Stacking The Shelves – 10/1/22

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include any books you acquire throughout the week no matter how you receive them or what format they come in! Gifts, library, netgalley or whatever!

Hello Friends! It’s another small book week for me this week. I brought in 7 books, 3 I bought, 1 was gifted and 3 I borrowed. I have also already read 3 of the books and I am hoping to start a new physical book and audio book today and they will more than likely be from the ones listed below!

Physical Books

  • Spells For Forgetting by Adrienne Young
  • The Vicious Circle by Katherine St. John

Audio Books

  • Partners In Crime by Alisha Rai – LibroFM Influencer Copy
  • Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – from the library

E-books or e-galleys this week.

  • Facets of Revolution by T.A. White – Pre-order for book #4 in this series. This was a 5 Star and can’t recommend this series enough!
  • Praise by Sara Cate – Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited – 3 Stars
  • Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik – Borrowed from library and it was a 4 Star

October (Maybe) TBR

Hi Friends! Im here today with my hopefuls for October. I have been in a sci-fi mood lately and I might just chuck all these books for more Space Operas! If you know any good ones let me know in the comments. What are you planning on reading in October? Any scary books or thrillers on your list?

For my back list books (which is any book I bought prior to January 1st 2022)

  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher – This is like the third time I have put this one my TBR and I really hope I can get to it this month.
  • Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine – I realized that I have somehow skipped this one and I want to try and get to it this month.
  • Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I love the vibes of this cover!

ARC’s For October that I need to read.

  • The Blame Game by Sandie Jones – August 16th – Need to read this arc from August
  • Partners In Crime by Alisha Rai – Received this arc and I would like to get to it before pub day on October 18th.

For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month’s buzzword is creatures or animals!

  • Witch Please by Anne Aguirre – A contemporary romance that I have on my kindle!
  • The Wolf and The Woodsman by Ava Reid – A fantasy that is just sitting on my kindle!

Other Books I Would Like To Read in October

  • Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson – Not sure how to describe this one but I am a little worried because one of my favorite reviewers recently dnf’d this one.
  • Love In The Time Of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson – Romance about a woman who is into true crime and thinks her neighbor might want to kill her.
  • The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling – Book 2 in this cute paranormal romance series, I enjoyed the first one so excited to get to this one.
  • The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead – Reading this with a group of bookstagrammers in October.

Again these are all books that I would like to read soon but I know I probably won’t get to most of these. What are you reading this month? Are you participating in any fun reading challenges?

The Cozy Autumn Book Tag

I found this on Kristen Kraves Books and thought it looked fun and I love all things fall so you get another fall tag from me! The tag was created by The Book Belle over on youtube.

What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?  I don’t really have a specific book that reminds me of fall but I do love to read thrillers and scarier books during this time of year.

What is your favorite autumnal book cover? 

What is your favorite autumnal drink to read with?  I like cold apple cider during the fall.

Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?  Mornings are my favorite time to read because it’s usually quiet and still a little dark out. But to be honest I will read at any time of day and pretty much anywhere!

Halloween is coming! What is your favorite spooky read?  I know not everyone loved this book but I did. Not only did it teach me that I enjoy a little bit of horror in my books but it also introduced me to Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I am enjoying reading her backlist!

What is the ultimate comfort read for you?  Any book by Penny Reid but especially Neanderthal Meets Human, also The Wild Series by K.A. Tucker and Wall of Winnipeg by Marian Zapata. These are my go to books to get me out of a reading slump!

What is your favorite autumnal reading snack?  Pumpkin muffins or bread!

What is your favorite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?  I love anything apple scented but it has to be straight apple no cinnamon!

When you’re not reading, what is your favorite autumnal activity?  We like to go looking at leaves or hanging out with family and friends, carving pumpkins and corn mazes.

What is on your autumn/fall reading list? 

WWW Wednesday – 9/28

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What are you currently reading?

  • Facets of Revolution by T.A. White – This one just released on the 27th and I immediately started it and so far I am enjoying it.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Angelika Frankenstien Makes Her Match – 4 Stars
  • A Hard Day For A Hangover by Darynda Jones – 5 Stars
  • The Key To My Heart by Lia Louis – 4 Stars
  • Only Bad Options by Jennifer Estep – 4 Stars
  • Killers of A Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn – 3 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna – Contemporary Romance/Fantasy
  • Partners In Crime by Alisha Rai – ARC I have that comes out in October

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday – September 27th

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks Top Ten is Typographic Book Covers

I think these are some of my favorite types of covers! I love the words being the focus with just a little bit in the background.

