Bout of Books 15!


One of my favorite events to participate in is Bout of Books, and it’s been a while. I started off 2015 with Bout of Books and so I’m going to start off 2016 with Bout of Books as well! Here’s some info about it:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ll be seeing you in January for some Bout of Books fun!


Tri-Month in Review: Aug – Oct 2015

If there’s any one out there, Hello! Welcome. I am alive. It’s November, can you believe it?

It has been a while since I’ve been present here on the blog and the last two months in particular have been very interesting. I turned 25 and have attempted to fight off what I’m calling a quarter-life crisis, I’ve job hunted and will potentially be starting a new job in two weeks pending the completion of some paperwork, and I managed to get tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for next year in LONDON which means I’ve been freaking out about the fact that I am going to LONDON. Wow.

As for the bookishness, it has been on and off over the last few months, but I’m hopeful that with a switch to a regular work schedule and after finishing some holiday knits that I’ll be able to get back to regular reading.

Until then, here’s the reading I’ve done recently.


1. Then Came You (Animal Magnetism #5) by Jill Shalvis
2. Still the One (Animal Magnetism #6) by Jill Shalvis
3. Bound to Darkness (Midnight Breed #13) by Lara Adrian
4. The Countess Conspiracy (The Brothers Sinister #3) by Courtney Milan
5. Blood Rights (House of Comarré #1) by Kristin Painter
6. Alpha (Alpha #1) by Jasinda Wilder


7. Flesh and Blood (House of Comarré #2) by Kristin Painter
8. The Chapel Series by Marilyn Cruise
9. Claimed (Club Sin #1) by Stacey Kennedy
10. Bared (Club Sin #2) by Stacey Kennedy


11. Bad Blood (House of Comarré #3) by Kristin Painter
12. All I Want (Animal Magnetism #7) by Jill Shalvis
13. Wrong by Jana Aston
14. At Any Price (Gaming the System #1) by Brenna Aubrey (re-read)
15. At Any Turn (Gaming the System #2) by Brenna Aubrey
16. At Any Moment (Gaming the System #3) by Brenna Aubrey

All told, I’ve still read a fair amount, at least a book a week average, but I am going through bouts of reading for sure. I’ve also been playing the pick up a book and read a little, then put it down, then pick it up game, so I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to finish and what I want to call it on. More on that when we get there.

The one book I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be digging into this month… S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. I finally got my hands on a copy and I will definitely be savoring the shit out of that book. It is a work of art in and of itself.

Please tell me what you’ve been reading lately and what you’re looking forward to! I’ve been a little out of touch with the book community lately so I’d love to hear what’s out there.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

In the Library of Hannah: August 27th

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks book is: The Lie by Chad Kultgen

theliekultgenSynopsis from Goodreads: Try to remember the moment when all the stupid innocent things you thought about life and love, all the things you thought mattered, all the things you thought were true…try to remember when they all turned out to be lies. -Kyle

I never thought anything Kyle and I were doing would lead to this….I was clearly incorrect. -Brett

We all get what we deserve. I know I did. -Heather

Where I got it: I’m almost positive I picked this one up at Barnes & Noble. Every time I go into a B&N I see Kultgen’s books because the spines ALWAYS catch my eye.

Why I got it: The book seemed really interesting and humorous, but like a darker humor which is right up my alley. Basically I just had to have it… so.

What I thought of it: What did I think of it. Regardless of the fact that I had to have this and some of his other books because they are pretty and sound perfect for me… I (shocker) haven’t read it yet. LOL. Go figure.

Tell me, have you read this one? If you have, what did you think of it? There’s truly not that many ratings/reviews on Goodreads for it which makes me want to pick it up sooner rather than later… Anywhoodle, until next time, Happy Reading!


Teaser Tuesdays: August 25th


It’s Teaser Tuesdays time! This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm. If you want to take part, it’s super easy – this is all that’s to it:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser for this week is from The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. I’m still very early in the book, but so far it is intriguing.



“When the First Eric Sanderson wrote the letters he was an empty box of tactics and manoeuvres, a broken wind-up soldier. It took me a while to realise: he was training me to do something he should have done himself. Something he didn’t have the strength for.”

page 87

Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


PLEASE NOTE: This book deals with the topic of incest and as such may be difficult for some readers.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As de facto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives and the way they understand each other so completely has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: A love this devastating has no happy ending.

