This book was SO much fun to read and seriously needs to be made into a movie like STAT! I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed reading a book as much as I did with this one. It has the perfect rom-com formula and is full of witty banter that will make you LOL. .
Olive Torres and Ethan Thomas go on an all expenses paid honeymoon to Maui. But they aren’t married and it isn’t their honeymoon. You see, Olive’s twin sister Ami married Ethan’s younger brother, Dane; However, both Ami and Dane got sick with ciguatera food poisoning at their wedding and are unable to attend their honeymoon. So the deal is, Olive and Ethan go on this honeymoon under the ruse as being Ami & Dane so they don’t lose out and have to fork over thousands of dollars. Olive & Ethan historically can’t stand each other, though. While in Maui, those feelings change and they become crazy about each other. However, Ethan reveals some secrets to Olive about his brother that would devastate her twin sister. She doesn’t want this issue to come between her and Ethan but she can’t not tell her sister about it either.
The ending might be predictable given that it’s a rom-com, but it’s such a fun ride the entire time and it really made me want to get out of this cold Midwestern winter and go to Hawaii with the hubby.
The weather here in Florida lately has been very foggy, drizzly, and all around very Pacific Northwest-y. Reminds me lately of the past 19 years I lived up in Washington so, decided it was time to curl up in bed with a true crime novel that accord in my old home state. 🌿Current Read: If You Tell by @greggolsen 🌿
Riptides by Kristen Alexander @penguinrandomhouse .
In 1974, in country Queensland, Charlie Campbell forces a car off an unlit and rarely travelled dirt road into a tree, killing the pregnant driver. The crash wakes Charlie’s sister, Abby, who’d been sleeping in the passenger seat next to him. They were heading to their father’s farm.
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The Life You Stole, the unforgettable and stunning conclusion to The Life Duet from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!
. Sex. Lies. Revenge. On the heels of a devastating loss, Evelyn fights to put her life back together.
Only … part of her husband belongs to another woman, and the devil owns her soul.
. “If you tell her the lie, I will tell her the truth.”
. When her best friend goes to great lengths to protect Evelyn from destruction and devastation, mistakes are made, lines are crossed, and all trust is shattered.
. “We weren’t unbreakable. I just needed to believe we weren’t unrepairable.”
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0 21 hour ago
Meet Clark! ❤️ Just like his signature whiskey, he's harsh, wickedly delicious & spicy. 🥃 Pair him with a sweet as a macaroon, cardigan-wearing schoolteacher ... is that a perfect mix or an absolute disaster?
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Stella just needs a little help with the dating game- she is more into work, and doesn’t really enjoy the idea of sharing her routine with others. But after awhile, she can’t imagine not having Michael, or his family, in her life.
This book is wholly predictable and very “beach-read”-y, but a good distraction read for those of us who get stuck reading too many thrillers/tru-crime novels 😂 I think it is good for what it is.
3 102 hours ago
#RebelAngels by #LibbaBray (feat. kitkat) is a book I've had for FOREVER. Have you guys tried this series or the author at all?
I picked this book up from my local library’s book store the other day and am looking forward to reading it (eventually...🤷🏼♀️).
❓Have you ever been to Paris⁉️ If so, what do you remember most about it❓
I went a couple years ago and walked 13 miles around the city in a day. I saw so many sights and ate so many paninis and it was lovely.
👁 Can you spy the lotion bar (by @naturalpurehonest) in this photo? Have you used one before?? I haven’t! This one looks and smells great and I’m excited to try it!
🤍lotion bar was included in @unpluggedbookbox ‘s February YA box. Use code: FICTIONUNPLUG10 in their shop!🤍
writing fiction 👏🏼 I don’t read many non-fiction books but this one was gifted to me by a lovely friend as they thought it would be beneficial to my writing. I have it on my bedside to flip through in those moments when writers block hits hard 📖
QOTD: What was the last book you read that merges humor with serious topics?
AOTD: No surprises here, it’s Queenie! .
REVIEW: QUEENIE BY CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS
What I thought was going to be a Bridget Jones-esque book about a 20-something black woman in London turned out to be all of the above, plus an insightful commentary on racism (subtle and not-so-subtle) and anxiety.
Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.
As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.
When this book begins, you can see why it’s been compared to Bridget Jones’s Diary—Queenie is self-deprecating, hilarious, and all-around hopeless. But as we follow her story further, it’s clear that Queenie’s terrible, often infuriating decisions are rooted in more serious issues than we saw initially.
Not only does Queenie face racism, ignorance, and sexism on a daily basis, but she suffers from a severe lack of self-esteem and high-functioning anxiety. My favorite part of this book was its exploration of how anxiety can manifest, and how we may not realize that there’s something wrong until it escalates to a point of severity.
