Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Diversity, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Rising star, Society, Well known books

This Story Was Everything – Basically My Winner Of 2020 Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

How can a book be both hilarious and also heart-rending at the same time? Well, Anxious People is exactly that kind of story. It somehow manages to talk about complex and painful issues such as suicide, insecurity in life and our daily struggles at adulting in such a quirky and funny, yet graceful way you wouldn’t believe it. I chuckled…

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royal abduls
Diversity, Fiction, Literary, Loved-it, NetGalley, Other-cultures, Society, Women's

A Book About Finding Yourself And Belonging – And So Many Other Themes The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya

I feel like if I wanted to give The Royal Abduls a proper review, I’d have to write a whole other book about it – I just can’t see how I would put it all into a single-post review. This story was great, and it’s just so full of everything – it covers a large variety of topics, but the…

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lost shtetl
Edelweiss, Fiction, Literary, Loved-it, Other-cultures, Society

Imagine Stepping From The 19th Century Straight Into The 21st The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross

When I saw the blurb of The Lost Shtetl, I was immediately drawn in. It sounded like an absurdly ridiculous, yet mesmerizing concept – a Jewish town in the Polish woods so remote it gets overlooked for more than a hundred years, so much so that it is even missed by the Holocaust. The people living there go around their…

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yoss red dust
Edelweiss, Fast-paced, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Scifi, Thiller / Mystery

A Quick Scifi Noir That Packs A Punch And Makes You Laugh Red Dust by Yoss

For the past week or two, I have been hearing about this new novel by a scifi author Yoss that’s gaining traction, and I mean I’ve been hearing about it EVERYWHERE. It’s been appearing on all sorts of articles and what not, and at that point, my conscience about having downloaded one from Edelweiss for free several months ago broke…

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inheritance games
Book tours, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, Well known books, YA

One Hell Of A Ride, Riddle And Love Triangle In This YA Novel The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games is so good I just don’t know where to begin! I started reading it on a rainy day during my vacation, and it’s a good thing the weather was crap too, because otherwise I would have lost a particularly good day of being out, unable to unglue myself from the book and look at any of my…

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lanthorne ghules
Edelweiss, Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it

Are You Ready For Good Halloween Stories Yet? The Dead World of Lanthorne Ghules by Gerald Killingworth, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

If you’re looking for a rather quick, but very engrossing read, The Dead World of Lanthorne Ghules is definitely the book for you. It’s a middle grade adventure that will appeal to kids, teens and adults alike – it was a read of two evenings for me, and it really did leave an impression! The book has a very specific…

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villa of delirium
Edelweiss, Fiction, Historical, Loved-it

A Tour Of A Forgotten Age Through This Amazing Historical Novel Villa of Delirium by Adrien Goetz, ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars

When I started reading Villa of Delirium, I didn’t know for sure what it was about – I often start novels without looking into it much – I’d rather the book tell me the story than the blurb. And the blurb told me it was set in a beautiful Greek villa, built based on ancient styles. That’s something I’ll always…

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summoning of souls
Diversity, Fiction, Indie, Loved-it, NetGalley, Romance, Urban fantasy, Women's

A Series To Soothe Your Soul In This Tough Year Of 2020 A Summoning of Souls (Spectral City #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber

Today I want to share a book series that’s been really warming me up in the past half a year or so. A Summoning of Souls is book 3 in the Spectral City series, a story about the living working with the dead on a common goal – ensuring the safety of New York. The books focus on the first Ghost…

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Edelweiss, Fiction, Loved-it, Women's

Sibling Rivalry And Family Reconciliation – And Lots Of Food! The Chicken Sisters by K.J. Dell'Antonia, ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars

The Chicken Sisters had such an interesting premise that I couldn’t resist it. Two competing restaurants – two sisters in management, the restaurants themselves also founded by two sisters, over 100 years ago. And a reality show in which they battle it out. Was this going to be a story of rivalry? Or a story of reconciliation? Was it going…

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brave girl quiet girl catherine ryan hyde
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Society, Women's

What’s A Book That Has Made Me Cry Recently? Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Every time I start a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, I think, it seriously can’t be as good as the last one. I mean, how can an author consistently write brilliant, emotional, moving stories? Is it even possible? But you know what, I read them, and they turn out to be good one straight after the other. Brave Girl, Quiet…

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son of secrets n j simmonds
Fantasy, Fiction, Indie, Loved-it, NetGalley

Finally, Book #2 In A Series I’m Incredibly Addicted To Son of Secrets (The Indigo Chronicles #2) by N.J. Simmonds

There are books you read that engross you so much, you develop these love-hate relationships with the characters. You toss these books over the room when that silly ass girl does this or that. You curse under your breath in a coffee shop when that guy won’t follow through with his romantic intentions despite all sanity and reason pointing to…

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lizards tale
Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Historical, Kidlit, Loved-it, NetGalley, Other-cultures

Spies, Adventure, Pre-war Hardships And Tough Kids – Another Great Middle Grade Story For You Lizard's Tale by Weng Wai Chan

Time to review another great middle grade story – this one’s called Lizard’s Tale and it’s vibrant and unforgettable. Even though at first, it was a bit hard to get into it (because life was so hard for the characters!) and I had put the book on hold, after I sat down with it another time, I could not peel…

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wrongful death cover 4 stars
Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, YA

I Keep Reading On And It Keeps Being Great – Tour Stop For Book #3 The Wrongful Death (The Great Devil War #3) by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve been having so much fun with this series – and finally it’s time for another review. The Wrongful Death, or The Great Devil War #3, sequel to The Devil’s Apprentice and The Die of Death was a really nice read. What’s interesting about it is that it puts the old fun style adventures together with something much more serious…

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how to astronaut terry virts
Loved-it, NetGalley, Non-fiction, space

It’s High Time I Reviewed Another Astronaut Memoir! How to Astronaut: Everything You Need to Know Before Leaving Earth by Terry Virts

It’s been a while since I reviewed an astronaut memoir. Knowing how much of a space book buff I am, it’s a wonder. I swear I have at least 20 books about astronauts on my Kindle, a few of them memoirs for sure. I should really pick them up more often! And having just finished How to Astronaut by Terry…

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julie wolves fortunately milk science missing mortals phantom tollbooth
Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, Mini reviews, Well known books

I Come Back With More Middle Grade Mini Reviews! Julie of the Wolves, Fortunately the Milk, Science! The Elements of Dark Energy, The Missing Mortals and The Phantom Tollbooth

Tired of my mini reviews yet? Well, I’m not. So I’m posting another one! It’s just that I’ve been reading so much middle grade / kidlit lately, and so much of it has been amazing! It’s like almost whenever I choose a middle grade title, the likelihood of me giving it 5 stars increases! I may just set off on a…

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