It felt so good to get back to the beach. With the masks mandates being lifted right before we left, I felt like we were in a little bubble of normalcy. I’m sure it is of no surprise that mask wearing at the beach is very unpopular though a few people here and there still wore them – the unvaccinated, presumably (and I believe a few people who were still scared of getting it based on a few behavioral clues).
It’s going to be very interesting to me to see how things progress with no mask wearing for businesses and individuals. It took so long for businesses and people to embrace mask wearing (at least in my geographical area) I wonder if it’ll take equally as long for everyone to relax and trust that the vaccine works as it should. I always find transitions fascinating to observe. Not in a judgmental way, just as a curious observer.
Our favorite cupcake place at the beach that has always had a good selection of delectable gluten free options, no longer makes those gluten free options. 😧 They didn’t explain why or if it’s temporary but they referred me to a gluten free bakery on the island that I had seen before but never visited. So off I went. The new bakery did not have amazing gf cupcakes like the other place used to but they did have some out of this world cheesecake and other tempting goodies. I still hope the cupcake place goes back to gluten free selections but this new bakery is a good option until they do ❤️
As much as love the beach, I also love returning to my own home and my normal routine. Hope you all had a great week full of wondrous reads and lovely book hauls!
I was so excited to receive these widgets from the publishers. I can’t wait to read each one. I’m especially intrigued by the brand new Terry Brooks’ series. He is one of the great epic fantasy writers and, now that he has ended his Shannara stories, I’m curious to see where he goes next with this new book.
NetGalley Widgets sent by the publisher
From May Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author of Hello, Summer, comes a novella celebrating the magic of Christmas and second chances in The Santa Suit.
When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love—but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it.
At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit—beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?
Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.
One of the deadliest female assassins I’ve ever encountered in fiction’ Brendan DuBois, New York Times-bestselling author of The End with James PattersonKilling Eve meets Jason Bourne in the explosive second adventure of your new favourite spy thriller series…
An agent with an agenda. A killer with a conscience. A showdown that brought a global network to its knees…
For disgraced MI5 agent Michael Kensington, the events of the past year have exploded his life like a fist closing around a grenade.
For serial killer and career assassin Neva, they brutally exposed how hers had so irrevocably imploded.
She ran. He didn’t. But he refuses to give up on her.
With a power vacuum gaping at the heart of the conglomerate that almost silenced them and a deadly web of rogue operatives spinning out of control, they soon realise the fight for freedom has only just begun.
Kill or Die is the second gripping instalment in The House of Killers trilogy, an unmissable spy thriller perfect for fans of Mick Herron and David Baldacci.
The electrifying first novel of an all-new fantasy series from the legendary author behind the Shannara saga, about a human girl struggling to find her place in a magical world she’s never known
At nineteen, Auris Afton Grieg has led an . . . unusual life. Since the age of fifteen, she has been trapped in a sinister prison. Why? She does not know. She has no memories of her past beyond the vaguest of impressions. All she knows is that she is about to age out of the children’s prison, and rumors say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. And it is here that Auris’s journey of discovery begins, for she is rescued by an unusual stranger who claims to be Fae—a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is one as well, although the two look nothing alike. But strangest of all, when he brings her to his wondrous homeland, she begins to suspect that he is right. Yet how could a woman who looks entirely human be a magical being herself?
Told with a fresh, energetic voice, this fantasy puzzle box is perfect for fans of Terry Brooks and new readers alike, as one young woman slowly unlocks truths about herself and her world—and, in doing so, begins to heal both.
I never watch very much when I’m at the beach because I spend all the time I can outside. I look forward to discovering new shows this week, though. ❤️
What did I miss this week that I must watch next week?
WWW Wednesday is moving back to Wednesdays starting this week!
In case you missed any of my posts last week, you can find them here:
- Tuesday (5/18): (Thriller ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
- Wednesday (5/19): (Fanatsy ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | Warrior’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler
- Thursday (5/20): (Mini Reviews) Book Review | The Taker by Alma Katsu – Fantasy and Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler – YA Rom Com
- Friday (5/21): Book Blogger Hop
I hope you come back to see the following:
- Sunday (5/23): (SciFy ☀️☀️☀️☀️.5) Book Review | Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Tuesday (5/25): (Thriller ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
- Wednesday (5/26): WWW Wednesday
- Thursday (5/27): (Mini Reviews) Book Review | Saints and Misfits & Misfits in Love by S.K. Ali and Spells Trouble by P.C. & Kristin Cast
- Friday (5/28): Book Blogger Hop