Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my Winter To-Read List

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 Winter 2022 To-Read List.  After a year and a half of mostly rom-coms, I’m starting to branch back out a bit with the review books I’ve been requesting for 2022.  I still have plenty of romance books even though I only shared four here, but I’m also getting back to reading historical fiction, thrillers, and I even have a sci fi book coming up this winter.

 

 

   

Books on My Winter 2022 To-Read List

 

1. HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER by Tessa Bailey “King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is…In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man.

 

2. THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET by Diane Chamberlain  – “When Kayla Carter’s husband dies in an accident while building their dream house, she knows she has to stay strong for their four-year-old daughter. But the trophy home in Shadow Ridge Estates, a new development in sleepy Round Hill, North Carolina, will always hold tragic memories. But when she is confronted by an odd, older woman telling her not to move in, she almost agrees. It’s clear this woman has some kind of connection to the area…and a connection to Kayla herself. Kayla’s elderly new neighbor, Ellie Hockley, is more welcoming, but it’s clear she, too, has secrets that stretch back almost fifty years. Is Ellie on a quest to right the wrongs of the past? And does the house at the end of the street hold the key? Told in dual time periods, The Last House on the Street is a novel of shocking prejudice and violence, forbidden love, the search for justice, and the tangled vines of two families.”

 

3. MADE IN MANHATTAN by Lauren Layne – “From the New York Times bestselling author of the Central Park Pact comes a reverse My Fair Lady for the modern era about a pampered and privileged Manhattan socialite who must teach an unpolished and denim-loving nobody from the Louisiana Bayou how to fit in with the upper crust of New York City. Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne.”

 

4. THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis  – “Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.”

 

5. THE MAID by Nita Prose  – “Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?  A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.”

 

6. RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins  – “When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are hired to sail two women to a remote island in the South Pacific, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Stuck in a dead-end job in Hawaii, and longing to travel the world after a family tragedy, Lux is eager to climb on board The Susannah and set out on an adventure. She’s also quick to bond with their passengers, college best friends Brittany and Amma. The two women say they want to travel off the beaten path. But like Lux, they may have other reasons to be seeking an escape…When it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in on them. And when one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, Lux begins to wonder if any of them are going to make it off the island alive.”

 

7. THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James  – “A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.”

 

8. WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon  – “A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this charming romantic comedy from the author of The Ex Talk.”

 

9. MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter  – “Things get textual when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into a thrilling anonymous relationship in this hilarious rom-com by Lynn Painter.”

 

10. CURFEW by Jayne Cowie  – “Think The Handmaid’s Tale but with the women in charge, set in a world where all men are electronically tagged and placed under strict curfew, and the murder investigation threatening to undo it all.”

 

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Question:  Are you planning to read any of these books this winter?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn

 

“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 DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn. I love Kate Quinn’s historical fiction, especially The Alice Network and The Huntress, so it’s a given that I’m excited for her new book.  It jumped to one of my most anticipated reads of 2022, however, as soon as I read “World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper.”  This is a woman I need to know more about!

THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn

Publication Date:  March 29, 2022 by William Morrow & Company

From Goodreads:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.

In the snowbound city of Kiev, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son–but Hitler’s invasion of Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper–a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.

Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC–until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life.

Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.

 

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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 Wintry Reads Perfect for Reading in Front of a Roaring Fire

 

op 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 revisit a post I did a few years ago about wintry reads perfect to cozy up with by the fireplace.  Reading snuggled up by the fire is one of my favorite things to do in the winter time and although any book will do, there’s just something a little magical about reading a book that’s actually set during the winter, particularly if it’s a snowy setting.  Here’s a link to my original post and below are some mostly newer titles to add to it. I tried to add a pretty good variety of genres so hopefully there’s a little something for everyone. 🙂

 

 

10 Wintry Reads Perfect to Read in Front of a Roaring Fire

 

1. ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware How about a murder mystery set in the mountains of France in a remote ski chalet that becomes buried by an avalanche? “Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?”

 

2. BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman  – A hockey story set in a small town in Sweden that packs an incredible emotional punch. “People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.”

