Top Ten Tuesday #21 : Can’t Believe I Read

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Hey everyone! It’s a Tuesday, so it’s time I start (again) a Tuesday routine. In case you didn’t know, Top Ten Tuesday has been moved from the Broke and The Bookish’s website to That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a meme/challenge/chance to talk about a certain topic. Anyone can participate, and if you wish to leave a link to your post so others can read it, follow the link above to the page, and you’ll find more information and future topics.

This week’s topic: Can’t Believe I Read…

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Alive by Scott Sigler ~ I still haven’t posted my review for this, and who knows if I will. But I was so disappointed with this. I only finished it because I was talking with my coworker about it and she was very entertained by my hysterical rants. Just lots of walking and sexual desires that seemed unnecessary.

Dust by Joan Frances Turner ~ Another book I only finished for my coworker’s enjoyment. Horror isn’t really my genre when it comes to books, but I can handle zombies in certain situations. Lots of questions left unanswered, actions in the book were predictable, and too much describe of the decay. Wish to read my full review, click HERE.

Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier ~ I saw this book everywhere and decided to try it out. Didn’t turn out like I thought it would, and just wasn’t doing it for me. My full review, click HERE.

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Tangerine by Edward Bloor ~ Had to read this for my first year in high school. I struggled the whole summer to read this. And let me tell you, I love to read now and I loved to read then, so if it took three months for me to read this book, you know something was wrong. Just nope nope nope.

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer ~ When I read these in high school, I didn’t see anything wrong with them. I was Team Edward all the way. If I imagine the scene when Edward walks into the cafeteria for the first time, I can still hear all the fangirls screaming in my head. Now that I’m older, I have learned the error of my ways.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ Another high school read. Just couldn’t really get into this one. Didn’t help that my teacher made me write in the book. Just torture every day.

I know, not ten books. But hey, six isn’t bad. And here’s a little bonus in the category: Can’t Believe I Read/ What Did I Read?

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The Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4) by James Patterson ~ I was a huge fan of the Maximum Ride series, but this book made me so angry that I stopped reading them. It took a completely different turn from the rest of the series, and I was just done. And I wasn’t a fan of the movie they made for the first book either.

So, there you have it. A few books that I can’t believe I read. But that’s the fun of it right. Some of them, I enjoyed when I first read them, and now that I’m looking back, I seem them in a completely different way. Who knows, maybe I should reread Tangerine and I may like it this time. I don’t see myself doing that very soon, but…it could happen.

What are some books that you can’t believe you read? Do you think I should give any of the above a second try? It has been a while since I read most of these. Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, my fellow adventurers!

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Book Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

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Publisher: Gallery Books
Published Date: December 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult,
Series: N/A
My Source: Own Copy
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Goodreads and Amazon

Goodreads Summary:

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

(I tried my best to keep this major spoiler free.)

A great way to start the new year is with a good book, and I’m glad Roomies was it for me.

There were a lot of things that drew me to this book: New York, main female is a struggling writer, love interest is an Irish musician, a fake marriage, and beautiful Broadway. What more can you ask for in a contemporary romance?

Holland is a 25 year old struggling writer and post-graduate school. She’s currently being supported by her uncles Robert, a famous Broadway director, and his husband Jeff who is an accountant. They pay for a majority of her rent and got her a job at the theater selling merchandise and being the photographer. I do appreciate that Holland recognizes that she lives a pretty privileged life and she doesn’t wish to take everything for granted. So when her uncle Robert’s show is falling apart, well, she makes a drastic decision to help. Marrying a stranger to save the show.

The stranger being the subway musician that Holland has been crushing on who happens to save her one night, AND who happens to be a Julliard-trained musician that would be perfect for the Broadway show.

I enjoyed the romance in this story, but I enjoyed the character growth even more. Holland, as her uncle Jeff describes her later in the book, only sees herself as a secondary character in life. She doesn’t take risks, she’s had writer’s block since graduating, and she has tons of doubts. All that changes when she “gathers the courage” to talk to her musical crush and demands answers when he saves her but leaves when the cops arrive. As you can see from the summary, he leaves because he’s not in the United States legally and doesn’t want any trouble. Throughout the story, Holland hides her crush from Calvin, knowing that it’s only a marriage to keep him in the country and to save the show. But as her feelings grow stronger, she has a hard time fighting her desires and has to decide if it’s worth it to take the risk of loving him. Holland’s relationship with Calvin is pretty rocky since their relationship is based on a lie. I was happy with a lot of Holland’s decisions on her relationship with Calvin.

Her relationship with her best friend Lulu also becomes rocky throughout the relationship, as Lulu starts to show a jealous side to her personality. What I love is that Holland’s relationship with her uncles is strong and consistent throughout the book. I love the love they have for one another.

While I did enjoy this book, I did question a few things like the speed of the immigration process and how they were conveniently able to speed it along with knowing people on the inside. Because I’m not familiar with the immigration process, I can’t say for sure if that doesn’t happen to some, but it seems strange that a process that could take months was able to happen in a matter of a couple weeks in this story. Then again, maybe the it’s who you know thing works in this kind of situation as well. Still, I enjoyed the adventure of Holland and Calvin and the shenanigans they went through.

4.5 STARS ~ Fantastic! Like, you don’t understand how fantastic this was. READ IT.

 

Beat The BackList 2018: My Sign Up Post

Hello everyone! My name is Nicole and I’ll be participating in Beat the Backlist challenge this year.

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What is this challenge? Basically, you read (or listen if you use audiobooks) books that were released before 2018. It’s a great way to work on the growing TBR problem I’m sure we’re all having.

How long does it last? It lasts all year, from Jan 1-Dec 31. If you wish to join, click HERE to go to Novelknight’s page for more information about the challenge and to sign up.

This challenge also includes some competition if you want to participate in that. When you sign up, you’ll be placed in a team: Novel Knights, Dewey Dragons, Story Sorcerers, or Book Bards (I love all the names, so I’m happy to be on any of those teams!). Teams compete by gaining points per books read and by posting reviews on retail sites. The person who gets the most points get a prize at the end. Again, if you want all the details, see the site HERE.

MY GOAL FOR 2018

So, last year was pretty bad for me. I didn’t get to participate in the challenge like I wanted to, so I’m hoping to do better this year.

10 Books This Year is the goal

And my team is…*drum roll*

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Okay,  I know I said I would be happy with any team, but I was really hoping for this one. I’m a bard! And if you follow me on Twitter, you know I’m a Critical Role fan and I love Scanlan who is a gnome bard, so I’m glad I get to keep a little bit of him with me this year since Critical Role is starting a new campaign this coming Thursday (This is all Dungeons and Dragons stuff if you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about).

I’ve already gotten started on this challenge as I’m reading Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer. Thanks for checking out my post and I hope this got you interested in joining the challenge as well.

Good luck with your reading goals this year!

Until next time, my fellow adventurers!