Buddy Read with BusyCollegeBookworm: Sinner by Christopher Graves

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Sinner
by Christopher Graves
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Publish Date: April 5, 2018 by OP Media
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Horror, Thriller, Suspense

In 2018, I read my first horror book and probably my last. This is not at the discredit of the author, who did a fine job of invading my dreams and turning them into nightmares. I haven’t been this freaked out since Season 4 of Dexter and the Trinity Killer: holy moly my senses are on overdrive; paranoia being the top dog here. By the way, thanks a lot John Lithgow, you have officially ruined my fond memories of Harry and the Henderson’s.Read More »

Book Review: Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

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Publish Date: April 3, 2018 by Dutton
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Fiction, Mystery

I recently joined Penguin’s First to Read program: a free membership that gives you access to request upcoming new releases before they hit the shelves. Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan, was my first selection – of course, due to my obsession with all things Paris. Paris is on the bucket list!

Is Leah a widow? For almost a year, she is unsure. Her husband, Robert, vanishes and I don’t say suddenly, because it is like him to take a break from the family from time to time: this time, he doesn’t leave a note and does not return. Is he leaving her clues to his whereabouts? Conflicted with her emotions, Leah and her daughters, Ellie and Daphne, take a trip to Paris in hopes of finding their father; if he is still alive.Read More »

Book Review: Hot Mess by Emily Belden

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Publish Date: March 20, 2018 by Graydon House
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Women’s Fiction, Chick-lit

Twenty-five year old Allie Simon has a good head on her shoulders, a good job, good friends and supportive family. She becomes consumed by a charming, bad boy celeb chef named Benji Zane and her simple life as she knows it, well isn’t very simple anymore.

Benji is a recovering addict who – only 3 months sober – asks Allie to invest her entire life savings in “their” future (to partner in opening a restaurant with Benji at the helm, sold alongside the future image of them married with kids in a brownstone yada yada yada).

Guess what? You probably guessed right: only a month before opening, Benji relapses and goes off the grid leaving Allie to unwillingly step into his place; in order to not lose her investment. The rest of the story is Allie maneuvering the foodie scene in a high-end area of Chicago: friends, critics and social media not always on her side and often waiting to see her fail. It’s a cute story and I enjoyed watching Allie come into her own.Read More »

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway

Win your very own Saturday Nite Reader starter kit!

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! OUR WINNER IS: @readingwhilevegan!

img_0816Enter my Instagram giveaway for your chance to win the newly released paperback of The Heart’s Invisible Furies by Irish novelist John Boyne. My favorite read of 2017!

You got the good book, now all you need is the comfy pj’s (in this case its socks!) and wine (in this case a wine glass for your favorite reading mode beverage). Giveaway winner will be announced on my Instagram stories at noon EST on St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March 17th).Read More »

Goodreads Monday: Abraham Lincoln

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s Goodreads Monday blog post to share your Monday selections.

I am currently in Washington, D.C. to attend the 2018 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference (for work) and feeling a bit historical. I thought it would be fun to share books – including a children’s book – about my  favorite president: Abraham Lincoln.

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At the same conference a few years back, our keynote speaker was historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. She wrote a book called Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln that I obviously purchased (but, that is still sitting on my TBR…I will get to it this year!).

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Published: October 25, 2005 by Simon Schuster
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: History, Nonfiction, Biography, Politics
Winner of the Lincoln Prize, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.Read More »

Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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Published: January 2, 2018 by William Morrow
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add-on
Category: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

I really wanted to love this book as I am a big fan of suspense books and the premise of this book was super interesting, but overall it was OK. The ending saved this book for me: and, isn’t that what suspense books are all about (the ending)?Read More »

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

What drew me first to this book was the cover: its absolutely beautiful.

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Published: February 14, 2017 by Dutton Books
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

The synopsis on the book jacket is somewhat vague, which I often prefer. It just explains how lead character, Marin, left home with only her wallet, cell phone and a photo. She hasn’t spoken to anyone from her prior life in 3 months; until her best friend shows up to visit for three days.

During this visit we will piece together Marin’s former life and learn why she just picked up and left. Read More »

Talk to Me: Reading Habits

Of course I can read just about anywhere (commuting, waiting on line, in waiting rooms) but if I am being honest I am most comfortable reading when I am at home in my pajamas. I need pjs, fuzzy socks, a blanket, and my cuddly pug Bailey next to me to really be in reading mode. Lounging in jeans: nope, not comfortable enough. Leggings or sweatpants please: a bonus if they are a cute pattern.

The minute I get home from work the first thing I do is change into comfortable clothes. Like I said, lounging in jeans or work pants: no thank you! The thought of it is sending shivers throughout my body. I am suddenly feeling itchy! 😫 I know, sounds weird, but I am all about comfort.

I noticed I have a bookstagram photo of me on my couch reading and I was wearing jeans !?!?! I am not sure what was wrong with me that day. I must not have been feeling like myself (I would never actively choose to lounge in jeans!). 😂

Question: What are your reading habits? Whether its reading with the music blasting, TV on, or the need for total silence. What is something we don’t know about your reading habits or style?

This isn’t really Bailey, but you can be sure that his favorite thing to do is sleep 23hrs a day!

Goodreads Monday: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s Goodreads Monday blog post to share your Monday selections.

33026565I first heard of Rainbirds when I read the Brunette Biblio’s review of the book that I immediately added it to my TBR: so you can imagine how thrilled I am that it’s a March Book of the Month selection!

Obviously it was my March choice and I should be getting it any day now. Woohoo!

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
Publish date: March 6, 2018 by Soho Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add on
Category: Mystery, Fiction, Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:

Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko’s sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.

As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.

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Book Review: Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade

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Expected publication: March 6, 2018 by Touchstone
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Historical Fiction

Another great book cover, wouldn’t you agree?

I started reading Bachelor Girl on my trip home from vacation. After reading a little over 2 hours during my flight home I noticed I only got 13% of the way through. 1) Either I am a very slow reader, or 2) this is a long one. I am going to go with #2: the paperback is 416 pages (kindle is listed at 432).

I enjoyed this read and didn’t mind the length, its just not one of those you can plow through in two days. If you could, well then I change my initial answer to #1 – I am a slow reader.

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Book Review: The Copenhagen Affair by Amulya Malladi

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Published: September 26, 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
Purchase: Amazon (kindleunlimited eligible), Barnes & Noble
Category: Fiction, Contemporary

How pretty is this cover? It was what caught my eye while browsing NetGalley for a read.

Sanya has been married twenty years, has a successful career, and a life many people are envy of. It is not enough in the eyes of her family, and she is not enough to keep her career driven husband fully engaged. She suffers what she calls an “implosion” and has been battling to bring herself back; but, she soon realizes she is not the same person and will spend her time trying to figure out what person she actually wants to “bring back.”

Her husband, Harry, suggests a move to Copenhagen with his job in hopes the move will be the change she needs to get back to ‘normal.’ She meets a few couples that are business contacts of Harry’s and will find herself developing feelings for one of them.

The story tells of Sanya’s journey to self as well as what other’s would do to keep the life they are comfortable in, safe.Read More »