And just like that… half of the year is in the books. And what a crazy half of the year it has been.
There are a few readathons happening this month that I will make separate TBRs for if I decide to participate, but I thought I’d share with you the books I’m hoping to read this month. Of course, as always, I use this as more of a reference guide to help me pick my next book rather than something that will DEFINITELY happen.
Books to Read in July
*=Author of Color, BIPOC Authors
*Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon
TBH, I actually already read this, but I read it on July 1 it’s one of those things where you add things you’ve already done to your To Do list just so you have something to check off.
This is an adorable M/M romance between a guy who runs this romance book club called The Meet Cute Club and a book snob who works at his favorite book store. RTC!
This is the KU book that got the most votes over on my BookTube channel for what I should read in July. *Sin & Ink by Naima Simone
This was the Audible Escape vote for July and it sounds so good.
This is the Dragons and Tea book club pick and I’ve had this on my radar ever since I saw promo for it on Instagram.
It’s about a girl who has a plan to get out of her small town, go to college, and play in the orchestra… except all of her plans blow up when she isn’t approved for Financial Aid. *Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley
This has been on my TBR for such a long time. I love the cover of this book!
I’m buddy reading this one with Mallory over at @FigsLibrary on Instagram. I read The Poet X last month and ADORED it so much I bought the physical book along with this one. We are reading the physical book together, but I also want to listen to the audiobook as well.
This is about a teen mom who is navigating life through high school while also being a parent and having aspirations of becoming a chef. This book includes recipes!
This Sunday is my birthday (June 14), and I usually take my birthday week off. So, originally this was going to be my vacation TBR, however, I decided to hold off on my vacation because I have so much work to do and I don’t want to be worrying about my To-Do list while I should be relaxing.
With that being said, I already put together this TBR, so I figure I’ll still read these books over the weekend and next week – perhaps into the weekend after if I don’t finish.
*The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this author. This book has mental illness rep, there is a polyamorous relationship, it’s mixed media… so many things to look forward to! Buy Now
*Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi
This is a super short Audible Original based on a fairytale in which a newly wed king sells his love of his queen to save her life.
*Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole
This is another short book. It’s a contemporary romance between a super successful, yet nerdy disabled Black woman and a hero that is trying to make an Escape Room based on an Anime. It sounds wonderfully nerdy. Buy Now
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I decided to choose one book for each prompt. Whether I actually stick to this TBR is debatable, but at least I have a starting point!
My ultimate goal would be to complete all the prompts, but I’ll be happy with just getting bingo!
New to you author Before I Ever Met You By Karina Halle
I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager. He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend. Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life. I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there. That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade. Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more. We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction. A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity. But it’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right? It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss. Right? Wrong.
Taboo/forbidden romance Noughts and Crosses By Malorie Blackman
Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.
Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
Curvy heroine Man Hands by Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby
At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.
But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.
Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.
Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.
All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.
I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.
But I will find her.
Book released in 2020 My Favorite Souvenir By Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
My planned trip for two unexpectedly turned into a trip for one. Rather than let my breakup get me down, I packed my bags and decided a week at a luxury resort was just what I needed. But one calamity after the next, and suddenly I was stuck without a hotel room, along with a few hundred other people. It looked like my fancy vacation was about to turn into me sleeping on the hotel lobby floor. Until I overheard a gorgeous man pretending to be someone he wasn’t in order to steal a reservation from a guest who hadn’t shown up yet. When I realized there were two rooms, instead of calling him out, I pretended to be his sister. That’s how the story of “Milo and Maddie Hooker” began. We were the Hookers. My depressing trip quickly made a U-turn into an adventure. My fake brother spent the next few days showing me around his hometown. When it was time to leave, neither of us really wanted to go yet. So, instead of flying back to our respective homes, we ventured on a road trip. At every stop, we’d pick up souvenirs. But as hot as our chemistry was, we never crossed the line. Milo knew I’d just come out of a tough relationship and didn’t want to mess with a vulnerable woman. So instead, at the end of our trip, we made a pact to meet again in three months. It was always my intention to meet him. But when I got back home, reality hit in a big way. And I worried I may have lost my handsome stranger forever. Was there a place for him in my future? Or had the memory of him just become my favorite souvenir?