Forbidden is the type of book that it takes balls to write and extraordinary skill to write well. When I first heard the hype surrounding the book I kind of shrugged it off, but my interest was piqued due to the topic. Once I picked up this book though, nothing else mattered, it had all of my attention.

Forbidden is the story of the Whitely family, a family in a situation that too many families face. However, one thing is different, Lochlan and Maya even knowing the possible consequences are in love. The dynamic between the siblings and the situation they are in, it all makes you feel for them.

The entire book is these two teenagers giving everything they have to make sure that their younger siblings have a roof over their head, food in their tummies, and all the things they could need to have as good a life as possible. They deal with all the many facets of parenthood, forgoing their own lives essentially to be the protectors, a role that someone had to step into for their mother. That may not sound like much, but on top of that, Lochlan and Maya are dealing with a whole other beast. Love, for each other.

They know it’s wrong, and they know that there are a thousand horrible things that could happen to the family if anyone found out, but in the end they care for each other and need the support of one another. Then, boom, the end of this book is smacking you in the face and there are FEELS and TEARS. I think I sobbed into this book for a straight 15 to 20 minutes. It was ridiculous. But it was also powerful and it stuck with me and I couldn’t process it or even talk about it for days, because there are no words.

This book is amazing, but so is Tabitha Suzuma. She takes on the topic of this book, heavy duty as it is, and weaves an amazing, unputdownable story. This one could have gone either way, but she brought an eloquence to the table that I haven’t seen in some time. I truly believe that she was brave as all hell to write this story and I am so glad she did. Absolutely pick it up, I know I’ll be looking for more from this author! 5/5 Stars!

ALSO, PLEASE make yourself available for discussion for the young reader in your life who picks this one up!

Bout of Books 14: Wrap Up!


Sadly, Bout of Books 14 has officially come to an end. While I’m very sad to see it go, I do have to say that I’m quite happy with my accomplishments for the week seeing as I’ve been very slumpy of late. So, here’s what I got done last week.

I met three of my four goals for the week:

  1. Read 3 books – I finished exactly three books and started another
  2. Be more active on twitter – I only made one twitter chat, but I was definitely more on twitter this week than I think I ever have been
  3. Complete four of the seven challenges – I participated in five challenges, though one was after the fact
  4. Visit two other blogs a day – while I did visit some blogs, I didn’t comment on all of them as I should have. I think next time I’ll be more specific about it.


During BoB 14 I finished these three books:

  1. The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) by Courtney Milan
  2. Blood Rights (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter
  3. Alpha (Alpha #1) by Jasinda Wilder

I also started The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall.

All in all, not too shabby for the week. I’m just hoping to keep the reading up and such. At least until the next Bout of Books (in JANUARY) can pump me up again, lol. In the meantime, tell me, how did your Bout of Books go?!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 14: Day 6!


Hello one and all! Bout of Books 14 is sadly winding down, but never fear, I’ve got another challenge to share!

Day 6 Challenge:

Today’s challenge is hosted by Stephanie over at Steph in Wonderland! This is the Book Road Trip Challenge! Basically we pick a road trip of places we would like to visit based on either where a book takes place or where the author lives. Without further adieu, here is my bookish road trip:


  1. Colorado: Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl is part of a trilogy that takes place in Colorado – it’s actually the second book, the first is lent out to my step-mom right now.
  2. Wyoming: Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy is another romance series that takes place in Wyoming. Yellowstone, Jackson Hole… whats not to want to see?
  3. Montana: Montana Sky by Nora Roberts, it’s obvious enough where it takes place and I bet you’re even starting to see the theme there…
  4. Illinois: Native Son by Richard Wright takes place in Chicago which is a city I desperately want to visit!
  5. Maine: The Stand by Stephen King, it’s pretty well know King lives in Maine which is a place I’ve never been despite living a only a few hours drive from there my whole life.
  6. Toronto, Ontario: Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, Lam lives in Toronto which is a place I visited as a kid, but would love to revisit now as an adult.

So those are some of the places I would LOVE to visit! Tell me, what are your book road trip books!!

Reading Updates:

(insert Charlie Brown sounds here). Nothing to report. There’s still a few minutes left in the day which may be spent reading…. if I can deny the urge to waste time via youtube.