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July Book Haul| TBR

Thrift store book hunting is becoming one of my favorite things to do. I absolutely love finding such gems for super cheap. This month I had a small haul but I still thought I’d share since I’ve been so behind on blogging. Please excuse my lack of knowledge of these books as I’ve only read the back covers.

  1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

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I love the way this author writes and I’m disappointed that I haven’t gotten to a whole lot of her books yet. This book seems to be revolved around a school shooting and the witnessing of it. Sorry I can’t provide more details at this time as I myself am trying to avoid spoilers but I will provide a full review once I’ve read it.

2. Theย Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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One of my favorites reads til date. I completely trust Dan Brown as an author to deliver a riveting and cinematic experience through his books. I’ve read this one but I couldn’t pass up the hard cover version at only $3 in pristine condition ๐Ÿ™‚

3. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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I picked up books one and three, The Elite and The One respectively. I am not really huge on YA but the books were hard cover and in great condition for the price. The covers were also very pretty so I couldn’t just leave them there. It appears to incorporate fairy tales and romance with a nail biting plot but we’ll see.

Hope you liked my tiny mid month haul. Stay tuned for my August TBR.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

Confess by Colleen Hoover| Book Review

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Auburn Mason Reed recently moved to Texas, although we don’t know the exact reason why at the beginning of the book. We assume it has something to do with her harrowing past as the story begins itself with Auburn at fifteen years losing her first love to a terminal illness. New to Texas, and a needing some extra cash as her hair cutting career hasn’t exactly kicked itself of, Auburn lands on the doorstep of Owen Mason Gentry. Owen is a painter (yes, they both have the same middle name), and he needs help for an art opening in his studio, Confess. Owen has a unique way of working which I really enjoyed reading about. Random strangers slip real confessions through his door and he takes his inspiration from them.

They instantly have a connection and it’s written beautifully, not that cringe-worthy typical insta-romance. I must say the author did well in conveying each emotion, thought and feeling to show how genuine humans love. I was convinced during this book of both characters’ feelings towards each other. I gave this book a four star rating on goodreads only because parts of the story were a little too fleshed out causing me to lose momentum. But it ended beautifully. This was my first Colleen Hoover book and I am not disappointed. Next up is Hopeless!

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

 

Working Stiff by Blair Babylon|Book Review

The full title of this book is Working Stiff (Runaway Billionaires #1:Casimir).

With a character’s name like Casimir who wouldn’t want to read this, right? So in between longer books, I like to pick up these quick reads on Kindle mainly in the adult romantic genre. Blame it on my Mills & Boons discovery in high school. I enjoyed this one, and although there was a super rich billionaire in it, I was not annoyed.

Brief Synopsis: Rox works as a paralegal for hot shot lawyer, Casimir who is known for his playboy ways. Deciding not to fall for his antics, Rox pretends to be married for three years. Early on in the book, Casimir meets with some trouble and it draws him and Rox closer together, all the while she’s unaware of his royal roots in Europe.

That’s basically all I can share without giving too much away. If you enjoy a Nora Roberts kind of book with racy scenes, this might be a good read for you.

The Cilantro in Apple Pie by Kimberly Knights|Book Review

When it comes to YA fiction I’ll probably gravitate towards dystopian or apocalyptic so I was hugely surprised that I actually enjoyed this coming of age story about friendship and loss.

Just to give a brief synopsis, the book starts out with Ruby a bi-racial sixteen year old from the Caribbean who’s moving to the US with her sister who recently got married. Ruby is a bit of a loner at school and is having trouble fitting in because of her different background and culture. She eventually befriends Gil who belongs to a rich and snobby family. Here is where Ruby’s and Gil’s world collide. There is a bit of a culture clash and the author does a beautiful representation of Caribbean language and slang. The book was written in first person narrative so I quite enjoyed the voice of the story. Without giving away spoilers, Gil basically proves that he can be a true friend to Ruby, and he does care about her even though she doesn’t fit into his world and lifestyle. The second part of this book was emotional but like I said, I’m not spoiling this one. It’ll definitely ruin the story if you decide to pick this one up. Ruby’s fight was to become a resident of her community, finally feeling at home despite being away from home. A nice quick read about friendship and family.

Thanks for reading and happy Saturday!

xo Coffee Doll

Paper Books vs E-books

Ahh! The never ending debate…

Which do you prefer? Comment down below if you prefer one over the other and why. I’d love to hear it.

