Review & Interview: The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope is an incredibly raw and honest memoir about having the courage to go after a dream. After establishing her career and acquiring everything she always thought she wanted out of life, Kim Dinan realized that she wasn’t happy. She didn’t want that life. She wanted to quit her job to travel the world and write. And she was able to convince her husband to support her in this journey. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. With the help of some amazing friends, Kim and Brian’s plans expanded to include giving away money to whomever they chose while traveling the world. This […]

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Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost is a really fun read. Aubree has just graduated from high school, but she’s never been anywhere. She’s set to start college in the fall in her hometown. Her sister, Elizabeth, the perfect one, gets arrested for hosting underage drinkers at Aubree’s graduation party. When she concocts a crazy plan to have Aubree to fill in for her as a tour guide in Europe for the summer, Aubree is less than thrilled. But feeling responsible for her sister’s situation, she reluctantly agrees. Aubree is soon in Europe with a Spanish-speaking bus driver and a small group of senior citizens who are expecting her to […]

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Review: The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennett by Natasha Farrant

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet is such a fun read. You know I love Jane Austen, and of course Pride and Prejudice is her best known work. Lydia Bennet is the youngest and most annoying sister in that story. Natasha Farrant has taken that character and filled in the gaps in her story. Austen never told us how Lydia ends up running off with Wickham. Farrant has imagined a very interesting twist. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Because I knew how things ended up for Lydia, I wasn’t expecting some much suspense. Farrant made me feel for Lydia and even […]

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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 was a great suspense story, and it made me want to go on another cruise. Lo, a travel journalist, gets a break when her pregnant boss cannot go on the maiden voyage of a new, small, luxury cruise ship, The Aurora Borealis. The night before the journey, Lo’s apartment is broken into, so she’s a little on edge. When she witnesses something strange happening in the cabin next door in the dead of night, no one believes her. She begins to go a little crazy, and she doesn’t know who to trust. This book was written so well. I didn’t […]

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Review: Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling is such an intense read. I have always loved watching gymnastics – whether it was live Olympics or just TV shows or movies about gymnastics. This book was only my second experience reading about gymnasts. Wow. The whole book takes places over only two days, the US Olympic Trials. Twelve girls are competing, but the book only focuses on 5 of them. You know that part in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Hermione tries to explain Cho Chang’s feelings to Ron and Harry (because she was crying while kissing Harry)? That’s what this book is like. Each chapter takes you into […]

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Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants was an amazing audiobook. The whole book is written as a case file, so it’s interviews and journal entries performed by a full cast audio (Audible version). It took about an hour for me to understand what exactly was happening in the story, but then I was hooked. Pieces of a giant metal robot have been found on Earth, and they’re suspected to be the remains of aliens on Earth thousands (or maybe millions) of years ago. The main players in the story are the lead scientist, a mathematician, and a couple of military pilots. And the un-named interviewer. It’s so interesting! I don’t […]

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

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. She has the gift of storytelling. All of her books contain artfully constructed webs of plot and tremendously likable characters. This book is pretty wonderful, although it skews a little more towards character development than plot. Evelyn Hugo has been the star of Hollywood for many generations, and she’s finally ready to share her story with the world – including the truth about her seven marriages. She selects Monique Grant seemingly out of nowhere. Through a series of meetings, Monique learns all the intricate details of Evelyn’s life, and the catch is that she has to write […]

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Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving is a great YA suspense novel. On the first day of kindergarten six students went missing, and now 11 years later five of them return. They cannot remember where they’ve been, but they act like normal teenagers, so obviously they’ve grown up relatively normally somewhere. This story sucked me right in. I was so intrigued and curious about what could have happened to these kids. The story is told in alternating perspectives – Scarlett and Lucas,two of the kids who have returned, and Avery, the younger sister of the boy who never came back. Scarlett’s mother is convinced the kids were abducted by […]

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Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress is absolutely adorable in all its geek-romance glory. Billy and his best friends, Alf and Clark, are obsessed with Vanna White. It’s 1987, and they need to get their hands on the new issue of Playboy magazine because it has naked pictures of America’s sweetheart. They hatch a plan that involves buttering up the store owner’s daughter, Mary. Billy is selected for that job, but maybe he doesn’t want to use Mary. Mary is the only other person who’s interested in programming computer games like Billy is. And when she tells him about a computer game competition for students, run by Billy’s idol, he […]

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Review: Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe is completely unbelievable, but super cute. Harper Scott, descendent of the famous Antarctic explorer, Robert Falcon Scott, is having a rough time, so she runs away to Antarctica. Her mother’s graduate student gets her into an exclusive high school study program for “Winter Over”, the dark winter time in Antarctica when no planes come in or out. The story is told in alternating chapters in past and present. In the past we learn about Harper’s plan to be a professional ballerina and everything that happened with her best friend, Kate. In the present Harper helps Charlotte with her penguin studies and […]

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