S4S – June 25th

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme created by A Little But A Lot and today’s topic is: sun in the title/on the cover. I broke this one up into two groups, one is for books I read and the second is books I want to read.

Books I have read with Sun in the title

  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James – 5 Stars
  • A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones – 5 Stars
  • A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh – 5 Stars

Books I want to read with Sun in the title

  • She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

What are some of your favorite books with a sun on the cover or in the title?

Reading Round Up – July 1st – 10th

Hello Friends. I hope everyones month is going well. I feel like mine has been really hectic lately and I am definitely not reading as much as I normally do. All four of these books were listened to on audio with a little physically reading mixed in.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – 4 Stars This one is classified as a thriller but it should have been called contemporary fiction with a small mystery. While I really enjoyed this one it wasn’t a thriller. This follows Hannah who has recently married Owen and is a step mother to his 16 year old daughter Bailey. One day Owen disappears and just leaves a note saying to protect his daughter. Hannah and Bailey decide to find out what is going on and in the process learn to lean on each other. I really enjoyed this one, it was pretty slow paced and read more like a mystery but still really well written. If you want something a little slower paced then I would recommend this one.

What If You and Me by Roni Loren – Stars Thank you so much Sourcebooks Casablanca for my giveaway win and Librofm for my alc (advanced listening copy) of What If You And Me by Roni Loren. I liked her first book in the series but I loved this one more! Our main character is a horror writer and lover of the genre! Her neighbor is a sexy firefighter who mistakenly thinks she is being hurt because of the movie she is watching 😂 this is now one of my favorite meet cutes!! These don’t really need to be read in order but characters do show up in both books. Highly recommend checking this one out!

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – 4 Stars The Last Good Indian by @stephengrahamjones. This book follows 4 men who ten years earlier where out hunting and something happened that is now seeking vengeance. This book is pretty dark and there are some graphic descriptions and some of it with animals so if you are sensitive to that then beware. This was my first book by him and I really enjoyed it, his writing style is a little different but once you get used to it I felt it flowed well. I really liked this one and can’t wait to read more from him. Plus he is a fellow Coloradon as well! Thank you @librofm for my review copy!!

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark – 4 Stars I am not sure how to review this one! It mixes so many genres like horror, fantasy and historical fiction. This is like an alternative history and takes place in the 1920’s in the south and is about monster hunters. The monsters they are hunting are called Klu Kluxes and they are not human. If you want a wild short story then you should pick this one up. Also the audio was fantastic!! Can’t wait to read more from P. Djeli Clark.

Halloween In July Book Tag

Happy Thursday Friends! I am here with another tag post. I saw Heather from Bookables do the Halloween in July Tag and I decided to do this one to go along with summerween and reading thrillers this month. You can watch Heather’s video here. You can also check out the Original Tag Creator: the.book.gypsy (instagram) here https://www.instagram.com/the.book.gypsy

⋯ QUESTIONS ⋯

1. What book gave you the creeps? Horrid by Katrina Leno, I still have not finished this one becasue it creeped me out so much!!

2. What book gives you the best Halloween vibes? The Only Good Indians is set in the winter for parts of the book and the entire thing just has this eerie vibe.

3. What’s your favorite vampire book? I don’t think I can pick just one! I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward and The Argeneau Vampire series by Lynsay Sands. My favorite’s are Lover Awakened and

4. What book scared you so much you had to sleep with the light on? Horrid by Katrina Leno

5. What’s your favorite book about witches/goblins/ghosts/demons? (one of each for me!)

  • Witches – The Witching Hour by Anne Rice – Classic family of witches story
  • Goblin’s – The Hob’s Bargain by Robin Hobb – Fantasy
  • Ghosts – Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane – Urban Fantasy about a woman who expells ghosts
  • Demons – Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter – Paranormal Romance that about the fight between Angel’s and Demons

6. What book do you wish was scarier than it was? Sanatorium, I know I said I was going to try and not repeat books from my summerween tag but this book had such great potential!!

7. What’s your favorite book that takes place in October? I just read this one in June and it just released on 7/13, How Sweet It Is was a great book the combined the cuteness of a rom com with a horror authors book launch. Such a good book!!

WWW Wednesday – 7/21

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!

The three Ws are:
What are currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – ARC – I am still trying to get through this one, it’s a slow start but I really want to finish it but it probably won’t be till the end of the month.
  • An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott – Started this one but not far in, Im hoping to get it done by the end of this week.
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager – Just started this audio.
  • Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest – 64%
  • The Layover by Lacie Walden – 16%
  • The Guilt Trip by Sandi Jones – 27%


What did you recently finish reading?

  • Too Good To Be Real by Melonie Johnson – 3 Stars
  • The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee – 2 Stars
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Read – DNF
  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman – DNF

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel
  • Love Next Door by Helena Hunting
  • The Therapist by B.A. Paris
  • Survive The Night by Riley Sager – Highly anticipating this one!!!

