Top Ten Tuesday -1/31/23- Comfort Reads

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Jana will post a prompt each week, and we readers will make our post based on that prompt. We also can do our own thing if we don’t have ideas for the topic that week. This week, our topic is a freebie, so I decided to do some comfort reads for me. 

1- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee- YA Contemporary 

2- Heartstopper by Alice Osemen- YA Contemporary Romance  (Graphic Novel)

3- Spoiler Alert by Oliva Dade- Adult Contemporary

4- Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake- Adult Contemporary Romance 

5- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord -YA Contemporary

6- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- Adult Historical Fiction

7- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston – YA Contemporary Romance 

8- Geekerella by Ashley Poston-YA Contemporary Romance 

9- Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills-YA Contemporary 

10- The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz- Middle-Grade Contemporary 

This Is Not My Home Blog Tour- Review & Favorite Quotes

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the This Is Not My Home Blog Tour.

About the Book

enre: Children’s Picture Book
Publishing date: January 24th, 2023

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Rep: Taiwanese-American

Synopsis:

From debut author-illustrator duo Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh comes a humorous and heartfelt reverse immigration story that will resonate across cultures and show us how a place can become home.

This is not my backyard barbecue.
This is not our car, these are not my fireflies.
This is not my farmers market and…
This is not my home.

When Lily’s mom announces their family must move back to Taiwan to take care of her elderly Ah Ma, Lily is devastated to leave behind her whole life for a place that is most definitely not her home. But Lily soon realizes, through the help of her family and friends, what home means to them. And perhaps someday—maybe not today, but someday—it might become her home too. 

Favorite Quotes

“And the Fireflies at Parsley Park?”

“We have to go back to take care of Ah Ma.”

“This  is not my home.”

“I miss home, Lily said in a quiet voice.”

“I’m sorry. I know this is not you’re home.”

“Mamma? Yes? This is My Home.”

Review

Rating: 4 stars

Characters

This was a children’s story with memorable characters. Lily was a fantastic main character, and I could relate to her in a few ways. Lily was brave because as much as she didn’t want to leave her home to go back to Thailand, she did and she was open to trying new things. I loved how much Lily grew at the end of this story. 

Plot

This is Not My home had a simple story for kids, but it was one that was easy for kids and adults to enjoy. Lily is going through a change and needs to leave the only place she’s ever known. On the opposite side, Lily’s mother missed Thailand, and she was very excited to go back home, and find part of herself in the country she left again. In the end, this brought Lily and her mother back together, because they both had a connection to a place that they loved. I loved this story because it brought Lily and her mom closer. 

Writing 

This is Not My Home had a writing style that was simple and easy to follow. The light tone works perfectly for this story. There were also some serious moments in this novel because it talks about leaving a place you love, and the only place you’ve ever known, This is Not My home could be read by kids by themselves, or as a book with their family. 

Art

This is Not My Home was illustrated by Eugenia Yoh, and I loved the style. Art plays a big part in children’s books because a lot of the story is told through art. I loved the color palette of this story, and how the art worked with the story.  

Enjoyment 

I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to fans of children’s novels and reverse immigration stories.

About the Authors

Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh met at Washington University in St. Louis. Eugenia studied Communication Design and now works at Chronicle Books. Vivienne studies Economics and is still stuck in St. Louis.
They hope to continue telling stories that simplify seemingly universal ideas through humor. When they are not discussing their next book concept, they can be found at a lake, a library, or in the yogurt section of Whole Foods. Who is this dog? We do not know. We found her in North Carolina.

