First Line Fridays: August 23rd #TheTruthBehindTheLie #ComingSoon #BookWorm #FLF #FirstLine #Friday

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.  This week I am featuring a book that is released this upcoming Tuesday that I just finished…The Truth Behind The Lie!

 

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My review for this book will be out on Monday…you do not want to miss it!

What is the first line of the book you’re reading this week??  Drop me a line or link to your First Line Fridays post and I’ll check it out!  As always, thank you for stopping by!!!

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Thursday Quotables: August 22nd #BookQuotes #BookWorm #Quotes #HandleWithCare #MomsWhoRead

Welcome to Thursday Quotables.  Books Kat Likes has joined in on the weekly fun and came up with this great description of what this is…

This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in! Created by Lisa, over at Bookshelf Fantasies.

You should join in too!  Leave the link to your Thursday Quotable post below and I will make sure to check it out!!  Or just leave a comment with a quote from a book that has struck you!

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I chose this quote for 2 reasons…one, it shows how jaded some people can get.  They don’t see the good in in others, they just believe everyone is out there to stab people in the back.  The other reason is sometimes it is good to be cautious when working and dealing with other people…especially if you don’t know the person that well.  There are many people out there who DO take advantage of others…

 

What quotes have stayed with you lately?

Book Review: Summer Of ’69 @ElinHilderbrand @littlebrown #SummerRead #MomsWhoRead #BookWorm #Fiction #Bibliophile #HistoricalFiction

I was on a huge waiting list for this at my local library.  I made the comment about that as my husband and I walked through Costco one day and he threw it in the cart and said…now you don’t have to wait!  What a keeper!

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This was a book that required my complete attention to read.  It is told through numerous viewpoints of the Levin family during the summer of 1969.  The son gets deployed to war which sends the mother to drown her sorrows with alcohol.  Her mother is not a huge fan of her current husband and he hates to come and visit on weekends while the family spend the summer in Nantucket.  One sister is living in Boston while pregnant with twins and the other sister has decided to spend her summer working in Martha’s Vineyard.  Lastly, the baby of the family, thirteen year old Jessie, seeks to find her own identity.  It is a tumultuous time for the Levin family…family secrets are hidden only to be discovered as the summer wears on.  For Hilderbrand’s first stab at historical fiction, it’s a great one.

Hilderbrand makes sure to use some era appropriate events.  After I read about Ted Kennedy and his car crash I had to google it and find that how Hilderbrand portrayed it, is how it happened.  She did not leave a detail unturned!

This is a lovely summer/beach read.  It didn’t have her signature love affair theme, but it was a nice change of pace!  This was just an enjoyable book about a family.  It just goes to show you that a family can have all the money in the world and still have problems within itself.

I am going to give this a 4 star read.  I wish the ending had more substance to it.  It was nice to see how it ended, but I just wanted a little more.  I don’t want to give anything way so I can’t detail what exactly I wanted, but you’ll understand once you pick this up.  Highly recommend this one!  Have you read it?  What did you think?

Details

Title: Summer Of ’69

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads

Book Review: I Hate Everyone But You @gabydunn @AllisonRaskin @WednesdayBooks @MacMillanUSA #YoungAdult #LGBQT #College #EMail #Text #BookWorm #MomsWhoRead

I love young adult novels and I don’t read them nearly enough…thank you to the book blogging world for turning me on to I Hate Everyone But You.  Just before I sat down to write this I requested Please Send Help (I Hate Everyone But You #2) from my local library…I’ve never been denied a request yet, so fingers crossed they’ll be ordering the next in the series soon!

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This was such a fun and unique read!  This story is about two best friends who end up in two very different places for college (one stays in their home state of California and the other goes to Massachusetts).  We read all about their adventures through e-mails and text messages.  It was so much fun and made for a fast read!

This book is really all about finding and identifying yourself in college…one friend decides to go against every fiber in her body and join a sorority to make friends and the other friend decides to dabble in a little bit of drugs and discover her true sexuality.  Each friend is there for the other and it felt like I was spying on someone with how real it was.

I didn’t know if I would enjoy the format of the book, but I did!  It made it hard to find places to stop…ok, who am I kidding…I read this book in a day while I waited for my husband to come home from helping a friend.  I found myself very invested into the lives of Ava and Gen.

This book also tackles the subject of sexuality in a manner so absolutely appropriate.  One friend is left a little stunned and speechless (and filled with some inappropriate questions at times) and the other is finally happy to be able to express her sexual freedom.  The conversations felt very real and it had no fictional feel to it at all!  Amazing!

I wish this book tackled more of Ava’s mental illness.  We know and are aware that Ava has some OCD and anxiety issues, but I felt that they were brushed over a little bit.  Given the format of the book, it made sense.  I just would have liked a little more of that in the book.

