Day 14: Book Rant Reviews

Do you ever get into a funk in your reading life that whatever books you read it is just meh…

You don’t hate the book with a burning passion and neither do you love the book with the intensity of a thousand suns… The book is just meh…

This is where I am at with my reading/bookish life. No matter what book I read. No matter what genre. They lack the X-factor that can tap into the emotions deep DEEP within my heart and unleash the FEELS contained within.

Hence, why I currently am BINGING on book rant reviews on BookTube! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE RANT REVIEWS! Especially if they are articulate and are able to point out why they dislike the book and not meander around.

Mind you, it’s not the length that bothers me. I have listened to a book rant review that was over an hour and a half long and I did not mind it at all but the video must have its points you know.

So, I will share with you my fav BookTubers that I love listening to for a good dose of book rant reviews.

  1. Theresa (ivymuse)

I love her reviews because they’re so in depth the feels she portrays in her reviews. I live for it! She explains in detail why she doesn’t like the book and her thoughts about it and is it weird I like listening to her accent?

2. The Authentic Observer

She doesn’t do a lot of rant reviews to be honest but I till today still highly enjoy listening to her analysis of The Shadowhunter books and damn does she go deep into the topic

3. Kat (Paperbackdreams)

Kat’s rant reviews have so much feels! They are articulate and most of all they are funny as fuck! I rewatch her rant reviews on Fifty Shades of Grey all the time to get a bit of a chuckle on a downer day.

4. Caleb Joseph

Caleb doesn’t do a lot of rant reviews but whatever book reviews he does actually do I will watch immediately because I just know it’s going to be hilarious!

5. Cindy (Readwithcindy)

Another funny BookTuber… I highly suggest you guys watch her Court of Mist & Fury review. I legit snorted the tea I was drinking up my nose when I listened to it. Sarcasm on point!

6. Jordan Harvey

Jordans review I really like because its in depth (I have lost my vocabulary apparently… because I can’t think of any words to replace in depth and am too fucking lazy to look it up), its concise and its fun to listen to. Plus her voice is really soothing.

I am sure there are other BookTubers that I watch whose rant reviews I highly enjoy but I can’t remember their names.

Tell me which BookTubers do you watch to get them book feels?

Day 13: blehh

Hello hello… Yes I havent blogged in awhile I have just been so exhausted lately that I just was bleh to blog.

But yesterday I went for a hike with my two friends and man it was great! Not so great today though because everything is so sore… Ugh…

Went to the library today to borrow three books

1) Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

2) An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

3) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Hopefully I finish reading them and review them… Wish me luck!

Review: Gone by Elisabeth Naughton

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Rating: 3/5

Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.

Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.

Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.

As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.


REVIEW

I got this book AGES ago from Netgalley and only got round to reading it now because well I just felt like it so do take into consideration that my review is based on an ARC I received 2 years ago… I just checked my Netgalley account. Make that THREE years ago. Yikes!

Right off the bat I felt like the characters were very two dimensional as there was a lot of telling the readers about their past rather than showing it. Having the characters tell their past doesn’t allow the readers to fully engage in them or be as invested causing some of the drama that unfolds in the plot to fall flat.

Not all the emotional plot points fell flat though there were that did make me tear up thinking about the repercussions but that had more to do with the situation rather than the characters themselves. Anybody with a heart would cry imagining if their child was abducted and there was no news whatsoever.

Now that I think about it the male protagonist, Alec McClane, was seriously annoying. It was always about how he couldn’t handle the disappearance of his child , how he is still in pain, how he goes into shock and how he had the really shitty upbringing. Well BOO HOO! What about his wife? Did she not feel the pain of losing her child too? It’s not all about you sometimes okay Alec. It takes two to tango in a relationship like God! That guy got on my nerves. I don’t give a damn how hot you are, please have some heart and think about the other person who is also hurting by this horrific incident.

Plot wise, I felt that the pacing of the book was fast paced which I liked because I just went through the book in one night but I felt really confused as to the genre of the book but this I should have read the blurb or something first so my bad hahahah.

When I chose this those many moons ago, I thought it was going to be a nice thriller mystery type of book with a dash of romance and reading it now it read more like a romance with a dash of thriller and mystery although had I read the blurb I would’ve seen that it was a romance heavy book. I wish the sex scenes were more explicit because man I have not had any action in awhile and your girl is THIRSTY!

Oh! Before I forget (this links back to the plot thing), the execution of the plot twist and the reveal seriously fell flat for me. The plot twist and the reveal at the end I felt was great. It’s very predictable yes but it could have been better had the execution of it been great. These two things could’ve been improved had there been more breathing room for the readers to digest everything, all these revelations were revealed at super speed and the pacing just went off the charts from there and due to that the emotional punch that the author wanted to portray lost its zest

Day 7: Clarity

Sorry I didnt post day 6. I spent the whole day in the ER and was too exhausted to write anything.

