November 2019 Book Recap & Ratings {Gen The Bookworm Monthly Reading Wrap-Up}

Gen The Bookworm Monthly Book Recap

Happy December!

I can’t believe that we are in the last month of 2019. I think because Thanksgiving was so late this year, it seems like the holiday season came out of nowhere! We have three weeks of school (including this one) until Christmas Break for the kids and there is a lot packed in there beforehand.

I also have ALL THESE ideas for the end of the year posts and recaps, but then normal things end up going by the wayside, like regular book reviews posts… I normally like to link to the reviews of the books I am including in these monthly recap posts, but there aren’t too many yet…I will be adding them over the next few weeks so I can be caught up by 2020. 🙂

November Reading at a Glance

November ending up being a great month of reading with a lot of 4 & 5-star reads and just a couple that were a bit of a disappointment. While I wasn’t planning on it, I did read a fair amount of non-fiction which fit in with Nonfiction November which is a popular reading challenge in the Bookstagram world.

I also read some of my very favorite books of the year this past month. I shared my Best of 2019 (so far!) favorites back in July and I am looking forward to seeing how everything stacked up at the official end of 2019 in just a few weeks!

November Highlights

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My top four books of last month were The Giver of Stars, American Dirt, Be Mighty, and Such a Fun Age. They were all very powerful reads that I won’t forget anytime soon.

November Lows

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I had a lot of anticipation about both of these titles as both Elizabeth Berg and Malcolm Gladwell are authors I have just loved in the past. Unfortunately, both The Confession Club and Talking to Strangers just did not work for me. I have a hard time connecting with either book and found Talking to Strangers quite concerning at some parts. I discuss this one more below and will be sharing my full reviews for both of these books soon.

Camille Pagan

This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan

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Pagan’s writing is relatable, funny and whip-smart. Her 2019 book I’m Fine and Neither Are You is one of my favorites of the past year.  This Won’t End Well will be published in February and you can pre-order it now with a kindle deal HERE. This book made me laugh out loud and I just find Pagan’s writing to be so approachable and enjoyable to read.

Elizabeth Berg

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg

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Elizabeth Berg was one of the first authors I really got into as an adult reader. I love how she can create simple scenes and environments with complex and multifaceted characters. Unfortunately, this one just didn’t hit the high mark she has set for me in the past, but her backlist is fantastic!

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

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The Family Upstairs was one of my most highly anticipated Fall 2019 reads. I often struggle with the thriller genre and am frequently left feeling disappointed, either because they were way too far fetched and the ending comes out of nowhere or they feel cliched and totally predictable.

There are a few I have just loved but far more that felt like a letdown…and I get it, I am rather picky about them. I like the perfect balance of detailed characters, suspense, mystery and a satisfying, yet semi-realistic ending.

The one author that has yet to let me down is Lisa Jewell, and so this made my expectations even higher for this one. I am happy to report that she has done it again! The Family Upstairs was the perfect book to cozy up with on the couch and read the afternoon away.

You can read my full review HERE.

D.J. Palmer

The New Husband by D.J. Palmer

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I was in the mood for a thriller to get sucked into and some of my book reviewing friends had really enjoyed The New Husband. It ended up being very engaging and a total page-turner. You can read my full review HERE.

Emily Belden

Husband Material Emily Belden

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Husband Material is a contemporary fiction novel that had a great balance of humor and relatability. I really appreciated how the author Emily Belden built detailed characters that have a level of depth that doesn’t always happen in this genre of writing. Because of this, I was really able to connect with the storyline and follow these characters on their path of grief and the process of moving forward.

I appreciated the discussion of death and loss, especially for younger characters who are still on the path of finding themselves while at the same time dealing with this huge loss. I am so glad I didn’t judge this one by the cover alone because while the cutesy cover might let you think this is just another “rom-com” I really found this to be so much more.