This book tackles so many important topics— not only racism and the merging of cultures in London, but toxic friends and boyfriends, family relationships, and of course, managing anxiety and mental health.
I highly recommend this book if any of the above interests you.
Have you read this? What were your thoughts?
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Este libro me hizo sentir demasiado cerca de casa en tantos niveles, y demasiado lejos de él en otros. Se siente muy mexicano de hecho. La familia de Julia es muy unida, Olga era la hija perfecta porque siempre quiso quedarse en casa y cuidar de sus padres, y Julia es la oveja negra porque quiere irse y convertirse en una escritora. Entiendo por qué sus padres siempre tienen miedo y nunca salen de su zona de confort. Debe ser completamente aterrador dejar su hogar sin nada y con la esperanza de mejorar un poco en otro lugar, donde ni siquiera hablan el idioma.
Y también entiendo a Julia. Me da frustración y por qué se siente enojada porque su madre no la deja salir y la quiere allí todo el tiempo. Ella aún es adolescente pero, a diferencia de sus padres, ha crecido en otro país y obviamente quiere más. (Reseña completa en el blog)
Books I read recently and a short review. 🤓📚 Starting from the bottom: 1️⃣ I started off liking this book because I enjoyed immersing myself in 1930s New York but I ended up being a bit confused by the point of this book and where it was meant to go. There didn’t really seem to be a purpose and there were several parts that were boring and also several parts where the author switches to a different character’s point of view and I just didn’t get it. I don’t know what the author was trying to do, but it started off at a 4/5, went to a 2, and then kind of finished at a 1. 2️⃣ This book was interesting as I didn’t know about all the serial killers in London, Ontario and didn’t know about this specific case. If you like true crime you might enjoy it. With that being said, I don’t think it’s the BEST example of true crime out there. I wish the author would have 1 ) told all the information in a linear way vs. telling it broken down by person in a linear way and 2 ) hadn’t made her own story and observations part of it. I get that she’s a resident of London but I really didn’t care about random stuff like her cousins went to summer camp with some kids who were related to a suspicious man who didn’t get charged with the crime. 3️⃣ Nope. This book is trying way too hard to be vile and obscene and it’s just over the top. I cringed reading this and don’t understand how this is sold as a comedy? Where is the humour? This book tried to be shocking by being homophobic, racist, and sexist/misogynistic and it really wasn’t for me. 4️⃣ Next up? I’m about to start A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
Happy Thursday! Today, Elaine takes you back to your childhood, to bedtime stories filled with colorful pictures and fierce words, in her discussion of Noelle Stevenson's YA graphic novel, Nimona. Let's explore Nimona's medieval/contemporary fantasy realm together!
If you'd like to pick up your own copy of Nimona, please check out the link in my bio! It comes at no extra cost to you and it really helps out the channel!
For twelve long years, I’ve breathed, I’ve bled for only one thing…
Four men took something from me, something which can never be replaced. That one night changed the lives of so many and taught me that monsters are real.
But I also learned I’m the biggest monster of them all.
Nothing and no one will stand in my way of redemption because those men…they’re now three. The fourth—he is the reason they call me Bullseye. They can run, but sooner or later, I’ll find them, just as I did with their friend. They’re already dead…they just don’t know it yet.
My plan was simple until I met her. A fierce tiger who had the power to break my heart. Lucky for me…she can’t break what’s already broken. I am no longer a man because the world is a jungle, and we’re all just animals—ready to tear one another apart.
🎯𝐁𝐔𝐋𝐋𝐒𝐄𝐘𝐄: Book One🎯
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𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Dark Romance
𝘊𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘭: Andrew England @andrewengland88
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𝘊𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘦𝘳: Sommer Stein—Perfect Pear Creative Covers
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Release date: February 20th
Book Two: Coming April 30th
𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐛 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲 𝐍𝐎𝗪!
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1 113 hours ago
I.. don't even know where to start with this one.
I'VE GROWN SO ATTACHED TO THESE CHARACTERS AND I'M TRYING SO HARD NOT TO CRY RIGHT NOW so bear with me if I sound a little emotional.
synopsis: after Benjamin comes out to their parents as non-binary, they kick them out. The only person they can think to call is their long-estranged sister who left home 10 years ago and who they haven't heard from since.
Their journey to self-discovery starts from there.
Among the many important subjects discussed in the book are: mental-health, what it means to be non-binary, how hard it is to come to terms with who you are when you're constantly scared of being rejected, and what it feels like to fall in love for the first time and have it scare the living shit out of you!
Things I loved:
-The relationship between Benjamin and Nathan, despite them being completely platonic (because these idiots can't admit they're head over-heels for each other) was so fucking adorable. I love how the notion of them holding hands and being physically affectionate was so normalized, LIKE FUCK YEAH.
