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Top Ten Tuesday | Fall 2017 TBR-ing (Or the 13 Books that Sit on My Shelf and Look All Kinds of Pretty!)

Top Ten Tuesday | Fall 2017 TBR-ing (Or the 13 Books that Sit on My Shelf and Look All Kinds of Pretty!)


Autumn is in the air. Can you feel it? We sure do in my corner of the world. (Edit: or we did when I wrote this. Summer has now made a return... 😒) It’s all about the crisp, smoke infused air of the season. PSL is back, my boots are at the ready and the colors of the year are about to change. In celebration, Top Ten Tuesday wants to know all about our Fall TBRs.

Broke and Bookish September 19Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List - Broke and Bookish



Ah, the seasonal TBRs. They’re bothersome creatures, aren’t they? Don’t get me wrong, I love to make a TBR list. It’s always fun to put the books together and take the bookstagram monthly TBR photo (because BOOKS! Pretty covers! Pretty photo ops!), but it’s not so fun to look back and realize there’s an #EpicFail feeling attached when you don’t read those books. Or this is certainly the mindset that applies to moi.

Despite this, I wasn’t not going to join today’s meme and make a fall TBR list. Most of all because I love putting together these prompts with Top Ten Tuesday.

Here’s my Fall 2017 TBR (aka the List I’ll Probably Not Read but Really Want to Read)

1. Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan | This is actually my #AmReading current (or one of them). I’m not far into it yet (page wise), but I did sneak in a little reading Sunday morning (as if to spite the fact I wouldn’t today) and it’s shaping up to be a first-class read. In fact, this one may even end up on my fall recommendations video – provided I get it filmed this week. Amazon | Goodreads



2. Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon | This one may not release until March of 2018, but thanks to the publisher, I was kindly sent a copy. Needless to say, this twist on Dickens classic Oliver Twist sounds like a wonderful and atmospheric novel to read for fall. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo | When a title references Jack the Ripper, is there a better book to read during the autumn season!? Amazon | Goodreads


4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | In consideration of all the buzz, this one has caught my attention many times over. Plus I do love my contemporary reads. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | Since I finally read Lola and the Boy Next Door post Anna and the French Kiss (circa summer 2016… maybe??), adding their companion novel, ‘Isla’ is something I’d really (really!) like to accomplish. I didn’t like ‘Lola’ quite as well as its predecessor, but nonetheless, I’m ready to read book three. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey | Can you believe we're this close to Dani's third and final Chesapeake Valor novel? Wow, this series went by fast. Despite this, I loved that two of the books released in one year - less wait time makes me a happy reader. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano | A debut novel I’m very much invested in reading. Aside from its beautiful cover (*cover snob alert*), this book has an insanely interesting premise. Amazon | Goodreads

8. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay | I almost forgot to add this one, which is 100% unacceptable. This is one of my most anticipated 2017 reads let alone a seasonal TBR must! Amazon | Goodreads

9. All This Time by Melissa Tagg | In the interest of full disclosure, let me say this: I’ve already read this book. OHMYSTARS! So sweet. Lots of signature "Tagg-isms." Make sure you pick up a copy September 28th! It’s a beauty. Amazon | Goodreads

10. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbrook by Bethany Turner | Everything I hear about this book is all about the rave reviews. Oh, and it sounds like it has sass, which is always a pro. Amazon | Goodreads

11. Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh | Cute cover aside, this one is high on my must list because I know it’s going to be a wonderful story. Plus today is Hometown Girl's birthday. *confetti toss* Amazon | Goodreads  



12. Rescue Me (+ A Matter of Trust) by Susan May Warren | With the fourth book in this series (and the one I'm most excited for!) just around the corner, the fact that I've not yet read Rescue Me (book two) OR A Matter of Trust (book three) hasn't escaped me. Amazon | Goodreads


13. By Your Side by Kasie West | Because this is one of the two novels by Kasie I’ve not read, I’d really like to make this one a priority over the next couple of months. Time will tell if this is a bookish wish that comes true. Amazon | Goodreads

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What books made your fall TBR? What’s your stance on seasonal (or monthly) TBRs? Do you keep to them or not? Comment with all the comments down below. I’d love to chat with you – and as always, feel free to leave your Top Ten Tuesday blog posts. I’d be glad to visit.