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

Release Blitz: Totally Folked by Penny Reid

One unforgettable night leads to an unlikely shared connection, and unlikely connections never go unnoticed by the good folks in Green Valley, Tennessee. . .

Totally Folked an all-new small town romantic comedy filled with humor and heart from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid is available now!Jackson James follows the rules. He has to. He’s a sheriff’s deputy in a super small town with a super big personality. However, strict adherence to the law during the day has been enjoyably balanced by rakish rules at night. Jackson, typically happy to protect and serve (and serve, and serve), starts questioning the value of wayward evenings when they begin to feel more like being waylaid rather than getting laid. Could it be that Green Valley’s most eligible—and notorious—bachelor longs for something (and someone) real?

Mega movie star Raquel Ezra follows only one rule: always leave them wanting more. Strict adherence to this single rule has served her well. Studio execs, reporters, audiences, fans, lovers—no one can get enough of the smart, savvy, and sexy bombshell. But when “generous offers” begin to feel more like excessive demands, years of always leaving has the elusive starlet longing for something (and perhaps someone) lasting.

When Raquel abruptly returns to the quirky Tennessee hamlet, her path crosses with the delectable deputy with whom she spent one unforgettable night. Unfortunately, scandal and intrigue soon follow. Raquel and Jackson must decide which is more important: following their rules? Or, at long last, finding something real.

TOTALLY FOLKED is a standalone, contemporary romantic comedy novel and book #1 in the Good Folk: Modern Folktales series.

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 Meet Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Website: http://www.pennyreid.ninja

Reading Round Up – June 21st-30th

Hello friends, here is my last round up for the month of June. How Sweet It Is was my favorite read and could be one of my favorites for the year!!!

How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton – 5 Stars This is such a fun fall themed romance and I would definitely recommend picking this one up in October. This one follows Kate who runs an event planning business and loves to create magical moments for couples on their wedding day. Drake is a bestselling horror writer known as The Knight of Nightmares but he secretly wants to write a historical romance. Kate gets asked to help create an epic book launch for Drake’s newest release and the two clash on how they think this should be done. There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book and I loved reading about Kate’s parties and Drakes stories as well. Kate has a great best friend who is also Drake’s publicist, I loved their friendship so much. I also love Drake’s relationship with his two brothers ad his mother. Im hoping that this will be a series and we will get the brother’s books too. Again I highly recommend picking up this one especially if you love seasonal reads. Thank Forever and Netgalley for my gifted copy for review. This comes out 7/13/21.

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica – 4 Stars This thriller had me hooked from the very beginning! It starts out with a narrative that we are not sure about, it seems to be a child who is locked in a basement with another child in the dark and we don’t know this child’s name or age. The next part is told in two timelines the first is following new mom who goes out for a jog late one night and doesn’t come home then a week or so later another mom and her 6 year old daughter go missing. The second timeline is 10 years later when the daughter is found and returns home. The two timelines help piece together what this neighborhood went through and what happens when the girl is returned. Again I really liked the overall story but just felt that a few things could have been expanded on at the end of the book.

Such A Quite Place by Megan Miranda – 3.5 Stars I was lucky to be able to read an early copy of this book with @lovearctually over on Instagram. ☀️ This story is about a quiet neighborhood where everyone is friends and colleagues, as most also work at the nearby college. That is until one of their own is charged with murder and now 14 months later they are back and out to find the truth of what really happened. I really liked the quiet almost ominous feel that you get while reading this story. I felt like the end could have been developed a little more but overall its still a great read, I just like my books tied up with neat little bows. Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for my copy for review and for the fun interview with Megan Miranda. It was so fun to hear her thoughts on her book and writing process. This was another fun slow burn thriller that had me guessing till the end of the book! Her books make such great summer reads.

To Sir With Love by Lauren Layne – 5 Stars This book drew me in right from the beginning and I read it all in one day! We are following Gracie who runs a Champaign shop in New York that is not doing great and the land lord is trying to buy out her lease. Gracie also has a secret, she has friend on an app where you just talk but never see pics of the other until yo are ready to meet. Things get complicated for Gracie when she starts having feelings for the man trying to close her business and also with the man she talks to on the app. I really enjoyed this romance, it was so cute! Andrew, who is the man trying to buy out her lease, was so sweet! I loved when he kept coming to the events that Gracie puts on in the store. If you are looking for a sweet and fun romance then I would check this one out! Thank you Gallery Books for my gifted copy for review.

