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5 Star Reads, Book Reviews

Review: The Catch by Alison Fairbrother

The Catch by Alison Fairbrother ★★★★★ Buy the book here Page Count: 288 Genre: Literary Fiction Alison Fairbrother's The Catch follows a young woman through the early days of grieving the sudden loss of her father. When a young DC journalist's father suddenly passes, she returns to his home for the funeral and will reading… Continue reading Review: The Catch by Alison Fairbrother

Book Adventures

Buying Used Books at Baldwin’s Book Barn

Situated in the Philadelphia suburbs is the historic and unique Baldwin's Book Barn. This bookstore sells used, rare, and antique books in a variety of genres. Baldwin's Book Barn is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The barn itself is just over 200 years old, and it has been transformed into a dream bookstore for readers… Continue reading Buying Used Books at Baldwin’s Book Barn

Book Lists, Book Reviews

My 2022 Year in Books

Happy New Year, readers! Thank you to everyone who has stuck along with my blog these past few years. I'm looking forward to telling you all about new books and book adventures in 2023! 2022 was a wild year from me. I spent the first half of the year living in London and exploring Europe,… Continue reading My 2022 Year in Books

Book Adventures

Exploring the Friends of the Library Book Sale

One of my favorite events in Ithaca, New York, is the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This event takes place over three weekends every fall and spring. Members of the local community and beyond line the block for a turn to wander through the shelves of used books, records, DVDs, and more.   The book… Continue reading Exploring the Friends of the Library Book Sale

#BookTok, 5 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Bee Königswasser is a badass neuroscientist with a secret viral Twitter account that gives advice to women in STEM fields. Bee encounters her greatest professional and personal challenge yet when she is offered the job to co-lead the project of a lifetime.

Book Reviews, Mystery / Thrillers

Review: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

College student Matt Pine is informed that nearly his entire family died from a gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. While the death was ruled accidental by Mexican officials, not everybody in the FBI is so sure of this. And to make make matters worse, the bodies of Matt's family will not be released unless Matt himself makes a trip to Mexico to retrieve his late family.

#BookTok, 5 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

January Andrews is a romance writer who has always believed in love. But after the death of her father, everything changes when she is given the key to his secret beach house that he shared with another woman during his marriage. A grieving January heads to this "lovenest"for the summer with hopes of using the time to pen her next novel and clear out the house.

Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Hidden up in the mountains of Vermont is Ellingham Academy, an elite private school for unique minds, including artists, inventors, and writers. Founded by 1920s millionaire Albert Ellingham, the school was designed to make learning a game, and it only accepts 50 students each year on free tuition to attend.

Book Adventures, Book Lists

Top 10 Books I Read in London

From January to May 2022, I spent my semester living in London and traveling around Europe. This meant lots of reading time on planes, trains, buses, and the London Underground. Of course I picked up some great books along the way! Here’s ten of my favorite reads from this semester. In London and looking for… Continue reading Top 10 Books I Read in London

Book Lists, Book Reviews, Young Adult

Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

Whether it's upped stakes, the introduction of a new character, or a plot twist, the second book can really make or break a series. Here's four sequels that, in my opinion, turned out better than their predecessor, and four that did not live up to expectations. If you've got a sequel that you love or… Continue reading Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

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Review: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six tells the story of 1970s rock band The Six and their breakup after their wildly popular album Aurora. The Six was on the rise, led by singer Billy Dunne, when the band crossed paths with Daisy Jones. Daisy came of age in LA, going out on the Sunset Strip and surrounded by a world of sex and drugs. But rock 'n' roll was where Daisy's heart and talents lived. When given the opportunity to collaborate with The Six for a song, Daisy seized the chance.

5 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Romance Novels, Young Adult

Review: All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

Magic and mystery—some of what readers can expect in this coming of age story from author Caroline O'Donoghue. When Maeve discovers a pack of tarot cards in the basement of St. Bernadette's Catholic School, her popularity skyrockets. Every girl in the school is clamoring to receive one of Maeve's eerily accurate readings. Everyone except Lily, Maeve's ex-best friend. When Lily finally receives a reading, she draws a card that Maeve has never seen before. And the next day, Lily disappears without a trace.

Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu is Vampire Goodness

I’m always looking for texts with a proximity to Twilight that aren’t Twilight. It is why I have a long standing obsession with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and rushed to the theater to gush over Kristen Stewart’s performance in Spencer (newsflash, she has always been talented, including in her Bella Swan days).

5 Star Reads, Book Reviews

Review: Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain

Ten years ago, Adam Lattimer went missing and was presumed dead. A year later, his mother, Kathleen, died of a heart attack. The Lattimer family has always been fodder for gossip in the Irish town of Spanish Cove. No doubt the wealthiest family in town, all eyes have always been on the six Lattimer siblings as they grew up under the watch of their sweet mother Kathleen and cruel father Frazier. One missing, one an entertainment big-shot, one a Dublin hotel owner, one off to New York, one off to Europe, and one staying at home.

#BookTok, Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I was searching for a book that would surprise me. I've been reading a lot of romance lately, and a lot of those books tend to hit the same notes. And then The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was sitting on the front table of my local bookstore and I thought, why not? I knew nothing about this book except that it is popular on #BookTok. I love old Hollywood stories, so I gave it a shot.

#BookTok, Book Reviews

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Lily Bloom is aware of the humor of wanting to open a flower shop whilst being named Lily Bloom. Still, she's come a long way to get to this point. Her life hasn't exactly been easy up until this point, and opening the flower shop is her dream. Around the same time, Lily meets the charming and attracting neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid. Lily and Ryle hit it off immediately, and although Ryle says he doesn't do relationships, the chemistry is too real for either of them to deny.

#BookTok, Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Who wants to meet the family on the first (fake) date? Image: Julia Dath The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas ★★★★★ Buy the book herePage count: 480Genre: Romance, comedy, contemporary, fiction The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas gives everything you might want in a romance novel: a lovable protagonist, classic tropes, and a… Continue reading Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

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Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The TikTok viral book delivers on troupe filled twists and turns. (Image: The Love Hypothesis) The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood ★★★★ Buy the book herePage count: 384Genre: Romance, comedy, contemporary, fictionContent warning: Discussions of workplace harassment and assault Ali Hazelwood's The Love Hypothesis has earned the title of being a "BookTok book" through being… Continue reading Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Book Reviews

Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan

How far can the consequences of a stubborn lie reach? (Image: Julia Dath) When I decide something's not for me, it's pretty hard to change my mind. I hate cooked onions. Worms creep see out. My biggest stance for a long time was that I found all museums to be boring. Take, for example, my… Continue reading Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan

Book Reviews

Review: The Last Jedi (Star Wars Novelization) by Jason Fry

May the 4th Be With You — A TLJ Novelization Discussion Happy Star Wars day! In the midst of final exam season, I always look forward to this day to remind me of one of the pieces of media that encouraged me to pursue storytelling in the first place. The Star Wars films are some… Continue reading Review: The Last Jedi (Star Wars Novelization) by Jason Fry