Monthly Archives:: December 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Fresh Batch (January 1st-7th)

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Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Louise Gornall
Publication date: January 3rd 2017
by Clarion Books

Goodreads Purchase

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.



Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Flying Lessons and Other Stories [Purchase]
The Continent (The Continent #1) by Keira Drake [Purchase]
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti [Purchase]
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia [Purchase]

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) by Amanda Bouchet [Purchase]
Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson [Purchase]
Flower by Elizabeth Craft and Shea Olsen [Purchase]
Freeks by Amanda Hocking [Purchase]

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser [Purchase]
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist [Purchase]
Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos [Purchase]
The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen #2) by Sarah Fine [Purchase]

Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles #1) by Maria Turtschaninoff [Purchase]
Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken [Purchase]
Mafiosa (Blood for Blood #3) by Catherine Doyle [Purchase]
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber [Purchase]

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories (Children’s Circle Stories #2) by Terry Pratchett [Purchase]
The X-Files: Origins: Agent of Chaos (The X-Files: Origins) by Kami Garcia [Purchase]
The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron [Purchase]
The Midnight Gardener & The Well of Tears (The Town of Superstition #1-2) by R.G. Thomas [Purchase]

Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez [Purchase]
If You Were Here by Jennie Yabroff [Purchase]
Whenever I’m with You by Lydia Sharp [Purchase]
Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin [Purchase]

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano [Purchase]

What’s going to be your first 2017 purchase?


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Xpresso Reads’ Best of 2016

Xpresso Reads’ Best of 2016

Posted by on 12/29/2016 • 3 Comments

For the end of this year, I am here with some of my favs (and not fav) reads of the year AND I AM NOT ALONE. The #squad got together to bring to you this list of awesomeness. Hopefully you’ll find some books to add to your TBRs or give to friends! 🙂

A book with a title that SCREAMS ‘read me’ A cover that made you swoon because of the gorgeousness A sequel that lived up to book 1 A trilogy that concluded with you dying of heartbreak because you were so sad to see it end. A love to hate romance that made you feel all tingly on the inside A book with a kiss worth dying for A book with a super cute romance A book…

Fresh Batch (December 25th – 31st)

Fresh Batch (December 25th – 31st)

Posted by on 12/24/2016 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

The Secret of a Heart Note Stacey Lee Publication date: December 27th 2016by Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Purchase

An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away…

6 Shows I Am Adding to My Watch List (and you may want to add to yours)

6 Shows I Am Adding to My Watch List (and you may want to add to yours)

Posted by on 12/21/2016 • 7 Comments

Two days ago, I asked the internet for some TV show/movie recs that featured, were produced by or directed by more diverse people so that I could be consuming more diverse media in general as opposed to just reading diversely.

The internet was on point and gave me A LOT of recommendations. I am not making a list of everything that was recommended because that would be a long list but I thought I’d share a couple of shows recommended to me so that you might also add them to your to-be-watched lists! 🙂

1. The Get Down (a Netflix Original)

The Get Down was recommended 5 times and because I live under a rock, I hadn’t heard it prior to this. It sounds right up my ally though and…

A Badass Sequel: The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

A Badass Sequel: The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

Posted by on 12/18/2016 • 3 Comments

OKAY SO JUST READ THE IMPOSTER QUEEN and THE CURSED QUEEN and EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. I dove in expecting to love The Cursed Queen and while I did struggle some with it, it packs just as much of a punch as The Imposter Queen. Both books have their strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses of TIQ are the strengths of TCQ and vise versa in my opinion.

While both Elli and Ansa are strong heroines, they are also very different from each other and I enjoyed that. Ansa is not as easily likable as Elli was and that was one of the reasons why it took me longer to get into the novel but her journey and her character development is worth it. Even though Ansa is not as…

5 Books to Read if You Love Books About Books (AND INKHEART)

5 Books to Read if You Love Books About Books (AND INKHEART)

Posted by on 12/16/2016 • 11 Comments

Yesterday, I posted a review for The Book Jumper talking about my disappointment because I am really into books about books and thought I’d do a follow-up today recommending some A+ books about books (most I’ve read and others come highly recommended by friends.)

1. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Whenever I make recommendation lists, I don’t have any particular order in which I list the books in but The Invisible Library is #1 on this list because it was one of my fav books of 2016 and I didn’t have a lot of favs. IT IS ULTIMATE BOOK PORN. Blurb in a sentence: Detective Librarians who venture into alternate universes to find and protect different versions of books or find new ones that only exist in that universe.

2. Ink and Bone by…

Pales in Comparison to Other Books About Books: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

Pales in Comparison to Other Books About Books: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

Posted by on 12/15/2016 • 6 Comments

Man, I don’t even know about this book. I was so excited to dive in because BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS but also because I’ve enjoyed a lot of books by German authors that have been translated into English in my life time and I was ready to discover another author I could add to my favs. The Book Jumper is not by any means a terrible book but if you’re reading it because you love books about books, you are gonna be disappointed. The world building is severely lacking in this one and there were a lot of things I did not understand about the world in which this book was taking place in. It represents a world similar to ours except for this select group of (white) people that have…

Romance Mini-Reviews: Two Mysteries + A Blast from the Past

Romance Mini-Reviews: Two Mysteries + A Blast from the Past

Posted by on 12/14/2016 • 2 Comments


Hard Rules Lisa Renee Jones


Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in the smoldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy new Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

How bad do you want it?

The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family’s business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring…