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? ☀️📝⁣

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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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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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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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What Was Your Last Five Star Read? // #LessonsInChemistry by Bonnie Garmus {Doubleday Books}

{@Doubledaybooks #partner. Thank you for my free copy to read and and review}

Lessons in Chemistry⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

I have been on a roll lately with some great reads, anyone else? Lessons In Chemistry was a surprise hit for me and was totally unique and multi-faceted. This was one published earlier this week and is already taking readers by storm!

April 5th, 2022 (Amazing!!) New Book Releases:

New Book Releases

{Bittersweet, Cover Story, Lessons in Chemistry, Memphis, The Sign For Home & True Biz.}

So, I went into this book without knowing much about it, and it wasn’t at all what I expected. The main character, Elizabeth, was such a dynamic and quirky character- I absolutely loved her. Ultimately, this was a story about the societal expectations and norms of women in the 1960s.

Elizabeth, a female scientist in a “male’s profession,” pushed back against all societal expectations, truly not caring what others thought of her career and personal choices. When she’s pushed out of the lab, she ends up the star of a cooking show- a new type of show at the time.

As she uses her platform to spark change and empower women, the story of her short lived romance unfolds as well. I really loved this book- such a powerful and totally unique and impactful read!

This book is now getting a lot of buzz now and for good reason! It was also chosen for the @gmabookclub April selection and was one of the @bookofthemonth add on choices! {You can join using my referral link HERE}

Book of the Month Club

Is Lessons in Chemistry on your reading list yet? I am discussing this brand new release over on my Bookstagram page @genthebookworm and I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Last // Now // Next {Currently Reading…}

{thank you to @stmartinspress, @minotaurbooks, @berkleypub & @putnambooks for my gifted review copies}

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Last / Now / Next

I am currently in a great reading streak and I am hoping it continues!

I finished Like A House On Fire  by author Lauren McBrayer on my kindle this past weekend. It’s one of those books that really examines the gray areas of life and I can’t stop thinking about it. The characters are layered and nuanced and I can’t wait to share more as we get a bit closer to its publication date. {4.26.22}

On audio, I am currently juggling two books, one fiction and one non fiction read and they are both excellent!! I am loving Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano and keep seeing so many 5-star reviews for it all over #bookstagram, so I know I am not alone! {Publishing 2.1.22}

I started Losing Our Minds by Dr. Lucy Foulkes and it is just fascinating, nuanced and is giving me so much to unpack. {Publishing 1.25.22}

Finally, Good Rich People  by Eliza Jane Brazier is up next for my kindle reading and I can’t wait! I love a good dark domestic thriller with main characters behaving badly, so this seems like my cup of tea! {Publishing 1.25.22}

So tell me, what are your Last / Now / Next  book choices? I would love to hear over on @genthebookworm where I am discussing this more!

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What Happened To You? {If you read one book this winter, make it THIS one!}

What Happened To You?

What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry M.D., Ph.D and Oprah Winfrey

What is the last book you read that you couldn’t stop talking about?! 📖🗣⁣

It is this book for me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

In fact, if you have talked to me in person during the last month, you probably have heard about it on more than one occasion, sorry, but not really! 🤷‍♀️🙌⁣

What Happened To You came highly recommended by some of my very trusted book sources and seriously did not disappoint. I alternated reading and listening to this one on audiobook format because I really had a hard time putting it down. Simply put, the concepts in this book truly are life changing and I try not to say that unless I am talking about Brenè…or Nedra…or well, you get the point! 🙏⁣⁣

Whether you have experienced childhood adversity or not, this book is revolutionary. The idea of looking at someone (or yourself) and instead of saying “what’s wrong with them?!” changing the narrative to “what happened to them?” can change so much. 💖⁣

I am a big believer in therapy and because of certain circumstances, I am grateful to say it has been a part of my life from a fairly young age (although it was definitely not as normalized as it is now!) ⁣

I think there can be a bit of a misconception that therapy (and probably personal development in general) somehow can seem a bit…selfish? But really, it is exactly the opposite! 💥⁣

Spending time processing your own experiences (past and present) can not only help yourself heal, but ultimately can help you understand and better interact with the world (and people) around you. And this book connects so much with that idea. ✨⁣

When we realize “huh, maybe that’s why I respond that way in certain situations!!” it also helps us understand why someone else might respond or act the way they do as well. In fact, this idea ultimately helps us have more compassion and empathy, which in today’s divided and challenging world, there just can’t be enough of. 💕⁣

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. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own, and I only feature things I truly love here.