Friday, November 22, 2019

Holiday Gift Ideas: Adult Books

Here are some of my favorites that I read this year that would make GREAT holiday gifts!
For your convenience, I've broken them out into categories.
Books make awesome gifts! Especially when you purchase them from independent bookstores.

The Promise of Us by Jamie BeckLife and Other Inconveniences by Kristan HigginsThe Cliff House by RaeAnne ThayneOne Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan
California Girls by Susan   MalleryThe Lemon Sisters by Jill ShalvisWindow on the Bay by Debbie MacomberThe Wonder of Now by Jamie Beck

Contemporary Romance:
The Proposal by Jasmine GuilloryAs Good as the First Time by K.M. JacksonPlaying for Keeps by Jill ShalvisThe Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonThree Little Words by Jenny HolidayThe Bride Test by Helen HoangOne More Moment by Samantha Chase
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri WilsonWaiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry WinfreyNatalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle LimHow to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi MadsenThe Perfect Date by Evelyn LozadaA Prince on Paper by Alyssa ColeThe Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
The Right Swipe by Alisha RaiGlass Slippers, Ever After, and Me by Julie WrightPassion on Park Avenue by Lauren LayneWell Met by Jen DeLuca

Historical Romance:
The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia QuinnDevil's Daughter by Lisa KleypasThe Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna ShupeSome Like It Scandalous by Maya RodaleThe Princess Plan by Julia London
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLeanThe Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. EdenThe Wallflower Wager by Tessa DareBringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer SnowHow the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa DareChristmas Angels by Nancy NaigleA Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber
A Dash of Christmas by Samantha ChaseRoyal Holiday by Jasmine GuilloryWrapped Up in You by Jill ShalvisThe Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay

The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst

Another One Bites the Crust by Ellie AlexanderSomething About You by Julie JamesTill Death Do Us Tart by Ellie AlexanderA Deadly Feast by Lucy BurdetteThe Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich
Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlayDying for Devil's Food by Jenn McKinlay

Generation Friends by Saul Austerlitz

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Blog Tour: Deadly Little Scandals

Title: DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS (Debutantes #2)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Pub. Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Freeform
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 352
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"Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?"
Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group's ranks may have the answers she's looking for. Things are looking up... until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family's summer home--and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.

No one is quite who they seem to be in this twisty, soapy, gasp-inducing sequel to Jennifer Lynn Barnes' unputdownable Little White Lies. 

My Thoughts: I loved this book. I loved the three timelines, the short chapters, and the twisty plot. This one kept me guessing and just when I thought I'd figured something out, there was another new plot twist. I love the friendships and how the girls stuck together. I loved the secret society. I enjoyed the strong family ties and loyalty - even if it was sometimes misplaced. I loved the ending for this book - it was perfect. And tied in nicely to the newly designed cover!

Missed the First Book?
It's a mix of Gilmore Girls crossed with Pretty Little Liars

Title: LITTLE WHITE LIES (Debutantes #1)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Pub. Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Freeform
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 390
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"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off. 

Read my review here

About Jennifer: 
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, including graduate degrees from Cambridge University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2012. Jen wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen-years-old and sold her first five books while still in college. In additional to writing YA novels, Jen has also written original pilot scripts for television networks like USA and MTV, and she is one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of fandom and the cognitive science of fiction and the imagination more broadly. Jen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds a dual appointment in Psychology and Professional Writing.

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Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS, US Only.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Christmas Picture Book Review (1)

Christmas books are some of my favorite picture books. I bought several news ones this year fort he library. These posts are mix of books purchased and books sent for review. The books that I really love I've marked as making a wonderful gift.

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Merry Christmas Baby (board book)
This is a sweet story with cozy charming illustrations.
The parents wish for the baby to have the happiness and magic of Christmas all year round. 
* Makes a wonderful Gift
** Book sent for review

Santa Mouse
Santa Mouse
Mouse wishes to give Santa a present. Santa is very appreciative and gives the little mouse both a name and job. Old Fashioned illustrations and a song lyrics round out this Christmas tale.
** Book sent for review

Christmas Is Here!

Christmas is Here (I Can Read)
Snoopy can't wait to spend the day with Woodstock. But nothing goes according to plan in this funny book about Christmas activities, the meaning of family, and friendship.
** Book sent for review

Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever
Dasher has a big wish - she doesn't want to spend her life with the circus. She wants to be at the North Pole with snow. When an opportunity comes along, she grabs it.
Wonderful illustrations accompany this feel good story about saving yourself, being brave, and the power of a Christmas wish.
* Makes a wonderful Gift

A Very Fiona Christmas
A Very Fiona Christmas
It's Fiona's first Christmas and she struggles to understand the meaning of Christmas. Her friends at the zoo help share what Christmas means to them. A sweet story about sharing, kindness, finding the Christmas spirit, and new friends. 
* Written in connection with the Cincinnati Zoo 

A Christmas Gift for Santa: A Bedtime Book
A Christmas Gift for Santa
Santa - he's just like us. After coming home from spreading Christmas cheer, he looks for his own present, but he has a hard time finding it. This sweet bedtime story has fantastic illustrations, cute moments, and a look around the North Pole.
* Makes a wonderful Gift

Ho Ho Homework
Ho Ho Homework
When the substitute teacher arrives, he looks just like Santa. Jack isn't sure about him. But he does have a special Chirstmas wish that he's hoping will come true. One thing's for sure, Mr. Clausen helps spread cheer and kindness throughout the classroom. A fun story about the magic of Christmas.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Life

This week's topic is all about changes in your reading lives.

This blog has been around for 11 years and in that time, I've gone through some different reading habits.

I guess the biggest one is that I read more adult books now. 

When I first started this blog, it was probably 75/25. It's now closer to 50/50.

The majority of my reading used to be teen books and while I still reading them, I also reading adult books.

For the adult books, I mostly read romance novels with some women's fiction thrown in from some favorite authors. I read romances before bed because the world is on fire and reading romance soothes me. Not to mentioned they're just good books.

Occasionally there are some cozies and some fantasy books.

I also read more picture books now - partly because they're fun reads and partly for my job.

How has your reading life changed over the years?