Anticipated April Books!

There must be something in the water because seriously, books this year are absolutely phenomenal. I mean, I can’t read them all of course, but from the sounds and looks of them, there is just so much good writing and publishing happening right now in the book world! But let’s hold up a second, celebrate the arrival of spring, and kick off the start of Bookending Spring 2019 with some of my most anticipated released for this spring!

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39950808Wicked Saints – Yes, I have read this one! Yes, my copy was free in exchange for a review but at the same time yes, I still need a hard copy! Remember when there was all that hype about The Hunger Games being a bloodbath for killing tributes in the arena? Ha! The Hunger Games has nothing on the blood in this book! I promise I am not a psychopath, nor do I have a blood obsession by any means, but as I said in my review for this book, it is dark and violent (but oh, so good!) so be warned!

39725622The Princess and the Fangirl – And now for something totally different! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Geekarella the first time ’round and of course, I ended up loving it! Now I can’t wait to see what Ashley Poston does with book 2. Princess Amara is about to be removed from the Starfield series and superfans like Imogen Lovelace are frantic over the idea. At the big Comic Con, a script leak has Imogen and Jess (the actress who plays Amara on the show) actually switching places and the girls have to come together to figure out who is truly behind the crime.

40645166Lovely Little Things – If you have been tagging along with me on this blog journey, you know I love myself a good thriller…and this one looks SO GOOD! Its about Claire, who is a medical resident and mother of two. She has a severe allergic reaction on the way in for her rounds and wakes up without her car or her children on the floor of the bathroom of a gas station. Now if that doesn’t sound like a terrifying way to start out a book, I don’t know what does. I am ready to read this one now!

Of course there are more. I just wanted to narrow it down and have a little variety. ‘Tis the spice of life and library afterall. *wink* So now tell me…

Are any of these on your TBR? What are you looking forward to getting your hands on this spring?

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Reading recs for National Puppy Day!!

As you may know from a few posts back, our family dog recently had a litter of puppies. It has been a complete adventure over the past 6 weeks, watching these little babies grow from tiny, palm-sized newborns to rambunctious, feisty pups. So how fitting is it that they go to their new homes today, on National Puppy Day?! Its so bittersweet! Believe it or not, we do actually have one puppy left to sell and ironically, he was the first puppy born. We “named” him Rizzo after our favorite Chicago Cubs player. We are enjoying him while we still have him but I’m sure he will be off soon. Again, it has been an amazing experience. So now, to keep the puppy/dog fix going, I’m researching all the dog reads for the upcoming weeks. I need all the puppy love!

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The Incredible Journey – I always loved this movie and the book has been on my TBR for a long time! A cat, a lab, and a bull terrier face the wild terrain of the Canadian wilderness to make their way back home. Separately, they would have died. But together, they face near starvation, wild animals, and exposure to the elements to find their family and their home.

The Art of Racing in the Rain – This book is told from the point of view of the dog, Enzo, and right off the bat, I’m already reminded of the YouTube videos where dog owners have GoPro cameras on dog toys or collars and you’re watching everything from the dog’s POV. Those can be so fun. But anyway. Enzo is a philosopher who sees that life isn’t simply about going fast.

Marley and Me: Life With the World’s Worst Dog – I love this title because aren’t there just moments where, as a pet owner, you just get mad as your fur baby and think they’re the worst?? But of course, 5 minutes later they’re your pride and joy again. Well, Marley actually was the worst. John & Jenny were newlyweds in a perfect, new white-picket fence of a house. They bought Marley as a puppy and he grew into 97-pounds of lab who chewed, bit, ate, tore, drooled, and stole everything he possibly could. But yet for all of his faults, of course, he was still loved.

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So those are just a couple that are on my TBR that I have heard good things about. I am so cautious to read dog books and watch dog movies. I am so sensitive because I hate bad endings–they just upset me so much!! Seriously, they stick with me and I take them so personally!! But anyway. If you are a dog person, or just a pet person in general, give your fur baby an extra squeeze today!

Do you have a dog? What is his/her name? OR, If you had a pet, what would you name it?

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Cure My ‘Stranger Things’ Hangover!

Its only March and last I saw, we aren’t getting new episodes of Stranger Things until July. I have already re-watched both seasons and reading the spin-off books just isn’t the same, so I have compiled a list of other books that have some similar concepts and themes that will maybe help to tide me over until the new season finally gets here. Let me know what you think of this list:

410150381. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – Right off the bat, know that this book was written in 2016 but has solid 1980’s vibe–right on target! Strange things start happening once the new girl arrives? Check. Of course, the overall plot and outcome is different, but it could be somewhat satisfying. Never know til I try, and its been on my TBR for quite a while.

406421722. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Talk about being on my TBR for a long time, I really need to get to this one. Now, I know this book is about monsters. Big-time urban fantasy here. Also familiar is the concept of Monsters + Music….”Should I stay or should I go?” Right up our stranger alley. Well, more-or-less.  In the show the monsters don’t play the music but I’m doing what I can here.