Joint Website | Vivienne’s Website | Vivienne’s Twitter | Vivienne’s Instagram | Vivienne’s Goodreads | Eugenia’s Website | Eugenia’s LinkedIn | Eugenia’s Instagram | Eugenia’s Goodreads | Eugenia’s Etsy

Blog Tour and Instagram Schedules

January 23rd
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Paws.Read.Repeat – Review
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

January 24th
heylittlesiren – Promotional Post
Twirling Book Princess – Review

January 25th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
The Litt Librarian – Review

January 26th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
The Bookish Coven – Review
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

January 27th
Lemmi Bookmark That! – Review
Dear Rivarie – Review, Journal Spread

January 28th
TheGeekishBrunette – Promotional Post
Gina Rae Mitchell – Review

January 29th
Pagies of Novels – Review & Favorite Quotes
Nursebookie – Top 5 Reasons to Read This Is Not My Home

January 23rd
emmamustread – Review
paw.read.repeat – Content Creator’s Choice
jenjenreviews – Content Creator’s Choice
The Thought Scribbler’s Blog – Review

January 24th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
mellasmusings – Favorite Quotes
heylittlesiren – Content Creator’s Choice

January 25th
allielovestoread – Review & Favorite Quotes
dreaminginpages – Review
thelittlibrian – Content Creator’s Choice

January 26th
ninebookishlives – Promotional Post
foiblesandfiction – Review
popthebutterfly – Content Creator’s Choice

January 27th
luna_reads_ – Journal Spread
whisperingprose – Review
lemmibookmarkthat – Content Creator’s Choice

January 28th
quirkylitlover – Promotional Post
castella.and.novellas – Review & Favorite Quotes
thegeekishbrunette – Content Creator’s Choice

January 29th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
peireads – Promotional Post
get.outside.and.read – Review
paiges_of_novels – Content Creator’s Choice
nurse_bookie – Content Creator’s Choice

Top Ten (Eleven) Tuesday- New to Me Authors in 2022

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of list,and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on that prompt, We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have ideas for the topic that week. This week, our topic is: Favorite new to me authors of 2022.

1- Ashley Herring Blake (Deliliah Green Doesn’t Care)

2- Tamsyn Muir (Gideon the Ninth)

3- Racquel Marie (Ophelia After All)

4- Sabaa Tahir (All My Rage)

5- A.J. Sass (Ellen Outisde the Lines)

6- Alice Osemen (Heartstopper)

7- Jenifer Dugan (Hot Dog Girl)

8- Claribel A. Oretega (Frizzy)

9- Malinda Lo (Last Night at the Telegraph Club, A Scatter of Light)

10- Matthew Mercer & various (Vox Machina Origins Volumes 1-2)

Honorable Mention

11- Marieke Nijkamp (Critical Role: Vox Machina- Kith & Kin)

Cookie Monsters

About the Book

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing date: January 27th, 2023

Goodreads Amazon Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Synopsis:

A fun, fast-paced novel about friendship, family, fighting for what’s right, and standing out from the crowd while standing up for yourself. 

Twelve-year-old Brooklyn Ace is ready to take the Valentine World Scouts by storm and build her own cookie empire. She nearly won the top cookie selling spot last year and is determined to make her mom—who recently passed away—proud by coming in first this time around. With her fabulous best friends by her side, Brooklyn knows she’ll become Santa Monica’s District Cookie Queen. The crown is practically in the bag. 

Then Piper Parker arrives. 

Piper has a rich dad, a fancy hotel, and a drive to steal the cookie crown right off Brooklyn’s head. Before long, most of the seventh grade is under Piper’s spell. But Brooklyn is in it to win the biggest cookie war the school has ever seen. With the help of her cookie squad, her rockstar grandmother, her super cool therapist, and a lot of self-love and inner growth, maybe—just maybe—Brooklyn can end up a winner after all.

Quotes

Then there’s sleeping in, and waking up to brunch, which means pancakes or French toast for breakfast, which c’mon, is basically dessert. 

I’m always here if you want to talk about your feelings. They’re here, and they matter. 

Lyric shoves me out of the way and screeches into the screen door, “calling the cops on a bunch of scouts? What do you think we’re going to do, start a campfire on your lawn and make s’mores?” 

Brooklyn, I know it’s hard to open up to someone you don’t really know and to tell them how you’re doing. That’s totally understandable if that’s even how you’re feeling.

