NetGalley Checklist: Books Being Published in April

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Publication: 4/7/20 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

368 pages

ISBN: 9780593085424

Goodreads blurb:

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut. 

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Publication: 4/7/20 by Atria Books

352 pages

ISBN: 9781982136116

Goodreads blurb:

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention—and maybe just win each other back in the process.

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

Publication: 4/14/20 by Berkley

336 pages

ISBN: 9781984804938

Goodreads blurb:

In a funny, insightful, and life-affirming debut, Brooke Fossey delivers an unflinching look at growing old, living large, and loving big, as told by a wise-cracking man who didn’t see any of it coming.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Publication: 4/21/20 by Viking

432 pages

ISBN: 9780525429760

Goodreads blurb:

The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her. 

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Publication: 4/21/20 by Ace: Berkley Pub

384 pages

ISBN: 9781984805997

Goodreads blurb:

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication: 4/28/20 by Berkley

384 pages

ISBN: 9780451491756

Goodreads blurb:

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

Thank you to all of the publishers / NetGalley for the early digital copies! I also won The Big Finish in a Goodreads giveaway, so thank you to Goodreads as well.

Let me know if any of you would be interested in the books being released each month on my NetGalley checklist! This way it would make these a decent length without listing ALL of them in one post.

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Blogmas Day 8: POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020


Happy BLOGMAS day 8!

This one is a bit of a doozy, but I really wanted to share my plans for the 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. If you are participating and want to use some of these, then go ahead! It’s honestly my favorite whether I complete it or not. 2020 will be my third year trying to complete it. I’m going to make it my goal to succeed. I will also have a permanent link on my blog where I’ll update as I go. 

Disclaimer: I didn’t link the books to Goodreads because that would’ve taken way too long. I apologize for my laziness. Maybe next year.

A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader : 

11/22/63 by Stephen King

A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title : 

Gold by Chris Cleave

The Other’s Gold  by Elizabeth Ames

A book by a WOC : 

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

A book with at least a 4-star rating on Goodreads : 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Circe by Madeline Miller

A book you meant to read in 2019 : 

I’ll leave this blank because I could literally choose every book on my TBR. 

A book about or by a woman in STEM : 

Code Girls by Liza Mundy

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

A book that won an award in 2019 : 

The Overstory by Richard Powers

A book on a subject you know nothing about : 

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

A book published the month of your birthday : 

Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Violet by Scott Thomas

A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics : 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

A book with a pun in the title : 

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins : 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character : 

Network Effect by Martha Wells

A book by an author with flora or fauna in the name : 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

A book with a map : 

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

An anthology : 

The Displaced by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke 

A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated : 

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding – The Arrangement: TV Series (2017)

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin – Escape Room: Movie (2019)

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – The Immortalists: Movie (2014)

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – Dark Matter: TV Series (2015)

A book with an upside-down image on the cover : 

The Outsider by Stephen King

Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

A bildungsroman : 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

A book with a great first line : 

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

The Book of Essie by Meghan Weir

A book about a book club : 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

A book by a trans/nonbinary author : 

Clean by Juno Dawson

A book that’s published in 2020 : 

I would leave this blank, but my most anticipated read is Home Before Dark by Riley Sager! 

A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics : 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Barcelona, Spain

A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club : 

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes – Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine

A book with a bird on the cover : 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

A book about or involving social media : 

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Little Wonders by Kate Rorick

A book that has a book on the cover : 

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

A medical thriller : 

The Stand by Stephen King

Post mortem by Patricia Cornwell

A book with a made-up language : 

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

A book set in a country beginning with “C” : 

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton – Cuba

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – Canada

A book you picked because the title caught your attention : 

The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee

The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

A book with a three-word title : 

The Dutchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Whisper Man by Alex North

A book with a pink cover : 

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

A Western : 

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A book by or about a journalist : 

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Read a banned book during Banned Books Week : 

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis – Banned in Australia for awhile.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge : 

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – New York City, NY. 

