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I'm back (albeit a bit late) with my September wrap up. I'm taking a look at the number of books coming into my house within the month, versus the number I read. This is an attempt at taking down my gigantic to be read pile, which blossomed after BookExpo and my birthday in June. So, onto this month's results.

Incoming books I purchased = 5

Incoming from publishers = 6

Total Incoming = 11

Outgoing = 16 (9 physical 7 audio)

Monthly total: 11 incoming minus 16 outgoing = minus 5
Total last month = plus 61
New total = plus 56

Not quite as many knocked off this month, but that is mostly due to it being a light reading month compared to the last two. Even with that, I still headed in the right direction, so yay me!

How is your tbr (to be read) situation?

Today I am happy to give you a sneak peek of the next novel (coming April 3, 2018) by Kristy Woodson Harvey. This is the second novel in the Peachtree Bluff trilogy. You can find my review of the first, Slightly South of Simple here, as well as Kristy's two previous novels Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love. 

To celebrate the cover reveal, Kristy is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card. Visit her website at (under cover reveal in her blog section), for a chance to win!

Here is what the back blurb looks like:

Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically-acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this is a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances that proves why she is the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

And here is the cover! It's gorgeous, just as ALL of her covers have been!

Head over to your favorite bookseller and pre-order this one! And if you haven't read the first book of the trilogy, I highly recommend it, or any of her previous works!

Let's see how this month worked out for me in my attempt to lower my tbr (to be read) pile.

Incoming books from publishers (and an Instagram giveaway win):

Books I purchased:

Total Incoming = 17


Total Outgoing: 12 physical, 11 audio, 1 e-book = 24

This month: 24 minus 17 = minus 7
Last month ending: plus 68
New total = plus 61

Considering that this total was plus 77 after the month of June (with BookExpo and my birthday), I'm pretty happy with my progress! Carry on to September 🙂


So, how did I do this month?

Books I purchased = 8

Books acquired from publishers = 5

Books read = 22 (13 physical, 9 audio)

Total incoming = 13
Total outgoing = 22
Total for July = minus 9 (yay!)

Last month = plus 77 minus 9 = new total of plus 68.

I feel pretty good that I managed to knock some off my total. As I've said from the beginning, baby steps 🙂

How did your month of July go?


GULP......well, any of you reading who know that I went to BookExpo/BookCon know what this month is going to look like! No sense in hashing it over, let's just get into it 🙂

Books acquired at BookExpo/BookCon =  70 (2 of the books pictured were counted last month since I acquired them on 5/31)

Books sent from publishers = 2

Books purchased = 3

Books my husband purchased for my birthday from my wish list! = 19

Now for the books I read (which will never be enough this month!) = 19 (11 physical 8 audio)

As much as I don't want to do goes:

Total books incoming = 94!!!!!
Total books outgoing = 19
Total this month = plus 75
Total at end of last month = plus 2

Grand total = plus 77

Looks like I've got my work cut out for me. I do read about 20 books per month, so if I never bought or received another book, I could get this down in about 4 months. Of course we all know how that is going to go down 🙂 🙂 🙂

How did your month go? Those of you I met at BookExpo, I bet you can relate!


My ongoing series to see if I can stay ahead of my tbr piles! I was doing pretty well this month until I attended Book Expo in NYC. I attended the Editor's buzz panel on May 31st, so I may as well count them this month ('cause you already know what kind of a disaster next month is going to be!). So, let's get to it........

Total Incoming books purchased by me = 13

Total from Penguin First to Read = 2 (The Sunshine Sisters and Touch)

Total sent from publishers = 5 (plus 5 from BookExpo) = 10

Total books read = 20 (12 books, 8 audiobooks)

Total Incoming = 25
Total Outgoing = 20

Final = minus 5
April final = plus 2
New total = minus 3

Looks like I'm in MAJOR trouble next month when the BookExpo (plus my birthday) books kick in!! But I'm going to keep on with the record keeping, and not let numbers get me down.

How was your month?



I'm starting a new monthly feature to keep track of my incoming vs. outgoing reads. I'd like to start decreasing my to be read pile of books, and I think this may help me be a bit more accountable to the actual numbers. I'm not trying to drastically reduce the numbers, but I'm hoping to at least read more each month than I acquire.

Here is how I fared in my debut month. If you want to see my ratings and links to those books that I reviewed, please visit my goodreads page here.

Incoming books: 18 (16 purchased, 2 sent via publisher)

Outgoing: 20 (12 books, 8 audiobooks)

Final result +2 (I had two more books coming off the tbr than I put on). I'm totally happy with steps 🙂

Hope you had a good reading month, now on to May!



Yay! I love this one! I get to dig out my holiday themed books and spend the week enjoying the festiveness of the upcoming season! This will be my third year participating in this event, brought to you by Kimberly @ Many thanks to her for hosting. For all the information you need to follow along with us, click on the following:

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon November 9th-15th Signup

Here is what I've got planned for choices. I may or may not make it through all of these in six days, but that doesn't mean that I still won't finish them before the holidays roll around.


I'll keep you updated on my progress. Who else is joining us in this fun tradition?


Today I have the honor of revealing the cover to my author friend Kristy Woodson Harvey's new book! This is a big deal for me since the initial reason I connected with Kristy (for her debut novel) was because I thought the cover was so stunning that I had to know more! Unfortunately you're going to have to wait until April 25, 2017 for this gem to hit shelves, but in the meantime, Kristy has a contest going on over at her page. You can win a $100 amazon gift card and some book bundles, so head on over to enter:

Here is a little bit about the book:


From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

And the cover (I love that it's a beach scene again....yay!):



Be sure to check out Kristy's previous novels (if you have not already done so) while you await this new series (yes, it's a series!). Click the links for my reviews:

Dear Carolina

Lies and Other Acts of Love

Also follow Kristy on social media to keep updated on book news and tour stops!






This past Saturday (October 24), I had the pleasure of attending the Boston book festival on my way back from a trip to visit family in Vermont. The festival takes place over one day in and around the Copley Square section of Boston. Lots of authors and author panels taking place at a variety of venues (most of mine were in beautiful local churches). It was a wonderful day with many great authors! Here are a few pictures chronicling the events.

The sign located on the Boston public library building (many, many children's author events were at this venue, sadly I did not have time to attend any of them).



Panel from left to right Elena Delbanco (The Silver Swan), Peter Davis (Girl of My Dreams), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and B.A. Shapiro (The Art Forger and The Muralist).



Next stop: Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) and Sandra Newman (The Country of Ice Cream Star).


Next up was a keynote address from James Wood. I did not get a picture because I was way in the back. This was the only disappointing choice of the day (how I wish I had opted for the Jennifer McMahon panel). He spoke like he was giving a lecture to a high level college literature course, way over the head of the average reader.

On to Colum McCann (Thirteen Ways of Looking), interviewed by Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs).


Last (but certainly not least) was Bill Clegg. I was fairly far back for this one also, but he was sweet to take a photo in the signing line 🙂


A great day for book lovers, I wish I had the chance to see the panel with Meg Mitchell Moore (The Admissions), but it conflicted with another panel. Hopefully I'll run into her at another event.