Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Time!

18th Oct 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Read-a-thon

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Time!

Today I’m participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Which means I’ll be attempting to read for 24 hours straight! TRY being the operative word.

Here’s a short Q&A from yours truly…

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m in Houston, Texas! :D
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Looking for Alibrandi
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

ALL OF THEM! :D
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m 33, a mom to an almost teenage girl and to a toddler puppy, fiance to a great guy, and I love to read!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? 

I participated a couple of years ago, so I’m happy to finally be able to do it again! I want to be more active in the challenges. :)

I’ll be updating this post with mini-challenges and reading updates, so be sure to check in occasionally to see my progress! :D

 

Here’s the books I pulled to read today…

I didn’t start with any of these as it  turns out. I woke up at 7:10am and so I decided to listen to an audiobook while I got ready and got caught up.

 

Books Read/Listened To So Far…

 

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Narrated by Tom Mison (THE ACTOR IN THE SHOW!)
  2. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (WOW! So much love for this one!)
  3. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (Loved this one too! Had to read after Looking for Alibrandi)

Mini Challenges!

Coffee or Tea? – Fig and Thistle

Shelfie! – The Book Monsters

Weird Reading Position – Kristina Horner

Quotable Quote! – BIBLIOPHIBIAN INC.

Listening to James McAvoy (and others) perform Neverwhere at the moment and it is glorious! :D

“You’ve a good heart. Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it’s not.”
― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

 

Book Staging! – On the Wings of Books

Name Your Readathon! – Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog

Story of a Girl, Looking for Alibrandi, who Once Was Lost, 100 Blood and Tears, Love and Leftovers Readathon.

 

Cheering Challenge! – Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity

Books! Books! They’re my bag! If I can read them, all of you can! For 24 hours…

 

Show It Off! – deadbookdarling

 

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

I JUST finished Looking for Alibrandi and I’m trying to pick my next read. :)

2. How many books have you read so far?

Two Whole Books!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Maybe Sweethearts by Sara Zarr? Not sure!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

SO MANY! Mostly on Twitter because of the author drama today.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How much fun I’m having doing the mini-challenges through Instagram! :D

 

End of Event Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Probably Hour 17 (11pm, right?). It’s the hour I normally go to bed, so I had a cup of coffee and hoped it worked. (IT DID!)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think short, quick reads are good.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Not at the moment…

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Being able to use Instagram for mini-challenges because it allows for cross-posting across twitter/tumblr/blog.

5. How many books did you read?

Listened to 1 short story audiobook and read 2 books!

6. What were the names of the books you read?

Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, and listened to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Looking for Alibrandi!

8. Which did you enjoy least?

I enjoyed them all!

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Not an official cheerleader, but I did cheer-tweet a couple of times. I may make it official next time. :)

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

VERY LIKELY! I may signed up for a mini-challenge or to cheer on twitter/instagram.

 

 

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Review: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

14th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Kristan Higgins Week, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

Review: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan HigginsAll I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
Published by HQN on February 25th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 413
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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4.5 Stars
Turning thirty has its ups and downs...

For Callie Grey, coming to grips with her age means facing the fact that her boyfriend-slash-boss is way overdue with a marriage proposal. And that she's way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn't bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a Big Three-Oh birthday bash…in the family funeral home.

Bad goes to worse when Callie stirs up a relationship with the town's single—yet not so warm and fuzzy—veterinarian, in order to flag Mark's attention. So what if Ian McFarland is more comfortable with animals? So what if he's formal, orderly and just a bit tense? Friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it's time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But, dang—if he doesn't shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Georgebury, Vermont's unlikeliest eligible bachelor….

 

I loved so many things about All I Ever Wanted. The way Callie was describe as curvy. The story of how she’s loved Mark since she was a kid and he’s totally taken her for granted all that time. Ian’s uniqueness and all his other qualities and flaws. So many things I loved!

Callie and Ian’s relationship was really interesting. He comes off sort of standoffish and she totally throws him for a loop. But he also really admires her effervescence. And in turn, he surprises Callie at most every turn. It was just a really nice development and I completely enjoyed watching them go through it.

But before all that happens, we learn the history of Callie and Mark. I hated him because he’s a user. UGH! I felt so awful for Callie but girlfriend needed to let that go already. We see Callie at her job and with her colleagues often in this book, Mark being her boss is also there. Blegh. She’s really good at her job though, and every time something good happened I totally cheered for her.

This book also had a big family aspect to it. And it was so diverse too! They all had different careers and they were all so quirky. I really enjoyed reading all their scenes together. There’s also a completely sad and huge event that happens in this book and, you guessed it, I totally cried.

