Tag: Bookish

New Releases – August 2020

Anyone else finding so many amazing books this year?? I feel like my TBR just keeps growing with all these new books. I also have been finding that I NEED the new books like asap haha. Anyone else feeling like this?

I know that August is going to have so many good releases and I just cannot wait! I wish I could show literally all of my anticipated releases but then we would be here ALL DAY and I know you important people have things to do SO we will look at 10 new releases I am excited about 😊

Lets go!!


Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

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This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

Pub date: August 4, 2020


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

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Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth.
When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don’t have in common.

Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only ten weeks separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.

What they don’t realize is that a rip current is coming and it’s about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

Pub date: Aug 27, 2020


The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

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It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life–her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club–a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage–truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history. 

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Heatwave by Kate Riordan

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When Sylvie Durand receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in the South of France, she knows she has to go. In the middle of a sweltering 1990’s summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow, ignoring the deep sense of dread she feels for this place she’s long tried to forget.

As memories of the events that shattered their family a decade earlier threaten to come to the surface, Sylvie struggles to shield Emma from the truth of what really happened all those years ago. In every corner of the house, Sylvie can’t escape the specter of Elodie, her first child. Elodie, born amid the ’68 Paris riots with one blue eye and one brown, and mysteriously dead by fourteen. Elodie, who reminded the small village of one those Manson girls. Elodie who knew exactly how to get what she wanted. As the fires creep towards the villa, it’s clear to Sylvie that something isn’t quite right at La Reverie . . . And there is a much greater threat closer to home.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

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Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .

Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.

With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

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Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.

But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.

Pub date: Aug 1, 2020


The Wedding Disaster by Avery Flynn

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Hadley Donavan can’t believe she has to go home to Nebraska for her sister’s wedding. She’s gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least her bestie agreed he’d man up and help. But then instead of her best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.

If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst―even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.

Ten times worse? Hadley’s buffer was supposed to be there to keep her away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs them up for every. Single. Thing.

Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? She’s in. She can’t wait to take this guy down a notch. But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, their bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

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After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry

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Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.

Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?

They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.

With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Any of these on your tbr?

I think I am most excited for The Lions of Fifth Avenue! Love me some historical fiction!

Chat with me in the comments!

July 2020 Wrap Up

Hey friends!

Where did July go???? Like actually this month went by quicker than any month this year. I have been a busy bee and just feel like there isn’t enough time to do everything I want to do, so this month was not long enough!

Updates on me: I am still working from home. This makes it about 4 months now which is seriously crazy, it hasn’t felt that long! I don’t know how much longer Ill be working from home but I am soaking it up the best I can. I’m finding that it is different and I do miss being social, but I’m also loving it and find that I’m quite productive when I get to be in my home office, Its more relaxing to me and therefore I get more done! I know that isn’t the case for everyone, but its working for me!

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Also – I kind of just stopped posting blog posts for the last couple weeks. I went to Kelowna around the middle of the month and ever since coming back I just found myself to be insanely busy. I just haven’t found the time to sit down and properly focus on writing posts and because I wasn’t fully concentrated I didn’t want to put something out that was half assed. So, I’m really hoping to get back into a schedule for August! I think Ill be posting a little less just so I can keep up and post quality content for you all!!

Reading updates: I was able to finish 5 books this month! I started off slow with reading. I finished The Heir Affair and then went into a bit of a book hangover haha I just didn’t feel like reading and couldn’t get into anything. But, I got over that and I started reading again and finished 5 books so I’m happy with that!

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What I Read This Month:

  • The Heir Affair
  • Bookish and the Beast
  • The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts
  • The Unhoneymooners
  • Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas

My Favourite Books of the Month:

  • The Unhoneymooners – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Heir Affair – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favourite TV Shows/ Movies:

Cursed (Netflix) – Omg if you haven’t watched this yet please do! It is fantasy full of magic and action! I loved it so much! It only has 1 season so far but it was such a fun show! Its also a King Arthur retelling and has so many cool characters!

