Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Can't Wait for The Last Legacy

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.

The Last Legacy

By: Adrienne Young

Expected Publication: September 7th 2021 by Wednesday Books

336 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with The Last Legacy, a captivating standalone about family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.

When a letter from her uncle Henrick arrives on Bryn Roth's eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.

Henrik has plans for Bryn, but she must win everyone’s trust if she wants to hold any power in the delicate architecture of the family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows. Despite their growing influence in upscale Bastian, their hands are still in the kind of dirty business that got Bryn’s parents killed years ago. With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

EOM Wrap Ups for January - May 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 this entire year so far. So I'm going to do a quick re-cap.

January

I read 6 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Layla by Colleen Hoover
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, # 2) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Georgana's Secret by Arlem Hawks
Forever Phoebe by Chalon Linton
Isabelle and Alexander by Rebecca Anderson
Encouraging Words for Mothers: Morning Evening Daily Devotions for a Mother's Soul by Michelle Medlock Adams

I reviewed 5 books. *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
You Have a Match by Emma Lord
A Cowboy for Keeps (Colorado Cowboy, # 1) by Jody Hedlund
The Knockout by SA Patel
Dreams of Savannah by Roseanna M White
The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 01/03/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 01/10/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 01/17/21
Top Ten Most Anticipated Q1/Q2 2021 Releases
Ten Books I Didn't Get to in 2020
Can't Wait for Shipped by Angie Hockman
Can't Wait for Cast in Firelight (Wickery, # 1) by Dana Swift
Can't Wait for Like You Love Me by Adriana Locke
Can't Wait for A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerer's, # 1) by Elisa Kova
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - January Wrap Up
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - Goals
2020 EOY Wrap Up
2020 Book Survey
Announcing Remy Jeriah

February

I read 1 books (not including children's books).
The Layover by Lacie Waldon

I didn't review any books.

Other Posts:
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - February Wrap Up

March

I read 3 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Winning the Gentleman (Hearts on the Heath, # 2) by Kristi Ann Hunter
A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 4) by Sarah J Maas
The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity & Secrets, # 2) by Erica Vetsch

I have reviewed 7 books. *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright
Georgana's Secret by Arlem Hawkes
First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3) by Alisha Rai
Forever Phoebe by Chalon Linton
*Namesake (Fable, # 2) by Adrienne Young
Encouraging Word for Mothers by Michelle Medlock Adam
*The Viscount & the Vicar's Daughter by Mimi Matthews

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 03/07/21
Sunday Post - 03/21/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 03/28/21
Top Ten Spring 2021 TBR List
Can't Wait for A Proper Scoundrel by Esther Hatch
Can't Wait for A Fate of Wrath & Flame by KA Tucker
Can't Wait for The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood & Ash, # 3) by Jennifer L Armentrout
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - March Wrap Up

April

I read 2 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
The Indebted Earl (Serendipity & Secrets, # 3) by Erica Vetsch
A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram, # 2) by Darynda Jones

I have reviewed 4 books. *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
From Blood and Ash (Blood & Ash, # 1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Layla by Colleen Hoover
Winning the Gentleman (Hearts on the Heath, # 2) by Kristi Ann Hunter
The Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood & Ash, # 2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 04/04/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 04/11/21
Sunday Post - 04/18/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 04/25/21
Ten Books I'd Gladly Throw into the Ocean
Can't Wait for The Heart's Charge (Hanger's Horsemen, # 2) by Karen Witemeyer
Can't Wait for Crossed Lines (Love Along the Wires, # 2) by Jennifer Delamere
Can't Wait for The Heart of a Cowboy (Colorado Cowboys, # 2) by Jody Hedlund
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - April

May

I read 2 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
#Staymarried: A Couples Devotional: 30-Minute Weekly Devotions to Grow In Faith And Joy from I Do to Ever After by Michelle Peterson
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood & Ash, # 3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

I have reviewed 4 books. *These qualify for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Isabelle & Alexander by Rebecca Anderson
The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity & Secrets, # 2) by Erica Vetsch
The Indebted Earl (Serendipity & Secrets, # 3) by Erica Vetsch
#StayMarried by Michelle Peterson