Solid 4 star book.  If you are looking for a quick, fun, and different read, this is the book for you!  It reminded me of my journey across the country to go to college…I just wish I had kept in better contact with my best friend like they did.  We did write hand written letters to each other…imagine that!  Haha.  I hope you pick this one up and enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Details

Title: I Hate Everyone But You

Author: Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

Genre(s): LGBQT, Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Find it here on Goodreads

Book Review: Handle With Care @HelenaHunting @Goodreads @StMartinsPress #Romance #Steamy #MomsWhoRead #BookWorm

Thank you to Goodreads for this advance reader copy of Handle With Care!  Keep entering those giveaways on Goodreads, I promise real people win!

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This was my first book by Hunting and I can promise you it won’t be my last!  I laughed out loud and kept hoping the slow burn would turn into something full on…and let me just say that this book certainly detailed the hook up.  Despite the fact that I was reading by myself I am pretty sure I was grotesquely blushing.

Wren is a handler for Moorehead Media where she handles the image and PR for Armstrong Moorehead (the son of the CEO…who is a train wreck).  When Mr. Moorehead suddenly passes away, his widow offers Wren a hefty pay increase and contract extension to stay and be the handler for her other son, Lincoln.

You see where this is going…Lincoln is a do good kind of guy.  He is pulled from his humanitarian builds to come in and try to help run the company.  He fights being involved with Moorehead Media with every ounce of his body.  He also tries to fight off feelings for a certain woman he is working closely with…

I was a little worried that this book would be all about sex; however, despite one scene in this book, that was it.  It isn’t raunchy or completely inappropriate.  I am usually not a fan of romance novels, but this had a different feel.  Almost like it was a family drama with a sprinkled romance story line.

I found myself rooting for Lincoln and Wren and hoped there would be a happy ending.  The drama with his family is what made this book amazing.  Yeah sure, it’s a romance book, but it was refreshing to have drama outside of the relationship.  So often with romance novels the conflicts lay with the couple, but not in this book.  Wren and Lincoln are two AMAZING, caring people that are the reason there is good in this world.

Solid 4 star book.  If you are someone who enjoys a non-mushy romance, brace yourself for one crazy descriptive scene, and dig in to this novel.  Seriously…this surprised me with how awesome it turned out to be!  It’s officially released tomorrow so make sure to snag your copy then!

 

Details

Title: Handle With Care

Author: Helena Hunting

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: August 27, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 4 #FreeNewsletters #Free #Kindle #FreeReads #Amazon #FreeEbooks #Ebooks

I have previously done a post on this over at Book In The Bag where I would do weekly guest blogs.  Not much has changed as far as my discovery of free newsletters has gone, so aside from a little updating, it will be pretty similar!

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The focus of today’s post is FREE EBOOKS!  Yes, 100% (and even access to some cheap reads) ebooks you can download to your Kindle (and yes, other ereaders).  I find some of these are repetitive, but hey I won’t turn down a free book!

 

Newsletter: Book Bub

Web Address: https://www.bookbub.com/welcome

My Thoughts: This was the first eBook newsletter I was exposed to.  They offer a few free ones here and there (not as many as other newsletters), but have many offerings from 99 cents to $3.99, great deals!

 

Newsletter: Freebooksy

Web Address: https://www.freebooksy.com/

My Thoughts: This is my favorite newsletter.  This newsletter is always filled with 100% free books.  You just need to make sure you read it on the same day because the books are usually only free for one day!  I LOVE the format of their email too, it’s very eye pleasing!

 

Newsletter: Voracious Readers Only

Web Address: http://voraciousreadersonly.com/

My Thoughts:  You sign up with your e-mail and mark off the genres you enjoy (you can always change these later).  The send out individual e-mails when they get a new book and you can click on the link and then get the free eBook.  Many times when you click the link you are also signing up for the author’s mailing list.  I don’t feel they send out too many e-mails and they offer different ones I haven’t seen on any other newsletters.  They DO expect feedback on the books you select to read…you can’t just hoard these on your ereader and expect to read them at your leisure.  Only agree to read a book if you’re going to start it soon and will give them a small review!

 

Newsletter: Ereader News Today

Web Address: https://ereadernewstoday.com/

My Thoughts: Again, you sign up with your e-mail address and select the genres you wish to receive.  Remember, don’t limit yourself, maybe you’ll find a book in a new genre you’ll fall in love with!  They offer free and heavily discounted priced books!  I love the ability to pick the genres I want in my newsletter.

