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Book Review: Once and for All

Synopsis:

Title – Once and for All  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Sarah Dessen (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 6th 2017

Genre –  Young Adult

Summary – Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants. 

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Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

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Book Review: The Hollywood Daughter

The Hollywood Daughter

Synopsis:

Title – The Hollywood Daughter (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Kate Alcott (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 7th 2017

Genre – Fiction; Historical Fiction

Summary – In 1950, Ingrid Bergman–already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc–has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman’s fall shocked her legions of American fans.

Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid, who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity, but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom falls short.

In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid’s affair sets off an international scandal that robs seventeen-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse’s father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse’s eyes are opened to the complex realities of life–and love.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Hollywood Daughter is an intimate novel of self-discovery that evokes a Hollywood sparkling with glamour and vivid drama.

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Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes

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August 2017 Reading Wrap-Ups and Links

August 2017 Wrap-Up and Links

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Reading Wrap-Up

I have to say, I had a pretty good reading month. I read a total of 5 books (4 of which I posted reviews for).

Two books from this month received five-stars!!

  1. The first one was The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Claire. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK! Dystopian world. Forbidden love. Real characters. What more do I have to say? Purchase now –> Amazon • Barnes and Noble

The Divinity Bureau

2. My second 5-star book was The Glass Castle. This isn’t my first time reading it; the second time was just as good as the first! Buy now –>  Amazon • Barnes and Noble

3. I also finallyyyyy finished When Dimple Met Rishi. The cover was just calling me to read it this whole summer (it was on my 2017 Summer Reading List). This was very much your cute YA contemporary. Buy now –>  Amazon • Barnes and Noble

4. Last but not least, I got to picking up a classic this year. I chose The Handmaid’s Tale due to the recent release of the Hulu series of the same name. I was very surprised how easy it was to get through – but I was not prepared for the cliffhanger! Buy now –>  Amazon • Barnes and Noble

What are you reading??

Links I love

NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read – I may be talking to the wrong crowd here, but have you ever hit a reading slump and weren’t sure what to do?

Check out some sources I personally use so I always have a good book to read next! –> Read about them here.

 

A Book You Don’t Want To Admit You’re Dying To Read – Have you ever read a book you were embarrassed to pull out in public?

**raises hand**

If I’m reading a romance book, it is probably best I read it on my phone. Even sometimes I’m hesitant to pull out self-development books in public in case I seem too prudish.

What books don’t you want to admit you’re dying to read? I’d love to know!

 

That’s all folks.

That is all I have for you for the month of August! But before you leave, please sign up for my mailing list! You’ll get notifications of new reviews and obsessions.

And, as always, let me know what you’re reading, what you’d like me to review, and connect with me on the socials!

Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Synopsis:

Title – The Handmaid’s Tale  (Goodreads)

Author – Margaret Atwood (Goodreads)

Published – March 16th 1998

Genre – Classic; Fiction

Summary – Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now… 

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • iTunes •  Target • Walmart

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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

 When Dimple Met Rishi and Where To Purchase

Synopsis:

Title – When Dimple Met Rishi  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Sandhya Menon (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 30th 2017

Genre – Young-Adult Fiction

Summary – Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. 

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • TargetiTunes  • Walmart

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NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read

Have you ever thought, “What book should I read next?”

Don’t have time to scan the New Releases at the bookstore or library?

None of your books on goodreads to-read shelf look appealing?

I’ve got the solution for you:

Book Bloggers!

 

Book Bloggers?

Yes, there are blogs out there that just talk about good books.

(I’m not just talking about my own – there are so many bloggers out there!)

Nobody has enough time to go through all the books coming out now-a-days. Why don’t you let other people do that for you!

You know that friend that you always go to for that delicious recipe she made last week? Or that other friend that keeps you up to-date on the celeb gossip?

Yea, these book bloggers could be THAT friend.

You’ll always know what book to pick up next that is going to hit the spot.

They’ll for sure know what book to read next.

