Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – August 30th 2018

by Maryse on August 31, 2018 · 91 comments

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GOOD MORNING, HAPPY FRIDAY and happy long weekend to many of us!!! Here’s our weekly “Friday Finds” list that I will be adding to throughout the day as we find more (I’m still working on it ;) )


Ashley: I read Love Online by Penelope Ward and loved it! It totally sucked me in.

Jenn: I’m currently reading “Love Online” I have never read one of her books before but that cover got me….he looks like Paul Walker!

Jean: Automatic 1- click for Love Online…. that man is Gorgeous! Stunning! Hot!

  • Whole Lotta Love (Rock Star Hearts Book 1) by Amity Cross <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! “…When small town girl Juniper Rowe meets a sexy, brooding guy on an isolated beach in the middle of nowhere, she’s shocked to learn he’s missing bad boy rock star Sebastian Hale. Drawn together by fate, they find solace in their shared darkness, unable to resist the passion their tortured souls ignite in one another. But when the reality of Sebastian’s life is revealed, Juniper learns a hard lesson…”
  • Pippa Grant (author) <— marina is devouring her books!!! P.S. The author just had a new release and I posted it below!! :D

marina: I’ve also been devouring all of Pippa Grant’s books since I saw a post by Cheryl a couple weeks ago. Love the madcap craziness in her books. Total escapism romcoms. Love them and so glad I found them here. Love your site Maryse, it’s like therapy.

Jean: …if you want another REALLY FUNNY book, MISTER MCHOTTIE!!!!!! Highly recommend!

  • Hawthorne & Heathcliff by R. K. Ryals <— WHY DIDN’T YOU READ IT SOONER??? Kandace recommends this one!!
Kandace: I always recommend Hawthorne and Heathcliff by R. K. Ryals. I read it a few years ago. It’s one of those books you wonder why you didn’t read it sooner.
marina: I have been obsessed with the movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. Watched it twice in 24 hours this week. Soooo good and now I really want to read the books. Somehow I missed the posts here a couple years ago right?
Cheryl: I started reading Payback’s a Bitch last night. I have read another in the series- Too Much Information (Awkward Love Book 3); funny and I always enjoy a medical H/H if it’s as long as the medical aspect is fairly accurate.
  • My Oxford Year: A Novel by Julia Whelan <— I LOVED IT & now… more fans of my latest 5-STAR PLUS favorite!!!

Kathe: Thx Maryse for the recommendation of My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan. I absolutely loved it!

Amy: I loved how the author ended the story and WHERE she left it. The epilogue…the waterfall…the FEELS…oh, my heart…

  • Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark <— SEMI-TABOO ALERT!!! R enjoyed this one!!

R: …just read Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark which I loved. It’s not all that taboo, but has both (semi-taboo) “teacher”/student trope and enemies to lovers. …I LOVE IT! Soooo swoony.

LisafromDFW: I’ve been reading books based on all the 2017 favorites lists. The latest is Waking Olivia. It is a “forbidden” (not very forbidden ) SLOW BURN CR. The MC fight the attraction. Catnip! I liked it!!! I’m on to the next book. Drowning Erin.

Ashley: One of the books I read this year that I wondered why I didn’t read sooner was Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark (the next one Drowning Erin was good too) it was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it.
  • Hot Heir: A Royal Bodyguard / Secret Heir / Marriage of Convenience Romantic Comedy by Pippa Grant <— BRIDE OF CONVENIENCE ALERT!!If I had to pick a bride of convenience, my first choice would NOT be Peach Maloney. My fiftieth choice would NOT be Peach. Top spot on my list of occupational hazards? Yes. Royal pain in the crumpets? Yes. A bride of convenience? No. But I’ve unexpectedly gone from royal bodyguard to monarch...”
  • Bad Girl Gone Good by N. Franko <— SHE IS A DATING SCAMMER!! “Abby is a waitress by day and professional online dating scammer by night. She takes money from unsuspecting men without remorse. So, when tech millionaire Nolan Graham contacts her online persona, Abby sees her opportunity for a giant payday. But, Nolan is on a mission of his own…”
  • Ginger’s Heart: (inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood”) (A Modern Fairytale Book 3) by Katy Regnery <— KATY REGNERY SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! Oooooh!! Inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood”!!! I love the sound of that!!

Nancy: Katy Regnery’s Ginger’s Heart made me cry ugly and grieve. I love all her books…

Beverly A: Finished Ginger’s Heart by Katy Regnery earlier. Gah! I LOVED it. It pulled me right out of my book slump.

Jean: I love this series by Kate Regnery!

