You’ve Been Volunteered Blog Tour! | Q&A with Author Laurie Gelman | GIVEAWAY!

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Blog Tour:

Yesterday I shared my book review for You’ve Been Volunteered, the newest book release by author Laurie Gelman. If you missed it you can see it HERE. Today I am excited to share my stop on the Blog Tour with a Q&A with Laurie Gelman herself!

Author Q&A:

There is something so special about getting to know the person behind the writing and not only did I have the chance to learn more about Gelman but I was able to ask the questions!

You've Been Volunteered

Laurie Gelman is a New York City-based writer and mother of two who spent 25 years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the US – including stints on Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, and The Mom Show – before trying her hand at writing novels.  Her first book, Class Mom garnered rave reviews from several places including The New York Times, People magazine, and Good Housekeeping, and it was just included in Parade’s list of books Mom will love.  Gelman’s writing has been compared to Lauren Weisberger’s, Maria Semple’s and Sophie Kinsella’s.

And on to the Questions and Answers!

Q: As a parent, is there a character you relate with most in your fiction books?

A: I guess I would have to say that I identify with Jen the most because she is my protagonist, but I think there is a little of me in all the characters…even Shirleen! Most people can identify with Jen and her quest to try to be a better person…even if she doesn’t quite get there.

Q: What were your highs and lows of having elementary-aged children?

A: You know, as you’re living through those years there seems to always be something going on at school – some project to be helped with, a stack of flashcards to go over and a birthday party to get ready for. And there are highs and lows in all those things. But if I had to pick one of each I’d say the high was watching my child present something in front of the class for the first time and the low was being told at 9PM at night that she needed a pilgrim costume for the next morning. Thank goodness for Google!

Q: How has humor helped you navigate the rollercoaster ride of parenting?

A: Well, I think it’s a defense mechanism against bursting into tears every five seconds. Anything involving your kids and OPC’s (other people’s children!) is always a minefield of emotion. If you can see the funny side of things, you can avoid a lot of explosions. But if you’re alone in finding things funny, well then I guess you write a book about it!

Thank you so much for sharing, Laurie!

GIVEAWAY TIME:

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***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

In celebration of the release of You’ve Been Volunteered, I am partnering with Henry Holt & Co. to offer ONE reader a giveaway of You’ve Been VolunteeredClass Mom, a fabulous “Ron’s Gym and Tan” T-shirt, and the chance for Laurie Gelman to Skype into your giveaway winner’s book club. How awesome is that?! And just in time for back to school season…

TO ENTER:

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  1. Follow along at @genthebookworm on Instagram

2. Like this post on Instagram

3. Tag a friend (up to five people)

4. For an extra TWO votes please like and follow along on my Gen The Bookworm Facebook Page… My last giveaway winner did this so it is totally worth it! 😉

The winner will be selected on Sunday, August 18th at 8:00 EST. This giveaway is limited to US Residents only due to shipping. The books and bag will be shipped directly from Henry Holt & Co. so the winner will need to be willing to share their address with both me and the publisher. This giveaway is not associated with Instagram or Facebook. 

Good luck!!

You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman | Henry Holt & Co. | Book Review

book review of You've Been Volunteered

You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman

Book Summary:

“If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it―most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges, in the world of parental politics and at home.

She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.

Refreshingly down-to-earth and brimming with warmth, Dixon’s next chapter will keep you turning the pages to find out what’s really going on under the veneer of polite parent interactions, and have you laughing along with her the whole way.”

Publication Date:

July 23rd, 2019

Book Genre:

Humorous Fiction

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My Review:

You’ve Been Volunteered is the follow up to Laurie Gelman’s first fiction novel, Class Mom. As the parent to two grade school-aged children, I find her writing hysterical and super relatable.

Parenting is hard and sometimes you just need to laugh. Humor can get you through so much and Gelman’s writing style is relatable and witty. She makes light of things that most any parent with school-aged children can relate to while also addressing general family life with kids. I enjoyed that while the book was humorous she was able to include so many very real issues that parents deal with.

You’ve Been Volunteered is a wonderful addition and sticks with Gelman’s light and quirky writing style. It is the perfect escape reading for this time of the year as summer winds down and the school year is quickly approaching.

I am excited to be a part of the blog tour for You’ve Been Volunteered thanks to Rachel at Over The River Public Relations. Tomorrow (8/16/19) I will be sharing a Q&A with Laurie Gelman and a book & t-shirt giveaway to one of my readers, so stay tuned!

Thank you to NetGalley & Henry Holt & Co. for a copy of this book. All opinion are my own. 

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin | St. Martin’s Press | Blog Tour Book Review

book review of The Escape Room

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Book Summary:

“Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style―but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.

