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July Wrap-up!

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What’s new?

The big news of the month was my sudden travel up to the North of France for some unplanned family time that forced me to put my blog on the back burner for a few days. The longest days of the year. That is when I realized I truly was addicted to blogging as much as reading. I can’t dissociate the two activities anymore. It is a good news. I think. At least for me. I can’t talk for my hubby, whose time with me has dwindled a bit because of my awfully busy schedule.

Anyway, I am glad July is over. It is my least favorite month of the year. With December. And January. July is useless because August has more fun. December is annoying because of Christmas songs / gifts / spirit. January is always too long and has the bittersweet taste of a morning after a night at the pub trying out all the shots on the menu, combined with a massive 30-days long headache and cold.

Books I read in July

(Clicking on the title will take you to the review if it available)

The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel

Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas (won’t be reviewed)

Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor

Books I purchased

I stopped trying to grab the meaning of the concept of book buying bans. Every fiber of my being rejects the notion. What can I do?

Books I received for review

Good Girl Bad Girl is actually a paperback. I did another little waffle dance when I received it because it is my first physical ARC ever.

Book of The Month Award

This month’s award goes to The Summer That Melted Everything. What do you mean, I have already talked about it for a week and it’s time to move on?! It will be time to move on once every reader around has read and experienced this book! Let’s hear a round of applause for the story that made me cry, where hundred of others failed to do so.

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Blogging Life

Not a lot to report on this side, I was AWOL for two weeks and have been slowly returning to my usual schedule.

Tags

Life

Author Interviews

This Week In Books

 

That’s a wrap! How did June treat you? Do leave your wrap-up link in a comment below and I’ll pop a visit!

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August Is Harry Potter Month on Hype or Like Friday (Jill @ Rant & Rave about Books blog post)

Rant and Rave About Books

Hyped LogoAugust is Harry Potter Month on Hype or Like Friday! With the release of J. K. Rowling’s book, I know a lot of bloggers have already pre-ordered this book and cannot wait to get their hands on it. I know I have. So why not read it as a group? I’m sure it will be amazing, and I’m expecting to see a bunch of Rave Reviews!

For those who are unfamiliar, Hype or Like Friday is a weekly meme I co-created on Goodreads with Britt @ Geronimo Reads and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads a few months ago. The focus of the group is to talk about hyped books and whether they deserve such high praise. Each month we read a Book of the Month that we review on the last Friday, and we’re reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in August as part of Harry Potter month. It’s release…

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Hype or Like Friday: Review of The Book of The Month

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Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

July 29th: Review of The Song of Achilles

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It had been too long since I last disagreed with the general opinion. I am back on the less popular side of the boat! Although I did not hate this book, I cannot say it blew my mind to the point it automatically made it to the top 10 of my 2016 reads. So what happened? (No, nothing fell from the sky directly on my head, making it hard to appreciate this book.)
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Book Review: Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs

Boyfriend by the book

Title: Boyfriend By The Book
Author: Laura Briggs
Release date:
July 19th, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 166
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️and a half!

The Story

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?
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This Week In Books (July 27th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The downside of a hiatus is you have to work twice as hard when you come back to stand by your commitments.

∧ Then ∧ Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs / The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Boyfriend by the book

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

A lovely and easy summer read for an afternoon with the most famous romantic heroines and their male counterparts. Review to come tomorrow!

the song of achilles


Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Here comes the book of the month for the Hype or Like Friday group. With everything that happened, I had completely forgotten about it. I blessed Amazon premium for the quick delivery and spent my weekend in Greece with Achilles and Patroclus. I did enjoy most of it but had to skim over quite some parts because I was getting bored. The review will be online on Friday.

≈ Now ≈ My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor

my husband's son


You’d always recognise your own son. Wouldn’t you?

Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.

Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.

But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . .

As I had to squeeze The Song of Achilles into my schedule, I had no time to dive into My Husband’s Son before Monday. I have reached the 70% mark on the story and so far it’s been a great read.

∨ Next ∨ Lawyers Gone Bad, Vincent L. Scarsella

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“Lawyers Gone Bad,” is the story of beleaguered attorney disciplinary counsel, Dean Alessi, and his trusty investigator, Stu Foley, in their fight against lawyers gone bad – that is, lawyers who commit ethical and criminal wrongs. In this case they’re investigation the local District Attorney who may have committed the ultimate ethical wrong – murder.

