Book Snob Tag

I saw a video on Youtube and I liked the idea. So I stole it! I just looked like fun.

(Thanks Tia and all the Books)

There are a total of  7 questions and I welcome everyone else to take it and share their opinions. I’m not tagging people. (Clearly I’m in an unsociable mood after a long and crappy day at work).

Getting right into it:

 

1. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

For me this depends on two things.

Firstly, If I have heard a lot of hype about the book before the movie is released and I think I want to give it a go I’ll read the book first. If I just can’t get along with the book after a couple of chapters then I may just watch the film when it’s out of the cinema and easily accessible.

Secondly, if I see a trailer for something that looks amazing and I find out that it is an adaptation, I will read the book first. Obviously, the same as above applies. If it’s not good I’ll probably just leave it and watch the film at a later time.

If it is something that is not on my radar or it’s just something I’m not really into I’ll just watch the film. This tends to go for films that the other half wants to see. I learnt a long time ago to just read the books I know I’m going to enjoy. No point in wasting the time you have on things you do not like!

 

2. Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books!

No doubt about it.

Yes, ebooks are convenient and cheaper but nothing will ever beat a physical book. The feel, the smell, and the emotions that attach themselves to each and every book you own / read mean so much more.  There is just nothing better.

 

3. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I am marrying a non-reader.

He’s into stuff I’m not and never will be into.

There is no point in having a relationship where you do EVERYTHING together. That would be extremely boring. He has his things and I have mine. It doesn’t offend me (too much) that he doesn’t read. Just like I don’t have any interest  in playing video games or building computers.

He has his thing and I have mine and it is even better that he does his stuff in his man cave and I have my reading room for my reading and writing. It’s so perfect for when we need space for an hour or two.

 

4. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

I never read Horror. I have no interest in it. At all. So I’d be very happy to ditch it. There is no way I’d watch a horror film, never mind read one.

 

5. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

I’m a sucker for Romance and I would probably choose to read this genre for the rest of my life if I had to.

 

6. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Romance for sure. There is no doubt really. The comments you see are awful sometimes. ‘They’re not real books’. ‘They are not creative’. ‘People who read them must not be intelligent’. I could go on. I have nothing to say to people who have snobby  shitty opinions like this. I LOVE a good romance and I have three degrees. The people who write romance create diverse characters and emotive stories that are just as good as any other genre.

 

7. Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I jumped on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon when it first came out. However, once I finished the series I realised just how rubbish it was. Those who bitched at me for reading them had a right to. They were a load of garbage. I hold my hands up, I deserved to be snubbed for reading this series. Along with Twilight they are quite possibly some of the worst books I have read and I’ve read some corkers.

 

Copy and paste this tag? I’m super interested in everyone else answers so send me links / tag me.

 

Lucy

xx

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March 2019 Wrap Up

March has been a hectic month for me.

I’ve had assessments and an interview for my new job which relied quite a bit on  preparation and I’ve visited home for nine days to see my family so a lot (and I mean A LOT) of my reading time has disappeared this month.

However, considering all of the real life occurrences (The perks of adulting) I don’t think it has been such a bad month. It has been so much worse for me in the past. I have read a total ten books this month and two of those books were approximately 700 pages each.

These are the books I have read this month:

Bound by Love (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #6) By Cora Reilly
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Nobody expected them to fall in love.
When Aria was given to Luca in marriage, people were sure he’d break her.
Aria feared the worst from a man like him.
A man without mercy.
But somehow she gained his love.
Love – a weakness a Capo like Luca shouldn’t risk.
When Aria betrays Luca by going behind his back for her family, she realizes too late that she might have lost what she’s fought so hard to get in the first place: Luca’s trust.
The trust of a man who never allowed himself to trust someone unconditionally before.
Can their love survive in a world of betrayal and deat

Goodreads

 

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic..

Goodreads

 

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons
My Rating: 5 Stars

41014505The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

Goodreads

 

Only Ever You by Siobhan Davis
My Rating: 2 Stars

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My entire life is a lie, propelled by one wrong decision that altered my fate.

