Jul 26

Top Ten Tuesday * Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

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 1. Breathe, Annie, Breathe made me want to become a runner. I still sometimes think about becoming a runner, but…. it’s probably not ever going to happen.

2. 11/22/63 made me want to learn more about the assassination of JFK, which worked out good because my mom knows a lot about JFK.

3. Nefertiti made me want to learn more about early Egyptians. I’ve read a couple of other books similar in nature and enjoyed all of them.

4. Wild made me want to go hiking, which is completely ridiculous because I am not an outdoorsy person AT ALL. I really, really hate bugs.

5. Master of Murder made me want to become a writer. This was a short lived fantasy as I realized rather quickly that I don’t like writing.

6. Ruby made me want to go to the bayou, which I got to experience a bit of two years ago when I went to New Orleans.

7. Angels Fall made me want to become a chef. After I read this I got all gung-ho about cooking and like the writing, I quickly realized that I am not meant to be a chef.

8. Confessions of a Shopaholic made me want to go to England. It’s still on my list of places to go!

9. The Client made me want to become a lawyer, until I realized how much more schooling I would need to do. Sometimes I still wish I had become a lawyer, but then I remember how much I love my job.

10. I know it’s not a book, but Twister is the reason why I love any and all natural disaster stories. I gobble them up like nobody’s business. I know this sounds awful but when they happen in real life I am enthralled with the tv coverage, but please note that I do not ever want them to happen or to see anyone get hurt/die because that’s just not cool.

Kimberly


Jul 21

Review * Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

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I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Cream of the Crop by Alice ClaytonCream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #2
Published by Simon & Schuster on July 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be...love?

What I Thought…

• I really enjoyed Natalie. It’s not often that you find a truly plus sized girl in a contemporary romance but she’s here and she’s likeable. My only issue with Natalie is that given her back story I didn’t see the connection between how she got from there to having confidence in herself and her body and I wish those connections would have been made.

• Oscar was equally as awesome. He is a farmer and a cheesemaker and while I NEVER want to see cheese being made, I do love me some cheese. He was a little awkward at times, but that just made him more adorable.

• Cream of the Crop is not Clayton’s most hilarious book (that honor still goes to Wallbanger), it is still funny and there are quite a few ridiculous moments to get your laughs in. Don’t worry, there are plenty of steaming moments too.

• I love a good small town and Baily Falls does not disappoint. I also loved that it provided the tension between Oscar in Bailey Falls and Natalie who resides in NYC. They are such contrasting places and I enjoyed their fish out of water experiences.

• Natalie and Oscar are cute together but other than their great physical relationship and love of cheese there didn’t seem to be much for them to go on, but by the end you see there love and you know all will be well.

Overall Cream of the Crop is another fun read from Alice Clayton!

Kimberly


Jul 17

Sundays in Bed With… Moon Called

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Moon CalledToday I’ll mostly be working, but I hope to have time later to finish up Moon Called. It’s our July book club book (yes, our book club is awesome enough to pick non traditional book club books!). So far I’m enjoying it, though there seems to be a lot going on right at the moment!

I also might start an audio book today, but I’m having trouble deciding which one so I might not. We’ll see how I feel!

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Jul 15

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things!

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Guys, I’m really trying to get back into the swing of things. I love my book blog but lately I haven’t been reading as much and just generally not feeling it. However, I’m back from vacation and feeling relaxed and refreshed and reading to get back into it. I hope to have a few reviews, a TTT or two coming in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy these pics of my vacation!

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Kimberly


Jul 05

Top Ten Tuesday * Under 2000 Ratings on GoodReads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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  1. Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis – A ghostly story that kept me on my toes!
  2. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuenert – I don’t normally read hard to read stories like this one, but it was so incredibly worth it. I would recommend this one to almost anyone.
  3. Leaving Amarillo, Loving Dallas and Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn – This trilogy gave me so many feels, and the last one almost broke me.
  4. Play On by Michelle Smith – Cute and fun, boys and baseball!
  5. Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne – Another cute and fun, though I didn’t care much for the companion novel.
  6. From Russia with Claws by Jacey Conrad (aka Molly Harper) – Read this for a fun book club read and it was so much fun (as are all of Molly Harper’s books).

