31 July 2014

Monthly Wrap Up: July


I know I’m all about the months going fast and whatever, but where did July go. Sure, work has dragged for the past week, but I feel like the actual month has flown by. It’s crazy stuff really. I’ve also decided to skip what I’ve been reading, since that appears each week in my Sunday Summaries. I hate to spam you with stuff that is unnecessary. This is a feature which can evolve though, so who knows what next month will hold?

So Here are My Monthly Tunes To Get You Through This Post

What I’ve been reading Around The Internet

Cuddlebugery: The S Word
Enthralling Reads: The Emoji Book Tag (which I am tagged and will write a post for…soon I hope)

In Case You Missed It

Sunday Summary: Where did the sun go?
Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Favourite Movies
Readathon Round Up: #sexmeupreadathon round up

29 July 2014

Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

This week The Broke and the Bookish is asking which authors we own the most books from. I’ve decided to only count the books which I have in fact read, because I own all of A Song of Ice and Fire, but I’ve not read them all, so I don’t feel I can count them. I also found this difficult because a lot of my library is now in ebook form so it’s not like I have just physical copies to count. I also questioned if series could be included as individual books or f it should be counted as one, because they really up the account counting individual. I’ve decided to count them individually because there are some series, like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, which can be dipped in to as and when you fancy.

J.K. Rowling – 7 Books

Okay, this one is pretty obvious. I, surprisingly, don’t own any of the books she’s done since Harry Potter. I don’t want to ruin the magic of Harry Potter and read her books outside of that world and then not enjoy them. I am getting severely tempted to read Cuckoo's Calling because that is the kind of books I would enjoy anyway, but we shall see.

Jane Austen – 6 Books

I adored Jane Austen when I was about sixteen, I bought every book I could fins after reading Pride & Prejudice. These are the books I love to read when I am feeling a bit down and want something classic. I can read these books and instantly feel like I did when I first read them. So excited and so intrigued by the world that is created within.

Meg Cabot – 10 Books

Her books actually transport me to being 13 again and it is wonderful. These are comfort books, some of them I no longer own (The Mediator series, I am missing a few, I may have to download on my kindle at some point) but I will love her books always, even if I don’t actually buy them any more.]

Cecilia Ahern – 5 Books

I adore Cecilia Ahern. I will always buy her books, they are always a bit quirky, different from your usual women’s fiction. She writes so beautifully and her characters are all so wonderful. She truly knows how to manipulate your emotions. I can guarantee I will cry at least once with each of her books, no matter how much I try not to.

Sarah Dessen – 6 Books

I don’t own all of her books, although I sometimes wish I did. I have read all of them though. Sarah Dessen always writes a good contemporary YA book. Some are better than others, but I can guarantee I will always read what she writes.

Sarra Manning – 6 Books

I will always buy Manning’s adult books, and I will always check out her YA releases. This woman was my favourite author when I was probably 15 and that love has stuck. I have a compulsive need to read her books.

Jennifer Echols – 6 Books

I love Jennifer Echols, she is probably the author who has graced my must own list most recently. I adore her books and her writing. She writes the perfect level of romance into her books and always creates the most amazing characters. I will always buy what she is writing.

Jennifer Crusie – 12 Books

Jennifer Crusie is the first adult author I became properly committed to reading. I think I read Bet Me first and the rest is history. I persuaded Paul to buy three of her books for me from Tesco I think, they were ordered online anyway. I must have been sixteen and these books opened a whole new world for me. I had never read writing like hers. Read about women like Crusie writes them. Bet Me is also the reason me and mom legged it to Krispy Kreme Donuts when it first opened in the Bullring. My mom was there the first day it opened and came home with a dozen donuts for us. And there also began my love for these tasty delicious donuts.

Rainbow Rowell – 4 Books

I’m cheating a but with this one, but surprisingly I don’t own multiple books by all that many authors. I’ve read plenty of them, but just don’t own all that many books for the same author. Anyway, I won all four of Rowell’s books, I just haven’t gotten around to reading Landline yet. I;d take it to work with me, but since it’s a hardback I don’t want to ruin the cover by chucking it in my bag. Somehow I don’t think an explanation is necessary on this one.

