Life Update 11/28/21

Mood: Steady

Currently Reading: The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath, One Night Is Never Enough by Anne Mallory, A Tale Of Two Cities by Alexandra Warren

Walk it out: Phone πŸ“± interview

Events I’m excited for:

4th Rebirthday

Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving πŸ¦ƒ 🍁 🍽

Funny story πŸ˜‚:

So excited for Listen 🎧 With Precious The Podcast, realized I published it early πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Something good :

Feel productive πŸ‘πŸ½

Bookish friends πŸ€—

Started a πŸ’‘ Holiday Watchlist

Posts today and next Sunday βœ…

Something bad:

Waitlists πŸ₯²πŸ˜…

Something great 😁:

1st podcast episode live πŸ˜†

Kindle full!

Rebirthday gift to you all! β€οΈ

11/27 is my rebirthday, or the anniversary of my 1st stroke πŸ₯² But choose to commemorate it, turning a life changing thing to a positive one πŸ˜‚

As a gift, for anyone who cares, I’ve been putting together a podcast (with some help ❀️) πŸ˜‰ I thought we can base it off blog posts, transforming my compute-based πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» blog into a πŸ“± podcast πŸ˜πŸ˜‡ My cohost is my partner (of 13* years 😏). We”ll eventually have guests πŸ˜‰ Please bear with us as we work out the kinks! πŸ™πŸΎ

Ahared on my Instagram stories! @listenwithprecious πŸ˜‰ Things look to be in order! Excited for it! πŸ˜πŸ˜„ This project is not just me! My friend Casey Gin has kindly been helping me as the sound engineer πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» πŸ‘πŸ½

Link https://www.buzzsprout.com/1768825/9619662!

The Highwayman Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating 

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne 

#1 in Victorian 

Read: November 4, 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 but ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads
  • Complete story arc
  • Likeable characters

Enjoyment πŸ€—: πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  • Young love πŸ˜πŸ˜‡

Heat πŸ”₯ : πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  • Intimacy has a lot of meaning for him

Intensity (1 to 100): 70%

  • Nothing too out there

Predictable? (Predictability): N

Content warnings: Rape, Death of a loved πŸ₯° one, Imprisonment

Prevalent Tropes: Second chance, secret identity, Highlander, anti-hero, class difference

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed πŸ›
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Road trip Romance 

How it’s used…

He’s a criminal, she’s ton 🀫 

Smutty times πŸ˜‹:

  • 14: Wedding night 😏 
  • 19: Reveal 😱
  • 24: Touching 😏 

3-word Summary: Touched with love

Representation: Prisoner POV

POV: 3rd person dual

Thoughts πŸ’­:

  • Secrets 🀫

More but I forgot πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Movie/show rec: πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

The Highman Reading Blog

Check-ins/Updates:

Before I begin:

I’ve been hearing about this series for a while, so I’m excited to finally read it πŸ‘πŸ½ On the surface, based off the description (from Amazon), there’s going to be a marriage of convenience, which I like πŸ€— I guess I’ll know more in time ⏱

After reading the st chapter, think I remember this story more πŸ€” It’s so much more than I can read on Amazon.

Chapter 6

Still have a fair amount of questions πŸ€” But I β™₯️ Farah & Dougan! 😍 Sure, their love was young, but it was beautiful 

This book has unexpected darkness 😱 I know I should’ve been warned beforehand but πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Chapter 17

Idk πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ if it’s me or my current mind space, but not enjoying this book like I anticipated. Maybe because I heard the hype πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ There are parts I enjoy 😊 The whole Dougan arc πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜ I’m definitely intrigued πŸ€” Her relationship with Blackwell is a little insta-lovey (which I usually dislike). The book is the typical length of a book, but it’s running a little slow 🐒 At this point, I’d normally anticipate a 3rd act conflict, but I still have so many questions πŸ€” Namely, who is Farah Leigh Townsend?

End of book πŸ“– 

Still trying to establish some kind of procedure πŸ˜‚ Like structure and order πŸ€“πŸ˜‚ So far, coincides with my Instagram stories πŸ˜‚

For a potentially dark story, light ending 😁 and, seemingly mundane, epilogue πŸ€” But makes me intrigued by the series πŸ§πŸ˜‚πŸ€“

Life Update 11/21/21

Mood: Steady

Currently Reading: Mating The Huntress by Thalia Hibbert and Her Wanton Wager by Grace Callaway , A Tale Of two Cities by Alexandra Warren

For some reason, title names get unhighlighted πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Walk it out:

PT still on pause ⏸ but the wait has been informative 🧐 πŸ˜‰

Events I’m excited for:

Not sure πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ if I could say excited but plan to get my COVID Booster Saturday

See my Vaccine πŸ’‰ Update for reference πŸ˜‰

https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/18/vaccine-%f0%9f%92%89-update/

Funny story πŸ˜‚: Instagram threads that are outdated

Something good :

Stepping up my Instagram Story game πŸ€— Learned to add links!

  • Love Instagram stories! Only lasts 24 hours and have them forever in a highlight
  • πŸ’‘ πŸ’­ It’d be a good way to show what kind of content I cover

https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE4MjM3MDI0OTQwMDM4MTU3?utm_medium=copy_link

Exploring on Instagram 😁 combination of google, YouTube, and playing with Instagram πŸ˜‰

  • Adding links onto my stories
  • Using template

Bookish community πŸ“–β™₯️ Ask questions πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ, talk books, reading sprints 😁, etc.

Fangirling πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‡

Something bad:

Moods are still a mix of highs 😁 and lows πŸ₯²

Something great 😁:

Bookish friends I feel I can reach out too πŸ™πŸΎ

Resumed DMs with AUTHOR πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Recently got my βœ… Flu Shot βœ… Booster πŸ‘πŸ½ for the season!

Booster Update

Pandemic is still here and a booster for the vaccine πŸ’‰ was synthesised. Side effects after getting it are the same as the vaccine πŸ’‰ (see Vaccine πŸ’‰ Update

https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/18/vaccine-%f0%9f%92%89-update/)

As with the vaccine πŸ’‰, anxious about how my body will react πŸ€” But I know I have to get it πŸ™πŸΎ

Felt slightly late to the show here, but thinking πŸ€” of getting it Friday through my city. But better late than never!

Been hearing most people just encounter arm soreness, but side effects can be the safe as the vaccine πŸ’‰. So I’ll be following a similar care regimen as the vaccine πŸ’‰

Just to reiterate πŸ˜‰

1. Drink lots of water πŸ’§ 

2. Keep moving my arm. Arm rotations have helped me A LOT! πŸ‘πŸ½

3. Take Vitamin D and C.

Getting the booster Saturday 🀞🏼

Getting my booster through my city πŸŒƒπŸ™ŒπŸ½ Seemed like an efficient system and setup! The booster is 1/2 the vaccine πŸ’‰ dose!

Injection caused limited bleeding 🩸😁 Started doing arm rotations right away πŸ‘πŸ½ Really just have 🀞🏼 a sore arm. Feels heavy and it’s sensitive to touch.

Wolf Gone Wild Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

#1 in Stay A Spell

Read:

Star Rating (of 5):

Enjoyment πŸ€—:

Heat πŸ”₯:

Intensity (1 to 100):

Content warnings:

Prevalent Tropes:

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed πŸ›
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Roadtrip Romance 

How it’s used…

Smutty times πŸ˜‹:

  • On a reread

3-word Summary:

Representation:

POV:

Thoughts πŸ’­:

Movie/show rec:

From Duke Till Dawn Book Review

My content warnings:

  • Hospital scenes/hospitalization
  • Cheating 

My biases:

  • Can’t stand overt, blatant, and obvious rudeness

From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh

#1 in The London Underground 

Read: October 30, 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Orgy party πŸ˜‚
  • Not your typical heroine βœ… 

Enjoyment πŸ€—: πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  • Orgy party πŸ˜‚
  • Read easily
  • Not your typical heroine βœ… 

Heat πŸ”₯ : πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  • Not very memorable 

Intensity (1 to 100): 70%

  • Pretty tamed
  • Behind closed doors πŸšͺ 

Predictable? (Predictability): N

Content warnings: Poverty

Prevalent Tropes: Class difference

Tropes I like! 😍

  1. Caregiving/sick bed
  2. Fake Dating 
  3. Friends to lovers
  4. Found family
  5. Single parent
  6. Bodyguard 
  7. Marriage of convenience 
  8. Disability rep
  9. Forced proximity 
  10. Wallflower 
  11. Bookish heroine
  12. Only 1 bed πŸ›
  13. Teaching 🏫 
  14. Road trip Romance 

How it’s used…

He’s a duke, she’s a con-artist πŸ€” Will they work?

Smutty times πŸ˜‹:

  • 15: Sunrise πŸŒ… 
  • 15: Morning after 😏 
  • 20: Creating memories 😏 

3-word Summary: Girl propels (her) life

Representation: Impoverished

POV: 3rd person dual

Thoughts πŸ’­:

Admit I forgot πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  • Feel worthy of love 
  • Make life happen 

Movie/show rec:πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

From Duke Till Dawn Reading Blog

Note: Copying and pasting is proving to be more different πŸ™πŸΎ

Check-ins/Updates:

Before I begin:

Girl from the wrong side of the tracks πŸ€” I’m intrigued. Turns out Cassandra has conned (and successfully charmed) the Duke of Greyland πŸ˜‚ She needs his help, years later πŸ˜‚ For, what looks like a good πŸ‘πŸ½ time πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‡

Prologue – Chapter 4

How everything is being set up promises to be a fun story πŸ‘πŸ½ Not information dumping but informative! From the beginning they’re brought together again πŸ˜‚

Martin gives me evil villain πŸ¦Ήβ€β™‚οΈ vibes. Cassandra wants to be good 😊 but, as commonly happens in life, hardship can lead to poor decisions πŸ€” Can’t blame Cassandra but wish she’d find another way 🀞🏼 

In the last book, we noted names of gaming hells πŸ€” What’s the name of Martin’s gaming hell?

