Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Series To Complete in 2017

Hi my loves

It's my goal to read more books from my shelves this year than from any other source *I'm trying not to purchase but it isn't always working**.  With that goal in mind, I'm looking at the following series that need to be checked off the TBR Pile soon.

Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry.  I'm kinda scared to catch up because I see nothing listed as coming soon and I'm terrified of having no more awesome books from Katie on my shelves, but I kinda also want to dive back into the world and explore.

The Submissive Series by Tara Sue Me.  I thought this series was a trilogy and that it was done, however they have added on quite a few new books and I desperately need to catch up. I mean since I own them all and everything...

Nettle King by Katherine Harbour.  I raved about this series once I heard about Thorn Jack even before I actually read it.  It was my must get book at BEA a few years ago and I was so damn glad I did get it because it was awesome and totally worth my hype.  I haven't heard anything about new books coming out and I'm terrified to finish this and have nothing else left to read by Katherine, but I need to read the rest like now.

Julie Garwood's Buchanan-Renard crime fighting romantic suspense series.  I have read from book18 forward and I'm current with the most recent book being in my shopping cart, but I want to read books 1-18 especially because I have most of them on my shelves so  yeah about that...

Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry Series.  Read the first book, started the second and moved onto another read and forgot to come back to this.  I wanted to be in the mood for young adult and now that it's spring I will definitely be enjoying this one.

Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black,  I have most of these books stacked on my shelves.  I have read the erotica stories featuring my favorite kinds of romance Polyamory/multiple partners and kinda skipped the "normal" ones.  But I want to catch up and be able to pick up that latest ones but I made myself a bargain that I have to finish the ones I own first.

This next one is going to shock you because I've said I was going to finish this about a year maybe two ago and yet still...  Rogue by Gina Damico.  I'm all about hanging on to series for as long as possible.  I don't want this to end but at the same time I want to learn everything that is happening in the story and I want to know how it ends.  Good Gods what a quandary.

And of course my two perpetual reading authors that I need to catch up on are In Death series by JD Robb and The Game series by Christine Feehan.

What about y'all?? Any series you're trying to complete this year?? Share in the comments down below if you have read these or if they are on your lists so that we can have a discussion about them.

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month TBR

Hi my loves,

We are still on the topic of April being sexual assault awareness month and I wanted to pick these books up and share with you my journey through them.  I got most of my list from The Teen Librarian Toolbox's list of books about Consent, Sex and our teens.

These are the books from my shelves dealing with this month's awareness topic: Sexual Assault and Consent.

I have read a few from the list over the years and you can find the links here:

  • Easy Tamara Webber
  • Live Through This Mindi Scott
  • One Weekend Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy
  • Wait For You by J Lynn
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • And these are the ones on my shelves that I want to get read for the month:

    • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
    • What happens next by Colleen Clayton
    • What we saw by Aaron Hatlzer
    • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
    • A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby
    • A Natural History of Rape by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer  ** This wasn't recommended but I recently picked it up at the local library book sale right before the month started and thought this is perfect.**

    That's it, those are the books on my radar for this topic and these are the ones I own, there are plenty more out there and if you have read any please feel free to share in the comments down below and we can talk about them.  Thanks so much for stopping by and

    Have a great reading week

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Hi my loves, today isn't just going to be about books, nope today is going to be a serious discussion we should be having, with our friends, partners, family and mostly importantly our children.

    It's been a while since I've had one of these discussion and recommendation posts;  so excuse me if I ramble.  This is going to be my attempt at collecting all the resources I use and like to share when it comes to the important discussion of consent.  Here's why it matters ( Taken ffrom SAAM's website)

    In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. 
    Sexual violence is a major public healthhuman rights and social justice issue. We need everyone’s help to end it. Thank you for getting involved and for supporting SAAM efforts. 
    Since 2001, NSVRC supports SAAM organizers with resources, tools, and training. You can ask us questions about sexual violence, prevention, or planning a campaign.  
    Now we all should be discerning for ourselves our ideas about consent and what that means, discussing it, reasearching, learning new thoughts and ideas while also honoring the *good*ideas we have.  One of the ways in which we can teach about life and the things that affects it is through books (I mean we all know that, it's why we love reading) 
    Recommendations for Books:

    My favourite resource for book recommendations dealing with Sex, Consent and Sexual Assault is The Teen Librarian Toolbox.  This blog is so informative, well organized and has clear cut labels and wonderful discussions of how to talk to teens about sex, and consent, as well as always sharing great book recommendations.

