Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Published (Paperback): March 4, 2014 by Anchor
Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Cultural
Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction (2013); National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2013); Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee (2014); Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction (Shortlist) (2014); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013); International DUBLIN Literary Award Nominee for Shortlist (2015); Go On Girl! Book Club Award for Author of the Year (2016)

The paperback clocked in at 588 pages. I will admit that it was a very slow start for me and if it weren’t for book club I probably would have set it aside after reading over 200 pages. BUT, I am glad I kept with it! For me this was one of the rare instances where the book got better and better with each turn of the page.

There is no doubt that author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writes beautifully. In each scene I felt I was there: it’s usually hard for me to wrap my head around a lot of description but she did it with ease.Read More »

Saturday Nite Jams Book Edition: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

I read Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering in June and its the perfect book to pair with a Saturday Nite Jams playlist. Check out my 4 disco ball review here!

Broke up with your own Stephen DeMarco? Or worse, dating a Stephen DeMarco?! (Asking yourself who Stephen DeMarco is? Go read my quick, spoiler free review.) My advice: can him and sing these songs on the top of your lungs and all will be right in the world.Read More »

Book Review: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

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Published: UK – August 9, 2018 by Doubleday; US – November 13, 2018 by Hogarth Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction
It’s also a November Book of the Month choice

What the feature photo is telling us: by the looks of Kobe, he isn’t buying what Maurice is selling…but would you?! That is the question you will ask yourself time and time again reading Boyne’s latest novel A Ladder to the Sky.

Character Henrietta James would call this one crafty and clever. 😉Read More »

Book Review: Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

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Published: June 1, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Fiction, Chick-lit

I love music just as much as I love books and every Saturday share my Top 5 Saturday Nite Jams in my Instagram stories. This week’s post I thought I would review my latest book club read: Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson and dedicate my weekly jam list to the book. After my review you can check out which 5 songs I would pick to describe this book. Enjoy!

This darling of a book was exactly what I needed to round out the majority of heavy reads I completed this month. It was simply delightful: filled with a humor and that butterflies in your stomach feeling. If this book was a living thing I would want to hug it (and if you know me, I hate hugs).Read More »

Halloween Book Tag: Costumes Included!

This is the Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0 as first hosted by Anthony@Keep Reading Forward. Trendy Simple Life and Jen Chaos Reviews both tagged me! Although I am not a huge fan of Halloween (to me its always cold and rainy and I would rather wear sweats), I love getting trick-or-treaters and have all the candy ready for their arrival!

If you make it through my whole post, as a reward I will share a few of my Halloween costumes.Read More »

Book Review: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Before I get into the review of the actual book I would be remiss if I did not state how fascinating these women’s stories were. I can’t believe I had never heard of their suffering before picking this book up for book club. How did I not learn about this in history class?! More on this after we discuss book details.

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Published: March 6, 2018 by Sourcebooks
Category: Non-fiction, History, Science

I do appreciate Kate Moore for bringing this story to my attention. I do wish the book was written and edited better. I am not afraid of big books (this one clocked in 406), but this one did not need to be that long. It was often repetitive and didn’t have a consistent flow. But, I learned so much. I was often angry and repulsed by what I learned and wondered how some of the executives, doctors and lawyers, etc. slept at night? My goodness. All the angry feels.Read More »

Book Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

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Published: October 2, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Category: Contemporary, Sci-fi, Suspense (IMO)

To me this was the most suspenseful read I have read all year. It’s not categorized as suspense but my goodness it should be!

Holy me oh my. This book had me on edge the whole entire time. THE WHOLE ENTIRE TIME. Yes, I just shouted. I needed to release all that energy this book built up in me. I am currently suffering from a book hangover and need to take a day off from my next read or it will not get the attention it needs. Read More »

Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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Published: February 6, 2018 by Thomas Nelson
Category: Nonfiction, Self-Help
As I write this, its been on the NY Times Best Sellers List for the last 27 weeks

The full title reads: Girl, Wash your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be 

I’ll be honest: I am not one for self-help books. After my sister read this one, she called me and told me I “just had to read it.” So I listened to her.Read More »

Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

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Published: October 3, 2017 by Scribner
Length: Hardcover, 438 pages
Category: Historical Fiction
National Book Award Nominee for Fiction (2017), Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2018), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction (2018), Walter Scott Prize Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017)

I alternated back and forth between reading the hardcover and listening to the audio (which had 3 narrators). I liked to do that with books so I can optimize my reading time, especially when I have book club deadlines!

I liked the story, but at the 70% mark it just became okay to me. It wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t moved in any way by it. The author did a good job of capturing the different dynamics within families, communities and the workplace (whether that workplace was legit or not). I always find the sign of the times of historical fiction fascinating. Read More »