 

Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

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Thanks to an amazing book friend, I was able to get my hands on an ARC of American Dirt. As soon as it arrived I picked it up. I had heard ALL the hype and I often get wary of overhyped books but let me tell you, THE HYPE IS REAL! I cannot wait for this one to be released in January (you can pre-order HERE) because I know this one is going to be discussed everywhere!

Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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Speaking of upcoming 2020 books, Such a Fun Age is another super winter release! This is one of those books that is written in a light and engaging manner but is deceptively heavy-hitting. It a compelling contemporary fiction novel that dives into racial issues from two very different standpoints as well as how we identify with ourselves and with one another. You can read my full review HERE.

Jondi Kantor & Megan Twohey

She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement. 

She Said is an incredibly powerful and enlightening read, not only about the sexual harassment scandal but also what goes into reporting a story of this magnitude. Kantor and Twohey pulled back the layers of both their work and the stories of the women that were a part of sharing what eventually became a movement for millions.

The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

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I was very interested to read a book by Jojo Moyes in the historical fiction genre but I didn’t get super motivated to pick it up until I started hearing a lot of my book reviewing friends just raving about it!

I absolutely loved learning about the history of the traveling library and also how it also gave women the ability to discover their own identities in a time and place when this wasn’t the social norm. This book ended up blowing me away with its multifaceted characters and layered storytelling and I will be sharing my full review soon! 

Be Mighty by Jill Stoddard

Be Mighty by Jill Stoddard

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Author Jill Stoddard shares that there isn’t a human that hasn’t deal with some kind of struggle or pain. These struggles can get us down or they can also speak to us and help us understand what we need in our lives to be healthier and happier. Instead of working to avoid discomfort, when we let ourselves really feel, we can then really bloom as whole and imperfect people. Allowing ourselves to feel “all the things” can help guide us on our paths instead of just trying to avoid things that “hurt”.

I could go on and on about this one because I really got so much out of it but I will just say that while books about stress and anxiety are nothing new, I loved this fresh and approachable take on the subject and I highly recommend it! You can read my full review HERE.

Susannah Cahalan

The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

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Cahalan’s first book, Brain on Fire, was a personal look at her own experiences and I loved that this book was a wonderful follow up to this important and timely topic as a whole. While we have come so far, we still have a way to go when dealing with mental health stigmas and treatment.

Non-fiction books like this are such a powerful and important conversation starter. While this novel was insightful and thought-provoking it wasn’t an easy read at times. With that said, sometimes discomfort is what can fuel the fire for change and I am so glad I gave this once a chance.

Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

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I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, but I just had a hard time connecting with this one. Not only was the title a little misleading with what the book was actually about, but it just didn’t sound like his regular voice or style which I have really related to in the past. I especially struggled with some of the stories he chose to dive into and his responses regarding sexual assault were quite astounding.

I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt but after reading Know My Name by Chanel Miller last month, I felt quite appalled when I read his discussion about Brock Turner. While I do think alcohol can cloud judgment (and consent) it does not take away from the fact that Brock Turner CHOSE to assault Chanel Miller and whether she was under the influence of alcohol or not, it is not the issue. Victim blaming is scary and real and it is disappointing that someone of this power and influence chose to blur the lines on this one.

Quiet

Quiet by Susan Cain

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Quiet has been recommended me to me for a couple of years and I finally got around to reading it. While some of it was a little dry, there were so many fascinating sections that really made me feel so understood. As someone who is social but also can be completely overstimulated by noise and crowds, this book made me feel so understood. I am planning on sharing my full review soon!

Neil Pasricha

You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha

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Everyone can relate to failure but how we react to it can change our paths entirely and keep us moving forward. Every “misstep” is a chance to assess, learn and then move up and onward. I love the balance of personal stories, accessible writing, and strategies that are approachable for everyone.

Pasricha writes with compassion and proactivity and reminds us that we are all works in progress. Sometimes self-help books can help you feel heard but not really have a plan, or make you feel like you are being talked down to and make you just feel worse.  You Are Awesome contains straightforward steps that make you feel less alone but also help you move FORWARD. You can read my full review HERE.


