Thursday, February 25, 2021

Books I have not finished 2020 #6 (This is it, I promise!)

Last year, I read a lot more books than I ever have. Cracked a whopping record for myself with 346 books. That's almost a book a day. Granted some were shorter and some were longer. Most were in the middle. Anyway, with reading more books, proportionally there were more books that I didn't enjoy as much. Percentage wise it held pretty steady but because I read more books, there were more DNFs. I'm on the same trajectory so far this year and it looks like I'm doing it again.

That said, this is the last of it from last year. I know I need to be more diligent about posting my reviews even of things I don't finish because I think that brings balance. Not everyone will love everything. That's why I do these.

So without much further ado, here's some books I have not finished recently.

His Christmas Cookie by Alexa Riley

Monday, February 22, 2021

What I love and don't love about reading romance

Girl reading on couch

Reading is a learning experience. I learn new things as I read, but I also learn about myself as I read. What I like, what I don't like, what I'll read more of, what I won't. So what have I learned about myself through years and years of reading? Let me tell you.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Why the miscommunication trope in romance needs to die off by Jennifer Cody

Girl talking on phone

Please welcome Jennifer Cody to the bloggity today as she talks about the miscommunication trope. I can't tell you how happy I am to have this topic discussed because I hate the miscommunication trope with a passion. It's such a cheap trick in an author's bag of plot devices to use when trying to create conflict in my opinion. I know I always get frustrated when I see it being used and I want to shake the characters and tell them to just talk to each other, for goodness' sake!

Monday, February 15, 2021

What Helen Read #56: January 2021

As I'm putting this post together, I'm listening to an audiobook as well. I don't listen to audiobooks often but they are so popular and I have a few purchased from a long time ago. Anyway, I've decided where I can that I will start listening to audiobooks while I am doing some work that will allow me to listen while I did stuff that didn't need the most concentration. Not while typing this though. I turned it off so I could concentrate. Do you listen to audiobooks? When do you listen to them and do you have a favorite narrator?

I can't believe by the time this post goes live that it will be halfway through February already. I feel like the older I get the faster the time seems to pass. How are you going so far this year? Done anything fun or interesting lately?

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Breaking The Playboy's Rules by Melanie Milburne
Breaking The Playboy's Rules

The Right Place by Carla Caruso
The Right Place

Tempted By The Tycoon's Proposal by Rachael Stewart
Tempted By The Tycoon's Proposal

Mia by Fiona McArthur

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Book quotes #2: February 2021

Passion led us here

Okay, you are going to have to indulge me because I am enjoying the heck out of these book quotes. Of course, I would since I've read the books and loved them and all these are a special to me in some way. Mostly, they are just fun. And do you know what is the hardest thing about this? Limiting it to only six so I don't overwhelm the post and bore you silly. I hope you enjoy the ones I've picked out today.

Monday, February 8, 2021

What Deanna Read #60: January 2021

Holy smoly! January whizzed by. Like fast! I think I blinked and I missed it. My life is flashing before my eyes and I don't even know it. I think the older you get the faster time passes. At least that is how it feels for me right now. I'm not ready for February.

We've had some good news recently. Two weeks with no COVID cases in our state now. Western Australia had one case, get this ONE case, and the government went into a hard lockdown for five days immediately. I'm so impressed by the WA government for acting so fast and so decisively. Good on them. I will never complain about a lockdown because it saves lives.

On the reading front, it was a big month. I thought I was going to slow down on the reading but it looks like I read more than I thought I was going to and that was with some big books in the mix.

That's it from me. I hope everyone is well. My thoughts are with you all. Stay safe.

Here's what I read for the month.

Van by Melanie Moreland

All The Colors Of The Night by Jayne Ann Krentz
All The Colors Of The Night

Alpha Possessed by Olivia T Turner
Alpha Possessed

An Innocent Obsession by Jessa Kane
An Innocent Obsession

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Dark romance. What is it?

Couple lying down facing each other

A while ago, when bully romance first came out, I wrote about how bully romance is the new dark romance and how dark romance got darker. I've been thinking about it ever since because I'm seeing more and more dark romance, and I'm focusing solely on dark romance as opposed to dark paranormal or dark fantasy, which can have horror elements or if the world is a darker place. I'd like to delve deeper into dark romance and what it means because it's a popular sub-genre in romance, and maybe along the way, I can clear up some of the misunderstanding I had previously.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Movie and TV adaptations are different from the books. Comparing A Christmas Exchange with Molly Cooper's Dream Date by Barbara Hannay

A Christmas Exchange and Molly Cooper's Dream Date poster

Fair warning, this post is going to very spoilery if you either haven't watched the movie, A Christmas Exchange or read the book, Molly Cooper's Dream Date by Barbara Hannay. If you don't want any spoilers because you are planning on doing either or both, click off now. I have other stuff you can read that are fun too.

