Happy Holidays if you celebrate! 🐰 My Sunday bookstack is brought to you by sheer laziness—staying in and reading all weekend. 🤓 I’m in the midst of The Perfect Plan, but I want to wrap it up and start Pete Buttigieg’s Shortest Way Home! Or maybe Riley Sager’s Lock Every Door? I don’t effin know... what happens when your mood reading decisions become indecisive?!
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While I don’t enjoy the campiness that YA rom com novels provide, I appreciate the fact that we are living in a time where the gay community can be represented in mainstream publishing! Red, White, and Royal Blue is the book I needed as a kid, because maybe coming out wouldn’t have been so difficult for me.
Bookstagram is really an amazing community, but I was nervous joining it at first. I was a user on Goodreads, where I knew @beauty_andthebook_@givemeallthebooks@suspensethrill and @the.bookishworld.of.yrralh , but when I joined bookstagram with the handle “scared straight” with its play on words for thrillers and horror novels, I was nervous about how it would be received. As a gay man, I know the important rule of “being straight from 9-5” to get by in life, and I was nervous that I would have to do that on here as well.
Joining bookstagram really has enlightened me in some ways—I don’t feel like I need to monitor myself as much as I thought I would—and I never expected in a million years that I would have so much support and love from you guys. I haven’t been heckled on here ONCE, and I’ve only seen love and support. How amazing is that?! The core of this community is what makes it so amazing, so thank you! Thanks for showing this city boy that there’s love all over the world waiting to be shared.
Anyways, I feel like that girl on Mean Girls who wants to bake cookies and to make everyone happy (she doesn’t even go here!), but this book triggered me, so I hope you all can understand. I know my girl @novelgossip plans to read it soon, so stay tuned for her review! Have a lovey Saturday everybody.
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Alright friends, after careful deliberation (aka grabbing it right off my shelf), I’ve decided my next read that I’ll be starting (tonight) will be Bryan Reardon’s The Perfect Plan. I’m supposed to buddy read this with @novelgossip, so if you’re seeing this—👋🏻 😇! Do you have The Perfect Plan on your anticipated reads list?
SYNOPSIS: Liam Brennan teeters on the edge. Early one morning, he snaps, kidnapping a young woman who works for Drew Brennan, Liam’s older brother and the upstart candidate in a heated election. This sudden, vicious attack appears to be the beginning of an unthinkable spiral. But when it comes to the Brennan brothers, nothing is what it seems.
To the rest of the world, Liam is the troubled problem child who grew up to be his brother’s enforcer, while Drew has always been the perfect son and a charismatic leader who has his sights set on the governor’s mansion with his charming and beautiful wife, Patsy, by his side.
Now, as Liam tries to stay one step ahead of the authorities and his brother, every passing minute provides a deeper glimpse into the brothers’ past, long hidden behind a picture-perfect suburban veneer. With the threat of the truth surfacing, Liam and Drew are driven toward one final, desperate act.
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🌟 U.S. GIVEAWAY🌟 @minotaur_books was nice enough to furnish a copy of Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers for today’s giveaway! This upcoming historical fiction is a gripping story of love, betayal, mysteries, and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties in the 16th century! If you’re interested in winning this beautiful book, please enter by:
1. Liking this post
2. Follow me and @minotaur_books (I will be checking)
3. Tag a friend who may be interested. You can enter as many times as you want.
4. OPTIONAL: Repost/share this post in your story. Doing this daily gets you extra entries as well. .
Good luck to everyone! The winner will be chosen on Monday, April 22.
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😴 ☕️ It’s Thursday and that means #THROWBOOKTHURSDAY 🙌🏻 Thank you @beauty_andthebook_ and @jordys.book.club for starting this challenge, because it’s gotten me to try out books that I kind of forgotten, or passed over. Today, I’m ACTUALLY starting JP Delaney’s The Girl Before. I’ve read his other book Believe Me, and it was a lot of fun, so I’m excited to start the book that put this author on the map (I think 🤔). Have you read The Girl Before?
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Let’s talk reviews! How do you review books? Goodreads? Blogs? Or just here on bookstagram? I enjoy the Goodreads community so much, so I like to share book reviews here and on there. When reviewing, do you have notes ready to remind you, or do you go off memory? I like to think about the book and only go off memory—big picture items first! They are the most important, right?
