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Review: Wicked and The Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

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Hello, I am Isabel and I’m addicted to Sarah MacLean. If nothing has confirmed it this book has. I need to finish reading her backlist and I need every other book in this new series immediately.

We open by meeting Felicity Faircloth who you might remember from book 3 in Scandal and Scoundrel series. Don’t worry though you really don’t need the backstory for this one, but you will finish it and want to go back to those it’s pretty arbitrary details overall.

Either way I love the fact that this world ties into my favorite series by MacLean and we follow quite possibly the most interesting wallflower I’ve ever met. Felicity is full of independence, surprises and no fear of her emotions when comes down to getting what she wants. Devil is the king of the underground and running ice… Well more than ice but really that’s the key point. We follow Felicity and Devil as they both try to play each other for different means. I’ll leave the plot at that.

Let’s talk about the writing and how amazing this book is. I have read 7 of her books to date and this one is my favorite. The world building was incredible, I could see it all so vividly it was incredible. I can’t wait to see the rest of this world!

This is a must read for any of my romance friends 5/5 stars go pick this up!

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Something on Sunday January 7, 2018

 

I can’t believe we are one week into the new year now. But here we are and I’m kind of excited for the new year and new opportunities.

Grateful For…

I’m just really grateful for the people around me. My friend Ness and I just launched a youtube channel to talk about romance books called Happy For Now. I’m beyond excited for it all.  Also it’s a lot less scary entering into something like this with a friend.

Excited for…

This new photo challenge I’m partaking in. Instead of 365 photos a year i’m shooting for 1 a week to be tucked away into my planner each week. I’m bad about taking photos that aren’t the dogs so this will motivate me. Plus it’s got some prompts. It’s #QHphotochallenge on instagram.

So far so good on the first week of the new year. How was yours? Anything good coming up for you?

 

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Tracking my Reading in 2018

I’m starting to get all reflective and shit about the last year. Currently I’m reflecting on how I tracked things. I have an almost completely filled Hobonichi Techo and a new one waiting for me on January 1st. It’s pretty great to pick up my 2017 one and see it all chunky from use.

I feel like there are so many different apps and tools out there to track reading. I want to really simplify my life when it comes to these items so here is my arsenal for reading tracking next year.

  1. Bookout is my new default tracking method. I want to utilize it starting January 1st to make a real effort to track how much time I spend reading, quotes and memorable items from each book I’m reading. I like that the app has a running time you can pause and add notes from for each book.
  2. Goodreads will of course be utilized like always, but I plan to take my TBR down on there by a LOT.
  3. Reading bullet journal – I’ve been doing this since I started blogging and using a cahier sized notebook to track books read and blog posts each month. It’s gone great so far and I update it once a week or so. It’s the failsafe if technology ever fails me I have it as a back up.
  4. A google sheet – I want to track books that interest me in 2018 on it, what I read in 2018 and hopefully continue to use the sheet in years to come. Again another failsafe from other sites.

How do you track your reading? What are you reflecting on about 2017? Do you plan to make 2018 at least a bit better?

 

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Something on Sundays: December 10, 2017

So I discovered TNT is running Star Wars on repeat all weekend. Let’s just say it’s all the good I needed in my life. Seriously as the background to my reading it’s been perfection.

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I’m always here for Star Wars and Carrie Fisher goodness.

What else is good on this sunday or past week? Well I’ve tackled quite a few things this weekend. Including a new comforter for the day bed in my office, finishing a book and wrapping up the one I’m reviewing on Tuesday!

It’s been a weird week over. I think it’s the wind up to the holiday season. I’m doing my best to be in the cheer of the season, but so far it’s lacking.

What do you do to get into the holiday mood?

 

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Something on Sundays November 27, 2017

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Thrilled by

Seeing Thor for the second time on Thanksgiving, but with the family. My mom spent a lot of the day talking about how good the movie was. It really is a GREAT movie. Go see it if you haven’t. I will forever live in my Thor fangirl world now.

Loving

The last book club book was Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Let’s just say it’s a new favorite and talked about it for over an hour! Seriously new favorite book.

