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ARC Review: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

This novel is the fictionalised story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.


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Title: The Woman Before Wallis

Author: Bryn Turnbull

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: July 21, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale—even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales.

In a twist of fate, her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward. But happiness is fleeting, and their love is threatened when Thelma’s sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow.


MY REVIEW:

The Woman Before Wallis was a beautiful story about life, love, and heartbreak. I will start this by saying I enjoy a good historical fiction. I really respect the author for writing such a fantastic story and for making such a grand effort to have all the details from the actual story correct.

Thelma, is the main character of this story. She is a wonderful woman. Truly special. For her time she is independent, motivated, and just wanted something different for herself than what was the expectation. Her character took me on this whirlwind of an adventure that at times filled me with happiness and at other times filled me with sorrow. I would say I am a sucker for a love story and if you think this is going to be a love story – you are mistaken. There are relationships and yes, some love, but this is far from a love story. It is rather heartbreaking actually, but in a beautiful way.

Thelma is a divorcee, which during this time, is not well received. She then gets lucky and marries a new man (Duke Furness) and becomes part of the “high society” in England. Lucky lady, indeed. Throughout the rest of the story, Thelma is constantly fighting for happiness. While she marries a lovely man, she cannot stay happy. The instability of marriages during this time was unbelievable. Having affairs was more accepted than getting divorced. This part especially hurts Thelma. This leads to her meeting and ultimately, to her relationship with the Prince of Wales. Again, lucky lady! Again, she struggles with this relationship and many events occur throughout the rest of the book that are full of love and happiness and as well, full of sadness.

To be honest, I didn’t know whether or not I was even enjoying this book until I got about half way through. I was getting confused trying to keep up with the characters and the names. I had a hard time remembering the family names and keeping track of this “social map” of people. I can only imagine how stressful this would be in real life. It was exhausting keeping up. I found at the half way point it became easier and I started to feel very attached to some of the characters.

I was so drawn into the story. I read this book in 2 days. It sucked me in. I loved the fancy life of English royalty and upper class. It made me want that life. However, as scandals came up throughout, it made me realize that is NOT the life I want. I really did enjoy that part though. It was so fun to read about the fancy parties and events that these people had on a regular basis. I loved reading about the extravagant dresses and outfits as well. It was so dream like.

When it came to the end of the book I felt so mixed! I truly loved this story. Thelma has a special place in a heart. She was so strong and while at times did not make the best decisions, she sure stuck to her heart and that is very respectable. I wish it would have ended differently for her. It was a sad ending in my opinion, but not everyone gets a fairy tale ending. The only reason I did not rate this as 5 stars was simply because the ending left me asking questions and wanting to know exactly what happened. Of course, I understand that filling in the gaps would probably be an entire other book, but I felt almost cheated not know exactly the events that led to Wallis and David. I’m actually not too sure my heart could take it now that I’m thinking more about it!!

Overall, this was a fabulous book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction in its truest form. It was a beautifully written story.


Do you like historical fiction?

Chat with me in the comments 😊

Ancient History Book Tag

If you have been following me for a little while on here or my IG you would know that I LOVE historical fiction. The reason for that love is mostly due to my huge interest in history in general. I love love love me some history.

I always thought this made me a nerd (and many people made sure to tell me this) but honestly history is so important and to me, I think it is so interesting and I just love learning.

My favourite time period/ places to learn about is definitely WW2 Europe and also Victorian England. I am open to other histories and I totally understand that Europe is only a sliver of worlds history but I am DRAWN to it. I cant help it!!

Drop some historical fiction book recs in the comments please ⬇⬇⬇

SO, ANYWAYS – Lets get on to another book tag I wasn’t tagged in (really shouldn’t be a surprise anymore 😂)


I saw this tag on Matfiction‘s blog! This book tag was originally created by Books Michelle. Go check out there answers to this tag 😊

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The Stone Age: one of the first books you remember reading

I can’t be certain which books I actually remember reading first lol but I know that I started reading Junie B Jones books and The Magic Treehouse books around the same time! Those really sparked my interest in reading when I was just little 😊

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Ancient Greece: your favorite myth-inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek mythology), or retelling

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Bidgid Kemmerer

So, I haven’t read this one but it is on my list of books to read and I remember when I first saw this one I was super excited about it because it was a retelling! I really don’t read that many books that are myth inspired or retellings but I want to get on that and read some!!

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The Roman Empire: a book featuring an impressive empire or kingdom

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

So, I haven’t read this and I’m not sure if it has a kingdom or empire… BUT there is talk of an emperor and an army for girls so that intrigues me! This has been on my radar for a while!