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October 2019 Book Recap & Ratings {Gen The Bookworm Monthly Reading Wrap-Up}

Gen The Bookworm reading recap

Happy November!

Hello! While we had a fairly mild October, we woke up to whipping winds today that had a chill that reminded us all that winter is right around the corner! November can be an extension of beautiful fall weather or go right into winter mode around here right away, you just never know! I had my snow tires put on this past week and I am hoping because I have them, we won’t need them for a bit…kind of like having an umbrella!

October Reading:

While October was a quieter month on social media and this blog it was filled with quite a bit of reading. Between reading a lot to recharge in the evenings and getting away on vacation, it was quite a heavy reading month.

I also listened to four audiobooks during my commute and editing time at work so that helped increase my amount of reading I did during the past month. I never set a “goal” for how many books I read per month but I usually average around 10-12 between hard copy, ebooks, and audiobooks so this month was a little more than my average.

October Reading Highs & Lows:

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I had a pretty spectacular reading month with lots of 4 & 5 stars reads. My very favorite books were Red at The Bone, The Only Plane in the Sky, Recipe for a Perfect Wife and Know My Name. My only real reading letdown was Twice in a Blue Moon which was a bummer because I am normally big fan of their books!

October Reading Wrap-Up:

favorite books

The Only Plane In The Sky by Garrett M. Graff

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*Full review coming soon.

5 star book

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

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You can read my full review HERE.

Rachel Bertsche

The Kids Are In Bed by Rachel Bertsche

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You can read my full review HERE.

Jami Attenberg

All This Could be Yours by Jami Attenberg

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You can read my full review HERE.

 

Chanel Miller

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

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You can read my full review HERE.

Christina Clancy

The Second Home by Christina Clancey

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You can read my full review HERE. 

Recipe for a Perfect Wife

Recipe For a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

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You can read my full review HERE.

Chris Bohjalian

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

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*Full review coming soon.

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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You can read my full review HERE.

Kimmery Martin

The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin

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You can read my full review HERE.

Sophie Kinsella

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

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You can read my full review HERE.

Kelly Corrigan

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

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*Full review coming soon.

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

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You can read my full review HERE.

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How To be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer

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*Full review coming soon.

memoir

Flying Alone by Beth Ruggiero York

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You can read my full review HERE.

Twice in a Blue Moon

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

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You can read my full review HERE.


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September 2019 Book Recap & Ratings {Monthly Reading Wrap-Up)

Gen The Bookworm Monthly Book Wrap-Up

Hello and Happy October!

September always seems like the longest month to me…well along with January! It is filled with lots of great things but it always seems to last forever. The good thing about it seeming to last so long is that I read a lot of great books!

September Reading Highs & Lows:

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September was filled with a lot of amazing reading and a couple of books that were a bit of a disappointment…. My very favorite books of the past month were The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer and The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. They were not on my reading radar beforehand and completely blew me away! I also loved Fair Play by Eva Rodsky and Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur is now one of my favorite memoirs ever!

I really was looking forward to The Other’s Gold and The Nickel Boys and both of those were rather disappointing for me. I will include links to my book reviews of all of these in my recap below.

September Reading Wrap-Up:

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

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My book review of The Things We Cannot Say can be found HERE.

book review of The Dearly Beloved

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

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You can read my full review of The Dearly Beloved HERE

book review of With The Fire on High

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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*My full review will be coming soon…

book review of Fair Play

Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

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My full review of Fair Play can be found HERE

book review of The Gift of Failure

The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

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*My full review is coming soon.

book of the month selection

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

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*My full review is coming soon.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

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*My full review is coming soon.

Book review of The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

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You can read my full review of The Nickel Boys HERE.

The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames

The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

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You can read my full review of The Other’s Gold HERE.