You can watch us talk about it here.

 

 

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Something on Sunday November 19, 2017

It’s been a not great week, but I continue to find joy in this theory.

Tomorrow I drop my car off at the repair shop for work. I’m thankful I can afford the deductible.

I’m excited to eat Pad Thai tomorrow at my birthday lunch.

This week is a stretch, but I’m hoping for a better list next Sunday.

What brightened your week?

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Something on Sunday November 12, 2017

Yet another Sunday. Yet another week that has me going WOW this is the world we live in?

The Reckoning

It’s been incredible to see so many people standing up to say Me Too and out these awful people who have been getting away with assault and all kinds of bullshit over the past few months. Every time a new name is trending I’m wondering what is happening. I’m elated and hopeful that Gal Gadot sticks with the no Wonder Woman if Ratner isn’t removed. This is the reckoning of bad behaviour and if we can do nothing, but slowly get rid of this kind of awfulness for now then I’m a little okay with that.

Reading Fun

I just got home from Y’all Fest and learned a ton. It was really overwhelming and cool to attend. Every single author I met was incredibly kind and so loving towards their fans. I loved seeing these girls and their moms in line for authors. Along with those who are in my age group too, but really seeing younger generations who are big readers is heart warming.

Oh and I snagged a much coveted Zenith ARC and formed a line for what was being handed out after the booth closed down. So Achievement unlocked? I got to be the beginning of a line.

Grateful for

my SO who went with me to Y’all fest. He stood in a line for Zoraida Cordova for me since I couldn’t be in two places at once. I’m really happy he went with me and didn’t complain at all about the entire lack of interest he has in YA fiction. Well honestly most reading, but that’s okay because he just liked seeing me enjoying myself this weekend. Let’s be real it can be kind of awkward to be in a place that you have 0 familiarity with or knowledge of.

This week was a mixed bag. I hope you had a good week and let me know something that brightened it for you below!

 

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Something on Sunday November 5, 2017


Sunday’s are about moments like this. Sitting on the couch reading while Angus sleeps on my leg.

Spending time crafting and just being present. This Sunday’s news from Texas was rough. Heart breaking and makes me want to stop and slow down. Take life in because you just never know.

Also makes me so angry beyond angry, but this isn’t about that.

Another highlight this week was seeing Thor Ragnarok in theaters and that Black Panther trailer on the big screen. WOW! I can’t wait for that movie.

I hope you can take some time to just be today and find a little joy in what appears to be a hellscape. 

What was your highlight this week?

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October Wrap Up/Autumn Readathon Wrap UP

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I can’t believe October is over. Here we sit on the precipice of the end of my favorite season. Okay really the start of it here in the south. My reading was meh this month honestly.

First of all I totally didn’t manage the readathon. I tried, but I could not manage it. You can tell by how much I didn’t read in October it was a crazy month.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare 3.5/5 stars – Enjoyable not my favorite Tessa Dare Book though. I’ll still read the new series by her though because I have a couple of regency authors i consider my go tos.  G|A 

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh 3/5 stars – Not as enjoyable as the first book in this series, but rugby player catnip! G|A 

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata 4/5 stars – review is here  the epitome of a slow burn romance and different formats made it really enjoyable for me. G|A 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur  4.5 stars – so this may be one of my favorite collections of poetry now. It was beautiful to read and I highly recommend it. G|A

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater full review is here. I read this not knowing full deets on the author honestly and it was enjoyable. Am I going to finish the series? Probably not at this point. G|A

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 4.5/5 stars – a really enjoyable YA novel. I can’t wait to finish the series up next month. Favorite book I read this month too. Full review is here. G|A

Unveiled by Courtney Milan 3.5/5  stars – This was my pick for book club this month. The full video of our discussion is here. Generally a really good regency classic with some nice twists. G|A

October is over and I finished 7 books. Not bad, but not as high as previous months have been. November should be a good bit more reading for me though. I’ve only got one trip planned and that’s for Y’all Fest. Otherwise just movies to see and time around home. I can’t wait to get into cozy reading season!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite october book was and how many books you read!