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Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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I love both covers of this book!

Genre: Fiction

My rating: 5 of 5 bright stars  5 Stars

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This is one of these books that knocks you over unexpectedly.

You’ll want to clear your calendar for reading this one, because the story grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t remove its strong grasp until the very end. It’s all-engrossing.

Plan for this book to be a time sucker, for a good reason. Chores will be ignored, family members will go hungry, meetings will be missed – all because of this book.

And it’s worth it. Continue reading “Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng”

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Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

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DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS NOW!!!

I am very excited that Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda is being released TODAY! This book has so many different book covers, each cover giving the indication of something foreboding and suspenseful. Which one is your favorite?

I recommend that you READ THIS NOW. This book has an unusual plot with unexpected twist and turns and a satisfying ending. You will love to HATE the main character, Paul Strom!

The story begins with Paul Strom whisking his lovely wife Mia away on a romantic weekend at their lake house. They are a beautiful couple that has everything. It starts out happy, sunny, romantic and light. Continue reading “Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda”

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Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I Found You

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

A game of psychological hide and seek.

I really enjoyed this book. This mystery/thriller has three plot lines that converge at the end and tie everything together. Two stories occur in the present, and one in 1993. The writing is very engaging, descriptive, and fast paced.

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A single mom, Alice, finds a man sitting in the rain on the beach in Cornwall. He looks lost and numb, and she decides to help him find shelter. He is suffering from amnesia and can’t recall his name, background, or why he got there. A young newlywed wife, Lily, realizes that her husband has vanished without a trace. And a story about a brother and sister, Gray and Kristy, idyllic family beach trip takes an unexpected turn when they meet a new friend named Mark. Are these stories related somehow? Continue reading “Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

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Book Review: Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Mrs. Fletcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

This book is the literary version of a Woody Allen movie.

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The people: a porn addicted MILF, a partying college freshman and his roommate, a transgender community college instructor, a tattooed senior center worker, an adult skateboarder, a cheerleader, an ex husband, an autistic boy, a girl in a wheelchair, a gifted Indian college student, and a feminist. This is the colorful cast of characters in Mrs. Fletcher, the latest novel by Tom Perrotta.

The places and things: Sex videos, pizza, parties, college dorms, profanity and crude language, erotic thoughts, beer, shots, weed, porn, sexting, lust, Bikram yoga, Crossfit, overflowing toilets, social media, vomiting, a Gender & Society community college class, duct-tape and a Port-A-Potty.

You have to read this book to figure out how this all fits together. This book tackles many contemporary issues and taboo topics, but the major theme that covers it all is identity. All characters are struggling with their identity and trying to find their place in the world and the society that they live in. Continue reading “Book Review: Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta”

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Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Arrangement

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Genre: General Fiction

Why is the grass always greener somewhere else?

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Lucy and Owen decide on a whim that they will have a 6 month “open” marriage but they immediately begin omitting information, lying to each other, and breaking the rules of their agreement. The entire premise of the story made me uneasy and I was reluctant to read this at first because of the heartbreak and destruction that I expected from this situation. But the high ratings and reviews on Goodreads tempted me, so I dove in.

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This book takes a close look at marriage, child-rearing, and the reality of a mature long term relationship through the lens of Lucy and Owen.

It takes a heavy and uncomfortable subject and lightens it up with a lot of humor, entertainment, strong supporting characters and a wonderful suburban New York town called Beekman. The book is very funny and there were many laugh-out-loud moments.

Lucy and Owen even decide to raise chickens, which provides a lot of humor as these city folks turn into chicken farmers.

Continue reading “Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn”