This weekend, I had back-to-back beach days (I LOVE going to the beach on one of the first true summer-like days in May) & devoured Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. I’ve been on a such an amazing reading kick lately and I’m hoping to continue this season of fantastic reads with this month’s TBR additions.
(Pictured Above: Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean, Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan, Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Read, Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese, Anna:The Biography by Amy Odell)
Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any of the books I shared? Share in the comments!
My Goodreads TBR has set a new record, or at least an amount I haven’t hit in a quite awhile, at over 200 books. I really blame this on the fact that I’ve just been super into reading in general and reading new books lately. I really don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people that gets their TBR pile down, so why not embrace the madness? One thing that I do to help prioritize my reads is keep a bulleted list in my reading journal of books I’d like to read ASAP along with the books that I need to read for review.
An Offer from a Gentleman (Bridgerton #3) by Julia Quinn – Blame this addition on my love for The Viscount Who Loved Me (the book) and my obsession over Bridgerton S2 and figuring out who the main love interests might be in season 3 (unless we get some somber of Benedict/Colin.Eloise hybrid). An Offer from a Gentleman is Benedict’s love story – I loved seeing on screen in the show so I’m looking forward to seeing how the book version compares.
True Biz by Sara Nović – True Biz has been getting a ton of buzz since it was chosen as a Book of the Month pick for April. I actually found about it through Book Page – if you use your local library, do they offer Book Page? I’m obsessed! True Biz is set at a residential school for the deaf, following two students and the school’s headmistress.
The Chicken Sisters by K.J. Dell’Antonia – Do you get any book recommendations from author blurbs? I definitely do! I was reading a recent favorite, Sadie on a Plate, which is blurbed by K.J. Dell’Antonia. I definitely blame the fog that was 2022 on not knowing about her book & Reese’s Book Club pick, The Chicken Sisters, which sounds like foodie book meets family drama.
Another month, another round of books I’ve recently added to my TBR. I definitely shouldn’t be adding books to my TBR (FYI please always keep adding books), in that I have piles of library books, spring 2022 ARCs, and the beasts that are Sarah J. Maas’ two HUGE Crescent City books sitting on my bedside table.
Seoulmates (Seoul #2) by Jen Frederick – Jen Frederick’s Heart & Seoul has gotten mixed reviews among readers, but I personally really enjoyed this contemporary/contemporary romance (this book definitely leans more so on the women’s fiction side than contemporary romance) last summer. The first book follows a young woman who goes to Korea to find her birth mother. The first book ends with a semi plot twist/cliffhanger, so I’m looking forward to picking up book #2, Seoulmates.
Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng – Celeste Ng is just one of those authors where you don’t need to know much about the book before adding it to your TBR. My ‘claim to fame’ is that I read a review copy of Little Fires Everywhere before it became a bestseller and then was adapted for Hulu, but the point is I’ve been waiting for a new book of hers since then! The book comes out on October 4th.
New year, new (to me) books on my TBR! I haven’t share a recent TBR additions post since the fall, so I figured it was time to share some backlist books that I’ve recently added…and of course some upcoming 2022 releases I’m really looking forward to picking up in the spring!
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub – As I always forewarn in my annual anticipated releases posts, there are ALWAYS upcoming books I find out about after sharing those lists/get my mad at myself for not including in those posts, like Emma Straub’s 2022 release, This Time Tomorrow. I love Emma Straub’s adult fiction novels, and I love the premise of This Time Tomorrow – right before her 40th birthday, the main protagonist is transported back to her sixteen year old self in 1996. The books come out on May 31st.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune – Another 2022 release that sounds right up my alley, I found out about Carley Fortune’s Every Summer After through author Hannah Orenstein’s Instagram story. This book sounds right up my alley, taking place over the course of six years and following the relationship between best friends Persephone and Sam during their summers in a lake town. The book comes out on May 10th.
I’m in a situation this October where I’ve added more books to my TBR than the actual amount of books I’ve read, oops. Definitely missing my 20+ book a month summer reading, but my books this fall have been really quality reads AND I’m looking forward to the following books on my TBR. Today’s recent TBR addition round feature some 2022 releases I am SO, SO looking forward to and some recent releases.
Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens – Did anyone read that title to the tune of the same song by Michael Bublé? Sophie Cousens’ debut, This Time Next Year, was one of the most popular books last year & one that I really enjoyed. Her sophomore novel coming out this November follows a woman on vacation who is convinced that the man she’s mixed up her suitcase with is the one.
The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson –The Magic of Found Objects was Bad on Paper Podcast’s Book Club pick for September 2021. I had the book on hold from the library, but it didn’t come in until this week. This book sounds super unique, following two best childhood friends who decide to give up on romance & marry each other. I plan on diving into Maddie Dawson’s backlist if I like this one!
One Night on the Island by Josie Silver – I really enjoyed Josie Silver’s One Day in December and LOVED, LOVED The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, so I cannot wait to read her February 2022, One Night on the Island, following two people who are very much in need of a vacation on a remote Irish island & are accidentally booked to share the same cabin.
