Quotes with Some Change

So here's the thing Swooners, Nahomi and I, we love you guys. We love coming on here and sharing our thoughts, be it excitedly, angrily, or indifferent. We love swooning and sharing who our favorite book boyfriend are. We love using our favorite quotes to uplift our moods or to get our point across. We love doing all of that. Right now, though, we have to take some time off. Nahomi is busy studying for a big exam that will hopefully get doors open for her. As for myself, I'm trying to get myself sorted, both in work and personal life.

In my last Let' Chat discussion post, I talked about the pressure of blogging when we didn't feel up for it. Well, it true. We fell in a rut and creatively, we ran out of steam. So we're taking this time to get ourselves sorted and get the ideas and words flowing again. We hope to use this time to read, write, bake, and just do the things that makes us feel good and creative and happy. We hope to take the time to work on the blog so when we return, because we will, we are refreshed and have content set up so we don't have to work on a day by day basis which honestly kills us.

We are planning on returning to you all on July 4th. I know it sounds like it really far away, but when you really think about it, didn't 2016 just start and we're already in May?

In our time away, you can still find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, I'll leave you with these four quotes that are currently part of my daily motivations.

"Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure—they can be turned into wisdom." - Cat Cora

"Maybe the hardest part of life is just having the courage to try." - Rachel Hollis, Party Girl

"Bad things happen whether you're scared or not, so you might as well not bother being scared. It's a waste of time." - Louise Rozett, Confessions of an Angry Girl

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

Let's Chat: Blogging Pressure - When You Just Don't Want to Post


As bloggers, we choose what to put up in our little space on the internet. We choose what and when to post and we look to other blogs for inspiration and ideas. Doing this, gives us purpose to keep our blog updated and flowing with content as often as we can. But what happens when that sense of responsibility, to post something, is actually detrimental to you and your blog. Today, I'm going to be talking about feeling that blogging pressure on when you just don’t want to do anything.

Sometimes, I get inspired to get blog work done and scheduled for weeks in advance. Some other days, I’m barely pressing published on a post when it due to go live in a few seconds. Those days, I'm pulling myself together long enough to get something out there even though the motivation is not there. The inspiration is nowhere to be seen. I have that need to post something but the need is not there to actually work on it. But sometimes, I don’t want to post anything but because the need to remain in people’s mind, pushes me to post something I’m not really happy with. Basically, I’m stuck in a corner with no idea what to do. When these days come around, I either half-ass it and publish anything. Other days, I just let it be but fret the whole day until the next time I need to publish.

I am trying to give myself some flexibility and leeway for when those days come around. Well, I am going to try to give myself the flexibility and leeway for when those days come. I know myself and I’m a kind of control freak, no surprise from my husband here, and having that compulsion to post something will be hard to ignore. However, I feel like having that freedom to not work on the blog or post anything when my mind and heart are not in it will be beneficial in me continuing to blog and in posting something I actually really like and am proud of.

Want to learn some irony? I originally was supposed to publish this discussion in the beginning of April but because I just couldn’t get more than three words on the screen, I gave myself the night off. Coming back to this post weeks later, I realized that taking some time to gather my thoughts actually helped me in giving me a clear idea of what I initially wanted to say. It was also helpful because I don’t want to just publish something I’m not happy with and put my name on it. I’m tired of feeling like I need to post something just to keep up with everyone and every blog. I want to do me and I want to feel good about myself. I’m not the most popular or creative book blogger but I do like what Nahomi and I have done with Books and Swoons and I want to keep it going. So I rather do me and not force myself to be like everyone else and post what I feel like it good work.

How about you? Do you ever get in one of the mood? I know I can’t be the only one. Let’s chat! Comment down below!

Mini Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle
(Bloodlines #6)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: E-book
Source: Personal copy
Review by: Nahomi
Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

4 stars out of 5 stars

        It’s bittersweet getting to the end of The Ruby Circle. I’m going to miss the characters, and all of their shenanigans. There is so much happening in this last installment of the Bloodline series; it made my head spin.

