18 November 2017

Stacking the Shelves #26


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week, I also added a couple of stuffed furry friends. I’ve wanted a Barnes & Noble bear for a while now and I couldn’t pass up purchasing Barnsie & Noble, the doggie, this week while they were on sale. I found the perfect spot on my desk for them, surrounded by books.

I’m not going to add a synopsis for each book, but all book links will take you to Goodreads. 



Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett


When It's Real by Erin Watt
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this so much when I listened to it in audiobook format, I had to add the physical book to my shelf. When It’s Real is one of my favorite reads for 2017.

Read: ⭐⭐⭐
I hate to admit that I purchased this book because of the cute little puppy on the cover. It was a cute, quick and sweet second chance romance. 



Rock Solid (Book Boyfriend #4) by Carly Phillips, Erika Wilde


Spider by Ilsa Madden-Mills






Damaged by Willow Winters

Dear Everly: a romance novel by London Casey, Jaxson Kidman

Love on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman



I’m currently listening to this series on audio and surprisingly I like it. I own book one, The Selection, on Kindle and when I read it five years ago I didn’t particularly care for it and never continued with the other books. I’m happy that I picked it up again, listening to it in audiobook format has made it more enjoyable. This series has mixed reviews, you either love it or hate it…



I’m a slacker with my blog lately. But, that’s okay, I blog just for fun and to help me keep track of the books I’ve read. I don’t have many followers and I don’t have any kind of pressure to review books from authors or publishers, so it’s okay to slack every so often. I’ve been spending more time reading, I’m currently binge reading the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. Today I’m starting book #6, River Marked, so far, I’m enjoying this series immensely.

My son is trying to talk me into vlogging about books, he seems to think people would like me because of my personality, he’s so sweet to say that. Maybe in the new year I will video a bookshelf tour, those are some of my favorite book videos to watch. I personally don’t think I would be good at vlogging, I would say “this book sucks, don’t waste your money” and I can only imagine all the hate comments I would get…lol  

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them.

Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving, thank you for visiting. Happy Reading -J
11 November 2017

Stacking the Shelves #25


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added this week to Kindle. Each book link will take you to Goodreads. 


Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading




Complicated by Kristen Ashley
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites




Mercedes is a Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She's surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fae. - Urban fantasy.

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



  
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting. Happy Reading -J
09 November 2017

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 30th, 2017 by Simon Pulse
My rating: ⭐⭐

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My thoughts…


I had high expectations for When Dimple Met Rishi and thought for sure I was going to love this book, especially after seeing it hyped up all over You Tube. I'm disappointed, to say the least, it didn't live up to my expectations.

Dimple's parents agree to pay for her to attend a summer coding program because Rishi will be attending the same program. Their parents believe that Dimple and Rishi are compatible and have decided for them to meet. Dimple's parents have never mentioned him, and Rishi is fully aware of the arrangement, but Dimple is not.

Rishi has embraced his Indian culture and their traditions. He is excited to go to the summer program with the intent to meet his future wife. After meeting Rishi, Dimple makes it clear she is not about to get married anytime soon and is against the arranged marriage.

They end up as partners for a competition and fall in love as they start spending more time together. To be honest, I’m not sure what Rishi saw in Dimple, she was mean, rude and very disrespectful to her parents and her Indian traditions. Dimple becomes angry with Rishi because they didn’t win the competition and she blames him for them losing. Dimple breaks off the relationship and doesn’t want to have anything to do with Rishi.  

The story is very predictable and basically a very cliché young adult romance. The only reason why I gave this book two stars was because of Rishi, he was loveable and charming and a hopeless romantic. I was expecting to read more about their Indian culture and arranged marriages. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as everybody else seemed to.

Happy Reading -J
07 November 2017

Stacking the Shelves #24


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves during the month of October. I’m not going to add a synopsis for each book, but all book links will take you to Goodreads. 




Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain





Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trust by Kylie Scott



From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

Shade by Shey Stahl
Read: ⭐⭐⭐

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow




Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Velvet (Velvet #1) by Temple West
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐




The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

It's You (It's You #2) by Katy Regnery
Read: ⭐⭐⭐

The Pawn (Endgame #1) by Skye Warren




The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Read: ⭐⭐⭐

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I went to my very first library book sale with my niece. We had a great time going through the many tables and shelves of books. It was a crazy kind of fun. There were gentlemen who brought along 12 large plastic bins (I happen to recognize them from our local used book store), and many others with large totes. Next time I’ll remember to bring a huge book bag to carry my loot, hardcovers are heavy. Yes, yes, I know, I already own a few editions of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, but this cover was so pretty. I also own Intensity by Dean Koontz, it's one of my favorites, I will be giving this one away. 


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Intensity by Dean Koontz
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Eligible (The Austen Project #4) by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sorry for the long post, I may return to doing weekly STS, monthly posts are very time consuming. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting. Happy Reading -J