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The Middle Ages, (or the Dark Ages): a book that is an absolute bummer

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

This book was a big ole MEH from me! I’ve used this book in like every book tag that asks for a book I didn’t like or a let down or whatever! This is a bummer let me tell you! I did not enjoy it very much. It had SO MUCH potential to be a really awesome story but for me, it didn’t work.

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The Renaissance: a book that you’ve learned a lot from, or that made you think

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

This story was really sad and the ending actually killed me but it really made me think about the importance of friendship and not taking things for granted!

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The Industrial Revolution: a book featuring an invention or concept that you would love to have in your own life

Terraformer by Colleen Houck

So, this is more of a concept that I think would be cool! The main character, Astra can communicate with plants (and also has some other abilities which I will not disclose haha). I think that is pretty cool! The story is actually really fun and I loved it so everyone should check it out 😊

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World War I & II: your favorite historical fiction book about the World Wars (or if you don’t have one, your favorite historical fiction book in general)

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

This is a great read about the American Library in Paris, France! It follows a Jewish woman who has to flee because of the Nazi take over of Paris. She works at the American Library as a librarian. The book tells the story of how the people at the American Library saved a lot of the books from the Nazi’s who were going to destroy them. It is a powerful read!

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Present day: a book everybody should read in present day according to you

I don’t know if I have a single book but I think that everyone should read some historical fiction! I like them because they give you a snap shot into an event that really happened but its made more entertaining because you follow a character instead of just random events!

I think that everyone should read these because they are a tool for learning and also they spark empathy and understanding for people who are different than you are! I think that historical fiction (and books in general) have played a huge role in my level of empathy!

A few historical fictions I enjoy are:

⭐ The Paris Library (mentioned above)

⭐ The Book of Lost Names

⭐ Home Front Girls


I tag: Soph’s Book World |Reading Between the Dunes | That Book Gal Blogs

If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this one… YOU are tagged 😊


What do you think about history? Do you like it? Is it boring? Chat with me in the comments!

TBR Tour #1 | Cute Little Romances

I cannot believe how long it took me to discover and love contemporary romances! I LOVE a good chick-flick when it comes to movies. I tend to shy away from true romances because my heart can’t handle the sadness and honestly if I am going to watch a movie for my enjoyment, I don’t want to be sad and crying the whole time. I feel the same way about books. I do not want to read a story that is going to kill me several times over. I do not find that fun lol. Sorry to everyone who loves true romances, but I just can’t do it.

SO when I discovered the book versions of a chick-flick…. I was IN. It was a life changing moment for me. The book that changed me was “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Mhairi McFarlane. Little back story: I received a Kobo ereader for Christmas last year from my lovely boyfriend. Obvs the first thing I did was look at the Kobo store and see what books I could buy for cheap to get me started. The first book I saw that was very cheap (like I think it was actually $1.00 lol) was Don’t You Forget About Me. I didn’t even second guess it.. just clicked “buy” and figured for a dollar if I don’t like it, who cares!!

Well I’m sure you all figured it out.. I LOVED IT. I thought it was so cute and adorable and funny but also had romance and heartfelt moments. I did end up crying at the end but it was from happiness! So, I fell in love with contemporary romances and I never looked back.


TBR Tour is a weekly meme created by Deanna @ The Comfy Reader. TBR Tour will be posted every Friday with a different theme or genre 📚😊

So for my first TBR Tour I am going to share some of the cute little romances on my TBR at the moment and why I am excited to read them!!


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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This is the ultimate summer read in my opinion! I have had this book sitting on my shelf for months and I have been holding off BECAUSE I just knew I would feel this in the summer.

We have: A tropical setting, a honeymoon gone wrong, fake dating/ fake marriage trope, bad luck left right and center, an unexpected romance?!?!?!

I think it also goes without saying that anything written by Christina Lauren will be fab!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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A woman who plans kids birthday parties? Sure, lets do this!

I have to say I enjoy how many renovation puns there are in just the synopsis so I sure hope the whole book is like that 😂 AND fake dating trope! This book honestly has everything that makes a fun and cute romance. I cannot wait to read it.

Also, it is the first of a series and I am ALL for it!

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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So this one has been on my tbr for SO LONG. It looks like it will be cute and funny but also will break my heart. Right off the bat I knew I needed to read this because the love interests meet at a wedding and I love that trope.

I also feel like this will have some friend drama which is always interesting! I also look forward to this one because of that forbidden romance type feeling. Kristen knows she might not be the best fit for Josh but their romances grows regardless. I feel like it will keep me on the toes!

