Summer Reading Guides – Update!

At the beginning of summer, I posted about  Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves Summer Reading Guides. My goal was to read as many of the books on both of their lists that I could. I’m happy to say that I got through almost the entire list! It’s pretty rare for me to stick to a TBR list, especially one this large. Audio books were the key to success – I would’ve never read most of these if I didn’t have the audio versions. I also added some more books from their lists to my TBR after my original post.


Books I Read Before The Lists Were Posted

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin –

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb –

Recursion by Blake Crouch –

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid –

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth –

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering –

Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan –

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim –

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides –

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker –


Books on my TBR List (That I Own)


I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott –

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane –

When We Left Cuba* by Chanel Cleeton –

Waiting for Tom Hanks* by Kerry Winfrey –

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald – even though I have a Kindle copy (ARC), I have been waiting for my library audio hold for this one

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment –

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes –

Only Ever Her Marybeth Mayhew Whalen – just didn’t get to it

Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum –

Southern Lady Code* by Helen Ellis –

Normal People by Sally Rooney –

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer – I own a hard copy of this book, but haven’t made the time to read it.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez –


*Audio Book



The Gown by Jennifer Robson –

Never Have I Ever* by Joshilyn Jackson –

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson –

The Huntress by Kate Quinn – The audio book is really long, so I returned it to the library. I do want to read this one some day.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith –

The Editor by Steven Rowley  –

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke –

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite –

How to Be Married by Jo Piazza –

Out East by John Glynn –

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro –


*These were all audio books except for Never Have I Ever.


After I posted this list, I added a few more of their recommended books to my TBR

Save Me the Plums* by Ruth Reichl –

The Last Book Party* by Karen Dukess –

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – I have an ARC on my Kindle, but I’m still holding out for the audio version (library hold)

*Audio Book


As you can see from the 5-star ratings, my favorites were Ask Again, Yes When We Left Cuba / Evvie Drake Starts Over / Hope and Other Punch Lines

This was a lot of fun – I hope to do the same thing again next summer!

{Top Ten Tuesday} Books I Need On My Shelf!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library.

I’m fortunate to receive a lot of ARC’s from publishers via Netgalley. They are always in eBook format for my Kindle, and if I end up loving one, I will sometimes buy a physical copy for my shelves. That was the case with The Simple Wild, which was my favorite book of 2018. I’ve also been a better library patron lately, and there is at least one book that I’ve recently read and would love to own.




I have to own all of TJR’s books, and I’m just waiting for Daisy Jones to release in paperback. Or I may buy the UK version – it’s in paperback and prettier than the US version.

I also have to own copies of all of Amy Harmon’s books. I still need to buy the paperback version of What the Wind Knows, and one of my book friends got a signed copy of The First Girl Child for me at Book Bonanza, which I need to pick up from her soon.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone is a book I got from the library and would love to own.

I own a Kindle copy of The Things We Cannot Say, but I loved it so much that I would love to own a physical copy. I’ll probably wait until I can get it at a bargain price. I’ve had great luck with Abebooks, when a book has been out for awhile.

The same with Us Against You – I will look for it on sale. I already own a paperback copy of Beartown, and I need to own the sequel, just because.

I haven’t even read The Wives yet (I have an ARC on my Kindle), but I always buy Tarryn’s books in paperback. Eventually.




{Top Ten Tuesday} Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books On My Summer 2019 TBR.

Well, we know I’m not good with setting TBR goals, but there are some that I’m really hoping to read over the next few months. Some I’ve requested on audio at my library, that way I can get through as many books as possible before summer is over. 😀

(I pretty much ignore the 10 book rule these days.)






{Top Ten Tuesday} Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.

I went back to look at my list for the first half of the year – you can see the post here – and was pleasantly surprised that I read 11 of the 15 books I listed to be read (I couldn’t pick just 10).

I couldn’t stick with 10 books for this post either! And, I’m way behind on reading the ARC’s I’ve received and can only recommend one of them.


Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Outfox by Sandra Brown

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins



The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon




The Whisper Man by Alex North

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel

Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood

Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor/Heather Webb


WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ the rest of the year?



{Top Ten Tuesday} 10 Favorite Books From Last 10 Years

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is 10 favorite books from the last 10 years.

This was so hard! Having to narrow down ONE book a year is almost impossible to do. Some years I read so many amazing books that it’s hard to pick an absolute favorite. But I did, minus 2016, where I had to pick 2 books, because they are my two absolute favorite books of all time (It Ends With Us and Making Faces). These are all books that left a lasting impression on me.


Favorite Books of the Last 10 Years