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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Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez // Mood Reading & Book Club Recommendation!

{@BerkleyPub #gifted. Thank you for my free copy to read and share}⁣

Take My HandTake My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valde

Are you a book planner or a mood reader?

I am absolutely a mood reader, but I also have a general idea of what I want to read during the next month or so. I am easily tempted by a shiny #NewBookReleases (and also like to share them here!) and I also have to be in the right mood for certain genres. 🔮⁣

My overall reading during the last couple of years has not included many historical fiction novels, I just could not get into them. And so when I kept seeing some of my trusted book recommendation sources proclaiming this was a five start read, I knew Take My Hand would be my next read.

Given that this is a fictionalized account of actual events, this book proved to be a deeply powerful (and sometimes quite uncomfortable) look at inequality and the rights of reproductive consent. Books like this are so important, because as we all know too well, “…history repeats what we don’t remember”.

Take My Hand
Take My Hand is deeply empathetic but also a blunt reminder of how we may feel like we know what’s best for someone else, when we haven’t ever walked a day in their shoes. It explores responsibility, the power of CHOICE and is a raw and unfiltered look at human rights.⁣

I finished this book last week and I know it will truly be a book I will never forget. It would also make an incredibly powerful book club discussion. Is this new release on your TBR list yet? I discussed this over on @genthebookworm and would love to hear your thoughts.

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry // Book Review & Discussion

{@berkleypub#partner. Thank you for my #gifted copy to read and review!} ⁣

Book LoversBook Lovers by Emily Henry

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I had been anxiously awaiting getting my hands on this book for SO many months and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Author Emily Henry has a way of creating such likable and relatable characters- ones you quickly must find out more about. 💜⁣

I really loved this small town romance as well as the focus on sisterhood, becoming our true selves, and a peek into the lives of book editors and agents.

I’m sure the author drew these parts of the stories based on her own experiences and it was really entertaining to read about that side of the books we all love and enjoy. ✍️⁣⁣

Emily Henry has officially become a must read author for me and I can’t wait to see what she writes next! Book Lovers publishes on May 3rd and I highly recommend adding it to your spring reading list! You can also order it through my affiliate link HERE.

As always, I discussed this book over on @genthebookworm and I would love it if you joined in on the conversation!

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Today’s Kindle Book Deals! {$5 and Under!} 2.27.22

kindle book dealsIt’s another great day of Kindle Book Deals including some of my favorite reads! If you are looking for a new book, or just want to stock up on kindle books for a rainy day, there are so many excellent choices today that you really can’t go wrong.  You can click on the affiliate links below to access these deals!

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Today’s Deals:

These Silent Woods  by Kimi Cunningham Grant

My Body by Emily Ratajkowski

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Madness of Crowds  by Louise Penny

Heard It In A Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Monitmore

Three Sisters by Heather Morris

Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

Are any of these titles on your TBR List? Did you find any other ebook deals I should know about? I am discussing today’s Kindle reads over on @genthebookworm and I would love it if you joined in on the conversation!

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Recent Reads & Ratings | March 1st, 2021

Recent Reads & Ratings

Why I am “giving up” on Monthly Recaps…

I have decided something, I am giving up on monthly recaps… I love sharing a recap of what I have read lately, but I think I need to stop trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Let’s face it, I am a disorganized reader. I read for pleasure, to escape, and oftentimes to learn, but what I don’t like is to read when it feels like pressure. I have enough of that in my “real life”, LOL.

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Kindle Book Deals! | August 30th, 2020

2020-08-30_0001After a slower last few weeks, there are finally some amazing kindle book deals today! I only like to share ones that I have personally enjoyed or that I am highly anticipating reading myself…which means it has been a little while since I have shared one of these posts.

So if you are looking for some amazing kindle reads, there really is something for everyone today – and even better, they are all $3.99 and under! We have had fall-like weather this past week in Vermont which has made me nostalgic for cozy weekend reading on our couch, and stocking up on kindle books is a great way to prepare for this season…

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What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Stephenie @Reads.On.Wednesdays}

Nightstand Series

Welcome back to another edition of The Nightstand Series!

I am super excited to introduce you to my friend Stephenie AKA @reads.on.wednesdays today. She is a fellow boy mom and we have such a similar taste in books.

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What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Susanna The Librarian}

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What’s On Your Nightstand Book Friend Series

Welcome to another edition of my reading list and book recommendations guest post series. Today I have my first guest poster that is a librarian! While I consider myself a big reader, librarians are on a whole other level of reading awesomeness.

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What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Katie @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf} 

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What’s On Your Nightstand Book Friend Series

Welcome to another edition of my reading list and book recommendations guest post series. I have a great lineup of reading friends and book professionals sharing their current reads the next few weeks and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Katie AKA @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf

Katie and I are #bookstagram buddies and you might know her by book tree she featured this past holiday season that went totally viral in the online book community!

