When Life Gives You Lululemons by: Lauren Weisberger

When Life Gives You Lululemons Publication date: June 5. 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
I have read the first two books in this series a very long time ago.  I have also seen the movie.  I can’t remember my feelings about the books but I enjoyed the movie.  When I saw that this was the third book in the series, I just had to get back into that world.
I have to admit that I had a hard time with this book.  Emily as a feature character, annoyed me to no end.  She was a whiny bitch who had no regard for anyone until the end of the book.  The other two women, Karolina and Miriam were almost as obnoxious to me.  The main story line of Karolina’s major issue was decent but I don’t know if it was worth reading 352 pages of it.  God, that sounds so harsh but I honestly believe there are many books that are currently out there right now or will soon be released that will be a much better read.
I am not knocking this book entirely,  I enjoyed some parts for what they were worth, just not the book as a whole.  I wouldn’t have made this the 3rd book in the Devil Wears Prada series.  It is clearly a spin-off.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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Best Beach Ever by: Wendy Wax

Best Beach Ever

Description from the publisher through Netgalley:

My Review:
My girls are back!!!  Reading this series is like catching up with a group of your nearest and dearest friends.  This is book #6 in the series and if you haven’t started it yet, what are you waiting for?!
I loved this latest installment of the girls of Ten Beach Road.  Each woman brings her own charm and shenanigans to the story.  Each woman is easy to relate to and genuine.  This story brought to light hidden fears for each woman and it showed their strengths too.
As always, I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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How Hard Can It Be? by: Allison Pearson

How Hard Can It Be Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Description:

Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world.  Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

My Review:

I did not read Allison Pearson’s first book about Kate Reddy so I was unfamiliar with this character.  That being said, you can read this book without having read the first one as it does hold up as a stand alone.  In this sequel, Kate is approaching her 50th birthday and needs to return to work to support her family.  She has two children, one in her teens the other, almost there, and a husband who is taking time off from working to better himself.

Kate is going through peri-menopause and is finding that it isn’t easy to return to work after having raised a family for the past 7 years.  There were so laugh-out-loud moments in this book.  Even though I am not near the age of Kate, I could put myself in her shoes.  I am wondering however, if I were around that age, would I have found this book to work a bit better for me.  I am not saying that this wasn’t a good book, I am simply feeling that I was not the correct target audience for it.  It was a bit drawn out and I was getting a bit bored but I powered through.  If I were to pick up Allison’s first book on Kate Reddy, I may relate to that a bit more.

I recommend this book for anyone in their mid to late 40’s+.  I think that if you like a contemporary read with humor and realistic situations, you would enjoy this.  For me, a late 30 year old already in the workforce with children,  I couldn’t relate as much.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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I received an unsolicited ARC of this book from St. Martin’s press in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you, St. Martin’s Press.

Other People’s Houses by: Abbi Waxman

Other People's Houses.jpg Publication Date:  April 3, 2018

Synopsis:

IN HER 2017 DEBUT The Garden of Small Beginnings, Abbi Waxman tackled widowhood and grief with wicked honesty. Readers fell in love with Waxman’s ability to wring humor from a sober situation, and the Lorelai Gilmore-esque widow at the center of the story. The book, an Indie Next selection, became a cult favorite among independent booksellers, and was featured in The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Elle.com, and Woman’s World, among others.
In her second novel, Waxman again dares to take a dark situation and make it funny. In OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; April 3, 2018), she captures the hilarious havoc one affair wreaks on an upper middle-class LA neighborhood.
For Frances Bloom, driver-in-residence of her local carpool crew, school dropoff is a chaotic if not predictable affair. Until one of Frances’s steely-eyed kindergarten charges sends her to retrieve forgotten school supplies. That’s when Frances stumbles on her friend Anne Porter—perfect, impeccable Anne—having a 9:00 am quickie with a younger man who is definitely not her husband.
The affair exposes, to comedic effect, dormant insecurities, neuroses, and strife in the
neighborhood. As the carpool line-up unravels one gossip session at a time, the novel alternates between the perspectives of the four families involved: the down-to-earth, level-headed Blooms; the seemingly perfect Porters; the eccentric lesbian couple Sara and Iris; and the mysterious Hortons, hiding a sad secret.
Waxman, a former ad copywriter, wields pitch-perfect dialogue, capturing how the chaotic aftermath of the affair plays out across the block behind closed doors, in scenarios alternately tender and preposterous. It will all lead up to the portentous return of Anne’s boyfriend, in a final plot turn that tests the carpool crew indelibly and forces their reliance on each other into alarming perspective.
Waxman’s bubbly skewering of her characters’ idiosyncrasies coupled with her irrepressible humor sets OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES apart from typical suburban satire.
Life in the carpool lane will never be the same.

