Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean {Five Star Read!}

{Thank you to @williammorrowbooks for my free copy to read, review & share with all of you!}

Mika in Real Life

Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

My August reading is off to a great start, and I am excited to share that I had my first #FiveStarRead of the month! 🤩⁣

Mika in Real Life surprised me, in the best possible way. It’s been a while since I read a book about family that just felt so real, and human. Don’t let this cute book cover deceive you, because while this book is totally heartwarming, it’s also real and covers some heavy topics that made this book really stick. 💗⁣

Mika is a Japanese-American woman in her mid-30s who’s life looks nothing like the one she had once imagined. Mike is at a low point when her daughter she had given up for adoption 16 years earlier, reaches out to her, hoping to connect. ☎️⁣

In her quest to be a person her daughter Penny is proud of, Mika creates a few white lies which, of course, end up snowballing into something way bigger than she ever imagined. While this storyline seems predictable at first, it ends up being the foundation of a novel that captures the essence of what makes a parent and what makes a life. 📖⁣

Not only is Mika endearing but she’s also beautifully flawed. Author Emiko Jean delves into how our own pasts have made us who we are, and how our families expectations have shaped us but also don’t make us. The Japanese American immigrant experience was woven in throughout this story. In addition, the side characters are multifaceted and add so much to this brilliant novel. 🙌⁣

I can’t say enough about this book and I know it will stick with me for a long time. It was also picked as the @gmabookclub August selection and I highly recommend adding to your end of summer reading list. Is Mika In Real Life on your reading radar yet? ☀️📝⁣

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✨QOTD: What was your last five star read? I am discussing this one over on my @genthebookworm Instagram feed and I would love to hear your thoughts!

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The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston {New Book Release!}

{@Berkleypub & @berkleyromance #Partner. Thank you for my gifted copy!}⁣

The Dead Romantics

The Dead Romantics by author @heyashposton is publishing today and it was such a surprise reading hit for me!

“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.”

You may know how I tend to feel about ghosts in books (👎) but this worked! 👻 I also love a book that takes you behind the scenes in the publishing world!!

Author Ashley Poston’s writing flowed so well and I loved the myriad of eccentric characters and the unique storyline totally sucked me in.

This book is quirky, endearing, witty and full of hope and if you are looking for a unique romance read, I highly recommend adding this one to your summer reading list, ASAP!! You can grab your copy HERE.

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Five Star Beach Read Alert!! // The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

The Hotel Nantucket

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

I read The Hotel Nantucket back in April and it made for the perfect spring vacation read! I am a big fan of author ElinHilderbrand’s older books and this one brought me right back ! I enjoyed that it featured the hospitality industry, much like The Blue Bistro did…which is my favorite Elin book! 💙⁣

⁣It has a large cast of characters who all have their own storylines but also all intertwine. I even loved the paranormal element which I wasn’t sure about at first! 👻⁣

⁣All in all, this was just the perfect easy and engaging read! It had enough depth to not feel like total fluff, and the food descriptions and amazing summer vacation location just made it so incredibly fun to read. 👏⁣

⁣I loved it so much I knew I needed a hard copy for my shelf and @bookofthemonth came through when it was one of the June add-ons! And how perfect does it look with this adorable cookie I found at @klingersbakery today? 👙💓⁣

The Hotel Nantucket

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⁣I found this book totally engrossing and the ending felt so satisfying and full circle that this one really deserves all the stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⁣

⁣Whether you are an #ElinHilderbrand fan already, or just want a fun summer read that will keep you totally entertained, I highly recommend adding The Hotel Nantucket to your reading list! 📚⁣

⁣This title publishes next week, 6.14.22, which is the perfect timing for beach bags everywhere! ☀️👜⁣

⁣✨QOTD: Do you have a favorite beach read author? Did you choose any add-ons for your June Book Of The Month box? I am discussing The Hotel Nantucket over on @genthebookworm and I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Today’s Kindle Book Deals! {6.5.22}

Kindle Book Deals!The Sunday Search // Today’s Kindle Book Deals ($5 and under!)

It’s another great day of Kindle Book Deals, including some of my favorite reads! If you are looking for a new book, there are so many excellent choices today…from #NonFictionFavorites and #BookClubPicks to perfect #SummerReads!

Today’s Deals & Links!:

Kindle Book Deals
Are any of these titles on your TBR List? Did you find any other ebook deals I should know about? Fill me in!

I am discussing all things Kindle Deals over on @genthebookworm and I would love it if you joined in on the conversation!  Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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Something Wilder by Christina Lauren || Book Feature!

{Gallery Books #partner. Thank you for my gifted copies to read, review and share with you!}Something Wilder Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

Have you picked up the May 2022 #NewBookRelease Something Wilder yet?! This just might be my favorite Christina Lauren book yet! I absolutely loved this adventure fueled romance, most of which I read in a single sitting.

I enjoyed following the main characters on an unexpected treasure hunt, while at the same time rekindling their connection after then years apart. It really was the perfect escape-read contemporary romance that I didn’t know I needed. 

This book kept me guessing as there were several moments I didn’t see coming, and I absolutely loved how it all came together in the end. This book took some intense thinking and research on the author’s part – and it was a totally fun and unique spring read! You can order your copy using my affiliate link HERE.

QOTD: Have you read a a book yet by the author duo Christina Lauren? What are your favorites? I am discussing this over on my Bookstagram account @genthebookworm and I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Remarkably Bright Creatures // Five Star Read!

Remarkably Bright Creatures

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

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What was your last five star read? 

