June Wrap Up

Hard to believe June is over already!  It was a busy month for me personally, with a high school graduation and a baseball trip to Kentucky.  Here is my wrap up.

Read

june wrapup

Favorites – The Last Guy by Isla Madden-Mills

Least Favorite – Bad Penny by Staci Hart

Watched

Spotlight.  The Keepers made me want to watch other stories about abuse in the Catholic Church.  Spotlight was a really well made movie.

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Beware the Slenderman on HBO.  This was a tough documentary to watch.  Kids with mental illness is part of the story, but the rest is about believing what you read on the internet.  Good story.

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Kardashian: The Man who Saved OJ.  I’ve watched so many movies and documentaries about the OJ trial, but I had no idea that he got rid of OJ’s suitcase when he came back from Chicago.  It’s on tape.  Lost all respect for him now.

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I participated in a few tags this month:

Greek Mythology Book Tag

Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Would You Rather Book Tag

 

Happy 4th of July to all of you in the US!

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Introducing – Fave Five Friday!

Welcome to the first installment of my new weekly meme, Fave Five Fridays!

Each week, we will have a new topic and give our “fave five” answers.  Please leave your answers, as well as any thoughts on future topics, in the comments section.

This week’s topic will be:

“Fave Five” Books you always recommend

Here is my list, in no particular order:

Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley.  This is one of my all time favorite books, because it’s full of fun characters and has some mystery.  It’s also set in Denver, a town I love to read about for some reason.  Final bonus is there are 8 books in the series, and they are all amazing!  Goodreads.

rock chick

Sphere by Michael Crichton.  Omg, I can’t say enough good things about this good.  Hands down the best thriller I’ve ever read.  Edge of your seat suspense and amazing writing.  Michael Crichton is an amazing writer (he wrote Jurassic Park too) and is gone too soon (RIP).  Goodreads.Sphere

Defending Jacob by William Landay.  Not sure why I picked this book up, but it was amazing.  It’s the story of a dad whose son, Jacob, is accused of murder.  This book has an ending so unexpected and amazing.  Highly recommend this one!  Goodreads.

defending jacob

Making Faces by Amy Harmon.  I’m not really into YA, but this is, hands down, the best YA novel I’ve ever read.  Such beautifully written characters in a beautiful setting, this book is one you won’t soon forget.  Goodreads.

Making Faces

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.  My favorite Kristin Hannah book, this story is about two sisters who are very different and both estranged from their mother, whom they view as cold and aloof.  After the sisters hear the story of her childhood, all their lives change.  Such a beautiful story of family and forgiveness.  Highly recommend.  Goodreads.

Winter Garden

What are the five books you always recommend?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Happy weekend and happy reading.

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Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Thanks to Chelle’s Book Ramblings for tagging me for this. Feel free to pay her site a visit:) This tag was originally created by Nel@reactionarytales (very cool tag by the way)

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

The Tag

Books

I have three books that come to mind that were very emotional reads for me.  They are:

  • Sometimes Moments by Len Webster
  • Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

I cried hard during these books, and I’m not a crier.  They were all really good reads and I highly recommend them!

Sometimes Moments (Sometimes Moments, #1) Making FacesThe Fault in Our Stars

Movies and TV Series

I’m more of a romantic comedy kind of gal, but there is a movie that totally gutted me, and it’s A Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore.  I cried and cried.

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As for TV, I found Party of Five to be a very sad show.  I felt like that family could not catch a break.  I’m sure there are others I’m not thinking of, but that’s my list of 5.

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This was harder than I thought it would be!

I tag:

Norin @ Diary of a Book Fiend

Patty @ Moonshine’s Corner

Laurel @ Laurel Rain Snow

AC Squared Book Blog

James @ This is My Truth Now

And you!

Happy reading.

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Greek Mythology Book Tag

I saw this tag on Chelle’s Book Ramblings blog, and it sounded fun, so I thought I’d give it a try.

ZEUS GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER

Favorite Book

This is tough for me, because I’m not someone who re-reads books. My go to answer for this is always Sphere by Michael Crichton.  I remember reading this 25 years ago and staying up all night to finish it, it was that good.  So I’m going with that one.

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POSEIDON GOD OF THE SEA

Book that drowned you in feels

Sometimes Moments by Len Webster.  My friend told me not to read the end on the train, and I didn’t listen.  I was a blubbering mess.  But it was a beautiful book.

Sometimes Moments (Sometimes Moments, #1)

HADES GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD

Favorite Book with a Dark and Ominous plot

I read mostly romance, but I read Defending Jacob by William Landay, which is about a father whose son is accused of murder.  This book has a surprise ending I never saw coming and it’s so good.

Defending Jacob

HERA GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Cutest fictional couple

Another toughie but I’m going with Tina and Nic from Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora.  They are so cute and funny and offset each other’s personalities in a very believable way.  Love them!

Friend-Zoned (Friend-Zoned, #1)

ATHENA GODDESS OF WISDOM AND WARFARE

Series with the best world building

I don’t read fantasy, but I’ll cheat a little and say Game of Thrones since I watch the show and I’m completely captivated by the show.

APHRODITE GODDESS OF BEAUTY

Most Beautiful Cover

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah, which is also one of her best books.