  • Temptation by JD Hawkins <— RICH PLAYBOY WANTS TO SETTLE DOWN… “…I know I’ve been living like a monster for too long. I need to get my act together. I need to find something real. I need to come home. LA means family and a fresh start. My parents and my friends who are close enough to be siblings. And Melina...”
  • Best Kept Secret: A Novel by Amy Hatvany <— SHE’S DOWNWARD SPIRALING & OMG I ONE-CLICKED IT!!!!! Okay my book-twin Amy just found us TWO SUPER-BARGAINS!!! They sound INCREDIBLE and intense and crazy – totally our kind of thing (well many of us anyway) and I one-clicked ‘em both! P.S. THEY ARE NOT a set… (not associated with each other at all, just MY kind of read so I one-clicked ‘em both)!

Amy: Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany is on sale…, down from 11.99! I’m a sucker for an h whose life is spiraling out of control.

Maryse: Okay yeah I TOTALLY just one-clicked Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany. YAY ME!!!

Amy: I have another deal for us! Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers is on sale …And MAN, does it sound intense. CLICK!!!!

Maryse: Annnnnd Accidents of Marriage too. MINE!!! WOWWWWWW!!!!

  • Broken by Crystal Kaswell <— SHE BROKE HIS HEART BUT SHE’S GOT A SECRET… “...I left and I took his heart with me. That was supposed to be it. The end. Forever. Now, I’m face to face with Trent, staring into those soulful brown eyes, choking on all the things I want to say. My heart is begging for his comfort. My body is begging for his touch. My head… my head knows better. He hates me for leaving. But if he knew the truth… This is one secret I’m taking to my grave...”



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  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!

  • Waking Olivia by R chose it as a recent favorite (up there!!) and Cheryl ALSO enjoyed this one, but in audio form!
Cheryl: Have been listening to Waking Olivia while cleaning and decorating porch. Forgot how fun and productive it is to listen to a book.
Michele G: I listened to The Kiss Quotient on audio – – I thought it was very good. Give it a try!

PREORDERS (…a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Flirting with Forever by Kendall Ryan – September 3rd 2018
  2. Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 47) by J.D. Robb – September 4th 2018
  3. When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica - September 4th 2018
  4. Stygian (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherilyn Kenyon – September 4th 2018
  5. In His Father’s Footsteps: A Novel by Danielle Steel – September 4th 2018
  6. Kiss the Girl (The Naughty Princess Club) by Tara Sivec – September 4th 2018
  7. Cross Her Heart: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough - September 4th 2018
  8. Dark Sentinel (Carpathian Novel, A) by Christine Feehan - September 4th 2018
  9. Night and Silence (October Daye) by Seanan McGuire - September 4th 2018
  10. Misadventures with a Master (Misadventures Book 13) by Meredith Wild & Mia Michelle - September 4th 2018
  11. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren - September 4th 2018
  12. Timid (Lark Cove Book 2) by Devney Perry – September 4th 2018
  13. Mess Me Up (The Bear Bottom Guardians MC Book 1) by Lani Lynn Vale – September 6th 2018

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Grey August 31, 2018 at 6:07 AM

*glitter bomb* happy last day of August!

R. Renee August 31, 2018 at 6:27 AM

Loved Waking Olivia and Drowning Erin is great too!

I stayed up way too late last night with Fifty Shades of Greg and now I’m up early with it. Loving this guy! Unapologetically honest which I’m finding very endearing.

Leslie M August 31, 2018 at 6:41 AM

*another glitter bomb*

Not only is it Friday, but a long weekend and crazy heat wave gone. Oooh, had my first DD pumpkin spice coffee yesterday, going apple picking tomorrow and maybe making pumpkin pie!! *squee*

Unfortunately my book life is not so squee-worthy. I am def slumping because everything I read is making me crabby & nitpicky. I read 10 books in August and the only one that was better than just ok was The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland (4 ****).

Nay August 31, 2018 at 7:53 AM

Good morning! Happy Friday! The 2nd season of Ozark was released on Netflix today!

Leslie–sorry about the slump. I empathize because I feel like I’m in a bit of one, but I’m determined not to repeat the one I had during this time last year. I’m going to try to cull out my short stories and novellas if I have to. That way, a condensed, less drawn out story line might pull me back in and I won’t waste one of my potentially great books on my wonky reading frame of mind. But right now, I’m giving Robin’s BR book, Fifty Shades of Greg, a try, and if that doesn’t work out, I’m going to move on to the J.R. Ward ‘Consumed’ short stories.

Cheryl August 31, 2018 at 8:06 AM

Happy Friday and start to a long weekend. One-clicked a few from list. Thank you Maryse!! Now to pack the car for our vacation!! ;)

Update on Payback’s A Bitch. Finished it last night. It was a hate each other to love and throw in he’s her soon to be stepbrother. It was laugh out loud at times. Would say around a 3.5 to 4 star. Did not enjoy the abruptness of the ending and that there was not an epilogue. However, the author said at the end of the book there is an upcoming novella.

