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Down the TBR || Part 17

Hey Y’all. In the spirit of trying to keep things as normal as possible, I am still doing Down The TBR every other Saturday. We will see if I do things on the Saturday’s in between while I have extra time but I am still working as much as possible so it’s just a guessing game.

If you are still out there working, whether you are a restaurant worker (like me), a retail employee, a teacher doing work from home or a doctor/nurse. Thank you. Thank you for what you are doing for all of us. I know it’s hard but I am SO proud of all of us.

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Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?


Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

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Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain. 

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This is a love story. It’s the story of a second-hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.

Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends. Or they were. Before Rachel moved away to the sea. Now, she’s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in the sea that he loved.

Rachel loves Henry. Henry loves Amy. Amy loves Amy but is happy for Henry to love her too.

This is a book about books. About the power of literature to cradle our past, present and future selves. It’s about how we leave ourselves behind when we die. How we leave our histories in the things we love – like books.

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MOST OF MY friends now go to Pius Senior College, but my mother wouldn’t allow it because she says the girls there leave with limited options and she didn’t bring me up to have limitations placed upon me. If you know my mother, you’ll sense there’s an irony there, based on the fact that she is the Queen of the Limitation Placers in my life.

Francesca battles her mother, Mia, constantly over what’s best for her. All Francesca wants is her old friends and her old school, but instead Mia sends her to St. Sebastian’s, an all-boys’ school that has just opened its doors to girls. Now Francesca’s surrounded by hundreds of boys, with only a few other girls for company. All of them weirdos or worse.

Then one day, Mia is too depressed to get out of bed. One day turns into months, and as her family begins to fall apart, Francesca realises that without her mother’s high spirits, she hardly knows who she is. But she doesn’t yet realise that she’s more like Mia than she thinks. With a little unlikely help from St. Sebastian’s, she just might be able to save her family, her friends, and especially herself.

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Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

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All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep-a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her.

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Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Ripped Pages is a Rapunzel F/F retelling in the format of a novelette.

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Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .

In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page.

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For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

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This week I kept 7 and got rid of 3. Not my best but I am really interested in a lot these books and they are also shorter so would be easier to get through.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know!


The Wicked Deep || Book Review

Hey Y’all. I know this is a really time for all of us. Personally, my wife and I are facing cut hours at work which means less money. I am trying to find the positives in this time and I am hoping to use my extra time to do more here. If you ever need to talk, you can always reach out to me on twitter (bookswithdana). I love you and stay safe.

So last week I read The Wicked Deep and SPOILER: I loved it so I wanted to share my thoughts with you all!

Warning spoilers ahead!

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Author: Shea Ernshaw 

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Published on: March 6th 2018

Number of Pages: 310

Bought, Borrowed or ARC: Bought from BAM

Where can you get it?

Again, I make no money off of these links. These are simply for your convenience.

Amazon: $7.99

Barnes and Noble: $10.79

Books-A-Million: $11.99

Book Depository: $8.55

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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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I bought The Wicked Deep on a whim a couple months ago. At first it just rode around in the backseat of my car, then it was packed for our trip down south in November. Then it flew out to Las Vegas with me in January and when we got back it sat on my shelf for another two months still unread. I wasn’t intentionally putting it off for any reason but it just happened that way.

I finally picked up this book on March 2nd and I was done by bed the next night. There was so much I loved about this book. I loved the vibes it gave of a spooky haunted town and how everyone was just kinda like yeah this totally normal that at least 3 boys die every year, nothing we can do it about. I did guess that Penny could tell who was stolen because she was also stolen but I thought that was so cool. The story behind why the girls were drowned and why they haunted the town was so sad and heartbreaking but I’m glad that one of the girls began to realize that what they were doing was wrong. I don’t want to give away the ending because it is definitely something I think you should read for yourself but I did not see it coming at all.

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Thanks for reading y’all. Let me know if you plan to check it out and/or if you just want to talk. Like I said, you can find me on twitter at bookswithdana. I could definitely use the distraction and some “company”!

The Flower Book Tag

Was I tagged in this? No. Do I love flowers and books? Yes. Yes I do.

Hey y’all! I was recently catching up on some of y’alls posts and found this tag in a celebratory post over on wordyandwhimsical as they celebrate SIX years of book blogging. Make sure you run over and leave them some super sweet comments! Let’s get into the tag!


Roses are traditionally given as an expression of love: what’s your favourite romance in a book?

One of my favorite romances would be the relationship between Alex and Henry in Red, White & Royal Blue. I love everything about this book but the romance is top notch.

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Stargazer Lilies are named for their blooms that face toward the sky: who is your favourite ambitious character?

Citra from Scythe is probably one of my top favorites.

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Peace Lilies are known for being one of the easier houseplants to care for: what is a book you think anyone could love?

I literally just read this but Only Mostly Devastated. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

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Chrysanthemums are given on Mother’s Day in Australia: who is your favourite fictional mother?

Molly Weasley and Lily Evans without question!

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Spider Plants are easy to propagate: what is a hyped-up book that you love?

With the Fire on High. When I read this EVERYONE was talking about it!!

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Lily of the Valley is pretty but poisonous: share a book with a beautiful cover that was actually disappointing!

Six Goodbyes We Never Said. Such cute art, such a bad book.


Orchids are one of the oldest flower types known to man: what’s your favorite classic novel?

Probably Alice in Wonderland just because the character means so much to me.


Peonies require lots of care: share a bookish friendship that was caring and supportive!

The group friendship in The How & the Why was so touching and special.


Hyacinths have a sweet, lingering fragrance: what’s the sweetest novel you’ve ever read?

A Wedding in December was so sweet that it felt like rotting my teeth at some points. But I loved it.


Tulips are bright, popular, and showy: who’s your favorite larger than life character?

I honestly didn’t know what to put for this one for a while and then I thought, Harry Potter is one of those names everyone knows both here and in the series.

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Certain type of Water Lilies are difficult to eradicate: What is a novel that has stood the test of time, and remained your favorite through the years?

Sing You Home makes me want to curl up and drink tea and just relax every time.

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Lavender has many uses, from landscaping and food to cosmetics and essential oils: name a book you love that fits in more than one genre!

Does Conceal Don’t Feel count? It’s a retelling and it’s YA?

Big thanks and congrats again to wordyandwhimsical. I won’t be tagging anyone specific right now but I invite all of you to join!

Only Mostly Devastated || ARC Review

Welcome to my review of my first 5 star book of the year! Honestly I feel like I have been having a hard time finding books that I am actually enjoying which has caused my reading to slow down a lot. So I’m so happy to be able to share a book that I loved.

Thank you Netgalley and all involved for gifting me an E-ARC of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

Warning spoilers ahead!

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Author: Sophie Gonzales

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Published on: March 3rd 2020

Number of Pages: 228

Bought, Borrowed or ARC: ARC from Netgalley

Where can you get it?

Again, I make no money off of these links. These are simply for your convenience.

Amazon: $12.79

Barnes and Noble: $12.79

Books-A-Million: $12.77

Book Depository: $9.82

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SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

Summer love…gone so fast.

Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s aunt’s health takes a turn for the worse and his family decides to stay in North Carolina to take care of her, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at a school party and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and comfortably queer) guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.

Will is more than a little shocked to see Ollie the evening of that first day of school. While his summer was spent being very much himself, back at school he’s simply known as one of the varsity basketball guys. Now Will is faced with the biggest challenge of his life: follow his heart and risk his friendships, or stay firmly in the closet and lose what he loves most.

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I’m not going to lie I put off starting only mostly devastated for a long time. I really wanted to read it but I was afraid that I wouldn’t stand up to what I thought it was going to be. I’m so glad that I was wrong about that because Only Mostly Devastated is my first five star book of the year. I loved everything about it from Will and Ollies relationship to Ollie’s friendship with the girls and his relationship with his parents.

I personally have only known a couple of people affected by cancer and it’s never affected me in the way that affected Ollie and his parents but I think it was really great of them to uproot their entire lives to go help with their family. I was rooting for Ollie’s Aunt to get better the whole time but I really appreciate the way that grief was portrayed in this book. When his aunt first dies and Ollie’s mom wants to watch movies and is laughing all the time Ollie is uncomfortable. but sometimes that’s what grief is really like. It’s different for everybody and I’m glad that we got to see that in this book.

