Author: Nereyda

I Suck at Blogging

Posted January 11, 2018 by Nereyda in Let's Talk About, Uncategorized / 23 Comments
I Suck at Blogging

I feel like the big blogging trend last year was for everyone to try to make it ‘big’ with their social media platforms, whether it be blogging, youtube, Instagram, etc. I’m always seeing ads for tutorials for blogging and they always makes me laugh because I feel like such a shitty blogger most of the time. But you know what, I’m okay with that. Blogging is a hobby for me and that’s what makes it fun for me personally. I’m not on Instagram or twitter and I’m not active on GR (I only use it to keep track of my books) and I’m terrible when it comes to promoting our blog. We have a plugin that automatically posts our blog links to Nick’s Twitter and Facebook and I don’t even bother to tag authors or publishers… because I don’t care. I just wanna read books and talk about them. I see some people who have scheduled posts for weeks in advanced or they have posts ideas for months in advanced and it kind of blows my mind because I’m just not that organized when it comes to blogging. So for all of you that feel ‘less than’ for not being the best organized blogger, I thought it would be fun to share all the ways I suck as a blogger. […]

Nereyda’s December Favorites

Posted January 9, 2018 by Nereyda in Monthly Favorites, Uncategorized / 12 Comments
Nereyda’s December Favorites

 December was such a crazy month, I honestly don’t remember most of it. I’m having a hard time remembering my favorites because it felt like so long ago, and also because I got a few Christmas gifts that will be making my list of favorites for next month. Between Christmas shopping, getting ready for the holidays, not having my kids home for the weekdays because of winter break and having a few days off of work, the whole month was so a weird mix of crazy, hectic, relaxed, fun, and boring. I did manage to remember a few favorites that made the month go by so much better. Here are my favorites for December. My Favorites: * I got a new Kindle, which I think has done wonders for my reading progress. I spent most of 2017 ina  horrible slump which mostly had to do with my mood. But it also didn’t help matters that my old Kindle (the Fire edition) was super distracting with all the apps, the annoying reflection and the sucky battery life. It was too big and heavy to carry in my purse so I spent most of the year with my Kindle either lost or with a dead battery when I did feel like reading. This one is so nice because the battery life is […]

One Letdown, One Redemption: Sacked & Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Posted January 5, 2018 by Nereyda in Uncategorized / 10 Comments
One Letdown, One Redemption: Sacked & Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Sacked by Jen Frederick I seem to have a bit of a hit or miss relationship with Jen Frederick’s books. There are some that I really love (like Undeclared) and some that I think or so ridiculous over the top in terms of sex scenes. Sacked was like a mix of both, there were parts I really liked, but there were also some parts that just felt so hard to believe for me which took away some of my enjoyment of the book overall. Sacked is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while now but I’m always wary about books with male virgins.  Depending on the situation, most of the time I just find it… not realistic? I’m not saying I think every guy is a man whore, although it is nice to have that change.  Unfortunately, in this case I did find the situation hard to believe that a super popular football player was a virgin. But whatever, I went along with it and that wasn’t even really what bothered me about the book. What I struggled with the most was Knox’s character. He was just so intense, and not always in a good way. The whole ‘everyone does what he says’ situation got on my nerves. I don’t have a brother, but if I did […]

2017 Memories & 2018 Goals!

Posted January 4, 2018 by Nereyda in Beyond Books, Uncategorized / 18 Comments
2017 Memories & 2018 Goals!

 2017 was a tough year all around. I personally felt… down most of the year. It had been 4 years since my last job and while being a to be a stay at home mom was great, I was also fucking bored. I missed adult interaction and getting out of the house and just having a job and a career. Luckily, a few months ago I found a great job which has helped immensely with my mood and my confidence. It also seemed to help me get out of my dreaded book slump and blogging drought. I did have some pretty great memories last year and one of the great things about keeping a bullet journal is being able to note and document these things. 2017 Favorite Memories: I took a weekend family trip to Pinetop with my family in January, which was very nice since it had been years since we all went on a trip together. I got a chance to go to a few concerts last year including two concert trips to Phoenix and one to El Paso, which ended up being a fun weekend getaway for the boyfriend and I. We also went to our summer vacation to Cancun again last year which was fan-freaking-tastic. In September, we took another weekend camping trip to Fossil Creek. […]

One Word for 2018: Me

Posted January 2, 2018 by Nereyda in Beyond Books, Uncategorized / 41 Comments
One Word for 2018: Me

