Top Ten Tuesday | Recent Additions to My TBR

Hello Bookworms!

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 of 2018.

Today’s prompt is a freebie so I am going to do Recent Additions to My TBR! I have been adding a lot recently so I feel like it will be an easy one.

A Missing Connection by Dani McLean
Secret of the Moon Conch by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong
You Bet Your Heart by Danielle Parker

Unnecessary Drama by Nina Kenwood
It Found Us by Lindsay Currie

A Prayer for Vengeance by Leanna Schwartz
When Ghosts Call Us Home by Katya de Becerra
Hard Dough Homicide by Olivia Matthews

Will you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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Goodreads Monday | Unnecessary Drama by Nina Kenwood

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday was hosted and created by Lauren’s Page Turners and has now been taken over by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: Unnecessary Drama
Author: Nina Kenwood
Genre: New Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
Publisher: Flatiron Books

From the award-winning author of It Sounded Better in My Head comes a deliciously entertaining enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about two high school nemeses who end up sharing a house together their first year of college

Eighteen-year-old Brooke is the kind of friend who not only remembers everyone’s birthdays, but also organizes the group present, pays for it, and politely chases others for their share. She’s the helper, the doer, the maker-of spreadsheets. She’s the responsible one who always follows the rules—and she plans to keep it that way during her first year of college.

Her student housing only has one rule: “no unnecessary drama.” Which means no fights, tension, or romance between roommates. When one of them turns out to be Jesse, her high-school nemesis, Brooke is determined she can handle it. They’ll simply silently endure living together and stay out of each other’s way. But it turns out Jesse isn’t so easy to ignore.

With Unnecessary Drama, Nina Kenwood perfectly captures the experience of leaving home for the first time, dealing with the unexpected complications of life, and somehow finding exactly what you need.” (Goodreads)

DOES THIS ONE SOUND LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD READ?

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First Lines Friday | 1-27-23

Hello Lovely Readers!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

“He’s Back.” My maternal grandmother, Genevieve Bain, spoke as though she’d swallowed something distasteful. Like bad fish or lukewarm tea.
I knew right away who she meant. Claudio Fabrizi, the owner of Claudio’s Baked Goods.
Not again.

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The book is….

In Olivia Matthews’s Against the Currant, the first Spice Isle Bakery Mystery, investigating a murder was never supposed to be on the menu…

Little Caribbean, Brooklyn, New York: Lyndsay Murray is opening Spice Isle Bakery with her family, and it’s everything she’s ever wanted. The West Indian bakery is her way to give back to the community she loves, stay connected to her Grenadian roots, and work side-by-side with her family. The only thing getting a rise out of Lyndsay is Claudio Fabrizi, a disgruntled fellow bakery owner who does not want any competition.

On opening day, he comes into the bakery threatening to shut them down. Fed up, Lyndsay takes him to task in front of what seems to be the whole neighborhood. So when Claudio turns up dead a day later—murdered—Lyndsay is unfortunately the prime suspect. To get the scent of suspicion off her and her bakery, Lyndsay has to prove she’s innocent—under the watchful eyes of her overprotective brother, anxious parents, and meddlesome extended family—what could go wrong?” (Goodreads)

HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? DO YOU WANT TO READ IT?

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WWW Wednesday | 1-25-23

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

My audiobook is Do I Know You? by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka. It’s a very interesting premise and I don’t know how I will feel about it so we shall see haha.

I started The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher. It’s her third book and I am excited. I am hoping I will love it as much as her other books.

I’m also continuing on with The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and am on the third book called The Dragon Reborn.

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by S.A. Chakraborty (arc) ⭐⭐⭐✨
Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews (arc/🎧) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I will be listening to This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua.

My next couple reads will be Salvation (Sanctuary #3) by Caryn Lix and The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner (arc).

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT READ? ARE YOU LOVING IT? HAVE YOU READ OR WANT TO READ ANY THAT I HAVE LISTED? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

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Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Hello Bookworms!

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 of 2018.

Today’s prompt is New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022! I read 180 new authors in 2022 so it will be hard to narrow it down!

1.) Tamara Berry (Buried In A Good Book)
2.) Susan Lee (Seoulmates)
3.) Vanessa Len (Only a Monster)
4.) Chelsea Abdullah (The Stardust Thief)


5.) Ebony LaDelle (Love Radio)
6.) Lane Clarke (Love Times Infinity)
7.) Sophie Irwin (A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting)
8.) Rachel Gillig (One Dark Window)

9.) Kim Michele Richardson (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek)
10.) Jamie Wesley (Fake It Till You Bake It)
11.) Matthew J. Kirby (Icefall)
12.) Shauna Robinson (The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks)

13.) Jane Kuo (In the Beautiful Country)
14.) Phong Nguyen (Bronze Drum)
15.) Amy Harmon (The First Girl Child)
16.) Jenny Hickman (Married by Fate)

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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WWW Wednesday | 1-18-23

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

My audiobook is The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray. It’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with a cozy mystery twist! I will say that it is unique but I am starting to think that P & P retellings just aren’t for me, ha. They end up not working.

