#boutobooks 17 – Progress!

I’ve pinned this post to the top of the blog and will update my status as I remember to. With limited free time, I’m trying to choose reading first!

DAY ONE (08/22)

books read – 

  1. The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  2. Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook)

thoughts –

Not bad for day one! I always like to start off with a bang and it was nice to get one full book out of the way. I LOVE audiobooks for this reason. I’ve also gotten used to listening at 2x the speed, which helps. I also loved chatting with other readers on Twitter!

DAY TWO (08/23)

books read (total) – 

  1. The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  2. Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  3. Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare (paperback)

 

thoughts –

Only had 30% left of the Tessa Dare book when the read-a-thon started – love that I saved finishing it for the read-a-thon! My husband was off work today, coming home after working for an hour, because of the rain, so we ended up going out with the kids. I got a bit of audiobook listening in today, which was nice, and started my ebook, but I didn’t get a big chunk of reading in at all.

DAY THREE (08/24)

books read (total) – 

  1. The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  2. Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  3. Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare (paperback)
  4. Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan (audiobook+reread)
  5. The Girl Most Likely (Anderson High Wolves, #2) by Kelly Apple (ebook)

thoughts –

Finished up the Rick Riordan in the morning and started a new audiobook while we drove to our appointment. Still not feeling the reading during the kids’ naps! It’s been chilly around here, so I’ve busted out my crocheting to start making stuff for the kids. Thank goodness for audiobooks!

DAY FOUR (08/25) 

books read (total)  – 

  1. The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  2. Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  3. Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare (paperback)
  4. Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan (audiobook+reread)
  5. The Girl Most Likely (Anderson High Wolves, #2) by Kelly Apple (ebook)

thoughts –

Last night I started to try and wean the baby from her nighttime feeds. Currently she gets up at least once a night (sometimes more) to nurse and I know that she can totally do without it. We were up for over 2 hours in the night (okay, *I* was up) trying to get her back to sleep – and trying to get myself back to sleep! So I slept in a bit this morning and didn’t get my usual morning reading in. We met some friends for a playdate and I started a new Kristan Higgins on the way in. I’m learning her books are like crack since I just can’t put them down! I listened during the kids’ naps and crocheted and it was great! I’m also totally loving the Jessica Sankiewicz I’m reading, but I’m only really getting to that one at night. The problem with me not reading a physical book when the kids nap is that I’m not reading Heir of Fire! I’m getting 10 pages here or there, but the thing is almost 600 pages. I’ll get to it … it’s so good! I promise!

DAY FIVE (08/26)

books read (total) – 

  1. The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  2. Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  3. Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare (paperback)
  4. Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan (audiobook+reread)
  5. The Girl Most Likely (Anderson High Wolves, #2) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  6. The Perfect Match (Blue Heron, #2) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)

currently reading –

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas (hardcover)
If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz (ebook)
On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) by Samantha Young (audiobook)

thoughts –

I cleaned my car yesterday so we HAD to get out of the house today. I just love driving in a clean car! I thought I’d read the next Blue Heron book, but I didn’t put it on my phone, but I did have the first book in the On Dublin Street series on it! I’m the crazy person who requests too many audiobooks from the library – I had about 4 or 5 of my requests come through this week! I’m loving ODS – it’s a lot of fun! I’m glad there are a lot of books in the series! I also didn’t read again during nap time. Instead I finished up a poncho and watched Leap Year. I plan to finish my ebook tonight!

DAY SIX (08/27) 

books read (total) 

currently reading – 

thoughts –

DAY SEVEN (08/28)

books read (total) –

currently reading – 

thoughts –

FINAL THOUGHTS

Are you participating in this read-a-thon? What are you planning to read?

 

[Book Talk] Goddess of The Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare

goddess of the huntBook Details

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: August 2016

The Wanton Dairymaid series

  1. Goddess of the Hunt

Synopsis:

In this lush and seductive novel, exciting new author Tessa Dare takes desire to brazen heights.

Ever the bold adventuress, Lucy Waltham has decided to go hunting for a husband. But first she needs some target practice. So she turns to her brother’s best friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall, to hone her seductive wiles on him before setting her sights on another man. But her practice kisses spark a smoldering passion–one that could send all her plans up in smoke.

Jeremy has an influential title, a vast fortune, and a painful past full of long-buried secrets. He keeps a safe distance from his own emotions, but to distract Lucy from her reckless scheming, he must give his passions free rein. Their sensual battle of wills is as maddening as it is delicious, but the longer he succeeds in managing the headstrong temptress, the closer Jeremy comes to losing control. When scandal breaks, can he bring himself to abandon Lucy to her ruin? Or will he risk his heart and claim her for his own?

My Thoughts

I’m so happy to be reading more Tessa Dare! I was in the mood to “read my shelf” – that is, all of my TBR books that are just sitting on my bookshelves, unread – and as I was looking through them, wondering what to read, I realized that I hadn’t read this series yet! With the next book in the Spindle Cove series coming out soon, I thought I should finally round out my Tessa Dare reading once and for all.

