A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

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a beautifully foolish endeavor by hank green book coverAfter I read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green last year, I was disappointed to find out it wasn’t a standalone book. Even though the first book was not a favorite of mine, I decided to give A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor a shot anyways, mostly to see if the sci-fi world set up in the first book would deliver an interesting ending.

The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While they were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction without ever lifting a finger. Well, that’s not exactly true. Part of their maelstrom was the sudden viral fame and untimely death of April May: a young woman who stumbled into Carl’s path, giving them their name, becoming their advocate, and putting herself in the middle of an avalanche of conspiracy theories.

Months later, the world is as confused as ever. Andy has picked up April’s mantle of fame, speaking at conferences and online about the world post-Carl; Maya, ravaged by grief, begins to follow a string of mysteries that she is convinced will lead her to April; and Miranda infiltrates a new scientific operation . . . one that might have repercussions beyond anyone’s comprehension.

As they each get further down their own paths, a series of clues arrive—mysterious books that seem to predict the future and control the actions of their readers; unexplained internet outages; and more—which seem to suggest April may be very much alive. In the midst of the gang’s possible reunion is a growing force, something that wants to capture our consciousness and even control our reality.

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Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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book cover of before i fall by lauren oliverTen years after the publication (and after I originally bought the book) I’ve finally sat down and read Before I Fall. As is so often the case with my reading, I chose to finally get to this book because I wanted to read the book before I watched the recent Netflix adaptation. It was also a bonus that it was after the hype has peaked – I felt less pressure to feel any kind of way about it.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is … until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

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Book Review: Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey

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not like the movies by kerry winfrey book coverLast year, I read Waiting For Tom Hanks and did not love it – but I decided to give the sequel, Not Like the Movies, a shot. Needless to say, my expectations were low, but Kerry Winfrey surprised me. This book was an adorable take on what happens when two small town people are thrust into the spotlight overnight. Plus, it reads like a professionally written book instead of a fanfiction, unlike Waiting for Tom Hanks.

What happens when your life is a rom-com…but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who’s Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After.

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Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

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Book cover of The Switch by Beth O'LearyA review copy was generously provided by Macmillan Audio

A few weeks ago, I finally got around to reading The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. It was one of those books that had a ton of hype in the romance genre – and, for me, it definitely lived up to the hype. Recently, when Netgalley debuted audiobook review copies, I was over the moon – and when I saw that The Switch by Beth O’Leary was a Read Now title, I didn’t even hesitate before downloading it.

Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

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Book Review: The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

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The Cactus by Sarah Haywood Book CoverI’m a sucker for a good illustrated cover – and The Cactus has a gorgeous one – however, after reading the book, I can unequivocally say that the cover is misleading. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start with this one – I picked it up because it was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection. Typically, her selections are pretty darn good, but unfortunately, this one was a huge miss.

Even the prickliest cactus has its flower…For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.When she learns that her mother’s will inexplicably favors her indolent brother, Edward, Susan’s already dismantled world is sent flying into a tailspin. As Susan’s due date draws near and her family problems become increasingly difficult to ignore, Susan finds help and self-discovery in the most unlikely of places.

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