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Thursday

Cozy Reading Spot... The Finale

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

Yes, you read that right - this is officially the last time I will be hosting The Cozy Reading Spot on Thursdays.  But fear not, there will be a weekly linky for all you wonderful writers and readers!



Finding a New Spot

Maybe you are new to the Cozy Reading Spot and worried that you will have to find a new spot to share your posts and find new friends.  I remember in my first year of blogging I got attached to a small group writing project, and the host stopped after only a few months of my participation.  It was rough.  But then I started this little link up, and for the last 4 years, I have been the sole host.  

Maybe you didn't notice, and that's fine, but Reading List is now located at www.marissawrites.com because it is time to start a new season of writing and reading over here.  I have a big project I am undertaking, but not quite ready to share details on... and I want to get back to sharing more reflections on what I am reading.  As I spend about half, or more, of my blogging time commenting on blog posts from The Cozy Reading Spot, I knew I needed another option.  So I am glad to say, that starting next Thursday, when you come over here to link up your posts, you will see a new group - Hearts for Home blog hop!   My great friend Misty is the original host of Hearts for Home, and she has graciously allowed me to join her group of co-hosts.  

Feel free to link up as normal this week...  and get excited for what is to come!  

I am planning on sending out bi-weekly emails to the Cozy Reading Spot community - will be know as the Reading List Community starting in October - with some freebies, printables, inspiration, reminders to link up, what is happening with this little corner of the world... so that means you won't get a weekly email either, but maybe you'll get more fun stuff from me!!  


Please link up all you've got!  

This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

There are just a few small requests I have. 
  • Please link to a direct post, and not just your home page.
  • I wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books & posts can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your posts and images clean for this one. 
  • Try to stop by another link and say hi. I know we are all busy blogging, reading and writing, not mention living our lives and keeping up with responsibilities - however, what makes the link up so fun is having new people visit your blog!  So spread the love and hop to at least one link for each link you leave.
  • Please include a link back to the hop in your post - the button codes are part of the flair page, but a text hyperlink is just as good! This simply allows others to join in the fun, and isn't that the whole point?                    




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Saturday

Broken Prince... A Sneak Peek

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

Broken Prince (The Royals #2)

Erin Watts (Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick)


Broken Prince a Sneak Peek on Reading List



Goodreads Summary:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.



Sneak Peek:

"I've spent the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter." 







Initial Thoughts

So again, fair warning, this is an adult book as far as intimate relationships... and yet, after reading the first book, and the cliff hanger it left with, I had to pick this second book up... I picked the series because it was getting a ton of hype in the YA IG groups, and I was super curious.  I believe parents should be aware of what is popular in the crowds their kids are hanging with, just to know - not necessarily to stop or embarrass... If your young teen is reading these books, you need to be aware... but for a mature audience, these are some well developed characters in one crazy over the top world!




Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:


Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.


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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.






Here are some rules if you decide to join in:


• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!









Marissa at Reading List  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











Linking up with these fun hops, check them out!

Thursday

The Cozy Reading Spot #160

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!






Please link up all you've got!  

This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

There are just a few small requests I have. 
  • Please link to a direct post, and not just your home page.
  • I wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books & posts can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your posts and images clean for this one. 
  • Try to stop by another link and say hi. I know we are all busy blogging, reading and writing, not mention living our lives and keeping up with responsibilities - however, what makes the link up so fun is having new people visit your blog!  So spread the love and hop to at least one link for each link you leave.
  • Please include a link back to the hop in your post - the button codes are part of the flair page, but a text hyperlink is just as good! This simply allows others to join in the fun, and isn't that the whole point?                    




Join #TheCozyReadingSpot - share your posts & find new friends! #BloggingFun @Reading_List1













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** If you're reading this from your email, click over and join us!  Reading List

The fine print: Please understand that by linking up with the Cozy Reading Spot, you are agreeing to allow Reading List to feature you in a future post.  That includes a link to your post, and a picture you've used on that post.  You are also allowing Reading List to share any post you link up with pinterest, facebook, twitter and/or google+.  Also, by posting in this hop, you are allowing your email address to be used for a weekly reminder of the hop - your email will not be used for any other purpose, period.






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Monday

What I've Been Reading {August Edition}

What I've Been Reading

August Quick Lit Reviews

What did you think of last month's quick reviews?  Were they more enjoyable?  Did you miss it? Oh, well then, check it out!  



What I've been reading... Quick Lit Reviews... Summer 2016



School officially started for my boys... and we were all super excited... for about a week and a half... and then the novelty wore off and the early routines got slightly harder for my youngest boy, who decided he'd rather stay home with me (he's in kindergarten this year).  And of course the pickup routine is causing some issues with the youngest's napping... but it's a work in progress!