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Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

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You can read my full review of Wild Game HERE.

Israel Keyes

American Predator by Maureen Callahan

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You can read my full review of Amerian Predator HERE.

Before We Were Yours follow up book

 Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

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You can read my full review of Before and After HERE.


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August 2019 Book Recap & Ratings {Monthly Book Wrap-Up)

August 2019 Book Wrap-Up

August Recap:

Who else can believe that it is already almost September?! August is always a funny month because part of it is full-on summer and then the end is getting back into our regular routine of school. I read a lot of great books this past month, my favorite being The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. I also did some vacation reading and really enjoyed The Forever Summer and The Islanders.

August Book Recaps, Ratings & Links to Reviews:

5 star book review for The Most Fun We Ever Had

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

(This one is currently on sale HERE and if you haven’t grabbed it already you should, it’s one of my favorite books ever and is only $12 right now for the hardcover!

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full (raving!) review HERE. This just might be my favorite book I have ever read!

Book Review of The Islanders

The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore

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*Full review coming soon. A great beach read that is enjoyable but not super fluffy! I loved connecting with these characters and especially loved Lu, her story just got me.

Diane Chamberlain Book Review

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣

You can read my full review HERE. This one doesn’t come out until January but this review also lists some of my favorite Diane Chamberlain books you can read before then!

Book Review of Domincana a Book of the Month selection

Domincana by Angie Cruz

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You can read my full review HERE. Dominicana was my August Book of The Month selection(*referral link) that is being released next week. It is a coming of age book that reminded me a lot of A Woman is No Man and the writing is just beautiful!

book review of On Being Human

On Being Human by Jennifer Pastiloff

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You can read my full review HERE. I am a huge fan of memoirs and this one was one of those books that I wasn’t quite sure about while reading a lot of it, but then ended up being a very powerful read that I kept thinking about once I was finished.

book review of The Whisper Man, a book of the month selection

The Whisper Man by Alex North

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You can read my full view HERE. I  am pretty hard on the thriller genre but this one was well-received by me and many of my book reviewing friends.

book review of The Arrangement

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE. This book was suspenseful and total brain candy but I found it quite enjoyable!

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

The Forever Summer by  Jamie Brenner

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*Full review coming soon. This was my first Jamie Brenner book and it was the perfect summer read! I loved the characters, the storyline and just found it super engaging with a satisfying ending.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

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*Full review coming soon. I decided I needed to read this before Cilka’s Journey is released this fall! I listened ot it on audiobook and it was heartbreaking and powerful.

Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett

Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

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You can read my full review HERE.

book review of Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner

Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner

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You can read my full review HERE. This was my second Jamie Brenner book and I just had a hard time connecting with any of these characters.

parenting book book review

Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst

by Kim John Payne

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣

You can read my full review HERE.


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July 2019 Book Recap & Ratings | Monthly Book Wrap-Up

July 2019 book ratings

The Month of July:

July was filled with lots of family visiting, a wedding, berry picking and lots of time in the water, either on the lake or at the pool. It was a hot and humid the last few weeks for us around here and I am very grateful to have air conditioning both at work and at home. When I was growing up I remember summers sleeping next to a huge box fan and I still love sleeping with the sound of a fan now.

Reading Recap:

I actually read a lot more than I had expected. The only way I keep track of all my books is on Goodreads, so it is always a little bit of a surprise when I add them all up at the end of each month. I read a lot on Kindle, a few audiobooks and a couple of hard copy books.

My daytime reading was pretty low but I made up for it with audiobooks and reading before bed and also on some early mornings. I have the best memories of reading during the wedding weekend while drinking my coffee and having the most beautiful Jay Peak mountain view.

Reading Highs

My favorite books this month and my only 5 star reads were After The End by Clare Mackintosh and Limitless Mind by Jo Boaler. They were both powerful in very different ways (one is fiction one is non-fiction)and ones that will really stick with me!

