Friday, November 18, 2022

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon 2022: Santa's Scavenger Hunt Mini Challenge

Welcome to Santa's Scavenger Hunt, which is part of the 10th annual Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon! This year, the readathon runs from November 18th - 30th; for complete readathon details, plus links to challenges, and the main readathon giveaway, visit Caffeinated Reviewer. If Kimberly’s main readathon post gets buried, you can always find it in her sidebar by clicking on the cute little kitty graphic like the one above. 

I’m excited to be one of Kimberly’s elves again this year and to be hosting Santa's Scavenger Hunt. Ready to play? Here's what you have to do: Find holiday book titles that fit Santa's clues and then fill out the Rafflecopter below with the titles. If you need any hints, you can find my holiday book list on Goodreads here.

🎄A book with Santa in the title or on the cover

🎄A book with 'mistletoe' in the title

🎄A book with snow on the cover

🎄A holiday book with a place in the title

🎄A holiday book with a pink cover

🎄A book with 'winter' in the title

🎄A book with a Christmas tree on the cover

🎄A holiday book with a number in the title


GIVEAWAY


You must be signed up to the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon to be eligible for this giveaway. Enter your book titles in the Rafflecopter below and Santa will randomly select a winner who will receive their choice of either a $10 gift card from Amazon or a $10 gift card from SJWonderlandz - open internationally.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I hope you had fun with this challenge! If you'd like to see what I'm reading during the readathon, I'll be sharing updates on bookstagram. If you're sharing updates, don't forget to use the hashtag #HoHoHoRAT.



Shameless Self-Promo Time:

If you're looking to add to your TBR for the readathon or into December, I have four Christmas books, all of which are available in Kindle Unlimited and paperback. I also have a novella called Silver Bells & Serendipity in the Wanted: Mistletoe anthology, which is available everywhere ebooks are sold.


🎄Escaping Christmas

🎄A Very Perry Christmas

🎄Mistletoe Kiss

🎄The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon 2021: Santa's Scavenger Hunt Mini Challenge


It’s been six months since I posted here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer (oops?) but it’s time for the annual Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon, which is definitely worth breaking my unintentional hiatus for!

This year the readathon runs from November 18th through November 30th. For complete readathon details, plus links to challenges, and the main readathon giveaway, visit Caffeinated Reviewer. If Kimberly’s main readathon post gets buried, you can always find it in her sidebar by clicking on the cute little snowman graphic like the one above. 

I’m excited to be one of Kimberly’s elves again this year and to be hosting a challenge called Santa's Scavenger Hunt. Ready to play? Here's what you have to do: Find holiday book titles that fit Santa's clues and then fill out the Rafflecopter below with the titles. If you need any hints, you can find my holiday book list on Goodreads here.

🎄A book with Santa in the title or on the cover

🎄A book with 'mistletoe' in the title

🎄A book with snow on the cover

🎄A book with a holiday other than Christmas (Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, etc)

🎄A Christmas book with a blue cover

🎄A book with 'winter' in the title

🎄A book with a Christmas tree on the cover

🎄A book with the word 'cozy/cosy' in the title


GIVEAWAY


Santa's randomly selected winner from the Rafflecopter below will win their choice of a $10 gift card from Amazon US or Canada or from SJWonderlandz - open internationally.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I hope you had fun with this challenge! If you'd like to see what I'm reading during the readathon, I'll be posting updates on bookstagram and Twitter. If you're sharing updates, don't forget to use the hashtag #HoHoHoRAT. Also, if you’re on Instagram, I’m hosting a challenge through November and December, which you can learn more about here - there’s a $20 book prize associated with this challenge and it has to do with holiday-themed books, which you must enjoy if you're participating in this readathon!


A bit of shameless self-promo here: if you're looking to add to your TBR for the readathon or into December, I have four Christmas books, including a brand new steamy small-town romance that releases on Monday, November 22nd.


🎄Escaping Christmas

🎄A Very Perry Christmas

🎄Mistletoe Kiss

🎄The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Romantic Comedy Review: Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley
Published: May 25th, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Heat rating: 🔥🔥

# of pages: 320

My rating: 4.5 stars

Acquired this book: From the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest consideration

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Buy: Amazon CA || Amazon US || Indigo


Warning: This review contains marked spoilers


Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.


But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.


With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?



Talk Bookish to Me is basically a love letter to the romance genre. Our heroine, Kara, is a romance author, a fierce defender of the genre, and a bookstagrammer (so she’s basically me). She’s spent months unable to write her next book and, with her deadline looming, is getting desperate. When she’s reunited with her first love - the guy who broke her heart ten years ago, and who she still harbours a ton of resentment toward - she’s both irritated and intrigued to discover his presence has unblocked her creative flow.


This book was so charming. It had me laughing within the first few pages, and I connected easily to Kara. I loved the combination of second chance and enemies-to-lovers; Kara and Ryan clearly had unresolved feelings for each other and despite the initial anger they felt toward each other for all that had happened, they couldn’t deny their lingering feelings or the chemistry between them. I also really enjoyed the friendship dynamics between Kara and her two best friends and how supportive they were.


Now, here’s where we get into spoiler territory: Cheating is usually a deal-breaker for me. If I’d known that aspect of the plot going in, I’m not sure I would have read this book, which would have been a shame because I genuinely enjoyed it. The way it all happened made me sad, angry, and disappointed in Ryan. I feel so torn because what he did was wrong and inexcusable, but...I appreciated how it all worked out? People make mistakes and while this was a colossal one, he and Kara were clearly in love and were meant for each other. I do wish there had been some other conflict because it feels icky seeming like I’m ‘okay’ with the cheating aspect. I’m not okay with it, but Ryan knew what he did was wrong and was willing to face the consequences. People aren’t perfect and we can’t expect fictional characters to be either. As an author herself and a champion of romance, Kara knew that better than anyone, and I feel like her decision to forgive Ryan was an informed one. She loved him enough to forgive him and forge ahead with a relationship. As readers, our viewpoint is subjective and we bring our own personal biases and histories, so I completely understand how that part of the book will be a hard no for some people. // End spoilers


I think Talk Bookish to Me will be a hit with many romance readers. It definitely was with me! I’ll look forward to more books from Kate Bromley.



Have you read Talk Bookish to Me?





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