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!
A pretty good haul this week!
I like that this is about a woman who worked at NASA.
Synopsis: An ambitious and evocative debut novel about one brilliant but lonely NASA secretary’s relentless drive to live a big life in a world that would keep her small.
How far would you travel for love?
Intelligent but isolated physics graduate Annie Fisk feels an undeniable pull toward space. When she lands a job as a NASA secretary during the Apollo 11 mission, she feels certain this path is her destiny. Her memories of childhood darkened by loss, she’s left behind her home, her mother, and her first love. And now she’s finally found her purpose. Even typing dictation, the work is everything she dreamed, and despite her budding attraction to one of the engineers, she can’t let herself be distracted. Not now.
So when her inability to ignore an engineer’s mistaken calculations propels her into a new position, Annie finds herself torn between her ambition, her heart, and a mysterious discovery that upends everything she knows to be scientifically true. Can she overcome her fears and reach toward the limits of human advancement? Will she chase her ambitions, and risk losing herself in them? Affectingly achronological in its telling, Shoot the Moon daringly explores one woman’s quest for both intellectual fulfilment and romantic love, the price paid for scientific progress, and the heart’s persistent yearning for home.
I got an invitation for this and like the New Orleans setting.
Synopsis: A woman is haunted—both literally and figuratively—by ghosts of the past in this second novel of the Royal Street series by New York Times bestselling author Karen White.
Nola Trenholm may not be psychic herself, but she’s spent enough time around people who are to know when ghosts are present, and there are definitely a few lingering spirits in her recently purchased Creole cottage in New Orleans. Something, or someone, is keeping them tethered to this world. And not all of them are benign.
But with the sudden return of Sunny Ryan, Beau Ryan’s long-lost sister, Nola has plenty to distract her from her ghostly housemates. Especially when the tempting—yet firmly unavailable—Beau, wanting to mete out justice to those he blames for Sunny’s kidnapping, asks Nola for a favor that threatens to derail her hard-won recovery and send her hurtling backward. He asks her to welcome Michael Hebert back into her life, even though Michael is the reason for Nola’s bruised heart. Beau is convinced that Michael’s powerful family was behind Sunny’s disappearance and that Michael is the key to getting information the police won’t be able to ignore—if Nola is willing to risk everything for which she’s worked so hard.
Torn between helping Beau and protecting herself, Nola doesn’t realize until it’s almost too late why the ghosts are haunting her house—a startling revelation that will throw her and Beau together to fight a common enemy. Assuming Nola can get Beau to listen to what the spirits are trying to tell him, because ignoring them could prove to be a fatal mistake…
Another historical fiction book, based on a true story.
Synopsis: Inspired by a remarkable true story, a young teacher evacuates children to safety across perilous waters, in a moving and triumphant new novel from New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor.
1940, Kent: Alice King is not brave or daring—she’s happiest finding adventure through the safe pages of books. But times of war demand courage, and as the threat of German invasion looms, a plane crash near her home awakens a strength in Alice she’d long forgotten. Determined to do her part, she finds a role perfectly suited to her experience as a schoolteacher—to help evacuate Britain’s children overseas.
1940, London: Lily Nichols once dreamed of using her mathematical talents for more than tabulating the cost of groceries, but life, and love, charted her a different course. With two lively children and a loving husband, Lily’s humble home is her world, until war tears everything asunder. With her husband gone and bombs raining down, Lily is faced with an impossible choice: keep her son and daughter close, knowing she may not be able to protect them, or enroll them in a risky evacuation scheme, where safety awaits so very far away.
When a Nazi U-boat torpedoes the S. S. Carlisle carrying a ship of children to Canada, a single lifeboat is left adrift in the storm-tossed Atlantic. Alice and Lily, strangers to each other—one on land, the other at sea—will quickly become one another’s very best hope as their lives are fatefully entwined.
Jill Shalvis books always make me happy. 🙂
Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Sunrise Cove with a beguiling, lighthearted story about fresh starts, second chances and true love.
When Harper Shaw’s life falls apart, she knows it’s time for a change. She removes everything that doesn’t spark joy—from her soul-sucking job to eating kale to making lists—and sets off for the last place she was happy, Lake Tahoe (who wouldn’t feel good there, right?) to fulfill her dream of opening her own bakery.
