Reverse Readathon!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Stopping by to let you know about an Event! 

From the Dewey's Blog...

What is the Reverse Readathon? Last year, Andi and Heather decided to host a laid back readathon that would take place at the beginning of summer. The idea is to have a laid back readathon with fewer hourly posts, no prizes, and way less stress for everyone involved. It was also another opportunity to have readers all over the world join in and read together.

Aside from the more laid back approach, the Reverse Readathon starts 12 hours earlier than the regular readathon. So for those of you used to starting at 5 AM (like me) now we get to start on Friday at 5 PM! That will hopefully allow us to power through those rough night time hours early on when the enthusiasm is still high, and then be able to make it till the end.

So when will this Reverse Readathon be? We will be started Friday, August 7th at 8 PM EST and ending Saturday, August 8th at 8 PM EST.

 

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Code for Love and Heartbreak

Tuesday, August 4, 2020






Hi Everyone! 

Stopping by to let you know about a book that I think looks really cute and that I am waiting on!

Author: Jullian Cantor
 
Summary from Amazon:
In this contemporary romcom retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma by USA TODAY bestselling author Jillian Cantor, there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love.

When math genius Emma and her coding club co-president, George, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born.

George disapproves of Emma’s idea of creating a matchmaking app, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other, and Emma’s own feelings defy any algorithm?

Happy Reading!

ARC August!

Saturday, August 1, 2020



Read Sleep Repeat is hosting ARC August again! This one is so much fun! Check out their information post and join in the fun!  


Happy Reading!

Summer!!

Thursday, July 30, 2020


Finally wrapping up Summer School this week! YAY!! That means it is my first break since January, I survived 7 credits in 8 weeks, and I get two weeks before Fall. 

Also, after today I will have survived a big work meeting. This means I can finally celebrate summer!! 

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Happy Reading!

Book Date: How to be Antiracist

Monday, July 27, 2020

Hey Everyone!

It's Monday! What are you reading? I picked up this one and it is has been very informative so far! I have alot to learn and to relearn, to understand. But I am making some time to make this a priority.


Happy Reading!

F is for Friday

Friday, July 24, 2020


F is for Friday
Hosted by: Nomadic Worlds
Description: Close out the workweek and get ready for the weekend by answering four questions:


F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read); 




I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend; 
I just picked up How to Be Anti-racist! 

F – Favorite quote of the week/day; Just keep swimming" Finding Nemo, 2003

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.
1) My kittens
2) Teleworking
3) The end of the summer school coming in just a few weeks!
4) Conversations with friends!

5) Weekends

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: Troubles in Paradise

Wednesday, July 22, 2020



Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to stop by to let you know about a book that I am waiting on:

Author: Elin Hilderbrand


Information from Amazon:
Travel to the bright Caribbean one last time in this satisfying and dishy conclusion to the nationally best-selling Winter in Paradise trilogy.

What happened in Paradise? At last all will be revealed about the secrets and lies that led Irene and her sons to St. John - and to new lives that transformed them all.

Happy Reading!

Top 5 Sunday: Books I Own

Sunday, July 19, 2020







Hi Everyone!

Stopping by with a new to me meme-Top 5 Sunday. This week's theme is Top 5 Books I own!

 
Rules!
  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post 
  • Tag 5 people


Happy Reading!

Friday Eve

Thursday, July 16, 2020



Happy Reading!

Reading Recap

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I am stopping by with a couple of mini reviews...

28 Summers
The newest Elin book! Can't have summer without a new one from her.

The Truth About Stacey (Graphic Novel)
Followed the actual book great and was perfect since I have been watching the BSC.

Karen's Witch
Another graphic novel, again perfect since BSC has been on my mind.

Earthquake Surprise
Found this chapter book in a LFL and had to pick it up since it has some historical VA information. I really enjoyed it.

What are you reading?

Happy Reading!

Bookish and Not So Bookish

Thursday, July 9, 2020



Hi Everyone...

Stopping by to send good vibes to this little one today. We are bringing him in for some additional testing, so if you can please send him some happy thoughts and wishes, we would appreciate it!


Happy Reading!

#MusicReadaThon

Tuesday, July 7, 2020



Hi Everyone! 

Just stopping by to let you know about a music themed read-a-thon!  

Hosted by Jackie @evilqueenbooks

#MusicReadaThon

Happy Reading!

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Holiday! I know that I haven't posted a ton here lately, but have been busy with Summer School. I hope that I can enjoy a break and you can all as well this holiday!

 
Happy Reading!

Book Review: Of Mutts and Men

Thursday, July 2, 2020




Author: Spencer Quinn
 
Summary from Goodreads: Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men is the latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called “nothing short of masterful"…

When Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight―Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case.

Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp’s own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell’s work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can’t refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.

