What I’ve been reading while stuck on the couch

As you might know if you follow me on social media, I broke my ankle 2 days before Christmas. I had to get surgery, and plates and screws, the works. THEN, I was hospitalized when the surgery gave me 2 blood clots in my leg. It’s been a long, painful, boring, miserable 46 days, but I am finally at the point where I feel a little better every day. In 4 weeks, I’ll get to start walking with the boot cast! By summer, I’ll be fully walking again.

In the meantime, I’ve been tearing down my TBR list like crazy. I’m reading eBooks, real books, and listening to audiobooks at night while I work on puzzles. It’s all in an effort to pass the time until I can do normal things again, like laundry. (My wheelchair doesn’t fit in the laundry room. I haven’t even driven my car since last year, ya’ll.) As boring as it gets being homebound and stuck on my butt all day, I am loving the fact that I have time to read.

Here are some of my favorite reads! Some are new, some are old, and all are fantastic.

ROAD TO EUGENICA

This book actually releases TODAY but I got an early copy a couple of weeks ago. It’s a sci-fi romance that I’m completely obsessed with. And the best part? It’s the first in a series. BRING ON MORE!

 

OUTLANDER

I am SO late to the Outlander game. Truth be told, I actually started reading this book probably about 7ish years ago during the down times at my old day job. I don’t think I got more than 100 pages in before I gave up because historical books aren’t really my thing…. then, as time went on, I saw it everywhere, saw people I admire raving about it, and then noticed that there was a TV show, too. I decided to pick it back up again. And WHOA. I’m in love! The books are scary huge and there’s several more of them, but I’m ready for the challenge.

JOYRIDE

This one was a random library book I chose based on the cover alone. I mean, how cute is that? It ended up being a heartwrenching tale of a girl’s struggles to get her parents back into the US, and the boy she meets along the way. There was a thrillery ending that I didn’t see coming, and I was hooked. Check out JOYRIDE if you haven’t already.

 

FIRE IN ICE

FIRE IN ICE is another first in series book (YAY!) from my author friend Jenn. She sent me an early copy of it and I was totally hooked from the first chapter. It’s got superheroes, (we know I love them), romance, and it’s set in a more contemporary setting, so even if you think you don’t like sci-fi type novels, check this one out. It’s SO GOOD!

Next on my reading list:

THE SHADOW AND BONE TRILOGY

This is another series that’s been out a while, and I’m totally late to this as well. I actually read SIX OF CROWS and its sequel, CROOKED KINGDOM last year and fell so utterly head over heels in love with those books, it was insane. I can’t believe I waited so long to pick up that gorgeous hardback with the black pages from the bookstore. I saw it a million times and never read it until recently. The Shadow and Bone trilogy was actually published before Six of Crows, but it’s set in the same universe. I’m so excited and scared to dive in, because the way Bardugo hooked me the first time was pretty brutal. I’m pretty sure these books will also wrap around me and make me obsessed. Which isn’t exactly a bad thing, when you’re stuck on the couch for several more weeks!

Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments. I could use more recommendations!

My favorite books of the summer

Summer is nearly over! Of course, here in Texas, it’s hot all the time so summer is a relative term. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary YA lately, and I’d like to share some of my favorites with you. I’ll keep this post short and sweet because I have a pizza in the oven and nothing comes between me and my pizza.

First up on the rec list:
Resisting the Rebel

Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts. This book was cute, well-written, and had me smiling the whole time. Plus, it had a broody bad boy and who can say no to that?

Next:
Finding Paris

I’m a massive fan of Joy Preble and her witty writing style. Finding Paris was fun, romantic, and shocking. I love when a book sucks me in, wraps me up, and then shocks me with a surprise ending. Get this one, guys. You’ll love it.
We Own the Night (Radio Hearts #2)

We Own the Night by Ashley Poston. This MC is a radio DJ. It’s exactly as awesome as it sounds. I adored this book and read it in one sitting.

Em and Em

Em and Em by Linda Budzinski. The only bad thing about this book is that the title will make you want to eat candy. This one has intrigue and mystery, along with a hot country boy, and hot country boys happen to make me swoon.

Have you read any of these? I’d love to know what you think!

Review of Em and Em by Linda Budzinski

Em and EmEm and Em by Linda Budzinski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those books that made me smile on almost every page. I actually took longer to finish the book because I didn’t want it to be over. I love the premise of a girl in the witness protection program-not only did it have me guessing the whole time about what had happened to put her there, it made for a super interesting story. Ember couldn’t be totally genuine with her new friends no mater how much she wanted to, and trust me, you’re going to love Charles. There was a heartbreaking back and forth where Ember really liked Charles but Emily (her real self) still had a boyfriend back home. I rooted for Charles the entire time because this boy is charming, hot, sweet, and perfect for Em!