The Perfect Summer Reading:

The Escape Room, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and The Unbreakables were perfect books for a summer reading list. They were enjoyable, a bit different and had enough back story to fill my quota for understanding the WHY!! which is my general problem with some books these days…I like details that helps everything all come together and these were satisfying in that way!

Reading Lows:

I had a bit of a frustrating month with the “thriller genre” and The Turn of The Key and Lock Every Door were just 3-star reads and not ones I would recommend.

And while City of Girls started off well for me, it ended up dragging and felt a bit…boring?  Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it because I have read a lot of amazing reviews for it as well…

July Book Ratings:

5 star book

After The End by Clare Mackintosh

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*My full review of After The End can be found HERE.

book review of The Idea of You

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

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*My full review of The Idea Of You is coming soon.

book review of The Unbreakables

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of The Unbreakables is coming soon.

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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of City of Girls is coming soon.

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Mine by Courtney Cole

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*My full review of Mine is coming soon.

book view of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill can be found HERE

book of the month selection

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of The Reckless Oath We Made can be found HERE

book review of Limitless Mind by Jo Boaler

Limitless Mind by Jo Boaler

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*My full review of Limitless Mind can be found HERE

book review of The Escape Room

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of The Escape Room can be found HERE

book review

You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of You’ve Been Volunteered is coming soon.

book of the month selection

The Turn of The Key by Ruth Ware

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of The Turn of The Key can be found HERE

book of the month book review

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

*My full review of Lock Every Door can be found HERE


How was your last month of reading? Did you have any favorites? I would love to hear!

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June 2019 Book Recap & Ratings | Monthly Book Wrap-Up

June 2019 Book Wrap-Up

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The Month of June

Wow, did June fly by for anyone else? It is always a funny month because half of it is the last two weeks of school and the other two are the first two weeks of summer break. It is a transition time for everyone in our family and the end of some things and the beginning of others which makes it very bittersweet.

While it seems like it flew by, it is also amazing to think of all the things that we did during the last 4 weeks..baseball season and regular school days feel like they were months ago!

Reading Recap

I had a lot of reading favorites this past month, and it was also a heavier non-fiction month. My actual reading is always a bit slower this time of year but my books I listen to on audio increase.

Moving into Audiobook Season

This time of the year I spend a lot of my work time editing because it is the most wedding/photo session time of the year. This will continue into November when photo season quiets down for the winter months. I have found that audiobooks make a great work companion during editing time.

My type of work requires a lot of creative energy but is something I can easily do while listening to something which is great for a podcast and audiobook fan! I prefer to listen to non-fiction books on audio and this past month I listened to Burnout, The Moment of Lift and All The Rage. I would highly recommend all of them!

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Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review of Summer of ’69 HERE.

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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking The Stress Cycle

by Emily & Amelia Nagoski

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

You can read my full review of Burnout HERE.

The Moment of Lift

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

All The Rage

All The Rage by Darcy Lockman

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

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Beyond The Point by Claire Gibson

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full Review Coming Soon.

Three Women

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review of Three Women HERE.

Simple Happy Praenting by Denaye Barahona

Simple Happy Parenting by Denaye Barahona

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

You can read my full review of Simple Happy Parenting HERE.

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Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review of Dear Wife HERE.

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I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review of I’ll Never Tell HERE.

The Lemonade Life

The Lemonade Life by Zack Friedman

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review of The Lemonade Life HERE.


How was your month of reading? Did you have any favorites? Are there any that were you disappointed by? I would love to hear! <3

 

May 2019 Book Recap & Star Ratings

May 2019 Book Recap & Ratings

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Month in review:

Hello! Happy last day of May! Did this month speed by for you? It felt like we did a lot of things but it also felt like a pretty long month…which when it is 31 days, I guess it really is!

Audiobooks and going back and forth:

I have moved into my more busy season at work which means that my audiobook listening starts to make up a part of my monthly book count. I often will listen to a book on Audible or the Libby app and also read it either with a hard copy book or on my Kindle. I did this with A Woman Is No Man this month for instance.