Maryse August 31, 2018 at 8:14 AM

I can’t believe it’s almost fall!! I’ll get to wear my cute sweaters! And my hair won’t frizz. :P

bev August 31, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Leslie, I know I say it all the time jokingly, but I kind of mean it to.
I don’t meantotally flip to watching from reading like I have, but it can be a palate cleanser when you find yourself constantly unsatisfied.
I used to take a week and catch up on shows, the ones I’d missed to read, lol. A whole week of Heartland, Justified, Mad Men or…..
Also, a bit like Nay I’d read short things. But not short stories. I’d do reread of favorites but focus on favorite scenes in the book. Sometimes it would lead to a full re read. I’d find little moments I’d forgotten about or something would have new meaning going back to it.

I think I reccomend Fight My Way so much because, to me, it mirrors the books we love. It’s a good CR, just in show format. You can watch it for free on Viki. Just 16 episodes. So beginning, middle, and end. No ch or continuation to next season.

bev August 31, 2018 at 8:39 AM

Maryse, is there a lot of humidity?
Does your hair grow 10× its size like Monica’s in that episode of Friends.

marina August 31, 2018 at 8:59 AM

My Pippa streak was almost complete with just one book to go and Hot Heir came out today!! Ahhhhh. It will definitely be a finishing Pippa’s books weekend. And I’ve now watched To All the Boys 3 times. I think I may have a problem.

Mona August 31, 2018 at 9:05 AM

I have been in a serious book slump! I decided this week to do a “castaway” theme. I have no idea why, maybe because I recently saw the movie The Mountain Between Us. This week I’ve re-read Unseen Messages (Pepper Winters), On the Island (Tracey Garvis-Graves) and am halfway through Surviving Raine, Book 1 (Shay Savage). Next up I have Wreckage (Emily Bleeker). Do you have any other castaway-type suggestions?

Jenn August 31, 2018 at 9:23 AM

Happy Friday All-

Thank you Maryse; I just clicked “Best Kept Secrets” and “Accidents of Marriage”. I am currently reading Transcend by Jewel E Ann and OMG I am loving it. My head is in a whirlwind trying to figure it out as I am very early into it. Wish I could just pause life so I could get back to it!

For those in a book slump or funk as I like to call it…I have a go to book when this happens to me and it works every time. I reread “The Sea of Tranquility” That book never gets old and I find each time I read it I fall more in love with Josh Bennet…sigh.

Michele G August 31, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Happy Friday everyone! I’m also doing the Fifty Shades of Greg BR – I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like yet – - but I am a few “chapters/girls” in and it’s definitely an unapologetic account of things and I like it! :-)

Leslie M August 31, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Bev, I have done the watch instead of read thing in the past and it helped. But if you think I am picky about books…ugh…I am just as picky about shows. :(

It might be time for Twilight marathon.

Grey August 31, 2018 at 10:15 AM

*tosses more glitter* oh, to heck with it, *pumps up the confetti guns and lets ‘em rip* Girls! I am throwing out another 5! I know, I can’t believe it either! That’s 2 for August, after not having any in so long! The book comes out Tuesday, so not too long for everyone to wait. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. Loved. It. It gave me Beautiful Player-ish vibes, which obviously, is a huge plus, being as though Player is one of my Top Ten ever. But this book isn’t a copy cat, it was more of a practiced ease and style of writing, you know? I just… Loved. It. *twirls in the glitter*

Michele G August 31, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Yay for you Grey!! I’ve got a hold on that one through my library overdrive account…good to hear you liked it so much!!

Tasha J August 31, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Nicola Moriarty’s The Other Women is on sale for 1.99 from 12.99. I’ve not read her yet, but it’s on my tbr! :)

bev August 31, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Trust Leslie. Trust.

And if you hate it you can rant at me.
Anytime I bring up Kellan you can be all….”Remember that time you had me watch a Kdrama…..let’s talk about that.”

Maryse August 31, 2018 at 12:11 PM
Maryse August 31, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Don’t they sound awesome Jenn??? I have a feeling I won’t be able to put them down.

Maryse August 31, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Michele G? Did I read that right? Greg? ‘Cause I do see a book called “Fifty Shades of Greg”

Or… did you mean Fifty Shades of Grey and OMG YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET??! I’m so jealous of you! I couldn’t put them down (#2 is my absolute favorite and had me gasping at one point).

Maryse August 31, 2018 at 12:18 PM

Good find Tasha, that one sounds awesome!!!

