Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks!
You would think that I wouldn’t request so many books while I was traveling! But, no, there are just too many great books out there to be read.
I did get Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca while I’m traveling, so that’s kind of cool.
Thanks to Susan @ SusanLovesBooks I found this Carolyn Brown book on Netgalley.
Synopsis: Family, wounded hearts, and a Texas bed-and-breakfast are in need of repair in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s inviting novel about down-home comfort and second chances.
Cousins Tabby and Ellie Mae are due for a change. Running their aunt’s beachfront bed-and-breakfast in Sandcastle, Texas, is just the thing to shake things up…though their lives spin out of control in more ways than one when a hurricane barrels into the coastline. It’s a miracle it didn’t carry them off to Kansas. Not so lucky are the assisted-living center and a small eclectic group of local folks who take shelter with the cousins.
Two estranged sisters, rowdy as a circus, need a referee for a battle that goes back decades. And a pair of veterans, best friends for years, hash out bittersweet old times. There’s also handyman Alex LaSalle and his business partner, Ricky, experts at repairing the hurricane’s damage—and at making Tabby’s and Ellie Mae’s hearts beat a little faster.
As unpredictable, crowded, and stormy as it gets, the Sandcastle B and B is still the perfect harbor for healing past wounds, finding romance, and making up for lost time. Add in Tabby’s homemade pecan pie, and the Texas shore feels like a little slice of paradise.
Another bookish book that looks good.
Synopsis: I, Maggie Banks, solemnly swear to uphold the rules of Cobblestone Books.
If only, I, Maggie Banks, believed in following the rules.
When Maggie Banks arrives in Bell River to run her best friend’s struggling bookstore, she expects to sell bestsellers to her small-town clientele. But running a bookstore in a town with a famously bookish history isn’t easy. Bell River’s literary society insists on keeping the bookstore stuck in the past, and Maggie is banned from selling anything written this century. So, when a series of mishaps suddenly tip the bookstore toward ruin, Maggie will have to get creative to keep the shop afloat.
And in Maggie’s world, book rules are made to be broken.
To help save the store, Maggie starts an underground book club, running a series of events celebrating the books readers actually love. But keeping the club quiet, selling forbidden books, and dodging the literary society is nearly impossible. Especially when Maggie unearths a town secret that could upend everything.
Maggie will have to decide what’s more important: the books that formed a small town’s history, or the stories poised to change it all.
I just thought this looked cute!
Synopsis: A bridesmaid and groomsman put their differences aside to get their friends down the aisle in this opposites-attract steamy romantic comedy.
They say to never meet your heroes, but when Vivian Liao’s roommate gets engaged to her favorite actor’s costar, she has no choice but to come face-to-face with Melvin Lee again. He’s just as funny and handsome as he is on-screen…but thinks she is a snob and a sellout. It’s none of his business how she chooses to live her life, no matter how charismatic he is.
Mel is used to charming audiences as an actor and stand-up comedian but can’t connect to Vivian. She’s a smart, talented artist—which is why he thinks she’s wasting her life as a corporate finance drone. The only thing uniting them is their goal for the wedding to go off without a hitch.
As they collaborate on wedding cake and karaoke parties, Mel realizes he might have seriously misjudged this bridesmaid, while Vivian discovers the best man might just be as dazzling off-screen as he is on. With the wedding underway, maybe more than one happily ever after is in the future.
I’ve read books by Christine Rimmer before and enjoyed them, and I haven’t requested many Christmas books this year, yet.
Synopsis: A fortune cookie changes everything in New York Times bestselling author Christine Rimmer’s latest novel.
“Do it now…” And change everything!
By the book success story Alexandra Herrera’s got it all mapped out: partner at a law firm, high-powered career. But when her birth father leaves her an unexpected inheritance—prompted by a random fortune cookie—she impulsively walks away from her entire life! And now that she’s snowed in with West Wright, she learns that lightning really can strike twice. So much, in fact, that the sparks between them could melt any ice storm…if only they’d let them!
From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.
Wild Rose Sisters
Book 1: The Father of Her Sons
Book 2: First Comes Baby…
Book 3: The Christmas Cottage
I read her previous book, Oh William! And it was very different from what I usually read, but it was fun, and I enjoyed it. When I saw this one, I knew I have to know what happens to Lucy and William when they are stuck in a cabin together during the Pandemic.
Synopsis: From Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout comes a poignant, pitch-perfect novel about a divorced couple stuck together during lockdown—and the love, loss, despair, and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart.
With her trademark spare, crystalline prose—a voice infused with “intimate, fragile, desperate humanness” (The Washington Post)—Elizabeth Strout turns her exquisitely tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton through the early days of the pandemic.
As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it’s just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea.
Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear and struggles that come with isolation, as well as the hope, peace, and possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us even when we’re apart—the pain of a beloved daughter’s suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship, and the comfort of an old, enduring love.
I’ve been loving this series a lot, so I was pretty excited when I got approved for this.
Synopsis: The Renaissance Faire is on the move, and Lulu and Dex are along for the ride, in the next utterly charming rom-com from Jen DeLuca.
A high-powered attorney from a success-oriented family, Louisa “Lulu” Malone lives to work, and everything seems to be going right, until the day she realizes it’s all wrong. Lulu’s cousin Mitch introduced her to the world of Renaissance Faires, and when she spies one at a time just when she needs an escape, she leaps into the welcoming environment of turkey legs, taverns, and tarot readers. The only drawback? Dex MacLean: a guitarist with a killer smile, the Casanova of the Faire… and her traveling companion for the summer.
Dex has never had to work for much in his life, and why should he? Touring with his brothers as The Dueling Kilts is going great, and he always finds a woman at every Faire. But when Lulu proves indifferent to his many plaid charms and a shake-up threatens the fate of the band, Dex must confront something he never has before: his future.
