Category: Book Lists

Unreleased Book Cover Love

Posted December 11, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 3 Comments
Unreleased Book Cover Love

It’s no secret that one of my favorite features is Cover Snark at A Reader of Fictions. I usually add 90% of my unreleased books to my TBR from these posts. I don’t want to take a page out of her book here (weird sort-of pun?) but I did want to share some recent book covers I’ve seen that I added to my “cover love” shelf. You’ve seen this post on my blog in one way or another for years, because you know how I feel about covers, but here are some unreleased books with covers I am looovin. Covers I Already Love See all the books here. Covers I Can’t Wait to See I always keep some books on my “jazzed up for this” shelf so I can remember which synopses really grabbed me. There are quite a few books on this shelf in any given moment, so I wanted to check out which books I can’t WAIT to see covers for! Here are a few… Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett Synopsis: Simon Pulse has bought a YA title by Jenn Bennett. In Serious Moonlight, a mystery aficionado spends the summer before college knee-deep in both intrigue and a romance with her charismatic co-worker while working the night shift in a Seattle hotel. The book is scheduled for 2019. Why I’m excited: I love Jenn Bennet in general and this book sounds so good! I’ve enjoyed her other covers for the most part and think they usually fit the book pretty […]

Recent Read-Bait: Wishes and Travel Meet Cutes

Posted December 7, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 1 Comment
Recent Read-Bait: Wishes and Travel Meet Cutes

You may remember my read-bait series from a long time ago, where I talked about certain keywords, phrases, and tropes that call my name. I planned to keep going with these posts because there are many, many topics that suck me right in. My recent posts discussed reunions, memory loss, and boarding school, then fake dating, bucket lists, and family drama, then carnivals, disappearances, and rich people/winning the lottery. Here I am today to talk about recent words that have grabbed me… This post is just about two read-bait topics for once, primarily because I was eager to post another one of these. The first topic is about “wishes” in some way, shape, or form. I love books involving wishes being granted or people being able to grant wishes for other people. I read Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn last year and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it. This book involved magical moonshine that grants wishes for the people who drink it, so the main character had to track everyone down to reverse them. The concept was an incredibly unique take on the wish topic and led me to add so many others to my TBR. Next, one of my favorite tropes in books is when people meet while traveling (especially internationally, since ya girl doesn’t even have a passport yet…). Books like Wanderlost by Jen Malone and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson got me thinking about characters encountering “travel-related meet cutes” with the love interest. […]

December TBR

Posted November 30, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 3 Comments
December TBR

I recently started a monthly TBR feature, where I try to pin down which books I plan to read in the upcoming month. It also helps remind me throughout the month which books I’m supposed to be reading, for various reasons. I add a little poll at the bottom too, so you guys can vote and help me narrow down some of my options as well. Here are my top TBR choices for this month and how I did last month… November Progress LOL AT NETGALLEY NOVEMBER, LAUREN. I didn’t read any of my review copies and only managed to read one physical copy. I’m not overly surprised because I didn’t read much during November anyways. Let’s move on to finish off the year strong… On Deck for December Holiday Reads      The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand | We’ll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand | Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey I’ve posted my holiday TBR before but wanted to highlight the books I can almost guarantee I’ll get to this month. I recently bought one, got one out from the library, and have two others from Netgalley. Because I’m in the middle of my Haven Point binge, I wanted to include the next in the series because it’s Christmassy. This companion series alternates between summer books and winter books, so this fits in here. I may be able to get another […]

Five Star Predictions

Posted November 20, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 6 Comments
Five Star Predictions