My thoughts on day 6 was that as I spent the whole day in the ER and was a complete mess, crying my eyes out panicking out of my mind, I realized that at the end of the day no matter who your friends are no matter who your family members are you are on your own.

You have got to have your own resources to draw from when shit hits the fan because you might not be able to depend on your family. Im not saying that family members or friends will not help or dont want to help but what if they cant ya know?

You are not the only one that has a life or is in some deep shit. You cant just fully depend on somebody else to help you fix your problems.

Its great if they could but when they can’t, you have to someway somehow pick up your shattered pieces hot glue them together, move on and learn from the experience to be better.

Also another thought was that in attaining physical health we must not forget spiritual health. It doesnt matter if youre religious or dont believe in any religion, spiritual health is equally as important to ensure that your core self is centered. That you can weather any storms and not crack, like how I cracked.

I know it seemed like a small issue sending a family member to the ER but what you have to understand was I have never done it before ALONE. Doing all this alone had made me realize adulting isnt just about paying bills. Its about knowing what to do when serious shit happens, stick tk the decision and not losing your calm.

You cant help others when you yourself is an emotional wreck.

Well those are my thoughts these past few days.

Makes me realize now life isn’t all shit giggles no more.

For tomorrows post I will be posting a book review so check it out and leave a like!

Day 5: Moderation & Medical Insurance

If you read yesterdays post I talked about how my 15k challenge has been postponed due to me helping a very sick family member although I am probably just here helping out in the terms of giving moral support rather than doing anything much.

What can you do for somebody whose so sick and when meds from the hospital dont help.

Anyways seeing said family member in so much pain and so sick has made me realize we all must take good… Not just good but GREAT EXCELLENT care of our health.

WE MUST NOT TAKE OUR HEALTH FOR GRANTED PEOPLE!

We must exercise!

We must eat healthy!

We must prioritize health!

Be it physical health or mental health!

And also the importance of MODERATION!

Moderation in every aspect of your life because I honestly feel that is the best way for long term happiness, longevity and obviously health

Seeing said family member in pain has made me hasten my want to get medical insurance because at least with medical insurance I need not worry about how to pay my medical bills if I am ever admitted which is one less worry you need when you’re already in so much pain

So please I urge all my readers… All two of them (Lol I know) that we must ensure health so we won’t be in pain and please if you can invest in medical insurance

Day 4: An unexpected postponement

Hey guys I know yesterday I talked about how rest days are important well today’s entry is about how sometimes life can just jam their way into your fitness lifestyle and derail you from your course.

My derailment or what I like to call an unexpected postponement came in the form of a very sick family member.

So yeah.

I managed to reach half of my 15k goal so hey at least its something

Day 3: Rest Days… What days??

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I am so sore

Everything is sore

Even my armpit is sore

How is that even possible when all I have been doing is POWER WALKING!

LEGITIMATELY JUST WALKING!

And so with Day 3, I am taking an unplanned rest day and will be discussing why rest days are important in your fitness lifestyle


 

The one thing I have learned in embarking on my fitness lifestyle is the importance of rest days. Back when I first started to become serious in making fitness a staple in my life I wasn’t as flexible in including more than one rest day a week thinking it will jeopardize everything I had worked for due to the all or nothing mentality which to be honest with you IS A REALLY BAD MENTALITY TO HAVE.

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And boy DID I SUFFER not including more rest days when I needed it. Sometimes you gotta include rest days even when your muscles aren’t sore but because mentally you’re exhausted from not only life but fitness as well.

Rest days are also a great tool to keep you motivated IN THE LONG TERM because it lets you focus on the end game which is a healthier lifestyle and longevity and not focus too much on the booty gains.

Not only that by being more flexible with your rest days you can do more in life as it makes your fitness lifestyle more adaptable to change.

But! You must know the difference between a much needed rest day and being lazy. I have made this mistake too where I’d tell myself oh I really need a rest day today because of xyz excuses when I know full well I could’ve worked out even if its just for a minimum of 10 minutes.

In conclusion, what I am trying to say is that more than 1 rest days are fine to include in a week because what you’re trying to achieve is health and those long term fitness goals.

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Day 2: An emotional breakdown?

Okay, calling what I felt during my lunch hour an emotional breakdown might be a tad bit dramatic but it sure felt like it but let me back track through everything and explain from the start.

Starting from what is the meaning from my title of this blog post “Day 2”.

Day 2 of what you might ask?