Novelist Vincent Scarsella draws on his over 18 years of real life experience as head of the Eighth Judicial District Grievance Committee in Buffalo, New York to craft a gripping, suspenseful novel about lawyers gone bad.

But the story is more than a crime novel. It concerns friendship, loss, unrequited love, and ultimately, justice. It seeks to answer the question, does what goes around, come around?

Here we are again. Another lawyers story with a very promising premise. I love the idea of chasing from within the bad guys plaguing the justice system.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments 🙂
Happy reading
!

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Author Q&A with Tiffany McDaniel

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Today, I am thrilled to present you my very first author interview. Tiffany McDaniel stops on the blog to talk about herself and her debut novel, The Summer That Melted Everything, which gets released today. Happy publication day, Tiffany!

(The grey silliness under Tiffany’s answers is all from me!)

Readers are nosy curious, could you tell us a little about Tiffany McDaniel?

I’m an Ohio poet and novelist who knows no summer is complete without ice cream.  I like to garden.  Maybe one day I’ll get a greenhouse, turn it into a jungle and stalk it like a jaguar.  I love everything to do with this star-dust that surrounds us out there in the universe.  I have yet to go all the way to Mars, but Ray Bradbury has taken me pretty close.
How’s this for a little about me?

I think it will satisfy the nosiest readers, thank you!
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Suntag: The Secret Life of A Book Blogger

the secret life of a book blogger

When I say I am behind on tags, don’t take it lightly. I was nominated by Charley @ Books and Bakes1 for the Secret Life Of a Book Blogger two months ago. Yes, two months. Two months and three weeks to be more accurate. But hey, they say better now than never, right?

Let’s get started!

How long have you been a blogger?

My blog was born on a cold December day, and my first post was published by my shivering fingers and my hopeful heart on January 1st. I have officially been pouring my heart and thoughts on the blogosphere for 7 months and 24 days.

I had a couple of blogs before, but I was never able to find a voice, or a theme to stick to. I have never been a huge fan of online diaries, and although watching TV shows is fun, writing about them did not appeal to me, except to fangirl like crazy and complain about how writers should be more careful with their timelines (Please, dear writers, pay attention to the shows you are working on!) So those blogs dried up and died like all the plants I forget to water. I can’t even remember their names. A lifetime ago, I am sure I had a Skyblog. Yep, a gross Skyblog with its garish colors and a hundred adverts all over the page.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

Stop? What does that mean? Is this one of those tricky words, like ban or sleep?

I was forced to go on hiatus this month, and I really did not like it. Having no time for blogging or reading felt like a punishment I hadn’t deserved, and I missed my daily chat with everyone. I hope I won’t ever need a break, unless I am the one deciding it.

What is the best part?

Waking up knowing there will be new posts, maybe new bloggers, and that I won’t have to go through the thousand of emotions sparkled by the books on my own.

Also, I am always sure to find a new book to add to my TBR, and that certainty is one of the best feeling in the world.

What is the worst part? 

It is very frustrating to not have enough time to check all the posts every day. Also, I use everyone’s posts to create flashcards and improve my vocabulary, which means it takes extra time to find definitions and pronunciations before adding it to Anki. What would take you 5 minutes to read requires 15 minutes from me. I need a Time-Turner!

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

I usually use pictures I have already posted on Instagram, and I add a few changes with Canva. I try not to spend more than 10 minutes on pictures because it is not my forte. The only pictures I don’t mind spending time on are those of my dog, but I promised myself I would not flood the blog with them.

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Who’s your book crush? 

What is it with book crush? I don’t have one! My crush is my hubby. (Yes, I’m cheesy today.)

More seriously, maybe there is something wrong with me, but I never fell for a book guy. Never had a book boyfriend either! Don’t feel sorry for me, there are so many characters I love, but I still haven’t found The One.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Any author I read that is looking for a place to share something interesting and/or fun.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Panties, for sure. The rest changes with the season, my mood, the temperature of the room. I love yoga pants and loose tee shirts, they are so comfortable you can do anything while wearing them, including blogging. I’ve never tried blogging while doing yoga, though.

