Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • I have actually managed to not acquire any books this week.

1 thing this week:

  • It’s been quite a week since my last update! I had a great Valentine’s weekend involving chocolate fondue and a quick trip to NYC. I found out that I’m getting the keys to my new apartment next Thursday, which is pretty much the most exciting thing ever. And now I’m sick for the first time in over two years. But that just means more reading time, I guess.

Blog hopping:

  • Siobhan discussed the latest Twitter controversy featuring ARCs.

Song of the week:

I was just sitting in my bedroom earlier this week and got a really intense urge to just listen to some old fun. songs. I think my favorite of their really old songs is The Gambler.

Book review: Sex Symbol by Laurelin Paige

Sex Symbol by Laurelin Paige
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Source: Freebie

Micah Preston is Hollywood’s #1 sex symbol. 

A rich and famous actor who has sworn off any serious relationships, the playboy is the media’s favorite bachelor. 

But he wasn’t anybody when Maddie Bauer met him seven years ago. Then he was just the hot guy at the party who gave her an amazing orgasm and never called her again. 

Now her job as a camera assistant has landed her on the set of his latest movie, and despite her vow to ignore his charm, she finds him pulling her focus. 

She just has to make it through the shoot without landing in his bed. But when the legendary bad boy sets his sights on her, how can she possibly resist? 

The book was previously published under the title Take Two. 

Well, here we are again. Another one-star review of a book that seemingly everybody loves. I have a lot of thoughts about this book, but I’m going to keep it short because (1) I’m tired, and (2) I don’t want to give this book much more of my time and effort than I already have.

To start, I just want to mention that it took me THREE WEEKS to read the 324 pages of this book. THREE WEEKS. I should have taken it as a sign. I should have DNFed. I say this all the time. When will I learn?

Now I just want to mention that I feel like most of my negative feelings toward this book stem from a moral opposition to something Micah does about halfway through. I don’t want to get into spoilers, but he does something that I would consider unforgivable — he throws a temper tantrum and ends up almost causing Maddie to lose her job. That is not something a love interest should do, and that’s not something a heroine should forgive. I was done at that point, but I kept up with the book in case it got better. (It didn’t.)

Another thing I want to mention is how overly dramatic this book is. Micah creates these dramatic situations on his own and then complains about them, as if he had nothing to do with it. “Oh, I wish I knew things about Maddie,” he thinks to himself as he sits there literally refusing to have a conversation with her. Also, how many times can one book use the “overhearing something you shouldn’t” cliche? Maddie’s poor heart gets broken about eighteen thousand times in this book when she overhears a conversation she wasn’t meant to hear. Honestly, I’m just annoyed. Some more creative writing would have been appreciated. Surely there are other ways to create conflict.

I think that the only other thing I want to talk about is the descriptions. I know, I know, there’s a fine line between sexy and cringey when it comes to romance writing. But when I read things like “his love muscle,” “her hand on his privates,” or “her southern region,” I cringe. I cringe really hard. And it’s hard to enjoy a romance novel when you’re cringing, okay?

I’ll end this review with the two quotes that made me cringe the hardest:

  • “Maddie, I want you to come,” he growled. She arched and released at his request. “Ah, I’m coming!”
  • “It’s our one week sexiversary.”

Have you read Sex Symbol? What’s your favorite Hollywood romance?
Let’s talk in the comments!

ABC Book Challenge ✰ R

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. This week is the letter R. I read so many of these favorites years ago! I think Room was even pre-blog!! I wonder what I’d think if I read it now.



Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book review: Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: Borrowed

The multiple Eisner Award-winning series returns with a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror. Get ready for the most shocking, most impactful SAGA storyline yet.

Well, I am officially caught up on Saga and I’ve joined the group of people crying over the year-long hiatus the authors are taking before releasing the next volume.

I’m not sure what I can really say about this one without getting into some serious spoilers, but let me just say that the ending killed me. I’m hoping that it won’t, um, actually be true? I don’t even know how to say this without giving away the ending. That was vague but I think you’ll know what I mean if you read it.

I don’t know what to do with myself for the next year, so I guess I’m just going to read Paper Girls while I wait.

#ps19: a book about a family

Have you read any of Saga? What’s your favorite graphic novel?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I’m really excited about this theme because it’s been a while since I last shared my favorite hidden gems!

The King of FU by Benjamin Davis

23 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

Before Daylight by Andie J. Christopher

40 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

Summoner by S.D. Grimm

64 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers

146 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

150 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan

308 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

411 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

474 ratings on Goodreads • my review will be posted in a couple weeks!

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

604 ratings on Goodreads my review

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

682 ratings on Goodreads my review

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some of your favorite hidden gems? Let’s talk in the comments!