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. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Authors I Haven’t Read Yet, But Plan to in 2022

 

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 Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To.  This was a pretty easy topic for me since I almost always have an ongoing list of authors I want to try.  Today I’m sharing a list of mostly romance authors that I’m planning to try for the first time this year, as well as the actual book I’m planning to start with.  Since I drafted this post, I’ve actually started reading the Julia Quinn book.  After I binge watched season 2 of Bridgerton on Netflix a couple of weekends ago, I couldn’t resist diving into the book series that inspired the show.

Ten Authors I Haven’t Read Yet, But Plan to in 2022

 

 

1. ABBY JIMENEZ

2.  EMMA SCOTT

3.  JAYCI LEE

4.  JILL SHALVIS

5. JULIA QUINN

6. KATY BIRCHALL

7.  PENNY REID

8.  REBECCA SERLE

9. CHLOE LIESE

10. HELENA HUNTING

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Question:  Have you read any of these authors?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LIZZIE BLAKE’S BEST MISTAKE by Mazey Eddings

 

“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 LIZZIE BLAKE’S BEST MISTAKE by Mazey Eddings.  I thought Eddings’ debut novel, A Brush with Love, was delightful, so I’m excited to read more from her.  The synopsis for her new book sounds like a lot of fun. 🙂

 

LIZZIE BLAKE’S BEST MISTAKE by Mazey Eddings

Publication Date:  September 6, 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin

From Goodreads:

Lizzie has made endless mistakes. Kitchen fires, pyramid schemes, bangs (of the hair and human variety), you name it, she’s done it… and made a mess of it too. One mistake she’s never made is letting anyone get closer to her than a single hook-up. But after losing yet another bakery job due to her uncontrolled ADHD, she breaks her cardinal rule and has a two-night-stand that changes everything.

Once burned, twice shy, Rake has given up on relationships. And feelings. And any form of intimacy for that matter. Yet something about charming, chaotic Lizzie has him lowering his guard. For two nights, that is. Then it’s back home to Australia and far away from the pesky feelings Lizzie pulls from him. But when Lizzie tells him she’s got an unexpected bun in the oven, he’ll do whatever it takes to be a part of his child’s life… except be emotionally vulnerable, obviously. He’s never going to make that mistake again.

Through a series of mishaps, totally “platonic” single bed sharing, and an underground erotic baking scheme, Lizzie and Rake learn that even the biggest mistakes can have the most beautiful consequences.

 

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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 – Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

 

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 Freebie so I thought it would be fun to, since we’re at the end of the first quarter of 2022, to share my top ten favorite reads so far this year.  I’ll link them to either my reviews here if I reviewed them on the blog or to Goodreads if it was an amazing book that I had no words for or an older book since I’m mainly just reviewing ARCs on the blog these days.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

 

 

1. ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

2.  GALLANT by V.E. Schwab

3.  THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James

4.  THE UNSINKABLE GRETA JAMES by Jennifer E. Smith

5. ONE NIGHT ON THE ISLAND by Josie Silver

6. WITH LOVE FROM LONDON by Sarah Jio

7.  IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

8.  THE WEDDING VEIL by Kristy Woodson Harvey

9. MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter

10. BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM by Claudia Gray

 

“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 MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM by Claudia Gray.  As a Pride and Prejudice enthusiast who absolutely loathed Mr. Wickham, I laughed out loud when I saw the title of this new book and read the blurb.  I’ve enjoyed Gray’s writing in the past so I can’t wait to see how she disposes of this despicable man, haha.

 

THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM by Claudia Gray

Publication Date:  May 3, 2022 by Vintage

From Goodreads:

From New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray—a summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Mr. Wickham, one of literature’s most notorious villains, meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Jane Austen’s leading literary characters.

The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a house party, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In a tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang.

 

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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 – 21st Century Novels I Think Will Become Classics

 

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 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics.  When I think of classics, I immediately think of the books I had to read for high school and college, but what was it about those titles that made them classics?  According to masterclass.com, there are four key characteristics that novels deemed as classics tend to share:  1) a memorable protagonist, 2) they say something profound about the human condition, 3) every time you re-read a classic, you find more meaning in it, and 4) the story stands the test of time so that no matter when a reader is reading it, the story still resonates.

