Friday, May 25, 2018

Reading Habits Tag

I saw this tag on Rissi's blog Finding Wonderland and thought it would be fun to do here!

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?  | I typically read on my bed at home but I also love sitting on the big chair in my living room or on my hammock chair on the porch if the weather is nice!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? | Bookmark all the way! If for some reason I don't have one nearby I will use something random but then I replace it at the first chance I get!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? | I like to stop at the end of a chapter but honestly I can stop anywhere. I work with kids and a lot of my reading is done during naptimes so when they're up, they're up and reading time is over.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading? | Occasionally, but I don't make a habit of it. If I'm eating and reading it's usually when I'm reading on my Kindle.  I will often have sweet tea handy during a reading binge!

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? | I'm a great multi-tasker so I usually have some music on while I'm reading. My current favorite music choice is a Google Play station called Peaceful Christian. It has a great selection of calm songs that make for the perfect background for reading. I also often read during commercial breaks when I'm watch TV.

6. One book at a time or several at once? | I do it both ways. Idealy I have a fiction read, a classic, a Christian Living, and some sort of educational book (usually history or Creation Science).

7. Reading at home or everywhere? | If I read just at home I'd never get any reading done. I nanny and then babysit most evenings so most of my reading is done during those times when the kids are sleeping.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? | In my head. Reading out loud takes so much more time.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? | I may accidentally see ahead a line on the next page but I don't ever read ahead on purpose.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? | I am slightly paranoid about keeping books in like new condition. It was a magical day when I discovered book cozies that keep books wonderfully safe when I take them places.

11. Do you write in your books? | Never ever ever! This goes along with my paranoia about keeping my books pristine and I cring anytime I see someone write in their book!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck

About the Book
According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can't always account for life's anomalies--for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.
Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie's friends book her as a speaker on a "New Year, New You" cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she's qualified to teach others about happiness when she can't muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can't ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.

Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck's The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile--because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you.

My Thoughts
Pretty much the only other books I’ve read by this author, were her Perfectly Misunderstood series, but this book sounded cute and fun so I jumped at the chance to read it!
There was witty banter, hysterical (minor) misfortunes, and entertaining relationships. I was laughing out loud quite often while reading!
Maggie was quite the amusing heroine. She’d been dealt a bit of a blow and it was fun to watch as she overcame it and discovered who she really was. There were blunders along the way (that were really funny) but she emerged from it all stronger.
I liked Sam a lot too! It takes a little while to really figure him out (because Maggie has trouble doing the same) but under his, occasionally less than tactful, exterior is a really great guy who wants to help others.
Maggie’s friends alternately amused and annoyed me but in the end they just wanted what was best for their friend.

In short I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it makes for the perfect summer read! So if you’re looking for a book to make you smile while you’re getting some sun this summer, look no further!

Meet the Author
Kristin Billerbeck is the author of more than 30 novels, including What a Girl Wants and the Ashley Stockingdale and Spa Girls series. She is a fourth-generation Californian who loves her state and the writing fodder it provides. Learn more at

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #293 & Bout of Books 22: Wrap-Up

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Had a great reading week for the Bout of Books readathon! I read 11 books start to finish with a total of  3,602 pages! Loved so many of these books but I think I have to give the favorite book of the week to Love in Three Quarter Time with Olivia Twist and Love's Silver Lining tying for a very close second. The Lauren Holbrook series had me laugh out loud countless times!

What I am currently reading:
Taking a tiny reading break at this very second, after the non-stop reading of last wek!

What I hope to read this week:
This is next up for me I think. Now to try to remember what happened in the previous two books...

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bout of Books 22: Day 6 Update

Day Six Update

Books I Read Today: 
Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan (109 pages)
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon (222 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan

Pages Read Today: 331

Total Books Finished: 9

Total Pages Read: 3,107

My Thoughts on Day Six
Read the least amount today that I've read all week but that's always the case for Saturdays since I work at my part-time job that day and it doesn't have built in reading times (aka naptimes) like my full time job. And then I had babysitting in the evening. Still pretty happy with how much I got read today even if I wish it was a little more!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bout of Books 22: Day 5 Update

Day Five Update

Books I Read Today: 
Match Point by Erynn Mangum (366 pages)
Love's Silver Lining by Julie Lessman (207 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Match Point by Erynn Mangum
Love's Silver Lining by Julie Lessman

Pages Read Today: 573

Total Books Finished: 8

Total Pages Read: 2,776

My Thoughts on Day Five
A pretty good day of reading! Didn't think I was going to manage to get both books finished but I just made it and now I'm only two books away from my goal!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bout of Book 22: Day 4 Update

Day Four Update

Books I Read Today: 
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (311 pages)
Love's Silver Lining by Julie Lessman (183 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Pages Read Today: 494

Total Books Finished: 6

Total Pages Read: 2,203

My Thoughts on Day Four
Just barely beat yesterday's page count and I'm pretty happy with the reading I've gotten in so far!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bout of Books 22: Day 3 Update

Day Three Update

Books I Read Today: 
Rescue Team by Candace Calvert (123 pages)
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (312 pages)
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (50 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Rescue Team by Candace Calvert
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

Pages Read Today: 485

Total Books Finished: 5

Total Pages Read: 1,709

My Thoughts on Day Three
Well I've been steadily reading less each day but it's still a pretty good amount for the day!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bout of Books 22: Day 2 Update

Day Two Update

Books I Read Today: 
Rematch by Erynn Mangum (327 pages)
Rescue Team by Candace Calvert (237 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Rematch by Erynn Mangum

Pages Read Today: 564

Total Books Finished: 3

Total Pages Read: 1,224

My Thoughts on Day Two
Not quite as good as yesterday but still a fantastic day of reading! Not sure if I'll keep this up throughout the week but it never hurts to get off to a great start!

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Hope of Azure Springs

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham
July 3, 2018

About the Book
Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.
For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.
Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

Why I Want It
I love discovering new authors and it's always fun to find them at the beginning of their published writing! This one sounds really good and I can't wait to get the chance to read it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bout of Books 22: Day 1 Update & Day 2 Challenge

Day One Update

Books I Read Today: 
The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy
Miss Match by Erynn Mangum

Books I Finished Today: 
The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (295 pages)
Miss Match by Erynn Mangum (365 pages

Pages Read Today: 660

Total Books Finished: 2

Total Pages Read: 660

My Thoughts on Day One
Exceeded my expectations for today and I'm really happy with the way this read-a-thon is starting off! Both books were great and Miss Match had me laughing out loud quite a bit!

Day Two Challenge

Share a book that was published the year you were born. 

I had to use Goodreads to help me on this one and I actually had no idea that two books from series I love were published the year I was born! These are the original covers and they are so 90's it's almost painful! Great stories inside though!