Review: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

I was so excited to read Laura Dave’s newest book because I loved Eight Hundred Grapes so much when I read it couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like Hello, Sunshine. The main character, Sunshine, has lied her way into her own YouTube cooking series, A Little Sunshine. She’s got a book deal, and she’s about to have her own Food Network TV show…until she gets hacked. Someone shares the truth of her origins and her affair with her producer, and then everything falls apart. There were two things I didn’t like about this book, and almost nothing that I did like. First, Sunshine loses everything […]

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Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House is a decent family drama. The wives of brothers live in a two-family house in Brooklyn in the 1940s. One has only girls and one has only boys, so when they both go into labor in the middle of a snow storm while their husbands are out of town, they switch babies thinking it could solve all of their problems. Instead it marks the beginning of the end. I enjoyed the plot of this book. I love family drama, especially when it involves sisters and/or children, but something about this book just didn’t work for me. I read it a couple of […]

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Review: Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey is a memoir about a couple who opened their own pizza place in Seattle. Or at least that’s what I was expecting it to be about. What I was not expecting was for it to be written by the wife who had very little involvement in the restaurant that her husband was starting. What I also didn’t expect was for there to be so many recipes in the book. I guess since it’s kind of a food memoir that shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. And because I was listening to this book on audio, I couldn’t really skip over the recipes. This book […]

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Review: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

I borrowed While We Were Watching Downton Abbey because it was available on audio on Overdrive when I randomly searched the available books one day. I almost never borrow books without placing a hold or at least picking them off of my TBR list. But this book caught my eye because of the Downton Abbey reference, and I enjoyed it. Edward, the concierge of a high rise condo building, organizes a weekly Sunday night viewing of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey in preparation for the start of season 3. Three women from the building meet there and become good friends despite their different places in life. […]

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Review: The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

The Almost Sisters was so much more than I was expecting. Joshilyn Jackson is known for her Southern women’s fiction. There’s always romance and family drama, but this book had so much more. Let’s start with the main character: Leia Birch Briggs. I loved her! She’s a comic book artist who hosts weekly board game nights and regularly attends comic conventions. Can I be friends with her? Seriously. My husband and I host monthly board game nights, and he just built a gaming table for our living room. Guess what Leia has in her dining room? A gaming table! I couldn’t believe it. I love when […]

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Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

I’d heard so many great things about The Royal We, but I wasn’t sure whether I would like it. Sure, I love Julia Stiles’ The Prince & Me and The Princess Diaries, but I didn’t follow the romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton at all. I remember thinking people were crazy for taking off from work to watch their wedding. Well, I’m so glad I gave this book a chance because I loved it! The romance between Bex and Nick was totally adorable. I especially loved their early days at Oxford. And I thoroughly enjoyed all of the drama between Bex and her twin sister, Lacey, from […]

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Review: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

The Boy Is Back (Boy #4) by Meg Cabot

I absolutely loved The Boy Is Back. It’s technically the fourth book in a series, but I think the series is more about writing style and title. The characters in this book are completely new. The night of their prom something happened between Becky and Reed, and they haven’t seen each other in 10 years. Reed is now a professional golfer, who’s supposed to be headed to Orlando for a big tournament. But when Reed’s parents are arrested for trying to buy a restaurant meal with a vintage postage stamp, he has to come home and help deal with their situation. Becky is the senior moving […]

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Review: Getting Off On Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards

Getting Off on Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards

There is something about Megan Edwards writing that hooked me in right away. This book is the first in a new mystery series. Copper Black is a lowly reporter who happens to get wrapped up in a murder investigation. She’s young and eager with amazing connections. I liked her right away. While at a party with her priest brother, she scores a story about an elite private school. Little does she know that she will stumble upon the body of Marilyn Weaver, the school’s founder, later the next day. There is a lot going on in this book. It sets up well for a series, […]

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Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

The Museum of Extraordinary Things was not a good fit for me. It was recommended to me by a coworker, and when she described the side-show museum, I immediately wanted to read it. I love books about the circus, and a museum of oddities is kind of like a circus, right? Sadly, this book was too character-driven for my taste. There just wasn’t enough plot. The book jumps back and forth between past and present and between two main characters. Coralie is living on Coney Island with her father. She has been appearing as the Mermaid Girl in his museum since she was ten years old. Eddie […]

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Review: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind is a fascinating look into the difference between liberal and conservative political and religious views. It really helped me a lot in my quest to understand what’s happening in America with the election of Trump and the continued rampant persecution of minorities. Haidt uses metaphors to explain his theories, all based in evolutionary psychology. This book is probably one of the best organized non-fiction books I’ve ever read. Each chapter starts with a introduction to what will be covered and contains a quick recap of the ideas presented. The whole book is well organized and Haidt gives explanations of why he’s laid things […]

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