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Review | The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by The Try GuysDey Street Books, 2019Non-Fiction288 pages3/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Mention of racism, homophobia, childhood mental illness, diet culture. GoodReads Synopsis: The… Continue reading Review | The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

Review | Normal People

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. Normal People by Sally RooneyHogarth Press, 2019Literary Fiction273 pages3/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Abuse, suicide, self-harm. GoodReads Synopsis At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s… Continue reading Review | Normal People

Review | Ella Enchanted

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineScholastic Books, 1998Fantasy232 pages5/5 Stars GoodReads Synopsis At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her… Continue reading Review | Ella Enchanted

Review | Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia HibbertAvon, 2019Romance373 pages5/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: PTSD, Chronic illness, Aftermath of abusive relationship (Talia Hibbert does include a content warning at the… Continue reading Review | Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Review | It Ends With Us

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. It Ends With Us by Colleen HooverAtria Books, 2016Romance385 pages4/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Emotional Abuse, Homelessness, Physical Abuse, Sexual Assault. GoodReads Synopsis Sometimes it is the one who loves… Continue reading Review | It Ends With Us

Review | Wordslut

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. Wordslut by Amanda MontellHarper Wave, 2019Non-Fiction304 pages5/5 Stars GoodReads Synopsis: The word “bitch” conjures many images for many people but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman.… Continue reading Review | Wordslut

Review | Where the Light Enters

Where the Light Enters by Jill BidenFlatiron Books, 2019Non-Fiction210 pages5/5 Stars GoodReads Synopsis An intimate look at the love that built the Biden family and the delicate balancing act of the woman at its center. “How did you get this number?” Those were the first words Jill Biden spoke to U.S. senator Joe Biden when… Continue reading Review | Where the Light Enters

Review | With the Fire on High

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth AcevedoQuill Tree Books, 2019Young Adult400 pages4/5 Stars GoodReads Synopsis: With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high… Continue reading Review | With the Fire on High

Review | The Girls I’ve Been

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using my link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. The Girls I’ve Been by Tess SharpeG.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2021Young Adult336 pages4/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: violence, abuse. GoodReads Synopsis Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of… Continue reading Review | The Girls I’ve Been

Book Review: “The End of the Affair”

***contains affiliate link*** The End of the Affair by Graham GreeneAudible Audio, 2012 (first published in 1951)Literary FictionAudiobook (6.5 hours listening time)5/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Infidelity, Character Illness and Death, Catholicism GoodReads Synopsis: Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic… Continue reading Book Review: “The End of the Affair”

Book Review: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

***contains affiliate links*** The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodAudible Studios, 2017Literary Fiction4/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: GoodRead Synopsis: After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of… Continue reading Book Review: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Book Review: The Power of Vulnerability

***contains affiliate link*** The Power of Vulnerability by Brene BrownAudible Audio, 2013Non-Fiction5/5 Stars GoodReads Synopsis Is vulnerability the same as weakness? “In our culture,” teaches Dr. Brené Brown, “we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is… Continue reading Book Review: The Power of Vulnerability

Book Review: “Red, White, & Royal Blue”

**Contains Affiliate Links*** Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonSt. Martin’s Griffin, 2019Romance448 pages5/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Sex, drunkenness, talk of drug addiction GoodReads Synopsis: What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? When his mother became President of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as… Continue reading Book Review: “Red, White, & Royal Blue”

Book Review: “Black Buck”

*** contains affiliate link *** Black Buck by Mateo AskaripourHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021Literary Fiction400 pages4/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Racism, the ‘R’ word, the ‘N’ word, violence, workplace related harassment and racism Synopsis: For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street—a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom… Continue reading Book Review: “Black Buck”

Book Review: “Crazy Rich Asians”

**Contains Affiliate Link** Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanDoubleday, 2013Literary Fiction / Romance403 pages4/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Mentions of suicidality and infidelity, harassment. GoodReads Synopsis: Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the… Continue reading Book Review: “Crazy Rich Asians”

Book Review: “Lovely War”

***contains affiliate link*** Lovely War by Julie BerryViking Books for Young Readers, 2019Young Adult / Historical Fiction 480 pages3.5/5 Stars Trigger Warnings: Violence, War, Death, Sexual Assault, Racism, Race Related Violence and Death, Depictions of PTSD GoodReads Synopsis: It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight… Continue reading Book Review: “Lovely War”

Book Review: “The Haunting of Hill House”

**Contains Affiliate Link** The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Genre: Horror Trigger Warnings: Suicide, mental instability, paranormal activity. Summary: It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor,… Continue reading Book Review: “The Haunting of Hill House”

Book Review: “One Day in December”

One Day in December by Josie Silver Genre: Romance, Seasonal Summary: Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story. Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story. Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who… Continue reading Book Review: “One Day in December”

Book Review: “Persepolis”

When I first read Persepolis, a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, I was a junior in college, sitting through a required core class. The class was Modernity in Literature, and I was taking a particular section because a few of my friends were in it, and also because I had the professor before. She was… Continue reading Book Review: “Persepolis”