TBR vs What I Actually Read in July

Since I’ve been doing Recent Reads and Wrap Ups over on my BookTube channel, I thought it would be fun to compare my TBRs vs what I actually read here on my blog.

I’m a mood reader, however, I really like having a TBR every month to use as a guideline. The list of books that I own and need to read is kind of insane – not to mention my Audible Escape, Scribd, and Hoopla books that I want to read – so narrowing it down to dozen or so books that I want to focus on is helpful in choosing my next read. It also helps me make sure I’m reading more diversely.

 

July TBR

 

Key

✘ = Did Not Read

✓ = Read

/ = Currently reading

✂ = Did Not Finish

*  = Author of Color, BIPOC Authors

 

*Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

*Sin & Ink by Naima Simone

*The Space In Between by Brittainy C Cherry

The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart

*You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 

*Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley

*With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

*Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender 

*Rhapsody by Kenya Wright

Docile by KM Szpara

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune 

*The Groom Will Keep His Name by Matt Ortile

 

Other Books Read

*Neighborly by Katrina Jackson

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

*The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (Reread)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (Reread)

*Purple Lotus by Veena Rao

House of Night Graphic Novel by Kent Dalian

Saint by EM Snow

*How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

A Change in Tide by Freya Barker

Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna

*Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

Eidolon by Grace Draven

*Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

*Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu

*Stargazing by Jen Wang

Smitten by Lauren Rowe

*Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa De La Cruz

The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

*Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

Radiance by Grace Draven

July TBR // July Reading List

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

 

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*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.
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*Sin & Ink by Naima Simone 
This was the Audible Escape vote for July and it sounds so good.

This is a contemporary forbidden romance between an ex MMA fighter and his dead brother’s widow.
The Space in Between (The Space in Between, #1)
*The Space In Between by Brittainy C Cherry

The Guy on the Right (The Underdogs, #1)
The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart

I am so late to the game on this one. This was super popular a few months ago, but it just kind of fell off of my radar. I found it on Scribd, so I think I’ll listen to the audiobook this month.

From what I understand this is a friends-to-lovers underdog romance. I think the hero gets friend zoned and his roommate gets all the attention.

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*You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 

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.
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*Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley

This has been on my TBR for such a long time. I love the cover of this book!

It’s a YA Contemporary that revolves around a school play of Romeo and Juliet. The main character draws a lot of parallels between herself and with Rosalind.
With the Fire on High
*With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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!

 

 
Felix Ever After
*Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

The hype around this book is so real and I can’t wait to get my eyes on it.

Felix’s last name is love, but he has never been in love. An anonymous person starts sending him transphobic messages and publicly uses his dead name, he comes up with a plan for revenge.
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*Rhapsody (The Butcher and the Violinist #1) by Kenya Wright

That cover tho. This was a rec from a subscriber and it looks so good.

This is about a man named Jean-Pierre who is known as The Butcher of Corsican. He was known for his lack of feelings until he sees Eden playing the violin on stage.

 

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Docile by KM Szpara

I got the audiobook for this a while ago from Libro.FM and it has been haunting me from my library ever since.

This is an extremely unique-sounding story set in a world where people can become  slaves in exchange for removing their debt for their families.

 
The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries, #1)
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune 

I read Wolfsong and House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ last month and adored them.

All I really know about this book is that it revolves around a fandom and TJ wrote it – that’s all I really need to know to read it!
The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance
*The Groom Will Keep His Name by Matt Ortile 

This was an ALC from Libro.FM, and I was excited to see that it was written by a Filipino man. (For those who don’t know, I’m half Filipino. My dad immigrated to the US in college.)

This is, essentially, a collection of essays about Matt’s life as a gay Filipino immigrant.

All of the books I mention in this post can be found and purchased on my storefront here.

(The above links are affiliate links and I receive a small commission if you purchase the book. I’m so grateful for your support.)

 

Pick My Kindle Unlimited & Audible Escape TBR

Vote on what I should read in July!⁣

Head over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest video where I’m asking you to pick one book from my Kindle Unlimited TBR and one book from my Audible Escape TBR.⁣

OR comment below with your vote!

All of the books I mention in this video can be found and purchased on my storefront here.

*=Author of Color, BIPOC Authors

Kindle Unlimited TBR

 

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1. Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon
M/M romance between a guy who loves reading sci-fi romances and the bookstore clerk who makes fun of him, but also has a club called The Meet Cute Club that he invites him to.

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2. *Will You Be Mine by Rilzy Adams
Contemporary fake dating friends-to-lovers romance where the friends fake date at a wedding.

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3. Saint by EM Snow
A new adult high school bully romance recommended to me by Lisa from Remarkably Lisa.

Audible Escape

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1. The Vixen and The Vet by Katy Regnery
This is a contemporary reimagining of Beauty and the Beast.

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2. *A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn
This is a best friend’s older brother m/m romance between Tobias, who grew up in a town where he was the only gay person. His dream guy is his best friend’s jerk of an older brother. Fast forward a few years later and he’s grown up quite a bit and moved to San Francisco. His best friend’s brother has changed quite a bit as well.

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3. *Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
This is a contemporary forbidden romance between an ex MMA fighter and his dead brother’s widow.

Weekend Smutathon Reading List/TBR

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.

 

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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Her 2 Protectors by Jessa Kane

Available on KU | 73 pages
This is an MMF fireman romance and we’re ready for it.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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Beauty Touched the Beast: A Sexy Modern Fairy Tale by Skye Warren

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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.

 

 

 

Kindle Unlimited Romance Novels I Need to Read {Vol. 1}

I thought it would be fun to occasionally post about the Kindle Unlimited books I have hanging out on my TBR for two reasons:

  1. In case you have read any of these and would like to recommend them (or not!)
  2. In case you are looking for Kindle Unlimited recommendations and these sounds good to you.

If you’re interested, I also made a video over on my Booktube channel talking about this TBR. You can check it out here:

 

KINDLE UNLIMITED ROMANCE TBR

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

April 2020 TBR // Reading List

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

ARCs

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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

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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

 

Audiobooks

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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

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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

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Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by J.M. Darhower
*Available on Audible Escape
I’m all about a scarred/damaged bad boy hero.
Goodreads

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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
 

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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.
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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.
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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

  

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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

  

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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

Backlist Readathon 2020 TBR

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

DATES:
March 9th – 15th

CHALLENGES:
| 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

HOSTS:
| Gabby
| Chan
| Jacqueline
| Emily
| Zoë
| Melanie

Here are the books I’m planning to read for each challenge:

shortest backlist title
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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
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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

 

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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
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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

End of the Year Reading List

I upped my reading list this year by 50 books.

I have no idea what I was thinking, honestly.

Actually, I do. I got a little overzealous after upping my goal last year by 50 books and reading 10 more books than I’d challenged myself to.

200 books. That’s how many I thought I could read this year. And, surprisingly, I’m actually pretty much on schedule to reach that goal.

Below are the books I’m likely going to reach for to finish up my goal. Many of them are the shortest books that are currently on my bookshelf, the shortest audiobooks that are in my Audible Library already, and a few highly anticipated books I picked up recently on Kindle.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganicheau

Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band―if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.

Goodreads

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

A debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

Goodreads

Owned by M. Never

***Content Warning***
Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

“I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine.”

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes — until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo’s infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned.

Goodreads

Cirque de Minuet (Cirque Masters #1) by Annabel Joseph

It’s no easy feat transitioning from the disciplined arena of competitive gymnastics to the artistic whirl of the Cirque du Monde. Kelsey Martin finds secret inspiration in Theo Zamora, a dark, taciturn trapezist–until his partner dies in a tragic accident and he decides to leave the circus for good.

Theo doesn’t understand why Kelsey reaches out to him, only that she compels him with her unique combination of innocence and recklessness. Before long the two are collaborating on an aerial silks act for a new production, the Cirque de Minuit. Theo’s impatience with Kelsey’s naivete is matched only by his passion for her, and the two soon become embroiled in a tempestuous, consuming romance.

But some still blame Theo for his partner’s accident, and danger wraps up the two performers as inevitably as the scarlet silk of their act. Theo and Kelsey must find a way to connect and trust one another as he leads her deeper and deeper into a dangerous world of control and desire.

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Rise of the Sea Witch (Unfortunate Soul Chronicles #1) by Stacey Rourke

Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege. Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people. When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point. Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.

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Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.

Just as he did to her.

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The Virgin Gift (The Gift #2) by Lauren Blakely

I might be a virgin, but I know what I want in bed. It’s just that I haven’t found him yet.

So I’m stunned when charming, laid-back Adam volunteers to work through my wish list. That’s when I discover the voracious, commanding man in him, my next door neighbor. And I’m enthralled — in and out of the bedroom.

Every night we explore my fantasies, and every morning I try harder not to want more from him. Because there’s no item on my list about falling for the guy. Besides, we agreed to the last item already — when we’re done we walk away.

But every fantasy unlocks another. Each hotter than the last. Until I discover there’s one last thing on my to-do list to check off. One so daring I can’t figure out how to ask him or what it might do to my heart…

The Virgin Gift is a red hot and sexy exploration love story exploring all sorts of fantasies.

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Love and Other Wild Things (Mystic Bayou #2) by Molly Harper

Available in audio first, this hot, hilarious stand-alone will keep you wildly entertained!

