Can’t Wait Wednesday – JUST MY TYPE by Falon Ballard

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is JUST MY TYPE by Falon Ballard. I love a second chance romance, so this book really appeals to me. Having it also be rivals to lovers is just icing on the cake!

JUST MY TYPE by Falon Ballard

Publication Date: February 7, 2023 by Penguin Group Putnam

From Goodreads:

To win the job of her dreams, a relationship-prone journalist needs to learn how to stay single in this heartwarming and hilarious new romantic comedy from the beloved author of Lease on Love.

Lana Parker has never been single for long. After a disastrous break-up with her high school boyfriend, Seth Carson, Lana’s bounced from long-term relationship to long-term relationship. She’s an expert girlfriend, even acting as the resident dating and relationship columnist for one of Los Angeles’s trendiest websites. But now, at the age of thirty, Lana suddenly finds herself single again, and she’s determined to stay that way, no matter how challenging.

That is, until her high school ex, Seth, now a journalist in his own right, takes an assignment at Lana’s site. Ready to put down roots after years of traveling and freelancing, Seth becomes not only Lana’s colleague but also her competitor. With their combative relationship history–and undeniable chemistry–they quickly find themselves pitted against each other in a battle of wits: writing an article series that goes against dating type. For Lana, that means writing about staying single and embracing it. For Seth, it’s learning to settle down and become boyfriend material. Whoever’s is most popular wins a highly coveted columnist spot that either could only dream of. But when the two square off against one another, it’s not only their careers on the line–it’s also their hearts.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: One-Word Reviews for the Last 10 Books I Read But Didn’t Review on the Blog

 

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually supposed to be Hilarious Book Titles, but I wasn’t feeling that one so I decided to revisit a topic from a few months ago that I really enjoyed –  One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read But Didn’t Review on the Blog.  I’ve been really knocking out books from my own shelves this year, but I haven’t been spending much time reviewing them on this site.  I like how this topic allows me to at least briefly share what else I’ve been reading lately.

One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read But Didn’t Review on My Blog

 

 

1. BOOKED ON A FEELING by Jayci Lee  – PREDICTABLE

2.  AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN by Julia Quinn  – ANGSTY

3.  THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn   – DEADLY

4.  EVERY SUMMER AFTER by Carley Fortune  –  NOSTALGIC

5. THE MISSED CONNECTION by Denise Williams – FUN

6. SOMETHING WILDER by Christina Lauren – UNEXPECTED

7.  THE STEMINIST NOVELLAS by Ali Hazelwood – ADORABLE

8.  UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover – HEARTWRENCHING

9. AFTER I DO by Taylor Jenkins Reid – RESONATES

10. THE HIDDEN ONE BY LINDA CASTILLO – TWISTY

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Question:  Have your read any of these?  How would you describe them in one word?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF TANNER & LOUISE by Colleen Oakley

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF TANNER & LOUISE by Colleen Oakley.  I really hope this book is as wonderful as it sounds because I was in love with it as soon as I read the synopsis.  I mean, seriously, a college dropout and an eighty-four-year-old woman on the run from the law? It sounds epic!

 

THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF TANNER & LOUISE by Colleen Oakley

Publication Date: March 28, 2023 by Berkley

From Goodreads:

Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby needs a place to live. Preferably one where she can continue sitting around in sweatpants and playing video games nineteen hours a day. Since she has no credit or money to speak of, her options are limited, so when an opportunity to work as a live-in caregiver for an elderly woman falls into her lap, she takes it.

One slip on the rug. That’s all it took for Louise Wilt’s daughter to demand that Louise have a full-time nanny living with her. Never mind that she can still walk fine, finish her daily crossword puzzle, and pour the two fingers of vodka she drinks every afternoon. Bottom line — Louise wants a caretaker even less than Tanner wants to be one.

The two start off their living arrangement happily ignoring each other until Tanner starts to notice things—weird things. Like, why does Louise keep her garden shed locked up tighter than a prison? And why is the local news fixated on the suspect of one of the biggest jewelry heists in American history who looks eerily like Louise? And why does Louise suddenly appear in her room, with a packed bag at 1 a.m. insisting that they leave town immediately?

Thus begins the story of a not-to-be-underestimated elderly woman and an aimless young woman who—if they can outrun the mistakes of their past—might just have the greatest adventure of their lives.

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books That Make Me Want to Take a Road Trip

 

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is supposed to be Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional).  I couldn’t think of any place that I haven’t shared books for already, so I decided to tweak the topic a bit.  I’m still focused on traveling, but this time it’s books that feature road trips – fun road trips, romantic road trips, angsty road trips, and even a dangerous road trip. There’s a little bit of everything here.