R. Renee August 31, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Maryse, it’s Fifty Shades of GREG. I’m loving it so hard! It’s a real life account of this guy’s dating life and it’s super unapologetic! He’s the kind of guy you love to hate, but he’s really growing on some of us!! I’ve actually cackled. CACKLED!

Amy August 31, 2018 at 12:25 PM

*starts sweeping up glitter*

Man…I take a break from cleaning my house to come here, and I end up cleaning here as well. This is NOT the day to mess with my OCDness, Grey!! :lol:

*giggles* bev is at it again. Resistance is futile, Leslie.

Amy August 31, 2018 at 12:29 PM

OMG!!!! Jenn is discovering the incredibleness of the Transcend duet!!!! *throws swept-up glitter in the air*

*looks at new mess and sighs*

Dang, I need to go on vacation with Cheryl to her vacation house…

Alright Maryse, I’m going in…I’m starting Accidents of Marriage today. :D

Kathy P. August 31, 2018 at 1:37 PM

Jordan Marie has a new book out in her Lucas Brother Series called Cocked and Loaded. I recommend this series, they are a fun read!

Jenn August 31, 2018 at 1:49 PM

Maryse-Yes they absolutely do; what’s a girl to do with all these books…YAY us and I have three whole days off from work with nothing to do but finish the Transcend duet and then I am diving in, not sure which one I will start with. HMMM…. I just saw Robin’s post and now I want to read “Fifty Shades of Greg” too. Love an Unapologetic man, well at least in my Book World!

Amy-Yes “Transcend”…. I am loving so hard on this book.

Mona August 31, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Maryse- Thank you for the castaway list!! Woohoo! I’m excited!!

bev August 31, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Lol, Amy resist me all the time.

Hey, trying something new can help you out of a rut and be fun. Maybe she’d find something she likes or maybe not. *shrug*

Plus, new things and listening to a new language can get your brain up and firing in new ways.

Tasha J August 31, 2018 at 4:16 PM

I’m loving Everything You Want Me to Be. I finally have that feeling of being completely submerged in the story and not wanting to come up for air. Darn life. :P

Jan August 31, 2018 at 6:10 PM

*plays in messy glitter*
My best new read of August was Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh. 4 stars. I really liked it. New-to-me author too. I didn’t read any new 5 stars in August :( They don’t seem to crop up that often. I’m looking forward to the new Christina Lauren book. Your rec sounds good, Grey. Fingers crossed I like it too.

Leslie M August 31, 2018 at 7:03 PM

*holds out cocktail glass for Amy*

Drink please. I will sweep up the glitter.

Maybe a strong Amy cocktail will make me less book crabby and nitpicky.

JulieO September 1, 2018 at 7:02 AM

I loved, loved, loved UNCHARTED. If you like On The Island you will too.

Mona September 1, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Thank you for the recommendation! I’m downloading Uncharted! I didn’t know there had been a sequel! Thank you again!

bev September 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM

I hate September, but love a long weekend.

Going to get a lot of reading done, right everybody (everybody but Leslie who is going to get a lot of drama watching done) ? Even I am going to get a lot of reading done, right self?

R. Renee September 1, 2018 at 10:31 AM

I finished Fifty Shades of Greg late last night and I loved it! Aside from Bring Down the Stars (which I think I picked for June, July, and now August) it’s my favorite for the month. The buddy-read was exciting to say the least. Lots of heated opinions and mixed reviews. I think everyone from here who participated loved it though! You guys check it out if you’re in the mood for something different! But read the blurb. Greg can be an a$$hat! But he is also a misunderstood romantic who will pull at your heartstrings if you give him the chance.

Nay September 1, 2018 at 10:39 AM

I totally agree with Robin. I still have a bit left, buy I’m LOVing Fifty Shades of Greg. And like Robin said, make sure you read the blurb–he gives PLENTY of honest, fair warning about what you’re about to embark upon. I really wish I’d known an unjaded Greg back when I was in the dating world.

bev September 1, 2018 at 10:45 AM

I’m a Fabi with this as I wouldn’t be able to get past the title.
And then the feminist jokes taking up part of the blurb.

bev September 1, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Wait, I just looked at the Amazon comments.

Are those 5 the buddy read people?

Is this someone you all know?

R. Renee September 1, 2018 at 10:49 AM

4 out of 5.

bev September 1, 2018 at 10:50 AM

I’m dying.

R. Renee September 1, 2018 at 10:51 AM

My friend Dee read it and I kept seeing it pop up in the comments but ignored it because of the title. Finally I asked her about it and she sold me so I mentioned in my group that I was going to read it next and it snowballed from there. He’s not ‘technically’ a writer. Just a dude with an interesting dating life who decided to document his journey.