I love books in any form or fashion but I do appreciate paper books and e-books in different ways.

Paper Books. Who doesn’t love the smell or books, the feel and sound of a turning page? My dream is to own a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast…one where I need ladders on wheels. Ohhh the awesomeness! Unfortunately, I don’t have that much shelf space where I live and at the rate of which I read, it’s very costly to support my reading addiction. However paper books make it easier to lend, or borrow, to smell, to cuddle…nothing beats having an actual book on your shelf. Not to mention, when you’re into the books, there’s no distractions as with an e-reader.

E-books. The cost and space factor is why I mainly use my tablet for reading. I use the Kindle App and an .epub reader app. I also use iBooks on my phone. The storage is not only nice for saving space but your hundreds of books can travel with you all of the time. I mean, we have so much pending books to be read but still feel like there’s a lack of content to choose from. Does this happen to anyone else? I spoke about the cost factor above, e-books are a little bit cheaper so there’s that. It’s comfortable to read on nowadays as technology is always advancing, there’s night modes, you can change the text and brightness to suit your eyes. You can also highlight and takes notes. This is something I won’t do on a paper book, it’d break my heart to damage such delicate things. On the negative side, your battery will die at some point, especially when you’re in the middle of a really good story and you’re not at home to plug it in right away to recharge. I also strongly suggest not downloading any social media apps or have a separate tablet entirely for reading, because you WILL get distracted. Some nights I plan to get at least fifty pages into a story then I get a message notification. Before I know it…three hours has passed and I’m exhausted and cursing myself. Ohhh the guilt! I don’t really listen to audiobooks but there’s a useful feature if it works for you.

In conclusion, I’d say the most important thing for me is the content of the book and not so much the delivery system. 

xo

 

Book Review: The Liar by Nora Roberts

Just a quick synopsis and then I’ll elaborate on what I thought about this book. Contains spoilers, just thought I’d throw that out there.

Shelby Pomeroy, mother of three year old, Callie, has recently been widowed and found out that her husband was a gigantic liar and asshole, and he left her up to her eyeballs in debt. After she manages to sell off some things from her lavish lifestyle, she moves back to her small home town in Tennessee. She’s determined and headstrong to make a better life for herself and her daughter as well as rekindle past relationships with her family and friends. She also encounters romance and danger on the way.

I do love me a good cheesy romance with some suspense in it. Whoever said chivalry is dead has been unfortunately misinformed. I loved Griffin, as I’ve love many of the heroes in a book. He was flirty, kind, courteous and kinda hot, as the book implied throughout. I agreed with Shelby’s take on her life, owning up to her mistakes and not beneath fixing it. The only issue I had with story itself was that her dead husband, who wasn’t really dead showed up too late in the book. During the first few pages when it was indicted his body was never found at sea, I predicted off the bat that he was alive and he’d be the main villain. However, I love a good cheese fest so I stuck with it and it was a nice little book overall, I rated it a three on Goodreads.

What I could’ve done without in this book was the clutter, and I felt like it was more clutter than detail. Many times I felt like putting this book down and starting another but I’d recently done that with The Sun Is Also A Star, and I just couldn’t haul the guilt of leaving two books unfinished back to back. So I stuck it out. There were a lot of characters in this book, Shelby having a large family and all and sometimes I mixed up the characters names’ that were named after each other, such as the son and father or grandson and grandfather. There were also unnecessary details included about not so important characters and that was a bore fest. It was just a bit much and could’ve been omitted in my opinion.

XO

Book Tag! #BookTag



1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?ย 
ย – No I can read absolutely anywhere.

2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?
– I used to own bookmarks many moons ago, now it’s mostly receipts or random pieces of paper.

3) Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page?
– I can stop anywhere, when you have a busy life, that’s normally how it goes.

4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
– Sometimes, but only if I’m using my tablet.

5) Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
– I prefer not too, I’m sure I wouldn’t remember what I’m reading.

6) One book at a time or several books at a time?
– I prefer not too but I can read several at a time, it happens.

7) Reading at home or everywhere?
– Everywhere! I never leave home without reading material. I usually carry an actual book in case my tablet is discharged.

8) Reading out loud or silently in your head?
– Both! I mostly read silently, sometimes I whisper and sometimes I read out loud in fake accents (mostly British).

