Samantha Fisher definitely does not want to be a bartender. But after a breakup and breakdown in San Francisco, she decides to defer law school for a year to move to New York, crashing on her best friend’s couch. When she is offered a job at Joe’s Apothecary, a beloved neighborhood bar in Brooklyn, she tells herself it’s only temporary.
As Sam learns more about bartending and gets to know the service industry lifers and loyal regulars at Joe’s, she is increasingly seduced by her new job. She finds acceptance in her tight-knit community and even begins a new relationship. But as the year draws to a close, Sam is increasingly pulled between the life she thought she wanted and the possibility of a different kind of future. When destructive cycles from her past threaten to consume her again, Sam must decide how much she’s willing to let go of to finally belong.
About Wesley Straton
Wesley Straton is a writer and bartender based in Brooklyn. She studied fiction at Brooklyn College, where she received the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award and served as an editor for the Brooklyn Review. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and has been shortlisted for the Disquiet Literary Prize, and she has written about international bar culture for Roads & Kingdoms, GQ, and Difford’s Guide. The Bartender's Cure is her debut.
I’m a total list gal, however, when it comes to making book lists (especially planned TBR reads) I tend to stumble. I’m such a mood reader that it’s near impossible to plan what I’m going to be in the mood for. I make these lists in hopes that I’ll get to them all, but know that it’s not super likely, but just in case… there’s a little bit of all the genres!
A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.
Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.
When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.
For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.
Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.
Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.
About Ashley Poston
Ashley Poston graduated from the University of South Carolina and has spent the last ten years in the publishing industry as a social media coordinator, a marketing designer, and finally as an author. Her novels have been featured on the Indie Next List, as well as Teen Vogue, Seventeen, EW, Hypable, and Buzzfeed, and her novel Geekerella was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist in 2017.
When not writing, she plays Dungeons and Dragons and takes long walks as an excuse to listen to true crime podcasts. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, Paprika, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking for other weirdos, asking for their AO3 username.
Two cousins who start a food stall at their local night market get a serving of murder in this first novel of a delicious new cozy mystery series by Jennifer J. Chow, author of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.
When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn't seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it's a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn't cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine's career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she's just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.
Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine's surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They're quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit--literally--when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they'll be serving is time.
About Jennifer J. Chow
Jennifer J. Chow writes multicultural mysteries and fantastical young adult stories. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Latest: MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE (Berkley/Penguin Random House).
Besides the Lefty Award-nominated Sassy Cat mysteries, she writes the Winston Wong cozy series under J.J. Chow. Her other Asian-American novels include The 228 Legacy (2013 Finalist for Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award) and Dragonfly Dreams (a Teen Vogue pick).
The time I’ve spent blogging has fluctuated over the past few years and while I still enjoy it, it more often than not feels like a chore. I’ve decided to participate in more “fun” posts and give blogging a final whirl to determine whether I’m going to keep at it or not. And since I haven’t been consistently reviewing, there’s a good chunk of books that I thoroughly enjoyed which I never got around to mentioning on here.
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher | You know those books that leave you positively mind-blown, desperate to read anything and everything by that author? This was one of those for me. This one felt a lot like House of Leaves but rather than becoming straight-up confusing and possibly scary, The Hollow Places was downright scary. I loved it.
In the Shadows of Menby Robert Jackson Bennett | RJB has quickly become one of my go-to authors (for both horror and fantasy) and this creepy novella really packs a punch.
City of Marginsby William Boyle | City of Margins is only my second read by Boyle but I’m learning quickly how skilled he is at taking an enormous cast of characters and weaving them into stories that never fail to entertain.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startupby John Carreyrou | I had managed to remain completely in the dark regarding Theranos and its CEO Elizabeth Holmes until her recent time in court. This was an enthralling piece of writing that I oftentimes forgot this was Non-Fiction.
Love & Saffron by Kim Fay | I’m a sucker for foodie fiction but to hear this compared as a foodie version of one of my favorites, 84, Charing Cross Road, was a surefire guarantee to get me to read. It was just about a perfect read. My only complaint? I wanted more letters and more stories shared between these two wonderful women.
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane | This was my first read by McFarlane and it certainly won’t be my last. She has such a fantastic, witty sense of humor and you can’t help but fall in love with her endearing characters.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | It’s obvious by the summary that this one is a heartbreaking read but it was still written in such a pure and heartwarming sort of way. Just so happens to by the second book of Silver’s I’ve given 5 stars to.
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry | Beach Read was my first EH read and I actually wasn’t sure I would read any more of her work. My bestie raved about People though so I knew I had to at least try and I’m so glad I did. 5 solid stars.
From Lisa Taddeo, #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Three Women and “our most eloquent and faithful chronicler of human desire” (Esquire), Ghost Lover is an electrifying collection of fearless and ferocious short stories.
Behind anonymous screens, an army of cool and beautiful girls manage the dating service Ghost Lover, a forwarding system for text messages that promises to spare you the anguish of trying to stay composed while communicating with your crush. At a star-studded political fundraiser in a Los Angeles mansion, a trio of women compete to win the heart of the slick guest of honor. In a tense hospital waiting room, an inseparable pair of hard-partying friends crash into life’s responsibilities, but the magic of their glory days comes alive again at the moment they least expect it.
In these nine riveting stories—which include two Pushcart Prize winners and a finalist for the National Magazine Award—Lisa Taddeo brings to life the fever of obsession, the blindness of love, and the mania of grief. Featuring Taddeo’s arresting prose that continues to thrill her legions of fans, Ghost Lover dares you to look away.
About Lisa Taddeo
Lisa Taddeo is an American author, journalist and two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, for her short stories "42", published in the New England Review, and "Suburban Weekend", published in Granta. Her 2019 book, Three Women, became a #1 New York Times best seller.