Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 15)

I was nominated by Consu & Meggan for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you both so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
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What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Rules of the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

11 questions from Consu:

Favorite book of 2019

I think it has to be Sadie.

Prettiest cover (doesn’t matter if you didn’t read the book)

I didn’t like Wild Beauty, but I still love the cover.

Three words on a blurb that’d make you buy the book


A book you expected more from (doesn’t mean it was bad, it just wasn’t it)

I didn’t think Make Me Bad was bad, but it definitely wasn’t up to my expectations for an R.S. Grey book.

A book you expected nothing from and left you pleasantly surprised

So many! The first one that came to mind was Small Spaces (and its sequel, Dead Voices) by Katherine Arden.

Best library/bookstore you’ve visited (yes, I’m stealing this question)

Best library: Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ. Very pretty building, great selection, they will literally obtain any book you ask for in any format you request, huge selection of used books for $1 or $2, tons of events, bestselling author on staff… best library ever.

Best bookstore: A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI. Really cool layout, owned by a famous author, a donation can get you some pretty well-known ARCs, bonus points for being in my favorite city.

A book to screen adaptation that you loved (or are waiting for)

I saw the movie before I read the book, but I’d have to go with Coraline! They did a great job adapting it.

A book you’d want to see adapted

I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians and I’d love to watch the adaptation when I’m done!

Favorite book from a genre you don’t usually read

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I loved Daisy Jones & the Six.

Reasons why you’d DNF a book

I’ll usually only DNF if it’s boring AND badly written, and not in a funny enough way that I can do a good rant review. I’ll also DNF if I don’t get along with the writing style after a couple chapters. I’m trying to get better about DNFing, but it’s still pretty rare for me.

A bookblogger you want to hype and why

Mandy & Sha at Book Princess Reviews for their amazing original tags and their consistently great reviews!

11 questions from Meggan:

If you had to choose a super power to gain and any color to alter your eyes to, which would you choose?

For a superpower, I’d choose teleportation. And if I had to change my eye color, I’d probably go with green.

If you could fly somewhere for 24 hours and money wasn’t an issue, where would you go?

I think I’d like to be relaxing in Costa Rica.

Which shows and/or movies can you watch over and over without being tired of it?

I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen Freaks and Geeks.

What is a book that you’ve read that you will always remember?

I’ve read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret so many times that I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

What is your favorite way to relax?

My current favorite method of relaxation is watching an episode of The Office with my boyfriend.

Is there a food you’ve never had but always wanted to try?

Probably, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head!

What kind of books/authors/genres do you like reading?

What is something you used to do regularly and miss?

Blog hop with a lot more frequency. I had a lot of downtime at my old job and could read and comment on a lot of posts while I sat on hold. I have a different job now with basically no downtime and most websites are blocked by the filters, so that’s not really an option anymore. I like my new job a lot more than my old one, but I do miss having all that time.

Cloud watching or stargazing?


What is one mythological creature that you wish were real?

I don’t even know! Maybe a pegasus.

Is there something you refuse to eat no matter what?

Not really. I mean, I don’t like raw fish, eggplant, or coconut, but given the choice between eating them and starving, I’d pick eating them.

If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s your favorite way to relax? Which book cover is your favorite? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

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

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing other than library books!

1 thing this week:

  • I feel like this week has been entirely taken up by work! I have a new project that’s projected to last about six months, so that should be interesting. I also passed the final exam in a course I was taking for my job, and once I take the proctored exam in March, I’ll be adding a new set of letters to the end of my professional credentials.

Song of the week:

How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ARC Review: Snug by Catana Chetwynd

Snug by Catana Chetwynd
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Source: ARC via Netgalley

Why bother getting out of bed when you could stay bundled up with that special someone and a book of cozy, cute comics. From the author of the bestselling Little Moments of Love comes Snug, a collection of comics that perfectly captures the honest, playful, and relatable snapshots of romantic life.

Chetwynd’s second book has the same charming and inviting style as her first and includes 50 percent new, never-before-shared comics. Snug is a celebration of the quirks and peculiarities of every one of us—and the magic that happens when we find our matching puzzle piece

I love Catana’s comics, so I was really excited to see Snug pop up on Netgalley. I even broke my self-imposed ARC ban for it, just because I knew I’d finish it in one sitting.

The thing about Catana’s comics is that they’re really cute and they’re really relatable.

Catana and her fiance remind me a lot of me and my boyfriend, which never fails to make me smile. In fact, this comic below is us on a daily basis.

As I was reading, I kept calling my boyfriend over to look at the comics. This is such a great collection. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars was that I’d seen a ton of the comics on Instagram already, and I’m sure by the time the book comes out, even more will have been shared there.

Overall, this was an adorable collection of comics and I don’t think a day will come when Catana’s comics don’t make me smile.

