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Wishlist Wednesday #28: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Wishlist Wednesday #28: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is a memoir written by the woman who was Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff. My husband asked for it for Christmas and laughed while reading it himself, so I’m putting it on my to-read wishlist! It sounds like a good mixture of funny…

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Favorite Books of 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

2017 was a stellar reading year for both Andrew and me. We read a combined total of 200+ books and loved so many of them! One of my favorite parts of reading is sharing books I love with others and telling my friends and family which books THEY NEED TO READ! Andrew and I often recommend our favorite books to each other, and here we are now, recommending our favorite reads of this year to you. Maybe you’ll find a…

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Book Review: The Importance of Being Funny by Al Gini

Book Review: The Importance of Being Funny by Al Gini

Title: The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives Author: Al Gini Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Hardcover: 168 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a…

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Book Review: Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

Book Review: Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

Title: Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate To Author: Annabelle Gurwitch Publisher: Blue Rider Press Hardcover: 304 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way. When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast…

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Wishlist Wednesday #20: The Devil that Danced on the Water by Aminatta Forna

Wishlist Wednesday #20: The Devil that Danced on the Water by Aminatta Forna

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I’ve been trying to branch out to different genres and expand on what books I read, and this is very much outside of my typical YA, Sci-fi/fantasy fare. I’ve been on a non-fiction kick lately, and I love hearing about other people’s experiences from growing up in different places, and…

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Wishlist Wednesday #19: Self-Loathing for Beginners by Lynn Phillips

Wishlist Wednesday #19: Self-Loathing for Beginners by Lynn Phillips

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I still haven’t completely gone over the books my husband brought with him to this relationship, so I browse our shelves periodically and see if anything strikes me. The title of this book got a little giggle from me and the premise just sort of vibes with me, so I’m…

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Book Review: A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

Book Review: A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

Title: A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter Author: Nikki Giovanni Publisher: William Morrow Hardcover: 128 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her. The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who…

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Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Title: Code Girls Author: Liza Mundy Publisher: Hachette Books Hardcover: 500 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of…

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Book Review – Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Book Review – Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Title: Boy: Tales of Childhood Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Series: Roald Dahl’s Autobiography, Book 1 Publisher: Puffin Books Paperback: 176 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In Boy, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury’s, Roald Dahl’s boyhood was as full of excitement and the unexpected as are his world-famous, best-selling books. Packed with anecdotes — some funny,…

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Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Title: Will’s Words Author: Jane Sutcliffe Illustrator: John Shelley Publisher: Charlesbridge Hardcover: 40 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will’s words keep popping up all over the place! What’s an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as “what’s done is done” and “too much of a…

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