    My favorite fiction books dealing with consent that I have read in the last few years are: ( Ihave reviews linked on each book)

    Non Fiction Books:  These I haven't read, but they are on the TBR Pile they come highly recommend by just about everybody who has read them and especially by Book Riot (who have several lists with these books on the,)

    1. Missola by Jon Krakauer
    2. Surviving the Silence, Black Women's Stories of Rape by Charlotte Baker
    3. Voices of Rape by Jane Bode
    4. Men Explain things to Me by Rebecca Solnik
    5. Against Our Will by Susan Brownmiller
    6. At the Dark end of the street by Danielle Mcguire
    7. Rape is Rape by Jody Raphael
    8. Asking For It by Kate Harding
    9. Transforming A Rape Culture by Emilie Buchwala
    10. Redefining Rape by Estelle Freedman
    11. Rape, Sexual Violence and History by Joanna Burke

    Regular resources: who have links to local resources, classes and ways in which you can help.
    RAINN: Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network
    DVSAC: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition

    A few years ago the concept of consent as being discussed all over Youtube and book tube and I as so proud to see some of my favorites taking the time to talk about consent and push the envelope on discussing what was acceptable and what wasn't    I'm sure if you look you can find a ton of videos about it.  But here are my fave videos about what consent is and what it isn't.

    Sexual Abuse, Consent and Culture by Hank Green

    Sex & Consent by Charlieissocoolike

    One of my favorite Youtubers is a young man who is hopefully going to continue shining for the next few years Nathan Zed *who was 17 at the times of this video*  always has something good to say from the time he called Nash Grier out (to be honest I still don't know who Nash is and I'm not invested enough after seeing the reaction videos to him to find out) Nash Grier Rant to his video calling out youtubers who were accused of being rapist and their bad behaviors.

    If you type in Consent in the Youtube search bar the following lists come up, I can't vouch for all the videos but a few of them are really good.

    I recently sobbed my way through the Netflix original Audrie & Daisy.  This made me furious, it made me so sad and so damn tired.  We are failing our kids so badly in every way when these stories come out and then no one is punished.  We need change and we need justice.

    You can read survivor's stories on campus like the Breaking Out Campaign run by students on the Duke University campus.

    I'm sure there are tons of others we can discuss, these are just a few of the ones that I know of.  And that's it, share in the comments down below if you have any recommendations for books about consent that you think I should be reading and I'll see you tomorrow.

    Happy Reading

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    2017 Monthly Reading List: April

    My goal for this year was 365 books. It's April, I've done well so far this year and I wish to keep the momemtum going. With that in mind

    These are a few of the books Im planning to read this month:

    • Christine Feehan Book
    • Non Fiction Book
    • J. D. Robb 
    • Nora Roberts
    • Erotica Challenge book
    • Book from my shelves
    • YA Challenge book
    • Paranormal Challenge book
    • New Adult Challenge Book
    • Book from 42 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
    • Ebook Challenge Books
    • Brenda Jackson Challe 
    • Left Over Books from Jan- March 2017
    • Lora Leigh Challenge Book
    • 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
    • ARCs 3 Challenge Books
    • Random.org Pick: Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks (book 1)
    • Newly Published in 2017
    Complete These Books Left Over From Last Month:

    • "Wicked Cowboy Charm" Carolyn Brown ARC 
    •  "A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful" Eric Lindstrom ARC 
    • "Cole's Red Hot Pursuit" Brenda Jackson
    •  "Lock & Key" Sarah Dessen
    • "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri
     Having complete close to 20 books last month, I'm sure, with knowing that I have a  few days off in the next month; I can definetly knock these all off the TBR Pile.

    What are you reading this month?? Also this month is VEDA (Vlog Everyday in April) and I'm aiming to film and record and share everyday in April. I'm hoping to share all of my vlogs on the blog as well.  Let me know if you will be participating and we can cheer each other on.

    Happy Reading and Welcome the New Month.  It's another fresh start !!!