This reading juggle works rather well for me and keeps me engaged with books during the times of the year when I don’t have as much downtime. I tend to listen to non-fiction books or fiction books that are a little more slow-moving (vs. a page turner) because otherwise, I get way too confused. 

My May reading high:

I always love looking back on Goodreads to see how everything I read played out. I have a terrible memory so I would be lost without Goodreads! Not only is it the way I keep track of the books I am reading but it also is where I keep my list of books I want to read in the future.  It’s the best.

The highlight of my reading month was definitely A Woman is No Man. It was amazingly powerful but also so readable and I know it will stick with me for a long time…you can read my full review HERE.

I also loved If You Only Knew (currently a Kindle deal!!) & Montauk, and think both of them would be great to add to your summer reading list.

Different reactions and perspectives to books:

I did read a few books this month that I found were just okay. I always find it is interesting how people react so differently to a book. Even more own experience as a reader can be affected so much by what is currently going on in my life.

I would always rather talk about book highlights than books I didn’t love, but I think there is a place for both in a thoughtful and respectful way.  When I don’t love a book, often it just wasn’t the right fit for me at that specific time. My own perspective can change things so much and just because I didn’t love it doesn’t’ mean someone else won’t love it!

A few months into having a public IG page one a person that had been following along DMed me and said: “I can’t believe you recommend this book, I thought it was terrible!” I immediately felt awful but as time has gone on, I really have come to terms with the fact that we all react to things so differently, and that is what makes life interesting.

My reading lows this past month:

I often have a hard time when reading a second book by an author that I initially just loved. I was a huge fan of Lilac Girls and Lost Roses just didn’t’ wow me, and I had a hard time feeling engaging with the characters. I also really struggled with The Last House Guest, and I have previously really enjoyed her work.

My May Book Ratings:

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come by Jessica Pan

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Lost Roses by Martha Kelly Hall

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see a summary of this book and read my full review HERE.

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

The Expectations by Alexander Tilnev

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review HERE.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming closer to its Fall 2019 publication date.

Montauk by Nicola Harrison

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.


Did you read any favorite books this past month? I would love to hear about them! <3

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April 2019 | Book Recap & Star Ratings

April 2019 Book Recap & Ratings

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Month in review & factors in determining a star rating:

Hello! How was your month of reading? April was a mix of some 4 & 5-star favorites and some 3-star books that were just okay. Last week when I was answering some reader questions on Instagram Stories, my friend Emily asked me what factors go into my star ratings for a book.

I thought this was a fantastic question and now that I have been a part of the Bookstagram community for a while now, I have seen that people’s answers for this can vary so much! Here is how I decide what to rate a book I have read…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ 5 stars mean I loved the book so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after I had finished!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣ 4.5 stars mean I enjoyed it a lot. <3

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ 4 stars mean I highly recommend it and there was maybe a thing or two that gave me pause but all in all I enjoyed it very much.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 3.5 stars mean it was a solid read with a few things that didn’t work for me as a reader.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars mean it was just okay.

⭐️⭐️ 2 stars mean that the book was not for me and I would not recommend it. These are tough ratings for me to give because I really try to be thoughtful about the positives aspects when reviewing a book but sometimes a book just isn’t the right fit. Whenever I write a more “negative” review, I do try to share both the highs and the lows and I also recognize that our own perspectives and even mood can change our reactions to books.

⭐️ I have never rated a book with just 1 star. As a reader, I do think there is something you can get out of everything you read and so I avoid this rating just because I don’t think it allows for a lot of conversation.

How do you rate books? I would love to hear!

My April Book Ratings:

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

Trophy Life by Lea Gellar

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

To have and To Hold by Molly Millwood Ph.D.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can see my full review HERE.

