Top Ten Tuesday: Books that awaken the travel bug in me

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten books that awaken the travel bug in me, which was a little difficult since I’m one of the (seemingly) very few people in the world that does not like to travel.

I get so stressed out!
I worry about everything!
I’ll probably embarrass myself trying to communicate in a foreign language!
I feel like I have to do something every minute or otherwise what was the point in getting myself there!

But, that said, I did come up with ten books that kind of, sort of made me feel like I might want to pack a bag and go somewhere.

🤩 Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett: First of all, Jenn Bennett could make me want to do anything. But this story of two former friends-turned-enemies-turned-lovers made me, a person who hates the very idea of camping, want to go spend a week in the wilderness.
💋 The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde: I don’t really like the ocean. I like sitting on a beach next to the ocean (not in New Jersey, though) but not actually being in the ocean. That said, the yacht trip in The Brightsiders sounded like so much fun and is something I would’ve loved to do with my friends back in the day. Or even now.
⛩️ Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: I loved the setting in this book! It takes place in Japan and it’s so vivid — the karaoke clubs, the trains, the hustle and bustle of daily life. It would be so fun to visit.

🌳 The Green Unknown by Patrick Rogers: I mentioned in my review that this book made me want to pack up and explore an unknown country. A couple months later, I stand by that statement.
🌀 Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher: Yeah, I know, they get stranded in Cuba during a tropical storm. But the whole thing is so romantic and it just really made me want to go to Cuba. Maybe not during hurricane season.
✈️ The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane: Okay, here’s another one that’s a little weird. The whole premise of the book is that the main character is stranded in Ireland after her plane crashes. But the people she meets are so nice! The scenery is so vivid! I would love to visit Ireland under better circumstances.
💔 Frenched by Melanie Harlow: I might be in a relationship that’s going on ten years… but I might still also be a little tempted to take a trip to France to see if I can meet anybody like Lucas.

🤸 Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie: Basically, I just want to meet the love of my life, Luka Kotova. Going to Vegas is secondary.
💍 Roomies by Christina Lauren: I basically live down the street from NYC. (Okay, it’s a short train ride, but still.) Is it really considered a “travel bug” when a book makes me want to hop on the train and go to a bunch of musicals and meet a cute subway musician? I’m going to say yes.
⚜️ The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey: I think that of all of R.S. Grey’s books, this one has the most vivid scenery. It’s set in New Orleans and I really just want to go eat a bunch of food down there.

Did you participate in this week’s theme? What books make you want to pack a bag and explore the world? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books set in another country

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten books that take place in another country, which is always a fun one. (And so fitting for March’s Monthly Motif!) We last did this theme back in July of 2016, so I’m keeping my list to books that I’ve read fairly recently. I’m happy to report that it was much easier to find a list of ten books this time around.

🇪🇸 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Monty is from the UK and travels to Spain, Italy, and France.
🇺🇦 #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid: Jake is from the US and most of the book takes place in the US, but at the beginning of the book, he’s on a mission in Ukraine.
🇬🇧 My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows: Jane is the seven-day queen of England!

🇯🇵 Seven Days of You by Cecelia Vinesse: Sophia is living out her last week in Japan as the book opens.
🇳🇵 Completely by Ruthie Knox: As the book opens, Rosemary is in Nepal climbing Mt. Everest!
🇦🇺 Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung: This book tells the story of a Chinese immigrant family in Australia.

🇨🇦 Catch and Release by Laura Drewry: This book is part of a series that takes place at a fishing resort in Canada!
🇬🇧 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: This book is also part of a series. It takes place in a series of parallel Londons.
🇨🇺 Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher: Carla is visiting her aunt in Cuba when a tropical storm strands her with a surly photojournalist.
🇫🇷 The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry: Dolssa is a young woman who hears the voice of God in Inquisition-era France.

Have you read any books recently that are set outside of your home country?

Monthly Favorites: September 2017

It’s hard to believe that another month is over!  September might be over, but it brought me five really great books.  I hope that October will bring me some new favorites as well!

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🖤 Never Apart by Romily Bernard
🖤 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
🖤 The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

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🖤 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (the month’s overall winner!)
🖤 Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher

What’s the best book you read in September?

ARC review: Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher

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After being dumped by her fiance, a stodgy accountant who accused her of not being “not exciting,” Carla Hernandez needed to get away.  Her great aunt’s house in Havana, Cuba was the obvious destination.  Once there, Carla would be able to sort herself out and help out Tia Lola, a woman who’s always understood Carla even when the rest of her family didn’t.

Carla didn’t count on big, burly Jonah Kane’s presence.  The heat level between Carla and her ex-fiance was negligible at best and Carla doesn’t expect to be quite so affected by Jonah.  Too bad Jonah thinks that Carla’s nothing more than a spoiled little princess…

I first heard about Break of Day upon learning that I’d somehow subscribed to Andie J. Christopher’s mailing list. This isn’t particularly unusual for me.  In any given day, I probably get twenty to thirty emails from various authors, some that I know, some that I don’t.  I always read them, though, and this one from Andie included the first chapter of this book. I read it as I was getting ready for work, and I was hooked.  I was still thinking about tiny spitfire Carla and Jonah, the gruff photojournalist who towered over her when I got home from work and logged onto Netgalley.  The book was hours away from being archived, but I requested it anyway.  Miraculously, I got an email the next morning that I’d been approved.

Break of Day is exactly what I expected from that preview.  It’s hot.  It’s sexy.  It’s fast-paced.  I loved both characters just as much as I thought I would.  There’s some angst here, but nothing too crazy.  I never wanted to rip my hair out, which is a definite plus for me.  I was a little apprehensive about the accidental baby aspect of the book (not a spoiler – it’s in the blurb!) but I think that it was handled really well.

Break of Day is the third book in Andie J. Christopher’s One Night in South Beach series.  I haven’t read the first two, and it’s not necessary to understand the plot or the characters, but I definitely plan on going back and seeing what I missed.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

I received a free ARC of Break of Day from the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for my honest review.