ARC August 2020 TBR

Happy August everyone!

If someone came up to me last year and said 2020 would be flying by while staying indoors, I would’ve said they were crazy. Yet here we are, watching summer fly by! Weren’t we just celebrating the beginning of summer??

Before work life takes up my September days (we’re set to return to the classroom…really hoping for the best…), I’m going to get as much reading done as I can!

ARC August TBR

We are now in ARC August, meaning it’s a great time to tackle the many reads in my NetGalley/Edelweiss list! Here are some stories to enjoy:

Tank, a bull mastiff, sleeps with teddy bear on blue couch

Tank’s Forever Home by Carol Kim

I’m finally going to read Tank’s Forever Home! This is such an endearing cover!

Alone Together: Love, Grief and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, Edited by Jennifer Haupt

I’m so thankful that NetGalley granted my wish to read this anthology! It’s extremely relevant for our time, and many wonderful contributors took part!

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann
I’ll finally have the chance to read this thriller!

August TBR:
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

I’m so glad that I received this book through Edelweiss! I’m also reading this story for Hear Our Voices Book Tours next month!

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

It’s wonderful to have two books with Latinx representation! I’m looking forward to reading this delightful fantasy!

Those are the ARCs I have lined up for this month! What do you have planned in your TBR?
I hope everyone has a wonderful reading month!

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 10

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This post spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This Week’s Post

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Release Date: June 30, 2020

This story sounds so chilling! A debutante heads to High Place, a home on the Mexican countryside, to aid her cousin fears for her life. When she gets there, she learns that temptation and shocking secrets are entwined within High Place’s history. I’m looking forward to reading this thrilling tale!


An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

What are your thoughts on Mexican Gothic? Feel free to share!

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WWW Wednesday: June 10

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

I’m about a third of the way in, and so far I’m loving it! Both main characters (Samiah and Daniel) have a reason why they shouldn’t fall for one another, but of course, things happen!

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I’m halfway through re-reading this story for the WHTF readalong. It’s so exciting reliving the scenes in this powerful book!

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Heir of Ashes (Roxanne Fosch Files #1) by Jina S. Bazzar

This was an exciting story with vampires, werewolves, and a supernatural fighter out to battle the society that abused her for years.

Guild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach

How has your reading progress been this week? Feel free to share!

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Top 10 Tuesday: June 9

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Topic:

Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why (stolen from Louise @ Foxes & Fairy Tales)

I have sooo many books on my TBR pile! While I had a goal in mind for most of these books, there are some that I honestly forgot why they were placed there!

Here are 10 books that I forgot why I placed them there to begin with:

The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

There might have been an Instagram giveaway going on when I added this one!

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

I was probably hoping to pick up this book, but I never began Crown of Feathers…and I’m looking right at Book 1 as I type this!

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

I think I placed this book on my list because the title sounded pretty cool. Still planning on picking it up on August!

Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

Wow, I completely forgot about this one! I think I saw it at a store in South NJ last summer.

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

I received this book in an OwlCrate last year, and just completely put it out of my mind!

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

Yeah…no clue why it’s there. Another giveaway maybe?

Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison

I placed this on my TBR list a long time ago!

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Not sure why this one is on my TBR. The cover looks beautiful though!

Circe by Madeline Miller

I guess I got caught up in the hype! Still haven’t picked it up yet!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I first saw this book on Book of the Month about…2 years ago? Although I didn’t pick it up, I placed it on my list. Someday!

Those are my responses! What books do you have on your TBR that you’ve forgotten about? Feel free to share!

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First Lines Fridays: June 5

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

I chose a book from my TBR pile that I look forward to reading (of course!), but haven’t gotten to it yet:

‘I made an appointment to see him.’

Do you know which book it is?

Any guesses?

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali


1953, Tehran.

Roya loves nothing better than to while away the hours in the local stationery shop run by Mr. Fakhri. The store, stocked with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of writing paper, also carries translations of literature from all over the world. And when Mr. Fakhri introduces her to his other favorite customer — handsome Bahman, with his burning passion for justice and a shared love for Rumi’s poetry — Roya loses her heart at once. But around them, life in Tehran is changing.

On the eve of their marriage, Roya heads to the town square to meet with Bahman. Suddenly, shockingly, violence erupts: a coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future. Bahman never arrives.

Roya must piece her life back together. Her parents, wanting her to be safe, enroll her in college in California, where she meets and marries another man. But, nearly sixty years later, an accident of fate finally brings her the answer she has always wanted to know – Why did you leave? Where did you go? How is it that you were able to forget me?

Marjan Kamali’s beautiful novel, set in a country poised for democracy but destroyed by political upheaval, explores issues that have never been more timely, of immigration and cultural assimilation, of the quirks of fate. And its ending will break readers’ hearts.

What do you think of The Stationery Shop? Let me know in the comments!

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June 2020 TBR

The days are finally getting longer and warmer!

We’re still living in a semi-lockdown here in New Jersey, so this means that I can spend these long summer hours reading some good stories!

The following are in my TBR list for June:

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Purchased a copy from Book of the Month

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann
Received digital ARC from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books

Guild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach
Received complimentary digital copy from Storytellers on Tour

The CEO, the Puppy and Me by Jennifer Faye
Received complimentary copy for Prism Book Tours

Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar
Received complimentary digital copy from author

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Purchased a copy from OwlCrate

What books are on your TBR pile this month? Feel free to share!

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Goodreads Monday: May 25

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This Week’s Post:

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

I received this on my Kindle a while ago, but since I let too many things occupy my mind, I never got around to reading it! I hope to get to reading this moving story soon!


13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

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Goodreads Monday: May 18

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

I’ve wanted to read this story for a while, like many other books on my TBR! I love stories centering around poeple tied to one culture while struggling to adapt to another. Hopefully I can make time in the summer to read this!


Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works — and only a handful of collections — to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America.

In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail — the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase — that opens whole worlds of emotion.

The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.

What do you think about The Namesake? Have you read this book?

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Goodreads Monday: May 11

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

Why I Want to Read It:

I came across this book a couple months ago, and I was excited that this is a continuation of Cassie Logan’s story! I remember reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry when I was younger, and I loved it!


The saga of the Logan family–made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry–concludes in a long-awaited and deeply fulfilling story.

In her tenth book, Mildred Taylor completes her sweeping saga about the Logan family of Mississippi, which is also the story of the civil rights movement in America of the 20th century. Cassie Logan, first met in Song of the Trees and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that brought about change. Rich, compelling storytelling is Ms. Taylor’s hallmark, and she fulfills expectations as she brings to a close the stirring family story that has absorbed her for over forty years. It is a story she was born to tell.

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Goodreads Monday: May 4

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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Starfish Pier by Irene Hamilton

Why I Want To Read It:

I received a complimentary copy of Starfish Pier through Revell Reads Blogger Program. I’m looking forward to jumping right into it! The cover just makes me want to head to a beachfront town!


A year ago, ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark left the rigors of combat behind to run fishing charters in Hope Harbor, decompress, and talk some sense into his kid brother. Business is good–but making peace with his past is more challenging than he expected.

First-grade teacher Holly Miller leads a quiet, low-profile existence–until she’s recruited to advocate for a cause that’s dear to her heart. When she solicits Steven’s assistance, sparks fly–especially after they find themselves on opposite sides of an issue that disrupts their placid seaside community.

As these two seemingly incompatible souls search for common ground, might they discover a deeper connection–and find that love can banish darkness and light the way to a future filled with promise?

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