And no, it isn’t my mom’s voice out there convincing everyone to buy cookies from me. It is mine. 

But you used everything you’ve learned from her and put it all into being the best version of yourself- and she’s a big part of that. 

Review

Rating: 5 stars 

Rep: BIPOC, Mental Illness. 

Characters

Cookie Monsters had fantastic characters to me. Brooklyn had been through a lot in the last year, and she was just trying to do well in the cookie-selling competition in memory of her mother. Piper Parker was the antagonist, and you didn’t know much about her story until late in the book, but she was an interesting character for me as well. Brooklyn had her squad of friends who sold cookies with her, and they were all a lot of fun to read about because they each had their own interests that made them unique. Brooklyn’s grandmother and her father were great supporting characters, and I loved seeing them pop up throughout the story. 

Plot

The story of Cookie Monsters was more than just characters selling cookies. For me, it was about finding yourself and embracing who you are as a person. I loved how hard Brooklyn worked to sell cookies, she was doing it for her mom, but she was also doing it  for herself because she knew that she could do it and wanted to prove to herself that she could sell cookies. Over the course of the story, Brooklyn’s confidence grew, and by the end of the book, I was so proud of her. Cookie Monsters was also a story of mental health and asking for help from friends and family when you need it. 

Writing 

Even with Middle-Grade Novels, writing still plays a big part in the story. Erika J Kendrick is a fantastic writer who wrote Cookie Monsters with a lot of heart.  During the light light-hearted scenes in the novel, as a reader, I was having fun, and laughing because the characters were having fun, and enjoying the company of each other. This novel had some very intense and heavy scenes as well, and during these scenes, there was a tonal shift, and you could tell that the characters were having a big moment as well. 

Friendship

Brooklyn had her squad, and they were all so sweet. Each girl really cared about Brooklyn, and they were always there to support her when she needed it. Each girl in the squad had their own things were dealing with, and with the help of her friends, they wear able to come out stronger on the other side. Brooklyn was a cheerleader, and I loved seeing Magic and the Honeybees in this book as well.  

Enjoyment 

I loved this novel a lot. I had a lot of fun reading it, and it was the perfect mixture of a fun story and a heartwarming story. Anyone who likes Middle-Grade novels should check out this one. 

About the Author

Erika J. Kendrick is an acclaimed writer, a national speaker, and a mental fitness expert. She earned a psychology degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erika was an NBA cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls before writing her novels, Confessions of a Rookie Cheerleader (Random House) and Appetite (Random House). She is currently touring her debut middle grade novel, Squad Goals, with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The spinoff, Cookie Monsters, is set for a summer 2022 release.

After battling her brain pain, Erika founded Mental Fitness For Life where she launched her latest Mental Fitness book tour, “Who Moved My Happy?” While talking to audiences of all backgrounds and ages, Erika shares her story of brain pain and inspires hope by creating safe spaces for life-saving conversations. She has presented and guest lectured at colleges and universities as well as the US Army and US Air Force, national sororities and fraternities, middle and high schools, conferences, retreats, and national organizations, large and small. Erika has toured with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is a speaker with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) where she has been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Erika is a recipient of several “Who’s Who” honors, a Rising Icon honor, and several Awards of Excellence. Erika has taken the stage for TEDx, appeared on Good Morning America – The Third Hour (GMA3), NBC News, CBS News, The Wendy Williams Experience, national television and radio segments, and a host of other media outlets. She has been featured in several publications, including Page Six of The New York Post, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and various other magazines and digital media.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook

Follow the Tour

January 16th
The Litt Librarian – Promotional Post
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

January 17th
PopTheButterfly Reads – Promotional Post

January 18th
Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post
Hijabi Reads – Review

January 19th
Paws.Read.Repeat – Top 5 Reasons to Read Cookie Monsters
TheGeekishBrunette – Promotional Post

January 20th
heylittlesiren – Promotional Post
Boys’ Mom Reads! – Review

January 21st
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

January 22nd
The Nutty Bookworm Reads Alot – Review
Paiges of Novels – Review & Favorite Quotes