10 Books That Make Me Want to Take a Road Trip

 

 

1. A THOUSAND MILES by Bridget Morrisey

Features a road trip designed to reunite two friends who have become estranged

 

2. DESTINATION ANYWHERE by Sara Barnard

A road trip across Canada that helps a young woman find her squad

 

3.  NO FUNNY BUSINESS by Amanda Aksel

A cross country road trip featuring two stand up comedians on tour together.

 

4.  PLACES WE’VE NEVER BEEN by Kasie West

Features a cross-country family road trip that puts one girl and her childhood best friend on an unexpected road to romance.

 

5. THE ROAD TRIP by Beth O’Leary

Features a road trip that is a highly entertaining comedy of errors where truly everything that could possibly go wrong does.

 

6. I WAS TOLD IT WOULD GET EASIER by Abbi Waxman

Features a somewhat angsty mother-daughter road trip to tour college campuses.

 

7.  I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE by Kristina Forest

Features a teen taking a forbidden road trip to follow her dreams behind her mom’s back.

 

8.  THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS by Jessica Brody

Features a romantic road trip

 

9. LOVE & LUCK by Jenna Evans Welch

Features a fun road trip across Ireland.

 

10. SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jessamyn Ward

A heartwrenching book that features a road trip that is a “a journey rife with danger and promise.”

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these? 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING by Kristin Harmel

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING by Kristin Harmel.  Kristin Harmel is one of my favorite historical fiction authors so I’m always eager to get my hands on every new novel she comes out with.  This one sounds fabulous, especially since it’s set in both Cape Cod and Paris.

 

THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING by Kristin Harmel

Publication Date: August 7, 2022 by Gallery Books

From Goodreads:

A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother’s and what she learns may change everything. The Sweetness of Forgetting is the book that made Kristin Harmel an international bestseller.

At thirty-six, Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a twenty-two year old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Her own dreams of becoming a lawyer long gone, she’s running a failing family bakery on Cape Cod and raising a troubled preteen.

Now, Hope’s beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than fifty years, is drifting away into a haze of Alzheimer’s. But in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie realizes that unless she tells Hope about the past, the secrets she has held on to for so many years will soon be lost forever. Tantalizingly, she reveals mysterious snippets of a tragic history in Paris. And then, arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France to uncover a seventy-year-old mystery.

Hope’s emotional journey takes her through the bakeries of Paris and three religious traditions, all guided by Mamie’s fairy tales and the sweet tastes of home. As Hope pieces together her family’s history, she finds horrific Holocaust stories mixed with powerful testimonies of her family’s will to survive in a world gone mad. And to reunite two lovers torn apart by terror, all she’ll need is a dash of courage, and the belief that God exists everywhere, even in cake…

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books from my Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read

 

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books from my Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read. I was actually impressed with myself when I sat down to do this topic because I had to go back through my seasonal TBRs all the way to 2017 in order to find ten books I still hadn’t read yet.  I can’t remember but I think a couple of these may have been DNFs.  Apparently I do pretty well on those seasonal TBRs. 🙂

Books from my Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read

 

 

1. DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING by Tricia Levenseller (Fall 2019)

2. WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton (Summer 2020)

3.  SEAFIRE by Natalie C. Parker (Fall 2018)

4.  WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo (Summer 2020)

5. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He (Spring 2019)

6. JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME by Gae Polisner (Spring 2020)

7.  I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter (Spring 2018)

8.  THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain (Fall 2021)

9. WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour (Spring 2017)

10. SOMETHING WILDER by Christina Lauren (Spring 2022)

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these? 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE DO-OVER by Lynn Painter

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE DO-OVER by Lynn Painter.  I’ve read two of Lynn Painters novels so far, Better Than the Movies and Mr. Wrong Number and absolutely loved them both. Both novels were filled with wonderful character and snappy, often hilarious dialogue and left me with a smile on my face.  Needless to say, I want to read everything Painter has written and can’t wait to get my hands on this latest YA novel. I love that this one appears to have a Groundhog’s Day vibe that revolves around an awful Valentine’s Day.

THE DO-OVER by Lynn Painter

Publication Date: November 15, 2022 by Simon Pulse

From Goodreads:

In this riotous young adult romp for fans of Recommended for You and A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, a teen girl has the worst Valentine’s Day ever—only to relive it over and over again.

