Books I’m Excited to Get To

Hey guys! I havent been active here in forever but I’m really trying to make it a habit of at least posting my reviews up on here. I do post all my reviews on GoodReads (username @_bookdreamer)!

I haven’t really been reading much lately as I’ve been really busy with life! Between work, kickboxing and being tired from everything I really don’t read as much as I used to! However my list of books is just growing and growing. Here are a list of all the books I’m super excited to get to this year. Have you guys read any? What are your thoughts?

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Hey guys I know it’s been a long time since I’ve done any blogging. I’ve had a lot going on. I think I’ll be able to update this more frequently now though 🙂

Scorched Eggs Review

Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club, #6)

Title: Scorched Eggs

Author: Laura Childs

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…”

my review

Another book from Berkley Publishing that I didn’t get around to until this summer.

I was a little hesitant to read this one because I had read the first Tea Mystery book by Laura Childs and it just didn’t do it for me. There wasn’t anything bad about the book I just didn’t find myself wanting to continue the series.

This series is way different. I liked it enough to want to continue with the series.

What made this book so enjoyable was the characters. They are all so well thought out and have so much personality that it makes the story enjoyable to read.

June 2017 Wrap Up

On time yay!

Books I read this month:

A Potion to Die For (A Magic Potion Mystery, #1)  Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)  Wedding Cake Killer (A Fresh-Baked Mystery, #7)  P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)  Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery #3)  The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep  All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)  The Fatal Funnel Cake (A Fresh-Baked Mystery, #8)  Here Today, Gone Tamale (A Taste of Texas Mystery #1)  A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Favourite book this month:

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)  A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Books I bought this month (ok and in May):

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)  Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)  The Love That Split the World  Dreamology  The Museum of Intangible Things  The Rome Affair  Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)  These Shallow Graves

Hannah Swensen Mystery #4-9

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)

Title: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Author: Joanne Fluke

Release Date: February 1, 2004

Publisher: Kensington

Pages: 352 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating3star


Ok so I have read quite a few of these and instead of reviewing them all separately I’m going to just group it all together under this one. The more I keep up with the blog the easier it will be for me to review every single one. But for now I’ll show the covers of all of them. If you click on them it should send you to a link with the goodreads synopsis.

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)  Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)  Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)  Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)  Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #8)  Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9)

my review

I honestly have a love hate relationship with these books.

I can’t stop reading them, I love them. But sometimes some of the stuff is so annoying! Let me explain.

I love the covers. They are adorable. I love the titles because they are all baking and food related what’s not to love?

The mysteries are always really good! The plots are always amusing and make you want to read. The characters are so amazing that it feels like you’re watching a tv show. They are all around pleasant reads. Definitely good enough that I keep reading them. I will say out of the ones mentioned above Key Lime Pie Murder was my least favourite and Peach Cobbler Murder was my favourite!

Now onto the two things that annoy me about this series. The boys. How on earth is she dating two guys at once?! Hannah is not only dating the two guys, but they both know about each other! Their dating is so unrealistic and old school that it honestly makes me laugh so hard. Yet at the same time …. I need to know which one!

The other thing that annoys me is Hannah’s age but how she acts. She’s supposed to be 30 but wow sometimes I just shake my head. No cell phone, no computer, no kissing boys … what?!?! but I guess that is accurate with a cozy mystery, they are meant to be really reserved. But realistically I’m sure we all want to see Hannah just go a bit crazy with the boys!

Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Pages: 326 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.”

my review

I have such mixed feelings about this book. I originally gave it three stars when I just finished reading it. But then when I thought back on it, I decided to give it four stars.

When I first started reading it I was so disappointed. I thought I was going to DNF it which was really upsetting me because I don’t generally buy hardcover books unless I absolutely can’t wait for softcover. This was one of those cases where I absolutely needed to read this book ASAP. A lot of it had to do with the fact that the cover is gorgeous and it was old England which is one of my weaknesses. I however made a big big mistake. I honestly didn’t know who Jack the Ripper was. I think if you don’t know anything about him, you’ll be in for a bit of a surprise! Not such a great surprise! I don’t do gore, but let me tell you, Jack the Ripper is all about gore. Nasty nasty gore. There were parts of this book that I absolutely struggled to get through. It was making my stomach turn, but I had to keep reading.

Once I got past the gore parts which was the beginning half of the book, the book was absolutely amazing. I think what makes this book the best is that ending!! WOW!

So if you can handle the gore of books, I would say read this, it’s such a good book!

2016 Wrap Up

So this is a bit late, but I figure better late than never!

I don’t really know how to wrap up my reading in 2016. I definitely didn’t read as many books as I had wanted to. With work and just a bunch of other things going on I didn’t get a lot of reading done compared to oher years.

I read 65 books and a total of 23 114 pages.

I’ll just post what my best books of 2016 were, so the books I gave 5 stars to. I don’t often give books 5 stars.

Dangerous Girls  Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)  Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things, #1)  Yoga Girl    The Crown (The Selection, #5)  Love & Gelato  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

December 2016 Wrap Up

Sooooo I had high hopes for my December reading … but life is always so busy! I got a decent amount of reading done. The books I read this month were longer than most other books so there’s that.  But still not as much blogging as I would have liked. Maybe I should make a resolution and try to upkeep better! any tips? The books I did read were fantastic though!!

So lets see what December brought for me!

I read these in December:

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers,#1)

Christmas Under the Stars  Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)

Currently Reading:

I’m going into the new year with no book started! Fresh book choosing happens tomorrow 🙂

Favorite Book this Month:

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Books I bought this Month (or got as a gift since it was Christmas):

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)  Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)  Three Dark Crowns  Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers,#1)

Berry the Hatchet Review

Berry the Hatchet (Cranberry Cove #2)Title: Berry the Hatchet

Author: Peg Cochran

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 293 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


“Cranberry farm owner Monica Albertson is once again bogged down in murder in the second Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year.

But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.”

my reviewI received this book from Berkley Publishing as a thank you after they reached out to me about finding out why I liked cozy mysteries so much.

As someone who loves the winter this book was an absolute delight.

This book had all the good qualities of a great cozy mystery. It had the cutest little town, as many cozy mysteries do. Think of Gilmore Girls and Stars Hallow, this book totally had that feel. It had the main character who obviously loved to bake, and just everything about it was great.

I loved the little bit of drama between Monica’s mother and stepmother. At first it felt a bit like Cinderella just with the whole step mother thing happening. So that added to the appeal to me.

If you’re looking for a good cozy mystery with a nice winter and Christmas vibe, I would totally recommend this book.