As promised in my March 2021 Recent TBR Additions, I’m back with another monthly TBR additions list! Compared to March, I thought I hadn’t been adding as many books to my TBR this month, but as evidenced by this post, I’m still hitting the ‘add to shelf’ button on Goodreads pretty frequently. I feel like I haven’t been reading as much as I did last month so far in April – I’ve been averaging about 2 books a week – but it makes me even more excited for May when I graduate from grad school and in theory, should have some more reading time as summer kicks in.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – I’ve been in a big non-fiction mood lately. I usually try to read 1 nonfiction book a month, but I think I’m actually going to be reading multiple non-fiction reads or memoirs over April and May. Given my love for Star Wars over the past year, I can’t believe I didn’t have Carrie Fisher’s memoir, The Princess Diarist, on my TBR sooner. This one will soon be moving off my TBR, since I just picked it up from the library on Saturday.
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb – I’ve been reaching for more contemporary meets mystery books lately, which led me to one of Book of the Month’s picks, The Hunting Wives. When Sophie’s family moves to Texas, she soon finds herself befriending a socialite, Margot, and her elite clique, The Hunting Wives. The Hunting Wives comes out on May 18th.
Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz – Compare any book to Below Deck and I’m there. This November 2021 release follows yacht stewardess Jo and her quest to finish a bucket list of thirty things before her birthday. Things get completed turned upside down when a family tragedy occurs and Jo finds her two nieces joining her for the summer, helping her finish her list.
I think it’s time to just make my recent TBR additions a monthly feature on the blog because I love writing these posts so much… but maybe not as much as I love adding books to my to-be-read pile apparently. Despite being busy with school and work, I think I’ve actually been on a pretty normal reading pace. According to Goodreads, I’m currently 8 books ahead of schedule to meet my Goodreads goal of reading 75 books in 2021 and on track to meet my real goal of reading at least 100 books. As we get deeper into spring release season, I’ve been finding more & more 2021 releases I want to read ASAP, including a few books featured below.
The Flatshare and The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary – After LOVING Beth O’Leary’s The Switch last week, I added both her debut and 2021 release to my TBR. I am SO into the synopsis of The Road Trip – Addie and her sister are roadtripping to Scotland for a wedding when they’re forced to continue the journey with Addie’s ex after a car accident – and I feel like The Flatshare is such a must-read for British contemporary fans like me. The Road Trip comes out on June 1, 2021.
Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1) by Mia P. Manansala – You probably can infer based on my taste in contemporary romances that I am such a fan of Berkley (the publisher). I’m really excited to check out a mystery from this publisher & Mia P. Manansala’s Arsenic and Adobo has been described as a cozy culinary mystery. Arsenic and Adobo comes out on May 4, 2021.Read More »
Last year, I shared a few recent TBR additions posts and I want to keep up the trend more frequently in 2021 – maybe I’ll share each season! I love these blog posts because it’s fun to share my recent reading cravings and also got feedback from you if you’ve read the book or have similar recommendations. I’m not the type of reader whose goal it is to get their TBR down to single digits or 0. I actually enjoy knowing that there’s always books I’m looking forward to reading one day.
shine your icy crown (you are your own fairy tale #2) by amanda lovelace – I absolutely loved the first collection in amanda lovelace’s you are your own fairy tale poetry series, break your glass sippers, in 2020 – so much so that I can’t believe I didn’t realize the second installment is coming out next week until I was generously given a copy for review by the publisher!! I cannot wait to dive into shine your icy crown on a cozy weekend day ASAP. shine your icy crown comes out on January 26.
Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst – I discovered Jennifer Probst’s Our Italian Summer through Emily Henry’s Instagram last week. I recently read The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, and I’m so ready to once again dive into the Italian setting. The book follows three generations of women as they embark on a summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy.Read More »
Last week, I officially hit my unofficial goal of reading 100 books in 2020! I’m not sure if I’ll pass my 2019 reading total of 127 books, but regardless, I am so happy about how much I have read this year, given that the world has been a mess and I’ve been going to school throughout all of it.
One of the reasons why I’ve been able to read 100+ books per year for the past 3 years is likely because I’m always adding books to my to-be-read pile. I haven’t done a TBR additions post since May, & today I’ll be sharing some books I’ve added to my TBR over the past few weeks.
Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5) by Jasmine Guillory
As a contemporary romance reader, I feel that it’s time for meto finally dive into a Jasmine Guillory novel. I know Party of Two is the fifth companion book in The Wedding Date series, and I should probably read one of the other books first, but I’m too intrigued by this installment’s political synopsis (a lawyer starts dating a high-profile politician). If you’ve read these books, let me know if I should read the first four companion books firs
Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu
You likely know that I am more than willing to read ANY book about a wedding, and I am so intrigued by Diksha Basu’s Destination Wedding. The main character and her best friend travel to India for her cousin’s weeklong wedding, with plenty of family drama and relationship drama in store.
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story by Bess Kalb
I’ve been doing a mini deep dive into non-fiction and memoirs in 2020, and the next memoir on my list is Bess’ Kalb’s Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. The book follows Bess Kalb’s relationship with her grandmother and four generations of women in their family. The novel is told in her grandmother’s voice. I’ll likely borrow this one as physical copy from the library, but I’m thinking about reading it as an audiobook. Read More »