Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

32491187.jpgRating: 2.5/5 Stars
I would recommend you read this if: you like romantic comedies, you want a mostly sweet romance with a bit of spice, you don’t mind a slightly flawed book in order to get a feel good story
Why I picked it up: The Audible romance package recommended it to me if I was looking for a book that would make me laugh
Location Book is Set in: New York City
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Published: 2017
Total Read in 2019 thus Far: 1/100
Challenges the book fits: Lifetime Reads (2017), Revealing Romances Review Series
Favorite quote: “She wasn’t blindly waiting for some fairy tale; she was just smart enough to believe that she deserved it.”

Georgie Watkins is a rich heiress party girl who lives in New York City. She spends her evenings at clubs and her days sleeping. At 5am every morning she brings doughnuts to the concierge at her building and while in the lobby always runs into Andrew Mulroney, a divorce lawyer who has no time for partying or the frivolous things that Georgie spends her time on. They have a love-hate relationship, the kind where they love to hate each other. Every day they have their regular banter before moving on with their unfulfilling lives.

I gave this book 2.5 stars, not because I didn’t enjoy it, I did. There were several reasons why I couldn’t up this to a three star (potential small spoilers ahead):

  1. It was so cliché. I love enemies to lovers romances. I love happily ever romances. I love romantic comedy movies. But there was nothing fresh in this whatsoever. It even had the wrapping everything up at the last second thing that movies have where the majority of the plot happens in the last 15 minutes. I just think that when I am reading a book, it should be a little more spaced out.
  2. The broody male problem. He told her “you’re mine” and started telling her what to do and how to live about 24 hours after they got together. Also did the whole “pull yourself together, calm down” thing. Very possessive, even commenting (in his head) that he liked that she was wearing a sweater because he didn’t want anyone else to see her perfect shoulders because he wanted to have them all to himself (ummmmmmm… ok then). Also, the entire book she asked him to call her Georgie, not Georgianna, but he still insisted on calling her by her full name and never remedied this.
  3. The rushed romance. It all took place very very quickly them going from not liking each other to being completely consumed by one another and madly in love.

I did enjoy the experience of this novel. It was a sweet (except for when Andrew was being creepy) happily ever after story that made you feel like love is possible in any capacity and we all know that is why we read these. I just think it could have had a touch more originality and a slightly more polite love interest.

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AJ’s 2019 Reading Plan

I can’t believe that it is less than a week until we are in the new year and the last of the twenty tweens, that’s pretty scary to me. Anyway, my plan is to make this the best reading year of my life and so I have set some pretty ambitious goals. Christian and I get married in March so it’s already set to be the best year of my life and so I am hoping that it will only be made better by my reading.

I am also wanting to review every single book I read in 2019. This is the third year in a row I am trying to do this, I have not even come close to succeeding before, but I am hoping that this blog will push me to be better at that.

Reading Challenges:

  1. Read 100 books. The best reading year I have ever had since I began tracking my reading, I read 84 books. This year I read 50. So, this is pretty ambitious, but I think I can do it. I am going to do a smaller aim of 10 books per month knowing I probably won’t hit that each month particularly around the time of the wedding.
  2. Popsugar 2019 challenge. You can view the challenge and some suggestions for books that fit the various challenges here, I am hoping this will stretch my reading and expose me to some books that I wouldn’t have otherwise read.
  3. Read One Book for Every Year I Have Been Alive. 1997-2019 = 22 books. The only rule for this challenge is that they can’t be rereads.
  4. Goodreads Choice Checklist. I want to read all of the Goodreads Choice 2018 winners (except for the cookbook and picture book).

Authors of the Year:

  1. Brandon Sanderson. I actually haven’t really read anything by Brandon Sanderson, but he has so many popular books and I would love to get through a large chunk of them.
  2. Rick Riordan.I have read his Percy Jackson series and The Lost Hero. I really enjoyed those so I would like to get through a few more next year having not read a single thing of his in 2018.
  3. Jane Austen.I read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility in high school and loved both. This is the only author where I am hoping I will get through all of her works next year (including P&P and S&S).

Series of the Year:

(I have started some of these series and some of them I haven’t, but I am hoping to finish all of them by December 31st, 2019.)

  1. Outlander
  2. Vampire Academy
  3. Mistborn
  4. Lunar Chronicles
  5. Crazy Rich Asians
  6. Red Queen
  7. Kingkiller Chronicles
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses
  9. Throne of Glass
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic

5 Star Predictions:

I’m guessing I’ll absolutely love the following books and these will be like the top 10 of my 2019. Obviously, there is no real way to know but I thought it would be a fun game to guess:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  4. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
  5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  6. Circe by Madeline Miller
  7. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  9. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
  10. Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen

My final aim for this year is to more read books that I am interested in even if they have peculiar names or covers, or even if they have a stigma attached to them. Honestly, not judging myself for what I am enjoying reading will be one of the most stretching things I could do in my reading life.