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Waiting On Wednesday – May 18, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


An upcoming, summer release I’m highly anticipating is The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna.

There are a lot of appealing factors about this book already. The story is about witches (always a plus). The cover is eye-catching. The title rolls off the tongue nicely. I want to know even more about the main character, Mika. I like that the place she goes to is called “Nowhere House.” And I absolutely love found family stories.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches releases August 23, 2022.

"The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches" by Sangu Mandanna (cover)
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ABOUT: A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family–and a new love–changes the course of her life.

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.

But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.

As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


We’ve all been or are still there. Buying books we just HAD TO HAVE, but then some or all end up sitting on our shelves for who knows how long. I am very guilty of this. Sometimes it seems like an impossible task to decrease the number of owned books before buying more. But it is doable! I’m trying my best to do so this year and it’s going…well…so-so.

Here are 10 books I was so excited to get, but still haven’t read (but hoping this year will be the year I do!):

  1. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
  2. Call It Magic by Janet Chapman
  3. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  4. Fairytales From Verania by TJ Klune
  5. An Indecent Invitation by Laura Trentham
  6. Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
  7. One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
  8. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  9. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
  10. The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

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Bookish Memes Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – May 13, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

Tell me about your recent book discoveries. Which books have recently caught your attention?

Happy Saturday, bookworms! This week I added more 2022 releases to look forward to with the exception of one that released last year and another that won’t be out for a couple years more. It’s a lovely list includes a mix of historical, fantasy, romance, lgbtq+, contemporary, and mythology. My recent additions are:

  • A Fate Inked in Blood by Danielle L. Jensen (2024)
  • How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart by Vivienne Lorret (May 24)
  • The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch (November 2)
  • The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor (2021)
  • Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan (August 2)
  • The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner (July 26)

I found some pretty great books to read in the future. I’m most excited for Jensen’s book. I love all of the covers for each book listed. The premises for Lorret, Dadyburjor, and Warner’s books intrigue me. And I love the title for Whelan’s novel.

Have a great weekend!


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Top Ten Tuesday: One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


What word would you use to describe your last 5-star read?

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’ll be giving one-word reviews for the last 10 books I read. To shake things up, these reviews will be for books I gave five stars to.

While writing this post, I thought it was interesting to see which books I’d given a five-star rating to. Some were easier to review in one word than others, so I had fun rereading the original review I’d written to help find the right word that would best describe my thoughts on each book.

Here are my One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read:

CUTEFalling Short by Ernesto Cisneros

EMPATHETICDear Librarian by Lydia M. Sigwarth, Illustrated by Romina Galotta

THRILLINGThat Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant

PASSIONATESummer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

EDUCATIONALWednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble

COMPASSIONATELine Mates & Study Dates by Eden Finley & Saxon James

MAGNIFICENTWhat If, Pig? by Linzie Hunter

EARNESTBet on It by Jodie Slaughter

MEMORABLETurning by Joy L. Smith

STEAMYThe Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner


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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To. I am too far behind on new-to-me authors. There are so many authors whose books I haven’t read from yet! Some I’ve been meaning to read from for the longest time.

Today, I’m focusing on the authors I haven’t read from whose books are near the top of my tbr. I’ve included specific books for each author. My goal is to read at least one book by each author listed below this year.

My Top Ten Tuesday list includes ( [ * ] = owned books):

 

(1) Charlie N. Holmberg
Spellbreaker, Star Mother, The Paper Magician

(2) Maddison Michaels
The Bachelor Bargain*, The Bachelor Betrayal

(3) Beck Michaels
Divine Blood

(4) Tiffany D. Jackson
Monday’s Not Coming, Grown

(5) Alexandria Bellefleur
Written in the Stars, Count Your Lucky Stars

(6) Alice Oseman
Heartstopper*, Loveless

(7) Tracy Wolff
Crave*

(8) Carrie Ann Ryan
Forever Only Once*, Far From Destined, Delicate Ink*

(9) Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Ex Talk*, Weather Girl, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This

(10) Farah Heron
Kamila Knows Best, Tahira in Bloom, Accidentally Engaged, The Hookup Plan


Have you read books by any of these authors? What did you think? What other authors would you recommend?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Standalone Novels I Recommend

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Do you prefer standalone novels or series?

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, so the theme of my list is a recommendation list of my favorite standalone novels. I actually made a top standalone list way back in a 2017 post – it has changed drastically!

I enjoy both standalones and series equally and read from each about the same.

I like standalones because they’re one, singular moment versus a story that spans several books. These tend to be longer but well-worth it reads. They work best when every comes full circle into a satisfying conclusion. And with standalones, you never have to worry about cliffhangers or waiting a whole year – which is like waiting forever and a day – to continue the story. It’s one and done. Perfection.

Romance novels are my preferred standalones to read, but I’m still on the lookout for more really good fantasy standalones. The latter are so hard to find – such rare gems!

I also like reading series where each book can be read as a standalone because you get to really know more characters in their own books. Sometimes you can read them out of order with a few minor spoilers. But other times it’s better and necessary to read each book in order because they are connected by an overall story arc, which is an equally awesome thrill ride.