 

3. A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT by Sarah J. Maas – A festive interlude in the ACOTAR fantasy series that celebrates the Winter Solstice.  “Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and, with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court. Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the thrilling events in the future books..

 

4. MIRACLE ON 5TH AVENUE by Sarah Morgan  – “It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner. Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?”

 

5. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie  – Although Ruth Ware does a great job writing locked door mysteries, Agatha Christie is truly the Queen of them.  This one features a murder mystery set on a luxury train that is stalled on the tracks because of an avalanche.  What do you do when you’re stuck on a stranded train in the middle of nowhere with a killer in your midst?

 

6. LOVE AND LET BARK by Alanna Martin  – I actually just reviewed this book on my blog yesterday.  It’s a feel good, second chance romance that is set in snowy Alaska and that also feature a century-old family feud and a couple of scene-stealing adorable husky pups.

 

7. THE SECRET OF SNOW by Viola Shipman  – “A promise of heartfelt family traditions, humorously real experience, and the enduring power of love and friendship. Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist who knows only sunshine and seventy-two-degree days, is being replaced by an AI meteorologist, which the youthful station manager reasons “will never age, gain weight or renegotiate its contract.” The only station willing to give the fifty-year-old another shot is one in a famously nontropical place—her northern Michigan hometown.  Unearthing her carefully laid California roots, Sonny returns home and reacclimates to the painfully long, dark winters dominated by a Michigan phenomenon known as lake-effect snow. But beyond the complete physical shock to her system, she’s also forced to confront her past: her new boss, a former journalism classmate and mortal frenemy; more keenly, the death of a younger sister who loved the snow; and the mother who caused Sonny to leave. To distract herself from the unwelcome memories, Sonny decides to throw herself headfirst into all things winter to woo viewers and reclaim her success. From sledding and ice fishing to skiing and winter festivals, the merrymaking culminates with the town’s famed Winter Ice Sculpture Contest. Running the events is a widowed father and chamber of commerce director, whose genuine love of Michigan, winter and Sonny just might thaw her heart and restart her life in a way she never could have predicted.”

 

8. THE SIMPLE WILD by K.A. Tucker  – I was late to the party on this contemporary romance, but The Simple Wild (and the other two books in the series) definitely live up to the hype. There’s a very atmospheric remote small town Alaska setting and the book is filled with evolving relationships, especially Calla and Jonah as well as Calla and her estranged father. It’s the perfect blend of romance and family drama to keep you glued to the pages.

 

9. WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah  – If you like a good tearjerker, Hannah’s books are always good choices.  The Great Alone made my list last time, so this time it’s Winter Garden, “a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.  Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time—and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

 

10. IN THE MIDST OF WINTER by Isabel Allende  – “In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.”

 

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Question:  Do you enjoy reading by the fire?  Have you read any of these yet?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE IMPOSSIBLE US by Sarah Lotz

 

“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 IMPOSSIBLE US by Sarah Lotz.  I’ve not read anything by this author before but as soon as I read the synopsis for her new book, I couldn’t resist it.  I need to know if there’s any way this couple can get their happily ever after.

THE IMPOSSIBLE US by Sarah Lotz

Publication Date:  March 22, 2022 by Ace Books

 

From Goodreads:

In this funny and poignant novel, two strangers learn that their soul mate might be both as close as breath and as distant as a star, from British Fantasy Award recipient Sarah Lotz.

Bee thinks she has everything: a successful business repurposing wedding dresses, and friends who love and support her. She’s given up on finding love, but that’s fine. There’s always Tinder. Nick thinks he has nothing: his writing career has stalled after early promise and his marriage is on the rocks, but that’s fine. There’s always gin. So when one of Nick’s emails, a viciously funny screed intended for a non-paying client, accidentally pings into Bee’s inbox, they decide to keep the conversation going. After all, they never have to meet.