January 16th
ninebookishlives – Promotional Post
quirkylitlover – Review
thelittlibrarian – Content Creator’s Choice

January 17th
gsreadingspree – Review
get.outside.and.read – Promotional Post
popthebutterfly – Content Creator’s Choice

January 18th
allielovestoread – Review & Favorite Quotes
booking.with.janelle – Review & Favorite Quotes
lia8.43 – Content Creator’s Choice

January 19th
luna_reads_ – Journal Spread
paws.read.repeat – Content Creator’s Choice
thegeekishbrunette – Content Creator’s Choice

January 20th
mellasmusings – Favorite Quotes
gryffindorbookishnerd – Promotional Post
heylittlesiren – Content Creator’s Choice

January 21st
mulberryreads – Review
dreaminginpages – Promotional Post
jenjenreviews – Content Creator’s Choice

January 22nd
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
the.bilbliophile.michelle – Review & Favorite Quotes
paiges_of_novels – Content Creator’s Choice

Top Ten Tuesday-Bookish Goals for 2023

Welcome Back! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any ideas for that topic. This week, we’re talking about our bookish goals. 

Read 75 books

I always keep my goals low, but attainable for me. I’m doing well so far, and I just need to keep the pace. 

Read 25 Graphic Novels, 15 comics, and 15 Manga

This is a personal challenge for me this year to read more visual novels. There are so many interesting ones. 

Have a planned TBR for the month, but also leave it open for mood reads

I do like having a planned TBR and reading books with friends. For me, if I have an open slot or a book I’m not as looking to read, I’ll put another book on my TBR for the weeks/month based on my mood. 

Reach Between 80%-100% on Netgalley

My ratio right now is 67%. I have some blog tours open, and some coming up. I know that you don’t need the 80% to be on a blog tour, but I want to get there and see if I can request some big titles. 

Write Reviews  and talk about my thoughts on books more

I had the plan to write book reviews on Thursdays, but that kind of fell off at the end of the year. I want to post reviews more and talk about books I’m enjoying more.

Read more Books I own

We all have those books we buy and never read. This year, I’d to read more books I own in addition to new ones. 

Use the Libary more

My Libary usage really picked up last year, and I’m so happy it did. I want to continue to use the Libary this year. 

Read my anticipated releases right away or within 1-4 months of release 

I find that if I buy a book that’s new, I let it sit on my shelves for a bit. I want to read the books either pre-ordered or from the library within four months of the release. 

Read more Diversely 

I want to read more diversely this year. I want to read more books with people of color, more LGBTQ+ books, and more books with people with disabilities. 

Read more books from my backlists along with new releases 

This is different from my owned books because I want to read books I was excited about over the last few years.

Top Ten Tuesday-Most Anticipated First half of 2023

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make out a list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we’re not feeling the topic that week. This week is fun because we get to talk about our most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022. 

1- The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim

2-Begin Again by Emma Lord

3- The Stolen Heir by Holly Black 

4-Where Do You See Yourself by Claire Forrest

5-Out of Character by Jenna Miller 

6-A Witches Guide to Fake Dating A Deamon by Sarah Hawley

7-The Wrong Kind of Werid by James Ramos

8-Cookie Monsters by Erika J. Kendrick 

9- HC Title

10- HC Title

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Books of 2022-1-10!

Hi! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of lists, and brining the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make out list based on that prompt. We also have the option to do our own thing if we don’t like the prompt that week. This week, the prompt is Favorite Books of 2022!

1- All My Rage (YA, Contemporary)

2- When You Get the Chance (YA, Contemporary)

3- Ophelia After All (YA, Contemporary)

4- Last Night at the Telegraph Club (YA, Historical Fiction)

5- Ellen Outside the Lines (Middle Grade, Contemporary)

6- Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake (Adult, Contemporary)

7- Frizzy (Middle-Grade, Contemporary) 

8- Critical Role: Vox Machina- Kith & Kin (Adult, Fantasy)

9-I Kissed Shara Wheeler (YA Contemporary)

10- Gideon the Ninth (Adult, Science Fiction)

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert Blog Tour. EARC Review & Favorite Quotes!

