To Be or Not to Be…Read TBR Pile Vote February

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Each month, I will post up a pair (or more) of books.  I would like you to vote on a choice.  Yes!  You will have the job of telling me what to read from my pile each month.  I welcome your vote no matter what reason you choose (frivolous, serious or otherwise) that particular book and do share your reason in the comments just because I’m nosy.  I will update everyone at the end of the month in my reading update and will of course share my thoughts on the book itself in my review.

This month I want to focus on my Net Galley shelf seeing how my goal is to hit the lofty height of 97%.  I always feel a little guilty about these even though one of them was an oopsie click through an invitation email when I thought I was merely clicking to go to GoodReads to read the blurb.  It sounded good so I left it in the pile and it sat.  The other one, well let’s just say, it sounded good and still does, but it, too, was left to sit when new pretties showed up to distract me.

Without further ado…

Candidate #1

Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley
#6 Colorado Mountain
Contemporary Romance

Candidate #2

Island of a Thousand Springs by Sarah Lark
#1 Jamaika
Historical Romance


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


    1. Yeah, I’ve gotten it figured out now, but when I first joined Net Galley and got the invitations by email, I accidentally clicked several times. Oh well, live and learn. 🙂

      Thanks for voting, Christy!

    1. Haha, yeah, I did end up sending notes through Net Galley apologizing on a couple oopsies because I really wasn’t going to read the book and I explained the mistake. I was accepted for requests later from them so I guess they forgive me.

      Oh yes, both lease do look good, Julie!

  1. I picked “Island of a Thousand Streams” as the description of the story line and history seemed to resonate with a deeper struggle and sacrifice for the characters.

  2. I voted for Kaleidoscope as I heard a lot of good things about that author. I am curious about that series myself. And the covers for that series are so pretty. I am curious to hear what you think of it!

      1. KA does it for me! I have gotten more of her books on my kindle, too… and I almost wish I didn’t have any ARCs so I could continue my binge 😉

        1. I know what you mean. I have this one here on my Net Galley pile, but I also have the first two in the series on my Kindle. I started her Fantasy series and need to finish that one. And then there are her Heroes series… yes, so many KA’s to read. 😉

  3. Oh wow 97%! Good luck! I haven’t read any Kristen Ashley but I’ve heard so many great things (and have her books in my TBR) so I’m curious to see your thoughts on Kaleidoscope! (but historical romances are always great ;))

    1. Oh yeah, her stuff’s great. I’ve read several by her. The only reason this one is an oopsie is because I hadn’t read any of the earlier books in the series at the time it was offered to me.

      Thanks, Cyn! 🙂

  4. I’ve struggled with
    Ashley’s book before, but I was curious to see what you think of this one cause I have heard great things about the series from other people

    1. Ha, yes! She is a wordy one and her heroines do get more drama llama than I prefer, but in general I’ve done alright with her books. I’ll be your guinea pig, Lily. 😉

    1. It is awesome and even last year I would have thought it was not possible, but I’ve really been working at it so I think I’ll make it maybe even by mid-year.

      Haha, yes, I’ve had a couple of authors/series that I’m interested in, but want to see what others say about them before I take the plunge. Happy to do it for you. Oh, if you want to see more about this series, Lexxie @ Unconventional Book Reviews has been binging them.

      1. It shows! Totally proud of you! I’m going to do my best to catch up to you. lol I was at 88 and went over and have updated the handful that are live to 89% Still a ways to go. 3 I’m just waiting until they release so I can have the links then tackling those blogger shame ones 🙂

        Brandee has been loving this series as well. They really do sound good. I’m going to have to find a way to try them at some point.

        1. Yeah, that’s how I close out my books on NG, too. I wait until the blog review link is live and then I plug that and the other things in on NG so the publisher/author has all that. Neat that you already got it up one percentage point just today. I keep peeping at my percentage level each submission b/c I know I have to be close to bumping it one more higher. 🙂 And yes, blogger shame books are really making me excited when I can go and enter them like its a double accomplishment. LOL

          Oh that’s right. I remember Lexxie mentioning that Brandee recommended the series to her. They are good books and I don’t want to discourage you, but two things that I always have to keep in mind with KA’s writing. She’s really wordy (her female characters monologue in their heads ALOT) and her female characters can go drama llama at times (not that they don’t have the right to feel upset, it’s the drama way they do it) and girl’s night and girl’s shopping etc is a thing. But for all that, I adjust and end up loving the stories. 🙂

          1. LOL I have been REALLY bad about updating myself over there lately. I need to do better on that.

            Ah yes. I remember talking about how she was rather wordy. That can drive me batty sometimes but if the rest of the book is excellent and the characters pull me in I think I can deal with it 🙂

            1. I’ve tried to get in a routine with stuff like that so it’s second nature and I don’t end up with a pile to do all at once. So many little things….

              Exactly. I don’t mind the extra bulk to her books because the story and characters are strong.