Here are 10 five-star standalone novels I recommend:

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Genre: LGBTQIAP+, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Enemies to Lovers

"Red, White, & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston (cover)
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Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Genre: LGBTQIAP+, Contemporary Fantasy

"Under the Whispering Door" by TJ Klune (cover)
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The Green and the Gray by Timothy Zahn
Genre: Science Fiction

"The Green and the Gray" by Timothy Zahn (cover)
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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

"Sorcery of Thorns" by Margaret Rogerson (cover)
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The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Own Voices, Black voices

"The Right Side of Reckless" by Whitney D. Grandison (cover)
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Turning by Joy L. Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Black voices

"Turning" by Joy L. Smith (cover)
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Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Genre: LGBTQIAP+, Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

"Be Dazzled" by Ryan La Sala (cover)
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At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
Genre: Historical Romance

"At Summer's End" by Courtney Ellis (cover)
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A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Genre: Historical Romance

"A Countess Below Stairs" by Eva Ibbotson (Cover)
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By A Thread by Lucy Score
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Office Romance

"By a Thread" by Lucy Score (cover)
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Stacking the Shelves – April 2, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

What exciting reads have been added to your shelves recently?

It’s been a pretty good week for discovering new books. This week I added 26 books to my tbr shelves.

One thing I like about the lists below is that all but four books are by new-to-me authors. Adding new authors is like finding hidden treasure because then you get to binge read all their backlisted titles. Yay!

Here are the recent additions to my shelves:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

 

LGBTQIAP+ FICTION
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Never Trust a Guy With Fangs by Mia Monroe
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards

 

FANTASY
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Heartless by Gena Showalter
A Dance of Silver and Shadow by Melanie Cellier
Heart of the Raven Prince by Tessonja Odette
Wicked Wings by Elizabeth Briggs

 

ROMANCES
A Relentless Rake by Anna Harrington
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
Faking Forever by Catherine Bybee
Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills

 

2022 RELEASES
The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei by Christina Matula (April 5)
Heartbreak Symphony by Laekan Zea Kemp (April 5)
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell (April 5)
One Bossy Proposal by Nicole Snow (April 8)
A Veil of Kings and Gods by Nicole Bailey (April 27)
Answers in the Pages by David Levithan (May 10)
Ruthless by Gena Showalter (arc/blog tour) (July 26)
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (Aug 23)
Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory (Sept 20)

Most I won’t be able to get to for a while, but there are a few standouts that I think I want to read this summer, such as A Marvellous Light, Never Trust a Guy With Fangs, The Once and Future Witches, and Beauty and the Baller.

I also found some really interesting 2022 books that I wish were released like yesterday, like The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei, One Bossy Proposal, Answers in the Pages, and The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches.

So many new book finds, so little time. Nevertheless, I am bookish-ly happy with this haul.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?


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Waiting On Wednesday – March 30, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Did you ever attend summer camp growing up?

Happy Wednesday! Is it too early to be thinking about summer? Because this Wednesday I’m looking forward to Camp Famous by Jennifer Blecher, which I was recently approved for on NetGalley.

The title caught my attention as I was one day browsing upcoming titles. I actually did attend a summer camp for several years and basketball camps for a few summers. I had a great time at both, so I’m always happy to find books that take place at a camp.

Even though this sounds very much like Disney’s Camp Rock (which I wasn’t really into when I was younger), I’m still intrigued and it sounds like a fun read.

All the campers except for Abby (the main character) are famous, which will contrast well with the common perception versus reality when it comes to famous/popular figures. The other campers are still kids and at their age (really any age) they want to make friends, fit in, and have a place to belong. Nevertheless, this will be an interesting read and can’t wait to get to know Abby Herman.

Camp Famous releases May 10, 2022.

"Camp Famous" by Jennifer Blecher (cover)
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ABOUT: The Princess Diaries meets Harriet the Spy when Abby—the most ordinary girl in the world—finds herself undercover at a summer camp for famous kids. From acclaimed author Jennifer Blecher, Camp Famous is an accessible and fun summertime adventure about fitting in, being brave, and letting others see who you truly are. Camp Famous is pitch-perfect for anyone who loves Disney’s Camp Rock.

Eleven-year-old Abby Herman is beyond excited that her parents are letting her go to summer camp for the first time ever. Maybe camp will be the place she’ll finally find what she’s always wanted: a best friend. But—surprise!—she’s not going to just any summer camp, she’s going to Camp Famous, the one exclusively for famous kids escaping the spotlight.

Desperate to fit in with the pop stars, princesses, and geniuses, Abby creates a fake identity as a famous author. Everything goes as planned: the other girls welcome her, she participates in camp activities, and she even inspires a pop star! But as camp comes to a close, Abby finds herself torn between who she has pretended to be and who she truly is.


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Waiting On Wednesday – March 23, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Don’t you just love it when characters also have a passion for books in some shape or form? Book Lovers by Emily Henry seems like my kind of read, which is why it’s made my highly anticipated release this Waiting on Wednesday.

Books Lovers seems like an ideal enemies to lovers romance story. I love that the main characters are a literary agent and an editor. I get the feel that there will be some funny and cute encounters as the two really get to know each other.

Book Lovers releases May 3, 2022.

"Book Lovers" by Emily Henry (cover)
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ABOUT: One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With an Adjective in the Title

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope your week and current read(s) have been going well.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Books With an Adjective in the Title.

  1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  2. The Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner (review)
  3. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen (review)
  4. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (review)
  5. Ungifted by Gordon Korman (review)
  6. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
  7. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
  8. The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill (review)
  9. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  10. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (review)

These are all 5 star reads from authors I adore. I highly recommend adding them to your tbr because they are amazing and dazzling and make my heart oh-so happy. There’s no picking a favorite from this list. That would be too painful to do. But I’ve linked to my blog reviews I have, so be sure to check those out if any of these titles sounds interesting.

Have a great day!


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