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Book Haul: Jan 2016 // Cover-love! *drools*

Originally posted on Book Enthral:
So I wanna say I was good this month! I didn’t spend outrageously, yet I still managed to get a good number of books! Do you think we could actually count this as a… Success?????!!! After finishing Shatter Me earlier this month, I had to go see how the rest of the series was going to go! THOSE EYES ON THE COVER ARE ACTUALLY GORGEOUS!  After seeing the whole series, my favourite’s got to be Ignite Me (BRB while I die over this cover!). I’ll hopefully get to devouring the rest of this series next month! Also, because I loved – like, actually fangirl so hard for – Snow Like Ashes, I needed to know what was going to happen in Ice Like Fire! I’m so excited!! I have heard she’s not with the guy I ship her with in this book though, so poo! OF COURSE, I had to get the new Alexandra Bracken book! Like, that could just come out and I not get excited about it (blasphemy!). I don’t…

How I use the 5-Star rating system on Goodreads

Originally posted on The Fault in Our Blogs:
Most book reviewers believe in some way that rating all books on the same scale of 1 to 5 is messy. For example, what am I supposed to do when I just read a really good fantasy book that is nothing like any of the literary fiction picks that dominate my shelves? What do those five stars even MEAN? Why are there only five? Why is rating books even important? Over time I stopped putting 1 to 5 ratings on my blog reviews, because I think the definition of what those stars mean varies too much from person to person. What I use the star ratings for is very specific and probably doesn’t matter much to most of my readers. On goodreads, when you’re asked to give your review, you can mouse over the stars and see what each tier is supposed to mean: One star is “did not like it” Two stars is “it was ok” Three stars is “liked it” Four is “really liked it”…

Book Review: The Dinner

Originally posted on The Farm on the Hill:
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” -Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina If you knew that your child had committed a heinous crime, what would you do?  How far would you go to protect them?  And what would you do to the person that threatened to expose them?  The characters in Herman Koch’s The Dinner must answer all of these questions. The narrator, Paul, takes you through an entire evening of dinner with his wife, brother and sister-in-law from the apertif to the digestif.  It is at this dinner that the four must decide how to handle the fact that their boys have committed an awful crime.  Throw in sibling rivalry, a prime minister campaign, and a little marital drama and you have an interesting book. I wanted to read this book because I LOVED Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, who is quoted on the front cover.  It was the first book where I abhorred both main characters but still could not put…

Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

Originally posted on Rachael's Bookshelf:
RATING: 5/5 SYNOPSIS: The tales of Finn, Rey, and Poe in the days prior to the start of The Force Awakens. ? This book does a great job in helping to cement the things that you already thought about the characters after seeing the film and it also provides a nice backstory for Poe Dameron since we don’t see as much of him as we do Finn and Rey. In Finn’s story we get to see Stormtrooper training and really get into that whole hive mentality that keeps them all in check. I really enjoyed learning just a little bit more about the Stormtrooper teams and how they worked and I liked seeing them interact with each other outside of battle. I especially liked that we got to see some more of Captain Phasma and General Hux. I felt like I knew Phasma a little better after reading the section and I’m also more interested in Hux as a character. The relationship between Phasma and Finn was really interesting and I…

My Top 10 BookNerd Problems

Originally posted on Metal and the Geek:
When you are an avid reader, there are some things that regular people will say or do that will just get under your skin. Then there are just somethings that come with the territory of being a booknerd. Here are my top ten booknerd problems. Are you ready for this? I am! 1. When you are reading, and someone asks “What are you reading?”  Take note here, If I am reading a physical copy of a book, do NOT ask me what I am reading, just read the damn cover and then google it. If I am reading on my Kindle, do NOT ask me what I am reading, for the simple reason that it is fucking annoying!! Wait until I put it away and then ask. If you’re not even a reader, don’t ask me just to make small talk. I hate small talk. Just go away honestly. 2. When people say they’ve watched the movie, and don’t need to read the book.  This might be my…

Mechanic by Alexa Riley

Originally posted on Words. . . I Need Words. . .:
Purchased: Kindle – $.99 My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars Spoilers! What’s It All About: “Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage. Since the second I laid my eyes on her, all I’ve wanted to do is get my dirty hands on her pure body.  There’s one minor obstacle standing in my way, but I’ve got a plan. All I’ve got to do is claim her, and she’ll be mine forever.  Warning: This book is over-the-top, insta-love. There’s nothing but steamy scenes, babies trying to be made, and an obsessed bearded alpha hero claiming a virgin who will be his forever. If you want it hot and dirty, this is it!  *whispers* There’s a sweet smutty surprise at the end!” Description taken from Amazon. The Best Parts: Who wants smut?! Like pure honest to god dirty sexy smut. This novel isn’t for the faint of heart as it is literally the description. The hot sex scenes dominate this novel, but even then…

The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes

Originally posted on xingsings:
The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes Published by Close-Up Books on October 31, 2014 Genres: [Adult] Fantasy Pages: 238 Format: DRC Source: Author Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million 3.5 Stars, Completed October 17, 2015 – SPOILER free – Not only have I been in an awful reading slump for the past few weeks but also a reviewing/blogging slump as well. This was the last book I was able to read before I fell into that strange non-reading period, and I’m so glad that during my time away I finally found the words to describe how I felt about The Fairy Wren. This book begins with the readers meeting Paul Fischer, a guy who just can’t seem to catch a break. His bookshop is doing poorly, his wife has left him, and on top of all things he meets a preteen, Nepali runaway, has a shady friend struggling with his own problems and needs Paul’s help, and notices a blue, magic wren suspiciously following him. Throughout the story, it seems like questions are only followed by even more questions and uncertainties. Initially,…