21st Century Novels I Think Will Become Classics

 

 

1. A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

If having a memorable protagonist is part of the criteria for becoming a classic, it doesn’t get much more memorable than the loveable curmudgeon Ove.  The story is also beautifully written and contains themes that definitely stand the test of time – particularly those of love and loss, and letting people into your heart.

 

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

If there were ever a character to rival Ove in terms of being unforgettable, that character has to be the one and only Evelyn Hugo.  She’s an aging and reclusive Hollywood film star who has finally decided it’s time to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.  As she unapologetically lets her story unfold, we learn that Evelyn was in love with a woman at a time in history when it was socially unacceptable to do so. A major theme that I think would stand the test of time is one of her most memorable lines from the book:  “Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”

 

3.  THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

My own list here is filled with books set around the time of WWII, but I think The Book Thief is one of the most unique and unforgettable WWII novels I’ve ever read, one) for its focus on books and fostering a love of reading, and two) because Death features as a character/narrator.

 

4.  THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

This quote from Goodreads pretty well sums up why I think The Nightingale is destined to be a classic:  “The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.”

 

5. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

Another novel I think could easily become a classic based on these themes that resonate:  “In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.” (Goodreads)

 

6. UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by T.J. Klune

I chose this TJ Klune novel because I think there should be more fantasy novels in what we consider to be classics and I think this one fits the bill. It features quirky, unforgettable characters with Wallace, Hugo, and Mei, a wonderful found family element, and it’s a beautifully written story about life, love, loss, and what it means to truly live.

 

7.  SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

Honestly, I think any of Sepetys’ novels could easily become categorized as classics some day.  She has a real gift for storytelling and every book I’ve read of hers has packed an emotional punch.  I chose Salt to the Sea because of its focus on a maritime disaster that isn’t very well known – when, in 1945, a Soviet submarine sank a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army.  Sepetys powerfully portrays the brutality of war as well as the strength of the human spirit as she unfolds this tragedy before us.  Such an incredibly powerful read, particularly as we are currently watching another brutal war in progress.

 

8.  THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

I chose this book because as popular as retellings are these days, it seems like some of them ought to make it to the status of classic, and I feel like this gorgeous retelling of The Illiad with its main focus between Achilles’ relationship with Patroclus.  Again, we have unforgettable characters, this time taken from Greek mythology, as well as themes that will stand the test of time.  This book also packs a major emotional punch in a way that brings this story to life in a more accessible way than the original classic.

 

9. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr

I know, I know, it’s yet another WWII historical fiction novel.  This one is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  I’m not even going to lie – I don’t remember much about this book myself except that I loved it so much I couldn’t put it into words.  My review on Goodreads is quite simply that this is “one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.” I remember being so emotionally invested in the two main characters but not much else. I chose this one primarily because as of today, it has received 1,270,065 ratings on Goodreads, with an average rating of 4.32.  With numbers like that, it ought to have some staying power.

10. ONCE UPON A WARDROBE by Patti Callahan

I chose this book because I think it is a gem of a book that deserves so much more attention that it seems to be getting.  I loved the story’s focus on both a beloved author, C.S. Lewis, and his most beloved books, The Chronicles of Narnia.  I feel like that subject matter as well as its major theme of “the lengths we’ll go to for those we love” make this a timeless read.

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?  Do you think any of them will eventually become classics?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE LOST TICKET by Freya Sampson

 

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

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My selection for this week is THE LOST TICKET by Freya Sampson.  I loved Sampson’s last novel, The Last Chance Library, so I’m excited to get my hands on a copy of her latest.  My heart just melted as soon as I read that synopsis.

 

THE LOST TICKET by Freya Sampson

Publication Date:  August 30, 2022 by Berkley

 

From Goodreads:

Strangers aboard a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Last Chance Library.

