Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Blogger Hop #72

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop!
 14th - 20th - Have you ever been called a "book nerd?" If so, how did you react? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Yes! Of course I have, I don't mind it so normally I just say "thank you."  I think being a book nerd isn't something bad. If someone walked into my house they would know right away. 

Have you ever been called a book nerd? If so, do you think being a book nerd is bad? How do you take it?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #173

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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 Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

 It's a good think I booked an aisle seat, because I'm the last one on the plan. I knew I'd be late for my flight. I'm late for almost everything. That's why I booked an aisle seat in the first place. I hate making people get up so that I can squeeze by.

I'm really enjoying books by author Taylor Jenkins Reid, I borrowed this one from the library and can't wait to start it. It sounds so good! 

Have you read anything by this author, if so please tell me other books by her that are must reads. Leave me a comment below! 


Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: Waiting For Tom Hanks

I recieved this book from the publishers for free in exchange for my honest review.  My thoughts are my own and mine alone. 

Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Published: June 11th 2019
Publisher:  Berkley
Format: Paperback/E-ARC
Pages: 274 Pages
Challenges: Goodreads

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 Can a romcom-obssessed romantic finally experience the meet-cute she always dreamed of or will reality never compare to fiction, in this charming debut adult novel from Kerry Winfrey.

Annie is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years.

First off, I want to thank the amazing publishing company for sending me a finished copy of this amazing book and for asking me to review. I will also say again, just because they sent me this book doesn't make me feel like I have to give this book a good review. I'm always honest here on the blog and the same goes for when a publisher gives me the book for review. I will say this book didn't disappoint.  This book was a fun read and I super excited to share my thoughts with you all.

Anyway, let's get to it. Like I said above I loved Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. There were so many great things in this book and I totally gushed over all of them. First, look at this cover! Yep, I'm cover obsessed when it comes to this one. I'm loving how the little guy on the front actually does look like Tom Hanks. Also when I first saw this cover and title it made me wonder if they had to ask him to use his name on the cover? Still don't know the answer to that, but hopefully one day I'll find out.

Now let's talk about the actual story/plot, shall we?  If you enjoy a great romcom then you will LOVE this book. I mainly say that because all throughout this whole book they are mentioned everywhere! At first, I was a little annoyed with this, but I ended up loving that part of the book. I went in not knowing too much about this one. Lately, that's the way I've liked reading. Makes it more exciting to read for me.

I'm pretty sure you've guessed by now that the main character loves the older type RomComs and of course, the ones that actor Tom Hanks is in like You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seatle. Well, it's not that she just likes these movies, no she wants to find a guy just like the characters Tom Hanks plays. Then she meets Drew, I loved Drew's character, let me say that right now! I'm not going to give too much away but he is an actor!

I will also say that this book is a little predictable, but what Rom-Com isn't right?  This is mainly the reason I'm giving it a 4 Puppy rating and not a 5.

I really enjoyed how thought out this book was, the characters and to the whole plot in general. I must also say that it's obvious this author loves her some Rom-Coms. If you didn't already figure that out. If you're looking for a fun and fast contemporary read, pick up a copy of Waiting For Tom Hanks, you won't be disappointed.  This book is being released tomorrow, so make sure you preorder your copy today!