If fans knew the truth, they’d run away screaming. But all they see is Ryder Stone, moody guitarist and lead singer of Torment, and a potential notch on their bedpost.

Only two people know who I really am. My manager has a vested interest in keeping my secret, and the girl I was forced to leave behind doesn’t even know the true extent of my shame.

Losing Zeta is both my biggest regret and my proudest moment. But she was the glue keeping me together, and I’m struggling to survive without her. Especially when demons from my past continue to haunt me and the threat of disclosure is ever present.

When she reappears in my life, this time, I’m too weak to push her away.

Her love has the power to save me.

Mine has the power to destroy her.

ZETA

I’ve worked hard to forget my past. To rise above my messed-up childhood and make something of myself; however, there’s no forgetting him.

Ryder’s gorgeous face and drool-worthy body are plastered over tabloids and TV screens, reminding me I’m still in love with the boy who captured my heart in juvie.

When he failed me, I thought I’d never again experience such heart-crushing pain. But watching him fall out of clubs with a succession of different girls renews the agony, resurrecting countless unanswered questions.

Now my boss has sent me to interview him. It’s a massive scoop for the magazine, and turning it down would kill my career. So, I delude myself into thinking I can handle this.

Perhaps this is the closure I need to finally move on.

Except I’m terrified nothing has changed and one look into those soulful eyes will suck me in again.

Ryder almost destroyed me last time. This time, he could ruin me forever.

Goodreads

 

Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paulina Simons 
My Rating: 4 Stars

My review is due shortly.

83143Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again.

Goodreads

 

Slashes in the Snow (Baum Squad #1) by M. Never
My Review: 1 Star

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Three years ago my father walked away. Away from our MC, all his responsibilities, and me. We haven’t spoken since the day he handed me the keys to the kingdom.

Shoved them down my throat was more like it.

I hate him, and the new family he’s playing house with. He left his entire life behind for a woman he barely knows. But I’m strong, resilient, and don’t need a damn soul to survive.

At least, that’s what I thought…until she walked into my bar.

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Someone is watching me. I can feel it. I wake up in the middle of the night freaked out of my mind, paranoid a stranger is there. My skin prickles every time I leave my house, because I know someone is following me.

I’m afraid. Alone. And there’s only one person left to turn to.

The stepbrother I never met. The man my stepfather speaks so highly about, but never sees. He’s the president of a notorious motorcycle club, and exactly the kind of person I need to protect me.

Little did I know, Ky Parish, freakin’ hates my guts.

Goodreads

 

On a Tuesday (One Week #1) By Whitney G
My Rating: 1 Star 

23286982We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…

Goodreads

 

Fighting to Breathe (Shooting Stars #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
My Rating: 3 Stars

25815089Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were young when they fell in love. They never imagined the future could hold anything other than together-forever. When Lea’s father dies in a tragic fishing accident, she’s crushed under the weight of her grief and catches a glimpse of another type of future, one she knows she’s not strong enough to face.

Austin is angry. For the past fifteen years, he’s believed the woman he loved with every ounce of his soul left him without so much as a backwards glance. When Lea unexpectedly returns to their hometown, all the years of heartache inside Austin bubbles to the surface and presents itself as blinding rage.

Faced with the truth about the past, a newly discovered secret, these former lovers will learn that if they want to have any chance at the future they’d given up on all those years ago, they will have to rescue one another from drowning in pain so debilitating it will leave them both fighting to breathe. Contains mature themes.