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond Tour for Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert!

Book Info:

Title: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Publishing Date: January 3, 2023


Synopsis:


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors–and each other. Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine. Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption–yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.) These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her. Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?


Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57370115-highly-suspicious-and-unfairly-cute
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Highly-Suspicious-Unfairly-Talia-Hibbertebook/dp/B0B52ZKN8C/
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/highly-suspicious-and-unfairly-cute-taliahibbert/1141693733
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Highly-Suspicious-and-UnfairlyCute/9780593650318
Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/highly-suspicious-and-unfairlycute/9780593482346-item.html IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593482339About the Author:
Talia Hibbert is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. Talia and her many books reside in the English Midlands.

Favorites Quotes


“Whatever magic you and Maria are doing on those kids, you should bottle it and make a fortune.”

“Sorry Medical Truthers, you lost me this time. This cast stays on for at least six weeks. Stay safe, stay weird. “

“Trevor Graeme, you see, loves his family quite a lot and would probably rather die then leave them. “

“I don’t think I noticed how adorable his nose is until I saw his glasses perched on top of it just now.”

“We have been hanging out a lot, and touching a lot, and it’s true that I am unfortunately in love with him, but that doesn’t mean we’re dating.”

“Because what I really want is to spill all my feelings, to say I trust you, yeah, but also I love you and I think I always will, even if you leave me behind.”

“Well take it down a notch, babe. You’re giving me a migraine. And, no Celine’s not here. She went to the bathroom.”

“You’re allowed anywhere you want, I tell her, as long as you’re right here next to me. “

“Right now, we’re everything. Anything. Whatever we want. “

Review

Rating: 4.5 stars

Rep: BLPOC, OCD

Characters

Talia Hibbert is known for her fantastic characters in Adult Romance Novels, and Highly Suspicious and Unfairly cute was no different. Celine and Brad were characters that were different from each other, and their dynamic was fun to read. Celine was a character who knew what she wanted and she was focused on that. Contrary to Celine, Bradley was a character who wasn’t sure what he wanted at the start of the book. Over the course of the novel, Brad figured out what he wanted, also that he was going to live his life for himself and find out what makes him happy. Celine and Brad went on a journey in this book, and I loved seeing them grow over the course of the novel. The supporting cast was also fun to read about, and I enjoyed them. 

Plot

I’m not a big camping person, but I loved the expedition elements. I loved seeing Celine and Brad over the course of the story because, like their character journeys, the plot also helps them on their journeys. The stories with their families were interesting as well, and I wanted to see where they were going to go as I was reading. 

Writing 

Talia Hibbert is an excellent writer. I love how she tells a story, and how she uses different tones to tell a story. Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute had some light and fun scenes, where you could tell that the characters are having a great time. This novel also deals with some very real topics, such as OCD, doing what you want to do for yourself, and having your own goals. Talia Hibbert tackles these with care and heart.  

Romance

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute is at its core, a romance. Celine and Bradley had an incredibly sweet romance. They were best friends, who had a falling out, and then they developed feelings for each other. What made the story even sweeter was that you saw the passion the couple had for each other. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for

I really enjoyed this! The novel was fun while still discussing some very real topics. I recommend this book to fans of YA romance. Also, folks that enjoy diverse books would enjoy it. 

