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Reading Roundup 4 | 2021

I keep having to rewrite my intro for this post because every month I think I'm going to post and then I never do. So many great books to share that I've read over the past few months, including my first five star book, and honestly a few 4.5 stars too ;) Linking up with  Steph  &  Jana  and I can't wait to see what everyone else has been reading.  Winter Counts  | So even though I had a copy of this from BOTM, I waited for a library hold so I could read the ebook because I'm still very unlikely to read physical books right now. I didn't end up reading it fast enough, so I turned on airplane mode & when I went to finish it one night the book was gone because a certain tiny human must have accidentally turned it off, so I was grateful that I had the backup, because the ending was so suspenseful.  This crime thriller is set on an Indian Reservation and follows a vigilante as he tries to get to the bottom of how heroin is making its way into the reservation. In

Spring Inspired Gift Pairing Ideas

Happy first day of Spring! My favorite season is officially upon us and I'm hoping we have some great weather over these next few weeks to take in all the flowers and other goodness spring brings our way. I loved putting together the gift pairing guides back in the winter for the holidays and as I was looking through some books for Easter I kept thinking of great pairings for spring-- Easter baskets, spring birthdays, or just a fun themed basket for an ordinary day.  Admittedly I do not like bugs-- and by do not like I mean I'm mildly terrified of any kind of flying insect... however, bugs can be so cool for little ones and there are  so many awesome  bug books  available so I had to include a few.  Bug Hotel  is full of flaps and really great illustrations along with the fun shape of the book. The Peek Inside series is one of our favorites, and  Peek Inside Bug Homes  is such a fun option to put with a little  bug house -- we love all of our B. Toys.  Other great bug book ide

Reading Roundup 3 | 2021

I was on such a reading kick in January that I briefly entertained the idea of upping my reading goal for the year (which I never do), but then February happened and I couldn't focus on anything and I was grateful I decided not to change it. Linking up with  Steph  &  Jana .   This Close to Okay  | I loved the writing, I even really liked the characters, but it felt so unrealistic to me at times that I often got distracted.  Tallie stops a man from jumping off a bridge and the book follows their weekend of being together.  You get a dual narrative and I liked how deep you can see into their thoughts, even though there's a lot you don't find out until the very end. I liked it, but I didn't love it as much as I was expecting, though I feel like it was more of a timing situation because I just couldn't focus on anything. I also feel the need to add that I had to read this in my overdrive app instead of kindle and it was a huge pain-- the line spacing was weird and

Reading Roundup 2 | 2021

Three books to share this month and apparently this is the month I write super long recaps. Sharing these reviews with   Steph   &   Jana .  Black Buck  | I think I first saw  Tina  mention this on Instagram and I immediately loved the cover and thought it sounded really interesting even though I wasn’t sure I’d be into the satire/dark humor. This is a hard one to review because it was intense and exhausting and made me uncomfortable (which I think is the point?), but I also gave it 4 stars. Darren is an early-20s Black man living his life with his mom, girlfriend, and other lifelong friends working as a manager at Starbucks. One day he's recruited by the CEO of a big startup and from there it goes on and explores a lot looking at racism, white privilege, stereotypes, the lack of BIPOC individuals in sales and startups. I do want to note this is not an easy book to read— one review I read compared it to being slapped in the face when you finish & I quite agree.  *Thank you

January in Review

Greetings from the end of January. I was going to say this was a pretty uneventful, cold winter month, but how could I forget the insurrection at the Capitol or the inauguration?  Maybe it was just a long month.  UBAM  had a huge release for new book titles , which is a fun time in my own little world and I loved getting to put together a few book lists for friends.  In other news, I think we finally found a meal planning system that works well for us-- it's very simple and basic, but it has made food way less stressful. I also started taking a few extra seconds to unsubscribe to emails that I would normally just delete over and over again. I muted a bunch of stories on Instagram from larger accounts that were constantly posting a million polls. They're fun and sometimes interesting but I realized it's really not a good use of my time & this way I can still see their feed content I enjoy.  Mason was really into arts and crafts this month-- mainly the  stained glass colo

Early(ish) 2021 New Releases

New year, new books, even though this post is a little bit belated. These are a few of the early(ish) 2021 new releases I’m excited to read. These are mostly just my quick reactions, but links take you to Goodreads for the synopsis.  The Drowning Kind  | Horror/supernatural themes are generally not my go-to, but I have loved all of Jennifer McMahon's other books & always look forward to her new releases.  The Last Thing He Told Me  | This is suspense/thriller but I'll be honest, this synopsis sounds a bit wild. I really enjoyed  Eight Hundred Grapes, so I’m hopeful.   Island Queen  | Cindy mentioned this in one of her recent posts and the Monsserat setting totally hooked me, but this book is almost 600 pages.  How the One Arm Sister Sweeps Her House | A debut by another Carribbean author that sounds really good.  People We Meet on Vacation  | I don't tend to read a lot of romance, though I have been dabbling more into contemporaries... really just hoping I love this as