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Upcoming Mystery/Thrillers on my TBR

Posted September 23, 2021 / Book Lists, Features / 0 Comments
Upcoming Mystery/Thrillers on my TBR

I’m finding in these shitty reading times that mystery/thrillers have been the key to getting some reading spark back. I usually want to read them quickly and will finish in a few sittings, in order to race to the end and see whodunnit. I also enjoy these in audio format because I spend most of my audio-listening-time with true crime podcasts… and mystery-based audiobooks can be just as addicting! I thought I would highlight some upcoming mystery/thriller books I have on my TBR – both books that recently published and those that are coming soon. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley // February 2022 I’ve really enjoyed her previous two mystery novels and haev been anxiously awaiting her third! The MC travels to Paris to escape her life for a bit and live with her brother, who ends up being completely MIA when she arrives. Did one of his neighbors have something to do with his disappearance? These Deadly Games by Diana Urban // February 2022 I’ve got this waiting on my Kindle and it’s taken a lot of effort to not read it ASAP! This one sounds intriguing overall but I’m mostly interested because of how much I enjoyed her debut mystery and its plot. The MC is forced to play a kidnapper’s game and she has to choose between hurting or killing her friends, or getting her sister killed. Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano // February 2022 Genuinely depressed I have to wait until February […]

September TBR

Posted September 1, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
September TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. September TBR August, again, was terrible. I was somewhat busy but honestly it’s mostly just that I don’t prioritize reading. I got super into some new podcasts and listened to very little on audio. I only managed to read 7 books in August because THREE were cookbooks. Currently Reading    I am somehow still reading RULE OF WOLVES although I’m pretty sure “reading” is a strong word, since I’ve only read 2-3 chapters since the last time I wrote about this here. I do genuinely need to make a commitment to reading a chapter a day (or listening to an audio chapter) until it’s done. I’m also still working through THE INTUITIVE EATING WORKBOOK because it’s a little repetitive after reading the full book and working in my group coaching. It’ll get done eventually and be a quick boost to my reading numbers when it happens. Physical/Owned Books These are holdovers too, whoops. I got ARSENIC AND ADOBO in my recent BOTM package and it’s been sitting there! I’m excited to read it but I’ve been Kindle-addicted lately. I also got DONUTS AND OTHER PROCLAMATIONS OF LOVE from Laura (the author’s agent) […]

August TBR

Posted August 4, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
August TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. August TBR July was another rough month. I did manage to check some books off my list but when I would have usually finished 1-2 books in the final weekend of the month, I was at my friend’s wedding and didn’t have any time to read for quite a few days. There are at least two books I’ll be able to finish off ASAP this month at least. Currently Reading and Just Finished    Yes, RULE OF WOLVES is here for the millionth time. Really hoping I can actually finally follow through on my plan to listen to one chapter or read one chapter per day until it’s done this month. I’m just sick of having it on here and really hope once I get rolling and things start happening in the book a little more, I’ll be itching to just finish it off. I’m almost done with INTUITIVE EATING and plan to finish off the INTUITIVE EATING WORKBOOK soon as well. Physical/Owned Books I got ARSENIC AND ADOBO in my recent BOTM package and it’s been sitting there! I’m excited to read it but I’ve been Kindle-addicted lately. I also got […]

July TBR

Posted July 5, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
July TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. July TBR I’m in terrible shape here y’all. I’m even further behind. I hope to read a few graphic novels this month to get slightly back on track. This TBR post is also late so I will cheat and include the book or two I’ve already read. I’m also ready to admit defeat on some of the books I keep carrying from month to month on my TBR, like INSTANT KARMA and MAJESTY. I want to focus on review copies for the next month or two because I somehow went wild on Netgalley and ended up with 10 more last month. Currently Reading and Just Finished   Yes, RULE OF WOLVES is here. I put it on hold for a few weeks while I read another fantasy book because I don’t like reading two of the same genre at once. I do hope to do my “chapter a day until I finish” plan for this one beginning ASAP because I want it off my shelf. I started COMING HOME TO SEASHELL HARBOR right after finishing THE WOODS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING because I needed something contemporary right afterwards. That was a tough (but […]

Christmas in July: Upcoming 2021 Holiday Books

Posted July 1, 2021 / Book Lists, Features / 5 Comments
Christmas in July: Upcoming 2021 Holiday Books

I always have the idea to do a “Christmas in July” feature on my blog because it’s riiiight around this time of year when I notice all of the holiday books coming out in September/October. I browsed Nick’s amazing list of romances coming out in the second half of 2021 and many of them were excellent-sounding holiday books! I thought now would be a great time to dive into back into this kind of post (last/first done in 2019). Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday // I’ve adored every single Jenny Holiday book I’ve read so far and have plenty more to dive into still. She wrote a lovely royal holiday romance last year and this one will probably be just as excellent. Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne // It’s not a holiday season without a book from RaeAnne Thayne! I’ve read a ton of her companion series books and usually there are some holiday stories sprinkled in. They’re always a touch cheesy and more wholesome, but usually have a cute small town holiday vibe that I love. A Season for Second Chances by Jenny Bayliss // I really enjoyed her debut last year and was so excited to see another holiday book from her for this year. British Christmas books in charming country towns? Sign me up, always. Also, her covers are super cute and wintry.   The Christmas Village by Annie Rains // I feel like a broken record because all of these books so far have been from tried-and-true authors I […]