That also means my reading time got interrupted by life.  Isn't that always how it goes?  Well as a result, I'm a little behind getting this collection of quick reviews up...  but again, that's life!

I'd love to hear about the books you've picked up this past month... even if you only got through twenty pages of it before life happened!







No Other Will Do  by Karen Witemeyer



No Other Will Do  a quick review on Reading ListIn this Historical Fiction, we are introduced  to Emma Chandler as she is determined to keep up a woman's colony in Harper's Station, Texas.  She is full of spunk and tenacity as the small colony is subjected to the attacks of an unknown stranger.  In a last ditch effort to keep her colony safe and prosperous, she calls on an old friend, Malachi Shaw, to come to her aid. Somehow she does so without sounding like a weak damsel in distress, it's quite amazing really.

I go back and forth on Christian Historical Fiction.  I enjoy the simple setting, the history part, and I even find comfort in the character's reliance on God.  However I do not want to be pounded over and over with some deeper truth, and I want the love story (there is always a love story) to be believable.  This book lived up to my expectations completely in these areas.  The history was a fun detail that took me away from reality for a short bit, while the action of the story kept up a good pace.  The characters were believable in their relationship with God, and each other.  Overall I am giving this book four hearts because it truly was a fun read... even if it was a bit predictable.

I can recommend this one to any fan of the genre - yes this is a Christian historical romance... and as such is appropriate for any age who might be interested.  For those who enjoy a strong female lead, this one will certainly fit the bill, and yet, she is able to ask for help when needed, which is also refreshing. Also, I am told this will be a series, I am guessing each story will follow a different lady in the colony as many women were introduced, but this book follows Emma.  Enjoy!

For more on this one, check out my sneak peek! 







A House for Happy Mothers  by Amulya Malladi


A House for Happy Mothers a quick review on Reading List
I have to honest upfront with this one, I did not finish this book. I had to stop as it was just too much for me.  But I will share my thoughts on what I did read, and why I stopped just in case you are curious.  So I picked this one simply because it was on the Amazon free reads list for the month.  I figured it would a good way to stretch the genres I read, always important to try something new right?

Well, this story follows two families as they experience different sides of the India surrogacy market.  This is a piece of fiction, keep in mind.  The two women involved, tell the story from the side of the surrogate, Asha, and the adoptive mother, Priya.  Both are unsure how morally acceptable this decision is, but for their own personal reasons (which they go over and over in the book) this is the path they find themselves on.

I quickly decided this book was simply not for me.  I am not interested in the moral debate of surrogacy right now, and the book read like two whiny women to me.  As I have three kids who tend to whine all day, I simply was not enjoying this break.  So I stopped reading it.

Other reviewers have mixed reactions to the book as well, so you will have to do some digging to decide if this one is worth your time.  Then again, some of the best books ever have mixed reviews!


For more on this one, check out my sneak peek.








Of Beast and Beauty  by Stacey Jay


Of Beast and Beauty a quick review on Reading List
Have you noticed I'm on a fairy tale kick recently?  Especially the beauty and the beast stories... well Of Beast and Beauty was one I picked up strictly for my own research, and it was a fun read.  I would probably call this more of a hybrid of beauty and the beast with Romeo and Juliet, but still, it was fun!

This is the kind of fast-paced, fantasy reads that pulled me into the YA/teen genre.  And while it isn't exactly as well flushed out as say the Lunar Chronicles, it is still a great read for fans of the genre.

The story follows Isra and Gem as they both struggle with the evils in the world, the expectations of their perspective societies and their own inner beauty and beast-like natures.  The characters in this book are complex, which makes it a wonderful journey to go on.  This might not be the kind of book you read over and over... or maybe it will... but it is fun for those fans of the genre!

For more on this one, check out my sneak peek.






The Woman He Married  by Julie N Ford


The Woman He Married a quick review on Reading List

Alright, so this is a contemporary story that I reviewed officially on the blog a bit ago, so if you want details, check it out!   The story follows one couple as they go through the outfall of cheating.  The book does a good enough job of showing that there are two sides to every story, and when you cheat in a marriage you hurt many more people than you would guess.

Since this is more of a fiction based on reality (not real life, just a possible real life... fiction...) it is slow. There are not too many big action scenes, and for me, that was a little boring at times.  I cared enough about John and Josie to find out what happened to their marriage, but not enough to stay up late reading it.

And there were some other reviewers that mentioned this one might hit a little close to home for some readers... so maybe a word of caution?

