my review of every day

My Review of “Every Day”

So last week I read the book Every Day, by David Levithan. Ah...what a relief to read a book for pleasure.  Lately, I've been reading self-help books (my Books to Read in April challenge was ALL self-help) and while they've been good reads and have entertained me somewhat, I miss fiction. I love fiction above all else. So anyway, this was probably the first time (at least that I can remember) that I read a book AFTER I saw the movie. Last weekend I took a break from writing and blogging and scraping puke off the back of the toilet bowl lid, and just sat and watched a movie. I have not done that for quite some time.  I have a really difficult time choosing movies and I usually end up watching the same five movies over and over and over...(13 Going on 30, The Notebook, How to Lose a…

chick-lit reads

Chick-Lit Chat Author Review Round-up

A few years ago when I first started this whole writing novels gig, I was lucky enough to stumble across a Facebook group of like-minded, mostly struggling, but incredibly fun authors of the *gasp* Chick-Lit genre. I say *gasp* because it seems to me that Chick-lit or Rom Com novels can be some of the most underrated and stigmatized books out there. Many people don't see them as "literature" or "real" novels, simply because they are lighthearted and often portraying predictable tropes. Myself included. Well...Past Me anyway. Full Disclosure: I wasn't always a fan of Chick-lit. In fact, I might have even considered myself one of the nay-sayers, claiming it wasn't real art. I thought it was mindless fluff with no real value to a reader. Okay, I was a bit of a book snob.... But after I started writing in this genre, I realized how much fun I could…

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

*****4.5 stars for this unexpected delight of a story. I don't read erotic books. I don't read stories with pictures of half-naked men on the cover. I steer clear of anything that seems to be mainly about sex. It's not that I'm a prude, it's the fact that a certain ridiculously popular book for middle aged women featuring an abusive man that everyone swooned over because he was rich kind of ruined my view of any erotic books. Still, this was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and I love most of what the book club picks. I was hesitant that the book would be all erotic stories, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was not too many and for the most part, they were tastefully done. (There was one or two that I completely skimmed over...mostly because I was on the beach and the kids were trying to read…

The 5 Best Books of Summer 2018

Well unfortunately summer of 2018 is winding down. For me, that means back to school and back to work...and less time to read. From the first day of school on, my TBR pile starts to grow at an exponential rate. The days of relaxing on the beach with a good book have come to an end. No more lazy afternoons floating in the pool while reading. No more hanging out in the hammock in the evening with a book...oh, wait, I don't have a hammock anymore...the kids broke it. Despite the fact that summer is almost gone, it's not too late to revisit some of what I consider to be the Best Books of Summer 2018. At least they were for me. There are other lists of "the best books of summer 2018", and some of the books I put on my list may be on there, but mostly this…