Saturday, July 31, 2021

EOM Wrap Ups for June & July 2021

You guys, this year has been chaos. I'm barely keeping my head above water with reading and blogging. But I just realized that I haven't done a monthly wrap up for June or July...even after I missed January to May and had to recap in June. Ugh! I'll get it together soon, I hope.

June

I read 1 book (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
*Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, # 7) by Sarah J Maas

I reviewed 1 book. *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
The Layover by Lacie Waldon

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 06/06/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 06/13/21
Sunday Post - 06/20/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 06/27/21
Top Ten Summer 2021 TBR List
Top Ten Bookish Wishes
Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Q3/Q4 2021
Can't Wait for The Singles Table (Marriage Game, # 3) by Sara Desai
Can't Wait for The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young
Can't Wait for The Siren of Sussex (Belles of London, # 1) by Mimi Matthews
Can't Wait for A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh & Fire, # 1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - June
EOM Wrap Ups for January - May 2021

July

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I read 8 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale
The Dating Plan (Marriage Game, # 2) by Sara Desai
Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K White
A Proper Scoundrel (Proper Scandal, # 3) by Esther Hatch
*The Prince of Spies (Hope & Glory, # 3) by Elizabeth Camden
Winning the Schoolmarm: Wyoming Legacy (Wind River Hearts, #14) by Lacy Williams
An Engagement of Sorts by Alene Wecker
To Marry an Earl by Karen Thornell

I have reviewed 3 books. *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
The Dating Plan (Marriage Game, # 2) by Sara Desai
Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K White
A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram, # 2) by Darynda Jones

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/04/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/11/21
Sunday Post - 07/18/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/25/21
Can't Wait for Sway with Me by Syed M Masood
Can't Wait for The Color of Dragons by R.A. Salvatore & Erika Lewis
Can't Wait for As If on Cue by Marisa Kanter
Can't Wait for Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words (Chain Masala Club, #1) by Annika Sharma
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - July Wrap Up
Email Subscription Services Update

Goals:
I'm ahead on my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 24 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read 2 out of 5-10 series enders.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Can't Wait for Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words (Chain Masala Club, #1)

By: Annika Sharma

Expected Publication: October 5th 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--A charming NYC romance by co-host of the Woke Desi, for fans of:
• multicultural connections
• strong friendships and families
• a “will they/won’t they” story with powerful stakes
• the city that never sleeps
• bucket list adventures
• characters who fight outside expectations and pressures to build the life they want

Kiran needs to fall in line. Instead, she falls in love.

Kiran was the good daughter. When her sister disobeyed her family’s plan and brought them shame, she was there to pick up the pieces. She vowed she wouldn’t make the same mistakes. She’d be twice the daughter her parents needed, to make up for the one they lost.

Nash never had a family. The parents who were supposed to raise him were completely absent. Now as a psychologist, he sees the same pattern happening to the kids he works with. So he turns away from love and family. After all, abandonment is in his genes, isn’t it?

If she follows the rules, Kiran will marry an Indian man. If he follows his fears, Nash will wind up alone. But what if they follow their hearts?

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, July 26, 2021

A Good Day for Chardonnay - Review

A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram, # 2)

By: Darynda Jones

Expected Publication: July 27th 2021 by St. Martin's Press

400 pages

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Humor

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--From the New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones comes the second novel in her laugh-out-loud Sunshine Vicram mystery series, A Good Day for Chardonnay.

Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff--and even fuller-time coffee guzzler--Sunshine Vicram, didn't get that memo.

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that's about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny's got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he's not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She's seen it. Once. Accidentally.

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn't know when to quit, Sunny's life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.

A Good Day for Chardonnay was one of my most anticipated reads for 2021. Darynda Jones does a great job writing quirky female leads. I can't lie. Sunshine and Levi are the reason I was anticipating this book so much. Would they be able to work through some of their history and tension to make progress or move forward? I needed to know. I also had several theories concerning Sunshine's abduction, rescue, and Auri's parentage that I wanted to see if I was right about. (Spoiler alert: I was.)

