Audiobook Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, narrated by Bahni Turpin

 

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(Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Overall Story:

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Narration:

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5 disco balls

Published: March 6, 2018 by Macmillan Audio
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hours and 44 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
Kirkus Prize Nominee for Young Readers’ Literature (2018), Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Author and Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2018)

I bought this book in March of 2018 and it had been sitting on my shelf a bit too long. I typically do not read fantasy, but was intrigued by the synopsis and gravitated toward the stunning book cover. Fast forward to January 2019 and it was my book club book! Its a beast of a book clocking in at 527 pages so I thought I would enlist the help of the audiobook from the library to keep me on pace.

I am SO glad I picked up the audiobook! The book is action packed and narrator, Bahni Turpin, brought all the characters to life. She captured the emotions effortlessly that I would often listen to the audio while reading along (as I do like to hold a book in my hands).Read More »

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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4.5 disco balls

Published: January 8, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Category: Suspense, Thriller, Fiction
It was also a December Book of the Month choice

Another addicting read from the authors of The Wife Between Us, dynamic duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

Quick chapters that alternate POVs, which I absolutely love; it will be easy to whip through this one saying “just one more chapter.” This psychological thriller will have you looking over your shoulder to see if anyone is following you.Read More »

Audiobook Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

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5 disco balls

Published: November 13, 2018 by Crown
Category: Nonfiction, Biography, Memoir

2018 was the year I discovered my love of nonfiction. I thought it wasn’t for me, but after reading Educated by Tara WestoverBad Blood by John Carreyrou, and Becoming by Michelle Obama, I realized how wrong I was.

Over a few weeks I laughed with Michelle, cried with her, and enjoyed simply listening to her. She is graceful, relatable…human. It wasn’t a political narrative, but the story of a young girl becoming a woman and learning more about herself as she grew.Read More »

Book Review: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

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Published: May 21, 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group
Category: Nonfiction
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2018)

If you were looking for a book to close out 2018 this here’s the one. No joke: It was an addicting, consuming read.

Wall Street Journal Investigative Reporter John Carreyrou was instrumental in blowing up Theranos’ spot. In Bad Blood, Carreyrou meticulously described the entire Theranos evolution leading to his expose and it was simply crazy…every last drop of it (and not small drops, hehe see what I did there?! too much?)Read More »

Book Review: A Coldwater Warm Hearts Christmas by Lexi Eddings

Doesn’t that throw look super comfy?! It is! I got it at Indigo for $35 (since I purchased a bit of books I was able to get a promo price). Okay, now back to the book…

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Published: September 25, 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Category: Contemporary, Holiday
It’s Book 3 in a series, but it can be read as a standalone

I came across this book at Target and the cover screamed “cute holiday love story in a small, cozy town.” I was thinking Hallmark movie and what I got was more in line with an ABC after school special: looks can be deceiving.Read More »

Today is my Birthday!

Being born on the 11th clearly made the #11 my favorite number. To top it off, today is my 38th birthday and 3 + 8 = 11…so this must mean its going to be a lucky one 😉

To honor the #11, here are my Top 11 reads from this year. This year has been my best reading year yet and it was very hard to narrow them down!

book-totes-08-2018-ss04It is a story of perseverance, acceptance and love for so many of the characters.  

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220px-a_little_lifeIt is a story about friendship; but, not ordinary friendship. A supreme friendship so connected that without it one is not whole, but lost. Friendship that gives one breathe: a reason.

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81tar7kzn7lCue in the soundtrack to Pretty Woman and you got yourself the cutest love story – with a side of spice – I have read in a while.

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51vfrzslyil-_sx329_bo1204203200_It was an addicting, brilliantly written story. This can definitely be a one sitting book read.

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91nhc-xa5klThe book tells a beautiful tale of a loving and caring person who just needed someone to believe in her.

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by-the-book-9781501175183_hrIt’s one of those stories that brightens your mood: perfect to read on a sunny day (or those rainy/snowy days where you are looking for something to lighten your mood). 

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91bndqhf1jlThis book had me on edge the whole entire time. THE WHOLE ENTIRE TIME.

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91lmjogaixlLike classic Jodi, she has this rational way of presenting both sides of an issue where you feel empathy for all characters whether you agree with them or not (she’s brilliant at this!) You may not agree, but you understand.

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51ikqi2oqll-_sx330_bo1204203200_Francie Nolan became one of my favorite literary characters.

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81v3qyp3iblBackman’s writing consists of simple sentences packed with punch: so much meaning with the right amount of build up. His writing style is brilliant!

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the-hating-gameThe tension between Lucy and Josh from the minute the book starts is ridiculously tantalizing.

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Do you have a favorite amongst my birthday book stack? Do tell!

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Audiobook Review: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

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3.5 disco balls

Published: December 7, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Category: Nonfiction, Memoir, Humor

Comedian Tiffany Haddish made me laugh so many times even when describing painful memories. Her gift of humor shines through her narration of her own memoir.

Its a quick audiobook, one that will help quickly pass the time during longer road trips or doing chores around the house. Read More »

Saturday Nite Reader’s Bookish Gift Guide

Getting ready for the holidays and need gift inspiration for your favorite book lovers? You’ve come to the right place: books and shopping for gifts are two of my favorite things! Here are a few ideas to get you started (also, to my friends and family…hint, hint)

Before we start here is a helpful hint: with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and a bunch of holiday sales never purchase anything without looking for a coupon code! If there isn’t one advertised on the website, check out Retailmenot.com (you’re welcome 😘)Read More »

1 Year Blogiversary!

Wow, a year flew by! I am happy to report that I have read each of the books showcased in my 1st blog post. 😉

Since November 21st, 2017:

When my husband suggested that I start my book blog last year I did not know where it would head (and maybe still don’t – hehe – but that’s okay); to say its been a fun, wild ride is an understatement. It has opened up my world to new friends, authors and books. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!

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My Top 5 (of the 27)

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the rest in no specific order: (they are all 5 disco ball gems!)

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The 122 Books I Read:

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Time's ConvertAmericanahSonoraA Ladder to the SkyMatchmaking for BeginnersThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenPeas, Carrots and an Aston MartinThe Dream DaughterGirl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to BeManhattan BeachErotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

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🎂 Today Saturday Nite Reader turns 1! I can’t believe a year has flown by. 🎂 . Since last November 21st, I’ve read 122 books (that is a little more than double than my previous year). I have all of your recommendations to thank! It’s sometimes hard to keep up – I want to read all the books like now! – but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thank you for taking this fun, wild ride with me. Love to you all! ❤️ . Happy Reading, XO Nikki . . #saturdaynitereader #happybirthday #anniversary #oneyearanniversary #oneyearold #yearone #igreads #readersofig #reader #ilovereading #ilovebooks #bookstagram #booksofig #booksofinstagram #bookcart #bibliophile #booksbooksbooks #booknerd #bookworm #toberead #TBR

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