Thank you to Giselle fromXpresso Book Tours for my place on this blog tour and thank you to Jennifer for her guest post in which she shares her thoughts on 2020 and some of her book favourites.
I think most people would agree that 2020 has been a strange, unsettling year, one that, if given the opportunity, many people would “do-over” (see what I did there? 😊).
In times of stress, I’ve always relied on books to distract me from the world — and certainly, I had plenty of time to read during quarantine — but for the first time in my life, I’ve found it really difficult to concentrate. I haven’t read nearly as much as I normally would, but I have picked up a few books and I thought I would share some of my favorites, for those of you who are able to concentrate. So here, in no particular order, are some of my recent five-star book recommendations:
We Used to Be Friends – Amy Spalding. This friendship breakup story is told in an interesting way, through dual timelines, one character’s timeline moving forward and one moving backward. I don’t think there are enough stories about the heartache of growing apart from a friend.
The Life (and Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly – Jamie Pacton. Joust like a girl! Kit is a waitress at a cheesy medieval restaurant who wants to work as a knight, against the company’s lame policy that only guys can be knights. Funny and well-written.
Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid. I am a big fan of this author (Daisy Jones and the Six is also one of the best books I’ve read lately, she is an instant buy for me). This is sort of a take on the movie Sliding Doors, in which the main character Hannah has two separate storylines, each telling what could have happened if she’d made a different decision.
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty. Okay, I’m late to the party on this one. I did watch the series first and that is what led me to the book, which I loved. And I appreciated that the series was faithful to the story.
Lucky Caller – Emma Mills. Emma Mills is one of my favorite authors of all time and I shout about how amazing she is to everyone I know. I love all her books and her latest, about a girl taking a radio broadcasting class and working on a project with her former friend/secret crush, is so great.
by Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 14th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
In The Do-Over, a teenage girl gets the chance to redo her past in this smart and charming YA novel by the author of When Life Gives You Demons, Jennifer Honeybourn.
Emelia has always wanted to fit in with the A crowd. So, when Ben, the hottest guy in school, asks her out, she chooses him over Alistair, her best friend—even after he confesses his feelings to her.
Six months later, Emilia wonders how her life would have been different if she’d chosen Alistair instead. Haunted by her mistake, she finds a magical solution that promises to rectify the past. As a result, everything in her life is different.
Different, but not better.
What happens if her second chance is her only chance to make things right?
Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books.
Tour-wide giveaway (US only)
- Print copy of The Do-Over
I hope you enjoyed reading Jennifer’s guest post and will get a copy of her wonderful book!