My Top 10 books I’ve recently added to my TBR

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted on the Broke and Bookish is about the books I’ve recently added to my TBR! I’m going to cheat a little here, some I’ve recently got and others have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while now and are just begging to be read.

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Splintered – I’ve had this one for a while now, and let’s be honest it was a total cover buy. But I love fairy tale retellings with a passion, so hopefully I will get to this one very soon.

A Thousand Pieces of You – I picked this one up not too long ago. I was really looking forward to it when it was first coming out and I finally got my hands on it! But I’m a little wary, I’ve heard many mixed things about it. If I end up not liking it at least I have a beautiful cover to flaunt everywhere.

Kiss of Deception- This is another one that I was really excited for when it was being released. Finally I end up buying it and is probably going to be my next read, because I am in a big fantasy kick lately.

Shadow and Bone – Okay, okay. I’ve had this one for months now. I’ve heard so many great things about this series and the author that when I first got it, I was ready to run through it. Although that didn’t happen. But you know what did happen. Me pre-ordering Leigh’s new book Six of Crows. Not entirely sure why I did that because i usually don’t do stuff like that for authors who I haven’t read anything from. So yeah, I REALLY need to get to this one.

Half Bad – Witches. Good. Bad. A sequel that just came out. I couldn’t resist okay.

Serphina – Dragons. I love dragons. But surprisingly I never read a book center around them. What’s wrong with me? So when I saw this, it was a no brainier. It was coming home with moi.

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Stolen Songbird – The sequel is coming out soon. (I believe, it might already be out.) And it was only 1.99 as a eBook. It didn’t hurt that I’ve been actually eyeing this one for a while anyways.

Frostbite – I read Vampire Academy last year and enjoyed it quite a bit. So, it was time.

Maybe One Day – I’m not even sure what this is about. But eBook sale… Stop judging. No one has can resist eBook deals.

The Body Electric – Um, I know that this is a Sci-Fi. Pretty much it. It was 99 cents okay! I have no control over my hands when I see a eBook on sale.

Link your TTT for I can it check out! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts?

Review | The Rosie Project

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Book One in Don Tillman Series
Author: Graeme Simsion
Published: October 1, 2013 from Simon & Schuster
Genre: Adult contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

 

I went into this book, not knowing what to expect from it. So I can’t really say I was surprised by it, but I’m going to say it anyways I was surprised by it. The book is told from Don Tillman’s perspective, he is a geneticist who works for a university in Australia. (For the longest time I wasn’t sure if they were in Australia or Britain…) Don is on a quest, to find his prefect match. In order to weed out incompatible matches he works up a questionnaire. Introduce Rosie, who is the exact opposite of what Don is looking for. And you have an beautiful story.

Oh. Don. What a special creature you are. I had a wonderful time inside your head, and seeing how you think. You’ve changed my views in many areas.
This book was so quirky and awkwardly fun. I had the best time falling for these characters and seeing their story play out. I really enjoyed Rosie, she was really patient with Don and together they made for some really funny moments. I loved how their relationship played out, it never felt forced yeah it was awkward at times but never forced. I really enjoyed character develops that happens. Don learns a little bit about how to relax, and just go with the flow but most importantly a much needed reality check. He had to realize that no one is without fault and you just have to learn to love the other person just the way they are. At the end Don changed but was still very true to himself.

The writing style of this book is so unique and that’s mostly because of the narrator’s voice. It was very straight forward but since you’re in Don’s mind, it sometimes took a minute for some things to click, at least for me. But by then I would be laughing out loud with how awkward the situation at hand was.
I also really enjoyed Don’s friend Gene, even though he was a totally douche. I kinda liked how frank he was, and he was just an interesting character all round. But I didn’t really approve on how he went about with his relationship with his wife, Claudia.

Overall, I enjoyed The Rosie Project it was a prefect balance of funny and socially awkward. It is filled with entertaining dialogue and complex characters. And everyone says this but it’s true, Don Tillman is so similar to Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory. They need to be friends. Or at least get them in the same room as each other and hand me some popcorn!

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Sums up Rosie and Don.

Review | Catching Jordan

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A Hundred Oaks Novel
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

This is a book that I’ve heard a lot of great things about. I went into expecting a cute fluffy romance, but I got a little more out of it than just that. I felt like this book focused more on girl power and self reflection than romance. You have Jordan, a high school senior and star QB of the football team. She seems like a pretty chill girl who has her life together. She has big dreams of playing in college football and will do everything in her power to make it happen. Jordan was the embodiment of how strong high school girls are. Confident yet they still have the normal insecurities that all teenage girls face. She also had a tough relationship with her dad that made sense and was dealt with beautifully.

I really enjoyed seeing Jordan’s friendships with all her fellow football players, and they interacted so well with each other. The guys treated her like one of the guys, which set down a strong fountain for this book. The dialogue between characters were funny and witty, and each character had their moments where they shined through.

The only thing I had an issue with in this book was the romance. It felt awkward and weird, the way things ended was predictable. And I’m still trying to figure out if I liked the way things unfolded. But this book is much more than just a fluffy romance. It’s about Jordan, her relationships in her life, her growing as a person and where her future is heading. The book always stayed true to that which made it worth the read.

Overall, it was still a very cute quick read with a lot of underlying issues. That made it super enjoyable.

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That the end I just wanted Jordan to be happy, and that happened so I’m satisfied.

Joining in…better late than never

Okay, I know this is super late. But this is happening. I’m joining in on Contemporary Conversations which is hosted by Kayla and Veronica. And it’s better late than never right?

So I was in a reading slump when I was suppose to be reading up for this event. So I didn’t get much reading done but I do have two books that I have a review coming. And a cool (well, in my opinion) feature planned out that I wanted to share so it’s happening. And I am finally out of my reading slump so maybe I’ll be able to read another book. Probably not, but I’m being optimistic.

Hopefully this event will also pull me out of the blogging slump I’ve been in too!

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