9) Do you read ahead or skip pages?
– I prefer not to as a spoiler would cause me to stop reading the book entirely. I do skip pages with details about the environment and surroundings. For example, Italy is described in so many novels in so many pages so sometimes I would skip details like that.

10) Do you write in books?
– I used to write my name, I highlight in textbooks. I read on my tablet 99% of the time now so I highlight and add notes there, don’t know if that counts.

11) Breaking the spine?
– Of course with paperbacks. It doesn’t bother me, I like seeing a used book, makes me feel they have been loved before.

I don’t know anyone with a blog, but I tag all my reading gal pals to do this, maybe on Facebook notes.
xo Kat

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

I enjoyed this book, it was written very nicely and narrated from a 5 year old’s point of view. It was not too long with details that can bore you to death. I find myself preferring standalone short novels these days. Overall I would give this book a five, I have no complaints about the story or characters. No one annoyed me ๐Ÿ™‚
If you don’t mind spoilers, keep reading!

This novel is about a woman in her mid-twenties who was kidnapped at 19 by this old creeper. He kept her in this sound proof, well insulated shed which was called “Room” in his backyard. The novel is narrated by the woman’s five year old son whom she gave birth to in the Room. He has never been or seen outside of this Room so he believes the Room is the entire world. Through his view we see how they eat, pass time, what she teaches him, their activities and so on. We also don’t get much about the kidnapper except from what little the boy sees and hears of him. They barely interact with each other at all. We even get to see how they cope and adjust to being outside the Room and the difficulties that they both have.ย 

Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Review: Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

I give this book a five out of five for sure. Despite being 500 plus pages long, it held my attention and I am a page skipper. I’m not ashamed to say it, but no pages were skipped. I think this author has some awesome topics too.
Basically it’s about a teacher named Jack St. Bride who was convicted of sexual abuse by one of his students and he did some jail time of about eight months. The book starts where he was released and ended up in a town called Salem Falls. There he tries to lead a quiet presence and blend in doing a simple job as a dishwasher at a diner. Sex offenders usually have to register so it wasn’t long before he was outed to the public and naturally it caused concern among residents. As you delve into this book, you will see many plots and twists. You will forever be questioning his innocence. As much as the evidence would lead you to believe he is guilty, you can’t help but feel sympathy for Jack. He finds love, and it is a hard journey for both him and Addie Peabody as they both have tough things from their past dragging into the present.
There are many characters in this book that tie beautifully into the whole story. Naturally the suspecting population of Salem Falls brands Jack St. Bride guilty when a 16 year old resident accuses him of assaulting her. Very gripping plot along with super suspenseful content will have you hating and loving these characters as the story unfold. There is also a little dab of Wicca which is a personal favorite to read about that makes an exciting read. This book would’ve gotten four stars from me as I hate to call anything perfection but the absolute last paragraph turned this author into a new favorite.
This book retails for about $7.99. You might be able to get it on Amazon Kindle for a bit cheaper, I am not sure, I didn’t check. It is a must read so be sure to put it on your list.
HAPPY READING!!!

December 2014 Book Review

The month isn’t over yet, still a week to go but with all that is going on, I don’t think I will get to complete another book before 2015 is upon us. Unfortunately this month was really hectic and though I had a number of books lined up to read, I only completed one.

Title: What Happens At Christmas (Millworth Manor Book 1)
Author: Victoria Alexander

This book is available on Amazon Kindle. It’s around $4.99

I must say it is a really good book. I have moments where I like certain genres and I am absolutely in love with Christmas romances. Without giving away too much, it is a Christmas romance novel, set in England in the 1800s equipped with passion and humour to make one’s soul smile. I enjoyed all aspects of the book. The characters were well written and I loved the way they were portrayed, be it in a negative or positive role. Even the ones that’s suppose to annoy you, will grow on you. What amazed me most is the little humour that some characters bring, I found myself chuckling from ear to ear. It’s rare for a book to do that to me. It’s not that writers don’t write comedy well, I am just a tough cookie. At the end of the book, I was satisfied with the story, the climax, the characters….I literally fell in love with the main male character hehehe.


Here are some other Christmas novels that I wanted to read but couldn’t:ย 
Winter’s Interlude, Sandy Lloyd
Married by Midnight, Julianne MacLean
The Brands who came for Christmas, Maggie Shayne
Unexpected Gifts, Elena Aitken
My Christmas Curse, Joan Gable
Married for Christmas, Noelle Adams

All are available on amazon.com for Amazon Kindle!

Enjoy!