Can’t Wait Wednesday – ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall

 

“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 ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall.  I’m excited for this book because I just finally got around to reading her popular novel, Boyfriend Material, and I absolutely loved it. The fact that this one features a reality TV show about baking just sounds like so much fun!

 

ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall

Publication Date: May 18, 2021 by Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

 

From Netgalley:

Fans of Casey McQuiston, Christina Lauren, and Abby Jimenez will love this scrumptious and sweet romantic comedy from the “dizzyingly talented writer” of Boyfriend Material (Entertainment Weekly)!

Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teetering on the edge of financial disaster. But where there’s a whisk there’s a way . . . and Rosaline has just landed a spot on the nation’s most beloved baking show.

Winning the prize money would give her daughter the life she deserves—and Rosaline is determined to stick to the instructions. However, more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory.  Suave, well-educated, and parent-approved Alain Pope knows all the right moves to sweep her off her feet, but it’s shy electrician Harry Dobson who makes Rosaline question her long-held beliefs—about herself, her family, and her desires.

Rosaline fears falling for Harry is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Yet as the competition—and the ovens—heat up, Rosaline starts to realize the most delicious bakes come from the heart.

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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 Set in Places I’d Love to Live

 

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 Places In Books I’d Love to Live.  If I had invested more time and thought into this, I probably could have come up with 10 fictional places I’d love to live, but after a year of sitting in basically the same place thanks to COVID, all I could think about was a change of scenery and places that were loaded with endless entertainment – theater, museums, art, history, etc.  Since that’s what was on mind, I decided to share some books set in actual places, if money was not an obstacle, I’d love to live.  I did throw in one fictional town at the end of my list for good measure though.  I love it because it’s a quaint small town in Georgia filled with wonderful neighbors, cute shops, etc.

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Books Set in Places I’d Love to Live

 

1. New York City

2. Italy

 

3. Greece

 

4. Paris

5. London

 

 

6. San Francisco

 

7. Canada

 

8. Nantucket/Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard area

 

9. Australia

 

10. Peachtree Bluff, Georgia (fictional small town)

 

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Question:  If you could live anywhere different from where you live now, where would you choose to go?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – TROUBLE GIRLS by Julia Lynn Rubin

 

“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 TROUBLE GIRLS by Julia Lynn Rubin.  This book’s blurb had me at queer reimagining of Thelma & Louise, but those comparisons to Riverdale, Courtney Summers and Mindy McGinnis don’t hurt either.

 

TROUBLE GIRLS by Julia Lynn Rubin

Publication Date:  June 1, 2021 by Wednesday Books

 

From Goodreads:

A queer YA #MeToo reimagining of Thelma & Louise with the aesthetic of Riverdale, for fans of Mindy McGinnis, Courtney Summers, and Rory Power.

When Trixie picks up her best friend Lux for their weekend getaway, she’s looking to escape for a little while, to forget the despair of being trapped in their dead-end Rust Belt town and the daunting responsibility of caring for her ailing mother. The girls are packing light: a supply of Diet Coke for Lux and her ‘89 Canon to help her frame the world in a sunnier light; half a pack of cigarettes for Trixie that she doesn’t really smoke, and a knife—one she’s just hanging on to for a friend—that she’s never used before.

But a single night of violence derails their trip and will forever change the course of the girls’ lives, as they go from ordinary high schoolers to wanted fugitives. Trying to stay ahead of the cops and a hellscape of media attention, the girls grapple with an unforgiving landscape, rapidly diminishing supplies, and disastrous decisions at every turn. As they are transformed by the media into the face of a #MeToo movement they didn’t ask to lead and the road before them begins to run out, Trixie and Lux realize that they can only rely on each other, and that the love they find together is the one thing that truly makes them free.

In rushing, powerful prose Julia Lynn Rubin takes readers on “a blistering, unapologetic thrill ride” (Emma Berquis) that will leave them haunted and reeling. Trouble Girls is “a powerful, beautifully-written gut punch” (Sophie Gonzales).

 

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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 – Cozy Mystery Titles That Made Me Chuckle

 

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 Funny Book Titles.  This was surprisingly challenging, I guess because we all don’t think the same things are funny.  That said, I always love a good pun or a clever play on words when it comes to well known titles like Game of Thrones or The Fault in Our Stars so I decided to share some cozy mystery titles that I thought were pretty amusing.

 

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Cozy Mystery Titles That Made Me Chuckle

 

 

1. NACHO AVERAGE MURDER by Maddie Day

2. THE MALT IN OUR STARS (A LITERARY PUB MYSTERY) by Sarah Fox

3. A GAME OF CONES by Abby Collette

4. ARSENIC AND ADOBO by Mia P. Manansala

5. A BREW TO A KILL (A COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY) by Cleo Coyle

6. DEATH GONE A-RYE (A BREAD SHOP MYSTERY) by Winnie Archer

7. MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK by Ellery Adams

8. GROUNDS FOR MURDER (A COFFEE LOVER’S MYSTERY) by Tara Lush

9. IT CANNOLI BE MURDER by Catherine Bruns

10. GINGER SNAPPED by Gail Oust

 

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Question:  What’s your idea of a funny book title?  Do you enjoy puns or do they make you roll your eyes?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams

 

“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 ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams.  It’s no secret how much I have adored this entire series and it’s also no secret how much I’ve loved Vlad the Russian as a secondary character in each of the first three books. I’m ecstatic that he’s finally going to get his own book and that the synopsis sounds so amazing. I can’t wait to see Vlad and his book club bros in action in his quest for romance and true love.  I also can’t wait to meet The Loners since they sound like they’re potentially going to be a hilarious new addition to this beloved cast of characters.

