bookjunkie57

bookjunkie57

Hi I'm Shannon and I'm a book-a-holic. OK so I know it is not a word but its so true. I love reading and I have a serious book buying/borrowing problem. I read everyday and there is no such thing as no time to read for me, but I always feel like there is not enough time to read.

I’ve decided to start a little Tumblr called Read With Me. It will be updates of the book(s) I am currently reading with full on spoiler reactions to the pages as I read them and perhaps a review at the end. We’ll see how this goes.  Read With Me

TBR Thursday 2018 - January 25 2018

Books I Bought:




I'm doing good. Not even looking at all my book sale emails.



Books I Put on Hold:




I forgot to go pick it up while it was on hold for me earlier this week so to the back of the line I go.



Books I Borrowed:

 

 

I have mixed feelings about this book.



Books That Are Still on Their Special Must Read Shelf:

 

 

 

 

My next Netgalley reads.



Books I Read:

 

 

 

A re-read and three newbies




I manage to finish 4 books this past week.

 

All together I have 3895 on my TBR Pile. These are books I actually own, Print, E and Audio waiting for me to pick them up and read away.


*Please note that TBR Thursday is the brainchild of http://moonlightreader.booklikes.com/ and introduced to me by http://obsidianblue.booklikes.com/

Review
4 Stars
New Year’s Eve
New Year's Eve - Sadie Haller, Ainsley Booth

Frisky Beavers, Book 1.5

I Picked Up This Book Because: I enjoy this series.

The Characters:

Ellie:
Gavin:


The Story:

This is a quick little peek into Ellie and Gavin’s life post engagement. There is some talk about the wedding, a great amount of excitement regarding starting a family and a titillating sex scene. Gavin and Ellie love each other quite a lot and I can’t wait to read about the wedding.


The Random Thoughts:


The Score Card:

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4 Stars

Review
4 Stars
Fifth Grave Past the Light Re-read
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson) - Darynda Jones
  Re-Read:
January 16 - January 20
I’m so glad I decided to re-explore this series. There is so much I had forgotten. So much I’m excited about again. I really hope the series never ends. I need Ms Jones to write about Charly and Reyes until they are old and gray.
Review
4 Stars
Cherish Hard
Cherish Hard - Nalini Singh

Hard Play, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: After reading Rock Hard I was curious about Gabriel’s brothers and I’m so happy Ms Singh has decided to tell their stories.

The Characters:

Isalind Magdalena Rain-Stefansdottir: Isa’s upbringing was ridiculously/needlessly lonely being the only child of people who were much too involved in their own lives to be bothered by raising a child. She wasn’t abused and she was taken care of but she was neglected by her parents...horribly. As an adult Isa has taken on the role as caretaker for her younger siblings (one half sister, one step brother that was not let go after their parents separated) She never wants them to feel as she did growing up and dearly dreams of having a family of her own.

Sailor Bishop: Is not without his own demons. When he looks in the mirror he sees much of the man who left his family behind without a thought of their well being or a penny in the bank. This leaves Sailor with plans to make sure he is never that kind of man but when he meets Isa he realizes his plans are nothing without her love in his life.

Catie, Nanya, Harrlow, Jake, Gabriel

The Story:
Told in alternate points of view Isa and Sailor have a few run ins before they can become the couple they are destined to be. I’m glad Sailor had the tenacity to hold on throughout Isa’s insistence that they wouldn’t make it. I’m also glad he sees that is little caretaker also needs someone to take care of her.

The Random Thoughts:


The Score Card:

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4 Stars

 TBR Thursday 2018

January 18, 2018

 

Books I Bought:

 

I’ve managed to not be wooed by any sales this week.

 

Books I Put on Hold:

 

 

 

Just a whim going through new arrivals on the library’s website

 

Books I Borrowed:

 

 

 

A re-read and a new read.

 

Books That Are Still on Their Special Must Read Shelf:

 

 

 

My next Netgalley read.

 

Books I Read:

 

 

 

A very cute story. I'll definitely continue the series.

 

I managed to finish 1 books this past week.

