Sunday Coffee Break 11.3.17

» 3 December, 2017 » Life, Other Posts » 2 comments


Hello friends! It’s been a while, eh? I missed you guys! How have you been?

I’ve been good! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted here. Time has really flown by. Life got a little busy, and to be honest, blogging is one of the first things to go when my life gets busy. Yesterday was actually by 3rd blogging anniversary, but I didn’t feel like celebrating because I haven’t been blogging. I haven’t been motivated to blog at all sadly.

Lately, I’ve been feeling guilty about not posting on my blog because I HAVE been keeping up with my YouTube channel. I’ve finally been consistent with one video a week for a prolonged period, and I’m really proud of myself for that. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been avoiding coming back to the blog because I felt like once I started posting again, I was committing to continue – and I wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment.

Today I decided to give myself permission to post on here sporadically. I’m going to do what I can, when I can, and not feel guilty when I post less than I would like. That pressure I was putting on myself keeping me from posting anything at all.

The truth is that I’ve made friends through this blog and I miss talking to you! I want to share what I’m reading with you guys. I’m going to do these Sunday Coffee Breaks as often as I can to share with you the thoughts on my current reads. I have some monthly wrap ups I would like to catch up on (I have most of September’s already drafted but never finished it up!) and I hope to at least stay consistent with those.

One of my planned New Year’s goals is to stay on top of reviewing. If that goes well, then hopefully there will be more review’s posted here. I’ll also continue to share my YT content here and include a list of the books I discuss outside of the video so you don’t have to watch the video.

Without further ado, here is what I’ve been reading this past week!


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I actually finished this book yesterday! I listened to it mostly on audiobook. I don’t think I would necessarily recommend this on audio, at least not on your first read through. There were parts that were hard to follow and I had to go back an reread some sections. The plot is fairly slow and evenly paced, but the world and the characters are the shining stars in this book. More thoughts in my review to come in my monthly wrap up!

The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons

Oh man guys, I might have bit off more than I can chew with this one. I have very mixed feelings about it at this point. I requested this book from Netgalley or Edelweiss, I don’t remember which, because I recognized the author, who wrote The Bronze Horseman. This books had been described as a romance with mystery thriller and family drama story lines. All those things sounded intriguing together, even though I don’t usually read romance. That might have been a mistake because I’m about 40% in and it’s turning into a struggle. The mystery is the only thing keeping me reading! I could care less about the romance or any of the characters. Sooo…. I’m not quite ready to give up but I might not finish this one. Let me know if any of you have read this and what you thought!

The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

I am really enjoyed this read, which I’m not surprised by. I’m loving getting back into this world with a monstrous underbelly. I took a few days off of reading this book only because The Queen of the Tearling was so fascinating and held my attention. I read a few more chapters yesterday and am going to make this book my priority read now. As much as I’m enjoying it, I know my horror mood is waning – so I better finish this quick!

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

As soon as I finished The Queen of the Tearling, I checked to see if my library had the sequel available. I was able to get my hands on both the audiobook and an ebook version. I’m really excited about continuing this world – the beginning has already held some surprises for me. I’m hoping to slow down my read of this sequel though and try to savor the experience a little more. The book is over 500 pages so it shouldn’t be hard to go slowly. At least you would think! This book has a different narrator than the first one, and that was a bit jarring at first but I got used to it. I wish the narrator did a younger voice for Kelsea though, she sounds way too old to me!

What have you been reading lately?

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2 Responses to “Sunday Coffee Break 11.3.17”

  1. Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    HIIII JADE!!!!! I’ve missed your face. I know you’re on booktube, but I still miss you here! 🙂

    The Queen of Tearling threw me for a loop because I was expecting an epic fantasy but it was more dystopian right? I wonder if they’re still making the movie with Emma Watson.

  2. Maraia

    I’m glad you gave yourself permission! This is supposed to be fun, and it won’t be if you force yourself.

    I still need to continue the Monstomologist series!

    I’m reading Artemis right now. I’m enjoying it so far, except for the fact that it was clearly written by a man. (The MC is a woman.)

    My two biggest under-the-radar recommendations from the last few months are Failure to Communicate and Starfish.
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