Post found on Pretty Deadly Reviews | Inspired by Mercy’s Bookish Musings I loved this post by Bekka recently where she predicted books that she thought she may rate five stars. I definitely have this scenario happen ahead of reading certain books. It’s usually because (a) the premise sounds RIGHT up my alley, like a super Lauren-book, (b) it’s from a favorite author, and/or (c) the book already has mostly five star reviews from friends with similar tastes. Here are some books I haven’t read yet that I’m predicting I’ll rate five stars (or maybe 4.5 because I’ve been picky lately!).    Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills // I love this author so much. Her covers are always intricate and/or gorgeous, and this one is no exception. Of course, the insides match the outsides too! I LOVE her stories. The characters are always interesting and have adorable or unique situations unfold. This book definitely seems up my alley and it helps that her other books got 4.5 stars from me. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett // I love this author toooooo. Her first two books have been fantastic, earning 4.5 stars from me as well! Clearly there’s a trend here. I just expect to be blown away by Bennett at this point. Her stories are swoony and always have some kind of unique circumstances or settings involved. I hope this book is just as good as the other two! The Complication by Suzanne Young // I don’t think I’ve ever read a book […]

November TBR | Netgalley November!

Posted October 30, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 6 Comments
November TBR | Netgalley November!

I recently started a monthly TBR feature, where I try to pin down which books I plan to read in the upcoming month. It also helps remind me throughout the month which books I’m supposed to be reading, for various reasons. I add a little poll at the bottom too, so you guys can vote and help me narrow down some of my options as well. Here are my top TBR choices for this month and how I did last month… October Progress I feel pretty good about this, even though I didn’t do a great job at reading my physical copies. I did, however, get KISSING MAX HOLDEN done to return to my sister when I’m home (aka now). I read a good portion of my library books and only had to return one unread (it was a summery book anyways so I wasn’t in the mood). Otherwise, banged out an ARC from my list and two new fall releases. On Deck for November Netgalley November I’ve decided to give myself a mini challenge for November, which I am calling NETGALLEY NOVEMBER. This basically is me forcing myself to read alllll of my backlist review copies on NG this month. Not gonna lie, my percentage on there is around 75% so I don’t have too much to do to get it past 80%. However, I don’t think I’ve ever crossed that “ideal” threshold and THIS month I will do it. There are honestly a handful on here that I don’t have […]

Capsule Library

Capsule Library

Alexa from Alexa Loves Books | Kelly from Belle of the Literati | Hannah from So Obsessed With | Rachel from Hello, Chelly When I saw the Capsule Library posts by some of my favorite bloggers AND they turned it into a “tag” of sorts, I knew I had to hop in on it. It’s even better that Alexa tagged me to participate 😉 Header image is credited to them and their post links are up there too. You’re allowed to have 10 total pieces in your library, just like a capsule wardrobe. (You can also choose an actual clothing item and accessory for each of the items below too!) Here’s what you get: The Clothes: 5-7 authors (any/all of their books would be in library) The Accessories: 3-5 individual books (and series couldn’t be grouped into one) The Clothes Favorite authors and clothing pieces Old Navy Darker Wash Rockstar Skinny Jeans | Taylor Jenkins Reid My favorite jeans are sort of a mid-dark wash from Old Navy and I pretty much only wear skinny jeans. I know they’re going to be tight when I put them on, but I look great. TJR’s books are often really hard to read because she brings up so many uncomfortable realities about life and love. They make me cry every time… just like my skinny jeans when I’ve eaten too much 😉 But they’re too much of a staple to ever NOT have in my wardrobe… or library. Black Cotton/Jersey Swing Dress | Kasie West One of my favorite things to do […]

October TBR

Posted September 28, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
October TBR

I recently started a monthly TBR feature, where I try to pin down which books I plan to read in the upcoming month. It also helps remind me throughout the month which books I’m supposed to be reading, for various reasons. I add a little poll at the bottom too, so you guys can vote and help me narrow down some of my options as well. Here are my top TBR choices for this month and how I did last month… September Progress Not too bad… Kinda. I mean, my goal was to read a few library books and a few physical books and I totally failed at that. But! I did manage to finish off a series and bring all 10 books home to CT. My shelf is freeeee! And, to be fair, I’m still reading THE CRUEL PRINCE, but it’s worth mentioning here that I’m at least working on it. I got totally distracted by the MARA DYER trilogy for my book club and binged those three in a row. Whoops? On Deck for October Read ALL Library Books Ash & Bramble and Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable I’m so annoyed with myself because I had a lot of great books checked out and let them fall by the wayside. I ended up having to return just about everything. I’m determined to read this fairytale retelling duo, plus one more summery book! Let’s see if I can pull it off before […]

