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TBR At A Glance – May 12, 2022

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I’ve fortunately had a lot of time this week so far to get a lot of reading done, which is fantastic. Currently, I’m reading two historical romances. One is for work and one is for home. I’m loving both stories and can’t wait to continue on today. I should be able to finish both by the end of this week and start fresh Monday.

Here’s today’s reading snapshot:

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner
  • Marquess of Menace by Tammy Andresen

 

READING NEXT (tentative)

  • The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
  • Dark Alpha’s Caress by Donna Grant
  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • MAY 14 – The Library Book by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark, Illustrated by Chuck Groenink
  • MAY 15 – The Couch Potato by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald
  • MAY 16 – Built to Last by Erin Hahn
  • MAY 31Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe

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Currently Reading – May 6, 2022

Do you have any bookish plans for the weekend?

I don’t know about you but thank goodness it’s Friday! It’s been a long week during which I’ve managed to squeeze in a lot of reading. I like when I get to start a new book just in time for the weekend. This weekend I’ll be reading Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe (arc).

Black love stories are always in my top reads-to-find and this particular story was too good to pass up when I saw this NetGalley invite in my inbox. I’ve never heard of “found poetry,” but I think this will be a cool blend of prose and poetry with an intriguing-sounding plot.

Kelis Rowe’s debut novel, Finding Jupiter, releases May 31, 2022.

"Finding Jupiter" by Kelis Rowe (cover)
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ABOUT: Sparks fly when Orion and Ray meet for the first time at a roller rink in Memphis. But these star-crossed souls have a past filled with secrets that threaten to tear them apart before their love story even begins. Found poetry, grief, and fate collide in this powerful debut.

Ray: Just once I’d like my birthday to be about me, and not the day my father died. I want to be Ray Jr., the tall girl from Memphis with the poetry beats and the braids that stay poppin’. And when I meet Orion at the skating rink, that’s exactly who I am. He pulls my hand, and instead of being defined by my past, he races me toward my future.

Orion: When I dive into the pool, it’s just me and my heartbeat. There’s no dad, no dead sister, and no distracting noises. But I can’t hold my breath forever. And since I met Ray, I don’t want to. The closer we get, though, the more I see I’m not the only one caught in her wake.

With a lyrical blend of found poetry and poignant prose, this stunning debut captures young Black love and a decades-old family secret that may shatter a romance that feels written in the stars.


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TBR At A Glance – April 4, 2022

TBR At A Glance

What will be your first read of April?

Happy April, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and that your reading has been going well.

Yesterday, I finished my last March read just in time to start the week off fresh with a new book. To start of April, I’ve decided to split my time between two books, Blended (middle grade contemporary) and That Cowboy of Mine (adult cowboy romance). Usually, when I do double reads I’ll pick two completely different books for variety and to keep my reading mood up.

My reading goals this month are to stay focused on my spring tbr and read at least 4 books. Is this doable? I’m going to make it so.

Below is a snapshot of where I’m at with my reading:

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Blended by Sharon M. Draper
  • That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant (arc)

 

READING NEXT (tentative)

  • Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
  • Built to Last by Erin Hahn (arc)
  • The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • APRIL 8The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

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Currently Reading – March 28, 2022

What will be your last read(s) of March?

Happy Monday, bookworms!

After much distracted binge-reading of kindle unlimited books (just kidding, I am still reading KU novellas), I am now currently reading The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams and it is going swimmingly.

Britta and Wes are good people who genuinely want to be their best food forward when it comes to who they are and their jobs. I’ve made decent progress over the weekend. They haven’t even met in person yet and the slow burn already has me on the edge of my seat. Even through email their chemistry is palpable. I also like that the story is told through mixed media.

If you’ve read this book, please share your thoughts! I really enjoy Williams’ previous title. I have a good feeling this will be another five-star read.

"The Fastest Way to Fall" by Denise Williams (cover)
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ABOUT: Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.

Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.

As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.

As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.

Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.


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Currently Reading – March 7, 2022

What is the genre of your current read(s)?

