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 »

Audiobook Review: Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

“I love that every generation thinks they’ve invented it. They think they’re the first ones to fall in love and get their hearts broken, to feel loss and passion and pain. And in a way, they are. We’ve been there before, of course. But for young people, that doesn’t matter. Everything is new. Which I love, because it means everything is always beginning again. It’s hopeful, I think. At least to me.”
Jennifer E. Smith, Field Notes on Love

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4.5 disco balls

Published: March 5, 2019 by Listening Library
Length: 8 hours and 23 minutes, narrated by Anthony Mark Barrow & Karissa Vacker
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary

Someone call the dentist! All this sugary sweet adorableness may have given me a cavity. I will say I am not a fan of the dentist but this book would have been worth the trip.

It made me want to be 18 again which is no small feat, because I wouldn’t want to relive some of my teenage years…well, unless I was getting a do-over. But, I digress: back to being 18 and traveling cross country by train with a cute Brit sounds like a great idea to me.Read More »

Audiobook Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

“capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment.”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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5 disco balls

Published: October 21, 2014 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Category: Nonfiction, Memoir, Social Justice, Law
Warwick Prize for Writing Nominee for Longlist (2015), Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-Fiction (2015), NAIBA Book of the Year for Nonfiction (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction (2015), Kirkus Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (Finalist) (2014), Alabama Author Award for Nonfiction (2016)

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Penguin Random House Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for my honest review. This book will certainly be one of my Top 5 reads from 2019 there is NO doubt about it.

Download this audiobook now, you can thank me later. Read More »

Book Review: Appearances by Sondra Helene

“Those who’ve seen us
Know that not a thing could come between us
Many men have tried to split us up but no one can” – Irving Berlin

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3.5 disco balls

Published: April 9, 2019 by She Writes Press
Category: Women’s Fiction, Family Drama

I was recently selected to be a BookSparks 2019 Spring Campaign #SwipeRightonReading Ambassador! Over the next few weeks I will receive three ‘blind date with a book’ books. First up was debut novel Appearances by Sondra Helene.

When I first read the synopsis, I immediately thought of the song from White Christmas:  Sisters. Apparently I am not the only one; KIRKUS Reviews had the same thought and offered the following quote for the book’s back cover: “Sisters,’ the old Irving Berlin song, wrinkly covers primal themes of romance and family; this novel takes them with detail and realism…[and] makes quietly clear how precious any extra time with a loved one can be.Read More »

Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

“The power that each of us has over complete strangers to make them feel terrible and and frightened and weak is amazing.”
Hank Green, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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3 disco balls

Published: September 25, 2018 by Dutton
Category: Contemporary, Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Social media can be ugly: this book communicates that well. The power we give over people we don’t know – or even giving weight to their comments – can be debilitating.

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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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5 disco balls

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: Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald

Did a book’s ending ever make it hard to fairly rate the book? I am not saying that the ending was terrible, its just that…well, I just didn’t like it. Which stinks because up until the 95% mark of this book I thought it was rather fun. I was whipping through the ending because I wanted to finish and then BAM, that “twist.”

It was a fun story; classic chick-lit, light read that is easy to whip through. I liked some characters, I hated some characters (which you were supposed to).  But obviously meh about the ending.

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3 disco balls

Published: February 13, 2019 by Bookouture
Category: Rom-Com, Chick-litRead More »

SNR featured on Trendy Simple Life

I had the pleasure of answering a few questions – with a few other bookstagrammers – about Instagram burnout for fellow book blogger Marcia over at Trendy Simple Life. Check out Marcia’s experience with Instagram burnout and how she recommends taking your power back!  feature image credit: Trendy Simple Life

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Meet Marcia

I am lucky to call Marcia a friend. I’ve known her since 2008 and have spent the last 2 years attending Marcia’s monthly book club. She takes the most beautiful book photos and is my young adult genre guru. She writes very thoughtful reviews on all genres so I recommend you check her out!Read More »

Book Review: In Another Life by C.C. Hunter

“Whatever you’re trying to pull, don’t do it.”
– In Another Life, C. C. Hunter

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4 disco balls

Publish date: March 26, 2019 by Wednesday Books
Category: Young Adult, Thriller

I could definitely see this story translate well as a Netflix film. You hear that Netflix? Please and thank you.

Chloe’s senior year is the pits: on top of her parents divorcing, she is starting at a new school. Ripped away from her old life and friends she must start over while taking care of her mother and resenting her father. Oh and the real kicker…someone suspects that she was in fact kidnapped as a child and her real parents live nearby. As if high school isn’t hard enough?!Read More »

Book Review: Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

“Find out what you’re good at…and then get even better. That’s the key.”
AJ Pearce, Dear Mrs. Bird

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4.5 disco balls

Published: July 3, 2018 by Scribner
Category: Historical Fiction

Protagonist Emmy Lake had that same spark and spunk as Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (one of my favorite classics and also my favorite literary character).

Not your typical WWII novel. It had the right amount of cheeriness and personality without taking away the fact there was a war going on; literally right above their heads.Read More »