328240583. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton – This book has ‘strange’ in the title so how can we go wrong here? From the reviews that I have read of this book, it is dark, spooky, and well-crafted (pretty much how I would describe Stranger Things). The strangeness in this story can’t be denied because it affects the entire town. There are benefits and heavy sacrifices. The synopsis and reviews are so intriguing that this book just might be the one I start with. Very, very strange indeed….

381394094. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – I have been wanting to read this book since (before) its release. My understanding is that this book has a creepy setting and is basically just mystery after mystery unfolding around this small group of friends (a la Hawkins friends?). I must be friends with some brilliant reviewers because they are giving away no spoilers so other than how spooky the story is and scary the setting is and how amazing the writing is, that’s really all I know! Guess I just have to read it for myself!

So that’s all I have for my list and I think that will keep me busy because, while I do have to wait until July for Stranger Things, I will have Game of Thrones pretty soon to keep me busy for a little while.

But now, having seen this Stranger list, have you read any of these books and do you agree with me placing them on this list? Would you disagree and take any off? Do you have any additional recommendations for ‘stranger’ books?

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3 Of My Favorite ‘Romance’ Books (So Far)

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Well, it can’t be February without me listing some of my favorite romance books, now can it? Now in all fairness, I will limit my list to only one Colleen Hoover book because–I’m just saying–she’s pretty much the queen of love. So without further ado, here is my list of love:

1. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski – I read this book all the way back in 2014 and it has stuck with me ever since, that’s just how good it is. The Edge of Never is about Camryn and Andrew–two people who meet on a cross-country bus. Camryn is running from a break-up, divorced parents, and a fight with her best friend. Andrew’s father is dying of cancer. After an incident at the bus stop, they hop in a car and decide to travel wherever the road takes them. Their bonding is so fun and their story is so beautiful. I loved every moment of this book.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Cath and Wren are twins starting their first year away at college, but not everything starts out as expected. Cath feels like she’s losing her sister, her voice as a writer, and herself. College is a hard transition, but as all we college students know, there is no getting through without coffee. And with coffee comes Levi. Levi is such a charmer, and he is so amazing to Cath. He isn’t the perfect guy, he’s not the most popular, or the school jock. But he is kind and funny and he’s good to the girl he likes. I loved this book because I thought it was so real and I can’t help but applaud it for that.

3. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover – In my opinion, this is pretty much the most heartbreaking, love-filled book you can ever read. Also, this was a very tough book to read. There are trigger warnings for infertility, miscarriage, depression, minor self-harm, cheating.  However, as with all CoHo, it is written in a way that is past to present dual narrative and woven together very nicely. As I said, this book is so raw and so real, I can’t help but feel that Colleen Hoover is so brave for daring to take on such a tough topic as infertility because I know what a struggle that is and how it is just not talked about. She really does not go lightly on the grief and pain that it puts into a relationship and the love that Quinn and Graham have to give to each other just to get through their days. This book is so well written that I ended up quoting small pieces of it in my wedding vows.

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Well, there they are, my top 3 from the top of my head. I tried to choose differing sub genres.

Have you read any of these? Do you have recommendations for good romance reads? Or do you steer clear of the love bug?

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Blogmas Day 10: Cozy Reads

What is better than a book, a blanket, a warm drink, and a blazing fire in the fireplace? Sounds like absolute heaven to me! The prompt for Bookending Winter from yesterday (yes, I’m a day late) is cozy recommendations. Allow me to hit you with some of my favorite reads to snuggle up in front of a fire with. What recommendations do you have for me?

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5. Vain by Fisher Amelie – I loved this book. It is a new adult contemporary that I was so into from the very beginning. Sophie is a spoiled, rich girl who feels she is invincible. When she gets busted for doing drugs, she is sentenced not to jail or rehab, but to volunteer work in Uganda. Vain did a great job–an amazing job–bringing the characters to life. I could cozy up and read this book for hours.

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I just added it to my list of life goals to cozy up and read this enchanting book in front of a fire.  This book was inspired by the classic A Thousand and One Nights. Hate to love is probably my favorite trope, and The Wrath and the Dawn hit the spot for me.

3. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – This beautiful book is so underrated, in my opinion. It is another one that reads a little like a fairy tale. Apparently “enchanting” is my word for cozying up by the fire. The story is about a girl who is meant to wed the horrible Emperor of a neighboring kingdom. She flees the home she has always known and sets off on a transformative adventure. I loved how vivid the writing was in this tale, as well as the beautiful magic system in the book. If you like mythology, retellings, parables, anything like that, you’ll like this.

2. Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon – I have to add a little bit of suspense to this list so I’m going to go with this one, mainly because of the twist at the end. There is NO WAY to see this coming! At least, not to this extent. The entire book reads like a thriller where a child goes missing, there are strange phone calls, and a twisty-story line. You think its all real, until POOF! Mind. Blown.

1. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – This is the perfect book to read in front of a fire! SITD has all the cozy things–family, friendship, community (eventually), and a little romance. Plus, the cold and forest-y setting is just meant for fireside reading.

So there you have it, folks. My top 5 fireside reads. So crank up that Yanni holiday album and cozy up. I hope you enjoy.

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