Broken by Jenny Lawson


Broken
 by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have loved the author’s previous books, so when I heard that this one was coming out, I preordered it IMMEDIATELY. Ms. Lawson writes about human flaws in such a humorous, open way that the reader can’t help but be sucked into the story.

I learn a lot from her books, too. I had no idea that watermelon was a laxative for cats until she described her leopard spotted carpet. I had to look up a cockchafer, also.

I live the chapter on fighting with the insurance company every week. Sometimes, it’s several times a week. I comforted me to know that others have the same fights with the same people, and it’s not just me. Now, if we could all band together and allow doctors to decide what is best for patients, and not allow the insurance companies to dictate treatments, so many more people would be happier and healthier.

I highly recommend this book. I laughed through the majority of it, but she discusses many serious subjects, also.

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Mother’s Little Secret: Children’s Picture Book About the Unconditional and Boundless Love of a Mother for a Child by Melissa Winn

Mother's Little Secret: Children's Picture Book About the Unconditional and Boundless Love of a Mother for a Child

Mother’s Little Secret: Children’s Picture Book About the Unconditional and Boundless Love of a Mother for a Child by Melissa Winn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a beautiful poem that would work well as a bedtime book. The words are soft and flowing and they express the love a mother has for a child. The illustrations go very well with the words. I enjoyed this book immensely.

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Just How White is the Book Industry?

Just How White is the Book Industry?

The New York Times ran the above linked article in December 2020. It discusses research done on books published by the larger publishing companies between 1950 and 2018. Only 5% of the books published during that period were by non-white authors.

When I started writing this blog, I started thinking about female vs male authors, and I usually tag the books written by women. I had been starting to think about the books that are considered classics and how many of them were written by men. I wasn’t purposely reading female authors, I was just tagging them for my own knowledge. I did find that I read more books written by women than I thought.

After reading this article, I think I may start tagging my books as “author of color,” just for my own knowledge. I don’t know how many books I read by authors who were not white, but I know that I read a few by Nigerian authors. This article will get me thinking. I hope it does the same for others.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell


The Family Upstairs
 by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had this book recommended to me many times, so I finally picked it up, without knowing what it was about. I got sucked into the plot immediately. It had me guessing for the majority of the book. I had no idea where it was going or how it was going to end. I loved it!

This was an easy read and I recommend it highly.

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A Hug and a Kiss is Every Baby’s Bliss: How Your Baby Learns to Love: Your Baby Learns to be Affectionate when He Feels Your Love for Him. Hugs and Kisses … Books for 3 year Old by Melissa Winn


A Hug and a Kiss is Every Baby’s Bliss: How Your Baby Learns to Love: Your Baby Learns to be Affectionate when He Feels Your Love for Him. Hugs and Kisses … Books for 3 year Old
 by Melissa Winn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a cute book on how babies learn to love from their parents. It has cute illustrations and a little blurb about each type of animal. Small children would enjoy this being read to them while they look at the pictures. 

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A Hug and a Kiss is Every Baby's Bliss: How Your Baby Learns to Love: Your Baby Learns to be Affectionate when He Feels Your Love for Him. Hugs and Kisses ... Books for 3 year Old

Perfect Memories by Lindsey Powell

Perfect Memories by Lindsey Powell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the series. If I hadn’t read the first book right before starting this book, I wouldn’t have known what was going on. The story seemed forced after the memory part of the story was done. I enjoyed this story less than the first one, but I felt that I needed to know how the first story ended up after the cliffhanger ending. 

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Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell

Perfect Stranger

Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed almost everything about this book. I had to suspend belief that a writer could completely forget about her phone and laptop for several days. Also, I was not thrilled about the ending. I had no choice but to get the next book in the series. I needed to know what happened. If you’re willing to invest in the whole series, then I’d recommend this mostly romance, somewhat suspenseful mystery book. 

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This is not your fault by Courtney Maum

This is not your fault

This is not your fault by Courtney Maum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a palate cleanser between bookclub books. It was included with my Audible subscription, and it was short. It was the perfect time to read it. 

This was a light epistolary book about a couple going through a divorce during Covid times. It addresses many of the difficulties with life in during this time, along with general difficulties of time management. 

I think that it was well written and hit many points that I hadn’t thought of. Plus it kept my interest for the whole story. 

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