For even more on this book, check out my sneak peek








One Paris Summer  by Denise Grover Swank


One Paris Summer a quick review on Reading List
There is some kind of unwritten law in the booklover's world that says every summer one must pick up a fun teenage love story that whisks you back to your own teenage days. A story that is full of far-fetched reality, and simultaneous reflecting the hopes of a future that all teens have... no?

Well, this was my summer teen flashback read... I have never been to Paris, and have not lived through a divorced family environment, but the idea of finding love in the most unexpected place and then simply soaking it in while the summer lasts, that fits with my teenage dreams...  Throw in a fun addition of piano training and I was hooked.  In fact, I flew through this book in just a few days.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a fun read.  It's the typical rom-com meets YA/Teen book.  The biggest plus to this book is that it is clean.  There are still rules and expectations on Sophie from her parents, she isn't just some teen girl having a grand ole time in Paris for the summer. And for that, I am a huge fan of Swank now - it's hard to find clean romcoms for this age group!

I would even give this book five hearts... if I have time I will certainly pick this one up again for a light-hearted journey to Paris!


For more on this one, check out my sneak peek!







Storm Siren  by Mary Weber


Storm Siren a quick review on Reading List
One of my favorite parts of being in the book blogging world is hearing others talk up a book so much that I just have to pick it up.  I remember seeing this particular book in the review circuit a while back but discarded for some reason.  Boy, what a mistake!

Mary Weber has created a world that is full of the mysterious very similar to Tolkien, well sort of... at least when it comes to a different culture, magic, and power struggles among kingdoms. Needless to say, the bad guy, or evil, in this story is what kept it so interesting.  I thought I had figured it out, but that last scene... I will be reading the rest of this series, let's just say that.

The best part about the book, for me, is the fact that this truly is a Christian Teen Fiction!  It beautifully combines the popular themes of fantasy of the teen lit today, with the ultimate truths of scripture, without sounding preachy, at all.  The thing is, most do not want to be hit over the head with the Bible, I mean that is what the Bible is for, not fantasy stories. But fantasy stories, when done with the Truth as the base, leave the reader asking questions. And that is always a good thing when it comes to needing to find the answers with the Lord... no?



For more on this one, check out my sneak peek!






Under a Million Stars  by Rita Branches


Under a Million Stars  a quick review on Reading ListTechnically I already reviewed this book as part of a release promo, but I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share it again here. Partly because if you are a fan of the Notebook, then you want to pick up this book. Seriously... don't keep reading, just click over and buy it!

Poor Charlotte is entering her most difficult season of teen life, and to face it without her best friend is hard enough, but when her family dies in a horrible accident her life takes a twist that she could have never dreamed.  Needless to say, her new life is full of questions, and not enough answers. Yet she finds a way to move forward...

Overall this is such a sweet story, and the pace was quick enough that I flew through it.  Without giving too much away, I honestly think this is a great teenage read (probably 16+ though for some relationship scenes and heavy topics) and for all those of us who still stop everything to pop popcorn and grab a box of tissues when The Notebook is on TV.




If you want more on this book, check out my review or out my sneak peek





Check out what I read this summer & let me know what you're reading! #Bookfanatics @Reading_List1

What have you been reading?   What caught your eye above?  What should I read next?  



Marissa @ Reading List





Saturday

Paper Princess... A Sneak Peek

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

Paper Princess (The Royals #1)

Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick)


Paper Princess a Sneak Peek on Reading List



Goodreads Summary:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.



Sneak Peek:

"My skill, if I have one, isn't dancing. It's my ability to believe that tomorrow can be a better day. I don't really know where I got this optimism." p 171







Initial Thoughts

Let me start by saying, this is rated R - seriously do not pick up this book, or series for that matter, if you are not a fan of explicit intimate scenes. At first this was pitched as a YA, but it is mature, so even though the characters are in high school, this should be a NA or adult fiction...  So fair warning, because if you read this, you will have to pick up the rest of the series, it is just too fast-paced, only to end with the ultimate cliff hanger! I do have issue with the language of many scenes, yet the characters are well developed and the story line is intriguing.  I discussed this with my husband, and while I know most high schools are not at all like this one, having gone to a "rich kids" high school, it isn't that far off for some experiences... overall, I'm on the fence...





Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:


Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

Bloglovin' ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads


Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.


Twitter ~~ Google + ~~ Instagram ~~ Pinterest
Bloglovin' ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads 


Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.






Here are some rules if you decide to join in:


• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!









Marissa at Reading List  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











Linking up with these fun hops, check them out!

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