Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but 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 I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read.  In my head, I call this “The List of Shame.”  Those books I just had to have, couldn’t wait to get my hands on them, and then proceed to let them sit on my shelf for months or even years before I finally get around to reading them.  I did finally put a dent in the last list I made like this, but there are always more to share.  The biggest trend I see is that I’ve neglected my fantasy reading for a while now. During the pandemic I have craved pretty much exclusively romance so all of those fantasy novels I was dying to read got pushed aside.  I did finally read the entire Poppy Wars trilogy this year though so I’m hoping to start working my way through all of these series as well.  I think the book that has the “honor” of sitting on my shelf unread the longest is Uprooted.  I didn’t love Spinning Silver as much as I hoped to so I’ve kind of lost interest in Uprooted as a result.  Honestly the only reason I haven’t just gotten rid of it is that the cover is so stunning, lol.

10 Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

 

 

1. EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE by Jay Kristoff

2. THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty

3.  THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo

4.  UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

5. AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson

6. THE NEAR WITCH by V.E. Schwab

7.  THE DRY by Jane Harper

8.  THE COUSINS by Karen McManus

9. WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton

10. THE FRIEND ZONE by Abby Jimenez

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Question:  Do you have books sitting around that you just had to have, but have still yet to read them?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE LIES I TELL by Julie Clark

 

“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 LIES I TELL by Julie Clark.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m starting to crave books I can devour in a single sitting, by the pool, at the beach, or even just outside on my deck.  When I read the twisty synopsis for The Lies I Tell, I immediately added it to my list of one-sitting reads. It sounds like such an addicting read!

THE LIES I TELL by Julie Clark

Publication Date:  June 21, 2022 by Sourcebooks Landmark

From Goodreads:

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight!

She’s back.

Meg Williams. Maggie Littleton. Melody Wilde. Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She’s a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be—a college student. A life coach. A real estate agent. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she’s done, you’ve likely lost everything.

Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years for the woman who upended her life to return. And now that she has, Kat is determined to be the one to expose her. But as the two women grow closer, Kat’s long-held assumptions begin to crumble, leaving Kat to wonder who Meg’s true target is.

The Lies I Tell is a twisted domestic thriller that dives deep into the psyches and motivations of two women and their unwavering quest to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future.

 

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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 – Ten Bookish Characters I’ve Encountered in My Recent Reads

 

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 Bookish Characters.  I love books about books and bookish characters so I’ve already shared lists of my favorites over the years.  This time around, so as not to duplicate, I decided to share some more recent bookish characters I’ve come across in my readings.  There are definitely a few new favorites in these books. 🙂

Ten Bookish Characters I’ve Encountered in My Recent Reads

 

 

1. ISABELLE from BY THE BOOK by Jasmine Guillory

The story is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and the Belle character works in the publishing industry and is tasked with helping the Beast character write his memoir.

 

2.  NORA STEPHENS and CHARLIE LASTRA from BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry

An enemies to lovers romance that features a take-no-prisoners literary agent and the guy she thinks is her nemesis, a handsome broody book editor.

 

3.  CUSSY CARTER from THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by Kim Michele Richardson

Cussy Carter is a lonely young Appalachian woman who joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky. She befriends fellow Kentuckians and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.

 

4.  LANIE BLOOM from BY ANY OTHER NAME by Lauren Kate

Lanie Bloom became a romance book editor because she was inspired by her favorite romance author, Noa Calloway. When a once in a lifetime opportunity comes along for her to work directly with Noa, Lanie is in for an unexpected surprise that turns everything she thought she knew upside down.

 

5. JUNE JONES from THE LAST CHANCE LIBRARY by Freya Sampson

Librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to emerge from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mother.

 

6. NORA HUGHES from MUST LOVE BOOKS by Shauna Robinson

When Nora landed an editorial assistant position at Parsons Press, it was her first step towards The Dream Job. Because, honestly, is there anything dreamier than making books for a living? But after five years of lunch orders, finicky authors, and per my last emails, Nora has come to one grand conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.

With her life spiraling and the Parsons staff sinking, Nora gets hit with even worse news. Parsons is cutting her already unlivable salary. Unable to afford her rent and without even the novels she once loved as a comfort, Nora decides to moonlight for a rival publisher to make ends meet…and maybe poach some Parsons’ authors along the way.

But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling Parsons author no one can afford to lose is thrown into the mix, Nora has to decide where her loyalties lie. Her new Dream Job, ever-optimistic Andrew, or…herself and her future.

