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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

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This should be my mantra. I need to be reminded of it every day.

Wow. I did not expect to love this book when I first started it. Continue reading “Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman”

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Book Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond


My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

I received an ARC of The Marriage Pact through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Random House and Bantam Books for the opportunity.

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Synopsis:

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are newlyweds. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact, and most of its rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. And – never mention The Pact to anyone.

Jake and Alice are about to discover that for membership to the Pact, like marriage, is for life, and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. Continue reading “Book Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond”

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Book Review: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan


My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

I received a copy of Rich People Problems through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Doubleday Books and Kevin Kwan for the opportunity.

I was SO excited to be approved for the ARC. I was ready to love this book and it did not disappoint. It’s a hysterically funny view into the Asian Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Even Robin Leach would be impressed.

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When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls.

With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises.

Kevin Kwan continues telling the story of my beloved Asian high society characters and introduces a few more. This book, like the previous two, spans the globe with jet setting characters, their glamorous lifestyles, and rich descriptions of elite environments.

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Book Review: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

I received an ARC of The Perfect Lie through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity.

Chris Brennan has just landed a job as a AP Government teacher and assistant baseball coach at Central Valley High, in the small affluent Pennsylvania town of Central Valley. He as a false background, a well-rehearsed story, and a hidden agenda. There are specific teen boys and their families that he is watching/targeting but the intent is not known to the reader until much later. He is also very predator-like in his thoughts and his actions.

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Book Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan


My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

I received a copy of Lies She Told through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and Cate Holahan for the opportunity.

The book alternates chapters between Liza, a “romantic suspense” (her words) author, and Beth, the main character of her latest book. The alternating storylines were a nice twist and keeps the reader on their toes by trying to keep them straight. As the book progresses, the storylines seemed to come together, have many parallels and similar/familiar characters, and I was convinced that storylines would merge into one smooth plot. Continue reading “Book Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan”

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Book Review: How to Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey


My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

I received a copy of How to Speak Chicken through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Storey Publishing and Melissa Caughey for the opportunity.

I have been a backyard chicken owner for over three years. Our family has five of them. They have become our beloved pets and each one of them is unique in personality and behavior. I have learned a lot about chickens and raising them.

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This book is a detailed, in depth look at the behavior and language of chickens but written in a way that is easy to understand, plus supplemented with gorgeous pictures of chickens in a backyard environment.
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Book Review: Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan


My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

I received a copy of Confessions of a Domestic Failure through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to Harlequin and to Bunmi Laditan for the opportunity.

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There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?

At its heart, Ashley’s story reminds moms that there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.

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This book is Mommy Therapy! I laughed out loud SO MANY TIMES while reading. The author has such an honest, real, and humorous perspective on motherhood.

New mom Ashley Keller is definitely entertaining. She is flawed, she is human, she is struggling, and she knows it. She thinks and says things that I have about myself when I was a new mom. She takes “hot mess” to a whole new level. Her struggles are so very real that I had to remind myself that this is a novel.

Ashley makes all of us feel better about ourselves when we don’t feel that we have our s**t  together.

I really enjoyed this book. I will be following @honesttoddler on Twitter so that I can continue to enjoy Bunmi Laditan’s perspective on life.

What I liked:

  • The author’s sharp and witty writing style. She is absolutely HILARIOUS. I laughed about a hundred different times.
  • The plot around the Motherhood Better Bootcamp.
  • The humorous excerpts from Domestic Diva Emily Walker that began each chapter. This character is definitely NOT real!
  • Ashley’s mother-in-law, Gloria, who supports Ashley in her times of need.
  • The references to social media and the guilt, jealousy, and envy that it provokes. It’s very real!
  • The trip to Emily Walker’s home in Napa. The night of debauchery before the show was laugh out loud funny.

What I didn’t like:

  • It’s a bit longer than I anticipated.
  • The middle of the book was a bit slow. Ashley seemed miserable and pathetic without any incentive to help herself. I didn’t feel that she was getting anywhere near coping with her situation or trying to make herself happy.
  • Her husband David was so lame, checked out, and not likeable until the end, but maybe that’s on purpose.

Publish Date: May 2, 2017