Have you read Trinkets? Have you watched the show?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Disney Princess Hair Book Tag

Many thanks to Laura Beth @ Hot Shot Headlines for tagging me to do the Disney Princess Hair Book Tag! ❤ (It’s been more than a year, but better late than never, right?)

The Rules

  1. Link back to Kyera’s original post on Kyera’s Library and Mandy’s post on Book Princess Reviews so they can see all your answers! Be sure to do this via pingback, we don’t get notified if you just tag our URLs.
  2. Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  3. Obviously, come up with your own wonderful answers!
  4. Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

Best Hair Accessory

Favorite book sidekick

Princess: I love the flowers in Rapunzel’s hair! I don’t think I could ever pull it off, but it’s just so pretty. ❤

Book: Mister Kindly in Nevernight!

Biggest Hair Change

Plot twist that totally caught you off guard

Princess: When Mulan slices all of her hair off with a sword? Eight-year-old me was shocked.

Book: Never Apart went in a completely different direction than I expected!

Prettiest Up-Do / Bun

A book or author with the most elegant prose

Princess: I haven’t actually seen The Princess and the Frog, but Tiana is still the princess that comes to mind first!

Book: I also mentioned in my End of Year survey that To Be Taught, If Fortunate wasn’t my favorite read of the year, but it was really beautifully written.

Most Bounce/Body

Book that bounces between multiple time periods

Princess: I’d have to agree with Laura Beth! Definitely Ariel.

Book: Daisy Jones & the Six!

Most Intricate Braid

Favorite plot with multiple story-lines that are woven together

Princess: Anna!

Book: Saga!

Short & Sweet

A book that’s short and sweet

Princess: I’d have to go with Snow White.

Book: Snug! This is 136 pages of cute comics about being in love.

Nicest Half-Up / Half-Down

A book / character that you had a lot of ups and downs with

Princess: I have to agree with Laura Beth again — Belle.

Book: I definitely had my ups and downs with Kiss Number 8, but it ended up working out so well in the end.

Medium & Manageable

The last book you felt right in the middle about

Princess: Maybe Cinderella?

Book: As of writing this post, my last 3-star read was Shiver.

Best Bangs

Eye-catching cover

Princess: Aurora!

Book: The Babysitters Coven is the first one I thought of!

Long & Loose

Longest book you read this year

Princess: Definitely Merida!

Book: I’m doing 2019 since 2020 just started, so The Secret Commonwealth wins.

Best Pony

A book that swings from POV to POV

Princess: Jasmine!

Book: “Swings from POV to POV” sounds kind of negative, so I’m going with Trinkets. There were three POVs and absolutely nothing to distinguish them.

Stunningly Straight

A book that made you want to dive straight into the sequel

Princess: Pocahontas!

Book: Revival, Vol. 1! I jumped right into Vol. 2 and I really need to find the time to read Vol. 3.

Enviable Curls

A book with twists and turns

Princess: It has to be Merida again.

Book: I mean this sort of sarcastically, but also kind of not: Jealous Revenge.

Hair Closest to Your Own

A book that you strongly connected to

Princess: Probably Belle’s.

Book: I really related to Raleigh in Lost At Sea.

It’s been a year, so if anybody who wants to do this hasn’t already been tagged, please go for it! What’s the last book you really related to? Who’s your favorite book sidekick? Let’s talk in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish discoveries I made in 2019

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is bookish discoveries I made in 2019. This post might be a little similar to the “changes in my reading life” theme from a few weeks ago, but I’ll try to keep it different!

1. I love audiobooks.

I used to be really picky about my audiobooks. Non-fiction only, because what if the character’s voice sounded wrong? The narrator had to be one of a few very specific people, because how else would I know they’d do a good job? Ugh, might as well just read the physical copy. But then I started a job where I stare at a screen inside a cubicle for most of the day. Sometimes people have conversations two feet away from me and it’s hard to concentrate. I have to listen to something, so why not books? I’ve hardly come across any poorly-made audiobooks. Even if the content wasn’t great, the narration usually was.

2. I am definitely a mood reader.

I used to be able to tell myself to pick up any book and read it and I’d just… do it. I don’t know how, because now it’s like I have a mental block stopping me from picking that book up unless it’s the only thing on the planet that I feel like reading. I’m not fighting it anymore. If I’m at work and the audiobooks I have checked out from the library aren’t doing it for me, that’s why I have the Libby app on my phone. I’ll just check something else out. If I’m trying to get through a physical book and it’s just not clicking, I’ll put it down and try something else. It’s great for when I read for fun and less great when I have ARCs.

3. Hype doesn’t always kill books for me anymore.

I read a lot of hyped books in 2019, and you know what? I didn’t hate all of them. I’d been so scared to read things like American Panda, Dumplin‘, and The Poet X, and I really enjoyed all three!

4. Most of the time, ARCs aren’t worth the stress.

I used to check Netgalley daily and Edelweiss weekly. I used to jump on those “fill out this form if you’re interested” emails from publicists. I used to love signing up for blog tours. Now, I just don’t. All I’ll end up with is a pile of books that I don’t really have time to read, I’ll stress about having to read them, and I’ll feel guilty when I don’t. I might as well just read books that I already own or books from the library.