The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed : 

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (Good thing I read the first book in the series.) 

A book that passes the Bechdel test : 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


A book written by an author in their 20s : 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title : 

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

A book with a character with vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) : 

Avatar: The Last Airbender by Gene Luen Yang (Toph is blind)

A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics : 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A book set in the 1920s : 

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

A book by an author who has written more than 20 books : 

Gerald’s Game or Misery by Stephen King

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

A book with more than 20 letters in its title : 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

A book published in the 20th century : 

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

A book from a series with more than 20 books : 

Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

A book with a main character in their 20s : 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Blogmas Day 7: Favorite Book Quotes


Happy BLOGMAS day 7!

I’ve posted in the past about my favorite book quotes. Many a book has been read since then, and I’m excited to give you all an updated list! I still stick by the old quotes though. Here are the old posts, if you’re interested:

Top Ten Tuesday (3/6/18)

Top Ten Tuesday (4/30/19)

“Of all that we’re asked to give others in this life, the most difficult to offer may be forgiveness.” – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

“Love comes in many forms, and pain is no different.” – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

“Never underestimate the passion of a lonely mind.” – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“We therefore are creatures determined by nature, lacking will of our own.” – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“There is a hole where my heart once was. In its place, your history.” – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“I think we should all work hard to ensure that substance matters more than labels—that’s the society I strive to live in.” – Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson

“One can be ready to give up the children one always wanted, one can be ready to withstand remarks about one’s past, or one’s clothes, but then-a tiny remark and the soul deflates and says: Oh.” – My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

“It may be the luckiest and purest thing of all to see time sharpen to a single point. To feel the world rise up and shake you hard, insisting that you rise, too, somehow. Someway. That you come awake and stretch, painfully. That you change, completely and irrevocably—with whatever means are at your disposal—into the person you were always meant to be.” – Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

“So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?” – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“You could go to war with the world, but the world would always win.” – The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

“If reassurances could dull pain, nobody would ever go to the trouble of pressing grapes.” – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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Blogmas Day 4: WWW Wednesday (12/4/19)


Happy BLOGMAS day 4!

This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. You answer three simple questions: What are you currently reading, what have you recently finished reading, and what do you anticipate you’ll read next?

Make sure that you link back to the host!

What have you recently finished reading?

Bunny by Mona Awad ★★✩✩✩

Goodreads Review

Giant Days vol. 3 by John Allison ★★★★✩

Instagram Review

What are you currently reading?

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Thoughts: I really enjoyed the beginning of this one, but I’m almost 50% in and I’m not all that interested in what’s happening. It’s very easy to get through though.

The Light After the War by Anita Abriel

Thoughts: I’m 30% of the way through this NetGalley ARC, and I am enjoying myself. This is a historical fiction novel, and it’s not at all hard to read or confusing. There are a lot of good quotes, and I haven’t read a story quite like it. I’ll let you all know what I think in my monthly wrap.

What do you anticipate you’ll read next?

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: I pulled this out of my TBR jar, and it comes out at the end of December. If that’s not a sign to read it this month, then I don’t know what is.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: I pulled this one out of my physical TBR jar.

Giant Days vol. 3 by John Allison: This is a graphic novel series that I have been enjoying between full-length novels.

P.S: I have an exciting post coming out on December 12th that I’m super excited for. I really wanted at least one really special blog post this month, and I guess December 12th is that day. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Blogmas Day 3 – Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads


Happy BLOGMAS day 3!

Rules for Top Ten Tuesday:

Every Tuesday there is a new topic that you will find over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The goal is to give your top ten answers, but you can give as many as you want. Put a twist on the topic to make it work for you!

Most importantly, make sure you link to the host (That Artsy Reader Girl ↑).