 

All together I have 3893 on my TBR Pile. These are books I actually own and are waiting for me to pick them up. Also, I don’t know why I bother counting.

 

*Please note that TBR Thursday is the brainchild of http://moonlightreader.booklikes.com/ and introduced to me by http://obsidianblue.booklikes.com/

 

**I'm a day late but I had to relearn how to add pictures to my post. :-) 

TBR Thursday 2018

 

January 18, 2018

 

Books I Bought:

 

I’ve managed to not be wooed by any sales this week.

 

Books I Put on Hold:

 

 

 

Just a whim going through new arrivals on the library’s website

 

Books I Borrowed:

 

 

 

A re-read and a new read.

 

Books That Are Still on Their Special Must Read Shelf:

 

 

 

My next Netgalley read.

 

Books I Read:

 

 

 

A very cute story. I'll definitely continue the series.

 

I manage to finish 1 books this past week.

 

All together I have 3893 on my TBR Pile. These are books I actually own and are waiting for me to pick them up. Also, I don’t know why I bother counting.

 

*Please note that TBR Thursday is the brainchild of http://moonlightreader.booklikes.com/ and introduced to me by http://obsidianblue.booklikes.com/

 

**I'm a day late but I had to relearn how to add pictures to my post. :-) 

Review
4 Stars
The Magic Misfits
The Magic Misfits - Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin, Author

Magic Misfits, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a huge fan of NPH.

The Characters:

Carter Lock(e):
Theo, Leila, Ridley, Olly, Izzie, Mr. Vernon and Mr. Vernon

The Story:

This book was awesome for young readers. Carter has it pretty rough, his parents disappear, he is stuck in the care of a shiftless petty criminal uncle. One day he’s had enough.really teed off said uncle and hops a train and lands in Mineral Wells. In Mineral Wells Carter finds friends that share a love of magic and a distaste for criminals. That’s fortunate because one of the rudest is in their town. Carter and the rest of the Misfits work together to take down the criminals. And we learn that maybe Carter’s landing in Mineral Wells wasn’t just luck but fate.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were easy to imagine and Neil Patrick Harris brought them to life masterfully on the audio book. I only regret I wasn’t on a road trip with my nieces and nephews to share the story with them.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:
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4 Stars

Review
3.5 Stars
Higher is Waiting
Higher Is Waiting - Tyler Perry, Dominic Hoffman

I Picked Up This Book Because: I like Tyler Perry. I am endlessly curious about the life journeys of others so why not read this.


Part memoir, part inspiration, part spiritual study guide. Tyler shares his story largely using the metaphor of a tree. He speaks of his roots, his branches and leaves. He speaks of his tough life growing, his close relationship with his mother and Aunt Mae. He seeks to tell these stories not solely for entertainment but so others can understand that you can not let your past direct your future. Life is a series of moments to grow and he offers tools in the form of bible verse to help facilitate that growth.

I listened to this in audiobook form but I think I would suggest it in paper form. There are several passages that are given that I would want to reflect on, study, do and then come back a reread the passage.

Overall I found the book interesting however I did find my thoughts drifting every now and again.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:

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3.75 Stars

Review
4 Stars
Jake Understood
Jake Understood - Penelope Ward

Jake, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue a series

The Characters:

Nina Kennedy:
Jake Green:
Skylar, Mitch, Alison and Alison’s husband who’s name I can’t remember at the moment:

The Story:

A flip on Jake Undone. Mostly told from Jake’s perspective a sort of retelling of Jake and Nina’s relationship with new scenes for the readers to fall in love with. I found it nice to know what Jake was thinking in certain scenes from book one. It was good to get to know his relationship with his sisters and the infamous Ivy. I also liked seeing some of their HEA as this book does continue past the retelling of the first book.

I found some inconsistencies with the ages of Skylar and Nina’s kids, but I didn’t have a problem letting it go for the story. And some of there forever talking about their love grated on my nerves a bit but just at the end.

As a whole I really did enjoy this book. It even ended up stealing a bit of sleep from me. (Always a good sign.)


