Saturday, May 23, 2020

12 Beach Books To Read On Your Summer Staycation

Summer is right around the corner, (one more month!), and when I think of summer, I think of the beach reads! Thanks to Covid19, our family will sadly not be making our beach trip this year, so that means no reading on the beach for me... BUT that doesn't mean I can't enjoy these books during my summer staycation, right?!

I absolutely love books that are set at the beach or the lake, or just set during summertime. I'm always on the lookout for book lists that have these themed books on them, but can never find a list with books I'm actually interested in, so I decided to make my own. I can't wait to read these books while I sit by the pool and pretend it's the ocean. lol!

Here are a whole bunch of brand new 2020 beach reads to check out if you're on a summer staycation like I am!

Beach Read by Emily Henry
(I am actually reading this book now, and it is SO good!)

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
(This is my first read EVER by Jennifer Weiner, and I'm so excited to read it.)

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
(I started reading Mary's books a few summers ago, and I just enjoy them so much. I have more of hers on my summer tbr that I'm hoping to get to as well.)

Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner
(This was actually the first book to kick off my summer reading, and I loved it!)

The Friendship List by Susan Mallery
(I have been a huge fan of Susan's books for YEARS! I can't wait to read this newest book.)

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer
(I have only read one book by Nancy so far, but I'm excited to check out this book as well.)

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
(Elin is another favorite author of summer-themed books, and I can't wait to dive into this year's release.)

The View From Here by Hannah McKinnon
(I've only read one of Hannah's books so far, but this new book sounds awesome, and I can't wait for it to arrive.)

East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter
(My first read by this author, but I'm excited to get started on it.)

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey
(This book drew me in by its gorgeous cover!)

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak
(This will be my first read by Brenda as well!)

The Somerset Girls by Lori Foster
(First read by this author as well!)

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Do these books look awesome, or what? I am not sure if they are all summer or beach/lake themed, but the covers really grabbed me, and I am super excited to check them out!

I also have a list of previously released beach books that I am hoping to tackle this year as well, and I will share a post with this later in the Spring.

Are there any beach books that you're planning to read this summer?? If so, feel free to share in the comments so I can check them out as well!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky & You Say It First
10 Things I Hate About Pinky
(Dimple and Rishi #3)
by Sandhya Menon
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Publication Date: July 21st 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781534416819

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The follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie follows Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date—with disastrous and hilarious results.

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they'll never forget. (Goodreads)

I absolutely LOVE the Dimple & Rishi series, and I am SO excited for this third book!
I still need to read the novellas as well, so I'm hoping to read all of these together!
You Say It First
by Katie Cotugno
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Publication Date: June 16th 2020
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062674128

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Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: her boyfriend Mason is sweet and supportive, she and her best friend Emily plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she even finds time to clock shifts phonebanking at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio, who gets under her skin from the moment he picks up the phone.

Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job—unsure what his future holds, or if he even cares. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up.

But things don’t end there.…

That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then—slowly—to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work?
You Say It First is a propulsive, layered novel about how sometimes the person who has the least in common with us can be the one who changes us most. (Goodreads)

I think it has been a while since I read a book by Katie, so I'm super excited to check this new book out. It sounds like it's going to be a very interesting read, so I'm super curious to check it out.
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

My Thoughts: Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner
Summer Longing
by Jamie Brenner
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Publication Date: May 5th 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780316476850
Genre: Women's Fiction | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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When a baby is left on the doorstep of a Cape Cod beach house, an unlikely group of women risks all they hold dear to harbor and protect her in this "touching, nuanced summer yarn" (Publisher's Weekly).

Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. After years of hard work and making peace with life's compromises, Ruth is looking forward to a carefree summer of solitude. But when she finds a baby girl abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth turns to her new neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community.

The appearance of the mystery baby has an emotional ripple effect through the women in town, including Amelia Cabral, the matriarch who lost her own child decades earlier; Elise Douglas, owner of the tea shop who gave up her dream of becoming a mother; and teenage local Jaci Barros who feels trapped by her parents' expectations. Ruth, caring for a baby for the first time in thirty years, even reaches out to her own estranged daughter, Olivia, summoning her to Provincetown in hopes of a reconciliation.

As summer unfolds and friends and family care for the infant, alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered. But the unconditional love for a child in need just might bring Ruth and the women of Provincetown exactly what they have been longing for themselves.

With heartfelt storytelling, Summer Longing is Jamie Brenner's eagerly anticipated return to Provincetown; another unforgettable tale about motherhood, friendship, and finding your way home.

"Welcome to the gold standard of summertime escapism."
---Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69 (Goodreads)

Is summer even summer without reading a Jamie Brenner novel? For me, it’s not, at least for the past few years! For the past four years I have kicked off summer, (and late spring), with a summer titled novel from Jamie, and it’s definitely one of the highlights of my summer. This year’s book was Summer Longing, which made me want to rent a house at the beach! And since I can’t make it to the beach this year, this book was a nice alternative.