 

ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication Date:  July 20, 2021 by Berkley Books

 

From Goodreads:

With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad took up the pen to write a novel the Bromance Book Club would swoon over.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared after speaking out against government corruption, she escaped danger the only way she knew how. She agreed to marry her childhood friend, Vladimir, and move to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka The Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But after four years, it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance–both on and off the page.

The Bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love–and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s senior citizen neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves The Loners. Just when things finally look promising, the danger from Elena’s past life intrudes, and the book club will face their first-ever life-or-death grand gesture as they race to a happy ever after.

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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 on My Spring 2021 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 a Books on My Spring 2021 TBR.  As you’ll no doubt notice, my TBR is again heavy on the rom coms and women’s fiction since that seems to be where my inner mood reader still wants to be.  I do have a sci fi, a couple of fantasies and some historical fiction mixed in there though there’s a little variety going on.  I’m excited that so many of my favorite authors have new books coming out this Spring, and I’m also excited that I’ll be reading Karen White for the first time.  She has been on my list of authors to try for a couple of years now and it’s finally going to happen.

I also went beyond a Top 10 list because I also wanted to share some older titles I’ll be working my way through.  So far this year I’ve read 20 older books I already own so I’m very motivated to keep working on that goal.  🙂

 

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Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

 

ARCs

1. THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren

2. PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

3. MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4. THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT by Rosie Danan

5. THAT SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner

6.  THE INFINITY COURTS by Akemi Dawn Bowman

7.  PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

8.  HANA KHAN CARRIES ON by Uzma Jalaluddin

9.  HEART & SEOUL by Jen Frederick

10. THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen White

 

Older Books I Own

11. THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune

12. CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi

13. WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton

14. A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow

15. WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah

 

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Question:  What are you planning to read this Spring?  Did any of these make your list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – A SPINDLE SPLINTERED by Alix E. Harrow

 

“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 SPINDLE SPLINTERED by Alix E. Harrow.  This book caught my eye for a few reasons: 1) that gorgeous cover, 2) it’s a feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty, which sounds pretty cool and I’m always up for a good retelling, 3) it’s written by one of my new favorite authors, Alix E. Harrow (The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Once & Future Witches), and 4) It’s blurbed by another favorite author of mine, Katherine Arden (The Winternight Trilogy).

 

A SPINDLE SPLINTERED by Alix E. Harrow

Publication Date:  October 5, 2021 by Tordotcom

 

From Goodreads:

“Sleeping Beauty is the worst fairy tale, pretty much any way you slice it. It’s aimless and amoral and chauvinist as shit. Even among the other nerds who majored in folklore, Sleeping Beauty is nobody’s favorite. The romantic girls like Beauty and the Beast; basic girls like Cinderella; goth girls like Snow White. Only the dying girls like Sleeping Beauty.”

It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is an extra-special occasion, because it’s the last she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, but the main fact for Zinnia is that no one who has it has lived to twenty-two.

Her best friend is intent on making Zin’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, she founds herself cast into another world, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

 

 

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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 Cleaning My 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 a Spring Cleaning Freebie (for example, books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, books you’d like to clean off your TBR by either reading them or deciding you’re not interested, books that feel fresh and clean to you after winter is over, etc.).  I decided to focus on book that I have taken off my TBR so far this year.  I guess that’s technically “winter cleaning” but whatever.

As most who follow me know, one of my big goals for the year is to read more of the books I own and another is to finish up (or at least make some progress) on some series that have been lingering on my TBR for years.  I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start on these two goals.  I’ve read 19 books from my bookshelves and 5 of those are books from series I’ve been way behind on.  Not only have I read a lot of my own books, but I’ve also made some hard decisions regarding some series have been lingering on my shelves for years now and decided to purge them from my TBR.  It was hard because my heart is telling me that I’ve invested time in the series and should continue, but the more practical side of me says that if I haven’t read book 2 five years after reading book 1, I’m just not that into it and need to move on.  In most cases, I can’t even remember the basic premise of the series or the names of any characters and just don’t have any interest in re-reading the first book to re-familiarize myself with it.

 

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Spring Cleaning My TBR

 

What I Read

1. THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh

2. DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff

3. A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT  by Sarah J. Maas

4. A REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir

5. THE TOLL by Neal Shusterman

 

What I Purged

6. GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown

7. BLOOD OF A THOUSAND STARS by Rhoda Belleza

8. THE INFINITE SEA by Rick Yancey

9. EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill

10. LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?  Am I missing out if I give up on those five series?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THAT SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner

 

“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 THAT SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner. I absolutely loved Weiner’s last novel, Big Summer, so I’m really looking forward to reading another one from her.  This new one is calling to me because of its focus on female friendships and because of its Cape Cod setting.

 

THAT SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner

Publication Date:  May 11, 2021 by Altria Books

 

From Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship, set on beautiful Cape Cod.

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful; her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?

While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, THAT SUMMER is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

 

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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 Set in Bookish Places

 

 

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 Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had. I’m kind of on topic this week, but not exactly, because I didn’t really focus on characters.  Instead, I chose to focus on books whose settings are places I would love to work and, in my case, those settings are bookstores and/or libraries.

 

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Books Set in Bookish Places

 

 

       

 

1. THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER by Jenny Colgan

2. LAST CHANCE BOOKS by Kelsey Rodkey by Meghan Quinn

3. THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George

4. RECOMMENDED FOR YOU by Laura Silverman

5. THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

6. ONE SUMMER IN PARIS by Sarah Morgan

7. MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan

8. THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles

9. MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU by Samantha Young

10. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

 

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Question:  Have you come across any place in a book where you would like to work?