Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List!






Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore 
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Sure Thing by Jana Aston 
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover 
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo 
The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker 
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins 
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas 
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 

What books are on your TBR this fall?  Which are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Goals for Fall Quarter!

This is my favorite time of the year; the end of summer, beginning of autumn.  Cooler weather, colorful leaves, crisp air, apple cider, Halloween, and, of course, the start of a new school year.  

The start of my senior year of college is fast approaching and I'm half terrified, half excited.  I can't believe that I'm that much closer to getting my Bachelor's degree -- this is something I've been working my whole life for and it's intimidating knowing that it's nearing the end.  Doubts, questions, paralyzing fear, happiness, and excitement are all swirling around me in a slightly nauseating storm.  Adulthood is looming and I want to make sure my last year as an undergraduate is as exciting, fun, and successful as I can make it! 

I've made a list of the goals I want to accomplish this fall quarter so I'm sharing it here with you! 

1. Maintain a 4.0 GPA
I really want to keep on top of my work and studying this quarter; my goal is to keep my GPA at a 4.0 and make sure I'm staying focused!  This can be a little difficult, especially since social life and school activities can get in the way of that a bit.  But I'm determined! 

2. Go to a sports game
This might seem like a slightly weird goal but in the three years I've been in college, I have yet to attend a sports game for my school!  And I really want to.  To be fair, my school isn't very big on sports; the focus is generally more on academics and the arts.  But I'd love to attend a rugby or soccer game! 

3. Post on this blog at least five times a week
Whenever I start a new school year, I tend to get pretty caught up in the work and the excitement of being back with friends.  As a result, posting on this blog lags A LOT.  I hate it when that happens because this blog is such an important part of my life and I enjoy it so much.  So, this quarter I want to make sure I stay on top of posting! 

4. Be more social 
While I spend quite a lot of time with my established friend group, I generally don't break out of my comfort zone and make new friends.  I'm fairly reserved in person and pretty shy so this is sometimes a challenge for me.  This quarter, I want to make a new friend in each one of my classes!  

5. Continue working on my novel
The end of summer brought A LOT of hard times for me, unfortunately.  There were a few family emergencies, some personal issues, and a lot of emotional turmoil.  Because of this, my novel was kind of pushed to the wayside and I haven't had the chance (or the motivation) to work on it in a few weeks.  But I want to get make into my story and find the motivation and excitement I had for it before all this happened! 

6. Make more of my own meals
Living in an apartment, it's way too easy to get take out or just heat up frozen meals.  I really want to get into the habit of making good meals that hopefully don't include the microwave. 

These are goals I'm really excited for and that I think will be challenging but attainable.  I'm looking forward to my last year and I'm really looking forward to fall!  What are some of your goals for this season and school quarter/semester?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Breaching the Contract

Title: Breaching the Contract 
Series: Conflict of Interest #1 
Author: Chantal Fernando 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Pocket Star 
Publication Date: September 18, 2017 
Source: An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns with BREACHING THE CONTRACT, book one in a brand new series—The Conflict of Interest Series—about a brigade of lawyers who, despite being bad boys at heart, always end up just on the right side of the law.
Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…
Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict? 

Find Breaching the Contract online! 
This book was just kind of . . . meh for me.  I wanted to like it so much because 1) Office Romance and 2) sounded like an enemies to lovers story, both things I love.  Unfortunately for me, I just didn't get into it as much as I was supposed to.  I didn't really feel the chemistry between the two main characters and found the plot slow in some places.  

The two main characters were okay.  Apart, I found them fine.  Kat was a little starry-eyed and didn't really give off the professional feel to me all the time but I liked how nice she was and how willing and determined she was to earn her place in the law firm.  She wasn't afraid to do the work that needed to be done and there was actually quite a few scenes of her working or interviewing clients.  This aspect made the story a bit slow for me personally since I'm not super interested in law, but I appreciated Kat's work ethic and how the story focused on her journey as a lawyer as well as her romantic relationship.  Tristan . . . okay well, we didn't see a whole lot of Tristan outside of being with Kat but he seemed like a good guy who was maybe a little too engrossed in work but had the best interests of his kids in mind.  

They were a pretty classic pairing -- boss and employee -- so I expected them to be great together with lots of chemistry.  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get behind them.  They felt so . . . bland.  And kind of forced.  Kat seemed to read really far into all their interactions and some of her conclusions felt like a bit of a stretch.  It felt like there was no chemistry and then suddenly they were super close and she was spending all this time with his kids and I was just like . . . you guys haven't even been out on a real date.  It just felt really serious, really fast without any real chemistry.

While I didn't feel the heat between Tristan and Kat, I was invested enough in them as characters to get through this one fairly quickly.  The plot wasn't super interesting but it was interesting enough to hold me interest.

This was, like I said, kinda meh.  I don't have any super strong feelings about it either way.  There were some good aspects, some bad aspects.  I don't think this one will be very memorable for me but I'm willing to give the author another chance.

Three our of Five Teapots

P.S. I'm currently doing a giveaway in which you could win a *signed* copy of Leigh Bardugo's latest novel, Wonder Woman: Warbringer! Enter here to win! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #117

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Roomies 
Series: None
Author: Christina Lauren 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: December 5, 2017 

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago? 

Find Roomies online!

Why I'm waiting on Roomies this Wednesday: I really love Christina Lauren's Wild Season's series and I really would love to read more of her work!  I'm a fan of the marriages for convenience trope so I'm really looking forward to this one. 

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday?  Do you like Christina Lauren novels?  Which is your favorite? Leave me links for WoW posts below so I can check them out! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Books I Loved the Year I Started My Blog!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books I Loved the Year I Started My Blog!






City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 
Gone by Michael Grant 
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins 
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 
The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan 
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 
The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Did you like any of these books?  Which were your favorites?  What books did you read and love during your first year of blogging?  Let me know in the comments below!  

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