Monday, January 25, 2021

What Helen Read #55: December 2020

Wow! Almost the end of January already. This year is going to fly by. My apologies that this post is a little late. Things got a little busy and we had a last minute trip into the city for some errands and lunch with my parents so where I would spent the day yesterday working on this post, I didn't have time. Better late than never.

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Stoken Kiss With Her Billionaire Boss by Susan Meier
Stolen Kiss With Her Billionaire Boss

Christmas Among The Gum Trees by Jennie Jones
Christmas Among The Gum Trees

The King's Bride By Arrangement by Annie West
The King's Bride By Arrangement

The Cartographer's Secret by Tea Cooper
The Cartographer's Secret (Amazon AU)

Thursday, January 21, 2021

I'm not reading quarantine or lockdown romance, here's why

Man in lockdown

So it's been many months since the whole pandemic thing started, and we started seeing a rush of lockdown and quarantine romances in the early days of lockdown. I wrote an early article about it and wondered if the whole thing was on-trend or tacky. Since then, if you do a search on Amazon for "quarantine romance," you get over a thousand hits, and with "lockdown romance," you get 500+ hits. Have I read any? No.

Monday, January 18, 2021

What Deanna Read #59: December 2020

Can you believe it? January is already more than halfway over. Where did that go? Well, for us, we managed a whole fourteen days without leaving the house and staying isolated between December 31st and January 14th. That was until we ran out of fresh fruit and veggies and needed to do a grocery store run. It was very peopley out there and the store was a zoo. I was exhausted when I got home.

On the reading front, December was a slower month for me. I had already exceeded my reading challenge goal by streets so I took it easy. That said, I think I still managed to read a fair bit.

That's it from me. I hope everyone is well. My thoughts are with you all. Stay safe.

Here's what I read for the month.

Wrapped Up In Her by Jagger Cole
Wrapped Up In Her

Burly by Jessa Kane

Molly Cooper's Dream Date
Molly Cooper's Dream Date

Three Times Moor Pleasure by Fenella Ashworth
Three Times Moor Pleasure

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Books I have not finished 2020 #5 (Yeah, the 2020 is not a mistake. This is a carry over from last year)

How are you all doing this new year? It's a few weeks into it now, are you getting back in the swing of things? I think I've enjoyed my time off too much because I am struggling to get back into work and stuff. I'm feeling decidedly lazy and I want to do is watch movies and read books. There are worst things to be doing, right?

I'm still working through books I did not finish in 2020. There were more than I expected and I broke them up into smaller chunks so that I would not bore you with a lot of it. It's been a while since I've even looked at these books, so some of them were even a surprise for me as I was putting this together.

So without much further ado, here's some books I have not finished recently.

Kitty Vs Alien by Loki Renard

Monday, January 11, 2021

2020 Recap: Helen's Top 10 reads

Woman reading on couch

Welcome to another instalment of our Top Reads for 2020. Here's Helen with her top 10... okay, top 12. Helen had a hard time choosing her top 10 books so she settled on 12. One for each month. I think we can get behind that, right? 😊

Without further ado, let's take a look at Helen's list.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Movie review: A Christmas Exchange

A Christmas Exchange

A Christmas Exchange

My rating: star starstar star

Heat rating:  No heat

About the movie

This holiday season, Molly Cooper swaps her snow covered farmhouse for Patrick Kensington's posh London apartment. While enjoying Christmas time in the UK, Molly begins to look forward to every communication with Patrick. Likewise, Patrick finds Molly's warm emails and texts charming and compelling. Sparks fly between them as they get to know each other and fall in love as they live in each other's spaces. Coming home for Christmas Day, Molly is greeted to a new life and a new love.

Monday, January 4, 2021

2020 Recap: Deanna's Top 10 reads

Champagne with snowy cabin

Hello and Happy New Year!!

Well, 2020 was a crazy year, wasn't it? It was filled with difficulties and challenges but also a lot of hope. I know a lot of people struggled and I hope that for those of you who read, you found solace in your books. For me, I read a lot. More than I've ever read in previous years. It's quite an accomplishment but then again, there was nowhere to go, so lots of reading.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Wishing you hope and joy. Happy 2021

Champagne bottle popping

Happy New Year!!!

2020 has been a challenging year and I'm sure many are happy to put it behind us.

Here's wishing you the best for 2021. May it be filled with hope and joy. Stay safe if you're celebrating and be well.

xoxo, Deanna

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