But the more they get to know each other, the more Bee and Nick realize they want to. They both notice strange pop culture or political references that crop up in their correspondence, but nothing odd enough to stop Bee and Nick for falling hard for each other. But when their efforts to meet in real life fail spectacularly, Bee and Nick discover that they’re actually living in near-identical but parallel worlds. With a universe between them, Bee and Nick will discover how far they’ll go to beat impossible odds.

 

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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 – The One Where I Share Bookish Memories

 

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 Memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!).  I’ve never attended a bookish event or met an author so I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and share a few highlights of my bookish life.

(My post is also a little shout-out to Friends since I wrote all of my memories like they’re episode titles from the show.)

10 Bookish Episodes from My Life

  1. The one where my Dad taught me how to read using Little Golden Books. This will always be one of my favorite childhood memories.
  1. The one where I cried my eyes out because I thought I had lost a library book (Bambi by Felix Salten) and therefore would never be allowed to check out books from my elementary school library again. So traumatizing!
  1. The one where getting to go to the Scholastic Book Fair when it came to my school was like Christmas. So many books!
  1. The one where I felt so grown up in middle school because I was allowed to read To Kill a Mockingbird, which was banned in a lot of schools.
  1. The one where, as a young teen, I used to hide in my grandmother’s house so I could secretly read the steamy historical romance novels I had pilfered from her bedroom.
  1. The one where I took so many literature classes for “fun” in college that I ended up adding English as a Double Major.
  1. The one where I had such an addiction to collecting books that I convinced my husband to convert our formal living room, which never got used, into a home office with wall to wall built in bookshelves. My sanctuary.
  1. The one where I felt the need to find more people to share my love of books with so I started a book blog. 😊
  1. The one where I read the entire Harry Potter series aloud to my son because I wanted to foster a love of reading in him at a young age.
  1. The one where I realized that one of my bffs loves to read as much as I do, so I invited her to guest post on my blog. Hi Sharon!  😊

 

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry

 

“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 BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry.  Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation are two of my favorite books so Emily Henry is an auto-buy author for me.  Even if she wasn’t though, that synopsis just screams “You need to read this book!”  A cutthroat literary agent and a brooding editor? And a story that features sisters spending time together?  Yes, please!

BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry

Publication Date:  May 3, 2022 by Berkley Books

 

From Goodreads:

A by the book literary agent must decide if happily ever after is worth changing her whole life for in this insightful, delightful new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

 

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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 – The Romance Edition: 10 Couples I’d Love an Update On

 

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 Characters I’d Love An Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?).  Since I’ve been mostly reading romance novels since the start of the pandemic, I decided to give this topic a romantic twist and focus on some of my favorite couples.  I have to say that I’ve been very lucky in the sense that many of the romance novels I read have been books in a series so there have been plenty of opportunities to revisit favorite couples and see how they’re doing.  Today I’m  focusing on books where I haven’t had that opportunity.  Sometimes we get nice little epilogues that give a glimpse into the future, but not always.  When I become invested in a couple getting their much deserved happily ever after, I would love to be able to revisit them at some point and know that it truly was a happily ever after for them.  Are they still together?  Are those grumpy/sunshine relationships still working out? Do they now have little grumpy/sunshines running around?

Also, I guess if you haven’t read these books yet but are planning to, my list could maybe considered spoilery since I’m obviously telling you who’s together at the end of their respective books.  But then again, don’t we read romances for the HEA in the first place?  That it’s more about the journey to the HEA rather than guessing who ends up together?  I don’t know. I’m just babbling.  I guess look away if you don’t want to know the couples’ names, lol.

10 Couples I’d Love an Update On

 

 

1. Teddy and Everett from Very Sincerely Yours

2.  Josh and Hazel from Josh & Hazels’ Guide to Not Dating

3.  Eve and Jacob from Act Your Age, Eve Brown

4.  Rosaline and Harry from Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

5. Nina and Tom from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

6. January and Augustus from Beach Read

7.  Alex and Henry from Red, White & Royal Blue

8.  Stella and Michael from The Kiss Quotient

9. Olive and Adam from The Love Hypothesis

10. Jess and River from The Soulmate Equation

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these? Would you like to know what they’re up to these days? 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE BODYGUARD by Katherine Center

 

“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 BODYGUARD by Katherine Center.  I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Katherine Center so far, so I knew I wanted to read this book before I even read the synopsis.  I’m already excited to meet Hannah and Jake, especially the since fake dating trope, one of my favorites, is involved.