I blink a few times, staring straight into Drew Danforth’s face. It’s like when you’re a kid and there’s a solar eclipse, and all the teachers are like, “Don’t look directly into the sun! You’ll destroy your retinas!” but there’s always that one kid (Johnny Berger, in our class) who can’t stop staring.
In this situation, I’m Johnny Berger. And I guess Drew Danforth is the sun.
“Are you okay?” he asks again, enunciating his words even more as if me understanding him is the problem. His brown eyes, I notice, are flecked with tiny bits of gold, which is something you can’t see when you watch him on TV. His hair is just as voluminous as it seems in pictures, but in person, I have the almost overwhelming urge to touch it, to reach out and pull on that one lock of hair that hangs over his forehead.
“She’s not responding.” He turns to Chloe. “Is something wrong?”
“She’s French,” Chloe says without missing a beat. “She only speaks French.”
“I’m not French,” I say, breaking my silence. Chloe and Drew’s heads swivel to look at me.
“I’m sorry about your coat,” I whisper, then I run toward Nick’s.
Chloe bursts in the door behind me, the bell jingling in her wake. “I’m not French?” she screeches. “Those are the first words you spoke to Drew Danforth? Really?”
“Well then, why did you tell him I was French?” I shout, ignoring the curious stares of everyone working on their laptops and the calming melody of whatever Nick put on to replace the Doobies.
“I don’t know!” She throws her hands in the air. “You weren’t talking, so I thought I’d give you an interesting backstory!”
I put my hands over my face. “This is ridiculous.”
“No,” Chloe says, grabbing me by the shoulders. “This is your meet-cute, and now you need to go back out there and find him and say something that isn’t a negation of your Frenchness or an apology for destroying his probably very expensive coat.”
“Meet what?”
Nick stares at us from behind the counter, a dishtowel in his hand.
“A meet-cute,” Chloe stands up straight, shoulders back, as if she’s delivering a Romantic Comedy 101 lecture to Nick and his patrons, “is the quirky, adorable, cute way the hero and heroine of a romantic comedy meet.”
Everyone stares at her blankly.
“Or hero and hero. Or heroine and heroine. Not to be heteronormative,” she clarifies.
“Like how me and Martha met at her wedding,” Gary says.
Chloe thinks about it. “I don’t know that I would necessarily call that one a meet-cute, but sure, Gary.”
“Did you just make that up?” Nick asks, arms crossed.
I shake my head. “No. It’s a thing.”
“Watch a romantic comedy, dude,” Tobin says.
Nick rolls his eyes.
“Anyway,” Chloe continues, “Annie straight up ran into Drew Danforth and spilled a cup of coffee all over his coat, which is, like, the cutest of meets.”
“That doesn’t sound very cute,” Nick says skeptically, rubbing the scruff on his chin. “Was it still hot?”
“Scalding,” I say, sinking into my chair and resting my head on the table.
“Sounds like a meet painful,” says Gary, and a few people laugh.
“Thanks,” I mutter. “I’m so glad you all find my embarrassment entertaining.”
“Annie!” Chloe sits down across from me as a customer walks in and the rest of the shop stops paying attention to us. “This isn’t embarrassing. This is merely a story I’ll tell in my toast at your wedding to Drew.”
I lift my head to look at her. “I hate to break this to you, but I don’t think he’s my Tom Hanks. I think he’s just a famous guy with a possible third-degree burn on his chest. And now my first day on set is going to be super awkward because I accidentally assaulted the lead actor with a beverage.”
Chloe’s about to say something, but then a song starts and she closes her mouth, looking up toward the speakers. “I swear to God, I told Nick not to play any more Bon Iver. It makes people look up their exes on Instagram, not buy coffee. I’m gonna go put on some Hall and Oates.”
As she walks away, I rest my head on the table again. As if it wasn’t embarrassing enough to have my uncle get me a job on set, now I have to deal with this.

I'm giving Waiting For Tom Hanks an Ali's Bookshelf...

Friday, June 7, 2019

Book Blogger Hop #71

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop!

7th - 13th - What's the oldest work (by publication date) you've read? (submitted by Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea)

The oldest publication date for a book I've read would have to be Pride and Prejudice, it was published in 1813 the next one after that would be The Lord of the Rings and that was published in 1955. I'm pretty sure those are the two that are the oldests.

So, what is the oldest book you've read, I can't wait to see everyone's answers for this one. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: Smitten by the Brit

I recieved this book from the publishers for free in exchange for my honest review.  My thoughts are my own and mine alone. 

Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson

Published: May 28th 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384 pages
Challenges: Goodreads Challenge

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DEFINITELY, MAYBE...OR LOVE, ACTUALLY? English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie's heart. With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she's falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo's life makes Bonnie feel like she's wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

 When I was asked to read/review Smitten by the Brit I jumped at the chance as soon as I read the summary. I was almost slipping into a bit of a reading slump, I could feel it. A light, easy and fun read was the perfect thing. Now that I've finished this book, I realize that this wasn't a light read. There were a few times when I wanted to throw this book and scream at the main characters. Fun read, yes this was. I loved this book!

I also want to say a huge thanks to St. Martin's press for sending me this book for review, the books they send me for review are always amazing and I can't wait to read the other book they sent me recently.

Now back to talking about Smitten by the Brit, I will say there were times throughout this book that I didn't think it was going to end the way I wanted it too. I thought it was going to break my heart, litterly rip it to shreads and not fix it. I'm so happy that it didn't end up that way, but toward the end I was on the edge of my seat (well my bed) wondering if it was all going to work out. Now I'm not going to give away spoilers, but who am I kidding we all want that happily ever after when reading these type of books and guess what it happens.

I love Bonnie and Theo so much, totally a new ship for me here. I want to read what happens to them next though, like seriously what happend after that ending?

Fair warning there are some steamy scenes in this book and I honestly loved each and everyone of them. This book played out like a movie and honestly it was one that I couldn't put down not that I would have wanted to. There was a point in this book where I was yelling at Bonnie for her to just talk to Theo, but yeah it all worked out in the end. That's all I'm going to say.

I have so much love for this book, if you're looking for a fun and flirty book to read. Smitten by the Brit is the perfect one for you to pick up! I highly recommend it.

As you can already tell, I loved this book, so I'm giving it an Ali's Bookshelf...

Plot: 18/20
Characters: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Creativity: 19/20
Cover: 10/10
Ending: 10/10

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