Thursday, December 30, 2021

My Top Rated Books of 2021

This was hard! I'm a picky reader, it's very hard to impress me after all the books I've read but these were all five star reads! I can't recommend them highly enough! They aren't really in any order except for the first one. It's a book I think every single person on earth should read. 

Let's get to it!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Music Monday - Winter Ambience

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Christmas may be over but it's still winter time. I hope you've gotten some nice snow. Of course here in Oklahoma most of December was warm. Hopefully, January won't follow the same path! 

So in honor of winter weather, I thought I'd share this wonderful Ambience. 

So, how was your Christmas? Get any good books? Eat yummy food? Tell me all about it below! Stay safe, wear a mask, and happy reading my friends. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Originality and Authenticity in the World of Published Fan-Fiction - Discussion

From Wikipedia - Fan-fiction is fictional writing written in an amateur capacity as fans, unauthorized by, but based on an existing work of fiction. The author uses copyrighted characters, settings, or other intellectual properties from the original creator(s) as a basis for their writing.

I never wrote Twilight fics. Instead, I wrote K-Pop fan-fiction over ten years ago. I wrote about the group called SHINee. I wrote everything from smut to fluff. It was so much fun to connect with others who loved to write and loved this amazing K-Pop group. I even came in second in a SHINee fanfic contest, which was awesome! 

Monday, December 20, 2021

Music Monday - Pop Christmas

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Usually I share Christmas music all month long but I didn't. My health threw everything off but today is the first day of Christmas break and I hope to enjoy it! It's really time to get into the Christmas spirit!

Any special Christmas plans? We are having a small dinner with just us and my partner's grandma and step-grandfather because of Covid. I had hoped to see my family in Kentucky but well... Covid. I really hope you have a Marry Christmas. Happy Reading and stay safe my friends.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Princess and the Rogue - Book Review

Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn't believe in love―until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess, however, Seb realizes her air of innocence was too good to be true.

Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London as plain 'Anna Brown'. With a dangerous traitor hot on her trail, her best option is to accept Wolff's offer of protection―and accommodation―at his gambling hell. But living in such close quarters, and aiding Wolff in his Bow Street cases, fans the flames of their mutual attraction. If Anya's true identity is revealed, does their romance stand a chance? Could a princess ever marry a rogue?

Book Breakdown

This book starts off with a bang! Anya’s assaulted (not raped) by a countryman that wants to marry her for the money and social standing and tries to kidnap her, but her friend whacks him over the head and they both escape.

They end up staying right next to a brothel, where Ayna decides she wants to teach the workers to read and write. This is where she ends up meeting our hero, Seb. He thinks she’s a worker and tries to get her services, but she refuses and he’s left wondering why she rejected him.

By fate, he finds out she’d working for a family member and is tasked with keeping her safe. Ayna won’t tell him who she is, but he knows she’s lying. Will he be able to keep her safe? How will he react when he discovers her secret?  

Not going to lie, I saw it was an Anastasia retelling, and I had to read it! I LOVED this book! Ayna is such a spitfire and Seb is so honorable and sweet. I loved watching them grow together. 

I loved the plot of this one. Some historical romances have lack luster plots but this was great! It kept things moving and from being boring, but never once took away from the romance. 


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - My Winter 2021 TBR

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I'm so bad at making TBRs and sticking to them but I'm going to try and list books I'm excited to read and hope I stick to it! 

Monday, December 13, 2021

Music Monday - Morbid Poetry

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I feel like it's been a while since I shared some songs from my favorite genre of music; goth. So today, I'm changing that! 

So which song was your favorite? Let me know below! 

Today, I go back to school. I've been out on a leave for my health. So fingers crossed my classes go well. I hope you have a great week! Stay safe, wear a mask, and happy reading! 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

A Guide To The Wallflower Series By Lisa Kleypas

This is the one that starts off this entire series. It follows Annabelle; she’s beautiful and sweet. Any member of the ton should jump at the chance to snag her up. Yet, somehow, she’s a wallflower. The reason? She’s very poor. 

So poor her family can hardly make it through the season. She’s so desperate to save her family and get a good match, she’s willing to forgo love as long as has future husband is a peer. 

She ends up forming a friendship with the rest of the wallflowers, agreeing to get themselves married. 

Enter, Simon Hunt. A self-made man so rich it’s not funny. He has no title and Annabelle detests him. Only once she gets to know him... she decides maybe he’s not so bad after all.

I love Annabelle and Simon and all the wallflowers! The romance in this is sweet and watching Annabelle fall for Simon is amazing. 

I also have to praise the female friendships in here. It’s heartwarming to see how close they become and how much they want to help each other. It’s so rare not to see anyone trying to tear someone else down to make themselves look better. A really great read! 

In Autumn, we get into step into the mind of American heiress Lillian Bowman. Her family is so rich that it’s not even funny and her parents are dead set on her marrying a member of the peerage. If he does not have a title, then he’s not the one. 

But Lillian isn’t the soft-spoken English woman. She’s American, bold and not one to keep her opinions to herself. So no one wants her. She sits on the sideline at balls, a wallflower.

But there is one man of the ton that she really dislikes, Marcus, Lord Westcliff. His line is the oldest in the entire country. Some say his blood is even bluer than the queen’s. 

He pushes her buttons like no one else and he thinks she’s improper. Yet, they are both drawn to each other...

Lillian and Marcus are superb characters, but to me, Lillian is a step down from Annabelle. You can tell the author just loves her though, because she has a big part of each book in this series. 

She’s bold and never tries to be anyone other than herself, which I just adore. A solid read.

This seems to be the fan favorite and I can see why. Evie is such a sweetheart and Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, is such a jerk. It’s almost a Beauty and the Beast kind of thing. 

Her relatives mistreat her and the last straw is when they say she’s going to marry her cousin so they can steal her money. 

She escapes their clutches long enough to go to St. Vincent and ask him to marry her. He’s titled but broke and with her money he could live well once more. 

He agrees, and she doesn’t regret it. Anything has to be better than going back to her awful family. 

I love this one because we get to see St. Vincent slowly become a decent human being and Evie gains some confidence. Something I love about this book is that Evie stammers. And while it gets a bit better around her husband, it never goes away. 

Their love is adorable. This is one of my favorites in the series. 

Daisy is the younger sister of Lillian. She’s a dear sweet soul. She’d rather sit and read a wonderful book than try to catch a husband. 

Her father calls her something like a leech and tells her she’s going to marry a man of his choosing because no one of worth in English is going to want her.

Enter Matthew. He’s just a guy that her father took in and trained to run his company. In fact, he’s going to leave everything to Matthew, not caring about his own sons. 

Daisy nor her elder sister like his idea as they abhor him. But he’s not the man they remember and Daisy slowly falls in love with him. 

I relate to Daisy so much. Her family doesn’t quite understand her, the black sheep. She’s got such a big heart and never stops dreaming. 

I just loved seeing everything come together for these two, even after the plot twist about Matthew’s past. So good!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Music Monday - The Dragonborn Comes Covers

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Skyrim's tenth year anniversary edition recently came out and as someone who still loves that game, I've been playing it a little, listening to music from the universe and cooking items from my cookbook! So I thought I'd share two of my favorites. Hope you enjoy!

I'm still getting back into the hang of blogging again. My health is still slowly getting better and I will be hoping around your blogs today. See you soon!