Invited to participate in an escape room as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.

Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?”

Publication Date:

July 30th, 3019

Genre:

Suspense/Financial Thriller

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣

My Review:

The Escape Room blog tour with St. Martin's Press

Another Thriller?!

I have been rough on this genre lately. I don’t think I can recall the last thriller that I read that I wasn’t somewhat disappointed with. I don’t know if I have just read too many or that many of them all blend together for me. ⁣⁣

St. Martin’s Press Blog Tour:

I am part of the St. Martin’s Press blog tour for The Escape Room by debut author Megan Goldin and so I wanted to read it with fresh eyes. I avoided reading a lot of other reviews beforehand and went into it without a lot of expectations either way. ⁣

My Reading Experience:

The Escape Room ended up being so enjoyable and fun to read! It is mysterious but also filled with lots of character building and backstory, and is so different than anything I have read lately. I am a big fan of the show Billions(anyone else?!) and I love getting immersed in a world that is nothing like my day to day life. ⁣

Wallstreet Executives Go On A Team Building Retreat…

The Escape Room introduces us to the fast-paced world of Wall Street and four financial executives that are participating in a team-building retreat…escape room style. Things go very very wrong and we are taken back and forth from the present to the past to see how this all unraveled. ⁣This was the perfect summer escape reading. It kept me guessing but it was also a very fun reading ride. I definitely recommend this one for your end of summer reading list.

More about Megan Goldin…

Author Megan Goldin worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism, and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. The Escape Room is her debut novel.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of this book and for inviting me along on this blog tour. All opinions are my own.

Week of July 9th, 2019 | New Book Releases | Book Recommendations

Week of July 9th New Book Releases

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman and Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

New July Book Releases

Today I am sharing about two new book releases, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and Three Women. These books are very different, but both are great ones to add to your summer reading list.

Blog Tour with Berkley Publishing

Abbi Waxman

Yesterday I was part of the Berkley Blog Tour to celebrate the release of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. It is a delightful and quirky read, and I just love Abbi Waxman’s writing style. The book balances struggle with humor, and Waxman shares a relatable look at stepping outside one’s comfort zone. You can read my full review HERE, and you can enter my book giveaway HERE.

A Podcast Episode with Lisa Taddeo, the Author of Three Women

interview with Three Women author Lisa Taddeo

I read an advanced copy of Three Women back in June, and it is a book that I keep thinking back to, long after finishing it. Yesterday I listened to the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast episode with Lisa Taddeo. Podcast host Zibby Owens shared a great interview with the author of Three Women, and it highlighted all the reasons this book was such a compelling and thought-provoking read for me.

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If you haven’t had a chance to read this yet, I highly recommend it. It reads like a novel and is impossible to put down, and it would make a fantastic book club discussion. You can read my full review of Three Women HERE.

Here are a few more July 9th book releases…

In addition to Three Women and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, here are a few more book suggestions that are being released this week. These have come highly recommended from my book reviewing friends and are great ones to add to your summer reading book stack.

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden


Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Avid Reader Press for providing me advanced copies to review. 

 

 

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill | Berkley Publishing Blog Tour | Book Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Book Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Book Summary:

“The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. 
 
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?
 
Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
 
It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.”

Publication Date:

July 9th, 2019

Book Genre:

Contemporary /Satire Fiction

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My Review:

Overview:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a quirky and humorous read, perfect for your summer beach bag. Author Abbi Waxman introduces us to a woman named Nina, who has lived a quiet life filled with predictability and routine.

She works at a bookstore, enjoys trivia nights and struggles with many social situations. She is happy with the simplicity and life she has lived for so long when an out of the blue communication disrupts her world. She receives news that she has a whole side of her family she previously had no idea about. Her life gets flipped upside down and a little messy and an entirely new cast of characters enter’s Nina’s previously peaceful bubble.

Smart Humor & Intimacy

Waxman walks us through Nina’s transition with smart humor, witty dialogue and a level of intimacy that many other bookish readers will connect and relate with. Nina says what she thinks, and isn’t afraid to be herself. She struggles with change, and we get to walk along this path with her. The other characters in the book were enjoyable to connect with, and I especially loved meeting Mr. Phil, her feline sidekick.

Love Story…

While there are elements of romance, the most significant part of this story for me was the growth and change Nina experienced in her relationship with herself. She has a love interest, and some may be disappointed that this isn’t the highlight of the book, but as a reader, I enjoyed that this was only a smaller part of the storyline and this book was indeed about Nina’s personal journey and growth.

