Review: Thank You for Voting, Erin Geiger Smith

This book provided a great overview of voting, the history of voting, voting rights, voter repression, polling, elections, and everything in between.

Geiger Smith utilized research and expert to highlight the points she made. She also highlighted the importance of voting and how one vote (yours) can and does make a difference.

I definitely recommend this one for literally anyone – a casual voter or a consistent voter, but especially non voters.

Review: Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

This was a 5 star read for me until the last little bit. I loved the Rivas family. Loved their drama. Loved their closeness. Loved them.

I didn’t particularly care about the cast of characters that arrived at the party. I felt like those last lashes should’ve been dedicated to Rivas family and what came next for them.

But I still loved the book. TJR rarely disappoints.

Out of Anywhere

I wrote Out of Anywhere back in 2019. Pre-pandemic. Pre-life changes. I fell in love with Shay and her story, and it took me a few years to feel ready to share it with the world.

Out of Anywhere (August 3, 2021)
Having lived as a nomad for most of her life, Shay Lane is desperate to find a place to call home. Yet, she follows in her estranged mother’s wandering footsteps and bounces from town to town, never settling down, because it’s the only way she knows.

That is until her car dies outside Wishing, Missouri, and she finds herself stranded in a small town filled with nosy neighbors and too many questions. Shay is eager to leave as soon as she can but when random gifts start appearing, her curiosity gets the best of her. Shay doesn’t know what to think or who to thank, or what they expect in return.

As Shay settles into a life in Wishing, she searches for the identity of her anonymous benefactor. With each new gift, the threads of her life and her mother’s begin to unravel. If she pulls the wrong one, she may never find her mother or the home she’s been searching for.

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Review: Hang the Moon, Alexandria Bellefleur

Be still my rom-com loving heart.

I absolutely loved Elle and Darcy’s story in Written in the Stars. In Hang the Moon, we get Brendon and Annie’s story, and it did not disappoint.

Hang the Moon hit all the high points for me. I laughed, I cringed (the ferris wheel scene … y’all!), and I swooned. A lot. Brendon is the perfect book boyfriend.

Review: Over the Top, Jonathan Van Ness

It’s been a hot minute since I watched Queer Eye, but I adored JVN. His personality, his super pro body positivity, and overall poise made him my favorite.

When I started this audiobook, I got several messages from people saying they loved this book. Now I see why.

Jonathan was so incredibly raw and honest on every page. He made me giggle and snort laugh but also made me stop and think. His storytelling pulled me into his world.

Review: The Rural Diaries, Hilarie Burton Morgan

This book is what I call a palate cleanser. The perfect book to pull me out of a rut and leave me smiling.

It’s kinda like a warm chocolate chip cookie on a fall day. Comforting. Nostalgic.

in Rural Diaries, Hilarie is honest and raw. She shares the good and the bad. I found her voice to be relatable and warm. I loved learning more about Hilarie and Jeffrey and their life on Mischief Farm.

Review: What’s Yours and Mine, Naima Coster

This isn’t the kind of book you devour in one sitting. It’s one you read slowly and digest.

What’s Yours and Mine follows two families, the Venturas and Gilberts. The two families are deeply connect but neither seem to be aware of their tragically linked past.

The story bounces between 2002 and present day and covers hard topics, but I felt it barely scratched the surface of some of those issues. There were few consequences for those who were in the wrong.

If you love books with a few characters that are super easy to hate, you’ll enjoy hating a few folks in this one.

Review: A Summer to Remember, Erika Montgomery

(thank you to @stmartinspress for the free book)

You know when you’re reading a book and you’re 1000% sure you’ve figured out the plot twist so you read slower and get all “meh”?

Um, yeah … this book smacked that smugness right off my face. I was wrong. So wrong.

I’m a sucker for Hollywood themed books. I’m a dreamer, what can I say. A Summer to Remember was the perfect Hollywood, but not Hollywood, book. I fell in love with Frankie immediately. I wanted to hug Frankie and thank her for her earnestness. She felt so real.

I think I could read a whole book with Frankie, Gabe, Louise and Russ.

Review: That Summer, Jennifer Weiner

(thank you to Atria for the free book)

I’m fairly certain that I will read anything Jennifer Weiner writes and love it. Her characters just feel so real and relatable. She weaves timely and import messages into her stories. She doesn’t shy away from the difficult or the heartbreaking.

That Summer was no exception. Daisy and Diana were complex and strong women who chose when and how they were ready to face their truths.