A to Z Bookish Survey

I saw this over at Romance Novels for the Beach and thought it looked fun, so here’s mine!

Feel free to comment or fill out your own! I’d love to see how everyone else answers these 🙂

A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

J.K. Rowling. Seven Harry Potter books. I was a late bloomer and just recently read all these a couple years ago. Very well-written!

B: Best sequel ever

I’m actually going to say Fifty Shades Darker. I really liked this one better than the first in the series. I know there are a lot of haters for this series. Don’t hate me! 🙂

C: Currently reading

I just started reading Alaina Claiborne by M.K. McClintock. I’m a sucker for historical romances. I’m a few chapters in, and I’m hooked!

D: Drink of choice while reading

Hot chocolate! Nothing beats relaxing with a good book and some hot chocolate.

E: E-reader or physical book

I’m a fan of both. I love my Nook. It’s so convenient, and most of the books I review are only available as e-books. However, I will always prefer physical books. There’s something about the smell and feel of a real book in your hands and the ability to turn real pages. I get a little TOO excited around physical books.

F: Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in high school

Kade Maxwell from Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander. No question. Super sexy bad boy with a sweet side.

G: Glad you gave this book a chance

Honestly, the Harry Potter books. My husband had watched all the movies and was begging me to watch them with him. They just never appealed to me. But, I finally gave in, and since one of my rules is to read the book before the movie, I went on a bit of a binge. And I’m happy I did. The books were great!

H: A hidden gem book

Blackheart by Shannon C. Hill. Amazing story with unforgettable characters.

I: Important moment in your reading life

Reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, which was required for a children’s literature class I took. I had not read in a long time, and it reawakened my love for books and reminded me why I loved reading.

J: Just finished

Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy. A bit lengthy but very unique and entertaining.

K: Kinds of books you won’t read

Non-fiction. Just not a fan.

L: Longest book you’ve ever read

Fifty Shades Freed at 579 pages. I’m actually a fan of long books, when they are written well. So, I plan on reading much longer ones.

M: Major book hangover because of

I think having a book hangover means having a hard time leaving the fictional world and coming back to reality. If I’m right, then it’s definitely The Fault in Our Stars. I can’t even. I cried and cried and locked myself in my room for days because of this book.

N: Number of bookcases you own

Sadly, zero right now. When we moved, my bookcase had a fatal accident. My books are in boxes, which is killing me. I am currently looking for the perfect bookcase.

O: One book you’ve read multiple times

August Fog by A.L. Goulden. I am so addicted to this book it’s not even funny.

P: Preferred place to read

In bed. Peace and quiet right before going to sleep.

Q: Quote that inspires you or gives you all the feels

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” by Toni Morrison. This quote inspires me. I have never been able to find THAT book that speaks to me and is my idea of a perfect story. Then I realized that it’s because I haven’t written it. So one day, I will finish writing my novel and publish it.

R: Reading regret

Giving up on reading for a big chunk of my teenage life. It would have gotten me through tough times.

S: Series that you’ve started and needed to finish

The Tudor Court by Philippa Gregory. I read The Other Boleyn Girl, which I loved, and I didn’t even realize it was part of a series. So, now I need to go back and read the rest.

T: Three of your all time favorite books

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, and August Fog by A.L. Goulden. SO GOOD.

U: Unapologetic fan girl for

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Yes. I am in my late twenties, and I was among the pre-teens and teens OBSESSED with this book.

V: Very excited for this release

I don’t even know, honestly. I’m so behind on so many books. I’m more focused on those right now. Lol

W: Worst bookish habit

I cut myself off from the world when I get into a good book. My husband has learned to just leave me alone…at least for a day or two.

X: X marks the spot pick the 27 book on your shelf

Since my bookshelf is non-existent right now, I will use the shelf in my Nook. Coming Home: Jackson Falls Book 1 by Laurie Breton. I have not read this book. I think it was one of those ones I got for free and just haven’t got around to reading it. Sounds good though!

Y: Your latest book purchase

I just bought the following books at my local used bookstore yesterday: Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding, The Manny by Holly Peterson, and The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien. I haven’t read any of them, but I’ve always wanted to read the Bridget Jones books and the others sound good!

Z: ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. What an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down.

Book Review: Aftermath

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Author: Sandy Goldsworthy

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Length: 393 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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My Review:

Ever wonder about the possibility of past lives and soul mates who find each other in each life? In Aftermath, the first book in the Afterworld series, by Sandy Goldsworthy, Ben, an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation, has been waiting for his soul mate for what seems like forever. He soon finds her in Emma, a senior in high school. After she suddenly loses her father and is forced to move into her aunt’s house, she finds comfort in new friends, including Ben, but he seems distant and preoccupied, so she finds herself turning to Lucas, the boy other people are warning her about. Instead of being able to focus on the love of his life, Ben has duties and responsibilities that he needs to take care of. In order to keep her safe, he may lose her in the process.

