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Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum, #12.5) by Janet Evanovich

Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum, #12.5)
By: Janet Evanovich

Published: January 2007
Published By: St. Martin’s Press
Format Read: Kindle for PC, eBook

Rating: 3 Stars



Plum Lovin’ is a holiday novella that falls between the full length novels Twelve Sharp and Lean Mean Thirteen. Set just before Valentines Day, business is slow in the bonds industry and there is only one large bail skip on Stephanie Plum’s list. In order to capture the skip, she must first help her friend Diesel and play cupid along the way.

My Thoughts 

The in between novellas in the Stephanie Plum series, aren’t exactly crucial reading, although it would have helped me to better understand Diesel’s character if I had read Visions of Sugar Plums (Stephanie Plum #8.5) first. I knew that he was a character from another series by Janet Evanovich, but I have yet to read any of those books.

It had been a while since I have read this series, so it was nice to revisit my favourite characters once again. Although a short story, it had the same humor I’ve come to enjoy. However I didn’t feel like the Diesel’s hint of paranormal powers fit into the Stephanie Plum world.

Still I would recommend Plum Lovin’ to fans of Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum books.


Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Meant to Read in 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme that has been hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, since 2010. After this post, it will move on to its new hosting blog with That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today I am linking up to list 10 books I meant to read in 2017, but didn’t. Will I get to them in 2018? Only time will tell..

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2. Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18) by Janet Evanovich

3. Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen

4. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by JK Rowling

6. The Devoted (The Bishops Family #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

7. The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

8. Nights at Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

9. Bear Town by Fredrick Backman

10. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford


2017 End of the Year Book Survey

The End of the Year Book Survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

2017 Reading Stats

Number of Books Read: 28
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre I Read the Most From: Contemporary fiction

Best in Books

    1. Best books I read in 2017: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
    2. A book I was excited about and thought I was going to love more but, didn’t: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas
    3. The most surprising (in a good way) book I read: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas 
    4. A book I pushed the most people to read: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
    5. The best series I read in 2017: Harry Potter by JK Rowling (re-reads)
    6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017: Jamie Ford

    7. Best book from a genre I don’t normally read: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    8. The most action packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year: Harry Potter (#3,#4) by JK Rowling, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
    9. Name a book read in 2017 that I would most likely re-read next year? I have too many books in my TBR to re-read any of these books again so soon.
    10. Favourite cover of a book read in 2017: Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    11. Most memorable character of 2017: Solomon (Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley)
    12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford 
    13. Most thought provoking/life changing book read in 2017: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
    14. A book I can’t believe I waited until 2017 to read: No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom, #1) by Elizabeth Ludwig

    1. Favourite passage/quote from a book I read this year:
       “The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.”
      ― Jamie FordHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    2. The shortest and longest books read in 2017: Shortest Book: Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte. Longest Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.
    1. The book that shocked me the most: The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo
    2. OTP of the Year: Lauren and Jamie from Up, Then Down: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    3. Favourite non-romantic relationship of 2017: Solomon and Clark from Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
    4. Favourite book read in 2017 from an author I’ve read previously: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    5. The best book I read in 2017 that I read solely based on a recommendation or peer pressure: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan
    6. Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2017: None this year.
    7. Best 2017 debut I read: The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo
    8. Best world building/ most vivid setting I read in 2017: West Virginia, Myrtle Beach, Logan Kentucky (The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas)
    9. A book that put a smile on my face/ was the most fun to read: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    10. A book that made me cry in 2017: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin
    11. Hidden gem of the year: Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    12. A book that crushed my soul: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin.

  1. The most unique book I read in 2017: Newfie, Come Home by David Belisle 
  2. The book that made me the most mad: The Littlest Cowboy (The Texas Brands, #1) by Maggie Shayne 

Looking Ahead 

  1. One book I didn’t get to in 2017, but will be my number one priority in 2018: Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18) by Janet Evanovich
  2. A book I am most anticipating in 2018: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by JK Rowling
  3. 2018 debut I am most anticipating: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
  4. Series ending/ a sequel I am most anticipating in 2018: Continuing the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
  5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in my reading/blogging life in 2018: I would like to listen to more audio books and be more consistent with my blog posts.
Currently Reading · Recommendations · Wrap-ups

Monthly Wrap-up: December 2017

Here we are at the beginning of another year. 2017 was quite a whirlwind for me. Full of many ups and downs. But more importantly it blessed me with a beautiful son. This Christmas was by far one of the most memorable for me and my family. Charles has brought so much joy to our lives.