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Booktube Talk | The Chocolate Book Tag

Booktube Talk | The Chocolate Book Tag


Today is a notable day for chocoholics. Today is National Chocolate Day. Or so the silly holidays powers that be inform me. Sometimes I question their sanity since I swear we have some form of “Read a Book Day” once a month. But that’s not the point. Back on schedule for today’s topic, and we’re mean to be talking all things chocolate.

To be honest, I don’t consider myself a chocoholic. Sure, I enjoy a piece of chocolate (peanut butter M&Ms are a weakness) or a good chocolate chip cookie (homemade for the win!) now and again, but overall, I’d rather have a good crisp (apple, rhubarb or peach, doesn’t matter) or muffin to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Still, today was too fun of an opportunity for a blogger to let pass. I’m celebrating in one of two ways. One being this post, the more “rigid” format in which I answer book tag prompts (I also wrote another chocoholic post, but decided to hold off on posting it). Secondly, I decided to catty the fun over to BOOKTUBE

This is a tag I saw this on a fellow booktuber’s channel and thought it’d be fun to join in – no, I wasn’t tagged in this one, but still... So part of the Q’s are answered on my booktube channel, the rest I talk about down below (and those that do crossover feature two different answers).

Let’s get to the questions!

White Chocolate – Your favorite light-hearted/humorous read*
 
This question is so unfair. I have so many favorite light-hearted reads. Mostly because, overall, it’s this that’s my favored genre. As someone who reads for pleasure, I love it when a novel can take me on an adventure in a humorous way.

Because I’m forced to choose one, I’ll go with… Geek Girl by Holly Smale. BONUS! Some of the authors I turn to for such reads include, Jenny B. Jones; Melissa Tagg; Kasie West and so many more!

Wafer-free Kit-Kat – Name a book that surprised you lately | Hmm… I don’t know that I’ve read one that surprised me lately. Back in December, I did read Close to You which is absolutely amazing. I guess since I read repeat authors (and am happiest when I do), going into the book “knowing” it’s going to stun, I don’t really end up being “surprised” because I was confident it’d reach that level of amazing. But this is the first book by Kara Isaac I read, and so it was a lovely treat to discover her brand of storytelling.

Snickers – A book that you are going nuts about | Melissa Tagg’s All This Time which is my current read. I really wanted to be further along in this one, fellow bookworms, but sadly, this week has been full of canning. (Blogger trivia: I detest making applesauce.)

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows – What book would you turn to for a comfort read?* | Here I’ll be more generic. Some of the authors I turn to for comfort reads (because they’re so talented and good at it) are Nicole Deese (A New Shade of Summer); Denise Hunter (The Goodbye Bride, Just a Kiss); Katherine Reay; Melissa Tagg; and plenty more. 

Into these stories, I could also insert Debra White Smith's Jane Austen (contemporary) re-tellings. Though it's been years since I read them, I adore the new covers and I'm now SO ready for a reread. 

Box of chocolates – What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone | Good question. I’ll choose the Doon series and Unblemished trilogy. Both seem to represent this question really well. Both are set in contemporary worlds before eventually travelling to other realms (the former travels in time to historical Scotland, the latter into a kind of parallel world called a “Reflection”). There’s also plenty of romance, adventure and angst y teen drama. If you want an adult novel, look no further than Becky Wade’s True to You (or any of her novels).

Q’s Answered on Booktube <<<



Dark Chocolate – A book that covers a dark topic [abuse, domestic violence, rape, lonlieness, bullying, death, etc]

Milk Chocolate – A book that has a lot of hype that you're dying to read

Chocolate with a caramel center – Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

* Answered here and on booktube

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That’s a wrap for the Chocolate Book Tag! Have you joined this fun tag? Let me know down below; I’d love to come by and visit. Have you read any of these books? Do you like them? What books would you pair with chocolate?? (What’s your favorite KIND of chocolate??) Let’s chat, bookworms!
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A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese - Contemporary Fiction Sure to Set Hearts Aflutter

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese - Contemporary Fiction Sure to Set Hearts Aflutter


ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Nicole Deese
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Source: Author Street Team – thank you, Rel and Nicole!
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Rating: ★★★★★
If you adore swoon-worthy stories with heart, A New Shade of Summer is one that rivals the best of the best. It’s smart, funny and beautifully romantic in all the right places, spaces and ways. It’s a story sure to set hearts aflutter. 
Failure is something Davis Carter feels the crippling weight of. As a single parent, he’s trying to find the hole in his relationship with his son, Brandon, which will allow him to slip past the kid’s defense. Between his son and running his vet client, he has very little time for anything. Furthermore, Davis is having to deal with bothersome in-laws that cannot – or won’t, respect Davis’ role as Brandon’s parent.