Sophie Kinsella – 4 Books

I love Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read more books by her, but I own four. I love her standalone books best I think, the Shopaholic series is great and everything, but a good standalone chick lit book cannot be beaten.

And there you have it. I’m not surprised at the authors I own the most books of. I thought Cassandra Clare might be on here, but I only actually own the first three books, I don’t own the entire series. I also don’t completely feel the list reflects me fully as a reader. It just shows how much a like romance in books. The things is, it takes a while for me to become fully committed to buying everything an author has written ever, those who get that title are normally the authors who I grew to love as a child.

27 July 2014

I’m Feeling a Bit Delicate, But At Least I’ve Got My New Glasses

Sunday Summary
As this weeks title says, I am feeling a bit delicate this morning. It was my friends birthday yesterday, so in typical fashion we went out drinking. Whilst I was not drink I definitely consumed enough alcohol for my mouth to taste awful and for my head to be hurting, but not so much that the thought of moving makes me want to throw up and for me to be praying for death. All in all a good night really, which is better than I expected so I can’t complain. Sorry, I don’t think I normally mention me doing normal things like getting drunk and dancing to bad music in a crappy club do I? Well, the secrets out now. I am an actual person that does things like that, even though I feel a bit bored of it all now, but what can you do?

I also picked up my new glasses yesterday. It was very exciting for me, as you remember I broke my glasses last week, traumatising experience. I wasn’t sure about the glasses I picked at first. They are bigger, squarer, they remind me of Taylor Swift in that video for You Belong With Me, but not quite that huge. They’ve grown on me, and whilst they do slide down my nose on a regular basis, I still think they’re great. I just need to make sure they survive another year and then I can get some more glasses. I must always get new glasses when I have an eye test, it’s a thing. Also, whilst we’re on the topic of eye sight, I saw an article earlier about how someone is trying to develop vision correcting displays, so you could programme you TV or laptop screen or whatever to your eyesight and it would change the screen setting to project the images in the right way for your eyesight for you to be able to read or watch things without glasses! Awesome right? Although, if there were multiple glasses wearers in a household you couldn’t all watch TV together because the display would only be correct for one person. Thinking about it, that display would only be able to be used by one person as surely for non-glasses wearers the screen would be dead blurry from the correction? Cool idea though.

Anyway, outside of glasses and alcohol my week has been all about the Sex me up readathon, if you couldn’t tell. I didn’t exactly read all the books I proposed, but it was a fun week all the same, so I can’t complain.
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This is my reading week. I started Every Boy’s Got One this morning as reading a fluffy book like this seems to be the perfect remedy for my delicate head (which is actually getting better whilst I write this post, I may feel completely normal by lunchtime at this rate). The rest of the books were for the readathon.

I think I need to branch out to other books next week, though, because I am starting to become weary with all the romance of these books. I’ve got a book or two from NetGalley which I need to read, so maybe I’ll do that next week. We’ll see. I’ve also got a tower of books next to my bed which need reading, so it’s not like I don’t have options. I’ve still not got around to reading Landline, so really, I need to start reading I think.

Anyway, that has been my week. I’m sorry it’s not more exciting, but I am quite dull really. I really need to start prepping for my holiday in September anyway. I still haven’t bought a suitcase, and I’m in no way prepared with enough clothes to take with. I need to get some comfortable shoes. And I really need to get some books, but not too many, but a few. And I need to plan things to do when I’m in New Orleans. So there is so much planning to be done, it’s crazy.

25 July 2014

#sexmeupreadathon Round-Up

 

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I read four books this week. I feel that is pretty good. Two of them fit the sex part of the readathon and embody the whole #letsgetiton hashtag, the other two were fun reads which touched on sex but were basically light easy YA reads which were quite refreshing after the NA binge I’ve had in the past few weeks. I enjoyed all the books which I’ve read, it’s been an enjoyable week, although I did start to get worried by the middle of the week that I just wasn’t reading book which fit into the #sexmeupreadathon theme, and I also wasn’t reading many of the books on my reading list. Then I remembered that this is meant to be for fun and that I’ve never been able to stick to set schedule on reading, so why stress?

