Happy 3rd birthday, B!

Today is my Sweet B’s 3rd birthday so I thought I would share some of his tried and true, most loved books. {If I have to read Brown Bear Brown Bear one more time 😜} I can already tell B loves to read much more than my oldest – we are still working on him- so I hope he always loves books as much as I do!

You have made the last 3 years so much fun – from your goofy faces and voices to watching you grow and become a little man toddler. To think that in this past year you have stopped drinking from a bottle, started walking, started school, became more independent, and made tons of memories still blows my mind. You make me the happiest mama in the world and I know daddy feels the same! Keep on keeping on little man- happy birthday and we love you!

As some of you may know, he received 3 liver transplants at 6 months old. We wouldn’t be celebrating another birthday with our sweet boy without the miracle of organ donation and our heroes, especially Trinity. Thank you for giving us this moment and day! We could never say thank you enough.

Looking to the Future but Reflecting on 2017

This year was a big year for me- I started a blog/Instagram account about the thing I love to do the most- READ. I have a top list of favorites of 2017 but I feel like since I just started this blog within the last few months my views might be shortened of everything I actually read. But I will give it to you anyways:

1. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover: I read this book but haven’t actually done a review on my blog for it. But this story has impacted my views on life so for that, it’s pretty high on my list.

2. Bad at Love by Karina Halle: this was my most anticipated read of 2017 and I loved this quirky story. It seriously reminded me of my own life and I love how Karina tells a romance story. She sucks you in and doesn’t let you go. I love the effect her books have on me. You can read by full review here: Bad at Love Review

3. Commander in Briefs by Kristy Marie: this was a book that story stuck with me. I went through all the emotions on this one and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for DAYS after I finished the book. It got my attention, it had twists and turns and it had a happy ending – my kind of read. You can read my full review here: Commander in Briefs full review

I don’t really want to set any reading goals because I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself. I am doing this for fun and I want it to stay fun! I plan to keep connecting with people and their love of books. I hate New Years resolutions but I do try to set out things I would like to accomplish so here is that list:

1. Meet our son’s donor family

2. Take piano lessons again

3. Read as much as I want

4. Travel

5. Practice photography and creative writing. Possibly submit entries for one of the two.

I hope to still be positive and keep looking forward. Around this time of year I do typically get I to a funk because it’s the time of year that my son was born with a rare life threatening disease. It takes me back to some pretty dark times but I try not to let the grief swallow me whole. You might ask how can you be grieving when your son is here and doing so great? But my only response is that I am human. I struggle everyday and grieve for the life I had planned for him- one that doesn’t include therapies or medicines everyday around the clock. I am a work in progress and I do try to be a positive Polly but sometimes it’s ok to know that life sucks. I know that I am working on my anxiety and that PTSD is a real thing. And it sucked a lot for awhile but we made it through it and will keep looking forward to 2018. 😍

I have a lot on my TBR list but I am looking forward to tackling that list. I also plan to read Harry Potter for the first time EVER so yea!! Cheers to 2018 and see ya then!

#MonthofFaves: This is how we blog

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Today’s prompt: Wed. | Dec. 6 – This Is How We Blog #AMonthofFaves – Essential Computer Programs, Browser Plugins, Websites and / or your blogging routine, blogs on blogging that you follow, blog tips you learned and used this year.

Since I just started blogging, this will probably be short.  I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts about blogging and can’t wait to see what next year’s post will look like!

This Is How I Blog..

I made my blog public in November of 2017, so I am a total newbie!  I was reading forum after forum that just said if you want to start a reading blog, DO IT and quit thinking about doing it.  I reached out to Rhiannon at Ivory Owl Reviews after reading a post about turning your reading addiction into a blog and it was because of our email exchange that I went for it!

I started off with a free website on WordPress but I quickly felt like if I wanted to do it for a long time, I was going to go ahead and take the plunge and purchase a domain.  I went through Google domains, and somehow figured out how to have all of the traffic from the wordpress domain to my newly purchased domain.  (I seriously felt like a tech person or programmer because I had ZERO idea what I was doing!) But after chatting with google help, WordPress Help, and reading a few forums, VOILA! You now have http://www.roastedromance.com!

I wouldn’t say I have a style- I want my website to be just that- my website!  I also want traffic to said website, and I try to keep my reviews in the same format.  I am not big on GIFs or Meme’s.  I mainly like to give you some info about a book, my opinion of it, and how you can purchase it.  I would like to continue to get a bit more personal and add my own style to my site, but I feel like my style is seen more on my Instagram feed (@RoastedRomance)

What do I blog on: My computer and my iPhone 8.  I am in the market for a new laptop so if you have any suggestions send them my way!

