Saturday Spotlight: Guest Article by author Lauren Speeth, “Spinning a Story with a Soundtrack”

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If you couldn’t already tell, I love music just as much as I love books. It’s even better when both are paired together! Finding a soundtrack to a book is super exciting, and creating one is even better. So when I learned about author, Lauren Speeth, and the role music played in writing her novel Thread for Pearls, I knew I had to highlight her work on Saturday Nite Reader.

Speeth will also make a guest appearance on Saturday Nite Reader‘s Instagram stories with her own Top 5 Saturday Nite Jams edition.

Check out Speeth’s article: Spinning a Story with a Soundtrack to learn about her music inspired writing journey. [click Read More below]Read More »

To Be Read: Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen

“When my mother wanted to teach me a lesson about life,’ said Luca Dotti, ‘she never used stories about her career. She always told stories about the war. The war was very, very important to her. It made her who she was.”
Robert Matzen, Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

Published: April 15, 2019 by GoodKnight Books
Category: Nonfiction, WWII, History

I love all things Audrey Hepburn so when Smith Publicity offered to send me an advanced reader’s copy of Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II I couldn’t respond YES fast enough! Read More »

Book Review: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

“A real choice doesn’t have conditions. A real choice is free.” 
― Etaf Rum, A Woman Is No Man

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Published: March 5, 2019 by Harper
Category: Contemporary Fiction

Strongest prologue I’ve ever read and brilliantly done ending. (If that’s all you read of this review, I’m good with it. Run, don’t walk to get a copy of this book!) I was left holding my breathe after turning that last page; when I finally caught my breathe I noticed the goosebumps on my arm.

This book was intricately plotted and smartly written. I wanted to make sure I was using ‘intricately’ correctly and googled it – how many of you do that?! – and saw the previous sentence as an example. It perfectly stated how I felt about this book so thanks Cambridge English Dictionary!Read More »

Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of f*cking story.”
– Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six

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Published: March 5, 2019 by Ballantine Books
Category: Fiction, Music
It was also a February Book of the Month choice

On March 5th, the highly anticipated Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – will hit bookshelves: RUN don’t walk to your local bookstore.

You will not want to miss out on this: think Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga chemistry meets an episode of VH1 Storytellers on Fleetwood Mac’s behind the scenes drama.

 

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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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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!

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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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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: Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

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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: Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck

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Publish Date: September 4, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Category: Suspense, Mystery, Domestic Thriller

Want to read upcoming new releases before they hit the shelves? Join Penguin Random House’s First to Read program – its free – to gain access to a variety of books. That is how I was able to read Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck.

When I read the synopsis for Tell Me You’re Mine I was sold. I am a fan of suspense/thriller books and the “is this my long lost daughter” narrative seemed very intriguing. Read More »

Saturday Spotlight: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Introducing Saturday Nite Reader’s weekly meme: Saturday Spotlight! Each Saturday I will spotlight a book I have read or am currently reading; and, of course what I think is special about it. I invite you to participate as well! Just link back to my weekly post and don’t forget to add your spotlight link in the comment section for all to see. Happy Sharing! XO, Nikki

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This Week:
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Published: August 3, 2017 by Apollo (first published February 7, 2017 by Grand Central Publishing)
Category: Historical Fiction, Cultural
National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (2017); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017); Reading Women Award for Fiction (2017); Litsy Award for Historical Fiction (2017)

img_1275While in Paris, I had to visit the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore. There were so many books to choose from and I wasn’t sure which one I was going to buy: I wish I could have purchased more than one but I already overpacked my suitcase. Being in Europe and seeing the different book covers was burning a hole in my pocket; that darn suitcase saved my bank account.

While browsing I picked up this version of Pachinko and thought it was absolutely stunning. After that, the choice was easy. I mean just look at it and that inside cover, woah.

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