My Most Anticipated 2020 Releases

Hello! These are not in any particular order. There are also a ton of other books I’m excited for, but these are mostly books by authors I have read other books from—except for Kate Elizabeth Russell. These are authors I look for every year to see if they’re releasing anything new. I’m very patiently waiting for Celeste Ng to write another one.

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Publication date: 3/24

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Publication date: 4/21

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication date: 3/10

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Publication date: 1/7

Network Effect by Martha Wells

Publication date: 5/5

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Publication date: 7/7

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication date: 4/28

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Publication Date: 7/14

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Publication date: 3/10

Credence by Penelope Douglas

Publication date: 1/14

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Publication date: 3/24

A friend told me that Taylor Jenkins Reid has another one coming out, but Goodreads doesn’t have a release date for it. That’s why I didn’t include it. It’s called Malibu Burning if you wanted to go add it to your TBR.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Have Read and Would Like in My Personal Library (8/27/19)


  • That Artsy Reader Girl – Posts a topic every Tuesday, and the goal is to come up with answers to that post. You don’t have to have ten answers. It can be 2, 5, 10, 20, 100, etc. It’s whatever works for you. You can also put a twist on a topic.
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Book I’ve read and would like in my personal library:

  1. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  2. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  3. The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
  4. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  5. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  6. All Systems Red (and the rest of the series) by Martha Wells
  7. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
  8. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Book Review: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

406 pages

ISBN: 9781976333088 (Paperback)

Published: April 16th, 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre: Romance

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5

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He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.

I am.


I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.


Yippee! I finally finished another book. *Bows* Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all night.

I do not read romance, but I honestly think it’s growing on me. It helps me climb out of a slump. It’s very easy to read, and usually entertaining. You also get the perks of steamy romantic scenes. How have I not read more romance before? I will say that a romance book does need to have a story. It can’t just be pure sex. This book was such a great balance of both.

I think the most prominent aspect to focus on is the relationships between all the characters. It was more than just love triangles, and sex. There is a lot of family drama, and it gets pretty sad. Jordan, the main female protagonist, doesn’t have a good relationship with her family. Cole, Jordan’s boyfriend in the beginning, struggles to find himself, therefore struggling to hold a relationship with anyone. Pike, Cole’s father, has to deal with his job, his ex, and his son. He has a lot on his hands, but he handles it quite well for what all happens. There are some side characters that I really love, and some that I absolutely despise! Despise is actually too nice of a word. *cough* *cough* Jay *cough* *cough*

This is definitely a taboo romance, but as soon as I heard the synopsis, I had to read it. You don’t even focus on the age difference between Pike, and Jordan. You are rooting for them the entire time. I will say that the ending moves quite fast. It ended a lot faster than I expected for a 400 page romance novel. That is probably the reason I docked it half of a star. It’s a cute ending, but definitely one that may have been a little rushed.

I didn’t go into this expecting much at all. Is that common when it comes to romance novels? I feel like it is. Yes, there were things I didn’t like, but it wasn’t enough for me to drop my rating anymore. I recommend it if you are looking for a nice, steamy romance. It’s worth it. It’s very entertaining, and will probably suck you out of a slump.

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