New York Times By the Book Tag


Hey guys, it’s time for another book tag. I decided to do this one because it seemed interesting, and I was tagged by Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts – thanks Joey!

What book is on your nightstand right now?

I just finished a book, so right now I have A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind ready to be picked up. And on my “nightstand” is a bit of a stretch, given that the book is actually on my kindle and phone.


What was the last truly great book you read?

Oh boy… just one?! This is not possible, what about 2? So, Forbidden and Life After Juliet both received perfect 5 stars in the last month or so.

If you could meet one author (living or dead), who would it be? What would you ask?

I don’t know… maybe Rainbow Rowell?

And I would probably ask her what the words at the end of Eleanor & Park were, just because I’m dead curious.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Hmmm, did you know I have Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on my shelf? Yeah, I do. I haven’t read it yet, and at this point, I’m not 100% when that will ever happen, but I bought it after I loved the movie. But it’s not a book genre I reach for AT ALL.

shelfHow do you organize your personal library?

Organize? What is that? Eheh, I usually like to put series together and organize stuff by size. I’m a bit OCD when sizes don’t match – and that’s why my Anna and the French Kiss trilogy is not all at the same place.

What book have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten to yet?

Funny story… It’s not like I always wanted to read this particular book. But my friend gave it to me after she loved it, when the movie was coming out, and I honestly was never curious enough to pick it up… I’ll eventually read TFIOS though… one day.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

Probably the Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon. This book had everything for me to fall madly in love with it, but I kept rolling my eyes and I kind of hated it. The characters just didn’t do it for me at all.

What kind of stories are you drawn to?

I’m really drawn to romance, and I’m not even a little bit ashamed of that. I love fantasy and mystery and all of that, but romance is a key point in the books I read. Not that I only read romances, but still… I love them!

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

So… you should know something about the Portuguese President… he’s an hyperactive dude who reads a lot. So much so that he had a show (before he was president, of course) where he would recommend books to people. I think he would appreciate Illuminae and all the work that is into that book, and the unique narrative form.

What do you plan to read next?

I’ll have to read a few books very soon, such as Impossible Love by Kimberly Readnour, Defying Gravity (Finding Perfect, #2) by Kendra C. Highley, Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts and No Breaking My Heart by Kate Angell.


That’s it. I’m gonna tag EVERYONE!!! Do this tag :D.

No Falling Allowed (Melissa West)


My life just went South… 

Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down.

Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check.

Get fired instead of the promised promotion? Check.

Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check.

Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC — a place where no New Yorker belongs — disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type.

Southern. Cocky. Bartender. 

Noah Hunter never should have made it back to my apartment in NYC, and I definitely shouldn’t be in his small town. But fate had another plan. Or a horrible sense of humor. 

Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…

As it surely comes as no surprise, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as buddy read, well… we started it more or less together, and then she finished it when I was still at like 25% of the book – she’s that fast! Check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

This book was super cute and easy to read. The book is told in dual POV, from Grace and Noah’s perspectives, and on the first person – my favorite. The writing flows well and is funny, with a lot of dialogue, which is always a plus for me.

I really liked both main characters too. Grace was a girl who grew up with everything, all the money, all the things, but not nearly enough love and presence from her parents. So she’s determined to make a name for herself, through her hard work, and she doesn’t want things handed to her by her dad. I really liked this, because even though she was clearly spoiled, she understood the value of things. Noah Hunter was just dreamy, I mean, bar owner who built his own house, and is the guardian of his little brother? Dreamy!

The connection and chemistry between Grace and Noah was amazing, their scenes together were romantic and hot, and their connection felt real.

My main problem with this book was how fast things happened all around. While I liked Grace and Noah’s relationship, it did happen way too fast. Since the moment they actually enter a relationship, to the point that every hell breaks loose, it has been a week, and they are in love. That didn’t sit well. I also needed to see them bonding more, and getting to know each other better, especially with everything important that came between them, especially the fact that Jonah was a huge part of Noah’s life. I also wanted Noah’s backstory a little more fleshed out, because the explanation felt way too rushed and glassed over.

Despite this, I still really enjoyed this book. It was fun and entertaining, and a super easy read. So, if you like heartwarming and light NA romances, I would recommend this one to you.