Goodreads Monday: The Things We Tell Ourselves by Victoria Namkung

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s Goodreads Monday blog post to share your Monday selections.

I am currently hosting an Instagram book giveaway for Victoria Namkung’s second novel: These Violent Delights and thought I would give her first novel some love this week.

2940151993227_p0_v2_s1200x630For my e-reader fans: its only $6.99! Go get a copy today. If you do, let me know and we can coordinate a buddy read. Heck, maybe even a group buddy read!

The Things We Tell Ourselves by Victoria Namkung
Publish date: July 21, 2015 by Standard Time Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Goodreads Synopsis:
When a young writer enters into an affair with a charming foreign correspondent, she has no idea that an uncharacteristic moment of spontaneity will change her life forever.

Twenty-two-year-old Georgina Park dreams of being a hard-hitting journalist, but to pay the bills she’s covering the red carpet for a celebrity magazine. Her world is turned upside down when a chance meeting with Simon Grant, an Australian TV reporter who is 20 years her senior—and married—leads to an intense, sexually charged relationship that continues even after he returns home to Sydney. But when some compromising photos from Georgina’s past come back to haunt her years later, it appears Simon is to blame. Now a prolific newspaper columnist and college instructor, Georgina must use her investigative reporting skills to save herself—and revisit the affair that started it all.

Set in Los Angeles, ‘The Things We Tell Ourselves’ takes readers from the klieg lights of Hollywood to the dark corners of the Internet, exploring love, marriage and technology along the way. At its heart, the novel is a literary examination of the damage one generation can inflict on the next and the compromises we make between our ideals and life’s realities, between what we desire and doing the right thing.

“I lost sleep turning the pages of this book. ‘The Things We Tell Ourselves’ starts with a deliciously steamy romance and turns into a fast-paced thriller, all the while exploring the complexities of love, morality, and how we react to loss. You won’t soon forget these characters.” – Tiffany Hawk, author of ‘Love Me Anyway’

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Book Review: Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

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3 disco balls

Publish Date: April 17, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

Ok, I could not put this book down. It was a super quick read and the chapters were short with just enough information that you need to keep on to the next one. I couldn’t really tell where it was going which is great for a suspense read in my opinion. But…Read More »

Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I’ve never had an experience with a book the way I did with ‘A Little Life’. Ever. I will never forget how I felt reading it. The characters will stay with me. Oh how they’ll stay with me.

“And so I try to be kind to everything I see, and in everything I see, I see him.”
– Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

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5 disco balls

Publish Date: March 10, 2015 by Doubleday, reprint January 26, 2016 by Anchor
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
The audiobook on Amazon is only $4.95. The narrator Oliver Wyman beautifully brings the characters to life.
Category: Literary Fiction, Contemporary

This book has become one of my top books of all time. It is not an easy read. It is heartbreaking, it’s a gut punch, it steam rolls right over your heart over and over and over. Cue the ugly cries and heavy emotions. It knocks the wind right out of you. Read More »

Review Swap with Megan @ Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

Meet Megan from Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest blog. She’s taking over Saturday Nite Reader today while I take over Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest!

We chose to swap reviews of our current favorite reads of 2018 (so far). Enjoy!

Before we start, get to know a bit about Megan:

ginger-momsMegan is a 30-something (like me…age ain’t nothing but a #!) Christian author-in-training who is married to her very own Prince Charming and mama to two spunky, adorable, fun-loving, hyper, hilarious, strangely frustrating, beautiful kids who regularly keep her on her toes. Megan (again, like me!) is a #coffeeaddict and a lover of good chocolate. You can usually find her either chasing her kidlets or with her nose buried in a good book, trying to shrink her Tardis-sized TBR pile.

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Book Review: Somebody’s Daughter by Rochelle B. Weinstein

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4.5 disco balls

Publish Date: April 17, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
Purchase: Amazon kindle unlimited eligible
Category: Women’s Fiction, Family Life

The Ross Family on the outside are poster children for a successful nuclear family. Bobby and Emma Ross fell in love as children, only loved each other and would get married and have twin girls. The night of the girls fifteenth birthday the family will be changed forever. A video of one of the twins engaging in a sexual act is sent as an anonymous text to their peers.

Besides what this does to a young daughter the “shameful” event triggers a memory of a painful mistake for Emma (and will affect how she reacts). Bobby can’t comprehend how his daughter could do such a thing and distances himself from the family when they need him the most. The facade of a perfect family is just that, fake. Will this act – along with Emma and Bobby’s actions – be the end of the Ross family?

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Book Review: In the Land of Milk and Honey by Nell E. S. Douglas

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3.5 disco balls

Self Published Date: January 17, 2018
Purchase: Amazon $3.99 to purchase, kindleunlimited eligible
Category: Romantic Suspense

Before I start, I just have to say that I love this book cover. Book covers are so important and this one certainly is intriguing. The book synopsis…also very intriguing: Bree Valentine wakes up in a hospital room 5 months pregnant with no memories of getting there. Fast forward five years later and she meets this man and the gravitational pull between them sparks memories from a time she had forgotten. Could this mysterious man be the father?Read More »

Goodreads Monday: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s Goodreads Monday blog post to share your Monday selections.

I am still on a 5 disco ball book high after finishing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I loved the movie Love, Simon just as much. Both are a must experience.