With her Sugar Pine Bakery in between a tavern, owned by sexy, grumpy Bodie Campbell, and a bookstore, run by her new BFF, she feels a peace she’s never experienced since…well, forever.. Then she meets Ivy, a teenage runaway, who barrels into her heart. She sees a lot of herself in Ivy and takes her under her wing, but the teenager has secrets….
When those secrets explode, it changes Harper’s new world, and she’ll learn, it’s never too late to start over, it’s never too late to figure out your life, and best of all, it’s never too late to let yourself believe in love.
I’ve heard wonderful things about this book and I’m excited to get to it.
Synopsis: From the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom.
These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.
Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.
Purchased (audible credit):
This is the second book in the Bromance Book Club Series. I’ve already listened to it on my drive home from California yesterday. I really enjoyed it.
Synopsis: Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.
Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.
Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.
Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart…even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.
That’s all I have for this week. Have you read any of these books? What’s on your list to read? Comment below!
The Last Lifeboat sounds fantastic! I’m adding it to my wishlist straight away. Great haul! I hope you will enjoy all of them.
I’m interested in it, I hope it lives up to our expectations
I also added the last life boat. I hope we both enjoy it.
I’m so jealous you got Karen White’s book! I am still waiting to find out from NG if I am getting approved for it. I’ve been approved for all the previous books from her, so I’m crossing my fingers. That’s one of my most anticipated reads for the spring. I hope you love it!!!
I requested the new Jill Shalvis. Fingers crossed. I will be listening to the book before Prytania just to see if I like it before accepting it. Hope it’s good!
The Jill Shalvis book looks fun and I want to try that Karen White series. I have a bunch of her books that are set in Charleston that I need to read too.
Jill Shalvis always writes books that I enjoy. I’m looking forward to the Karen White book.
How long was your drive? I actually enjoy long drives like that by myself these days because of audiobooks. I do need to start the Bromance Club books. I liked one of Zevin’s YA book series. Also the NASA book sounds interesting. Enjoy your new books!
It’s a 7 hour drive, but I broke it up and did 3.5 hours and 3.5 hours so it’s easier, especially in winter when the weather isn’t as good
I really like the sound of the Shalvis book. I’ve only read a couple by her but have enjoyed them.
She’s so good. I’m really looking forward to it. Thank you, Tanya
These all sound like great books.. Hope you enjoy (at least the ones you haven’t already listened to).
Thank you, Mark!
Great haul, Wendy. I have a few of these on my shelf as well. The House on Prytania sounds good and I love that cover. I hope you enjoy them all.
Thank you, Carla! I hope you enjoy your new ones too
Such striking covers! Are you back home?
Yes, Linda. I’m finally back home!
I’ve also heard good things about Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, but haven’t read it. Happy reading!
I just finished Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow this morning and loved it so much.
I will be looking out for what you think about the Zevin book. I have loved everything I have read by her. ❤
Happy reading! 📚✨
I just finished it this morning and I loved it! ❤️
I love the look of Last Live Boat!!
I hope it’s as good as that cover! Thank you, Greg
Looks like a great haul! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Tomorrow x3. I loved that one.
I’m about halfway through Tomorrow x 3 and I’m loving it.
I haven’t read any of these, but I hope you love them all.
Thank you, Kristi
Great week! I am reading The House on Prytania as well. I loved the first book in the series.
Oh good! Now I’m even more excited to read it.
You did have a decent haul this week! I did too! Have a great weekend!
I hope you have a great weekend too.
Excellent haul Wendy! I know you will enjoy them all!🤗📚💜
Thank you, Susan
I like the sound of the Karen White book, and love Jill Shallow though I haven’t read her recently!! Great post!!
Jill Shalvis is so good! Thank you, Joann
Great haul Wendy! I hope that you enjoy all of these books. Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you, Jodie. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too.
I hope that you enjoy Tomorrow X 3. I really enjoyed it although I wasn’t sure that I would as I’m not into computer games at all. The House on Prytania looks interesting too. Happy Reading Wendy.
I”m about halfway through tomorrow x 3 and I’m loving it.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow … is on my list for the next library visit. I like the different genres of our books, especially the one set in spooky New Orleans! Have a good week.
There is quite a variety this week. Thank you, Harvee
A wonderful book haul this week, hope you enjoy them 😊
Thank you, Jenny
Last lifeboat is an emotional read!
That’s good to know, Thanks, Carol