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TBR Challenge 2018

Review: Turning Up the Heat by Laura Florand

TBR Challenge 2018

Review: Turning Up the Heat by Laura Florand

The Winter Olympics, particularly the figure skating, is messing up my reading and writing schedule. I am way behind in posting any reviews here basically because I haven’t done a lot of reading lately because I am such a figure skating fan. The TBR Challenge is definitely helping to motivate me to get a post up. This month’s theme is Backlist Glom (author with multiple books in your TBR). I have 5 books by

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Review:   Blood Fury by J. R. Ward

Review:   Blood Fury by J. R. Ward

J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books are like chocolate chip cookies – they are really good and no matter how many you have had, you always want more. The main series now has 15 (soon to be 16) books, but Blood Fury is the third book in her spin-off Black Dagger Legacy series. The original series has as its focus the fight between the Brotherhood vampires and the evil Lessers, with many, many characters and

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

The TBR Challenge is a year-long event Wendy the Super Librarian runs to get us to “… once a month pull a dormant book out of your TBR pile and read it. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, talk about that book.”  This post lists all of the participating blogs where you can comment, and if you use social media you can use the hashtag #TBRChallenge. Each month has a specific theme to help you pick your book to

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Review:    Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Review:    Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Hate to Want You ended up on a lot of “Best of ” lists last year, but I didn’t read it until just this past weekend. This is the first book in an as yet unfinished series (the third and final book will be published later this year), and the buzz about this series was so intense I finally gave in and bought it. I have a kind of love/hate relationship with contemporary romance: I have certain authors I enjoy very much, but for the

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Review:    The Emperor’s Arrow by Lauren D. M. Smith

Review:    The Emperor’s Arrow by Lauren D. M. Smith

Lauren D. M. Smith won Harlequin’s 2015 So You Think You Can Write contest with this book. (From what I can determine, it appears that this was the last time that this contest was run.) I had heard some positive buzz about the book at the time the book was published in 2016, so when I saw a deal price on this book last year I bought it and it entered my ever towering TBR list. I picked this book out of the digital pile

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Review:    The Warlord and the Nightingale by Jeannie Lin

Review:    The Warlord and the Nightingale by Jeannie Lin

I have always loved fairy tales. My mother read a lot of them to me as a child, and it is a type of story that I find comforting. Today I was looking for a short, comfort read and came across The Warlord and the Nightingale in my to-be-read pile. I have heard many good things about Jeannie Lin, and I have other of her books waiting to be read, but for some reason I never got around to reading any of them until I read

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Review:   Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Review:   Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin, the author of the book Victoria, is also the creator and writer of the television series Victoria. From what I understand, this book covers most of the same material that is shown in the first season of the television show. I myself have not seen it (which in the U.S. is shown as part of Masterpiece on PBS), but I did very much enjoy the 2009 movie The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt. When I saw

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Hello

Hello

There are 17 bookcases in my house. This feels like an admission of guilt, or something to be ashamed of, a problem of addiction. It is not a problem though; the real problem is finding the time to read all of the books I want to read. There isn’t a ten-step program to help you out of an addiction to books, and there shouldn’t be.

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