 

It’s been a fun week with some great posts over on the Sex Me Up Readathon page. I’ve discovered bloggers whom I might never have heard of without this and it’s been refreshing to say the least. It was so nice to read posts from people I don’t read all the time, and to find bloggers who don’t stick to the same YA books that I often see on blogs (not that I’m complaining, but variety is the spice of life) so it has been refreshing.

 

This week has also made me think about myself as a reader. I know what kind of reader I am. I am a binge reader that gets completely absorbed in a book, a world, a series, or a genre. I am all or nothing with my reading. I binge and I read quickly. I f a book lasts more than a couple of days I feel my attention waning. I am not a planner, but an impulsive reader, I get a book in my mind and I have to read it. These are not the things I’ve realised, it’s more my views on readers and reading that have changed. I know I can be quite a judgmental person when it comes to reading and books, I try not to be, I am making a conscious effort to remember not to judge a person by the books they read. I’d dread to think of the conclusions people might reach about me if they did that to me. It’s certainly something I have gotten over now, but when I first began reading again a couple of years ago, when I’d finished uni, I was quite judgemental, even of myself.

 

This week I’ve read some fabulous posts by numerous people and they have all reminded me of one simple thing. I should not be embarrassed about what I’m reading, and I shouldn’t care or judge what others are reading. We all have genres and books which we enjoy to read, even if others don’t like them. We should not have to hide books we read for fear of being judged by others. I happen to enjoy new adult books, despite the clichés, the oft predictable storylines, and the sometimes poor characterisations and relationships which appear in them. I don’t mind people knowing that. I am also a sucker for romance novels, like the ones which would not be bodice rippers, but they are definitely of the steamier variety. I’m okay with people knowing that. I often tried to hide it, but I don’t know why anymore.

 

I have also realised that these books which I am reading, there are plenty of other people reading the same things, I am not alone. Since I have spent such a long time being a bit embarrassed by what I read, as it is not serious and highbrow, I forgot that others read the books that I do. Probably because I did not talk about these books to others, so they could not mention their thoughts or if they had read them too. Anyway, it has been nice to see others reading the books I have not previously mentioned to others. To remember I am not alone in the books I read and get to discuss them with others.

 

Anyway, I hope you have all enjoyed the readathon and that you have remembered that sex is not a thing to be embarrassed by, and that a healthy attitude to sex is needed, something I think is often forgotten.

22 July 2014

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

I’ve struggled with this one from The Broke and the Bookish. I would want a bunch of people that could help keep me alive whilst also keeping me entertained, but will also accept I am not social by nature and often am surly, sarcastic and antisocial. I have not thought of ten people I would want want me with me on a deserted island, because ten people on a deserted island, sounds awful crowded, and with that kind of brain trust you’re bound to figure our a way to escape.

I had several important questions to ask myself for this week topic, though. What kind of island are we deserted on? What environment am I in? What skills do my companions need to possess to keep us alive because I sure as hell can’t rely on myself for any kind of survival skills. The conclusion I reached whilst thinking deeply about these things at work (it’s been a very busy day) is that fantasy characters are the folks I need to keep me alive. Fantasy and dystopian characters.
1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
The girl survived the hunger games, I’m pretty sure she could help me survive on a deserted island. Also, did you know she’s skilled with a bow and arrow too? Sure, she can be a bit annoying at times, but she is also sarcastic and closed off, she would get my sarcastic antisocial state of being. We could bond over it.

2. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Girl has magic and is the smartest girl ever. She could use her brain to think of intelligent solutions to our problems, and her magic would totally help us survive. Sure, magic can’t create food, but she could do plenty of other stuff.