 

7.  ODILE SOUCHET from THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles

It’s 1939 and young and ambitious Odile Souchet has her dream job working at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

 

8.  KATRINA FREELING and NATHAN VAN HUYSEN from THE ROUGHEST DRAFT by Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka

This story follows a pair of cowriters, Katrina and Nathan, who, after penning a best-selling novel together, had a major falling out and haven’t spoken to each other in three years. There’s major tension when they have to reuinite to write one more book to fulfill their contract.

 

9. KARA SULLIVAN from TALK BOOKISH TO ME by Kate Bromley

Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.

But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.

 

10. MARY PORTER-MALCOLM from BY THE BOOK by Amanda Sellet

As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.

 

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Question:  Are you familiar with any of these characters?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT by Annabel Monaghan

 

“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 NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT by Annabel Monaghan. Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, I find myself looking for summer reads and this one caught my eye for that reason. It sounds like a fun one that I could easily breeze through while at the beach or sitting by the pool.

 

NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT by Annabel Monaghan

Publication Date:  June 7, 2022 by Penguin Group Putnam

From Goodreads:

Evvie Drake Starts Over meets Beach Read in this heartwarming and hilarious novel about a divorced romance channel screenwriter whose script about her marriage’s collapse just might help her reclaim her life and find love.

Nora’s life is about to get a rewrite…

Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her too-good-to work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage’s collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life. No one is more surprised than her when it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old-home. When former Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance, is cast as her ne’er do well husband Nora’s life will never be the same.

The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds Leo on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He’ll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week. The extra seven grand would give Nora breathing room, but it’s the need in his eyes that makes her say yes. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on how you look at it. Enough time to fall in love. Enough time to break your heart.

Filled with warmth, wit, and wisdom, Nora Goes Off Script is the best kind of love story–the real kind where love is complicated by work, kids, and the emotional baggage that comes with life. For Nora and Leo, this kind of love is bigger than the big screen.

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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 My 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 One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read.  I’ve already reviewed most of the last ten books I read on the blog, so I’ve decided to focus on the last ten books I read but didn’t already review on the blog. I also think this is a great topic since it challenges me to think of better words than amazing, wonderful, great, loved, etc.

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

 

1. THE ADDRESS by Fiona Davis  – ENGROSSING

2.  ALWAYS JANE by Jenn Bennett  – CHAOTIC

3.  BLOOD SCION by Deborah Falaye  – BRUTAL

4.  THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn  –  DELECTABLE

5. THE BURNING GOD by R. F. Kuang – SHOCKING

6. A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara – HEARTWRENCHING

7.  PASSION ON PARK AVENUE by Lauren Layne – UNEXPECTED

8.  SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Riley Sager – DISAPPOINTING

9. VERITY by Colleen Hoover – JAW-DROPPING

10. THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM – NOSTALGIC

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

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LUCY ON THE WILD SIDE by Kerry Rea

 

“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 LUCY ON THE WILD SIDE by Kerry Rea.  Kerry Rea’s debut novel, The Wedding Ringer, was an absolute gem of a book, one of my favorites from last year.  For that reason and because of this entertaining synopsis, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her new rom com. It sounds like such a fun read!

 

LUCY ON THE WILD SIDE by Kerry Rea

Publication Date:  September 13, 2022 by Berkley Books

 

From Goodreads:

 

A charming and wildly funny new romantic comedy by Kerry Rea, author of The Wedding Ringer.

Lucy Rourke has two great loves in her life: the gorilla troop she cares for as a primatologist and the laundry list of reality TV shows she watches to escape the fact that her actual love life doesn’t exist. And like a reality contestant gunning for the final rose, Lucy’s laser-focused on one thing: getting promoted to head keeper. So when a wildlife docuseries hosted by hotshot TV personality Kai Bridges chooses her zoo as its summer filming location, she sees an opportunity to showcase her beloved gorillas to the world and land a starring role in her department.

When Kai and his film crew arrive, however, it’s obvious to Lucy that Kai cares more about sky-high ratings than the gorillas, and he considers her a camera-averse know-it-all whose wardrobe consists entirely of khaki. But she’s surprised to discover there’s more to him than his rugged good looks and cheesy catchphrases…and that maybe a promotion isn’t the only thing she wants. But when secrets from their pasts threaten to complicate everything, Lucy discovers that happiness and success aren’t the same thing—and that finding joy just might mean getting a little wild.