Kimberly


Jun 11

The End of the School Year is Here… and I’m a Crying Fool

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Obviously this post is not about books, but I haven’t done much reading so I there isn’t much to talk about there. Plus I NEED to say these things about the end of the school year.

Several weeks ago I accepted a job at another high school closer to home. I KNOW this is the right decision for me. It cuts my drive time from 1 hr 20 min each day to 30 min, plus gas, mileage, etc. I already know someone that works at the school who is really happy there so I know I’m getting something good.

So why all the crying? Because my kids were awesome this year and I’m not ready to let them go. I know that it’s time. I know that there is zero chance that I would teach any of them next year. I know that all my precious juniors would only have one more year and they would be leaving me. I know that when September rolls I’ll have new kids who will be awesome too and these kids will have new teachers.

But it’s so damn hard.

I really bonded with my kids this year – and I know that went both ways. Kids who HATE math willingly came to my room to hang out. We laughed and joked and had a few serious conversations. The best thing that came out of this year was that THEY CHANGED ME. I like to think that I changed them too, but I don’t know that for sure.

The hardest thing I had to do was tell them I was leaving. For the most part kids reacted as I expected, but one student stormed out of the room. When he finally came back in he wouldn’t talk to me. It hurt my heart. Later that day I read the Dear Geometry Student Letter he wrote that morning (before he found out I was leaving) and my heart broke in to tiny little pieces.

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My heart breaks a little more every time I read it.

My kids aren’t making it easy either. Constantly reminding me of all the good times this year… and some of the bad times too.

One student told me that two other students were planning something, possibly hay baling my car *cries a little*. When I asked if I was being punished he said, “No, that’s how they show their love.” I don’t know if they are actually going to do it, or if they just like torturing me with the knowledge that they can, either way, I’m having fun with it. Here is their diagram. Please excuse the spelling of “vanilla”.

My Car and Hay Bales

That’s my car. Surrounded by hay bales. And a nice Walmart chair and umbrella so I can sit down and enjoy my Vanilla Coke Zero.

This is only my third year as a teacher and I never really thought about this part of the job, that I would care about them so much that it would be this hard to leave them, but sadly that’s a part of the job every year, because we certainly don’t want them staying in high school forever!

Kimberly


May 03

More Teacher Tales

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Hello Internet!

I have been super busy with school and not doing much reading, which makes me sad, but I know that I’ll have all summer to do all the reading so I’m taking care of business now. I love sharing my teacher stories on Facebook and thought I would share some more with my book loving friends.

I also want to share that I absolutely LOVE my kids this year. I couldn’t have had a better bunch!

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This one is the TRUTH

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#2 is one of the most adorable kids I teach. Putting his formula sheet in his wallet made him student #1 for me. :)

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Hearing another teacher tell me that my students talk about how much they love me is one of the best compliments that I have received.

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By this time in the year the kids know me incredibly well, including not to push it until half the cup is gone. ;)

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This was an email from a parent. This kid and I have been through a lot this year, but this emailed warmed my heart. (We’re still working on things but the sky is looking bluer every day.

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I hope you enjoyed these tales. I’m sure to have more before the end of the year.

Kimberly


Apr 11

Review * Listen to Me by Kristen Proby

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Listen to Me by Kristen ProbyListen to Me by Kristen Proby
Series: Fusion #1
Published by William Morrow on April 12, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars
Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy...exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.

Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.

Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?

What I Thought…

• Listen to Me was so hard to put down! I absolutely adored Addie and Jake, both together and on their own.