3. Katsa (Graceling)
Okay, so her skills are more limited to herself and keeping herself alive, what with her whole grace to survive thing, but honestly, if the girl can keep herself alive she can certainly help with everyone else.

4. Prince Po (Graceling)
I’d just feel a bit bad bringing Katsa along to be stranded and not bring Po, also, his ability to find hidden stuff would be dead useful. Sure, it would mean there would be a couple lovefest between him and Katsa, but I could live with that.

5. Ananna of the Tanarau (The Assassin’s Curse)
I figure she grew up on a boat, she must have some idea about sailing and potentially building a raft to get us to safety, right? ALso she’d be a laugh, girl can drink, she tends to be quite blunt, she can fight, and she don’t take nothing from nobody. You need that when you’re going to be stuck on an island, you know?

So those are my survival buddies, I contemplated roping in Mal from the Grisha series, what with him being and amazing tracker, but I figure Katniss can do all the food gathering anyway, with the help of Po and Katsa of course. I really wanted to think of someone who was good at building stuff, so we could have someone build a shelter, or a boat, but I figure foods more important, and we would figure it out. I was tempted to have a bit of eye candy cracking off, because poor Po will be overrun with females, but I do not plan to be stranded long, not with my proposed brain trust. Also, eye candy can be very distracting when you are attempting to survive.

21 July 2014

What Am I Reading For The #sexmeupreadathon?

That is the question I am currently asking myself. I have rambled on in two posts about some of my recommended reading for this week, but what do I actually plan to read?

The honest answer to that question is I don’t know.

I have said before I am not a planner when it comes to what I read, so planning books to read for a five day readathon is a difficult task for me. I have taken to GoodReads, I’ve browsed Amazon, I have scoured other blogs and the internet in general to come up with book ideas. My list will inevitably contain more books than I can hope to read, but too many is better than not enough.
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Finding It – Cora Carmack
Series: #3 Losing It
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson
I’ve read the other two books in the series, so I figure I should really get around to reading the third. I do adore a good Cora Carmack book, she knows what she is doing.
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Genre: Romance, New Adult, High School
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."
"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....
"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....
I read the first one of this series a while back. I enjoyed it but was not completely enamoured, definitely a book you can take or leave, but I have heard great things about this series, so I am going to give it a chance. Also, this book is currently in the kindle summer sale at 99p, that is a price I cannot refuse.
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Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
Series: #1 Beautiful
Genre: Romance, New Adult
INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match
I read this a while back, when there was first the big to do about this book and Fifty Shades of Grey. I was not that in love with it back then, but then my book tastes were different, I was convinced I had to be a ‘serious’ reader. I have grown and realise how silly that is, I am going to give this book another chance.
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Genre: Erotic Romance, New Adult
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other.
Well, I’ve heard good things. Everyone is talking about it for this readathon, so why not right?
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Tempting The Best Man – Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: #1 Gamble Brother
Genre: Erotic Romance, New Adult
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...


She'll make him lose control...

Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother's best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can't stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother's wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they're forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don't strangle each other first…
I liked Wait For You, so I figured why not venture into some of her other books? This one sounds like it will be a funny read, with some steamy and some ridiculous scenarios which will be very reminiscent of all chick-flicks ever made, I cannot wait.
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Genre: Romance, New Adult
A sexy, romantic read from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Someone to Love. When coed Ally Monroe literally falls into the arms of a tattooed bad-boy one summer night, she can't seem to let go. Morgan Jordan is everything Ally doesn't want—he's a playboy from a blue collar background, and Ally's looking for upper-class stability. Though their relationship starts off as a one-night stand, once Ally learns Morgan is her best friend's brother, there's no escaping him . . . or the growing fire between them. As Ally and Morgan become closer, they confront bitter enemies, his sister's disapproval, and paths pulling them in different directions at summer's end. The second book in the bestselling Someone to Love series proves that in love and passion, sometimes two wrongs do make a right
This last one is another impulse buy (which is why it is the second in a series instead of the first) because it was in the kindle summer sale for 99p and when a book is on offer on Amazon for 99p I find it difficult to refuse it. I’m simple like that.

