Amanda’s Traveling Library: Preorder Wishlist

Hey, lovelies! I’m absolutely done to do another preorder haul but with the move coming up, I knew I was going to need to wait until after we settled. So, since I can’t preorder anything, obviously all I can think about are the books coming out the rest of the year that I need to I’m buy once we’re in our new house. Since I’ve thought about this extensively, I wanted to share some upcoming releases that I will be preordering as soon as I’m unpacked.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication date: August 30, 2022
“To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her. But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.
Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.”

The Yosemite Six by Tess Sharpe
Publication date: September 27, 2022
“This second action-packed Middle Grade Novel features Maisie Lockwood on all-new adventures along with everyone’s favorite dinosaurs from Jurassic World Dominion—roaring into theaters June 10, 2022!
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion releases in theaters on June 10, 2022, bringing with it all the wonder, adventure, and thrills of one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history. This all-new motion picture event sees the return of favorite characters such as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Maisie Lockwood, Dr. Ellie Sattler, and Dr. Ian Malcolm as well as all the dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures that fans love, including Blue; Tyrannosaurus rex; and Mosasaurus! This second book in the series tells the all-new adventures of Maisie Lockwood as she navigates a world filled with dinosaurs both ferocious and friendly.”

The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal
Publication date: October 11, 2022
“Tesla Crane, a brilliant inventor and an heiress, is on her honeymoon on an interplanetary space liner, cruising between the Moon and Mars. She’s traveling incognito and is reveling in her anonymity. Then someone is murdered and the festering chowderheads who run security have the audacity to arrest her spouse. Armed with banter, martinis, and her small service dog, Tesla is determined to solve the crime so that the newlyweds can get back to canoodling–
And keep the real killer from striking again.”

Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai
Publication date: October 18, 2022
“Indian Matchmaking meets Date Night in this fun, romantic adventure in which a match-made couple about to be engaged gets caught up in a caper that puts their future—and lives—in danger. At thirty-five, with a stable job as an accountant, Mira Chaudhary wants nothing more than to find a boring man to spend the rest of her life with. Having had enough excitement in her younger days and desperately trying to escape her dysfunctional past, she turns to a matching app specializing in Indian American singles to help her find someone to settle down with.
Enter Naveen Desai. An English professor with an uneventful, normal, and—dare she say it, boring—life, Naveen is perfect. But just when things are going well, Mira receives news that her aunt has died. Suddenly a trip to Las Vegas to settle her aunt’s affairs turns into a mad dash to escape kidnappers, evade art thieves, and consorting with hackers who can decipher just what it was Mira’s aunt was involved with. Mira just hopes that Naveen isn’t chased away by the very same life of “excitement” that she’s been trying to get away from. But maybe, over the course of one wild night, Mira and Naveen will find the love connection that neither expected.”

A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Publication date: November 1, 2022
“Country music’s golden boy Colton Wheeler felt the most perfect harmony when he was with Gretchen Winthrop. But for her, it was a love him and leave him situation. A year later, Colton is struggling to push his music forward in a new direction. If it weren’t about to be the most magical time of year and the support of the Bromance Book Club, he’d be wallowing in self-pity. It’s hard for immigration attorney Gretchen not to feel a little Scrooge-ish about the excess of Christmas when her clients are scrambling to afford their rent. So when her estranged, wealthy family reaches out with an offer that will allow her to better serve the community, she’s unable to say no. She just needs to convince Colton to be the new face of her family’s whiskey brand. No big deal…Colton agrees to consider Gretchen’s offer in exchange for three dates before Christmas. With the help of the Bromance Book Club, Colton throws himself into the task of proving to her there’s a spark between them. But Gretchen and Colton will both need to overcome the ghosts of Christmas past to build a future together.”

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin
Publication date: November 1, 2022
“Every great city has a soul. A human avatar that embodies their city’s heart and wields its magic. New York? She’s got six.
But all is not well in the city that never sleeps. Though Brooklyn, Manny, Bronca, Venezia, Padmini, and Neek have temporarily managed to stop the Woman in White from invading–and destroying the entire universe in the process–the mysterious capital “E” Enemy has more subtle powers at her disposal. A new candidate for mayor wielding the populist rhetoric of gentrification, xenophobia, and “law and order” may have what it takes to change the very nature of New York itself and take it down from the inside. In order to defeat him, and the Enemy who holds his purse strings, the avatars will have to join together with the other Great Cities of the world in order to bring her down for good and protect their world from complete destruction.”