The past few weeks have been full of wonderful Christmas festivities and time spent with family. Of course it also included some reading..

Books Completed

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 2
Total Number of Fiction: 2
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from my Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 2
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 27

Currently Reading

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2018.


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Book Reviews

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The Sound of Rain
By: Sarah Loudin Thomas

Published: November 2017
Published By: Bethany House Publishers
Format Read: eBook, NetGalley
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance

Rating: 3/5

I was sent a copy of The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


After a mine collapse nearly costs him his life, Judd Markley decides to start over in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He takes a job at a timber company where he catches the eye of the boss’s daughter. Larkin Heyward lives a privileged life, as a socialite, but feels that her destiny is to help people. She longs to go away and do mission work, much to her father’s dismay. Meanwhile Judd begins to quickly move up the ranks in the timber company, while courting Larkin. Is his success due to his skills or does Mr. Heyward have ulterior motives?

My Thoughts 

I have been looking forward to reading more Sarah Loudin Thomas, ever since I read her novella Appalachian Serenade. One thing that really stood out to me in that story was the authors ability to connect with the senses of her readers. I was very happy to discover that this talent rang true once again in The Sound of Rain. From the mines of West Virginia to the prosperous Myrtle Beach and the poor hills of Kentucky, she painted a very vivid picture of the various settings. I could almost smell the smokey mountains and feel the humidity described in the southern states.

The 1950’s is a time period that interests me, however it isn’t very often that I come across historical fiction set in that era. Another aspect that caught my interest was the mention of Hurricane Hazel in the synopsis.

Judd Markley was an interesting character, who I liked from the start. However I never warmed to his female counterpart Larkin Heyward. In fact I found her more insufferable as the story went on. She was a very spoiled young woman and I felt that her dream to help people was more about drawing attention to herself than a genuine care for others. I didn’t think that she and Judd were a good match for each other at all.

Unfortunately my dislike for Larkin really took away from my enjoyment of this novel. Hopefully I will have better luck next time with this author as I would really like to read more Sarah Loudin Thomas.


Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Back again with another Top 10 Tuesday. That’s two in a row! Look at me go, haha. Oh this is what happens when I can’t sleep at night. Anyway.. I didn’t ask for any specific books for Christmas this year, but I always have a list of books I’d buy if I had a chance. Here are some I wouldn’t mind adding to my physical shelves..

A Harry Potter Box Set by JK Rowling. Believe it or not I don’t actually own my own copies of these books. I am currently borrowing them from my brother.

Keeping with Harry Potter, I’d love to have the illustrated books to share with my son.

There are two books from Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series that I have yet to buy.. Holiday Princess and Royal Wedding.

A Winter’s Tale: The Wreck of the Florizel by Cassie Brown

The Alaskan Courage Collection by Dani Pettrey

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5) by Ann Brashares

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Did you participate in this weeks TTT? If so leave me your links in the comments below. 

Books Hauls · Charlie's Corner

Charlie’s Corner: November Book Haul

Baby Boy!

Charlie’s library has grown again.

Last month my Mom went to a used book sale and brought home a bag of picture books. Check them out below..


Recommendations · Wrap-ups

Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Tis the season for yearly wrap-up posts. I will likely mention the following books in upcoming posts, but I really wanted to participate in this weeks TTT. As it is only early in December, there may be more books that I would add to this list.

Without further delay here are my favourite books that I have read so far in 2017. (In chronological order)

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

 A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware 

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Empress Holds the Key by Gabriel Farago

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by JK Rowling

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte


If you participated in this weeks TTT, please leave me your link below. 

Recommendations · Tags

My Life in Books Tag

My Life in Books Tag

I came across this tag on Rebel Mommy Book Blog, however it was created by Rantings of a Reading Addict. 

Find a Book for Each of Your Initials 


The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Count Your Age on the Shelf. Which book is it? 

Because all my books are in storage, I used my Goodreads (All) shelf



Where Are You Now by Mary Higgins Clark

Pick a book set in your city

The setting of Marketville is based on Newmarket, Ontario. 


Skeletons in the Attic (Marketville Mystery #1) by Judy Penz Sheluk

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.


Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1) by Dani Pettrey

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour


Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17) by Janet Evanovich

Which book do you have the fondest memories of? 

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1) by Meg Cabot

Which book did you find the most difficult reading?

Due to the subject manner.


See Jane Run by Joy Fielding

Which book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling


Have you read any of these books? If you participate in this tag too, leave me your link in the comments.