What You Wish For by Katherine Center | St. Martin’s Press {Book Review & Giveaway!}

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What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Book Summary:

Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living. But she wasn’t always that way. Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen. But he wasn’t always that way.

And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before―at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him―but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new Read more...

Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen | Berkley Publishing {Book Review}

Eliza Starts A Rumor

Eliza Starts a Rumor  by Jane L. Rosen

Book Summary:

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. When Eliza Hunt created The Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board fifteen years ago she was happily entrenched in her picture-perfect suburban life with her husband and twin preschoolers. Now, with an empty nest and a crippling case of agoraphobia, the once-fun hobby has become her lifeline. So when a rival parenting forum threatens the site’s existence, she doesn’t think twice before fabricating a salacious rumor to spark things up a bit.   

It doesn’t take long before that spark becomes a flame.  

Across town, Read more...

The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile | Harper One {Book Review}

The Power of Ritual

The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile

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“After half a decade of research and hundreds of conversations with people around the country, I am convinced we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. That what used to hold us in community no longer works, and that the spiritual offerings of yesteryear no longer help us thrive.”–Casper ter Kuile

What do Soul Cycle, gratitude journals, and tech breaks have in common? For ter Kuile they offer rituals that create the foundation for our modern spiritual lives. 

We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left Read more...

June 2020 Book Recap & Ratings

June 2020 book recap

June | Audiobooks & Wireless Headphones

June feels like forever ago but I didn’t want to skip sharing the books I read because while there were some disappoints, there were way more that were just amazing! I shared in my May book recap that I have been struggling to find a new balance with the kids home 24/7…it’s a work in progress for sure, especially for someone who gets easily distracted and doesn’t work well in chaos, LOL.

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I did end up listening to quite a few books. I had these great dreams of some afternoon reading during this quarantine … Read more...

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo | Beacon Press {Book Review}

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White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Book Summary:

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and Read more...

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West | Harlequin {Book Review}

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Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

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When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.

Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind Read more...

Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman | Simon & Schuster {Book Review}

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Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

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A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.

Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship in this honest and hilarious book that chronicles their first decade in one another’s lives. As the hosts of the hit podcast Call Your … Read more...

Kindle Book Deals {July 8th 2020}

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Highly Rated Kindle Book Deals & TBR List!

There have been some amazing Kindle Book Deals lately but today really tops them all. Not only are some of my favorite books included, but there are also a few that have been on my own highly anticipated reading list. If you have been looking to stock up on some amazing reading material, you are in luck!

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kindle booksA Woman is No Man, Truths I Never Told You, All Along You Were Blooming and Oona Out of Order were all 5-star reads for me and ones I still … Read more...

Amazon First Reads {Book Deals!}

Amazon First Reads

I  love to find e-book deals online. One of my favorite things is to search for Kindle Book Deals over my morning coffee. It gives me the greatest thrill when I find a book that has been on my own reading list that is less than a cup of coffee. This morning I saw that Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur is a $2.99 Kindle book deal…it was a 5-star read for me!

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A couple of years ago I learned about Amazon First Reads. It is a program that allows you early access to new book releases with FREE … Read more...

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis | Atria Books {Book Review}

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Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

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In this charming and poignant novel, teenager Emmie Blue releases a balloon with her email address and a big secret into the sky, only to fall head-over-heels for the boy who finds it; now, fourteen years later, the one thing Emmie has been counting on is gone for good, and everything she planned is up in the air.

At sixteen, Emmie Blue stood in the fields of her school and released a red balloon into the sky. Attached was her name, her email address…and a secret she desperately wanted to be free Read more...