Posted in Hype or Like Meme

Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016

It is time. Wrap-ups, recaps, the big self-questioning to see if you’ve made the best of 2016, list of achieved goals… I smell the end of the year and the assessment that comes with it.

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.

December 23rd : Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year! 

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Posted in Tags & Awards

The Goodreads Book Tag

Hello lovelies. It’s currently 3-ish pm on a Sunday and I am writing my Suntag post. I was sure the tag of the week had been prepared, written, formatted and scheduled. Turns out I only hallucinated or dreamed doing all of this (probably both). I was tagged by the adorable Michelle @ Book Adventures to do the Goodreads Tag, thank you dear 🙂

My love story with Goodreads started slow. No love at first sight. Rather a “what the hell is this and how do I keep it organized” kind of first date. It took us some time but we’re doing good now. My shelves are not perfect and I keep forgetting to add books to read, but my Read shelf is up to date and my reviews feel at home on the website.

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Posted in Tags & Awards

The Four Fact Survey Tag

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Despite all the tags I’ve been nominated for, I have decided to use the Four Fact Survey Tag, for which I haven’t been nominated for. Yes, I’m a rebel.

1. Four names people call me other than my real name.

#1 Meg (second name)
#2Pap (long and embarrassing story)
#3 Wifey

2. Four jobs I’ve had

#1 Tutor (By far, I’m favorite)
#2 Babysitter (bad)
#3 Hostess (very bad)
#4 Cashier (the worst)

3. Four movies I’ve watched more than once

#1 Stepmom
#2 The Incredibles
#3 Take Care
#4 Tomb Raider

4. Four books or authors I would recommend

#1 Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin
#2 Daniel Pennac
#3 Tiffany McDaniel
#4 1984, George Orwell

5. Four places I have lived

#1 Boulogne sur mer
#2 Bordeaux
#3 Kyoto
#4 Bordeaux. I am not leaving any more. I’ve found my dream place.

6. Four places I’ve visited…

#1 Osaka
#2 Santiago de Compostela
#3 Paris
#4 Cannes

7. Four things I would rather be doing right now

#1 Reading
#2 Watching Gilmore Girls
#3 Playing The Sims 3
#4 Updating my TBB list

8. Four foods I prefer not to eat

#1 Anything spicy
#2 Brussel sprouts
#3 cabbage
#4 Oysters

9. Four of my favorite foods

#1 Canelés
#2 Baguette
#3 Duck breast fillet
#4 Steak au poivre

10. Four tv shows that I watch

Only four??

#1 Suits
#2 Gilmore Girls
#3 Broadchurch
#4 The Newsroom (I don’t care it’s over. It can’t be. I will never be)

11. Four things I’m looking forward to this year

#1 Starting new classes
#2 The first welsh of the winter
#3 Finishing the house
#4 Receiving my SFATW package!!

12. Four things I’m always saying

#1 No.
#2 Yuki, come here.
#3 I’m tired.
#4 Where’s the food?

13. Four people I tag

#1 Anne @ inkedbrownies
#2 Alex @ Young At Heart
#3 Carrie @ Carrie’s Book Reviews
#4 Aimee @ aimmees23

Posted in Interviews

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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Posted in Book Reviews

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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Posted in This week in books

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

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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

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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

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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
!

Posted in This week in books

This Week In Books (July 6th 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.

∧ Then ∧ The Stepmother, Claire Seeber

the stepmother

The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…

Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.
No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.

And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.
But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.
Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.
After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending … doesn’t it?

I was very curious about the author’s take on a blended family. I expected a thousand things but Claire Seeber surprised me.  Review to come soon.

≈ Now ≈ The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel

the summer that melted everything

This book belongs to the ones you take your time to read in order to fully appreciate the writing. If I say anything more, I know I won’t stop babbling, so you’ll have to wait for the review to know more about it!

Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas

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Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

New book, new buddy reading time! Flo @ Flowless Books and I are having a good time disagreeing on Celaena. I also finally found a character I really like, let’s hope the author doesn’t kill her or worse, turn her into a lady too.

∨ Next ∨ The Real Book Thief Ingrid Black

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In October 2015, crime writer Ingrid Black discovered that her first novel The Dead, the story of a former FBI agent tracking down a serial killer in Dublin, had been plagiarised and was being sold under a different name by another author on Kindle.

The thief’s name was Joanne Clancy, a former Kindle All Star, and the book that she called Tear Drop was No 1 in the Irish crime fiction charts at the time. Not only that, but she had a second book scheduled for release in a few weeks time, and that one turned out to be a carbon copy of Ingrid Black’s second book about the same character, The Dark Eye. The Real Book Thief tells the story of how Ingrid Black discovered what had happened and how she went about trying to find out more about the mysterious woman who had stolen her work.

This week’s events have reminded me this book was on my Kindle (I must find a way to keep better track of the books I own!) I felt very unsettled when I received an email informing me the first blog tour I had signed up for might be cancelled because of suspicions of plagiarism. I don’t know what is going to happen, but I figured it was the right time to read The Real Book Thief.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this week?:)
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Happy reading
!