Confession: The very first thing that drew me to the first book I read by Jamie was the cover. I LOVE the summer feels to these covers! And since I can’t resist a book with a pretty cover, I found all of these books to be irresistible.

One of the things that I loved about this book was getting to see some of the characters from a few of Jamie’s previous books. That’s always something that I enjoy, as it lets us get a little glimpse of what the characters have been up to since we last met them. I definitely enjoyed meeting them all again! AND we get to meet a lot of awesome new characters as well! I love that there was a various age range for all of the ladies in the book, yet I still managed to find them all relatable in some form or another. I love it when that happens!

I very much enjoyed the storyline for the book as well, especially the way it brought all of the women together. The baby that was left on the doorstep was definitely interesting, and I love how all of the women bonded over her. I was also super curious to discover who left her in the first place. Another favorite part of the book was the setting. Thanks to Covid19, we are not going to make it to the beach this year, so I wanted to read as many books as I can that are set at the beach. This book definitely had a great beach setting, and I could picture myself there perfectly!

Overall; Summer Longing was another great edition to Jamie’s summer-themed collection and I’m so thrilled that this was the first book to kick off my summer reading! The book had a great storyline and great characters, and definitely put me in the mood to read more summer books. If you’re looking for a great summer read, do check this out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love... ROMANCE!

May 19: Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms! It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten post, and I was definitely intrigued by today's prompt! I decided to go with ROMANCE, because I just love it SO much right now. It's about the only genre I can focus on at the moment, and they are seriously getting me through this difficult time. Below are a few of the romance books that I've read recently, and the reasons why I LOVED them!

(Click the covers for info on the books!)

Addictive Storylines
(Great for keeping me distracted!)

The Kissy Stuff
(Which is *also* a great distraction!)

They Make Me Laugh
(And we could all use a good laugh right about now!)

Quick Reads
(That help pass the time!)

The KISSY Stuff
(Oh, did I already mention this?! Sorry!)

The STEAMY Reads
(Excellent distractions caused by lots of kissy stuff.)

Relatable Reads
(And because sometimes you can't help but relate!)

Historical Reads
(And because sometimes you can get a history lesson in the mix as well!)

MORE Steamy Stuff
And I totally have to mention the steamy stuff again. ;)


The Happy Ever After
(Even when it takes a while to get to it, I love the HEA at the end.)

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Haha, this post was too much fun! As I said above, I really love romance, especially right now, and those are the reasons why!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Re-Readables: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling
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Publication Date: first published June 26th 1997
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780590353427
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come. (Goodreads)
Rereadables is a brand-new feature that I wanted to do here on the blog where I feature books that I am re-reading! I love re-reading books, and I find myself doing it more and more lately. There is just something about falling back into a familiar bookish world that I find very comforting. And now I am going to share my thoughts here on the blog!

I have already re-read quite a few books this year, (my most favorite being The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare), and my most recent being Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was really late to the party when it came to reading this series, but once I finally read the WHOLE series, I loved it so much that I decided to do a yearly re-read EVERY year. I have now read this book SIX times, and it never gets old.

I started my re-read of the series a bit earlier this year than I have in previous years, and that is because, (thanks to Covid 19), the audiobook version narrated by Stephen Fry became available, and I have been DYING to listen to his narration of the book. I own the audiobooks that are narrated by Jim Dale, and I absolutely ADORE those, but I had also heard that the narration by Stephen Fry was fantastic, AND IT WAS. (The audiobooks are always my go-to audiobooks to recommend to new audiobook listeners. They are seriously so good.)

There's really not much that I can say about this book that everyone doesn’t already know. The story is familiar, and it never gets old, no matter how many times I read it. I always love meeting Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and their first year together is definitely one of my favorites. This book feels like it’s the least complicated of the series, and there is so much hope for these young characters. It’s also the quickest book to get through as well.

Also, every time I start a re-read of the book, I wish that I had read these books when they first came out. But, better late than never, right? Regardless, I very much enjoyed my re-read of this book, and I’m so glad to fall back into this world again!

Have you read this book more than once? Why do you like re-reading the story??

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday: My Calamity Jane & Truel1f3
My Calamity Jane
(The Lady Janies #3)
by Cynthia Hand
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Jodi Meadows
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Brodi Ashton
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Publication Date: June 2nd 2020
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062652812

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Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou.

JANE (a genuine hero-eene)

Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.

FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .

ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do, she can do better.

After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short. (Goodreads)

I am so excited to get my hands on this book! I have read both My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane, so I'm very excited to see what's next in the Lady Janie's series!
(Lifelike #3)
by Jay Kristoff
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Publication Date: June 30th 2020
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781524714017

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From the bestselling co-author of the Illuminae Files comes the thrilling finale in the LIFEL1K3 trilogy--hailed by Marie Lu as "a breathless, action-packed exploration of what humanity really means."

