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

There are definitely a lot of books that I’m really excited to get my hands on this year (some that I already have and need to read soon). And there are several upcoming releases I’ve already had the privilege of reading and would highly recommend adding to your list.

I couldn’t just stick with 10 books, either…

BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON

   

    

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

One Night At The Lake by Bethany Chase

Run Away by Harlan Coben

Be the Girl by K.A. Tucker

Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin

Recursion by Blake Crouch

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

 

BOOKS I’VE ALREADY READ AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree

 

BOOKS I OWN AND CAN’T WAIT TO READ

    

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins

Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

The Hiding Place by C. J. Tudor

 

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ IN 2019?

 

 

Tell Me Something Tuesday {14}

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

QUESTION:  Best Books of 2018

This year it feels like my reading tastes changed drastically. The books I enjoyed the most were heavier reads and not what I would have typically read before. There are a few romances that won my heart, but it seems like I’m getting pickier with that genre, too.

And this is the first year I’ve read 110+ books! I’ve never read that many books in one year, and it was rediscovering a love of audio books that definitely helped.

It was hard to narrow this list down to 10, so I’m going to do it a little differently. I’m going to combine author’s books and count them as one and separate my favorite audio books at the end.

  

I’m sure these books will be on a lot of favorite lists this year. They are must reads.

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and this book blew me away. Such a unique and wonderful read.

These two books couldn’t be more different but they are equally perfect.

Amy Harmon never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful writing.

I usually stay away from super long books, but I couldn’t put this one down. A definite must read.

Another fantastic book that I wouldn’t have normally picked up if it weren’t for the recommendation from a friend.

I look forward to Kristan Higgins’ books every year and she hasn’t disappointed me yet!

I discovered a new favorite author this year.

Another new-to-me author that will be on my auto-buy list for the future.

These days there are few authors who can write romance without making me cringe and this duo does a fantastic job. I absolutely loved both of these books.

The two best thrillers I read this year.

 

Favorite Book of 2018

It’s difficult for me to pick just one book that stands out from the rest. But, if I think back over the past year and which book I remember the most – the one that stayed with me months after I finished – this is the book. With a perfect combination of romance, suspense, friendship and family drama – this book holds a special place in my heart.

 

Favorite Audio Books

 

I’m so glad I rediscovered a love for audio books this year. I listened to some really fantastic books, and these were the ones that stood out.

 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

 

{Blog Tour} Verity by Colleen Hoover

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“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author

Verity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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Excerpt:

“What are you wearing?” Corey is staring down at my shirt, perplexed, just now noticing it despite having spent the last fifteen minutes with me.

I look down at my oversized shirt. For a moment, I forgot how ridiculous I look. “I spilled coffee on my other shirt this morning and had to change.”

“Whose shirt is that?”

I shrug. “Probably yours. It was in my closet.”

“You left your house in that? There wasn’t something else you could have worn?”

“It doesn’t look high fashion?” I’m being sarcastic, but he doesn’t catch it.

He makes a face. “No. Is it supposed to?”

Such an ass. But he’s good in bed, like most assholes.

I’m actually relieved when the conference room door opens and a woman walks in. She’s followed, almost comically, by an older man walking so closely behind her, he bumps into the back of her when she stops.

“Goddammit, Barron,” I hear her mumble.

I almost smile at the idea of Goddammit Barron actually being his name.

Jeremy enters last. He gives me a small nod that goes unnoticed by everyone else.

The woman is dressed more appropriately than I am on my best day, with short black hair and lipstick so red, it’s a little jarring at nine thirty in the morning. She seems to be the one in charge as she reaches for Corey’s hand, and then mine, while Goddammit Barron looks on. “Amanda Thomas,” she says. “I’m an editor with Pantem Press. This is Barron Stephens, our lawyer, and Jeremy Crawford, our client.”

Jeremy and I shake hands, and he does a good job of pretending we didn’t share an extremely bizarre morning. He quietly takes the seat across from me. I try not to look at him, but it’s the only place my eyes seem to want to travel. I have no idea why I’m more curious about him than I am about this meeting.

Amanda pulls folders out of her briefcase and slides them in front of Corey and me.

“Thank you for meeting with us,” she says. “We don’t want to waste your time, so I’ll cut right to the chase. One of our authors is unable to fulfill a contract due to medical reasons, and we’re in search of a writer with experience in the same genre who may be interested in completing the three remaining books in her series.”

I glance at Jeremy, but his stoic expression doesn’t hint at his role in this meeting.

“Who is the author?” Corey asks.

“We’re happy to go over the details and terms with you, but we do ask that you sign the non-disclosure agreement. We would like to keep our author’s current situation out of the media.”

“Of course,” Corey says.

I acquiesce, but I say nothing as we both look over the forms and then sign them. Corey slides them back to Amanda.

“Her name is Verity Crawford,” she says. “I’m sure you’re familiar with her work.”

Corey stiffens as soon as they mention Verity’s name. Of course we’re familiar with her work. Everyone is. I hazard a glance in Jeremy’s direction. Is Verity his wife? They share a last name. He said downstairs that his wife is a writer. But why would he be in a meeting about her? A meeting she isn’t even here for?

“We’re familiar with the name,” Corey says, holding his cards close.

“Verity has a very successful series we would hate to see go unfinished,” Amanda continues. “Our goal is to bring in a writer who is willing to step in, finish the series, complete the book tours, press releases, and whatever else is normally required of Verity. We plan to put out a press release introducing the new co-writer while also preserving as much of Verity’s privacy as possible.”

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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{Top Ten Tuesday} Cozy Winter Reads

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 Cozy/Wintry Reads.

I love to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book. That’s how I survive the long Ohio winters. 😀 Here are a few of my favorites that I think are perfect cozy reads.

 

The Simple Wild – This is going to top my favorites list of 2018. It’s the best romance I read this year, and is a perfect cozy read to get lost in. I loved everything about this book.

Winter Garden – This is one of my favorite Kristin Hannah books and perfect for this time of year.

Landline – I remember devouring this book in a day, I loved it so much.

Snow-Kissed – This is a novella that was such a wonderful surprise to me (thanks, Rachel!). I loved it so much. And because it’s a novella, it’s a quick read!

The Look of Love – Sarah Jio is always an auto-buy author for me, and most of her books are perfect for this time of year.

Snow Angel Cove – I love reading this author’s Christmas-themed books.

The Bird and the Sword– I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but if you’re looking for a book in this genre – this is the one you want to read!

Moonlight Over Manhattan – Another author who’s books I love to read around the holidays. This is one of my favorites.

Last Christmas in Paris – I read this book on a whim last year and absolutely loved it!

Beartown – This is not a fast-paced read at all – but it is perfect for when you want to curl up and get lost in a book. This is another favorite of 2018 that I will recommend to everyone.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?