YAY!!! MY BOOK TWIN’S LIST IS READY!! I’ve read a few from her list too, and agree 100% (like that one to the left – it’s going to be on MY list too!!) and I’m intrigued by some of her other choices!! 😀
But first… some highlights from her year (she’s got a toddler, so she’s been in exhausted, cleaning, decorating, changing things around mode). I don’t know how she has the energy!
About her book life:
I love a soul mate/love for life trope with suspense and angst…
I started back in on Nora Robert’s Year One: Chronicles of The One, Book 1 the other night and I’m loving it. I love the whole apocalypse type genre, but I can’t say I’ve ever read about rebuilding civilization, if that’s where this is heading. It’s different and fresh, for me.
Confession- I’ve developed a bad habit of reading the end of books before I get there. I know, I know, *ducks* but it always feels like I won’t get another chance to get to it and I just HAVE to see!! It takes a great deal of restraint not to do it. I don’t with thrillers.
I only read on my phone currently. It’s really easy to browse Amazon, GR, jump on here, social media, check email when I should be reading! Elimination would be best, lol. I don’t think I like having options. The more there are, the more panicked and overwhelmed I feel. I took a quiz when I was searching decidophobia and it said I was a severe case and I should seek counseling. 😂 I want to say I’m trying to fix it (by making a bunch of decisions on my own), but it’s hard to break the habits.
Random tidbits about her life:
1. 2 hr delay this morning. Baby is sleeping in and I can think of nothing but cookies and baking. I’m making chocolate chip cookies for a school thing this week. I’ll probably make some snowball cookies bc I have fresh almonds from Louisiana to use and I want to do a cowboy cookie for a Xmas gathering. Anyone have a tried and true recipe for those?
2. I’d like to wrap more today bc things are starting to feel scrambled.
3. I finished V Wars on Netflix yesterday, in case u missed my post yesterday and I wasn’t more! Watch if you’re interested so we get a season 2! 😉 Also thinking, now what will I watch?
I just bought another crockpot. I now have 3 and all is as it should be. I like the kind that have timers on them. Bc then you can truly leave it on and leave for however long you need. And it’ll go directly to warm. My problem was deciding on the 6 or 8qt. I figured in the end bigger is better, in case I have parties or whatever.
I have tried some things I don’t like or never liked growing up and have since changed my mind. My stomach has changed though and I can’t tolerate some stuff. I’m the cook, so I don’t typically cook things I don’t like and when we order, everyone picks what they like. I’m an adult, I did my time in the you don’t get a choice chair. 😂
Yes, I have good memories growing up when it comes to dinner time. Even the bad ones, make me who I am and it give me stories to tell. Like, I literally laughed out loud when I read u snuck and flushed what u didn’t finish- WE DID TOO!
At my Grandma’s, we’d pick our cereal and pour it every morning and the rule was u eat what u got out. Only, every time we’d fill up before we were finished so we’d wait till she left the room and did a quick run to the toilet. She also once made me eat an entire serving of fried clam strips as I mistakenly grabbed what I thought were something else. But since I grabbed them…omg they were the chewiest, sliveryest nasty things on the planet.
And my stepmom had a thing for ham salad. 🤢 I ate the whole thing, every time. I was not a HUGE picky eater, but no one cooked for my tastes. Everyone, I mean everyone, had to cook nasty peppers and onions into everything. But, my Grandma was an amazing cook. My aunt, also amazing. I can also name 1,000 things I couldn’t get enough of.
I went through a pretty long phase (years) of where I could no longer eat popcorn shrimp (previously obsessed) bc I could envision them swimming and squishing around in my mouth. It’s a mind over matter thing and I got over it. They’ll live if we have some dud meals and have stories to tell later on.
I’m not the best with song names, but I frequently listen to the station? Mellow folk on Alexa. It hits all my feels. I just say, Alexa- play quiet music and she says mellow folk is a station I might like- every time. I suppose by now I could just say to play mellow folk, but it’s become routine for the babies to sleep.
Gnomes are my favorite!!! I have 1 in my garden currently with my pumpkins. It looks like he’s the protector of the patch. Lol! And I have a painted wood 1 to put up for Xmas w/ a painted wood tree as well. But, I also want to get a “lazy gnome” this year.
And now… her 2019 book favorites!
Hey Maryse, Happy New Year!! I finished reading Jane Doe like I wanted to yesterday and I thought, now is the time to get this list together.
Most books I had raved about or mentioned on the blog as I read them. I read way more than I thought I did this year, yet still wish I could’ve read the handful waiting for me to finish or start on my kindle.