The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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4 Stars

Review
4 Stars
Jake Undone
Jake Undone - Penelope Ward
Jake, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’ve only read joint books by Ms Ward but I’ve always enjoyed them so I gave stab at a solo book and I’m so glad I did.

The Characters:

Nina Kennedy:On the brink of letting her fears ruin the world but really stronger than she ever knew she could be.
Jake Green:Pseudo bad boy, not so secret geek with a heart of gold
Ryan, Tarrah:roommates

The Story:

I got an offer to read this on the cheap along with the follow up for free (author promotion) so I took it. I’m glad I did. I’ve been experiencing a bit of a book slump in the last few months and I think this book as put me well on the road to recovery.

So Nina and Jake. The chemistry was immediate but it was drawn out and a friendship really grew before. I love that. I love that Jake helps Nina conquer her fears… and math. I love that what is most important to them is that the other is happy. As often is the challenge in romance novels communication or the lack there of proved to be their downfall. Some crazy mistakes, suffering and an outright lie later, Nina and Jake make their way back to each other and even though everything isn’t sunshine and roses I feel like they are dedicated enough to each others happiness to make things work.


The Random Thoughts:



4 Stars
Review
4 Stars
Here We Go Again: My Life in Television
By Betty White: Here We Go Again: My Life in Television [Audiobook] - -Simon & Schuster Audio-

I Picked Up This Book Because: I love Betty White and lets be honest I needed something short to take me over the top for my 2017 reading challenge.

The Story:

As I said I love Betty White. I find her story fascinating. This particular book deals with her life in TV. A bit of her time with Allen Ludden (and other husbands). Betty has done so much in her time. She has truly seen television though its infancy to the bounding bustling business today. She is such a gem.

The Random Thoughts:

I was shocked when she said half of the fanmail for The Golden Girls came from kids. I loved that show as a child and recently watched every episode (thank you Hulu) and am still in love with it.

The Score Card:

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4 Stars

Review
3 Stars
The Tale of Two Sisters
Ever After High: The Tale of Two Sisters - Shannon Hale

Ever After High: Storybook of Legends, Book .7

I Picked Up This Book Because: Looking from something short


The Story:

A super short story of two sisters and their differences meant to supplement the full books and influence Apple White and Raven Queen


The Random Thoughts:


3 Stars

Review
4 Stars
Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture - Andy Cohen
I Picked Up This Book Because: I didn’t know this book existed so of course I had to listen once I discovered it.



I would like to be friends with Andy Cohen. He lives such a fabulous life and has such great stories. I loved hearing about his beginnings at CBS and his endless love for Oprah and Susan Lucci. We also hear about his time at Trio and of course Bravo. I really enjoyed it all.

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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4 Stars
Question

Does anyone know if I can turn off notifications from Booklikes?

Review
3.5 Stars
Can’t Hardly Breathe
Can't Hardly Breathe - Gena Showalter

The Original Heartbreakers, Book 4

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Dorothea Mathis:
Daniel Porter:
Holly, Ryan, Brock, Jude:

The Story:

I had a hard time sticking to the book but I couldn’t turn off the audio. I think my contacts may be partially to blame. Haven’t been able to get into reading since I got the new script. Anyway after initial reading delays I found myself quite addicted to the story. I liked Dorothea’s determination to change her life. I like Daniel’s devotion to Thea, once he pulled his head out of his butt. I also like his devotion to his father… and the pups. I love the way they tease each other and “negotiate”. I also love his friendship with Jesse Kay and her readiness to kick his butt.

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3.5 Stars

Review
3 Stars
Protecting Their Mate: Part Two
Protecting Their Mate: Part Two (The Last Pack) - Kit Rocha, Moira Rogers, Mia Thorne
The Last Pack, Book 1.2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Ashley:
Blake:
Connor, Mac, Lucas:

The Story:

I’m not going to lie, there was ton of page skipping going on. I’ve picked this up read a paragraph and put it down so many times that finally I decided to just skim. This is more a desire to get this book off my currently reading shelf than a reflection of the author’s work. I’m in a hard slump, have been for most of November and I don’t think it’s going to clear up in December.


The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3 Stars