My Review:

I loved Abbi Waxman’s debut novel, The Garden of Small Beginnings.  I thought it was a touchingly, beautiful story.  I was thrilled when I saw that I was accepted to be a part of the blog tour for her second novel.

Other People’s Houses, is what I would consider to be a companion novel to the first book since there are brief visits from the characters of the first book in this story.  This book was such a fun read.  It was a fly-on-the-wall visit into the homes of neighbors that live on the same block.  What we see on the outside, is never as it seems on the inside and Frances finds that out the hard way.  As she glimpses an affair that she was never meant to see, the neighbors’ lives are turned upside down.

I really enjoy Abbi’s writing style as she doesn’t hold back.  She can have a “potty mouth” and some readers may not enjoy that but taken in the context of this book, I was ok with it.  It really added to the story.

Excerpt:

Frances pulled into the elementary school lot and Ava got out, sighing as if she were a fourteen-year-old Victorian child disembarking for her day down the mine. She pulled open the door and swung her arm wide.

“Medium-size children may now escape. Mind the gap, and watch out for speeding moms on cell phones.”

The children had already unbuckled and piled out, high-fiving Ava as they passed her. Kate stopped, and Frances turned to see what was up. The little girl’s face was a study in conflict.

“What’s wrong, honey?”

Kate looked at Frances, and her chin wobbled.

“I left my toilet roll tubes at home.”

“Oh.” Frances looked at her eldest child. Ava shrugged, looking back inside the open minivan.

“They aren’t in the car.”

“Oh, OK.” Frances smiled at Kate. “I’m sure the teacher will have lots of extras.” She herself had, over time, sent in three thousand toilet roll tubes. For all she knew they were building a particle collider out of them, or an accurate re-creation of the New York subway system. Let’s hope they didn’t use the obvious choice for subway trains.

“No, I have to have my own ones.” Kate’s eyes were filling with tears, her shit-fit indicator was dropping to DEFCON 3. “It’s for the class project. Everyone else will have them.”

Frances weighed her options. On the one hand Kate was only six, and would not only survive but would forget the trauma of not having had toilet roll tubes. But on the other hand, she was a member of the Yakuza-esque organization known as Miss Lollio’s First Grade Class, whose members fell on the weakest like wolves on a lamb. Forgetting to bring toilet roll tubes and having to borrow some was a Noticeable Event to be avoided at all costs. It wasn’t on the level of peeing oneself, of course, it wasn’t going to give rise to a nickname you couldn’t shake until college, but it wasn’t great.

“My mommy put them in a bag, but she forgot to give them to me.” A note of accusatory steel had entered her voice. Frances gazed at the little angel, whose mother had been heard calling her Butterblossom. Kate’s eyes had gone flat like a shark’s. She knew she would get what she wanted, the only question was when. I am younger than you, old lady, her eyes said, and I will stand here until age makes you infirm, at which time I will push you down, crunch over your brittle bones, and get the toilet roll tubes I need.

“Alright, Kate. I’ll go back and get them after I drop Ava, OK, and bring them back to school for you.” Frances knew she was being played, but it was OK. She was softhearted, and she could live with that.

“Suckah . . .” Ava headed back to her seat, shaking her head over her mother’s weakness, a weakness she loved to take advantage of herself.

“Thanks, Frances!” Kate beamed an enormous smile, turned, and ran off—the transformation from tremulous waif to bouncy cherub instantaneous. Behind her in the line of cars, someone tapped their horn. OK, the brief honk said, we waited while you dealt with whatever mini crisis was caused by your piss-poor parenting, because we’re nice like that, but now you can get a move on because we, like everyone else in this line, have Shit to Do. Amazing how much a second of blaring horn can communicate.

Frances waved an apologetic hand out of the car window, and pulled out of the gate.