Life turns upside down for both of these men when into their small town breezes the red-headed free-spirit, Callie Quinn. On her annual visit to spend time with her sister’s family, Callie is the “fun aunt,” the girl everyone loves, but never expects to stick around. Callie has a wanderlust that hasn’t been caught. As Callie bonds with Brandon, the creative souls form a connection that slowly forces him to open up. Also under her spell falls Davis, a man who’s cautious and patient heart has already been broken…

Unfortunately, I’ve not read all of the novels boldly sporting the name Nicole Deese on their cover. What I have read (a novella, and one full-length novel), I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, which is why this, her latest, immediately caught my attention. From the brightly lit hues of the cover to the eye-catching hot air balloons, this story certainly looked the part of perfect romantic-comedy. As I settled in to begin flipped its pages, whether or not the story would match its cover were the answers I was seeking. 
Falling in love with you was not happenstance. - Nicole Deese, A New Shade of Summer
‘Summer’ boasts a unique story. Perhaps not at first blush, but the further Deese tugs readers in the story, the more we realize this. On the surface, this is merely an adorable romance novel that is as charming as its cover suggests (which would be more than enough for this reader). Read on and you discover the story is actually one of a complicated, and emotional upheaval (backstory) for its primary players. Speaking of those protagonists, let’s talk about them.

The text switches off between Callie and Davis’ respective first-person POV’s (chapter-by-chapter). Though many things do, it’s this factor that has a great influence on the depth of the characters. Nicole’s characters suffer no shortcomings in terms of being fleshed out because of this. Davis and Callie are among the most memorable couples in fiction I’ve encountered. They’re strong, independent and multifaceted souls on their own.

Together, they bring out the best in one another, and even, on occasion, the worst. Their journey is the best of the best. The simmering, longing emotion is beautiful. They sort of “fall” into a relationship, but it’s the kind of transition that feels natural, so it reads authentic and romantic. And oh my, that first kiss!

A New Shade of Summer is a magical masterpiece. Nestled inside these pages is a story so charming, it’s sure to melt the romantic of any reader’s heart. It’s swoon-y (this thanks to Davis – speaking of, who else things he resembles Colin Egglesfield??), quirky (attributes to Callie) and heartwarming. The cast of characters keeps the reader giggling over their antics, but it’s the writing that keeps us fully engaged. Deese’s beautiful prose impresses throughout every corner of this story. It’s more than a contemporary novel because it pushes its characters towards something more.

If you adore swoon-worthy stories with heart, A New Shade of Summer is one that rivals the best of the best. It’s smart, funny and beautifully romantic in all the right places, spaces and ways. It’s a story sure to set hearts aflutter. ♥

Synopsis: As an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister’s charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew’s friend, Brandon, she’s eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents—however, it’s the boy’s straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.
Davis Carter may be the town’s favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen’s rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son’s closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn’t the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning.
Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer. - Goodreads 
Sincere thanks to the author, and Rel's Author Support Services for providing an e-copy of this book. All review opinions are my own.
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Top Ten Tuesday | Throwing it WAAAY Back (aka Books I Read Before I Knew What the Term “Blogging” or Word “Blog” Meant)

Top Ten Tuesday | Throwing it WAAAY Back (aka Books I Read Before I Knew What the Term “Blogging” or Word “Blog” Meant)


Hello, friends. After taking a week off from “Top 10,” Finding Wonderland is returning to the fun. We may have woke up today (or for night owls like me, be going to bed) with the calendar telling us today is Tuesday… but we’re channeling our inner Throwback Thursday with a blast from the past.

Broke and Bookish September 12Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want! - Broke and Bookish 


Ok. So how to spin this topic? It’s one of the easier topics I’ve recently put together, but it also requires the Top Ten Tuesday-er to do some leg work and dig through the graveyard of “old reads.” I’m not really sure what I was loving the first year I blogged. *Looks through blog’s review archives* This might be for a couple of reasons.

