Book Review: When You Read This by Mary Adkins

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Publish date: February 5, 2019 by Harper
Category: Contemporary Fiction

Has a book ever made you laugh and cry at the same time? Well this book will make you “craugh” and craugh hard.

The story unfolded over a series of emails, texts and blog posts. I had never read a book entirely in that format and it totally worked here. It was expertly done! I read a majority of this book in one sitting because I needed to keep turning the page. Read More »

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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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 »

Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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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 »

Book Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

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Publish Date: October 2, 2018 by Ballantine Books
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Life

Jodi Picoult is my favorite author so I know I may be a bit bias, but trust me when I say that this book was one of her most compelling and thrilling reads. She is known for addressing controversial subjects, but does extensive research to present both sides in an authentic, realistic way.Read More »

Audiobook Review: To All the Boys I Loved Before (Book #1) by Jenny Han, narrated by Laura Knight Keating

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Published: April 16, 2014 by Recorded Books, Inc.
Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2016), Lincoln Award Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2014)

Author Jenny Han is brilliant! She delivered a story reminiscent of Pretty in Pink. She’s the modern day John Hughes.

What a delight: a great read/listen for all ages. It made me want to relive my high school days and that is no small feat. Who wants to be a teenager again? Certainly not me; no way, no how. I don’t even want to remember the teenager I was – I like myself much more now – BUT, this book brought me back to that time and I can feel the butterflies in my stomach for youthful crushes as if it were yesterday. I found myself thinking who my fifteen year-old self would write letters to, and what I would have said. It would probably look a little like this: Read More »

Audiobook Review: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, narrated by Julia Whelan

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Published: July 10, 2018 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Category: Literary Fiction, Contemporary

What did I just listen to? If it weren’t for narrator Julia Whelan I probably would have canned this one. (She was brilliant!) Well actually who am I kidding, no I wouldn’t. It was a book club pick and I don’t like showing up to book club unprepared so I would have suffered reading this one (thank goodness it was an audio instead).Read More »