Goodreads

 

Into the Deep (Into the Deep #1) by Samantha Young
My Rating: 3.5 stars

17970255Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

Goodreads

 

Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire #1) by Nina West
My Rating: 3.5 Stars 

43696013One visit to my father in prison—convicted for a murder he didn’t commit—and I’ve attracted the attention of the last man I’d ever want knowing that I exist.
Gabriel Easton.
Son of an infamous crime boss. Pretentious liar. Merciless womanizer. A scoundrel to the core.
Worse, he has figured out how desperate I am to protect my father from brutality behind bars. He has the power to grant that protection and he has offered it … for a price.
Me.
I am to become a prisoner in his playhouse mansion, to live with him until he tires of having me around.
I’ll do anything for my father, including agree to Gabriel’s cruel game. But I won’t comply with his every whim and wish.
Not when he taunts me with that ruthless spark in his cold blue eyes.
Not when he requires that I share his bedroom at night.
Unfortunately for me, I think my loathing for him is what he’s enjoying most.
That’s fine. By the time I’m through with him, he’ll be crying my name.
Mercy

Goodreads

 

Here is to hoping that April is an even better reading month. What has been your favourite book this month?

 

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you pick what books to read?

How do you choose what books you want to read? Strangely, this is not a question I have asked myself before. However, with a recent book ban in place and a TBR bookcase that is way too full at the moment it’s something that’s popped into my mind. How did I pick all of these books to read? What drew me to them?

There are so many reasons to pick up a book and here are a few of the reasons how I choose the books I want to read.


Recommendations

I love a good recommendation. Whether this is from fellow bloggers or my family and friends. There is something about talking to others about their most recent reads especially when they are highly rated. I love when people are passionate about a book and they want to share it with others.

I do read a lot of recommendations from people who know and/or enjoy the same writing styles and genres as me.

The best thing about recommendations is that you don’t just have to wait for people to recommend books to you. You can recommend your favourite reads to others.  And it’s not just books that you love. Just because you have not enjoyed it doesn’t mean you don’t know someone who will. Why keep it to yourself when someone you know may love it ten times more than you?

 

Beautiful covers

I can be guilty of this every so often.

It is so much worse when I am in a bookstore compared to when I am online as when I buy books from the internet I tend to know which book(s) I am after. I can’t lie though. I do love a beautiful book cover. Sometimes there is nothing better than something new that looks amazing on my bookcases.

I can’t be the only person out there who has bought a book just because of the cover.

Thinking about it I did do this a lot more when I was younger but every so often it is a nice surprise opening a book and knowing nothing about it because you’ve bought it just for the cover.

 

Booktube

This is currently the most common way I find books that I want to read. I am subscribed to quite a few Booktubers on Youtube and it is such a great way to find what books you want to read next.

Recommendations for Booktubers to follow are always welcome.

From book hauls to unhauls and book reviews to monthly wrap-ups I think it a great way to pick books that you want to read. It’s such a simple way to keep your ‘to be read’ list up to date too with both new and old releases. I have found some of my favourite books by watching Booktube channels. You Can find some proper hidden gems this way.

Blog Posts

Before I go to sleep I do tend to read though the days blog posts of those that I follow. Similar to Booktube channels I use blogs to see what book(s) I want to read. Book reviews are super great to help you pick. I do prefer posts that don’t go into too much detail about books as this stops the story from being ruined before it has been picked up. Why do people have to explain in detail what happens all the way through the book? There is literally no point in reading the book after reading a review like this. I’ve been guilty of this in the past and I have learnt my lesson. I’m getting a little of topic though.

Goodreads

I do not do this as much as I used to but every so often I fall down the Goodreads rabbit hole. When this occurs I read synopsis’ for books and see which ones I am interested in and which once I don’t fancy reading. I used to add them onto the Goodreads to read shelf. However, this was getting ridiculously long so I now add them into my bullet journal where I break them into categories. I know this may seem a little sad but I love nothing more that a journal and list. Maybe I will do a post about this another time.

What’s popular

I am a little bit embarrassed to say that I have picked up books just because they were popular in the blogging and Booktube community. By doing this I have DNFed so many books. Honestly, it is ridiculous. I don’t do this anymore because of it. Why should I have to pick up a book  just because everyone else has? Especially if I know I am not going to enjoy it. Things have completely changed with this now and I will not pick up a popular and hyped book if I have no interest in it. This has not only saves so much money but it has also saved my time and dedicated my reading time to books I know I will enjoy.