When I first started reading I wasn’t sure if I was going to ship the boys together just because it seemed like they had caused each other so much pain that maybe they were better off without each other. The more I got into the book the more I realized that a lot of what they were doing that was hurting each other was to protect themselves. What I was in high school I had a girlfriend and I wanted to come out to our parents and she wasn’t ready. I’m glad now knowing what I know that I didn’t push but I wanted to. Coming out is a big and scary thing and everybody has a different experience so I’m glad that Ollie apologized for outing Will. I also appreciate that Laura stood up for her friend to try to make sure that he wasn’t outed.

There was a lot that I enjoyed about this book and I think that if you like contemporary young adult books, especially those that focus more in the senior to early college range ages you should definitely check out this book.

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Let me know if you end up checking out this book and what you think!

Women’s History Book Tag

Hey! Hi! Hello! I don’t think I have done a book tag or anything like this since the start of the year which is kinda odd because I had planned to set aside tuesdays for them. Anyway!

To go along with the Women’s History Month Readathon, Margaret @ Weird Zeal has created a Women’s History Book Tag! Sam from Hissingpotatoes tagged me to do this tag so thank you Sam!!!


  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag
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Hannah Snell (23 April 1723 – 8 February 1792) was an 18th-century British woman who disguised herself as a man and became a soldier.


Thanks again to Sam for tagging me and for ALL women for being an inspiration. I’m going to tag a few people but don’t be pressured to do it if you don’t want to!





Down the TBR || Part 16

This week we are starting out with 520 books on my TBR and I hope to get it down to at least 515. I feel like every time I do this I am barely keeping my TBR down but…. I being able to see what I added in the past.

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Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?



If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.


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Janelle and Alyssa used to be BFFs — but not anymore. Alyssa became leader of the shallowest girls in school while Janelle got involved in activism with new, true friends.

But, suddenly, Alyssa’s diabetes becomes the talk of the school. It’s turned life-threatening; without a kidney transplant, her chances are not good. Despite reservations, Janelle gets tested and finds that she’s a rare, perfect match with Alyssa for a transplant. But organ donations aren’t very common in her community, and she starts to feel pushback. When feuds and accusations push the girls further apart, Janelle doesn’t know what to do. Will the match bring the girls back together, or drive them apart for good

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We all expect our friendships from childhood to last forever…

Libby and Kit have been best friends ever since the day 11-year-old Kit bounded up to Libby’s bedroom window. They’ve seen each other through first kisses, bad break-ups and everything in-between. It’s almost 20 years since Libby moved to Sydney, but they’ve remained close, despite the distance and the different paths their lives have taken.

So when Libby announces she’s moving back to Melbourne, Kit is overjoyed. They’re best friends – practically family – so it doesn’t matter that she and Libby now have different …well, different everything, actually, or so it seems when they’re finally living in the same city again.

Or does it?

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Beauty and the Beast is the first in a new series of fairy tales for young adult readers. Fans of Disney, fairy tales, and fantasy will love the Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James. A prince by day and a wolf by night—

Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.

Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?

Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he’s changed right before her eyes. He’s not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now… but then again, so is the beast. 

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Tennessee, 1864. On a late autumn day, near a little town called Franklin, 10,000 men will soon lie dead or dying in a battle that will change many lives for ever. None will be more changed than Carrie McGavock, who finds her home taken over by the Confederate army and turned into a field hospital. Taking charge, she finds the courage to face up to the horrors around her and, in doing so, finds a cause.

Out on the battlefield, a tired young Southern soldier drops his guns and charges forward into Yankee territory, holding only the flag of his company’s colours. He survives and is brought to the hospital. Carrie recognizes something in him – a willingness to die – and decides on that day, in her house, she will not let him.

In the pain-filled days and weeks that follow, both find a form of mutual healing that neither thinks possible.

In this extraordinary debut novel based on a true story, Robert Hicks has written an epic novel of love and heroism set against the madness of the American Civil War. 

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King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?


High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?


“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

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Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

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Hal Orion is an accomplished chef and food truck owner. She loves her life, her longtime sous chef and best friend, and the food she shares with the residents of her beloved city of Buffalo. Her life is exactly how she wants it: no strings, no commitments, and no roots—just great grilled cheese and a whole lot of freedom on the side.