Not only was this a sweet and perfect love story, the drama with the crime she witnessed was really well done. I LOVED the anguish she felt over being ridiculed and slut-shamed. As bad as that sounds, these kinds of books need to be told, girls need to read them, and know that they aren’t defined by what other people say.

This book was heartwarming and heart wrenching, with a dose of legal drama that kept you guessing and rooting for our main character.

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Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher

Pieces of You and MePieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another great Entangled Crush read! Chase and Rylee were best friends before Chase disappeared five years ago. Now he’s back and he’s keeping his distance so as not to hurt her again. I am a big believer that soul mates can’t stay apart for long, and in this case I was right! I thought they had a sweet romance and I loved how Rylee was there for Chase to help him put back together all of the broken pieces of his life.

There’s also an addiction element in this story and I found the relationship with Chase and his father to be really refreshing and great to read. So many books have alcoholic fathers and this one was a recovered father. The scenes with his father were some of my favorites! Especially how the ending worked out.. not that I’ll spoil it here.

I was also a big fan of Rylee and Chase knowing everything about each other and yet still getting to re-learn it all when they met up again later in life. This was a sweet love story that tugged at my heartstrings and made me root for them through their struggles.

Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for giving me an ARC to review.

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Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (Creative HeArts, #3; Mariely and Cabot #1)Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although I love all Entangled Crush books, this was probably my favorite so far. As a Texan myself, I loved that the book was set in Austin and I am a sucker for romances that both A) start off fake and B) show how two people from totally opposite sides of the social ladder can fall in love.

Mariely has an excellent friend group in her life and I really admire how the story handled Mariely’s ex-boyfriend throughout the story. It really says a lot when someone can be the bad guy and I end up liking him at the end.

Also Cabot is a sexy dreamboat with an artistic flare and who doesn’t love that?? I totally recommend this to anyone wanting to read a heart-stopping love story!

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review – Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher

Pieces of You and MePieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another great Entangled Crush read! Chase and Rylee were best friends before Chase disappeared five years ago. Now he’s back and he’s keeping his distance so as not to hurt her again. I am a big believer that soul mates can’t stay apart for long, and in this case I was right! I thought they had a sweet romance and I loved how Rylee was there for Chase to help him put back together all of the broken pieces of his life.

There’s also an addiction element in this story and I found the relationship with Chase and his father to be really refreshing and great to read. So many books have alcoholic fathers and this one was a recovered father. The scenes with his father were some of my favorites! Especially how the ending worked out.. not that I’ll spoil it here.

I was also a big fan of Rylee and Chase knowing everything about each other and yet still getting to re-learn it all when they met up again later in life. This was a sweet love story that tugged at my heartstrings and made me root for them through their struggles.

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Review of Dark Touch by Aimee Salter

Dark TouchDark Touch by Aimee L. Salter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was a massive fan of this author’s first book, Every Ugly Word, and was thrilled to get an ARC of Dark Touch. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint. Once again I was transported deep into the heart of the main character, Tully, as she navigates her life. She’s tough because she has to be, putting on a brave face for the world that treats her like crap. Why? Because her hand has a mysterious power to show people her thoughts if she touches them. (I LOVED this so much, btw). Also being the poor daughter of a loser father doesn’t help either. She is a freak in school and everyone knows to avoid her, but she’s good at dealing with it thanks to some experience in dealing with a horrible home life thanks to her alcoholic and abusive father.

And then Chris meets her in the most ironic of all places and wants to be her friend. Can I just say I am in love with this love interest? It was SO refreshing to meet a guy who is good and clean and sweet without some kind of agenda or hidden motives. (Also he’s hot, so yeah, I’m on board.) He was exactly what Tully needed and honestly, I’d read five thousand more pages of Chris and Tully’s happy moments without pausing to eat or sleep.

Now that someone thinks Tully is worthy of being loved and being accepted for who she is, Tully isn’t sure she can believe it or trust him. She’s not sure anyone deserves trust, not even herself. There were times where I wanted to grab Tully by the shoulders and yell at her and tell her to ACCEPT THE LOVE, DAMMIT but–the fact that she was so flawed is very much realistic to someone living with an abuser. So I think the realism here is what really pulls at your heart as you’re reading. You root for Tully and hope that eventually she will make you proud. (Not telling what happens, you’ll have to find out.)

I also really loved the Rudy character who is kind of a bad guy in the book. He was written very well and you could understand why he was so good at tripping her up when she was trying to make progress in her life.

In the end, things work out in a way that makes you feel like you helped save someone’s life and also fell deeply in love yourself. And I love a book that can do that.

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