Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

36256402It took me a while to read this one, simply because I had heard so many mixed reviews. People hated it, and people loved it. A lot of the negative reviews I’d read mainly focused on Leah’s off-putting personality or her being a “b*tch.” I can see where they’re coming from, but that’s just Leah. Even Becky Albertalli has referred to Leah as her “grumpy girl,” so it’s no mystery that Leah isn’t a big ray of sunshine.

Taking this book as Leah is, knowing there may be sometimes that she’s unreasonably grumpy or b*tchy, allowed me to enjoy this book so much more. I am a grumpy girl myself. I’ve struggled with being overweight since I was in high school, so I totally get where Leah is coming from 99% of the time. Sure, she may have been a little harsh towards Abby on their college visiting trip, but I also kind of get where she’s coming from.

Overall, I absolutely loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last year, and nearly squealed when I caught this on sale for Kindle, because that library wait list was loooong. Take Leah as she is, grumpiness and all, and enjoy the characters of Creekwood as they are in their senior year, prepare to go off to college, and begin their new lives in various colleges on the East Coast. Right now, I haven’t seen any mentions of there being any more novels or novellas following this one, but I would be delighted to indulge in all the stories involving this great cast of characters. ❤

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Bluff by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

image_processing20181227-12-3y108zBluff is definitely one of those “un-put-downable” books, especially for crime fans. Usually, we see the main role of a character from a male’s perspective, and that is what sets this novel apart from others of its kind. The true hero, or should we say “heroine,” of this story goes beyond what we have come to expect as far as enjoyment of characters goes. The writing for this novel was intricately woven, and even at some of the spotty bits–every book has them–it still kept me entertained. The characters were some that I could feel for, really relate to (in a fictional sense, even if by only my imagination), and wanted to see their story to the end of the book. This has the perfect amount of twists and entertainment, giving a new enjoyment to the crime fiction genre.

Release Date: TODAY*

 

*release date for today, 4/2/19, is for the ebook version. paperback will be available 4/7/2020 unless otherwise stated.

Chronicles of a Radical Hag by Lorna Landvik

image_processing20190221-41-u01rlnIf the title of the book doesn’t grab you, the content will. I’ve never read anything by Lorna Lanvik before this book, but I’ll certainly start now. Her background in stand-up and improvisational comedy certainly shines through this book from start to finish. This is a unique story, sharing stories from Haze’s column in the past. Not only do you get the true feel of Haze as if she were your best friend, but the cast of characters touched by the Granite Creek Gazette, especially Susan and Sam. The writing within certainly captures your interest and make for a quick read, simply because you don’t want to put it down until you know what’s going to come up next. I read this in one sitting and would do it over again if I could.

Release Date: TODAY (March 26, 2019)

Writing/Graduation Hiatus

Hello, all. It’s been a while. I haven’t died, at least not yet. I know how “I’ve been busy” sounds, and I am not a fan of it. So, instead of saying that I’ve been busy, I’ll just say that I’ve been focusing on a lot of other things. I am still reading, but because I graduate in May (that’s only 2 whole months away, holy crap), I have not been able to read (on my own) as much as I’d like. However, the second half of this year will make up for what I’ve missed this first half. Classes have been brutal (in a good and enjoyable way, don’t get me wrong) and just busy. Work is increasingly busy. Pair those two things with trying to be a halfway decent wife and mother, trying to spend quality time with my family at home, and still get a decent 6 hours (if I’m lucky) of sleep? It’s been rough. So I haven’t stopped reading, just putting in on the back burner. I’m halfway through 2 different books right now, so maybe I’ll finish those within the next month.

An Improbable Pairing by Gary Dickson

image_processing20181113-10-1mt8hxnUpon finding this book, it immediately drew me in. It was like there was a magnetic pull between me and the book–especially its characters–that drew me in and didn’t let me go. Rarely am I one to enjoy historical fiction set in the 60s (it’s a personal quirk of mine), simply because the time period doesn’t interest me as far as telling fictional stories go. However, this was one of those books that exceeded my expectations and made me appreciate what I once disliked, and see it in a new light. The first impression I got from this was that it had a little “Downton Abbey” feel to it, if only slightly, and the rest just seemed to fall into place. This was one of those books that I’ll think of for a long time to come, and honestly, this would be the best Valentine’s Day read.

Paul Tremblay has a new release for July 2019!!

Ok, y’all. I just squealed because THIS BEAUTY came up in my ARC list, and I am SO ready to dive into this, y’all just don’t even know. I get excited about a lot of ARCs, but I had NO IDEA he was coming out with a new book until I was browsing around and just happened to find this one.

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I can’t wait, and it’s a story collection. Y’all know those are my favorite. I’m a little swamped with school right now (my untalented tail is having to write AND illustrate a children’s book and I can barely manage to draw stick people without it looking like a toddler did it. However, this made my day a little better and my weekend brighter, and if I don’t get to it before then, I WILL be devouring this during Christmas break!!

!Deal Alert! and an update

So, I’ve been a bit busy. I graduate with my BFA in Creative Writing in May 2019 and I’m currently wrapping up my junior classes (this month is children’s entertainment) and my senior classes begin in January. That being said, the workload is heavy. I don’t mind, and most of it I enjoy, but it leaves time for little else when everything’s factored into my days, and shamefully I’ve had to cut back on the reading for pleasure and swapped it with reading for class. It took me three weeks to get through the middle of The Night Circus and I had to renew my library loan for another three weeks, so hopefully, I can get it read by Thanksgiving. Anyway, I’ve been able to fit reading into my schedule every single day, but sometimes when it ends up being right before bed, I get comfy and nestle in with my Kindle and then before I know it my husband’s waking me up by removing the Kindle from my deep sleep grip and I only made it through two pages.

Also, I have decided that I’m going to introduce a new topic and section for ebook deals, because I receive multiple emails with different ones daily, and it’s not something I see a whole lot on blogs. I’ll spotlight my favorites, because a lot of them aren’t the big name blockbuster hits and there are a lot that I don’t even know. Still, I think it will good for those that may already receive these kinds of emails, but especially helpful for those that don’t.

Without further adieu, today’s spotlight deal is: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

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This has been on my TBR for a while. A friend asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had read it, and I hadn’t. He then explained that I needed to immediately go grab it, and I was going to get a physical copy here soon, but good things come to those who wait. This deal is $1.99* and is available from the following retailers:

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If you grab this deal, let me know! Is this section helpful and does it have an audience? While this only contains one deal, in the future there will be multiple depending on the deals available.

*as of Nov. 1st, 2018. These deals can expire on any day and are subject to the publisher’s pricing guidelines.