4 Exciting Book Releases in May & June 2019

We have 4 different books and 4 different genres: Women’s Fiction; African American Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance, and a YA Fantasy Fiction.

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Disappearing Earth (Julia Phillips)

Disappearing Earth is a Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, novel that hits shelves on May 14, 2019.

What It’s About

Book Cover of Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, a women's literary fiction novel.
TITLE: Disappearing Earth | AUTHOR: Julia Phillips | GENRE: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction | RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2019

Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, vanish off of a remote peninsula in Russia.

The police investigate the disappearance but nothing turns up.

Told during the course of a year, one months at a time, we heard from those affected by the disappearance: a neighbor, a detective, a witness, a mother.

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Why I’m Interested

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Book Review: Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie (Realistic Teen Fiction Novel)

Important.

That’s the one word I’d use to describe this book.

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Synopsis

Book Cover of Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick, a teen, family fiction novel.
Title: Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie | Author: Jordan Sonnenblick | Genres: Teen Fiction, Family Fiction, Realistic Fiction | First Published: 2004

Meet 13 year old Steven Alper – he’s starting 8th grade, loves drumming, and has a crush on the cutest girl in school: Renee.

Steven lives with his mom, dad, and his annoying little brother: 4 year old Jeffery.

All is well.

Until it’s not, when Jeffery is diagnosed with cancer.  

With their world upended, we follow the Alpers as they as they navigate this unexpected terrain.

And we experience it all through Steven’s eyes.

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Reading Update: Just Finished & Currently Reading

Hey Guys,

I wanted to pop in and give you a reading update.

So, I finished The Good Byline (a Contemporary Cozy Mystery), and I started Shadow of the Fox (a YA Fantasy Novel).

Now, let’s talk about ’em.

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Recently Finished

Book Cover of The Good Byline by Jill Orr, a cozy mystery novel set in a small town.

I recently finished The Good Byline, a Riley Ellison Mystery by Jill Orr. It’s a stand alone Cozy Mystery, but the first in the Riley Ellison series.

Synopsis: Riley Ellison has just moved back to her small town home after breaking up with her boyfriend of 7 years.

After she returns, she decides to re-connect with her childhood best friend, Jordan. There’s just one problem: Jordan died by suicide a few days earlier.

Not fully believing Jordan’s death was a suicide, and also being asked by Jordan’s mother to write her obituary, Riley begins to look into the matter.

Did Jordan actually die by suicide? Was it foul play? If so, who would want Jordan dead, and why?

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E-books, Audiobooks, or Physical Books? My Thoughts

Today, I though it would be interesting to talk about how we like to read. Whether we prefer physical book, audio-books, or e-books.

They’re all valid ways to read, in my opinion, and though one isn’t better than another, we each have our preferred methods.

There is no right or wrong here.

To find out my thoughts on each, and learn which method(s) I prefer, keep on reading.

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Book Review: A Heart in a Body in the World (Realistic Fiction YA Novel)

A searing, raw, honest, and unflinching portrait and exploration of grief.

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Synopsis

Book Cover of A Heart In A Body In The World, by Deb Caletti, a Young Adult Fiction Novel.
Title: A Heart In A Body In The World | Author: Deb Caletti | Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Year Published: 2018

17 year old Annabelle Agnelli has been through something BIG. So big that it’s upended her entire world.

Grieving, she decides to run from Seattle to Washington, DC.

Why? Because she has to do something.

Anything.

She runs because she’s tired of sitting still.

She runs because she has to keep on living.

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Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Classic Detective Fiction Novel)

I bet ya can’t guess whodunit. Or can you?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard of Agatha Christie. Fun Fact: She’s one of the best-selling authors of all time. And she wrote over 70 novels, during her lifetime, all of which are still in print.

Murder on the Orient Express was my introduction to her works.

I’m hella late, I know. But I am here now. 😛

Now, shall we get into the synopsis? Spoiler-free, of course.

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Synopsis

The Orient Express is en route to London when a passenger is found stabbed to death inside his cabin. By chance, world renown detective, Hercule Poirot, is aboard. We follow Poirot’s investigation as he searches for clues, collects his evidence, and ultimately learns the killer’s identity.

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Book Cover of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, a Classic, Mystery Fiction Novel.
Title: Murder on the Orient Express | Author:  Agatha Christie | First Published: 1934 (as Murder in the Calais Coach) | Genre: Mystery, Classic
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Book Review: Scythe (YA Dystopian Fiction Novel)

Scythe features fascinating world-building and presents thought-provoking questions about the possible repercussions of human immortality.

Have you ever heard of this novel? If not, well allow me to bring you up to speed. Spoiler-free of course.

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Synopsis

Title: Scythe | Author: Neal Shusterman | Published: 2017

Set in the near-future, natural death has become a thing of past. As have war, hunger, and disease.

The Cloud is in control and provides for everyone’s needs from food to employment, housing, education, and anything else that may be required.

But this new reality must be preserved, and the population must not get out of hand, therefore, people still need to die.

Instead of by natural causes, death now comes by trained killers called Scythes. And two new apprentices have been chosen.

We follow teenagers Citra and Rowan, as they learn the art of kill-craft and discover what it truly means to be a Scythe.

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Book Review: Kumquat (Adult Romantic Comedy Novel)

If you want to laugh out loud or if you like awkward, quirky characters, then this book might be for you.

But before we get in to the review, let me tell you what it’s about. Spoiler-free, of course.

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 Synopsis

Kumquat by Jeff Strand Book Cover, A Book Review
Title: Kumquat | Author: Jeff Strand | Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedy | Published: 2014

Would you take a road trip with someone you just met?

35 year old Todd certainly wouldn’t.

Todd plays life safe – content with a run of the mill job,  unemployed-gamer roommate, and failed love life. That is, until he meets Amy at the Worst Film Festival of the Century.

She’s cute, quirky, and funny. She also doesn’t have much time to live.

Amy convinces Todd to step out of his comfort zone and the duo embark upon a 22 hour cross-country trip for an infamous hot dog.

Will they get their hot dog before her time runs out? 

Also – there may or may not be giant gummy bear tractors, men with hooks for hands, suspicious looking hitchhikers, ornery old ladies, stolen or damaged property, a hospital stay, and some vomiting. Maybe.

A quirky, hilarious, and entertaining read.

Read an excerpt… 

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