The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey {Publishing 7.11.23}

{Thank you to @gallerybooks & @uplitreads for my free copy of The Summer of Songbirds}

Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid?

I went to a couple of years of summer camp (girl scout camp to be exact!) and I still have vivid memories of the early swims in the lake, the raising of the flag and making lots of friendship bracelets!

I love books that also make you a little nostalgic, and if you do too, you might like to check out Kristy Woodson Harvey’s upcoming release, #TheSummerOfSongbirds…publishing July 11th!

“The Summer of Songbirds is a lyrical and unforgettable celebration of female friendship, summertime freedom, and enduring sisterhood—and a love letter to the places and people that make us who we are. Four women come together to save the summer camp that changed their lives and rediscover themselves in the process.”

I just love this author- she writes the sweetest, most relatable, insightful stories, all tied together by a great group of characters. This book tells the story of four women, who after the pandemic, come together to save their treasured summer camp.

Summers spent at camp tied these women together for life and I loved reading about their current lives, how they came together, and how they ultimately won their camp back. This book is perfect for the summer months ahead, especially if summer camp was a big part of your own childhood!

QOTD: Did you ever go to summer camp? Do you have any favorite memories? I am discussing this upcoming summer release over on my bookstagram page @genthebookworm and I would love it if you joined in!

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Summer Reading Recommendation! {The Seven Year Slip}

🌻🍉⛱️ Summer Reading #TBRList! {Thank you to @berkleypub for my #free review copy}⁣

Ashley Poston

Did this past weekend get you excited for all things summer reading too?!☀️ Did you enjoy The Dead Romantics?? Then you should get your summer reading list ready, because author Ashley Poston has another book on the horizon this June, and it’s a good one! 💃🏻⁣

“An overworked book publicist with a perfectly planned future hits a snag when she falls in love with her temporary roommate…only to discover he lives seven years in the past, in this witty and wise new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics.”⁣

This book was so fun and unique, and after a bit of fiction reading slump, made for the perfect remedy. I love a good time traveling story, coupled with a little romance and personal growth and this author certainly delivered. 👏⁣

I enjoyed the characters, the unique timelines, the hidden bits of wisdom, and the sub storylines of cooking, painting, and travel. This was another creative read by author Ashley Poston and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!⁣

{The Seven Year Slip will be published on 6.27.23!}⁣

✨QOTD: Do you have any books or specific authors on your summer reading list yet? Any standouts I should add to mine? I would love to hear! You can join me over on my bookstagram account @genthebookworm to join in on the conversation!

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My First Read of 2023 (and it was a good one!)

 {Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my gifted review copy}

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister

Was was/is your first book of 2023?

A book about how books bring us together was my first book of 2023 (which I thought was quite fitting!) and I LOVED it!
No Two Persons book
Have you heard of No Two Persons yet? I was first introduced to author @ericabauermeister when I devoured her novel The Scent Keeper back in the spring of 2019.
The Scent Keeper
And I am excited to announce that spring of 2023 is looking good too, with her newest work of fiction making its arrival on May 2nd!

Book Synopsis of No Two Persons:

“One book. Nine readers. Ten changed lives. New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister’s No Two Persons is ‘gloriously original celebration of fiction, and the ways it deepens our lives.’

That was the beauty of books, wasn’t it? They took you places you didn’t know you needed to go…

Alice has always wanted to be a writer. Her talent is innate, but her stories remain safe and detached, until a devastating event breaks her heart open, and she creates a stunning debut novel. Her words, in turn, find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness, to a free diver pushing himself beyond endurance, an artist furious at the world around her, a bookseller in search of love, a widower rent by grief. Each one is drawn into Alice’s novel; each one discovers something different that alters their perspective, and presents new pathways forward for their lives.

Together, their stories reveal how books can affect us in the most beautiful and unexpected of ways—and how we are all more closely connected to one another than we might think.”

The premise of No Two Persons had the potential to be complicated and hard to follow, but it was anything but and I was engrossed from the beginning. I loved starting out learning about the main character, who after a challenging young adulthood goes on to become a reclusive best-selling author. The subsequent chapters tell the story of one reader at a time, and each is done so well.

