Thursday, December 1, 2022
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
A novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy in finding your perfect match from "a true talent" (Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.
And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse. - from Goodreads
Monday, November 28, 2022
- I'm reading less. I think this is a given - babies take up a lot of your time, so most of my reading comes after Henry goes to bed. And since my bedtime has also gotten earlier, this doesn't leave a ton of time each day for reading. But honestly, I'm reading more than I thought I would! I expected maybe a book a week, and I'm probably around two a week, most weeks.
- I ADORE children's books. I've always enjoyed buying books for my nieces and nephews, but now that I'm paying even more attention to them, I've found I really love children's books - the charming text and rhymes, the simple but important messages, the cute illustrations. It is such a joy to read with Henry every day because even if he doesn't totally understand what we're doing all the time, I love it and I hope that's coming across to him. And as much as I love books, I never really thought I'd be the mom doing all the voices and making all the animal sounds, but here we are!
- Henry's TBR is just as important as mine. I'm constantly on the lookout for new books for him, whether they are new or old, and I've created a wishlist for him on our library's website. I choose a theme or two each month for our reading, and at the beginning of the month I peruse our wishlist, check out several books from the library, and pick a few from his shelf. He loves touch-and-feel and lift-a-flap books, so I always try to make sure those are mixed in. We reread each book many times during the month, but I also want to keep things new and exciting for him.
- My identity as a reader is expanding. At the daycare, I'm known as Henry's mom, but also the "reading mom," and Henry is the infant room's "little bookworm." Whenever something about books or literacy comes up at school, they often show a picture of him, with his little books, and I love that! He proves that you're never too young to enjoy books. The director and I chat about books quite often, sending each other recommendations for Henry and the other kids. Although I would never want to force a hobby on my child, I know how important it is to expose him to all types of books, and so my identity as a reader has expanded from a solo activity to also being somewhat of an advocate for children's literacy.
- I'm planning for the future. My hope is that as Henry gets older, we will continue to enjoy reading together (and maybe that will include less chewing on books). Several of the books on his TBR are meant for older children, so that's a start! My sister is inspiring me in this area, too - her daughter Luna is 6 and loves to read, and Michele is reading and compiling a library of books for Luna to read when she's older, mostly YA books she thinks she'll enjoy.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Friday, November 18, 2022
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
During ball season, anything can happen, even love.
It’s ball season in Vienna, and Maria Wallner only wants one thing: to restore her family’s hotel, the Hotel Wallner, to its former glory. She’s not going to let anything get in her way - not her parents’ three-decade-long affair; not seemingly-random attacks by masked assassins; and especially not the broad-shouldered American foreign agent who’s saved her life two times already. No matter how luscious his mouth is.
Eli Whittaker also only wants one thing: to find out who is selling American secret codes across Europe, arrest them, and go home to his sensible life in Washington, DC. He has one lead - a letter the culprit sent from a Viennese hotel. But when he arrives in Vienna, he is immediately swept up into a chaotic whirlwind of balls, spies, waltzes, and beautiful hotelkeepers who seem to constantly find themselves in danger. He disapproves of all of it! But his disapproval is tested as he slowly falls deeper into the chaos - and as his attraction to said hotelkeeper grows. - from Goodreads
Monday, November 14, 2022
Expected publication: January 24th, 2023
When a couple
starts to feel like they're married to a stranger, a flirtatious game
of pretend becomes the spark they need to reignite their
Eliza and Graham are anticipating an anything-but-sexy, weeklong getaway to celebrate their five-year anniversary. Nestled on the Northern California coastline, the resort prides itself on being a destination for those in love and those looking to find it. For Eliza and Graham, it might as well be a vacation with a roommate.
When a well-meaning guest mistakes Eliza and Graham for being single and introduces them at the hotel bar, they don't correct him. Suddenly, they're pretending to be perfect strangers and it's unexpectedly...fun? Eliza and Graham find themselves flirting like it's their first date, and waiting with butterflies in their stomach for the other to text back.
Everyone at the retreat can sense the electric chemistry between Eliza and Graham's alter egos. But when their scintillating game of roleplaying ends, will they still feel the heat?
I absolutely loved this duo’s adult debut, The Roughest Draft. I also love a marriage in trouble trope, so I’m hoping this one is a winner!
Is this a trope you enjoy? Do you think you’ll be picking this one up?