Waiting On Wednesday: Still Me (Me Before You Book 3) by Jojo Moyes

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Still Me by JoJo Moyes

Published by:  Penguin Books

Expected Publication: 29th January 2018

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s topic was: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

I’ve kind of already done one of these posts last week on the blog, but I’m going to give this weeks Top Ten Tuesday a go as well.

  1. To post more regularly.
  2. To post reviews more regularly – I was going so well in 2017 until we hit close to the end and everything went down the drain
  3.  To complete my own Australian Women Writers Challeng (AWW18). – Not going to lie, I’m guttered and totally ashamed that I didn’t complete this challenge last year. I read enough books, but didn’t get the reviews up in time for them to count. This year will be better!
  4. To smash our Goodreads reading challenge – it’s already judgmental and telling me I’m 3 books behind schedule, but I will get there.
  5. To actually host the giveaways I have planned. I have a huge plastic crate full of books (both signed and unsigned), swag and random bookish goodies to giveaway that is literally just sitting there waiting for me to get organised. 2018 will be that year!
  6. To read more non-fictional titles. – I did read a good diverse range in 2017, but I want to challenge myself to read more widely and outside of my comfort zones this year.
  7. To post a conversational/discussion post at least one a month.
  8. To comment on more blogs regularly. I used to be really good at this, but 2017 messed me around a bit and I’ve fallen behind. I love this book community and I want to support it 100%
  9. To update my independent book listing/records and finally have somethign that represents every book I own.
  10. To finally cull some of my books. I know, I KNOW, I’m a monster, but the truth is I’m rapidly running out of storage space (probably actually ran out a year ago) and so I started a big storage crate of books I didn’t like, or ones I would never read again … a year ago … and it’s still sitting there, so I need to do something with it.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

Although I did read a lot last week, I feel like I’m in a reading slump already – clearly Harley& Rose was just too good of a book to start the year with.  I want to read so many different things at the moment, but I’m lacking the concentration to do so. Hopefully this week is better, because this certainty isn’t the best reading start to 2018.

 

Currently Reading:

 


Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Listening to:

 

 

 

 

hoping TO read:

 

 

Sequel to Valentine

Pearl Linford is stuck. Her best friend won’t talk to her. She’s promised never to lie to her siblings again, so she’s not exactly talking to them. And she’s waiting for the right moment to forgive Finn Blacklin, but she doesn’t know when that is.

In Ironheart, the follow-up novel to Valentine, Pearl and Finn face a new threat. The Unseelie fairies have infiltrated their town, and they’ve unleashed a new horror on them – a bunch of wild, uncontrollable, angry supernatural hunters.

On top of all this, Pearl has to a) win her best friend Phil back, b) deal with the fact that her brother is marrying his awful girlfriend, c) do something about the fact that Julian might want to kill her, d) somehow convince the internet she’s not a murderer, e) maintain a presence on the Haylesford indie music scene, f) try and get over her new phobia of water, g) find time for her new job at OverWrought, and h) attend high school.

Oh, and i) pencil in time to go on an actual proper date with Finn. If she can manage that without evil fairies trying to kill them.

And you know what? This is a lot for one seventeen-year-old girl to handle. No wonder Pearl is so full of rage all the time . . . but that rage might be drawing the attention of some very dangerous people.

Just Finished:

 

 

 

 

Last week on the blog:

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2018 (AWW18)

2018: A New Year = New Goals

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday Shelve It!

What are you reading this week?

Sunday Shelve It!

Brought to you (and me) by Magan & Estelle @  Rather Be Reading

 

 

FOR REVIEW (Ebook)

 

 

 

 

FOR REVIEW (PRINT)

 

 

Purchased (Print)

 

 

 

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Purchased (Ebook)

Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined find out what it is.

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

Purchased Audiobooks 

 

 

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2018 (AWW18)

It’s that time of year again when I choose what reading challenges I want to commit to for 2017. This year I’m only signing up to the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2018 (#AWW2018) in order to focus on my own reading,  the blog and my personal writing goals for 2017.

For anyone whose being following the blog for a while, you may have noticed that towards the end of the year it got a bit quiet. With work demands picking up astronomically and then with no internet access from later December (and still on going), I couldn’t post as much, which ultimately resulted in me failing last years Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. Because of this, I’m aiming to complete the same challenge that I started last year, and thus will be aiming to read 60 books written by Australian Women and review at least 50.

Every year, I have a lot of fun with this challenge and I’m really excited to see what 2018 has install for me.