What programs do I use to blog/social media with: I mainly just use WordPress on my website.  I haven’t found any programs that I felt like I just had to have.  I try to link each review to my website in the Review by title section to keep a running list.  I also have a Passion Planner that keeps up with my schedule of when I would like to post things.  Again, suggestions welcomed 🙂

Blogs on Blogging That I Follow: None- so send some suggestions my way!

Most non-techy thing I’m using for my blog: That would have to be the Passion Planner.  It keeps my list of books I need to read, when teasers are scheduled to post, cover reveals, reviews and tours.

 

How do you blog?  Do you have a routine? How many times do you post per day?  Do you schedule posts?  Let’s chat!

#AMonthofFaves: This is How We Read

Today’s #AMonthOfFaves post is all about how we read!

Mon. | Dec. 4 – This Is How We Read #AMonthofFaves– eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least)

Number of books read so far: At current time- my Goodreads says 63, but I don’t think I tracked in the beginning of 2017, but maybe I did! Actually since I finished this post, I know I didn’t account for some Harlan Coben books so I will give myself 70.

Genre I’ve read most: Romance- duh!  I used to read more general fiction, but the heart wants what the heart wants, sigh.

Reading location: I mainly read in my bed that I share with my husband and two kids, so if I can find my 2 inches that I have been allotted, then I will be content.  Otherwise, B built me a reading nook that I LOVE (see picture below) or the couch.

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Most Read Author: This year has been Karina Halle- I recently found her and I believe it is about 22 of her books that I have read. HOWEVER, I did read a bunch of Harlen Coben books that are neither accounted for in my Goodreads log so he might be the real winner.  In the past, I have read a lot of Greg Isles, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clarke (much younger days) and a few others.  I am pretty loyal when it comes to authors, so if I find one I like, I typically stick with them for a few months until I read all of them!

Paperbacks, E-books, Hardcover: If you would have asked me this 3 years ago, I would have sworn by paperbacks.  Now because of lovely technology I mainly read on my iPhone or Kindle.

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Some hints at my fave books: Anything that has a “Southern” atmosphere- I adore books based on where I live {Louisiana} I am also a sucker for high school sweetheart stories, friends to lovers, and enemies to lovers.  I also enjoy a book that I cannot guess or predict what will happen.  When my mouth is left open, there is your sign.

Types of books I wish I read more of: Thrillers- but I really have to be in the mood for them.  I guess this year just hasn’t been my mood.

Month I’ve read the least: Probably last May- I have a huge deadline at work, and usually work until about 2 in the morning.  I tend to slack off around that time, but it’s usually the beach a week later so I get back in the game pretty quickly.

What did you read in 2017?  Feel free to participate in the blog post and create your own #MonthofFaves reading addition!

Since you asked..

My name is Brittany Elliser- CPA by day and book worm by night.  Kind of like Super Man, but without the Super or the man  😉

I have been reading since I can remember. I have vivid memories of completing my AR program in 2nd grade wayyyy before my other classmates. I remember reading Nancy Drew novels at my grandmother’s house during the summer and her commenting that I was not like the kids in her class. Mainly because my head stayed stuck in a book and the rate at which I was finishing them. I could sit and read for hours. I was and still am perfectly fine with not talking to anyone for days at a time if that means the book is that good. My mom has always had romance novels. She used to have these book covers to put on the books so she could read them in public and wouldn’t have to worry about anyone else seeing Fabio on the cover caressing a brunette lady with half of her boob hanging out. I’m pretty sure I started reading romance novels ways before I was supposed to, but if that’s the worst thing I did, I would say my parents ended up pretty lucky.

I started this blog mainly because I have read tons of books and I’m constantly getting tagged in my friends posts of what books I would recommend. I tend to stick mainly to romance novels, but I’m also into mystery, woman’s fiction, thrillers, and era specific books. I usually don’t read sci-fi but I can’t say I’ve never read it. Even if it’s boring or slow, I will finish it because I can’t leave a book unfinished.  My favorite author right now is Karina Halle  I love her style of writing and I had to read every book she wrote. She releases books pretty regularly so if you are like me and fly through author’s lists, you will enjoy her.

I plan to review as many previously unreleased romance books as I can get my hands on but would love for you to check out my archives for any past books I’ve read- these are my go to’s for when anyone asks for a recommendation.  I plan to post about every 2 weeks (hopefully more) so that you can have a some books to add to your TBR (to be read, don’t worry I had to look it up too) list.

I’m also the person that posts annoying pictures of food I make. I am a mom to two amazing boys, and one of them has had 3 liver transplants so he is extremely picky and somewhat limited in his diet. So if I find a cookbook that’s working for my family, you might see a review about it too in hopes that you can spend more time reading and less time cooking.

I hope you enjoy and please reach out for any questions or suggestions.

WHAT  GENRE OF BOOKS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE REVIEWED?