She dropped the other kids and was back at Anne’s house in a half hour. Having carpool duty wasn’t the onerous task the other parents thought it was: All three schools were close to home, and all four families lived on the same block. As Frances ran up to Anne’s door she looked over and saw her own cat, Carlton, watching her. She waved. He blinked and looked away, embarrassed for both of them.

She knocked softly on the door, but no one answered. Maybe Anne had gone back to sleep. She turned the handle and pushed open the door, peering around. Yup, there was the bag of toilet roll tubes. She grabbed it and was about to shut the door again when she saw Anne lying on the floor, her face turned away, her long hair spilling across the rug.

“Anne! Holy crap, are you OK?” But as she said it her brain started processing what she was really seeing. Anne, on the floor, check. But now she’d turned her head and Frances realized she was fine. In fact, she was better than fine. Frances had instinctively stepped over the sill and now she saw that Anne was naked, her face flushed, a man between her legs, his head below her waist.

“Shit . . .” Frances dropped her eyes, began to back out, “Sorry, Anne, Kate forgot her toilet roll tubes . . .” Stupidly she raised her hand with the Whole Foods bag in it because, of course, that would make it better, that she’d interrupted Anne and Charlie having a quickie on the living room floor. It was OK, because she was just here for the toilet roll tubes. Nothing to see here, move along.

The man realized something was wrong, finally, and raised his head, looking first at Anne and then turning to see what she was looking at, why her face was so pale when seconds before it had been so warmly flushed.

Frances was nearly through the door, it was closing fast, but not before she saw that it wasn’t Charlie at all. It was someone else entirely.

Frances closed the door and heard it click shut.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Exciting Announcement: I’m Co-hosting a READ-A-THON!!!

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It’s a Re- read-a-thon to be exact.  I, along with 20 other book lovers, will be getting online to chat about and encourage you to re-read some books.  This is the brain child of Merphy Napeir on booktube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FW6FYqPLeQIXMSulBfOLw 

For each day of the read-a-thon there will be 3 hosts across different platforms: Youtube, Instagram and our blogs.  The main twitter handle for us is @ReReadAThon2018

Do you want more awesome news????

On each day of the Re-read-a-thon, there will be 3 separate GIVEAWAYS!  For those of you that haven’t had a cup of coffee yet…that means a grand total of 21 GIVEAWAYS- 24 hour flash giveaways, to be exact, that week and you can enter them all!!!!

During the week, there will be optional challenges to help you set your TBR along with photo challenges for those of you who are all about Books and Pictures!

Here are the Hosts:

Sunday March 18

Bookstagramer: Margoe – A quick read

BookBlogger: Jess – Quick Read

Booktuber: Merphy from Merphy Napier
Featured Blog:

http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com

Featured Instagram: @little_dragon_pants

Featured Booktube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FW6FYqPLeQIXMSulBfOLw/videos

 

Monday March 19

BookBlogger wastepaperprose Childhood Favorite

Booktuber Elle from Elliot Brooks

Bookstagram: Shaegeeksout – Childhood Classics

Featured Blog: Wastepaperprose.com

Featured Instagram: @shaegeeksout

Featured Booktube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiflcKnh5cZiRWK7jlYKwxA/videos

 

 

Tuesday March 20

Bookstagramer:: Callmesensei14 – Greatest Hits: Books that define you

BookBlogger: Sophie K. -How Re-reading helped me love a book more; Sophie K.

Booktuber: Vanessa from PaperFaerie

Featured Blog: bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog

Featured Instagram: @callmesensei14

Featured Booktube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUGKYqBc2vdai5VNQdyahw/videos

 

 

Wednesday March 21

Bookstagramer: Merphy Napier – Favorite Genre

BookBlogger: Nadja – Re-Read from your favorite Genre (thriller)

Booktuber: Roya from Royaevereads

Featured Blog: fit-and-beautiful-heart-reads.blogspot.de

Featured Instagram: @merphynapier

Featured Booktube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvvtQYFehxl0oIWCk9EYSWw/videos

 

 

Thursday March 22

Bookstagramer: Andreasbookss- Favorite Author

BookBlogger: Amylou88 -Re-reading to break a slump

Booktuber: Jo from NotSoAverageJoe

Featured Blog: burstingwithbooks.com

Featured Instagram: @Andreasbookss

Featured Booktube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFt-4PZgfHrUpanE0-gfBg

 

 