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 05/09/21
Sunday Post - 05/16/21
Sunday Post - 05/23/21
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 05/30/21
Can't Wait for A Warrior's Heart (Brides of Laurent, # 1) by Misty M Beller
Can't Wait for Well Matched (Well Met, # 3) by Jen DeLuca
Can't Wait for First Love, Take Two (Graceling Realm, # 4) by Kristin Cashore
2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - May Wrap Up

Goals:
I'm ahead on my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 14 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read 0 out of 5-10 series enders.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 06/06/21

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.

I believe for the first time in years, I don't have a review scheduled to post this week. I mean I've had other weeks like last week that I purposefully don't post a review, but this week just snuck up on me. It hasn't helped that I'm so far behind on my reading goals for this year. Oh well. With 3 kids 5 and under I'm surprised I have any time to read at all. I hope to catch back up on my goals before the end of the year. Last week I mentioned that we took a spontaneous trip to Panama City Beach. I was in recovery mode from that this week. The progress on our home rennovation is painfully slow. Every small thing that gets done I rejoice over. Husband had this last week off before he starts his new job tomorrow. So he took the kids to the park twice this week. Thursday I had a dentist appointment and ran by a few stores after that. My postpartum body doesn't want to fit into much of my pre-pregnancy clothes, but maternity clothes are way too big. Saturday we had to go to a funeral. Baby Boy was sick while we were gone on our trip. I'm so thankful that he's feeling much better.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Happy Memorial Day (US) - No blog posts
Wednesday: Can't Wait for The Singles Table by Sara Desai

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

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.

The Heart's Charge (Hanger's Horsemen, # 2)

By: Karen Witemeyer

Publication: June 1st 2021 by Bethany House Publishers

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Members of Hanger's Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they'd deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he'd nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society's mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes--ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?

The Second Blind Son (The Chronicles of Saylok, # 2)

By: Amy Harmon

Publication: July 20th 2021 by 47North

448 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--A lost girl and a blind boy discover their greatest strength is their bond with each other in a beguiling fantasy by the New York Times bestselling author of The First Girl Child.

An insidious curse is weakening the Norse kingdom of Saylok, where no daughters have been born in years. Washing up on these plagued shores is Ghisla, an orphaned stowaway nursed back to health by a blind cave dweller. Named for a mysterious god, the boy, Hod, is surrounded by prophecy. To Ghisla, he’s a cherished new friend. To Hod, the girl is even more so. For when Ghisla sings, Hod can see.

Unable to offer safe shelter, Hod urges Ghisla onward to become a daughter of the temple, where all the kingdom’s girl children have been gathered. But because of a magical rune, the two cannot be separated, no matter the time or the distance.

Now, subject to a ruthless king, Ghisla enters a desperate world of warring clan chieftains and catastrophic power struggles. Who among them can be trusted is unknowable. So are the sacrifices Ghisla and Hod must make to defeat the cursed forces that could destroy a kingdom and the fated bond between two souls.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive (Hanger's Horsemen, # 2)

By: Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

Publication: October 4th 2011 by Delacorte Press

192 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Parenting, Self-Help

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No—it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem—and feel—so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, including

• Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain’s affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.
• Engage, Don’t Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.
• Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child’s emotional state.
• Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go.
• SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible.
• Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.

Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

Sacred Marriage

By: Gary L Thomas

Publication: August 4th 2015 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2000)

272 pages

Genre: Adult, Non-fiction, Christian, Self-Help, Marriage

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Happy is good. Holy is better.

Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God s primary intent for your marriage isn t to make you happy . . . but holy?

Sacred Marriage doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today's marriages.

Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God's presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more.

The revised edition of Sacred Marriage takes into account the ways men's and women's roles have expanded since the book was first written. It has been streamlined to be a faster read without losing the depth that so many readers have valued.

Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God s overarching purpose. This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ."

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!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Can't Wait for The Singles Table

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.

