Friday, April 3, 2020

Quarter 1 Wrap Up: Jan 1 to March 31, 2020

Hi my loves

It's the end of March and end of the first quarter of the year. Here we are looking back at January 1st  to March 31st and our accomplishments from our goals and objectives of this year.  The first part of the year was a bit of a wash, I didn't have the reading bug and nothing seemed to make it appear so I stopped pushing and did other things. February though?? I really made up for it with March really helping me to move the needle forward and I'm so glad. I wanted to share how I've been doing:

Year Goal:225
Current: 39
 Balance: 186

Series Completed: (Number of Books Read)
  • Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts (2) 
  • In The Garden Series by Nora Roberts (2)
  • In Death Series by J.D. Robb (Current) 
  • All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (2)
  • Forbidden Hearts Trilogy by Alisha Rai (3)
Series Started & Caught Up On:
  • Blessing Series by Beverly Jenkins (Book 9)
  • Brooklyn Brujas by Zoraida Cordova (Book 1) 
  • MacKade Brothers by Nora Roberts (Book 1) 
  • Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn (Books 5-13)
  • Westmoreland legacies by Brenda Jackson (Book 3) 
  • Heirs of Hansol by Jayci Lee (Book 1) 
  • Bliss Colorado by Lexi Blake ( Book 1) 
Blackout Challenge Books:
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Statistics Time:

Total Read: 39
Physically Owned: 29
2020 Purchased/ Hauled: 2
Owned (From my Shelves inc ebooks owned): 32
Unowned/ Borrowed From Library/ Subscription service) : 3
ARCS: 4

Reading Format 
Ebook: 5
Audiobook: 31
Physical : 0

Haul (From Jan to March)

Originally I was aiming for only 20 books for the year. Then this wildness kicked off and I needed something to get my mind off of the world imploding and me not being able to do anything about it so I dealt with my anxiety by shopping. I can always shop for books, there is always room for books so here we are:

ARCS: 11

Pre-Orders: 4

Dollar Tree & Paperbackswap: 

Unhaul:

While I have been bringing in a few titles I have also gotten rid of a few. through my paperbackswap listing. (Check me out if you want to trade books as well) 
  1. Tangled Threat by Heather Graham. I had two copies and since this wasn't a book I saw myself re-reading I traded them both. 
  2. Jesus Through Pagan Eyes.by Rev Mark Townsend I owned several copies of this book. I decided I didn't nee three copies on my shelves so I traded one so far. 
  3. Awakened by P.C Cast. I've had this random book on my shelves and before I moved I pulled a few I knew I wasn't ever going to actually get to and this was one of them.  
And that's where we are so far.  I'm loving my progress so far this year, it's going great. I've read quite a few books from all the different shelves in my library and I'm excited to see where we end up next quarter.

How are you doing on your challenge this year so far?? Read anything interesting this quarter?? What are your goals for next quarter??


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 2020 TBR


My goal this year is 225  books, if I break that down it comes out to 19 books per month, with 4 to 5  books a week. Totally doable in my books. This month's theme is also going to pivot off my perfect reading TBR along with YA and NA being the major focus of the month.  I have so many of these books on my shelf that I want to get read so I'm jumping in. As the proverb says, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, so here are my first few bites:

Key:
Blue means the book added during the month. Red= DNF (Did Not Finish) Black= Original Titles at the beginning of the month.


Read So Far This Year: 
39

TBR Pile
225

TBR Balance:
186
    Brenda Jackson Challenge:
    • Westmoreland Book
    • Steele Book
    • Bennett Book
    YA/ New Adult Challenge:
    1. The Fight by L Divine
    2. Jacqueline Woodson
    3. Nic Stone
    4. Walter Dean Mosley
    5. Brave by Tammara Webber ( my final unread book by her) 
    6. Losing It by Cora Cormack
    7. Slammed Colleen Hoover
    8. The Edge of Never by J.R Redmerski
    Perpetual Author Challenge:
    • Christine Feehan
    • Sylvia Day
    • A. R Torre'
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    Finish Series Challenge: ( YA/ NA Books) 
    • Forged by Fire by Sharon M Draper
    • Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M Draper
    • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
    • Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
    • Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
    • Holly Black Title 
    • Holly Black Title
    ARC
    • Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
    • How To Love Your Elef by Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

