Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday: Float Plan & With You All The Way

Float Plan
by Trish Doller

Expected publication: March 2nd 2021
by St. Martin's Griffin

Critically acclaimed author Trish Doller's unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself...

Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has been shipwrecked by grief—until a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take together. Impulsively, Anna goes to sea in their sailboat, intending to complete the voyage alone.

But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.

In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn't mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.

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With You All The Way
by Cynthia Hand

Expected publication: March 30th 2021
by HarperTeen

Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice.

But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people they shouldn’t. Everyone except Ada. But when Ada decides she’s going to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is—her best laid plan overlooks an inconvenient truth:

Feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way.

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Both of these books sound so good, right?! I can't wait to check them 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, January 19, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

January 19th: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!!

I recently did a post back in December sharing some of the books I meant to read in 2020 but didn't get to, but I'm going to share them here again today!

(And hopefully I will get to read these books in 2021!)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

The Gilded Wolves by Rhosani Chokshi
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Those are just a few of the books I had hoped to read in 2020, but never got to... I definitely hope to read them all this year!

What books did you mean to read in 2020, but never got to??

Monday, January 18, 2021

Quick Thoughts: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon

Publication Date: February 26th 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 830
ISBN: 9781635570298
Genre: Adult Fiction \ Fantasy \ LGBTQ
Source: Own

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A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. (Goodreads)

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon sat on my shelf for the LONGEST time before I decided to pick the book up… And now that I have finally read it, I am kicking myself for having waited so long! I very much enjoyed the book, and it definitely made me want to read more fantasy stories!

I don’t read fantasy novels nearly enough, (though that’s something that I really, really want to work on in 2021.) The Priory of the Orange Tree was everything that I didn’t know I wanted in a fantasy story. The characters were absolutely fascinating, and the storyline was completely captivating. Add in the descriptions that were so well written, I could picture everything perfectly in my mind. All of these things together make for one fantastic read.

This book took me a while to get through, as I decided to read it slowly, chapter by chapter, over the course of a few months. This normally would have frustrated me with any other book, but I very much enjoyed taking the extra time to read this book. It was a fun experience!

And now that I have finally read something by Samantha Shannon, I can’t wait to read more by her! I have The Bone Season series on my list to tackle soon, and I absolutely can’t wait to get started.

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.**