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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Review

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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Goodreads

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.

Buzzwordathon Day 1

Buzzwordathon Day 2

Buzzwordathon Day 3

Buzzwordathon Day 4

Buzzwordathon Day 5

Buzzwordathon Day 6

Buzzwordathon Day 7

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 7

We made it! The final day of the readathon. I did not read four books like I wanted to but I am really enjoying the last two books that I started for the readathon.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I only finished the chapter that I started on Saturday but that was all that I read of this one. Since I’m watching Game of Thrones with my husband at night I am not able to read for long periods of time which is really hindering my progress with this book. I usually read a chapter here and there throughout the day and it’s just not working for me with this book. I have sort of come to a stand still with this one.

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillian

On Saturday I read 11% of this and on Sunday I got all the way to 46%. There has been some unexpected stuff happening and I still have an idea of what I want to happen but honesty this story could go anywhere. It is becoming more of a difficult read though the more we get into the investigation. Ben is a missing 8 year old and I have a 9 and a 7 year old. I can’t help but put myself in Rachel’s position and it is a heartbreaking situation.

Books Completed: 3

Check back tomorrow to find out my thoughts on the readathon as a whole. And thanks for coming on this journey with me ❤

~Cassie

Buzzwordathon Day 5

This was a pretty productive reading day for me. I’m pretty happy with my progress so far in the readathon. I have two days left and I hope to finish out strong.

What Happened In Vegas by Sylvia Day

I was scrolling through the Libby app seeing if there were books that piqued my interest that had a buzzword in the title and I found this terrible book. The only plus side to this read was how insanely short it is. I have now technically finished 3 books but this book was basically a chapter long. I have already reviewed this along with some other books and you can check out my full thoughts on this book here. Long story short it was a 1 star read for me. I would rather have read another chapter of the book I started after this one.

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

I have wanted to read this book since it first came out in 2015 and I have no idea why I kept putting it off. I am only 7% into the story and I am hooked. I want to find out all the things and I can’t wait for the story to unfold. The reason I am so invested already is because of the way the story is told. The prologue is told from 1 year after Rachael’s son Ben went missing. The book is told from Rachel’s point of view and also the lead detective, Jim and his perspective is, I think, mainly told through reports he is writing to his therapist. Um yes please. It is starting off so strong and I am predicting that this will be a five star read for me. I recently read and reviewed (the last book in a collection of mini reviews) her newest release I Know You Know and I gave it four stars.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I think on Day 4 I was on page 76 and now I’m on page 140 so I made a lot of good progress on this. I’m roughly half way through and we have finally gotten to the adoption part of the story. I don’t know why I’m so hung up on when that finally happened because I am really liking this book a lot. I just get so caught up on what the synopsis says that I thought the adoption would be a bigger part of the story. This would be so much better described as a book about family dynamics centering around mother daughter relationships. If I had to rate it right now I would probably give it 4.5 stars and I think it will be interesting to see what I give it once I finish it.

Books Completed: 3(ish)

~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

Buzzwordathon Day 2

Here is how the second day of the Buzzwordathon went for me:

10:14 am

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I finally made myself a cup of coffee and read a chapter of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. This is one of the books that I started last week and its due back to the library early next week. I finished part one and I think this might be one of the best written non fiction books that I have ever read. I will do a full review of this once I am done reading it.

12:32 pm

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After my little one went down for a nap I did some stuff in my planner and then continued on reading Nowhere Girls.

2:05 pm

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My boys and I had a snack and then I picked up some around the house. While I was eating I read some more of Nowhere Girls.

3:00 pm

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After snack we headed outside for some fresh air. I also managed to meal prep some breakfast items to set us up for the rest of the week. I’m obsessed with the egg bites from Starbucks but no way am I buying those often so I make my own egg muffins that are a pretty good dupe. I haven’t perfected my recipe yet so I can’t share it but if you they sound good to you then I’m sure you can find a ton of recipes from Google.

6:48 pm

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I needed to wash my hair so I took the time to do a mask and put on my favorite lip balm.   I also read the Nowhere Girls for about half an hour before this.

