Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tune in Tuesday: Swear and Shake, Priory, Sylvan Esso


Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature was originally created and hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but can now be found over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.


To be honest, there hasn’t been anything that really stood out to me this week but here are a few offbeat songs that I like…what do you think? Have you been listening to anything good?

Swear and Shake – These White Walls

Priory –Weekend

Sylan Esso – Coffee

Monday, July 28, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Pre-Order Truly (The New York Series #1) by Ruthie Knox


Truly by Ruthie Knox

Source: Random  House Loveswept

Release date: August 5, 2014



1.) Mr. Crankypants – aka: Ben Hausman. Why would I recommend a book that has a major Mr. Crankypants who is rude, bitter, guarded and oh did I mention RUDE?? I rarely like this type of love interest. But he’s also complex, struggling to be better and tries to get it right when it comes to May.

2.) Mr. Crankypants/Ben is a chef! A chef who can whip up French Toast with fresh whipped cream at a moments notice for breakfast. He also knows all the best restaurants to bring May to expand her culinary horizons. If that isn’t reason alone to read this book (or marry Ben) then I have another… (yeah I know I said he was rude but…food! I can be bought with food!)

3.) Mr. Crankypants is also a beekeeper. Sound boring? It’s not. I found it absolutely fascinating and who knew that beekeeping on a rooftop could be so sexy??

4.) May. What a great heroine! She’s definitely been sold a line of bullshit from her family regarding her looks. Her mom repeatedly lets her know that she’s plain and not as pretty as her sister so she should settle for whoever wants her. People keep pushing aside her artistic talent and telling her she needs to settle – with her career, with love, with life. 

May is always looking for the big, perfect movie moments that will sweep you away. It isn’t until she meets Ben, that she sees life is made up of messy, unpredictable love that both tests you and makes you stronger. She just needs to be brave enough to take the leap. 

5.) The romance was real. Although the story takes place over a short time, Knox allows a solid foundation based on friendship, to form first. Both May and Ben fall back on unhealthy habits to protect themselves from pain so the relationship doesn’t come easy but it’s all the more real and satisfying in the end.

And it’s about healing yourself first. Another person can’t fix you but they can support and help make you be the best version of yourself.


Truly is a real gem that had me cringing, laughing, swooning and tearing up at times. Not to mention the descriptions of NYC and the food. You all KNOW how much I love my NYC food! I was seriously considering hopping on a plane for a quick visit after I put this book down.

I love books that make me look at life differently. This is that kind of book. A story that makes you appreciate life, maybe make you push outside your comfort zone a little. Learn to accept yourself and know that you’re good enough just how you are. Stop waiting for things to be perfect and take that leap into the unknown and see how beautiful the imperfect the “disgusting and amazing” world can be.

This was my first book by Ruthie Knox but it definitely won't be my last. She has such gorgeous writing with intelligent, realistic characters.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blogger ramblings…Up next!

I'm mostly caught up on all my review books - just a few more to go!

I MUST stay away from the freebie/.99 diversion reads and putting my plans out there always makes me stay on track so I'm posting what I need to read and review this week.

Have you read any of these books yet?

I'm really looking forward to Lock In by John Scalzi. I haven't read anything by him before but I love him on Twitter. So smart and funny.

The Graveyard Book is a graphic novel adaptation (by P. Craig Russell) of the Neil Gaiman bestseller & it will be my first graphic novel.

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid sounds like a fun road trip book. Perfect for summer!

And I'm curious how I'll fell about Visions by Kelley Armstrong. I liked but didn't love the first book, Omens, but I've heard this one is better.

Do you have any reading goals for the next week?