Hello, fellow book people! It’s 2020!
Happy New Year!
What I’m Reading
Blurbs and Why I’m Reading
Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday
Pub. Date: January 28th, 2020
Escape to Matchmaker Bay in this hilarious and heartwarming second chance romance from the USA Today bestselling “master of witty banter” (Entertainment Weekly).
Eve Abbott has a problem-actually, make that a lot of problems. And they’re all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt’s beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She’s definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street…
Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He’s spent the past ten years trying to forget her–to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real… before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.
Why I’m reading it:
I received this ARC from Forever, the publisher, through NetGalley after hearing good things about it.
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can’t carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale…
Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom’s Cinderella–until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! So she set out to make a new life for herself. But breaking with “The Tradition” was no easy matter–until she got a little help from her own fairy godmother. Who promptly offered Elena a most unexpected job…
Now, instead of sleeping in the chimney, she has to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale. And there’s one in particular who needs to be dealt with…
Sometimes a fairy godmother’s work is never done…
Why I’m reading it:
This is the January read for my IRL sci-fi and fantasy book club for nerdy women!
Chef’s Table by Lynn Charles
Chef Evan Stanford has climbed the New York City culinary ladder one proper rung at a time, earning himself the Rising Star James Beard award and an executive chef position at one of New York City’s favored restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. But in his quest to build his reputation, he’s forgotten what got him there; the lessons on food—and life—from a loving neighbor back home in Illinois.
Patrick Sullivan lives a contented life in Brooklyn cooking at Johnny’s diner, keeping the memory of his grandmother and her Irish cooking alive even in the foods she never taught him to prepare. When Chef Stanford comes into his diner requesting and enjoying one of his grandmother’s specialties, he’s swept up by Evan’s drive, his passion, forcing himself to reconsider if a contented life is a fulfilled one.
With much in common, the two men—and Evan’s particularly spoiled pug Dini—begin a journey through their culinary histories falling into an easy friendship. Even with the joys of their newfound love, and the guidance and support of friends old and new, can they tap into that secret recipe of great love, great food and transcendent joy?
Why I’m reading it:
Picked this book up on a whim this morning when I couldn’t sleep. I stumbled across the interesting cover on Hoopla. How I love my local library.
What are you guys reading on this first day of a new decade? Anything good?
I’ve never wrapped up my year of reading before, and I decided to begin doing so on the blog this year.
I didn’t read as many books as I wanted to and the blog was on a short hiatus for some of 2019, both due to unforeseen circumstances.
Some of the things I hadn’t planned on:
- I met the love of my life.
- We eloped! (Lol)
- We adopted a dog (a wonderful Lab mix).
- My best friend moved in with us (long story).
- I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time ever!
I only read 38 books–not my best reading year. In 2018, I read something like 70 books. (The infographic from Goodreads lists 36; I guess I missed their cutoff time for adding the two books I read but didn’t track. Oops.)
I’m okay with my number because of how much my life changed in 2019. I went to Phoenix FanFusion, got married, studied for the LSAT, and wrote a novella, the first one I’ve ever actually finished writing.
Science Fiction: 3
Historical Fiction: 3
Comic books: 13
I also DNFed a lot of books. A LOT.
How was your reading year?
Tomorrow marks the start of a new decade! Can you believe the future is here? I’m happy to say goodbye to 2019–it was a trash year in the world, no? For me personally, the year brought a crap ton of change which I’ll talk about more in a soon-to-come wrap-up post.
My Top Ten Reads of 2019
Starting with my most recent read:
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Hard Truths by Alex Whitehall
Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (story), Roc Upchurch (artist)
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
I like that my favorite books vary in terms of genre and category as well as the format in which I read them. I’m working on breaking my year of reading down further and sharing stats in a very near future post.
What were your favorite reads of 2019?
As I talked about in a previous post, a reading goal I’ve set for myself for 2020 is to read twelve classics over the course of the year, per the #ClassicsCommunity 2020 Reading Challenge hosted by Lucy.
I’m working on a tentative list of the twelve books I plan to read. I’m largely a mood reader so the list will change, without a doubt.
Here are some novels I have in mind thus far:
I don’t know how I haven’t already read this.
I’ve been wanting to read more Agatha Christie. I’ve never read any of her Miss Marple mysteries.
How have I not read this yet either?
I own a copy of this beautifully-bound Barnes and Noble edition of seven of Austen’s novels. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and I plan to read Persuasion next year.
I’m going to look for copies of the other books at one of my local used bookstores (a wondrous place) and the library.
I’m excited to close out this year and start 2020, with all of its reading possibilities.
All cover images link to Goodreads, except Jane Austen’s Seven Novels which links to B&N.
Happy Sunday–or Monday, depending on where you are!
This week went well overall.
Christmas day was chill. I didn’t get a lot of reading done–thanks to trouble concentrating–but I did manage to turn a skein of acrylic yarn into a tangle of yarn and then into smaller balls (lol). I just started learning how to crochet a few months ago, and some of the gifts I received for the holiday were a bag of yarn, a pack of crochet hooks of varying sizes, and a pattern book.
The books I received:
Media I Enjoyed
This past week, I watched a lot of TV and played a few hours of one of my favorite video games:
- The Witcher season one on Netflix
- The first half of season two of The Expanse on Amazon
- Stardew Valley
Last Week on the Blog
- Book Review: Grounded for Christmas by Savannah J. Frierson
- Quote of the Week from The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
- Book Review: The Gift by Tiffany Reisz
This Week on the Blog
- Part 2 of my 2020 Reading Goals
- An audio book review of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
- An update to the Currently Reading post (hint: I’ve DNFed a few books)
- Quote of the Week
Cover images link to Goodreads.
My rating: 3 stars
I want to start this by saying this novella is NOT a romance in terms of genre. Romance novels and novellas end with an HEA or HFN wherein the main characters end up together.
The Gift is not that. It’s erotica, which I don’t read much of to be honest, and is entirely character driven. It’s one of the novellas in The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz. (For her suggested reading order for this series, check out her post where she answers the question of what order to read all of the books.)
With this book, the first of Reisz’s Original Sinners novellas, we get a glimpse into an incident in the younger Nora Sutherlin’s life. Since I haven’t finished reading The Original Sinners novels yet (I made the mistake of reading this novella at the same time as The Siren), I can only surmise that said incident is a formative experience in Nora’s life.
The Gift is a quick read and one I’ll probably be returning to in the future, for more than one reason.
You could never mistake the sound of grief, once you had felt it yourself. It made the mettle of the soul ring in sympathy, like one bell softly chiming whenever its neighbor was struck.
– The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
It’s Tuesday, and here’s what I’m currently reading:
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Blurb: A bespectacled wallflower meets a Duke and figures out what he’s up to. Has the Duke met his match?
I just started reading The Duchess War today. (Despite holiday obligations with family, I still plan to read as much as I can.)
This is my first book by Courtney Milan, a romance author beloved by many readers. It certainly won’t be my last!
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Blurb: As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.
I was super excited about The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics when I first heard about it. Historical romance novels featuring female/female pairings are fairly rare in my experience. An f/f historical romance featuring an astronomer heroine? Count me in.
Happy holidays to those who celebrate! What are you currently reading?