Smutathon Wrap Up

I’m here today to go over all the books that I read (and in one case, tried to read) during the Smutathon. This was a really fun readathon for me and I discovered the authors Christina Lauren that I absolutely adore and want to read everything they have ever written. Which is interesting because I think I inadvertently picked two of their most tame books smut wise.

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This was a fun read but it was definitely inspired by 50 Shades of Grey. I really enjoyed the romance between Kate and Drake. I didn’t like the over the top judgmental behavior of one character. I also didn’t like how Kate had to keep reassuring herself of what she wanted and it turning into a mini rant on BDSM. Maybe because I’m already on the side of people should do what makes them happy (as long as no one is physically or mentally hurt) but it became irritating every time we had to stop the story to have these moments.

Rating: 3/5

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I dnf’d this at 45%. I didn’t care about the characters and their insta love after so much time apart. I also didn’t like that Bailey kept making excuses for Adam’s behavior and he would never apologize. So when I got to the part where they didn’t use a condom after multiple times being told how many other people Adam has been with I just decided I was over this book.

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I loved Amy and Sebastian’s romance. It starts off in a fun way and I loved the way they were together. I didn’t so much like the “mystery” they were trying to solve and all the random family drama from Amy but overall this is good smutty fun. I definitely want to check out more of Saskia Walker’s work in the future.

Lastly, I read my first two Christina Lauren books and I am a fan. I loved the romance better in Roomies but the characters better in My Favorite Half-Night Stand. I can see why everyone raves about their books. I think I might have read their two least smuttiest books but they can write an amazing love story.

Roomies: 4.5/5

My Favorite Half-Night Stand: 4/5

~Cassie

Smutathon TBR

I have never participated in this readathon before and I was going to pass this time because the next round of buzzwordathon takes places mid June but I have decided to go for it. I have so many romance books on my kindle that I never prioritize and this seems like the perfect opportunity to read some. Here is the link to the official smutathon twitter account where you can find all the official information and links to the hosts. 

 

I’m not sure how many books I will be able to read but I would like to complete as many of these challenges as possible. Here’s what I plan on reading:

One Word Title

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Roomies by Christina Lauren

Friends to Lovers

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Finish a book in one day

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Minding Amy by Saskia Walker

Out of your comfort zone

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The Agreement by S.E. Lund

Second Chance

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Adam (Riding Hard #1) by Jennifer Ashley

I’m excited to take part in this fun readathon and also knock some books of my kindle tbr. Good luck to you if you are joining in on smutathon!

~Cassie

Buzzwordathon Round 3 Wrap Up

I finished three books during the buzzwordathon which isn’t too bad except for the fact that one of the books only took me 20 min. Which to be fair I didn’t know going into it that it was going to be so short and I don’t even know if it really counts. Here are the books I read and links to their Goodreads pages and my review of it.

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Rating: 4/5

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Review (as part of a mini review collection)

Rating: 4/5

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Review (as part of mini review collection)

Rating: 1/5

I just finished the following book today:

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My review for this one will be out on Thursday 🙂

Rating: 4/5

I am roughly over half way through the following book:

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I hope to have this finished and reviewed next week.

Wrap Ups

Everyday of the readathon I did a wrap up on my blog. The first two days I took pictures throughout my day but I wasn’t too happy with what I was putting out. Day 3 I started just summarizing my reading throughout the day and I feel like it was much more effective. I liked talking about my thoughts while I was reading and I will continue doing some sort of reading diary throughout the year.

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My husband and I are working our way through Game of Thrones and that definitely hindered my productivity this readathon. I know I brought it up a lot during my wrap ups but I love that show and I can’t wait for the new season to start. So it was definitely a worthwhile investment to spend that time with my husband. I usually do the majority of my reading at night when my kids are sleeping so it was interesting trying to fit it in during my day. Overall, I had a good time and I love doing anything related to books so it was a total win in my book. I do wish that I had been able to hit my four book goal but I am choosing to be ok with it.

~Cassie

 

Buzzwordathon Day 3

Hey everyone. I have decided to switch things up from how I was previously doing these readathon updates. After I published day 2’s post I spent some time thinking about what I really want to accomplish with these posts. The first two days I was basically doing Instagram on my blog and I didn’t really like it. My blog is for me to talk about books and I felt like I was barely doing that. What I really want to do is to give you daily updates about what I am thinking about each book as I read it. I also want to update you on my daily progress through the readathon. So I am going to be trying out a new format for these updates.

The Nowhere Girls

I finished my first book of the readathon!! I have already reviewed this on my blog so I will leave a link to that post here.

Little Fires Everywhere

I did read a chunk of this book and I am now on page 71. I am liking it but I’m also confused because the synopsis says its about how a community deals with the adoption of a Chinese American baby and none of that has happened yet. I don’t even have a clue one who is adopting the baby and this is only a 336 page book so I’m not too sure how things are going to unravel. But everyone raves about this book so I still have high hopes for it.

Home is Where the Bark Is

After I finished Nowhere Girls I went on to my kindle app and just scrolled through to see if anything got my eye that had a buzzword in the title. I saw this one that I recently bought and I figured it would be perfect because it is a cozy mystery. I love cozy mysteries so much and I haven’t read a single one this year. They are also super quick reads so it has that going for it to. If you aren’t familiar with cozy mysteries they are basically fun stories told in a small community setting where there isn’t a lot of violence. Everything is super light and fun. These are feel good stories that I enjoy so much. My favorite ones involve baking and inns. The one that I am currently reading is obviously about dogs and the main character is trying to figure out who killed the dead person in her yard. I read 68% of this one.