9:19 pm

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All the kids were in bed so I curled up on the couch with my husband and watched some Game of Thrones. We are into the 5th season now so we will probably be finished with the show early next month. I love this show so much but I’m really liking the 5th season because stuff is starting to differ significantly from the books. I also read a tiny bit of Little Fires Everywhere before bed.

Book Stats:

Nowhere Girls: 88%

Little Fires Everywhere: 34 pages

Today wasn’t a very productive readathon day. I kept finding myself distracted by housework and my kids. Which is why I usually do the majority of my reading when they are in bed but like I mentioned yesterday that isn’t really happening because of GoT. I still feel confident that I can finish 4 books this week so fingers crossed that happens.

~Cassie

Buzzwordathon Day 1

Today was the first day of the Buzzword readathon and it went ok… I still have a couple of books that I want to read this week so I spent a chunk of this morning reading those. One is a library hold that I am part way through and want to finish as soon as I can because someone else has it on hold for when I’m done. I also am really into a book on my Libby app and I don’t want to lose my momentum on that one. But for a first day I feel like I did pretty good. Here is how my day went:

8:00 am

I woke up and didn’t really do much for a couple of hours. My 7 year old slept in until a little after 9 (its spring break this week) so myself and my two other sons just had some quiet time until he woke up. Well, as much quiet time as a 2 year old can manage 🙂 This is when I read those two books I talked about above and also caught up on some Youtube videos. I also just hung out with kids and enjoyed a slow morning with them.

10:00 am

I finally got dressed and got my youngest dressed as well. We then went grocery shopping and came home and put away the groceries. Putting away groceries is one of my least favorite chores. I would much rather put away laundry than put away groceries.

12:18 pm

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I have no intentions of finishing this book durning the readathon but I thought I would include it since it does have a buzzword in the title. This is a really great parenting book and I have already learned so much from it. My 7 year old, Hunter and I sometimes clash and I don’t want to unnecessarily argue with my kids. I also don’t have this problem with my 9 year old so I want to learn a better way to communicate with Hunter. So far it has really opened my eyes to how I’m diminishing his feelings without even realizing it. I will do a full review of this book when I finish it but I thought I would mention it here if you are interested. I will probably only be reading this when I eat my lunch so I’m guessing it will take me at least a couple of months to finish it.

1:05 pm

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My little one goes down for a nap after lunch so I took this time to take some photos for my blog.

1:13 pm

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Once I finished taking pictures I went downstairs to hang out on the couch next to my sleeping son. I started my first official book of the readathon, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. I got 18% through it before Spencer woke up. I am loving this book so far and I can’t imagine not giving it 5 stars.

4:11 pm

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It was such a beautiful day here that after nap time we hung out outside until dinner. When we lived in the Bay Area we didn’t have a backyard so we are all really loving having one now. I was planning on reading while my kids played but I ended up playing with them. I’m happy we got some good outside time in because the rain is supposed to come back in a couple of days.

6:55 pm

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After we played outside I did some work around the house and made dinner. 7 is when bath/showers start for my boys so I came upstairs to put away some laundry and finish my blog post for Tuesday (which is up now if you want to check it out :)).

7:53 pm

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My husband got home from work around this time so I got myself ready for bed and went downstairs to hang out with my family. My boys usually go to bed at 8 (my oldest reads for awhile before he falls asleep) but we let them stay up until 9 because it’s spring break.  My plan was to read a chunk of Little Fires Everywhere once they were in bed but I only got a couple of chapters in before me and my husband decided to watch Game of Thrones and eat some ice cream. We are on the finale of season 4 and we plan on being done before the last season premieres. Which really cuts into my reading time because most of my reading gets done when the kids are in bed but how does one say no to GoT.

Thats a wrap for day one. I hope you found this interesting or somewhat enjoyable. My days are a lot more go with the flow right now because there is no school or homework that needs to get done. I will see you back here tomorrow for Buzzwordathon day 2. Hopefully I will have gotten a lot more reading done.

Stats:

Little Fires Everywhere: 2 chapters

Nowhere Girls: 34%

~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!