Favorite books of 2019
Jane Doe: A Novel by Victoria Helen Stone
I flew through this book so fast when I finally settled down enough to read it. Jane is such a unique, interesting, twisted and kind of a comical character and I liked her scheming.
Is that bad?
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
Tasha J: Whoop! I’ve finished Where the Forest Meets the Stars and it was wonderful! Just, perfect. No tears, safe for a cruise read. 😉 Not classified as romance, but does have just what I like! And it’s kindle unlimited.
…No annoyance in hero or heroine. Just a lovely read. Ursa was the star, but I loved Gabe too. And Jo. There are so many little issues I have with descriptions or sappyness or immaturity or dragging or whatever, that this book didn’t have for me. It was refreshing.
FantasticLand: A Novel by Mike Bockoven
…it tricked me into thinking it was real. Lol …It’s explained there is Universal, Disney, and FantasticLand. I was even thinking I wish I’d have visited before it was ruined. *shakes head* I’m so embarrassed!
I mean, I was gearing to look up pictures of the before, not the gore and all. It’s written in interview form w/managers, the red cross, and parents and the whole get up. It sounded factual! I suppose that’s the exceptition when you go into a book blind. Hahaha
…There’s a particular chapter near the end that just *shivers*. Or I’m a baby cuz I never read this stuff and it was exciting to me.
My Oxford Year: A Novel by Julia Whelan
It’s just what I was in the mood for and didn’t even know it- can’t stop grinning!
99 Percent Mine: A Novel by Sally Thorne
*Still Waiting for someone else to read Sally Thorne’s 99 Percent Mine so I’m not alone in the awesomeness that is this book! …this is seriously completely different. Still has Sally’s style, but the characters are SO different.
“I’m already walking out. No sugar? Why is life just about giving things up? What have I even got left that I enjoy? The heavy-sigh feeling inside me gets worse. Sadder. I pause at the door.” From 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne.
This had me laughing so hard. It’s how I felt when I read Maryse’s “When I used to eat cookies…comment” This is from a hilarious sugar addiction scene. I am also an addict and I relate. LOL
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Tasha J: So, I just finished The Silent Patient and holy cow! It reads so well, sucks you right in and keeps you invested till the very end. I’m telling you, I had thought up what I thought to be every possibility of what happened and was completely, totally shocked at the outcome. Jezebel vibes, peeps!
Only because of shock value, and the great story, not cause they match or anything.
The Chalk Man: A Novel by C.J. Tudor
I loved my last 2 reads- The Chalk Man and The Silent Patient
The Wolves of Winter: A Novel by Tyrell Johnson
So, I went in blind, completely forgetting what it was about and surprise! It’s an apocolyptic read! I needed something different so this was perfect for me. Also, something about the Yukon, (snow, snow, snow) and reverting back to pioneers basically really enraptures me. Bonus, there’s a hint of romance. 🙂 I loved it, it wasn’t too long, had just enough of everything to keep me invested, and was well executed.
Just so you guys are aware- the romance in The Wolves of Winter is really just a hint. It’s not the main focus what so ever. I know that bugs some people, so warning ahead don’t expect that. Mostly, it’s about Lynn and her journey. Her survival in a new world. Goes between past and present, to give a little background. And that’s not always clearly defined. It’s not perfect, but for someone who knows nothing about hunting, trapping, the Yukon, wilderness, I thought it was really great writing. Knowledgeable. And it’s a male author, his 1st novel (I was surprised) and he’s writing from a female character’s POV!
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
The First Girl Child. Best book I’ve read in a long time, the writing, the story, is spectacular!!
Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 1) by Emma Scott
…it’s so good!! It’s my 1st book I’ve read from her
…Obviously with a doozy ending like that, I should jump right into book 2…
A Bad Day for Sunshine: A Novel (Sunshine Vicram Series Book 1) by Darynda Jones.
This doesn’t release until April of this year, but I read it in 2019 and I loved it, so it made my list.
Boys of Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy
The Peer and the Puppet (When Rivals Play Book 1) by B.B. Reid
Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials: Books 1-3 Omnibus by K.F. Breeze and Shannon Mayer
Secondborn series by Amy A. Bartol
Broken Legacy series by Jaymi Eve and Tate James
Like Tasha’s book taste? Check out more of her favorites:
- Reader Favorites – Tasha’s Best Books of 2017
- Reader Favorites – Tasha J’s Best Books of 2018 List
- Reader Favorites – Tasha J’s Best Books of 2019 List
- Reader Favorites – Tasha J’s Top 20 Books of 2020 List
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