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Reading progress update: I've read 2%.

Boss - Tracy Brown

Finished another book by Jen Turano. I've enjoyed all the books I've read by her. Today I hope to immerse myself into the world of Boss. Tracy's books are usually emotional rollercoasters and I've been told Boss won't disappoint.

New April Releases That Are On My TBR

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd) - Jen Turano Boss - Tracy Brown I See You - Clare Mackintosh Gone Without a Trace - Mary Torjussen Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier - Tatiana de Rosnay, Sam Taylor Under a Sardinian Sky - Sara   Alexander The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli - Alyssa Palombo Seized by Seduction - Brenda Jackson Her Secret Life - Tiffany L. Warren Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

There are so many new releases in April. It's a big release month. I'm super excited for all of these. I have quite a few mystery books on the tbr and I don't read many mysteries. I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone. I even have a nonfiction. Usually these slow me down, but the early reviews of Killers of the Flower Moon lead me to think otherwise.

 

Can't wait to get to three reads by trusted 4-5 star rated Authors; Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano, Boss by Tracy Brown and Seized By Seduction by Beverly Jenkins. Tatiana De Rosnay has written a biography about Daphne Du Maurier. I know so many who absolutely adore Rebecca. I haven't read it, but am eager. However, once I learned that it may be plagiarized and that some feel none of her other books ever lived up to Rebecca I felt some kind of way about it.

 

What are your most anticipated April Releases? Do tell. Happy Reading!

Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 496 pages.

Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil) - Wendy Higgins

Kaidan.... I read these books for Kaidan. Wendy Higgins is a good writer. I really have enjoyed this series. 

Friday Reads!

Lights, Love & Lip Gloss (Hollywood High Book 4) - Amir Abrams, Ni-Ni Simone Heels, Heartache & Headlines (Hollywood High) - Amir Abrams, Ni-Ni Simone Rumors - A.C. Arthur Revealed (The Rumors Series, Book 2) - A.C. Arthur

I will be finishing up the Hollywood High series and starting on a duology (haven't heard of a third book thus far) by A. C. Arthur that I've put off for way too long. I'm having such a good time reading and catching up with the girls in the Hollywood High series. These books are easy reads that really are a fun escape.

 

You'll realize that I'm not sticking to my March reading list. Some books really do take me forever to read and days were passing by without me picking up my kindle. I decided to re-adjust my tbr and read some backlogged books that would surely get me going again. I will eventually get to the books on my March TBR, but I will feel better with books read, under my belt, than none at all or only a couple at months end. I wish I could read multiple books at a time, but I can't.

 

I don't have plans for the weekend so, these four books seem doable.

 

Happy weekend reading everyone!

Reading progress update: I've read 33%.

Lights, Love & Lip Gloss (Hollywood High Book 4) - Amir Abrams, Ni-Ni Simone

These books are fast paced page turners. Ni-Ni Simone really knows how to keep it interesting. I would give her books four stars for the inventive language alone. Even though their home lives are anything but ideal, they use all the energy to wild out at school and with their frenemies. 

 

UPDATE

 

Rich and Heather have no idea that the news, just revealed, will be their worst nightmare. I can't wait!

Reading progress update: I've read 87%.

Put Your Diamonds Up - Amir Abrams, Ni-Ni Simone

This is the third book in the Hollywood High Series. These young girls are rich, but not all that glitters is gold. They have no loyalty, discipline, scruples and have learned, at a young age, that money changes and buys everything and everyone. I love the frenemy relationships and the language. Oh, the language is hysterical. After finishing book three I will continue with four and five. Book five was released at the end of February.

— feeling amazing

Look back at the February books

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Two months checked. Ten more to go. How did you do in the shortest month of your 2017 reading challenge? Have a look at BookLikes bloggers February bookish summaries and see if you've read all February books.

 

If you've missed the January wrap up post, don't worry, you can check it here: January wrap-ups!

 

 

The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman The Persian Pickle Club - Sandra Dallas A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde

Another great month by the numbers, but in context, there were a lot of short books again this month.  I'm trying to get my TBR pile down quickly by going for the low-hanging fruit.

So 27 books read in February, and I've been good about updating my book editions with the correct page numbers, so I know I've read 5,024 pages this month... continue reading

 

Martyr - Rory Clements Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters For the Most Beautiful - Emily Hauser The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley
Nobody is more surprised than I am at my start to the reading year. After the way I finished 2016, I thought for sure 2017 was going to be the same struggle. Fortunately I have found some excellent new authors and characters to keep me motivated to read in 2017. February was another month of discoveries and fantastic reading. 

I did not quite meet all of my set February goals but considering I had less reading time, I think I still did pretty well... continue reading

 

Hometown - Luke Walker Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 2 (Fatale DLX Ed Hc) - Elizabeth Breitweiser, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips Gilded Cage - Vic James Of Foster Homes and Flies - Chad Lutzke

My reading has slowed down a bit this month, due to some health issues in my family. Also, I'm in the midst of a few books that seem like they'll never end!

