Review Fridays #12- What Comes Next and How To Like It

What comes next coverAuthor: Abigail Thomas

This New York Times best-selling author gives a witty, honest, hopeful memoir on matters of the heart. From the loss of her husband to changes in her relationship with her best friend to her daughter’s illness and the death of her beloved dog, Thomas covers it all. Continue reading “Review Fridays #12- What Comes Next and How To Like It”

Review Fridays #11- Blue Sun, Yellow Sky

Blue Sun Yellow SkyAuthor: Jamie Jo Hoang
How would you react if you found out that life as you knew it would no longer exist in a mere 6-8 weeks?
 Author Jamie Jo Hoang introduces us to Aubrey Johnson, an artist just reaching her prime who has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that will blind her completely in only a few short weeks. As she attempts to digest the news and reconcile with what this means for her life, a childhood friend reappears after years of no contact. Jeff Anderson, a Texas country boy that Aubrey grew up with, invites her to join him on a trip around the world, and she agrees. Both Aubrey and Jeff wrestle to wrap their heads around life’s changes in a story that spans the globe while discovering inner contentment.

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TLC Book Review: The Boy Who Loved Rain

The Boy Who Loved RainAuthor: Gerard Kelly

If you want eloquent language and a host of characters all fighting their own demons while tangled into a web that eventually weaves them together, The Boy Who Loved Rain will not disappoint. This fiction work intuitively touches on many matters of the human condition—religion, belief, teenage woes, and deception with the ocean, in all its vast glory as the backdrop to each character’s struggle (and triumph). Continue reading “TLC Book Review: The Boy Who Loved Rain”

Review Fridays #9- Clash of the Couples

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Author(s)- “Some VERY Brave Men and Women” Editor- Crystal Ponti

While the cover may scare away more conservative readers (well… readers that wish to appear conservative, anyway) this might just be the Chicken Soup for the Hilarious, Long Standing, Tired Argument Between Couples. This collection of stories is very real and very relatable, which invites the reader right into its pages. Continue reading “Review Fridays #9- Clash of the Couples”

Review Fridays #8- Finding Ecstacy

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By: Rebecca Pillsbury

Okay, I realize I’m a day early for Review Friday, but anywho…

What I appreciate about this book is its relatability. Ours is a culture of sex shaming (women shaming) and fundamental religious doctrine that enables groups to possess control over individuals. In Finding Ecstacy, Pillsbury goes there. She doesn’t hesitate or falter at the word “sex” and all other dialogue that accompanies such a natural act. Her story though, is much deeper than just a woman looking to have good sex. Continue reading “Review Fridays #8- Finding Ecstacy”

Review Fridays #7- Unfamous

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By: Shakira “Scotty Unfamous” Scott

Protagonist, Rio Greene, is on a mission to become one of London’s social elite even though doing so will cost her everything— her self-worth and best friend included. Books 1 and 2 of Unfamous chronicle Greene’s first year at Brompton University (which would be much like the US’s Harvard or Yale, it seems).

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Review Fridays #6- Tremors in the Universe

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Author: Robert Lyman Baittie

This book is for everyone— the newly diagnosed patient with Parkinson’s, the family of the person with Parkinson’s, the person wondering about Parkinson’s, the person suffering from any chronic illness, the person looking for inspiration, and even the random Joe looking for a good book to read.

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Review Fridays #5 Halloween Edition- Frankenstein

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Author: Mary Shelley

“How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

First and foremost, Happy Halloween everyone!  I decided today would be the perfect day to review Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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Review Fridays #4- The Giver

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Author: Lois Lowry

The fact that this YA novel recently made it to the box office as a Hollywood hit speaks volumes to its relevance in today’s world. First published 21 years ago, The Giver made quite the stir and sparked debates nationwide for its controversial content. Read mostly by young adults, the novel begged its fresh readers to really think. The book’s themes challenge young readers to consider real issues like politics and culture. The content of the novel demanded critical analysis– its message applicable to the real world. Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal was rightly deserved for this one.

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Review Fridays #3- The Great Gatsby

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Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

What I love most about The Great Gatsby is the language. Angelic and perpetually spellbinding, Fitzgerald weaves together words with ease and grace. His descriptions are in-depth and yet, visceral:
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