Well, there you have it. This is my reading list for the week. I’m not certain how strictly I’ll keep to this, and I most certainly will struggle to keep within a set group of books when deciding what to read, but I’m sure this will be fun. I’ll post some mini reviews or something at the end of the week, or in the middle of the week. I don’t know. Anyone read any of these? I would love to hear your thoughts on them.

20 July 2014

I Think The Sun Killed My Brain Cells This Week


Strange post title this week, but I feel it perfectly summarises my week. It has been sunny here in the UK this week, on the news it has even been referred to as a heat wave. Friday was the hottest day since last August or something like that and let me tell you that is not all that pleasant. I have been so warm, there has been sweat, there has been the wearing of shorts, I mean I bared my pasty white legs to the world the other day, you know it’s getting warm when the legs come out. It does mean I have been a bit stupid this week. I don’t know why, but seems to make us brits stupid, I swear it. We get a bit slap-happy and become a bit weirder than usual.

One horrible thing did happen to me this week, my glasses broke (again). I get up Wednesday morning all ready to get ready for work and the arm fell off my glasses (again). I don’t know if I told you about my glasses breaking last time, but this time I knew they had to go. I rushed around and got to Specsavers just as it opened, rambled to the poor sales girl about my trauma and then got passed to the girl I saw last time. She agreed with her supervisor the glasses could be replaced, they glued the arm as a temporary fix then showed their (limited) range of replacement glasses, I’m allowed Roxy ones since that is the brand I picked last time. I am now waiting for my new glasses (which aren’t as nice) to arrive, luckily I don’t have to pay for any of it, not even the thinning of my lenses. Yeah, I’m dead blind, my lenses get thinned because my eye sight is that bad. Seriously, if you’re a glasses wearer and have an idea of the strength of lenses I will tell you my lenses strength and will see you get all shocked thinking how does she see?

But anyway, essentially I had the drama of legging it to the opticians to get told I need new glasses but somehow managed to make it to work for 9am, I was impressed. Sadly, it means I have to wear contact lenses to work for the next week, I hate wearing them because my eyes start to get all scratchy by the end of the day.

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I’ve read seven books this week! That’s so many, I don’t know how I managed it. As you can see it has been an incredibly girly week of chick-lit for me. I’m re-reading some of my Meg Cabot books from when I was fifteen (yep, I read all of her books that I could find after deciding I was getting too old for The Princess Diaries). I also started reading Boomerang in like the middle of the week after seeing Judith from Paper Riot’s tweets (I feel that I have gone wrong with the use of the possessive but oh well, I get what I’m saying) whilst reading this, more specifically this tweet. I immediately went and bought this book as soon as I saw that tweet, I knew it was a book I wanted in my life. Thank God I decided that, it was such a good read, it was light and easy without being flippant and it still had depth, there were plenty of serious moments. These characters were good, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to you all. If you’re not a fan of new adult books then this book will show you they are not all the same. Then Lick was one of my contenders for what I will read next week for the readathon that I may or may not have mentioned to you guys. It is just what you expect from the summary, but it’s nice. I like how it’s quite predictable but there is still depth to it, you know?

I can’t tell you what I watched on TV this week, because I’ve barely watched TV. I did watch The Proposal for like the twentieth time, but Sandra Bullock dancing and singing Get Low is hilarious, as is that entire film. I love watching crap like that. I’ve not finished Hemlock Grove or Orange Is The New Black though. I winder why I’m paying for Netflix right now, I’m just not committed to TV at the moment, it’s all this reading taking up my time.

Well, I’ve got to get dressed and showered and go buy me a bus pass for the next four weeks, so I shall leave you all to make myself pretty enough to be able to leave the house. Get ready though, because next week is readathon time, yey! It’s only five days though, I think we’ll cope.

