Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan {New Book Release!}

{Thank you to @randomhouse & #ballantinebooks for my gifted copy to read, review & share about with all of you!}⁣

Mad Honey

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

It’s been a long time since I was as captivated by a story as I was with this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My favorite thing about Jodi Picoult’s writing is her ability to throw a curveball halfway through that I absolutely did not see coming. ↪️⁣

Her 2021 title, Wish You Were Here, left me with my jaw dropped mid-read and this one did the same. Mad Honey by Picoult and co-author Jennifer Finney Boylan is another book I won’t soon forget and will be an excellent book club choice for fall 2022. (It has since been chosen at the @GMAbookclub October pick!! 📚⁣)

In line with her writing, this is one that could easily be spoiled in a review, and must be read to be fully appreciated. I am once again in awe of the level of research, and true education, that Picoult has brought to her writing. This is a timely and necessary story that while intense, has so much to teach us. 👏⁣

Mad Honey arrived on bookstore shelves this week, and I highly recommend adding this title to your fall #TBRList! Have you pick up your copy yet?? You can order your copy HERE if you haven’t already.

I discussed this title, and other brand new book releases, over on my instagram feed @genthebookworm yesterday, and I would love for you to join join on the conversation!

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Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella | Random House Dial Press {Book Review}

Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic Series

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Book Summary:

“’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness . . . which actually means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains.

But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas: Her parents host, carols play on repeat, her mother pretends she made the Christmas pudding, and the neighbors come ’round for sherry in their terrible holiday sweaters. Things are looking cheerier than ever until Becky’s parents announce they’re moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch—unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocados—and ask Becky if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong?

Her sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave—again, and little Minnie demands a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old-boyfriend-turned-rock-star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear. But as the countdown to Christmas begins and her big-hearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky starts to wonder if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.”

Publication Date:

October 15th, 2019


Holiday/Humorous Fiction

My Rating:


My Review:

Sophie Kinsella

I have such wonderful reading memories of the Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic books and it was one of the first series that I really got into as an adult reader in the early 2000s. It was so fun to reconnect with Becky in Christmas Shopaholic and see what she is up to now all these years later. Becky Bloomwood (now Becky Brandon) has matured and grown in many ways and is now juggling life as both a wife and mother.

While Becky has changed in many ways, her shopping habits and overthinking just about everything has not… which always was part of the charming appeal of these lighthearted booked. Christmas Shopaholic was a wonderful addition to this collection and it was the perfect weekend read to curl up with on the couch. We get to see Becky take on hosting Christmas for the very first time and there was plenty of laugh out loud moments.

Becky is flawed but completely lovable and you can’t help but root along for her while also being highly entertained. While this is part of a series, Kinsella created a book that can also be read as a stand-alone book, although it might intrigue you to read the rest of them after.

Thank you to NetGalley, Random House, and The Dial Press for an advanced copy.