WWW Wednesday – 12/18/13

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…


• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

My internet has been down the past week so I have not gotten a chance to post.  Finally, my internet company replaced my modem.  You would have thought I would get a lot of reading done since I was having internet withdrawals, but honestly I haven’t felt like doing much of anything.

The Longings of Wayward GirlsThe First Days (As the World Dies, #1)Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin, #24)Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance #2)

What did I recently finish?

Nothing.  😦

What am I reading next?

Star Crossed (Stargazer, #1)Playing Dirty (Stargazer, #2)

WWW Wednesday – 12/12/13

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…


• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

Lost my internet connection last night so I’m posting this late.  I did make some progress this past week on The Longings of Wayward Girls and The First Days.  I know they’ve been on this list for awhile.

The Longings of Wayward GirlsThe First Days (As the World Dies, #1)Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin, #24)Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance #2)

What did I recently finish?

The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3)The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)

What am I reading next?

Star Crossed (Stargazer, #1)Playing Dirty (Stargazer, #2)

Top Ten Tuesday – Winter Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

I did a Fall Reading List and read 7/10 so hopefully this list will turn out just as good.

Doing HarmFear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren, #7)In the BloodThe Killing WoodsCrash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)No One Else Can Have YouThe Host (The Host, #1)Playing Dirty (Stargazer, #2)Another Little PiecePoor Little Dead Girls

WWW Wednesday – 12/04/13

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…


• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

I did make some progress this past week on The Longings of Wayward Girls and The First Days.  I know they’ve been on this list for awhile.

The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)The Longings of Wayward GirlsThe First Days (As the World Dies, #1)The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3)Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin, #24)Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance #2)

What did I recently finish?

TiltSilent City3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

What am I reading next?

Star Crossed (Stargazer, #1)Playing Dirty (Stargazer, #2)

NetGalley November Update 11/10/13

Update 1:  I am currently at 52% of reading Until It Hurts To Stop and 17% of The Longings of Wayward Girls.

 

I signed up for NetGalley November to get caught up on my NetGalley requests.  I’ve gotten a little behind and I would like to get caught so I can request more of course.  I have 19 that need read by December.  So I’m choosing Level Hard – 11 – 15 books.  This is hosted by K-Books, Bookish Treasures, & A Daydreamer’s Thoughts.

Here’s my list:

  1. Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown (currently reading)
  2. Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard (currently reading)
  3. The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
  4. If You Could Be Mine by Sarah Farizan
  5. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M. C. Beaton
  6. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  7. Hereafter by Kate Brian
  8. Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon
  9. Say Yes by Tara West
  10. One Great Year by Tamara Veitich & Rene DeFazi
  11. Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols
  12. Silent City by Alex Segura
  13. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
  14. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
  15. Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst

Review – The Book Of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken HeartsTitle:  The Book of Broken Hearts

Pages:  368

Author:  Sarah Ockler

Series:   no, standalone

Type/Genre:  Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Date Published:  May 21, 2013

Source:  library

My Rating:  ****

Goodreads Summary:  Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

My Thoughts:  I really wanted to read this book especially after seeing it so much on other blogs, but I had a hard time getting into this story.  I think because of the title and cover I expected more romance and that’s what I was in the mood to read but this was more about family.   It was a good book though.

Likes:

  • Jude’s relationship with her father was very sweet.  She took her last summer before going to college to spend it with him and take care of him when she could have been out with her friends.  It was heartbreaking that his Alzheimer’s progressed so fast.  At first I didn’t know if I would like Jude’s character but as hard as she tried to get her dad’s bike working won me over.
  • I loved Mari, the overprotective, bossy sister.  She was a bit overwhelming, but her character was well written for the part of Jude’s sister.
  • The best part of this book was Jude’s family and Emilio’s family relationships.
  • The cover was my biggest reason for picking this book.

Dislikes:

  • The “romance” between Emilio and Jude.  I felt like the only reason Jude liked Emilio was because she knew they weren’t supposed to be together.  I just didn’t connect to that part of the story.
  • Jude’s “best friends” were a complete joke.  Jude and her family were going through a lot of issues and all they cared about was themselves and not being embarrassed.  I felt that Jude could have tried harder to spend her rare free time with them, but that they should have been more mature to handle what was going on with her father.  They were getting ready to go to college but acted a lot younger.

About the Author:

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of novels for teens, including Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, The Book of Broken Hearts, hits the shelves in May 2013.

Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.

Visit her website at sarahockler.com or find her on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.

A Few of the Author’s Other Books:

  • Bittersweet
  • Fixing Delilah
  • Twenty Boy Summer

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes

NetGalley November Signup

 

I signed up for NetGalley November to get caught up on my NetGalley requests.  I’ve gotten a little behind and I would like to get caught so I can request more of course.  I have 19 that need read by December.  So I’m choosing Level Hard – 11 – 15 books.  This is hosted by K-Books, Bookish Treasures, & A Daydreamer’s Thoughts.

Here’s my list:

  1. Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown (currently reading)
  2. Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard (currently reading)
  3. The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
  4. If You Could Be Mine by Sarah Farizan
  5. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M. C. Beaton
  6. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  7. Hereafter by Kate Brian
  8. Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon
  9. Say Yes by Tara West
  10. One Great Year by Tamara Veitich & Rene DeFazi
  11. Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols
  12. Silent City by Alex Segura
  13. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
  14. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
  15. Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst