Review – Taking Turns by J.A. Huss


Taking Turns (Turning #1) by J.A. Huss

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Ménage
  • Suits
  • First In A Series

When I first saw the description and cover for Taking Turns, before it released, I wasn’t sure it was my thing. The description was kind of strange and made it sound like a captivity book. For the record, I do not read captivity, slave or true Stockholm syndrome books. They give me the creeps. This is not a captivity book! Once I started seeing the reviews roll in confirming it was not, I decided to read it. Holy. Shit. I was not disappointed.

This review is going to be mostly vague feelings about the book. To give you anything else would surely ruin your enjoyment of the story. I can’t even explain how it begins because it’s something you just have to read. It has everything a great erotica novel needs – lots of dirty bits and loveable characters. Now don’t start thinking this is all heat and no content or story. It has a strong and mysterious storyline that drew me in deep from the first page.

Taking Turns is one of those books that will stick with me. I could feel the book hangover as soon as I finished it. Hell, I considered going back to page 1 and reading it again. To say I enjoyed this book would be a massive understatement. I. Fucking. Loved. It. I know I will re-read this book, and I know it is one of my top reads of the year. I cannot wait for the second book in the series, Turning Back, to release 4.12.17.

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-My Rating-






Blog Tour – Defy by L.J. Shen


Title: Defy

Series: Sinners of Saints #0.5

Author: L.J Shen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release:  February 3, 2017




My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.

I slept with my student, a senior in high school.

Multiple times.

I had multiple orgasms.

In multiple positions.

I slept with my student and I enjoyed it.

I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time.

My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me.

My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good.

Here is why it was totally worth it.

Defy is a smutty, insta-love, insta-lust short novella. Defy is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1). It is recommended, but unnecessary, to read Defy before reading Vicious.

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What Others Are Saying:

“It was sexy and steamy and everything I’ve come to expect from this author.” – Ariana, Steamy Reads Blog.

“Holy Heck this was Hot!! If I wasn’t hooked on this series before I sure am now!! These boys just get dirtier, hotter, off the rails panty wetting hot!!” – Kitty Katz Crazy About Books.

“Forbidden romance has never been so well done! And this is a novella!” – Stephanie, Tied Up In Romance.

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Author Bio:

L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.

Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)

She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.

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T5W – Favorite Underrated Books

T5w – Favorite Underrated Books

This week (a day late) we are discussing our favorite underrated books. We spent time looking at books that are under appreciated and need some love. We want to share the love and hopefully get these great books some more recognition that they deserve. I thought it was important to include their number of Goodreads ratings, so you could get a feel for how few people have read these books. Let us know which underrated books we should read, so we can spread the love.


Sugar Daddies by Jade West – Goodreads Ratings 2,950 – Okay. Let me start by saying that the cover and title of this book do not do it justice! We both LOVED this book and put it on our lists for Top Books of 2016. This one also has more ratings than the others on our list because we feel that Sugar Daddies is underrated based on perception. This book is about Carl and Rick and their struggle to find a woman to join their relationship. It’s about a mature, loving, and respectful couple that turns into a polyamorous threesome. I loved the characters and the lack of unnecessary drama. You won’t find monumental problems that could be solved with a simple adult conversation in this one. What you will find is mutual respect, adult conversations and passionate love. Oh, and it’s wicked hot! (Rebecca & Jill)


The Awakening of Ivy Leavold by Sierra Simone – Goodreads Ratings 1,324 – This is a historical book set in 1879 England. When Ivy is left destitute after her brother’s death, she is taken in by her cousin’s widower, Mr. Markham, and goes to live at Markham Hall. Mr. Markham is under suspicion for the death of his wife at the time. This story is filled with mystery and intrigue surrounding almost every character we encounter, including Markham Hall itself. It is written with such fluidity and sensuality that you find yourself transported to another time and place, and while this is written with an Old World feel, Simone’s writing melds the gap in time with ease. I was absolutely arrested by the eroticism and dark sensuality of this book. (Jill)


Written in the Stars by Freya Jackson – Goodreads Ratings 3 (Yep, you read that right – 3!) – This is a paranormal romance standalone that takes place in London and the English countryside. The book follows the life of a young woman named Kimi that has unexplained powers. She doesn’t know what to make of them until one day Midnight Shaman Damien shows up and explains that she is a witch and is being chased by the bad guys. Written in the Stars is a classic good vs. evil story with interesting and believable characters. I was extremely pleased to have found this one. It’s definitely worth the read for PNR lovers. (Rebecca)


The Imdalind Series by Rebecca Ethington – Goodreads Ratings 20K For ENTIRE 7 Book Series – This series is a young adult, paranormal romance with a large helping of intensity and intrigue. The first book of this series is “Kiss of Fire”, and it is merely the stepping stone to the epic adventure of magic and true love that is to come. Love does come with a price and these characters certainly pay it. The Imdalind series is such an intricate, masterfully woven world. It is dark, tender, intense, heart wrenching and utterly spellbinding. Ethington has managed to touch my soul with this story of love, magic and sacrifice. *Parental Warning – There are scenes of torture and intense magical violence throughout the series* (Jill)


Spotless by Camilla Monk – Goodreads Ratings 1,131 –I recently read and loved this book! LOVED. It’s about a gentleman hitman with an extreme case of OCD. He is charming, distant and dreamy. Island finds herself face-to-face with a strange man on coming home from work early. Her apartment is also strangely clean… The story follows Island and March while they try to hunt down a near priceless diamond Island’s mother stole years ago and hid, leaving clues that only Island can decipher. It’s part spy-thriller and part comedy. I’m absolutely going to read the rest of the series! (Rebecca)

Review – Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen

“Because moments like these reminded me that my life was hard, but not bad. There was a difference between the two. A hard life equaled a life full of obstacles and challenging moments but also full of people you loved and cared about. A bad life equaled an empty life. One that wasn’t necessarily hard or challenging but was devoid of the people you loved and cared about.” – Emilia

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/CEO
  • First In A Series
  • Heat Level 2

Vicious is a different kind of book. It’s not always easy to follow or read, but it is totally worth it. I found myself rather lost and confused in the very first chapter. I even stopped reading and checked to see if I missed a novella before this first book that would give me some clarity. Nope, the mystery is purposeful, and the author uses this technique a few times throughout the book. You just have to keep reading to unravel the mystery and put all the pieces together. I loved this book!

Emilia aka Millie is an extremely lovable character. She is humble, strong and caring. She makes sacrifice after sacrifice for the ones she loves and never complains or dims her shine. I loved her character and wished we could be best friends. Shen does a great job of making her personality shine through, even though the story jumps between current day and 10 years before. The consistency is refreshing.

“There was a heavily made-up Goth girl leaning against a barstool. She looked at us like most people did. Like Emilia had kidnapped me or like I was her sensible brother. We were so different it was borderline comical. Me with my custom suit, expensive coat, and rich asshole air about me and her with her burgundy-wine sweater, beanie, Christmas leggings, and army boots.” – Vicious

Baron “Vicious” Spencer earned his nickname in high school with good reason. I found his character to be crude and downright mean. There were many times while reading that I just couldn’t believe the things he said! I kept thinking, “what an asshole!” and “there can’t possibly be anything redeemable about his character.” He was so vicious at points that I couldn’t believe I was still reading. He was flawed, spoiled and entitled. But I couldn’t help being pulled in by him and Emilia. By the end, I was cheering for him to turn all of his angry and negativity into a beautiful and compassionate person. I’ll let you decide if he made it there. 😉

I quirked an eyebrow at him and leaned back. “Your IT people are doing a terrible job. I’ve been watching snuff all morning.”

He laughed, and his amusement looked genuine. Rare and brief like cherry blossoms in the spring. But just like the flowers, it died quickly.

“I didn’t peg you for a kink girl, Emilia.” He tucked his hands in his pockets. “Whatever floats your boat, I’d be happy to be captain.”

This book wove an almost murder/mystery type tale with plenty of twists to keep me reading. I wanted to put my life things aside just so I could jump back into Vicious and Emilia’s lives. The supporting cast of characters pulled me into their lives as well, and I’m looking forward to reading their books in the series. I think what I loved the most is that it wasn’t your typical romance book. There were dark themes and secret plotlines happening throughout. I will absolutely be reading the rest of this series, and probably everything else L.J. Shen has written. Don’t let Vicious scare you off, he might be more bark than bite… or not.

My Rating –




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Review – The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome


Things a bad neighbor can do to you:

1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she’d been missing out on – sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places – like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Love Triangle
  • Second In A Series
  • Heat Level 3

After I read “Neighbors”, book one of the Twin Estates series, I was wholly consumed by its brilliance. I told anyone who would listen that they should read it…like yesterday! It was in my top five reads of 2016, and I have been bouncing on the edge of my seat for months waiting on the release of The Neighborhood. So it is with a heavy heart that I now write this review.

First of all, this book felt overly long, but maybe that’s because what made the first book so addictive was missing completely from this installment. “Neighbors” was fun, with moments of quirky cuteness and loads of sexual chemistry and tension between the characters. I was expecting that dynamic to progress in the second book, but it stalled completely.

This is my honest review of a series that I adore, and I’m likely in the minority, but here are a few of the dynamics that were problematic for me.

Katya: I really liked Katya in book one. She was feeling her way through the very real and difficult world of dating, and she was doing that honestly and with an enviable maturity. She begins book two with the plan of getting even with these men who she thinks have destroyed her. I was all for that, and I had totally whipped out my Pom Pom’s to cheer in her little corner. However, she failed at this miserably by being wishy washy, and basically just running around in circles completely unsure of herself and of them for the first HALF (maybe more) of the book. She was indecisive and immature, and she had turned bitter and resentful toward them. While her bitterness was certainly justified, she wielded that as a weapon against them for far too long. Therefore, the romantic dynamic never really progressed.

Liam: I will admit that I was #TeamWulf from fairly early on in book one, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like Liam. I actually LOVED Liam. He is a large part of the reason book one was so successful. It was filled with fun and light moments of cuteness by Liam. I would love to have Tacos and Margaritas with Liam on the Roof! However, I didn’t enjoy the direction in which his character was taken in this book. It felt forced in order to provide justification and blame. Frankly, it was very disappointing, and it kind of sullied the entire series for me.

Wulf: Wulf is a domineering egomaniac, but it works well for him. Katya was bespelled by him and so was I. There’s just something sexy about a man who knows exactly what he wants and will stop and nothing to get it. However, would it kill these people to have an adult conversation? He spent three quarters of this book loving Katya, but never actually telling her that he felt ANYTHING for her. We could have cut 2 hours of reading time with one honest conversation, but that didn’t happen until the last couple of chapters of the book. There were just too many long expanses of reading time when nothing was actually happening. The romantic dynamic never progressed…nothing really at all progressed.

Basically, I felt that the book was overly long with too many moments of inactivity and filler. I would have liked to have seen more of the witty and fun banter and definitely more romantic chemistry. It felt as if the storyline just fizzled out. I am still a huge Stylo Fantome fan. Her work is pure brilliance. “The Neighborhood” just missed the mark for me and that truly pains me.

My Rating –



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Review – Jail House Rock by Liberty Laine

Jail House Rock by Liberty Laine

“I get the strangest feeling that maybe Millie knows she is a little crazy and has absolutely no fucks to give about it. And that thought only makes me like her more.” – Jake Blackwood

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Bounty Hunter/Aspiring Popstar
  • Novella
  • Heat Level 3

Jail House Rock was a short, over-the-top novella about bounty hunter Jake Blackwood and aspiring popstar Millie Coletrain. The blurb warns that this book is “laught out loud ridiculousness, insta-love” and it definitely was. The novella starts with us meeting Millie right before she is about to perform at the local bar. She is quirky, witty and crazy. Just before she is about to take the stage to entertain her 10’s of fans, Jake Blackwoood, a new local bounty hunter, shows up and cuffs her.

“I need a shower and something to sleep in. You got any spare shirts lying around? Or have you Hulk-ripped them all apart in fits of rage whenever criminal masterminds slip away into the night?” -Millie Coletrain

Jake and Mille ended up in the fastest insta-love relationship I have ever read. I’m honestly not against books that have insta-love stories. I believe in love at first sight and believe you can recognize the other half of your soul in a short period of time. When it’s right, it’s right. This was a little more than that, it was pretty much ridiculous. I feel like a lot of people might say that I was fairly warned, so my review and rating shouldn’t reflect my feelings on the speed that their relationship developed. Maybe that’s true, but it still affected my overall feelings on the novella.

Jail House Rock was a quick, funny, escape from reality novella. There were some really good things about it. I highlighted quite a few passages throughout it because of their cleverness. I would recommend it if you are looking for this kind of read in between some heavier titles. I will give this author duo another shot.

“No, Jake Blackwood. Never Christina. Never! It’s Britney, bitch,” – Millie Coletrain. Millie, I completely agree. It’s ALWAYS Britney, bitch. 

My Rating –



I was provided a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman by Vi Keeland

“If you don’t change direction, you may end up where you’re heading.”

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/CEO
  • Standalone
  • Top Book Boyfriend
  • Heat Level 3

Holy, swoon worthy read! I loved this book! There is a reason it was on my Top Dirty Dozen Books of 2016 list.  It has everything I love: the perfect hero, the strong, quirky heroine and a story that is outside the normal romance box.

The story begins with Reese struggling to escape a terrible date when Chase, a complete stranger, swoops in to save the date. He effortlessly creates an elaborate backstory of how Reese and himself dated in grade school. He then invites himself and his date to join Reese and her date. The hilarity and ridiculous stories take off from there and continue throughout the book.

The chemistry between Reese and Chase is sizzling. Chase Parker is hot, ridiculously smart and rich. His wit and personality put him on my list of Top Book Boyfriends. Besides being all of the things I love about normal suits, he has heart and a deeper story underneath it all.

This book is about love, forgiveness, understanding and finding the strength to go on with life after tragedy. The cover, title and blurb don’t accurately express the beauty of this story. It’s so much more than the superficial rich guy, reticent girl, sex, break up and makeup plot we are used to.

I would definitely recommend Bossman. If you are looking for a standalone romance with heart, laughs and a swoony hero, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed!

My Rating –



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T5W – 2017 Books We Are Excited For

Top 5 Wednesday

We’ve adjusted this week’s topic a little to suit us. The original topic is 2017 Debut Books We Are Excited For. We’ve decided to go with…

T5W – 2017 Books We Are Excited For

We don’t want to take away from debut authors, but it’s not particularly easy to find upcoming debut books in the indie romance world. If you are a debut author, PLEASE post your links in the comments. We would love to find you and love you and stalk you. So without further ado…




Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs

I’m a HUGE fan of this series. Mercy is easily one of my favorite heroines ever. She is clever, independent and strong. She stands up for what she believes in and doesn’t take shit from anyone. This series has everything that makes Urban Fantasy one of my favorite genres – action, heart, mystery and creatures. If you haven’t met this group of characters yet, do it now! Book one in the series is Moon Called. Release date: 03.07.17

Synopsis for Moon Called (the Silence Fallen blurb might contain spoilers if you haven’t read the series):
Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.
But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf—on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance.
But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her…



Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Wow! #ThatBlurbThough This sounds AWESOME! We are both looking forward to getting our hands on this one. Luckily we don’t have long to wait. This is a debut novel for Stephanie Garber. If the blurb is anything to go by, Garber has the potential to be an extremely talented new voice in the YA fantasy/paranormal world. Release date: 01.31.17



Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

One unexpected and wild weekend with Weston King, and I’m a new woman. He, on the other hand, is the same rich, notorious playboy he’s always been. In other words, not the commitment type.

So even though we had fun those two days and nights, I moved on quickly from our horizontal time together.

Or I thought I did until he offered me a job three months later at his firm in NYC.

Can you blame a girl for thinking we might have a chance together?

What I didn’t anticipate was Donovan Kincaid, Weston’s best friend and business partner. He’s dangerous and dominant and gets under my skin in ways that no other man has.

The worst part? I like it.

From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with sex, love, power, romance and dirty, filthy rich men.

Do I honestly need to explain why we can’t wait for this book?! I feel like the blurb is enough. Holy Dirty Filthy Rich Men, Batman! This is exactly the type of book I love to read. I mean it’s no secret that Jill and I LOVE a man in a suit… but 2 of them! Hell yes! Release date: 03.27.17



The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

The first book in this series, Neighbors, took over our lives, and almost every conversation we had with each other for probably a month after reading it. We have spent so much time think, talking and fantasizing about this book that I almost can’t believe we are less than a week away from release day. Jill is the lucky one of us that received the ARC of this book (make sure you look for her review on release day next Tuesday). We are #TeamWulfy going into this book, but with some of the teasers Fantome has been releasing, we have no CLUE what’s going to happen! Release date: 01.17.17

Synopsis for Neighbors (again, no spoilers!):
Things a good neighbor can do for you:
1. Give you a cup of sugar
2. Let you borrow his lawnmower
3. Water your plants while you’re on vacation
4. Make your eyes roll back in your head

Katya Tocci has never paid much attention to who lives next door – her career always kept her too busy. She’s a good girl, working her way to becoming the most sought after cake designer in all of San Francisco.

But even a good girl’s gotta cut loose once in a while, right? So one fake dating profile later, and she’s ready to tarnish her squeaky clean image. Little does she know, her fun time is closer to home than she ever imagined.

Throw in a neighbor who wants to corrupt her, and another who just wants to own her, and her entire world is flipped upside down.

Who knew neighbors could be so helpful?



A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Even with no official cover it’s still so beautiful I could cry. I more than love this series. I’m obsessed. I fangirl about these books waaaayyy more than most of you want to hear, but #CantStopWontStop. Book #2, A Court of Mist and Fury, WRECKED me. Like, I wasn’t sure I could function for a while after I finished it. I think my husband was worried that a book finally broke me. That’s why it was my #1 Book of 2016 and Jill’s #2. This series follows Feyre through the trials and struggles of her very dangerous and ever-changing life. She is strong in ways I’ve never experienced from a character. Maas weaves a gorgeous, mysterious and sometimes brutal tale that you MUST read. It all starts with book #1, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Release date: 05.02.17

Synopsis for A Court of Thorns and Roses (spoiler free):
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

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Review – Twisted Palace (Royals #3) by Erin Watt

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

“I’m a Royal, baby. I don’t run. I fight.”

