March Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month

Happy March!!! ๐ŸŒปย Spring is only 20 days away!!!!!!

There are so many great things happening this month; I’m going on three (!) business trips (renting cars with a business account makes me feel SO grown up lemme tell ya), I’m going to the beach (it will be cold, but it’s still the ~beach~), I’m celebrating my birthday (I am old ๐Ÿ˜ญ), and SO MANY GREAT BOOKS COME OUT!! (that I can’t afford because I am broke!!)

This is structured a little differently from my January book birthdays post. For my first post, I really wanted to focus on fewer books so I could provide summaries. Ultimately, it was difficult to narrow down only a select amount of books, and when I sat down to write a post for February I kept procrastinating it because I didn’t know which books to pick and I just ultimately never posted it because I felt like it was no longer relevant (which was honestly dumb on my part because why would it no longer be relevant…? idk).

Instead, I’d like to include just a brief sampling with a larger selection of books. I still ended up weeding out a few I was like “cool” over but not “omg I NEED this” over you feel ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Anyway, I have a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card and about $400 worth of books on this list so either I’m going to burn a hole through my library card this month orrrr maybe I’ll just starve? (seriously though how do people afford to pay rent AND eat at the same time is there some kind of cheat code I am missing?)

I’ve set up this book with the title, author, and cover, along with the age range, genre, vague location and time period (when applicable) and approximate page count. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Daisy Jones & The SixDaisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Adult
Historical Fiction (USA, 1960s)
368 pages

 

GingerbreadGingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
Adult
Magical Realism (England)
272 pages

 

The Island of Sea WomenThe Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Adult
Historical Fiction (Korea, 1930s-present day)
384 pages Continue reading “March Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month”

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Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Predictions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Goodreads Choice Awards!!!!!!!

Seriously I LIVE for these awards and I cannot wait to see the results!

I thought it would be fun (for me, and maybe for you who knows!!) to make a list of my winning predictions and see if I’m right! Originally I was going to wait to write/post this until after the winners were announced but then how would people know if I was being honest or not?? I mean, as a lifetime (professional) Girl Scout I know that I am honest and fair but still.

So I’m posting this now, before voting ends and the results are announced. I might go back and update this later with the winners, or I might make a short follow-up post. We’ll see! I’m kind of winging this whole thing (aka this post is a Hot Mess).

Side-note: My own personal philosophy is that I feel weird voting for books I haven’t read. Therefore, there are some (actually quite a few) categories that I didn’t vote in at all; this may be because the books I’ve read didn’t make it into the final round, or because I just didn’t read any book from that category!! (The Goodreads Choice Awards are also a rude awakening for just how many new releases I buy but never read!!)

I’ve organized this post by category in order of how they appear on Goodreads, with my original and current vote, along with my prediction and a brief note.

Fiction:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Prediction: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This category honestly could’ve been anything. I was close to picking Hank Green’s novel, but since it just came out a few months ago, I figured that many people hadn’t read it.

 

Mystery & Thriller:

Original Vote: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton

Prediction: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

For this section I went off gut instinct based on the popularity of the authors. Stephen King could be another potential winner, but I feel like this book got a ton of hype.

 

Historical Fiction:

Current Vote: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Prediction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The first book I actually voted for in the final round!! Not to toot my own horn, but I do believe this book will win. Kristin Hannah got a ton of hype surroundingย The Nightingale and I think this carried over to this book as well. Continue reading “Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Predictions”

5 Books About Summer Camp I Need to Read Before Summer Camp

It’s halfway through May which means I am one month away from being at camp for the summer!!

To curb my excitement, I’ve curated a list of all the books I want be read before I ship myself of to my cabin in the woods for the summer, but let’s be real I’ll be lucky if I even get to read one of them, let alone all.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren

The Firelight Girls

The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? This is the question that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It’s also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there’s Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn’t spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival.

I picked this up in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble and I’ve been gearing up to read it ever since. From the summary I can tell the authors knows and understands summer camp, meaning this will be filled with lots of squeal-inducing moments. Continue reading “5 Books About Summer Camp I Need to Read Before Summer Camp”

Recommended Reading: 5 Picks for Spring

Spring officially arrives in three days and I CAN NOT wait! We are barreling towards the summer!!!

I’m a big believer that weather affects our mood. As a mood reader, my book picks of the month tend to coincide with the season.

Spring reading for me means a mix between classics and contemporaries. For this recommended reading list, I chose authors that have beautiful writing styles.

I’ve chosen five of my favorite spring books, ranging from historical fiction, classics, and non-fiction.

Covers are linked to their Goodreads profile, summaries are excerpted from Goodreads profiles

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn

For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliantโ€”a part of a future that belonged to them.ย But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared.

Whoever designed the cover got the story’s aesthetic down PAT. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy April weekend in preparation for the summer weather. This is a beautifully lyrical read that is pretty short but not entirely linear.ย  Continue reading “Recommended Reading: 5 Picks for Spring”

Seasonal Reading Guide: 5 of the Best Books for Fall

After WEEKS of cringing every time I saw an “it’s fall!!!!” post on social media, I can finally join the rest of the world in my excitement for cooler weather and beautiful scenery.

Fall used to be my favorite season before summer stole it’s rightful spot in my heart. Still, the months of June through December are the best months of the year (fight me).

Fall is the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with a cat or two, a cup of tea, an oversized hand-me-down sweater, and a nice brick.

I’m an hardcore mood reader; often my reviews on books depend on whether or not it was the right time for me to read it. Fall is the perfect time for me to read those books those denser picks that I’ve been putting off reading during the summer in favor of something lighter. It’s like when restaurants put away their summer salads (aka light, fruity books) for some nice tomato soup and maybe a grilled cheese (something warmer, heavier, and maybe a little savory).

In the fall, my go-to picks are usually something long, weird, and/or suspenseful.ย  Continue reading “Seasonal Reading Guide: 5 of the Best Books for Fall”

Top 5 Recommended Books

In October 2016 I reached a lifelong dream of mine: to work at Barnes and Noble.

I ended up probably spending at least a third of my paycheck on books (while ringing me up one of the cashiers told me I bought the most books out of any other employee). My bookshelf took a dive for the messier (but also for the better, so whatever).

I spent a good chunk of time doling out book recommendations to customers and found out two main underlining lesson:

  1. I have weird tastes in books that basically no one understands or agrees with.
  2. Most people don’t read??????

Most of the time customers looking for recommendations had something along the lines of:

“The last book I read wasย Wild right when the movie came out.”

“I need a book for my niece/nephew but they don’t really read and I don’t really read either.”

“My teacher says I need a book that was written in the past 5 years but I only like to read books about high school girls.”

(These were all real events.)

In the end, I had about five go-to books in my back pocket to pull out for the most difficult customers. Continue reading “Top 5 Recommended Books”