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

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Thinking back to the beginning of last month and knowing it was only a little over four weeks ago feels almost unbelievable. So much has changed and continues to change and it is a scary time for everyone. I have also felt a little vulnerable to share, even on this relatively small public platform because many of my feelings seem(are?) trivial in the larger scheme of things. 

How It’s Going…

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Physically we are all doing fine right now and I am grateful for that. Mentally, this has proven to be more difficult. There is … Read more...

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes | Doubleday Canada {Book Review}

Grown Ups

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

Book Summary:

They’re a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together–birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they’re a happy family. Johnny’s wife, Jessie–who has the most money–insists on it. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier.

While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . . Still, everything manages to stay under control–that is, until Ed’s wife, Cara, gets a concussion and can’t keep her thoughts or opinions to herself.Read more...

Stay Home & Read More Books! {40+ Highly Recommended Book Suggestions}

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Seeing The Positive

While this is unchartered territory for so many of us, I am happy to hear that people are wanting to read! I have had a few emails from readers requesting book suggestions for authors and titles that are completely engrossing.

I don’t know about you but when I am worried, I need things that are totally engaging and distracting. These books are ones that completely took me in and I couldn’t think about anything else, which is exactly what you might need right now too. I hope this inspires your current reading list!

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The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate | Ballantine Books {Book Review}

Lisa Wingate

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Book Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new historical novel: the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.

Bestselling author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold Read more...

New Book Releases! {Week of March 10th, 2020}

March 2020 books

Some of my most anticipated 2020 books were released yesterday. Between this week and last week, March is turning out to be an amazing reading month already!

In Five Years was my first 5-star read of 2020 and A Good Neighborhood would make an amazing book club discussion. Undercover Bromance is the follow up to The Bromance Book Club which was a surprise hit for me in the contemporary romance genre.

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I purchased a copy of My Dark Vanessa yesterday morning and I can’t wait to start it. I became especially interested after I read that Oprah picked it … Read more...

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel | Berkley Publishing Blog Tour {Book Review}

Darling Rose Gold

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Book Summary:

Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.
 
For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere Read more...

Kindle Book Deals! March 8th, 2020

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Kindle Book Deals!

I love finding kindle book deals, it is like the ultimate online treasure hunt. Historically, I have found that Sundays tend to have the best selection, and today is no exception.

I like to “stock up” on kindle books so that I will always have something to read, wherever I am!  Do you do this too? I could probably read for years with the ones I already have, but that doesn’t stop me. 😉 Alright, on to the deals for today!

March 8th, 2020 Kindle Book Deals

Jennifer Hillier

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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New Book Releases! {Week of March 3rd, 2020}

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Super Tuesday!

Not only was this week Super Tuesday (did you get out and vote?!) but it was also an amazing new book publication day! I am little behind on posting these but I didn’t want to miss sharing all of these amazing new titles.

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Some of these I have already read and some are on my own TBR list. Whether you are looking for a thrill, a family drama, self-care, or some thought-provoking non-fiction there really is something for everyone this week! Alright, on to the new books!

March 3rd New Book Releases…

Peter Swanson

Eight Perfect Murder by Peter Swanson

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The Body Politic by Brian Platzer | Atria Books {Book Review}

The Body Politic Brian Platzer

The Body Politic by Brian Platzer

Book Summary:

New York City is still regaining its balance in the years following 9/11, when four twenty-somethings—Tess, Tazio, David, and Angelica—meet in a bar, each yearning for something: connection, recognition, a place in the world, a cause to believe in. Nearly fifteen years later, as their city recalibrates in the wake of the 2016 election, their bond has endured—but almost everything else has changed.

As freshmen at Cooper Union, Tess and Tazio were the ambitious, talented future of the art world—but by thirty-six, Tess is married to David, the mother of two young … Read more...

February 2020 Book Recap & Ratings {Monthly Reading Wrap-Up)

Book Ratings

Hello March!

Last month was a pretty spectacular month of reading! All of my books (I only had one go to the DNF pile) were 4 stars and higher! I owe this to all the awesome #bookstagrammer recommendations.

February Reading Highs

5 star books

While I had many favorites, my 5-star reads were The Girl with the Louding Voice, The Vanishing Half, Friends and Strangers, Nothing to See Here and All Along You Were Blooming.

LibroFM Bookstore Link!

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One thing before we get started. A couple of months ago LibroFM started Bookstore Link. This allows you to share … Read more...