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Landline | Rainbow Rowell

“I love you more than I hate everything else.”

Genre: Chick Lit. Number of Pages: 310. Perspective: Third. Location: LA, California & Omaha, Nebraska.
Georgie and her husband are at odds when Georgie chooses to miss her family’s Christmas vacation in order to prepare for an important work meeting. While her family is away, she discovers a phone that allows her to talk to her husband when he was over a decade younger. This might be the key to rekindling their broken relationship. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This is probably my least favorite Rainbow Rowell book, but it was still pretty enjoyable. My ranking of her books now is Eleanor and Park, then Fangirl, then Carry On, then Landline. This book was so different from her other books because it was an adult book about marriage, rather than a young adult book about blooming love. Her voice was still present, which is what made the book enjoyable. 
This was a quick read and the premise was interesting. But I felt gipped by the…
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It's a Writer Thing -- Seemingly Inconsequential Events

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 

Hello, Wonderful Writers!
The author journey is long. Long. It takes forever to get an agent. Even when you sign with one, it can take months to years to sell your book. Then you wait for it to come out. And to get the next book deal. In between, there are a lot of things to wait for: people to read and give you feedback, wait times until reveals and announcements, delays in getting an answer so you can move on to something else.
This process takes a LONG time.
But, it’s not all an endless, sweaty slog along a dusty trail. I swear. There are many bright spots along the way. Today, I want to talk about something else that happens during the writing journey: a bunch of seemingly inconsequential events that actually are really important. 
I learned this concept as a psychology pre-doctoral intern, leading a CBT psychotherapy group for people in recovery from addiction. One of our therapy concepts was Seemingly Inconsequential Decision: or, the little,…

National Siblings Day: What to Read

Without Merit | Colleen HooverThis book follows the dysfunctional Voss family told from 17-year-old Merit’s perspective. She is holding on to a lot of secrets for members of her family, but she may not be seeing the full picture. For a complete summary, you can go here.
First of all, any book that I can read in one day (and practically one sitting) has to be pretty good. The way Hoover writes just flows so well. All of her books suck you in and are quick reads because you just want to devour the book. They usually have some twists, but you never feel like you have to think too hard or slow down to piece everything together. I even gave it my Best Book Award (I am on a roll with good books this week!).
My favorite part about this book is that it discusses perception and that we make a lot of assumptions about people. I also like how it makes us aware that no one is perfect. Some reviewers complained that most of the main characters are unlikeable, but I actually appreciated that they wer…

Everything Everything | Nicola Yoon

“Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.” 

Genre: Young Adult. Number of Pages: 307. Perspective: First. Location: LA, California.
Madeleine has a serious and rare medical condition that prevents her from leaving her house. She never has a reason to leave until the boy next door teaches her that sometimes living life is worth the risk.For a complete summary, you can go here. I don’t have a lot to say about this book other than, I loved it. (And I gave it my Best Book Award). There were a few flaws, but I can overlook all of that because this book grabbed me and pulled me along for the ride. I seriously read this in one sitting. Most of the chapters were just a page or two and the book is filled with beautiful illustrations, so it is a very quick read. After dragging my brain through quite a few psychological thrillers lately, this was a lovely mental vacation. 
I caught myself smiling several times while reading this book. I also teared up a few times. The …

Autism Awareness Month: What to Read

Rain Reign | Ann M. MartinRain Reign is about a little girl, Rose, with Asperger’s syndrome. She loves homonyms, which is why her dog is appropriately named Rain, which has two homonyms: Rein and Reign. Her mom is absent and her dad has a temper, so when her only friend, Rain, goes missing, Rose struggles to find a new routine and purpose. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
You may recognize the author’s name from somewhere, that’s because she was the author of the infamous Babysitter’s Club series. Rain Reign is vastly different from Martin’s original work. This novel is meant for children, but it is so deep, complex, and touching in every way. It has been highly talked about and is up for a lot of literature awards. When you have a book like this, it can be very polarizing. Some people will love it and some people will hate it. Personally, I loved every second of it. While, I could see why some parents may not want their young children to read this book (i.e. an angry/pote…

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