Book Review: Gem & Dixie

Gem & Dixie Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Gem & Dixie  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Sara Zarr (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 4th 2017

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie—on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep. 

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11 Favorite Books From 2017

11 of my Favorite Books From 2017

I should open this list by saying that these are books I’ve read in 2017 – but all of the books on this list are written in either 2016 or 2017!  (Apparently I’m a half of year behind.)

Whether they are published in 2016 or in 2017, they are still great books that I recommend any year you pick them up!

If you are struggling this holiday to figure out what to get a family member or friend who enjoys a good book, any of these would work as a great gift!

Are you personally looking for a good book to get yourself out of reading funk and back into the reading groove? All books below are ones I highly recommend!

 

On my list this year, I’ve got 2 fiction, 5 young adult, and 4 non-fiction (2 of which are memoirs).

Let’s get to it!

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2017 Book Recommendations

Fiction

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Published October 11th 2016

Can Jodi Picoult write a bad book? I don’t think she can. Obviously, Small Great Things is a wonderfully written novel. But I think that this is the most relevant, relate-able, and most important piece of work by Picoult. Full Review >

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Winc Wine

Nothing pairs better with a good book than a glass of wine.

Okay, this could be argued depending on what time of day it is. Steaming coffee in hand is usually the way to go in the morning.

However, picture this: unwinding after a long day at work with a page-turner, rose lavender bath salts in the tub, and a heavenly glass of wine.

Personally, my wine tastes started with the $6.99 bottles of wine from Aldis. (Which doesn’t actually sound that bad after finding out Aldi’s Rose was voted best in the world!)

Recently I’ve started trying different kinds of wine. My favorites are the dry reds, but sometimes I bring home sweet whites for my husband to try too.

Winc

I stumbled across winc.com, a way to try different wines delivered straight to the doorstep.

The bottles start at $13 and if you get 4+ bottles, shipping is free. They can mix and match the wine based on your preferences, or you can pick the bottles yourself.

Now I don’t know about you, but jumping from my $6.99 Aldi’s bottles to $13 was questionable. I wasn’t sure it was worth it.

But I decided to try it out this past month. I received a $20 coupon. If you divide that by 4 bottles, they came out to be $8 per bottle!

You can ask my husband: I was beyond excited to get my first delivery! I ordered on a Monday and the order came on a Friday.

The only crappy part was that a person over 21 years had to sign for the package. I missed the delivery on the Friday but was able to sign for it on Saturday. (If that wasn’t an option for me, I could have picked it up from the delivery company.)

All four of my bottles were wonderful and I will definitely be ordering from winc.com again!

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Book Review: Such a Rush

Such A Rush Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Such a Rush  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jennifer Echols (Website, Goodreads)

Published – July 10th 2012

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

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Book Review: Without Merit

Without Merit Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Without Merit  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 3rd 2017

Genre – New Adult Fiction

Summary –  The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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Book Review: It Ends With Us

It End With Us Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – It Ends With Us  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – August 2nd 2016

Genre – New Adult Fiction

Summary –  Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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Book Review: Roar

Roar Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Roar (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Cora Carmack (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 13th 2017

Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Summary – In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

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Book Review: Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Letters to the Lost  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Brigid Kemmerer  (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 4th 2017

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Synopsis:

Title – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Taylor Jenkins Reid (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 13th 2017

Genre – Fiction

Summary – From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

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Book Review: Last Exit to Montauk

Last Exit to Montauk Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Last Exit to Montauk  (Goodreads)

Author – Phillip Vega (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 26th 2017

Genre – Love Story

Summary – It’s the late 1980s, summertime, on the North Shore of Long Island. The air stirs with possibilities as it often does during this time of year. And so begins the romance between one Hispanic seventeen-year-old male, on the verge of manhood and ready to conquer the world, and one beautiful and intelligent young woman named B. It is much more than romance, though. B will forever become a part of this young man’s soul. He will never forget her.

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