FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – January

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd

P.S. This month has a ton of romance books! #sorrynotsorry I have been attempting to fall in love with romance again. As with all books, some were great, some… not so much.



Floyd’s Book Club – Issue 27



Honor Bound by Sandra Brown

This book. Man. Normally, I try not to dissuade you from being interested in the books on this list. But this one. Don’t do it. Just, no. The main male character is a jerk (and jerk is kind of an understatement). The main female character just plays along like its all normal and he will change and become a better person eventually.  Just, this books is everything wrong with patriotical relationships. Don’t do it.

Love Factor: -40 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

I was pretty excited about this book, being that it was set in my home territory of Montana.

High-School Sweethearts are thrown back together 13 years after a pretty dramatic breakup. The Country Music Star and Army Vet are both battling their own inner wars. It’s a quick read if you are looking for a little Christian romance.

Love Factor: 2 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Courting the Cowboy by Carolyne Aarsen

Yet another Christian romance. I didn’t really pick up these up intentionally. It just kind of happened.
This book features a widow and widower with three kids. There isn’t an instant attraction. But despite several ‘hurdles,’ there is a proposal at the end of the book.
Love Factor: 2 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Oh. This book. Some of the best and feistiest poetry I’ve ever read. I’d recommend it to anyone.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 2 out of 5 Tears

*Warning: There are some sensitive topics in this one.


Roomies by Christina Lauren

This might be the first book I’ve read this month that has started to melt my stony heart. I read Hating You, Loving You some months ago (as some of you may remember) and I loved it. Lauren did not let me down with this one.

While floundering through a life, in which she feels she has no purpose, 20 something Holland develops a secret crush on a dashing street musician. When her famous uncle needs a replacement for his smash Broadway hit, Holland knows just where to find him! However, she didn’t really count on deciding to marry him in order to save his dreams from being dashed on the subway rails.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Okay. This one really started to work on my heart. Though, I will admit to almost not wanting the main characters to get together in the end. Just so I could use it to figure out my own life. Selfish. I know.

Childhood soulmates meet again after eleven years of silence. Need I say more?

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quotes: “It never occurred to me that love could be anything other than all-consuming. Even as a child, I knew I never wanted anything less.”


Almost Everything by Anne Lamott

Oh, Anne Lamott. You are a treasure. I don’t know that I absorbed everything I could from this collection of essays. In fact, I could probably read them a dozen more and still not pick up on everything. But her words are magic. Read them.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quotes: “Almost everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, scared, and yet designed for joy.”


Everless by Sara Holland

I believe I saw a facebook ad for this little nugget. Something about fans of Maas’ ACOTAR books loving Everless. While it wasn’t up to ACTOAR caliber, it was still a good read. I already have the next one on hold at the library.

Jules finds herself working at Everless, the childhood home she was never supposed to return to. The danger she finds there will do more than cost her time (the kingdom’s currency), it very well may cost her her life.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Ah. This one is dirty. Really, really, ‘dirty.’
Sara Dillon has just ended a long term relationship and moved to New York. She wants fun, adventure, something completely outside of herself. Enter British Playboy Max. While the first part of the book was mostly sex, the latter half had a pretty decent plot line that tug on heartstrings.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 5 out of 5 Teapots


Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

My first Robert’s novel! I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. This one is another romance, obviously. And I liked it.
One part romance, one part thriller, one part mystery. Come Sundown revolves around one family in Montana and their resort. If you don’t fall in love with some of these characters… there might be something wrong with you. And it’s Montana. So…
Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 2 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I don’t think this book is for the faint of heart – there are some pretty disturbing ideas of mental health, murder, and a very unreliable narrator. However, Flynn accomplishes all this quite beautifully.

Camille Preaker is forced to go back to her hometown to cover serial murders for her Chicago newspaper. Not only does she find herself in the middle of a very odd case, but she also finds herself back in the middle of a life she thought she had escaped.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots


Divergent by Veronica Roth

I know I am way behind the trend on this one. In fact, I am pretty sure my friend loaned me whole series 2 1/2 or 3 years ago. Better late than never, maybe?

In the world of Divergent, every 16-year-old must choose a faction – which will determine the rest of their entire lives. Tris, chooses to walk away from her family and their faction to join Dauntless. The brave, the courageous. But is she actually Dauntless? Can she make it through the initiation process? Only time, and a series of insane tests, will tell.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The second book of Divergent series. And I’m still rolling. 😀

 

Love Factor: 3.5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Alligent By Veronica Roth

Well. I really liked the first book. Thought the second book was okay. But I was slightly disappointed by this third and final book of the series.  No spoilers, I promise. But it was confusing that the first two books were from one point of view, while the third one jumped around. I’m getting the movies from the library this weekend. I am curious to see how that goes.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A circus fantasy beyond your wildest dreams come to life. And behind the scenes, there is a deadly magic game being played.

This book is full of wonderful imagery and imagination. However, you will have to be able to keep up with all the jumping around that it does. 🙂

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

 

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