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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3 jingle bells

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 »

Today is my Birthday!

Being born on the 11th clearly made the #11 my favorite number. To top it off, today is my 38th birthday and 3 + 8 = 11…so this must mean its going to be a lucky one 😉

To honor the #11, here are my Top 11 reads from this year. This year has been my best reading year yet and it was very hard to narrow them down!

book-totes-08-2018-ss04It is a story of perseverance, acceptance and love for so many of the characters.  

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220px-a_little_lifeIt is a story about friendship; but, not ordinary friendship. A supreme friendship so connected that without it one is not whole, but lost. Friendship that gives one breathe: a reason.

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81tar7kzn7lCue in the soundtrack to Pretty Woman and you got yourself the cutest love story – with a side of spice – I have read in a while.

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51vfrzslyil-_sx329_bo1204203200_It was an addicting, brilliantly written story. This can definitely be a one sitting book read.

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91nhc-xa5klThe book tells a beautiful tale of a loving and caring person who just needed someone to believe in her.

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by-the-book-9781501175183_hrIt’s one of those stories that brightens your mood: perfect to read on a sunny day (or those rainy/snowy days where you are looking for something to lighten your mood). 

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91bndqhf1jlThis book had me on edge the whole entire time. THE WHOLE ENTIRE TIME.

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91lmjogaixlLike classic Jodi, she has this rational way of presenting both sides of an issue where you feel empathy for all characters whether you agree with them or not (she’s brilliant at this!) You may not agree, but you understand.

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51ikqi2oqll-_sx330_bo1204203200_Francie Nolan became one of my favorite literary characters.

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81v3qyp3iblBackman’s writing consists of simple sentences packed with punch: so much meaning with the right amount of build up. His writing style is brilliant!

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the-hating-gameThe tension between Lucy and Josh from the minute the book starts is ridiculously tantalizing.

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Do you have a favorite amongst my birthday book stack? Do tell!

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Audiobook Review: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

3.5

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Published: December 7, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Category: Nonfiction, Memoir, Humor

Comedian Tiffany Haddish made me laugh so many times even when describing painful memories. Her gift of humor shines through her narration of her own memoir.

Its a quick audiobook, one that will help quickly pass the time during longer road trips or doing chores around the house. Read More »

1 Year Blogiversary!

Wow, a year flew by! I am happy to report that I have read each of the books showcased in my 1st blog post. 😉

Since November 21st, 2017:

When my husband suggested that I start my book blog last year I did not know where it would head (and maybe still don’t – hehe – but that’s okay); to say its been a fun, wild ride is an understatement. It has opened up my world to new friends, authors and books. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!

5 disco ball Reviews:

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My Top 5 (of the 27)

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the rest in no specific order: (they are all 5 disco ball gems!)

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The 122 Books I Read:

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Time's ConvertAmericanahSonoraA Ladder to the SkyMatchmaking for BeginnersThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenPeas, Carrots and an Aston MartinThe Dream DaughterGirl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to BeManhattan BeachErotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

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🎂 Today Saturday Nite Reader turns 1! I can’t believe a year has flown by. 🎂 . Since last November 21st, I’ve read 122 books (that is a little more than double than my previous year). I have all of your recommendations to thank! It’s sometimes hard to keep up – I want to read all the books like now! – but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thank you for taking this fun, wild ride with me. Love to you all! ❤️ . Happy Reading, XO Nikki . . #saturdaynitereader #happybirthday #anniversary #oneyearanniversary #oneyearold #yearone #igreads #readersofig #reader #ilovereading #ilovebooks #bookstagram #booksofig #booksofinstagram #bookcart #bibliophile #booksbooksbooks #booknerd #bookworm #toberead #TBR

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Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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4 disco balls

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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4 disco balls

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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4.5 disco balls

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 »

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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3 disco balls

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 »