Book set in a different country than you live in Your French Kisses By Lauren Blakely
To do list for my last day of my Paris vacation… 1. Walk along the river 2. Visit all the chocolate shops in the city 3. Wander along the cobblestoned streets.
Things I don’t expect to happen… 1. Meet a charming Englishman while strolling along the Seine 2. Spend the afternoon with him exploring Paris, and kissing. So many French kisses… 3. Board a plane that night wishing I’d gotten his last name.
Besides, you can’t fall for someone in one day, especially when you live a world apart…
Book w/ a black cover Bad Habit By Charleigh Rose
BRIAR I was infatuated with Asher Kelley the moment he came tumbling through my brother’s window five years ago. Even bruised and bloodied, he was the most beautiful boy I’d ever seen. We couldn’t ever be together. I was too young, and he was too untouchable. He was too troubled, and I was too naive. But the heart is rebellious, and mine decided it didn’t care about any of those things. As I got older, harmless flirting turned to stolen moments in dark corners. Until one day, he was gone without a trace. Now, three years later, he’s back. Callous and cruel. He’s my brother’s best friend. My parents’ worst nightmare. I should hate him. But like a Bad Habit, I can’t quit him.
ASHER I was drawn to Briar Vale from the first time she looked up at me with stars in her big, blue eyes. She was just a kid, nothing but elbows and knees, but she was the most beautiful creature I’d ever seen. We could never be together. I was too old and she was too off limits. She was too good and I was too fucked up. Eventually, the temptation became too much to resist. I risked everything for a kiss and she betrayed me. Three years have passed and I’m forced to see her again, but now she’s all grown up. She’s my best friend’s baby sister. My downfall. I hate her for what she did. But she’s always been my drug of choice
Trope don’t typically read Saint by EM Snow
At Angelview Academy, Saint Angelle is considered God. But don’t be fooled by his ridiculous name or that pretty face because Saint? He’s as wicked as they come. I should know. I’m the new girl who pissed him off. The nobody who called out his crew of vicious tyrants. The mortal who wouldn’t bow then and sure as hell won’t now. Saint swears I’ll regret it. He vows to own every inch of me. He even promises to make my senior year a living hell. I don’t believe him, though. Because if angels can fall, so can so-called gods. And I want to be the one to bring Saint Angelle to his knees.
SAINT is a full-length, 80,000 word new adult/ mature high school romance with enemies-to-lovers and bullying themes. It is not recommended for readers under 17 as it contains dubious situations and triggers that some readers may find offensive. It is NOT a standalone and ends in a cliffhanger.
Small town romance Beard in Mind by Penny Reid
Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever. She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.
Name in the title On the Rocks By Kandi Steiner
Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.
That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild. And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé.
He’s trouble. Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.
No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me.
Because he sees what no one else does.
He sees me—the real me.
The me I’m not sure I’m allowed to be.
I’m Ruby Grace Barnett, the mayor’s daughter. Soon to be a politician’s wife, just like Mama and Daddy always wanted. Soon to fulfill my family’s legacy, just like I always knew I would.
Until the boy everyone warned me about makes me question everything, like whether the wedding I’m planning is one I even want.
I decided to take the first week of the girls’ summer vacation off of work so I can recover from two months of working from home and e-learning. This mental health vacation is definitely needed!
In anticipation of the extra reading time, I thought I’d put together a TBR – which is more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast To Read list.
These are the books I’m hoping to read on my vacation:
Broken Edge & Over the Edge by CD Reiss
I read the prequel and the first book in this series during Contemporaryathon. I’m almost done with the second book and I’m addicted. I can’t wait to see what happens in this super intense contemporary psychological military romance!
