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Just Published: Reasons for Avoiding Friends by Megan Leavell!

Hey y’all! Just a reminder that Reasons for Avoiding Friends by Megan Leavell published today! Check out the full review here, or grab a copy of your own!

Recommended: Sure
For a quick contemporary read, for a female-friendship story, for a look at alcoholism and falling into patterns even when they don’t make you happy and how to break out of it

Summary

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Growing up, Gwen and Iris were the best of friends, even if they couldn’t have been more different. Now Gwen is living her hometown dream, or so she reminds herself while juggling endless parenting drama, an unemployed husband, and a neighborhood pyramid scheme. Never mind that at age thirty-nine, her social circle still resembles middle school. Her life is everything she ever wanted it to be, but nothing like she had planned.

Iris was never destined for the ordinary. When she moved to Manhattan, she shed her old life for a better one—but not without a cost. From a distance, Iris’s life couldn’t be more charmed, but no one knows about the cracks in the image she’s worked so hard to cultivate. No one knows the real Iris at all. Except for Gwen. But Iris and Gwen haven’t spoken for years. Until…

When Iris’s past catches up with her, she turns to the one person she could always count on—but she isn’t the only one keeping secrets, and as Gwen scrambles to preserve an illusion of domestic bliss, she finds herself wondering when they went from telling each other everything to sharing nothing. Now, a little wiser, and most certainly a little older, Gwen and Iris discover that the truest of friends accept you just as you are, and that loving yourself is sometimes the best way to find happiness.

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September TBR: ABCs and ARCs!

Hey y’all!

I’m starting off this month really excited about a couple of books! No real reason, to be honest… they just sound good and I’m enjoying having time to read them as my house work dwindles. 😊Last month I had a few ARCs on the list, and this month is following suit. To balance it out, there are also a few backlist books that are new to me. My other main goal is reading a few books to finish up my alphabet reading challenge for the year. Up this month: J and N!

More ARCs!

Bad Luck Bridesmaid is about a woman who’s curse always ends up in a failed wedding if she’s in the wedding party. When it’s her best friend heading to the altar, she’s determined to find a way to break her “curse.” Also, SCOTLAND! ^.^

Hello (From Here) is a COVID-19 YA love story. For some people, reading stories set during covid is basically never going to be ok. For me, it’s actually quite welcome. Example: 56 Days!

And Lupina is a comic that looks fascinating. Young girl is orphaned by violence — taken in by a wolf — and seeks revenge. That was enough for me!

My alphabet challenge books!

I love doing the a-z title challenge, and I’m wrapping up two more letters for this year with The Jade Bones and The Never Tilting World. The Jade Bones is the sequel to The Seventh Sun, so I’m excited for that. The Never Tilting World is an older book that I think has floated through my brain before and somehow gotten lost. I don’t know how I forgot about it though, because it sounds awesome!

That’s it for September! Have y’all read any of these books? Which one should I be most excited to start?

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Trimming the TBR: B-tier, identity, and a forgotten gem?? (8/23/21)

Hey y’all!

I’m sure there’s a book tag for this but I cannot find the one I was envisioning! So first off, if anyone happens to know of one, please send it my way. 🙂

My goal here is to check out some books on my TBR (currently ~760) that I have 100% forgotten about. Titles that I see and think “Wow, I could have sworn I had never heard of this book before.” But I’m the one who added it so clearly, I have. Things like that. 😅I want to remind myself about books I was excited to read, and maybe cut some off this list to remove the clutter!

I used Goodreads for this, by sorting my To Read shelf into a random gallery mode and scrolling through covers, making note of ones where I scratched my head trying to remember it. To start, here are six!

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

2 sentence summary:
A girl lives with guilt over the random chance of another girl dying instead of her. As she sorts through this, she also starts a maybe relationship with the dead girl’s boyfriend, which is maybe kind of weird and maybe just a “you know what I’m going through” thing.

This cover reminded me of one I read when I was probably 12 or 13, so I thought it was SUPER OLD at first, but it actually published in 2018. The plot, while pretty grim, also sounds pretty intriguing. I’m curious in the crime part of it — the guy who killed that girl, what happened?? But I’m also curious to the aftermath that it focuses on. The navigation of survivor’s guilt. I probably don’t want that right now, but sometime for sure.

keep 📚

Behind the Fan by Caroline Walken

2 sentence summary: An old woman’s family packs up her life to move her into a nursing home. They learn a lot more of her secrets than ever expected.

This sounds kind of like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and that book was so good that I don’t feel the need to read anything similar to it again, because nothing will top it. The blurb also started off sounding like bad erotica, and the overall writing of the blurb wasn’t very compelling. If the book itself is like that, I’m out. The reviews were all GLOWING, which almost compelled me to give it a try, but they were SO good that it made me suspicious. Like only the author’s friends wrote them or something.

cut 🗡

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This series is hot!! 24 sequels with “Fire” in the title

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I was just messing around today searching book results by random words, and one of them struck me: fire. For some reason, fire seems to be in a lot of titles of books within a series. In particular, books later in a series seem to have the word fire in the title more often than the first book of the series. And, of course, I have a theory as to why. But first: check out how many there are!!!

