Welcome to my non-fiction Shelf Addiction podcast feature! Once a month I feature a non-fiction title that I've read during the month. If you enjoy this episode and want to see what non-fiction title I'll be discussing next month, please subscribe on your pod catcher of choice.
In this episode, I'm sharing my thoughts on Around the Way Girl, by Taraji P. Henson.
If you read this book, let me know what you thought about it by dropping me a comment below!
Welcome to another #BuddyReads. What's a Buddy Read? Me and fellow book nerd Classy select a stand alone title that we'll either read, listen to, or a combination of both, then we chat about it on the podcast! This is a candid and spoiler-filled convo.
Classy Green, friend, fellow book lover, audiobook listener, and Shelf Addiction reviewer joins me on the podcast to discuss Miracle Creek, Angie Kim. Both Classy and I listened to the audiobook version.
During this episode, we also share our movie adaptation fantasy casting.
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Format: MP3 Download
Audio Length: 14 hrs 5 mins
Narrator: Jennifer Lim
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Courtroom Drama
Rating: 3 bookmarks - Tamara | 3 bookmarks - Classy
Synopsis: In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.
Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night—trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges—as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.
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Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on One More Lie by Amy Lloyd. If you've read this book, I'd love to talk about it! Comment below and let me know what you thought.
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget prison and, most of all, forget Sean. But old habits die hard. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she soon finds herself sliding back toward the type of behavior that sent her to prison in the first place. The further down that path she goes, however, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that's the one memory she can't face. Until, one day, Sean tracks her down.
on't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! I’m interviewing author Paullina Simons. She shares what she’s currently reading and what authors have influenced her. We also talk about her latest novel, The Tiger Catcher. Don't forget to check out Paullina's lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
You've got a bonus!! I'm also including my Shelf Byte book review of The Tiger Catcher along with the interview. You'll hear my spoiler-free review in 5 minutes or less!
Don’t miss out on the awesome giveaway on sponsored by Paullina Simons at the bottom of the post!
About the Author
Paullina Simons was born and raised in Leningrad, USSR. In 1968, her father was arrested for protesting the Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia and spent the next five years of his life in the Gulag prison camps and in exile. In the mid-seventies, Paullina and her family managed to leave the U.S.S.R. and immigrate to the United States. While growing up in Russia Paullina dreamed of someday becoming a writer. Her dreams were put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.
After graduating from the University of Kansas and various jobs including working as a financial
journalist and as a translator, Paullina wrote her first novel Tully. Through word of mouth, the book was welcomed by readers all over the world. She has since written twelve novels, a memoir, a cookbook, and two children’s books. Her books have been published in over 23 countries, sold millions of copies, and have been on many bestseller lists around the world.
Paullina has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas, and now lives in New York with her husband and half
of her children.
Publisher: Atria Books/Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 352 | Audio Length: 13 hrs 6 mins
Narrator: Corey Brill, Rebekkah Ross
Source: Booksparks/Audiobook Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.
Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.
*This audiobook was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is not a love story. This book is not romantic. This is a story about dangerous and obsessive love with a strong statement about mental health. From lack of empathy to low self-esteem and eating disorders, there is a lot of internal conflicts that feed into this unhealthy relationship from both sides. I'm sure the ongoing drug use didn't help things. Consider this story more a cautionary tale of young and dumb love.
The characters are so realistic that when bad things happened, it promoted an audible reaction from me. Lucy and Stephan have the type of relationship that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Very dysfunctional. If you've ever dated even a mild sociopath, then you will be jarred by some of the things that Stephen does and that Lucy accepts.
Joining me to discuss audiobook version of The Favorite Sister is Brad and Britney from the Audio Shelf podcast! Listen to the podcast episode here. After you listen to the episode, hop on over to their podcast and check out the audiobook discussion that I joined in on there, The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor!
Heads up. This is a #SpoilerAlert for you! If you don't want spoilers, read the book quickly and then come back!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Format: MP3 Download/Hardcover
Pages: Hardcover: 384 | Audio Length: 15 hours 36 mins
Narrators: Ashlie Atkinson, Jenni Barber, Aja Naomi King
Source: Audible/Book Sparks
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…
Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.
Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.
Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.
Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.
And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.
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