All the Right Notes

I love music, so I’m always on the lookout for books about musicians or music lovers. A debut novel that particularly caught my interest was All the Right Notes by Dominic Lim. This dual timeline romance stars two Asian American men, from their time in high school in the 1990s to the present day when... Continue Reading →

Book Spotlight: That Summer Feeling

Last year, I loved Bridget Morrissey's romance, A Thousand Miles. Now she has another romance out that is high on my to-read list: That Summer Feeling. Newly divorced, Garland Moore accepts some new friends' invitation to stay at their sleepaway camp. While there, she runs into the man that got away... but when she rooms... Continue Reading →

She Who Became the Sun

For the past two years, I've been itching to read She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. Finally, I decided to listen to the audiobook version a few weeks ago, partially in honor of AAPI Month. Set in 1345, it fictionalizes the rise of Emperor Zhu Chongba and the start of the Ming Dynasty.... Continue Reading →

The Duchess Takes a Husband

Ever since I read the first chapter preview for The Duchess Takes a Husband a whole year ago, I've been desperate to read it. This is the fourth and final book in Harper St. George's Gilded Age Heiresses series, following The Heiress Gets a Duke, The Devil and the Heiress, and The Lady Tempts an Heir. It... Continue Reading →

The Chateau

I'm a sucker for a good cover, and The Chateau by Jaclyn Goldis certainly has it. France is also a country I'm eternally drawn to, so it's no wonder this thriller, set in Provence, captured my interest. It follows Darcy and her three friends as they return to her grandmother's titular chateau. But when her... Continue Reading →


All of this year, I've been eagerly anticipating Dances, the debut novel by Nicole Cuffy. It follows Cece, a young Black woman who has just been promoted to principal within the New York City Ballet. Over the course of a few months, we get a glimpse of the pressure she feels and the passion that... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading

Last year, I loved reading Jenn McKinlay's 2020 novel, Paris Is Always a Good Idea. Now she has a brand new book, Summer Reading, and I was thrilled to be included in the book tour for it. With a neurodivergent heroine, a librarian hero, and a focus on family, this is a sweet and inclusive romance.... Continue Reading →

The Late Mrs. Willoughby

Last year, Claudia Gray began a new Regency mystery series with The Murder of Mr. Wickham. As you may have surmised from that title, the story is inspired by Jane Austen and indeed features characters from all six of her novels. It also introduced several new characters, including our sleuthing protagonists, the respective children the Darcys... Continue Reading →

The Collected Regrets of Clover

Several months ago, I was excited to get an early copy of The Collected Regrets of Clover, the debut novel by Mikki Brammer. Admittedly, I was initially drawn to the cover and the unusual first name of Clover, but as someone who has experienced quite a bit of loss and grief in the past decade,... Continue Reading →

Book Spotlight: Meet Me at the Lake

Last year, I loved Carley Fortune's debut novel, Every Summer After. Now she's back with another atmospheric romance, Meet Me at the Lake. Ten years ago, Fern and Will spent 24 incredible hours together, and they vowed to meet up again at the same place exactly one year later. Only Fern showed up. Now 32,... Continue Reading →

Book Spotlight: The Daydreams

Laura Hankin is an author whose books all appeal to me, and it's about time I actually read one of them! Her latest release is The Daydreams, about the cast a popular teen show from the early 2000s getting a chance at a reunion special. But the four stars of the show are very different... Continue Reading →

The Private Apartments

In the past several years, I've been particularly drawn to stories by and about Somali people. Admittedly, part of this has been inspired by the singer K'naan, whose music I enjoy. Whether reading memoirs or novels or shorter fiction, there is a growing number of authors with roots in Somalia. This week, Idman Nur Omar... Continue Reading →

The Stardust Thief

A fantasy book I was super excited for last year was The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah. Her debut novel, it's also the first in the Sandsea Trilogy. In all honesty, I was first drawn to the cover and the Aladdin vibes I got from it. Even so, this book is all its own, an... Continue Reading →

Book Spotlight: Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction about real-life people? Do you have an affinity for fashion and cosmetics? If so, you'll definitely want to read Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl by Renée Rosen. Set in New York City in 1938, it follows Gloria Downing as she tries to disappear and reinvent herself. She meets another young... Continue Reading →

I Am My Country

In the past few years, I've becoming increasingly drawn to collections of short stories, especially when they center on a topic or culture I know little about. One such book that caught my interest is I Am My Country: And Other Stories by Kenan Orhan. This collection features 10 short stories, all set in Turkey... Continue Reading →

For Love or Music

After enjoying a couple of romance novellas in February, I was in the mood for another quick and cute love story. I picked out For Love or Music by Julie Lipson, in part because of my deep love for music. It's such a different romance than I'm used to reading, and I really enjoyed the... Continue Reading →

The Haunting of Alejandra

While perusing NetGalley last summer, I came across The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro. The cover was stunning and the summary captured my interest, and I was so happy to be given an ARC of it. I read it last October, both in honor of Latinx Heritage Month and to celebrate Spooky Season. I... Continue Reading →

Book Spotlight: Only the Beautiful

Susan Meissner is an author I've been planning to start reading, and now that she has a new book out, that urge is even stronger. Today, her novel Only the Beautiful hits shelves. It follows two timelines: In 1938, newly orphaned Rosanne moves in with the owners of a California vineyard. When she becomes pregnant,... Continue Reading →

Symphony of Secrets

Last year, I greatly enjoyed Brendan Slocumb's debut novel, The Violin Conspiracy. As soon as I heard about his second book, I could hardly wait. I was overjoyed to get an ARC of his new novel, Symphony of Secrets, which comes out tomorrow, April 18th. His sophomore release is even more impressive and impactful than his... Continue Reading →

Untamed Shore

In the past four years, Silvia Moreno-Garcia has become one of my favorite authors. She has quite a few books already, and I'm still working my through her catalogue. One of the three novels left on my list was Untamed Shore, her noir thriller from early 2020. Set against a 1970s summer in Mexico, a... Continue Reading →

To Swoon and to Spar

In the past couple of years, I've been loving Martha Waters's Regency Vows series. Following To Have and to Hoax, To Love and to Loathe, and To Marry and to Meddle, the newest book is To Swoon and to Spar. It follows our beloved Penvale and a new character, Jane. They're pushed into a marriage neither... Continue Reading →

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