Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/3/19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

I can't believe I missed another week of wrap ups. Except the week before was PACKED. I spent every day working on getting the house ready. Friday night my mom came to get the kids after work. They spent the night with my parents. My sister, nephew, and niece came in from out of town and spent the night with them too. Saturday morning my parents took the kids to a first birthday party for a sweet girl we go to church with. Then that afternoon we had their birthday party. Little Girl is officially 4 and Little Boy turned 2 this past Wednesday. I did a Super Mario Brother's theme with food and decorations because Little Girl has started playing Mario with Daddy. They had a blast. This past week also felt like a whirlwind. All of the influx of new toys has had the kids fighting over things more than normal. But I also love seeing them play together when they finally do quit arguing. Wednesday, like I said, was Little Boy's birthday. We only did one present that morning and then had to save the rest for after Daddy came home from work that night. Thursday it rained the entire day. We really needed the rain but I hate being trapped inside. Getting outside with the kids daily is a sanity thing for me. (For all of us.) I wasn't sure the rain would stop but we did end up getting to trick or treat. Little Girl was Owlet & Little Boy was Gecko from PJ Masks. Friday Grammy kept Little Boy so I could run my car to get the oil changed and tires rotated and balanced while Little Girl was at school. That was a much needed mental break. And now I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks of normality.

My annual "All Things Halloween" event ended Thursday. This is my month-long event where I feature reviews from Halloween-y genres (fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, sci-fi, horror, mystery, thriller, and suspense). Over the last few years I've had mostly fantasy books as I just haven't been in the mood for much horror, but still...these are books that can get you in the mood for Halloween.

THE PAST TWO WEEKS:

Monday 10/21: All Things Halloween Review of Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga, # 1) by Jill Criswell (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday 10/23: Can't Wait for Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, # 1) by Amélie Wen Zhao
Monday 10/28: All Things Halloween Review of Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, # 6) by Sarah J Maas (4 Stars)
Wednesday 10/30: Can't Wait for The Guinevere Deception (Camelot, # 1) by Kiersten White
Thursday 10/31: All Things Halloween Review of The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, # 9) by Darynda Jones (4 Stars)
Friday 11/1: October 2019 EOM Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Hope's Highest Mountain (Hearts of Montana, # 1) by Misty M Beller
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Review of A Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, # 3) by Kristi Ann Hunter

Don’t forget to link up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2019 to sing up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Promised

By: Leah Garriott

Expected Publication: February 18th 2020 by Shadow Mountain

368 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.

Warwickshire, England, 1812

Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake Mr. Northam.

There’s only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won’t leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret’s chances for making a good match—to his cousin or anyone else. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage—to Lord Williams.

Under no condition will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, interrupting her family games and following her on morning walks, winning the good opinion of her siblings and proving himself intelligent and even kind, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the type of man she’d hoped to marry before she’d learned how much love hurt. When paths diverge and her time with Lord Williams ends, Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.

The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising, # 1)

By: Kiersten White

Expected Publication: November 5th 2019 by Delacorte Press

352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

*THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY*

Meet Me At Midnight

By: Jessica Pennington

Expected Publication: April 7th 2020 by Tor Teen

288 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--They have a love-hate relationship with summer.

Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But it’s the same every year—in between cookouts and boat rides and family-imposed bonfires, Sidney and Asher spend the dog days of summer finding the ultimate ways to prank each other. And now, after their senior year, they’re determined to make it the most epic summer yet.

But their plans are thrown in sudden jeopardy when their feud causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Once in their new accommodations, Sidney expects the prank war to continue as usual. But then she gets a note—Meet me at midnight. And Asher has a proposition for her: join forces for one last summer of epic pranks, against a shared enemy—the woman who kicked them out.

Their truce should make things simpler, but six years of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.

The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You, # 2)

By: Emery Lord

Expected Publication: January 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA

368 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Acclaimed author Emery Lord crafts a gorgeous story of friendship and identity, daring to ask: What happens after happily ever after?

It's senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing "the rest of her life," Paige feels her anxiety begin to pervade every decision she makes. Everything is exactly how she always wanted it to be--how can she leave it all behind next year? In her head, she knows there is so much more to experience after high school. But in her heart, is it so terrible to want everything to stay the same forever?

Emery Lord's award-winning storytelling shines with lovable characters and heartfelt exploration of life's most important questions.

A Castle in the Clouds

By: Kerstin Gier

Expected Publication: January 28th 2020 by Henry Holt & Company

336 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--A Castle in the Clouds follows a girl as she navigates secrets, romance, and danger in an aging grand hotel.

Way up in the Swiss mountains, there's an old grand hotel steeped in tradition and faded splendor. Once a year, when the famous New Year's Eve Ball takes place and guests from all over the world arrive, excitement returns to the vast hallways.

Sophie, who works at the hotel as an intern, is busy making sure that everything goes according to plan. But unexpected problems keep arising, and some of the guests are not who they pretend to be. Very soon, Sophie finds herself right in the middle of a perilous adventure--and at risk of losing not only her job, but also her heart.

That Boy (That Boy, # 1)

By: Jillian Dodd

Expected Publication: January 13th 2014 by JILLIAN DODD INC. (first published May 2nd 2011)

304 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Fall in love with the boy next door in this sweet contemporary romance by USA Today Best Selling Author, Jillian Dodd.

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits.

There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for.

Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth. Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me. And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.

One boy will give me my very first kiss.
One boy will teach me to make out.
One boy will take me to prom.
And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.
They will both be my best friends.
But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy.

If you're a football fan, love small town romance, and cute boys next door, you'll love the That Boy series.

How to Speak Boy

By: Tiana Smith

Expected Publication: January 7th 2020 by Swoon Reads

288 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can't stand one another, either in competition or in real life.

But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is.

Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can't say what's in your heart?

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

4 comments:

  1. Jessica @ a GREAT readNovember 3, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Sounds like a busy week! And wow! Your kids' birthdays are really close together! I remember growing up my sister and my birthday were a month apart, almost to the day! Lol. Now my niece and I share a birthday. Add to that, my late grandpa's birthday was the day before my sister's and exactly one month before mine! It's funny how our family's birthdays have little groups of them being the same or around the same day. I know my cousin's twins were born on my other late grandfather's birthday too. It's insane!


    Nice new reads! Seeing a lot of buzz over Kiersten's new book. I'm still a tad on the fence about it, but I might possibly get it. Not sure yet. I hope you enjoy all the lovely new reads!


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  2. I see The Guinevere Deception a lot lately! I'm so curious about that book.

    I wish you a great November with loads of good books!

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  3. yes, I keep feeling normal is good I keep thinking I'll finish these big projects and have some normal. Right now, every day there is so much I want to do and to read! I hope you have a great week and it's lovely to see you back!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post

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  4. i don't always do a wrapup, but i feel it's a great way to let visitors know what's been happening if they don't stop in every day


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