18 July 2014

#sexmeupreadathon recommendations (Part 2)


So part 2 focuses on series and crossover books and New Adult books. This is because new adult books tend to be part of a series, crazy stuff, I know. I was going to include a few more books in this post, but I decided to only put on the ones I really enjoyed. For any books that are a part of a series I tried to link to the other books or to the GoodReads series page for you to check it out. Please, read on and enjoy, hopefully they’ll give you some decent ideas for the #sexmeupreadathon next week.
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Series: #1 New York Leopards
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Sports Romance (don’t ask, saw it on goodreads)
Sexual Rating: medium
My Rating:
When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL's most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.

But when Ryan's rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she'd made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.
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Genre: Romance
Sexual Rating: Medium/sexy
My Rating:
"You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together…then you'll hear the sound of your soul."

Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She's an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.

When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father's café, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She's denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions-for him, for music-but her father's legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.

A "heartbreaking and romantic" (Aestas Book Blog) debut, Sweet Thing explores the intensity and complexities of first love and self-discovery.
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Faking It – Cora Carmack
Series: #2 Losing It
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Sexual Rating: Steamy
My Rating:
Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel
I loved the second one in this series best, but I do own the other two and I have a soft spot for Cora Carmack so definitely check out her other books, she does write sexy well.
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Good girls don't steal.
Good girls don't visit sex shops.
Good girls don't have one-night stands.

For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn't worth it anymore. It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a girl like her would never do, not in a million years . . .

As a tattoo artist with a monster motorcycle, Chase Trepasso isn't the kind of guy you bring home to mom and dad.
And when he finds Katie's list in a bar, he's more than happy to help her check off a few items. Especially the ones on the naughtier side . . .

Katie's more than tempted by Chase's offer, as long as they keep things uncomplicated. But as they spend more time together, she may just wind up breaking the most important rule of all: Good girls don't fall in love with bad boys
I would also recommend the other two books in this series Good Girls Don’t Date Rockstars and Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines but the first one is my favourite of the series I think.
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Foreplay – Sophie Jordan
Series: #1 The Ivy Chronicles
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Sexual Rating: sexy with some mild steamy
My Rating:
Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.


Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…
The first in this series is again my favourite, but I loved the second too, Tease.
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Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Sexual Rating: mildly steamy
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In the game of love…

Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF's hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no--even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again.

Someone's going to get hurt…

Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.
Those are my recommendations for next week, please enjoy and let me know if there are any books you would recommend for me to read, I adore a good recommendation. I’m going to get a post up on the weekend on with my ideas of books I want to try and read. Books which have caught my interest and fit my sexy book criteria of basically having a decent sounding plot and plenty of romance. Get your recommendations in early nad they may get in on my list.

16 July 2014

Some #sexmeupreadathon Recommendations (Part 1)



I said I was going to do some recommendations in the lead up to the readathon. The readathon begins next week, on Monday. So I’m going to do a couple of posts this week about the readathon and some recommendations. These res are not limited to the readathon, they are books which I genuinely recommend you read if you happen to enjoy a good romance.

As a dedicated romance reader I feel I have some knowledge about romance books. Now the romance I tend to read comes in the form of new adult books and books which would have formerly been deemed chick-lit, I don’t know what it gets classed as anymore. I am going to begin with my recommendations for that which I would class as being chick-lit. The characters are all grown up, they have lives, jobs, houses, etc. They have responsibilities. There are going to be some crossover, my new adult list will have grown ups in as well, I don’t know. It’s difficult to classify.

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The Second Chance Cafe – Alison Kent
Genre: Romance
Sexual Rating: Light
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Kaylie Flynn was luckier than most children left to the Texas foster care system, blessed with a foster mother who taught her the comfort of home - and the healing power of baking the perfect brownie. Now, Kaylie has journeyed back to Hope Springs to open a cafe in the charming Victorian she once shared with her foster family - and to finally find answers about her past and where she came from.