What a unique plot! I really like the idea of an afterworld agency where you work after you die until you get a new life contract. While it sounds nice to know that you still exist in some form after your death, it gets complicated when you miss your loved ones who are still in your former life or who have whole new lives. Even though the story was a bit longer than it should have been and I wasn’t a fan of the end, the book as a whole kept me interested and wanting to finish it to see what happens to the characters I grew to care for. I also really liked the alternating points of view. It was nice to see two different perspectives. Being equally suspenseful, romantic, and eerily magical, Aftermath is an enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of young adult and paranormal fiction. Sandy Goldsworthy is a great storyteller with a vivid imagination that is clearly reflected in her writing. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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Book Review: The Demon Inside

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Title: The Demon Inside

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Length: 299 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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My Review:

Eighteen-year-old Darcy had her whole life ahead of her. She had her loving family, the grades she needed to get into the university she wanted, and Alec, her devoted boyfriend who she saw her future with. Then, things drastically changed. In The Demon Inside by M.L. Sparrow, creatures begin possessing humans, turning them into soulless cannibals that will attack and kill without hesitation. Suddenly, Darcy loses her parents, her home, and the world she once knew. She and Alec must now learn to survive and keep their loved ones safe. Even after finding what seems like a secure place to live, they struggle to adapt to their new life. And are things as safe as they seem? Can they survive in this world that is rapidly filling with dangerous monsters?

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It started out as almost a young adult romance novel. I was so immersed in Darcy and Alec’s new relationship that I forgot what the book was really about and was so surprised when people began transforming into crazy monsters. I absolutely loved that because it wasn’t your typical zombie book that jumped right into blood and gore and carnage. We got to know and care about these characters first, and we were completely taken by surprise right along with them when the world took a turn for the worse. I’ll be the first to admit that I cried a few times along the way, which isn’t usual for me in an apocalypse-type book because I don’t usually care about the characters as much as I did with this story, so I give M.L. Sparrow credit for doing such a fantastic job of bring the characters to life. Yes, there was action and violence, but the focus wasn’t on that. It was on this group of survivors trying to live in this new world, which makes this book stand out. With unforgettable characters and an imaginative plot, The Demon Inside is a must-read. I can’t wait to read more from this fantastic storyteller.

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY – Books You Read in One Sitting (or close to)

Since I’m very new to this blogging thing, I was very excited to discover the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. I have to give a special shout-out to Aimal over at Bookshelves & Paperbacks for posting her own Top 5 and getting me super excited about one more thing I can add to my very new blog.

So, here are my top 5 books that I have read in one sitting (or close to it).

5. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

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This is the first book in the Jolie Wilkins series. I was pretty obsessed with it for awhile. My husband felt like he was competing with Rand for about a year. One of my favorite book boyfriends.

Find it here on Goodreads!

4. Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander

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This is the first book in the Maxwell series. It had two things I love in a good romance story: super sexy protective guy and tough, independent girl. The writing and plot were awesome. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Find it here on Goodreads!

3. Don’t Mention The Rock Star by Bree Darcy

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I’m a sucker for stories where the characters go back to their first loves to see if maybe the timing is right this time. And this book was just perfect. I loved everything about it.

Find it here on Goodreads!

2. August Fog by A.L. Goulden

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This is the first in the series. Yes, it was hot and steamy, and yes, I absolutely loved it. I had to reread this one a couple times. The rest of the series is equally amazing.

Find it here on Goodreads!

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Of course, this is #1. I locked myself in my bedroom to read this. I was pretty much dead to the world. Absolutely amazing book. I don’t care what haters say about it. I love it.

Find it here on Goodreads!

These were all SO hard to put down. Definitely check these out if you haven’t already.

Have any thoughts/comments? Feel free to respond!

Book Review: The Rearranged Life

25379397Title: The Rearranged Life

Author: Annika Sharma

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Length: 268 Pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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My Review: 

In The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma, college senior and future doctor Nithya comes from a traditional Indian family. Her parents have always planned on an arranged marriage for her. She has always obeyed her parents and tried so hard to please them, so an arranged marriage isn’t out of the question for her. But then she meets James, an American, and he and her feelings for him make her question everything she’s ever known. Does she really want to marry someone she doesn’t love? Does she even want to be a doctor? What if her decisions until now were made because she doesn’t know anything else? And if she changes her mind about things and goes against her culture’s and her family’s traditions, will she lose the people she loves?

They say not to judge a book by its cover. Sadly, I am guilty of doing this all the time. However, I’m glad I did in this case. I absolutely loved the cover of this book, and it immediately made me have to read it. And I’m so glad I did. What an incredible story. I am the product of an interracial couple, so I’m always interested in books where two people from completely different cultures have this undeniable chemistry. And that is exactly what Nithya and James have. They couldn’t be more different in regards to the worlds they come from, but none of that matters; they connect on a whole other level, and they understand each other like no one else does. But this isn’t your typical forbidden love story. Nithya loves her family, and she wants their approval. Disappointing them is extremely hard for her, which a lot of us can relate to, no matter what our background is. So, it’s difficult for her to make a decision when it comes to whether she should be with James or not. That is one reason I enjoyed this book so much; it is completely relatable and realistic. With such a real love story, characters you can’t help but connect with and root for, and authentic cultural references, The Rearranged Life is a must-read book. I couldn’t be happier about finding this amazing author. Annika Sharma, I hope to see many more books from you!

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