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Book Review: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall (Advance Reader Copy)

The Best Kind of People

Cover Art is copyright of Random House Publishing Group

I received an advance reader copy of this upcoming book from Random House through NetGalley. In The Best Kind of People, we follow the wealthy Woodbury family as their seemingly perfect lives come crashing down when George, beloved teacher and family man, is accused of sexual misconduct. This book is less about whether or not George is guilty and more about the effects the accusations have on his family. In The Best Kind of People, Zoe Whittall tackles the contemporary issue of rape culture and offers an engaging character study and a look at how our society views scandals and accusations such as these.

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Book Review: Differella by Jim and Kay Story

DifferellaI love books. So when people I love write books that I love, life is pretty amazing! My aunt and uncle have joined together to produce an incredible children’s book, which offers a reminder that it is okay, even more than okay, to be a little bit different. I found Differella to be deeply moving, and I share it here in the hopes of encouraging others to read it, share it, and help spread awareness that different is not a bad thing. It’s just different.

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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoA couple of weeks ago, this book started popping up all over my Instagram feed and I became intrigued. The title alone is enough to pique one’s interest. At the bookstore last Friday, I came across this title and decided to see what all the fuss was about. After reading the synopsis, I was sold. I had to read this book! Evelyn’s story takes place over several decades and falls into one of my favorite genres of books – the golden age of Hollywood. I love reading stories set in Hollywood from the ‘40s – ‘60s. I love watching old films and imagining what life was like for the movie stars who made them. I have read several celebrity autobiographies from that era, and they are always fascinating to me. Although Evelyn Hugo is a fictional character, I couldn’t wait to read her story!
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Treasure Hunting! My Favorite Online Bookstores

R.L. StineIf you’re book-obsessed like myself, then you find yourself continuously buying books even though your “To Be Read” pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I do love and utilize my local library, but there are certain books that I tend to buy instead of borrow. For instance, if an author I have consistently loved puts out something new, then sure, I’ll pick it up. It’s likely to be another great read, one that I can save and re-read again (yes, I do re-read books!) or read and then pass along to my mom or a friend. It’s really a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Then there are books that I buy because of sentimental value. These tend to be books that I have already read and that mean a lot to me. Usually it’s because of the time in my life when I read them. For example, I first met Harry Potter while I was homeless in an Atlanta bus station. Needless to say, Harry will always have a special place in my heart, and if you’d like to read the story of our acquaintance, you can read it here. Harry Potter will always have a prominent place on my bookshelf!

The problem I often find is that many of my favorite books from childhood and adolescence, books that helped me find my love of reading, are out of print and hard to find…

Enter some amazing online retailers!

I have been so pleased to find rare and out of print books in excellent condition, and for very reasonable prices, through a couple of online bookstores that you may not have heard of. Or maybe you have but you were hesitating to give them a try. Well, here you go, my go-to list of online book sellers!

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Book Review: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

Sisters One Two ThreeThis was the first novel by Nancy Star that I’ve read, and I’ll be honest: my first impression was that I didn’t like it and wasn’t going to enjoy the book. The subject matter is emotionally heavy and rather depressing. The main character, Ginger, who takes us through her childhood and adult life, is somewhat irritating. She is always on the look-out for something bad to happen. The writing style wasn’t my favorite, with sentences sometimes feeling choppy and incomplete. All that being said, I ended up reading the first half of this book in one day. So, subject matter, irritating characters, and confusing writing aside, the story itself was intriguing and kept me turning the pages.

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June Wrap-Up!

June Wrap UpSo my next post was supposed to be my review of Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star, but I’ve decided to try a little something different. June has been an exciting month for me! Not only have I finally been able to dive back into my world of reading now that school is over, but I’ve been able to start taking on freelance writing and editing projects as well.

I am thrilled that I’ve been able to blog at least twice a week this month. I love sharing new books that I’ve discovered, and I’ve really enjoyed sharing writing and editing tips, too. Now that I’m back to posting regularly and will have several posts each month, I’ve decided that going forward, I will do a month end wrap-up post, recapping my posts from that month, giving readers a chance to catch up where they might have missed one or two, and highlighting my favorite read from the month. If you were looking forward to my review of Sisters One, Two, Three, don’t worry – it will be my next post – I promise! So, here we go, my first official month-end wrap-up!

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ARC Book Review: Hello Sunshine by Leila Howland

Hello Sunshine

Cover art is copyright of Disney-Hyperion

I was absolutely thrilled when I received an advanced reader copy of Hello, Sunshine from Disney-Hyperion because I’ve loved all of their young adult novels that I’ve read in the past. Hello, Sunshine did not disappoint. While this was the first book by Leila Howland that I’ve read, I can assure you that it will not be my last.

The synopsis of this book intrigued me right away. An eighteen year old prep school graduate finds herself doing the walk of shame through her school hallways and pretty much all over town when she is not accepted into any of the colleges she’s applied to. So she decides to do the next best thing and most logical thing in her eyes – move to L.A. to become an actress. What could go wrong?

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Writing Tips: Showing vs Telling

Showing vs TellingAll writers hear the phrase “show, don’t tell.” I know I’ve certainly heard this and although I feel like I’ve gotten the hang of doing just that, this phrase inevitably creeps its way back into my writing critiques. So, what exactly does it mean when an editor, reviewer, or colleague says these words to you? What do they mean “show and don’t tell”? Isn’t writing all about telling a story? Fortunately for me (and all of you!) I’ve had wonderful creative writing professors who have helped to break down this little dilemma for me.
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ARC Book Review: The Writers’ Retreat by Indu Balachandran

The Writers Retreat

Cover art is copyright of Jacaranda Books

I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this book from Jacaranda Books, so I owe them a big thank you! I requested a copy of this book after reading the synopsis which sounded right up my alley. A woman named Amby is fed up with her corporate life at a bank and decides to pursue writing full time. Sound familiar? If you’ve read any of my past blogs about my decision to leave my corporate life to go back to school in pursuit of my degree in writing, then you understand why this resonated with me. I had to read this book!
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BookExpo and BookCon 2017

book-heart2If you are anything like me (and I’m assuming you are because, hey, you’re reading my book blog!) when you hear things like BookExpo or BookCon, you immediately conjure images of rows upon rows of books, authors, authors signing books, people standing in clusters discussing their favorite books and new and upcoming books…basically you picture book heaven. With this year’s BookExpo and BookCon over, I have seen a lot of highlights popping up in my social media feeds. What I have found interesting is that while many people have heard of BookExpo and BookCon, there is still a lot of confusion around just what they are. Are they the same thing or two different events? Are they open to everyone? Where is it held? And the ultimate question…when will the next one be and can I go? I tackle these questions and more in this post dedicated to the annual BookExpo/ BookCon.

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