What I read: May 2019

Funny enough, as a writer I am NOT a very stingy reader. So many authors struggle with reading because they disagree with plots or the book isn’t “smart enough.” Sorry friends, I am totally in love with guilty pleasure reads. I get wrapped up in characters even if the writing is so-so or the plots are ridiculous. This month I finished A LOT of out there, crazy plot books. It was delicious!!!

The Rebel of Raleigh High (Raleigh Rebels #1)The Rebel of Raleigh High by Callie Hart

Ohhhh, how I love a good juicy, guilty pleasure, bad boy read.
Beware of triggers.
Filthy Rich Boys (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, #1)Filthy Rich Boys by C.M. Stunich

The plot is so ridiculously far fetched that you can't help but hang on every single word. I'm a sucker for rich kids and bad boys/girls series.
Bad, Bad Blue Bloods (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, #2)Bad, Bad Blue Bloods by C.M. Stunich

Yup, I'm still drinking the kool-aid. Sue me.
The Envy Of Idols (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, #3)The Envy Of Idols by C.M. Stunich

I am so confused. Who do I love?
I cannot tell a lie, I am such a sucker for these freaking books. It's a train wreck you can't look away from.
More of You (Confessions of the Heart, #1)More of You by A.L. Jackson

Here's a case of the blurb not matching the plot. At all. However, I liked the book in the end so whatevsss...
Be prepared for a mystery and questioning the iffy timing of this romance.
Her Defiant Heart (Damaged Hearts, #1)Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy

Holy cliffhanger! I'm up in the air on this one—invested enough to want to read on and see what happens but not sure when I'll grab book 2
Jens bugged me with the way she used Rhett after he was so nice, but I have a feeling Rhett isn't what he seems either.
His Wasted Heart (Damaged Hearts, #2)His Wasted Heart by Monica Murphy

I needed answers after that cliffy!
Damaged Hearts (Damaged Hearts, #3)Damaged Hearts by Monica Murphy

Hmmmm. Didn't love it, didn't hate it.
Had this been one novel I think I would have been happier with it. Jens secret ended up being anti-climatic by the end.
The Perfect First (Fulton U, #1)The Perfect First by Maya Hughes

This sweet and sexy book is exactly what New Adult should be (IMO)
Switch Hitter (Jock Hard #0.5)Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

Fun little novella.
Rebel Born (Secondborn, #3)Rebel Born by Amy A. Bartol
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rebel Born was a bit more scientific than Secondborn or Traitor Born, but because Amy has a way of writing sci-fi plots for the non-sci-fi reader it didn't overwhelm the story or my simple brain ;)
After that cliffy from book two, readers are rewarded with a fast-paced, questions answered finale.

Also, this romance lover was totally happy with the romantic resolutions.
The Moth and the Flame (When Rivals Play, #2)The Moth and the Flame by B.B. Reid

Good, bad boy fun but not as enjoyable as Ever and Four's story. This one felt repetitive, and a lot of the reveals (the ones that began as part of Ever and Four's story) were confusing bc everything was from Lou and Wren's POV.
The overarching storyline still has a lot of holes to fill which means Jamie and Bette's story is next... not sure how I feel about that, but I'm sure I'll be reading it.

Hidden Creek Secrets (Hidden Creek High Book 1)Hidden Creek Secrets by Jaxson Kidman

As the cover alludes, there are a lot of secrets in Hidden Creek. Trouble is you won't find many answers in book one.
Typical rival bad boys and drama-ridden girls in this guilty pleasure read.
Punk 57Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

I hate that it took me so long to read this one. Loved Ryen and Misha's story.

What's on my shelf? February reads

I'm under some crippling writing deadlines but that didn't stop me from picking up a book each night before going to sleep. I might only read half a chapter, but at least I read!

This month saw me finishing the Remember When trilogy I began in January.
I re-read Secondborn to prep for reading my ARC of Traitor Born (so so good!).
I admit to ditching Tempt halfway through because it was an erotic read and I was looking for a different type of story. This is a taboo romance and super dirty, so if you're into that you should check it out for FREE
I read The Smallest Part and have to say Harmon has such a way with mixing biblical meaning into her stories. She has a very lyrical writing tone.
And last night I finished off the month with The Impossible Vastness of Us, a lovely first foray into YA by Samantha Young that I'd been holding onto for quite some time.

