Top 5 Tuesday: Anticipated Reads for The Rest of the Year

Happy Tuesday, book friends! So far, so good with Blogtober, and I’m enjoying posting every day. I was even more excited to write today’s post when I saw the topic for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, which is… anticipated reads for October-December of this year! I can hardly believe there’s just a handful of months between now and the end of 2022, but here we are rounding out the reading year!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their blog to get the details and the prompts for each week.

Since I’ve got a Witchtober TBR post in the works already, I’m going to focus on what I’m excited to read the rest of the year, including a few of the holiday books I’ve got my eyes on.

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca

Obviously I can’t wait for Well Traveled to come out so I can get my hands on a copy! I love this series and have high hopes that I’ll enjoy this one. It comes out December 6th and I’ve probably (?) preordered it already, so I’ll definitely be reading it before the year’s end.

The Quarantine Princess Diaries* by Meg Cabot

This book doesn’t actually come out until March 2023 but by some gift of the Universe, I was approved for an ARC through NetGalley (thank you!!). I am way too excited to wait until next year to read The Quarantine Princess Diaries and expect it’ll feature in my holiday reading soon enough.

All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox

I enjoyed The Holiday Swap well enough to hit “Want to Read” when I saw that Maggie Knox has another winter holiday rom come title coming out. All I Want for Christmas comes out today, October 4th, so we’ll see how long I keep my promise not to add any more books to the stacks until I make at dent in the physical TBR.

Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

What’s better than fake dating? Not much, in my opinion, but I like that “fake dating but they fall for their fake-dates sibling” comes pretty close. Kiss Her Once for Me comes out on November 1st.

A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary

Cats? Cafes? Christmas? Sounds like a cozy winter read to me! A Cat Cafe Christmas comes out today, October 4th.


Happy Pub Day to No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel

Tuesdays are new book release day in the book world, which makes the second day of the week one of the most exciting ones for book nerds like me! Today, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the book I’m currently reading, which came out today, July 12th–No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel!

Full transparency here–I received an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley and signed up to participate in a blog blitz. Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for the digital arc.

The original goal was to post my review today, but life (and chronic pain) got the better of me. I’m only about 43% into this book and don’t feel comfortable sharing my full review until I actually finish it. Update: My review is now available here!

Until I finish this book and get my review out into the world, I wanted to wish this book a happy book birthday and drop the synopsis so you can check it out!


Olivia Vincent dreams of stand-up comedy stardom. Bustling around a busy Manhattan office by day and hustling from club to club by night, she can’t catch a break. Work is falling through the cracks, and after ditching a major client to make a performance, Olivia gets the boot.

Determined to pursue her dreams, she snags an audition in Los Angeles for a coveted spot on late-night TV. But the only way to get there is to join seasoned stand-up Nick Leto on a cross-country road tour. She agrees on one condition–no funny business.

Icky comedy condos, tiny smoking nightclubs, and Nick’s incessant classic rock radio are a far cry from life on the Upper East Side. Reality sets in, and Olivia wonders if she can hack it in showbiz or if she’s just a hack. As Nick helps Olivia improve her act along the way, sparks begin to fly and ignite what they thought was an impossible flame. Maybe being stuck with Nick in a Jeep isn’t so bad. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of Olivia’s actual funny business. synopsis

So far, I’m enjoying the premise and our protagonist’s way of looking at the world. I don’t think I’ve read a book about a stand-up comic before, so it’s been a lot of fun to see through Olivia’s eyes. The jury is still out on our love interest, but I am loving the banter between the two of them, which is predictably hilarious.

This a fast-paced read that I’m pretty sure I’ll wind up racing right through over the next few days. Is this one on your list, book friends?