The Marriage Game by Sarah Desai
This is an ARC I received from Netgalley that I’m hoping to read and finish this week. This is a diverse romcom between an aspiring entrepreneur and a CEO.
Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
I’m actually a little more than halfway done with this book, but I put it down for Contemporaryathon. It’s a contemporary romance between a veteran/tattoo artist and a woman who is trying to find out what happened to her brother who disappeared. I’m really enjoying it so far!
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
I’m actually almost finished with this audiobook, but I didn’t quite finish it in time for contemporaryathon. It’s SO good! It’s about this Lord who is autistic, but everyone thinks he is mad, except for our heroine who seems to understand him better than most.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
My friend De’Siree loves this book and has been insisting that I read it for a little while now. I was able to find this on sale and bought the audiobook, so I’m excited to read it. I don’t know much about what this book is about and I kind of want to go in blind. From what I understand it is a fantasy with a really good, but subtle romance.
Ravensong by TJ Klune
This is the second book in the Green Creek series. The first book, Wolfsong, was my favorite read of April. I’m excited to continue the series! I’ve heard great things about this book.
Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
I’ve heard so many good things about this fae romance from so many people. It was recently on sale on Audible for $5, so I immediately bought it simply because of the author. I’ve read a lot of contemporary lately, so I decided to dive into some fantasy on audio this week.
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
This is a beloved series by many and it’s been sitting in my Audible library for actual YEARS. Now that I’ve binged on a ton of contemporary, I think now is the time to give this series a try! I hope I love it as much as others do!
Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutten
If I somehow magically have more time to physically read after reading all the other ebooks and physical books on this list, I need to finish this one. I’m only a few chapters in and have had to put it down for readathons and ARCs, but I’m dying to really dig into this. I love KJ Sutten and have heard the romance in this is epic!
Today is the first day of Contemporaryathon and I thought I’d share my (extremely hopeful) reading plans with you!
Contemporaryathon is one of my favorite readathons to participate in because so many of the short books I own are contemporaries! This readathon starts today and goes through Sunday and is hosted by Chelsea from Chelsea Dolling Reads and Natasha from My Reading is Odd.
It only has 3 prompts:
Read a book that has pink/peach on the cover.
Read a book that is under 250 pages.
Read a book that you think sounds fun!
Super easy ones!
As always, when I put together reading lists for readathons, I like to choose books I already own. My goal is to work through as many of those books as possible.
For short readathons, like this one, I focus on novellas that I own. Most of my novellas are on my Kindle, so all of these books are either eBooks (that I got for free or on KU) that are under 250 pages and audiobooks that are 7 hours or less. I’ll make note of their length for you below.
My Contemporaryathon TBR
So Unlike Me (Winning Your Heart Book 1) by Nikki Lynn Barrett This is a small town contemporary romance that I downloaded for free on Kindle. I believe the heroine might star on a TV show and after a public breakup she is trying to hide away in a small town. Format: eBook Length: 203 pages Prompt: Pink/peach on cover Goodreads
Mind Reader by Kirsty McManus The illustrated cover drew my eye for this one! I downloaded it for free on Kindle. This is a romcom between a guy who can predict soulmates and a stem cell research scientist. Format: eBook Length: 173 pages Prompt: Under 250 pages Goodreads
Powertools: Collection 1 by Jayne Rylon I mean, do we really need a synopsis here? LOL! This just sounds ridiculous and fun. I believe this is a reverse harem situation between a woman and construction workers who are building a house next door to hers. Format: eBook Length: 145 pages Prompt: Fun! Goodreads
Taming Her Mountain Man: Older Man/Curvy Girl Romance (Bear’s Tooth Mountain Men Book 1) by Cameron Hart This is another freebie I got on Kindle simply because I’m obsessed with the loner hero trope! Format: eBook Length: 111 pages Goodreads
Point of Retreat: Slammed, Book 2 By Colleen Hoover I read the first book in this series a few months ago – it’s a new adult contemporary about slam poets! I really liked the first book and I’m hesitantly interested in this second one. I’m assuming it follows the same characters, but I’m not sure. Format: Audio Length: 6 hours Goodreads
Owned (Decadence After Dark, Book 1) By M. Never I got the physical book of this one from Shameless Book Con last year. I’m also reading it as part of a secret TBR, so it works out. This is a dark workplace romance with a master/slave relationship. Format: Physical & audio Length: 7 hours Goodreads
Shy Girls Write It Better Some Girls Do It, Book 1 By May Sage This one has such a fun premise. It’s about a clumsy, shy girl who also happens to write erotic fiction whose boss finds one of her manuscripts! Format: Audio Length: 3 Hours Goodreads
I’m here with another monthly reading list today. As always, this is much more of a guideline than a required reading list.
