Book Review · Books

A Uterus Is A Feature Not A Bug

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I’m not a mother. I am not a baby person, so to speak, but this book’s title caught my attention. A Uterus Is A Feature Not A Bug talks about women’s struggles to be taken seriously in the working world, after having had children. The author, Sarah Lacy, is a no hold’s bared journalist who doesn’t mince her words. There are a few well placed flowery words to emphasize certain parts.

Sarah covers topics ranging from working as a new mom, working as a single parent and the stigma that divorce brings into the workplace. Another important topic she tackles is the traditional view that a woman must strictly stay at home with the kids is. With women being able to work outside the home it’s helping their partner/spouse financially and giving the other person more parental responsibilities with the kids. Women today can survive without having to be married. I think that scares the crap out of a lot of men because then women’s needy dependence on men lowers. Sarah goes over how nontraditional families are possible and do function quite smoothly. Also, you don’t have to be married to choose to have kids, or to have a healthy family relationship.

I received my free ARC of A Uterus Is A Feature Not A Bug by Sarah Lacy from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest assessment. Even if you aren’t a mother this book will change your life. There are so many topics I didn’t think about in depth much till I read this book. Men should read this book as well. This book empowers women to be all they can be wether married, single, or divorced. Cultural labels don’t have to define your life. You can move beyond the stigmas and grow as a woman. To find out more about Sarah Lacy via Twitter, click here. To buy a copy of this important book stop by HarperCollins.

Book Review · Books

The Missing 

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Claire Wilkinson thought she has a fairly ideal family until her son Billy goes missing. Due to the stress of worrying about him she starts having chunks of missing time where she can’t recall getting to where she’s at, or what she’s done. Her husband, Mark and son, Jake start acting a bit out of character. Claire is determined to find Billy, no matter what. In trying to piece together what happened the night Billy disappeared Claire wonders if everyone’s been honest about that night.

If you love psychological thrillers this book is perfect. It’s long, but you get sucked in from page one. I definitely will be reading more of C.L. Taylor’s work. I was provided my free ARC of The Missing from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. This book is hard to put down, fascinating, suspenseful and intense. If you enjoy thrillers add this one to your must buy pile. To buy a lovely copy of this book click here. To find out more and connect with T.L. Taylor check out her website.

Book Review · Books

Daily Kindness

img_2233.jpgThis book of 365 quotes broken down into the months of the year with a different theme for each month is breathtaking. National Geographic chose a gorgeous photo that corresponded with the quote. This gem of a book made me want to cry as I turned the pages it was so lovely. The themes ranged from Authenticity, Strength and  Gratitude, etc. The quotes were wide spread from authors to actors to spiritual leaders. I’d say it was balanced.

I received Daily Kindness for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. If you love National Geographic and want an inspiring coffee table book or bedside go to, when you need cheering up click here to purchase from National Geographic. This book would make a great gift anytime of the year.

Books · TBR

It Started With 5

For a few months I watched Sasha Alsberg’s booktube channel. She’d do unboxing videos of getting ARCs from different publishers. I was intrigued. I wanted free books to review. I started a blog and reviewed five books I’d recently read. I, then started searching for book blogger review opportunities. I was thrilled to discover NetGalley,  Blogging For Books and TLC Book Tours. All three of these companies have been gracious in giving me an opportunity to get to review for them. My TBR is quite scary thanks to all the lovely books I’ve been approved to review. If you love to write and read, then think about starting a blog today. It only took 5 book reviews to be accepted to review for the above 3 companies. I always get excited when I see book mail from HarperCollins.

Book Review · Books

The Grown-Up’s Guide To Teenage Humans

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I don’t have kids. Why would I pick to reciew a book about how to deal with teenagers? I’m not a parent, a teacher, a mentor, a counselor, but I am an aunt. Eventually my nephew will become a teenager and I’ll need to be ready. This book is very readable and has great suggestions on how to handle a myriad of things from sex, dating, dealing with death, anger, eating disorders, school, cell phones, etc. Josh writes with humor and candor. The author even goes over what to expect with teen’s emotions and physical changes, broken down by age category.

Reading this book brought to mind how I related back to my parents and the type of parenting they enacted. There are 4 different parental traps: comfort, approval, control and performance. I’d say my dad falls under the control and performance categories while my mom is under the comfort trap. I unfortunately relate to the approval trap. I still over think and care what others think of me. Even though I’m an adult this section of the book was very enlightening.

If you work with teens in any capacity I highly recommend this book. It has great examples for questions to ask when it comes to talking about the bird and the bees. If you want to put together a house rules document for your home so everyone clearly understands what’s expected of them Josh has a great template for it. I think having a journal to correspond between parent and teen is a wonderful idea. It gives a place to be honest without the pressure of the other person looking intently at you, waiting for an answer to a question. Plus, it gives history you can refer back to, to see how far your communication has improved. I received The Grown-Up’s Guide To Teenage Humans by Josh Shipp for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. To buy a copy click here and find out how you can get further awesome guidance from Josh here.

Book Review · Books

The Crows Of Beara

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I didn’t quite know what I’d get into when reading The Crows Of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson. This book captured my heart. This novel follows Annie, a freshly out of rehab PR Rep who begs to be allowed to do an assignment in Ireland. Her boss is leery of her not being quite up to the task decides to allow her when her colleague has to back out at the last minute. Annie is excited to be back in Ireland where she previously vacationed with her husband, Stephen. The difference now is that her marriage is on the rocks. Annie hopes this time away will give her a chance to regroup.

When Annie gets to Ireland on her assignment she meets the local hiking guide named Daniel. They seem to have some inexplicable connection. Annie waves it off as nothing, but when her assignment in Ireland seems to be turning ugly she realizes there’s more to the assignment than she thought. Is there more to Daniel than meets the eye? Is Annie ready to fully face her demons?

If you like Ireland, love suspense, some possible romance this novel might be perfect for you. I received a free copy of it from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. This book was sweetly written, scenery spot on and the storyline hard to put down. I couldn’t help myself by YouTubing Beara. Yes, it is a real place in Ireland. This book does it justice with its description. Now I want to go visit it. For further information on the author, click here and if you are interested in purchasing a copy click here. The icing on the cake for me was the character being from Seattle and the nice shout out to Cafe Vita.

Book Review · Books

Unforgivable Love

img_2140.jpgI didn’t know anything much about what Unforgivable Love was going to be about. This novel follows the lives of Mae, Elizabeth, Cecily and Val during the early civil rights movement of the late 1940’s. Mae and Val are rich and use their wealth to get just what they want wether it’s sex, or wealth. They are mirror images of each other in their lack of character. There are secrets, lies, betrayal and love. This story is set in the south and in Harlem. The descriptions of both places is well done. I think having never read the novel, or seen the film that it’s a retelling of didn’t help me. If you’ve watched, “Dangerous Liaisons,” then you may enjoy this novel.

I try to give a book the benefit of the doubt, but honestly this novel was not my cup of tea. The writing was nice, but the storyline I found boring after 150 or less pages. I’m struggling to finish this 500+ page book. Maybe I am not a long novel kind of girl, but the storyline of manipulation back and forth got boring very quickly. I don’t hugely care for any of the characters. I can’t stand Mae or Val.

A few days later…..

I did get to the end of this novel retelling of “Dangerous Liaisons,” and I must say the ending redemed it’s self. I was given my free copy of Unforgivable Love by Sophfronia Scott from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I feel awful not liking the book, but it’s just not my genre. I’m sure the author’s other books might be to my liking.