Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE BUMP by Sidney Karger

 

“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 Bump by Sidney Karger I love a good road trip book anyway, but when I heard the author describe this book at the Booked with Berkley Spring Preview virtual event, I knew this one had to go on my TBR.  It just sounds like one of those reads that’s going to give me all the feels!

THE BUMP by Sidney Karger

by Berkley

Publication Date: May 21, 2024

 

Goodreads:

Two men expecting a baby via surrogate go on the road trip of a lifetime in this hilarious and poignant novel by Sidney Karger, author of Best Men.

Wyatt Wallace is a practical, super organized director of TV commercials. Biz Petterelli is a child-actor-turned-magazine-writer who thrives on spontaneity. Though polar opposites, they are fully committed to their relationship and their life in Brooklyn with their dog, Matilda. They’re also about to have a baby together.

And they’re freaking out.

They’ve both dreamed of becoming parents, but now that it’s happening, they’re doubting everything. Their baby is due in a few weeks and instead of flying to California just before the birth as planned, Biz has a better idea. They could use one last hurrah, along with some serious “us-time” to mend the issues they’ve been having lately—before they get tied down by fatherhood and its impending responsibilities. So the daddies-to-be load up their 1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet and embark on an epic cross-country babymoon. They attempt to recharge at the beach in Provincetown, stumble through their impromptu baby shower in Chicago, and endure a Star Wars-themed wedding in Colorado before heading west for the baby.

But when they take several unexpected detours, old wounds are reopened and secrets spill out that could change their relationship for better or for worse, forcing the couple to reexamine the meaning of family while building their own. After all, what’s a road trip without a few bumps along the way?

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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 – Everything’s Coming Up Roses – 10 Books with Rose in the Title

 

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 May Flowers — Pick your own title for this one to reflect the direction you choose to go with this prompt (books with flowers on the cover, flower names in the title, characters whose names are flower names, stories involving flowers/gardeners).  I’ve done lots of posts with florals on covers so I decided to try to find as many books with the word “Rose” in the title just to try something different.  Below is what I came up with.  Can you think of any others with rose in the title?

 

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Books With Rose in their Title

 

 

1. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

2. LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly

3. THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh

4. CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas

5. THE ROSE GARDEN by Susanna Kearsley

6. THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Eco

7. DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel

8. UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall

9. RUN, ROSE, RUN by James Patterson and Dolly Parton

10. THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

 

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Can you think of any other books that feature the word ROSE in their titles?

Top Ten Tuesday – Unread Books on My Shelves I Want to Read Soon

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 Unread Books on My Shelves I Want to Read Soon (Bonus points if you tell us how long it’s been sitting on your shelf waiting for you.).  Well, let’s be real. In an ideal world, I want to read all of the unread books on my shelves soon.  The ten I’m sharing today are a mix of fairly recent additions (2-6 months) and long-time shelf dwellers (2 years or more). Most of these are also books from series that I’ve started and really want to finish soon.  I have Hopeless on audio and it’s the final book in that series so I imagine I’ll read that one first but we’ll see.

Unread Books on My Shelves I Want to Read Soon

 

   

1. BLOODMARKED by Tracy Deonn

2. DONE AND DUSTED by Lyla Sage

3. HEARTSTOPPER by Alice Oseman

4. HOPELESS by Elsie Silver

5. INHERITANCE by Nora Roberts

6. MURDER ROAD by Simone St. James

7. RUTHLESS VOWS by Rebecca Ross

8. THE SCORE by Elle Kennedy

9. THE HOUSEMAID’S SECRET by Freida McFadden

10. WHEN HE WAS WICKED by Julia Quinn

 

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Have you read any of these?  Which one should I read first?

Top Ten Tuesday – April Showers: 10 Books With Rain on Their Covers

 

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 April Showers — Pick your own title for this one to reflect the direction you choose to go with this prompt (books with rain on the cover/in the title, that have rainstorms in the story, or that have anything to do with rain). I decided to go with books that feature raindrops on the cover but also wanted to find some that were still somewhat bright since I associate brighter colors with spring. This was harder than I thought it would be because most of the covers I initially found were stormy and gloomy. I had to dig deeper and there are a couple that I’m not sure are even meant to be raindrops (the Waxman and Mills covers) but I’m counting them anyway since they look like raindrops, haha.