Challenge Round-Up: Fall Bingo TBR Ideas and ContRom Monthly Topic

Posted September 7, 2017 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
Challenge Round-Up: Fall Bingo TBR Ideas and ContRom Monthly Topic

Today’s post has a dual purpose, much like the personal post coming this Saturday. This is sort of a challenge round-up to take care of some business. First up is the bookish bingo card for this fall. I wanted to try to outline some TBR ideas, which I have occasionally done in the past. I always forget the books that first come to mind when I see the new card, so here we go for that. Second, I want to do the Contemporary Romance Challenge monthly topic – this time it’s about rereading. Fall Bingo TBR Ideas I’m loving the squares on this bingo card! I hope this is another season where I’m able to finish the whole thing off. Again, these are just book ideas down below because you know my mood reading will take me in so many different directions instead.     Mental health: All Things New by Lauren Miller Set in another country: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch Ensemble cast: Heart of Glass by Zoey Dean Fall release: The Knowing by Sharon Cameron     Yellow cover: Beautiful Stranger by Zoey Dean Different culture: The Education of Margot Sanchez Person on cover: California Dreaming by Zoey Dean 2017 debut: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman     Horror: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins Required reading: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Illustrations: Fables Vol. 5 by Bill Willingham Magic in the real world: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti     Asian American author: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo Set at a school: A Dangerous Year […]

September TBR

Posted August 31, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 9 Comments
September TBR

I recently started a monthly TBR feature, where I try to pin down which books I plan to read in the upcoming month. It also helps remind me throughout the month which books I’m supposed to be reading, for various reasons. I add a little poll at the bottom too, so you guys can vote and help me narrow down some of my options as well. Here are my top TBR choices for this month and how I did last month… August Progress LOL at my August TBR. That seriously got thrown out the window. I can mostly blame my extremely enjoyable A-LIST binge but I also don’t care. I was looking for books to beef up my reading and general desire to read, and everything I read did just that. I hope to get on target for September though because UGH I’m the worst?? On Deck for September Finish off THE A-LIST Series   Heart of Glass, Beautiful Stranger, and California Dreaming by Zoey Dean I plan to attack these pretty quickly because our feature is next week. I can usually read them in 1-2 sitting so I’m definitely not nervous about it. I don’t need to complete everything until Wednesday because that’s the review day in our feature. Anyways, I needed a little break from the series before finishing it up, but I’m ready now. Finish The Reading Quest I think I had hearts or stars or something in my eyes when I thought I’d have time to finish off […]

It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding

Posted August 21, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 8 Comments
It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding

I read a couple of books recently involving wedding planners and/or general event planners. It’s something I’ve always loved reading about for some reason. I wanted to be an event planner when I was younger (even as recent as high school – my friend and I were going to be P&L Events 😉), so I’m always drawn to these books. I figured I’d highlight some here – both ones I’ve read and enjoyed, as well as some on my TBR! Read & Recommended   Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | Dessen’s latest novel was a really fun book (with some serious moments) based around a wedding planning business. The main character’s mom owned her own business with her best friend, and she helped them out. Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally | The parents in Kenneally’s latest are event planners. They’re fighting for a chance to win the contract of a town-related event throughout the story. I definitely wish their business was highlighted more because I love event planning. There’s Cake in My Future by Kim Gruenenfelder | I remember really enjoying this one a few years ago. The story revolves around some best friends and one of their weddings. There was a lot of wedding planning involved, but wasn’t about that business necessarily. On My TBR     The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder | “Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at […]