Over the weekend, I finished reading Summer Nights with a Cowboy and Wednesday Wilson Will Fix All Your Problems. Now I’m reading a middle grade fantasy called The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober.

I won an e-copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway last Fall, but haven’t had a chance to read it until now. The cover is really pretty and I like the idea of a Dream Realm that’s protected by Dream Watchers. I’m interested in this character’s journey and how she might overcome internal and external conflicts. This title is also currently available on kindle unlimited if you have that.


"The Girl of Magic and Dreams" by Charity Tober
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ABOUT: Twelve-year-old Sophia Warner comes from a long line of Dream Watchers, humans possessing magical abilities from the Sandman himself and entrusted with protecting the Dream Realm. Frustrated by her slowly evolving powers and the continuous disapproval of the Council of Dreamers, Sophia becomes more and more reckless as she tries to force her full abilities to manifest in a desperate quest to locate her mom—who went missing in the Dream Realm four years earlier.

But things take a dangerous turn when Watchers begin to go missing and the ruler of the nightmares, the Shadow Queen, is to blame. Trapped on a dark island in the world of dreams by the Sandman long ago, the evil queen craves to find enough magic to finally break free from her prison and take over the Dream Realm.

As the only child Dream Watcher, Sophia is told to stay out of it. But when tragedy strikes her family, and the Council of Dreamers hesitates to intervene, Sophia is forced to make a choice. With the help of her best friend, a magical cat named Cosmo, can Sophia not only conquer her own fears and learn to control her magic, but also stop the Shadow Queen’s evil plans before all is lost?


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Currently Reading – February 14, 2022

What are you reading and what do you think of it so far?

New week, new book. Just the way I like it. I finished both my previous reads over the weekend. They were both fantastic and I can’t wait to share my reviews with you later this week.

I’m starting the week off reading Bet on It by Jodie Slaughter (arc). Only a few chapters in but I feel invested in the story and the main characters. It’s gonna be a heavy story but worth it in the end. Aja and Walker (MCs) both suffer from panic attacks. They have a lot more issues to work through. I think together and separately they’ll be able to bring out the best in each other and then some.

This is a new-to-me author, so I’m excited to continue on.


"Bet on It" by Jodie Slaughter (cover)
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ABOUT: The first time Aja Owens encounters the man of her dreams, she’s having a panic attack in the frozen foods section of the Piggly Wiggly. The second time, he’s being introduced to her as her favorite bingo buddy’s semi-estranged grandson. From there, all it takes is one game for her to realize that he’s definitely going to be a problem. And if there’s anything she already has a surplus of, it’s problems.

In Walker Abbott’s mind, there are only two worthwhile things in Greenbelt, South Carolina. The peach cobbler at his old favorite diner and his ailing grandmother. Dragging himself back after more than a decade away, he’s counting down the days until Gram heals and he can get back to his real life. Far away from the trauma inside of those city limits. Just when he thinks his plan is solid, enter Aja to shake everything up.

A hastily made bingo-based sex pact is supposed to keep this…thing between them from getting out of hand. Especially when submitting to their feelings means disrupting their carefully balanced lives. But emotions are just like bingo callers—they refuse to be ignored.

Jodie Slaughter’s Bet on It is a heart-stoppingly fun, emotional romance that will have readers falling in love until long after the last page is turned.


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TBR At A Glance – February 6, 2022

TBR At A Glance

Sunday’s post is just a brief snapshot of where I’m at reading-wise. I’m still slowly making my way through my winter tbr. It hasn’t changed except for taking off the manga I wanted to read (much more time for that later).

I’m currently reading Turning and The Brazen Bluestocking. Because I can only access one of them from homes,  one is for work and one for home more or less. So far they’re going fine and the main characters are interesting. I should have time this week to finish both.

CURRENTLY READING

  • Turning by Joy L. Smith (giveaway arc)
  • The Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner

 

READING NEXT

  • Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter (arc)
  • The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober (giveaway)
  • Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (arc)

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • TBA

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Currently Reading – January 24, 2022

What are you currently reading?

