Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster
Jamie McGuire
Simon & Schuster


The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I'm torn. On one hand, I really liked the connection between Travis and Abby, and on the other hand, their relationship was a mess.

There was a lot of drama in their relationship. There were so many times in this book that I was like "why are you doing this to yourselves?!". Really, so much of the suffering could have been easily avoided if they were just more honest with each other. Sure, everyone keeps secrets, but why does it happen so often in novels?

All that aside, Beautiful Disaster was a great guilty read. I really liked their connection, especially when things were going well.  Abby and Travis had great chemistry, which is probably why I've seen so many others rave about it. I thought the storyline was really good, and I liked that I had no idea where the story was going.

I've seen that there is a new book coming out from his point of view, which could be interesting!

I'd recommend this book to people who liked Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray; Jamie has tapped into that connection that's all consuming when you read it.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

It's time for Bout of Books again! I usually try to take part, even if I don't get all that much accomplished. It's a fun way to read a bit more than usual and meet new bloggers! 

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

If you'd like to know more about this read-a-thon, here is a description from the Bout of Books blog:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading all week! At least, I'll try.

My Goals

  • Read way more this week! I hope to finish 3 books, but that may be a bit much.
  • Participate on twitter
  • Meet more book bloggers! :)
  • Write some reviews! I have several that are in urgent need of posting. Must do that this week!

Books to Read


Number of books I've read today:
less than 1 - I had 25% left of Poison, and I am about half way through The Iron daughter
Total number of books I've read: I've finished one and started on another
Books: Poison and The Iron Daughter

Number of books I've read today: about 1/3 of a book
Total number of books I've read: 1
Books: The Iron Daughter

Number of books I've read today: about the last third of a book
Total number of books I've read: 1 and 1/4
Books: The Iron Daughter and Beautiful Creatures

Number of books I've read today: about 50 pages? Maybe less.
Total number of books I've read: I've finished 2, and started another
Books: Beautiful Creatures

 Today was a high maintenance day with the kiddos, so I got less read.

Number of books I've read today: About 100 pages or so
Total number of books I've read:I've finished 2 and am about 1/3 of the way done with the last.
Books: Beautiful Creatures

Saturday and Sunday
Number of books I've read: The rest of the book I'm on
Total number of books I've read: 3!
Books: Beautiful Creatures

Final Tally

  • Finished the 1/4 of Poison left when I started. 
  • Read The Iron Daughter
  • Read Beautiful Creatures
  • wrote one review

Not bad! I really tried to read a bit more than usual, and it helped to have the read-a-thon to push me. It's been hard to read as much since having baby #2. I'm determined to reach my goal of 75 books this year though! I didn't have that much time to go on twitter or meet other bloggers this time. I'm a bit disappointed, but I knew that would be hard.

Til next time!


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