My TBR For The Reading Rush

It’s that time of year again! In the past, this read-a-thon was called BookTube-A-Thon, but this year the creators changes the name to The Reading Rush. The whole idea is that you try to read as much as you possibly can in seven days! This year The Reading Rush will be going July 22 - July 29. You can find out ALL the details on their website, or keep reading to see all the challenges!

The website is BRAND NEW this year, you can make a profile and track your reading! I’m super excited for this part. They also have challenges on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter every day of the read-a-thon that you can join if you want! It’s really just a fun time to connect with other readers and read a lot during one week.

I’m super excited for all of the challenges/prompts this year! I don’t know how much I’ll actually be able to read, but I’m pretty pumped about my books, and you can watch my video (below) to see what books I picked for each prompt!

The Reading Rush Prompts for 2019

  1. Read a book with purple on the cover

  2. Read a book while sitting in the same spot

  3. A book that you meant to read last year

  4. Author’s first book

  5. A book with a nonhuman main character

  6. A book with five or more words in the title

  7. Read + watch a book to film adaptation

These are all super fun! there’s also a bonus challenge which is to read 7 books in 7 days. I don’t know if this will happen for me, but I am reading a good mix of genres. I’ve got a romance, a few fantasy, a non-fiction, a as well as an audiobook, an ebook and then the rest are physical books. Check out my video to see what I’ll be reading!

Are you participating in The Reading Rush!? What are you going to read?

A Cuppa Trouble Book Tour

 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for A Cuppa Trouble by Angela Ruth Strong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Cuppa Trouble 
Series: The CafFUNated Mysteries #2 
Author: Angela Ruth Strong  
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink 
Release Date: July 1, 2019  
Genre: Inspirational Cozy Mystery

Can a couple of baristas chase down a car thief without spilling a drop of their favorite drinks?

Plans for a Valentine's Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed.

An assortment of suspects--from a pink-haired heir to Tandy's charming ex--all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.

Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don't find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.


My Thoughts

A Cuppa Trouble was a fairly fun read! I had a hard time getting into it, it is the second book in a series but I would say that you technically don’t need to read book 1. I hadn’t, which was why the first few chapters were slightly confusing, because you just jump right in and there were so many characters and I was like I have no idea what’s going on. But just like any book, it all started to make more sense at time went on and I had a fun time reading it.

There’s a little bit of mystery and some romance and friendship. Tandy and Marissa were fun characters to follow. They both had quirks that made them relatable. I will say, there were a few times that I got confused about who’s POV I was reading, it wasn’t really obvious when it switched, and sometimes I’d be like wait, who’s talking now? But other than that they were both enjoyable characters to read.

I also loved the mystery in this book. I was honestly surprised, I did guess close to the end who was actually behind everything (what? I do watch a lot of crime dramas, so I like to think I’m good at guessing who the bad guy is) but I thought it was well written and there was still an element of surprise.

All in all it was a fun read and I recommend picking it up!

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there's nothing else she'd rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.  

CONNECT WITH ANGELA: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a "Coffee is like Sherlock Holmes" mug, "Drink Coffee & Do Good" sign (painted with coffee by author's cover designer), $25 Starbucks Gift Card & "Drink Coffee, and Read Books & Be Happy" tote.


Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 24, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 1, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


 
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Taking A Little Break

Hey friends, not gonna lie, today I’m feeling a little nervous.

Tomorrow I get my wisdom teeth out and while I’m ready for them to come out, I don’t love the idea of surgery so I’ve got some jitters even though I know everything will be fine!

But, that’s not why I’m writing.

Last week I finished reading Digital Minimalism. While I enjoyed the topic, I didn’t actually love this book. I thought the idea was awesome, but that it could have been executed better. But it did give me the push that I’ve been needing.

I’m taking a social media break!

Tomorrow I’m getting my wisdom teeth out and then I’ll be on vacation next week, so I thought, why not take a break now? I’ll be able to relax this week and then enjoy my vacation without being distracted by social media (I will keep my private IG active, so I can post pictures of my trip/keep a journal that way, but once I’m home I’ll be logging off of that account too.)

I’m planning to take 3-4 weeks off. I want to just enjoy family time and I really really want to write more of my novel. I just passed 10k words this weekend and I’m ready to really get deeper into this story! My goal is to hit the midway point, and pass it if I can! (I’m not sure how much writing I’ll actually be doing this week, it will just depend on my pain level.)

During this time, I’m also going to take a mini blog break. While I love blogging I know that I need breaks! I was planning to take one this summer anyway and the timing is perfect. There will be a few book reviews posted over the next week or so, but after that, I’ll be taking a break.

Time to enjoy family, writing my book, and stepping back from all the media that fills so much of my life.

I’m sure I’ll share my experiences once I come back, but my hope with this break is 1) to write at least 30k in my draft and 2) re-evaluate my social media habits and what I really want to use social media for, so that it can be less of a distraction in the future.

I love you all. Wish me luck with my surgery tomorrow! And if you want to get in contact with me, you can always send an email to taylor@tayepperson.com (I’ll still be checking email periodically mainly for work) or you can text me if you’ve got my number ;) Happy Monday and happy summer!

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