Personal Review:Did you see that cover? I had to read this one, if nothing else for the dog! I enjoyed the story and the mystery throughout. I love to hear about working dogs even if in the fictionalized setting.

This was a quick read and perfect for a relaxing day at the lake. Out on July 7th, get your copy today!

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the publisher. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

TTT: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday! I wanted to stop by to let you know about my Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020!













Happy Reading!

Just Read Readathon June 23-24

Monday, June 22, 2020





A 48-hour readathon about just enjoying the process of reading


hosted by @chaptercharmer


Happy Reading!

Book Date: Small Teaching Online

Monday, June 15, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday. Stopping by to share what you a book that I am reading. This one is for school, but it is a really interesting take on how you share information.

Hope you have a great week.

 
Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: 28 Summers

Wednesday, June 10, 2020




Hi Everyone,

Every summer I wait for the new Elin book! Thankfully my wait is almost over, but I want to share that I am waiting on this one.

Author: Elin Hilderbrand
 
Summary from Goodreads:
By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades -- but this could be the summer that changes everything.

When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.

There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?

Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere -- through marriage, children, and Ursula's stratospheric political rise -- until Mallory learns she's dying.

Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.

 
Happy Reading!

SelfLoveathon

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Stopping by to let you know about the SelfLoveathon hosted by a Court of Books and Love.

Here are the Challenges for the month of June:

– Read a book in your favorite genre

– Read a book with your favorite color on the cover

– Read a book while doing some self care

– Read a book you’ve been wanting to read, but have been putting off

– Read a book with a character or by an author you connect with (in any way)

– Bonus: Reread one of your favorite books

– Bonus: Watch a movie or TV show

Will you be joining?
 
Happy Reading!

It's Monday, What Are you Reading?: Find Your Path

Monday, June 1, 2020



Hi Everyone!


Happy Monday. Just stopping by with another edition of It's Monday-What Are You Reading? This week I have been listening (through Apple) to Carrie voice her own book. It has been just what I need to start thinking about getting healthier again.


Author: Carrie Underwood
 
Summary from Amazon:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

"I want to be healthy and fit 52 weeks of the year, but that doesn't mean I have to be perfect every day. This philosophy is a year-round common-sense approach to health and fitness that involves doing your best most of the time—and by that I don't mean being naughty for three days and good for four. I mean doing your absolute best most of the time during every week, 52 weeks of the year."—Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood believes that fitness is a lifelong journey. She wasn’t born with the toned arms and strong legs that fans know her for. Like all of us, she has to work hard every day to look the way that she does! In FIND YOUR PATH she shares her secrets with readers, with the ultimate goal of being the strongest version of themselves, and looking as good as they feel. Carrie’s book will share secrets for fitting diet and exercise into a packed routine—she’s not only a multi-Platinum singer, she’s a businesswoman and busy mom with two young children. Based on her own active lifestyle, diet, and workouts, FIND YOUR PATH is packed with meal plans, recipes, weekly workout programs, and guidelines for keeping a weekly food and workout journal. It also introduces readers to Carrie's signature Fit52 workout, which involves a deck of cards and exercises that can be done at home—and it sets her fans on a path to sustainable health and fitness for life. Fit52 begins with embracing the "Pleasure Principle" in eating, making healthy swaps in your favorite recipes, and embracing a long view approach to health—so that a cheat a day won't derail you.
Throughout the book, Carrie shares her personal journey towards optimal health, from her passion for sports as a kid, to the pressure to look perfect and fit the mold as she launched her career after winning American Idol, to eventually discovering the importance of balance and the meaning of true health. For Carrie, being fit isn't about crash diets or a workout routine that you're going to dread. It’s about healthy choices and simple meals that you can put together from the ingredients in your local grocery store, and making the time, every day, to move, to love your body, and to be the best version of yourself.

Happy Reading!

June Bookish Bingo Card

Saturday, May 30, 2020


Hey Everyone!

Just stopping by with an update on June Bookish Bingo and to share the card! Will you be participating?


 
Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Boyfriend Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2020




Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to let you know about a book I am waiting on.


Author: Farrah Rochon
  

Summary from Amazon:In this witty rom-com celebrating the "unique joys of strong female friendships," three young women bond when the live Tweeting of a disastrous date leads them to discover they've all been duped by the same man. (Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Date)

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be "that" girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she's been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other "girlfriends," London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men and no dating.


For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she's always 
dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?


"A smart, funny digital-age romance about real women living in the real world. Couldn't put it down!" --Abby Jimenez, USA Today bestselling author of The Happy Ever After Playlist

*Cosmopolitan: Best Summer Reads 2020*O, The Oprah Magazine: Most Anticipated Romances of 2020*Book of the Month selection*LibraryReads selection*Bookpage: Most Anticipated Romance of 2020 *SheReads: Most Anticipated Reads of Summer 2020
 

Happy Reading!