THE BODYGUARD by Katherine Center

Publication Date:  July 19, 2022 by St. Martin’s Press

 

From Goodreads:

She’s got his back.  Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka “bodyguard”), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.  Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.

They’ve got a secret.  When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.

What could possibly go wrong???  Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.

 

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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 – If You Like This, Try That (the Retellings edition)

 

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 Books to Read If You Love/Loved X (X can be a genre, specific book, author, movie/TV show, etc.).  I decided to focus on various retellings since I enjoy them so much and because there are so many good ones out there.

If You Like This, Try That (the Retellings edition)

 

1. If you like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, try these:

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev.  “It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep…” A fun contemporary retelling featuring the aforementioned black sheep and an infuriating but sexy chef.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin.  “A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.”

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price.  “A retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a whodunit.”

 

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2. If you like Cinderella, try these:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  A fairytale retelling with a sci-fi twist that features Cinderella as a mechanic…and a Cyborg.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston.  Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy.  A fun Cinderella retelling featuring plus-sized Cindy, who becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere.

 

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3. If you like The Little Mermaid, try these:

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning.

Part of Your World: a Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell.

All three of these are origin stories for Ursula, the sea witch.

 

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4. If you like Alice in Wonderland, try these:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  An origin story for the Queen of Hearts

Unbirthday by Liz Braswell.  “What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?”

 

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5. If you like Beauty and the Beast, try these:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  A Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring Fae.

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston.  A Beauty and the Beast retelling set in the world of fandom at ExcelsiCon.

 

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6. If you like Jane Eyre, try these:

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.  A contemporary take on Jane Eyre’s mad woman in the attic.

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye.  “Reader, I murdered him.”  A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.

 

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7. If you like Peter Pan, try these:

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A fun prequel to the classic Peter Pan story.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry.  The true story of Captain Hook.

 

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8. If you like Snow White, try these:

 

Winter by Marissa Meyer.  Snow White but with a sci fi twist

Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita.  “What if the Evil Queen poisoned the Prince?”

 

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9. If you like 101 Dalmatians, try these:

Cruelty by K.B. Everly.

Hello, Cruel Heart by Maureen Johnson.

Two fun origin stories for Cruella de Vil.

 

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10. If you like A Christmas Carol, try these:

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva.  A historical fiction retelling that puts Dickens in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.  “On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t.  And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.”

 

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Question:  Do you enjoy retellings?  Have you read any of these yet?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LUCY CHECKS IN by Dee Ernst

 

“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 CHECKS IN by Dee Ernst.  The idea of going to France for a fresh start just really appeals to me, so I’m looking forward to this book.

LUCY CHECKS IN by Dee Ernst

Publication Date:  August 16, 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin

 

From Goodreads:

Dee Ernst’s Lucy Checks In is a delightful work of romantic comedy about a disgraced hotel manager who travels to Rennes to rebuild a hotel and her own life in the process.

Lucia Giannetti needs a fresh start. Once the hotel manager of a glamorous NYC hotel and intimately involved with the hotel’s owner, Lucy had her entire future planned out. But when the owner disappears, taking millions of dollars with him, Lucy’s life as she knows it falls apart.

Two years later, forty-nine years old and unemployed, Lucy takes a job in Rennes, France to manage the Hotel Paradis. She pictures fur quilts and extravagant chandeliers, but what she finds is wildly different. Lucy is now in charge of turning the run-down, but charming hotel into a bustling tourist attraction. Between painting rooms, building a website, and getting to know Bing, the irritatingly attractive artist, Lucy finds an unexpected home. But can she succeed in bringing the Hotel Paradis to its former glory?

Witty and heartfelt, Lucy Checks In is an inspiring and feel-good novel about reclaiming your life, finding love, and creating a home in places you never thought possible.

 

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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. 🙂