5-Star Book Reviews

5-Star Book Reviews:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ 5-star ratings mean I loved the book so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after I had finished. I try to be selective with 5-star ratings and below are links to my reviews of the books that met this high rating mark.

You can click on the link HERE to see all of my tagged 5-star book reviews or scroll through below to see some of my very favorites…

Riverhead Books

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Jojo Moyes

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall book review

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall 

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say

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Two 5-Star Kindle Book Deals! {June 21st, 2020}

kindle book deals

I have had a few reading flops during the last few weeks so I was excited to log on and see some of my favorite books were Kindle Deals today! These were both 5-star reads for me and while they are on the opposites ends of the reading spectrum, they are both ones I recommend all the time!

Born a Crime

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

$4.99 Kindle Deal | $8.99 Paperback Deal

(I shared more about it HERE)

The Happy Ever After Playlist

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

2.99 Kindle Book Deal 

(you can read my thoughts HERE


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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone | Lori Gottlieb | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Book Review

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Book Summary:

“One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a Read more...

Nonfiction November Book Recommendations {Nonfiction Book Favorites from 2019}

nonfiction November

Nonfiction November

Are you a nonfiction reader? I love a good nonfiction book, especially related to mental health and parenting. It’s no surprise that out of all the non-fiction books I read this year, those genres ended up being my favorites. If you are participating in #nonfictionnovember and are needing a few more recommendations to finish your month off strong, I have some great recommendations!

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Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

I first read Fair Play this past September when I received a copy from Putnam Books to review. You can read my full review of Fair Play HERE.

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Juliet’s School of Possibilities | Laura Vanderkam | Penguin Group Portfolio| Book Review

Laura Vanderkam + time management

Juliet’s School of Possibilities by Laura Vanderkam

Book Summary:

“A charming, life-changing fable that will help you rethink your whole approach to time, priorities, and possibilities.

Riley Jenkins is in trouble. An ambitious, hardworking consultant in her late twenties, she’s used to a lifetime of nearly perfect evaluations – until she gets a terrible performance review from her boss. How is that possible when Riley does everything her clients want – including answering emails 24/7 – faster than they expect it?

That’s precisely the problem: she’s spread too thin. Despite her insane hours and attention to detail, Riley can’t produce Read more...

All The Rage: Mothers, Fathers and the Myth of Equal Partnership by Darcy Lockman | Harper | Book Review

All The Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership

All The Rage by Darcy Lockman

Book Summary:

Journalist-turned-psychologist Darcy Lockman offers a clear-eyed look at the most pernicious problem facing modern parents—how progressive relationships become traditional ones when children are introduced into the household.

In an era of seemingly unprecedented feminist activism, enlightenment, and change, data shows that one area of gender inequality stubbornly persists: the disproportionate amount of parental work that falls to women, no matter their background, class, or professional status. All the Rage investigates the cause of this pervasive inequity to answer why, in households where both parents work full-time and agree that tasks should be Read more...

To Have and To Hold by Molly Millwood, Ph.D. | HarperCollins | Book Review

To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold by Molly Millwood, Ph.D.

Book Summary:

A clinical therapist’s exploration of the complexities of early motherhood, including its impact on a marriage, in a book that offers comfort, camaraderie, and practical guidance to new mothers.

When Molly Millwood became a mother, she was fully prepared for all that she would gain: an adorable baby boy, hard-won mothering skills, and a messy, chaotic, love-filled home. But she didn’t anticipate what she would lose: an identity, a baseline level of happiness, a general sense of wellbeing. And just when she was feeling her most vulnerable, her Read more...

Nine books from 2019 I have read & LOVED | 4.5/5 Star Book Reviews & Recommendations

Nine highly rated books from 2019

2019 reading list

Reflection & Book Ratings:

Now that we are almost half a year into 2019, it has been fun to reflect on my favorite books from these past 5 months. As an avid reader, so much of my reaction to books is based on my own perspective. What I love doesn’t always mean someone else will, but that is what makes reading so wonderful. We all react so differently to things because everyone has such a different and unique life experience.

When rating a book, 4.5 & 5-star books mean that I enjoyed them … Read more...

Be Mighty by Jill A. Stoddard, Ph.D. | New Harbinger Publications {Book Review}

anxiety book

Be Mighty by Jill. A Stoddard, Ph.D.

Book Summary:

You are stronger than your anxiety—you are mighty. In this empowering guide, you’ll find practical tools to help you shed the shackles of worry and fear and embrace a more vibrant life.

In a culture where women are still paid less for doing the same jobs, expected to juggle family and career effortlessly, and faced with the harsh realities of misogyny and sexism daily, it’s no wonder you’re also twice as likely to experience issues related to anxiety and trauma. But there are real tools you can use now to build … Read more...

2020 Beach Reads |New & Upcoming Book Releases!

Beach Books

Summer Reading

One of my favorite things about this time of this year is thinking about all the summer reading I have planned. While this summer will look much different than years past, the great things about books are that you can read them wherever you are, even if you are “vacationing” in your very own backyard.

Beach Books…

Beach reading means something different for everyone, but for me, it consists of books that are totally engaging but also have enough depth to not be total fluff. I also like to have a mix of genres and topics…a little mystery … Read more...