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March 2021 Recap

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  Good Morning, All. Sorry for being MIA. I've been nursing some injuries along with my seasonal allergies. All I've been doing nowadays is take it easy on the workouts, read, and veg. Work has been busy as well. I'm normally able to visit y'all during my breaks, but it's been impossible lately. I do have an extra long weekend coming up so I'm looking forward to that. I'm hoping I can dedicate a day or two to do some advance postings.  Anyway, March has come and gone so it's time again for a monthly rewind. It's been an incredibly productive month, reading wise, but at the same time, I've also been perusing my bookshops more and more lately. As well, a couple of huge hauls from Book Outlet. Sigh. But. I'm being more conscientious about the books I've been buying. Meaning, I'm making sure all the books that I've been buying are being read.  B O O K S   R E A D   I N   M A R C H Conventionally Yours by Anabeth Albert  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Children

Book Review: Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic

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  This book is one of my most anticipated reads this year. If you must know, I have a penchant for morbid reads. Not so much as horror but topics that typically make a normal person feel uncomfortable. In this case, Dark Horses deals with an incestuous relationship between a father and his daughter - among other things. And yet, regardless of the amount of time I've spent preparing myself for this read, the reality is, you can't really prepare for it. The descriptive scenarios in which Roan's situation made my skin crawl at times. Besides that, is Roan's state of mind, in which she finds herself kind of detached with the abuse and the twisted relationship she has with her father.  Roan Montgomery hails from a family of successful equestrians. She's driven, a hard worker, and disciplined. She's successful, and at a tender age of 15, she owes all her triumphs to her father. But behind the accolades and awards hide a sinister secret.  Over the years, Roan has learn

Book Review: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

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  Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano ⭐⭐⭐⭐   |  Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021 | Fiction Have you ever seen Dumb and Dumber? It was a film in the 90s about a couple of friends who became a target of murdering criminals because they inadvertently took a suitcase of money. Little do they know that there were goons on their trail. While the goons were hunting them, they all thought that they're a couple of skilled, cold blooded killers but they're actually just a couple of dumb guys.  Anywho, Finlay Donovan was kind of in the same boat. In her mind, she was failing as a mother. She failed as a wife (recently divorced); failing as a novelist as she was behind on her deadline. She's broke and purely dependent on her ex husband to provide for her and the kids. Even though her ex husband is actually engaged to another woman. But while she was in a meeting with her agent about the latest plot of her novel (which, by the way, she was only winging), another woman thou

Hoarders [6]: Felt Sad, Bought Books

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  A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigette Kemmerer | These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibert | Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq Hello, all.  Pretty quiet week here on the blog. I usually do advance posts on the weekend but it was a busy one, so I was only able to post my review of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I was also in the midst of a doldrum week where being around people was a challenge, so I pretty much cocooned onto myself and tried to fight off the maudlin air around me. I did, however, read a lot of books in the last couple of weeks, which is good because I'm behind on my monthly goal of 20 books. As of this writing, I think I'm at 14. Still good, but I always shoot for 20 books every month.  With that being said, I decided to pick up some books because it always cheers me up. Y'all can relate, I'm sure. To be honest, I went there with the goal of picking up Code Breaker by Wa

Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

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The story began with a woman decidedly wanting to end her life. But before she makes the most terrible choice of her life, we see how it was easy for her to arrive to her incredibly difficult decision. Her cat dying out in the street, her estrangement from her brother...her losing her job. She has no prospects and no future. She hasn't recovered from her father's death and everyday it's getting harder and harder to choose to stay in a world where no one would miss her presence.  So at midnight, she swallowed most of her pills and woke up in...a library.  The Library is not your usual library. It serves one patron at a time, and it houses books and books about your life. Your choices, your mistakes. In a way, it's a means for a person to see a life they'd not chosen while they were living. A second chance, if you will. Nora, however, was reluctant at first. After all, she chose to die and not to be reminded of what could've beens. The Librarian is a person she us

Book Review: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

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  In 2010, a South African plane crashed killing all its passengers except for a 9-year old Dutch boy. Ann Napolitano obsessed about this story and was how she came up with this book. The result is a heart-rendering story about a boy who lost too much and lived all his life with that particular point of history riding on his shoulders.  Edward's family was moving to California from New York. Packed with all their belongings, they boarded a flight that they never knew wasn't going to reach its destination. The story moves in snippets of memories, showing Edward's life as a child and as a 12-year old boy. On the same flight, we see passengers and their own backgrounds: an injured Vet coming home, a pregnant girl on her way to see the father of her child who may not be ready for fatherhood, a millionaire with four ex wives, and the flight crew. In switching timelines, we see the story unfold between before and after the crash up the Edward's life as he grows up to be a man