R. Renee September 1, 2018 at 10:51 AM

In my GR feed rather, not comments.

bev September 1, 2018 at 11:26 AM

A new Cormoran Strike book is coming out…Yay!
And the sequel to Vicious which I’m curious about.

Grace Draven has a new one coming out too. It looks good. Where’s MichelleS?

Tessa, Sisters in the Winter Wood. Looks good.

And Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating. I keep stockpiling their books without reading them. But this sounds gooood.

I was reading this list

I love that I’m feeling excited for new releases.

Amy September 1, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Speaking of the name Hazel, you know what’s funny? In high school I knew a sweetheart of a girl named Hazel, and I thought it was such an old fashioned and weird name to have.

Now? As an adult? I think the name is gorgeous.

Hazel from The True Story of Atticus and Hazel.

Hazel Grace from TFIOS.

They both had that beautiful name but HOLY MOLY, they both broke my heart!

bev September 1, 2018 at 12:21 PM

I like all these old fashioned names coming back.

When I was younger I liked the unusual ones, but now lean more towards the classics.

bev September 1, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Amy….don’t jinx my book.

You, Jan, and I should read it when it comes out.

It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve really done a BR.
Even though I still think a BW would be fun.

Nay September 1, 2018 at 2:22 PM

I know we’ve discussed this before but I kind of read it with one eye because at the time, I didn’t have wood floors. Now that I do, I’m wondering if any of you recommend the Roomba or maybe a less expensive substitute?

Tasha J September 1, 2018 at 3:20 PM

I thought the name Jasper sounded old fashioned. I didn’t want to be one of those ppl that needed a unique name that no one else had and I don’t like really out there names. Now, I know no one with that name and it bothers me a little when ppl say “that’s different”.
I like the name Hazel. 2 of my aunt’s nieces, (on her side, not mine) just had baby girls with the names Beasley and Elowen. I think they’re the coolest names. Lol

JR September 1, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Several on this week’s list sound good – Temptation, Hot Heir, Waking Olivia, Whole Lotta Love – all added to my TBR list.

I’ve been going through my older TBR list to look at some I’ve missed. Thinking about starting He+She. Anyone read it?

Jan September 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM

I LOVE the name Jasper, Tasha. But Hazel….hmmmmm…. my dad had an older cousin named Hazel whom I remember as very old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy with blue rinse helmet-style hair with lots of hair spray, and she always wore shiny nylon stockings and little low-heeled court shoes NO MATTER WHAT SHE WAS DOING. I can see I’m going to have to reimagine my image of Hazels.

Bev I’m totally up for a buddy read!

Tasha J September 1, 2018 at 6:47 PM

She sounds AWESOME Jan! I would love to read a book with a character like her. Lol

JulieO September 1, 2018 at 7:17 PM

Yes to the Roomba. Had mine for 3 years and cleans my hardwood floors and carpet like a trooper at least 3 times a week. I only run it when I am home bc it has a tendency to get stuck under my couch, just the right height. Also have dogs and if perchance there happens to be a mistake made, doesn’t happen often, want to know so it isn’t smeared into carpets. Yuck! I love mine.

JulieO September 1, 2018 at 7:19 PM

There is a sequel to Vicious? There were 4 books in series I think, is she writing another?
Would love that.

JulieO September 1, 2018 at 7:24 PM

Picked WE WERE MOTHERS for kindle first pick this month. Ready for a suspense

bev September 1, 2018 at 7:31 PM

JulieO the Vicious by V.E. Schwab?

Maryse September 1, 2018 at 7:51 PM

I LOVE my Roomba. Floors and carpets are always clean because of it. I can’t believe I used to sweep and vacuum by hand. Seriously. I have since pulled out my Dyson recently to do a “proper vacuuming” and it pulled NOTHING up. Yep. That’s how good my Roomba has been doing.

bev September 1, 2018 at 8:11 PM

I’m watching a show called Please Take Care of My Fridge.
Its Korean.
In these 2 eps the guest are Tayaeng and G Dragon. The show transfers their fridge(or contents) to the studio. The hosts go through the fridge. Then a panel of top chefs have, in a very short time, to make a dish that fits what the celebrity feels like. Then the celeb picks the winner based on the dish he likes. Just watched Tayaengs and now they are going through G Dragon’s fridge.
But the funny part is the looks on these Chefs’ faces when they start pulling out huge truffles, abalone, and tins of caviar, lol.
Amy, have you ever had Natto? From when you lived in Japan?

Tessa September 1, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Bev I’m a little unsure about that one. You test it. :) I wonder if the library will have it.

bev September 1, 2018 at 9:22 PM

Guy in store smells so strongly of pot it actually made my eyes water, lol.