Friday March 23

Bookstagramer:: Bookgoil – First Reread

BookBlogger: wonderlandiansbooks – Old Fave New Edition (re-reading different editions of faves)

Booktuber: Kira from shollyday

Featured Blog: www.wonderlandiansbooks.wordpress.com

Featured Instagram: @bookgoil

Featured Booktube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shollydays/videos

 

 

Saturday March 24

Bookstagramer: CircusofDamned the first book you ever fell in love with

BookBlogger: Candice – Relistening to favorites

Booktuber: Dustin from BookBabble

Featured Blog: https://bookqueenreviews.wordpress.com

Featured Instagram: @circus_of_damned

Featured Booktube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwmOwm8RDzKo6PKe7CJvNzQ/videos

 

So, I have the honor of closing out the week by relistening to favorites.  If you have been here a while, you know I have a fairly long commute to and from work and I utilize that time by listening to Audio books.

My TBR for the week should be up fairly soon but this post should have been up two days ago!

Either way, let me know if you are participating and what your TBR looks like!

We are all so excited!

 

Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel by: Peter Davidson

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Synopsis from the author:

When my grandson, Joel, got engaged I decided to jot down a few words of marital advice for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week (www.maritaladvicetomygrandsonjoel.com).  As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is. The name of the book is: MARITAL ADVICE TO MY GRANDSON, JOEL: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night.

Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, insightful, humorous look at married life that any engaged, married, or even single person can relate to and enjoy.

Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife.

Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.

My Review:

This is an adorable and hilarious read for anyone who is married or is about to get married or is living with their significant other.  It is a small book, at about 130 pages, but it is packed full of humorous advice.  I cracked up reading about the man who leaves his socks around the house, but really, why????

The only chapter that I skimmed through was the one on finances and stocks and bonds.  Maybe that’s why this is a gift for Peter’s grandson, so that he can know and handle that part of married life!

It touched my heart that a grandfather wanted to make sure his grandson was prepared for marriage and wrote this for him.  I am happy that he released it into the world for others to enjoy as well.

 

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Real McCoys by: Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

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A Middle-Grade Mystery

The Real McCoys

Synopsis 
 

Her name’s Moxie. Moxie McCoy.

Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world’s greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case—but she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.

Moxie must interview her classmates—both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can’t save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie’s little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he’s a good listener.

Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?

Bursting with interactive illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr’s The Real McCoys delivers clever storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartwarming insight. This is the first book in a series.

 

Praise for THE REAL MCCOYS

“Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Swanson’s witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr’s bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal … An exceptional book.” —Booklist, starred review

“An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one–especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.” —Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist

 

About the Authors

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr

WE LIVE AND WORK AND MAKE STUFF TOGETHER IN THE HAYLOFT OF AN OLD BARN ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND.

Combining Robbi’s illustrations and Matthew’s words, we run two small presses— Idiots’Books (illustrated picture books for adults) and Bobbledy Books, (a picture book and music club for kids). Together, we have published more than 60 volumes, including titles with MacmillanChronicle Books and LB KidsWe speak, teach, and run workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship (with appearances at TEDx, Mom 2.0,Alt Summit, and ICON7). And we blog about our ongoing adventures in creative mishap.

ROBBI BEHR is an illustrator/print maker/commercial salmon fisherwoman who earned a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When she is not drawing stuff or eating ice cream or watching sappy late-90s chick movies, she is, in all likelihood, fast asleep.
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MATTHEW SWANSON is a writer/art director/blues harmonica player who has so far failed in every attempt to be swashbuckling. He managed to secure a BA from Williams but was summarily rejected from every MFA program to which he applied—thus emboldening Robbi to remind him almost daily that he is a master of nothing.
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My Review:
This is an adorable, fun and exciting middle grade read.  If your child is into solving mysteries, this is a great place to start.  Our mini sleuth Moxie has to solve even the smallest of mysteries and she will do anything to solve them.  I love the quirkiness of Moxi and her little brother Milton.  There is much more to the story then the mystery itself.  It is about friendship and family and caring more for someone else than yourself.
I also love that the story doesn’t end after the book is over.  There is more to read and look at online.  What a great interactive series.  The illustrations in this book are wonderful and detailed.  It is almost like reading a graphic novel.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 20 Winners will receive a Copy of THE REAL MCCOYS by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.

ENDS: December 8, 2017
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