Book Review: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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Publish date: May 11, 2021 by Berkley
Category: Romance, Rom-Com

People We Meet on Vacation is now available!
Get your orders in with your local bookstores!

From the author of Beach Read (my 2020 Book of the Summer) comes my 2021 Book of the Summer: People We Meet on Vacation!

Before I jump in I know its been a hot minute since I’ve graced my small corner of the internet with my presence…you know a new baby, the pandemic, a new job and then another new job I’ve been a bit preoccupied. I hope everyone is safe and healthy: I’m sending you all positive vibes. Thank you for sticking around xo

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Book Review: Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson

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Published: September 22, 2020 by Forever Pub
Category: Holiday, Cozy Romance

I couldn’t wrap up the end of the year without sharing a few of my recent holiday reads; starting with Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson. I just love how my book photo came out! 😉

This book was super cute, it left me with the biggest grin on my face!

It’s chocolate chip cookie gooey goodness.

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Book Review: Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker, a novella

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Published: December 1, 2020 by K. A. Tucker
Category: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Book 2.5 of The Simple Wild & Wild at Heart series

Make some room, your favorite Alaskan Yeti, Mr. Sky Cowboy himself, Jonah Riggs is back in town. Swoon fest over here!

Happy Pub Day to Book 2.5 of The Simple Wild series: Forever Wild, a novella by K.A. Tucker!

Any continuation of Calla and Jonah’s story is always welcomed by me. I was anxiously awaiting this day and it’s finally here!

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Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

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Publish date: September 8, 2020 by Atria
Category: Contemporary Fiction

Anxious People pubs today!
Backman Fans: get your orders in with your local bookstores now!

My first Backman book was A Man Called Ove, then I went on to read Beartown and Us Against You; I instantly became an auto-buy Backman fan so when Atria Books provided me with an advanced reader ebook I felt like I WON the lottery!!

Anxious People did not disappoint, the writing was MAGNIFICENT. so clever and sharp. I loved every single character. It wasn’t a thriller per se, but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

True to its title, my anxiety level while reading was super high.

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi Read Along

“When men oppress their fellow-men, the oppressor ever finds, in the character of the oppressed, a full justification for his oppression.” Douglass, amazingly, summed up the history of racist ideas in a single sentence.” ― Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Published: March 10th 2017 by Novel Audio
Length: 19 hours and 8 minutes, narrated by Christopher Dontrell Piper
Category: Nonfiction, History, Race, African American History
National Book Award for Nonfiction (2016), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for General Nonfiction (2016), Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2017)

I want to live in a world where no man’s life is valued more or less than another’s. And it saddens and enrages me to say that I don’t believe the world is so; this HAS to change. Black Lives Matter.

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I am joining @melanatedreader‘s Juneteenth buddy read for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America to listen, to learn, unpack my privilege, to hold myself accountable in supporting change.
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Audiobook Review: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

“I’m no expert, but I remember reading somewhere, every time you retrieve a memory, that act of retrieval, it corrupts the memory a little bit. Maybe changes it a little.” – The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel

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Published: March 24, 2020 by Knopf
Category: Literary Fiction

It was low-key haunting: there is a slow eeriness to it. The writing is simply beautiful.Read More »

Book Review: Little Family by Ishmael Beah

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4.5 disco balls

Publish date: April 28, 2020 by Riverhead
Category: Literary Fiction, Coming of Age

Little Family pubs today! Check out your local bookstore for ordering details.

I stayed up way past my bedtime one night so I could finish. When I was trying to find the words to describe my reading journey, I was having some difficulty in finding the right words to portray just how quietly beautiful the written words were. When this happens I usually re-read the book jacket for a spark and the word “tender” immediately jumped out at me. It is the perfect word to describe this book.Read More »

Book Review: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

“That was why they called it temptation—it never presented itself as something ugly, or tepid, or harmless; no, it came in the guise of glorious feelings and a sense of utter rightness, even when it was wrong. That was why one needed principles.”

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4.5 disco balls

Published: September 3, 2019 by Berkley
Category: Romance, Historical Fiction

A sassy spirited story that I enjoyed immensely.
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