Favorite Books of Winter (Jan-Mar)

It is time for one of my favorite posts to make! I have made this list a little odd this time, in which I have six favorite favorites and four honorable mentions. Probably I should have just made this a 1-10 sort of situation, but that’s not what I did. So far this year, I’ve read 91 books, which is quite a bit. So I hope you’ll indulge my excessive list.

1st Quarter Favorites
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March Wrap Up

I feel like I should acknowledge that March was rough for me and that making content was really difficult. I’m not sure that April will be better, but I’ve already got my copy of People We Meet on Vacation from Book of the Month Club and April 6th has three of my most highly anticipated books coming out, so I am hoping April actually will be better. Let’s ignore that I’m pinning my hopes on books and not, like, I don’t know, things improving life wise. But!! I am fully vaccinated and will soon be two weeks past that and then, at the very least, I can eat lunch with my other vaccinated coworkers instead of working through lunch every single day. So, maybe life will also get better. Anyway, all that to say, I did read some books in March that are definitely worth going over so let’s get to this wrap up, shall we?

March Wrap Up || Firewhiskey Reader
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March ARC Reviews: Careless Whispers and Scoundrel of My Heart

My delight in bringing you these reviews on release day cannot be understated because honestly, being on time with anything right now feels like a miracle. But I am also thrilled to be on time because you do not have to wait to get your hands on Careless Whispers or Scoundrel of My Heart and I am really hoping you’ll pick them up and love them the way I did! Careless Whispers by Synithia Williams is book three in the Jackson Falls series, which can be read as standalones, but I think given the amount of family drama in this one, you should read in order. And then we have Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath, which is a first in a series, and it is everything to me. Oh, and I’m so grateful to Netgalley and HQN for the review copy of Careless Whispers and to Netgalley and Avon for the review copy of Scoundrel of My Heart.

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Mini Series Reviews: Destiny, Forever Yours, and Modern Love

One of the things I want to do more this year is write series reviews. I think they can be really informative when other people do them and I usually enjoy writing them! Plus, since I’m no longer reviewing every book I read on here, it seems like a nice way to be able to review a few more books than I would otherwise be able to. It’s also a goal of mine to try and complete or wrap up some series this year, so hopefully I’ll have plenty of content and can write one of these at least quarterly. I welcome any feedback on this idea! It’s going to be a learning experience for sure.

The majority of the series I’m going to review here are trilogies, but not all! The first series that I’m going to review for you is the Destiny trilogy by Beverly Jenkins then, Cara Bastone’s brilliant Forever Yours trilogy and then, the Modern Love trilogy by Alisha Rai. Now, let’s dive in!

An image that says Mini Series Reviews with three book covers, Destiny’s Surrender by Beverly Jenkins, Just a Heartbeat Away by Cara Bastone, and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
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March ARC Reviews: A Game of Cones and At the Rancher’s Pleasure

First of all, let me begin by saying I’m sorry that I’ve been so sporadically posting. This month has been rough on me and I’m trying to maintain a normal schedule and just failing to do that. So these reviews are both late, but hopefully they’ll help you decide if you want to pick up these two books.

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley, I was able to read A Game of Cones by Abby Collette, a cozy mystery and I’m pleased to review it for you here. And then, thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin, I was able to read At the Rancher’s Pleasure by Joss Wood. Both of these books are available now!

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Speak Now + (Mostly Romance) Novels, Part One

I, for one, cannot wait for Taylor to get to the Speak Now and Red re-recordings, but I want her to follow her joy and her muse wherever it directs her so despite my anticipation, I will patiently wait for her to give me what I need. In the meantime, we have now reached the Speak Now era and at this point, there’s probably going to be a mix of YA books and romance novels, so let us begin! As a reminder, I do not support giving Scooter Braun or Scott Borchetta money and therefore I will not be linking to the songs!

Speak Now + Romance Novels
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Most Anticipated Books of Spring

I love making these posts so much and this set of books are some of the books I’m anticipating the most for the entire year. I genuinely cannot wait for these and narrowing my picks down to a manageable number was difficult. So let’s talk about them, shall we?

Most Anticipated Books of Spring
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February Wrap Up

It’s really hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s already March again, although at least this time I know I’m about to enter a period of intense transition. Things are a bit up in the air with my job at the moment so I’m a tad stressed about things. I’ve found myself in a bit of a slump reading wise this last week where I just can’t quite get my brain to settle and focus right now and I think that’s why. So who knows what March will bring. But anyway, you’re here for me to tell you about books! And I will, but I changed the format again and so I would love for you to tell me your thoughts on this format!

Pink background, text in the center says February Wrap Up with a silvery-blue leaf in the background behind it. Below that is a set of six books standing upright and then text that says firewhiskey reader and then a mug of coffee with whipped cream on top
February Wrap Up || Firewhiskey Reader
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March ARCs: Feelings: A Story in Seasons and Yes & I Love You

Woohoo! My brain agreed that I could read (some of) the books I was actually supposed to be reading over the weekend and I have ARC reviews for you! And I believe you can find both of these in the wild today. Or you know, online so you don’t have to go anywhere. Either way. I’m really thankful to Netgalley and the various publishers for the opportunity to read these books, especially because they were books either outside my comfort zone (Feelings: A Story in Seasons) or that I didn’t fully understand what it was about (Yes & I Love You) and therefore, may have put off actually reading. But I really enjoyed my time and actually purchased a copy of Feelings for someone so let’s talk about them, shall we?

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#TisTheDamnReadathon TBR

There is literally no way that I could resist a combination of Taylor Swift and books. I mean, combining my two favorite things into one event is like a siren call. Hosted by a whole bunch of people, #TisTheDamnReadathon takes place from March 1-March 31st and I am determined to collect all of the albums. They have a Twitter that is important to follow for some more connections! Here is a list of the hosts:

Anyway, now that I’ve told you almost no information about this readathon, let’s talk about my TBR for it!

’tis the damn readathon board
Shaped like a house, starting from the top is reputation, then left to right in the next “row” is 1989, folklore, and Lover, then the floor below that is Fearless, evermore, and Red, then on the bottom you have Taylor Swift, the door, and Speak Now
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