Special Feature: That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug by Emily Flake

Is there anyone out there who is truly a hugger or is it just something you have acquired a taste for over the course of your life? For me, it’s something I’ve had to cultivate. I am not a big hugger and there is nothing more awkward than when someone asks if they can hug me because they know I am not a hugger.

I mean, yes it’s fine if you hug me but now you made it awkward by asking and pointing out that it’s obvious that I don’t like it.

Basically, hugging is such an awkward situation and that’s why I had to laugh when this book popped up on my desk for review! Finally someone has taken the time to examine what’s considered socially acceptable to do when it comes to a hug!

This is going to be one of those books you could pop in a co-workers holiday gift bag or bring to an office white elephant party! It’s a short little book full of humor and social etiquette! Continue reading “Special Feature: That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug by Emily Flake”

Review: Horror Stories by Liz Phair

I don’t read a ton of non fiction, especially memoirs. It’s just not a genre that really appeals to me, but on occasion reading biographies or memoirs about Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, or other famous modern women cross my mind frequently.

But as I said, it’s usually a genre that I pass on—though I rarely get pitched a memoir, I almost always skip it. However, I have a mega girl crush on Liz Phair and when I was pitched this book, I may or may not have fan girled hard.

Her music was the soundtrack of my youth/high school years and when I saw this book was coming out, I had no choice but to move things around in my schedule to fit it in! Continue reading “Review: Horror Stories by Liz Phair”

Review: Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution by by Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Heather Webb, Allison Pataki

Epic was the first thing that I thought of when I saw this book. There are six different writers in this book and that fact alone suggests that this book was going to have a huge scope. But to be honest, the amount of authors that contributed to this book, made me a little nervous.

There are a number of powerhouse writers here and all of them independently successful and excellent authors, but how would their varying styles work together and mesh into one novel?

That was my biggest hold out on this one. I know that many of these same authors have collaborated together to write multiple other works—but I haven’t read any of those other works so I was slightly nervous taking this one on, but I was so curious about the time period they would be exploring and I curiosity got the better of me. Continue reading “Review: Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution by by Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Heather Webb, Allison Pataki”

Review: Crescendo: The True Story of a Musical Genius Who Forever Changed a Southern Town by Allen Cheney and Julie Cantrell

This was a book that I debated and debated and debated about. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it since it’s a non-fiction book. But then I also kept seeing so many great reviews about it that I felt like I was missing out on something wonderful.

I kept putting it off and ultimately decided to wait and see how my July reading shaped up and promised myself that if I had some time, I would try and squeeze this one in.

My mom is a pianist and its always such treat to hear her play so I felt like in a way, I owed it to her to read this book even if it is non-fiction—a genre that I rarely read. Not to mention the title of the book is so pitch perfect as is the cover. The fact that I kept thinking about it and wondering if I should read it, told me everything that I needed to know. I needed to find a way to fit this one in. Continue reading “Review: Crescendo: The True Story of a Musical Genius Who Forever Changed a Southern Town by Allen Cheney and Julie Cantrell”

Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama (Audiobook Version, Narrated by Michelle Obama)

The amount of times I ugly cried during this book was obscene. Let’s just get that out of the way right off the bat. Have tissues ready.

When I saw this book was coming out, I wasn’t waiting with baited breaths like everyone I knew, mostly because I’m not really into biographies and I am not all that into politics.

However, when the reviews started pouring in on this book, my interest grew more.

I ended up deciding to try Audible and with my free book credit, I snagged this book and for one reason—it’s narrated by the author. Continue reading “Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama (Audiobook Version, Narrated by Michelle Obama)”