Yet Kaylie's carefully laid plans quickly become complicated. The house needs far more work than she realized, and Tennessee Keller, the carpenter Kaylie hires, stirs up feelings she hasn't felt in a long while. When an unexpected crisis threatens to unravel her dreams, Kaylie seems to have all the ingredients for a perfect disaster - or quite possibly the perfect love
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Genre: Romance
Sexual Rating: mild/medium
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A Chicago reporter in her mid-twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. From the outside, her life seems charmed. She has a handsome, long-term boyfriend and a budding journalism career at a popular Chicago newspaper. But in reality, her relationship is going nowhere, and she’s quickly losing motivation for what she once believed was her dream job. When her boyfriend dumps her unceremoniously, Kate loses all hope of finding love.

With no living family and few friends, Kate confides in her boss. Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, he gives Kate the opportunity to jumpstart her career. The assignment: to interview the famously reclusive R.J. Lawson, a wealthy tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as a Napa Valley vintner. The week takes an unexpected turn, however, when Lawson refuses to divulge any information. Desperate for a lead, Kate turns to Jamie, a vineyard hand who shows her the romance of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. But his connection to Lawson is ambiguous, and when Jamie disappears before the end of the week, Kate is left to investigate another story: the truth behind the man who stole her heart.

USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino explored love and heartbreak in her beautifully written debut Sweet Thing, and her newest novel does not disappoint. For fans of Colleen Hoover, K.A. Tucker, and Katja Millay, Nowhere But Here is a stirring and satisfying romance that you won’t want to put down
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Genre: Romance
Secual Rating: medium/sexy
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Claire Kennedy is NiceGirl, the anonymous author of steamy online blog 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature'. An internet sensation, she attracts the attention of Mark Bell, a hot London publisher. But when it becomes clear that Mark is interested in more than just a book deal, Claire has to act fast. Because little does Mark know that NiceGirl is a lot more experienced in the bedroom than real-life Claire Kennedy.

Mark is offering Claire the life she's always dreamed of - a steady relationship, the literary world of London and a posh Highgate apartment.

But when Claire hires the services of struggling artist and commitment-phobe Luca to brush up on her sex skills, things get more complicated...

Great sex, friendship AND love ... can't a girl have it all?
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Genre: Romance
Sexual Rating: Light
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When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’s matchmaking attempts. And third, avoid Marco DeLuca, her ex’s commitment-phobic, distractingly sexy best friend.

In school Lexi was off-limits for Marco. After all, she was his buddy’s girl. But she’s still as smart and as gorgeous—and apparently as immune to his charms—as she used to be. Yet the simple fake romance they agree upon to dodge Lexi’s grandmother’s matchmaking plans soon turns deliciously complicated. And the sultry summer might bring together all the right ingredients for Marco to win the only woman he’s ever wanted
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Bet Me – Jenny Crusie
Genre: Romance
Sexual Rating: Mild/Light
My Rating:
Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet.

Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible - especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs...

When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.

But Fate has other plans - and it's not long...
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Genre: Romance
Sexual Rating: mild/light
My Rating:
A hilarious and heartfelt tale by the master of romantic comedy, Jennifer Crusie!


Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB's prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he's willing to help cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that's an added bonus.

Charlie just wants to kick back, play good tunes and eat Chinese food. He's not interested in becoming famous. But he is interested in Allie. And after all, what harm is a little chemistry between friends?

But suddenly their one-night stand has become a four-week addiction. Night after night on the airwaves, his voice seduces her…and all the other women in town. He's a hit. It looks as if Charlie's solved all Allie's problems…except one. What is she going to do when he leaves?
Six books for a post seems like more than enough, right? These are the ones which can be read independently, I think I’ll do another post for some series, although New Adult books tend to always be a part of a series. I’ll also have post dedicated to the new adult, collegey, post college type books. I’m thinking this may be a three parter. I trilogy of book recommendations.