A. I have a terrible memory (a very likely truth)
B. I didn’t review books during my first year of blogging (Or very few in comparison to more recent years)

So between this combination of facts, I’m unsure what to feature today. That said, I did decide to go ahead and split this up into “two parts.” The first five titles are books I reviewed or read during my early days of blogging (or as best I can remember). The latter five titles are Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved (because they need more love).

As we do (nearly) every Tuesday, let’s get to listing.

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass | This one was read and reviewed in my early days of the blogging game. More pertinent than that (aka why it’s on this list) is that this is really the book that started my I-like-YA-fiction journey. Amazon | Goodreads


2. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden | One of my most favorite from this author. A beautiful historical read that I’d often like to re-read (and don’t because OHMYGOSH! Look, at my TBR!). Amazon | Goodreads



3. Beastly by Alex Flinn | Different than its film adaptation, this one (another “early days” YA read) is still a lovely read for those who enjoy contemporary fairy tales. Amazon | Goodreads


4. A Journey by Chance by Sally John | According to my “book review” tag (which may not be accurate considering I do forget to properly tag things!), this book was my first-ever book review. My memory of the story particulars is fuzzy, but I do think I enjoyed this series. Amazon | Goodreads


5. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks | My first Nicholas Sparks read. I’ll admit: Yes, I do enjoy his books. Only problem is, I haven’t read one in a while because there hasn’t been any film adaptations recently (I read them prior to the new films releasing). Amazon | Goodreads


Part 2 >>

1. Fire by Night by Lynn Austin | It’s been years since I read this one. But my finishing PBS’ Mercy Street reminded me of it. As I remember, it’s a fabulous 5-star kind of story. Amazon | Goodreads


2. True Devotion by Dee Henderson | Ah, the heroics of a Navy hero. Before Dani Pettrey (my favorite!), I read this series. Of course, I love the nod to the military and the wonderful way in which the author portrays the military. Amazon | Goodreads


3. One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury | I don’t know that I can say I “enjoy” this series because tears! That said, it’s a beautiful story about the aftermath of 9/11 and just one example of the emotional fallout of the attacks. Though fiction, the idea and emotions of the story are no less complex and well, emotional. Amazon | Goodreads


4. Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt | LOVE this wonderful contemporary romance. In fact, just thinking back on it (which I read several years ago) reminds me I’d really like to read more by Beth. Amazon | Goodreads


5. The Princess by Lori Wick | An oldie sweetheart of a story that I read long before blogging. Someday I’d like to revisit its charming world. Amazon | Goodreads


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That’s it for another week and another Top Ten Tuesday. Tell Me, have you read any of these? Are there any old reads you feel all the nostalgic feels for? Tell me about them and how you spun this week’s topic. I look forward to chatting with you – here and on your own bookish havens. (Leave your Top Ten Tuesday links because I’d love to visit.)

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#NeverForget | 16 Years Later... #Remember911

#NeverForget | 16 Years Later... #Remember911


16 Years.
September 11th 2001.
Today, we remember. Today we reflect. Today we  Remember September 11th.

As I think back, I realize I didn't fully grasp the ramifications of this day 16 years ago. But today, and each year since, I am reminded of the lives lost 16 years ago. The men and women who stood up to be heroes in defiance of evil. 

To those who rushed towards danger, to them, I feel a rush of gratitude towards them.  A heartfelt thank you goes out to them yesterday, today and tomorrow for all they do. 
Feeling proud to be an American, and enormous gratitude and thankfulness for the sacrifices of those who protect our home front. ♥

I hear people sayin'. We Don't need this warBut I say there's some things worth fightin' forWhat about our freedom and this piece of ground?We didn't get to keep em' by backing downThey say we don't realize the mess we're gettin inBefore you start your preachin' let me ask you this my friend
Have you forgotten how it felt that dayTo see your homeland under fireAnd her people blown awayHave you forgotten when those towers fellWe had neighbors still inside goin through a livin hellAnd you say we shouldn't worry about Bin LadenHave you forgotten?