Favourite Songs/ Artists:

  • Stunnin – Curtis Waters
  • Popstar – DJ Kalid
  • Taylor Swifts who album Folklore
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My Most Popular Posts for July:

Ancient History Book Tag

New Releases – July 2020

Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Favourite Book Reviews

Prose and PancakesThe Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Books Over Everything Keep My Heart in San Fransisco

The Bursting BookshelfTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Birdie Bookworm The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Favourite Blog Posts:

Foxes and Fairy Tales – Top Ten Contemporary Books

Upside Down Books Favourite Authors

Paws and PaperbacksLets Talk Bookish: What Makes a Book YA?

Annie Likes WordsBook Recs For Your Enneagram type


What was a highlight for you this month?

Did you read as much as you hoped?

Chat with me in the comments!!

If you liked The Grace Year… You might like…

Hey friends! I’m back with another book recommendation post! I really loved doing the last one which was book recs if you liked Truly Devious! Check that one out here if you haven’t already 😊

If you are like me then you LOVED The Grace Year. I have been seeing this one pop up again on social media. I feel like the first wave of people grabbed it right when it came out and now we have everyone else picking it up for the first time and also loving it. So happy to see so many people enjoying this one!!

So anyways, I like to browse around on Goodreads and on others IG and blogs and see what the heck I can read after I read a book and loved it and WANT MORE. Goodreads I find to be the most helpful for this because they have that little side bar with books that people thought were similar or whatever!! Sometimes they aren’t good recs (for me) but other times they hit the mark! I found this time they were on point!

So without any further chit chat, lets get into the book recs!!

IF YOU LIKE THE GRACE YEAR… READ THESE, YOU MIGHT LIKE THEM 😊


Characteristics of The Grace Year that helped me pick the recommendations:

  • YA dystopia
  • Survival
  • Village life
  • Magical ideals
  • Girl who rebels against the village/ government

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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For some reason Wilder Girls came to my mind right away when I was thinking of books similar to The Grace Year! They are very different but have so many similar elements that my brain just pushed them together!

Wilder Girls is about a group of girls who live on an Island and attend a boarding school. The school is then placed under quarantine due to some mysterious anomaly that hits the Island. The girls and the Island itself start changing and things become quite dangerous. They are waiting for a cure but it seems like a cure may never come. The main character decides to break the quarantine and of course, a lot of horrible things start to happen!

Why you might like it:

  • Survival aspects
  • YA horror
  • Boarding school setting, secluded from rest of the world, group of girls
  • Possible magic/ powers

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

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This story sounds SO interesting. It is a YA fantasy. In brief, this story is about a girl who does something she shouldn’t and then negative things start to happen 😂

The story speaks about who everyone has a soul. Some souls are beautiful and others are evil. The main character is a Soulwalker which means she can go into peoples souls when they sleep. When she visits peoples souls she always sees a black door… mysterious right? Her mom tells her to never open the black door, but some events occur and she ends up opening the black door!!

Why you might like this:

  • Fantasy
  • Main character goes against the wishes of her mother and does something she shouldn’t
  • Soulwalking – sounds interesting enough
  • LGBTQ representation

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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I haven’t read this one yet but its on my TBR!

This is about 3 girls (The Sawkill Girls) who end up coming togethr on an island called Sawkill Rock. There are stories told about the island – the healing waters, the strong people, and about some monsters that lurk in the shadows. The legend says that girls have been going missing on the island for decades… no one has ever tried to do anything about it. However, the Sawkill Girls are willing to fight back and discover what is really going on.

Why you might like this:

  • Female lead characters
  • YA horror
  • Possible magic/ powers
  • Survival aspects
  • Mystery

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I feel like this one has to be the list! If you have not read this book or series yet…. not sure WHERE YOUVE BEEN?

Divergent is set in a society where people are placed in different factions when they turn 16 based on a particular virtue. We follow Beatrice who struggles when she has to decide being with her family or being who she truly is. There is a lot of action and competition. The story gets darker and darker and often times it seems no one can be trusted.

