Review: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters is a triple romance filled with family drama. Sisters, Kelly and Olivia, haven’t talked much since high school, so when Olivia decides to move back home after a career set back, they don’t really know how to relate to one another. There are secrets and mistrust, which result in some interesting drama. Meanwhile their father is falling in love, but their mother’s return to town as well upsets that situation resulting in more drama. I love drama! This book was fun and rather steamy. It had a Love, Actually kind of feel with multiple love stories going at once with a […]

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Screen-Based Analogy of Books

Screen-Based Analogy Books

Ok, so this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. You guys know I’m not a huge fan of character-driven books. I need books to have plot. Funnily enough, I also don’t enjoy sitcoms. Bare with me through this analogy. So sitcoms are situational comedies, right? They have consistent characters from episode to episode, but there isn’t really much plot that carries through the season or even throughout the full series. So they’re kind of like character-driven books, and they’re not really for me. Then we have movies. They usually have decent character development and a lot of plot, but they only last […]

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Review: Bringing Hope, A Disaster Relief Journey by Debbie McKinney

Bringing Hope A Disaster Relief Journey by Debbie McKinney

I met Debbie McKinney, author of Bringing Hope, earlier this year at a local author event at my library. Her book wasn’t ready for review at that point, but when she asked me if I would read it when I was available, I said yes right away. I was so intrigued by her stories of working with the Red Cross doing disaster relief for 9/11 and natural disasters. I wasn’t sure what to expect from her book. Bringing Hope isn’t exactly a memoir because much of the book is Debbie’s journals from her time in the field helping with disaster relief. I think that made […]

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Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever is a suspense novel, but what I really liked about it is that it was written from the perspective of the attacker. Paul thinks he is the model husband, but it’s pretty clear to the reader that he is not as nice to Mia as he should be. Paul and Mia are going away for the weekend, and I really enjoyed being inside his head as he and Mia drove to their vacation home and tried to have “the best day ever.” Kaira Rouda did a great job writing this character. As the title implies, the book spans only one day, and […]

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Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I love Jennifer Mathieu. She has the ability to tackle difficult issues in stories with amazing characters. Her latest book, Moxie, is no different. This time she has created a terrific YA story about feminism where the mother is not a hated character. Vivian has always been curious about her mom’s youth and her time as a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s. Fed up with the way boys in her high school have been treating girls and the double standard when it comes to dress code, she decides to fight back by writing a ‘zine called Moxie. In it she calls for the other girls in the […]

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TBR List: November 2017

TBR Pile: November 2017

I skipped my TBR posts the last two months, but they are back! I tried to stack my list today with books I’m really interested in reading. I should really just title this month by favorite author list. So many great writers have new books out, and I am going to try to read them all. Haha. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so I’m hoping to find a couple of great books that really get my fired up about reading again…beyond audiobooks. I have been loving audio lately, but I miss my reading time. Stress can make it hard for me […]

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TV to Book Recommendations: Teen Dramas

TV to Book Recommendations: Teen Dramas

No matter how old I get, I still love a good teen drama TV series. If you’re like me, and you loved the series discussed below, you will likely enjoy these book as well. Dawson’s Creek…Emmy & Oliver So, yes, Dawson can be kind of whiney, and Joey doesn’t pick him in the end, but there’s still something fun about the classic boy next door trope. Emmy & Oliver is a terrific YA contemporary romance with one of the healthiest teen relationships I’ve ever read. Oliver returns home after being kidnapped by his father 10 years earlier. Emmy and Oliver used to be best friends, but […]

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Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Like many of you I’m sure, I was beyond excited to learn that John Green had written another book. I bought Turtles All the Way Downheard John speak about his OCD at NerdCon right away on Audible because I wanted to listen to it immediately after it’s release, and I was hoping my husband would listen to it as well. (He hasn’t yet.) I didn’t know much going into the novel other than that the main character, Aza, has OCD, just like John Green does. I had a couple of years ago, but he’d only really given one example about checking that the car doors were […]

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Review: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is is a character-driven story about a family who’s youngest son starts identifying as a girl around age 5. I found the topic and emotions to be fascinating, but the details about every member of the family were too much for me. I like to get to know characters when reading a book, but I am always more interested in plot than character development. It felt necessary to examine both parents in this story, but it was sometimes too much, especially in regards to the mother’s career. I loved learning about Claude and his transformation into Poppy. I adored the […]

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Review: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom is a great suspense novel. I read it in just two days. Most suspense stories these days seem to be about single women being pursued by a scary man – boyfriend, husband, stranger – regardless, they all seem the same. This book is quite different. It’s about a woman, Joan, and her 4 year-old son who get trapped inside the zoo when there is a mass shooting. Joan has to try to get herself and her child alive without revealing to him just how dangerous their current situation actually is. I really enjoyed this book. I was sucked into the story right away. […]

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