Quotes πŸ‘‡πŸ½ from my reading that I reacted to! Also, I will try to summarize the last scene in the section!

Finish up with my thoughts πŸ’­ at the end of each section too!

You always want, what you can’t have πŸ˜‰ 

Expectations are added pressure πŸ€” 

Caught!

True!

Is that really honorable though? πŸ€” 

No one wants things half finished 😏 

Complement in an insult? Reminds me of Bridgeton πŸ€” 

Sad realities πŸ₯²

Last scene: Alex decides, while talking to Ellingsworth, he’d marry Cassandra 

The groundwork was successfully lain πŸ‘πŸ½ Quotes that really resonated with me were related to roles and expectations, which are a major driving force for everyone 

Chapter 5 – Chapter 8

True to his word, Alex is there for Cassandra β™₯️ From paying staff to taking Cassandra in (future cohabitation 😏) to helping her search for Martin. Underandanly, people are mistrustful and skeptical 🀨 But you can see Cassandra is trying! She has her faults but wouldn’t do anything like this 😱 Alex is very honorable in this section (but when isn’t he?)

Last scene: Meet Mrs. Rose Donavan

πŸ₯²

Truth

πŸ™ŒπŸ½

πŸ₯²

Ouch πŸ€• 

Sometimes you just want to

Being pensive πŸ€” 🧐 

😱πŸ₯²

The suspence can just eat away at you

Evedence of Alex’s unlovability 😱πŸ₯²

It’s like yelling πŸ”₯ in a crowded theatre πŸ€” 

A subject that needs to be address, sooner than later

I understand Cassandra…

Another way of saying β€œYou don’t know my life!”. πŸ€” 

Ouch πŸ€• 

Avoidance.

Capitalism is alive and well!

I feel for Cassandra’s circumstances, BUT I, also, understand Alex’s feelings. With his low image of his lovability (not saying it’s wrong but unfortunate).

Only had quotes if I read them in my ebook! Read the audiobook too πŸ˜‚ Exercised restraint 😏 Waited until we caught up on the chapters!

Chapter 9 – Chapter 13

Alex and Cassandra are in full pursuit of Martin, learning more about each other, in the process 😏 But their attraction is UNDERSTANDABLE πŸ€— Not going to name specifics, but this section is fun-(NY πŸ˜‚).

Last scene: Orchid Club shindig over. In the cold πŸ₯Ά morning, Alex hugs Cassandra to keep her warm πŸ€— 

Again, refraining from posting as I read (like usual) so I don’t accidentally spoil anything πŸ˜‚ Been told I do that πŸ˜‚

Quotes to come! πŸ˜‚

Chapter 14 – Chapter 17

This section really amps up the story! Feels more Cassandra-centric πŸ€” Trying not to give too much away πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ But the quotes might fo that πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‡ You’ve been warned! βš οΈπŸ˜‚

Quotes πŸ‘‡πŸ½

Including them in my book club discord is too hard, but they’ll be here! Only chapters I read on my ebook are included πŸ˜‰ 

This is an expected trajectory for the plot πŸ€” 

Last scene: Cassandra, Lacey, and Lacey’s 2 lackeys at Walden Gardens 

Chapter 18 – Epilogue

Alex saves her 😍 Was that really a question?

Cassandra is a relatively independent (yet dependent) character πŸ€” She believes its her against the world 🌎 

Alex came for her πŸ‘πŸ½ Liked Ellingsworth and Langdon’s involvement to help make them happen 😁

End of book πŸ“–

Not overly deep but satisfying πŸ‘πŸ½ No plot holes I’m aware of. The story was relatively light with likeable characters. Liked the untraditional epilogue πŸ‘πŸ½, where it highlights happy endings aren’t just marriage ank kids (it can be, but not the only outcome)

Check-ins/Updates:
Before I begin:
Girl from the wrong side of the tracks πŸ€” I’m intrigued. Turns out Cassandra has conned (and successfully charmed) the Duke of Greyland πŸ˜‚ She needs his help, years later πŸ˜‚ For, what looks like a good πŸ‘πŸ½ time πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‡
Prologue – Chapter 4
How everything is being set up promises to be a fun story πŸ‘πŸ½ Not information dumping but informative! From the beginning they’re brought together again πŸ˜‚
Martin gives me evil villain πŸ¦Ήβ€β™‚οΈ vibes. Cassandra wants to be good 😊 but, as commonly happens in life, hardship can lead to poor decisions πŸ€” Can’t blame Cassandra but wish she’d find another way 🀞🏼 
In the last book, we noted names of gaming hells πŸ€” What’s the name of Martin’s gaming hell?
Quotes πŸ‘‡πŸ½ from my reading that I reacted to! Also, I will try to summarize the last scene in the section!
Finish up with my thoughts πŸ’­ at the end of each section too!

