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

Lia Louis

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

Book Summary:

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...

Kindle Book Deals {June 28th, 2020}

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You all probably know by now that I love my Sunday hunt for the best kindle book deals. During the last few weeks, I have been very into character-driven novels and so it was a welcome surprise when I saw the deal of the day options today! All of these books dive into family and/or relationship dynamics and are amazing books to read and discuss with a friend or book club group…enjoy!!

Kindle Book Deals | June 28th, 2020

Lisa Taddeo

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Kindle Book Deal HERE

You can read my full review HERE

Book Summary:

In suburban Read more...

All My Mother’s Lover by Ilana Masad | Dutton Books {Book Review}

Ilana Masad

All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad

Book Summary:

Intimacy has always eluded twenty-seven-year-old Maggie Krause—despite being brought up by married parents, models of domestic bliss—until, that is, Lucia came into her life. But when Maggie’s mom, Iris, dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home only to discover a withdrawn dad, an angry brother, and, along with Iris’s will, five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man she’s never heard of.

In an effort to run from her own grief and discover the truth about Iris—who made no secret of her discomfort with her daughter’s sexuality—Maggie embarks on Read more...

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

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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


Disclosure: Some of Read more...

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London | The Dial Press {Book Review}

One to Watch book review

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Book Summary:

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she Read more...

May 2020 Book Recap & Ratings {Reading Wrap-Up}

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Happenings Since May…

So much has happened since May and it is hard to believe it was just a couple of weeks ago. You can read more about what I have been doing to incorporate more diverse reading and listening through podcasts and audiobooks in my recent blog posts HERE & HERE.

In addition, I have been trying to find a posting rhythm again on here, basically since March…I didn’t realize how much my daily routines added to my ability to accomplish all the little things. Being home with the kids has thrown that all to the wind and … Read more...

Black Lives Matter | Reading to Learn, Support & Stand for Others

If you are neutral in situations of injustice

{Image from HERE}

When You Know Better, Do Better…

I know I frequently share that I read to escape or distract myself. While I often do this to deal with hard things in my own life, now is not the time to escape from the reality that recent events in our country have brought to light for so many of us. And staying silent is not the answer.

when you know better, do better

I have felt sad and hopeless and also disappointed in myself that it took something like the recent tragedies of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd for this to … Read more...

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins | Berkley Publishing {Book Review}

Kristan Higgins

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

Book Summary:

Sometimes you have to break a family to fix it.

From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins, a new novel examining a family at the breaking point in all its messy, difficult, wonderful complexity.

The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other…who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters– Barb’s favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John’s darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn’t be more different, but at … Read more...

Kindle Book Deals {May 26th, 2020}

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Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!

I am here today with a quick update on current kindle book deals because there are are some great options today that are all $4.99 and under! Some are super recent releases that have had a lot of hype like A Good Marriage, Valentine, and My Dark Vanessa. A few of these are on my own reading lists like Home Fire and Florida.

Summer Weather Reading…

Are you looking for some summer reading? We are heading into a few days of weather in the high 80s and low 90s which is … Read more...

New Book Releases | May 19th, 2020

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New Release Day!

I have been waiting for this day for months and it is finally here! Tuesdays are new book release days and this particular Tuesday has such a great and eclectic mix of titles that there really is something for every reader. <3

May 19th, 2020 Book Releases:

Stray by Stephanie Danler

Stray by Stephanie Danler

Amazon Link| LibroFM Bookstore Link

I just got this one on audio through LibroFM (join now and get 3 books for the price of 1 using the code: SWITCH HERE.) I love a good memoir and this one came highly recommended by my friend … Read more...