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Review Requests!

Good Morning All!

I recently received a Twitter message from an author asking if I accept review request. I usually get my review ARCs from Netgalley or Edelwiess. Other books I review are just books I personally buy or I take out from the library. However, I’ve decided to open my blog up to review request.

Please check out my new Review Request page!

Happy reading!

Melisa

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Brief Saturday Break

Hi All!

This week has been crazy with a family party going on. As such, I did not get a chance to write a review for today. However, I’ll be back with a regularly scheduled review on Wednesday at noon. Until then, I wanted to leave you with a lovely book quote.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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New Book Poster

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Just got a new bookish poster for my room. What do you think?

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May 15, 2016 · 18:56

Reading Quote

Just wanted to share another one of my favorite quotes about reading.

Enjoy!

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March 22, 2016 · 20:22

My Epic Return to Blogging:

Hello my dear followers! I know my brief hiatus has turned into something much more. It has been about 5 months this I’ve posted. Life and an inability to keep up with reviews overwhelmed me. Honestly, I was being lazy. However, I miss writing reviews. I miss the extra thought that I put into books. When I don’t review, I tend to just move quickly from book to book, without examining what I liked and didn’t like about the book I read. So hopefully, I’m back now. I want to start out easy. I think my schedule of four reviews a week plus additional posts are just too much to start again. As of now, I’m going to try two books a week. Maybe as time goes on, I will up the number of reviews.

I’m happy to be back!

On that note, I’ll leave you with my favorite quote about reading!

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Brief Hiatus

Hi Guys, 

I’ll be taking a brief hiatus in the beginning of November. My sister is studying abroad in Germany and I’m going to visit her, spending about 10 days traveling between three countries. I had thought about scheduling posts for when I’m away but I’ve fallen behind on my reviews. Honestly, I think I need a little break from constantly reading and reviewing. Once I come back, I should be refreshed and ready to post reviews again. And hopefully some cool pictures from Europe!

Cheers!

Melisa  

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NJ RWA Book-Signing

Hi Guys,

Saturday, October 17th was the NJ RWA book-signing! Together with one of my friends, who despite not reading romances gets dragged to these signings, I went and got books signed! What was great about this book-signing was there was time to chat with the authors. I had a chance to talk to Julia Quinn about her new Bridgerton book series!

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Sarah MacLean!

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Julia Quinn

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Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award

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Thank you to Bridget’s Book Bungalow for nominating me for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate ten blogs.

10 Questions from Bridget’s Book Bungalow:

  1. What is your favorite part about blogging?
    I really like the freedom to express my views about a book. Oftentimes, the victims of my book rants are family and friends who couldn’t care less but when I’m blogging, I feel like people actually want to listen to my thoughts about a book.
  2. What do you do when you are not blogging?
    Read, of course! And work to pay for my book addiction, and well, student loans.
  3. If you had to spend the rest of your life living in one book, which one would it be?
    I really want to say a historical romance, like Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, but no electricity and a plethora of diseases and the possibility of dying horribly in childbirth makes me second-guess that. Ohh, I know. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.
  4. Follow up to Q3: Would you choose to take on the role of an existing character or would you be a new character?
    I would totally want to be Sascha Duncan. And have Lucas all to myself. 😉
  5. How do you pick out which book to read next?
    Usually, based on due date. If it’s a library book that needs to be returned or a book from netgalley, I’ll try to read that first. Unless a new book I really want to read is released, then I’ll drop everything.
  6. What are your top three favorite genres? And if it’s not too much, why are they your favorite?
    Romance novels! And within that, historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance.
  7. Do you prefer series or standalones?
    Usually series. I really like when secondary characters stand out and you know that they will get a book too!
  8. What is your view on romance novels (of any kind)? This may be a silly questions since I know most of you read romance!
    Love them. Full stop. I’m a huge fan of romance novels and have been reading them for over 10 years. I just love the ability to pick up a book, and know, at least for the next three hours, that everything will work out in the end.
  9. When a favorite author switches genres, do you try their new book?
    For the most part, yes. I.e. Lisa Kleypas
  10. What’s your favorite social media site and why?
    It used to be Tumblr but I haven’t been very active on it lately. Now it’s probably pininterst. I can’t help it, I love the recipes.

My 10 Questions:

  1. What book world would you like to live in?
  2. Follow up, which book world would you hate to live in?
  3. Why did you decide to start a book blog?
  4. What’s your favorite book ever?
  5. What is your favorite book genre?
  6. Would you consider yourself an adventurous reader?
  7. If you could travel to any country in the world, were would you go?
  8. How long do you think you would survive in… The Hunger Games, Zombie Apocalypse, etc (your choice)
  9. Which author would you love to meet more anything? (Author can be living or dead)
  10. What was your favorite childhood book?

My Nominees:

Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books  

Rakes and Rascals

Kilts and Swords 

Booklovers for Life

Pressed for Words

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Susan Mallery Books

Recently I went on a Susan Mallery kick. I’ve read a few of her series throughout the years but I’ve never been as addicted as I was in the last two months. During this time, I read her Bakery Sisters’ Series, her Buchanan’s Series and almost all of her Fool’s Gold Series. Honestly, I’m not sure how I got any work done at all.

I do these bursts of reading/addiction to one author happens every once in a while. I find an author I like and I’ll read his or her entire back-list. A lot of times, it’s with paranormal series, like Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling (my current kick) or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League or Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. By the end, I find myself needing a break from that author, a break which usually lasts until their next book comes out. However, because of the timing with my Susan Mallery frenzy, her most recent Fool’s Gold books started coming out just as I was catching up with the series. So I started her first book of this summer, Hold Me, and liked it. But now I’m reading her second summer release, Kiss Me, and can’t get into it. I was chatting with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books two weeks ago and was telling her about reading Fool’s Gold, she asked if the
books start to get repetitive. I acknowledged that I noticed, in the Fool’s Gold series, there is that moment where the heroine tells the hero ‘she loves him’ and the hero just walks out. Maybe once I finished rereading Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series I’ll go back and start Kiss Me again. Plus, I just got a copy of the newest Fool’s Gold Book, Thrill Me, from the library.

Anyone experience that predictability when
reading too many books by the same author?

Any recommendations for small-town romances, similar to Fool’s Gold, that I should become addicted to?

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