Review: Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay

Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay
Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay by Liz Fosslien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We need more books like this in the world. Hard things are happening to all of us and it’s been an exceptionally tough few years. I really really appreciate how honest and open Liz and Mollie are in this book. How they do not shy away from the things that are incredibly hard to talk about. They go into the dark places and they hold your hand and give you some ideas of what might help while you’re there. They don’t mince words, they don’t assume they know more than they do or that there are easy answers. They do what they do best: they make you feel less alone in the world. They make you feel seen. I am so grateful for what they do.

with gratitude to edelweiss and Portfolio/ Random House for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The No-Show

The No-Show
The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For some reason it took me forever to get into this book and follow the story line of each of the women. Thankfully I hadn’t read enough about the plot so the way it came together in the end was all new for me and really made the book so magical. I recommend reading this one without knowing too much in advance.

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Review: Answers in the Pages

Answers in the Pages
Answers in the Pages by David Levithan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Levithan is such an excellent writer.

This book has three ongoing storylines. A boy whose class is reading a book that his mom doesn’t approve of and would like removed from the curriculum, excerpts from the book itself, and two boys who are becoming friends as they do a school project together.

Each of the stories is wonderful and joyful on their own and Levithan’s magic is all over it. I don’t want to say more lest I give away the best parts of the book.

This story is a great reminder that books are magic and we all love who we love and kids can save their parents. I loved every minute I spent with it.

with gratitude to netgalley and Random House Children’s for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Paris Apartment

The Paris Apartment
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars.

I kept dragging my feet on reading this mystery and I am not sure why. It was perfectly good. Interesting twists, engaging plot. If you like Foley’s other work, you will enjoy this.

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Review: Home or Away

Home or Away
Home or Away by Kathleen West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this story about an ex-hockey player who almost made it to the Olympics but didn’t as she brings her family (and her hockey playing kid) back to her hometown to face some of her own fears and past as her son learns how to navigate his new team.

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Review: True Biz

True Biz
True Biz by Sara Novi?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an unusual book. I really loved my time with this story that involved so much deaf culture and so many interesting facts about deaf history. I learned ASL years and years ago and this book made me want to go back and restudy so much of what I’d learned back then.

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Review: When You Get the Chance

When You Get the Chance
When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this YA story of a theater girl looking for her mom Mamma Mia style. A lot of goodness in this story around friendship, family, belonging. Really enjoyed it.

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Review: Below Zero

Below Zero
Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love these short novellas from Ali Hazelwood and look forward to all of them. I love the scientist women. such fun.

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Review: Cover Story

Cover Story
Cover Story by Susan Rigetti
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I would say this was a 3 star read all the way through for me but there’s a completely unexpected ending that meant I had to add at least a half star more. Well, done, Rigetti, well done.

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Review: Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance by Alison Espach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a beautiful story Sally, her sister Kathy and Kathy’s boyfriend Billy. When Kathy has a terrible tragedy, it changes the trajectory of the lives of her parents, Sally and Billy. The story of how grief affects each person so differently and how it can get under your skin and never ever leave you. And how some people grow closer as a result while others are torn apart. There’s no right way to grieve and no ways to choose what comes next. It’s a beautiful coming of age story in the middle of unspeakable grief.

With gratitude to netgalley and Macmillan Audio for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Story of You Workbook: An Enneagram Guide to Becoming Your True Self

The Story of You Workbook: An Enneagram Guide to Becoming Your True Self
The Story of You Workbook: An Enneagram Guide to Becoming Your True Self by Ian Morgan Cron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the Story of You when I read it last year and I have found the Enneagram to be an interesting lens to look through. I firmly believe in the idea that we write stories for ourselves and then spend the rest of our time looking for ways to prove that story and build on it so this guide which helps unravel our stories and creates space for us to build new stories was profoundly useful to me. I will keep coming back to it again and again.

with gratitude to edelweiss and HarperCollins for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Calm Your Anxiety Journal: Guided, Gentle Prompts for Soothing Stress and Quieting Your Anxiety

Calm Your Anxiety Journal: Guided, Gentle Prompts for Soothing Stress and Quieting Your Anxiety
Calm Your Anxiety Journal: Guided, Gentle Prompts for Soothing Stress and Quieting Your Anxiety by Ms. Liza Kindred
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this excellent book around diving deeper into how to work with your anxiety. It’s a combination of concepts, exercises and reflection. You can do some of it in one sitting but there are also several exercises to help you ongoingly and to reflect as you do them over time. I found it to be very useful.

with gratitude to edelweiss and quarto group for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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