Books from the Backlog [1]: The Administration Series by Manna Francis

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  I bought these books when I first started on Goodreads (in 2010). I followed karen from there and she loved the books. It's Sci-Fi, M/M Romance, Erotica and Dystopian goodness all rolled into one. So why haven't I read them yet? Not sure. I think at the time, I also fell into the YA rabbit hole. From time to time, I would remember that I own 6 books from this series and wonder why I haven't read them. Anyway, I'll include the Goodreads description for the first book below: There are no bad guys or good guys. There are only better guys and worse guys. One of the worse guys is Val Toreth. In a world in which torture is a legitimate part of the investigative process, he works for the Investigation and Interrogation Division, where his colleagues can be more dangerous than the criminals he investigates. One of the better guys is Keir Warrick. His small corporation, SimTech, is developing a "sim" system that places users in a fully immersive virtual reality. A mi

Hoarders [5]: Celebratory Book Haul

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  A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas | Long Bright River by Liz Moore | Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare | Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi | Deacon King Kong by James McBride Hello, readers! This weekend, I participated in David Goggins' 4x4x48 Challenge. For 48 hours, you run for 4 miles every 4 hours. You can run or walk, or do body weight workouts. I did both. It was intense and I'm sore. But I did it. I managed to do 10 rounds because, girl needs to sleep, yanno? But I was pretty proud that I did it! I'm not a runner at all so to do it for two days was a feat! Hence, the book haul. To celebrate this achievement, my husband took me to the bookstore and picked up the goodies in the pic above.  N E W    B O O KS A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas . I don't think this book needs an introduction. But if you need a little intro, it's book #4 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I'm trying to get through the entire series and currently reading book#3. L

Book Review: The Extrarodinaries by TJ Klune

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 Oh man. This book. I laughed so many times by the ridiculousness of it all! But it's the best kind of ridiculous and it was such a fun read. I can't remember the last time I've had this much fun reading a story about superheroes. In a way, it kind of reminds me of Marissa Meyer's Renegades series, but while Renegades was as dull as they come, The Extraordinaries is a bundle of entertaining escapism.  In here, we meet Nick Bell, ADHD ridden, Shadow Star-obsessed, fan fic writer. His fascination with Nova City's Extraordinaries is fast becoming questionable. His friends tolerate his obsession to a certain degree, but when he decided he wanted to become one, he just became certifiable in their eyes. Thankfully, his friends support him no matter what. Including his best friend, Seth Gray, whom despite disappearing on him all Summer, will give the shirt off his back for him. And his two lesbian loves, Jazz and Gibby who let him go on a long and winding diatribe about wh

Book Review: Solo by Kwame Alexander

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  Solo is a written-in-verse novel about the price of being a celebrity through no fault of your own. Blade Morrison grew up in the shadow of his rock star father. The long reaches of his celebrity status that enable him to live comfortably and all the toys money can buy doesn't shield him from his father's long descent to infamy, however. Several stints in rehab, numerous publicity faux pas, and a career that's long faded into the background turn Blade's life into something he was embarrassed about.  When he found out he was adopted, he decided to search for his biological mother, as well as a means to escape the tumult that was his life in Los Angeles. In Ghana, life is as different as night and day from the life he's ever known in California. Living in a hut...motherless children everywhere...it's the simple life redefined. But in Ghana, he will find himself, and address the anger he continues to feel for his father, the loss that the feels for a mother that

Waiting For [2]: Can't Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

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  Can't Take That Away by Steven Salvatore Publishing Date: March 9th, 2021 From Goodreads: An empowering and emotional debut about a genderqueer teen who finds the courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration. Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. They can hit every note of all the top pop and Broadway hits. But despite their talent, emotional scars from an incident with a homophobic classmate and their grandmother's spiraling dementia make it harder and harder for Carey to find their voice. Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey's tormentor and others in the school. It's up to

Book Review: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

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  Ollie had the best summer fling with Will Tavares: gorgeous, sweet, kind Will Tavares. He didn't think he'll see him again. Considering he lives in California and Will is in South Carolina. But when Ollie's aunt's health continued to decline, his parents decided to move there temporarily to help his aunt and uncle with his cousins. What he doesn't know is, that will not be the last time he would see Will again. Because he goes to the same school he was enrolled in. And on their first encounter, what surprised him the most was how different this Will was. He was, in a word, an asshole. A snob who likes to pretend he doesn't know Ollie. Broken hearted, Ollie decided to purge himself of Will and forget the Summer of Love actually happened. Easier said than done, considering Will seems to be everywhere. Like a shadow he can't get away from. Soon, Ollie starts reconsidering his plans to forget about Will. But how many times can Ollie suffer through Will's o