I had a HUGE book haul on the 27th with a ton of titles I've been dying to read so March will find me sharing some of those with you, hopefully! Still on major deadlines, but here's to reading a few pages every day! Happy reading!! 

FEBRUARY READS 5.5 Books 1 YA  ~  2 NA/Adult  ~  .5 Erotica  ~  2 NA SciFi/Dystopian 1 New to me author, Remy Blake All available now, except Traitor Born which releases 4/17

5.5 Books
1 YA  ~  2 NA/Adult  ~  .5 Erotica  ~  2 NA SciFi/Dystopian
1 New to me author, Remy Blake
All available now, except Traitor Born which releases 4/17

What I read in 2016 . . .

Here we are at the end of another year! Can you believe it? Let's look back at my year in books, shall we?

I started out my year with a challenge to read the physical books on my bookshelves. You know, those books I bought because they were so, so pretty, but had yet to crack them because my Kindle is filled with more amazing stories.
How did I do? Well, I was supposed to read one book from each letter of the alphabet. I failed at that pretty quickly, BUT I did read from my shelves. Here's the list:

Everneath — After the Rain — The F it List — The Loose Ends List
We were Liars — White Trash Beautiful — Cinderella Screwed Me Over
The Shadow Society — Bright Side — Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Zero Day — Afterparty — Just Listen — Of Poseidon — November 9 —
And I Darken — Never Always Sometimes — The Here and Now — An Ember in the Ashes

I also re-read the Throne of Glass series (all from my shelves) before book 5 released. AND bought A Torch Against the Night in hardback after finishing book 1

So those were my on my shelves, already owned/or recently bought books read.

In addition, I read a variety of other fantasy, romance, smut, and thrillers. I read a lot of authors for the first time. I LOVE doing that. I found gems and some 'not for me' books, but all in all I am happy with my reading tally for the year - 57

That is the official tally including my re-reads and books I wrote, which obviously means I read them ;) 


Whatcha reading?

This year I pledged I would read books from my personal shelves more often. I buy a lot of books based on covers because I LOVE pretty things! It's been fun finally reading those pretty books. This week I devoured these three . . .

We were liars - This YA was nothing like what I expected. Amazing prose. Standalone
Zero Day - A YA political suspense/thriller that was fast paced and fun. Possibly a series, has an ending but could certainly go on.
The Shadow Society - Loved this YA alter-dimensional paranormal thriller. I guess that's what we call it. I read all 400 pages in one day. I wanted more in the end, but it seems to be a standalone. That cover tho! (drool!)

Have you read these yet? What did you think?

Want to keep up with my reading in 2016? I updated THIS Pinterest page as I go.

2015 Reading Challenge update

It's been a LONG while since I've updated y'all on my reading challenge. Let me get you up to date.

I've completed 35 books so far this year. There are a few re-reads in there and a few re-reads I didn't log.  So, what am I reading?

The majority of my books this year have been contemporary - 20
I've lost myself in 4 fantasy novels (fae and magical Kingdoms), 8 sci-fi/dystopian/pn type stories and 3 historical.
21 of the books I've read fit into my 2015 Challenge. A few more might fit later in the year when I start running out of time *Gah!* Here's the list so far...

You can find all my books on Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/chelemybelles/2015-reading-challenge/

Here are all of the gorgeous covers from my reads...

As an author I don't review books, but I can highlight a few of my reads for you.
1) Burying Water by KA Tucker - you can never go wrong with Tucker. Love her books.
2) The Player series (The Substitute and The Player) by Denise Grover Swank will make you laugh.
3) Two books I was pleasantly surprised with were The Orphan Queen (Jodi Meadows) and Parallel (Lauren Miller). I hadn't read these ladies yet and I loved these books!
4) Book boyfriend of the year thus far? Probably Jesse from Burying Water.
5) Kai is the male lead in two of the series I read - Faylinn series by Mindy Hayes and Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

So there you go. My reads, so far. What are reading? What have you been reading? What is one book you would totally recommend me to read??