 

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Books With Rain on Their Covers

 

 

 

1. WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon

2. THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS by Abbi Waxman

3. FUNNY FEELINGS by Tarah Dewitt

4. SHELTERING RAIN by Jojo Moyes

5. THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN by Rebekah Crane

6. SAVING GRACE by Jane Green

7. THE COLORS OF THE RAIN by R.L. Toalson

8. THE RAIN IN SAPPHIRE by Kayla Rose

9. FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills

10. RAIN DELAY by Allie Marie

 

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Can you think of any other books that feature rain on their covers?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on My Spring 2024 TBR

 

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 on My Spring 2024 TBR.  Almost all of my 2024 most anticipated releases come out this spring or early summer, so those will feature predominantly with this list, along with a romantasy series I’ve been wanting to start.  The second book comes out soon so I’m featuring the first book in hopes that it will give me the kick in the pants I need to finally start reading it.  I also have a couple of thrillers in the mix by authors I’ve been wanting to try for a while now.

 

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Books on My Spring 2024 TBR

 

 

1. FUNNY STORY by Emily Henry

2. THE PARADISE PROBLEM by Christina Lauren

3. A HAPPIER LIFE by Kristy Woodson Harvey

4. A NOVEL LOVE STORY by Ashley Poston

5. JUST FOR THE SUMMER by Abby Jimenez

6. THE ROM-COMMERS by Katherine Center

7. THE VACANCY IN ROOM 10 by Seraphina Nova Glass

8. SUMMERS AT THE SAINT by Mary Kay Andrews

9. A DAWN OF ONYX by Kate Golden

10. GOOD HALF GONE by Tarryn Fisher

 

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Are any of these on your TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’m Worried I Might Not Love as Much the Second Time Around

 

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 I’m Worried I Might Not Love as Much the Second Time Around.  This topic feels very timely to me because although I’m not a big re-reader, the past couple of years I have attempted to go back and re-read a few old favorites.  I have mostly abandoned this goal though because almost all of the books I chose to re-read ended up being DNFs the second time around, not because I didn’t still love the book but because since I already knew what was coming, they just didn’t really hit the same and I didn’t want to taint my initial experience with the book.  Today I’m sharing some of those as well as a few that I would never even consider re-reading because they were so perfect the first time around.

 

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Books I’m Worried I Might Not Love as Much the Second Time Around

 

 

1. THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern

2. THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

3. A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

4. THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by TJ Klune

5. CINDER by Marissa Meyer

6. THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey

7. VERITY by Colleen Hoover

8. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte

9. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis

10. THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown

 

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Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE UNDERMINING OF TWYLA AND FRANK by Megan Bannen

 

“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 Undermining of Twyla and Frank by Megan Bannen.  I read The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy last year and just loved how unique and heartwarming it way, so I’m eager to read more from this author.  Plus, how can I resist something described as When Harry Met Sally but with dragons?!

THE UNDERMINING OF TWYLA AND FRANK by Megan Bannen

by Orbit

Publication Date: July 2, 2024

 

Goodreads:

From the author of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy comes a heartwarming fantasy with a best friends-to-lovers rom com twist–When Harry Met Sally, but with dragons!—set in the delightful demigod and donut-filled world of Tanria.

The entire town of Eternity was shocked when widowed, middle-aged Twyla Banneker partnered up with her neighbor and best friend, Frank Ellis, to join the Tanrian Marshals. Eight years later, Twyla and Frank are still patrolling the dangerous land of Tanria, the former prison of the Old Gods.

Twyla might look like a small town mom who brings cheesy potatoes to funerals and whips up a batch of cookies for the school bake sale, but her rewarding career in law enforcement has been a welcome change from the domestic grind of mom life, despite the misgivings of her grown children.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) a recent decrease in on-the-job peril has made Twyla and Frank’s job a lot safer … and a lot less exciting. So when they discover the body of one of their fellow marshals covered in liquid glitter–and Frank finds himself the inadvertent foster dad to a baby dragon–they are more than happy to be back on the beat.

Soon, the friends wind up ensnared in a nefarious plot that goes far deeper than any lucrative Tanrian mineshaft. But as the danger closes in and Twyla and Frank’s investigation becomes more complicated, so does their easy friendship. And Twyla starts to realize that her true soul mate might just be the person who has lived next door all along…

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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 – THE EX VOWS by Jessica Joyce

 

“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 Ex Vows by Jessica Joyce.  I adored this author’s debut novel so I’m beyond excited to read this new one from her.  I’ve seen it being compared to Happy Place and Love and Other Words, two books I loved, which makes it even more appealing.