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

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This book just seems so cute! Graham lives in Alaska and owns a diner. He doesn’t seem too thrilled with all of the tourists and just puts up with them. Zoey goes to Alaska to fulfill her bucket list but then doesn’t want to leave because a) she thinks the Alaskan town is amazing and b) she meets a cute guy (aka Graham)!!!!

I really like these kinds of tropes! I love when the characters have an instant connection and all sorts of cute things happen between them! I always enjoy a growing romance.

I’ve seen such good reviews for this one and the cover really caught my eye initially!


What do you guys think of my first TBR Tour? Do you have any of these books on your tbr?

What other genres/ themes do you want to see for TBR Tours?

Chat with me in the comments!!

ARC Review: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, an unforgettable novel about the power of books and the bonds of friendship—and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places. – Simon & Schuster

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Title: The Paris Library

Author: Janet Skeslien Charles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: February 2, 2021


SYNOPSIS:

Paris, 1939. Odile Souchet is obsessed with books and the Dewey Decimal System, which makes order out of chaos. She soon has it all – a handsome police officer beau, an English best friend, a beloved twin, and a job at the American Library in Paris, a thriving community of students, writers, diplomats, and book lovers. Yet when war is declared, there’s also a war on words.

Montana, 1983. Widowed and alone, Odile suffers the solitary confinement of small-town life. Though most adults are cowed by her, the neighbor girl will not let her be. Lily, a lonely teenager yearning to break free of Froid is obsessed by the older French woman who lives next door and wants to know her secrets.

As the two become friends, Odile sees herself in Lily – the same love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. The Paris Library’s dual narratives explore the relationships that make us who we are – family and friends, first loves and favorite authors – in the fairy tale setting of the City of Light. It also explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, and what happens when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us.


MY REVIEW:

The Paris Library was an outstanding book. I fell in love with every piece of it! I loved the characters, the setting, the drama, and all the love.

First off, the book is interesting because it not only shifts between characters but it also shifts between time. Some chapters are in WWII Paris and some are in 1980’s Montana. I loved it! The story was serious and kind of sad at times but there was sprinkled in humor too!

Odile is the main character. She is a strong young woman who works in the American Library in Paris. I enjoyed her absolute love for books and the library. Lily, is a young girl living in Montana next door to Odile as an old woman. Lily experiences loss and Odile ends up being the person that helps her through it. I really enjoyed the characters and how different but similar they were. I liked how the author flipped back and forth and intertwined the stories so it all fit together like a beautiful masterpiece.

When I put the book down I couldn’t help but reflect on my own life. It opened my eyes to things I’ve done and things I’ve overlooked because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I feel that if a story makes you reflect so deeply it must be an amazing book written by an outstanding author. That is what this book was. It was amazing, heartfelt, full of despair and hope, eye opening, and thoughtful. I loved this book with all my heart as I knew I would when I read the synopsis originally. Odile and her friends are the type of people I wish I knew and aspire to be. This story reminded me that not everyone is as they seem and that people change and grow throughout their lives.

The setting of the American Library is the best. It felt like home and it was a home to the characters in the book. I loved that part. Every time the library is mentioned or Odile was working there it just felt so whimsical and full of wonder. It’s a place I would love to see. Something from a dream.

I have always been interested in history which is a reason I was excited for this book! I found the writing to be so good that when the first bombs were dropped and I was reading about the peoples fear and uncertainty, I too felt that way. My heart rate increased, I was holding onto every word, I could not stop reading. This story opened my eyes to the struggles of war. How people had to do things they didn’t want to or thought were wrong just so they could survive. How people turned on each other. How there was so much hidden racism and discrimination! Odile is such a hero throughout the book. Living during that time is unfathomable. Unreal.

Finally, this story is full of love and loss. Odile suffered much loss throughout her life and Lily is lucky to have such a role model. Lily suffered loss as well and in the end it was very heartwarming that they were able to help each other and have such a great relationship! I sure enjoyed the romance and true love expressed in this book. It filled my heart many times. This story is worth the read. It is really something special that I thoroughly enjoyed!

** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


Do you like historical fiction? Chat with me in the comments!

8 Mystery Books I Want To Read

I am a huge mood and seasonal reader! Anyone else out there like me?

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I love to match the types of books I read to the type of weather that is outside haha I don’t know if this is common or if I am just crazy…. but for me, the weather influences a lot! I tend to read happy, romantic, light books during the summer. I love to read thrillers and mysteries in the fall. During the spring I read more intense fantasy and sci-fi books. Winter I like to read holiday themed stories and cute romantic books. Obviously, I am up to read anything but those are what I seem to go to during those times!!

So, I am already thinking ahead to September and into fall because time is FLYING BY ME and I figured I should maybe think about what Ill be looking forward to reading! I already have a long list of books for the summer and I’m trying to catch up with my Netgalley books so for the most part my summer is planned!