I love making a TBR every month even though I’m a mood reader because it’s my first go-to once I finish a book, I like to check this list to see if anything sounds good.
I have a secret…
I have a secret TBR that I’ll be starting this month for a video I’m hoping to post next month, but my lips are sealed!
There are lots of exciting books coming out this month and next month! These are the ARCs I’m planning on reading prior to release.
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
Release Date: 5/19
This adult contemporary romance is about adoptive mama’s boy/play boy Jesse who is trying to keep his mother’s knitting store open after she passes, even though his brothers want to close it. Jesse enlists the help of his childhood friend who is ak nitter and also happens to have feelings for him.
There is SO much hype around this book and I 100% buy into it! This is a romance about two authors who go on a writing retreat at the beach and end up neighbors. It’s supposed to be super fun and swoony and I am so ready for it!
Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
Release Date: 5/26
This is an F/F romance between a showrunner and her assistant who get caught in a misunderstood compromising position by the media and they end up fake dating. I need more F/F romances in my life!
Hello, beautiful cover! This is a hate-to-love romcom about an entrepreneur who is down on her luck, so her father sets her up in an office to start a business… and also sets her up on a series of blind dates. Little does she know, the office was also promised to a CEO of a company that is looking for a quiet office space. This seems like it could be a super cute, diverse novel.
There will be a lot of physical reading going on this month, so I’m not sure how many audiobooks I’ll be able to fit in. I’m playing it safe and adding only 4 this month!
Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
My lovely friend Averie from AverieLovesBooks recently read this in a reading vlog and it literally brought her to tears. Both she and I suffer from chronic illnesses (different illnesses from one another) and the characters in this book also have chronic illnesses. That’s all I really need to know: that a good friend likes it and it has chronic illness rep. I will always support that!
This sounds like it is a pretty polarizing read. I’ve seen a few people review this and everyone seems to have mixed reviews. From what I understand, this takes place in the future where people can sell themselves as personal slaves (to be used in any way) in exchange for eliminating all of their debts for their families. When they do this, they take a pill or get an injection that makes them docile and compliant. The main character in this story decides to do this without taking the injection.
This book has been getting so much love for a really long time – and it’s been on my TBR for a long time as well. There seems to be a bit of a resurgence of love for this book over on BookTube lately, so when Audible had a recent member sale, I decided to finally buy it and I cannot wait! This is an M/M shifter romance that takes place over many years.
I recently read Pestilence and War by this author, so when I saw this on sale over on Audible, I bought it without knowing what it is about. The only thing I know is that it is a new adult fantasy romance with fae.
I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be able to get to any physical books this month since I’ll be doing a lot of e-reading for my secret TBR and ARCs, but I do hope to finish at least one of these books. I try to read at least one book from my bookshelf each month, but I always aim for more!
Reborn Yesterday (Phenomenal Fate #1) by Tessa Bailey
The premise of this book has the makings of an epic romance and I need one in my life STAT. This is a vampire romance about a funeral home director who is working on a body that comes back to life. I believe this is a fated mates situation and I’m so here for it! Also, I really like Tessa Bailey.
Most of All You by Mia Sheridan
I love me some Mia Sheridan. This is supposed to be a super angsty contemporary romance with two characters with dark pasts.