Well it is very simple. It is my Day 2 in my attempts to reach 15k steps in a day. Now how does that correlate to an emotional breakdown during lunch you may inquire? Let me explain.

This third fitness challenge I am doing (Yes, third. I am also doing the squat challenge and the blogilates glute challenge) was meant to be a challenge so I could have something to focus on whilst I am embarking on my 6 months goal to repay my PTPTN (only for the arrears accumulated).

Something I could do without losing my sanity and a goal I could reach to feel a sort of achievement in my life but then I started to overthink the achievement part and it went into a downward spiral.

I just kept thinking and thinking and thinking of what I have NOT achieved or whatever I have already achieved is useless. The feeling was horrible. To have this feeling inside of you that just doubts or criticizes whatever you have done to make it seem so insignificant. To make any sort of internal growth redundant and stupid.

But after working out today and just releasing all that negative energy (and countless HOURS of talking to my best friends), I realized must there be an achievement? Must there be a goal at the end of it? Can’t i just be happy in the now?

So yeah that’s the gist of my emotional wreck during my lunch break.

As for the Day 2 itself, I did not hit my target of 15k today but I was close… SO CLOSE! I hit 14K. The reason why I did not push myself to reach that 15k was because I had been power walking aerobics style for the past 45 minutes. I was hungry. I had other exercise shit to do and my brain had maxed out at my cardio capacity at the 40 min mark.

I did have fun doing my cardio aerobics walk where I followed this YouTube Fitness Instructor who does these power walking videos called Gina B from the channel Up to the BEat Fit.

Her workouts are fun and easy to follow. No jumping whatsoever so its really easy on the knees and boy do I have bad knees.

And that’s that for my Day 2.

 

Review: This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman

43263448The first book in a new Regency romance series, an heiress and a rogue accidentally end up in a secret marriage of convenience.

In a desperate bid to keep her fortune out of her cousin’s hands, shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed marries a condemned criminal in Newgate prison. The scoundrel’s first kiss is shockingly heated, but Georgie never expects to see her husband again. Until she spots him across a crowded ballroom. Notorious rogue Benedict Wylde never expected a wife. He was in Newgate undercover, working for Bow Street. To keep their marriage of convenience a secret, Wylde courts Georgie in public, but the more time they spend together, the more their attraction sparks. Could an heiress with the world at her feet find happiness with a penniless rake? Kate Bateman’s This Earl of Mine is a delightful start to the Bow Street Bachelors series, with witty banter, dynamic characters, and swoon-worthy romance.


It has been A LONG WHILE since I last read or reviewed a historical romance book so I wasn’t sure how my reaction was to be when reading this book and honestly first few pages I was already annoyed by how fast Benedict, the hero of the book got a boner for the heroine. 

Really? Like, really? Makes you seem a tad bit caveman-ish to immediately get turned on by Georgiana just because she is beautiful female and smelled nice.

But the more I read, the more I warmed up to the plot and hope started to blossom in the pit of the abyss I call my heart.

Eventually I started to really enjoy reading the plot of this book and how Benedict and Georgiana will carry out their secret missions and the like but in all honesty the book for me was forgettable.

Even as I am writing this review now, I keep getting the plot of the book confused with another historical romance book I had just recently finished.

There is nothing wrong per say with this book, it ticked all the right boxes of:

  1. Strong independent heroine
  2. Understanding gentleman lover
  3. Some nefarious plot
  4. Having either the hero or heroine be injured to illicit some sort of emotion

But that’s the thing that made the book quite forgettable for me, it is due to the book following a set template that is set for the historical romance genre. There was nothing new nor unique that this book can offer that might make it stand out to me.

Hence, why this review is not as in depth as I would like it to be because there’s nothing much to say that while it is an enjoyable read it is still a forgettable book.

ARC was provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s in exchange for an honest review.

Hello!

It has been awhile hasn’t it.

Definitely did not expect that my blogging slump would turn into a blogging hiatus of 9 months and 9 days.

It’s a bit weird now logging into Netgalley and seeing the vast amounts of books I have yet to read let alone review which by now obviously have been archived.

My personal life just slowly took over until my blog just became a distant memory until now and the reason why I came back again was because I dabbled in the whole Booktube thing but between editing my videos and speaking to the camera without rambling I just couldn’t make it work.

My words were stilted and I was frustrated when I re-watch them because they don’t seem like me.

What else happened?

Oh yes!

I have officially lost 26 kg!

Yup! You read that right. From Day 1 of my fitness journey (God knows when was that) until now I have lost 26 kg.

I will most probably write a blog post on that particular journey.

This blog post is just some random thoughts I wanted to express before I post my book review.