Winter Garden

ARES GOD OF WAR

Most violent book you’ve read

I’m going to have to go with Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.  Books about serial killers tend to be violent, but this is really violent but it doesn’t detract from the story.  Love this series if you haven’t read it.

Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #1)

 

HEPHAESTUS GOD OF BLACKSMITHS AND FIRE

Scorching hot character

Matt Montgomery from Tied with Me by Kristen Proby.  Wow.  I read the end of this book about 20 times.  Cop who likes to tie chicks up = sign me up!

Tied with Me (With Me in Seattle, #6)

ARTEMIS GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Favorite Kick ass heroine

Going to have to go the easy route and say Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games.  She is the most kick-ass heroine ever!  Nobody tops her!

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

APOLLO GOD OF LIGHT

Sequel that redeems its series

Out of the Blue by Carina Adams.   I didn’t love the first book in the series, but loved the character who was the star of book 2.  Much better than book 1 in my opinion.

Out Of The Blue (Bama Boys, #2)

HERMES MESSENGER GOD OF THIEVES

Book with the best message

Making Faces by Amy Harmon.   Such an amazing book.

Making Faces

HESTIA GODDESS OF HEARTH AND HOME

Most relatable story

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.  Mainly because their family is crazy and zany just like mine.

The Spellman Files (The Spellmans, #1)

DEMETER GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND AGRICULTURE

Best bookish setting

I tend to read a lot of books set in Denver for some reason.  I also love books set in Italy.  Don’t really have a favorite.

DIONYSUS GOD OF WINE AND CELEBRATION

Most anticipated release

The Beauty of Us by Kristen Proby, part of the Fusion series which I love.

The Beauty of Us (Fusion, #4)

 

If you would like to do this tag, feel free.  I did it for fun, so I hope it’s fun for you as well!

Happy reading.

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Would You Rather Book Tag

Thanks to Bridget over at Bridget & Books for the inspiration!

Would you rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

Series for sure, especially if it’s about a family or a group of friends.

Would you rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

I have no preference other than it be in the first person narrative!

Would you rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstores) or Amazon?

I only read e-books, so Amazon.  Though I do get a lot of e-books from my local library.

Would  you rather all books become movies or TV shows?

TV shows.  The only book to movie I ever liked was The Hunger Games.  I think a TV show would be much better.

Would you rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?

5 books per week.  I commute to work on a train and I read all the time!

Would you rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?

Author.  I just have to sit down and finally write down my thoughts.

Would you rather only read the same 20 books over or get to read a new book every 6 months?

A new book every six months.  I don’t re-read books.  No reason, just don’t do it.  If I had to read the same books over, I would likely stop reading.

Would you rather be a librarian or own a bookstore? 

I would rather be a librarian.  No hassle of owning your own business!

Would you rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

Favorite genre.  I read romance and the books are endless!

Would you rather read only physical books or ebooks?

As I said above, I read e-books only.

Tag, you’re it.  If you would like to do this, feel free!

Happy reading.

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Monthly Wrap Up – May

Hard to believe summer is here.  Here is a wrap up of my month.

Read

may 2017 reads

Favorites – All About the D by Lex Martin and Fire on the Farm by Betty Shreffler

Least Favorite – Against the Rules by Julia Black.  Don’t even remember what it was about.

Watched

The Keepers on Netflix.  Do yourself a favor and watch this documentary.  It was really amazing.

the keepers

Mommy Dead and Dearest on HBO.  This is a tough one – child abuse.  Very well done though.

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The Seven Five on Netflix.  About police corruption in New York in the 1980’s.  Very fascinating.

the seven five

I also participated in the following weekly memes: WWW Wednesday, Top Ten Tuesday and my own weekly meme called Man Crush Monday.  Most recent posts can be found below.

WWW Wednesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Movies I’m Excited About

Man Crush Monday

I also reached 200 followers this month.  Thank you all who read and post and comment.  I treasure each and every one of my followers!

That’s my month.  Hope May was good for you.

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Would You Rather Book Tag

Thank you to  Sarah @ Btween The Pages for tagging me for this book tag!  I love doing fun tags!

Would you rather…

  1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

    I would rather have unlimited money for ebooks.  I don’t read paper books anymore, and nothing is more irritating than when you can’t find a book you want to read on Kindle Unlimited or on the library’s website.

  2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

    I’m not into poetry, but I would choose to meet J.K. Rowling and bring my niece Jill with me.  She’s a HUGE Harry Potter fan and watching her talk to her favorite author would bring me lots of joy.

  3.  Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

    Huh.  This is a hard one.  My favorite book is Rock Chick and I’ve been to Denver.  So I guess I would rather write a famous book.

  4. Choose  Jack  or Peter?  (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.)

    This fictional love triangle is from the Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond.  I choose Jack 1 million percent over Peter.  I love Jack.  I loved Jack from the beginning and he’s the perfect guy for Carlotta.  By far.

  5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

    Well, I’m not a Harry Potter person, so I would choose travelling around the world for one year.  Even if I was a Harry Potter fan, I would choose that.

I Tag:

James|Deanna| Romance Reader |Cori  |Sam  |Allie.  If you were not tagged, I now officially tag YOU.

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