  • Things We Do In The Dark by Jennifer Hillier
  • The It Girl by Ruth Ware
  • All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata
  • Killers of A Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
  • The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
  • Book of Night by Holly Black

October New Releases

Hello and happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was good, the kids had a long weekend. We had hockey everyday and also spent time with family and friends so it was good! I am here with some of the books I am looking forward to in October, I have read 2 already and have at least one more advanced copy I am hoping to get to before pub day.

What books are you looking forward to in October?

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle – 10/4 – Contemporary Romance – I loved Sarah Hogle’s first two books so I am excited for her newest one.

A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary – 10/4 – 4 Stars – I really enjoyed this cute story that takes place around Christmas.

Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison – 10/4 – New horror from Rachel Harrison and even though I didn’t love Cackle I am excited for this one.

Folk Around and Find Out by Penny Reid – 10/10 – This one has been pushed back a few times due to the author’s health but I will wait a long time for her books since they are the best!

The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews – 10/11 – After loving The Siren Of Sussex, I am ready for book 2!

Little Eve by Catriona Ward – 10/11 – New horror from Catriona Ward! I love this cover.

Partner’s In Crime by Alisha Rai – 10/18 – Contemporary Romance – Excited to get to this one, I love the cover.

Cosmic Love by Samantha Young – 10/18 – Contemporary Romance – This one sounds really cute and I have enjoyed books by Samantha Young in the past.

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jaqueline Firkins – 10/25 – 4 Stars – Loved this one!!

Archangel’s Resurrection by Nalini Singh – 10/25 – Newest book in this series and even though I am not caught up yet I just REALLY love this cover!!!

Sundays In Bed With…. September 25th

Hello Friends! It’s Sunday and so I thought I would share my “Sundays in Bed With….” a meme dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning.  The meme was originally hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I found over on One Book More’s Blog.

This weekend I am reading The Key To My Heart by Lia Louis which a contemporary romance that follows a widow who is feeling stuck in life. So far I am really enjoying this one! I don’t normally read stories about young widows but I have enjoyed Lia Louis’s writing in the past so I thought I would give it a try and Im so glad I did. While the book is a heavier one to read it is also filled with wonderful dialogue and I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Thank you Atria for my #gifted copy!

The Key To My Heart by Lia Louis – out 12/6/22

From Goodreads:

A heartwarming novel about hope after loss as a young widow receives mysterious messages of love from the “must-buy author” (Jodi Picoult) of Eight Perfect Hours.

Sparkly and charming Natalie Fincher has it all—a handsome new husband, a fixer-upper cottage of her dreams, and the opportunity to tour with the musical she’s spent years writing. But when her husband suddenly dies, all her hopes and dreams instantly disappear.

Two and a half years later, Natalie is still lost. She works, sleeps (well, as much as the sexually frustrated village foxes will allow), and sees friends just often enough to allay their worries, but her life is empty. And she can only bring herself to play music at a London train station’s public piano where she can be anonymous. She’s lost motivation, faith in love, in happiness…in everything.

But when someone begins to mysteriously leave the sheet music for her husband’s favorite songs at the station’s piano, Natalie begins to feel a sense of hope and excitement for the first time. As she investigates just who could be doing this, Natalie finds herself on an unexpected journey toward newfound love for herself, for life, and maybe, for a special someone.

What are you reading in bed today?

Stacking The Shelves – 9/24/22

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include any books you acquire throughout the week no matter how you receive them or what format they come in! Gifts, library, netgalley or whatever!

Hello Friends! Its been a slow book week for me regarding books I brought into my “library.” I acquired 5 new ones this week; 1 pre-order, 2 from PR or Publishers, 1 Audio with a credit and an e-ARC.

Physical Books

  • Only Bad Options by Jennifer Estep – Pre-order – An enemies to lovers space opera! Two of my favorite tropes!
  • Double Exposure by Jeannee Sacken – A mystery that follows a photojournalist working in the Middle East. Thank you GetRedPR for my gifted copy!
  • Partners In Crime by Alisha Rai – A contemporary fake dating romance! Thank you Avon for my gifted copy!

Audio Books

  • Killers Of A Certain Age – Audible – used a credit for the audio and it is really good so far!

E-books or e-galleys this week.

  • The Key To My Heart by Lia Louis – ARC – Contemporary Romance, thank you Atria for my gifted copy!

Let’s Talk Bookish – September 23rd

Friday’s are for The Let’s Talk Bookish Meme which is a weekly meme created by Rukky@EternityBooks and is now hosted by Aria @Booknookbits.