They took all the footage off my TV
Said it's too disturbin for you and me
It'll just breed anger is what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it every day
Some say this country's just out lookin' for a fight
Well after 9-11 man I'd have to say that's right

Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell
We had neighbors still inside goin through a livin hell
And we vow to get the ones behind Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I'v been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
And you can bet that they remember just what they're fighting for
Have you forgotten
All the people killed
Yes some went down like heroes
In that Pennsylvania field

Have you forgotten
About our Pentagon
All the loved ones that we lost
And those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry 'bout Bin Laden

Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten? - Darryl Worley, Have you Forgotten?
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The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce – Friendship and Romance Collide on Sandy Beaches

The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce – Friendship and Romance Collide on Sandy Beaches



ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Brandy Bruce
Publisher: Bling! Romance
Publication Date:
Genre: Fiction;
Source: Author Provided – thank you, Brandy!
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Silence has become normal for Sara Witherspoon. She’s familiar with the dips and change of its non-committal aptitude. Since her return to Texas, Sara’s group of friends (seven, all of whom she met through church) has been Sara’s “safe place.” As they’ve all changed and emerged in their chosen career fields, they’ve remained tightly knit.

Their group begins to come apart at the seams when two of their members begin to date one another. More specifically, life as Sara knows it shifts when it’s Luke, the guy she’s been crushing on for years is the one dating Deborah. As Sara watches the glow of Deborah’s happiness from the sidelines, she gently pulls away just as the possibly of a fresh start – a new love, begins to take shape.  

Books with calming summer vibes (and covers!) are exactly the kind of reads I favor over the hazy and hot summer time. Over these past few months, that’s precisely the sort of books I’ve been reading. The Last Summer among them. Though it’s one I had seen around (on blogs or bookstagram prior to having the chance to read it, I didn’t know much beyond the familiarity of its cover. As I began to read the book, it’s this that was an advantage to reading this book.  
 
The concept of this novel is absolutely fabulous. It’s one of the more unique stories I’ve read because of the friendship bonds it tightly knits together. Everyone supports one another in good times and bad. They stand by and up for one another, and it’s a unique group the reader enjoys getting to know as we journey with these seven people. As it’s inclined to do, an entanglement crops up that threatens to tear apart the solid friendships many years together fosters.

A kind of “love triangle” (or maybe a love Quadrilogy? Or quartet?) develops about halfway through the story. It’s an interesting quandary that sets itself apart from the norm because of the unique circumstances. This relationship isn’t only about a boy-meets-girl, this is about friendship; the strengths and weaknesses of its complexities. This is where my endgame opinion veers from the masses.

Anyone wishing for a happy-ever-after, or at the very least happiness, will be pleased with the conclusion of The Last Summer. It has a nice ending that if not completely “whole” (because there is a lot of healing yet to be done) is certainly in a happy place. That said, I will confess I wasn’t rooting overmuch for the ultimate conclusion. Much as I’d like to say more and explain the “why” of this, I cannot because of spoilers. Don’t misunderstand, as I say, it’s not that the ending is bad (on the contrary), it’s just I’d set my heart on another outcome… one that, from this girls viewpoint, seemed to be the healthier or more satisfying conclusion. But again, I realize I’m in the minority, so don’t let any ideas prevent you from picking this story up.

The Last Summer is about growing up, change and coming to terms with a new normal. It's also the perfect summertime read. From the lake house outings to the sizzling Texas heat, The Last Summer is a perfect end-of-summer read for those wanting to cling to a few more days of the hazy summer days. ♥

Synopsis: For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara's longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara's forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends' relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

Does growing older mean growing apart? – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book. 
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Giveaway | In Celebration of September Book Releases.

Giveaway | In Celebration of September Book Releases.


Hello and happy Thursday readers. Last week, we previewed a few of the books arriving on store shelves this September. Today, we're giving one of those pretties away. Because there are so many grand books releasing this month, I thought that was reason enough to throw a little party and give one of these books away. 

Waiting on Wednesday | Eleventh Edition

I will note before moving on, this giveaway features Kindle books, the giveaway rules have been slightly altered and the giveaway runs for a while because this includes several September book releases.

You can read all about said books in our Anticipating September post. (And there will be a paperback giveaway coming up for two recent releases soon-ish.)
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And now let's get those annoying rules and regulation details out of the way. 

+ The (Kindle) giveaway(s) is open to ALL readers 18 years* and olderThe prize will be a KINDLE copy, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). 
+ Anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment (I ask this in consideration of fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify). S
+ The winner is chosen randomly (via Rafflecopter); failure to complete the "tasks" does result in disqualification 
+ The winner(s) will be contacted via the Rafflecopter email address within 1-3 days of giveaways close
+ Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The giveaway ends September 20. Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

*Or you must have a parent's permission to provide a mailing address

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Waiting on Wednesday | Eleventh Edition

Waiting on Wednesday | Eleventh Edition


Hello, readers and followers! Happy Wednesday. Welcome. With another mid-week arrival, today we're joining the "Waiting On" fun with Can't Wait Wednesday. A meme Finding Wonderland occasionally takes part in.