You always want, what you can’t have πŸ˜‰Β 

Expectations are added pressure πŸ€”Β 

Caught!

True!

Is that really honorable though? πŸ€”Β 

No one wants things half finished 😏 

Complement in an insult? Reminds me of Bridgeton πŸ€”Β 

Sad realities πŸ₯²
Last scene: Alex decides, while talking to Ellingsworth, he’d marry CassandraΒ 
The groundwork was successfully lain πŸ‘πŸ½ Quotes that really resonated with me were related to roles and expectations, which are a major driving force for everyoneΒ 
Chapter 5 – Chapter 8
True to his word, Alex is there for Cassandra β™₯️ From paying staff to taking Cassandra in (future cohabitation 😏) to helping her search for Martin. Underandanly, people are mistrustful and skeptical 🀨 But you can see Cassandra is trying! She has her faults but wouldn’t do anything like this 😱 Alex is very honorable in this section (but when isn’t he?)
Last scene: Meet Mrs. Rose Donavan

πŸ₯²

Truth

πŸ™ŒπŸ½

πŸ₯²

Ouch πŸ€•Β 

Sometimes you just want to

Being pensive πŸ€” 🧐 

😱πŸ₯²

The suspence can just eat away at you

Evedence of Alex’s unlovability 😱πŸ₯²

It’s like yelling πŸ”₯ in a crowded theatre πŸ€”Β 

A subject that needs to be address, sooner than later

I understand Cassandra…

Another way of saying β€œYou don’t know my life!”. πŸ€”Β 

Ouch πŸ€•Β 

Avoidance.

Capitalism is alive and well!

I feel for Cassandra’s circumstances, BUT I, also, understand Alex’s feelings. With his low image of his lovability (not saying it’s wrong but unfortunate).
Only had quotes if I read them in my ebook! Read the audiobook too πŸ˜‚ Exercised restraint 😏 Waited until we caught up on the chapters!
Chapter 9 – Chapter 13
Alex and Cassandra are in full pursuit of Martin, learning more about each other, in the process 😏 But their attraction is UNDERSTANDABLE πŸ€— Not going to name specifics, but this section is fun-(NY πŸ˜‚).
Last scene: Orchid Club shindig over. In the cold πŸ₯Ά morning, Alex hugs Cassandra to keep her warm πŸ€—Β 
Again, refraining from posting as I read (like usual) so I don’t accidentally spoil anything πŸ˜‚ Been told I do that πŸ˜‚
Quotes to come! πŸ˜‚

































































































Chapter 14 – Chapter 17
This section really amps up the story! Feels more Cassandra-centric πŸ€” Trying not to give too much away πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ But the quotes might fo that πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‡ You’ve been warned! βš οΈπŸ˜‚
Quotes πŸ‘‡πŸ½

Including them in my book club discord is too hard, but they’ll be here! Only chapters I read on my ebook are included πŸ˜‰Β 
This is an expected trajectory for the plot πŸ€”Β 

Last scene: Cassandra, Lacey, and Lacey’s 2 lackeys at Walden GardensΒ 
Chapter 18 – Epilogue
Alex saves her 😍 Was that really a question?
Cassandra is a relatively independent (yet dependent) character πŸ€” She believes its her against the world 🌎 
Alex came for her πŸ‘πŸ½ Liked Ellingsworth and Langdon’s involvement to help make them happen 😁

End of book πŸ“–
Not overly deep but satisfying πŸ‘πŸ½ No plot holes I’m aware of. The story was relatively light with likeable characters. Liked the untraditional epilogue πŸ‘πŸ½, where it highlights happy endings aren’t just marriage ank kids (it can be, but not the only outcome)
Β 

Life Update 11/14/21

Mood: Steady

Currently Reading: Mating The Huntress by Talia Hibbert & Her Wanton Wager by Grace Callaway

Walk it out: Still in between facilities but I’ve learned things πŸ€” 1)persistence and follow-up 2)need approval from insurance and facility

Events I’m excited for: low-key weekend spent surrounded by love ❀️

Something good : Long life πŸ‘πŸ½

Something bad: Saying πŸ‘‹πŸΎ

Something great 😁: Seeing kids being around other kids