Forced to spend days and nights together on the road, Lulu’s interest in the kilted bad boy grows as he shows her a side of himself no one else has seen. The stresses of her old lifestyle fade away as she learns to trust her intuition and follow her heart instead of her head. But when her time on the road is over, will Lulu go with her gut, or are she and Dex destined for separate paths?
It was audible credit time, and I’ve been wanting to read this for a while. Plus it’s on my 20 Books of Summer Challenge.
Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet librarian who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.
In the snowbound city of Kiev, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son – but Hitler’s invasion of Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper – a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the Eastern Front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.
Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC – until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life.
Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever
That’s all I have for this week. Have you read any of these books? What’s on your list to read? Comment below!
NetGalley requests tend to get me every time! The Banned Bookshop looks great and you can never go wrong with Kate Quinn. Plus, traveling requires new audio books so that one doesn’t count!
I loved Lulu in Well Matched. can’t wait to read her story.
Such a great haul. The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks looks really good! Happy reading!
Looks like you got some great books this week. I also received Well Traveled. I’m excited to read it. I hope we both love it.
Hi Wendy! The Banned Bookshop by Maggie Banks seems so good! I love bookish books, especially when they have a cosy bookshop involved! I recently finished You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao and that (unexpectedly) had a very cosy antique bookshop and I loved that aspect of it so much! Maybe finding bookish books where you don’t expect them is even better than when you do.
Thank you so much for returning to my blog after hiatus. It truly means so much.
Yay for Well Traveled! I love that series! The Banned Bookshop is on my TBR already, and The Stand-Up Groomsman looks cute too! Great haul!
I hope we love them, Lisa! I’m so excited for Well Traveled!
You’ve got a great mix of books! I hope Well Traveled is good!
Thank you, Amber!
I can’t wait to read your review of The Banned Bookshop! That one looks great! And I love the cover of The Sandcastle Hurricane! Enjoy your reads!
Thank you, Jolene.
The Banned Bookshop looks very interesting Wendy, and I’ve heard good things about Elizabeth Strout. DeLuca’s series looks like a lot of fun too. Hope you enjoy all your reads.
Thank you, Mallika!
Aaaah The Diamond Eye. Jealousy…. I’ve seen a few of your books on Netgalley while browsing this week. I just don’t have the guts to request the popular books! I need to become more gutsy…
I always request whatever I want. I get denied a lot! But, I don’t take it personally. :).
A lovely book haul this week, hope you enjoy them all 😊
Thank you, Jenny!
I just finished Diamond Eye and enjoyed it – review on my site – and from your list I requested Banned Bookshop from Netflix – it sounds great. Fingers crossed I’m approved. Happy Reading and thanks for the visit.
Netflix – HA! Netgalley obviously 🙂
LOL! I hope you get the Banned Bookshop.
I know exactly what you mean Wendy. It is hard to resist a good book. I was declined for Well Traveled, so will wait and get it from the library or if it goes on sale. I just requested the Christmas Cottage. I hope you enjoy all these books, they all sound wonderful.
Thank you, Carla. I”m hoping they are all good!
I’m looking forward to Well Traveled. That’s a cute series. I’ve never read anything by Christine Rimmer but that looks like a sweet Christmas romance.
I’m hoping Well Traveled is as good as the others!
Books take no vacations- or at least acquiring them does not! 🙂 lol
Hope you’re having an awesome trip so far!!
Thank you, Greg. It’s been wonderful so far.
I’ve enjoyed the Jen DeLuca series. Hope the latest one is good too! Happy reading!
I hope it’s as good as the others too!
The Sand Castle Hurricane and The Banned Bookshop look really interesting. I’m going to add them to you TBR. 😀
I hope we both enjoy them!!
I also got Well Traveled. Happy reading!
Oh good! I hope we both enjoy it.
All of these look fabulous, Wendy!! I never think to mention my audiobooks anymore. Not sure why. Are you home or still traveling?!
I’m still traveling, Cindy. We have just over 2 more weeks on the road.
What a wonderful haul of books this week Wendy! I see a couple here that I was looking at too – The Banned Bookshop particularly caught my eye. I don’t read as much as you so I have to practice some restraint! I do look forward to your reviews of these books.
Thank you, Jodie! There are just too many books out there for anyone to read them all!
Your list becomes a great way for others to “shop” for their next good reads. I was delighted to find that I am automatically approved for Montlake’s books so I now have Carolyn Brown’s to read. The banned book story has a very odd premise that would certainly rub all us book lovers the wrong way. The Christmas book has a beautiful cover. The lockdown book is one I won’t read because I am not interested in reliving the nightmare and fearful that the politicians will do it to us again even though their “science” has been disproved. I’m so glad we have books for an escape–even from the wilds of Canada.
I love to look at lists from other book bloggers too. It’s fun to shop around for books!
Looks like a good load of books! I like the look of a few of them. Can’t believe there are new christmas ones out already! I did a christmas one ready for Christmas in July, but it is an old one…
Have a great weekend!
Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
A few Christmas books early are a bit of fun for me. I hope you have a great week, Emily
It’s hard not to request books. xD NetGalley gets me every time, too. These books look great! I really like the sound of The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks. Hope you enjoy them all when you get to read them!
Thank you, Sammie!
I have to say that I think July is too early to even be thinking about Christmas book😀😳 The Banned Bookshop sounds fun though. Hope you still enjoying your travels
I don’t blame you, Janette! It’s early for me too.
Thank you, Kristi
I hear GREAT things about The Standup Groomsman. It’s coming up on my TBR.
Oh good! I don’t know much about it, except that it sounded good to me.
Wow! Awesome haul Wendy! I hope you love them all!🤗📚💜
Thank you, Susan!