Book Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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5 disco balls

Publish date: July 3, 2018 by Dutton Books
Category: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Two Truths and a Lie. 1) Emma is guilty. 2) Emma is innocent. 3) Emma is going crazy.

I just couldn’t wait until July to share my review: because if you still can try to snag an eBook from Penguin Random House’s First to Read program (free!), well then you must! And, then we can discuss the book’s ending…like whoa!

The ending is what makes a thriller/suspense read; it can certainly save a story (i.e. The Woman in the Window IMO). I was not disappointed with what author, Riley Sager, cooked up for me in his latest The Last Time I LiedRead More »

Book Review: The High Season by Judy Blundell

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Publish date: May 22, 2018 by Random House
Category: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Summer, Beach Read

A quiet, family oriented town – Orient Point, Long Island – was slowly being infiltrated by frequent visitors of the more glamorous Hamptons. “Was” being the choice word because this summer season the town will be overrun by outsiders looking to take stock in the quiet beach town. They will bring along their “new” ideas for how the town should run and are not quiet about it at all.Read More »

Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

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Publish date: April 25, 2017 by Atria Books
Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Sports

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I could not put this book down, and when I found out there is a sequel set to be released in early June I was ecstatic. I was certainly tardy to the party in reading this and wish I hadn’t waited so long. So, if you were like me and haven’t read it yet – well, you know what I will say next: what are you waiting for?!Read More »

Reading Is…

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Book of the Month is asking its readers what reading is to them. Subscribers are filling out BOTM provided bookmarks and uploading their pictures on instagram. If you are interested in checking a few out search the hashtag: readingis

I would love to hear from followers, friends, book lovers what reading is to you. Include your “reading is” in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you all.  XO

Thank you BOTM for the inspiration, what a lovely idea!


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Get a free book when you join using my referral link. Happy reading!

 

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Book Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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3.5 disco balls

Publish date: April 24, 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

I had a hard time rating this one a 3.5,  but just couldn’t give it a 4 and 3.75 seemed weird. I whipped through this book in two days and love author Becky Albertalli’s writing style. I am a fan of dialogue and witty banter is even better: you get that with this book. I just felt it was missing something. That something special that came with the experience of reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Note: ‘Leah on the Offbeat’ is a continuation of the Creekwood series; Simon being Creekwood #1. It can be read as a standalone – but then you wouldn’t really know the characters and I absolutely recommend reading Simon! That is a given.Read More »

Book Review: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

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Published: April 3, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Family Life

This book is a beast, in that the hardcover is 454 pages. I started this book on a Sunday in the hopes of finishing by Wednesday, May 2nd to make the Barnes & Noble Inaugural Book Club Night (on said book). I did it but it was no small feat! Lots of late night reading and carrying the book with me everywhere and reading while waiting on line, or while walking to the subway, or whenever I had a free moment. But, you don’t care about that. You want to know if you should read it or not…well you can only decide that. I just hope you enjoy my comments.Read More »

Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Published: February 27, 2011 by Ballantine Books
Category: Historical Fiction

I struggled rating this one properly. First, it was beautifully written and if I were just rating that it would have gotten at least 4 disco balls. Second, I despised Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer. If Ernest was a fictional character I wouldn’t have wanted to give this story my time. Not that I did even knowing he was in fact ‘real’, I thought I owed it to Hadley to finish.

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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 »