Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and ReadingReality 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!
Some great books this week!
I liked the look of this one. And then… I realized I already have this book! I have the one that is published by Aria and publishes in the UK on February 2, 2023 and this is one published by St. Martins Press and publishes on August 15, 2023!
Two years together.
Twenty years apart.
One day to change their story.
2000. Benjamin’s world is turned upside down the night he meets Clara. Instinctively, he knows that they are meant for each other, but a devastating mistake on their last night at university will take their lives in very different directions.
20 years later, Clara has a high-profile job and a handsome husband. But despite the trappings of success, she isn’t happy, and she knows that a piece of her heart still belongs to Benjamin, the boy she fell in love with years earlier. The boy whose life she fears she ruined.
When a bombing is reported in the city where they first met, Clara is pulled back to a place she tries not to remember and the first love she could never forget. Searching for Benjamin, Clara is forced to confront the events that tore them apart. But is it too late to put right what went wrong?
Across the miles and spanning decades, The One That Got Away is a sweeping, poignant story about growing up, growing apart, the people who first steal our hearts, and the surprising, winding roads that love can take us on.
I was pretty SHOCKED when Berkley approved my NetGalley request for this. But also ecstatic and happy as it’s one of my most anticipated releases this year.
Synopsis: Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist romcom from the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain.
The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.
Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig—until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and arrogant older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And he’s the same Jack Smith who rules over the physics department at MIT, standing right between Elsie and her dream job.
Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but…those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?
I’m not sure why I requested this one. But it does sound different and it’s by a debut author, so we’ll see!
Synopsis: Mona Awad’s Bunny meets Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in Lauren Danhof’s captivating debut, in which a daughter races to save her mother from a dangerous cult before it’s too late.
Glinda Glass is truly trying her best. After dropping out of her graduate school program, she moves back to her childhood home with her mom—who has not only joined a cult, the Starlight Pioneer Society, but has also become enraptured by its charismatic and menacing leader, Arlon. When she’s not trying to get her twin sister Dorothy to finally speak to her or keep her younger sister West out of trouble, Glinda spends her days working in the Drench-the-Wench dunking booth at the local Renaissance fair with her only friend and co-worker Troy, who may or may not be falling in love with her.
Once Glinda learns that the cult will be turning her family’s home into their commune, she suspects there’s more to Arlon than meets the eye and decides to take matters into her own hands—even if that means infiltrating the cult herself. There, she realizes things are far more sinister than she could have ever imagined and that she must get her mom out from under the spell of Arlon by any means necessary. But Glinda can’t do it on her own; in order to save her mother, she’ll have to come to terms with her own history of trauma and grief and repair her relationships with her sisters and Troy.
Glinda always has the best intentions, even if her emotionally clumsy efforts to fix things constantly end in disaster. With the fate of her family on the line, will this time be different?
I don’t request many audiobooks on NetGalley, but this was only offered as audiobook (when I looked for it) and it’s the third book in a series that I have been enjoying.
Synopsis: With her signature charm and sense of humor, bestselling author Helena Hunting creates a novel about love, family, and second chances in Make a Wish.
Ever have a defining life moment you wish you could do over? Harley Spark has one. The time she almost kissed the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for. It was so bad they moved across the state and she never saw them again.
Fast forward seven years and she’s totally over it. At least she thinks she is. Until Gavin Rhodes and his adorable now nine-year-old daughter, Peyton, reappear at a princess-themed birthday party hosted by Spark House, Harley’s family’s event hotel. Despite trying to avoid the awkwardness of the situation, she can’t help but notice how unbearably sexy he looks in a tutu. Add to that a spontaneous hives breakout, and it’s clear she’s not even remotely over the mortification of her egregious error all those years ago.
Except Gavin seems oblivious to her inner turmoil. So much so that he suggests they get together for lunch. For Peyton’s sake, of course. It’s the perfect opportunity to heal old wounds. Or it could just reopen them. This is one of those times Harley wishes she could see the future….
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.
That’s all I have for this week. Have you read any of these books? What’s on your list to read? Comment below!