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YA Diversity Book Club: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

YA Diversity Book Club Today I’m happy to share our first spotlight book for the YA Diversity Book Club! In this book club we chat about the latest YA books that celebrate diversity. Our book club includes Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Kristina @ Gone Pecan and Kristan @ We Heart YA. Each month we’ll focus on one book with a book review (our discussion chat) and an author Q&A plus some fun bonus features.

Our book club…

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YA Diversity Book Club: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

YA Diversity Book Club: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

YA Diversity Book Club

Today I’m happy to share our first spotlight book for the YA Diversity Book Club! In this book club we chat about the latest YA books that celebrate diversity. Our book club includes Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Kristina @ Gone Pecan and Kristan @ We Heart YA. Each month we’ll focus on one book with a book review (our discussion chat) and an author Q&A.

Our book club kicks off with a bang with Una…

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Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters Audiobook Review

Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters Audiobook Review

Julie Anne Peters’ Define “Normal” first came out in 2000, and it was her first YA offering after writing many Middle Grade books. The book is now available as an audiobook for the first time. Define “Normal”is about two students – the “Priss” and the “Punk” brought together by peer counseling. The message of thee book about not judging a book by the cover is a good one though the book shows its…

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Mary Kay Andrews Audiobook Giveaway

Mary Kay Andrews Audiobook Giveaway

For your summer listening pleasure I have a great giveaway for you today! Are you a fan of Mary Kay Andrews? She’s the “belle of the beach reads” and author of several best-sellers such as Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, etc.

Did you know, before she adopted the Mary Kay Andrews pen name in 2002 she wrote under her own name Kathy Hogan Trocheck? Under that name,…

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Mailbox Monday buttonMailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the Mailbox Monday blog! So, I’m getting ready to leave for Comic-Con in a few days- big fun! If you’re going too, let me know! This was a relatively light book week, which is okay with me since I have no shelf space. I’ll have to stick to e-books for a while!

Also, FYI I’m changing blogging platforms this week (keeping the same domain name.) Hopefully it will be a seamless process and you won’t notice anything different, but just in case there are any snafus that is why!

Back to the mailbox- Print Books:

Mailbox Monday Sinner and California

I picked up a couple of signed books including:

California by Edan Lepucki – This is a post-apocalyptic book that’s getting a lot of attention. Have you read it yet?

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I have read this one and it’s a great addition to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

Digital review copies:

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas – A new standalone book from the author of Dangerous Girls!

Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown – A New Adult debut about romance, grieving, swimming and Tokyo!

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm – This was a pre-approved Netgalley offering and it looks cute! It’s a MG about growing up, family, and science.

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre – The second book in the NA 2B trilogy! I really like the first book and can’t wait to meet this new couple.

Thank you to Abigail Haas, Spencer Hill Press, Random House Childrens, and Harlequin

What’s new in your mailbox? 

Mailbox Monday (106) Mailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the…
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How’s your summer reading going? Do you read more in the summer than the rest of the year? I’m on a good reading streak right now thankfully.

If you’re still looking for summer reading ideas, you may want to consider Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf- it just hit shelves last month on June 24. The subject matter is topical, and it’s a gripping read, perfect for your summer reading adventures.

I’ve been reading a combination of re-reads (getting ready for upcoming book/movie adaptations) and new releases so far this summer. In fact, I have a stack of adult fiction books on my TBR that I’ll share with you. There are all kinds of stories here in these books, but they all have kind of a family theme that ties them together.

7 summer reads

Seven Summer Reads:

California by Edan Lepucki – This post-apocalyptic debut takes place 40 years in the future and is set in my home state. California follows a married couple trying to survive in a new dangerous landscape.

Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom – This debut is about love, faith and family and is set in rural Washington.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore – I’m reading this now, and it’s a twisty tale about family secrets, friendship, privilege, and morality.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – This book is about a marriage in trouble and the magic phone that may be the key to saving it.

The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller – Two sisters are reunited after twenty years in this book about family, secrets, and marriage.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – This book is about love, family and the immigrant experience. It’s the story of a couple who move from Mexico to Delaware to help their teenage daughter recover after an accident.

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf – Little Mercies is about a social worker who finds herself on the wrong side of the law when the unthinkable happens. The story is one you’ve seen in the news this summer and is a family’s worst nightmare. Lots to unpack with this one and I think it would make for a good book club discussion.

Little Mercies

About the book:

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

More about Little Mercies:

Giveaway!

To jump start your summer reading, Harlequin is offering a great prize to one lucky reader! One entrant will win a Heather Gudenkauf book bundle including Little Mercies, The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden.

To enter, please fill out the form below:

*This post is sponsored by Harlequin (publisher of Little Mercies) but all opinions, photos and content are my own.

Seven Summer Reads (and a Giveaway!) #LittleMercies How’s your summer reading going? Do you read more in the summer than the rest of the year?
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Blog Tour: Risky Business by Amy Andrews Guest Post and Giveaway

Blog Tour: Risky Business by Amy Andrews Guest Post and Giveaway

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Please welcome Risky Business author Amy Andrews who stops by to chat about Sports Heroes. Amy writes books about sports heroes, yet doesn’t enjoy sports. I can totally relate to this conundrum because I like reading sports romance but otherwise don’t follow sports at all! Let’s see if she can figure out this puzzle for us:

Sports Heroes

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Blog Tour: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton Guest Post and Giveaway

Blog Tour: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton Guest Post and Giveaway

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Please welcome London Falling author Chanel Cleeton who stops by to share her ten favorite movies set in London! I’ve seen about half of them, how about you?

Top 10 Favorite Movies Set in London

By Chanel Cleeton

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Author Chanel Cleeton

1. Love Actually

Why I love it: I saw Love Actually for the first time in a London movie theater after my first semester there. I was so in love with London and…

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Top Ten Favorite (Current) TV Shows

Top Ten Favorite (Current) TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking about our non-bookish obsessions -  favorite Movies or TV Shows.  The Emmy nominations were announced last week and some of my picks were nominated, but mostly not. (I’m still mad about The Good Wife and The Mindy Project snubs)

Here’s some of my TV faves- I went with current shows rather than old…

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The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh Audiobook Review

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh Audiobook Review

For your beach reading enjoyment you might want to try something like The Lemon Grove. It’s about forbidden desire and family dynamics and it’s set in sun-soaked Mallorca. This is a smart, erotic read and an uncomfortable, edgy (and addicting) little book.

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Book: The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh, Blackstone Audio, on sale now

Book Info: Audiobook received for review from Audiobook Jukebox. Runnin…

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