Best friends have become enemies. Lovers have become strangers. And deciding whose side you're on could be the difference between life and death. For Eve and Lemon, discovering the truth about themselves--and each other--was too much for their friendship to take. But with the country on the brink of a new world war--this time between the BioMaas swarm at CityHive and Daedalus's army at Megopolis, loyalties will be pushed to the brink, unlikely alliances will form and with them, betrayals. But the threat doesn't stop there, because the lifelikes are determined to access the program that will set every robot free, a task requiring both Eve and Ana, the girl she was created to replace. In the end, violent clashes and heartbreaking choices reveal the true heroes . . . and they may not be who you think they are. (Goodreads)

So I'm definitely going to have to do a refresher course on this series before this next book is released, but I am super curious to see what's going to happen next in this series!

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Those are my WOW picks for this week! What about you??

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

My Thoughts: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Undercover Bromance
(The Bromance Book Club #2)
by Lyssa Kay Adams
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Publication Date: March 10th 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781984806116
Genre: Adult Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy / Own

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Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. 

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart... even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned. (Goodreads)

Undercover Bromance is the second book in the Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams, and is also one of my most anticipated reads for 2020! I read The Bromance Book Club earlier this year and really enjoyed the story, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this second book in the series. I really, really loved the first book, and I was curious to see how this sequel was going to compare. I was NOT disappointed at all!

One of the things that I love about this series is the characters. All of the guys in the Bromance Book Club are interesting – and also pretty damn hilarious – and I love that each book in the series is about a different character. The first book in the series was about Gavin and his wife Thea, and in this book, it is Mack and Liv. To be honest, I LOVE MACK AND LIV! They were just so perfect for each other, and I very much enjoyed watching the relationship between them grow.  It was so sweet!

I also very much enjoyed the storyline for this book. There was so much going on, from the guys in the book club to Liv and her horrible boss, and then everyone working together to take him down. Add in the steamy parts of the book, and I WAS HOOKED. I have to say that I think I enjoyed this book even more than I did the first book, which is saying a LOT because I really loved the first book too. They are both so great!

A lot of interesting information has come out about this series recently that I wanted to share, just in case you haven’t yet heard yourself. First, the cover was recently released for the third book in the series, Crazy Stupid Bromance, and I think it’s my most favorite cover yet! Also, it has been confirmed that The Russian is definitely getting his own book soon! And, last but definitely not least, The Bromance Book Club is headed to NETFLIX! (Granted, I don’t watch tv or movies often, but I am SO down to watch this!) Exciting, right??

Overall; If you couldn’t already tell, I very much enjoyed Undercover Bromance! I love the characters, and the storyline, and all the steamy parts in between. This series is so good, and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Crazy Stupid Bromance, which is currently set to release in October! If you haven’t yet picked up this series, I highly recommend them! And if you start reading soon, you’ll be all caught up when book #3 is released!

Monday, May 4, 2020

My Thoughts: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Chain of Gold
(The Last Hours #1)
by Cassandra Clare
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Publication Date: March 3rd 2020
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9781481431873
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love. (Goodreads)

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare is the very first book in the brand new The Last Hours trilogy, and was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020! I’m pretty thrilled that the book is finally out and has been read. It was everything that I didn’t know I wanted, and so much more!

It’s a well-known fact by most of my social media followers that I am a HUGE fan of The Infernal Devices series by Clare. I love everything about the series, from the characters to the setting and storyline, and it’s definitely my most favorite series by her. Since Chain of Gold is a spinoff of that series, I just knew that it would quickly become a favorite as well, and it did!

The storyline for Chain of Gold picks up a good two decades after Clockwork Princess leaves off. Most of the characters from The Infernal Devices are in the story, and are older and wiser, and still much loved. Though, this time around they are the supporting characters in the story, and their children are the main characters. This in itself was pretty awesome, as I enjoyed seeing the characters I loved from the original series as parents, especially Will and Tessa. (And Jem and Magnus!)

I absolutely adored all of the new characters in the story. They were all interesting, and I can’t wait to get to know them more as the series goes along. (The only problem I had was trying to remember which character belonged to which parents!) James and Lucie are SO much like Will and Tessa, and I loved that about them so much. I was also completely fascinated with Cordelia as well, and I can’t wait to get to know more about them all!

I also enjoyed the storyline for the book. It was both familiar and new at the same thing, and I was absolutely fascinated by it. I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen with the storyline as the series goes along, and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next book as soon as it releases!

Overall; if you can’t tell by this super gushy review, I *really* enjoyed Chain of Gold! The characters are wonderful and the storyline is fantastic, and I just know that this series is going to be another favorite of mine. I can’t wait to get my hands on Chain of Iron, which is currently set to release in March 2021!
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