Saturday Nite Jams Book Edition: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

I read Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering in June and its the perfect book to pair with a Saturday Nite Jams playlist. Check out my 4 disco ball review here!

Broke up with your own Stephen DeMarco? Or worse, dating a Stephen DeMarco?! (Asking yourself who Stephen DeMarco is? Go read my quick, spoiler free review.) My advice: can him and sing these songs on the top of your lungs and all will be right in the world.Read More »

Book Review: Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

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Published: June 1, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Fiction, Chick-lit

I love music just as much as I love books and every Saturday share my Top 5 Saturday Nite Jams in my Instagram stories. This week’s post I thought I would review my latest book club read: Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson and dedicate my weekly jam list to the book. After my review you can check out which 5 songs I would pick to describe this book. Enjoy!

This darling of a book was exactly what I needed to round out the majority of heavy reads I completed this month. It was simply delightful: filled with a humor and that butterflies in your stomach feeling. If this book was a living thing I would want to hug it (and if you know me, I hate hugs).Read More »

Name a Book that Matches my Playlist

I love music just as much as I love reading (maybe even more 😬) and for me the two often go hand in hand. I often will be reading a storyline and think of a corresponding song. So I thought it would be fun to play out a musical scenario and ask you which books the “conversation” reminds you of. Hence, finding me my next TBR additions!

You also get to pick the ending! Fun, right?!

Here’s how the story goes (as sung by the likes of Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande and TSwift):Read More »

Audiobook Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Published: August 9, 2016 by HarperAudio
Narrator: Katie Schorr
Length: 11 hours, 29 minutes
Category: Women’s Fiction, Chick-lit, Romance
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Romance, 2016

I absolutely loved this audiobook. Narrator Katie Schorr was perfection. I couldn’t wait for my drive to and from the Path train in order to be able to continue listening to the back-and-forth banter between Lucy and Josh. It made folding laundry enjoyable too: and if you don’t know, I detest folding and putting away laundry. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl, but here I was doing multiple loads because I needed to keep the story going.Read More »

Book Review: Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

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Publish Date: June 26, 2018 by Touchstone
Category: Chick-lit, Coming of Age

I was looking for a quick read to breeze through the weekend, and Playing with Matches did not disappoint. Fun and fresh, it makes a perfect vacation read; or, if you need something light to break up those ugly cry drama reads – well then, why not pick up this one? It is available for purchase on Tuesday, June 26th!Read More »

Book Review: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

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Published: June 12, 2018 by Atria Books
Category: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Coming of Age

This book brought out many feels in me: nostalgia, regret, anger, but also strength and peace. Each chapter was more addicting than the one before and I could not wait to finish. I felt anxious all the way up until the end.

Before I get to it, I just have a message for Stephen DeMarco and all the other “Stephen DeMarco’s” out there:

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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 High Season by Judy Blundell

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Publish date: May 22, 2018 by Random House
Category: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Summer, Beach Read

A quiet, family oriented town – Orient Point, Long Island – was slowly being infiltrated by frequent visitors of the more glamorous Hamptons. “Was” being the choice word because this summer season the town will be overrun by outsiders looking to take stock in the quiet beach town. They will bring along their “new” ideas for how the town should run and are not quiet about it at all.Read More »

Book Review: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

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Published: April 3, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Family Life

This book is a beast, in that the hardcover is 454 pages. I started this book on a Sunday in the hopes of finishing by Wednesday, May 2nd to make the Barnes & Noble Inaugural Book Club Night (on said book). I did it but it was no small feat! Lots of late night reading and carrying the book with me everywhere and reading while waiting on line, or while walking to the subway, or whenever I had a free moment. But, you don’t care about that. You want to know if you should read it or not…well you can only decide that. I just hope you enjoy my comments.Read More »

Goodreads Monday: The Things We Tell Ourselves by Victoria Namkung

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 hosting an Instagram book giveaway for Victoria Namkung’s second novel: These Violent Delights and thought I would give her first novel some love this week.

2940151993227_p0_v2_s1200x630For my e-reader fans: its only $6.99! Go get a copy today. If you do, let me know and we can coordinate a buddy read. Heck, maybe even a group buddy read!

The Things We Tell Ourselves by Victoria Namkung
Publish date: July 21, 2015 by Standard Time Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Goodreads Synopsis:
When a young writer enters into an affair with a charming foreign correspondent, she has no idea that an uncharacteristic moment of spontaneity will change her life forever.

Twenty-two-year-old Georgina Park dreams of being a hard-hitting journalist, but to pay the bills she’s covering the red carpet for a celebrity magazine. Her world is turned upside down when a chance meeting with Simon Grant, an Australian TV reporter who is 20 years her senior—and married—leads to an intense, sexually charged relationship that continues even after he returns home to Sydney. But when some compromising photos from Georgina’s past come back to haunt her years later, it appears Simon is to blame. Now a prolific newspaper columnist and college instructor, Georgina must use her investigative reporting skills to save herself—and revisit the affair that started it all.

Set in Los Angeles, ‘The Things We Tell Ourselves’ takes readers from the klieg lights of Hollywood to the dark corners of the Internet, exploring love, marriage and technology along the way. At its heart, the novel is a literary examination of the damage one generation can inflict on the next and the compromises we make between our ideals and life’s realities, between what we desire and doing the right thing.

“I lost sleep turning the pages of this book. ‘The Things We Tell Ourselves’ starts with a deliciously steamy romance and turns into a fast-paced thriller, all the while exploring the complexities of love, morality, and how we react to loss. You won’t soon forget these characters.” – Tiffany Hawk, author of ‘Love Me Anyway’

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