I thought if anyone else is like me and goes for more mysterious, spooky, and thrilling stories in the fall, you may like this list and maybe even add some to your fall reading list this year 😊


First on my list is Mydworth Mysteries by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello. So this is a series of mystery books and they just look fabulous! These mysteries push together 2 of my favourite genres (historical fiction and mystery) so really this is a must read for me! The first book is called ‘A Shot in the Dark’ and takes place in 1929 England… NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT TIME!

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Synopsis: Sussex, England, 1929. Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there, when young and handsome Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his diplomatic posting in Cairo, with his beautiful and unconventional American wife, Kat. No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry’s aunt’s home – Mydworth Manor. The police are baffled and overwhelmed with the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the dangerous culprit: not only do they have certain useful “skills” they’ve both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English society that your average bobby can’t reach …


Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson!!! I’m a little late to the game with this one but it has been on my TBR for so long! Since. It. Was. Released. What is wrong with me you might ask? I wish I knew. I need this book in my life you guys. So many people have loved it and the reviews are great!

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Synopsis: The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?


Felicity Carrol Mysteries by Patricia Marcantonio – so there are currently 2 books and I’m hoping there will be more because they seem fantastic! Not only are the covers very pretty and intriguing, but the stories are again twisted with historical fiction!! Te first book is called ‘Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit’ which just sounds so fun!

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Synopsis: Felicity Carrol is interested in everything—except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money.

Felicity has other ambitions—but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit. As the killer sets his sights on a new victim—a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination—the stakes rise to impossible heights.


Countess of Harleigh Mystery series by Dianne Freeman. Okay so maybe it’s clear there is a theme to the types of mysteries I feel like reading right now lol. This is ANOTHER mystery with historical fiction. I am so drawn to these!!

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Synopsis: Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York—for her first London season.

No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband’s death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she’s also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie’s demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.

While busy with social engagements on Lily’s behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing London’s elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sister’s suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily’s season—and their lives—come to a most unseemly end . . . 


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Sooooooooo, again, I’m really late to this one and need to read this one AND the second one! So much reading to do!! When I heard this is like Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars I was like YUP say no more I need that!

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Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens! I just came across this one when I was watching a booktuber (cannot remember who because all I do now is watch all these booktubers lol). I love me a good mystery where everyone ends up being involved!! So juicy!

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Synopsis: The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?


This is a Bookstagram made me do it pick!! The Guest List by Lucy Foley is HIGH on my list of mysteries I need in my life. I have seen this book everywhere and it wasn’t really on my list at first but then I just decided I needed to jump on the bandwagon and now here we are!

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Synopsis: The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. TALK ABOUT A GOOD MYSTERY! This has everything you need. I love a good amateur sleuth type mystery and I love when the main character is a suspect of the mystery! Always SO interesting!

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Synopsis: Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects—and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.


What are some other mysteries I should check out?? Are there any on this list you want to read too? Chat with me in the comments!

Matching Books To My Favourite Songs | #1

Hey there my bookish loving friends! How is everyone doing lately? I have been enjoying getting back outside and seeing some friends. It has added some normalcy to this crazy world.

I have been finding that my creativity has been pretty high lately and I’ve had so many ideas for blog posts and IG posts and pictures. However, for some reason my motivation is low. I don’t know why!! Anyways, I’m sure it will blow over and Ill be able to follow through with some of my ideas and see how they are!

I tend to list a couple of my favourite songs of the month during my monthly wrap up but for me – I find that I will have a favourite song for much longer than a month. Sometimes I always love a song and always think of it when I list my favourite songs but that is NO FUN when I want to give updates to my life and the answers are always the same!!! Does anyone else feel this way? I know some people get so sick of songs after a couple weeks and I do too sometimes, but not all the time! So I saw this kind of post a long time ago. Someone matched books to one of Taylor Swifts albums which I thought was super entertaining. So finally I decided to give it a go myself and let me tell you… this was harder than I thought!!

Now on to the post – I picked 5 of my favourites songs right now and matched them to a book I’ve read!

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Rain On Me by Lady Gaga (with Ariana Grande) // The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Living in a world where no one’s innocent
Oh, but at least we try

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive
Rain on me, rain, rain

So, when I first heard this song I didnt like it lol I thought it was weird and I just wasnt into it. Flash forward to hearing it a few more time and I decided it is a JAM.

The reason I paired it with The Hunger Games is because its gives me fashion show vibes lol I don’t know why… something about the beat and the parts with the deep voice… I don’t know you guys its just what I think of. This then made me think of the people in the Capitol and how extra they are, especially when it comes to beauty and fashion!

