Six for Sunday: Book Covers With Autumn Colors

Happy Sunday! This is the first time we will be participating in Six for Sunday and we could not be more excited!! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme, hosted by A Little But a Lot, and this month’s focus is on seasons and book covers.

This week’s prompt is: Book Covers with Autumn Colors

So without further ado, here is my list:

1. Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

When Andra wakes up, she’s drowning.

Not only that, but she’s in a hot, dirty cave, it’s the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. When Andra went into a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy, she expected to wake up in a hundred years, not a thousand. Worst of all, the rest of the colonists—including her family and friends—are dead. They died centuries ago, and for some reason, their descendants think Andra’s a deity. She knows she’s nothing special, but she’ll play along if it means she can figure out why she was left in stasis and how to get back to Earth.

Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Eerensed, has other plans. Four years ago, the sleeping Goddess’s glass coffin disappeared from the palace, and Zhade devoted himself to finding it. Now he’s hoping the Goddess will be the key to taking his rightful place on the throne—if he can get her to play her part, that is. Because if his people realize she doesn’t actually have the power to save their dying planet, they’ll kill her.

With a vicious monarch on the throne and a city tearing apart at the seams, Zhade and Andra might never be able to unlock the mystery of her fate, let alone find a way to unseat the king, especially since Zhade hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with Andra. And a thousand years from home, is there any way of knowing that Earth is better than the planet she’s woken to?

2. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island — home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery.

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it’s about time she started making her own decisions.

As Sophie’s life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around — and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

As she so adroitly did in her smashing debut novel, Three Wishes, the incomparable Liane Moriarty once again combines sharp wit, lovable and eccentric characters, and a page-turning story for an unforgettable Last Anniversary.

3. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

5. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

A showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

6. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J Maas

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

So that’s my list! When I look at these covers, I can feel Autumn in the air! Maybe this will make all the heat and humidity go away and bring on the crisp fall weather that is my favorite!

Do you agree with the books I chose? Do you have other Autumn covers that come to mind? Lets discuss down below!

As always, thank you for stopping by our blog. You are all truly appreciated!

Impersonation| Blog Tour

We are so excited to bring you another blog tour! Thank you so much to Algonquin for our copies in exchange for our honest review!

This review and blog highlight is for Impersonation by Heidi Pitlor

Synopsis:

Allie Lang is a professional ghostwriter and a perpetually broke single mother to a young boy. Years of navigating her own and America’s cultural definitions of motherhood have left her a lapsed idealist. Lana Breban is a powerhouse lawyer, economist, and advocate for women’s rights with designs on elected office. She also has a son. Lana and her staff have decided she needs help softening her public image and that a memoir about her life as a mother will help.

When Allie lands the job as Lana’s ghostwriter, it seems as if things will finally go Allie’s way. At last, she thinks, there will be enough money not just to pay her bills but to actually buy a house. After years of working as a ghostwriter for other celebrities, Allie believes she knows the drill: she has learned how to inhabit the lives of others and tell their stories better than they can.

But this time, everything becomes more complicated. Allie’s childcare arrangements unravel; she falls behind on her rent; her subject, Lana, is better at critiquing than actually providing material; and Allie’s boyfriend decides to go on a road trip toward self-discovery. But as a writer for hire, Allie has gotten too used to being accommodating. At what point will she speak up for all that she deserves?  

A satirical, incisive snapshot of how so many of us now live, Impersonation tells a timely, insightful, and bitingly funny story of ambition, motherhood, and class.

This book takes place starting back in 2016 shortly before the presidential election. The story is told from Allie Lang’s POV as she navigates between being a ghostwriter, landscaping on the side for more income, and raising her son as a single mom.

Allie is given an assignment of writing a feminist memoir for Lana Breban. As she works with Lana, she becomes increasingly frustrated with how little information Lana has provided on her journey of pregnancy and motherhood.

We felt that this book brought forth some important issues that also were excellently tied back to the 2016 election and the roller coaster of emotions that came from it.

The writing in this book was well thought out and beautifully written. However, at times it would have been interesting to hear from a different POV to get a well rounded story. For example, perhaps throwing in a few chapters to get the perspective of Lana Breban. Without that perspective it felt like parts of the plot were a bit slower.

Overall, this is a book that we would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about politics and motherhood. It was really incredible to see a book that tackled such hard topics in a book that was under 350 pages.