Why you might like this:

  • Set in a dystopian world
  • Female lead character who is very strong and independent
  • Survival and action
  • Betrayal
  • YA science fiction

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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The legend has it that anyone who tries to settle down at the isolated finishing school in South America will be cursed. Mavi decides that this is a good place for a new start. She wants to teach at the school. Mavi tries to soak up the strangeness of the school – she is told not to roam at night, is receiving threats, and hearing rumors about mysterious Others.

A student then vanishes and teacher begin to act very strangle – almost like they are possessed. Mavi starts to believe the legends and finds out some information that could unravel her existence. She must solve a cosmic mystery and then fight for her survival.

Why you might like this:

  • Psychological thriller
  • Paranormal
  • School setting
  • Legends/ myths
  • Survival aspects

What do you think? Do any of these books sounds interesting to you?

Have you read The Grace Year and want to check these ones out?

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ARC Review: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel


Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis – Goodreads

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Title: The Book of Lost Names

Author: Kristin Harmel

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: July 21, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.


MY REVIEW:

Wow. This book has left me speechless with tears in my eyes. This was so incredibly beautiful and haunting.

Eva is a Jewish girl living in Paris during the time of the German take over of France. Eva flees with her mother to escape the Nazis and start a new life in the free zone. On the way, she gets involved in the resistance and forges documents for innocent people to escape France to Switzerland. There are a lot of twists along the way and a lot of heartbreak.

Remy is a man who works with Eva during this time. All I can say is that Remy is an amazing character and he tore my heart out and then brought me back to life. The ending of this story shook me!!

This is such an interesting story of bravery and love. Eva is amazing! She is a hero. She lives all her life with regrets and her story is so sad. This is truly an unbelievable story. All of the people who helped the Jewish population during WW2 are heroes. It is heartbreaking thinking about what happened to people. This story opened my eyes to things I already knew, but took me there to really feel it in my heart.

Read this book. The author is amazing and this story in life changing. So beautiful and full of despair, yet hopeful in a way. The last few chapters will make you go insane. I LOVED this book!

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


Do you enjoy historical fiction? Is this something you would read?

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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?

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Recent Reads | Royals, Second Chances, and Other Thoughts

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and have been doing some fabulous reading lately!! I have been somewhat struggling with my reading but I’m hoping that July will bring more motivation for me!

If you saw my monthly wrap up for June you would know I did okay with my reading. Not amazing, but honestly pretty average for me! How many books do you read in a month?

So like last time, I am going to do a little update about what I’ve been reading lately. Lets start with what I have recently finished!


I just finished The Heir Affair a couple days ago!

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I absolutely loved this book. I will post a review for it soon but for now let me just tell you that this book did not disappoint! The drama was wild and just as good as the first book (The Royal We)! I received this book for a Goodreads giveaway!

I hadn’t read The Royal We before and then when I realized The Heir Affair was actually the 2nd book I was like oops better read the first one LOL. I quickly bought The Royal We on my Kobo and read it within I think 2 days. I was amazed how long The Royal We was… like it was a BIG ONE YOU GUYS!! Anyways, it was so fab that I plowed through out regardless of size. I pretty much immediately picked up The Heir Affair (also quite large) and read that one within the week.

I think these 2 books were really interesting in the sense that you get a snap shot into what it might be like being royal with today’s media! A lot of the drama is media drama and just how people make up these headlines about them or twist the truths. Also how the public can be SO MEAN and rip these people apart when they don’t even know them?!?!? I know this is a fictional book but it does make you think what it must really be like!

If you like the royals, specifically Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then you will love these 2 books! I don’t know if they will write another one but I hope they do lol.

I also recently finished The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove

Again, I will have a review for this one soon but just a little overview of it… a woman divorces her husband and decides to get a fresh start. She packs everything she owns into her car and drives off to a hotel she used to visit as a child. Little plot twist here… she actually BUYS the hotel and spruces it up to get it up and running again. She of course makes new friends and meets a guy… wonder what happens there?? Lol.

This was a predicable story but cute! It was also short so definitely a good one if you want a fast read that will make you smile!