Graphic Novels

Fatale Deluxe Edition: Volume 2

Incognito: Volume 2 Bad Influences 

Both of these were written and drawn by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, respectively... continue reading

 

Forged in Desire (The Protectors) - Brenda Jackson House of Silence - Sarah Barthel Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
I only read three books in the month of February. I had such great ambitions to get through my tbr. February I participated in the hashtag #readsoullit started by Dee @browngirlreading on Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. I didn't participate in the challenge, but did post books by black authors for the 28 days on Instagram and Twitter. It was great fun and I loved seeing all the post from the participants.

 

Also, I continued with my goal of downsizing my life. In January I donated over 200 books to The Book Den, culled my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, removed unwanted and unworn clothes and shoes from my closet... continue reading

 

 

If you've missed a February wrap up, have a look at the following BookLikes book bloggers posts and feel invited to read and join :)

If we did not mention you in the list below, please feel free to let us now in the comment section below and we'll add your piece up right away.

 

February Wrap-Up by Line Bookaholic ->

February 2017 Report by Irresponsible Reader ->

Books I Read This Month (February 2017) by Obsidian Blue ->

February Wrap-up by Lora's Rants and Reviews ->

February 2017-- A Wrap Up by Midu Reads

February Read Roundup by Whiskey in the Jar Romance ->

February 2017 Wrap Up by Tea, Rain, Book ->

Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – February 2017 by Angel's Guilty Pleasures

February Wrap-up by Bark's Book Nonsense ->

February Recap 2017 by Nothing better than a good book...->

February Wrap Up

Forged in Desire (The Protectors) - Brenda Jackson House of Silence - Sarah Barthel Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

I only read three books in the month of February. I had such great ambitions to get through my tbr. February I participated in the hashtag #readsoullit started by Dee @browngirlreading on Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. I didn't participate in the challenge, but did post books by black authors for the 28 days on Instagram and Twitter. It was great fun and I loved seeing all the post from the participants.

 

Also, I continued with my goal of downsizing my life. In January I donated over 200 books to The Book Den, culled my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, removed unwanted and unworn clothes and shoes from my closet. Now in March I will research and find proper homes for all these goods. Also, In February I downsized my planner and craft collections. Whew! That was a task to go through everything and then reorganize. I feel lighter and brighter.

 

Now for the books I read. I gave Pachinko 4.5 stars. I deducted half a star because of the ending. Forged In Desire is really a 2.5 star read. It's the first book in a new series that I will not continue. Some books may have a new story but the pattern (can't think of correct word) is always the same. I can't anymore. House of Silence is a book I started in January, but didn't finish. Well, I actually put it down because I lost interest. I gave it 3 stars.

 

I hope that I can stay on track in March and catch up on some of the books I didn't complete this month. 

March Anticipated Reads

The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff Edgar and Lucy: A Novel - Victor Lodato In the Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant Havana: A Subtropical Delirium - Mark Kurlansky Love in an English Garden - Victoria Connelly A Bridge Across the Ocean - Susan Meissner The Fall of Lisa Bellow - Susan Perabo An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole

There's a bit of all that I love in this line up for March. The early reviews for these are promising. I've been waiting for The Orphan's Tale and A Bridge Across the Ocean for, it seems like, over a year. Have you heard about any of these and are they on your March TBR list?

 

 

March 1

 

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

 

 

March 2

 

In The Name of The Family by Sarah Dunant

 

 

March 7

 

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky

 

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato

 

 

March 14

 

Love In An English Garden by Victoria Connelly

 

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

 

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

 

 

March 28

 

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Some of My Most Unforgettable Black Fiction Reads

Perfect Peace: A Novel - Daniel Black The Darkest Child - Delores Phillips 32 Candles: A Novel - Ernessa T. Carter Glorious - Bernice L. McFadden Wench - Dolen Perkins-Valdez By Lauren Francis-Sharma 'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel - Lauren Francis-Sharma Forty Acres: A Thriller - Dwayne Alexander Smith Sula - Toni Morrison The Book of Night Women - Marlon James A Deep Dark Secret - Kimberla Lawson Roby

This is just a quick post of my most memorable reads. I highly recommend all of them and do suggest them to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen. I'm passionate about them and own them in several forms.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

I'm halfway and am really enjoying the journey. I'm so pleased to be reading Pachinko. I love family sagas and learning a bit of history too.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

I will be reading Pachinko over the weekend. It is definitely a page turner, but dense and will require my full attention. This will be a slow read and I welcome it. Japan occupies Korea. Koreans are treated horribly; no work, high food prices, poor housing conditions (those that own land are being taxed to death).

— feeling amazing
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Green with ENVY

— feeling big smile
Copycat - Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Roby never disappoints. She is one of my favorite authors and her novels are auto-buys for me. I always get excited when I receive notification that she has a new book release. I know I'm in for a good read. Why do I love her writing? Mrs. Roby knows how to engage the reader. She knows her way around developing a good plot and characters you either love deep or hate immensely. However, let me stop gushing and explain a bit about Copycat.

 

First I'll just start by saying Simone is a scary character, but very relevant. With social media and all the show and without tell we've become a society of envy and resentment. It's not ideal to just see the good in people and dismiss their bad/strange behavior. I wanted more character development. That would've entailed a longer book. However, Copycat was an entertaining page-turner. I read it in one sitting. This book will elicit lots of discussion. At what point does too much admiration and idolization become unhealthy?

 

I'd like to thank Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Copycat.