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September 2022 New Releases, Part Two

It's still PSL time - Putting Stuff (on hold at the) Library, and we can add more books to our Pretty Standard List of books to read (that's nineteen km long but who is counting).

Hide Your Wallet

September 2022 New Releases, Part Two

If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), and we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this … Continue reading September 2022 New Releases, Part Two

Links: Star Wars, Mercedes Lackey, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.

Hey hey! It’s Wednesday! After two full weeks of socializing, I am so ready for a weekend of doing nothing but being a couch goblin. I went to a black tie wedding over the weekend. It was all very fancy and I rented a red, off the shoulder, trumpet/mermaid style dress for the occasion (pictures on my Instagram; shout out to Rent the Runway). My partner even went through the process of buying a tailored … Continue reading Links: Star Wars, Mercedes Lackey, & More

Books On Sale

A-Grade Recommendations!

Books on Sale: The Stand-In by Lily Chu & More

RECOMMENDED: The Stand-In by Lily Chu is $2.24! This is a debut contemporary romance. Elyse gave this one an A:

So we have a celebrity romance, women being friends and helping each other with their mental health, and reflections on identity and community. That’s a lot to pack into a book, but it all works and delivered by Philippa Soo’s incredibly soothing voice, it was totally my jam.

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Lightning Review

I Dream of Dinner (So You Don’t Have To) by Ali Slagle

I Dream of Dinner (So You Don’t Have To)

I have a few tests for cookbooks I want to try. First, I borrow them digitally and read through, bookmarking recipes I might want to try. Once I reach four or five bookmarks, I put the book on hold at the library so I can borrow and use post-it notes on a physical copy. This book passed both of those tests in record time. In fact, I started reading it digitally while on vacation, and … Continue reading I Dream of Dinner (So You Don’t Have To) by Ali Slagle

Books On Sale

Contemporary Romances, a Thriller, & More

Books on Sale: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow & More

RECOMMENDED: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow is $2.99! I read this one and gave it a B+:

If you’re in the mood for a lovely, tender fantasy novel about belonging and one that feels more like a long, relaxing bath than a hot, intense shower will all of the fancy pressure and pulsating settings you can imagine, you’ll love this one. It’s a soothing pick for when you hope to take comfort in a book

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Shy Jock Loves Candy

This HaBO is from Bebe, who is hoping to find this romance. Bebe mentions this was a free book, but prices change all the time, so good luck, everyone! It was a free online ebook. The hero was a quiet jock and loved candy. The heroine was also quiet/shy and the illegitimate child of a photographer with six other kids. They met in college in Australia and it was the sequel to a previous novel … Continue reading HaBO: Shy Jock Loves Candy

Book Review

How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez

How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying)

How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) is a surprisingly intense book about a young woman’s efforts not only to survive dating a superhero, but also her efforts to overcome the trauma that she experienced as collateral damage in a fight between a different superhero and a supervillain. Even though the story revolves around Astrid’s love for her superhero boyfriend, Max, it’s not a romance so much as it’s an exploration of trauma, … Continue reading How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez

Books On Sale

Cakes, Highlanders, & More

Books on Sale: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade & More

RECOMMENDED: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade is $2.99! Shana reviewed this one in October and gave it a B+:

Spoiler Alert is tropey wish fulfillment, but at its heart, it is a quiet contemporary with a #couplegoals relationship where both characters offer comfort, create beautiful art, and help each other overcome insecurities. Spoiler Alert is also a love letter to fandoms, that will make you want to chase your romance novel with a shot of fanfiction.

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Cover Snark: Reader Submissions

Zach by Hebby Roman. The top half of a Civil War soldier looks out onto a field with a canon. A tiny baby in a bassinet with floating shoes at the base of the bassinet lurks in the bottom lefthand corner. The title and author name is in bright red, script font.

This Monday’s Cover Snark is all thanks to you! We love it when you send us some crazysauce covers. From Susan: For Cover Snark. Because if I have to keep looking at the bad hair and unpleasant facial expressions, so do you. Sarah: Did we snark this already? If so, did we figure out definitively what on earth happened to his hair? Amanda: We have definitely seen this couple. But maybe not on this cover? … Continue reading Cover Snark: Reader Submissions

Get Rec’d with Amanda – Volume 25

Hey all! It’s been a hot minute! I’m current at a black tie wedding in Rhode Island. Now, I don’t love attending weddings, but I do love free food and an open bar. For those of you who don’t know, I have a lot of book-related jobs outside of Smart Bitches and not all of them are romance-specific. I love connecting books to readers and I feel like I do a pretty dang good job. … Continue reading Get Rec’d with Amanda – Volume 25

Kickass Women in History: Pearl Hart

Pearl Hart was not only a fascinating individual, but she was also a member of a scrappy family of stubborn survivors, each of whom had their own interesting stories to tell. Pearl Hart led a difficult but adventurous life and gained renown for dressing up as a man and robbing a stagecoach in Arizona in 1899. Bear with me, readers, because the lives of Pearl and her siblings, especially her sister Kate, are hard to … Continue reading Kickass Women in History: Pearl Hart

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