31180248One of Simon’s best friends is Leah. And, she is getting her own book coming out the end of this month! If you are like me and missing Simon and his group of friends tremendously, you won’t have to wait much longer. And yes, I already preordered my copy!

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Publish date: April 24, 2018 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Goodreads Synopsis:
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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Still haven’t read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda?! You are missing out: get your copy today!


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Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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If you do not own this book yet – go buy it. Like, NOW! You will want to own it and it will sit on the top shelf with all your other favorite books. And then go see the movie. You can thank me later. No really, you will.

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Publish Date: April 7, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist

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Unique Blogger Award

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Beautiful graphic designed by Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest!

I was nominated by the terriluvsbooks Blog for the Unique Blogger Award. If you haven’t checked her out before, you are in for a treat! Between her pop-up interviews (which are so fun, its like you are eavesdropping on a coffee klatch…well not eavesdropping because you’re obviously invited!) or Facebook Friday Nooner’s, she is a pro at creating ‘all things books’ videos. She offers a wide variety of book reviews for all readers and posts content on the regular. I aspire to brand my blog as well as she does hers! So, if you haven’t checked her out yet, do it! For this tag, I nominate:

1. Katiria @ Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews – we are both members of an FB group for Book Bloggers and she is one of the most supportive bloggers I know. She takes the time to connect and engage with all her followers and runs a sister site, La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books, that showcases Indie Authors. She keeps her content fresh and consistent and I always look forward to see what she is reading next.

2. Alison @ BusyCollegeBookworm – we recently did a buddy read together and it was wonderful having someone to read along with (especially since the story was super scary!). On her bookstagram account she is always making it a point to shout-out her followers and often shares her favorite photos from their pages. She is just lovely.

3. Kathryn @ Nose Stuck in a Book – she was one of my first followers and just the nicest and most supportive fellow book blogger. She is super artistic and very creative when it comes to her photos and reviews. Her realness shines through her posts.

Here are the questions you need to answer and then keep the fun going by tagging other bloggers.

  1. If you could interview ANY author (famous / not, Indie / traditional published), who would it be and why?
  2. What is your favorite part of blogging?
  3. What is one of your biggest goals for your blog?
  4. Do you have a blogger who inspires you to keep blogging? If so, who? And what about them inspires you?
  5. What was your favorite book as a child?


Now, for the main event: my answers!


Well hopefully you are still interested in reading further, I promise to inject as much humor as possible to keep you engaged. I am not a comedian, but I do believe I am #10outof10 (inside joke with friends, but hopefully you get the point, hehe).

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the SNR show!


1.  If you could interview ANY author (famous / not, Indie / traditional published), who would it be and why?

greatest-peter-pan-quotesWhat a question, I had to really think about this one if I was only to pick one. I chose J. M. Barrie, who wrote ‘Peter Pan’. I have a huge respect for Peter Pan, as I like to quite frequently say I suffer from Peter Pan syndrome. On my list of ‘deadly afraid of’ is heights, snakes, sharks, and growing up. Time feels like its moving faster and faster and I don’t like it! Whoa cowboy, hold your horses: there is no need to be in a rush (unless you are commuting in NYC then hustle people!).

2.  What is your favorite part of blogging?

Being able to throw my thoughts out into the universe and have people listen. Sometimes I feel like I may be talking to myself but when you hear from someone that they bought a book you recommended or have been inspired to read more, it makes all the effort so worth it. Plus, you meet so many cool people, I have read so many books I would never have picked up or even heard of without coming across my blogger friends’ reviews.

3.  What is one of your biggest goals for your blog?

At first I thought it would be to gain as many followers as I can, but I quickly discovered its not about numbers: engagement and conversation is where its at! My goal this year is to make my readers laugh and want to check in with me without getting that email alert that I posted a new post, but that they look out for what I am up to.

4.  Do you have a blogger who inspires you to keep blogging? If so, who? And what about them inspires you?

Everyone in my Facebook Book Bloggers Group! I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this group, I wouldn’t be having as much fun without them. Everyone supports everyone, regardless of preferred reading genre and I have learned so much about blogging in general – and still learning – from all of them. XO. Are you a book blogger too? Join us!

5.  What was your favorite book as a child?

Ok, this one was hard for me to think of. As a child I was more into watching old Disney movies and don’t remember that one favorite book. I loved Shel Silverstein ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ and read practically every Disney Little Golden Book, but not one majorly stands out. My new self is very disappointed in my old self, but I think I have more than made up for my fair share of lost reading in my youth.  


If you read this far, well THANK YOU! If I could I would give you two gold stars. XO

I also wanted to thank Cassandra over at The Bibliophagist who nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! It is lovely to be recognized by peers you admire, and if you haven’t checked out her Versatile Blogger post – you must!


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Book Review: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

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4 disco balls

Publish Date: March 27, 2018 by St. Martins Press
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add-on
Category: Fiction, Suspense, Mystery

In a quiet neighborhood, a group of five friends (some more acquaintances), enjoyed a ladies night around the fire-pit: involving a few too many glasses of wine. The next morning one of them, along with her two small children, are missing. When the detectives roll around the ladies don’t remember much of the night (oops, too much wine), nor do they really know much of their neighbor outside of a superficial relationship (what was her marriage really like?). You can imagine the gossip within the small town: did the estranged husband have something to do with it or is he a victim?

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