Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE NEIGHBOR FAVOR by Kristina Forest

 

“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 NEIGHBOR FAVOR by Kristina Forest.  I love book that feature book loving characters, and this one just sounds too good to pass up.

 THE NEIGHBOR FAVOR by Kristina Forest

Publication Date:  February 28, 2023 by Berkley

From Goodreads:

In this heart-fluttering romance by Kristina Forest, a shy bookworm enlists her charming neighbor to help her score a date, not knowing he’s the obscure author she’s been corresponding with.

Shy, bookish, and admittedly awkward, Lily Greene has always felt inadequate compared to the rest of her accomplished family, who strive for Black excellence. She dreams of becoming an editor of children’s books but has been frustratingly stuck in the nonfiction division for years without a promotion in sight. Lily finds escapism in her correspondences with her favorite fantasy author, and what begins as two lonely people connecting over e-mail turns into a tentative friendship and possibly something else Lily won’t let herself entertain–until he ghosts her.

Months later, still crushed but determined to take charge of her life, Lily seeks a date to her sister’s wedding. And the perfect person to help her is Nick Brown, her charming, attractive new neighbor, whom she feels drawn to for unexplainable reasons. Little does she know that Nick is an author–her favorite fantasy author.

Nick, who has his reasons for using a pen name and for pushing people away, soon realizes that the beautiful, quiet woman from down the hall is the same Lily he fell in love with over e-mail months ago. Unwilling to complicate things even more between them, he agrees to set her up with someone else, though this simple favor between two neighbors is anything but–not when he can’t get her off his mind.

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library

 

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 10 Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library.  Even though I read a lot of ebooks, including ARCS and listen to a lot of audiobooks these days, I’m still a collector of physical books at heart.  If I love a book, I want to display it on my shelves.  Below are just a few of the many books that I originally either listened to or read some kind of e-version and decided I just had to have a physical copy after falling in love with the story.

10 Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library

 

 

1. LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

2. IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

3.  THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

5. THE SIMPLE WILD Series by K.A. Tucker

6. THE PRACTICAL MAGIC Series by Alice Hoffman

7.  RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

8.  THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

9. THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

10. BEACH READ by Emily Henry

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – YOURS TRULY by Abby Jimenez

 

“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 YOURS TRULY by Abby Jimenez.  Part of Your World was my first read from this author and I loved it so much that I now want to read everything she has ever written.  Her newest book sounds like it has the potential to be her best yet!

YOURS TRULY by Abby Jimenez

Publication Date:  April 11, 2023 by Forever

From Goodreads:

A novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy in finding your perfect match from “a true talent” (Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author).

Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.

And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.

“Abby Jimenez’s words…sprinkle humor and warmth all over my life.” –Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

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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 – It’s Back to School Time: Ten of My Favorite Reads with an Academic Setting

 

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 School Freebie (In honor of school starting up soon, come up with a topic that somehow ties to school/education. The book could be set at school/college, characters could be teachers, books with school supplies on the cover, nonfiction titles, books that taught you something or how to do something, your favorite required reading in school, books you think should be required reading, your favorite banned books, etc.).

The last time we had a school freebie I shared 10 of my favorite reads that are set in school.  That was a few years ago so I decided it would be fun to do the same post but updated for newer favorites.  I’ve got a pretty wide selection here, from thrillers to romance, both Adult and YA so some are set in high schools while others are set at colleges or universities.

10 of My Favorite Reads with an Academic Setting

 

 

1. THE IT GIRL by Ruth Ware

The “It” girl at Oxford is murdered and the list of possible suspects is a mile long because the “It” girl was also a mean girl.

 

2. SEE YOU YESTERDAY by Rachel Lynn Solomon

A YA romance with a major Groundhog’s Day vibe set at a college where two students

find themselves reliving the first day of college over and over again.

 

3.  A BRUSH WITH LOVE by Mazey Eddings

A super cute romance that is set in a dental school.

 

4.  AS IF ON CUE by Marisa Kanter

An enemies-to-lovers romance that features A pair of fierce foes are forced to work together to save the arts at their high school.

 

5. PERFECT ON PAPER by Sophie Gonzales

 A bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back.

 

6. FOR YOUR OWN GOOD by Samantha Downing

A twisty thriller set at a prestigious private school where the Teacher of the Year is determined to teach everyone a lesson.

Teddy knows best and you’d better stay out of his way if you know what’s good for you…

 

7.  THIS MAY END BADLY by Samantha Markum

A longtime rivalry between two boarding school escalates  and spirals into pure chaos

when it’s announced that the two schools will be merging into one.  The students just aren’t having it…

 

8.  I KISSED SHARA WHEELER by Casey McQuiston

Shara Wheeler and Chloe Green are locked in a fierce race to win the title of class valedictorian.  When Shara abruptly goes missing but leaves clues to her whereabouts, Chloe decides to play the game and find her.  Because really, it’s just not as satisfying to win valedictorian because your  rival stopped coming to school.

 

9. NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

Set at Yale, this is a dark fantasy read that features Ivy League secret societies.

 

10. MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan

Set at Oxford, this is an emotional story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world

and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future.

