Top Ten: Book Club Books

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BOOK CLUB BOOKS

Book club books can sometimes be hard to pick. Not only are there so many books out there but some book clubs have rules and restrictions. There are a number of questions you have to ask when selecting a book club book.

Can you pick a new release?

Do you pick a classic?

Are certain genres no-nos?

The book club that I’m part of* are very free and open with the books that we pick. The way in which we make selections is that each month, one member is in charge of picking the book. I find that this is a really nice way of picking books as it makes sure that every once and a while, you get a chance to read a book you want to read. Additionally, if the book is hard to find, you have a month to track down a copy.

The below are suggestions for books that are great for books clubs. There could be a number of reasons why they’re on the list, they could be classics, they could be polarising, or they could just be fun to talk about.

10. lightbetweenThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia – the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

In my experience The Light Between Oceans is a polarising book. People either love it or hate it. Without going into too much detail, there are a few moral grey ares that the story encounters. The book has the potential to have such great discussions between book club members as you can talk about how the book made you feel, and your thoughts on characters actions. Continue reading “Top Ten: Book Club Books”

Magic Kingdom To Do List

In the next few months I’m making my way to Florida and will be checking out Disney World! Needless to say I am incredibly excited. In preparation for my trip, I have been researching like mad and have been making an insane amount of lists. Since all this research has made me incredibly excited, I thought I would share some of the things I am most looking forward to, park by park.

For all the people who have visited Disney World before, feel free to let me know if I have missed anything or if there are things I absolutely must do 😀

The below are some of the things that I have put on my to do list for Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

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The Haunted Mansion

I should probably start off by saying I am not a thrill ride person, as soon as I hit any G-force, I feel sick.

Violently so…

So with this in mind, most of my Disney experiences will be ones that shy away from the big thrill rides, which is why I am looking forward to the Haunted Mansion so much!

Over 10 years ago I made my way over to Anaheim’s Disneyland and fell in love with the ride there. So being able to revisit and share the experience with my friends and partner is an exciting one. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom To Do List”

Small Snippet of July

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How are we more than half way through 2018?!

I feel like I blinked in January and now here we are, more than half way done with the year. Next thing you know I’ll be writing Xmas themed posts.

So without further ado, here is a small snippet of what I have been interacting with this July. Careful though, don’t blink too much or next thing you know you’ll be reading my November one.

Elodie-Unicorn-DiffuserElodie® Unicorn Diffuser

Okay so you might not know this about me but I have a thing for unicorns. This year I have been in absolute heaven because almost out of no where, there has been a sudden explosion of unicorn themed merchandise.

The Elodie Unicorn Diffuser is so incredibly adorable and amazing. It’s currently winter in Australia and it is killing me. The humidifying aspect of the diffuser has been great, and the ability to add essential oils is even better. My bedroom not only smells nice, it looks lovely when the unicorn is being used as a lamp, all the while helping my sleep more comfortably.

pray for the wicked panicatthediscoPray for the Wicked by Panic! at the Disco

Panic! at the Disco’s first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, was a big album for me, it came out while I was in my final years of high school and was on repeat pretty much the whole time.

After that album though, I sadly didn’t keep up with the band, however for some reason Pray for the Wicked has made its way into my awareness, and I am loving it! Brendon Urie’s vocals and the tendency for the songs to have an amazing and complex depth of sound, remain the same from their first album.

Pray for the Wicked is the sixth album for the band and something tells me I will be making my way through their back catalogue. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this new album and cannot wait to continue listening to the Panic! at the Disco sound ❤

star vs the forces of evilStar vs. the Forces of Evil

I was drawn to this show by the cute art style, but boy, am I staying for the story! The show is way more nuanced and deep than I would have ever expected.

I am currently up to season two and the characters are actually undergoing complex emotional journeys. I won’t give away spoilers but the main character Star, who is just so enthusiastic and adorable, is being forced to confront the bigotry on which her kingdom is founded.

If you have a few spare half an hour definitely give the first episode of the show a go, its cute, deceptively deep, and the storyline packs a wallop – everything a good cartoon needs!


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Exercising Restraint by Tamir Drake

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by Tamir Drake.

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Blurb: Pierce may have a crush on Steve, his sweet, funny personal trainer, but he doesn’t plan to act on it. They have a great relationship in the gym but are also friends outside of it, and Pierce has no intention of jeopardizing that. Besides, he may be an omega, but he’s got a good handle on his body’s biology. He’s not worried he’ll accidentally take things too far.

Steve may have a crush on Pierce, his smart and incredibly hot client, but he’s definitely not planning to say anything anytime soon. Pierce can do way better than Steve, and anyway, Pierce is a pretty casual dater. What Steve wants is anything but casual. And that’s not just the alpha in him.

When Pierce goes to Steve’s gym one snowy afternoon to work out, he thinks nothing of the fact that he’s in heat. He’s taken his libido inhibitor and is wearing his odor blocker, so there’s no chance of bothering Steve. Except, then the blocker wears off.

Steve wants nothing more than to keep himself under control, keep himself from doing something Pierce might not want. But Pierce might have something else in mind…


Release Date: July 30, 2018.
Length: 16, 800 words.
Series: Different Dynamics #2.
Genre: Erotica. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Purchased.

My Thoughts: Exercising Restraint proves to be just as punchy as the first book of the series, Different Dynamics. Set in the same world as the first novel, the second expands upon the concept of the Alpha/Beta/Omega (A/B/O) universe and features two incredibly likeable characters.

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Different Dynamics by Tamir Drake

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by Tamir Drake.

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Blurb: Richard doesn’t mind being an omega; all he cares about is playing good hockey, even though it means ignoring the media that tries to rip him apart for it. They don’t think omegas should be allowed on the ice, but he gets along fine. He’s team captain. He can play with the best of them.