When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, brokenhearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 that he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like hers. They made plans for a date at the National Gallery art museum, but Frank lost the bus ticket with her number on it. For the past sixty years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her, but with no luck.

Libby is inspired to action and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she papers the bus route with posters advertising their search. Libby begins to open her guarded heart to new friendships and a budding romance, as her tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the 88 bus is slipping away.

More than anything, Libby wants Frank to see his lost love one more time. But their quest also shows Libby just how important it is to embrace her own chances for happiness—before it’s too late—in a beautifully uplifting novel about how a shared common experience among strangers can transform lives in the most marvelous ways.

 

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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 – Top Ten Books on My Spring 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 actually supposed to be Books with an Adjective in the Title, but that one was just making me question my grammatical skills so I decided to go back and do the topic I missed last week while I was on a blogging break.  So this week I’ll be sharing ten books from my Spring TBR that I’m really excited about.

Top Ten Books on My Spring To-Read List

 

 

1. BOOK OF NIGHT by Holly Black

#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies in the vein of Ninth House and The Night Circus.  In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naive new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

With sharp angles and prose, and a sinister bent, Holly Black is a master of shadow and story stitching. Remember while you read, light isn’t playing tricks in Book of Night, the people are.

 

2.  BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry

“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…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…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.”

 

3.  FOUR AUNTIES AND A WEDDING by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe–even the mafia–in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.

Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name. Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene–over their dead bodies–and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.

 

4.  ADULT ASSEMBLY REQUIRED by Abbi Waxman

When Laura Costello moves to Los Angeles, trying to escape an overprotective family and the haunting memories of a terrible accident, she doesn’t expect to be homeless after a week. (She’s pretty sure she didn’t start that fire — right?) She also doesn’t expect to find herself adopted by a rogue bookseller, installed in a lovely but completely illegal boardinghouse, or challenged to save a losing trivia team from ignominy…but that’s what happens. Add a regretful landlady, a gorgeous housemate and an ex-boyfriend determined to put himself back in the running and you’ll see why Laura isn’t really sure she’s cut out for this adulting thing. Luckily for her, her new friends Nina, Polly and Impossibly Handsome Bob aren’t sure either, but maybe if they put their heads (and hearts) together they’ll be able to make it work for them.

 

5. BLOOD SCION by Deborah Falaye

This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster. I will be the worst monster they ever created.

Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods. Under the Lucis’ brutal rule, her identity means her death if her powers are discovered. But when she is forcibly conscripted into the Lucis army on her fifteenth birthday, Sloane sees a new opportunity: to overcome the bloody challenges of Lucis training, and destroy them from within. Sloane rises through the ranks and gains strength but, in doing so, risks something greater: losing herself entirely, and becoming the very monster that she ahbors.

Following one girl’s journey of magic, injustice, power, and revenge, this deeply felt and emotionally charged debut from Deborah Falaye, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, is a magnetic combination of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and Daughter of Smoke and Bone that will utterly thrill and capture readers.

 

6. LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

A delight for readers of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, this blockbuster debut set in 1960s California features the singular voice of Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a beloved TV cooking show.

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with–of all things–her mind. True chemistry results.  But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

 

7.  THE NO-SHOW by Beth O-Leary

Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man in this smart new rom-com by Beth O’Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare.  Siobhan is a quick-tempered life coach with way too much on her plate. Miranda is a tree surgeon used to being treated as just one of the guys on the job. Jane is a soft-spoken volunteer for the local charity shop with zero sense of self-worth. These three women are strangers who have only one thing in common: They’ve all been stood up on the same day, the very worst day to be stood up–Valentine’s Day. And, unbeknownst to them, they’ve all been stood up by the same man.

Once they’ve each forgiven him for standing them up, they let him back into their lives and are in serious danger of falling in love with a man who seems to have not just one or two but three women on the go…. Is there more to him than meets the eye? And will they each untangle the truth before they all get their hearts broken?

 

8.  I KISSED SHARA WHEELER by Casey McQuiston

From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a debut YA romantic comedy about chasing down what you want, only to find what you need…

Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.  But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square. Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.

Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston’s I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.

 

9. THE WEDDING VEIL by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The New York Times bestselling author of Under the Southern Sky and the Peachtree Bluff series brings “her signature wit, charm, and heart” (Woman’s World) to this sweeping new novel following four women across generations, bound by a beautiful wedding veil and a connection to the famous Vanderbilt family.

Four women. One family heirloom. A secret connection that will change their lives—and history as they know it.

Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck isn’t enough to make her marriage last forever. Overwhelmed and panicked, she escapes to the Virgin Islands to clear her head. Meanwhile, her grandmother Babs is also feeling shaken. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, she decides to move out of the house they once shared and into a retirement community. Though she hopes it’s a new beginning, she does not expect to run into an old flame, dredging up the same complicated emotions she felt a lifetime ago.

1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the untimely death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own. Asheville, North Carolina has always been her safe haven away from the prying eyes of the press, but as she explores more of the rapidly changing world around her, she’s torn between upholding tradition and pursuing the exciting future that lies beyond Biltmore’s gilded gates.

In the vein of Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman and Jennifer Robson’s The GownThe Wedding Veil brings to vivid life a group of remarkable women forging their own paths—and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost to time.

 

10. SOMETHING WILDER by Christina Lauren

Growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father Duke Wilder left Lily without much patience for the profession…or much money in the bank. But Lily is nothing if not resourceful, and now uses Duke’s coveted hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake treasure hunts through the red rock canyons of Utah. It pays the bills but doesn’t leave enough to fulfill her dream of buying back the beloved ranch her father sold years ago, and definitely not enough to deal with the sight of the man she once loved walking back into her life with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails. Frankly, Lily would like to take him out into the wilderness—and leave him there.

Leo Grady knew mirages were a thing in the desert, but they’d barely left civilization when the silhouette of his greatest regret comes into focus in the flickering light of the campfire. Ready to leave the past behind him, Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder is all business, drawing a clear line in the sand: it’s never going to happen.

But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all. There’s a chance to right the wrongs—of Duke’s past and their own—but only if Leo and Lily can confront their history and work together. Alone under the stars in the isolated and dangerous mazes of the Canyonlands, Leo and Lily must decide whether they’ll risk their lives and hearts on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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Question:  Are you planning to read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – JUST ANOTHER LOVE SONG by Kerry Winfrey

 

“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 ANOTHER LOVE SONG by Kerry Winfrey.  I clicked the Request button on Netgalley as soon as I saw Winfrey’s name. I didn’t even have to read the synopsis to know if I would be interested in her new book. Her last two books, Very Sincerely Yours and Not Like the Movies are two of my favorite romance novels from the past couple of years.  And this new one sounds like such a wonderful second chance romance.  I can’t wait to meet Sandy and Hank!

 

JUST ANOTHER LOVE SONG by Kerry Winfrey

Publication Date:  August 2, 2022 by Berkley

 

From Goodreads:

Two high school sweethearts get a second chance at their perfect ending in this charming new romance by Kerry Winfrey, author of Very Sincerely Yours.

Once upon a time, Sandy Macintosh thought she would have her happily ever after with her high school sweetheart, Hank Tillman. Sandy wanted to be an artist, Hank was the only boy in town who seemed destined for bigger things, and they both had dreams to escape town together. But when Sandy’s plans fell through, she stayed in their small town in Ohio while Hank went off to Boston to follow his dreams to be a musician, with the promise to stay together. Only that plan fell through, too.

Fifteen years later, Sandy runs a successful greenhouse while helping her parents with their bed and breakfast. Everything is perfect…until Hank rolls back into town, now a famous alt-country singer with a son in tow. She’s happy with the life she’s built by herself, but seeing Hank makes her think about what might have been. There aren’t enough cliché love songs in the world to convince Sandy to give Hank another chance, but when the two of them get thrown together to help organize the town’s annual street fair, she wonders if there could be a new beginning for them or if what they had is just a tired old song of the past.

 

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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. 🙂