Book Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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Publish Date: January 2, 2018 by William Morrow

“Memory, like so much else, is unreliable. Not only for what it hides and what it alters,  but also for what it reveals.”  – Anna Funder

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“There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.” – Anonymous

This book has a lot of buzz! At the time of this writing it has a 4.11 of 5 rating on Goodreads, with 24,054 ratings and 3,953 written reviews. That is impressive.

It took awhile for me to get ahold of this one. My library has 54 copies but 263 holds on the e-book!

I read that this book hit the New York Times bestseller list even before it was released.

Synopsis:

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her days and nights drinking merlot, popping powerful uppers/downers/sleeping pills, watching classic mystery movies, and spying on her neighbors with her Nikon camera on zoom.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems. Continue reading “Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn”

Musings

7 Must See Book Trailers

Book Trailer

I’m fascinated by book trailers. They seem like an inventive way to bring a book to life. Book trailers are relatively new additions to the literary world.

What is a book trailer, anyway?

A book trailer is a short video teaser for a book. The video can consist of live action, animation, scrolling text on a black background, or anything that captures the attention of the viewer.

Fun Facts about Book Trailers

  1. Book trailers have been around since 2002.
  2. Readers are 64% more likely to purchase a book if they see a book trailer that effectively promotes it.
  3. Book trailers create more buzz about a book and help with marketing it.
  4. Book trailers are short and sweet – usually less than a minute each.
  5. They can be a combination of still photos, live action video, with text and music.
  6. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, a moving picture is priceless!
  7. Authors and publishers can hire companies to produce a book trailer that generates buzz about a book prior to its release.

Where can I find Book Trailers?

Many book trailers are posted on YouTube. There are 1 billion users that watch YouTube videos, and 4 billion video views daily.

There is also a really cool site called Trailershelf. It’s a curated site, dedicated to showcasing book trailers to help readers find good books to read. You can explore videos by genre, most popular, staff picks, and more. Check it out.

7 Books That I’ve Read Lately with Book Trailers

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

Are there any book trailers that you recommend?

Book Review, NetGalley

My First Cookbook Review! The Pesto Cookbook by Olwen Woodier

The Pesto Cookboo

Publish Date: April 17, 2018

This is my first cookbook review! I really enjoyed it.

Thank you to NetGalley, Storey Publishing, and Olwen Woodier for a preview of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Look at that beautiful cover. So many bright, vivid colors. Fresh herbs. This cover is definitely eye catching. It makes you want to pick up that spoon and have a taste of that pesto. Yum!

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This book is a comprehensive guide to pestos. It begins with the basic pesto recipe and then that’s where it gets interesting. Continue reading “My First Cookbook Review! The Pesto Cookbook by Olwen Woodier”

Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen

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Publish Date: April 10, 2018

Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.” – Reid Hoffman

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. 

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Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, Sophia of Silicon Valley is a story of a professional woman storming the corridors of geek power and—and the price of living in the shadows of its eccentric maestros.

The daughter of successful Taiwanese immigrants, Sophia Young has always spoken her mind, and in Silicon Valley, that turns out to be her greatest asset—especially when she’s often the only woman in a room.

As companies like Apple, Google, Tesla, and Oracle are beginning to revolutionize the world, Sophia ends up as the right-hand woman of male tech CEOs —a thrilling and terrifying position that challenges her, threatens her relationships and even her health, yet ultimately teaches her how to take charge of her own future. But as time goes on, Sophia starts to question whether the big paycheck and high-status career are worth dealing with the constant stress and boys’ club environment. Continue reading “Book Review: Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen”

Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

Beautiful Lies

Publish Date: April 3, 2018

A twisted, fast paced thriller that will keep you reading and creep you out too!

I received an advance copy of this book from Harper Collins / William Morrow through Edelweiss.

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Musings

The Awesome Blogger Award

I was tagged by Nicole at Sorry, I’m Booked for The Awesome Blogger Awardthank you so much, Nicole!!

Awesome Blogger Award

This is my first time being tagged for an award post, and I am soooo excited to participate.

One of the things that I love about blogging is the chance to do fun, new things like THIS!

The Awesome Blogger Award questions can vary from each nominator, which makes this unique and interesting; each of us gets to choose how we do this.

Be sure to check out Nicole’s post. I loved learning more about her.

Questions I Was Asked Continue reading “The Awesome Blogger Award”