This was a fun book! I loved Lucy and I freaking loved Jeremy. They were perfect together! There wasn’t all the humour that’s in her newer books (though there are some great funny scenes) and some of the parts dragged just slightly for me, or were repeated a few times too many. I felt like there could’ve been some resolution earlier in the book – with some of the repetition of certain things going on, the book seemed longer than it should have.

BUT this book was still a wonderful read. I just love Tessa’s writing and how she writes such great female and male characters. The females are strong and fun and witty and just perfect. I loved the interaction between the men – Henry and Jeremy, specifically. I also really enjoyed how the story was about Lucy finding herself and where she fit in, as well as Jeremy overcoming issues of his past. Not only is there fun, games, and kissing, but a great story as well!

And can I just say how happy I am the next book is about Sophia? It’s going to be so much fun!

[Book Talk] One Lucky Hero (Men In Uniform, #1) by Codi Gary

one lucky heroBook Details

Format: Audiobook
Source: Overdrive (Library)
Read: August 2016

Men In Uniform series

  1. One Lucky Hero

Synopsis:

She was looking for a little fun…

Violet Douglas wants one night where she can be normal. Where she can do something for herself and not be just her sibling’s guardian. So when she spies a tall, dark and sexy stranger, she’s ready to let her wild side roar. The last thing she expects is to see her one night stand one week later, when she drags her delinquent kid brother to the Alpha Dog Training Program.

He wasn’t looking for a commitment…

Sgt. Dean Sparks is used to keeping women at a distance, and yet he can’t resist Violet’s snapping wit or smile. So when he suggests a friends-with-benefits arrangement, it seems like the perfect solution to their undeniable attraction. No emotional entanglement, just mind-blowing sex.

But with their lives becoming more and more entwined, Dean realizes that casual isn’t enough for him anymore. And as Violet finds herself leaning on Dean in a way she never has, will her fears put more distance between them? Or can she let go of the past, and take a chance on happily ever after?

My Thoughts

I’m so glad I gave this book a chance! Initially, I wasn’t sure. I wanted to read the book, but was listening to the audiobook and it was a male narrator. Now, I don’t have anything against male narrators, but it felt weird with more of a romance, girly book. I listened to a few hours of it and then decided not to listen to it … and then changed my mind the next day where I listened to the whole thing! And it was great!

I loved this story. At first I just expected two people hooking up all the time, but there was so much more depth to the story. I loved Violet and Dean, I loved the whole premise of Alpha Dog (and how Violet wasn’t sure about dogs – it was kind of nice to have that rather than her just loving dogs), and I loved how Violet was with her siblings. Family really came first for her.

That being said, the romance was great in this book! Still, a little weird with the male narrator and only because he had the kind of voice that would be very well suited to something like a horror novel. His voice did fit Dean quite well, but with the more sexual scenes it wasn’t my favourite.

I look forward to reading more in this series!

[Book Talk] Terminal (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper, #4) by J. L. Bryan

terminalBook Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Read: August 2016

Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper series

  1. Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper
  2. Cold Shadows
  3. The Crawling Darkness
  4. Terminal

Synopsis:

Ellie Jordan and her apprentice Stacey investigate a house in an elaborate planned community that was only half-built before it went bankrupt, leaving an instant ghost town with only a few residents. The entity haunting this house is a banshee that feeds on sadness and misery.

Unfortunately for Ellie, this is no simple haunting, but just one symptom of the cursed land on which the suburban community was built. The old railroad line running through the nearby woods might just be a conduit for lost souls, including dark spirits with ill intentions toward the living. Ellie soon finds herself facing one of the most complex and difficult hauntings she’s seen in her career.

My Thoughts

Another great instalment in the world of Ellie Jordan! I’m totally digging this series and just can’t get enough. My favourite thing is starting a new book in the series right before bed – I love the creepiness of reading these stories in the dark, in bed, usually by myself lately while the husband watches the Olympics downstairs.

This was a fun story, though probably the one I didn’t connect too much with. For me, personally, I love the stories that involve the hauntings of people or their homes, that take place mostly in their homes. Though the whole ghost town aspect was pretty cool. Actually, while I was reading this, we had taken a drive around a local city, waiting for some play group to start. I was driving around the older part of town where the streets end in a flurry of trees and bushes, with a house just next to them. Part of me wondered what these yards look like and whether these houses experience strange occurrences, being right next to the wild, not really on the normal path of the street where the streetlights lend their light. At one point I thought maybe these little areas where the houses end might be great to live in, but then after a story like this where old things lay haunted, I’m not so sure. Now, we drive by these houses, when we’re on our way here or there and I get a chill down my spine, both out of curiosity and maybe a little out of fear.

Anyway, while the mystery of this story wasn’t quite up my alley, I love what we get with Michael and Ellie – I freaking LOVE Michael – and the mystery surrounding the future of their ghost trapping business. What is going to happen? I’m so glad I have three more books to find out!