The Singles Table (Marriage Game, # 3)

By: Sara Desai

Expected Publication: November 16th 2021 by Berkley

336 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Opposites attract in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a free-spirited lawyer who is determined to find the perfect match for the grumpy bachelor at her friend’s wedding, from the author of The Dating Plan.

After a devastating break-up, celebrity-obsessed lawyer Zara Patel is determined never to open her heart again. She puts her energy into building her career and helping her friends find romance through the wedding season. She's never faced a guest at the singles table she couldn’t match, until she crosses paths with the sinfully sexy Jay Donovan.

Former military security specialist Jay has no time for love. His life is about working hard, staying focused, and winning at all costs. When charismatic Zara crashes into his life, he's thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of chaos he wants to avoid. Worse, they're stuck together for the entire wedding season.

So they make a deal. She'll find his special someone if he introduces her to his celebrity clients. But when their arrangement brings them together in ways they never expected, they realize that the perfect match might just be their own.

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

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 05/30/21

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 found out Monday that he got the new job. That's really exciting. Tuesday, Baby Boy had his 4 month checkup. He's growing so much. He's still gaining about an ounce a day. He's over 18 pounds, and he's in the 90% for height and weight. Tuesday, the lumber was also delivered to our house for our rennovation. It's really a terrible time to be doing this kind of project. But we started the design process back in November. Progress has just been slow the entire project. We booked a spontaneous trip to Panama City Beach this week after finding out that Husband got the new job. So we met with the builders Wednesday morning to go over lighting and electrical things, and then we left to go on our trip. Little Boy and Baby Boy are having their first beach trips. We took Little Girl when she was 18 months old and she still remembers the trip well.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of #Staymarried by Michelle Peterson (4 Stars)
Tuesday: 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - May Wrap Up
Wednesday: Can't Wait for First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Happy Memorial Day (US) - No blog posts
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.

The Shaadi Set-Up

By: Lillie Vale

Publication: September 7th 2021 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

368 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--In this witty and heartfelt rom-com debut for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, and Tessa Bailey, an Indian-American woman signs herself and her boyfriend up for a matchmaking site to prove they’re a perfect match, only to be paired with her ex instead.

High school sweethearts Rita Chitniss and Milan Rao were the golden couple, until the day he broke her heart. Now, six years later, Rita has turned her passion for furniture restoration into a career and has an almost-perfect boyfriend, Neil. The last thing she needs is for Milan to re-enter her life, but that’s exactly what happens when her mother, an unfailing believer in second chances, sets them up. Milan is just as charming, cocky, and confident as he was back in school. Only this time, he actually needs her business expertise, not her heart, to flip a hard-to-sell house for his realty agency.

While Rita begrudgingly agrees to help, she’s not taking any risks. To prove she’s definitely over him, she signs herself and Neil up on MyShaadi.com, a Desi matchmaking site famous for its success stories and trustworthy enough to convince everyone that she and Neil are the new and improved couple. Instead, she’s shocked when MyShaadi’s perfect match for her isn’t Neil…it’s Milan. Ignoring the website and her mother is one thing, but ignoring Milan proves much more difficult, especially when she promises to help him renovate the beach house of her dreams. And as the two of them dive deeper into work—and their pasts—Rita begins to wonder if maybe her match wasn’t so wrong after all….

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!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Can't Wait for First Love, Take Two

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.

First Love, Take Two

By: Sajni Patel

Expected Publication: September 21st 2021 by Forever

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--On the verge of realizing her dream of being a doctor, Preeti Patel should be ecstatic. But between the stress of her residency, trying to find a job, and managing her traditional, no-boundaries family, Preeti's anxiety is through the roof. Relationships and love aren't even an option. Fortunately, Preeti's finally found a new place to stay . . . only to discover that her new roommate is her ex.

Preeti never quite got over Daniel Thompson. Super-hot, plenty of swagger, amazing cook—the guy is practically perfect. And if it weren't for their families, there might have been a happily ever after. But it's hard to keep her sanity and libido in check when the man of her dreams is sleeping mere feet away. Can Preeti and Daniel find a way to stand up and fight for each other one last time . . . before they lose their second chance?

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