Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman | Simon & Schuster {Book Review}

Aminatou Sow

Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

Book Summary:

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.

Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship in this honest and hilarious book that chronicles their first decade in one another’s lives. As the hosts of the hit podcast Call Your … 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


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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

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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...

How to be a Person by Catherine Newman | Storey Publishing {Book Review}

Catherine Newman

How to Be a Person65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up

Book Summary:

For the kid who leaves a wet towel wadded up on the floor or forgets to put a new roll on the toilet-paper thingy, humorous writer and etiquette columnist Catherine Newman has created the ultimate guidebook to becoming a person whom everyone will like being around more. Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and skills — all illustrated in an irresistible graphic novel–style — this book shows kids just how easy it is to free themselves from parental nagging and become more dependable … 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...

Currently Listening…Podcast Edition!

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Just like with my reading tastes, what I am listening to has changed a bit over the last few weeks. I have found that my ability to focus has shifted with my podcasts and I am seeing that I either need some small helpful bits of information, relatable banter, some inspiring messages, or maybe a quick distraction.

Fitting in Podcast Listening…

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Previously podcasts made up a good part of my workday whether it was when I was editing on the computer or during my commute. Photos above are back in the “good old days”.

Now that I don’t have either … Read more...

How To Not F*ck Up Your Kids by Lindsay Powers Author Interview {Author Q&A}

Author Interview

Back in February, I connected with author Lindsay Powers (leader of the #noshame parentingmovement) after reading and reviewing an advanced copy of her book You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids through her publisher Atria Books.

Lindsay Powers

{My full review of You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids by Lindsay Powers}

Author Q&A…

After relating so much with her book, I was ecstatic when Linsday offered to do a Q&A on my blog. So much has changed since a month ago, and this book is more important than ever. Our interview was done in February (when we didn’t yet grasp what was … Read more...

The Fix by Michelle P. King | Atria Books {Book Review}

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The Fix by Michelle P. King

Book Summary:

For years, we’ve been telling women that in order to succeed at work, they have to change themselves first—lean in, negotiate like a man, don’t act too nice or you’ll never get the corner office. But after sixteen years working with major Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality expert, Michelle King has realized one simple truth—the tired advice of fixing women doesn’t fix anything.

The truth is that workplaces are gendered; they were designed by men for men. Because of this, most organizations unconsciously carry the idea of an “ideal worker,” 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.

publication day book stack

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...