Alright, y’all, another romance novel with a cartoon cover, which means some of us have questions. I’m going to try and address those first: 1) Yes, this is absolutely a romance. It has a central love story, that truly is the main focus of the book, and an HEA. 2) Steam Factor: Explicit on page sex, no fade to black here; on par in my opinion with the books in Hibbert’s Ravenswood series!
Another month of me saying, “OMG WHERE DID THE TIME GO?” But for real, Halloween snuck up on me. But now it’s basically Christmas so hopefully I won’t say that at the end of November. Also, if I’m scarce on here, blame NaNoWriMo, which I’m going to try again. Is my novel fully plotted? Lol, nope. Do I know what I’m doing? No. Do I have my emotional beats down? NOPE. Anyway, I’m also trying to read a lot in November so like, what are my priorities? I don’t know. Anyway, let’s talk about my end of October reads.
In shocking news, I did manage to start reading at exactly 8 am yesterday and started with One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley. I went to bed at midnight though so in addition to the eight hours I lost right there, I probably lost about 2 or 3 hours throughout the day as well. But I still think I did really well. My goal was to finish up many of the books on my Currently Reading list on Goodreads and I wouldn’t necessarily say I made the best progress on that, but I also didn’t do the worst. So let’s get started.
I think there are a couple of kinds of comfort reads and this series of [insert subgenre of romance] novels to run from your problems has mostly leaned toward the not angsty, but they’re likely going to start being a bit of a mix of the less angsty and the angsty that felt like they healed something inside of me because that’s it’s own kind of comfort, you know? I’ll do my best to ensure I’m describing which is which!
I know I’m not great at TBRs, but I did manage my ContemporaryAThon one successfully recently and I did okay at my Latinx Heritage Month goals. I wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t do terribly. So I’m trying to take that successful completion of TBRs energy with me into November because I have a lot of goals. One of them is to catch up on my year long goal of reading 12 nonfiction books total. I’ve read five so my goal is to read seven more. It won’t be easy, but I’m determined. Also, I think Olive at abookolive maybe started this? I’m not sure though.
I don’t know what’s been going on with my Netgalley blessings, but let’s not question it and instead thank Netgalley, Gallery Books, and Carina Press for the opportunity to read Twice in a Blue Moon and Lush Money in advance of their release. I was hoping to have these ARC reviews posted last Tuesday, just after Lush Money’s release, but honestly last week was a blur and a mess and I was so stressed out so it didn’t happen. But let’s talk about the books that you can escape into, should you need such an escape!
In contrast to September, October has started off with a bang as far as reading is concerned and there have been some absolutely incredible reads that I’m super excited to talk about so let’s get into it. Also, I read a lot in the first 14 days of the month, so bear with me or scroll until something catches your eyes. 🙂
Hi, it’s October somehow and I am concerned with how time works. I will never understand how a year can feel like a million years and yet fly by at the same time. Regardless, I decided to do the End of the Year Book Tag again. If I can find my old ones, I’ll link them here!
Can you believe we’re already in the final three months of the year? This year has somehow felt like it’s been 20 million years long and also like, I cannot believe it’s about to be 2020??? That’s not real life. But anyway, I’m writing today to tell you about my top ten of the last quarter. I’m going to be honest. I feel like this has not been the best series of reading months, but there have definitely been some stand outs. I’ve read 67 books in the last three months, 57 of which were new to me books. So this top ten (ish) list is coming from those 57 books. Let’s get to it!
My birthday month was probably the most slumpy I’ve ever felt. If not for audiobooks, I would have read only four books the entire month. I’m not really sure what was going on with me, but reading just wasn’t holding my attention. I started and got fairly far through a ridiculous number of books, but then I would just abandon them. It usually wasn’t even because I’d actually lost interest, I just… couldn’t keep reading them? It was weird. Anyway, September seemed to be a MONTH for a lot of people, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. I also didn’t do a mid-month wrap up because I would have been talking about only five books. So now we get to talk about eight books instead and I’ll refer you to my ContemporaryAThon Wrap Up for my thoughts on the other eight books I read.