5. I don’t need to stuff my house with books to be happy.

I used to keep every single book that I ever purchased, even if I hated it. I’ve started making trips to a used bookstore because (1) it clears up a lot of space, (2) it’s not like I get any enjoyment from seeing books I disliked on my shelf, and (3) I can turn those books I didn’t like into cash. I still keep my favorites, of course, but I’m not going out and buying a bunch of new bookcases anymore.

6. I really like Julie Murphy’s books.

This goes along with #3, but I avoided her books for so long because of the hype! I wish I’d read them sooner, because she’s a really great writer. I read three of her books in 2019, and I’m hoping to get to Ramona Blue in 2020.

7. It’s more fun to hate-read with someone than to hate-read alone.

I like to read really terrible books out loud with my boyfriend. We laugh, we comment, we make predictions, and it’s great. (Sometimes we read good books, too, but most of the time they’re terrible.)

8. I like non-fiction a lot more than I thought I did.

I read more non-fiction in 2019 than I think I ever have before, and I’ve really enjoyed a lot of it! I’ve gotten through political books like A Warning and Proof of Collusion, memoirs like Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, educational books on topics I’m interested in like Because Internet and The Body, and a whole ton of others. I still read mostly fiction, but I also like the feeling of learning about something on my terms.

9. It’s okay to DNF.

It took me forever, but I’m finally okay with DNFing. I don’t DNF every book I dislike (I’m still doing one-star hate-reviews) but if the book is bad and boring, I’m not wasting my time anymore. There are so many books I want to read that it just doesn’t make sense to spend time on books I can’t even write a sassy review about.

10. Mini-reviews are great for when I don’t have a ton of thoughts.

With all of the audiobooks I get through at work (usually 3-5 each week), I had to come up with a way to get those reviews out without doing like six posts per day. Mini-reviews ended up working out really well! I have a bunch of mini-review posts scheduled, and they’re perfect for when I only have a couple things I want to say about a certain book. I still write really long reviews when I have a lot of thoughts, but let’s be honest… I don’t always have a lot of thoughts.

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 did you discover in 2019? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book Review: Roommates by M.E. Parker

Roommates by M.E. Parker
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: March 26, 2018
Source: Freebie

An MMF Bisexual Menage Romance

One failed blow job…
One steamy encounter between a professor and student…
One bad break up…
Two seriously hot, womanizing rugby players…
More than a few shots of whiskey…
One dirty game of truth or dare…
Put them all together and you a get a recipe for a night that will change everything for Janie and her college roommates, Jake and Ethan.
Truth? The truth is, it gets hot. Very hot. Very fast.
Dare? I dare you to keep reading to find out just how hot.

Roommates is an erotic m/m/f contemporary romance that follows three college roommates—Ethan, Janie, and Jake—on their journey from friendship to love. This unconventional love story between the three graduate students deals with the struggles they will have to face living in a small southern college town as they try to overcome societal barriers to their relationship.

WARNING: This book is for readers over the age of eighteen. There is a lot of steam. It depicts m/m, m/f, and m/m/f sexual situations and contains graphic language.

Buddy read with my boyfriend!

After the success that was the Jealous Revenge buddy read, my boyfriend and I decided to make this a regular thing. We scoured our shelves, we explored my Kindle, and we settled on Roommates, an erotic menage romance. I probably wouldn’t have batted an eye at this book a couple years ago, but it had been a loooong time since I read anything like this. It was an experience, to say the least.

Now… I didn’t hate this book. I can’t say I really enjoyed it, either. It’s a sexy book and not much else. There’s very, very little plot. In fact, they hardly ever leave their apartment because they’re having so much sex. The only real conflict is that they’re worried about how their families will react to their relationship. The characters don’t really have personalities. I will say that they do seem to be genuine friends, although that mostly gets forgotten as they just have sex over and over again.

If I could sum this book up in one quote, it would be this one:

“Oh my gosh Jake, I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m pretty sure I’m more in love with you than I was an hour ago before we started this conversation.” I grinned at Jake, “No Janie it’s possible, because I am too.”

Roommates by M.E. Parker

Janie grins (or giggles), and one or both of the boys agree with her about whatever it is she’s said. Aside from the sex, that’s the book. And that’s fine, if that’s what you’re looking for. If you want a sexy erotic novel that requires basically no effort to read, this is the perfect book for you. If you want something with an actual plot, or actual conflict, you’ll be disappointed.

I’ll end this review with another quote, and my boyfriend’s response:

As soon as Jake put his mouth around me and started sucking, my hips bucked upwards.

Roommates by M.E. Parker

“Why is everyone bucking in this book? It’s not like it’s a rodeo.”

my boyfriend

#romanceopoly: firestation

Have you read Roommates? Is it on your TBR?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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