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.