Happy Blogmas day 3, friends! I don’t typically read books during a specific time of year. This was meant to be books I love to read during the holiday season, but I’m going to give you all holiday book options. I can’t tell you a single holiday book that I have read. These are just some on my radar, or ones I think a lot of people would be interested in.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger

We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

Single All the Way by Karen King

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

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Blogmas Day 2: December 2019 TBR


Happy BLOGMAS day 2! I just wanted to make it clear to everyone that not every day is going to be a post relating to Christmas. I would go absolutely insane. I’m just putting out a post every day—some are holiday themed and some aren’t.

Anyway, December is the first month where I make use of my TBR jars! I have one for my physical books and one for my NetGalley ARCs. I also need to pick a library book but that isn’t hard to do at all. I have thirty books checked out at any given time.

Physical Book Pick:

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: This is very short and hopefully easy to get through. Have any of you read this one? Did you enjoy it (no spoilers, please!)

NetGalley Book Pick:

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: This was perfect because it comes out on December 31st. I’ll probably start this sooner rather than later.

Library Book Pick:

Where do I start?

These are the three main options:

– Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren: I have this on NetGalley—never got around to it, unfortunately.

– The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin: I’ve heard so many good things about this.

– One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski: I did get this one on NetGalley as well, but I never got around to it, so now I have it out from my library.


These will be ones I read if I just so happen to finish all of those or ones I have already started. I like to start the month off fresh and that usually means I put things down from the previous month. Don’t judge.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: I’m a little over 100 pages into this one. I was really enjoying it, but it’s not keeping my interest.

Giant Days Vol. 3 & Giant Days Vol. 4 by John Allison: I’m a little less than half way into volume 3, and I am hoping to start/finish volume 4.

The Light After the War by Anita Abriel: I’m 30% of the way into this one. It’s very easy to read, so I’m sure I can finish this one. This is also a NetGalley ARC—releases 2/4/20.

I would like to stick to just these books. I hate not having structure to my reading. This will also help me keep up with my NetGalley books. I’m very behind and I feel so bad. I have hit 80% before, and I would love to get back up there. December will be the catalyst for a successful 2020.

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ARC Book Review: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Thank you to Berkley / NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy in exchange for an honest review! 

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Published 11/5/2019 by Berkley

ISBN: 9781984806093

339 pages (Goodreads says there is 320 pages, but the copy I’m reading goes to 339)

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Rom-Com

Rating: ★★★★☆

Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Goodreads Synopsis:

The first rule of this book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.


*I am late with my review, but any quote(s) used are from the finished copy.

“I’m the kind of baseball wife who still isn’t sure the difference between a no-hitter and a perfect game, and you know what? It doesn’t matter. Because I didn’t marry baseball. I married Gavin, a man with more integrity than you could ever dream of having.”

I’m quite behind on writing reviews. I’ve hit some sort of reading sprint, and I can’t stop. I finished two books in one weekend, which never happens to me. I’m slowly getting all of my thoughts together for each book.

Characters | 

The characters were all pretty interesting. I thought that the members of the book club were funny. They all had their flaws though, and some bothered me more than others.

I started out hating Gavin, then Thea started showing her true colors. Her mothering skills were fantastic. She treats her daughters like they matter, which I don’t see very often in novels. She has a semi-strong bond with her sister, which is great. I just don’t like how she treats Gavin. If you don’t want to give him the light of day, then just end it right then and there. Instead, she eggs it on. That kills me! The reader understands why, like, right at the end of the book. I get that she has a depressing past, but that doesn’t mean you need to take it out on other people. I just didn’t end up liking her that much, unfortunately.

I didn’t care for Liv and the way she treated Gavin. It wasn’t any of her business as to why Gavin was still staying at the house. I understand she was trying to take care of her sister but, there are boundaries. She was probably my least favorite character, other than Mack, who is part of the book club.

Story |

I would consider this a slow-burn romance. Nothing steamy happens until closer to the end, but I’m into the rom-com novels. This could totally be a movie! I would watch it.

The story focuses on Gavin and his desire to keep his marriage together after he supposedly tore it apart. The issue is that they both play a pretty big role in what path their marriage is going down. The reader learns a lot about Thea’s past and her relationship with her parents. I won’t spoil that for you since it’s a significant piece of information in the novel. I’m sure it won’t be a surprise to anyone who reads/watches rom-coms.

I loved this so much. This is romantic, but it also has a lot of familial dynamics. Thea and Gavin have two twin daughters, Ava and Amelia, who make it even harder to make a decision regarding their marriage. Oh yeah, did I also mention Thea’s sister, Liv? She plays a role in the whole ordeal too. She also has a lot of turmoil with their parents. Thea and Liv stick together. Let’s just say that Liv isn’t a fan of Gavin and vice versa.

My issues with the story: There was a point that I just wanted it to come to an end. This isn’t a very long book, but it does get redundant, I guess. It is still very fast-paced, regardless. It was a five-star read up until around page 260. I found myself not wanting to continue on, or just skipping to the end to see what happens.

I also found myself not wanting to read the excerpts of the novel. Obviously, the two stories are similar to one another, except one is from the 1800s and one is present day. The situations are different. I just didn’t care about those characters. Thank God that doesn’t show up too often.

Writing | 

I found the sex scenes to be very well done! They are scarce and short-lived, but they were 10/10. Good description of everything!
This is a romance novel, so don’t go into this expecting it to blow your mind. I found it to be a bit more sophisticated. The book club members have a very diverse vocabulary, which surprised me.

Overall | 

I would totally buy this for my shelves! I enjoyed it a lot, and I recommend it if you’re interested or if you need a funny, steamy, fast-paced read. This is the type of book that will lift you out of your reading slump, for sure! Go pick it up and show it some love.

“Love is enough.”
“It’s always enough.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life


Rules for Top Ten Tuesday:

Every Tuesday there is a new topic that you will find over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The goal is to give your top ten answers, but you can give as many as you want. Put a twist on the topic to make it work for you!

Most importantly, make sure you link to the host (That Artsy Reader Girl ↑).

1. The biggest change is that I don’t really read YA anymore (I’m not saying there is anything wrong with it, it’s just not my cup of tea). When I first started reading on a daily basis, I thought I would only be able to comprehend YA. Now my comprehension struggle is with literary fiction and some SF/F.
2. I have an e-reader now, so e-books are a thing. The big reason I started reading e-books is because I started using NetGalley. It’s such an awesome website, and I am very thankful that it exists!
3. I fell in love with historical fiction. I used to think it was a boring genre that nobody wanted to read.
4. I have started to create TBRs each month. This is a recent change in my reading life.
5. I would never buy books, and now I have two big bookshelves almost full.
6. I read multiple books at once. It’s quite difficult for me to only focus on one book at a time. Life is too short to only read one book lol.
7. I listen to audio books A LOT now.
8. I buddy read sometimes.
9. I do read a little bit faster.
10. I participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge every year.

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Fall Bucket List Book Tag


  • Link back to the creator: Read By Tiffany
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics, or create your own!
  • Tag 7 other people, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. The hype surrounding Harry Potter is never-ending.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I thought the Gentleman Bastards were hilarious together. It was a lot of fun to read.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

I can’t think of a single book I’ve read that involves a talented chef. I’ve read a lot of books involving characters who bake. The most recent one is The Story of  Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illu.)

I tag anyone who wants to participate. You can just say that I tagged you!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookmarks


Rules for Top Ten Tuesday:

Every Tuesday there is a new topic that you will find over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The goal is to give your top ten answers, but you can give as many as you want. Put a twist on the topic to make it work for you!

Most importantly, make sure you link to the host (That Artsy Reader Girl ↑).

  1. An actual bookmark
  2. Post-It note
  3. Check-out slip
  4. Bobby pin (don’t ask)
  5. Envelope
  6. Gum wrapper
  7. Little piece of paper I ripped off something
  8. Sometimes I flip it over and leave it open.
  9. Pen/pencil
  10. I can’t think of anymore, but I have used the dust jacket before.

What’s the weirdest bookmark you have ever used?

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