Treadmill Week 36 & What I #amreading – Enemies Like You by Annika Martin and Joanna Chambers

Treadmill Goals:

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading (first time read): Enemies Like You by Annika Martin & Joanna Chambers ♡

51m-B6JFEfL My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY – The man in black holds his champagne flute in a lazy, three-fingered way—like a beer bottle. It’s raw and thuggish and bloody magnificent.
  • MONDAY – I’m not the kind to take orders. I’m definitely not the kind to like it.
  • TUESDAY – I nod. I know what she sees—a big, clumsy lawman, all in black. Square jaw, square outlook. The type of guy who likes beer and football. Well, I do like those things.
  • WEDNESDAY – I frown, hoping he doesn’t see the tic I can feel pulsing in my cheek.
  • THURSDAY – Maybe Polzin and I are just two sides of the same snakeskin.
  • FRIDAY – Jesus. The perfect, cut-glass way he says that. Like he’s never heard of dodgeball. And maybe hasn’t.
  • SATURDAY – He’s wearing a tight cashmere sweater and his blond hair is caught back in a manbun. He looks so hot I almost swallow my tongue.

Week 36: July 30, 2017 – August 5, 2017

Sunday  30 min/mile  31:27 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  37:22 min:sec  1.2 miles
Tuesday  30 min/mile  31:41 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  39:33 min:sec  1.3 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  37:21 min:sec  1.2 miles
Friday  30 min/mile  40:04 min:sec  1.3 miles
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:28 min:sec  1 mile

4 thoughts on “Treadmill Week 36 & What I #amreading – Enemies Like You by Annika Martin and Joanna Chambers

  1. Really great quotes, all of them. I have to admit that the blurb didn’t appeal to me, and in general I’m not too fond of the enemies-to-lovers trope, but those quotes might have changed my mind. You think I’d like it? 🙂

    1. And I had trouble deciding on the quote for each day because there were any number of great lines to choose from!

      Yes, I think you’d like it. Generally speaking it’s not my favorite trope, either, but I’m so glad I tried this one. I suppose it boils down to how the trope is handled?

      For me, I think 4 out of the 5 stars I give a story come from how well it’s written: the writing style and the pacing. If the story is also compelling and really grabs me it’s a 5 or 5+. I don’t care how good a story concept is, if it’s poorly executed it’ll be lucky to get a 4 in my private little reading app.

      If I were officially reviewing books, I’d probably give this one 5+ despite a particular suspension-of-disbelief issue because it was so good I could accept that as necessary to the storyline and just not care. The relationship arc was particularly gripping, and the background story was also very intriguing.

      This is told in alternating 1st-person POVs using present tense. A lot of people have a strong preference for either 1st or 3rd over the other. Personally I don’t care as long as it’s well executed (and this is). I usually don’t care for present tense telling, but I think that’s because it’s often poorly done, at least in this genre. This story does a great job keeping the tense straight.

      In short, I loved it.

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