Last week was the #Romanceopoly Readathon and I’m so happy that I participated because I loved everything that I read. Which is kind of annoying because they were all books that I have been meaning to read for months. But that was the point of the readathon so I shouldn’t feel too annoyed. There was also a book that I had originally put on my TBR (and like a million other TBR’s) that I actually decided to read during the Weekend Smutathon that I also really love and highly recommend. That book was Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey and I can’t wait to read more from that author in the future. But I bring it up to say that I *technically* completed five books during this readathon if you allow that book to count hehe. Also, I am so over the moon excited that the first book that I completed for the readathon was IT! I have no joke been reading that book on and off for three years and I finally decided that I can’t just keep putting it off any longer which again is silly since I really love that book.
Read a book that has the longest title on your tbr/ Read a book that is already on your bookshelf or tbr
Journey’s End (Read a fantasy where the main character is a magic user)
This was an almost perfect book to me. I loved the characters, the action, the plot, the magic… it just all worked for me. The only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars is because it took me a little more than 10% of the book to get into the story. Which normally I wouldn’t care too much about but when I say I couldn’t get into it I mean that I could not read more than a couple pages without my attention wandering. But I have heard that the second book in this series is better than this one so I am really looking to read that one soon.
Read a book that is the same color as the challenge card/ Read a new to you author or series
Coffee Shop (Read a book recommended to you by a friend)
I am a huge lover of Nordic Noir crime novels so this of course was right up my alley. This is a dark and twisted tale that is truly centered around a hypnotist although the crime that starts out the story is equally as compelling. As soon as I finished this book I immediately went a bought the second book in the series and I really just want to read them all as soon as possible. All the Scandinavian authors that I have read do such an amazing job of telling such twisted, compelling and well thought out stories.
Read a book that has been recommended to you
Solider Street (read a romantic suspense where the h/H is in the military)
This was a fun murder mystery with a spooky setting that is basically a locked room mystery. I really liked the story and how it is set at a hotel on the Oregon coast. This is a romantic suspense but there wasn’t a lot of romance. Also, this is the second Christina Dodd book that I have read and I just don’t connect with her writing as strongly as I do with other authors. She has really great stories but I just fail to have a strong connection to any of her characters.
Read a standalone
The Gym (Do some weight lifting… read the longest book on your tbr)
Reading this book has left me completely in awe of Stephen King and his ability to write a story. We all know IT as the story of Pennywise but it is actually the story of Derry Maine and it is such a complex and rich story. Even though I read it over a long period of time I never felt lost when I picked it back up. This book is also twisted and dark and Stephen King has a very disturbing mind. Also, I would just like to say that it took King four years to write this book and it only took me three to read it ha!
Read a book with an animal on the cover
Spring (Read a book where it: Has a green or yellow cover; Has flowers on the cover; Has the word “spring” in the title; Where the hero or heroine is a gardener or farmer
This is the cutest rom-com and I totally understand why this is so many people’s favorite Christina Lauren. Olive and Ethan had the best banter and I loved seeing them falling for each other. I fell short of giving it the full five stars because I feel like major plot points of this book were taken from movies that I have seen multiple times so it felt a little stale to me. Drop Dead Gorgeous (which is one of my favorite movies) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are the two movies that I kept thinking of while reading the first half of this book.