About the Author

Author Links:

Website: https://taliahibbert.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaliaHibbert

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taliahibbert/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17088554.Talia_Hibbert

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTaliaHibbert/

Blog Tour Schedule:

January 2nd
Twirling Book Princess – Promotional Post
Bookcheshirecat – Review
PurposelyUnperfect – Favorite Quotes
heylittlesiren – Review

January 3rd
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
The Momma Spot – Review
Paiges of Novels – Review & Favorite Quotes

January 4th
Justice For Readers – Promotional Post
Lost in Neverland – Review
Kerri McBookNerd – Review & Playlist
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

January 5th
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread
Kayl’s Krazy Obsession – Review
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review & Playlist

January 6th
The Clever Reader – Review
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
Books Are Magic Too – Top 5 Reasons to Read Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

January 7th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
paperbacktomes – Top 5 Reasons to Read Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
What Irin Reads – Review

January 8th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Reading Stewardess – Review & Mood Board
Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book Blog – Review
the nutty bookworm reads alot – Review

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren (Review)

In a Holidaze is a Romance novel by Christina Lauren that came out in October 2020. The story follows Maelyn Jones and her family as they celebrate the family with friends. 

Characters

I’m not a big romance reader, but when I read a romance, it needs to have great characters. They filled In A Holidaze with characters who you want to read about and root for. I related to Mae as a character because I could feel her struggle with her job. The supporting cast was very fun, and their banter added to the story. 

Plot

In A Holidaze follows a story that is similar to the movie Groundhog Day. Mae relives the day that she kissed Theo, and she can’t get out of it. The problem is that Mae has a crush on Andrew’s brother Theo as well, so the drama becomes the focus of the story. There is also the side story of the family who brought the cabin where they stay for the holidays and selling it, so the characters are dealing with that as well. Holiday antics and shenanigans make In A Holidaze the perfect holiday read because it has family, friendships, and romance. 

Writing

This was my first book by Christina Lauren. I found the writing great and matched the tone of the store. In A Holidaze was a novel filled with light and fun humor, told with a light and fun tone. There were scenes that were real, and heavy, and those were told with a serious tone. A combination of light and fun, mixed with heavy and serious tones makes this a fantastic read. 

Romance

There are two romances in this book. I saw Mae and Theo have more chemistry. Over the course of the story. I preferred the romance between the two of them, and they were more interesting to read about. Mae and Andrew just didn’t have the chemistry I wanted to see. In my opinion, the romance could have just had a little more over the course of the story. 

Recommend for / Enjoyment

 I recommend this book if you enjoy a romance books, or if you’ve read a Christina Lauren book in the past. I did enjoy this book, but some of the elements of the book just didn’t do it for me. 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday- The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim

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Hi! Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @wishfulendings.com. This meme was originally created by Jill @breakingthespine. The purpose of this meme is to feature a release, usually pre-publication, that we can’t wait to read! This week, I’m featuring a YA Romance that sounds right up my alley. All information comes from Goodreads!

Title: The Love Match

Author: Priyanka Taslim

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Expected Publication: Janaury 3rd 2023 from Salaam Reads/ Simon Schuster

Synopsis

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Pride and Prejudice in this delightful and heartfelt rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family’s financial security—just as she’s falling in love with someone else.

Zahra Khan is basically Bangladeshi royalty, but being a princess doesn’t pay the bills in Paterson, New Jersey. While Zahra’s plans for financial security this summer involve working long hours at Chai Ho and saving up for college writing courses, Amma is convinced that all Zahra needs is a “good match,” Jane Austen style.

Enter Harun Emon, who’s wealthy, devastatingly handsome, and…aloof. As soon as Zahra meets him, she knows it’s a bad match. It’s nothing like the connection she has with Nayim Aktar, the new dishwasher at the tea shop, who just gets Zahra in a way no one has before. So, when Zahra finds out that Harun is just as uninterested in this match as she is, they decide to slowly sabotage their parents’ plans. And for once in Zahra’s life, she can have her rossomalai and eat it too: “dating” Harun and keeping Amma happy while catching real feelings for Nayim.

But life—and boys—can be more complicated than Zahra realizes. With her feelings all mixed up, Zahra discovers that sometimes being a good Bengali kid can be a royal pain. 

Why I want to read this

Well, this book caught my attention because it’s described as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Pride and Prejudice. The romance seems sweet, and I can’t wait to meet Zahra, Harun, and Nayim. Also, I’m from New Jersey, and we don’t get a lot of books set in this state.