Todays topic is Reading seasonally (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

Do you read seasonally? Yes!! I love to read seasonally but that doesn’t mean I won’t pick up a beach read in winter!

Do you like a beach read in summer, a spooky book in the autumn and holiday themed ones in winter? I love to try and pick spooky themed books in the fall or just generally gravitate towards thrillers and in the summer I seem to pick up a ton of contemporary romances. I don’t generally read holiday books over the winter because I don’t generally like them.

What’s your favorite season? Fall! I love colder weather and the colors are some of my favorites! Plus my birthday is in October so I always look forward to that!

Do you have any favorite seasonal reads? I don’t have any that I will re-read every season but I do pick some out that I will hold onto to read during a certain time of year.

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Round Up – September Part 2

Hi Friends! I am here with my second round up for the month. I read 5 books this tome and dnf’d 2! I really enjoyed The siren of Sussex and can’t wait to read book 2 next month! I am still in a weird mood and keep picking up books but not getting very far because nothing is holding my interest! Hopefully I get back on track soon but if not oh well!

Where The Sky Begins by Rhys Bowen – 3 Stars Thank you GetredPR, Rhys Bowen  and the publisher #lakeunion for my #gifted copy. This book is set in WWII and follows Josie as she faces the uncertainty that comes with her husband off in the war, her place of business bombed and then her house! After she recovers Josie is sent to live in the country with an unpleasant woman who does not want to open her house to strangers. What follows is the story of Josie learning to overcome challenges and figure out what she wants out of life if she survives the war. This is a story of self discovery, friendship, romance and loss. I really enjoyed this one as I felt like it wasn’t the same story I have read many times before when reading a historical WWII novel. 

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – 2 Stars I am trying to clear out my shelves so I picked this one up and really had to push through it. I was not a fan of either main character and the medical side of the book was really out of place for me. After really enjoying book 1 in this series the next two really fell flat and I am scared to pick up book 4 which I still have on my tbr shelf.

The Siren Of Sussex by Mimi Matthews – 4 Stars This was interesting historical romance that dealt with topics that I have not read in a romance before. The male lead for this book half Indian and half English and really goes into the British occupation of India and what it is like for him living in England. I don’t know how realistic it is but I loved having a different perspective and always enjoy when the books I read are not in the typical vain. This was a sweet romance and I highly recommend if you enjoy historicals!

Some Dukes Have All The Luck by Christina Britton – 3 Stars This was probably more of a 3.5 star. After being on a historical kick I decided to continue and pick up an ARC I have for Some Dukes Have All The Luck. This follows Bronwyn who just wants to spend her time working on research of a beetle she found but her social climbing parents destroys her research and demands she finds a husband. While out walking she comes across a man who decides she will do nicely for a wife and offers to marry her in name only if she will help look out for his three wards. Deciding that that sounds better than what her parents have planned she takes him up on the offer. Thinking he is a gentleman only Bronwyn is surprised to learn he is actually a Duke and she is now a Duchess. What goes on from there is a set of funny events mixed with a sweet romance that I really enjoyed. I struggled at times with the pacing but overall thought this was an enjoyable historical romance. Thank you Forever Publishing for my gifted copy for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When Gracie Met The Grump by Mariana Zapata – 3.5 Stars rounded up to a 4 This book was such an interesting departure in some ways from what Mariana Zapata usually writes. Our main male lead in this book is an actual superhero and I was here for it! Like most of Mariana’s books we still get a great slow burn as well as a silent and grumpy hero which she writes so well! My main issue with this book was in the beginning, it felt very repetitive and the story really struggled with moving forward. By about halfway the story starts to pick up and this was when the book got really good for me. If you have read any other books by this author and enjoyed them then I think you should pick this one up as well.

For The Throne by Hannah Whitten – DNF This is book 2 in a duology that I started last year that follows two sisters, one who is destined for the crown and the other sacrificed to the wolf. Book one followed Red who was the sacrifice and book two focuses more on Neve the Queen. I am putting this one down for now because I just wasn’t in a fantasy mood but I would still like to finish it some day.

The Make Up Test by Jenny L. Howe – DNF I really tried to get into this one but it just never clicked for me and only made it 12% in when I decided to put it down. This is a second chance romance that follows two rival academics who are vying for the same position. I struggled with the main characters and they way the male lead was described, I know that sounds weird but she made him sound so unlikable that I couldn’t figure out why she liked him in the first place. I have also learned lately that I need to stick with what I know and like and that I am just not a fan of second chance romances. I know they can be done well but they very rarely work for me. If you like second chance romance or books set in academia then you might want to check this one out. Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.