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing – threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos.

Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed. While working on the case, Zed falls head over paws for Dani, but she’s reluctant to engage in anything beyond a roll in his cave. Dani’s family is counting on her to get the job done, and she has no time for distractions. But when an ominous presence begins stalking Dani through the bayou, they’ll need to band together to make it out alive.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

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Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Tanya Eby and Sarina Bowen

He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN

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.

TOM

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.

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Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert

Enjoy another Dirty British Romance by Talia Hibbert, author of Bad for the Boss. Christmas just got sexy…

“There’s a beast inside of me. I keep it caged. You drive it wild.”

Cash Evans has come a long way since his troubled childhood, but all the wealth he’s earned as a tattoo artist can’t fix the hole in his heart. He knows that the sweet barista who haunts his dreams is off-limits… But life doesn’t always go to plan.

”There isn’t a man on earth who could ruin me.”

Bailey Cooper is determined to learn from her mother’s mistakes. She’s seen how cruel love can be, and she’s not about to sacrifice her self-respect for a relationship. But when a bad boy with a heart of gold comes to her rescue, she finds herself wondering if this beast might just be her Prince Charming.

Will these two lost souls find a happy ending under the tree this Christmas?

Or is their love doomed to wither with the mistletoe?

Merry Inkmas is a steamy Christmas romance starring a brooding, bad boy hero and a Black, BBW heroine. Be warned: this love is hot enough to melt any winter frost!

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Get a Life Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert, one of contemporary romance’s brightest new stars, delivers a witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who’s tired of being “boring” and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things—perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Hoang.

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?

Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
Go camping.
Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

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The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

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Christmas in the City by L.J. Shen, Helena Hunting, Corinne Michaels, Melanie Harlow, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Sierra Simone, Kennedy Ryan, Penny Reid, L.H. Cosway, Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

Twelve bestselling authors have come together to brighten your holiday with six ALL NEW co-written novels. Travel through six cities and fall in love with these enchanting love stories.

L.J. Shen & Helena Hunting
Just The Tip
It’s not every day you meet a stranger who knows how to jingle your bells…

Corinne Michaels & Melanie Harlow
Baby it’s Cold Outside
My Christmas list did not include a broken heart, freezing temperatures, or my tree stuck in the door to my apartment building, but that’s what I got. Just when I thought Santa had failed me, I got something I never thought to ask for …

Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Kissmas in New York
It was just supposed to be a simple kiss with a stranger. I’d done it to prove a point–that I hadn’t lost my sense of adventure. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. Maybe I’d get something in my stocking after all this holiday season…

Sierra Simone & Kennedy Ryan
The Christmas Crown
Noelani, queen of Manaroa, has one mission on her diplomatic visit to the States: forge strategic alliances for her homeland. When she meets brooding security specialist Brock Grimsby, their unexpected alliance heats up the holiday. One night. No promises, but come Christmas, will either be able to walk away?

Penny Reid & LH Cosway
Songbird
Two lonely souls find companionship in Dublin for one magical night. Broderick Adams doesn’t mind his solitude, until she walks in. Ophelia Kelly sings to heal her heart, but has no idea he’s listening.

Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
EPIC
Jamie and Wes are having a blast living and working in Toronto. Until a scout for another team swoops in to make one of them an offer that might complicate the life they’ve built together.

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY is a holiday gift as a thank you! It is available for a LIMITED TIME!

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Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey

A brand new romantic comedy from New York Times bestseller Tessa Bailey!

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World… whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her…

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The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Listening Length: 5 hours and 18 minutes

A captivating romantic comedy with a thrilling sci-fi twist by award-winning author Alyssa Cole!

Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.

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November 2019 TBR / November Reading List

Hello, hello!

October was an absolutely insane and scary month (and not really in a spooky way.) At some point I’ll make an update all about it, but I first have to gather all of my thoughts.

But, it’s November, and despite a lot of the stress the past couple of months has brought on, I’m still so excited for the holidays. I adore Thanksgiving and even Black Friday. I have plans with a couple of friends to go Black Friday shopping, and I’m so excited. Something about the craziness and the hustle and bustle of it all gets me so amped up for Christmas. It brings back those Christmas-morning feelings.

I’ve been pretty slow with reading lately. Typically I read at least 10 books a month, usually closer to 15 or more, but the past few months I’m lucky if I get to 10.

And, you know what? That’s ok. Even though I’m a book blogger and booktuber. I think it’s sometimes hard to remember that.

As always, I like to create a reading list for myself in the beginning of the month. It’s much more of a guideline of what I’d like to read, rather than a hard-and-fast list. It’s what I turn to when I’m unsure of what to pick up next, but I’m not hard on myself if I don’t get to everything.

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