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    Black Out Challenge:
    • Panic by Sharon M Draper
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    Erotica Books:
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    Non Fiction Books:
    1. Religious Book
    What are you going to be reading my loves?? Share in the comments down below if you have read any of these and as always

    Happy Reading

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Audiobook #Review: An Honorable Seduction (Westmoreland Legacies Book 3) by Brenda Jackson


    Book Title: An Honorable Seduction (Westmoreland Legacies # 3)
    Author:  Brenda Jackson |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
    Publisher: Harlequin Desire
    Genre: Romance, Interracial Romance, Military Romance
    Series/Standalone: Book 3
    Format: Audiobook, Mass Market Paperback
    Narrator: Brian Hutchison 
    Audio Service: Scribd
    Hours in Book: 4 hours 50 mins
    Cost: $20.00
    Pages: 224
    How I got it: Purchased
    Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
    Publication Date: May 08, 2018
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    Synopsis:
    This Navy SEAL is on a top-secret mission of seduction ...David Holloway is used to hard assignments. Now he faces his most difficult yet: cozying up to the soft curves of Swan Jamison. He wants to know the island beauty ... in every way. But romancing Swan as part of his SEAL team's mission tests his honor, even as his feelings become increasingly real. Soon he must make a choice: duty ... or desire? (

    Overall:
    A military romance with mystery, intrigue, international espionage and sexy times. Where do I sign up?? Plus it's linked to the Westmoreland family sagas?? Yes, please.

    Narrator:
    Brian Hutchison. This is the first time I've listened to anything read by him and I enjoyed his narration. The story flowed and he was able to make each character unique enough for a distinction between them and I was hooked because of how he read the story as well. Well done!!

    Story:
    I grabbed this recently after being at home due to recovering after emergency surgery.  I didn't feel the urge to read but wanted something to keep me occupied while I was stuck in the bed. I decided I didn't want anything with crazy plot lines I wanted some good loving and great family dynamics and I was so glad I snagged this one.

    Told using dual perspectives, we have the story of Swan & David. David known as Flipper to his friends is a Navy SEAL who is due for a vacation and is instead given the option for a top-secret mission., this mission is being asked of him by the top brass who he really respects and he decides to take the mission.  Swan owns a boutique in her mother's hometown, where she not only sells unique designs she makes herself but also rents out part of her shop to a successful tattoo parlor. Unbeknownst to Swan, she's being investigated for her part in the selling of US intelligence secrets to the Chinese.

    David gets to the island to investigate and is surprised that when he meets Swan in the flesh he's beyond attracted to her. He has to keep this professional not just because her Uncles are his Superior officers, but because he can't afford to be distracted on the mission.

    As with all Brenda's books, the chemistry was off the charts and the couple were hilarious together. Both were being cautious, Swan because she had learned the harsh lessons of the past from her parents' marriage and how they were treated by their families. While her parents had a happy marriage after what happens to them Swan has made the choice to never date military and to be extremely cautious about interracial dating.  David is trying to stay focused, finish the mission prove that Swan is innocent and get out of this mission without compromising his honor.

    I really loved the story and it kept me intrigued, because not only did we have the mystery of who was selling the secrets if it wasn't Swan. I loved how they talked about what dating would look like and how they went slowly because David recognized that Swan needed the time and space to re-evaluate what was once on her never list. They are so many characters who could have been the ones responsible and some I didn't expect. Once we began to unravel the mystery and more information began to come out I was deeply hooked.

    I enjoyed the mystery the romance and the final chapters. I loved how Swan reacted because honestly #Same, and I loved how Flipper got around her fears.

    I skipped reading in order like I have been for the rest of the Westmoreland series, so I could read this. I didn't know all the characters David was connected to so I missed that "ahh" aspect when you read a series to the current books. However I still enjoyed the book, it wasn't necessary to know all the background of the characters as there was a brief description when needed. I loved this one especially because Flipper has such good friends. Now I'm going backward to go read those books.
     ★★★★☆
    RECOMMENDATIONS
    • The Westmoreland series by Brenda Jackson
    • The Protector Series by Brenda Jackson
    Happy Reading my loves,