 

There are the many ways I select which books I want to read. How do you pick the books you want to read? Do you do anything different to me?

 

Lucy xx

The Classics Book Tag

Did I find another tag that I really wanted to do? Of course I did.

Have I read had as much as I wanted / intended to read during my week off? That would be a no. Visiting home and spending time with family that I hardly see is great. I get to see everyone and catch up which is amazing. However, my reading time just disappears.

So instead of a review (which I do intended to write as soon as I finish a book) a tag will have to do.  Maybe at some point over the next few days I will have finished The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons! This is doubtful and I’m only on the second chapter and I’m sure the book is over 700 pages long.

While scanning through old blog posts regarding classics I stumbled across It’s a Books World‘s blog. Check out the original post. It’s a shame that she no longer run the blog!

The Classics Book Tag!

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:

This is an easy one! Ulysses by James Joyce. This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Grated I was forced to read it for my Masters a few years back and I can confirm that the 12 weeks Ulysses course we had to complete was the worst semester at university ever.

To be honest anything by James Joyce is not for me.

 
2. Favourite time period to read about:

I don’t think I have favourite time period. I love history too much to pick. It really does depend on my mood at the time.

 

3. Favourite fairy-tale:

How can you pick just one? I am partial to a Beauty and the Beast re-telling though!

 

4. Which classic have you not read yet that you’re embarrassed to admit to?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I have just never got around to picking it up and I find this really embarrassing.

 

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read soon?:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

 
6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic:

I haven’t read many classic retellings unless we go down the fairytale route. I did enjoy Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Although, there are a few modern twists on classics that I want to read too including:

Winters by Lisa Gabriele – This is a Rebecca retelling. Rebecca was originally written by Daphne du Maurier.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. Most people will gather that this relates to Mart Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein.

 

7. Favorite movie version/tv-series based on a classic:

There are way too many for me to go through! Way too many.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Tess of the D’urbervilles (2008) I cannot locate a trailer

Testament of Youth

I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD JUST SAVE THIS FOR AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT POST FOR ANOTHER DAY BECAUSE I COULD JUST GO ON FOREVER WITH THIS!

 

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation: 

The Alice in Wonderland adaptation that came out in 2010 with Johnny Depp. It is one of the worst films I have ever seen.

 

9. Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from:

The penguin clothbound classics. I have dreamt about owning all of them. I just don’t think it will happen.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVERS EVER!

 

10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:

I really really enjoyed Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and you cannot forget Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

 

11. What is your favorite classic of all time? 

Of course this could change at any point but from when I first read Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy when I was 17 it has had a special place in my heart!

 

Your turn…

 

Who doesn’t love a good classic?

 

Lucy xx

 

Six For Sunday – An Ode to my Favourite Genre

Steph from A Little but a Lot  hosts a weekly prompt called Six for Sunday and this week’s topic is ‘An Ode to my Favourite Genre’.  

I don’t have a distinguishable favourite genre. When I pick up a book it always depends of my mood at that particular time. Of course there are a few genres that I am not a fan of but I don’t tend to read them.

However, there is always one genre that I can can go back to at any time. Especially when I’m stuck for something to read or I need something to help me out of a reading slump and that is contemporary literature.

Here are six reasons I love to read contemporary:

