What I Read: Holiday Break Edition

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare: This was hilarious and emotional and reminded me exactly why I love historical romance so much.

Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes: I’ve been reading a fair amount of mythology reimaginings lately, and this was the perfect nonfiction companion. It provided some details and backstory I was missing, and will undoubtedly make future mythology readings more enjoyable.

Honestly, I’m Totally Faking It by Amanda Gambill: This had a fun premise and was mostly an enjoyable read, but somethings just missed the mark for me.

Of Manners and Murder (Dear Miss Hermione #1) by Anastasia Hastings: I’ve realized a love for historical mysteries recently, and I really enjoyed this first entry in a new series! I was on the fence about picking up book two, but a character introduced toward the end of the book convinced me to give it a try once it’s available. Thank you Minotaur for the ARC!

It Happened One Season by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern: The setup of book was really interesting: each author was given the same basic prompt and asked to write a story in their own style using the handful of plot/character details provided. I had only read from Mary Balogh in the past, so I was excited to get a small sample of writing from some new-to-me authors.

Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben: One of my more immediate reading goals is to read the Myron Bolitar series (mostly) from start to finish (I have read a few of the later books out of order). Drop Shot wasn’t one of the better Harlan Coben book I’ve read, but it was still interesting enough for me to finish in the span of one evening.

The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi: I’ve been listening to Kendra’s podcast for about a year, so I decided to finally pick up her book. Podcast listeners: a lot of this will be repeated information/advice for you, but it’s nice to have it organized in a written format. I will admit I did skim some sections that directly related to parenting, but I would recommend this book to anyone looking to be a bit more organized and intentional with their space and time.

Wicked by Piper Lawson: This was surprise bookmail (which isn’t usually that exciting but I love any and everything Valentine PR sends me!) and i’m so glad to have given it a chance! I really enjoyed Jax and Haley’s story, and there were some plot twists that completely shocked me. My copy of Wicked contains the first three books in the series (Good Girl, Bad Girl and Wicked Girl) but it felt very much like a cohesive novel (which i’m guessing is why they combined them to begin with). This isn’t my typical romance read, but it was fun to step out of my comfort zone and try something a bit different. Thank you Valentine PR for the finished copy!

The Fine Print (Dreamland Billionaires #1) by Lauren Asher: Speaking of books outside of my comfort zone…billionaire romance isn’t usually my thing, but the premise of this was too interesting to pass up. Rowan is one of three brothers who are set to inherit the Kane fortune (it’s basically a fictional version of that giant media conglomerate that owns a handful of theme parks run by a…mouse. You know the one). This was a much lighter read than I expected and I loved it! I don’t love letting series just kind of sit on my Kindle, so I’ll be picking up book two sooner rather than later (likely by the end of January, which is when book three is due to come out!)

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