15 July 2014

Top Ten Favourite Movies

This is an easy one this week, The Broke and the Bookish want us to tell you about our favourite movies or TV shows, I won’t do TV shows, because there are so many I don’t know how to break it down. Also, recently I’ve not been watching as many TV shows as I used to, so I feel it would be false to claim them as favourites when I haven’t seen them in ages. My favourite films are just as difficult to pare down to just ten, but I have a decent idea of my top twenty so I’ll give it a go. My favourites will be in no particular order. More recent films are not included because they haven’t been out long enough to be classed as favourites, a favourite is a film I like to watch frequently and can potentially quote portions of. These are the films I watch on repeat and the films I continually push on others to watch too.
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I fell in love with Lee Pace in this film. I also developed an obsession for Tarsem Singh and every film he ever makes. I went to watch Mirror Mirror, despite the poor reviews, because Tarsem Singh makes the most stunning films. This film is like two stories in one, it is a story within a story and it’s complex and so very simple at the same time. You have to watch it simply for the cinematography.
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I think most people of my generation love this film. Oh Heath Ledger, you were so charming and adorable, I fell for you. And Kat was the girl I wanted to be, strong and independent and so cool. This film also introduced me to the bands Letters to Cleo and Save Ferris, for which I am eternally grateful.
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Another classic teen comedy from the nineties. I am a nineties child and I used to watch this film on repeat, a few years ago I knew all the lines. I knew half the dance they paid for. Me and my friends still joke about spirit fingers and when it’s cold we’re all ‘brr, it’s cold out here…’ and you know the rest. I love nostalgic films like this.
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Maybe I should have done a list of my favourite cheesy rom-coms to watch on duvet days. Clueless is a staple for all girls of my generation. Cher was my inner ditz (a genuinely thought she was saying Haitians correctly, it wasn’t until Heroes came out that I realised I was wrong) I adored this. I think it helps that I am a fan of Jane Austen, although I didn’t know this or 10 Things I Hate About You were adaptations when I first saw them.
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I think you should know that I am a massive Joss Whedon fan. Sadly, I had not heard of Firefly before it got cancelled, I was too young I think. It was actually my mom that told me about this film, she said that someone she knew from work had recommended it after having heard I loved Buffy. I lucked out and it was on TV one evening so I sat and watched this and loved it. My mom came back from shopping the next day and had the Firefly TV series on DVD for me. I adore this film, I know at least fifty per cent of the lines. It makes you feel all the things really. I didn’t get some of the stuff on my first watch since I hadn’t seen the TV series, but even in that first watch I knew it was amazing.
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I would never have picked this as a favourite if I was going simply off films I like to watch, but this film means a bit than that really. This film reminds me of university as one of my housemates loved it, got us all to sit and watch it together. I have a soft spot for Richard E Grant which helps. The characters in this films are so ridiculous, so extreme, it’s hilarious. It is such a great film.
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I feel like I might as well just say Tumblr decides what films I like and that I have no mind of my own, because I don’t seem to have any crazy original film loves going on. TO be honest, I just love cheesy comedy romance type films, more specifically teen ones. I don’t need to justify why I like Easy A though, it is just a good film, what more do I need to say. Also, Emma Stone?
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This film I first saw when I was going through my phase of being in love with Scarlett Johansson. I watched everything she had ever done, ever. It took me ages to even find this film, it was never released in the UK, but once I found it I adored it. I don’t know if I have ever talked about it on here, but I have a fascination with the American south, more specifically with New Orleans. I think my love for Gambit from the X-Men as a child released influenced me. So, to watch this film which is set in New Orleans, well that is just awesome.
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I can’t believe I almost forgot about this film. I first watched this a few years back. I must have been sixteen, I’m sure I first saw it around the time I was studying for my GCSE’s, or some kind of exam anyway. I was on study leave and it was on sky. I think my mom and Paul were away because I had full television control (that’s a rare thing in my house) and this came on. I’d seen something about it in the TV magazine and I figured, why not? I adored it. I did absolutely no revision because I was so gripped.
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Last, but not least, is Pitch Perfect. Another film which took tumblr by storm, but I love it for two reasons. One: there is singing and mash ups. Two: Anna Kendrick. Basically, this film is filled with awesome things. I spent a three month period just watching this film whenever I was bored. Sad, I know, but I adored it.