Blog Tour: Tweet Cute


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By Emma Lord
368 pages, published January 21, 2020
Wednesday Books
 Note: I received this book from the author and publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

Purchase Links
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About the Book
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

 

What a fun Young Adult Romance! It's been awhile since I've read YA and this was so light and refreshing and fun. The book grabs you right from the beginning and the characters are so likable. The book is full of yummy food (cake, grilled cheese....) that it WILL make you want all the comfort food while or after reading it. The fact that the main characters are named Pepper and Jack is just too punny--and I LOVE puns!  The book is a bit cheesy, but that's the point--it's cheesy and fun and makes you laugh and forget about real life for a bit. I adored Pepper as a character--she was so snarky and funny. Jack was a fun character too. This was a great debut novel from Emma Lord! If you love YA, this is a book not to miss!

About the Author
Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter or Instagram.




 

Top Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.  

This Week's Topic: 

Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf 

I'm including physical books and kindle books in this list! They are mostly NetGalley ARC's, but a few physical books too.

     

 
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What are some new arrivals to your bookshelf? Happy Reading!


Book Beginnings: Homegoing

 

Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I'm participating in #theunreadshelfproject2020 hosted by Whitney @ The Unread Shelf.  January's challenge is to pick a book, any book off of your unread shelf and read it by January 31st. My pick,(thanks to several of you chiming in on Instagram!) is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It's been on my bookshelf for quite awhile, and I finally started it Wednesday night! Here are the opening lines:


"The night Effia Otcher was born into the musky heat of Fanteland,a fire raged through the woods just outside her father's compound. It moved quickly, tearing a path for days."

I'm really enjoying this book so far and thankful I joined the Unread Shelf Project to motivate me to read it! In case you haven't read it, here is the synopsis, from Goodreads:


31147619. sy475 Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.  


Have you read Homegoing? What did you think? Happy Friday! 

Book Review: Such a Fun Age

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By Kiley Reid
320 pages
Published December 21,2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.


This book wasn't even on my list until Reese Witherspoon selected it as her January book club pick. I'm so glad I read it! I was hooked into the story right from the first few pages--the book opens up at the scene where Emira is in the grocery store with the Chamberlain's daughter and gets accused of kidnapping her.  This book is so thought provoking right from the very beginning and you really feel for Emira and think about how you would feel in her situation.

The book switches between Emira and Alix's perspectives, and despite the serious topics, the book is witty, funny, well written, and entertaining. I loved Alix's daughter, Briar--she definitely provided some entertainment throughout the book. Though I wasn't a fan of Alix as a character, the story was so engaging that I couldn't put it down. The characters were well developed, multi dimensional, and real. This was an excellent debut novel from Kiley Reid, and I really look forward to reading more from her in the future! 

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

Bookish Discoveries I Mad in 2019

What a fun topic! The notes on this topic said it could be books, authors, blogs, websites, apps, etc. It was really fun to put together this list!

Authors and Books

1. Allie Larkin: I read Swimming for Sunlight in 2019 and absolutely loved it, and immediately started reading her previous books.

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2. Sarah Morgan: I read One Summer in Paris and loved it! I was surprised I hadn't read her books before. Later in the year I also read A Wedding in December later in the year. I will definitely read more of her books in the future!

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3. This wonderful book:

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4. And this wonderful book:

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5. And this book, which was definitely a "bookstagram made me do it" read. I LOVED it!

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Other Bookish Fun

6. withabookskeeve :  I first found these book sleeves on instagram. Chanon makes amazing book sleeves! I love this "avocuddle" one I got. She is currently taking a break from her etsy shop, but I couldn't not include this in my list!



7. Libro.fm : audiobooks that support Indie Bookstores? Can't go wrong with that!!

8. Book of the Month: I know I'm late to the party here! I got my first box in 2019 and have really enjoyed it. What I love most is the flexibility--if I'm not excited about the picks, I can skip that month--so I never feel like I'm wasting money. And the BOTM covers are just so pretty! Use my link to get your first box for $5!

9. The Professional Book Nerds podcast: Adam and Jill, who both work at OverDrive, are delightful!  They interview authors, talk about books, and give their monthly book recommendations.  A great podcast!

10. @readingbringsjoy on Instagram : I love Rachael's instagram feed!

What are your biggest bookish discoveries of 2019? I'm super excited to read everyone's post this week!

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday: January 8

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The Three W's are:

What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?

Recently Finished
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I enjoyed The Giver of Stars--though I have to admit I enjoyed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek more! I was so excited to read Love Lettering, since there were so many amazing reviews, but....I just didn't connect with it. Loved the premise, but it just fell flat for me. To each their own!

Currently Reading

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I just started Such a Fun Age yesterday, and I'm already hooked! I'm listening to an ALC on Libro.fm and really enjoying the audio version!

Up Next

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I'm on the blog tour for Tweet Cute on January 22, so look for my review post! I'm also starting Homegoing soon--my January read for #theunreadshelfproject2020.

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:
Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020
There are so many books to be excited about in 2020!  There are quite a few I'm really excited about that release in July, but this list is for January to June.
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What books are you excited for in early 2020?

Bout of Books 27: Updates

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 27 starts Monday! It's the best way to get back into things after the holiday break, and a great way to start the new year! If you're new to Bout of Books or want more details, my sign up post is a great place to look.

In the past I've set page goals, book goals, and other types of goals. In the more recent Bout of Books, I've set super relaxed goals--finish one book, have fun, and connect with others! These are definitely still my goals for Bout of Books 27. The main goal of Bout of Books is to read an have fun, so I don't want to stress myself out by counting pages. But--if that's what makes YOU happy and have fun, go for it! It's just not what works for me. So as far as stats go, I will only be reporting number of books read.

Also, the Bout of Books team named me a Bout of Books Expert, which basically means I've participated in A LOT of these great readathons! Feel free to ask questions or connect!


The Books

Here are the books that are on my January TBR--which ones I read for Bout of Books depends on what I read this weekend!

If you're following my on Instagram, you know that I'm participating in #theunreadshelfproject2020 this year! It's hosted by Whitney over at The Unread Shelf. I counted up all my unread books (physical and kindle) and I had over 100 books...so my 2020 goal is to read some of them! Whitney is awesome and has monthly goals to help participants accomplish this goal, and January is simple: pick a book, any book from your unread shelf and read it by January 31! I asked you on Instagram which I should pick, and Homegoing was a popular response! Others included The Nightingale (I too am shocked I haven't read it yet)  and The Goldfinch--both of which are also priorities for 2020.

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  I look forward to reading an connecting with you all next week! I'll mostly be posting on Twitter and Instagram! Happy Bout of Books!