The lyric that I added her made me think of the actual games and how the person who wins the games would be thinking things could be way better but at least they are alive!


Blinding Lights by The Weekend // Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I’m running out of time
‘Cause I can see the sun light up the sky
So I hit the road in overdrive, baby

Okay so I may be WAY OFF here but this song just reminds me of Twilight. It makes me think of songs that played in the movies lol so my mind just jumped there right away. (I also think of Stranger Things when I hear this song too… anyone else?).

For some reason I just think of Edward Cullen and the wolf pack when I see the lyrics I posted above. Something about running out of time… they always seemed to be racing against the clock to solve some sort of issue. Also – vampires and the sun… I know Edward and the Cullen’s could be in the sun without dying but the lyric the sun lights up the sky so I hit the road in overdrive makes me think vampires moving quickly during the day to avoid the sun!


Lose Somebody by Kygo & OneRepublic // The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Sometimes you gotta lose somebody
Just to find out you really love someone

So for this pairing I went with the idea of lost love. The Book of Lost Names came to my mind right away!! The relationship between the main character and her love interest fits this perfectly and just the fact that she knew she liked him but wouldn’t admit it and then OF COURSE waits too long to act on it. I wont say much more because this is a new book and I don’t want to spoil anything but lets just say it fits with this song!!


Look At Her Now by Selena Gomez // Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Of course she was sad
But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet (mm)
Took a few years to soak up the tears
But look at her now, watch her go

Okay so anyone who has read this book knows that Hazel is the most crazy, wacky, hilarious character with a wild history!! I thought this fit SO PERFECT because the song basically is saying a past relationship didn’t work out but it was for the best and know see how good things are!! This is totally Hazel! Her past love interest left her in pieces BUT he was shitty and she made it out better without him!

This could also be seen from Josh’s eyes when he thinks about Hazel from the past but I mean…. we all know how that turned out hahah!


The Man by Taylor Swift // The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I’m so sick of running as fast as I can
Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man

So maybe this is a stretch but I don’t think so! The Grace Year follows this story of girls being sent away for a year to “rid their magic” which essentially means the men think as soon as the girls get their periods they work some sort of magic on the men and make the men do bad things…. TYPICAL MEN AM I RIGHT? So I thought of this book because the girls are punished for being female… for having biological body parts that do different things than male body parts. They are punished because MEN cannot control themselves (is this sounding like real life because it is to me!!).

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So the lyric “wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man” kind of spoke to me and I thought that in the terms of The Grace Year it would be more like ‘wondering if I would be treated better if I was a man’ lol I don’t know!! Maybe I’m pulling at strings but I do think this pairs well!


What do you guys think? Do you have a better book pairing for any of these songs?? Chat with me in the comments!

If you liked… You might like… [Truly Devious edition]

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! I have been seeing a lot of book rec posts on here and also booktube. I always love seeing what people recommend based on other books. It opens up my eyes to SO many other fantastic reads and also makes me think about how books are linked or why someone may like a book based on another book if they don’t seem to have a lot in common. I just love how people think and how people link things in their brains. It is is always such a great way to pass time and get a lot of new books to add to my TBR that is never ever going to end!

I decided to start this series (I guess I will call it a series because I plan on doing these a few times a month… but any-who…). I decided to start with Truly Devious because I really enjoyed that book and I’ve seen it pop up around the internet. I have to say I’ve only read the first book of the series but I do have the second one (Vanishing Stair) on my bookshelf. I have yet to purchase the last book in the series but I will be doing that as soon as I start the second book.

A little bit of a tangent but I used to always get the WHOLE series right from the start. Like if I knew I was interested in a book that was part of a series I would just grab them all. I did this for the Gone series. Its like 6 or 7 books lol I bought them all. Luckily I enjoyed the books or else I wold have had a lot of unread books on my shelf. I tend to only buy the first book of the series now. But I find that I normally finish a series regardless of how much I really enjoy the first book…. I just need the closure 😂

So anyways, back to the post you came here for…. I am going to recommend 5 books you might like, if you liked Truly Devious!

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Truly Devious – some themes/ vibes I got from the book that I will be using as links to the other book recs:

  • Murder mystery
  • Dual time periods
  • Set at a boarding school
  • Sherlock style mystery
  • MC is a true crime expert
  • Kids end up solving a mystery for the adults

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I will start this one off by saying I may be a little bias because I LOVE THIS BOOK AND SERIES. It is fantastic and if you have been around my blog/ IG for any time at all you will know I talk about this book any chance I can get… sorry (but I’m not really).