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Things My Son Needs To Know About The World by Frederik Bachman

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

The First Mistake by Sandie Jone

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

April in Review:

April was a pretty great reading month. While I did read some books that were just so-so, I also read so many wonderful ones! Life and Other Conveniences was such a great and enjoyable read and To Have and To Hold will definitely make my top 10 of the year.

Trophy Wife was also one of my book highlights because it was light but also engaging and it had the perfect amount of humor and relatability that didn’t make it fall into the “fluff” category for me. It would make a great beach read!


Did you have any favorites last month?

March 2019 Reading | Book Recap & Ratings

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Book recaps and star ratings:

Happy April 1st! How was your last month of reading? I read some amazing books during the month of March that were all 4 & 5-star reads! I did have one book that I really didn’t enjoy but you can’t win them all!

I don’t normally give a star ratings with my actual book reviews, but I do use them when rating books over on Goodreads and NetGalley and when I am sharing my monthly recaps on Instagram. Last month I thought it might be fun to start regularly posting my monthly recaps here too because it is a great and quick way to give book recommendations. You can see what I read in February HERE if you are interested.

Do you like star ratings? I love them although I wish Goodreads would allow half stars as well because I think it is a lot easier to rate them that way!


 Here is what I read during March:

⁣I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣

my review can be found HERE.

⁣Maybe You Should Talk To Someone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣

my review can be found HERE.

The Scent Keeper ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣

(full review to come. You can see my Goodreads mini review HERE)

I’m Fine and Neither Are You ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

my full review can be found HERE.

Mrs. Everything ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

(full review to come. You can see my Goodreads mini review HERE.)

⁣Little Lovely Things ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

my review can be found HERE.

Because You’re Mine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

my review can be found HERE.

Girl, Stop Apologizing ⭐️⭐️⁣

my review can be found HERE.


What did you read?

Did you have any books you loved this month? What about any that you would NOT recommend? I would love to hear!

Monthly Book Recap | February 2019

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February was a shorter month with a lot of reading packed in for me. I ended up reading a couple books that I just loved and quite a few that were just so-so. ⁣

I always find it interesting how differently we all react to the same pieces of writing. I even will respond differently to something depending on my mood, time of year, stage of life, etc. ⁣

As I share more and more about books I always want to be aware that my feedback is just that, my own, and you may have a completely different reading experience. I think that is with makes books and media in general so interesting to share about too, we all have such different responses. 💜⁣


More Than Words by Jill Santopolo: So different than The Light We Lost but I enjoyed this one so much! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My full review of More Than Words can be found HERE.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: Plenty of emotions and imperfect characters made this very enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ (ARC releasing 5/14/19)

My full review of the Unhoneymooners can be found HERE.

Marriage-ology by Belinda Luscombe: A fascinating and relatable book about marriage that was easy to connect with and thought provoking. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ (ARC releasing 5/21/19)

The Au Pair by Emma Rous: I enjoyed much of this but the ending just didn’t work for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My full review of The Au Pair can be found HERE. ⁣

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell: An enjoyable “thriller” that made for great pleasure reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣ (ARC relasing 7/23/19)

My full review of A Stranger on the Beach can be found HERE.

Maid by Stephanie Land: Many powerful parts of this book but I had mixed feelings about the writing style…⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My full review of Maid can be found HERE.

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus: I think YA books are just not my favorite because I struggle to connect with the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

Juliet’s School of Possibilities by Laura Vanderkam: A unique take on time management advice…a fiction novella that was easy to consume and a fun way to share her knowledge in a fresh way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ (ARC releasing 3/12/19)

My full review of Juliet’s School of Possibilities can be found HERE.

Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly: Heartbreaking and often difficult to read as a parent but amazing storytelling and a truly engaging read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣ (ARC releasing 4/2/19)

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: A heavier read than you first anticipate that is full of important and timely topics…enjoyed seeing her process of self-love while dealing with many challenges…struggled with some of the choices of the main character. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣ (ARC releasing 3/19/19)

My full review of Queenie can be found HERE.