Katie posts daily book content which I am always super impressed by and loves so many of the same genres as me so she is always a go-to for me if I needing some book feedback or inspiration.

Katie is not afraid to share her honest thoughts on the reads she reads which I always appreciate and is just so much fun (except when she gives me grief about not reading Harry Potter yet!!)

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I am actually meeting up with her and two of my other reading friends Kristina and Stephanie this spring at the 2020 Book Expo in NYC and I can’t even wait! I hope you enjoy learning more about Katie today.

Nightstand Series Introduction:

Hey everyone! My name is Katie (aka @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf) and I am a born and raised Jersey Girl! I spent my college years in Savannah, GA which is where the “y’alls” come in that I sometimes throw out!

I currently live in Delaware with my boyfriend Dave, my cat Brody, and his dog Courtney. They love each other deep down, they just never show it!

When I’m not reading, (aka when they force me to do that thing called work) I sell yearbooks for Walsworth yearbooks. I just started this job in May and am loving it so far!

I spent five years doing sales for Pepsi so when this opportunity came along to do sales but also get to add in my love of photography and graphic design I had to jump at the chance! I love getting to work with the students, and help them get creative with their book! I also love to crochet, knit, paint, photograph, sew, and really just do anything crafty!

What Kind of Reader Are You?

One of my favorite stories is that I had trouble learning to read. When I was in first grade, I could fly through the math worksheets, but reading gave me a ton of trouble. I went to extra help for it and it was game over from there.

My math skills quickly disappeared once subtraction was introduced, and soon you couldn’t find me without a book in my hand. My reading tastes are really all over the map, especially since I started my #bookstagram. I read pretty much anything except I don’t do a ton of fantasy, and I really only read sci-fi if it’s by Blake Crouch.

What Time of Day do You do Most of Your Reading?

I read any time of day! I don’t really read in the morning because I am NOT a morning person. I am a roll out of bed, get dressed and brush my teeth, grab a bite to eat and my coffee on the way out the door!

I will read if I get to an appointment early and have a few minutes in the car alone, and always on my lunch break (when I take them.) Since I spend all day in the car, I always have an audiobook or a podcast going! In terms of sitting down to crack a book, I am mostly a nighttime reader though.

What Books Are You Currently Reading?

2020 books

I just finished The Simple Wild and Darling Rose Gold and am starting on The New Husband, Before Anyone Else, and The Other’s Gold.

What books have you recently read and loved?

currently reading

This is a really tough one! There are so many I have loved recently. I am going to give my three 5-star reads from January though! A Sky Painted Gold, Hum If You Don’t Know The Words, and Catch and Kill. All were amazing reads that I couldn’t put down!

What books are you looking forward to reading?

2020 reading list

There are so many great sounding books coming out I don’t even know where to start! Some I am excited about include Truths I Never Told You, He Started It, Night Swim, and Beach Read! They are all repeat authors for me (except Truths I Never Told You-which I need to read her first one ASAP! It’s on my backlist shortlist!) And I can’t wait to see what they have come up with for their next read!

Any books were hoping to love but didn’t??

books I didn't love

I was hoping to love Normal People, Three Women, and Saint X. But they just didn’t do it for me. The first two I did finish and was mad I bothered, and the third I DNF’d.

What are you currently listening to?

current audiobook

I am listening to The Others Gold, and am anxious for my pre-order of Children Of The Land to come in.

book podcasts

I generally prefer non-fiction on audio, but if I’m not listening to a book I love listening to Sarah’s Bookshelves Live, Here To Make Friends (the Bachelor is my guilty pleasure), or Bad On Paper Podcast.

What else is on your nightstand?

My nightstand is pretty boring. I have my books (bottom is my next read, the middle is my current physical book read, and the top is my kindle.) I generally read my kindle in bed because I’m a side sleeper and its easier to read a kindle on my side than a physical book! So I almost always have three books going at once!

Then I, of course, have my phone and apple watch chargers, water, chapstick, and the tv remote to turn it off once Dave falls asleep! My favorite part isn’t my nightstand, but my amazing floating shelves above my nightstand! They make me so happy and contain some of my TBR, minus my superwoman one that has my lady power books!

Our room doesn’t have a lot of room for bookshelves, but I did just add these gems upstairs in the office. Since I had to put all my book tree books away it made for a good time to organize the shelves a bit better! And I see some blank spaces waiting to be filled! I have several bookshelves throughout the house, but this one looks the prettiest!


Thank you so much for sharing today, Katie. I loved hearing all about your recent reads and I now need floating bookshelves ASAP! 

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