ANNOUNCEMENT

First of all, I just want to thank the people who have stuck around with me even though I’ve been posting hardly at all. Life has just taken a weird turn and I have zero motivation to blog right now. I’m working full-time and my husband is just starting grad school, plus, all the Fall TV shows are starting.

With all that being said, I’m putting this blog on an indefinite semi-hiatus. “Indefinite” because I don’t know when I’ll find the motivation to start blogging again. “Semi” because if I feel like it, I might still post every once in a while and I do have some prior commitments that I’ll need to keep. Maybe I’ll write about books, but maybe I’ll just write about the TV shows I’ve been watching.

I do have a ton of ARCs from NetGalley that I need to get reviews up for, so you’ll probably be seeing those, but don’t expect too much else for the time being. Maybe I’ll start feeling more motivated to write in the new year? But I’m not holding myself to that.

Thanks for all the love, likes, and comments.

Ashley @What’s She Reading?

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September Wrap-Up/October TBR

Wrap-Up & TBR
September

ARCs
The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes – DNF pg 182, review
Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Read, review coming
A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester – Read, review coming
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones – Read, review coming
A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan – Read, review coming
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne – Read, review coming
Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott – Currently Reading

Other
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Currently Reading

So yeah, this month I managed to finish five books and had one DNF. Things have just been super busy with my husband starting grad school, etc. Also, TV. So, there’s that. I’m like 24 books behind on my Goodreads challenge right now *shrugs*. Also, I now officially suck at blogging.

October

ARCs
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

Other
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

There you have it. I have low expectations for October. Luckily, I don’t have any ARCs that are getting published in November, so these are just a couple from my backlog.

September Reading Update

ARCs
The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes – DNF pg 182, review
Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Currently Reading
A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Other
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Currently Reading

So far this month I’ve only managed to DNF one book. Reading has been going super slow for me and I can’t quite figure out why.

Mini-reviews to prove that I’m still alive

I think I’ve been watching too much TV lately instead of reading and blogging. Actually, to be honest, I usually get posts written during down time at work and work has been SUPER busy recently. So there’s that. But anyway…on to these mini-reviews.

RefineRefine by Nichole Van
I just like all of these books. They’re nice, clean romances with a combination of both modern and regency storylines. I like how we keep catching up with old characters and learning more about secondary characters. This is the fourth book in the series and I would actually recommend reading them in order. I know there’s at least one more after this one as well. Our main character in this one was just as delightful as all the other main characters have been. I was really glad to get more insight into Linwood’s character because he really had been portrayed in a pretty poor light in the previous books. I honestly think I could read hundreds of these books without getting tired. Van does a good job of not being too formulaic. 4/5

My Lady JaneMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
This book is so fun! It’s told from three alternating perspectives, but I honestly loved them all. I’m not sure if each author took one perspective to write or if they all worked on all three, but the whole thing was just so good. It was a really funny and fun take on an alternate history and it actually made me want to look some stuff up afterwards. This isn’t a part of history that I’m super familiar with, so it was definitely interesting to actually learn some things. I thought the chemistry between characters was really well done as well. My only issue was that I wished the shape-shifting had a little more logic to it. Why do people turn into the animals that they do? And why is there a flash of light? I just wish that aspect of the book had been a little more fleshed out. But overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to more from this series! 5/5

You Are HereYou Are Here by Jennifer E Smith
For some reason it’s taken me a really long time to read this book. I started it a while back, but just never finished it. It’s not my FAVORITE Jen E Smith book, but it’s also not my least favorite. I think the main character was a little aloof and hard to connect with at times. It was interesting getting the two perspectives because I felt like our main character was one way in her head, but then came off completely different when Peter is just observing her. I obviously liked the road trip aspect of the book (always a good time) and I liked their dog as well. Though…let’s be honest, the three-legged dog was a LITTLE random and didn’t really add much to the story. 4/5

P.S. I Like YouP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Lately, I hadn’t been super impressed by Kasie West’s books. I really enjoyed her first one and moderately enjoyed the next one, but she’s had a few that I just really didn’t connect with. This one was different. A lot of times I find the enemies to lovers trope a little tiresome, unrealistic, or cliche.  Luckily, this one broke the mold a little for me. I thought both characters were pretty fun and I really liked Lily’s family. Her interactions with them seemed so genuine and her parents really just seemed like some of the coolest people. I definitely recommend picking this one up. 4/5

So there you guys go. Proof that I’m still alive and reading stuff.

August Wrap-Up/September TBR

Wrap-Up & TBR
August

ARCs
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta – DNF 43 pgs, review
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – Read, review coming
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin – DNF 115 pgs, review
Odd & True by Cat Winters – Read, review coming
When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter – DNF 8%, review

Other
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Currently Reading
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – Read, review coming
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – Currently reading
Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher – Read and reviewed
By Your Side by Kasie West – Read, review coming
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – Read, review coming

I had a ton of stuff going on this month so I wasn’t able to read as much as usual, but I did have time to finish 6 books with 3 DNFs.

September

ARCs
The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Other
Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott

Was anyone else super busy in August like I was? What was your favorite read from this month?

August Reading Update

ARCs
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta – DNF 43 pgs, review
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – Currently Reading
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Odd & True by Cat Winters
When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter

Other
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Currently Reading
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher – Read and reviewed
By Your Side by Kasie West – Currently Reading

So far this month I have finished 1 book with one DNF.

How’s your reading going for this month? Any faves already?

Accidentally reading Christian Fiction | Mini-Reviews

First off, let me just say that I have nothing against Christian Fiction. I’ve read, reviewed, and enjoyed multiple Christian Fiction titles. However, when you’re not expecting a book to have a religious slant and then it does, it’s a little jarring. Am I the only one who thinks that?

11948994First Date by Krista McGee

I thought this book was going to have a really fun teen Bachelor-esque vibe to it. Instead, it mostly focused on our main character and her internal debate about whether or not to tell the people around her that she’s Christian. Which…to be honest, I don’t really understand the dilemma especially when she’s reading her Bible out where everyone can see. She also has an internal struggle about not being able to date someone who’s not Christian. Here’s the thing, I grew up in a very religious household and our church definitely has a culture of encouraging people to marry within the same church. However, it’s definitely not expected that someone would not go to Prom with someone else because their beliefs weren’t the same. So I just thought that whole subplot was weird and unnecessary. To be honest, I didn’t really like much about this book. The characters were dull, the plot and backstory too contrived, and mean girls/antagonists were mean for no reason. 2/5

An Uncertain ChoiceAn Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

This was an easy, clean romance and I actually found myself enjoying it quite a bit. Again, I didn’t know it was going to be Christian Fiction going into it, but this one I didn’t mind as much as the other two. It wasn’t so in your face. The main character seemed like a genuinely lovely person, though I do wish she had asserted herself a little bit more (of course, if she had, then there wouldn’t have been a story). There were a few times when the POV changed suddenly and without warning so I was left scrambling, trying to figure out who the narrator was. The author is obviously trying to keep it a mystery who a certain character is, but it’s so obvious from literally the very beginning of the book. I either wanted it to be an actual mystery, or I wanted it to not be a mystery at all. 4/5

The Healer's ApprenticeThe Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Okay, so again, let me just emphasize that I am a VERY religious person, but there are still times when I feel that the religious aspect of a book is too much. This was one of those times. I think part of it was an attempt to be historically accurate (they were super religious back then, right?) but it just detracted from and bogged down the rest of the plot in my opinion. The book felt like it was moving so slow. It was agonizing because I spotted the plot twist from a mile away. I was pretty much just waiting for the characters to catch up with me for 2/3 of the book. 3/5