Linking up with Steph and Jana for SUYB! I am actually starting the year out pretty strong, and am ahead nine books according to Goodreads. Lets see how long that lasts. Last year I made a goal to read 60 books, but I fell short by a few. This year my goal is to finish one per week.

Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn

Parental Guidance (Ice Knights, #1)

I think this is my first Avery Flynn book. I am in love! This was so cute! I love the characters, I love the story line, and who doesn’t love a dog in a book? Anchovy is such a cute name for a dog. I was just slightly annoyed with Zara towards the end of the book, I wont say why to ruin anything. But outside of that, there were the right amounts of fun, build up and steam. Definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.

Bottom Line: Read it!

I’ll Have What She’s Having by Rebecca Harrington

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This was about a woman who is obsessed with fad diets and what celebrities are eating. I cant imagine following any of these diets that she talks about. I believe she writes columns on this topic, and that might be more how this book reads. I will say, this book could be a trigger for people with eating disorders. And I hope that people don’t actually take it seriously.

Bottom Line: This book is really short, so I wouldn’t suggest purchasing it. I borrowed the audio version from my library to entertain me in the car. I sort of got a little bored after the first few diets, because really it is all the same. I would probably pass.

Love Handles by Gretchen Galloway

Love Handles (Oakland Hills, #1)

Where do I start with this one?? I love the premise. Bev inherits an athletic wear company from a grandfather that she barely knew around the time that she loses her job as a preschool teacher. She has to then run it with a guy that thought he would be getting the company and was close to her grandfather and a load of employees who she cant trust.

But then there were parts of the book that got on my nerves. Like the fact that Bev wasn’t exactly athletic and it was constantly pointed out throughout the entire book. Liam even tells her she needs to work out. WTF? He seemed a little too controlling and I didn’t really click with him. I liked Bev, but didn’t like how she was a bit of a doormat at times.

Bottom Line: I am not sure what I want to say about this one, it passed the time fine and I gave it three stars (probably should be 2.5), but I got annoyed about parts. I picked this one up for free on Amazon and its about what I expect for a book that is free.

You Complicate Me by Isabel Jordan

You Complicate Me

I really liked this one! I loved watching Nick and Grace fall for each other, but also, I really loved the bat shit crazy family antics as well! We spend a week at Grace’s brothers wedding festivities with an uptight mom, a crazy grandma, an ex husband, and a sarcastic cousin. What could go wrong? This one had me laughing and swooning. I do love some family drama…when its not my own.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)

Third Grave Dead Head by Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)

Continuing on with this series and still loving it! I think that the third book might be my favorite so far. It was packed full of action and snark and I cant wait to get the forth one.

Bottom Line: If you are into cozy mysteries and like the Stephanie Plum books, give this a try. I actually think I like this better than Plum!

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Red at the Bone

This book was a short one, but man was it packed with beautiful writing, emotion, class, race, family hardships, discovery, love and loss. The characters were so well fleshed out in such a short book. This is one that will stay with you a little while.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


I read the 20th Anniversary edition of this book, and it could have been written today. I think we all went to school with the very characters in this book. I loved the message behind the book about using your voice. I think this is a book that should be required reading in high school.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Doctor Dearest by RS Grey

Doctor Dearest

You all know my love for RS Grey by now! This is a great workplace romance. I loved the relationship between Natalie and her brother, and watching the relationship change with Natalie and Connor.

I felt like there wasn’t some huge thing to overcome in this one. I mean, there was, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. It didn’t take away from the book, perhaps it made it feel more real? I also liked more of the inner monologue of Connor. This one was definitely cute and hilarious.

Bottom Line: Read it if romantic comedy is your thing.

Did Not Finish

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

So I am not going to say to not read this book. The reason why I quit, was that I had two other books come in at the same time from the library, plus a ARC that I promised an author I would finish by release day. But the main reason I quit was because I wasn’t really resonating with the author. She has her own business and the privilege to travel a lot and visit her lake house and can take all summer to take a break from life. I am an average mom who works a full time job for an international company. And while I am grateful for the flexibility that my job offers….it isn’t anywhere near to the extent of her life. This read more like a memoir and didn’t really offer any practical or inspirational advice for me.

I 100% appreciate the title of the book and the concept behind it. I just wanted something different from it. Maybe if I stuck with it I could have gotten there, but I don’t think so.

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  • Reply Kay R.D. February 11, 2020 at 8:21 am

    woohoo so many books! I love RS Grey so Im adding this one to my list. Amazes me that she pumps out so many cute reads one after the other.

  • Reply Brittany Always February 11, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Present over Perfect is on my TBR, but those types of books are either really helpful or just…not.

  • Reply SMD February 11, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Every time I see Speak mentioned I cringe since it’s been on my kindle since 2015 – I just looked it up because I had my content open LOL. Like, enough, just read that freaking book.

    I’m going to check out the Darynda Jones series.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag February 11, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Your year is off to a good start! I read Speak years ago and loved it. I have the graphic novel version that I still need to read.

  • Reply Laura February 11, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Good LORD you read a ton!! I’m still mad that my library doesn’t cover Speak! I’ll actually have to buy it or something now.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent February 11, 2020 at 11:33 am

    After seeing it on your blog (or was it IG?) I went & ordered that RS Grey book – AND the one before it – I didnt get that one either.

  • Reply Dara February 11, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Parental Guidance sounds good. I read Speak awhile ago, can’t believe how long it’s been out!

  • Reply Michael February 11, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve never heard of Speak but it’s got my attention!

  • Reply Julie February 11, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve not heard of Avery Flynn but you’ve got me intrigued…!! I haven’t heard of Speak either so will have to give it a go..!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says February 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    I definitely need to read Speak (it’s been on my TBR forever), but I didn’t realize it was published 20 years ago. Wow.

  • Reply Kristin February 12, 2020 at 6:25 am

    I liked Bread and Wine by Niequist bc it was a food memoir but her other books never, ever landed with me. They should be blog posts. People who wax poetic about their lives…meh.
    Chances are, if I read Bread and Wine now (instead of 6 years ago), I wouldn’t like it as much.

  • Reply Lindsay February 12, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Dying to read Red at the Bone! I have an Avery Flynn book in my cart right now.

  • Reply Kate February 12, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Get it girl with all your reading – I’m super jealous! Parental Guidance looks super cute <3

  • Reply Becki February 12, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Parental Guidance definitely sounded the most amusing 🙂 I read Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming with my middle school daughter last year. Hadn’t looked into her other books.

  • Reply Biana February 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    You and I have the exact same reading style and I can’t wait to add these to my TBR list! I finished Doctor Dearest in like 2 days – it was so good and of course set in Boston! xo, Biana

  • Reply Lauren @ The Pizza Monster Mama February 13, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Speak is SOOOOO good!

  • Reply Danielle February 18, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    You are the second person to recommend Parental Guidance to me. I guess I will add it to my tbr list. You read a lot this month!!!

  • Reply kristen February 19, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    yay so glad you liked parental guidance! i love her books. oh that’s so awesome the third charley davidson book was your fave.. i had it from the library but didn’t get to it in time, will have to reborrow lol. so true about Speak – could have been written today.

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