 

Newsletter: Early Bird Books

Web Address: https://earlybirdbooks.com/

My Thoughts: Early Bird Books offers great discounts on popular reads!  Yes, on occasion they have some big name authors!  If you’re looking for a deal, this is the newsletter for you.  This will have more bestsellers priced usually from $1.99 to $3.99 (and occasionally free).

 

Newsletter: Many Books

Web Address: http://manybooks.net/

My Thoughts: Many Books offers a website filled with free eBooks, as well as a newsletter, which highlights free and discounted eBooks. I am not really a fan of this newsletter and I’m not sure why.  It would be the layout or that I don’t find many eBooks I’m interested in. But it is still something to take a look at.

 

Newsletter: Book Adrenaline

Web Address: https://bookadrenaline.com/

My Thoughts: This is for all my fellow thriller and mystery lovers out there!!  Book Adrenaline offers free and discounted mystery and thriller books.  You will not find any other genres here.  I love mysteries and thrillers so this is right up my alley.  I have put so many books from here on my amazon wish list I have yet to figure out when I will read all these books!

 

Newsletter: Pillow Talk Books

Web Address: https://www.pillowtalkbooks.com/

My Thoughts: Where are all my romance lovers?  This is a newsletter just for romance books!  They sent out a daily newsletter with cheap and free romance books.  If romance is your genre of choice, you definitely need to sign up for this newsletter!

 

Newsletter: Bookzzle

Web Address: https://bookzzle.com/

My Thoughts: Another newsletter for free & bargain priced fiction and non-fictions reads.  You cannot pick and choose what genres you are interested in, they just send you a newsletter with the deals for the week!

 

Newsletter: The Fussy Librarian

Web Address: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/

My Thoughts: Last but not least, my other absolutely favorite newsletter: The Fussy Librarian.  They make sure you sign up and get the books YOU want. They also have 2 lists; one list is for bargain eBooks and the other is for mainly free eBooks.  Pick the genres you like, the days you want to receive e-mails, and away you go!  Yes, you can pick what days you want the newsletter!  If daily is too much you can pick any combination of the days of the week!  AWESOME!

 

I would like to note that many of these offer their books on multiple platforms (Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, etc) so don’t worry about how you’re reading an eBook, there will be books for you within these newsletters!!  Do you know of another newsletter?  Let me know about it in the comments!  Are you a member of any of these?  Tell me how much you love them and which one YOUR favorite is!  I tried to be as all encompassing as I could be and for research sake, I am on every single one of these lists.  I have created a monster of a Kindle library (thanks to these newsletters) and just need about 1,000 years to read all the books I have now!  At least I can say I will never not have a book to read or a plethora to choose from!  Next Sunday will be Part 5 in the series: Kindle Unlimited.  Happy Sunday!

 

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Top Of The TBR: August 17th #TBR #WishList #WantToRead

I stumbled across this thanks to Literary Elephant.  I love this idea and I’m jumping on board!!  Here is her description of Top Of The TBR (TBR by the way, for those who may not know, means To Be Read)…

But what is Top of the TBR? Good question. It’s a weekly post that will showcase any new books I’ve added to my Goodreads TBR recently, with a short explanation of why each title caught my interest. I’ll aim for 5-10 books per post; in weeks that I’ve added more than that, I’ll hold some back, and in weeks that I don’t have enough, I’ll include titles I haven’t discussed yet. Each title will be linked back to its Goodreads page for anyone interested in exploring further, as I’m not a fan of copy/pasting synopses. Anyone who wants to take part in this series with me is absolutely welcome! Please link back to any of my Top of the TBR posts so I can see what you’re reading!

Personally, my Goodreads TBR is filled with books that I have entered giveaways for.  My TRUE TBR list is on Amazon.  Here is the last book I added on Amazon…

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I’m going a little rogue with not following the exact Top Of The TBR protocol because I would like to vent a little.  I discovered this book through The Bookwormery and fell in love with the review!  Is the book available in the US?  NO!

I can’t tell you how many books I have found that aren’t available in the US.  I know there are books I blog about that aren’t available in other countries and…why is this guys?  I know I can buy on-line through websites and get these books, but in a day and age where technology runs rampant, why are books not more widely available in eformats?

I know not everyone has an ereader, but I would think books could be available world wide with this method easier…I understand there’s a reason why books are limited in release and sometimes only to certain countries, but as a consumer it just frustrates me!

I want to read ALL the books!

I’ve actually debated to research and see if I could pay for use of a library card in the UK to gain access to ebooks.  There are libraries here in the United States that offer paid membership to those who don’t live in the immediate area.  Crazy?  Maybe…but I follow bloggers all over the world and get SOOOOO jealous of the amazing books I see you all post about that I just can’t stinkin’ read without jumping through a hoop!

Anyone else feel this way?  Have you ever come across a book that wasn’t available in your country??