Quinn Banning is an investment banker, and the dividend she seeks is a resurgence of the once great city of Buffalo. Putting together her next business venture, she recognizes Hal’s talent and charm as necessary assets for success—her good looks don’t hurt, either. But Hal’s transient ways are in direct opposition to the stability Quinn craves. Relying on their shared love of Buffalo, Quinn makes her an offer she can’t refuse—a restaurant under her own name, complete creative control, and secure financial backing. It’s every chef’s dream. But Hal utters the one word Quinn can’t stand to hear, “no.”

Will their physical attraction grow cold as they argue over their ideals, or will they find that the most distinctive ingredients often make for the perfect pairing?

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This week I got rid of 5 books, kept 4 and left one undecided. I feel like that’s pretty great. Have you read any of these?

Iphigenia Murphy || Blog Tour

As always, I am super thankful to the FFBC and all who were involved in allowing me to read an ARC of this book and to be a part of the tour. Please click the banner above to see the other stops!

In other news, today my wife and I have been together for four years. We have been through so much together that it feels so much longer but also like I could never get enough time with her. I just had to mention it!

Warning there may be spoilers ahead!!

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Author: Sara Hosey

Pub. Date: March 10th 2020

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Genre: YA

Pages: 272 pages

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Kobo | Google Books

Sara Hosey holds a PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is an associate professor of English and women and gender studies at Nassau Community College. Her book, Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers (McFarland, 2019), looks at representations of the domestic in popular culture. Sara grew up in Queens and now lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with her partner and their children. She is working on a second novel.

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Running away from home hasn’t solved Iphigenia Murphy’s problems. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before they’ll catch up with her. Iffy is desperate to find her long-lost mother, and, so far, in spite of the need to forage for food and shelter and fend off an unending number of creeps, living in Queens’ Forest Park has felt safer than living at home. But as the summer days get shorter, it all threatens to fall apart.
A novel that explores the sustaining love of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the indelible bond of family, Iphigenia Murphy captures the gritty side of 1992 Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. Just like Iffy, the friends she makes in the park–Angel, a stray dog with the most ridiculous tail; Corinne, a young trans woman who is escaping her own abusive situation; and Anthony, a former foster kid from upstate whose parents are addicts–each seek a place where they feel at home. Whether fate or coincidence has brought them together, within this community of misfits Iffy can finally be herself, but she still has to face the effects of abandonment and abuse–and the possibility that she may be pregnant. During what turns out to be a remarkable journey to find her mother, will Iffy ultimately discover herself?

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It took me a little bit to get into this book but once I did, I was flying through it. I personally have never had to live in a park so I’m not sure how accurate everything is in just moving around but it sometimes felt like it was “too easy” for Iffy. Still, I loved how this book focused on loyalty and found family as well as showing how sometimes abusers can draw their victims back in.

Of course with a book like this, there were parts that were emotionally hard to read but in a good way if that makes any sense. There was never a time with this book that I was bored or wanted to stop reading.

As for the main romantic pairing in the book, I wasn’t against Anthony and Iffy but they also weren’t OTP level of shipping. I was fine with them staying together or breaking up.

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Favorite quotes!


Prize: Win a hardcover of IPHIGENIA MURPHY by Sara Hosey, a bookmark, a button and a skateboard keychain (US Only)

Starts: 4th March 2020

Ends: 18th March 2020

Thanks for reading y’all. I know I’ve been a bit back and forth these last few months but I appreciate and love each and every one of you who view and interact with my posts. Happy march!

March TBR

Last month I only read 4 books so I am not trying to put too much pressure on myself but I really need to get it together this month so I am trying for 10 books.

Four are ARCs with two needing to be read within the first WEEK of March because I’m terrible. In honor of Women’s history month, all but one of the books I am reading this month will be by women.


Blog Tour: March 6th 2020

Publication Date: March 10th 2020


Publication Date: March 3rd 2020

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Publication Date: March 10th 2020

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Publication Date: March 24th 2020

Owned or Borrowed books

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I’m leaving two blank spaces for any books by women that I find when I go pick up some books from the library.

What are you most looking forward to reading this month? Let me know below!