 

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2018

Read: 60

Review: 50

2018: A New Year = New Goals

Although I’m about 9 days late, I hope everyone had a magical Christmas and an amazing New Year.  I wish to apologies for the lack of posts towards the end of last year; with work commitments ramping up in the lead up to Christmas and then internet connectivity issues plaguing me ever since (and still ongoing), I couldn’t access the blog, little know spare any time for posts unfortunately. Hopefully the connectivity issues will be solved shortly though, in the meantime, I’ll try and get online any chance I can to get back into the swing of things.

In terms of blog goals for 2018, I’m really just hoping to get a bit more organised and on top of things this year and thus I’m aiming to have at least three posts going up every week.

I’ve once again signed up for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge for 2018 and after failing to complete my own personal challenge of reading 60 books and reviewing 50 of them last year, I’m picking up the same challenge for this year.

According to Goodreads  (and this doesn’t take into account about 15 or so books that aren’t loaded on there), I read 122 books last year, however I have a big year ahead of me so far, and since I hate how judgmental their little reading challenge is, I’ve set my goal of books to read in 2018 at 80 books, with the intention to increase it to a 100 in a few months time. We shall see how I fare from there as the year progresses.

In terms of books I’m hoping to read this year, I’m hoping to continue much in the same fashion of 2017, with perhaps an increase in non-fiction, both Australian and  international. There are a few books I’m eyeing off already for the year from genre’s I wish to read more of (fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, historical, crime and action-adventure and mystery).

In terms of life, I know there are two things I am most looking forward to in 2018. The first being the Sydney Author Event book signing on the 7th April in Sydney, and I’m hoping to read at least one book from each of the attending authors every two weeks in the lead up to this event. the second big event, is the preparation and hopefully a holiday in America towards the end of the year, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of travel books being talked about in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? posts.

2018 shall see the continuation of many of the bookish memes that I try to participate in. I have weekly aims to run the It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? and  Sunday Shelve it! posts. I’m going to try and run at least a monthly, Waiting on Wednesday post, and I hope to alternate between  the  Top Ten Tuesday posts and Teaser Tuesday posts. At this stage, I’m unsure if Let’s Talk Books will return weekly or monthly, and I’m taking the rest of January off to try and get organised for the year ahead.

And lastly, I really wish to host a number of giveaways throughout the year. I have an overflowing basket full of books (both signed and unsigned), a Bookaroo courtesy of Di from Di’s Dazzling Dezines, and various swag and book samplers that I’ve picked up from author events in 2017 and not given away yet. I had hoped to run a pre-Christmas  mass give away (12 days after Christmas) but with work and internet issues, neither of these eventuated. Just means the Blogiversary coming up later this month should include a few different things this year AND there may be a giveaway held every month or so.

So yeah, that’s basically when my head is so far where the blog and books are concerned re:2018. Overall, I’m excited to see what the year holds because there looks to be so many stella books released in the next few months and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

I know this is my first week back on the blog for the year, and I’ve only technically finished one book so far (I’m off to a slow start this year), but having just finished the most amazing book – Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner –  but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this book, is going to be in my top ten books for 2018 and it’s damn sure going to be a hard one to be beat!

 

Currently Reading:

A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast’s side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.

Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling ofThe Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast’s heart.

 


 

Listening to:

 

 

 

 

hoping TO read:

 

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Sequel to Valentine

Pearl Linford is stuck. Her best friend won’t talk to her. She’s promised never to lie to her siblings again, so she’s not exactly talking to them. And she’s waiting for the right moment to forgive Finn Blacklin, but she doesn’t know when that is.

In Ironheart, the follow-up novel to Valentine, Pearl and Finn face a new threat. The Unseelie fairies have infiltrated their town, and they’ve unleashed a new horror on them – a bunch of wild, uncontrollable, angry supernatural hunters.

On top of all this, Pearl has to a) win her best friend Phil back, b) deal with the fact that her brother is marrying his awful girlfriend, c) do something about the fact that Julian might want to kill her, d) somehow convince the internet she’s not a murderer, e) maintain a presence on the Haylesford indie music scene, f) try and get over her new phobia of water, g) find time for her new job at OverWrought, and h) attend high school.

Oh, and i) pencil in time to go on an actual proper date with Finn. If she can manage that without evil fairies trying to kill them.

And you know what? This is a lot for one seventeen-year-old girl to handle. No wonder Pearl is so full of rage all the time . . . but that rage might be drawing the attention of some very dangerous people.

Just Finished:

 

 

 

Last week on the blog:

 

What are you reading this week?