Book Details:

Title: Impersonation
Author: Heidi Pitlor
Publication Date: August 18, 2020

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thank you again to the publisher for providing us copies for review! And as always, thank you all so much for stopping by our blog, we really do appreciate you!

WWW Wednesday

August 12, 2020

Happy Wednesday book friends!! It has been quite some time since I have done a WWW Wednesday and it is one of my favorites! So as I have said many times before, I am going to try to make it a routine post!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I currently have 3 buddy reads going and I am just trying to keep my head above water 😛 I just started The Boyfriend Project this morning and am buddy reading it with Thi and our friend Rachel. I am always up for a fun rom com, so this should hopefully be a great read.

Twilight is another buddy read for me and also a re-read that I could not be more excited about! The nostalgia is real with this one 🙂

My last buddy read is Heir of Fire. It has been awhile since I have read Crown of Midnight and I am so excited to be diving back into this series. Sarah J. Maas just has a way of pulling you into a story and making you fall in love with the characters!

Where do I start with Ember in the Ashes? If you haven’t gathered by now, YA fantasy/dystopian is my favorite genre, so Ember in the Ashes has been on my radar for awhile. However, Thi tried to read this book a few months ago and ended up DNFing it and told me it was a snoozefest. In an effort to prove her wrong, I have decided to try it out for myself!

Recently Finished

Wolfhunter River is the third book in the Stillhouse Lake series and I have been absolutely devouring it! I have one last book in the series and I can’t wait to get to it.

The Worst Best Man has been recommended to me by many people and after reading it, I cannot believe I waited so long to dive in. It is such a fun rom com and it provided everything that I look for in that genre. I highly recommend!

What’s Next

I have quite a few more buddy reads to accomplish this month and I am just now realizing I need to start planning a little better!

Girl, Serpent, Thorn is one on my buddy read that I am hoping to tackle with Thi. This book is on my most anticipated releases for 2020 and I am so ready to dive in!

The Night Swim is the group read for one of the Facebook groups that I help admin and I have really been looking forward to finding a good, page turning mystery/thriller. So here’s to hoping this one is it.

Descendant of the Crane is my read for my local book club and has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. It has a very intriguing premise, so I am glad it was chosen for our monthly read.

Lastly, Children of Blood and Bone is the only one in this portion that is not a buddy read. Thi read this book recently and has highly recommended it to me, so I am ready to see what all the hype is about.

As always, thank you all so much for stopping by our blog! We truly appreciate all the love and support! Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading? Let’s have a little chat down in the comments!

Down the TBR Hole #2

Happy Monday!!! I cannot believe we are almost halfway through August! Where has the time gone?

It has been a hectic few weeks and we have not posted anything in awhile and we are so sorry! I am trying to get myself back together and thought what a better way to do that than by tackling my Goodreads TBR!

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by @Lost in a Story that tries to help tackle our out of control TBR shelves on Goodreads. Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: Keep it or Should it Go

You Can Stay, For Now

  • The Night Circus has been on my TBR for quite some time and I keep meaning to read it and just haven’t found the right time yet. However, it will definitely stay on my list since I absolutely adored The Starless Sea. I really love Morgenstern’s writing and look forward to diving into this one.
  • Ash Princess is a series I have really been wanting to read, as I have heard a lot of rave reviews on it. It has been on my Amazon wishlist for awhile and I might just have to bite the bullet and get it myself!
  • Sorcery of Thorns is a book that I vow to read by the end of the year. I have really been looking forward to reading it, but as is the case for us all, too many books, not enough time.
  • Aurora Rising is definitely a book I will be reading. I have read Illuminae by Kaufman and Kristoff and I truly love how they tell a story.

So Long, Farewell

  • Slumber: This must have been added during a time where I was just clicking all the books and adding them to my Goodreads shelf. I don’t ever remember reading the synopsis and I will never get around to reading it, so goodbye!
  • Unravel Me: I read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it. However, I straight up DNF’d this book because I honestly could not take anymore of it. I have no desire to pick it back up or finish the series at all.
  • Then I Met You: I love a good romcom, and from what I gather that is what this book is, but I honestly don’t have it in me to go out and find it.

Final thoughts

So after Round 2 of Down the TBR Hole, I have managed to get rid of quite a few books. Since two out of the three books that I decided to delete from my list were actually a part of a series, I think this was a success! 🙂

Have you read any of the books I have listed? Do you think I should skip ones I decided to keep or read some of the ones I said farewell to?