June TBR

Posted June 3, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
June TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. June TBR Just as I caught up on my Goodreads challenge, I fell back in the hole again. At the time of writing this I’m FIVE behind, which is worse than before lol. I know it’s because I’m still reading RULE OF WOLVES after too long of a time period, and just didn’t read much overall in May. I have to catch up on review copies too. Woof. Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Again, just moving INSTANT KARMA, SEX AND VANITY, and MAJESTY from month to month. I am currently reading RULE OF WOLVES but it’s taking me forever and I’m not far into it. Hopefully I’ll get some traction in June and finish it by the end of the month. Like I did with ACOSF, I will probably plan for a chapter or two per day until it’s done (I have about 40 chapters left and 30 days in June, so it will work if I get cruising at the end!). Review Copies Already published:     June pub date:   I decided to break this down by overdue review copies (ugh) and ones that come out in June. OF PRINCES AND […]

May TBR

Posted April 30, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
May TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. May TBR I finally caught up on my Goodreads challenge, thanks to an audiobook addiction for a few books AND my new cookbooks that came in. As a result, I did pretty okay with my TBR. The audiobooks I listened two were technically books I HAD on my library hold list, so they’re kind of from my April TBR too. I didn’t do well with review copies because I mostly tried to read my cookbooks and a couple of physical books, but I managed to finish a couple egalleys up by the end of the month too. Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Yep, these three guys are still here. I do hope to read them sometime in 2021 haha. MAJSETY, SEX AND VANITY, and INSTANT KARMA are all available to me by hard copy and audiobook. I’m keeping this here again and just saying I managed to finally finish ACOSF… only to now add RULE OF WOLVES. I’m going to see if Scribd adds the audio in May, because they’re renewing its predecessor’s audiobook. If not, I’ll just buy it from Libro.fm. Review Copies    I didn’t do that well with review copies […]

April TBR

Posted March 31, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
April TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. April TBR I was horrible with reading yet again in March, but I did largely stick to my TBR! Still a ton of owned books to read and now the library holds keep rolling in too. I feel good about my April reading life because I have two cookbooks coming that will catch me up on my currently-behind Goodreads challenge. Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Yep, these three guys are still here. I do hope to read them sometime in 2021 haha. MAJSETY, SEX AND VANITY, and INSTANT KARMA are all available to me by hard copy and audiobook, so hopefully I can at least read ONE in April?! I’m also moving ACOSF up here because I am still freaking reading it. It’s huge! And other books keep calling my name! Hopefully I can crank through and finish soon. Review Copies   I read four of the six review copies I featured here last month, and focused on the three publishing within the month! *pats self on back* I’m leaving THE SUMMER COTTAGE (May pub) and OF PRINCES AND PROMISES (June pub) because I hope to keep getting ahead on review copies as […]

March TBR

Posted February 26, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
March TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. March TBR I finally got a TBR post up and running in time! There are a ton of books on here, including holdovers from last month and a bunch of review copies, so we’ll see how I fare. I did a good job of reading most of the review copies I promised last time… Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Yet again: repeats from previous months. Good lord, Lauren. Please read one of these books. INSTANT KARMA, SEX AND VANITY, and MAJESTY are all physical copies I have, plus the first and third are audiobooks I could listen to either on Scribd or Libro.fm. Review Copies I posted an egalley reading plan the other day to inspire me to read my review copies within a reasonable amount of time. FLOAT PLAN, ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED, AND IT’S KIND OF A CHEESY LOVE STORY are all books publishing in March. THE SUMMER COTTAGE and TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT publish in May and OF PRINCES AND PROMISES comes out in June, but I know I’ll want to read it as soon as possible. Library Books I posted a Library Love post the other day that outlines all of […]

10 May Releases for Review

Posted February 22, 2021 / Book Lists, Features / 4 Comments
10 May Releases for Review

I finally updated my review copy spreadsheet with some of the books I’ve acquired and never put in from 2020. I’ve been great about updating as things happen in 2021 too. This is my process: when I get a book approval from Netgalley, I immediately send it to my Kindle and update Goodreads shelves (“ARC Kindle” and “owned Kindle” – I know it’s not the same to have a review copy as owning the book, but the “owned” shelf represents ALL of the books I have on my Kindle, so when I need a Kindle book to read I can just select the one shelf). I then go to my 2021 Books spreadsheet and add it in the Acquired tab. And finally, go to my Database of Review Copies spreadsheet and add it in there according to the pub date. I did this the other day when I got four approvals within two days (woof) and realized I currently have TEN review copies to read that are May releases. I share my acquired books and review copies each month, but thought it would be fun to do a round-up of these books, why I’m excited, and when I think I’ll read them! Yes, part of the reason I’m posting this is to hold myself accountable to some kind of schedule to be on time with all of these. I have four publishing on the 4th, three on the 11th, one on the 18th, and two on the 25th, and technically […]