Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (#316): Hungry Hearts


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I'm featuring:


Hungry Hearts, edited by Caroline Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 11, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.

A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.

Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home. 



Food! Love! Two of my favorite things. This anthology sounds awesome!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday (36)


Happy Tuesday! Today I've decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today's topic is:

New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

E. Elizabeth Watson - author of The Maiden's Defender

The Maiden's Defender

Chantal Fernando - author of Ace of Hearts, Knuckle Down, and Going Rogue

Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC, #1)  Knuckle Down (The Cursed Ravens MC, #2)  Going Rogue (The Cursed Ravens MC, #3)

Amy Jarecki - author of Beauty and the Barbarian

Beauty and the Barbarian (Highland Force, #3)

Shannon Klare - author of Surviving Adam Meade

Surviving Adam Meade

Adrienne Young - author of Sky in the Deep

Sky in the Deep

K.A. Linde - author of Blood Type

Blood Type (Blood Type, #1)

Jaime Questell - author of By a Charm and a Curse

By a Charm and a Curse

C.V. Wyk - author of Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand (Blood and Sand, #1)

Alexandra Christo - author of To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom


I almost made it to ten authors! Here are nine, who were new to me last year. I can't wait to read more by all of these authors!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Muse (15)

Hey fam! Happy Monday! Or something - are Mondays ever really happy? Let's change that! Today I'm sharing another Monday Muse post, which features my hobbies other than reading.

I can't believe it's 2019 already! This is my first Monday Muse post of 2019. It has been a busy couple of weeks already!

I've bought my new Johanna Basford planner! It's for September 2018 to December 2019, so I have a few months of 2018 to color. I've not started coloring yet, but I'm excited about it!

Johanna Basford 2018-2019 16-Month Coloring Weekly Planner Calendar

In book news, I'm excited to tell you all that I'm not participating in a Goodreads challenge this year. Exciting, right? Surprising is more like it. I failed dismally in 2018 and I don't think my results will be much better this year. So I'm not going to be joining the 2019 reading challenge. Whomp whomp!

Somewhat book-related - from the holidays - my #TBTBSanta gift! There's a little bit of everything that I love. It's perfect - thank you, Tzivi!


In photography news, I've been getting really into photography. I especially love taking photos on sunrises. Typically I'll reach work just as the sun is rising, so it's a perfect time to take some photos before starting my work day. Here are some from this past week:


What's cool is that Udemy was having a sale - $9.99 for many classes - so I just signed up for a Photography Masterclass one! I haven't started taking the classes yet, but I'm excited. I can't wait to expand my knowledge in photography!

In fact, I bought some lenses for my phone - yes, you can get lenses to adjust the angle of your phone's camera! Check out a fisheye view:

(It's not my best shot, but I'm working on it!)


I'll leave you all by telling you that I'm currently in Florida! I scheduled this post ahead of time. I'll be back tomorrow. On my next Monday Muse post, I will post some photos of lovely southwest Florida. But if you want to follow my trip, check out my personal Instagram, @alyssasadventuresinwonderland!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

I'm on Vacation!

Hello, beautiful bookworms!

I'm writing this post ahead of time (just like my STS post, and Monday's post, and Tuesday's post), because I'm on vacation! I'm in southwest Florida at the moment. I flew out early on Saturday morning and will be back on Monday night/Tuesday morning. 

That being said, I tried to set up posts for Friday-Tuesday, but neglected to have something for Sunday! I'm hoping to have a new Science in Fiction post up next Sunday.

Anyway, I'm enjoying sunny Florida while it snows in Baltimore! On my flight, I'm hoping to read this bad boy:

Pan (a Neverland novel Book 1)


Until next time! Have a lovely weekend, bibliovores!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stacking the Shelves (#316)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!


So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, January 6th to Saturday, January 12th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:



I LOVE this anthology! If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. I won this copy from Rich in Color. Thank you!


That's it from me this week! I'm actually in FLORIDA right now! I scheduled this post ahead of time. I'll be back on Monday. If you want to follow my trip, check out my personal Instagram - @alyssasadventuresinwonderland!

Friday, January 11, 2019

January 2019 New Release Giveaway!


Welcome to the January New Release Giveaway Hop! The January New Release Giveaway hop is hosted by It Starts At Midnight and FLYLÄ“F


This month, I'm giving a January '19 book of your choice! Here are some examples:

(You are not limited to these below!)

(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads!)


The Giveaway:

Win a January book of your choice! Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. The usual Giveaways rules apply.

Open INTERNATIONALLY! Good luck!








Thursday, January 10, 2019

Swoon Thursday (#311): Stain by A.G. Howard


- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting


This week, my swoon is from Stain by A.G. Howard!


He bowed his head to kiss her - his mouth coaxing hers to open slightly - engaging her in a gentle, slow dance of lips and tongue. When he pulled back with a tantalizing smile on his stubbled chin, she quivered in anticipation of more. His ascent started again, though this time much faster.

- ARC, page 513



This is a cute swoon! This book publishes next week - so if you're going to preorder, do it soon! You can get all kinds of neat goodies if you preorder. Don't miss out!

Details can be found HERE.