It's Monday-What Are You Reading?

Monday, May 25, 2020


I really enjoyed this one!
 
Happy Reading!

Kick off to Summer

Friday, May 22, 2020



Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to wish you all a wonderful weekend. While I am enjoying a break from work, I also am remembering the reason for the break. Memorial Day: a day of remembrance and a day of honor.

Hope you get a chance to have some downtime and curl up with a good book!

Happy Reading!

TTT: Reasons Why I Love Graphic Novels!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Hi Everyone,

Hope you are well. I popping by to participate in the TTT topic that is open-ended this week. I am choosing to write about graphic novels!

Reasons I love them...
1) The pictures!
2) The quippy language...
3) That you get the next volume and the story continues!
4) Introductions of new characters
5) That buying them allows me to support small businesses
6) They go by quickly!
7) It's always fun to do a re-read and see what you missed the first time.
8) It breaks down sometimes complex books in a new way.
9) It's great exposure to different people, heroes, etc.
10) They may be a gateway for pursing other reading!


Have you read any good graphic novels? What would you recommend?

Happy Reading!

Book Review: The Lion's Den

Saturday, May 16, 2020



Author: Catherine St. John
 
Summary from Amazon: Sex, betrayal, and intrigue: A dream vacation on a luxurious yacht turns deadly in this pulse-pounding beach read "chock full of delicious characters who flaunt their sins . . . like the latest Birkin bag" (Adriana Trigiani).
Belle likes to think herself immune to the dizzying effects of fabulous wealth. But when her best friend, Summer, invites her on a glamorous getaway to the Mediterranean aboard her billionaire boyfriend's yacht, the only sensible answer is yes. Belle hopes the trip will be a much-needed break from her stalled acting career and uniquely humiliating waitressing job, but once she's aboard the luxurious Lion's Den, it soon becomes clear this jet-setting holiday is not as advertised.

Belle's dream vacation quickly devolves into a nightmare as she and the handful of other girls Summer invited are treated more like prisoners than guests by their controlling host-and in one terrifying moment, Belle comes to see Summer for who she truly is: a vicious gold digger who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Belle realizes she's going to have to keep her wits about her -- and her own big secret closely hidden -- if she wants to make it off the yacht alive.

Personal Review:
Let me just start off by saying that I love the location of this book...such beauty.

The story was not at all what I expected, but I found that was interesting and it kept me entertained. I am thinking that it may play out better in a movie then a book, but it was still enjoyable.

Thanks for the opportunity!
 
Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the publisher. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

5 Years

Thursday, May 14, 2020


Today is a day worth celebrating! My little piece of the world turns 5 today!! (This blog!)

Yay!!


 
Happy Reading!

Making, Missing, Learning, Loving

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Hi Everyone,

One of my friends posted this on her blog lately about filling in categories for you and I thought I love that, so here are mine:

Making
-Chocolate Chip Muffins

-Paintings! 

Missing 
-The National Mall
-Routine of every day-the voices, the rhythm, the pattern of life

Learning
-We are transitioning semesters right now. Just wrapped up Leadership and Org Theory. This summer is for Diversity & Policy, Innovations in Teaching. 


Loving
-Kitten Snuggles
-Not having to get dressed up every day
-Catching up on things that I always say I am going to do: podcasts, books, movies-the lists of things that always grows, but is actually getting things taken off too now. 
-Animal Crossing! 

For pictures associated, check out my IG! 


Happy Reading!

Bout of Books

Monday, May 11, 2020


Hey Everyone!

It is that time again-time for the Bout of Books Readathon! This one is a lot of fun! If you want to learn more, you can visit their site. 

Will you be participating?

Happy Reading!

Book Tag: Coffee Time!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Coffee...a free hug in a mug! I never really used to drink it and then I started and now I cannot stop. I saw this book tag circulating and decided to hop on in! 


Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into, but has hardcore fans.
  For me, that was the Hunger Games. It took me awhile to get past the idea 
  that people are 'tributes.'

Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
    Last year, was Let it, Snow! (Also on Netflix)

Hot Chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
     No questions asked: Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak.

Double Shot of Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
     Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I am fascinated by Newt's 
     collection :)

Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
      Lately, that has been Becoming by Michele Obama.

That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an Indie author a shout-out.
       Would love some good rec's here! :)

Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
        Another hard question...I think that writing a book is hard. I try to give            credit to those who take the time to do it.

The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that has both bitter and sweet but is ultimately satisfying.
         To All the Boys I Loved Before :)
 
Happy Reading!

May the 4th

Monday, May 4, 2020



 
Happy Reading!

