changes that!

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