       I was glad to see Sydney recovering nicely after the all the trauma from in Silver Shadows. The pacing is a little slow in the beginning although it speeds fairly quickly. I have mixed feelings about everything that happened in this book. I was totally thrown for a loop with who ended up being the villain. I had many theories but I was way off.

      One of my favorite parts is that Sydney finally gets to kick ass. I am happy with her and Adrian’s ending. Although, I’m iffy about certain things that happened at the end, but I don’t want to give any spoilers. I will say though that I ship Eddie and Jill! I wish there was a story about these two! I’d read it in a heartbeat.

     After all was said and done The Ruby Circle was an enjoyable read. It was action packed and quick paced. Richelle Mead did a great job with this series.

Waiting on Wednesday (#154)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:
Expected Release Date: May 17, 2016

Synopsis:
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
I'm a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout! When I saw that she had a new book coming out I immediately placed it on my TBR pile. I love the cover and the synopsis sounds really interesting.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Quotes (#155)

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Morning Friends,
I had such a busy weekend, that I feel just like Tom today. Here are some quotes to help us start this week off on the right foot.

"I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow.Simply because life is too short to cry for anything."
~Santos SalwarQuote Me Everyday

"Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it."
~C. JoyBell C.

"No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
~Maya Angelou

"Things end. People leave. And you know what? Life goes on. Besides, if bad things didn't happen, how would you be able to feel the good ones?"
~Elizabeth Scott, Perfect You

"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative."
~Woody Allen

"If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality."
~Roopleen

"True beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass."
~Ellen DeGeneresSeriously... I'm Kidding

Have a wonderful week!

Our Monthly Wrap-Up (#4)

Morning friends,

For April, I read:
COME ON CLOSER by Kendra Leigh Castle
JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman on audio
UNTRACEABLE by Laura Griffin
LADY RENEGADES by Rachel Hawkins
THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares on audio
SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo
JUST ONE NIGHT by Gayle Forman
THE GREAT HUNT by Wendy Higgins
SUCCUBUS ON TOP by Richelle Mead
THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young on audio
STILL THE ONE by Jill Shalvis

Nahomi read:
THE RUBY CIRCLE by Richelle Mead
FAKING IT by Cora Carmack

I'm currently reading:
UNSPEAKABLE by Laura Griffin
THE SECOND SUMMER OF THE SISTERHOOD by Ann Brashares on audio
Nahomi is currently not reading anything.

Reviews we posted in April:
So, how was your month? What did you read/talked/swooned about? Let's chat!

Waiting on Wednesday (#153)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:
Expected Release Date: July 5, 2016
Synopsis:
Becca Hanson is a reader-a "voracious" reader. And with all those fictional friends, she never had time for real ones. Plus real ones come with uncontrollable quirks, like constantly filling a room with song, drawing on any available surface, and worst of all, dying. Real friends are more trouble than they're worth. Since her best-and only-real friend Charlotte's death six months before, Becca has returned to a life of books in order to distance herself from heartache and constant loneliness as her junior year at Sandstone High begins.

When a class project forces her into the Drama Club, she attracts the attention of not one, but TWO guys involved in the production, onstage and off. Meanwhile, she's still dealing with the grief of Charlotte's death--the fact that Charlie is away at MIT--and that she finally has to build a life for herself on her own terms. Ultimately she learns more about who she is, what she wants, how she feels--and how to find what she's looking for. And while she isn't sure what comes next, she's pretty sure there'll be more kissing involved.
I'm SUPER excited about this book. I read Alexander's Love and Other Unknown Variables and loved it so I'm super happy to be getting more of her words.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Review: Come on Closer by Kendra Leigh Castle


Come On Closer 
(Harvest Cove #4)
Author: Kendra Leigh Castle
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Signet
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Signet
Review by: Jenn
Nothing’s sweeter than a chance at true love…