Organized by my fabulous Bookstagram partner in crime (check out our September challenge)Tressa of Wishful Endings, here's another Can't Wait Wednesday



Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)
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For today's meme, I'm featuring a book that doesn't release until 2018... but in my defense, the new year will be here before we know it. 

Today's focus takes us back to the 1940s and WWII. The novel is Sarah Sundin's upcoming release, which of course, sounds beautiful. If you enjoy historical fiction, Sarah write's fabulous stories that transport us to this tumultuous time. She does this in a realistic way while weaving some lighthearted antics and of course, always charming romances, into each story she pens. 

THE SEA BEFORE US
Publisher: Revell
Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: February 2018

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.
The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin's practiced pen with this powerful new series. - Amazon

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Finding Wonderland joins the The Mid Year Freak Out Tag, 2017 Edition
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On My Bookshelf, Edition 2 | Anticipating September 2017

On My Bookshelf, Edition 2 | Anticipating September 2017


Happy September, everyone. (Did anyone else blink and August was gone?) I hope this new month has started well for you all. How was August for you? Did you discover any amazing reads? Are you anticipating September reads?



Though the start of a new month can be many things (in this case, it's all about the shifting weather and a beautiful canvas of nature), one of the positive things a new month brings with it is the release of new books.

Since I've had the chance to read so many amazing books lately, and am still on this great run (best feeling ever for a bookworm), I thought I'd talk about a few of these books today. Below, I've collected a list of a few books that are on my read shelf and were amazing, as well as a few of the books coming out this month that have piqued my interest (SO. MANY. BOOKS.).

First up, books I've recently read (and think you should too) plus one I plan to read this month.

A New Shade of Summer* by Nicole DeeseAs an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister’s charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew’s friend, Brandon, she’s eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents—however, it’s the boy’s straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.
Davis Carter may be the town’s favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen’s rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son’s closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn’t the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning.
Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer. - Goodreads, September 12 | Add on Goodreads


Lola and the Boy Next Door* by Stephanie Perkins | Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. - Goodreads | Add on Goodreads

*Reviews coming. Soon.

ALL THIS TIME by Melissa Tagg | Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go. 

Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time.

Fear holds Raegan’s future captive. 

Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending? - Goodreads, September 28 | Add on Goodreads


Guys, this book is ON MY KINDLE. Can you tell I'm excited??

⚞COMING SOON


IF THERE'S NO TOMORROW by Jennifer L. ArmentroutLena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. 
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. 
For what she let happen. 
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed? - Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads
JANE UNLIMITED* by Jane Cashore | Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt
Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.
Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.
Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price. - Goodreads, September 19 | Add on Goodreads

*Sounds especially interesting because it's a five-scenario story, and each one is told in a different genre.
DEADLY PROOF* by Rachel Dylan | Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist 

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.


Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 


Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial. - Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads


*This one is on its way to me which means it shall be on my September TBR. Just don't have it on my bookshelf at this posting. 
INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin | Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems. - Goodreads, September 26 | Add on Goodreads

WARCROSS by Marie Lu | For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. - Goodreads, September 12 | 
Add on Goodreads


CROWN OF SOULS by Ronie Kendig | Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole
"Tox" Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator. 

Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he's out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier. 

Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating--he's using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one. - Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads


GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart | The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.


Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.

Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 

An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 

A bad romance, or maybe three.

Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.

A girl who refuses to be the person she once was. - Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads


THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE MY HOUSE* by Stephanie Perkins | Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.


International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down. - Goodreads, September 26 | Add on Goodreads


*Considering how much I adore 'Anna,' I'm cautiously optimistic about this one. I never read the horror genre, but since Perkins name is one the cover, I'm optimistic this one might come with some sense of "wit." 


HOMETOWN GIRL by Courntey Walsh | Beth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.

Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.

Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm? - Goodreads, September 19 | Add on Goodreads
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This list is a mere few of the books arriving in stores this month. The reason they're featured is because I'm curious about or anticipating these few. Tell me, what books have caught your eye? Comment down below with all the book love and thoughts. 

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