Updates and Thoughts

Happy First Day of Fall, Y’all!


How are you celebrating the first day of fall? I had a Salted Caramel Latte from Starbucks and protested this 90 degree F day by wearing a sweater (notice the pregnant belly below, as evidence to why I have not been as active lately). 

Speaking of pregnancy. Wowzers. This one has really taken a toll on me. I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarium recently – if it sounds familiar, it’s probably because you heard about Duchess Kate having it. Mine is more of a “mild” case in comparison to some women who spend weeks or months in the hospital, have a PICC line placed to administer meds and fluids, etc., but has been rather debilitating for me nonetheless. If you want a more detailed description for HG click here. As a result of HG early in my pregnancy I was unable to read a lot, but the past couple weeks I have started to be able to read again. I’m still perpetually nauseous, but not throwing up as much and thus, able to read again!  *happy dance*


So, what have I been reading? Well, mostly some historical romance (because these pregnancy hormones, ya know 😉) and of course, TOWER OF DAWN *screams*. I am hoping to eventually be able to do a full review of ToD, because you guys. It. was.awesome. A quick run-down of what I’ve read in the last couple weeks is below.

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Cold-Hearted Rake 

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

 

Marrying Winterborne

A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

 

Devil in Spring

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy — and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven…

Historical Romances have never really been my thing, but I really enjoyed all of these. I may look into more Lisa Kleypas books. 


And then, obviously:

Tower of Dawn 

Since it’s a sequel I won’t put in the book description, but as I said above – I loved it! I know Chaol is a hotly debated character in the fandom, as most people either love him or hate him, but I adore him! I give it a 5/5. It’s my second favorite book SJM has written (behind ACOMAF). 


Other reviews of the Throne of Glass series on my blog:

Throne of Glass 4/5 stars

Crown of Midnight 5/5 stars

Heir of Fire 4/5 stars

Queen of Shadows – didn’t do a review here because it was my least favorite in the series and just couldn’t muster up the fucks to write a review. 2/5 stars

Empire of Storms 4/5 stars


Well that about wraps it up for now, thank you so much for reading and sticking with my [very poorly managed for the last few months] blog! I promise I am trying to blog more and check everyone else’s blog more as well! 

Update and why I’ve been MIA

I honestly don’t even know where and how to start this post because so much has happened over the past few months so I’m just going to dig right in by showing you 🙂

The picture is my own, but I bought the calendar from FrankandBunnylove on Etsy (follow this link to see her great shop!)

I am currently 17 weeks pregnant! My husband and I had been trying for almost a year, and with previous fertility issues we are over the moon excited for our newest little one. 

This pregnancy has been hard though y’all (actual picture of me below). 

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But seriously, My first pregnancy was pretty “easy” as far as pregnancies go; the birth story where I almost died is another story, but the pregnancy itself was smooth until the last few weeks. My second pregnancy was a little more complicated than the first, but I had no morning sickness and definitely had that coveted “pregnancy glow”.  

This pregnancy has been another story altogether. I have been considered “high risk” from the beginning because of health issues caused by my first two pregnancies, which we expected. I did not expect the crippling “morning sickness” (in quotes because if you have ever experienced this, it is most definitely more of “all day – 24/7 perpetual state of nausea and vomiting sickness“).  By the time I was 14 weeks I had lost about 20 pounds because I can’t keep anything down, but I have been sitting at that weight for the last few weeks so I am hoping the losing weight portion of it is over. The nausea/vomiting several times a day is still present, but I’m holding out hope that it will go away soon (apparently denial and delusions of grandeur are also symptoms of this pregnancy 😂).

On top of the sickness (or because of it) I have developed headaches that make it almost impossible to concentrate, especially on screens, books, etc. This has obviously impacted my ability to read and review for my blog, but honestly, the exhaustion has been a huge reason why I have been on a hiatus for so long. Another contributing factor for me not posting is because of my depression. I have been pretty open on my blog  (see here and here) about my depression in the past and would like to continue to do so. I have recently lost a lot of joy in the things I love to do so much: reading, blogging, interacting with fellow bloggers, and bookstagramming. I think the combination of not being on meds right now, being unable to eat anything of significance, not being able to go to the gym (because of my nausea – lets just say the dead-lift floor at my gym will always remind me of the smell of vomit and sweat Image result for sick emoji), and pregnancy hormones are taking their toll on me. Honestly, I have been trying to post this for a while now, but just couldn’t find the motivation. 

If you’re still with me – thank you! I am trying to find joy in the things I used to so I decided my first step is to begin blogging again. My goal at this point is to post at least once a week. Because the headaches are still impacting my ability to read much, they may be weekly memes and such for now.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following my blog.