Hi, again! I’ve been trying to finish a final project and catch up on all the things, so I’m wondering how you all have been and what you’re currently reading.

I’ve gotten some reading done and squeezed in time to finish two books over the weekend. Currently, I’m reading The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa, book 2 of The Iron Fey: Evenfall series.

This series takes place after the original The Iron Fey series, which I have not read but have been able to understand the context of important past events in relation to the present. Book 1 was told through Puck’s pov. Now, it’s Ash’s pov, so it’ll be great getting to know him better.

I’m both nervous and excited for The Iron Sword because the main characters are facing a dark threat unlike any antagonist I’ve ever seen. What they managed last book is far from guaranteed in this book. Evenfall is coming, whether the realm of Faery is ready or not.


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ABOUT: As Evenfall nears, the stakes grow ever higher for those in Faery…

Banished from the Winter Court for daring to fall in love, Prince Ash achieved the impossible and journeyed to the End of the World to earn a soul and keep his vow to always stand beside Queen Meghan of the Iron Fey.

Now he faces even more incomprehensible odds. Their son, King Keirran of the Forgotten, is missing. Something more ancient than the courts of Faery and more evil than anything Ash has faced in a millennium is rising as Evenfall approaches. And if Ash and his allies cannot stop it, the chaos that has begun to divide the world will shatter it for eternity.


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Currently Reading – October 11, 2021

Happy Monday!

What is the genre of your current read?

I’m stepping outside my comfort zone and am reading a speculative cli-fi novel, Trashlands by Alison Stine, that I was invited to participate in a blog tour for. Speculative fiction and dystopian aren’t genres I actively seek out. But I’m intrigued.

There’s something in the synopsis that draws me in. Perhaps it’s the main character able to make art in a despondent place (a light in the darkness). Perhaps it’s because the setting isn’t a not so impossible future. I also didn’t know cli-fi (climate fiction) was a thing, but totally worth exploring. All in all, I think it’ll be a good read.


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ABOUT: A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency.

In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker,” pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She’s stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club’s violent owner rules as unofficial mayor.

Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art.

When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?

Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent’s journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world.


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Currently Reading – September 13, 2021

Happy Monday!

What are you currently reading?

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend! I spent most of the time reading and recharging and just doing whatever. I meant to post this reading update on Saturday, but I was so tired and mentally occupied from work I completely forgot about writing it.

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This week I’ll be reading an arc I received a couple months ago called How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan. I’m 38% through at the time I’m writing this post and, so far, it’s been a good read.

This is a fun enemies to lovers story. Grace and Noah have already clashed several times. Their “good neighborly” feud and attraction is really entertaining to watch unfold.

What I didn’t know was that Noah is one of Chris’s older brothers from Sullivan’s previous book, Ten Rules For Faking It, so that was a nice surprise connection. I really enjoyed that story, so I’m even more excited for this current one.

I’m also liking all the side characters, especially Morty (an elderly man Grace was living with at the start of the novel), Josh (who is Noah’s assistant), and Rosie, (Grace’s best friend and fellow student designer). And it’s been nice reuniting with Chris and Everly (other MC from previous book).

It’s gonna be a good reading week.


ABOUT: Interior Design School? Check. Cute little house to fix up? Also check.

Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of all your plans? Check. Unfortunately.

Grace Travis definitely has it all figured out. In between finishing interior design school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree. She’ll have her dream job. And most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her cold, manipulative mother could never make for her. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—an adorable little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.

Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. A real estate developer with a knack for betting and winning big, he’s not one to let a good opportunity slip away. So when a beachside house with great bones is ripe for a remodel and flip, Noah doesn’t hesitate. Except in order to spruce it up properly (is it even a beach house if it doesn’t have a pool?), he’ll need to take over the house next door. The house with the willful and combative and way-too-intriguing woman living in it.

With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can turn out to be the person who shows you that home is always where the heart is.


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