• There was just the right amount of drama in Listen to Me. Enough to keep things interesting (no one wants to read the mundane) but not so much that it’s completely unrealistic.

• Jake is a former rock star and I love how this angle played out. It was there and came up, but Jake was a little awkward about it which made it cute and he wasn’t all spoiled which I appreciated.

• Addie has a bad habit of picking men that are no good for her. She likes the bad boys, which hasn’t been working out for her. A lot of time when this happens they go after the opposite kind of man, but I like that she went after Jake anyway (even though she was telling herself it was a bad idea).

• Addie and four of her friends own Seduction, a restaurant. I love how this was woven into the story and I can’t wait to get the stories of her friends. There is definitely quite a few things going on there, and should lead to more good stories.

• Jake and Addie together were completely adorable. They had lots of fun joking between them, but they also had moments with lots of feels. It was so sweet that Jake knew what Addie needed and pushed her a bit, but also knew when to hold back.

• I really liked Jake’s best friend Christina. She is exactly the kind of friend he needs, someone who isn’t going to hold back on his account. Jake has some issues (he feels that something is his fault, and it weighs on him) to work out where she is concerned, but he would do anything for her.

• Listen to Me also has plenty of swoons and feels!

Overall Listen to Me is a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Kimberly


Mar 28

Nobody But You Excerpt

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When Jacob was injured in the war, it changed him for life. Now all he wants to do is come home to Cedar Ridge, settle in at his lakeside cabin and get some much-needed peace and quiet. But there’s no peace to be had when he finds a spitfire of a woman camping out on his property. Half the time he’s not sure whether he wants to spank her or kiss–or maybe both. He’s in a dark place and a dark mood, and here’s this wildly hot woman who is also funny and light and may be the balm be needs to soothe his aching soul.

Sophie Marren is pretty much penniless after leaving her abusive husband. She doesn’t have the money to pay rent or the slip fees for docking the boat where she’s been sleeping. She was getting along just perfectly until the good-looking, brooding, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy moves into the lake cabin that the slip belongs to. Sure he’s hot as the noon sun with those dark lens and even darker ‘tude, but god forbid she tie herself to another man who’s always telling her what to do. But the more she gets to know Jacob, the more she sees how willing he is to battle for her wounded heart…a battle she might just let him win.

Shalvis, Jill 2012About Jill Shalvis
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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She eyed the bench a long beat but did eventually sit, perching primly as far from him as she could get and yet still be close enough to grab the bottle.

Smart woman.

She took the Scotch and drank. Her eyes watered and she coughed as she handed it to him. With a sigh, she leaned back to study the night sky. Her bared throat was slim and creamy smooth. An unexpected temptation. Remembering the flash of pain and vulnerability she’d unwittingly revealed, and that for whatever reason he’d somehow added to it, he spoke. “I’m sorry.”

She glanced at him as if she’d never heard a man apologize before in her life. “For…breathing?” she asked. “Having a penis? What?”

“You were upset because you didn’t know I was a Kincaid.”

She sighed. “That was just me looking for a reason to be mad at you so I wouldn’t…”

She bit her lower lip, clearly not wanting to go on.

But now he had to know. “So you wouldn’t what?”

“Nothing,” she said. “It’s just that I’m trying to make better choices.”

“Of which I wouldn’t be one.”

“It’s not necessarily your fault,” she said. “It’s that you’re a man.”

“Guilty as charged.”

“And I’m off men right now.”

“And on…women?” he asked with admittedly more than a little fascination.

She rolled her eyes. “I’m on no one, but thank you for proving my point on men.”

“I get that,” he said. “But being off men doesn’t seem to be making you very happy, or sound like a whole lot of fun.”

“Maybe I don’t need fun.”

He understood that. He’d felt the same way since Brett died. “What do you need?” he asked, honestly wanting to know more about her.

Instead of answering, she reached for the bottle. He waited until she met his gaze before letting go.