I should set a blogging outfit. That could help my brain get in the mood whenever I try to write all my posts in one day. Any suggestions?

How long does it take you to prepare a post? 

Forever. Okay, maybe not. But definitely too long.
If it’s a review, I will start it, stop, get back to it later, and repeat. It can take up to 5 days to get it right. Hello perfectionist. If it’s my This Week In Books post, 30 minutes are enough. For tags and other memes, I try to have them done within an hour, because even though they are fun and easy, they are not the main feature on my blog. I keep my energy for bigger things. For discussion posts, I write a draft with the main ideas, leave it for a couple of days, and then write the entire thing at once. I give it another break and put the final touch after a day. Now you know why I don’t schedule too much ahead!

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

I feel so comfortable around here. I believe I never felt this good talking with other people than I do on the Internet. The community is so supportive and friendly. It is very easy to chip in, voice an opinion, and share. It’s a treat to know you have a place in here.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

What is a successful blog? You have 4 hours. Okay, enough with the philosophy for today.

Do your own thing. It can be tempting to take example on a successful blog, but it can only result in a tame copy if all you do is bring the format and voice to your own name. Use your voice to say what you want. Some people will like it, others won’t. It doesn’t matter as long as you are true to yourself.

Who do I want to know better?

Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book

Jill @ Rant & Rave about Books

Babus @ Ajoobacatsblog

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

As usual, there is no obligation! 🙂

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Book Review: The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel

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Title: The Summer That Melted Everything
Author: Tiffany McDaniel
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release date: July 26th 2016

Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Story

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.
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This Week In Books (July 20th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I am back! Well, part time only, but a little is better than none. I have a few posts scheduled, but more importantly, I finally have time to read and comment on your posts. You can’t see it but I am doing a little happy dance with a waffle. Thank you so much for the lovely messages I received while I was away, it cheered me up more than any candy or cake could have. Here’s a round of virtual hugs and a cold breeze to survive this sweltering heat.

Now back to business!

∧ Then ∧ The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel

the summer that melted everything

My lips are sealed. Until tomorrow. You’ll know all about it in the review. Okay, here’s a teaser: get that book! It will make you go through a whole range of emotions, and think. Not just the “what am I going to order for dinner tonight?”. The real thinking. The one that matters.  Don’t be afraid about the heat melting your brain, the characters are trapped in the heat, too. It can only bring you closer to the story. Make sure to have ice cream, though.

≈ Now ≈ Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs

Boyfriend by the book

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

Boyfriend by the Book is a perfect feel good read for curling up with on a rainy day or a summer afternoon, with lots of laughs and surprises to keep the reader turning pages!

In dire need of some uncomplicated and fun reads, I agreed to review this book. I found the idea of taking example from the greatest heroines in romance to find your man so original that I had to know more about it. We do have a lot to learn from those ladies, but are today’s guys worth of the try? Last time I checked the dating scene, they weren’t! Where do the good guys hide?

∨ Next ∨ My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor

my husband's son

I waited a little for the fuss to wear off to be able to fully enjoy this thriller. I have mixed feelings about the last one I read so I hope My Husband’s Son will remind me why this genre is my favorite.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this week?:)
Do share in the comments!
Happy reading
!

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Forced Hiatus

Hey guys!

Some of you might have noticed (or not! Probably not, but I forgive you) that I haven’t been active for a few days now. Do you remember that list of things keeping me from blogging? Well, life has shown me once again that She has the power. Things happened, and this time, they are serious enough for me to take a little break from blogging.

I can be reached on Twitter or by email of you miss me too much, but I won’t be able to pay my usual little visits to your lovely blogs or update mine. I even still have a few comments to reply to, but my family here in Winterfell (sound much better than the north of France, and it’s just as cold so the name fits perfectly) does not have an Internet access. Yes, I know. They are prehistoric.

Hopefully, I will be back very soon (in two weeks if everything goes as planned. It never does but let’s be optimistic) with a hundred virtual waffles and lots of hugs to send.

Be friendly, be crazy, and don’t forget me! A bientôt!

Note: writing posts on cellphone is awful.

EDIT : Hiatus over, let the fun resume!