If you are participating in buzzwordathon I hope that you are having a successful readathon. If you aren’t participating I hope that you are having a great reading week.

~Cassie

Buzzword Readathon TBR

I didn’t do any readathons in the month of February so I’m excited to participate in one this month. Monday is the start of the third round of the Buzzword Readathon and it runs through the 24th. This time around there are six buzzwords: who, what, why, when, where, and how. I’ll be honest and just let you know that I’m not that happy to have six words to choose from since to me the whole point is to read a buzzword. However, I still really want to participate since next week my kids have spring break and the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a readathon. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to come up with my TBR and I finally just decide to read any books that I currently have from the library, my kindle app and my physical books that have one of those buzzwords. I first was trying to find enough books to only read one buzzword but I couldn’t come up with enough books. I then thought about reading six books all having a different buzzword but I struggled finding a book for two of the words. So after overthinking it for two weeks I decided to do the reasonable thing and just read anything that I already have in my possession.

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Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

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Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion. 

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

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Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

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Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

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The arranged marriage YA romcom you didn’t know you wanted or needed…

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents – could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery.

At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.

Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined.

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In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie, a brutal murder draws Sebastian St. Cyr into the web of the royal court, where intrigue abounds and betrayal awaits.

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose’s ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane’s murderer to escape justice.

Untangling the secrets of Jane’s world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death . . .

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My goal is to read at least four of the books on this list. I also want to do something a little more interactive on my blog during the readathon so check out my blog starting on Tuesday for some bonus content. I plan on doing a reading diary for each day of the readathon to track my progress and thoughts on each book. So hopefully I have a successful readathon and next week isn’t a total bust! Also, if you are interested in learning more about the Buzzword Readathon here is the official twitter account and the creator of the readathon’s Youtube here.

~Cassie

Read EH thon TBR

I’m back with another readathon hosted by favorite booktuber, Lala. This is really interesting readathon because it is all about reading Canadian which is something that I have never really thought about. I usually read whatever sounds good to me but I definitely could be more intentional with how diverse my reading is. Which is one reason why I love readathons so much because the challenges usually push me to read outside my comfort zones.

Here are the challenges:

  1. Read a book with red on the cover
  2. Read a book by a Canadian woman
  3. Read a book by an indigenous author
  4. Read a book set in a province you’ve never visited
  5. Read a book with an “E” and “H” in the title

The readathon lasts from July 1-July 8. I hope to read four of the books shown above and complete all the challenges. All of the books except for The Marrow Thieves and Anne of Green Gables are already on my TBR. I have read Anne so many times in my life but I haven’t reread it recently so I might read that one with my kids. I was surprised at how many books I own that are Canadian. I think one of my reading goals for next year will be to read books from authors outside North America.

Happy Reading!

~Cassie

 

 

Buzzword Readathon Wrap-Up

This was a week long readathon and I only managed to complete one book. Although I am half way through two other books so it’s almost sort of like I read two books. Right?!?

 

 

I finished The Girl In 6e and I am working on a review for that to hopefully be up in a day or 2.  I wish I had been able to finish the other two books but I’m still happy that I participated. Hopefully my next readathon will be more productive.

If you participated in the readathon I hope it was as successful as you wanted it to be!

 

Buzzword Readathon TBR

My favorite youtuber, Books With Lala, recently announced that she and a fellow youtuber are hosting a readathon starting Monday May 8 – May 13.  The theme of the readathon are buzzwords that are going around the book community. The first theme is books that have the word girl in the title.  This sounds so fun to me and I know that I have a lot of books that will work for this readathon . I have no strict TBR, these are just some books that sound good to me to read next week. I hope to read at least 3 of them.

 

 

Happy Reading!

~Cassie

Wonder Week Wrap-Up

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I realized during Wonder Week that readathons are only fun for me when I’m really able to participate in the social media aspect of it. I was able to read 4 out of 5 of my TBR books which I’m happy with with but without talking much about my progress on social media or being able to participate in any of the blog prompts it felt like a normal week of reading. Well, I don’t usually read quite as many books in a week but I’m sure you guys get my point 🙂

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The four books I read are:

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sara Pinborough
  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Reviews for these books will be coming soon. I’m doing a collaboration with the wonderful Paige of BooksAndBelle blog where she is going to share her review of The Lying Game on my blog and I’m going to share my review on her blog. I hope you guys are looking forward to that as much as me!

If you participated in Wonder Week then I hope you all had a great readathon and were able to finish your TBR. I’m not sure if I’m going to participate in any more readathons for awhile because my schedule is pretty crazy with my 3 boys and life in general haha

~Cassie

 

Wonder Week TBR

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Wonder Week started yesterday but with my kids starting school and us all coming down with colds I have seriously fallen behind on everything. I still want to participate though even though I don’t think I will be able to be as involved as I want to be. So, with all that being said here is my TBR.

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Thriller: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Contemporary: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Free Space: Behind Her Eyes by Sara Pinborough

Book that you bought for the cover: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Science Fiction: Fahrenheit 451

These are all the books I’m planning on reading for Wonder Week. Although I started Behind Her Eyes right before the readathon technically started but I’m still counting it haha. Also, I would love to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for the science fiction space but that’s a pretty big book so I went with something smaller. If I feel the readathon is going well for me then I will probably make the switch.

Also, I just wanted to quickly mention that today is my one month blog birthday!! Like I said on twitter I am so grateful for all of my followers and I hope to get better and better at blogging. I started blogging because I genuinely love this community and I really feel like bloggers make a big difference in the book world!

Have a great weekend and if you are participating in Wonder Week then I wish you all a successful readathon.

~Cassie