I am so ready for this next round of Smutathon. I have many books on my Kindle that have been calling to me and this is the perfect time to work my way through a few of them!
There are also some really fun virtual bookish events that I am planning to “attend,” so I’m super excited for a fun book-filled weekend!
Tomorrow I am planning on posting this TBR on my BookTube channel and I’ll be doing a weekend vlog as well.
Here is the Weekend Smutathon Information:
Dates: April 25-26th
There are no challenges other than to read as many smutty romances as you want, but we do have an optional group book you can read with us!
The optional group book is: THEIRS FOR THE NIGHT by Katee Robert (free on Kindle!)
Weekend Smutathon TBR
As always, my goal for readathons is to read as many books that I own first and foremost, and also books that are on my TBR.
For this readathon in particular, since it is only two days long, I’m focusing on eBooks that I already have on my Kindle (of which there is over 400 – #cantstopwontstop) that are under 200 pages long.
I have an entire excel spreadsheet full of eBooks on my Kindle that are under 200 pages long, but I narrowed down that list to the ones I want to prioritize for this readathon. Most of these books are available on KU or are free or go on sale for free very often. I will make note of this beneath each title.
At some point I’d love to put together a list of KU eBooks under 200 pages, but for now, we’ll stick with my TBR for Weekend Smutathon.
Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert Free on Kindle | 85 pages
This is the Smutathon buddy read. It’s an MMF romance about a girl who meets two “gorgeous guys” at a club on her birthday… and I think we all know what happens from there. I loved Desperate Measures by this author, she’s able to build believable romances in very few pages, so I have high hopes!
His Forbidden Obsession by Jessa Kane Available on KU | 53 pages
I feel like a Smutathon wouldn’t be complete without some Jessa Kane. She’s known for her super short, super smutty romances with (mostly) ridiculous premises. This, I believe is a romance between a nun and her bodyguard.
Her 2 Protectors by Jessa Kane Available on KU | 73 pages This is an MMF fireman romance and we’re ready for it.
The Farmer’s Daughter by Jessa Kane Available on KU | 82 pages
It would appear the theme for my Smutathon TBR is MMF, because this is another one. This time it takes place on a farm with a surly rancher and a tattooed ranch hand.
SOLD: Auctioned to the Billionaire (Steele Series Book 1) by Natalia Banks Free on Kindle | 84 pages I mean, I think the title says it all. A dark, brooding billionaire and a girl who has been down on her luck.
First Verse (Second Verse Book 1) by Emily Snow Free on Kindle | 97 pages
Now, on to something a little… less… smutty. I think. This is a country music forbidden romance.
January: Calendar Girl Book 1 by Audrey Carlan Free on Kindle | Available on Audible Escape | 108 pages
This series, I believe, revolves around an escort service. This book, in particular, is about a girl who is trying to save her dad who has a gambling problem by becoming an escort to earn the money needed to pay off his debts.
The Loner’s Lady by Jessa Kane Available on KU | 60 pages
This sounds like a short, probably-not-as-good version of Birthday Girl. The heroine is fake dating some guy and ends up attracted to his loner father. Give me all the loners and all the forbidden romance, please and thank you!
The Secret Note by Lauren Rowe Free on Kindle | 69 pages
What?! A Lauren Rowe book I haven’t read and know nothing about? How is this possible? This is a little brother’s best friend romance!
Beauty Touched the Beast: A Sexy Modern Fairy Tale by Skye Warren 36 pages
Unfortunately, this book is no longer available on Amazon. I bought it back in 2017. From what I understand it is a smutty Beauty and the Beast retelling – which I will always be down for. Skye Warren does have another book that sounds similar to this one called Beauty and the Professor.
