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 »

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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5 disco balls

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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Attention, Attention!: Barnes & Noble #BookHaul Blowout

Starting today until Monday, March 4th, B&N is holding their #bookhaul BLOWOUT with over 400 titles marked at 50% – yes, you heard that right – 50% off!

Being a B&N member I was able to access the sale last night and picked up these 5 books – 4 hardcovers and 1 paperback – for $57.50 🤗

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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating Dear Mrs. Bird Once Upon a River Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World Ohio

Other books included in the sale that I recommend checking out (that I’ve read or are on my TBR too):

An Anonymous Girl The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women The Great Alone Sold on a Monday: A Novel The Room on Rue Amelie
My Favorite Half-Night Stand The Leavers Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Freefall: A Novel Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

Some of these are going to move quickly! To make sure I got the books I wanted, I ordered them online to pick up at my local bookstore (I didn’t want to wait for shipping, I needed them now: I needed instant gratification!)


this is my successful shopping dance…happy reading!


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Book Review: Little by Edward Carey

“What casual monsters we are. What calamities we are capable of.”
Edward Carey, Little

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4 disco balls

Published: October 4, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Historical Fiction

This is why I love book club: I would not have picked up this book on my own, but so glad I read it.

It was not my typical jam and sounded a bit strange…and boy was it strange – an oddity – BUT I couldn’t stop turning the page. You really want to know what happens to all these characters; although I hated me some Widow Picot, what a wicked character.

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Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

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3 disco balls

Published: October 3, 2017 by Scribner
Length: Hardcover, 438 pages
Category: Historical Fiction
National Book Award Nominee for Fiction (2017), Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2018), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction (2018), Walter Scott Prize Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017)

I alternated back and forth between reading the hardcover and listening to the audio (which had 3 narrators). I liked to do that with books so I can optimize my reading time, especially when I have book club deadlines!

I liked the story, but at the 70% mark it just became okay to me. It wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t moved in any way by it. The author did a good job of capturing the different dynamics within families, communities and the workplace (whether that workplace was legit or not). I always find the sign of the times of historical fiction fascinating. Read More »

Audiobook Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith #HSReadingRedo

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5 disco balls

Published: August 12, 2005 by HarperAudio (book first published 1943)
Narrator: Kate Burton
Length: 14 hours 55 minutes
Category: Classics, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Coming of Age

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was Book 7 out of 8 on my September Reading Challenge High School Reading Redo list. As we approach the new month, I am proud to report I did most of my homework and only need to read the Cliff Notes or watch the movie of one unread book (The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck). 😉

Set in Brooklyn in the early 1900s, we fall in love with the Nolan family; whom are poverty stricken but resourceful. Francie Nolan became one of my favorite literary characters.

Goodreads Synopsis: 4.25 average rating
The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

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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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Saturday Spotlight: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Published: May 22, 2007 by Riverhead
Category: Historical Fiction
British Book Award for Best Read of the Year (2008); Book Sense of the Year Award for Adult Fiction (2008); California Book Award for Fiction (Silver) (2007); Exclusive Books Boeke Prize Nominee (2007); Lincoln Award Nominee (2011)

My Future Mother-in-Law would gift me this book during one of my first trips to meet her. Once I started it, I could not put it down. I do remember it was right before dinner and the polite house guest in me (plus someone newly introduced to the family) should have been helping, but I couldn’t step away from this book. My husband (then boyfriend) called me in for dinner, but my future MIL responded along the lines of: leave her alone and let her finish, the book is that good. Thanks Mom 😉 

A Thousand Splendid Suns is the first book I recommend to anyone when asked to recommend my favorite book: I don’t even have to think about it, I just spit it out (not literally, don’t worry).Read More »

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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5 disco balls

Published: June 13, 2017 by Atria Books
Category: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT

You know the saying about potato chips “bet you can’t eat just one!”? Well, don’t eat potato chips while reading this book. For starters potato chip grease gets on the pages, which is a pet peeve of mine. But, more importantly you will not be able to stop reading chapter after chapter and your stomach can’t handle all those chips. This can definitely be a one sitting book read.If you are looking for a book to start your summer off right: this here is your jam!

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Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Published: February 27, 2011 by Ballantine Books
Category: Historical Fiction

I struggled rating this one properly. First, it was beautifully written and if I were just rating that it would have gotten at least 4 disco balls. Second, I despised Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer. If Ernest was a fictional character I wouldn’t have wanted to give this story my time. Not that I did even knowing he was in fact ‘real’, I thought I owed it to Hadley to finish.

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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 »