Why you might like this book:

  • It follows two characters who are decedents from Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
  • This is a Sherlock retelling
  • The main characters end up solving a murder mystery that happens at the boarding school they are at (another one of those kids save the day style stories)
  • There is a lot of blackmail, multiple generations involved, and power families with lots of secrets!

Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey

This book is set in 1834 and follows a female main character who desperately wants to be part of a group called “Bow Street Runners” which is a very elite group of detectives in London! Of course, this is looked down upon because she is a lady and during that time there is no way a lady would be a detective. HOWEVER, she ends up being involved in a mystery and gets to prove herself.

Why you might like this book:

  • It is set in the Victornia Era London which is so famous for detective mysteries
  • The female main character goes againist the statuts-quo
  • This is a murder mystery
  • Possible romance
  • A deep twisted family secret

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

If you are like me, you enjoy a good cozy mystery. This story is about a town full of bookstores. All the bookstores are different genres and the main character opens up her own mystery bookstore. There is a suspicious death of another bookstores owner and it seems to be linked back to the main character!

Why you might like this book:

  • Amateur sleuth – the main character has to solve the mystery to clear her name (very similar to Truly Devious)
  • Book about a town full of bookstores (whats not to like about that)
  • Town secrets that make it hard to trust anyone
  • Bookish cozy mystery

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is a paranormal story following a main character who comes from a family full of psychics. The main character meets a group of boys that she is supposed to stay away from BUT obviously she doesn’t! She goes on this quest with them to solve some sort of magically mystery and starts to unravel a lot of secrets and also finds out things about herself and her powers in the meantime. There is so much more about this book but I would be here all day to explain it!

Why you might like this book:

  • Mysterious private school boys
  • A quest to solve a mystery + a murder is discovered which is quite a shock
  • A prophecy
  • The main character is stubborn and does what she is not supposed to do
  • Magic, secrets, paranormal

This one is less like Truly Devious but I feel like the mystery solving aspect is still there and with the added magic and prophecies, it takes this on a darker turn.


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

This story is super interesting!! This is about a bookseller who writes up a list of the most perfect, unsolvable murders from the books hes read which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders.” He later becomes a suspect of a series of murders that are exactly like the ones from the list. Oh no!

Why you might like this book:

  • The main character is framed and has to do some mystery solving to clear their name
  • FBI involvement
  • Ultimate mystery story as the author ties in iconic mysteries to the book
  • Suspenseful – the killer seems to know so much about the main character that no one can be trusted!

What do you think? Would you read any of these books? Have you read any of them?

I know these lists can be a bit subjective, so let me know if you have any book rec’s that are similar to Truly Devious!

Recent Reads | Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, and Other Thoughts

Hello friends, hope you all had a great weekend and were able to read lots and just relax! The state of the world is honestly unbelievable and I feel so deeply for everyone right now.

In other bookish news – I have been getting a decent amount of reading done and I’m feeling happy about that! So I wanted to start doing a recent reads blog post every couple weeks just to give an update on what I’m reading and my thoughts. I love doing WWW Wednesday but I want to get a little deeper into the recent reads than just list them! So, I’m going to give this a go and see how it goes!! Let me know if this is an idea you like? I see others doing weekly reading wrap ups and whatnot but I don’t think I read fast enough to do it weekly. We will see though!!

So, first off, I have recently finished Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth.

I LOVED Veronica Roth ever since Divergent.. I feel like that is like everyone else 😂 I’m definitely not a unique opinion when it comes to that LOL but I loved her writing style and loved the story. Since then I know she has come out with other books like Carve the Mark and the sequal to Carve the Mark (cannot remember the name right now). BUT for some reason I didn’t pick those ones up? Like what the heck Deanna? Anyways, they are on my long long list of books I should read one day. Will I get to them? That is a the age old mystery that I do not know the answer to!! All I can say is, I like Veronica Roth and I hope to get to those books sometime soon.

So, to Chosen Ones! I have a full review to post so Ill just go into it a little bit here. The book follows 5 characters called the “chosen ones” who are picked based on a prophecy that states the “dark one” will destroy the world. They go through this whole war with the dark one and you find out the dark one was DEFEATED. Now, that is NOT a spoiler (it is in the synopsis). The book then starts in the present and the reader finds out about the dark one and the war through flashbacks and other means of the characters going into the past! The characters are then taken on a new adventure when a new “dark one” (actually the same dark one) comes around and they have to save the world AGAIN. Obviously!

This book is entertaining. There is some magic, action, YA romance, zombies even make an appearance! There is also some sci-fi aspects to the story that I really enjoyed! Overall, it was a good read.


I am reading two books right now – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson & The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

Treasure Island is my 2nd ever classic. The only other classic I have read was Pride and Prejudice in college and to be honest…. I did not like it. Don’t @ me 😂 I know, its an unpopular opinion BUT I just did not enjoy the book and I felt forced to read it which made it so much worse.