We get to watch Nina come into her own, experience ups and downs, and adapt to a new life and the people that are now in it. I loved that Waxman was able to address Nina’s insecurities and struggles with anxiety, and not only was this relatable but also inspiring as we watched her come out of her comfort zone. There was a beautiful mix of dry humor and a feel-good storyline. 

Blog Tour with Berkley Publishing & A Giveaway!

I loved having the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, and I am excited to partner with Berkley Publishing to provide a copy to one of you! You can click on over to my Instagram @genthebookworm for a chance to enter this giveaway.

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Thank you @Berkley Pub for including me in this Blog Tour and for providing me with a copy to review.

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister | St. Martin’s Press | Book Review

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Book Summary:

“Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.”

Publication Date:

May 21st, 2019

Genre:

Coming of Age Fiction

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

My Review:

Erica Bauermeister

You can read my interview with Author Erica Bauermeister HERE. 

Have you ever been in a reading funk? A couple of months ago I was having a hard time becoming fully immersed in anything I was reading. When St. Martin’s Press reached out and offered the opportunity to join their spring book tour for The Scent Keeper, I gladly accepted. I was ready to try something new and I was super intrigued by the summary of Erica Bauermeister’s newest fiction novel.

I dove right into the Scent Keeper that weekend and it was one of those books that just took me away from the very first page. The scenes are described so beautifully and I was was able to picture everything so perfectly from Bauermeister’s incredible storytelling. If you would like to learn more about Bauermeister, I was able to ask her some questions about this book and her work as an author last week and you can find that post HERE.

The Scent Keeper is a coming of age story with the element of incorporating the senses, in particular, the power of scent. The characters are raw and flawed, which I always find makes stories so much stronger. There are hidden secrets, self-discovery, and transformation, and the ending will leave you guessing but also feeling open to the power of your own imagination. When thinking of the genre this would fit into, it really is in a realm of its own.

If you enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing and The Great Alone, I feel like this would be a wonderful addition to your spring and summer reading list. The Scent Keeper takes you away into a place you probably haven’t traveled to before in your reading world, and I can’t wait to read what Bauermeister comes out with next.

A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for having me on their blog tour and offering me the chance to share about this wonderful novel, AND providing one of my readers with a book giveaway of the Scent Keeper.


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Book Giveaway:

Hello! If you are following along on here I wanted to make sure you saw about my most recent book giveaway over on Instagram. Yesterday I talked about the highly anticipated release The Scent Keeper and I have partnered with St. Martin’s Press to give a hard copy to one of YOU!

Entering the Giveaway:

If you would like to enter you can click over to Instagram HERE.

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This contest ends tomorrow night at 8pm EST and I will be picking a winner shortly after. Good luck! <3

The Scent Keeper Q&A with Author Erica Bauermeister | St. Martin’s Press

The Scent Keeper Q&A

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Book Summary:

“Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.”

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About the Author:

Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Washington and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Q&A with Author:

St. Martin’s Press offered me the opportunity to ask Erica Bauermeister some questions about her work and life as a writer. I enjoyed hearing about what influences her creative work and learning more about her as an author. I hope you enjoy learning more about Erica!

Q: Your last book, The School of Essential Ingredients, also incorporated senses into your storytelling. What inspired you to integrate senses into your fiction writing?

A: I am drawn to the subliminal, the things that affect us even though we rarely pay attention to them. Food was a logical place to start, as I love to cook. But the more I wrote about food, the more intrigued I became with the sense of smell. Smell is perhaps the most subliminal of all our senses. It has the power to take us back in time, make us fall in love. By putting a signature fragrance in the slot machine room at the Mirage Casino, the owners increased the amount of time people spent gambling by up to 45%! And we don’t even see it coming. My goal with my books is to help people pay attention.

Q: What message/s do you hope readers will take away from The Scent Keeper?

A: The power of the subliminal. But more importantly, the power of compassion, and the recognition that in order to become adults ourselves we have to learn to see our parents as human beings.

Q. How do you get inspired to write? And do you have a certain routine or space that you use when you are writing?

A: I have written in many places—coffee shops, kitchens, in cars or in bed—but I think I finally have the perfect one. A few years ago, we built a small writing studio down in the orchard at our house. Every morning I go down there early, with a cup of coffee. The deer come and lie on the grass in front of the studio and watch me, a strange audience. I sometimes wonder what stories they would write if they had fingers.


Thank you SO much, Erica, for taking the time to answer some of my questions. The Scent Keeper was such an entrancing novel and I highly recommend it. I found the story unique and I loved the abundance of relationships and connections throughout. The Scent Keeper will be published on May 21st, 2019 and I strongly recommend adding it to your summer reading list! I will be sharing my personal review of The Scent Keeper next week so stay tuned. <3