 

Who To Follow

I’ve started my community on Goodreads. So we’ll start there:

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things – follow on Goodreads
    • I found Brittney on goodreads because she reads and reviews just about everything I would.  We’d definitely would be friends in real life.
    • Interests: Matcha tea, Hand Lettering, Being outdoors and surrounded by trees, Reading until I fall asleep
    • Genres: fantasy, historical fiction
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram

 

  • Chelsea Humphrey  – follow on Goodreads
    • Chelsea also reads and reviews just about everything I would. She also shares what her and her kids are reading!
    • Interests: Reading (clearly), Roller Coasters, Traveling, Fitness
    • Genres: Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense and YA fiction
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram

 

  • Anas Attic Book Blog  – follow on Goodreads

    • Anas Attic Book Blog is your go-to for romance and erotica. Looking for one for 99 cents? She’s got you covered as well.
    • Interests:  Books, music and her kids
    • Genres: romantica, contemporary romance, erotic romance, chick lit, some paranormal
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram

 

There are also book reviewers I found via YouTube, such as:

  • Merphy Napier – follow on YouTube
    • Releases videos every Tuesday and Saturday! Want to fan girl with someone? This is your girl. (On top of her regular book videos, I’m following her journey of discovering classic books!)
    • Also side note, she just published her own book, Perfection.
    • Genres: Fiction, classics, fantasy
    • Goodreads profile
    • Youtube

 

  • gabbyreads – follow on YouTube
    • Gabby releases multiple videos a week and you can’t help but smile right along with her. She is also quite active on goodreads.
    • Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller
    • Goodreads profile
    • YouTube


I

could go on and on about other book bloggers / bookstagrammers / goodreads reviewers.

The list is always expanding.

But these ladies are ones I know I can rely on to get me out of that reading slump.

NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read

Do you know of other people who you rely on for book suggestions? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Synopsis:

Title – The Glass Castle  (Goodreads)

Author – Jeannette Walls (Goodreads)

Published – January 17th 2006

Genre – Fiction, Memoir

Summary – The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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Book Review: The Divinity Bureau

The Divinity Bureau

Synopsis:

Title – The Divinity Bureau  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Tessa Clare (Website, Goodreads)

Published – September 21st 2017

Genre – Fiction

Summary – Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… until he meets April McIntyre.

April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all…

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July Reading Wrap-Up and Links

Hello all!

It’s me again and it is the end of July…

July 2017 Reading Wrap-Up and Links

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Reading Wrap-Up

So it doesn’t look like I published many blog posts this month. That is because I didn’t.

Because summer.

I did read lots of books I promise! Just didn’t have a block of time to write down my thoughts.

  • The one review I did publish was Rethinking Positive Thinking. But it wasn’t so much of a review as a book discussion. Check out the video and post where I break down why I wasn’t much of a fan of the book, and other books I recommend instead. Do you agree?
  • This month I did re-read two of my childhood books, though, and wrote little mini-reviews on goodreads about my nostalgia. The two books included The Luxe and The It Girl. Anybody else enjoy these as kids?
  • I did read many many good books this month, some of which include Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Glass Castle. Reviews to come!
  • July also seemed to be the month of good #libraryhauls. I go in to return a book or pick up a hold, and get sucked into the new releases stacks. I’m not the only one, right? Check out my instagram to see my hauls – like here and here. Many that is why I’m not making much of a dent in my 2017 Summer Reading List.

Anyway, many reviews to come – I promise!

Links I Love

  • The Entrepreneur Epidemic – msindependent.net published a well-worded and spot-on blog post about the #girlboss wave that seems to taking over. I am all about the entrepreneurship mindset and workethic, but I absolutely agree it is NOT for everybody. Thoughts?
  • Cnn.com published the 7 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries. These are beautiful! If you travel to any of these places, I’d love to see your pictures. (I personally don’t travel very often and am very contempt with the small local libraries and bookstores.)
  • My last month’s wrap-up included my excitement for The Glass Castle coming to the big screen. (I did re-read the book and the review is going to be hard to write.) Bustle.com published a wonderful post about Jeanette Walls’ struggle with talking about her past (before the book). After the book was published Jeanette found people to be empathic and the necessary wish for the movie to really impact people. Ugh I’m so excited!

What are you reading???

Read THIS Not THAT: Rethinking Positive Thinking Discussion

Hi all! Trying something a bit differently today.

Instead of doing a book review on Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen, I’d thought I’d do some other books I’d recommend instead.

The following books are like Rethinking Positive Thinking. But they are books that I felt I got more out of.

There are three themes that I’d like to pull out and discuss. For each one, I’ve suggested other nonfiction books that I liked reading more than Rethinking Positive Thinking.

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