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WWW Wednesday #132 | February 21, 2024

 

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.
Just share your answers to three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you'll read next?


How is it the four day work weeks always seem so long?
I'm having a hard time believing it's only Wednesday.
Shouldn't it be Friday by now?? 😣


What are you currently reading?

     

Audio: Something Like Love by Piper Rayne
Kindle: Heartstopper: Volume 5 by Alice Oseman

Currently listeningI almost finished Something Like Love this morning (and was 
tempted to stay in the car and listen to the last of the audiobook) but I needed to get
into the office. This is the last in the Chicago Grizzlies series and it's been fun. 
Current progress: 94%

Currently reading: I'm not one who gravitates to graphic novels, but I do love
Heartstopper. Oseman has created something special in characters Nick and Charlie 
(and their entire friend group).
Current progress: 5%


What did you recently finish reading?

      

Kindle/Audio: Ashes of You by Catherine Cowles
eARC: Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle

Recently read: Ashes of You - Wonderful end to the series Much love for the Hartley family. 4.25 stars

Recently read: Expiration Dates - Did not work for me on multiple levels. So many issues
with this one. 2 stars


What do you think you'll read next?


never know what I'm going to read next but Stay With Me, the second book in 
the Sugarland Creek series, is a strong possibility.


What are you reading today?

The Sunday Post #358 | February 18, 2024

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, 
and share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Happy Sunday, friends! How was your week? I took off Friday so I could enjoy a four-day weekend (tomorrow being President's Day). It's amazing what an extra day or two of downtime can do for you. 

On Tuesday I attended another event with author Emily Rath. It was a program at one of the local libraries and there was an interview, a Q&A session, and then a signing. Such a fun night!

    


BookBub shared some good stuff on their blog this week: a list of new paranormal romances, their favorite twisty thrillers, and the biggest book-to-movie adaptations coming this year.

Instead of a throwback song this week, I'm going to share this 80's movies compilation that I came across. I recognized all the scenes/movies except one. (And I have no idea why Saturday Night Fever was included since it's from the 70's.) Anyway, do you recognize all these scenes/movies? 😀


ON THE BLOG


Not a thing this week.


WHAT I READ

     

Audio/Kindle: Ashes of You by Catherine Cowles - 4.25★
Kindle: Pucking Ever After: Volume II by Emily Rath - 4.5★


CURRENTLY READING

     

eARC: Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle
Audio: Something Like Love by Piper Rayne

NEW ADDITIONS


Nothing this week.

TOTALLY RANDOM



HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

The Sunday Post #357 | February 11, 2024

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, 
and share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Happy Sunday, friends! How was your week? It was a busy week at the office and I was so worn out and dragging by Friday. I was like, bring on the weekend!

I was watching the Tampa Bay Lightning game Wednesday night when one of my favorite players had a bad fall after taking a hit from one of the opposing team's players. It was immediately obvious it was bad and he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Turns out both bones in his lower leg fractured. I was heartsick watching it and I feel terrible for the poor guy. He's surely done for the season so I guess we'll see how the team adjusts without him. 😟

I am loving this Taylor Swift-inspired Super Bowl commercial. And the fact that it's a real-life dad and daughter... I'm done. Just go ahead and hand me a Kleenex. 

For those of you in the U.S., do you plan on watching the Super Bowl tonight? Who are you pulling for you? Or are you more like, "oh, is there a game today?" 😄 My team didn't even make the play-off's so I have no stake in the outcome, but I would like to see the Chiefs win. I like Patrick Mahomes. And, while I wouldn't consider myself a Taylor Swift fan (I do like her music), I think she and Travis Kelce are adorable together. So there's that. lol

Since it is Super Bowl Sunday, this week's song seems kind of obvious. The only question is: which team will be singing it? 😉


ON THE BLOG


Tuesday, February 6

Thursday, February 8


WHAT I READ

      

Audio: Like the Wind by J. Bengtsson - 4.25★
Kindle: Something Like Lust (Chicago Grizzlies #2) by Piper Rayne - 4.25★


CURRENTLY READING


Audio: Letters to Molly (Maysen Jar #2) by Devney Perry

NEW ADDITIONS


Trade Paperback: Ashes of You (Lost & Found #5) by Catherine Cowles

TOTALLY RANDOM


HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

Reviews: Ready or Not (Cara Bastone) | The Memory of Us (Dani Atkins)


Ready or Not
by Cara Bastone
Pub: February 13, 2024
Source: Random House/NetGalley
4 stars


Eve Hatch lives for surprises! Just kidding. She expects every tomorrow to be pretty much the same as today. She loves her cozy apartment in Brooklyn that’s close to her childhood best friend Willa, and far from her midwestern, traditional family who has never really understood her. While her job is only dream-adjacent, it’s comfortable and steady. She always knows what to expect from her life . . . until she finds herself expecting after an uncharacteristic one-night stand.

The unplanned pregnancy cracks open all the relationships in her life. Eve’s loyal friendship with Willa is feeling tense, right when she needs her the most. And it’s actually Willa’s steadfast older brother, Shep, who steps up to help Eve. He has always been friendly, but now he’s checking in, ordering her surprise lunches, listening to all her complaints, and is . . . suddenly kinda hot? Then, as if she needs one more complication, there’s the baby’s father, who is (technically) supportive but (majorly) conflicted.