GENDER NORMS WHO? WE👏🏻 DON'T 👏🏻 KNOW 👏🏻 HER 👏🏻
-I loved how real Benjamin seemed for someone who just went through something completely traumatic. In most books the issue is quickly put away and often not addressed until later, and we usually don't see any permanent effect on the character, and I got so used to it that at some point I thought "why's Benjamin so quiet and isolated and refuses to just tell people how they feel?" and then realized, well, their entire life just got turned upside down so it only seems reasonable. And that just felt so real and raw.
-OH AND we got a badass non-binary Muslim in the book AND THEY'RE A GODDAMN ICON.
As @beckyalbertalli said: "this book will save lives."
It's gonna be important to so many people, and it sucks that books like these are rarely written or discussed, but @mason_deaver created something for the ages, and many people are gonna be so thankful to them after seeing themselves represented in this.
AND it was so wholesome and informative AND FUNNY!
EVERYBODY GO READ THIS RN!
“I asked where he’d lived before Hong Kong. He said he’d read history at Oxford. People who’d gone to Oxford would tell you when it wasn’t the question. Then, like ‘everyone’, he’d gone to the City. ‘Which city?’ I asked. Julian assessed whether women made jokes, decided we did, and laughed.”
A shrewd, witty and assured debut, Exciting Times is the story of Irish expat Ava as she stumbles through a love triangle with banker Julian and lawyer Edith. Largely interested in the power dynamics and dependency of intimacy, as well as deftly capturing the insecurity of a burgeoning relationship, Naoise Dolan writes fluently on the nuances of human connection.
A key preoccupation of the narrative stems from Ava’s position as a TEFL teacher, prompting her to consider the significance of Irish English and ‘standard’ English both professionally and domestically. It was fascinating to sit on Ava’s shoulder and jostle alongside her thoughts as she parsed nearly every interaction she had for multiplicity of meaning or any cause for differing interpretations. A refreshing callback to a module I studied during my MA (literature and the politics of language), Ava’s interest in the slipperiness of language peppered the novel with intelligent and genuinely funny observations about the way we articulate and present ourselves, aligning with the school of thought that language itself is inherently a tool of class.
Engaging, intelligent and frequently piercing, this is a remarkable novel, and I’m exceedingly keen to see what Naoise writes next. Thank you so much @orionbooks for my copy ✨✨ #gifted
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What's one food that you eat too often and you or the people in your life think you need a break from? I sent this photo to my mom a few minutes ago and she proceeded to tell me how I eat too much croissants and will soon be a walking talking buttery french pastry if I don't give them up. But I'm a vegetarian who gave up all animal products except cheese on pizza and pastries so croissants and donut holes are two of my indulgences. I may be eating too many of them a week but can you blame me? They're so flippin' delicious! And they're really pretty to photograph.
I've been meaning to follow new fun accounts for weeks but I don't know where to begin so I could really use your help. What are some of your favourite accounts? It doesn't matter if they are book related or Lifestyle or even beauty. I'm open to all types of accounts so please help me out by recommending a few to me.
Book Review: Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3 ) by Lauren Layne
I am sad to see The Central Park Pact series ending. All three books were so good, but I enjoyed Audrey and Clarke's story the best of all. I think partly it's because I had been anticipating their story from the first book.
Clarke and Audrey are best friends. Due to an Instagram troll and Clarke using Audrey as an excuse, their fake engagement begins. I found this to be different from other fake engagement stories as it seemed more open. Audrey told her family and close friends that it wasn't real, so it was more honest--if that even makes sense. It seems like everyone around them knows that they are destined to be together, except for them.
I love Lauren Layne's writing She is excellent at portraying both the emotion and humor. This is not to be missed for romance fans.
Thank you to Gallery Books, Tasty Book PR, and NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone.” .
Still Me by Jojo Moyes ⭐️⭐️
SUMMARY: Louisa’s back, but this time, she’s taking on the big apple 🍎 .
REVIEW: If I’m being brutally honest, this book didn’t need to happen. Neither did book two. This series should have stayed a stand alone. The romance JoJo Moyes gave us in Me Before You was amazing. It was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. By adding these two books, which were totally flat in comparison, it kind of dampens the original book. The problem with these books, especially Still Me, is Sam. Sure, he’s a perfectly nice guy but he’s also totally forgettable. There’s nothing passionate or swoon worthy about their relationship. As a couple they were especially hard to root for in Still Me. Anything I liked about him from After You seemed to have disappeared and we were left with a wet blanket of a love interest. I also feel like Louisa had lost some of charm by this book. She just doesn’t show that much character growth over the course of the series. Her quirkiness was endearing in the first book but by the end of the series it felt almost like a gimmick. I think Me Before You is definitely worth the read, but I’d pass on the other two. .
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