Book Review: Rage Against the Minivan

Saturday, May 2, 2020



Author: Kristen Howerton
 
Summary from Goodreads: Filled with her signature blend of humor, vulnerability, and insight, Rage Against the Minivan is the handbook Kristen Howerton wishes she'd had when she was a new mom. At its heart, it is about parents learning how to love better by letting themselves off the hook.

With her hard-earned knowledge gained from having four kids in four years, she navigates the emotional and sometimes messy waters of motherhood: the expectations, the anxiety, the total lack of control, and yes, the indignities of driving a minivan (which now sits in her driveway covered in crushed Cheerios and the remnants of her self-esteem).

Howerton shares her unexpected journey through motherhood, from infertility to adoption to divorce, and how she learned to quell her inner anxiety to do it all perfectly. As a mom of both white and black children, Howerton is an advocate for social justice, foster care reform, and helping fellow parents to step up to hard conversations about race with their kids. Her writing speaks to the thorny issues parents deal with every day while reminding them they are not alone on this unpredictable ride.

Rage Against the Minivan serves as a quiet resistance against the superficial obsessions of motherhood, from the kind of car we drive to looking like we've got it all together. Infused with heart and humor, it's a permission slip to allow yourself to be a "good-enough" parent.

Personal Review:First of all, I have to acknowledge that I am not a parent. However, that is not to say that I did not enjoy this book. I think that all of everything that goes into parenthood is complicated and parents deserve all of the good things for raising tiny humans in today's world.

I found the book to be full of moments of every emotion: happiness, stressed, being real. It is those qualities that made it worth the read.

For all of you parents-thank you!

 Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the publisher. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Return

Wednesday, April 29, 2020




Hi Everyone,

Just stopping by to let you know about a book that I am waiting on! 

Author: Nicholas Sparks
 
Summary from Goodreads:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a moving new novel about an injured army doctor and the two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.
Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.
Tending to his grandfather's beloved bee hives while preparing for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.
Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Claiming to be 17, she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. Discovering that she was once befriended by his grandfather, Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues - until a crisis triggers a race that will uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could have ever anticipated.
In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.
Will you be seeking this one out?

Happy Reading!

Book Date: Where The Crawdads Sing

Monday, April 27, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Stopping by to share what I am currently reading.

Have you read this one? What are you currently reading?

 
Happy Reading!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to let you know that the Dewey's 24 hour readathon is now open! Beginning on April 25, 2020 at 8 Eastern time and the corresponding times around the globe! 

Will you be joining?

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Hello Summer

Thursday, April 23, 2020



Author: Mary Kay Andrews
 
Summary from Amazon:New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.

It’s a new season...
Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.
For small town scandals...
When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat—and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”
And big-time secrets.
Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.

Personal Review:When I picked up this tome, I hoped that it would keep me intrigued and that it did. The book has a little bit of everything: unexpected, mystery, and even a smudge of romance. I enjoyed this one and the opportunity to escape everything that is going on in the world around me.

If you don't mind big books and if you want one that will keep you reading til the end, then this may just the one for you!

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the publisher. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.
 
Happy Reading!

Reading Recap

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are well. Just stopping by with a few mini reviews from books that I have finished recently.

Bromance Club
People were raving about this book, so I had to check it out. While I liked it, I dont know that I shared the same enthusiasm. It was good, just not a favorite for me. I thought the premise and characters were interesting.

Epic Solitude
I found out about this one from MIL. I am glad she told me about it. Anyone who can hike both the PCT and do an Iditarod is impressive.  I really enjoyed this one!

Open Book
This one was Jessica Simpson's memoir. I also really enjoyed this one and learned so many things that I would never had any idea about had I not read this!

Me and Patsy: Kicking up Dust
The story of Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline is one for the ages. I truly enjoyed the insights and backgrounds in this one as well. If you love country music, check this one out!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Pippa Park Raises Her Game

Friday, April 17, 2020




Author:
 
Summary from Goodreads: “Pippa is a magnetic heroine, funny and good-hearted.”―Booklist

Readers will cheer on Korean American Pippa Park in this compelling middle grade reimagining of Great Expectations. Navigating friendships and cyberbullying at a new school, Pippa reinvents herself and discovers who she really is.

Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the “Rules of Cool.”

At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her family’s laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened.

As things begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.

Personal Review:
I enjoyed this book. I found it a good book about thinking about who you are, who your friends are, and what does it mean to be in a new place. I find that those could be really powerful themes for students as they think about school.

The book was upbeat and we watched as Pippa dealt with a variety of issues that can be very tough to navigate. Thank you for the opportunity to read this one.

 Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the Publisher Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday; Admission

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday. Just stopping by to let you know about a book that I am 'waiting on.'

Author: Julie Buxbaum
 
Summary from Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She's headed off to the college of her dreams. She's going to prom with the boy she's had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer--at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she's long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

 
Happy Reading!
 
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