Audiobook Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

2.5

2.75 stars
I gave an additional .25 for including the Epilogue of The Hating Game

Published: January 29, 2019 by William Morrow
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler, HarperAudio
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes
Category: Romance, Chick-lit, Womens Fiction

It was okay, it could have been way better. I was disappointed in how flat it fell.

It left me more irritated than love sick. What a bummer.Read More »

Book Review: When You Read This by Mary Adkins

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5 disco balls

Publish date: February 5, 2019 by Harper
Category: Contemporary Fiction

Has a book ever made you laugh and cry at the same time? Well this book will make you “craugh” and craugh hard.

The story unfolded over a series of emails, texts and blog posts. I had never read a book entirely in that format and it totally worked here. It was expertly done! I read a majority of this book in one sitting because I needed to keep turning the page. Read More »

Book Review: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

The most fruitful book club discussion I have had to date has been centered around this book.

 

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3.5 disco balls

Published: July 31, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Literary Fiction, Religion

After finishing this one I had to let my thoughts marinate a bit.

I am calling the writing vibe: eerie flow. I just made that up, but it sounded right. The whole tone and the build up to the end left me feeling…I can’t find the right word to verbalize my feeling.Read More »

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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4 disco balls

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 »

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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5 disco balls

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 »