Month: July 2020

Top Ten Authors I’m Waiting On Another Book From

Posted July 27, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 24 Comments

Welcome to freebie week on TTT! I love doing these because I can look at everyone’s topics for inspiration on future weekly prompts! Today, I’ve decided to share some great authors that have new books announced (or coming out) or… I just want them to write something else for me. I’m not so great with being patient.

Sarah Morganthaler
I loved The Tourist Attraction, and am very excited for the next book in the series: Mistletoe and Mr. Right!! A Christmas book! Set in Alaska! With characters I love! Lucky for me, I just got a review copy and am starting it tonight. But I still want my pre-ordered paperback here ASAP.

Sarah Hogle
Have you heard the news!? Sarah just announced her new book, Twice Shy, and it sounds amazing! I loved You Deserve Each Other so much, and I can’t wait for this next rom-com of hers.

Jen DeLuca
I’m being REALLY selfish with this one, because I’ve already read her upcoming release (Well Played, sequel to Well Met), that comes out this fall. I’m not SO EXCITED for Well Matched, the final book in the trilogy.

Tessa Dare
Tessa has had to push back publication (to 2021…) on her two upcoming releases: The Bride Bet (Girl Meets Duke #4) and Love Letters from a Lord (Spindle Cove #5.5) because of COVID-19, which is not great for me.

Kiley Dunbar
I know she’s released two books I haven’t read yet, but Christmas at Frozen Falls was so amazing and my favorite book of 2019. I hope she writes another Christmas book. Now.

Christina Lauren
Their upcoming Christmas book, In A Holidaze, is a hugely anticipated one for me! Luckily I just got a review copy of this as well! I just need to wait… a bit… because I love reading Christmas books at, you know, Christmas time.

Riley Sager
I will pretend Home Before Dark never happened (ugh), and eagerly await the announcement of his next book!

Jennifer L. Armentrout
I want more romantic suspense like Till Death and The de Vincent trilogy… none of this other stuff she’s doing right now.

Stephenie Meyer
Give. Me. Midnight Sun. Come on, August 4th! I’m ready!!

Jenn Bennett
I need another cute contemporary romance, Jenn! Always June comes out next year and I don’t even know what it’s about, but I want it.

Which topic did you write about for today’s freebie?
Are you waiting on any releases from authors you love?

Top Ten Book Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday

Posted July 20, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 23 Comments

Happy TTT! This week’s topic was submitted by Nandini @ Unputdownable Books and is: Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday (Real or Fictional). In the midst of this pandemic, let us dream and get excited about a future where maybe we won’t have to worry anymore, and will be able to go to fun events again! It was so much fun researching literary festivals for this prompt! I’ve been to ALA twice, so I won’t be counting that one. If available, I’ve linked each pick to the event’s website!

1. Book Expo (USA)
Duh… I think most of us who haven’t been would like to go!

2. Jaipur Literary Festival (India)
This is apparently the largest free book event in the world, and lasts 5 days!

3. Letterature (Italy)
Ok, I’ll take any excuse to go to Italy, but this festival takes place in the Roman Forum and sounds lovely.

4. FLIP (Brazil)
This is literally a bunch of people sitting around in quaint squares, discussing literature until all hours. Is there a romance square?

5. Edinburgh International Book Festival (Scotland)
A tented village of bookishness!

6. The Library of Congress National Book Festival (USA)
“…an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities.” And it’s free!

7. International Agatha Christie Festival (UK)
So much murder! And apparently people dress up in period attire, which sounds like so much fun.

8. Brooklyn Book Festival (USA)
So many authors and publishers gather at the “Literary Marketplace” to share ideas and talk books!

9. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Stories, & Ideas (USA)
“Booksellers, publishers, museums, theaters as well as literacy and cultural organizations… sell and promote books, distribute related information and/or sell merchandise such as clothing and handmade accessories. Many independent booksellers participating in the festival represent diverse ethnic and cultural communities of Los Angeles, offering books in different languages and genres.”

10. Bay Area Book Festival (USA)
This just sounds like so much fun. “…a world-class literary extravaganza taking place each year over two days in Downtown Berkeley [CA]… our Outdoor Fair, a wonderland of literary vendors, kids’ activities, and family fun, is totally free.”

Which book festivals/events would you like to visit someday?
Do we have any picks in common?

Top Ten Books That Make Me Smile

Posted July 13, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 23 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! Today’s topic is books that make me smile (and why), and was submitted Julia @ pagesforthoughts, and I just loved it. We could all use a little happy right now, and I can’t wait to see what everyone recommends.

Well Played by Jen DeLuca
I found myself smiling so much with this one because I loved the interactions between Stacey and her love interest, Emily and Simon (from Well Met), and Stacey’s adorable kitty. There were also kilted musicians, so… I was all smiles.

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
This was completely adorkable. Together, Janie and Quinn have some of the best witty banter I’ve read. Their disagreements and debates are hilarious. Their deep and not-so-deep-but-full-of-useless-facts discussions plastered a smile on my face often. They’re just such a fun pair, and they’ve got amazing chemistry.

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
If you thought I was going to shut up about this book soon, then you were wrong. I love everything about this book. The town of Moose Springs is amazing, and the Moose name Ulysses that was addicted to the smell of freshly baked bread and licking windows stole my heart.

I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill
This book had me positively giddy. I love a good fake romance, and this one was so good. The series of unfortunate events that leads to these two having to either get married or be homeless at college was so smile-worthy, but the feelings that come as a result made my cheeks hurt.

The Thousand Dollar Tan-Line by Rob Thomas
This book reads like an episode of the show (Veronica Mars), and I LOVED that about it. Veronica’s inner monologues are still golden. Her snark is perfection. I was all smiles.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
It’s just… perfect. And funny. And sweet. It’s one big smile.

Christmas At Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar
This book is just pure happiness and everything I love about Christmas. I love it so, so much!

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
There’s a very flirty, swoony scene involving cake that is dripping with tension and smiles.

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Tessa just does it to me, what can I say? There’s so many animals in this one and a man who pretends to hate them but actually loves them and oh my.

Operation White Christmas by Nikki Edwards
There’s a BABY LLAMA. And a dog. And so much snow. But seriously, the baby llama.

What books make you smile?


Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

Posted July 6, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 26 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! So sorry I was late today. I got sucked into Animal Crossing on my new Switch! This is a pretty straight-forward week. I’m sharing my list of the top ten authors I’ve read the most books by. I guess you could say these are some of my favorite authors, but I’ve got a lot of new favorites who have only written one or two books, so these are not ALL of my favorites!

1. Tessa Dare (17 books)

2. Mary Higgins-Clark (11 books)

3. Marissa Meyer (11 books)

4. Annette Marie (7 books)

5. Tracey Garvis-Graves (6 books)

6. Sarah Morgan (6 books)

7. Lauren Blakely (5 books)

8. Christina Lauren (5 books)

9. Stephenie Meyer (5 books)

10. Jennifer Armentrout (5 books)

Which authors have you read the most books by?