August Reading List

We are still deep in the middle of house renovations and I’ve somehow gotten used to living in chaos.

Currently we are working on the floors in my library and I’m so flipping excited, I can’t handle it.

Of course, it is the most difficult room in the house. We had to pry each piece of wood up off of the floor (they were glued down), then we have to scrape the glue off of the floors and level them before we can lay down the new flooring.

But I keep telling myself it’s going to be glorious once it is done.

In a couple months I’ll be posting a video showing the progress of the library and how I’m organizing the bookshelves in that room. I can’t wait to share it with you!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share my VERY loose reading list for August.

As always, I always list books I’d like to read for the upcoming month, but it’s more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast rule.

Whenever I finish a book, I like to look back on my reading list for inspiration, but I’m an extremely moody reader, so it really just depends on how I feel at the time.

 

August 2019 TBR

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

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An enemies to lovers standalone romance with all the feels!

What happens when two frenemies can’t stop pushing each other’s buttons? Find out in this tender, sexy and laugh-out-loud standalone romance from #1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely!

Never have I ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.

They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.

The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.

Trouble is, when we’re forced into closer quarters planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.

And I fear I’m falling for the enemy.

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I’m not out to make friends. My goals are simple — fight till the end for my clients, and my family.

The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with…except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I’ve built around my heart these last few years.

Second chances don’t come around for guys like me…or do they?

This is on audio as part of the romance package and it is narrated by Jason Clarke, who is my most recent male romance narrator love.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

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They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

I’m finally (hopefully) going to get to this one! There was so much hype around this book and it was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Another book that has been on my TBR forever!

The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata

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Some things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.
Done thinking about him.
Done worrying about him.
Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.

This is wishful thinking – I don’t know when this will be released, but I’m hoping it will be released in August!

Amour Amour (Aerial Ethereal #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

Love is a circus

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

I actually just started this one and I’m absolutely loving it so far!

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

I have actually been trying to read this book for a month now, but just haven’t found the time to sit down and read the physical copy. I’m going to make it a point to make time and read it this month!

TBR Cart Tour: What’s on my TBR Shelf + {New Video}

I had to do it, you guys. I jumped on the TBR Cart bandwagon.

If you don’t know what a TBR cart is, it’s a new trend in the bookish community where readers are buying these adorable rolling carts and using them to store their high priority TBR books.

As an owner of *literally* SIX giant shelves full of TBR books, this cart is perfect for me. I am able to pick out my TBR ASAP books that I own, pop them on the shelf, and visit them when I’m stuck on what to read next.

I think the best part of it all is being able to reorganize it and add/replace books regularly. And if you’re me, that means every other day you’re exchanging books.

Check out my video for a visual tour, otherwise, hang out here and I’ll walk you through it:

The top two shelves on my cart are reserved specifically for my high-priority TBR books or TBR ASAP books. There is no real distinction between the first and second shelves, only that the taller books are on the top because they don’t fit underneath and they can be hard to get out if the book is too tall.

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The bottom shelf is used for library books so that we can keep the separate from the rest of our books.

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Here are all the books on the top two shelves of my TBR cart:

Titles link to Goodreads

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Reading List: February 2019 {Includes ContemporaryAThon and Dragons & Tea Book Club Reads}

How has everyone’s first month of 2019 been so far?

Mine has been absolutely fantastic and I’m excited for all the things still to come, particularly with my blog and BookTube channel.

2019 has definitely been a year of bookish fun so far for me, and I’d be 100% ok with it if that stuck around all year long.

Anyway, it’s nearly the beginning of February and that means it’s time for a new reading list…

I’m super excited about this month because it’s my first month participating in Melanie’s (Meltotheany) book club: Dragons & Tea Book Club. I’ll also be participating in Contemporaryathon hosted by Chelsea at Chelseadolling Reads, Julie at Pagesandpens, and Melanie at Meltotheany.

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What Should I Read Next? (July 2018)

In preparation for my Monthly TBR list in the beginning of the month I like to post a list of books that are on my TBR and get YOUR opinion on what I should read.

I chose one book from each of the following categories:

  • A book on my Kindle
  • A book from my bookshelf
  • A book in my Audible library
  • A book from my Goodreads shelf

So, let me know… What should I read next?

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Reading List: June 2018

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The official first day of summer isn’t until later in the month, but it sure feels like summer around here. After almost three weeks of rain every single day, the sun has finally broken through and I couldn’t be happier.

Typically, when it starts getting this hot around here, I start complaining about how suffocating it is, but after dealing with the extremely unusual wet weather for so long, I’m so grateful for the sun. Even if it melts me as soon as I walk outside.

It’s kind of like when you take for granted how amazing it is to be healthy until you get sick.

Anyway, it’s the beginning of June and that means it’s time for a new reading list…

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Reading List: May 2018

Hello, May!

I have a Summer resolution and that is to go to the beach more. I’m literally minutes away from the beach and around only an hour away from one of the best beaches in the US and I’ve gone maybe 3 times last year.

It’s very sad.

This weekend I’ve vowed to take a family trip to the beach.

The beach is a great place to get in some reading! So, I’m going to share with you the books I’m planning to read this month and talk about the books I read last month.

I read a total of 11 books and re-read 3 in April.

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What Should I Read? 5 Books from my TBR (May 2018)

In preparation for my Monthly TBR list in the beginning of the month I like to post a list of books that are on my TBR and get YOUR opinion on what I should read.

 

I chose one book from each of the following categories:

  • A book on my Kindle
  • A book from my bookshelf
  • A book in my Audible library
  • A book from my Goodreads shelf
  • A book from my TBR ASAP shelf

 

 

So, let me know… What should I read next?

 

 

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Reading List: April 2018

Happy April, my lovely friends!

I’m just coming off of a nice week-long break from work, and though it was hard getting back today, I still managed and now I’m on the other side.

How has your April been so far? Did you get a break at all for the holiday?

As is customary in the beginning of the month, I like to share the books I’m hoping to read this month, along with how I did the following month.

I’m actually really proud of how I did in March. I’ve been averaging about 6 books per month, but in March (thanks to a vehement obsession with Trisha Wolfe) I devoured 14 books.

I don’t usually include re-reads in this count, should I?

I’m still 6 books behind schedule for my yearly goal, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can catch up at some point.

Anyway, Let’s start with my March round-up:

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What Should I Read? 5 Books from my TBR (March 2018)

In the beginning of the month, I like to make a list of the books I’m hoping to read for the month. In preparation for that, at the end of each month, I like to post a list of books that are on my TBR and get YOUR opinion on what I should read next month.

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I chose one book from each of the following categories:

  • A book on my Kindle
  • A book from my bookshelf
  • A book in my Audible library
  • A book from my Goodreads shelf
  • A book from my TBR ASAP shelf

 
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So, let me know… What should I read next?

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5 Books from the To Be Read List

 
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On my Kindle

Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame

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Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

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On my Bookshelf

Covet (Fallen Angels #1) by J.R. Ward

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. This is the first battle between a savior who doesn’t believe and a demon with nothing to lose!

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart—and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

Goodreads | Amazon

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In my Audible Library

Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by Tammara Webber

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

Goodreads | Amazon

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On my Goodreads Shelf

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

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On my TBR ASAP Shelf

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

Goodreads | Amazon

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Do you recommend any of these books? Are any of these on your TBR?

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