Book Review : Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

January 20, 2015 Book review 21 ★★★

Hah, well I bet you can guess just what drew me to this book!  What book blogger could resist?  Not I!  And the use of the Oxford comma in the title was an added bonus 🙂

Book Review : Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan RingbloomBooks, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom
Published by self published on 21st Oct 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 153
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.
Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?

First Line of Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom:

“It’s not uncommon for people to have two sets of friends.”

My Thoughts on Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom:

When I picked this up, I was in the mood for a light, engaging read and that’s what I got.  I adored the blogging setting.  Making friends on-line, chatting about books and beyond.  This I get!  All my blogging friends have a special place in my heart and there are a few that have become more than blogging friends, they are friends full stop.  So the theme felt familiar and heart-warming.

I also loved that we saw reviews written by each of the four main characters.  Especially as their reviews showed little glimpses of their real life personalities and situations.  I think that’s true.  We do reveal a lot in our reviews and I like that the book captured that.  It also captured though that we only reveal what we want others to see and that is true too.

So I loved the setting.  The characters though….were a bit…daft!  They are all making crazy decisions and I wanted eye roll at every one of them.  I’d like to think  that most bloggers I know are a little more savvy than this!  But despite all their dubious decisions, I was engrossed while reading.

It is predictable.  But I found the book moved along briskly and I was amused by the various (self-inflicted mostly!) dilemmas that the girls found themselves in.  I thought the format really worked; it included reviews, chat forums, blogger profiles and alternative pov’s which meant I just flew though it.

Overall, it’s a light-hearted read with a snappy pace.  And I did laugh and  get a lot of pleasure from the book while reading it.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom?

I’d recommend this to book bloggers (more so those that read/review romance books) or fans of romantic contemporary fiction that like on-line settings and a fun storyline.

PS – at the moment it’s only $0.99 in amazon (double-check before you buy), it’s definitely worth picking it up at that price and saving for when you want a light, fun read!


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21 Responses to “Book Review : Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom”

    • trish

      Even with the daft decisions they made, it was still a fun enjoyable read because they were bloggers! It’s fun to read the reviews, etc.

    • trish

      I know! Such a fun subject for us all to read about and I definitely empathised with lots of it. Deadlines, bookish chat, etc. It’s kinda cool!

    • trish

      Ryan is actually a woman but I made the same mistake until I looked at her author profile 🙂 And yes such a fun theme! Delighted to see you were as powerless to resist as I was!

  1. Lola

    This sounds like a fun read and how interesting that it is about book bloggers. That parts of their reviews are included sounds like a nice addition and indeed now that you mention it I think that everyone’s reviews reveal a bit about themselves. Great review!
    Lola recently posted…Review: Fear’s Touch by Emma L. Adams

    • trish

      I often think that about reviews as I know that I reveal lots about myself in them. And yes such a fun read for book bloggers 🙂

  2. Ryan Ringbloom

    What a treat seeing this review!!! It was such a sweet post to read. And WOW you have some great followers!! I absolutely enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. This is a great blog and I feel extremely lucky that you found and took the time to read my book. Thank you so much!! I’m gonna be all warm and fuzzy the rest of the day!! Love, Ryan
    Ryan Ringbloom recently posted…Fake Boobs … February 2015

    • trish

      Thank you for visiting and commenting Ryan! I’m glad you got to see everyones comments. You picked such a fun theme and I know most book bloggers would get a kick out of it!

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