I found myself both sad to see each chapter end, as well as excited to learn how someone else was impacted by the book next. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- fiction has as much potential to impact its readers as nonfiction/personal development does (which I am a big fan of!) And this book did just that- I loved this uniquely curious and moving read and I highly recommend it!

QOTD: What was your first book of 2023? And what format was it? Audiobook, kindle or a hardcopy? I would love to hear and you can join in on the conversation over on @genthebookworm right now!

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Vermont Authors Book Features {And My Word of 2023!}

Let’s Talk Vermont Authors!

Vermont authors

Do you pick a word of the year?

While I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions, I do like choosing a word to focus on for the year ahead, and this year, my word is “connection”. And what better way to start off the year, than by sharing about some of the connections I have found here.
In addition to meeting so many amazing fellow book lovers I have also had the opportunity to connect with authors. And living in a very small state, I have really enjoyed meeting local authors, including these four! All of these authors are ones I connected with during 2022, and wanted to get on your reading reader for 2023!

Have you heard of any of these titles?

In Light of Recent Events

In Light of Recent Events by Amy Klinger

“In the 1990s American workplace, survival of the fittest is sometimes less about clawing your way to the top than developing good camouflage. And Audrey Rohmer is doing her very best to blend in as an undistinguished middle manager. Uninspired by her job and uneasy about her father’s new marriage, Audrey coasts through the work week leaning on her “partner in apathy”–an admin assistant named Pooter–to keep her relationship with the married head of her department from becoming water cooler gossip.

But when an old family-friend-turned-Hollywood-superstar crashes on her doorstep in the midst of a publicity crisis, Audrey’s under-the-radar status quo gets upended, and the writing may literally be on the bathroom wall that secrets will find a way out.

Equally acerbic and heartfelt, In Light of Recent Events is both an endlessly engaging piece of storytelling and a fascinating commentary on workplaces, families, and fame.”


Unstitched by Brett Ann Stanciu

“What if society looked at addiction without judgment?

Unstitched shares the powerful story of one librarian’s quest to understand the impact of addiction fed by stigma and inevitable secrecy.

The opioid epidemic has hit people in communities large and small and across all socioeconomic classes. What should each of us know about it and do about it?

Unstitched moves listeners from feelings of helplessness and blame into empathy, ultimately helping friends, family, and community members separate the disease of addiction from the person underneath.

A stranger, rumored to be a heroin addict, repeatedly breaks into the small-town library Brett Ann Stanciu runs. After she tries to get law enforcement to take meaningful action against him – elementary school children and young parents with babies frequent the place after all – he dies by suicide. When she realizes how little she knows about opioid misuse, she sets out on a mission, seeking insight from others, such as people in recovery, treatment providers, the town police chief, and Vermont’s US attorney.

Stanciu’s journey leads to compassionate generosity, renewed faith, and ultimately a measure of personal redemption as she realizes she has a role to play in helping the people of her community stitch themselves back together.”

The Treehouse on Dog River Road

The Treehouse on Dog River Road by Catherine Drake

“A young, determined woman figures out life and love while staying true to herself in this whip-smart and genuinely witty debut.

Twenty-eight-year-old Hannah Spencer wants nothing more than to change everything about her life. After 10 years of living in cities, Nathan Wild has just moved back home to Vermont and doesn’t want to change anything about his.

Recently laid off from her depressing job in Boston and ready for a challenge, Hannah heads to Vermont for the summer to take care of her sister’s kids and do some serious soul-searching. There, against the stunning landscape of the Green Mountains, she embarks on an ambitious project: building a treehouse for her niece and nephew. As she hammers away, she formulates a plan to jump-start her life with a new job out West. But, will Nathan-next-door complicate her desire to change course?

A witty, romantic, and inspiring story of a young woman taking control and making tough choices about love and work to build the life she wants, The Treehouse on Dog River Road will have you rooting for Hannah every step of the way.”

