Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson

Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like most romance books, we know from page one how this one will end. I laughed my way through this one. I loved the two main characters, and most of their families and friends had depth, so we fell in love with the side characters, too.

I loved that there was an epilogue, too, to tie up the loose ends. It was needed in this case, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Misadventures of a Backup Bride, by Shayla Black

Misadventures of a Backup BrideMisadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story. I didn’t really know where it was going until the end, which was nice for a change. I did feel that a lot of the sex scenes were placed there for filler, like the author was being paid by word and had to get so many words onto the page to make it worthwhile.

The rest of the story was great. I will be reading other stories by the author, if I run into them.

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I met my reading goal for 2018. In fact, I exceeded it. I slowed down on the reading because of it. I shouldn’t, but I did.

Last night, I ended up going to sleep before 8 pm. My eyes were just too tired to read. Couldn’t focus on anything. So I just bundled up and slept. I will get back to it today.

A lot of starts

I have several posts started and haven’t finished them yet. I’ve been busy having the adventures that I write about and recovering from them. Hopefully this week, I’ll be able to spend some time finishing them up and posting them. I realized that I have some waiting from a week ago.

I’ve also been reading and figuring out my schedule. Enjoying my family. Working on my goals.

Better late than never.

Reader’s block

Sometimes, I just don’t know where to start. I have time to read. I have plenty of reading material. I just can’t decide.

I have my Kindles full of books. Never a shortage, even if I don’t have the Kindle that I want, whichever one I have has something on it that’s worth reading.

I have a big stack of books to choose from. Sometimes nothing looks appealing. Sometimes they all look appealing and I can’t decide where to start.

I always have several books started. Sometimes, I’m slow at picking one up again. I simply can’t decide.

Sometimes, it’s that I’m too tired. Sometimes, it’s that I’m too overwhelmed. Sometimes, I’m just too busy. And, mostly, it’s just that the decision isn’t being made.

If someone picked one for me when I’m in the middle of reader’s block, I still wouldn’t feel like reading it. It just happens sometimes. Like writer’s block, you just have work your way through it and read something. Facebook articles don’t count. Sorry.

What a big book you’re reading

I am reading Spinning Silver for sci fi/fantasy bookclub on Sunday.  My mom saw me reading it and commented that the book was huge (466 pages).  She usually sees me reading on my Kindle, and it seems that she doesn’t realize that there are many many more pages in the Kindle than in a paper book.  She just can’t see them, since they are digital.

I tend to read the Kindle in bed, so I don’t have to turn lights on and fully wake up.  Even with the reading light, the paper books are more likely to keep me awake or to keep me from falling back asleep.

I also am supposed to finish We’re going to need more wine for a Goodreads group challenge by Thursday.

The Swing of Things is what I’m reading on my Kindle right now, while I am in bed or on the treadmill.  It’s just for me.

Skinwalker is due for sci fi/fantasy bookclub on Sunday, too, as an alternate book.  I don’t think I’m going to get to it, though.  It’s a library book, so it might be headed back before I get to it.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is on the list for Vegas bookclub, but it’s not due until the week before Christmas.

I already read the book for tomorrow’s book club.  I am glad, since it wasn’t a favorite book, and I don’t have to read it again.

Curse of the Lord of Darkness needs to be read and reviewed soon.

Neverending Story is for a buddy read with a very patient online friend/reading buddy.  I carry the book with me, but I tend to grab my Kindle when I am out and about.  I need to pick up the paper books more.

7 books behind!

46/62 completed.  I am feeling less pressure on this task now that I’m solidly in single digits behind.  Finishing multiple books in a week is helping, since that’s what was supposed to happen to begin with.

With just over 6 weeks to go, and 16 books to go, I think this goal is definitely achievable.

This week, I have to finish three books.

Night for Saturday afternoon’s bookclub – due 11/18

Digging In for Vegas bookclub – due on 11/23

Vodka and Chocolate Drops for a Goodreads group challenge – due 11/15

Next week, I hope for another three.

Insatiable a new to me Meg Cabot series.  I’m enjoying it.

Black Beauty  buddy read that my buddy finished already

And one more, as yet unnamed, for the Goodreads group challenge.

This is becoming doable, not stressful anymore.