Liv’s Book Sale

Liv’s Book Sale

I am a big advocate of unhauling books from my shelves, if I don’t feel the desire to keep them anymore. I tend to get rid of a lot of books on my shelves that I don’t need or want because I’d rather make room for other novels in my life. So, in order to make a little extra money over the summer, I decided to host a book sale on my blog, like my friend Cait did over on her blog. Following Cait’s guidelines, I’m going to do all of this through Paypal where I will receive the payments from you all. I will also provide you with a tracking number for your package if you make a purchase, so you will know where your book is!Read More »

The Lady of Royale Street by Thea de Salle (Review)

32620396.jpgBOOK #3 IN THE NOLA NIGHTS SERIES

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Adult, Contemporary, Erotica

Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of the NOLA Nights series comes a rollicking, sexy tale of opposites attracting in the midst of wedding planning.

Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe.

Theresa Ivarson is Arianna’s best friend and the maid of honor. A decorated photojournalist who interrupts her globetrotting to stand beside her friend, Theresa is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way. To make matters worse, Sol and Rain’s wedding planner was hit by a bus the week before their special day, and Alex and Theresa find themselves at the center of a list-ditch effort to pull the wedding together. But when you can’t decide if you want to kiss or kill someone, something’s bound to break.

My thoughts: The Lady of Royale Street is an adorable and quick read following the previous two novels in the NOLA Nights series by Thea de Salle. It centers around Sol and Rain’s impending wedding day and the mishaps that keep occurring beforehand. Alex, Sol’s reluctant best man and brother, must work together with Theresa, Rain’s snarky maid of honor, in order to get things running smoothly before the big day, if only they could get along for more than five minutes. Read More »

Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell (Review)

34346381.jpgDIVERSE READ: Bisexual MC + Gay MC

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Romance, Sports, Contemporary, LGBTQIAP+

Summary: The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

My thoughts: Illegal Contact was such a pleasant surprise, for me. I am not the biggest fan of novels centered around sports, so I was hesitant to pick up this novel, but my friends have hyped up this story so much that I had to see what it was all about. And, somehow along the way, Gavin and Noah’s story centering around love and life and football captured my heart and kept me reading until I finished this story in one sitting. It offered me everything I needed from a tension filled relationship to some heart felt moments and fantastic character development which made this one of my favorite reads of 2017.Read More »

Who Tells Our Stories – Camila

IMG_0173 (1)Hello! Welcome to another installment in my Who Tells Our Stories photo series which highlights diverse readers and the diverse books that they identify with! Today I’m interviewing Camila, a very good friend of mine, to ask her all about diversity in literature and how she feels represented in the book she has chosen to be photographed with.

(A FULL EXPLANATION FOR THE PHOTO SERIES IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS INTERVIEW.)


Name: Camila

Book title: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Social Media links: Twitter | Instagram | Blog

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Queer Labels in Literature || Discussion

IMG_0957Hi, everyone! Today I wanted to discuss a topic that has been on my mind for a while, and it is queer labels in literature. I’ve noticed that people tend to get angry or criticize a novel when a character doesn’t have their sexuality explicitly labeled in the story. People expect queer characters to provide a label for their sexuality within the story they’re in, otherwise some readers don’t think the queer representation is good enough. People have begun to expect labels to be put upon every character’s sexuality, and that’s just not realistic. To be completely honest, it doesn’t bother me that some queer characters don’t label their sexuality, in novels. It has taken me years to figure out who I am as a person, and I’m still learning what my labels are, and sometimes characters aren’t ready to label themselves during the time period when the novel takes place.

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The Next Together by Lauren James (Review)

23266378Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi

Summary: How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.Read More »

Booktube-A-Thon TBR

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Hello! This year I decided that I wanted to participate in the annual Booktube-A-Thon which is a read along that spans from July 24th to July 30th, and the main goal is to read as many books as you can within that time frame. You can follow along with the read-a-thon across Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram (just look up Booktubeathon!) to complete video and photo challenges, join in on reading sprints, and play fun games throughout the week! This read-a-thon is hosted by Ariel Bissett and she has created seven challenges for people to complete for the read-a-thon, so I wanted to show you the books I planned on reading for this coming week!

Because I am doing this so last minute, I am not filming any videos about the read-a-thon, but I will be updating everyone on my reading process on my Twitter and Instagram along the way. Wish me luck!
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