JulieO September 1, 2018 at 9:52 PM

Sorry. I automatically jumped to the “Vicious” by L J Shen. One of my favorites. You got me all excited!

Nay September 1, 2018 at 10:40 PM

Thanks, Julie and Maryse. Then my decision is made. Can y’all tell me which model you have? There are several. If I don’t need all the bells and whistles of the more expensive ones, I’m good with going cheaper.

Jan September 2, 2018 at 12:39 AM

Ha ha ha Tasha. Now there’s a thought. Hazel senior might make a great secondary character, mightn’t she?

Michele G September 2, 2018 at 1:03 AM

Maryse, I’m sorry for the delayed response. I saw Robin confirmed it was 50 Shades of Greg that I was reading. Alas, I burned through those Christian Grey books years ago at a rapid pace (twice)!

bev September 2, 2018 at 8:14 AM

I guess it is a good fail safe to wake up before my alarm, but I wish my brain knew the difference between a Sunday and a weekday.

I need coffee …..and a cookie.

And I’m going to open my book and read a little bit.

Amy September 2, 2018 at 4:34 PM

bev…NO. I couldn’t get past the smell. :? I tried a good amount of unusual foods in Japan (and enjoyed the majority of them) but natto was not one of those things. *shudders*

Okay, it’s WAY too quiet in here. We need a bev quiz…

Amy September 2, 2018 at 4:38 PM

And as for the pot-smelling guy who made bev’s eyes water…LOL!!!!!! Were you in Portland? Because the whole damn city seems to smell like pot. :lol:

Jenn September 2, 2018 at 6:01 PM

OMG my fellow book loving hotties I finished the Transcend duet and I loved it so much. I want to scream it from the roof tops.

Amy-I have started “ Accidents in Marriage” is this the one your reading too? I literally just started only two chapters in. It’s hard for me to let go of Griffin and Nate so I am having a hard time focusing on this.

bev September 2, 2018 at 7:21 PM

Finished a book. A very disappointing book …..but still. Now on to my next which takes place in the ballet world.
And it will make two off my Tasha list.

Nope. It was not Portland, lol. It was so strong. Maybe they were shut up in the car with it to be that saturated.

I don’t know that it bring anyone to the yard, a quiz. Everyone is just disappearing. Growing up. Turning 40 and moving away.

Amy September 2, 2018 at 7:43 PM

*scoffs* Well, when *I* turned 40, *I* didn’t move away. Then again, no one has ever accused me of growing up…

Jenn!! So glad you experienced the incredibleness of the Transcend duet!!! And yes, it was Accidents of Marriage I started a couple of days ago. I finished it earlier today, and MAN! I am emotionally spent. I went into it thinking I would feel one way only to end it feeling something totally different. When is it still worth fighting for, and when is it too little too late? Such a gray area. Let me know what you think of it!

bev September 2, 2018 at 7:45 PM

20 questions of Summer
(Or where has everyone gone)

1. Next summer are we visiting the rainforest of Costa Rica or the Midnight Sun of Iceland?

2. What song(s) are you listening to as summer turns to fall?

3. Snow cone or ice cream cone?

4. What flavor?

5. Brisket or ribs?

6. Macaroni or potato?

7. Any new food or dish you want to try?

8. Hero of last show you watched, came to life, would you date him?

9. New show you are most forward to?

8. New book?

9. MFK International Edition:
Gong Yoo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Chris Hemsworth

10. Who loves sweaters and coats?

R. Renee September 2, 2018 at 7:58 PM

1. Costa Rica

2. I’ve had the Bring Down the Stars playlist on repeat lately.

3. ice cream cone

4. rocky road

5. brisket

6. potato

7. can’t think of anything.

8. I don’t watch TV so, Baker Mayfield, and sure if he shaves his beard.

9. You, if I can force my self to watch TV.

8. Riders on the Storm! ;)

9. Um…Chris Hemsworth?

10. Long cardigans. Sometimes.

bev September 2, 2018 at 8:02 PM

1. Iceland. It looks gorgeous and stays cool even in summer. Though I’d not say no to Costa Rica either.

2. I have 3 songs on repeat lately: Complex by Zion T, rain bird by Code Kunst, 12/17/12 by the Decemberists

3. I lean towards ice cream, but snow cone. This time it reminds me of my best friend.

4. Tigers blood.

5. Brisket, especially the burnt bits.

6. Potato. But no sweet pickles.

7. Ginseng chicken soup. I’ll never make it but it sounds good. Supposed to be a summer dish but sounds so warming.

8. No. He is like 20. But good eyebrows. And a Tsundere type character which is fun….to watch.

9. Hundred Million Stars from the Sky

8. The new Galbraith one. Plus, the new Christina Lauren one. It sounds like a romcom.

9. Gong Yoo(!), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Chris Hemsworth

10. Me. I bought 2 new sweaters, though way too hot. And always think of buying a new pea coat. In a color, but I’d probably wear it with everything not thinking of clashing. Lol.

bev September 2, 2018 at 8:05 PM

Lol. R. You’ll marry him, have your way with him, and then kill him.