As usual there are multiple mysteries going on within one book. There's the main mystery, Keith Seabright getting stabbed. Who did it? And how does it relate to Sunshine's first unsolved case of her detective career. There's also the ongoing search for the Dangerous Daughters rumored to run the town. Sunshine still doesn't know the details of her abduction and rescue due to retrograde amnesia. And then also Auri begins researching a series of missing persons cases that she believes points straight to Mrs. Fairborn. Darynda Jones wraps all of these mysteries together in just the right way.

One of this author's talents is bringing her characters to life. Every single character comes off the page no matter how little of a part they have in the story. Sunshine, Levi, Quincy, Auri, Cruz, Sybil, Poetry, Zee, Mrs. Fairborn, Sunshine's parents, Wynn, Jimmy, even Keith Seabright who technically never even had a scene but was only mentioned feels like a complete character.

I really feel like I should have much more to say about A Good Day for Chardonnay, but I don't want to spoil anything. I've had little time to read since Baby Boy was born in January, and I devoured this book. I even sacrificed sleep (okay okay just a potential nap) in order to finish. The next book will also be on my most anticipated list for next year. A Good Day for Chardonnay gets 4.5 Stars. I can't wait for more. Have you read A Good Day for Chardonnay? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - July Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Holly hasn't finished any series enders this month. Sandy finished Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, # 7) by Sarah J Maas & The Prince of Spies (Hope & Glory, # 3) by Elizabeth Camden.

Which series enders did you finish? Link the up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from July 25th - August 25th. On August 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a grand prize winner.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/25/21

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.

Husband and I went by the house Tuesday night to grab some things I sold on eBay. It's so exciting to see progress made. At the same time, I'm disheartened every time I see how much needs to be cleaned up. I know the builders will clean a lot of the mess themselves, but the whole house needs such a deep clean. Wednesday, Baby Boy turned 6 months old. I can't believe he's halfway through his first year. He tried sweet potatoes for the first time. Bless him, he didn't seem to like them much. He didn't cry the entire time like Little Boy did. We also met with the builders to discuss cabinet layout. Little Girl got into a fire ant bed and got her entire foot covered in ant bites. Little Boy busted his lip. Wednesday was an eventful day. Thursday my mom went back to Mobile to help with Nanny.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K White (5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for As If on Cue by Marisa Kanter

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram, # 2) by Darynda Jones
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2021 to sign 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.

An Engagement of Sorts

By: Alene Wecker

Expected Publication: August 9th 2021 by Covenant Communications

? pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Much to her mother’s dismay, spirited Anne Fletcher spent her youth seeking her father’s approval by hunting and riding. More comfortable in breeches than ball gowns, Anne sees the freedoms she once enjoyed slowly taken from her in the name of fashioning her into an eligible young lady. When her parents try to force her into marriage, Anne makes a desperate attempt to salvage her last vestige of independence. If she is to marry, she will do so on her own terms.

Anne strikes a deal: if she cannot secure a man for herself, she will agree to marry the husband her parents approved. She soon finds herself in the last place she would ever choose—that stifling parade of etiquette, the London Season. Anne’s plan is in motion. Now all she needs is a man willing to masquerade as her fiancĂ©.

To Marry an Earl

By: Karen Thornell

Expected Publication: September 1st 2021 by Covenant Communications

? pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Katherine Cartwright knows through bitter experience that true love is fiction and trust should not be bestowed easily. Now, after two unsuccessful London Seasons, her atrocious father has decided to marry her off to the highest bidder to pay for his gambling debts, ridding himself of the daughter he never wanted. A profitable deal is struck, and Kate is packed off to the home of her betrothed, an earl she has never met. Or so she believes.

When James Fenwick, the new Earl of Bowcott, learns that the girl he’s loved since childhood is being sold off like chattel, he’s determined to step in and save her. He makes an offer her father cannot refuse and insists on a proper engagement. But when Kate meets James again, her old friend cannot bring himself to admit it is him whom she is to marry. Soon, an intricate charade and a past that cannot be escaped jeopardize James’s chance at rekindling their friendship, to say nothing of winning Kate’s heart. Can love truly conquer all, or was this a match doomed from the start?

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!