The Black Maria

Reading poetry is a skill and one that I have not used in a while.  I used to read more in my teens and twenties and have no valid reason for waiting so long to pick up a book of poetry again.  That’s why I appreciated that a prompt on one of my reading challenges was a collection of poetry published since 2014.  This was a great excuse to seek out new poets and new collections and I enjoyed my experience with The Black Maria, even if I found myself confused by the format.

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Beard Science

Three books into this series and I think I like this one more than the previous books, but that could be due to my love for Cletus Winston, the best Winston brother (in my humble opinion.)  I so enjoyed this unconventional love story and would be more than happy to see an entire spinoff series with Cletus and Jen.  These books just keep getting better and better and I highly recommend it.

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Grin and Beard It

This is the second book in the Winston Brothers series and I can’t believe how much I enjoy reading about this family.   Penny Reid does a great job of making sure you are interested in the main characters while still learning about the other brothers so you, as the reader, can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series.  This book was very fun and I would highly recommend it.

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Bright Side

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book.  There were times I really wanted to stop reading but kept on because it was my book club pick and I wanted to be able to discuss it. Then something strange happened…about 40% of the way through the book I ended up really liking it and actually found myself crying at the end.  Suffice to say, there were things I really liked about this book and things I did not.

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The Wedding Date

This book had been on my radar since last year when it started popping up on some best lists and when I saw how much it was being checked out at my library.  I had heard mixed reviews but was looking for a quick, fun read that would fulfill one of my reading challenges.    There were things that I loved about this book but I can’t say it was the best romantic comedy I’ve read.   The writing was good though and I liked the characters enough that I enjoyed this book in the end.

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The First Husband

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I want to read Laura Dave’s other books as soon as I can. This book meets another one of my reading challenges requirements, this time for a book that has an item of clothing or an accessory on the cover.  I am so happy that I basically stumbled upon this title through this challenge because it was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a while.

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Truth or Beard

A book about bearded, ginger men and the hijinks they find themselves in?  Sounds like this book was written specifically for me!   Penny Reid has written a very enjoyable, funny, romance novel that kept me entertained the entire time.  I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, fun read with likable characters and a happily ever after.

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Off the Clock

As I stated in a previous post, I don’t read a lot of romance. I don’t necessarily have anything against the genre, but my feeling has always been that it is hard to find “good” books in the genre. Having said that, I was very happy when my reading group chose romance for our genre study 2018-2019 because it has given me the opportunity to explore this genre thoroughly and hopefully find some titles that I enjoy as well as books and authors I would feel comfortable recommending to patrons. This month’s theme is erotica and the first book I read is “Off the Clock.” It took me a while to find a book that a) sounded interesting and had good reviews and b) I could find in a library somewhere. Erotica is still a genre that makes many libraries uncomfortable. This book has a pretty good rating on Goodreads and Roni Loren has a good reputation in the romance community so I was excited to read it. Overall, I enjoyed this book, even though I had some issues with the plot and the writing.

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