What’s your formula for reviewing books?
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Nothing like a nice relaxing night with a good book, or five. 😂 Thanks to the tagged publishers for my tagged copies. [ #partner ] How do you relax after a long day at work?
I am soooooooo excited for Andrea Dunlop’s We Came Here To Forget! I mean, the cover alone sold me! 👇🏻Synopsis below.
SYNOPSIS: Katie Cleary has always known exactly what she wants: to be the best skier in the world. As a teenager, she leaves her home to live and train full time with her two best friends, all-American brothers Luke and Blair, whose wealthy father has hired the best coaches money can buy. Together, they are the USA’s best shot at bringing home Olympic gold.
But as the upward trajectory of Katie’s elite skiing career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will lay ruin not only to Katie’s career but to her family and her relationship with Luke and Blair.
With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?
In alternating chapters, Katie grows up, falls in love, and races down the highest peaks on the planet—while Liz is reborn, falls into lust, and sinks into the underground tango scene at the bottom of the world. From the moneyed ski chalets of the American West to the dimly lit milongas of Argentina, We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.
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☀️ Good morning everybody! ☀️ Thanks to the tagged publishers for the gifted copies. [ #partner ] Photos like this one make me want to flee to the countryside sometimes! Here’s my April TBR Part Two! Any of these on your TBR list? I threw in a Throwbook Thursday copy of The Girl Before because I may be the only person on the planet who has never read this book.
I finished The First Mistake and The Night Before, and now I venture off to The Last House Guest. I’ve never read anything by Megan Miranda, but all of you are saying she’s amazing—so I’m pumped! 😬 Have you read anything by Megan Miranda before?
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This is the concrete jungle that I call home. Hope you all have a Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was relaxing—the botanical gardens, chillen on my roof deck that just opened, and ummm GAME OF THRONES.
I really love my friendships with @shannonkirk_books and @lisaandliz—thank you so much for these gifted copies. I am NOT going to be reading these two just yet, because I have some big plans with these titles in the (not so distant) future. Keep your eyes peeled!
I don’t know what book to start next?! 🤔 What book/s are you starting your week off with?
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Yesterday’s adventures at the @nybg were amazing! The cherry blossoms were in bloom, and I felt like I was transported out of New York City for the day. Bear with me on my photos this week, because I brought a ton for the scenery. I’m sure Nate was THRILLED about it. 😂 🤷🏻♂️ Today involves reading, cleaning, and game of thrones—today is GAME OF THRONES DAY! Are you watching? I legit haven’t been this excited in forever! Let me know if you plan to watch this season.
@Sandiejones_author came out with one of my favorites last year, The Other Woman. I read her debut while I was backpacking through Ecuador last year, and actually had it when we we were at The Equator, so this won’t be the only time you’ll be seeing her new novel The First Mistake around these parts. I’ll have to think of something epic to compete with last year, but for now, enjoy the cherry blossoms. 🌸 Synopsis below.
SYNOPSIS: From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.
THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.
HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.
HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced.
Her first mistake could be her last.
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Giveaway is now closed.
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@authoralex is an amazing author. The Boy at the Door was in my Top 10 reads for 2018, so when I heard she was coming out with a new book, The Heart Keeper, I knew I needed to bump this up to the top of my reading list. I sneaked a chapter in last night, but I’m diving in today! Are you excited for The Heart Keeper?
SYNOPSIS: Two mothers. Two daughters. One heart. When Alison's beloved daughter Amalie drowns, her world turns impenetrably dark. Alison tries to hold it together throughout the bleak Fall, but in the darkest days of the Norwegian Winter she completely falls apart.
In another family, Amalie's passing is a new beginning. After years of severe health problems, young Kaia receives a new heart on the morning after Amalie drowns. Her mother Iselin has struggled to raise Kaia on her own and now things are finally looking up. She's even made an affluent new friend who's taken a special interest in her and her daughter.
Alison knows she shouldn't interfere, but really, she's just trying to help Iselin and Kaia. She can give them the life they never had, and by staying close to them, she can still be with her daughter. Kaia is just like her, and surely, something of Amalie must live on in her. As her grief transforms into a terrifying obsession, Alison won't let anything stop her from getting back what she has lost.