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My current reads… this is a little up in the air right now lol. I have started a Netgalley book – Bookish and the Beast.

When I say I’ve started it I mean I’ve read about 3 pages lol. It has been sitting on my list for a bit and I know I need to read it AND I am excited to read it but just feeling a little uninterested in reading at the moment. I’m sure once I read a couple chapters I will be hooked… I mean who doesn’t like a fairy-tale retelling??

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I usually read 2 books at once but I honestly don’t know what book I will pick to read alongside!! So right now I will give you the couple options I’m trying to decide between:

  • The Unhoneymooners
  • The Guest List
  • Darling Rose Gold

Struggling to pick one…. maybe someone can help me decide?? What should I read?


Well that is all for today everyone! Hope you enjoyed my little reading update and my thoughts!!

What are you reading right now? Do you plan a monthly tbr or just go with the flow?

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Top 10 Tuesday – Authors I’ve Read The Most Books By

Hey bookish friends! I haven’t done a top 10 Tuesday in a little bit here. I just wasn’t feeling any of the topics and didn’t want to force it! Does that happen to anyone else? I really need to feel a spark with the prompt in order to do it… otherwise I feel like a fake 😂

So for this prompt I had somewhat of a difficult time! I have read a lot of books but I see now that I don’t read a lot from the same authors… which I need to change! So what I’ve done here is included some of the authors I’ve read series by and then added a few authors that I have really enjoyed and have their other books on my tbr!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week the topic for Top 10 Tuesday is…….. Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By!

Soooooo lets do it!!

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James Dashner

James Dashner is at the top of my list because I have read 2 series by him and LOVED them both! (The Maze Runner & The Mortality Doctrine) – read 6 books in total by James Dashner

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Suzanne Collins

Of course I had to include Suzanne Collins on this list! I have read all 4 of The Hunger Games books so I would say she is pretty close to the top of my list! – read 4 books in total by Suzanne Collins

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Brittany Cavallaro

If you have been following me for any extended period of time you would probably know that I LOVE the Charlotte Holmes series. I literally will talk about it to anyone who cares and will always tell people to read it… seriously, read it people!!!

She has also written Hello Girls which is on my tbr and I see she has a new duology in the works!!! So please go check her out shes great! – read 4 books in total by Brittany Cavallaro

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Colleen Houck

I love this lady!!! She has fab writing and I just love her style of books. I have read 2 different standalone books (Terraformer & The Lanterns Ember. Both of this books were 5 star reads for me!!

She has written a couple series that I want to check out as well!! – read 2 books in total by Colleen Houck

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Stephanie Meyer

I read the Twilight series which automatically gets Stephanie Meyer on this list! I know she has written other books since then but I haven’t checked those ones out. However, I may have to jump on the bandwagon and read her newest Twilight book when it comes out haha. – read 4 books in total by Stephanie Meyer

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Veronica Roth

I fell in love with Veronica Roth when Divergent came out. Loved it! It changed me as a reader. I would say Divergent was the turning point for me that really made me love reading!

So, I read the Divergent series and most recently I read Chosen Ones which I understand is the first of a series. I really want to read Carve the Mark – not sure why I never got to it but its on my tbr! – read 5 books in total by Veronica Roth

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Michael Grant

I read the Gone series by Michael Grant a super long time ago! It was probably the longest series I have actually read haha. He has some other books as well that Id like to check out at some point! – read 6 books in total by Michael Grant

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So for the remainder of the authors – I have only read 1 book by them but I LOVED the book I read and have added their other books to my tbr 😊

Kristen Harmel

I read The Book of Lost Names a month or two ago and I loved it so much. Her writing was so amazing and the story was beautiful! I added The Room on Rue Amelie, The Winemakers Wife, The Sweetness of Forgetting, and When We Meet Again!!

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Jaimie Admans

I read The Little Bookshop of Love Stories and oh my goodness, that book just made my heart happy! I immediately needed to check out her other book and added The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, Its a Wonderful Night, and The Little Village Carousel by the Sea!!!