February wrap up || 2020

Once again I wasn’t able to finish my TBR and feel super disappointed in my reading and my blogging this month.

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This month I only read 4 books.


ARC from Netgalley.

One sentence review: A little boring, I ended up skimming some of it but I did learn a lot.


Blog tour ARC from FFBC.

One sentence review: I really liked this at first glance but it had some issues that lowered my end rating.

Blog tour and full review here.

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ARC from Netgalley.

One sentence review: I was all for this book right up until the ending where I felt let down.

Full review here

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One sentence review: I liked the idea of this book but wasn’t a huge fan of the writing.

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Women’s History Month Readathon ANNOUNCEMENT By Margaret @ Weird Zeal

March 2020 Readathons | 6 readathons to join! By Cat @ Pagesplots

How To Read More: 12 Tips & Tricks by 6 Bloggers By the team @ wordyandwhimsical

Never Judge a Reader By Their Reading Format By Simone @ simoneandherbooks

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This month I have really been into…..

TV/ Movies

Triple D (Diners, Drive ins and Dives): We watch this while eating dinner after work

NCIS: I started a rewatch over the summer and I am finally past where Ziva leaves which has been my hang up spot for YEARS.

Frozen 2: I preordered a copy from the Disney Store and we went to pick it up. We watched it once more before I offered for one of our friends who hasn’t seen it to borrow it.

Great British Baking Show: We often watch this on days off or right before bed.

Love is Blind: Ending up watching all this in two days, I think it has flaws but is interesting.


Frozen the musical: Late to this one but they released a new song I Can’t Lose You and I can’t stop playing it.

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February flew by for us so there isn’t really anything really new here. We’re just both working a lot leading up to seeing Wicked next month. Next month we will have been together for 4 years which is super exciting.

How was your february? Did you and your SO do anything special for Valentines day? Let me know!

Red Hood || Blog Tour

As always, I am super thankful to the FFBC and all who were involved in allowing me to read an ARC of this book and to be a part of the tour. Please click the banner above to see the other stops!

Warning spoilers ahead!!

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Author: Elana K. Arnold

Pub. Date: February 25th 2020

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA, Retellings, Fairy Tale

Pages: 368 pages

Find it: Book Depository | Itunes | B&N | Amazon | Goodreads | Kobo | Google books

ELANA K. ARNOLD is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels and children’s books, including the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of, and Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat and its sequels. Several of her books are Junior Library Guild selections and have appeared on many best book lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, a catalog of feminist titles for young readers. Elana teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets.

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You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.
And the wolf is angry.
Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.
Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist and author of the Printz Honor book Damsel, returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power—and one girl’s journey to regain it.

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On first glance I really enjoyed Red Hood. I loved the idea of a retelling of a story that I hadn’t heard retold many times before. If you would ask me immediately after reading the book what my reading would be it would have been a four and a half or five even. Having powerful females that aren’t afraid of who they are and have defending themselves is such an important thing for women of all ages in their books.then one day I read another review of the book to see if people loved it as much as I did. this person didn’t love as much as I did because they felt that it put all of the power of women as a connection to their periods. Which can be taken as an exclusion of trans women. They also pointed out that we never got to learn why some men are wolves and some men aren’t or even how they change or what was. it also never explains why the main character and the grandma had the power but the her mom didnt. it really made me think about the book in a different way and even though I still enjoy it I wouldn’t give it a five star rating anymore. 

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like this book because I still do I like the friendships the family and how it did talk about domestic abuse and what that can be like for people and how that can end of you are isolated. And also some are the important topic of getting an abortion when your partner doesn’t agree with you. I’m not sure if I should share this here but I personally believe the decision of the person that’s pregnant. You absolutely should talk about it with your partner and you’re the one that’s going to have to struggle with all of the things that come with pregnancy and the recovery. 

At the end of the day and I think I would bring this book at 3 and a half or four Star book. I talked about a lot of important topics I just wish that some of them have been handled a little better.

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Giveaway time!

Prize: Win a copy of RED HOOD By Elana K. Arnold (US ONLY)

Runs February 18th 2020 to March 3rd 2020

Favorite quotes!

This is the first blog post I’ve been excited about sharing in a while and it felt so good. Let me know if y’all will be checking out this book!