Larkin O’Neill refuses to let anything stand in her way. Despite a troubled upbringing, she’s created the life she always wanted, surrounding herself with close friends and opening the bakery of her dreams. But the free-spirited baker is blindsided when she falls hard for the local bad boy. She knows that she should stay away, but the sizzling attraction between them is just too tempting…

Shane’s love ’em and leave ’em ways have left him a persona non grata in Harvest Cove. But when Larkin bursts into his life, the handsome lawyer can’t think of anywhere he’d rather be than by her side. She’s the first person in a long time who believes there could be more to him than meets the eye. Now he’s determined to prove to Larkin that he’s worth taking a chance on—and prove to himself that he’s the kind of man she deserves….

3 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an early finished copy of this book from the publisher, however, that did not influence my review in any way.*

I was super happy when I managed to get my hands on this book because I truly enjoyed Every Little Kiss and I wanted more from the little town of Harvest Cove. We met Larkin and Shane in the previous books and so I wanted to see what their story would be like. Larkin and Shane both have family baggage and while they seem to be complete opposite, Larkin being a free spirit who always sees the good in other, and Shane the woman womanizer of Harvest Cove, they both can't deny the attraction they feel for the other.

Their story is really touch and go. While Larkin tries to see and believe the best in people, she has a hard time in seeing any good in Shane because she's afraid of him, so they tend to make very slow progress in learning from each other. Since they took a little longer in getting together because of misunderstanding that really shouldn't have happened and because of family baggage that "separated" them, I was kind of over it and sped read towards the end. Which sucks because the beginning had such potential for a great book.

We did see some of the previous characters and it was so fun seeing them and where they are now. I haven't read book 1 and 3 but I really want to because seeing them now just pique my interest. I can't wait until the next book comes out because Fitz and Kira definitely seem like fun characters and I'm curious to see what shenanigans Kira will get herself in.

Quotes (#154)

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Morning Friends,

This is my attitude for this week! I ready to kick its butt. I'm currently reading Faking It by Cora Carmack and these are some of my favorite quotes so far.

“Living is hard. And every day our feet get heavier and we pick up more baggage. So, we stop and take a breath, close our eyes, reset our minds. It's natural. As lond as you open your eyes and keep going.”
~Cora Carmack, Faking It

“But fear lets us know we're alive. It tells me that you care about what happens between us because the mind doesn't waste time being scared about things that don't matter.”
~Cora Carmack, Faking It

“After what could have been an eternity or a few seconds, Cade whispered, "Pain changes us. Mine made me want to be perfect, so that no one would ever want to leave me again.”
~ Cora Carmack, Faking It

“But sometimes you don’t know what you’re looking for until it’s already knocked you flat on your back.”
~Cora Carmack, Faking It

“There are some things that are worth fighting for, no matter the outcome, and you are one of them.”
~ Cora Carmack, Faking It

“I’ll take my chances against your fickle heart if it means it’s mine.”
~Cora Carmack, Faking It

“Her eyes were a bottomless ocean that I would give up air to explore.”
~Cora Carmack, Faking It

Have a great week friends!

On Our Nightstand (#7)

On Our Nightstand is where we show the state of disarray our nightstand look holding all the books we are currently reading.

One night, I was halfway through a book when I knew I was going to finish it right then and there. So, before snuggling in for the night, I went ahead and grabbed my next TBR book and put it on my nightstand just so I didn't have to get up and get it. I looked at my nightstand, which is just stack of pretty boxes, and had an idea. After talking about this with Nahomi, we're going to be sharing, occasionally, how the towering books on our nightstands look with our readers.

On my nightstand, I have The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins (which I'm currently reading), Unspeakable by Laura Griffin (I hope to read next), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (which I'm reading with my husband).

On Nahomi's nightstand, she has Faking It by Cora Carmack (which she hopes to be starting soon) and her daughter's bedtime books.

What books are on your nightstand?


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