After a year like 2020, I was honestly glad to see “comfort read” as the prompt for this month’s TBR Challenge. I needed one of those. As with many readers, most of my comfort reads are books I’ve read over and over, but both of us managed to find some new-to-us books in the TBR that warmed up our January reading. And best of all, two DIK reviews! Who are your favorite comfort reads? […]
I want to spend my year reading books I love, and while that often means taking chances on new releases, I also spend a lot of time catching up on the books I missed from previous years. Please join me and some of my fellow AAR reviewers as we celebrate the books we finally got around to reading – and finally learned what all the fuss was about! […]
While the AAR staff each shares a list of books published last year they love, every year they are asked to come up with their FAVORITE read. This year, after being informed that “No, you cannot pick an author or a series,” most of our reviewers did indeed pick just one. Here are their choices. Enjoy! […]
2020 was a strange year for so many of us, and I’m beyond grateful for all the phenomenal books that helped me make it through the chaos. Below, I’m highlighting a few of my favorites in no particular order.
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
This was an utter delight from start to finish. I honestly don’t know if I loved the romance or the strong female friendships more. It was one of those books I just sort of fell into, and I would have read it in a single sitting if I could have.
Buy it at: Amazon, Audible, or your local independent bookstore
We’re introducing a new look for our monthly Coming Soon posts, but the essentials haven’t changed; the AAR team has looked through various lists of forthcoming releases and picked those we think are most likely to provide us with good quality reads over the next few weeks. […]
This year was feast or famine for my reading life. I could barely pick up a book for most of the spring – instead losing myself in repeats of Top Chef and my umpteenth playthrough of Stardew Valley. I then spent July binging every happily ever after I could get my hands on, and when August hit it was back to video games. This lead to a shorter list of favorites, but no less robust, than in previous years. But there is definitely no pattern beyond “and they all lived happily ever after”. […]
My best book of 2020 was not a romance, though it did have a romantic subplot. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James was perfection in book form and was the highlight of my reading year. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, which also had a sweet romance running through it, was a close second. If you like mystery, suspense and a touch of horror combined with your romance, these are the books for you.
If not, you’re in luck! I also found several absolutely fabulous romance reads and they are as follows: […]
2020 has been a very long year for all of us. Finding something “festive” for TBR Challenge sounded like quite a challenge indeed. However, we dug into our respective piles of books and came up with an emotional m/m romance and an adventure-filled Tudor Christmas tale. One is a 2015 release, the other is 2016, and both were successful finds. We hope you have enjoyed our searches through the TBR pile and we will plan to see you again with more TBR reading in 2021! […]
This year turned out to be one in which I was extra thankful for a good book to lose myself in. January 2020 began horribly (COVID aside), and things didn’t improve much until July. Now I can happily say that 2020 was a year of miracles for me – a year that forever changed my perspective on life. Reading time was rare in 2020 so I was happy to spend it with some excellent books. […]
Friends, I do not know how you feel about the upcoming Bridgerton show on Netflix, but here’s a live look at me:
I have loved this series for several years, read it several times, and used it to convert many a friend to historical romance. “The banter,” I tell them, “come for the banter, stay for the smexy times.” To me, Julia Quinn is one of the masters of the genre and so I am unabashedly excited to see these characters come to life. […]