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these? 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – OFF THE MAP by Trish Doller

 

“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 OFF THE MAP by Trish Doller. I loved the first two books in the Beck Sisters series, so I’m thrilled to learn that we’ll be getting a third book. It’s also a road trip book, which I love, and across Ireland no less!

OFF THE MAP by Trish Doller

Publication Date:  March 7, 2023 by St. Martin’s Griffin

From Goodreads:

On the road to love, you don’t need a GPS…

Carla Black’s life motto is “here for a good time, not for a long time.” She’s been travelling the world on her own in her vintage Jeep Wrangler for nearly a decade, stopping only long enough to replenish her adventure fund. She doesn’t do love and she doesn’t ever go home.

Eamon Sullivan is a modern-day cartographer who creates digital maps. His work helps people find their way, but he’s the one who’s lost his sense of direction. He’s unhappy at work, recently dumped, and his one big dream is stalled out—literally.

Fate throws them together when Carla arrives in Dublin for her best friend’s wedding and Eamon is tasked with picking her up from the airport. But what should be a simple drive across Ireland quickly becomes complicated with chemistry-filled detours, unexpected feelings, and a chance at love – if only they choose it.

 

 

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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 – Completed Series I Wish Had More Books

 

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 Completed Series I Wish Had More Books.  I actually struggled with this topic a bit, mainly because in my mind, if an author is still alive and writing, I always have a hope that the series they’ve written could eventually have more books.  I selected some favorites that I am assuming are finished, but I was lazy and didn’t research, so my bad if it has already been announced that more books are forthcoming and I missed it (or heard about and forgot, haha).

(Possibly) Completed Series I Wish Had More Books

 

 

1. PEACHTREE BLUFF SERIES by Kristy Woodson Harvey

2. SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY by Leigh Bardugo

3.  THE LUNAR CHRONICLES BY MARISSA MEYER

4.  THE BROWN SISTERS by Talia Hibbert

5. THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY by Katherine Arden

6. RED WINTER TRILOGY by Annette Marie

7.  STALKING JACK THE RIPPER SERIES by Kerri Maniscalco

8.  THE ILLUMINAE FILES by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

9. SHADES OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

10. ARC OF A SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE KEY TO MY HEART by Lia Louis

 

“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 KEY TO MY HEART by Lia Louis.  I really enjoyed Dear Emmie Blue and Eight Perfect Hours, so I’m eager to read more from Lia Louis.  Everything about the synopsis of this new book speaks to me too.

THE KEY TO MY HEART by Lia Louis

Publication Date: December 6, 2022 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

From Goodreads:

A heartwarming novel about hope after loss as a young widow receives mysterious messages of love from the “must-buy author” (Jodi Picoult) of Eight Perfect Hours.

Sparkly and charming Natalie Fincher has it all—a handsome new husband, a fixer-upper cottage of her dreams, and the opportunity to tour with the musical she’s spent years writing. But when her husband suddenly dies, all her hopes and dreams instantly disappear.

Two and a half years later, Natalie is still lost. She works, sleeps (well, as much as the sexually frustrated village foxes will allow), and sees friends just often enough to allay their worries, but her life is empty. And she can only bring herself to play music at a London train station’s public piano where she can be anonymous. She’s lost motivation, faith in love, in happiness…in everything.

But when someone begins to mysteriously leave the sheet music for her husband’s favorite songs at the station’s piano, Natalie begins to feel a sense of hope and excitement for the first time. As she investigates just who could be doing this, Natalie finds herself on an unexpected journey toward newfound love for herself, for life, and maybe, for a special someone.

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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 I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

 

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 Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago.  I think I focused mainly on classics the last time we did a similar topic so I decided to go a different and somewhat convoluted route this time.  I went back eleven years to 2011, and counted backwards from there to 2002, figuring out what my favorite book published in each of those years was.  It was an interesting journey for me to see how long I’ve had eclectic reading tastes and jumped from genre to genre.

Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

 

 

1. THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern (2011)

2. ROOM by Emma Donoghue (2010)

3.  THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE by Stieg Larsson (2009)

4.  THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (2008)

5. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini (2007)

6. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak (2006)

7.  HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by JKR (2005)

8.  MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult (2004)

9. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA by Lauren Weisberger (2003)

10. THE NANNY DIARIES by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (2002)

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

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

 

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

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

JUST MY TYPE by Falon Ballard

Publication Date: February 7, 2023 by Penguin Group Putnam

From Goodreads:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

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

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

 

 

1. BOOKED ON A FEELING by Jayci Lee  – PREDICTABLE

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

3.  THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn   – DEADLY

4.  EVERY SUMMER AFTER by Carley Fortune  –  NOSTALGIC

5. THE MISSED CONNECTION by Denise Williams – FUN

6. SOMETHING WILDER by Christina Lauren – UNEXPECTED

7.  THE STEMINIST NOVELLAS by Ali Hazelwood – ADORABLE

8.  UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover – HEARTWRENCHING

9. AFTER I DO by Taylor Jenkins Reid – RESONATES

10. THE HIDDEN ONE BY LINDA CASTILLO – TWISTY

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