2015 Reading Challenge {Week Twenty-Three}

So. I finished After. I have so much to say. So much. But mostly I’m just frustrated. And I’m mad at myself for caring. After is 50 Shades light. It reads the same way, but is doubly addicting. Tessa was naive and a fool with no backbone. Hardin was a jerk. And yet… I couldn’t stop reading. Damn you, Todd! I was HOOKED! I actually spent last Saturday night up til 2:30 am reading {which is STUPID when you live with a tiny human alarm clock who likes to wake up in the 6 o’clock hour}. Then I got to the ending and I was like, “What the heck?!?” Horrible.  BUT, it made me want to start the second. However, I refuse! I decided that I could not repeat this cycle with three more books {Anger! Rage! Not being able to go to bed until I know what happens next!}… so I Googled and spoiled the ending of the series. Ha! 

{If I’m being totally honest, I might go back one day to finish the series. Just not today.}

1499686_10105235481929129_7004484479062857445_nAfter the total devastation that was After, I picked up Julia Harper’s Hot, which covers my “book with a one word title” requirement for the year.  {Have we discussed my fangirl like obsession with Cardigan Rippers before? These are two fabulous librarians who podcast about romance novels. They recommended Hot during their podcast of Playing Dirty and I decided to give it a try.}

For four years, play-by-the-rules bank teller Turner Hastings has brooded over her uncle’s wrongful imprisonment. But when two bumbling crooks stumble into her branch (barely disguised in Yoda and Sponge Bob masks) and hold up the place, she sees a chance to do something she’s never thought possible: get revenge. She takes advantage of the melee to pull a heist of her own, seizing info from a security box that will exonerate her uncle.

Sent to investigate a bank robbery in small town Wisconsin, Special Agent John MacKinnon discovers the robbers were two not-quite-so-bright thugs and one woman. Now, Turner is on the run. With SA MacKinnon on her trail, she’s breaking into the bank president Calvin’s house, kidnapping his Great Dane, and for the first time in her life, setting out to break a few rules. But when Calvin hires a hit-man, MacKinnon will have to decide between his career–and saving Turner.

Hot was a fun, light read, that I totally enjoyed. The characters were entertaining and the story wasn’t too series. Plus the heroine is a librarian! I would recommend this a nice lazy day beach read.

I seem to be getting back into my reading groove, and also finished Jenn Marie Thorne’s The Wrong Side of Right11427244_10105240508890059_1707633591767905244_nI specifically bought this book for the library’s YA collection to cover my “book with antonyms in the title” requirement. In case you haven’t noticed yet, my favorite YA books are sci fi and fantasy, and not so much contemporary. However, this turned out to be really enjoyable and was finished in just a few days.

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

If you’re doing this 50 Book Challenge, and looking for your antonyms books, I would highly recommend The Wrong Side of Right.

That about does it for me. I picked up another book earlier today that falls under “a book at the bottom of your to-read list” that I am super excited to delve into. I can’t wait to tell you all how it’s going next week. In the meantime, what have you been reading? Anything I should add to my TBR pile? Have a great weekend, everyone!

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