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Ruth Ware

My first Ruth Ware book was The Turn of the Key. It was a total fluke that I came across her. I saw The Turn of the Key on a table at the bookstore that was a staff’s pick of the month. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. Ended up loving it and discovering Ruth Ware has tons of awesome books!!

I’ve added The Woman in Cabin 10, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Lying Game to my tbr!!

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Do you tend to read a lot of books by one author? Who is your favourite author right now??

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!!

New Releases – July 2020

Welcome July! I hope this month brings something positive and happy to the world. It seems each month has brought some type of challenge and I can only hope that July will bring some happiness to the world! ALSO – Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians 🍁

One thing I know for sure is that with another new month brings more new books! There are quite a few good releases this month and I’m so excited. I have listed 10 of the ones I’m looking forward to or ones that seem super interesting!!

Check out the list and see if there are any books you will be adding to your TBR for July!


One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

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Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.

Pub date: July 7, 2020


The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

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A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out–unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house–to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win–or to survive. . . .

Pub date: July 28, 2020


The Shadows by Alex North

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You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile–always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet–and inspired more than one copycat.

Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree–and his victim–were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.

It’s not long before things start to go wrong. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there’s something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.

It wasn’t just the murder.

It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again…

Pub date: July 7, 2020


Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

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Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go. 

Pub date: July 7, 2020


Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees

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World War II has just ended, and Britain has established the Control Commission for Germany, which oversees their zone of occupation. The Control Commission hires British civilians to work in Germany, rebuild the shattered nation and prosecute war crimes. Somewhat aimless, bored with her job as a provincial schoolteacher, and unwilling to live with her overbearing mother any longer, thirtysomething Edith Graham applies for a job with the Commission—but she is also recruited by her cousin, Leo, who is in the Secret Service. To them, Edith is perfect spy material…single, ordinary-looking, with a college degree in German. Cousin Leo went to Oxford with one of their most hunted war criminals, Count Kurt von Stavenow, who Edith remembers all too well from before the war. He wants her to find him.

Intrigued by the challenge, Edith heads to Germany armed with a convincing cover story: she’s an unassuming Education Officer sent to help resurrect German schools. To send information back to her Secret Service handlers in London, Edith has crafted the perfect alter ego, cookbook author Stella Snelling, who writes a popular magazine cookery column. She embeds crucial intelligence within the recipes she collects. But occupied Germany is awash with other spies, collaborators, and opportunists, and as she’s pulled into their world, Edith soon discovers that no one is what they seem to be. The closer she gets to uncovering von Stavenow’s whereabouts–and the network of German civilians who still support him–the greater the danger.

Pub date: July 7, 2020


Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

Pub date: July 28, 2020


Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

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The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.

Cursed.

Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.

But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.

Pub date: July 28, 2020


The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.

Pub date: July 14, 2020


The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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Making it up the aisle was the easy part: After marrying the heir to the throne, Rebecca “Bex” Porter must survive her own scandals as she adjusts to life in the glamorous British royal family, in this “highly anticipated” follow-up to The Royal We, the “fun and dishy” bestseller and NYT Summer Reading List pick inspired by Will and Kate’s romance (People).

After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world’s judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance.

But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they’d placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick’s brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten — nor forgiven

Pub date: July 7, 2020


Girl from Nowhere by Tiffany Rosenhan

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Ninety-four countries. Thirty-one schools. Two bullets.
Now it’s over…or so she thinks.

Sophia arrives in Montana with the promise of a normal high school experience. But after a turbulent few years abroad with her diplomat parents, forgetting the past is easier said than done. After all, “normal” high schoolers aren’t trained in several forms of combat.
Then Sophia meets Aksel and finds herself opening up in ways she never thought she could. Except Sophia’s past is about to catch up with her, and she must confront who she really is, why she was betrayed, and what she is capable of in the name of love and survival.

Pub date: July 21, 2020


What books are you most excited for?

Im super excited for The Heir Affair (Im reading it now) and also looking forward to The Suicide House!

Chat with me in the comments 😊