⁣You know those books that slowly make their way onto the reading scene and then they are absolutely everywhere?! ⁣

Remarkably Bright Creatures was recently this book…And when @Readwithjenna picked it as their May book club pick, the reading FOMO really hit me hard, and I knew I had to pick it up ASAP! ⁣

⁣At first I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a book that had a giant Pacific octopus as one of the narrators, but I shouldn’t haven’t worried because Marcellus ended up being the star of the show! This is a feel good book that also is deeply rooted in the realities (and challenges) of life….which is my kind of read. 

⁣Its literary fiction that felt super readable and the characters are genuine and also completely unforgettable. This really was a remarkable book, and one I will hold in my reading memories forever. 

In addition, it was absolutely amazing via audiobook, and I highly recommend it, as the narrators truly brought this story to life. ⁣

⁣Have you read this one yet and/or is it on your TBR list?! I am discussing this book today over on @genthebookworm and I would love to have you share your thoughts!

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New Book Releases! // May 3rd, 2022!

{Thank you to the tagged publisher for my gifted review copies}

new book releases
⁣May is off to a great start, at least in the book world! 📚📚📚⁣

This morning, I am sharing this week’s new book releases releases that are on my reading radar! 📝

✨Already Read & Loved:⁣

Our Little World by Karen Winn

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

✨Really (surprisingly!) Enjoyed:⁣

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

✨Reading Now:⁣

The Change by Kirsten Miller (my #BookOfTheMonth add-on!)⁣

Seen and Unseen by Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster

✨Coming Up Next:⁣

Breathless by Amy McCulloch (#BOTM choice!)⁣

What We Do in The Dark by Michelle Hart

🔆 Are you excited to read any of these new book release titles? Did we pick any of the same @bookofthemonth May selections?? I would love to hear! 💭

I am discussing this week’s new books over on my @genthebookworm account and I would love to chat with you there! 

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Our Little World by Karen Winn // New Book Release!

{@duttonbooks #partner. Thank you for my free copies to read & review}

Our Little World

Our Little World by Karen Winn

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I picked up Our Little World on a whim earlier this year. I hadn’t heard much about it yet, which also meant I was going into it with not a lot of expectations either way! And this book, it ended up blowing me away!! 

This spring 2022 release atmospheric and totally compelling. It’s a coming of age story set in a cul-de-sac in the 1980s. It’s a small town mystery but it’s also a character driven novel focused on relationships, especially sisterhood, after a young girl named Sally goes missing. The story is told through the adolescent eyes of Bee, and the angst, worries and emotional ups and downs are totally spot on. Our Little World Karen WinnOur Little World is not exactly a past paced page turner, but it’s no less intriguing because of it. It totally has #NowAndThen movie vibes and was just exactly the kind of book I didn’t know I needed!! I loved this book and highly recommend it!

I highly recommend adding this one to your spring reading list, and then coming back to tell me your thoughts when you read it!! 📝

Our Little World hit bookstore shelves today (5.3.22!) and you can grab your copy using my Amazon affiliate link HERE. 

✨QOTD: Do you like reading hyped books or do you prefer to go into a new read with less expectations overall? I discussed this book over on my Bookstagram feed @genthebookworm and I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez // Mood Reading & Book Club Recommendation!

{@BerkleyPub #gifted. Thank you for my free copy to read and share}⁣

Take My HandTake My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valde

Are you a book planner or a mood reader?

I am absolutely a mood reader, but I also have a general idea of what I want to read during the next month or so. I am easily tempted by a shiny #NewBookReleases (and also like to share them here!) and I also have to be in the right mood for certain genres. 🔮⁣

My overall reading during the last couple of years has not included many historical fiction novels, I just could not get into them. And so when I kept seeing some of my trusted book recommendation sources proclaiming this was a five start read, I knew Take My Hand would be my next read.

Given that this is a fictionalized account of actual events, this book proved to be a deeply powerful (and sometimes quite uncomfortable) look at inequality and the rights of reproductive consent. Books like this are so important, because as we all know too well, “…history repeats what we don’t remember”.

Take My Hand
Take My Hand is deeply empathetic but also a blunt reminder of how we may feel like we know what’s best for someone else, when we haven’t ever walked a day in their shoes. It explores responsibility, the power of CHOICE and is a raw and unfiltered look at human rights.⁣

I finished this book last week and I know it will truly be a book I will never forget. It would also make an incredibly powerful book club discussion. Is this new release on your TBR list yet? I discussed this over on @genthebookworm and would love to hear your thoughts.

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry // Book Review & Discussion

{@berkleypub#partner. Thank you for my #gifted copy to read and review!} ⁣

Book LoversBook Lovers by Emily Henry

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I had been anxiously awaiting getting my hands on this book for SO many months and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Author Emily Henry has a way of creating such likable and relatable characters- ones you quickly must find out more about. 💜⁣

I really loved this small town romance as well as the focus on sisterhood, becoming our true selves, and a peek into the lives of book editors and agents.

I’m sure the author drew these parts of the stories based on her own experiences and it was really entertaining to read about that side of the books we all love and enjoy. ✍️⁣⁣

Emily Henry has officially become a must read author for me and I can’t wait to see what she writes next! Book Lovers publishes on May 3rd and I highly recommend adding it to your spring reading list! You can also order it through my affiliate link HERE.

As always, I discussed this book over on @genthebookworm and I would love it if you joined in on the conversation!

Disclosure: Some of the links above are Amazon affiliate links. This means if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission that helps support this blog at no cost to you. Thank you!