A Brief Glimpse into My Life and an Explanation on Where I’ve Been

You’ve Probably noticed that I haven’t been around as much. Usually I have a post go up every day but there have been several days mixed in without any content. And when I do have something for you it’s been a guest post or short original content.

There’s a reason for that.

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Six Jodi Picoult Books You Should Try

Thanks so much to Dana from Devour Books with Dana for helping me out while my son is in the hospital and sharing her favorite Jodi Picoult books with us! If you’re interested in writing a guest post then fill out my contact form.

Today I wanted to talk to y’all about one of my favorite authors. I’ve read more of her books than Goodreads says I have because I read them most in high school before I was using Goodreads. I own a lot of her books and I need to go into my book box and actually see what I have to make sure I don’t buy doubles. I have more than what is listed here but here are my favorite ones or the ones that I keep inside.

My Sister’s Keeper – 3.5 stars

This was my first book by Jodi after seeing the movie and the book is so much better.

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Nancy Richardson Fischer’s Favorite Travel Destinations and What She Can’t Leave Home Without

When Mari asked me to come up with thoughts on travel destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime and my favorite thing to do in each, my brain almost exploded (in a good, fireworks kind of way). Adventure is my middle name (not really but it should be) and it was also a promise in my wedding vows! 

I’m a HUGE fan of learning new things, breaking free from comfort zones, and expanding horizons. Even if adventure means something different to you (and doesn’t involve a racing pulse, or the zing of fear) the places listed have something for everyone! The important thing with each one, at least for me, is that every experience was an education, gave me insight into others, and myself, and left me with a story to tell.

So here are my five places in no particular order…

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Fantastic Niches and Where to Find Them: A Short Musing by Marissa Osman

They say you always remember your first. Mine was Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Maybe if I would have read a Jodi Picoult or Meg Cabot or Nicholas Sparks first my niche would be different. Maybe – if we’re getting really philosophical – I never would have read a Jodi Picoult or Meg Cabot or Nicholas Sparks first because that’s not my niche. 

What comes first, the niche or the book? 

If I opened Pandora’s box, would it release every stereotype I love to read or all the books with those bad stereotypes? 

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Review: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Thanks so much to Dana from Devour Books with Dana for helping me out while my son is in the hospital and sharing her review for Tell Me Three Things with us! If you’re interested in writing a guest post or review then fill out my contact form.

Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 328

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Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

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Review: Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Title: Orpheus Girl
Author: Brynne Rebele-Henry
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 176

Content Warnings: homophobia, transphobia, conversion therapy, shock therapy, abuse, self-harm, suicide attempt

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In her debut novel, award–winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the epic of Orpheus as a love story between two teen girls in rural Texas.

Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has hidden her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are caught in an intimate moment, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival Raya vows to assume the mythic role of Orpheus to save them both and to return them to the world of the living, at any cost.

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September Book of the Month

Note: Make sure you read until the very end because I have a super special announcement that I’m incredibly excited about!!

September is almost over but the fun isn’t! I’d had a YA Book of the Month subscription for several rounds earlier in the year but stopped it recently when I needed to cut back on expenses. You know your girl couldn’t stay away though.

This month’s selections were really difficult to choose between. Practically impossible if we’re being honest. Luckily the publisher had sent me a finished copy of The Stars and the Blackness Between Them so that one was out. Fantasy isn’t my thing which nixed The Girl the Sea Gave Back and The Ten Thousand Doors of January. At this point I was left with Permanent Record and Frankly in Love.

Trying to make a choice was agonizing.

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