 This is my second year doing the one word goal for the year. I’m really big on setting goals, whether they be small or big and I like to set them throughout the year. If you guys aren’t familiar with this method, you basically pick one word that you want to represent your goal or focus for the year. Last year my goal was stronger. I wanted to focus on making myself stronger, mentally and physically and I think I did a good job on it. I went from establishing a regular five day exercising routine that I look forward to. I started doing weight training and went from struggling with 3lb dumbbells to being able to use 15lb. dumbbells.  I went from barely being able to run one full minute to being able to run 3 miles. This year, my word goal for the year is… me. I think sometimes we get too carried away on all our goals and everything we have to do in life that we tend to forget about taking care of ourselves. I’m guilty of this and I didn’t realize how bad until I started taking care of myself physically last year. Self care is so important so I’m deciding to focus on myself and not feeling guilty about it. I’ve been dealing with […]

It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Posted December 19, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 11 Comments
It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

I had just finished the worst book I’d ever read and after that mess I needed something sweet and happy to mentally rid of of my last read. Nick recommended this one as my next read and it was exactly what I was looking for! There just something magical about books set in a charming small town and this one had a great one. It also had such a whimsical feel to it that reminded me of a real life fairy tale, and not just because the heroine works as a princess in the town’s historical amusement park. Tuesday never quite made it to her dreams of being an actress, but for now, she’s stuck working in Everland as a princess. Despite the fact that she could be wallowing in self pity and loathing for her failed career, Tuesday actually loves her job, the people in Everland and she’s also a damn good princess. One person is particular who hasn’t fallen for her charm yet is the town mayor. Beau is a surly and serious guy, he’s nice and friendly with everyone, but also keeps them at a distance. But Tuesday gets under his skin and the chemistry and tension between them was hot. The one minute they are fighting, the next they are making out kind of hot. Meanwhile, Everland […]

Add This to My List of Favorites: An Ex For Christmas by Lauren Lane

Posted December 14, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 25 Comments
Add This to My List of Favorites: An Ex For Christmas by Lauren Lane

Lauren Layne is one of my absolute favorite authors, but as much as it pains me to say it, her last few releases either haven’t been my favorite or they didn’t really catch my attention. I’m not really one to read Christmas themed books, but when I heard about An Ex For Christmas, I caved and downloaded this. I was much relieved to hear that Nick loved this one and despite the fact that Thanksgiving had just passed I dived in this once I got my reading groove back.  I freaking loved this book! It’s everything that I love about LL books and contemporary romance books in general and there was something so comforting about reading one of your favorite author’s books (and loving it). Most of you know I have this horrible awful habit of not reading book summaries (I mostly read what Nick tells me to read) and this is the case with this book. Since I hadn’t read the summary for this, the title of the book (particularly the Ex part) totally threw me off at first. I was totally getting vibes from Kelly’s best friend Mark, but I assumed that he wasn’t going to be the love interest (even though I was really hoping he would be) since he wasn’t technically an ex. After finally reading […]

One of the Worst Books I’ve Read: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Posted December 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 34 Comments
One of the Worst Books I’ve Read: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Oh boy. I honestly don’t even know where to start with this book so apologies in advanced if my review is all over the place… there will be ranting and obviously spoilers as well. This book… was so fucking awful I’m kind of a loss for words. I happen to love the hate-to-love trope and the enemies to lover’s trope but it’s so damn tricky to pull off.  Honestly, Penelope Douglas is one of those authors that can pull it off, or so I thought. I loved Rival and I really enjoyed Punk 57 and Bully as well.  I’ve had my eye on Corrupt since it was first announced but I was always a bit weary of it because this one seems to have a darker tone. I wish I would have listened to my instincts and stayed far away from this book… The tone of this book is definitely darker, absurd and at times just plain wrong. There were times when rape was insinuated/implied and although it was never specifically addressed, it was enough for it to leave me with a sour feeling. Michael and his group of friends are the popular ones in high school known as the horsemen (or maybe its horseman?). They can basically get away with whatever they want even years later when they come […]

Felling Indifferent: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

Posted December 6, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 8 Comments
Felling Indifferent: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

Have you ever read a book that annoyed you so much at times… but you still enjoyed it? This was the case for me with Begin Again. I’ve been on a mini-NA kick these last few weeks, but we all know how hard it is now to find non-cliché NA these days. I saw this book on NG a while back and there was something about it that made me want to read it. Maybe it was the roommates storyline, which I am a sucker for, or maybe it was that I hadn’t read an NA book in so long but I downloaded it. I went through moments being annoyed, being hooked, and rolling my eyes with this book… but I still wanted to keep reading because despite all the eye rolling I was for the most part enjoying it. Allie comes from a rich family that has never le her spread her wings and who don’t believe in he career choice (teaching). She decides to cut ties with them and move a few states away and enroll in college on her own. After a dismal roommate search, her last option is Kaden. Kaden is rude and an asshole, but he’s pretty much Allie’s only choice so she accepts to move on with him despite his ridiculous rules.  *sigh* Although […]

Rachel Gibson Does It Again: The Art of Running in Heels

Posted December 6, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 11 Comments
Rachel Gibson Does It Again: The Art of Running in Heels

In case you don’t already know, Rachel Gibson is one of my all time favorite authors. Although there have been a few misses in the past 10+ years I’ve been reading her books, they are a minority compared to the books that I love by her. A few of them I’ve re-read over 5 times and I love them just as much every single time. Unfortunately, Gibson’s last book was not a favorite of mine at all so I was nervous about The Art of Running in High Heels suffering not being the same level that I expect from her books, especially since the release date was pushed back. Luckily, this book felt more like the classic Gibson books that I love and I think this is just what I needed to get me out of my dreaded book slump. This book is a kind of sequel to Rachel Gibson’s first book, Simply Irresistible (published in 1997, I believe) since this now follows Lexie, daughter of the main characters of that book; Georgianne and John.  Lexie was just a child in Simply Irresistible so it was very nostalgic (I won’t even mention how this makes me feel old) to not only be able to see what this couple is up to even after all these years but to see one […]

The Weekly Recap (260): Getting Back to Reading

Posted December 3, 2017 by Nereyda in STS / 11 Comments
The Weekly Recap (260): Getting Back to Reading

Nereyda’s Recap: I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I spent a great day with my family and ate a lot of turkey. Once Thanksgiving is over though, I want nothing else to do with turkey, it’s like it’s special cause it’s once a year. I didn’t get to do any black friday shopping cause we ended up going on Wednesday. Nothing my kids wanted was gonna be on sale so I didn’t even want to deal with crowds. I had Wednesday to Sunday off from work and it was great, although it went by really fast. I mostly read and was lazy and I slept a lot. Yes, I’m actually reading again! This past year or so I have had the hardest time reading (not including audiobooks) and I just can’t concentrate. I got a new kindle (yay for black friday sales) and I have been doing a lot of reading lately and I am so glad because it feels great to finally read again. I also listened to a lot of audiobooks these past few weeks, some really good books and some really bad books. I think I read the worst book I’ve ever read… ugh. I splurged a little bit and besides the new kindle, I also bought myself the new Apple Watch. Merry Christmas to me!  […]

Book Playlist: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted November 29, 2017 by Nereyda in book playlist / 12 Comments
Book Playlist: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I loooove music, and that is an understatement. I am always listening to music and I love connecting music to moods, certain times in my life, movies, tv shows and even books. I’ve been wanting to try to do book playlists for a while (but I’m lazy) but it wasn’t until I heard the newest Pink CD last month that some of the songs immediately reminded me of After I Do that I decided to finally do one. If you’ve never read After I Do, oh man, do it now please just be prepared to have your emotions all over the place. This is one of my favorite books ever and one that I’ve re-read a few times. The songs in this post reminded me of this book at one certain point of the book or another. I hope you enjoy the playlist I put together and let me know if there are any other songs that remind you of this book in the comments! Follow Us: Follow

The Book That Didn’t Want To Be Read: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Posted November 27, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 18 Comments
The Book That Didn’t Want To Be Read: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Guys, I swear this book did not want me to read it! I received the audiobook copy of this book back in May and it wasn’t until recently that I was finally able to finish it. First, I had issues downloading the audiobook, when I finally did download it, my laptop messed up, when I was able to download it, I had to find a way to get it from my barely working laptop to my hardrive to transfer it my working computer. And just when I managed to add it to my phone and almost listen to all of it, I got a new phone. This audiobook is long, almost 24 fucking hours long, but it was okay because the book was really good and the audiobook performance was phenomenal, but I had less than 30 minutes left in the audiobook. I got an iPhone and it’s soooo hard to add audiobooks to this damn thing. Either the files for this audiobook wouldn’t play (all my other audiobooks worked) or only the first half would transfer to my phone. All I needed was the last 30 minutes! I finally caved, got my Audible subscription back and purchased this damn book just to finish it.  So 6 months later, I was finally able to finish Lord of Shadows and luckily […]

I Think I Liked a Book With a Pregnancy Trope *gasp* (Lucas by Sawyer Bennett)

Posted November 20, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 18 Comments
I Think I Liked a Book With a Pregnancy Trope *gasp* (Lucas by Sawyer Bennett)