A Lie for a Lie (All In #1) by Helena Hunting
From what I understand this series is supposed to be pretty different from her Pucked series (which I love), even though it is another contemporary hockey romance series that has some of the same characters. I think you get a sneak peek at some of the characters from Pucked. I believe Rookie (from Pucked) is also in this book – it may even be his book? Goodreads | Amazon
Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
This is an author duo that I’m still trying to fall in love with. Most of their books have been misses for me, but that’s the great thing about KU – you can try out books worry-free. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one, but the premise sounds cute: a penpal, second-chance romance. Goodreads | Amazon
Enemies by Tijan
I’ve only read one book by Tijan and I ended up giving it 4 stars. It was a little too extra for my taste, but I’m still absolutely willing to give them another chance. The title and cover lead me to believe this is an enemies-to-lovers sports romance, which I am here for. Given the previous novel I’ve read by them, I do worry that it’ll lean more toward the bullying end of the enemies spectrum, which is something I’m not a huge fan of, but we’ll see. I did really like the romance in the previous novel I read. Goodreads | Amazon
Irresistible (Cloverleigh Farms Book 1) by Melanie Harlow
This is a series that a friend of mine really enjoys and has raved about many times. It’s a small town romance by an author I don’t believe I’ve read before. Also, I’m totally loving the covers of this series. Goodreads | Amazon
Lumberjack (A Real Man #1) by Jenika Snow
This series can either be ridiculous or it can be amazing. I believe this is a romance between a city girl who is trying to get away for a while and a recluse lumberjack. I’m all about the recluse hero, what can I say? This will be another first book from an author I’ve never read. Goodreads | Amazon
The Kingmaker (All the King’s Men # 1) by Kennedy Ryan
Anyone else completely drawn to these covers? I’ve been hearing people absolutely rave about this Duet, and it’s honestly not surprising. Kennedy Ryan is a well-loved author and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of hers previously. I believe this is about a Native American woman (she might be half) who is protesting against a company for which the hero works. Goodreads | Amazon
Ice Planet Barbarians series by Ruby Dixon
I read the first six of these books on Audible because they are available on Audible Escape. The rest of them, including the novellas, are available on KU! So, that’s where I plan to read the rest. They’re short, so they’ll be quick little palette cleansers. This serious looks and sounds ridiculous – and it is – but the romances are also on point. They’re sci-fi alien romances with the fated mate trope. Goodreads | Amazon
Friends With The Monsters by Albany Walker
It was the cover that drew me to this book. Every so often, I browse the romance section of KU, and I came across this one. This is a reverse harem novel. Goodreads | Amazon
Someday, Someday by Emma Scott
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this book, and enjoy it. I really like Emma Scott, she tends to write pretty emotional, hard-hitting books and this one is no different. It’s an m/m romance about two people who are overcoming drug addiction. Goodreads | Amazon
Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by J.M. Darhower
I’m actually currently reading this one, but having a little trouble getting into it, which is surprise since I usually really like bad boy, scarred hero romances. So far the hero isn’t quite as mysterious and brooding as I hoped/expected him to be. This is a new-to-me author. This is also available on Audible Escape. Goodreads | Amazon
Happy Saturday, book lovers! I hope your Saturday has been as lovely as mine so far.
I stayed in bed far later that I normally do (8am), just lounging around, checking social media and catching up on my timelines before getting up and making breakfast for the family. Then I was able to take some photos for Bookstagram and get some bookish content planned and scheduled.
The girls wanted to play outside in the front yard and since it is crazy hot around here (88 degrees and sunny), I decided to be that person and change into my bathing suit to sunbath a bit while the girls played and my husband fixed up the flowerbeds in the front yard. After that we all jumped in the pool for a little while.
And now, here I am, trying to figure out what I want to read this month.
Even though I’m a moody reader, I find it really helpful to have a TBR to reference for when I finish a book and am not sure what to reach for next.
This month there are no readathons that I’m planning to participate in, which means I can start reading my very first Secret TBR that I’m hoping to do for a video. I’m SUPER excited about it, but it still likely take me longer than a month to read all the books – they’re all physical books I had on my shelves.