The one sticking point is his heats; Richard might be on suppressants, but he’s one of the unlucky ones who still gets a heat every four months or so. They suck to deal with, especially alone, but seeking out a heat partner isn’t an option. The PR nightmare alone keeps him from any kind of hook-up. He can’t risk it. Hockey is all he’s got.

When Richard’s heat comes early while his team is on a roadie, teammate and best friend James helps him out of a bad situation. Tired of hurting, Richard decides it’s better not to go it alone. And James is safe and warm; he’s a great alpha who knows just what Richard needs. When Richard also imprints on big, bad rival player, Dmitry Sokolov? There’s sweet comfort in a three-way with lots of knotting and dirty talk.

Richard might be on cloud nine.


Release Date: June 26, 2017.
Length: 63 pages.
Series: Different Dynamics #1.
Genre: Erotica. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley

My Thoughts: Short, punchy, and a sexy little read, Different Dynamics is an erotic roller coaster. For the length of the novelette, I found myself immersed pretty quickly in the world and the characters.

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Ghost’s Dilemma by Morwen Navarre

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by Morwen Navarre.

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Six Word Summary: Gripping sequel which shows us more of the world and the characters we love.

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Blurb: Ghost is content to spend all his free time with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch, along with a deadly epidemic, force Ghost to make choices that will separate him from his love.

Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.


Release Date: 30th of July, 2018.
Length: 64, 300 words.
Series: Witch’s Apprentice #2.
Genre: Paranormal. QUILTBAG. Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: Once again I really enjoyed the world building and story telling of Morwen Navarre’s Witch’s Apprentice series. Where Ghost’s Sight was sweet and short, Ghost’s Dilemma, expands upon the world and offers a more in depth look and exploration of the characters.

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SLRG: A Snowbound Scandal by Jessica Lemmon

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by Jessica Lemmon.

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Blurb: As the snow falls, her touch sets him aflame…

“I don’t want you to leave.”

Texas billionaire Chase Ferguson has one regret: leaving Miriam Andrix to protect her from his public life. When a snowstorm strands her in his mountain mansion, their passion reignites, and it’s too hot to resist! But reality—and scandal—arrives with the thaw. Chase turned his back on happiness once. Will he fight for what he truly wants this time?


Release Date: 1st of August, 2018.
Length: 224 pages.
Series: Dallas Billionaires Club #2.
Genre: Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

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Evolution by Eileen Myles

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by Eileen Myles.

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Review Tagline: Poetry that packs an emotional punch.

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Blurb: The first all-new collection of poems since 2011’s Snowflake/different streets—and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice—here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts—like nobody else—the way we speak (inside and out) today. Evolution, with its channeling of Quakers, Fresca, and cell phones, radiates vital insight, purpose, and risk, like in these opening lines of the title poem:

Something
unearthly
about
today
so I buy
a Diet Coke &
a newspaper
a version of “me”
something
about me on the
earth & its sneakers
& feeling like
the earth’s furniture
but that can’t be
true or like
the coke & the Times
it’s true for a little
while.


Release Date: 21st of September, 2018.
Length: 176 pages.
Series: N/A.
Genre: Poetry.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: In Evolution we see a lot of the poet, Eileen Myles, in her work. I really enjoyed everything Evolution had to offer, the poetry is both emotional and refreshing – Myles shows us all that poetry can be.
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Anticipated Arrival: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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What is it?!

A Teen Titans Go! movie!

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When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the super hero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major super heroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

When is it coming out?!

27th of July, 2018! Next week y’all!

Australian release date has been pushed back until the 13th of September 😥

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Smut Lovers Reading Group: A Bargain with the Boss by Barbara Dunlop

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Some of you may have noticed that I am a pretty big fan of the romance genre. I am a equal opportunity kind of reader, I will read heterosexual, gay, lesbian, trans, threesome, polyamory – pretty much if it has romance in it, I will read it.

I run a private ‘Smut Lovers Reading Club/Book Club’ online, which just means that myself and a few friends, share pics of books we’re reading and then posts little reviews of them after we have finished them. I thought I would share these little mini reviews on my blog, to help share the romance love ❤


bargain with the bossA Bargain with the Boss

byBarbara Dunlop.

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Blurb: For years, Tuck Tucker has played the role of carefree billionaire. Yet when his brother goes MIA, Tuck takes over the family empire. He knows what he has to do—and who he needs. Getting his brother’s dedicated assistant to help, however, is tricky. Amber Bowen is smart, sexy and determined to keep his brother’s whereabouts a secret. But everyone has a weakness, and Tuck won’t lose a fortune…or an opportunity with Amber. He’s found the perfect way to tempt her into making a bargain with the boss.

Length: 208 pages.
Series: Chicago Sons #3.
Genre: Romance.
Read as an: eBook.

 

My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised with this book. As this was a quick pick I made through my libraries online eBooks, I wasn’t really expecting that much. I was also expecting the book to maybe be a tad cringeworthy, mainly in regards to the boss/secretary relationship and the power dynamics of that, but I was quite surprised that the book had a detailed discussion between the two characters about sexual harassment in the workplace. I loved that the book addressed that!

Over all I really enjoyed the book, there was a Happily Ever After, (I know right, mind blown 😛 ) but in a way that was quite nice and mindful of the HR department. Also as expected, having the main character called Tucker Tucker never failed to make me smile. I will be honest with you, this was the main reason I chose the book, with a name like that how could you not read it?

Smut Level: Eh. There was some sexiness but was vague and kinda poetic in a way. The book is from the Desire line though, so it fits.


What did you think? Do you like the new feature? Are there any romance novels that you love to read? let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 🙂

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