The Wisdom of Winter

The Wisdom Of Winter by Annie Seyler

“Tangled influences compel a young girl to hide her true nature until one weekend in her mid-20s when the truths she’s been suppressing call her to a crossroads she can’t avoid.
Insulated from societal mores by her glamorous mother and humble father, six-year-old Beatrice-barefoot in ratty overalls-tunes into animals, senses the unspoken, and thrives. But when tragedy penetrates their rural Vermont bubble, Beatrice is thrust into a world that tells her she has no place unless she hides her depth, pretties up, and falls in line. She complies.
Years later in San Francisco, incongruities in Beatrice’s life abound. What’s real is hidden. What’s false is celebrated. She numbs and sidesteps and, despite inner warnings, artfully outruns thoughts of her family, the girl she once was, and the woman she pretends to be. But when a cascade of events steers her back to her childhood home, a discovery in a rundown barn quiets her. In the still point, she sees her crossroads: should she carry on the known path or step into uncertainty? Her future rests on her interpretation of change. Anxiety and loss. Or hope and renewal. She must decide who she is.
In beautiful, spare prose, The Wisdom of Winter explores the tenacity of misbeliefs, the magic in forgiveness, and the artistry of the natural world in healing the past.”

Question(s) Of The Day:

Do you have a word of the year for 2023? And do you have any authors that are local to you? Any that you have learned about on social media? I would love to hear over in the comments section of my @genthebookworm Instagram page.
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Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan {New Book Release!}

{Thank you to @randomhouse & #ballantinebooks for my gifted copy to read, review & share about with all of you!}⁣

Mad Honey

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

It’s been a long time since I was as captivated by a story as I was with this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My favorite thing about Jodi Picoult’s writing is her ability to throw a curveball halfway through that I absolutely did not see coming. ↪️⁣

Her 2021 title, Wish You Were Here, left me with my jaw dropped mid-read and this one did the same. Mad Honey by Picoult and co-author Jennifer Finney Boylan is another book I won’t soon forget and will be an excellent book club choice for fall 2022. (It has since been chosen at the @GMAbookclub October pick!! 📚⁣)

In line with her writing, this is one that could easily be spoiled in a review, and must be read to be fully appreciated. I am once again in awe of the level of research, and true education, that Picoult has brought to her writing. This is a timely and necessary story that while intense, has so much to teach us. 👏⁣

Mad Honey arrived on bookstore shelves this week, and I highly recommend adding this title to your fall #TBRList! Have you pick up your copy yet?? You can order your copy HERE if you haven’t already.

I discussed this title, and other brand new book releases, over on my instagram feed @genthebookworm yesterday, and I would love for you to join join on the conversation!

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The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland {September New Release!}

{Thank to @getredprbooks & @berkleypub for my #gifted copy and amazing PR box!}⁣

The Most Likely Club

The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland

Does this photo make you go down memory lane?! Then maybe you were also a 90s/early 2000s teenager too! Shout out to the other elderly millennials out there! 💃🏻⁣

@getredprbooks sent out the most amazing package for this book, and I actually squealed with delight when I opened it! Blockbuster card… ✔️Choker necklace…✔️ Bubble Yum…✔️ Great Lash mascara….#MaybeItsMaybelline! 🎶💋⁣

The Most Likely Club book

⁣Paired with my own high school yearbooks, it was one of my most favorite photos to put together….I even included my own high school senior portrait which I dug out just for this special occasion! Jewelry from Claire’s of course…➡️💎📷⁣

The Most Likely Club by author @elyssafriedland was one of my favorite women’s fiction reads this summer. This book had it all- and as a nearly forty year old, it was all too relatable and had me laughing aloud at times. Even better, it also had so much heart and took on the idea of what came to be for four high school best friends. 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️⁣

⁣I enjoyed the throw back references to the 90s, the long-lasting friendships, second chances and the hints of romance, But most importantly, I loved that it showed women coming together…especially where it matters. All four characters were unique and had their own paths and challenges along the way. 💖⁣

The Most Likely Club

This was the perfect mix of being an easy read while also having enough substance to balance it all out and I just enjoyed it so much! The Most Likely Club publishes 9.6.22. In Addition, it was picked as a Book Of The Month add-on read for September, so you can get a copy even sooner, HERE. Not a BOTM member yet? You can join using my referral link HERE! 📦⁣

⁣✨QOTD: Did your high school have #TheMostLikelyTo… feature in your yearbook? If so, were you selected for any of them? Ours did not, and I feel rather grateful for that now…😅 I am discussing this book over on my Bookstagram feed @genthebookworm and I would love it if you joined in on the conversation

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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? ☀️📝⁣

GMA book club
✨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

{Want to join Book Of The Month? You can use my referral link HERE!}

⁣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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