Gleanings by Neal Shusterman
Publication date: November 8, 2022
“There are still countless tales of the Scythedom to tell. Centuries passed between the Thunderhead cradling humanity and Scythe Goddard trying to turn it upside down. For years humans lived in a world without hunger, disease, or death with Scythes as the living instruments of population control.
Neal Shusterman—along with collaborators David Yoon, Jarrod Shusterman, Sofía Lapuente, Michael H. Payne, Michelle Knowlden, and Joelle Shusterman—returns to the world throughout the timeline of the Arc of a Scythe series. Discover secrets and histories of characters you’ve followed for three volumes and meet new heroes, new foes, and some figures in between.
Gleanings shows just how expansive, terrifying, and thrilling the world that began with the Printz Honor–winning Scythe truly is.”

A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication date: November 15, 2022
“The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm. Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist. And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.”

Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake
Publication date: November 22, 2022
“For Astrid Parker, failure is unacceptable. Ever since she broke up with her fiancé a year ago, she’s been focused on her career—her friends might say she’s obsessed, but she’s just driven. When Pru Everwood asks her to be the designer for the Everwood Inn’s renovation that will be broadcasted on a popular home improvement show, Innside America, Astrid knows this is the answer to everything that is wrong with her life. It’ll be the perfect distraction from her failed love life, and her perpetually displeased mother might finally give her nod of approval. However, Astrid never planned on Jordan Everwood, Pru’s granddaughter and lead carpenter for the inn’s renovation, who despises every modern design decision Astrid makes. Jordan is determined to preserve the history of her family’s inn, particularly as the rest of her life is in shambles. When that determination turns into a little light sabotage, ruffling Astrid’s perfect little feathers, the showrunners ask them to play up the tension. But somewhere along the way, their dislike for each other turns into something quite different, and Astrid must decide what success truly means. Is she going to pursue the life that she’s expected to lead, or the one she wants? “

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca
Publication date: December 6, 2022
“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’s a few books, but I’m trying to be more selective about the books I’m buying. All of these (except for Partners in Crime) are sequels to series’ I already own. Once I find my new local library, I want to visit it more often and try to read most newer releases that way (depending on their selection and whatnot). Do you have any preorders for these final months of the year?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June 2022 Book Haul

Hi, lovelies! I’m sure you’re thinking, “Really, Amanda? A book haul? Aren’t you moving in like a month? Well, yes. Yes, I am. So, most of these I’ve made sure to read right away or they are books I bought and have already read.

New Books I’ve Read

For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Nightwork by Nora Roberts

New to my TBR

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathers
Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey
The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe
The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe

Did you buy any books last month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May 2022 Book Haul

Hey, lovelies. I did a bit of buying, a bit of trading, and had some preorders arrive. My haul for May is going to look large, but I didn’t spend much money, which is the goal.

Books I’ve Read

The Roommate by Rosie Danan
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

New to my TBR

Book Lovers by Emily Henry
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan
None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Did you buy any books in May? Let me know what new books you’re excited about!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read.

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

What unread books have been on your shelves for awhile?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books that I was so excited to buy, but still haven’t read.

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

That’s all I have for this one. What about you?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s April 2022 Book Haul

Hey, lovelies! I went a little overboard last month with book buying. But I had some visitors and we went to the bookstore for the first time since just after Christmas. So, some of these were gifts and some of these were to restock my romance TBR.

New to my TBR List

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher
The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper
Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

New Books I’ve Read

Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality by Roshani Chokshi
Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Skyward Flight: The Collection by Brandon Sanderson & Janci Patterson
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

Did you buy any new books in April?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s March Book Haul

Hi, lovelies! I almost decided not to share this post this month because my book haul is considerably smaller than usual, but I figured that it was an easy post and I could talk a bit about my buying this month.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown
I’ve been slowly collecting the hardcovers of this series since reading the audiobooks from my library and falling in love with the story. So, when I saw Morning Star in a buy/sell/trade facebook group for less than $10, I knew I couldn’t pass it up even though I’m not supposed to be buying.

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
This is one of the books that I preordered at the end of last year. I love some of Bailey’s other books, so I’m excited to read this series.

Gallant by Victoria Schwab
I honestly had to treat myself with this one. On Sunday’s, I take my daughter to swimming lessons. But one Sunday last month, we were on our way and got a call that the lesson was canceled. To keep her from totally melting down (swim lessons are the highlight of her week) we went to Target. It was my first outing with both kids and it was a lot. So, I rewarded myself for surviving with the purchase of Gallant.

Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen
I have no excuses for why I bought this book. I spent entirely too much money on shipping. I actually had changed my mind about buying it, but my phone had already registered my face ID and the purchase had gone through. But this book is absolutely stunning, so I’m not even mad about it.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
This was the book I picked for the book box subscription that my MIL gifted me for Christmas. I actually already read this and enjoyed it. It was fun and a little over the top.

Did you buy any books last month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February 2022 Book Haul

Hey, lovelies! I know, I know, another book haul, Amanda? Really? But, in my defense, I just had a baby and I went full-on ‘treat myself mode’ so don’t judge me. Also, some of these are just books I’ve already talked about in my preorder book haul post, but they arrived in February, so, I’m including them here. And Target got me with their buy 2 get 1 free sale and I just couldn’t help myself.

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

I didn’t buy too many books, but I did get some new ones. So, I thought I’d share those with you. Did you do any book buying in February?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: New Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection.

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

The Becoming by Nora Roberts

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

What are your newest additions to your bookshelf?

Amanda’s July Book Haul

Hello, lovelies! It’s been another month and I have some books to haul! My birthday is August 1st, so I have some early birthday gifts, and I will have some more in my August book haul as I’m visiting family and they usually buy me a few books when I visit. I also have some books that were unhauled by a friend and she gifted them to me (thanks Ari!) and a couple I bought myself! I liked the haul post I did where I sorted them into books I’ve read and haven’t read. So, I’m going to continue that and maybe have a check in later in the year with whether I’ve read more of them or not.

New Books I’ve Read

Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

Furyborn by Claire Legrande

New Books for my TBR List

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

A Memory Called Empire by Arkday Martine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

These are all the books I’m hauling for July! I am unhauling quite a few books this month as well, so I’m not super worried about running out of space or anything. Did you buy any new books this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Borrowed/Bought Books

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic for a list of ten books is Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…(Fill in the blank. You can do 10 books you bought for the same reason, i.e., pretty cover, recommended by a friend, blurbed by a favorite author, etc. OR you could do a different reason for each pick.) I’m going to go with books I bought (or borrowed) because Amanda made me.

 

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

5. Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

6. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

7. Ancient Magic by Linsey Hall

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

9. Maximum Ride by James Patterson

10. The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

 

What did you pick for this week’s topic?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books Because

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Books I Bought/Borrowed Because… (Fill in the blank. You can do 10 books you bought for the same reason, i.e., pretty cover, recommended by a friend, blurbed by a favorite author, etc. OR you could do a different reason for each pick.) I’m going to go with my trend lately of romance. These are ten romance books I bought (or borrowed from my library) because they were read and loved by people I trust.

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Hating  Game by Sally Thorne

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

These are some of the romance books I’ve bought or borrowed because they were recommended by other readers. They are also all ones that I loved. So,  if you’re in need of romance recommenndatiionns please read any and all of these.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Twenty-Four: Books I HAD to Buy

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Hello, lovelies! Today I want to talk about those books that I just had to buy but then never ended up reading. I could probably list all of the books on my physical unread book shelf, but I’ll just list a few that really fit this post.

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Wind Rider by P.C. Cast

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

These are some of the books on my bookshelf that I just had to buy and for some unknown reason still haven’t managed to read yet.

Keep on reading lovelies, amanda.

Blogmas Day Sixteen: Black Friday Book Haul

Hellllo, lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for those Black Friday sales. There were two sales in particular that I hit up this year: Book Outlet & Barnes and Nobel. Both were impulse purchases. I originally went to Barnes and Nobel to pick up two specific books, a new release and a gift for Antonia. I ended up spending $100 on random books I found and a few books for my daughter. Book Outlet was 100% a middle of the night feeding session shopping spree. It’s always those late night baby feeds when it’s dark and I’m vulnerable that get me to make that Book Outlet order I don’t need. But! Some of the books I got were gifts. So, in this post I’m only going to include the books I bought for myself.

Barnes & Nobel

The Matchmakers List by Sonya Lalli

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.S. Fletcher

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Book Outlet

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I plan to wrap a few of these to put under the Christmas tree from Santa. I’m pretty proud of myself for not going overboard like I did last year. While I did buy these for myself, I also bought books for Antonia, my daughter, and another friend. I’m excited to get these books for Christmas, but I’m more excited about the books I’m gifting for the holiday.

What did you buy for Black Friday? Anything for yourself? Any gifts for your loved ones? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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