Audiobook Review: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Publish date: September 4, 2018 by Gallery Books
Length: 7 hours and 16 minutes, narrated by Jayme Mattler & Todd Haberkorn
Category: Rom-Com, Chick-lit

My current reading mood = light, feel good, summer vibes. I just want to read books you would enjoy poolside, lakeside, or oceanside even if I am just reading from the couch.

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is my 2nd Christina Lauren book and I’m totally here for it. It was super fun, quirky, and the quick read I needed.
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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 »

Blog Tour: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

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Published: May 14, 2019 by Thomas Nelson
Category: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Christian Fiction

Make your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, take a seat, and get comfy: this book will give you all the warm and fuzzy feel good feels.
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If this book was a dessert it would be Strawberry Shortcake – the one with the homemade biscuit and whipped cream – my favorite dessert that is underrated and needs to be served at more restaurants for me to enjoy. Hello restaurants! You taking note here?! XO, Saturday Nite Sweet Tooth

This book is just as good as that smooth red velvet cake or decadent molten lava cake: it doesn’t need the fancy frills to keep you yearning for the next bite. Its simple ingredients are still packed with that addictive sugar…you see what I’m doing here 😉

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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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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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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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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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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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