“Nothing,” she said a little too quickly. “Everything’s…perfect.”

“And your glass is half full,” he said. “So you’ve said.”

But he didn’t believe her. “How about a game?”

“I don’t play games.”

Now, that wasn’t exactly true. Whether she knew it or not, she’d been playing with his head since he’d first laid eyes on her. “Three truths and a lie,” he said.

She stared at him. “As in you tell me three truths and a lie, and I pick out the lie?”

“Yes.”

She considered this. “What do I get if I win?”

“What do you want?”

For the briefest of beats, her gaze dropped to his mouth.

Oh, hell yeah, he thought. Want me…

“My first boyfriend taught me that game,” she said.

“What did the winner get?”

“A kiss.”

Definitely still playing with his head… “Is that what you want, Sophie? A kiss?”

Again she stared at his mouth before dropping eye contact and wrapping that eye-stopping pink robe tighter around her body. “Do you?” she asked.

“Hell yes.”

Her gaze flew to his.

“Problem is,” he said conversationally, “if I kissed you, I don’t think I’d be able to stop.”

Her mouth literally fell open. The pulse at the base of her throat jumped. And she seemed to lose her words.

He went on. “But you should know, I don’t lose. That means you’ll have to tell me three truths and a lie.” And he’d hopefully get to know more about her.

She closed her mouth to bite her lower lip in what could’ve been indecision or excitement. Obviously he was hoping for the latter. “But hey, if you’re not sure you can handle losing, we can just forget about it,” he said.

The challenge lifted her chin and put sparks in her eyes. That’s it, babe. Show me what you’ve got.

“Bring it,” she said.

 

Kimberly


Mar 24

Review * Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Walk the Edge by Katie McGarryWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Nowhere But Here
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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

What I Thought…

• When I read Nowhere But Here (the first in this series) it was hard not to compare it to Pushing the Limits, while I still loved Nowhere But Here it was missing that something extra. Walk the Edge made up for that in spades. I started reading this before bed and ended up finishing it at 1:30 in the morning.

• McGarry does it again and hits me in all the feels. I felt emotionally connect to the characters from the beginning and it didn’t wane at all throughout the book.

• Razor and Breanna’s relationship is a slow burn. You can feel the attraction, but they don’t jump and act on it right away, they dance around each other a bit.

• Despite Razor’s rough edges it’s impossible not to like him. Everyone sees him exactly as he wants them to – bad and not to be messed with, but he goes out of his way to make them see him that way. He knows what he wants, to be a part of the MC, but in know way does that make him as bad as he thinks he is. He’s struggling to find his place in the MC and dealing with his mother’s death.

• Breanna has a totally different situation. She is the middle child in a large family and doesn’t seem to fit in with the older kids or younger kids. She often feels left out and is struggling to find her place in her family and the world. I found her parents to be quite frustrating at times they way they dumped on her, but I also get that with that many kids things like that happen. They weren’t awful parents or anything just… absent for Breanna.

• I loved the way that Breanna and Razor officially meet. Her ride is late so she is stuck at school and it’s getting late and dark. Breanna is obviously scared of Razor, but also sees a different side of him. This meeting is also hilariously awkward, which I always appreciate.

• There is quite a bit going on in Walk the Edge, but I the aspect I liked best was how they dealt with their growing attraction and how other people acted towards it. As Razor is the “bad boy” they all think he can’t possibly be good for her. There is also a lot of hatred towards their relationship. It was also a struggle for Breanna to accept some of the things that come along with Razor being part of the MC.

• Breanna really comes into her own and takes a stand in many ways as to what she wants and what she deserves. She also ultimately steps up in a situation that many people would have just accepted.

• I would love for Breanna’s friend Addison to get her own story. She has quite a few of her own problems and definitely needs a happily ever after in her life.

Overall if you love contemporary young adult books than Walk the Edge is definitely for you!

Kimberly