However, I’m feeling different about Treasure Island. Its a little hard to read I wont lie. The English is very old!! Like the book was published in the 1800’s and that is what the English is like. SO I’m having a hard time with that a bit. The story itself though is entertaining. I like the adventure and the pirates! I’m at the part where they get to the island and some of the crew gets off the ship and some stays! Some murder ensues on the island and now I’m feeling SUPER sketchy about some of the characters!

So that is that! Will update you more when I get further in the book 😊

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is so far so good! I’m about 100 pages in and I’m happy with the story. I never liked President Snow in the other Hunger Games books but I’m liking this take on his character. Basically if you don’t already know – this book is a prequel to the Hunger Games series. It follows President Snow, before he is President, when he is still a kid and the Hunger Games are only 10 years in. He is a mentor to a tribute and basically it goes from there!

I wont lie to you.. I didn’t want to read this book when I first heard about it. It was all over the internet, people were freaking out, fan girling all over again for this book franchise! I LOVED the Hunger Games and also the movies when they came out. I was all for Gale and didn’t want Katniss and Peeta to be together, I was THAT girl 😂 but, I felt that I left the Hunger Games in the past. I read the stories when I was in high school and while I loved them and they were a turning point for my reading life, I just didn’t want to bring it back. If that makes sense. Anyone else feel that way?

HOWEVER, I will say that the more I saw it on IG, the more I needed to be on that hype train with everyone else. Then, on this past weekend, my parents stopped by my house and what did they bring you may ask??? THEY BROUGHT THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES. This is where my journey on the hype train began! Thanks mom and dad!

The story is fab so far. Loving it! The book is large and so I feel it will take me some time to get through but you know what? I’m cool with it. Ill ride this train for a while and when I have more solid thoughts and feelings about this (because like I said, I’m only about 100 pages in) I will let you all know!


My last reading update is what I am hoping to read next but am unsure about.

I will for sure be picking up a Netgalley title because as you guys know I have about 10 books waiting for me on there LOL. I’m thinking I will pick up The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove. It looks so cute and I just want to read some more fluffy books after I finish my current reads (or even during… maybe Ill try to read 3 books at once?) 🤷‍♀️

I also bought the whole series of Harry Potter books and LET ME TELL YOU I’m excited!! I wanted to start them the second they showed up at my house but I didn’t because I just cant drop a book I’m reading half way through, it feels WRONG. I am hoping to get to Harry Potter and the whole wizarding world soon but I also am torn because a part of me feels that Harry Potter should be read in the Fall/Winter. What do you guys think??


Well that’s all for today folks! That was more in depth than my WWW Wednesday and it was more fun to get some thoughts out about what I’m reading instead of just telling you all the titles with no real updates.

Let me know what you think of this post in the comments below. Do you like it? Is it too long? Do you simply not care about what I’m reading? I need to know so please tell all 😊

Stay safe out there everyone and talk soon!

Behind the Blogger Tag!

I love these types of book tags!! Its so amazing to get to know everyone and I love that people want to get to know me. This is such a fantastic community!!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (dinipandareads) – I LOVE your blog and all your posts. You are so fabulous ❤
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING? & WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BLOGGING?

I started this blog after I had started my IG account @thecomfyreader. I figured that is what people do… make blogs 😂 I didnt have a ton of inspiration at the time so I mostly just did tags and memes and read a lot of what everyone else was posting until I found my own groove.

I really love blogging now. I think its a fun creative outlet and just a place to share some thoughts with like minded people! I am still learning and things change for me on the daily with what I want to do with my blog and the direction I want to go. So many ideas!! But I just love the community and overall being able to talk books with even a few people is fantastic!


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

So, like I mentioned above – I started off with mainly book tags and memes. I still LOVE to do those!! They really are a fun thing to do. I also like to post reviews. I post all of my reviews on IG but sometimes its nice to go into more depth on the blog or just make it more fun and add some pictures and gifs 🤷‍♀️

I also really enjoying posting book hauls haha. I just think they are fun posts that show what I like to read. I’ve always loved reading others book hauls.

Something I haven’t done yet but have been wanting to do is book recommendations. I’m hoping to start doing some posts where I talk about some books and give some recommendations. I’ve seen others do this and I always like those posts!


WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE BLOG POSTS YOU WROTE?

Hmmmm… that is a difficult question haha. I feel like my discussion posts tend to be my favouroites because I feel they are more personal and also tend to get more of a reaction from people. Here are my top 3:


WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TO RELAX?

