Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#311): Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

"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:

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

The New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Sometimes looking to the past helps you find your future.

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka "Baby Hope") wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing. 

Now, fifteen years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She's psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope. 

Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it's a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers? 

I've read two of Buxbaum's books and really loved them! I can't wait for something new.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (34)

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:


So I'm doing one that I missed... Longest Books I’ve Ever Read!
(Specifically, Young Adult fiction)

Freedom's Slave (Dark Caravan Cycle, #3)  Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen, #2)  Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, #2)

There are plenty more books with 500+ pages that I've read and enjoyed! These are just a few of them. While I tend to stay away from longer books (I have zero patience!), I never regret reading them!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday Muse (14)

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 am in full holiday mode! I've begun coloring out all of the holiday-themed pages in my 17-18 Johanna Basford planner. Last week I showed off a gorgeous poinsettia page. This week, I've finished the reindeer snowflake:

And I've started Santa's sleigh!

Also related to holidays: I've FINALLY gotten a good start on my holiday cards. I still have a second (smaller) batch to do, but the majority are going out today! This batch has 30 cards, which is already way more than I usually do. But I wanted to do more this year!

At work, I decorated my cubicle!

(It looks better with the lights off/blinds closed/sun down!)

As you can tell, I love the holiday season. =) In book news, I got an ARC of Stain recently, and oh my goodness, this ARC is beautiful. The story seems amazing, but the ARC is especially gorgeous!

Take a look at the dedication! I love it!

I can't wait to read the book. It publishes on January 15, 2019! This story is inspired by The Princess and the Pea. You can preorder an exclusive edition from B&N. AND if you preorder from anywhere, you can enter your preorder information and receive a swag pack! Fill out the form HERE!

Speaking of preorder incentives, there are a tooooon of good ones available right now. I've sent in my information for Courting Darkness, The Weight of Our Sky, Beware the Night, and King of Scars. There are so many more - check out Austine's master list!

Finally, I'll leave you with a photo of my oyster plant (native to the West Indies!), which has been growing and growing and YAY I DIDN'T KILL MY PLANT! To be fair, I have seven plants, and none of them have died or look dead. But I'm especially proud of my purple beauty which is thriving in the cold office climate!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

My Favorite Holiday Reads

Happy Sunday, bibliovores!I haven't done one of these favorites posts in a while, so I'm doing one today! You can check out my other favorites posts in a previous posts (for example). 

I love the holiday season! We are in the thick of it now, and I wanted to share some of my favorite Young Adult and Adult holiday fiction novels. Happy reading and happy holidays!

Once and Always by [Elizabeth Hoyt writing as Julia Harper]

Here are a few that I've not read but want to read!

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by [Perkins, Stephanie]  The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (Dash & Lily Series) by [Cohn, Rachel, Levithan, David]  Snow in Love (Point) by [Friedman, Aimee, de la Cruz, Melissa, West, Kasie, Stone, Nic]

Do you have any holiday recommendations for me? I'll take anything!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#311)

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, December 2nd to Saturday, December 8th?

(all links to Goodreads are provided!)

In the mail:

This has been a great week in books, with these two! Thanks so much, Swoon Reads and Abrams!

This week went by so quickly! Last weekend, I was in Philadelphia for my job/company's Christmas party. It was a lot of fun - I had a great time exploring Philadelphia. And I got to see a blogger friend! More pictures to be posted later. =)

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 2018 New Release Giveaway!

Welcome to the December New Release Giveaway Hop! The December New Release Giveaway hop is hosted by It Starts At Midnight and FLYLēF

This month, I'm giving a December '18 book of your choice! Here are some examples:

(You are not limited to these below!)

Once a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3)  Evermore (Everless, #2)  Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)
Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, #2)  Dirty Little Secret (Wild Rose Ranch #1)  Not the Duke’s Darling (The Greycourt, #1)
(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads!)

The Giveaway:

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


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Swoon Thursday (#306): Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan

- 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 Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan!

Dirty Little Secret (Wild Rose Ranch #1)

She laughed, ad the sound went right to his belly and tied it into knots.

Unable to fight it any longer, he closed the distance between them and with one hand sliding to the back of her neck, his fingers buried in the thick mass of silky hair, he pulled her lips to his. She smelled of paint with a hint of flowers, like the ones she'd left by his bed. Their smell teased him all night and made him think of her.

His instinct was to devour, but he felt her tense and her eyes went wide. Watching her, he brushed his lips against hers. One. Twice. With barely a touch, he tasted a hint of the sweet grapes she'd eaten.

She stood perfectly still; her breath washed over his mouth from her slightly parted lips. "I thought we agreed this wasn't a good idea."

"We both lied about that." He kissed her softly again, lingering over the sweet torment.

- Paperback, page 169

My favorite thing about this scene is Noah and Roxy breaking their own rules. It's fun to see two characters wake up. =) There is a 50-copy giveaway going on for USA residents, ending on December 9th!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#310): The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

"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:

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Book One of The Merciful Crow series
Publisher: Henry Holt (BYR)
Publication Date: July 30, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

The cover of this book was revealed recently, and it is AWESOME! I am looking forward to reading the book. Hoping for no love triangle though!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (33)

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:

Cozy/Wintry Reads

I came up with four! And these are holiday reads. Where I live, beginning of winter = holiday season!


I want to read the anthology Snow in Love - there's a Kasie West story in there. Tell me some of your favorite winter and/or holiday reads!