  1. The characters are relatable
    I have read so many contemporary books that have both helped me and taught me so much about the world and other societies around me.
    Contemporary books give you an insight of topical issues that you may not be aware of.  Personally, they have given me tips on how to deal with certain things that have affected me over the past few years. For example grief and anxiety.This leads me onto reason number 2.
  2. Contemporary novels deal with real life topics that some people may be uncomfortable talking about
    Like I have already said, contemporary literature tend to focus on topical issues that people face within society and/or in their personal lives. Topical subjects can be a hard thing to write about and I think it is really inspiring when authors tackle these subjects. From mental health and disabilities to race and sexuality I love how there are authors out there focusing on these areas. They are ultimately teaching people things they did not necessarily know about the topic that is being covered.Several years ago I was really struggling with my anxiety. After trying to speak to people about it I was ignored and fobbed off. It made to feel stupid and an outcast. I was made to feel like it was wrong to feel the way I did. I got the stereotypical comments when I spoke to people too. For example, “Well, you seem fine to me.” or “There is nothing wrong with you stop thinking about it, it’ll go away.”   I had no one to turn to and contemporary books helped me deal with my issues. They gave me the confidence to stand up for myself and my mental health.
  3. They can be super emotional
    Every so often I just need to have a good cry and contemporary books are good at brining out my emotional side.Of course they make me laugh they make me angry but they also make me happy. I do love a good emotional rollercoaster. You just get all the feels through a contemporary book.
  4. You watch the characters grow and l earn to understand themselves and the world they are in
    I know this is a popular happening in most genres and I think it is a super important thing in all books but there is something about it happening in contemporary. Especially when you watch them battle their demons, no matter what they are.
  5. THE ROMANCE!
    Everyone knows I love a bit of romance and contemporary literature brings all the love dovey romance.  I love seeing relationships grow throughout books and contemporary is a great genre to watch relationships develop.
  6. They are easy to read
    Contemporary books tend to be easy reads…well at least some of the time. They are easy to fit into a busy working week which is great. I have read so many books that take up a lot of time and when you’re an adult a lot of the time you don’t have much free time to yourself. I need to allocate a lot of my time for work, chores and family/friends time. This genre is easy to fit into my busy schedule and it doesn’t feel like an effort when I’m reading.

 

What is your favourite genre and why?

Lucy xx

 

Six for Sunday – Bookish Couples

I’ve been having a really tough time this week and I’ve been thinking that maybe little  writing will be a good distraction as my head is all over the place. Steph from A Little but a Lot  hosts a weekly prompt called Six for Sunday and this week’s topic looked fun. So I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon.

This week’s prompt is Bookish Couples so here is a list of my favourite couples from books that I have read.

They are in no particular order. I genuinely don’t think I would be able to list them from least favourite to my most favourite.

 

  1. Claire and Jamie from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
  2.  Ava and Jesse from the This Man Series written by Jodie Ellen Malpas
  3. Tatiana and Alexander from The Bronze Horseman Series by Paullina Simons

  4. Diana and Matthew from the Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy

  5. Feyre and Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy written by Sarah J Maas

  6. Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester by Charlotte Brontë

 

Do you have any favourite bookish couples? What’s your #sixforsunday?

 

Lucy xx

WWW Wednesday!

So it is Wednesday and I am really not a fan of this weeks Top 5 Wednesday. Due to this I’m thinking of avoiding it for a while. Hopefully next months will pick up a little and I will be more interested.

Instead of struggling to write I have decided to participate in WWW Wednesday.

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and it was then taken over by Taking on a World of Words.

It is a simple post and anyone can have a go. You just have to answer the three questions  and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at here.

The love is to be shared so once you have completed your post visit the other blogs to see what is going on in there world.

Without further ado here is my WWW for Wednesday 6th March 2019. (As if it is March already!!)

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

Rebirth (RAW Family, #3)

Raw: Rebirth by Bell Aurora

It had been six years since my world was turned upside down.
He exposed me to the darker side of life and I could never go back to the person I was.

I had been through more things the average person couldn’t even relate to.

If I had the chance to go back and do things differently though?
Not a chance.

I’d pick him a thousand times. A million times. For eternity.

I guess not much has changed.

My name is Alexa Ballentine, and I am still in love with my stalker.

Goodreads

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Raw (RAW Family, #1)

Raw by Belle Aurora

Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.

Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.

Best decision I ever made.

Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.

My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.

But the saying is true.

The world makes way for those who know where they are going.

That’s me.

I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.

But then there’s him.

I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.

He makes me feel.

It’s unconventional.

But it’s real.

I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.

So am I.

This isn’t a story.

This is my life.

Goodreads

 

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (My Review)

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic..

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The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

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Lucy xx