Unless you’re new here, you probably know all about my hatred for books that have babies, kids and/or pregnancies in them. It’s nothing personal, I love kids in real life (my kids anyway… and a few select other), but I just can’t stand these tropes in books because 99% of the time they are just a plot-device for drama, drama, drama. Most times, I will straight up DNF a book if it has any of these tropes. I have this really bad habit of not paying attention to book summaries before getting them and sometimes it bites me in the ass.  This was the case with this book. I love hockey books and saw this audiobook and was like hey, don’t mind if I do and not even 15 minutes in and the MC finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Lucas. Cue a ‘son of a bitch’ mutter by me at this point. Unfortunately, or fortunately in this case, I didn’t have any other audiobooks to listen to at this time so I decided to just keep listen. I was fully prepared to DNF this book but I actually found myself intrigued. Usually, a pregnancy trope comes as a surprise in books (and to add drama) but this one happened right at the beginning so I was […]

My Top 5 YA Contemporaries That Give Me All the Feels!

Posted November 16, 2017 by Nereyda in Favorites / 26 Comments
My Top 5 YA Contemporaries That Give Me All the Feels!

 I feel like YA Contemporary books sometimes get a bad rep for simply being cute and fluffy. First of all, what’s wrong with cute and fluffy?? I personally love when contemporary books find that sweet spot of having that perfect balance between fluffy while still having substance and giving you all the feels. I love YA contemporary books but sadly I haven’t been in love with them recently. I don’t know, it may just be me but I feel like books know try too hard to check off that diverse checklist and sometimes the story gets lost along the way. Here are some of my top 5 all time favorite YA contemporary books that are definitely cute and fluffy while still having substance and give me all the feels. That ‘omg this chemistry is so good I feel it in the tips of my fingers’ good! (Or does that just happen to me???) At first I thought narrowing down my list would be an impossible task but it was surprisingly easy. My Top 5 Contemporary YA Books:   Oh man, I don’t know what it is about this book but I just fucking love it. It was my first Kasie West book and I fell in love. I read this in under 12 hours, which is a huge deal for […]

Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (October)

Posted November 14, 2017 by Nereyda in Beyond Books / 16 Comments
Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (October)

 I’m gonna be honest and say that I don’t really remember much of October. October was such a busy month for me and I spent most of it severely sleep deprived. It was my 17-year anniversary, the boyfriends 32nd birthday, my dad’s birthday, my parents anniversary and Halloween. These are the items that were favorites and life savers for the month of October. My Monthly Favorites:  I love music. That’s an understatement. I listen to music almost every minute of the day. Even when I’m working I have one headphone in one ear so I could at least listen to my music while I work. I have loved Pink since her first days back in middle school and I have been waiting 5 years for a new CD from her. Beautiful Trauma finally came out last month and I love it. The songs are so very Pink and real and raw and honest and bittersweet and I already know all the words memorized. Guys, I’m not even lying when I say that dry shampoo has been pretty much holding my life together these last few months. I have such annoying hair texture and I’m really lazy to curl my hair every day. I also have oily hair and even when it’s clean it can still have that greasy and dirty […]

High Hopes…So Disappointing: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted October 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
High Hopes…So Disappointing: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

*insert sigh here* I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. I really do. After I Do is one of the most painful and most beautiful-lest books I’ve read and I loved it so much that I’ve heard it on audio two more times. TJR has such talent that she can take such simple love stories and pack so much emotions into them without going over the top with the dramatics. There’s something about the simplicity of the stories and characters that makes them even more special to me. As soon as I first heard about this book, I knew that there was something different about this book (for me). It didn’t have that same appeal to me that attracted me to her other books but it was still a book by freakin Taylor Jenkins Reid so I wanted to give it a try anyway… I should have just stayed away. *another sigh* This book was not what I expected at all, and not in a good way. I just didn’t like anything about this book. I didn’t like Monique, I didn’t care about her life or her romance (or lack thereof). I hated Evelyn Hugo, so freaking much. There was just something about her that was so cold and calculating and manipulative and most of all, selfish. She did have that […]

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

Posted October 24, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 7 Comments
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

I hate to admit this, but I totally judged this book before I had even read it, which is never fair to a book. I have been a big fan of Christina Lauren books (although there have been a few misses here and there, like any author) because I can always count on them to be entertaining, funny and sexy. When I first read the summary for this book, the one thought that came to mind was that this was a rip-off of The Hating Game, especially since I had just finished reading that book (and yes, I loved it). I was a little put off by that but I still wanted to read it since I have read most of their other books. It took me a while to finally get to this, because I was in no real rush to be honest, but when I did I quickly realized that although the concepts are similar, this is nothing like the rip-off I was expecting. Instead, I got a really sweet romance with a bonus side of sexy times and a great dose of wit. Carter and Evie are two workaholics who love their careers, despite their ups and downs. They end up meeting at a Halloween party and as luck would have it, as the only single people […]