Books On My Radar #1

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Welcome to Books On My Radar! This is a section where I highlight and share my excitement for upcoming releases or simply books that I’ve wanted to read for a while.

JUST RELEASED & UPCOMING

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She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Eleven-year-old Polly is smart far beyond her years. But she’s a loner. Her mother tells her she has ‘gunfighter eyes’, like the father she’s never met. In prison, about to be released, Nate runs afoul of the powerful leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Marked for death on his release, Nate soon realizes that everyone he has ever loved is a target – including his daughter, Polly. Now, forced into hiding by the greenlight placed upon them, Nate finds himself having to teach his estranged daughter how to survive in a kill-or-be-killed world, all the while observed by Polly’s teddy bear, who is soon the only outlet for the little girl’s emotions. Soon the two of them find themselves on a non-stop struggle for survival, and along the way, discover the bonds that eluded them for so many years… 

Wow. I just love the sound of this book. I really enjoy reading stories about father and daughter relationships.


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Cottonmouths by Kelly J. Ford

College was supposed to be an escape for Emily Skinner. But after failing out of school, she’s left with no choice but to return to her small hometown in the Ozarks, a place run on gossip and good Christian values. She’s not alone. Emily’s former best friend—and childhood crush—Jody Monroe is back with a baby. Emily can’t resist the opportunity to reconnect, despite the uncomfortable way things ended between them and her mom’s disapproval of their friendship. When Emily stumbles upon a meth lab on Jody’s property, she realizes just how far they’ve both fallen. Emily intends to keep her distance from Jody, but when she’s kicked out of her house with no money and nowhere to go, a paying job as Jody’s live-in babysitter is hard to pass up. As they grow closer, Emily glimpses a future for the first time since coming home. She dismisses her worries; the meth is a means to an end. And besides, for Emily, Jody is the real drug. But when Emily’s role in Jody’s business turns dangerous, her choices reveal grave consequences. As the lies pile up, Emily will learn just how far Jody is willing to go to save her own skin—and how much Emily herself has risked for the love of someone who may never truly love her back.

 I really liked the blurb and it seems like it could be an amazing & gritty story.


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The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy–an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.  Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

I’m a big fan of Joshilyn Jackson, so this is one of my most anticipated summer books!

Check it out!


THROWBACK

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The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain

Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I’m so sorry— The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle—her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family—described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn’t know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives – and the life of a desperate stranger – with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.

I’ve read other books by this author and this one has always caught my attention.

Check it out!

Which books are you most excited for?

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

28 thoughts on “Books On My Radar #1

  1. Love this feature Annie, especially your pic which I may have to borrow if I do this sometime:) I was just able to get She Rides Shotgun at the library so another for us to possibly discuss. Definitely Almost Sisters as well

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  2. Cottonmouths looks really good, creepy, too! I like your picture, also. I’m going to have to check out Canva. I usually use PicMonkey.

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  3. I want to do this and use that cover too. I will credit you of-course, so can I?All these books sound great. I like the title of the first one and cottonmouth sounds great. I like the gossip and Christianity bit lol.

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  4. This is such an excellent and fun idea! I love the titles you picked! I received an arc of Almost Sisters this week and plan to start it very soon…so excited! I read The Midwife’s Confession a few months ago and thought it was excellent 😊

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      1. I love, love red covers! They are just so powerful and sexy. And I think they are perfect for psychological thrillers since red is the color most associated with the violence, blood, and suspense that are all often part of those books. That was my first Diane Chamberlain book, and I love her. I just received her newest book, The Stolen Marriage from Netgalley and can’t wait to read it!

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        1. Im currently on a Netgalley ban so I don’t have it but pleaaaaaaaase let me know if it’s good! I loved her book Necessary Lies and also Secret Life of Cecee Wilkes

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          1. Yikes!! That would make me sad!! It’s not scheduled to be published until Oct 3rd, so I’ve got a couple arc’s to read 1st, but I’ll definitely do that!! Oh, I’ll have to go find those on Goodreads and add them to my TBR!! Thanks for the recommendations 😊

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