Recent TBR Additions: May 2022 Edition

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! 

Recent TBR Additions: April 2022 Edition 

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 NovićTrue 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. 

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My Current Library Holds: March 2022 Edition

It’s no secret that I am an avid library patron. Having read 120+ books a year (for the past three years at least), it just would not be financially feasible (aka possible) for me to buy every single book that I read. I’ve been super fortunate throughout my blogging ‘career’ – sidenote that February/March is my five year anniversary of book blogging?!? – to receive so many books for review from publishers and I tend to buy more books than my past self would, but regardless, at least half, if not more, of my reading comes from the library. Out of the 32 books that I’ve read at the time of reading this post in 2022, 21 have been borrowed from the library.  I’m super fortunate that I have two local branches of my county library system close to my home AND that even if one of the branches doesn’t have a specific book that I’m looking for, I can put it on hold from another branch. 

For today’s post, I’m going to be sharing the books I currently have on hold from the library. The majority, if not all, are either new releases or upcoming books. I try to put anticipated books on hold as early as possible so I can be one of the first to have it when it comes in – I have noticed that likely due to supply chain demands that new releases can take weeks past their release date to come into the library system. And knowing my luck, all of these books will come in at the same time, but at least I’ll be busy reading!

Do you use the library? Have you read any books that I’ve listed here? Any on your TBR? Share in the comments! 

What I’ve Been Reading Lately & March 2022 TBR

There’s so many books that I’ve read recently AND books that I plan on reading that I want to talk about today! I’ll be sharing some mini reviews on 4 recent books that I’ve read and 4 books I have on my March 2022 TBR (plus some anticipated releases on my library holds list!)

What I’ve Recently Read 

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead (Finlay Donovan #2) by Elle Cosimano – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It was one of my favorite books of 2021 & I just reread the first book in time for the sequel, Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead. I don’t want to give spoilers for either book, but I really enjoyed how the plot built upon and connected back to the first book – and still managed to make me laugh throughout! I need the third book ASAP! My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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Recent TBR Additions: February 2022 Editions 

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. 

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February 2022 TBR

There’s a ton of books that I’d like to read over the next few weeks, & I found myself wanting to write it out & share with you all. As per usual, my TBR is very fluid/subject to change because I am the definition of mood reader – for example, I did not expect to be going down a semi YA mystery/thriller rabbit hole towards the end of January and now entering this month! I also have a ton of books & new releases on hold from the library, so depending on how many come in will also impact what I do indeed read & pick up this month (new releases either come in right during release week… or about 3-4 weeks later). Some of these books include Fake by Erica Katz, I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys, Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano, Once More with Chutzpah by Haley Neil, and Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover. 

Good Girl, Bad Blood and As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson – A few of my students get their book recommendations from Book Tok (& I hopefully a few from me!) and they told me I needed to read Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I ate up this YA murder mystery and now plan on binge-reading the next two books, Good Girl, Bad Blood and As Good As Dead.

I killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick – I read a review copy of Kit Frick’s Very Bad People and I need more of her writing. I killed Zoe Spanos was always one of those books on my TBR radar, but now I’m even more exciting to pick up this YA murder mystery up. 

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My 2022 Reread TBR

I wish I could say that I’m a reader who always rereads her favorite books…but that just isn’t the case with me! I’m definitely someone who doesn’t prioritize rereading – I reread anywhere from 5-7 books per year, which really isn’t that many given that I read 100+ books per year- but I’m hoping that I’ll stick with at least rereading the books below! For some reason, I tend to do most of my rereading in January and February – I think it partially has to do with preparing for sequels to be released, as is the case with most of the books below, and yes, waiting for shiny new 2022 releases. 

This post was also semi-inspired by the fact that I actually already re-read one book so far in 2022, which was my favorite Erin Hahn novel, More Than Maybe, before diving into Never Saw You Coming. 

 Books to Re-Read in 2022

House of Earth & Blood by Sarah J. Maas – House of Earth and Blood will most likely be my next reread, since I want to reread this first installment in the Crescent City series before picking up book #2, House of Sky & Breath, before its February 15th release. And I’ll be 100% honest, aside from some major characters and a few plot points, I really do not remember too much from House of Earth & Blood, so this reread is more than necessary. 

American Royals and Majesty by Katharine McGee – I am over-the-moon excited that we are indeed getting a third book in Katharine McGee’s American Royals series with Rivals this May. Unlike the case with Crescent City, I feel like I remember enough from Majesty to dive into Rivals (I also reread American Royals before picking up the second book), but I love binge-reading series and will likely reread books #1 & 2 before diving into Rivals. I also want to read the prequel novella that takes place at Samantha’s graduation party, Inheritance – the audiobook version will release on March 15 and the ebook version is set for release on May 3. 

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Recent TBR Additions: January 2022 Edition

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. 

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Holiday Book TBR: 2021 Edition 

I can’t believe I’m already sharing my holiday book TBR, but does anyone actually think I wouldn’t take the opportunity to talk about them??  I’m not someone to rush into the holiday season as soon as Halloween ends (okay fine, I have listened to my Christmas Spotify playlist already), but I also wanted to share the holiday books on my TBR in case you are looking to plan your festive season reading between November and December. I actually decided to share my list earlier because I myself had to put a few of the books below on hold from my library already! For the most part, I keep my holiday book TBRs short because I don’t want all of my reading in November & December to be holiday-themed and I try to stay away from over-the-top cheesy holiday books (and there may or may not be books of holidays past that I still haven’t read, like The After Life of Holly Chase, oops). 

Always, in December by Emily Stone – I totally admit that the cover alone of Emily Stone’s Always, in December drew me in. I heard this one is on the heavier side of a holiday story, as the main protagonist, Josie, lost her parents on Christmas years ago and writes them a letter each year. On the way to the mailbox, she runs into Max, who has his own reasons for avoiding the Christmas season, and the book follows them on their chance encounters over the next year – it kind’ve sounds like a deeper cross between Josie Silver’s One Day in December and Sophie Cousens’ This Time Next Year.

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer – I feel like The Matzah Ball is THE holiday romance of 2021 – it’s also the Matzah Book Soup Book Club pick for November. The Matzah Ball is a Hanukkah inspired holiday romance, following a Jewish Christmas romance novelist, Rachel, whose publisher wants her to write a Hanukkah inspired romance. 

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2022 RELEASES & NEW BOOKS: October 2021 TBR Additions 

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. 

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