Sometimes I think maybe this game is too sexist. Should we stop playing?

Amy September 2, 2018 at 8:24 PM

OMG bev, NO!! We should not stop playing that game. Then again, I am rarely (pretty much never) offended by anything others consider sexist regarding either gender. *shrug*

1. Midnight sun of Iceland! Because I am a night owl. And I hate mosquitoes.

2. My playlist of “book songs” so I can re-live feeling in love with a book until I find the next book worth falling in love with.

3. Snow cone. Because Hawaii.

4. Guava.

5. Ribs.

6. Macaroni.

7. Yes! This: (which I am actually making as we speak…er, type).

8. Richard Willis of Sharp Objects…I would totally date him.

9. No new show, just new seasons of Black Mirror and Game of Thrones.

10. if by Randi Cooley Wilson

11. M – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; F – Chris Hemsworth; K – Gong Yoo (sorry bev, don’t know him)

12. I LOVE sweaters and coats. Both in all kinds of colors. My favorite is my bright yellow peacoat, especially on gray days. :D

R. Renee September 2, 2018 at 8:28 PM

Hahaha!! I read that as MLK and I’d never played that! And I don’t know who the other two people are.

bev September 2, 2018 at 8:40 PM

It kills me that you all don’t know Gong Yoo.

We need to watch Coffee Prince together. Or Goblin.

Like an ep a week.

R. Gong Yoo is a Korean actor and
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is Danish and a main actor on Game of Thrones.

R. Renee September 2, 2018 at 8:44 PM

I can’t even get myself to watch TV that Josh Duhamel is in. It’s a serious affliction. I know no one.

Leslie M September 3, 2018 at 6:27 AM

1. Next summer are we visiting the rainforest of Costa Rica or the Midnight Sun of Iceland? – Costa Rica

2. What song(s) are you listening to as summer turns to fall? – Pearl Jams 1st album was last thing we listened to in car yesterday.

3. Snow cone or ice cream cone? – Ice cream!!! I am obsessed with ice cream no matter what the weather. But I did get an ice shaver and made a few snow cones this summer.

4. What flavor? – I had most delicious ice cream on vacay…it was peanut butter with hunks of oreo.

5. Brisket or ribs? – ribs

6. Macaroni or potato? – I go crazy for potato salad!!!

7. Any new food or dish you want to try? – I want to make a frittata. I have never made one.

8. Hero of last show you watched, came to life, would you date him? – How about movie? I haven’t watched a show besides my soap in months. Jurassic World and YES! Chris Pratt!!!

9. New show you are most forward to? – This Is Us new season

8. New book? – still waiting for Robin’s book. *good naturedly nudges Robin toward keyboard*

9. MFK International Edition:
M – Chris Hemsworth, F – Nikolaj Coster, K – Gong Yoo

10. Who loves sweaters and coats? I like sweaters as it means its cool out, but coats mean cold and I don’t like cold.

Tessa September 3, 2018 at 11:07 AM

1. Next summer are we visiting the rainforest of Costa Rica or the Midnight Sun of Iceland? Iceland – The rainforest has scary bugs.

2. What song(s) are you listening to as summer turns to fall? Resistance by Muse

3. Snow cone or ice cream cone? Ice Cream. What’s snow cone? Overly sweet sugar water with ice. Give me the good stuff instead.

4. What flavor? Coffee

5. Brisket or ribs? Ribs though, yum with briskets.

6. Macaroni or potato? Macaroni

7. Any new food or dish you want to try? Something yummy with yams or butternut squash

8. Hero of last show you watched, came to life, would you date him?

Like, an actual tv show? I only watch The Challenge currently and there isn’t really a hero, so… no?

9. New show you are most forward to? Again, I barely watch TV.

8. New book? Night and Silence (October Daye) by Seanan McGuire

9. MFK International Edition: M – Chris Hemsworth, F – Nikolaj Coster, K – Gong Yoo

10. Who loves sweaters and coats? If it’s cold, sure. I got quite a few. :)

Maryse September 3, 2018 at 11:44 AM

1. Next summer are we visiting the rainforest of Costa Rica or the Midnight Sun of Iceland? OH MY!!!! BOTH sound perfect to me… but I’m almost tempted to say Iceland!!!