The ending in this book is one of my favorites. Maybe not the epilogue, but the ending itself. Also, the rocking chair thing. Man, I loved that part. All I Ever Wanted made me laugh, and cry, and feel so many other emotions. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Kristan Higgins book though. :)

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If by now I haven’t convinced you to pick up at least one Kristan Higgins book, then I’m obviously doing it wrong. But I have faith that you’re here because you want to read a Kristan Higgins book, so go out and do it! :D

Thanks for joining me on this week of Kristan Higgins love. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you all and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

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About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

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Review: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

13th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Kristan Higgins Week, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

Review: The Next Best Thing by Kristan HigginsThe Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
Published by HQN on August 27th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 395
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley, Purchased
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4 Stars
Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks...

She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart...or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate "friend with privileges," and hello to a man she can marry.

Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?

 

I’d met Lucy and Ethan before, when I read Somebody to Love, which features one of the characters in The Next Best Thing. It was nice going back and reading all of their beginnings. I hadn’t actually realized, from reading about Lucy and Ethan in Somebody to Love, just how emotional their story was.

To explain the tangled lives of Lucy and Ethan would be doing you a disservice. It would take away the fun in discovering it all as you read. So I’m not going to go into those specific details.

Lucy is a young widow who’s found she can lose herself and not think about her pain when she’s with Ethan. They have great chemistry and steamy sex and it really scares her to think she can really fall in love again. And get hurt again. Because of this she pushes him away and begins looking for someone unextraordinary, someone safe. Kristan Higgins is really great at setting up our heroines on really awful but hilarious blind dates. I’ve come to really enjoy that in her books. So, Lucy gets some of that and it was pretty entertaining. I thought Ethan was really, REALLY, patient with Lucy. Until he’s done with that and tells her she can’t have her cake and eat it too. I was glad Ethan stood up for himself because he’s done so much longing and hurting because of and for Lucy.

Lucy’s family consisted of all females. Her mom, her two aunts, and herself were all widowed too young. Supposedly it’s a curse, which makes Lucy’s sister crazy and in turns drives the sister’s husband crazy. Also, her in-laws still play a big role in her life and she visits with them often. I thought that was nice, but I didn’t think they were very nice to a certain someone, so it made me dislike them.

I LOVE Lucy’s friend Parker and her son Nicky, who happens to also be Ethan’s son. Parker and Ethan dated and got pregnant unexpectedly, but they knew they weren’t right for each other in the end. They have a great relationship and are great parents to Nicky, meaning it only made me love Ethan more. Somebody to Love is about Parker and her road to a happily ever after. :)

The end of The Next Best Thing made me shed a tear or two. I won’t lie to you. I thought it was emotional and touching and you should totally read it. Simple as that!

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About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

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Review: Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins

12th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Kristan Higgins Week, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins

Review: Too Good to Be True by Kristan HigginsToo Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins
Published by HQN on December 18th 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 383
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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4 Stars
How far would you go to get over a guy?

When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone…exactly unlike her renegade neighbor Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.

Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so…right?

 

Ladies…two words for you: Callahan O’Shea. GAH! He was THE BEST. Probably my favorite Higgins love interest to date. What makes me say this, you ask? Well, his humor. Straight up. Yeah, he was SUPER yummy, but nothing on that wit of his! I just wanted him to talk forever. All I wanted were scenes with him bantering with whoever was on the page.

So this is the second Higgins book I read where there’s awkward family situations, the first being Fools Rush In. In Too Good To Be True, our heroine’s ex-fiance and her sister fall in love with each other the moment they meet. Grant it, nothing happens between them until more than a year after Andrew broke their engagement, but it’s still hard on Grace, who isn’t quite over the blow.

Grace has this lifelong coping mechanism where she makes up boyfriends to save her from awkward situations, and she’s just done it again to put her sister at ease for dating her ex. All this gets even more complicated when a Hottie McHotterson, Callahan, moves in next door and she totally wants him…and he seems to be totally interested in her too! Except she totally told him she had a boyfriend. :/ Things start getting out control when her family won’t let up about meeting her “boyfriend” and she has to stage these dates, fights, and soon, a breakup. It was all very comedic and very dramatic at times. I really enjoyed it, even though sometimes I could only shake my head at her.

So, then FINALLY, Callahan becomes more than her friendly neighbor with a sketchy past and things are going so great…until Andrew decides to stir the pot and everything hits the fan. Thanks, Andrew. You suck so much.

It was pretty much an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved and I was really sad for Grace. Luckily Kristan Higgins doesn’t leave us suffering for very long (it would suck if she did!). Grace gets her happy ending and I get to be happy for her and her beau.

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About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Waiting On You

12th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Kristan Higgins Week, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Waiting On You

Waiting on Wednesday: Waiting On YouWaiting On You by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #3
Published by HQN on March 25th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: NetGalley
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Does being nobody's fool mean that you're nobody's love?

Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love... just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart... an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thanks. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who's ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they've got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.

 

I seriously love this series by Kristan! The first two books were terrific and I can’t wait to continue with it!

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About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

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