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Feb 23

Top Ten Tuesday * Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre

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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 Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book

I don’t read that much out of my comfort zone to be honest. Every so often I feel like I should make more of an effort, but unless it’s a book club pick, I usually don’t.

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  1. The Martian by Andy Weir – SciFi is not my jam but OMG this book was awesome.
  2. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann – Another SciFi book and also written in an unusual style. I think if hadn’t been written in the unusual style it would have been better than a three star read, but then it wouldn’t be as unique so…
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I’m not super big on mysteries as I find them sometimes frustrating but this one kept me going and I couldn’t put it down.
  4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – As a rule I avoid books that make me cry like the plague, but I saw and enjoyed the movie so I gave it a shot and have no regrets.

What books did you enjoy outside your genre?

Kimberly


Feb 08

Review * Call Me, Maybe Ellie Cahill

Reviews 3 ★★★★

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 * Call Me, Maybe Ellie CahillCall Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Published by Loveswept on February 9, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 217
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

What I Thought…

• I curled up with Call Me, Maybe on a blustery snow day and it kept me on my couch reading until I was finished. Call Me, Maybe is a fast read and it was pretty cute.

• Clementine and Justin go through a phone mix up at the airport and end up with each others phones until they return home. I thought this was a real cute way for them to meet, and led to some awkward moments.

• Clementine’s family is super wealthy and this causes her to not tell the truth about who she is, while part of me understands why, the other part of me doesn’t understand because unless you’re into the rich and famous/sociolite stuff, who pays attention to who has money where you live? But that could just be me. I completely understand not wanting to say that you have gobs of money though, it’s hard to tell who likes you for you rather than your money.

• Clementine’s family is overbearing towards Clementine and it drove me crazy. Yes, she made a mistake, but it’s over and done with so, move on!

• There aren’t too many secondary characters in this one, but I did like Clementine’s neighbor/friend and Justin’s roommate.

• While reading Call Me, Maybe was more of a three star read, but the ending was so excellent I had to bump it up.

Overall if you are into cute contemporary romances definitely give this one a shot!

Kimberly


Feb 01

Review * I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

Reviews 2 ★★★★

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 * I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren LayneWish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #2
Published by Loveswept on February 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 260
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

What I Thought…

• This is the first book in either Layne’s Stiletto or Oxford series that gave me some SERIOUS feels. I also stayed up until way past my bedtime to finish it. My “one more chapter” turned into “finished the whole thing.”

• Wish You Were Mine is a bit of a different romance, Jackson is Mollie’s sisters ex husband. I’m trying to think if I’ve read a book like this before but I honestly can’t remember, which made it refreshing for me.

• Obviously given the past things are not smooth for Jackson and Mollie. Being in love with your siblings ex-husband does not make for good family moments. Also Mollie’s sister is a bitch.

• Jackson is struggling because in a moment his entire life changed and he can no longer play football and has to do something else. I really liked how Layne showed his emotions and being torn between the “new me” Jackson was forced into and the guy he’s always been.

• The gang from the previous books were quite present in Wish You Were Mine, which I always enjoy. It’s nice to get the little updates on where things are when you know you don’t need a whole new book. I also loved how they wormed their way into Jackson’s life, refusing to let him be the stick in the mud he was being.

• Mollie and her sister and it was difficult at times to watch Mollie struggle through that, but I totally get it. She’s family and we always see our family different from others.

Overall this was the best in the series for me and I definitely recommend it to contemporary romance fans!

Kimberly