have you seen luis velez
Diversity, Fiction, Illness, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, Society

A Book About Kindness And Community With Brilliant Ace Rep! I’M IN LOVE WITH IT Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde, ★★★★★ 5 stars

It isn’t often that I pry myself away from a book in an attempt to get some sleep already, and yet fail to fall asleep because I keep thinking PLEASE MAKE THIS BOOK A BESTSELLER, GOD, PLEASEEEEE. In fact, this is the first such case. Yes, I have stayed awake because of books before. But I’m not sure I have…

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managing bubbie
Biographies, Loved-it, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction

It’s Mini-Review Time! Real Story: Woman Saves Her Jewish Family In WWII Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Managing Bubbie was a fast and very enjoyable read. It’s got two layers – the story is told in alternating chapters of Bubbie Lea’s old age in the United States and her impossibly hard youth, navigating nazi Europe and looking for a way to keep her family alive. The story is masterfully written – I couldn’t pry myself away. And…

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random act of kindness
Fiction, Mini reviews, NetGalley, Romance, Women's

It’s Mini-Review Time! An Uplifting And Light Women’s Fiction Story A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins

Time for a mini-review! This time – a light and uplifting book called A Random Act of Kindness, which about a girl finding her own place and voice in the world. And of course, with a dash of romance. And everything starts with a good deed… With more good deeds to follow. Check out on Goodreads ★★★★☆ 4 stars A…

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secret of dinswood
Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, NetGalley

The Secret of Dinswood by Ellen Alexander, ★★★★☆ 4 stars A Cozy Middle Grade Mystery In A Boarding School!!!

Oh, how I loved this wonderful adventure! The Secret of Dinswood is just the kind of book I wish I had read more of when I was actually in my middle grade years. There’s just something empowering about a bunch of kids solving mysteries and riddles, and potentially getting themselves in trouble, skulking around dark caves and castle hallways! Even…

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heavy flow by amanda laird
Loved-it, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Women's

Heavy Flow by Amanda Laird: How Much Do You Know About What Happens To You Monthly? And Why Are We So Uncomfortable When It Comes To Talking About Menstruation?

I’ve noticed that when it comes to books for review, I often enjoy nonfiction the most – and Heavy Flow by Amanda Laird was no exception. I think this is an absolute MUST READ for every woman (in this case, I mean biologically). There are so many things we don’t talk about that make up the experience of being a…

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worrier s guide to the end of the world
Biographies, Discussion, Loved-it, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Women's

I’ve Been Thinking (And Reading) About Anxiety And Worrying Featuring The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World by Torre DeRoche

Is there a season for worrying, do you think? A GIF of the full moon with a cloud passing over it Is there a season for worrying, when we’re more anxious than at other times? Perhaps for most people, it’s the full moon, or maybe spring, when the seasons are changing. For me though? Life is the season for worrying.…

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town in bloom playing to the gods
Biographies, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Women's

Theatre, Acting, Positivity and a Dash of Reality The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith and Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader

Oddly enough, although I have nothing to do with theatre and go to one very rarely, my vacation time was uncannily theatre-themed last month. First of all, I spent the start of August in a kids camp where my boyfriend works, and the camp is being led by an actress who owns a theatre. So there were a few plays by…

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fated sky
Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Scifi, Society, Women's

[Scifi] The Lady Astronaut Fights Racism On The Way To Mars The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

My long awaited sequel of The Calculating stars (review here) turned out to be just as amazing as the first book! After closing the last page, I was just as devastated as the first time round that I have to leave the world of this story. The Lady Astronaut books remain the kind of story you don’t really want to leave. Check out…

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anomaly by michael rutger
Dark, Fiction, NetGalley, Thiller / Mystery

[Thriller] Cavern Mysteries And Minotaurs: Lots of Promise, Middling Delivery The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

I was very excited to read The Anomaly after I got the publisher’s invitation. There was promise of conspiracy, ancient secrets, danger and fright – anything ranging from Indiana Jones to Uncharted and all that. Exciting! I was kind of sad when at 40% of the book, nothing much had really happened, and when at 70% it just lost me. I…

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calculating stars
Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Scifi, Women's

[Scifi] Women Break The Barrier In An Alternate 50’s To Become Astronauts The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

I’m always excited to read astronaut books, as you might know from my posts like this one, this one or this one. So I was even more excited to read one where women fight their ground to get to be astronauts. As it turned out, it was not an easy fight, even if it’s one written in an alternate 50’s Earth.…

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thousand perfect notes
Dark, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, YA

[YA] Incredibly Touching, Relatable And Musical – It Has Captured My Heart <3 5 Reasons To Read A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, AKA Our Own Cait @ PaperFury!

I am intensely flapping my arms and squawking like a poor abandoned pterodactyl baby at the excitement of actually having been able to read a review copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes! (Thanks for staying with my review after that sentence.) My emotions towards Cait’s book can be described roughly as such, starting from when I found out she was…

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sunday lunch club
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Romance, Women's

[Slice of Life] Fall In Love With All The Characters, And They’re Diverse Too The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

I stayed up till 3 on a workday because I couldn’t unglue myself from my Kindle screen. Off this book. Then I proceeded to tell the whole soap-opera like plot of The Sunday Lunch Club to my boyfriend right before breakfast. In a roughly panicked, nearly screamy tone. With loads of hand flapping. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬…

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doorways in the sand
Fiction, NetGalley, Scifi

[Scifi review] A Quirky, Funny And Dynamic Scifi Classic Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny

If you’re looking for a slightly different and more lighthearted scifi to relax with, Doorways in the Sand is for you. I mean, you could probably tell that from the cover anyway. Doorways in the Sand is actually no newcomer – first released in 1976, it was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. This year, we are seeing Farrago bring this witty…

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sugar money
Fiction, Historical, NetGalley, Other-cultures

[Historical fiction] The Harsh Realities Of Slavery In Martinique, 1765 Sugar Money by Jane Harris

At first I was reluctant to request Sugar Money because I’m a weakling at handling slavery stories sometimes. I turn into a puddle of sobs. But, despite being quite detailed about the hardships of slave life in 1765, it was a very engaging read. It doesn’t have a very happy ending, as you might surmise, but it tells a story worth…

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zanna function
Fantasy, Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Rising star, Scifi, YA

[Scifi MG/YA] Doing Magic, But With Science… And Woah! There’s A School! The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley

The Zanna Function was AMAZING!!! It was so amazing, I had trouble finding what to pick up next after it, and then spent at least a week actively missing reading it. All I can truly hope for is that it won’t be a standalone, because it’s too good to just end right there! 5 Reasons To Read The Zanna Function…

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