THE EX VOWS by Jessica Joyce

by Berkley Romance

Publication Date: July 16, 2024

 

Goodreads:

Estranged exes must stick close together to save their best friend’s wedding after a string of disasters in this swoony and steamy second-chance romance from the USA Today bestselling author of You, with a View.

Georgia Woodward lives by her lists, none more so than the one about her ex, Eli Mora. It’s full of the ironclad dos and don’ts they’ve been following since she returned to the Bay Area after their cataclysmic breakup five years ago.

With the wedding of their mutual best friend, Adam, looming, and them about to step into their roles as best woman and man, Georgia’s never needed it more. She refuses to threaten their tight-knit friend group with her messy—and still very present—feelings. The rules on that list will keep her cool, calm, and compartmentalized.

What’s not on her list? Eli arriving from New York with a new rule-breaking attitude or the all-inclusive venue burning to the ground, leaving the bride and groom in dire straits. Nor does she anticipate Adam asking her and Eli to help him make a miracle happen. Together.

As Georgia and Eli rush up to Napa Valley to pull off the perfect wedding, their old chemistry comes back in technicolor. Somewhere between cake tastings gone wrong, disastrous DJ auditions, and Eli’s heated attention, Georgia starts recognizing the man she fell in love with before. And if she lets herself break her rules, she might find what they’re building isn’t the something old that ruined them—it’s a chance at something new.

 

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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 – Spring is in the Air & Flowers are on My Book Covers

 

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 Covers/Titles with Things Found in Nature (covers/titles with things like trees, flowers, animals, forests, bodies of water, etc. on/in them).  I love flowers on covers so I decided to share some floral covers that I have coming up on my TBR.

 

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Books on My TBR with Flowers on the Covers

 

1. THIS COULD BE US by Kennedy Ryan

2. THE PARADISE PROBLEM by Christina Lauren

3. BUSINESS CASUAL by B.K. Borison

4. AN ENCHANTING CASE OF SPIRITS by Melissa Holtz

5. FIRST COMES MARRIAGE by Laila Rafi

6. HEDGING YOUR BETS by Jayne Denker

7. LATE BLOOMER by Mazey Eddings

8. OLD FLAMES AND NEW FORTUNES by Sarah Hogle

9. ONLY AND FOREVER by Chloe Liese

10. THE TAKEDOWN by Lily Chu

 

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Are any of these on your TBR?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE LOST STORY by Meg Shaffer

 

“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 LOST STORY by Meg Shaffer.  I just read this author’s debut novel The Wishing Game last month and fell in love with her storytelling.  This new book sounds like it has the potential to be just as whimsical and as a huge Chronicles of Narnia fan, I’m beyond excited to read it.

THE LOST STORY by Meg Shaffer

by Random House – Ballantine Books

Publication Date: July 16, 2024

 

Goodreads:

Inspired by C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, this wild and wondrous novel is a fairy tale for grown-ups who still knock on the back of wardrobes—just in case—from the author of The Wishing Game.

As boys, best friends Jeremy Cox and Rafe Howell vanished in a West Virginia state park, only to mysteriously reappear six months later with no explanation for where they’d gone or how they’d survived.

Fifteen years after their miraculous homecoming, Jeremy is a famous missing persons investigator with an uncanny ability to find the lost, while Rafe is a reclusive artist unable to stop creating otherworldly paintings and sculptures he shows to no one. He bears scars inside and out from his disappearance but has no memory of what happened while they were gone.

Jeremy alone knows the fantastical truth behind their time in the woods. While the rest of the world was searching for them, the two missing boys were in a magical realm filled with impossible beauty and terrible danger. However, Jeremy has kept Rafe in the dark since their return for his own inscrutable reasons.

But the time for burying secrets comes to an end when vet tech Emilie Wendel hires Jeremy to find her long-lost sister . . . the long-lost sister he and Rafe knew while living in that hidden kingdom. Now the former lost boys must confront their shared past, no matter how traumatic the memories. Alongside the headstrong Emilie, Rafe and Jeremy return to the enchanted world they called home for six months . . . for only then can they get back everything and everyone they’ve lost.

 

 

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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. 🙂