(One of) My 2019 Reading Challenges

Hi everyone! Hope you enjoyed 2018’s Holiday Romance Month. I had fun compiling the list of books to feature and sharing them with you. I feel it’s a great way to end the year and I hope you feel the same. If you missed any of those posts, you can find the entire list HERE and just for fun, here’s the list from 2017, as well.

With the holidays coming to a close and life getting slightly less hectic, it’s the time of year when reading goals are set. However, I don’t normally set reading goals for myself. I don’t count my Goodreads “goal”. That’s just a number that is easily accomplished if you read picture books and short stories. We’re not kidding anyone with setting 200 as a goal. I do it often. (I set it at 50 or so this year just to try something new.)

For 2019 I want to try something different. Well, if you’re a long-time reader this won’t seem too different. Back in 2014 I basically set this same challenge for myself (Click HERE and HERE to see that mess). I want to read at least two classic novels this year. This doesn’t seem like a hard challenge, but I’m a reluctant classics reader. Most of the ones I’ve read were audiobooks. It’s not cheating or anything. Audio makes it easier to get passed outdated language and long drawn out boring parts. It’s been a great help in the past. Not this time! This time I want to read the text. I want it to be a challenge.

What I need from you, friendly neighborhood readers are recommendations. I’d like to read classics from two vague categories: “regular classic” and “modern classic”. I won’t get more specific since everyone will think differently about those terms. I don’t even know how I’d define them (maybe pre-1920 and 1950-1990? I don’t know).

Please comment on this post, message me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads (message, not recommendation please), or Instagram. Or send me a message through the blog’s contact form. And please, without spoilers, help sell the book to me. I don’t want just a list of books. I’d like to feel compelled to read them based on other reader’s opinions. You can see which books I’ve read and haven’t read by searching through my Goodreads shelf.

HRM – The Engagement Game by @jennyholi

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The black sheep of the old-money Rosemanns, advertising executive Marcus has made his own way in the world—and done extremely well for himself—but his family is still pressuring him to join their investment firm and settle down with a quiet, unobjectionable girl.

Which is why the sexy Rose Verma is the perfect date for his family’s charity ball. A bleeding-heart lefty from the wrong side of the tracks, Rose has never met a stray dog she didn’t love or a polka-dotted mini-dress she couldn’t rock. Marcus has enough dirt on Rose to “convince” her to play along. And if he lets it slip that they’re engaged, all the better. 

But all’s fair in love and blackmail, and Rose is ready to play a few cards of her own…

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her awesome fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing some stories. That first batch featured mass murderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. (Looking back, she’s amazed no one sent her to a kid-shrink.) She’s been writing ever since. After a detour to get a PhD in geography, she worked as a professional writer, producing everything from speeches to magazine articles. Later, her tastes having evolved from alien invasions to happily-ever-afters, she tried her hand at romance. Today she is a USA Today bestselling author of all sorts of romance novels: contemporary and historical, straight and gay. She lives in London, Ontario, with her family. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary.

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New Release: It Started One Christmas, by @SusanMallery

 

 

One crisp December night, Keira Carlesso takes in yet another stray—this time, a man. Dalton is a brilliant scientist with no home for the holidays. As Christmas works its magic, two strangers become friends, then best friends, then something much, much more…

Susan Mallery’s heartwarming charmer proves that true love is the greatest Christmas gift of all!

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

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New Romance Postcast: @readmeromance

I haven’t talked about podcasts here in awhile, but today is a good day to bring up the topic again.

My past podcast discussions have been about bookish discussion podcasts. Today I have something a little different for all of you. This morning I discovered (randomly on Instagram) a recently started podcast from Tessa Bailey and Alexa Riley. The podcast is Read Me Romance. And it’s not your normal podcast. What it is, is a podcast that will be bringing listeners brand new, not-in-print/ebook-yet romance novellas in audiobook form…for FREE!!!!! And I think we all lucked out. The first novella, which is from Alexa Riley, is complete and you can binge on it today!

That’s probably all the convincing I need to have to get you to check out the podcast. Here are some links for you to check it out and find out more. 

Read Me Romance links

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | iTunes | Google Play

New Release: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by @NormalChey

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The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world, has died of cancer. Overwhelmed and brokenhearted, Raquel can’t even imagine life without her. 

And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from beyond the grave?

In fact, Sasha spent her final weeks planning an elaborate scavenger hunt for the friend she would have to leave behind. When Raquel follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha — and now Raquel — knows.

This boy, Elijah, might be just who Raquel needs to help her move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish? 

Cheyanne Young’s compulsively readable breakout novel offers abiding friendship and forbidden romance, along with an incisive look at how class differences shape who we are and who we grow to be.

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You can grab a copy of this book from

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About the Author:

Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults. She also runs a bookish Etsy shop.

Cheyanne lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world. Her newest book, The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, releases in 2018.

Cheyanne is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary.

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New Release: Intercepted, by @AlexMBooks

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Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there’s a new player on the horizon, and he’s in a league of his own…

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Alexa Martin is a writer and stay at home mom. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a former NFL player who now coaches at the high school where they met, their four children, and a German Shepherd. When she’s not telling her kids to put their shoes on…again, you can find her catching up with her latest book boyfriend or on Pinterest pinning meals she’ll probably never make. Her first book, Intercepted, was inspired by the eight years she spent as an NFL wife.

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Friday Freebies: A List I Randomly Made This Morning

Here’s a randomly created post for your Friday!

Who doesn’t like free books? Exactly. Here’s a list of books I randomly found free on Amazon this morning after falling down rabbit hole after rabbit hole. I’m sure many of you understand the experience. There’s no real order or reason for any of these to be on the list. And full disclosure: I haven’t read any of the books. I know of some of them and had bought them before today, but I haven’t read them. Now we can all have the same books and possibly find a great next read.

If you found freebies yourself and want to share, go ahead. That’s what the comments section is for! And if you want to see more posts like this, please comment about that, as well. I’ll make more if the demand is there.

All books were free at the time of posting. Double-check prices before clicking the buy button.