The Return Of The Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4 Stars Normally short stories or Novella’s are hard for me to get into because you get such a small amount of time with the characters. However, Silvia Moreno-Garcia can write such a great story that I was not going huh? at the end of the story. This one follows Yalxi who was betrayed and deposed from her title as Supreme Mistress of the Guild of Sorcerers. Yalxi seeks revenge against her fellow Sorcerer and hopes to destroy the power source that their evil master had created. Even though we are just dumped into this world with no prior knowledge I understood pretty well how the magic worked and even on a small scale the politics of the world. I also had a pretty good idea of who the characters were and their motivations. I loved Yalxi and her companion, they had a great chemistry. This story just helps solidify my auto buys for all books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Thank you Subterranean Press and Netgalley for my gifted copy for an honest review.

WWW Wednesday – 7/14

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!

The three Ws are:
What are currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – ARC – I am still trying to get through this one, it’s a slow start but I really want to finish it but it probably won’t be till the end of the month.
  • An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott – Started this one but not far in, Im hoping to get it done by the end of this week.
  • Too Good To Be Real by Melonie Johnson – 71%
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager – Just started this audio.


What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – 4 Stars
  • Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark – 4 Stars
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris – 3.5 Stars? Still deciding.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman – This one just came out and I would like to get too it so I can get my review done.
  • The Therapist by B.A. Paris – Comes out 7/13 and want to get it read by then.
  • Survive The Night by Riley Sager – Highly anticipating this one!!!

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

QUINTESSENTIAL SUMMER BOOK TAG

Happy Thursday! I am here today with the quintessential summer book tag! I saw this on Heather from Bookables channel and thought it looked like fun! You can see here video here. Also be sure to check out the original tag (created by TheBookishKat) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j223D…. If you like tags feel free to tag yourself!

–The Questions–

1. Iced Drink – a refreshing book – Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. I loved everything about this book, its quirky and cute and gives me all the feels!!!!

2. Cotton Candy – a book that was fluffy and sweet – Very Sincerely Yours – This book was so cute, both characters were sweet and shy and it just had me smiling throughout the entire book.

3. Sunglasses – a dark book – The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon – this was a very dark and atmospheric book.

4. Picnic on a Rainy Day – a sad book – The Last Goodby by Fiona Lucas but I have read a ton of others this year.

5. Sand – a book that irritated you – Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey, I basically speed read this book because I just wanted it to be over and done with. Didn’t like the main characters and was not a fan of their relationship.

6. Summer Blockbuster – favorite book-to-screen adaptation – Bridgerton! I love the book series and the Netflix show is amazing!!!

7. Dropped Ice Cream – a you were anticipating, but it wasn’t good – Sanatorium, I wanted this book to be more creepy with it being set in a Sanatorium.

8. Palm Tree – a tall book you loved – So this one is just for your tall books so I went with The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter. I love the Will Trent series and this is the newest one in the series.

9. Bonfire – a book you want to burn – Im not really sure about this one, if a book is this bad I don’t finish it. However, The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez had me wanting to through my book against a wall!!

10. Fireworks – a book that exploded onto the scene – The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon. It was everywhere for awhile and it was a fantastic read.

WWW Wednesday – 7/7

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!

The three Ws are:
What are currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – ARC – I am still trying to get through this one, it’s a slow start but I really want to finish it but it probably won’t be till the end of the month.
  • An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott – Started this one but not far in, Im hoping to get it done by the end of this week.
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – Im about 70% in and really enjoying it!
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager – Just started this audio.


What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda – 4 Stars
  • The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary – 3 Stars
  • What If You and Me by Roni Loren – 4 Stars
  • The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – 4.5 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman – This one just came out and I would like to get too it so I can get my review done.
  • The Therapist by B.A. Paris – Comes out 7/13 and want to get it read by then.
  • Too Good To Be Real by Melonie Johnson – Just came out 7/6 and I want to get too it asap.
  • Survive The Night by Riley Sager – Highly anticipating this one!!!

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

Top 5 Tuesday: July 6th

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is Top 5 hyped books I love. I went with books that I have seen hyped on social media like youtube and Instagram. These 5 books were all 5 stars for me and 3 of them I have read 2+ times.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Horror novel set in 1950’s Mexico that is about a girl who is trying to find out whats wrong with her cousin. The atmosphere is so creepy in this book and I loved every minute of it. I would also recommend the audio.

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Romance about a woman who is has a chronic illness and after having a near death experience she decides to liven up her life. She enlists the help of her buildings grumpy handyman. Very steamy read!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – One of my favorite books! I loved the relationship building in this one so much, it is a slow burn with heavier topics.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Hands down my favorite enemies to lovers romance and usually what I put others up against that I read. I love silent Joshua so much!

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman – This is the only book I have read by this author and I know it’s pretty different from his others. I loved the quirky-ness of this book and all the characters. I also really enjoyed the concept of a bank robber that doesn’t know what they are doing.

What are some of your most hyped up books that you loved?