Up until this point, Eve’s been content to coast through life. Now, though—maybe it’s the hormones, maybe it’s the way Shep’s shoulders look in a T-shirt—Eve starts to wonder if she has been secretly desiring more from every aspect of her life.

Over the course of nine months, as Eve struggles to figure out the next right step in her expanding reality, she begins to realize that family and love, in all forms, can sneak up on you when you least expect it.

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When a one night stand leads to an unplanned pregnancy, Eve is thrown for a loop. With two failed relationships behind her and stagnating in an unfulfilling job, parenthood wasn't exactly part of plan. Add to the mix Eve's best friend (Willa), who was dealing with fertility issues, and her decidedly lukewarm response to the news, plus the revelation that the baby's father (Ethan) had a serious girlfriend... and Eve was left feeling even more conflicted. Enter Shep, Willa's brother and Eve's lifelong friend. As Shep became her main source of emotional support, Eve navigated pregnancy, new career options, and an evolving relationship Ethan.

This was my first from Bastone and there was a lot to enjoy. Eve's conflicting feelings about impending motherhood felt realistic and made her all the more relatable. Ethan's struggle to accept his new reality while placating a jealous girlfriend and Willa's inability to fully support her friend due to her private challenges add layers that complicated matters, but never felt like unnecessary drama. But the shining star was Shep: the too-precious-for-this-world man who stocked Eve's refrigerator, gave foot rubs, bought a bicycle with a baby carrier, and provided unwavering support. While the middle of the story seemed to lag a bit and make the book feel overly long, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the true-to-life characters created by Bastone. This is one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.



The Memory of Us
by Dani Atkins
Pub: February 15, 2024
Source: Aria/NetGalley
4.5 stars


If you can't trust your head, can you trust your heart?

If she had been found moments later, Amelia's heart would have stopped and never recovered. Instead she was taken from the desolate beach to the nearest hospital just in time to save her life. When her sister Lexi arrives from New York, Amelia's heart is beating, but the accident has implanted a series of false memories. These memories revolve around a man named Sam, and a perfect love story that never existed.

Determined to help her sister, Lexi enlists the help of Nick, a local vet who bears a striking resemblance to Sam. Together, Lexi and Nick recreate and photograph Amelia's dream dates in the hopes of triggering her true memories.

But as love starts to stir between Lexi and Nick, they must navigate a complex web of emotions. How can Lexi fall for Amelia's dream man without hurting her sister?
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Sisters Lexi and Amelia had always shared a special bond. When Lexi received the devastating call that Amelia was found unresponsive and is now hospitalized, she immediately left her life in New York City and returned home to Somerset. Reuniting with Amelia was bittersweet because as relieved as she was to see her sister, Amelia's repeated questions about her husband Sam's whereabouts were troubling to say the least. Because Amelia was not married and Sam did not exist. Intent on helping Amelia by any means possible, Lexi meets Nick, a man who looks exactly like Amelia's drawings of Sam. Lexi embarked on a journey to recreate Amelia's "memories" with Sam by staging photographs with Nick, hopeful that they would somehow jolt Amelia from her confabulation.

I was immediately intrigued by the premise of the story but it was the execution that brought the characters to left and dealt an emotional punch. The bond between the two sisters was something magical (in more ways than one), and the relationship that formed between Lexi and Nick was heartwarming and gave meant-to-be vibes. I sat back in wonder as the story unfolded. Like a movie, I watched each scene play out and I was completely invested. Atkins delivered a few twists that I did not see coming and by the end I was shedding tears and smiling, despite my battered heart. This is not my first from Atkins (I enjoyed the equally moving The Story of Us) and it will certainly not be the last.

violence/death (mostly off page), physical abuse (off page)

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Novellas

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Favorite Novellas
 
Today's topic is actually quick reads, or books to read when you're short on time. I'm going to simplify that title and just call it what it is: my favorite novellas. I know some people don't care for novellas and avoid them, even when they're part of a series. Not me. I love a good novella, especially when it's tied to a favorite series. Here are some of my favorites.


Forever Wild by K. A. Tucker (Wild #2.5)
I loved this visit with Calla and Jonah.
That One Night by Emily Rath (Jacksonville Rays #0.5)
The prequel novella that started my obsession with the series.
Timeless by Devney Perry (Lark Cove #5)
A perfect end to the series.
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
TJR packed a punch in just 88 pages.
Point of Origin by Rebecca Yarros (Legacy #0.5)
Loved this prequel novella - so emotional.
Pucking Ever After: Volume 1 by Emily Rath (Jacksonville Rays #1.5)
Six chapters spanning four years - this novella delivered everything I wanted.
Epic by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy (Him #2.5)
I will forever and always read anything about Wesmie.
Come With Me by Brooke Montgomery (Sugarland Creek #0)
The prequel novella was a perfect introduction to the series. Loved it.
Ignite by Rebecca Yarros (Legacy #0.75)
While not as emotional as Point of Origin, I still loved being in the Legacy world.
Coming Home by Kennedy Ryan
This audio-only novella was quintessential Kennedy Ryan.


Do you have a favorite novella?