Current Goodreads TBR Tally:

1008

As always, thank you for stopping by our blog! We truly appreciate your support!

Hieroglyphics | Blog Tour

We are back with another blog tour and we could not thank Algonquin enough for our copies in exchange for our honest review!

This review and blog highlight is for Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle!

Synopsis:

Lil and Frank married young, launched into courtship when they bonded over how they both—suddenly, tragically—lost a parent when they were children. Over time, their marriage grew and strengthened, with each still wishing for so much more understanding of the parents they’d lost prematurely.

Now, after many years in Boston, they have retired in North Carolina. There, Lil, determined to leave a history for their children, sifts through letters and notes and diary entries—perhaps revealing more secrets than Frank wants their children to know. Meanwhile, Frank has become obsessed with what might have been left behind at the house he lived in as a boy on the outskirts of town, where a young single mother, Shelley, is just trying to raise her son with some sense of normalcy. Frank’s repeated visits to Shelley’s house begin to trigger memories of her own family, memories that she’d rather forget. Because, after all, not all parents are ones you wish to remember.

Hieroglyphics reveals the difficulty of ever really knowing the intentions and dreams and secrets of the people who raised you. In her deeply layered and masterful novel, Jill McCorkle deconstructs and reconstructs what it means to be a father or a mother, and what it means to be a child piecing together the world all around us, a child learning to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history and memory.

This book takes place across many decades as we follow Lil and Frank, a married couple that share a tragedy of both losing a parent who died too soon. It follows their journey from being young and having kids, living in Massachusetts, to decades later when they move down to North Carolina.

This story weaves together a tale of family, from the perspective of child and parent as they learn to navigate through relationships and heartbreak.

The writing in this book was quite beautiful and at times you could feel completely immersed into the heartbreak of losing a parent.

While the writing was something that brought this story to life, it also felt that the plot line got a bit repetitive. This sometimes made for a slow building story, as you felt like you were just revisiting the same things over and over.

As we have mentioned many times, we absolutely love books that are written with dual or multiple POVs to provide a deeper look into other character’s perspectives. So it will come as no shock that one of the things that we enjoyed about this book, is that it is told from 4 POVs. We get to follow both Lil and Frank on their journeys, as well as, a single mother Shelley and her son, Harvey who happen to live in the house that Frank grew up in.

All in all, this was a well written story that provides a look into family, relationships, heartbreak, and the legacy people would like to leave behind for their family and loved ones.

Book Details:

Title: Hieroglyphics
Author: Jill McCorkle
Publication Date: July 28, 2020 (TODAY!!)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thanks again to the publisher for providing us copies for review. And as always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog, we really appreciate you all!


The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Synopsis:

Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

You guys! I am trying to formulate my thoughts for this book without giving any spoilers. The Switch reminds me of a Hallmark movie without Christmas time being the setting, if that makes any sense.

After reading and loving The Flatshare, I couldn’t wait to see what Beth O’Leary came out with next. When I found out it was The Switch, I was so impatient I ordered my hardcover copy from Book Depository (and I actually love the UK edition)! Then, Netgalley offered the Switch as an audiobook option, and I knew it was a sign that I just had to read it.

Side note, if you are a netgalley user, I had a lot of issues with the app, which is understandably so as it is new, so there are a lot of bugs they need to fix. That being said, my audiobook kept freezing and skipping/jumping chapters, so I ultimately found it faster to just read the book, because I didn’t want to stop, so just a fair warning in case you’re having issues with the app as well!

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell you (time and again) how much of a sucker I am for dual POVs. Being able to read it from Eileen and Leena’s perspective was so refreshing and engaging. I really loved Eileen, Leena, the residents of the Yorkshire village, and Leena’s friends. My only complaint is I wish I could read more about them!

The Switch is such a sweet and charming book. While there was romance, much like Flatshare, it was not the overall theme of the book. There are themes of forgiveness, grieving, domestic abuse, infidelity, and moving on woven throughout the book and that added so much more depth to the story.

That being said, look no further if you’re looking for a book that will capture your heart almost instantaneously. Grab yourself a copy on Book Depository, or it releases August 18th in the US, and make a cup of tea, sit back, and relax and enjoy life with this book.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for providing me with an audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Switch
Author: Beth O’Leary
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Publication Date: August 18, 2020 (US release date)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.