2. What song(s) are you listening to as summer turns to fall? Delicate by Taylor Swift, Better Now by Post Malone, Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer, Cardi B’s “Be Careful” and… there’s another one that I love but I can’t remember it at all right now. OH I FOUND IT!!!!!!!! OMG I AM HOOKED ON —> Juice WRLD – Lucid Dreams

3. Snow cone or ice cream cone? Ice Cream. Thank goodness I have found a fabulous Keto version.

4. What flavor? Strawberry!

5. Brisket or ribs? Ribs. I’m like a dog with a bone when it comes to ribs. I even growl. ;)

6. Macaroni or potato? Pre-Keto —> Macaroni (although I miss both).

7. Any new food or dish you want to try? Lots of Keto recipes that look SO amazing…

8. Hero of last show you watched, came to life, would you date him? That would be Deadpool. Hrmmm… I think so, but I am so in love with his love story, I wouldn’t want to interfere with that.

9. New show you are most forward to? No shows… just more psych-thriller books!!!

8. New book? Dying to read “Baby Teeth”

9. MFK International Edition: <— I don’t know what this means?

10. Who loves sweaters and coats? I’m very excited to wear my cute sweaters again!! No real needs for coats here.

Tessa September 3, 2018 at 2:33 PM

Maryse… Marry, F***, Kill

bev September 3, 2018 at 2:38 PM

Maryse would:

M– Gong Yoo(!) Cause she knows.

F– Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Because he looks good in sweaters.

K–Chris Hemsworth Cause he’s kind of bland.

Maryse September 3, 2018 at 2:50 PM

Switch F and K and we’re in. ;) Why? I don’t know who Nikolaj is… and I’m okay with letting y’all know that. I could Google and I might change my mind, but why waste my pure innocence in the matter?

*snort* :P

bev September 3, 2018 at 2:58 PM


How sweet is Maryse not to kill Gong Yoo even though he might be too much of a pretty boy for her.

This one site I visit someone was saying that he got so big after Goblin he is in all these commercials. His face is on everything.
And a couple of us were like not from were we are because nobody knows him, lol.

Maryse September 3, 2018 at 3:01 PM

bev… no, really. HE IS SOOOOO CUTE!!!!

bev September 3, 2018 at 3:16 PM

He really is. It makes me want to do a rewatch of either Coffee Prince or Goblin. But there are 3 dramas coming out this fall that, if I like them, I’ll want to watch live.

JulieO September 3, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Is Coffee Prince and Goblin on Netflix or something else? Which one would be the best to watch first?

bev September 3, 2018 at 7:45 PM

JulieO really? You want to try one?
Ooooh. If Jean wasn’t already my favorite….

Coffee Prince is an older one. It seems to be a modern classic. It was my second Kdrama. It is a slice of life romantic comedy. The hero (Gong Yoo) believes that the heroine is a man. She let’s him believe it for job reasons. Sounds far fetched, but believable. The actress absolutely inhabits this role. It’s one of my favorites.
You can find it on Viki and Drama Fever. I think Viki usually has better subs.

Goblin is fantasy. This has mixed reviews but I loved it. Its epic and cinematic. Beautiful but melancholy with splashes of humor. Great sound track. I watched it last winter and it was a perfect winter nights watch.Gong Yoo is cursed to be a goblin (because reasons) living an eternal life until he meets his The Goblin’s bride who can end his immortality. There is a huge age difference between Gong Yoo both as an actor and as the character and the actress/heroine. I didnt have a problem but many did. She is a senior in HS when they meet. In Korea I believe seniors are around 19/20.
You can find it on Drama Fever.

They might be on Netflix, so check if you have it. I don’t. I’ve heard that their subs can be kind of simplistic.

I’ve heard some people say that it can take around 2 eps until they are invested in a drama.

Let me know if you start watching.
Gah, makes me want to rewatch at least favorite parts, lol.

JulieO September 3, 2018 at 7:56 PM

Thanks. I’ll try and find one or the other sometime this week. I like shows that are kind of quirky and paranormal.

Jenn September 4, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Amy-FINALLY finished “Accidents in Marriage” Honestly it did not work for me. I agree with you about going in it and feeling one way only to feel something different. The synopsis really doesn’t accurately portray what this book is because I definitely did not feel the verbal/emotional abuse aspect. I did not connect at all with any of the characters and I found through the whole book I was desperately trying to feel something/anything while reading this and it really just left me empty and exhausted.

Amy September 4, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Well dang, Jenn! That stinks. :?

I actually DID connect with the characters for the most part, and for me that is why I was emotionally worn out by the end. I can see though how it would be exhausting if you are really not feeling much for the characters in any way.

What’s next for you?

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