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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 That Feature Umbrellas 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 Books with [___] On the Cover (Pick a thing (a color, an item, a place, an animal, a scripty font, a sexy person, etc.) and share covers that have that thing on the cover).  I have no idea why, but the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this topic was UMBRELLAS (maybe it’s hearing the expression April showers bring May flowers so much lately, lol).  Whatever the reason, that’s what I’m sharing this week. 🙂

Books That Feature Umbrellas on their Covers

 

 

1. A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams

2.  CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese

3.  WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon

4.  HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

5. HAPPY NEVER AFTER by Mary Kay Andrews

6. LADIES’ NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews

7.  MARY POPPINS by P. L. Travers

8.  THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll

9. THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

10. THE NANNY DIARIES by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

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Question:  Can you think of any other books that feature umbrellas on their covers?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams

 

“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 Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams. I loved this author’s first two novels so I’m very excited that she not only has her airport novella series coming out this year but another full length novel as well.  Williams is an auto-buy author for me because I love her sharp, funny dialogue and her very relatable characters, and I’m sure Do You Take This Man will deliver in both of those areas.

 

Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams

Publication Date:  September 6, 2022 by Berkley Books

 

From Goodreads:

After butting heads, an event planner and a wedding officiant begin an enemies with benefits arrangement as wedding bells chime around them in the newest rom-com from acclaimed author Denise Williams.

Divorce attorney RJ would never describe herself as romantic. But when she ends up officiating an unplanned wedding for a newly engaged couple in a park, her life is turned upside down. The video of the ceremony goes viral, and she finds herself in the unlikely position of being a sought-after local wedding officiant. Spending her free time overseeing “I dos” isn’t her most strategic career move, but she enjoys it, except for the type A dude-bro wedding planner she’s forced to work with.

Former pro-football event manager Lear is a people person, but after his longtime girlfriend betrayed him, he isn’t looking for love. He knows how to execute events and likes being in control, so working with an opinionated and inflexible officiant who can’t stand him is not high on his list. He’s never had trouble winning people over, but RJ seems immune to his charms.

Surrounded by love at every turn, their physical attraction pulls them together despite their best efforts to stay an arm’s length apart. Lear refuses to get hurt again. RJ refuses to let herself be vulnerable to anyone. But when it comes to happily ever after, their clients might not be the only ones saying “I do.”

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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 – Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

 

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 Bookish Merchandise I’d Like to Own.  These kinds of topics are always fun because there’s so much great bookish merchandise out there, and I of course, want it all, lol.  Here’s my most recent list of bookish items I’ve had my eye on.  If you’re interested in purchasing any of these items, the pictures are all linked back to the shops that are selling them.

 

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Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

 

1. Bookish Statement T-Shirt

I’ve had my eye on this “Ban bigots, not books” t shirt ever since two of my county’s school board members made the national news for advocating the burning of books they didn’t like.  It’s a super cute tee and the statement is very effective.

 

 

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2. Funny Bookish T-Shirt

 

I also love funny t-shirt and this shirt featuring someone drowning under their TBR pile cracked me up, haha.

 

 

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3. Bookish Tote Bags

 

I have an obsession with bookish tote bags and probably have a lifetime supply of them already, but I can’t resist adding to my collection whenever a cute one like this catches my eye.

 

 

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4. Bookish Mugs

 

I’m not sure which is worse, my bookish tote obsession or my bookish mug obsession. I literally have no more room for mugs in my cabinet and that’s the only thing that has stopped me from buying this fun one.

 

 

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5. Bookish Quote Postcards

 

These caught my eye, not because I actually mail postcards to anyone, but I thought the collection of them might be cute framed on a wall in my library/office.

 

 

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6. Bookish Embroidery

 

If work ever slows down to the point where I don’t spend most of my free time napping, I’d love to learn how to embroider and this cute bookish beginner kit caught my eye.

 

 

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7. Bookish Cross Stitch Kit

 

I may end up taking the lazy way out though since I at least do already know how to do cross stitch, so here’s another crafty kit I’ve been eyeing on Etsy.

 

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8. Enamel Pins

 

I collect enamel pins too.  I have a fabric covered decorative board in my office and I display my pins on that. I thought this one was really cute.

 

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9. Bookish Themed Candles

 

This romance-themed candle is scented with rosewood, lilac, and blackberry. Doesn’t that sound like it would smell incredible? I really need to get one of these.

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10. Bookmarks! 

 

I still mostly use receipts for my actual bookmarks, but I do love to collect bookmarks.  I don’t have many author-specific ones, but my newfound love of Colleen Hoover’s books made me zero in on this fun one, which is a bookstack of all of her novels.

 

 

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Question:  Do you love bookish merchandise?  What kinds of bookish items would you love to own?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES by Sangu Mandanna

 

“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 VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES by Sangu Mandanna.  I love witchy reads and stories that feature found families, so this book sounds perfect for me. 🙂

 

THE VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES by Sangu Mandanna

Publication Date:  August 23, 2022 by Berkley Books

From Goodreads:

A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family–and a new love–changes the course of her life.

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.

But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.

As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….

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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. 🙂