After living through a dumpster fire of a Valentine’s Day, Emilie Hornby escapes to her grandmother’s house for some comfort and a consolation pint of Ben & Jerry’s. She passes out on the couch, but when she wakes up, she’s back home in her own bed—and it’s Valentine’s Day all over again. And the next day? Another nightmare V-Day.

Emilie is stuck in some sort of time loop nightmare that she can’t wake up from as she re-watches her boyfriend, Josh, cheat on her day after day. In addition to Josh’s recurring infidelity, Emilie can’t get away from the enigmatic Nick, who she keeps running into—sometimes literally—in unfortunate ways.

How many days can one girl passively watch her life go up in flames? And when something good starts to come out of these terrible days, what happens when the universe stops doling out do-overs?

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books by My Favorite Authors I Still Need to Read

 

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a freebie so I thought it would be fun to share some books I really need to get my butt in gear and read, specifically Books by My Favorite Authors I Still Need to Read.  Sometimes I wish I was the type of reader who, as soon as I find a new author, I immediately devour everything they’ve ever written.  Instead, I tend to very slowly (think turtle slow) work my way through their backlist.  For that reason, I always have titles lying around that I still haven’t gotten to yet.  Here are some that I’m really hoping to finally read this year.

Books by My Favorite Authors I Still Need to Read

 

 

1. TRUE COLORS by Kristin Hannah

2. ROOMIES by Christina Lauren

3.  EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL by Katherine Center

4.  THE DOLLHOUSE by Fiona Davis

5. RUNNING WILD by K.A. Tucker

6. THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn

7.  FOREVER, INTERRUPTED by Taylor Jenkins Reid

8.  I FOUND YOU by Lisa Jewell

9. THE NEAR WITCH by V.E. Schwab

10. AURORA BURNING by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these? 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – A GUIDE TO BEING JUST FRIENDS by Sophie Sullivan

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is A GUIDE TO BEING JUST FRIENDS by Sophie Sullivan.  I really enjoyed Sullivan’s first two romance novels and the premise for this new one sounds like a lot of fun.

A GUIDE TO BEING JUST FRIENDS by Sophie Sullivan

Publication Date: January 17, 2023 by St. Martin’s Griffin

From Goodreads:

Hailey Sharp has a one-track mind. Get By the Cup salad shop off the ground. Do literally everything possible to make it a success. Repeat. With a head full of entrepreneurial ideas and a bad ex in her rearview, her one and only focus is living life the way she wants to. No distractions.

Wes Jansen never did understand the fuss about relationships. With a string of lackluster first dates and the pain from his parents’ angry divorce following him around, he’d much rather find someone who he likes, but won’t love. Companionship, not passion, is the name of the game.

When Hailey and Wes find each other in a disastrous meet cute that wasn’t even intended for them, they embarrassingly go their separate ways. But when Wes finds Hailey to apologize for his behavior, they strike a friendship. Because that’s all this can be. Hailey doesn’t want any distractions. Wes doesn’t want to fall in love.

What could possibly go wrong?

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Can’t Wait Wednesday – WELL TRAVELED by Jen DeLuca

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is WELL TRAVELED by Jen DeLuca.  This is the fourth book in DeLuca’s Well Met series and I’ve enjoyed every book so far.  The characters are always so easy to root for and I love the Ren Faire setting, so I have high hopes for this latest installment. 🙂

WELL TRAVELED by Jen DeLuca

Publication Date: December 6, 2022 by Berkley Books

From Goodreads:

The Renaissance Faire is on the move, and Lulu and Dex are along for the ride, in the next utterly charming rom-com from Jen DeLuca.

A high-powered attorney from a success-oriented family, Louisa “Lulu” Malone lives to work, and everything seems to be going right, until the day she realizes it’s all wrong. Lulu’s cousin Mitch introduced her to the world of Renaissance Faires, and when she spies one at a time just when she needs an escape, she leaps into the welcoming environment of turkey legs, taverns, and tarot readers. The only drawback? Dex MacLean: a guitarist with a killer smile, the Casanova of the Faire… and her traveling companion for the summer.

Dex has never had to work for much in his life, and why should he? Touring with his brothers as The Dueling Kilts is going great, and he always finds a woman at every Faire. But when Lulu proves indifferent to his many plaid charms and a shake-up threatens the fate of the band, Dex must confront something he never has before: his future.

Forced to spend days and nights together on the road, Lulu’s interest in the kilted bad boy grows as he shows her a side of himself no one else has seen. The stresses of her old lifestyle fade away as she learns to trust her intuition and follow her heart instead of her head. But when her time on the road is over, will Lulu go with her gut, or are she and Dex destined for separate paths?

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