  • Contemporary Romance
  • High School
  • Third In A Series
  • Heat Level 2 Out Of 5

“These Royals will ruin you…” This is the tagline for the series, and with the first and second book, it was totally true for me. I DEVOURED Paper Princess and Broken Prince. I couldn’t do anything besides read until I finished them. Broken Prince was even in my Top Dirty Dozen of 2016! Reed and Easton made me wish I went to their high school! I wish I felt the same about Twisted Palace…

The book picks up right after the major cliffy we were left with at the end of Broken Prince. Ella is distraught at the Royal mansion, Reed has just been arrested on suspicion of murder and Steve is wandering around the house, a real life ghost from the past. I was hoping that the excitement would continue on from this point. Instead of the action picking up… the story began to just meander on.

I struggled with the pacing of this book. It felt like nothing happened, beyond them going to school and people talking shit. The other thing that just didn’t connect for me was Ella’s character. I felt like we lost the strong, independent girl that was awesome in the first two books. All together, I just felt letdown after the amazingness of books one and two. This author duo has a new book coming out, and I’m planning on reading it. I loved ⅔ of this series enough to read more of their work. 

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Jill & Rebecca’s 2017 Bookish Challenge

As a reader, I find that sometimes I get comfortable in a genre, and then realize that I haven’t read anything different in ages. I have my little comfort zone, and quite honestly, somebody may have to drag me out of it kicking and screaming. But, if you’re always comfortable, then you aren’t actually growing, and you might just miss the beauty of the unknown.

So Rebecca and I decided that this year we will broaden our horizons, but we both accept that it won’t be an easy task – I may need more than a small push to get started. In order to challenge ourselves and keep focused, we crafted our goals into a challenge…

Jill and Rebecca’s 2017 Bookish Challenge

1. A book written by an author from the state in which we live

I am a firm believer in supporting local artists. During our travels, we always strive to find something from a local artisan to bring back into our home. We should seek to nurture the art-form of local authors as well. Rebecca will be looking at local authors in Utah – Rebecca Ethington (I’m going to exert my influence here!) – while I will be on the search for a fellow Alabamian.

2. A classic

High school and College Lit covered many of these, but there are still many waiting to be discovered.

3. A book recommended by a librarian or book seller

Librarians and book sellers have a veritable fountain of information that is often overlooked. It’s also a good way to meet new people with common interests – because I excel at introverting!

4. A book that has been made into a movie

Ok, I will admit it…I am a book snob. My husband loathes watching movies with me if I have read the book. Apparently, I like to point out exactly where the movie-maker totally screwed it all up. So usually, I either avoid the movie or don’t read the book. I guess it’s time for me to open my heart to all forms of artistic interpretation. *insert heavy sigh of resignation here*

5. A biography or autobiography

I am a lover of fiction so this is a genre that doesn’t come up (in my comfort zone) much. I can see where this genre could be very interesting, and quite possibly as entertaining as fiction.

6. A book recommended by a friend that we wouldn’t have chosen ourselves

While I do have my beloved book comfort zone, there are also some genres that I consciously avoid. My overactive imagination tends to shy away from True Crime, Horror, and Criminal Suspense, but this year we will embrace our book fears!

7. A book written by an author that we haven’t read before

As we step out into the world of the unknown, this challenge will probably take care of itself easily. To a book junkie, finding a new author to love is kind of like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

8. A book recommended by one of our favorite authors

I stalk my favorite authors on social media like any good fan-girl should, and occasionally they mention other books that have impressed them. I’ll be grabbing one of those up.

9. A book that has been on our Kindle for over a year

This challenge should be cake because my TBR is OUT OF CONTROL…

10. A book chosen without reading the blurb and based on cover appeal alone

I am guilty…I judge books by their covers. I understand this isn’t reasonable, but I can’t really help myself. Covers are IMPORTANT! However, I always read the blurb to see if it sounds intriguing. This challenge might actually be more interesting to go in the other direction entirely. Maybe I should choose a book with a cover that is unappealing to me – because most times I don’t even give them the fair shot of reading the blurb. I just move right along. Hmm…maybe I’ll do this challenge both ways and test my “cover appeal” theory!

Do you have your own challenge planned? We would love to hear about it. We also welcome you to follow along with us during our challenge. We will need new book recommendations for some of our challenges as well. Do you have a book that you think we should read?