I enjoy reading OBVS. I also like to watch TV and movies. I find that to be relaxing. I also like going for walks with the bf around the neighbourhood. Its nice to get outside and get some fresh air.

Most of all, I like to cuddle with my kitty, Luna. She is such a sweet little baby. If you follow my IG you would see Luna quite often. She is my little model and tends to sneak into some pictures 😂


WHAT ARE THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?

I have so many favourite things!! This is a hard question, it is so VAGUE!! Here we go though haha 3 things….

  • Food – pasta, perogies, cheese, chocolate, tacos……
  • Summer time – swimming, hot tubs, sun tanning, beach, boating….
  • Travel – I don’t get to do this much because well it costs too much and I have a mortgage LOL but I love to travel when I can, even just locally

WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENTS?

My first proudest moment was when someone commented on my post LOL that was my first milestone because it proved that people out there were reading my posts!

My next proudest moment would be when I reached 100 followers. I know 100 is not very much haha but that is a solid starting point!! Its also not all about the followers by any means but I have to admit, it does feel good knowing there are that many people interested. I’m close to 200 now so it makes me happy ❤


WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BLOGGING?

I’ve never had too many hobbies…. I don’t know I find hobbies to be so time consuming 😂 I love to read so I do focus a lot of my free time on that. I enjoy baking but I don’t do it as often mostly because I’m trying to be healthier so cookies and cakes aren’t really something I want to be eating all the time hahaha.

I also have a side job coaching cheerleading to a bunch of little kids haha I have been involved in cheerleading for over 10 years either as an athlete or a coach. I love it. I suppose it is a hobby in a sense but I also get paid so I think of it more as a job I enjoy 🤷‍♀️


DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN THREE WORDS

Oh gosh…. I hate these ones LOL.

Friendly, thoughtful, and worried 😂 I am such a happy friendly person who really cares a lot about people BUT constantly worrying about something LOL


WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE PET PEEVES?

This is EASY!

  • Slow walkers – Can’t stand it, please just speed up or move the heck out of my way
  • Talking over people – I hate when you’re having a conversation with someone and people just talk over you like you aren’t even there talking and being a part of the conversation????? Like does this happen to other people or am I actually invisible?
  • Not responding to texts – I KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR PHONE WITH YOU ALL DAY SO ANSWER THE DAMN TEXT MESSAGE. That is all.

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR FOLLOWERS DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I feel like probably a lot… I try to be open about my personal life but also I feel like I’m just talking to the void most the time when blogging so it also feels a little weird to open up to the void, you know? But here are a few things about me!

  • I am from British Columbia, Canada!
  • I recently purchased my first home (apartment) with my lovely bf
  • I have a cat, Luna and also a dog, Roxy – but my dog lives with my parents
  • I graduated college with a BA in Psychology and now currently have a job in social work. I love it and it feels good to help people BUT the more I spend time blogging and whatnot, I do dream to have a job in the book world in some capacity. Maybe one day!
  • I love Starbucks. Other coffee places are fine but Starbucks is the best to me
  • If I could only eat pasts for the rest of my life, that would be okay with me

I’M TAGGING:

Becky @ Coffee Cocktails & Books

Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant

Fizah @ Book Tales By Me

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Hannah @ Hannah’s Library


Do we have anything in common? Lets chat in the comments!

New Releases – June 2020

FINALLY one of my most favorite months is here. Why is it one of my fav months you ask? Well, here in British Columbia, June is the first month that you can pretty much depend on the weather being nice. May has been okay for weather, but June… I have some good feelings!

June is also a great month for book releases! Again, similar to last month, a couple books I was looking forward to coming out got pushed to later in the year or even next year, I’m assuming due to COVID. So unfortunate! But, there are still so many great books coming out and I’ve only listed 10 of them. Just a little peek into the books I’m wanting to read or to discover.

So here we go…. June 2020 releases 😊


The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

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Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Pub date: June 9, 2020


The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

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THE TRUTH

Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.

THE LIE

But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.

THE UNTHINKABLE

As the fallout starts, it’s clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn’t as perfect as it appears.

Pub date: June 16, 2020


Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

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Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.

Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Pub date: June 9, 2020


The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

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A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.

After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…

As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.

As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.

Pub date: June 9, 2020


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

Pub date: June 23, 2020


The Second Home by Christina Clancy

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After a disastrous summer spent at her family’s summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that’s been in the Gordon family for generations. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward. But then Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.

Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family–and in the process, they’ll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

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Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.

All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.

With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.

Pub date: June 16, 2020


Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

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When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down.

But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.

Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

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After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

Pub date: June 23, 2020


Any books on the list you are excited for?? Did I miss any big ones that should have been on my list? Chat with me in the comments