Review: People We Meet on Vacation, Emily Henry

This book was pure perfection. Seriously. Everything about it was exactly what I wanted and needed.

I loved Poppy and Alex. I loved their banter. I loved their summer trips. I loved their commitment to who they were and the way they embraced each other’s quirks.

While this was definitely a slow-burn friends to lovers romance, it definitely didn’t feel that way. Henry took us on a long, winding journey of friendship and life while also allowing us to globetrot during a pandemic. All of which made this book a winner for me.

I want—no, I need—more Alex and Poppy.

Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin

Can I give this book 10,000 stars? I don’t even know how to write a review that even begins to touch the pure magic that lives inside this book.

When I first started reading A.J. Fikry, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. But I quickly warmed up to this curious and cranky man and his bookstore.

Each page provided a surprising plot shift that made me fall more in love with A.J.

Have you read this one?

Review: Little Pieces of Me, Alison Hammer

(thank you to William Morrow for the free copy)

I absolutely LOVED Alison Hammer’s first novel, You and Me and Us. So, I had insanely high expectations for Little Pieces of Me.

And it did not disappoint.

I felt every single emotion on this roller coaster of a book. I felt both anger and sympathy towards Betsy/Elizabeth. My heart broke for Paige as she grieved her father and learned the truth.

I absolutely loved Paige and her story. And Jeff, such a swoony boyfriend.

Adding Alison Hammer to my MUST buy list.

Review: The Memory Collectors, Kim Neville

(thank you @atriabooks for the free book)

This book was so incredibly immersive!

I loved how the entire story was woven together and how the characters developed over the course of the book. I’m not sure I’ve read anything like this book before.

Evelyn and Harriet both carried their secrets and pain while also carrying the strong emotions of others. The bright objects and stains give them a way to hide from their painful histories.

It did take me a bit to get into the story but once I did, I was hooked.

Review: The Intimacy Experiment, Rosie Danan

(thank you to Berkley for the free ebook)

Y’all, I’ve been reading romance for a very long time. A long, long time. I’ve met many swoon-worthy men. I’ve swooned. I know I have.

But I’ve never had a book boyfriend quite like Rabbi Ethan Cohen. Seriously. Serve me that man on a platter. He’s hot, compassionate, dedicated, patient, and a million other adjectives.

I adored Naomi, too. She was flawed and strong and also willing to be vulnerable. She never compromised herself when she let her walls down to let Ethan in. She remained true to who she was, which I loved. Naomi is the kind of woman I aspire to be.

So, yup. I loved this book. I will definitely be picking up Rosie Danan’s other books. All of them.

Review: First Comes Like, Alisha Rai

(thank you to Avon Books for the free copy)

Have I mentioned how much I love the fake romance trope? Seriously. It’s my favorite. I literally get giddy the instant I realize it’s about to happen.

So, First Comes Like was right up my ally. I adored Jia and Dev. I loved how kind and vulnerable they both were. I adored how sweet they were to each other, even if sometimes it was misconstrued.

I devoured this book, and I want MORE.

Review: Astrid Sees All, Natalie Standiford

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford

[out 4.6.21] (Thank you to Atria & NetGalley for the gifted copy)

If I were to picture a novel that portrayed the excess and dangers of stereotypical 1980s NYC, it would be Astrid Sees All.

Drugs. A little rock & roll. Clubs. A random serial killer, because, why not?

Yes, it was a lot and a bit over the top. Did I still enjoy it? I think so. I couldn’t put it down. I found myself rooting for Pheobe and loving her a little more with every page. Was the perfect? Nope. She was flawed and real.

Review: Talk Bookish to Me, Kate Bromley

(out 5.25.21 – thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the free copy)

Sigh. This book was the perfect rom com.

Witty banter.
Second chance romance.
A little novel within a novel.
An ode to Bookstagram.
An adorable bulldog.

Kara and Ryan’s story was sweet and endearing, but also real. They both carried emotional baggage, and like real humans they avoided talking about it.

I adored Kara. Her friendships, her sense of humor, her commitment to using humor to deflect. She was so relatable.

And, Ryan. Oh, Ryan what are we supposed to do with you. I can’t say much without giving away spoilers, but even when he royally screws up, I just wanted to pull him into a squishy hug and never let him go.

Review: Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld

Rodham was amazing. But also a little sad because “what if’s” always make me long for the alternate reality presented.

What if Hillary hadn’t married Bill?

I’ve pondered this before. The better what if, though, is what if women weren’t held accountable for the men around them and men were held accountable for their actions? That’s the what if I’d love to one day see.

Rodham was a phenomenal book, as is my expectation with anything Sittenfeld touches. It spanned nearly four decades and explored so much history, and rewrote quite a bit too.

Now, I’ll be off daydreaming about the what if’s presented here.

Review: Honey Girl, Morgan Rogers

I am not sure I have ever connected to or related to a book or character more than I did with Grace and Honey Girl.

Now, as a white cis woman with two kids and a career, Grace and I don’t have much in common on paper. But lord the insides—the anxiety, the pressure to do it all and be it all—I felt every one of those.

Morgan Rogers wrote a beautiful novel about family, found family, love, forgiveness, and self.

In case you can’t tell, I absolutely loved this book! All the stars. All the feels.