Thursday, January 14, 2021

My 2021 Most Anticipated Reads!

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Today I wanted to share with you a few of my most anticipated reads for 2021! This was *supposed* to be a list of 10 of my most anticipated, but there are SO many great books coming out this year, (including some that we don't have info on yet!), so my list went from 10 to 22 .... And I totally could have added even more.

BUT without further ado, here are 20 books that I can't wait to read in 2021!

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab
Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Isn't It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

One Last Stop by Casey McQuinton
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

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And I want to include a few who we don't have covers or much info for:

The Black Volume of the Dead by Cassandra Clare
Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
Well Matched by Jen Deluca
Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

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So, yeah... these are just a FEW of the books that I am excited to read in 2021! (I know I am forgetting SO many. Argh!) There are still a LOT more that I want to read, and a lot that we don't have info for, so this list will definitely change and grow over the course of the year.

I am so excited for all of these! I hope I can read them all.

Are there any 2021 releases that you're super excited for??

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday:

The Dating Plan
by Sara Desai

Expected Publication: March 16th 2021
by Berkley Books

Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiances might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can't give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend's little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy's matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather's will. If only he hadn't broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago...

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren't about to follow the rules of this engagement.

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A Pho Love Story
by Loan Le

Expected Publication: February 9th 2021
by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

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Do these books sound adorable, or what?? Contemporary/romances are the books that are getting my through this crazy time, and I am looking forward to reading as many of them as I can this year. I can't wait to read both of these!

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

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Re-Readables: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Publication Date: February 22nd 2016
** (First published January 28th 1813)
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781785996191
Genre: Classic / Fiction / Romance
Source: Own

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First published in 1813, "Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners - one of the most popular novels of all time - tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." So begins the novel, that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. (Goodreads)
Re-readables is a newish feature that I started in 2020, then promptly forgot about. I am hoping to bring it back this year to share my thoughts on the books that I am currently re-reading. (I LOVE re-reading books!)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is hands down my most favorite book ever. I originally read the book back in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the story. I wasn’t much of a re-reader at the time, (what was I thinking?!), but I have since re-read this book quite a few times over the years, and I also started a tradition to make this my first read of the year, every year. (It definitely takes the pressure off of trying to pick the perfect first read of the year, and it helps to start the year with a book I know I am going to love.)

Pride and Prejudice is definitely my most favorite read by Jane Austen. I absolutely adore Elizabeth Bennet and her crazy huge family, and she is definitely one of my most favorite characters ever. I also love Mr. Darcy, because he’s one of those characters you really don’t like at first, but then he grows, and grows, and GROWS on you throughout the book. He’s seriously the best, and ‘watching’ the relationship grown between him and Elizabeth is the best. There is a reason why this book is one of my most favorites ever. If you haven’t read it, you definitely should.

One of my reading goals for 2021 is to read more classics, and I am so excited to re-read the rest of Jane’s books in the upcoming months. I am also hoping to read some of the other popular classics like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but I am the most excited to just read all of Jane’s books again.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading this book again! I think it’s my 5th or 6th time reading it, and I already can’t wait to read it again. It really is fantastic, so check if you haven’t already!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday: Act Your Age, Eve Brown & Make Up Break Up

Act Your Age, Eve Brown
(The Brown Sisters #3)
by Talia Hibbert

Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Avon Books

In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It's time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she's not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.

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Make Up Break Up
by Lily Menon

Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.

Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.

As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?

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I am super excited for these two upcoming romances!

The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert has quickly become one of my most favorite romance series yet. I loved both Chloe and Dani's stories, and I am really excited to finally read Eve's!

I'm also really excited for this brand new adult novel by Lily Menon! I have read a lot of the young adult books (Sandhya Menon), and they are so good. I can't wait to check out this new book by her!

Those are my WOW picks for this week! Check them out if you think they sound good as well!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

January 5: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Ok, today's photo prompt was HARD! There are so many awesome books coming out this year, and I had the hardest time trying to choose just 10 of them. :)

Sooo... here are just a few of the books I am excited for in the first half of 2021!!

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

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Like I said... this was HARD! There are so many great books coming out in 2021, and I can't wait to read them all.

What books are you excited for??