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2 books down today!

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I had a day of a lot of reading today for the first time in a while. I have a few ARCs that I’ve been approved for and wanted to get down, and I did wrap up one that’s coming out in November.

You’ve Reached Sam it’s a story of grief and recovery, and boy was it sad. I’ve been trying to finish this for months since I got approved, but it’s so painful that I couldn’t read much of it at once.

I broke that up with Skyhunter which was actually an ARC I won last year but received very late due to COVID-19. I finally got around to it and was pleasantly surprised! Nothing in this war fantasy really blew me away with originality, but it read pretty quickly once I got into it.

I’m looking forward to having some more time to read tomorrow! We’re expecting a big storm here, so if we lose power, that’s definitely what I’ll be doing for the day. Wish me luck!

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Fast Forward Friday: The Last Chance Library, 8/31/21!

Hey y’all! In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I like to use Fridays to look forward to an upcoming release that I’m excited about! Today’s is The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson.
Expected Release: August 31, 2021

Why wait on this one?

  • A book about libraries or librarians is catnip for a certain kind of reader: the kind who is me. And many other female contemporary-lit readers. (And probably many others because libraries are dope!) So honestly, even from the name I was giving this one a smile.
  • Classic plot of saving the piece of the town that’s historical and locally loved and maybe a little shabby but in a cozy way.
  • Plus enter an old flame? All the chances for redemption and starting over (yet with a delicious shared history) are June’s to embrace!
  • AND IT’S SET IN ENGLAND. A “sleepy English village” is practically required to host this story.
  • Honestly everything about this sounds not particularly unique or original, but like a new reiteration of a classic tale that I can’t wait to read despite knowing what happens at the end. It’s the journey and the comfort of a happily ever after type ending (I assume!! not a spoiler!!).

Summary

Lonely librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to emerge from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mother.

Joining a band of eccentric yet dedicated locals in a campaign to keep the library, June opens herself up to other people for the first time since her mother died. It just so happens that her old school friend Alex Chen is back in town and willing to lend a helping hand. The kindhearted lawyer’s feelings for her are obvious to everyone but June, who won’t believe that anyone could ever care for her in that way.

To save the place and the books that mean so much to her, June must finally make some changes to her life. For once, she’s determined not to go down without a fight. And maybe, in fighting for her cherished library, June can save herself, too.

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Skyhunter has convinced me!

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I’ve been (finally) reading Skyhunter by Marie Lu. When it was first out, I kept wavering on it, thinking I might love it or hate it. Indecisiveness was rough on this one. I left it to fate’s hands and entered a Goodreads giveaway for it. Amazingly, I actually won it from a Goodreads Giveaway about a year ago (although I didn’t realize it at first)! So I was set to give it a shot!

Ah, but… COVID 19 was in full swing, but not far enough in that people had kind of worked out how to do things despite it. This resulted in a month passing after winning without receiving a book, and then another, and then the release date passing me by, and then ANOTHER month without it…. I did finally get it a while after once I had reached out. By that point, though I was already deep into some other books and my excitement had dimmed for this one.

I did try to start reading it, but the first few chapters didn’t really pull me in right away. And so it has been almost a full year since I won it, and yet I’m only just now reading it!

AND IT HAS BEEN PRETTY GOOD!!! Look, I know I’m a little late to this train, but I’m still excited about it! I went through a lot with this book, and now I’m actually enjoying it. It’s enough to bring a beautiful tear to my eye. 🥰

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Just Published: Replenishing the Sea of Galilee by Wagih Abu-Rish!

Hey y’all! Just a reminder that Replenishing the Sea of Galilee by Wagih Abu-Rish published today! Check out the full review here or grab a copy of your own!

Recommended: yup!!
For folks interested in historical Palestine, for a novel about embracing female sexuality and equality, for sparse language that says a lot

Summary

Replenishing the Sea of Galilee: A Family Saga across Ethnicity, Place, and Religion: A Novel

Replenishing the Sea of Galilee is a sweeping story of love, loss and the power of loyalty in the face of conflicting ideologies and religious beliefs. The story begins in 1940s Palestine where twins Rasheed and Rasheeda Dinar work in their family inns. Educated by a Jesuit priest about the essence of his own Muslim religion, relative to love and sex, Rasheed follows closely the teachings of his mentor and includes Rasheeda, so that she learns those teachings as well.

When Rasheed falls in love with Natalia, a Jewish woman, he is able to apply what he learned from the priest to his budding relationship. However, it is the 1940s, and relations between Arabs and Jews are tense. Before long, those tensions come to a breaking point. Natalia mysteriously disappears, and Rasheed and Rasheeda are chased out of Palestine to Beirut, Lebanon.

Years pass, and though Rasheed continues to miss his beloved Natalia, he gets word of a surprising visitor—someone he didn’t even know existed. Rasheed’s life is upended, but in the most wonderful way.

As the Dinar family expands and enters the 1970s, their convictions are tested. In a dramatic final scene, the family reunites and proves once again that the thin line separating people because of their differences is powerless against the strength of family, love, and loyalty.