I am reading 3 other books The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (a buddy read), Containment (Sanctuary #2) by Caryn Lix, and The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by S.A. Chakraborty (arc). The first is a reread which I am enjoying once again! The second is continuing on with a series and it is getting real good. The third is one that I decided to request on a whim as it is a spin-off series of one I haven’t read yet haha. It took me a bit to get into how it was being narrated at first but I am quite curious now!

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden (🎧)
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Sanctuary by Caryn Lix ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

I will be listening to The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. It’s a middle grade and on the lighter side which is something I need in the midst of all of my long reads recently!

My other reads will be This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua and The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher (arc).

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT READ? ARE YOU LOVING IT? HAVE YOU READ OR WANT TO READ ANY THAT I HAVE LISTED? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

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Tope Ten Tuesday | Bookish Goals for 2023

Hello Bookworms!

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 of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Bookish Goals for 2023! I am definitely going to try to stick to all of these and will also try to have updates throughout the year for them as well!

Participate in Readathons

I usually do one or two a year, but I would like to do at least five! If I do more then it’s all the better. I feel like readathons help me finish books because I want to make sure I finish all prompts and be an overachiever, haha.

Do More Buddy Reads

I’m starting off with one so far which is more than I did last year. 😅 I feel like it’s a good way to connect with those in the book community.

Read 100 Books

Obviously I will read more than this but I just don’t like the pressure of the goal on Goodreads. I just like going with the flow!

Catch Up on Arcs

I have 20 to read on Netgalley and 2 physical arcs. I got real behind when I moved last year and haven’t caught up. I am not behind in any when it comes to reviewing so that is good at least and my percentage is at 96. I also have been requesting less. I plan to keep it that way and not just request everything that has a pretty cover or good blurb.

Continue to DNF

I’ve been doing well with this and will continue on!

Post on Boosktagram

I would be okay with two posts a week! I just need to be more consistent.

Do we have similar goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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Goodreads Monday | You, with a View by Jessica Joyce

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday was hosted and created by Lauren’s Page Turners and has now been taken over by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: You, with a View
Author: Jessica Joyce
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
Publisher: Berkley

Two high school enemies must reunite for a road trip inspired by their grandparents’ broken engagement in this electric debut romance.

Noelle Shepherd is unemployed, living with her parents, and grieving the loss of her beloved grandmother when she discovers decades-old photos of Gram and a smitten man, tucked alongside a love letter. She creates a TikTok to search for the mystery man, which goes viral, and she’s shocked when his grandson responds—a man who happens to be her high school nemesis, Theo Spencer.

Noelle refuses to let Theo’s annoying accomplishments in adulthood—or his sexy smirk—stand in the way of meeting his grandfather and unlocking the secrets he knew about her gram as a young woman. When she learns that their plans to elope were thwarted, Noelle decides to take the honeymoon road trip they planned but never got to carry out. There’s a catch, though: Paul, Theo’s grandfather, asks to come with her, and he insists that Theo join them.

It’ll be a miracle if they make it through the trip without Noelle throwing Theo out of the moving car—or the bed they end up sharing. As the miles tick by, the tension simmers hotter between them…until she discovers that Theo’s hiding a secret that could cause their tenuous relationship to end before it can restart.” (Goodreads)

DOES THIS ONE SOUND LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD READ?

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First Lines Friday | 1-13-22

Hello Lovely Readers!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

“My parents would kill me if they caught me reading manga at one in the morning, but I was too keyed up to sleep.”

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The book is….

“Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.” (Goodreads)

HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? DO YOU WANT TO READ IT?

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WWW Wednesday | 1-11-23

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

My audiobook is The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. This is a reread and I am still enjoying it a second time around!

I started The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest and Sanctuary by Caryn Lix last night. The first is an arc and it is a bit slow going for me as a majority of the beginning is in email form. I don’t mind this format but when it’s a large chunk it feels like I am missing important details about these characters in their everyday life and how these emails affect them in that sense. Sanctuary is a reread so I can finally continue on with the series!

The Maid by Nita Prose (🎧) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fatal Throne by Candace Fleming (🎧) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Flawless Life (arc) ⭐⭐⭐

I will be listening to The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. It is the sequel to my current audiobook! Another reread.

My next couple reads will be arcs and continuation for a trilogy, Containment by Caryn Lix and Off the Map by Trish Doller.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT READ? ARE YOU LOVING IT? HAVE YOU READ OR WANT TO READ ANY THAT I HAVE LISTED? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

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