The WORST Reading Slump of 2019

The WORST Reading Slump of 2019

Hey all!

So I know I haven’t been as active… I really have no excuse at this point. It’s a lot harder to keep my book blog updated when all my content is being produced on my booktube channel.

It’s not like I’m not reading. I read 10 books in the month of May! I did a whole video about it, actually.

But I do want to get back to writing specific reviews on this blog. I enjoy sitting down with a specific book in mind and getting down to the nitty-gritty of what works and what doesn’t – why it was good or why it should have gone through more edits. So, that’s the plan! More reviews! Yay!

If you found my book blog and emailed me with the intention of me reviewing your book, I want to formally apologize for my absence. I got so focused on building and growing my booktube that I let my original efforts with this blog fall to the side. I don’t want that to happen again.

So, my emails are officially open for review requests!

In the meantime… I’m in a terrible reading slump. LOL. I’ve also come to the realization that readathons are great and fabulous for getting out of reading slumps, but they’re also the cause for almost all of my reading slumps. It’s great to participate and get involved, surround myself with other people seeking to read the most in a specific time frame. However, feeling that motivation and hitting that stride evaporate the second the readathon is over. I almost feel like, “well, the readathon is over so reading doesn’t count/matter anymore,” which is not how I should be thinking but me and my two brain cells work like that sometimes.

So the goal in these next couple months is to BREAK. THAT. MENTALITY. In this household we read all the time with or without readathons happening! (Wow, but it’s a struggle).

That said, I am participating in a readathon next month, hahaha. I am participating in The Book Junkie Trials hosted and created by Rachel Marie over on YouTube. She put in so much time and effort to craft this and it shows! There are teams and a personality quiz that kind of works like the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter, and there’s a map with locations your team has to get to (by completing specific challenges) in order to make it to the Bookie Grail, which is the ultimate destination. It’s all fun and great and I will leave the info here if you are interested in checking it out. Moreover, Rachel is just a great human being and ya’ll should definitely check her out!

My TBR for The Book Junkie Trials will be posted later this week along with a video!

Thank you guys for sticking around. Now, let’s crush our TBRs.

Be well,

Alex

(People Like Books)

The Book Junkie Trials:

Teaser Reveal: DOWNFALL by Jay Crownover

Teaser Reveal: DOWNFALL by Jay Crownover

Hello all!

I’m hitting your feed today with a teaser reveal for one of my favorite adult romance authors, Jay Crownover! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read a Jay Crownover book and, I’ll be honest, I’ve missed it so much! But I’m excited to be part of the teaser reveal today and this book sounds so, so good. But don’t just take my word for it – check for yourself 😉

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes DOWNFALL, a sexy, standalone contemporary romance releasing March 27th! Check out the sexy teaser below!

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New Vlog: Bookish / Foodish Edition

New Vlog: Bookish / Foodish Edition

Hello all,

I posted a new video on my YouTube channel today and wanted to post about it here so everyone can get in on the action! It’s a short little vlog and I try my hand at voice overs for the first time. I didn’t realize it would be that difficult…… But it was. Please watch!

 

Be on the look out this coming weekend because I have another review coming at ya soon!

Be well,

Alex

Book Review: Hired by Zoey Castile

Book Review: Hired by Zoey Castile

Genre: Romance / NA

Pages: 304

Released on: February 26th, 2019

 

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Goodreads Summary:

For a man who makes his living pleasuring women, what happens when the only pay-out worth having is love? 

Faith Abigail Charles has always done the right thing. So when her mother runs for mayor of New Orleans, Faith puts her law career on hold to help her win. But when tensions run high, Faith trades one kind of heat for another—in the arms of a hard-bodied stranger. He’s everything a woman dreams of in a lover. So much so that her one-night stand turns into two, then three, then four . . .

For Aiden Rios, meeting smart, sexy Faith feels like fate. After being ditched by his client in the Big Easy, the high-paid male escort needs a little company himself. Aiden knows he’ll have to come clean about his line of work, and he plans to—right after another taste of Faith’s sweetness—and another and another. . . . Until a chance meeting with his client leaves Aiden exposed—and Faith shocked and hurt. Now the hired hottie must show Faith that the love they share is bigger than the scandal threatening to destroy them . . .

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Book Review: peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Book Review: peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Genre: poetry

Pages: 60

Released on: September 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary: One of the most original performance poets of her generation, Melissa Lozada-Oliva has captivated crowds across the country and online with her vivid narratives. Humorous and biting, personal and communal, self-deprecating and unapologetically self-loving, peluda (meaning “hairy” or “hairy beast”) is the poet at her best. The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. peluda is a powerful testimony on body image and the triumph over taboo.

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Book Review: SMUT by Karina Halle

Book Review: SMUT by Karina Halle

Genre: NA, Romance

Pages: 315

Released on: May 16th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

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Book Review: MR. WRONG by Jana Aston

Book Review: MR. WRONG by Jana Aston

Genre: Romance, NA

Pages: 206

Released on: October 7th, 2015

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Goodreads summary:

I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.

Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.

But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?

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