My April TBR
By the Book by Amanda Sellet
I’m super picky about ARCs, and this one caught my attention not only because of the adorbs cover, but because it’s a romance with a bookish MC who puts together a Scoundrel Survival Guide for her peers so they can avoid heartbreak. Goodreads
Beach Read by Emily Henry
I’ve seen a bunch of people reading and loving this book! I mean, it’s called Beach Read, and I’m so ready for some lounging on the beach with a good book! Goodreads
The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels #1) by Kerrigan Byrne *Available on Audible Escape
I will be continuing my historical romance journey with a book that has been recommended to me several times. I don’t know much about it aside from the fact that the romance is supposed to be SO good. Goodreads
Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover *Available on Audible Escape
I read the first book, Slammed, a couple of months ago and though it wasn’t my favorite CoHo book, I still enjoyed it. And since this has been sitting in my Audible library for a while and I want to read #allthecohobooks, I think I’ll pick it up this month. It should be a nice palette cleanser. It’s only 6 hours. Also… spoken word poetry and romance? Yes, please. Goodreads
Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by J.M. Darhower *Available on Audible Escape
I’m all about a scarred/damaged bad boy hero. Goodreads
Art & Soul by Brittainy C. Cherry *Available on Audible Escape
I will be continuing my journey of reading all of BCC’s books. I don’t know what this is about and I don’t need to. All I need to know is BCC write it and I’m reading it. Goodreads
Misconduct by Penelope Douglas *Available on Audible Escape
I just hauled the physical book from Book Outlet. I believe this one is a teacher/parent romance. Goodreads
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett *Available on Audible Escape
I’ve only read one book by Jenn Bennett and I absolutely loved it. I believe this is a friends to enemies to lovers romance where camping is involved – and potentially forced togetherness. Goodreads
The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen *Available on Audible Escape
Sarina Bowen is another author I want to read her entire backlist. Since this one is available on Escape, I think I’ll try to get to it this month. It looks like a New Adult/College Romance that is part of a series. Goodreads
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han *Available on Audible Escape
I have the physical copy of this as well. My niece and fellow blogger loved this series and since I’m a hardcore fan of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I think I’ll give this series a shot. Goodreads
Fighting for Everything (Warrior Fight Club #1) by Laura Kaye *Available on Audible Escape
We all know how obsessed I am with the Hearts in Darkness Duet by this author, I’m hoping I can hit gold with another one of her books/series. This one looks like an MMA or boxing romance. Goodreads
The backlist readathon is happening next week, so I figured I’d share my TBR with you!
I love this readathon because it’s so easy for me to find books I already own since I read so many backlist titles as it is.
Here is the info about the readathon:\\B A C K L I S T R E A D A T H O N
March 9th – 15th
| read the shortest backlist title
| read the backlist title that intimidates you the most
| read a backlist title you added because of someone else’s recommendation
| read a backlist you are most excited for
| read a diverse backlist book (lgbt, mental illness, author of color, etc.)
| read a backlist with blue on the cover
Here are the books I’m planning to read for each challenge:
shortest backlist title
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
I thought for the shortest book, it would be good to read a poetry book. I’ve had this on my bookshelf for years and on my TBR for even longer. I love modern poetry, so I hope to enjoy this one. Goodreads
backlist title that intimidates you the most
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I bought this on Audible when it went on sale, but I kind of knew when I bought it that it would take me a while to read it because it’s SO long. However, I am pretty excited about reading this. Goodreads
someone else’s recommendation
Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett
I organized my Audible library by the shortest length book and I came across this one that I must’ve forgotten I owned. I remember seeing this back in 2017 on Goodreads and a few of my GR friends really enjoyed it. Goodreads
most excited for
Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert
I’ve been dying to read this entire series because they are dark romance retellings of Disney stories! This one, I believe, is about Jasmine and Jafar. Goodreads
diverse backlist book
Love from A to Z by SK Ali
There is so much diversity in this book and it also has a character with MS (like me!) so I’m super interested to read it. Goodreads
blue on the cover
Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau
There is so much diversity in this book and it also has a character with MS (like me!) so I’m super interested to read it. Goodreads