This is the stunning new novel from bestselling author Mike Gayle, for fans of The Keeper of Lost Thingsand Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought provoking storyline told with Mike’s distinctive wit and insight, touching on issues which affect us all. This uplifting tale reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being. E…

“Value is often a function of not agreeing, not being supportive, and not being a ‘yes person.’ How willing are you to disagree, question basic premises, and refuse impossible expectations?” (22). “No one cares, really, about how good you are. Clients care about how good they are going to be when you’re done with them” (56). “If you can’t articulate your own value, you can’t very well su…

The book is based in the town of Dooling in Appalachia. Circumstances arise where all of the female population cannot wake from their sleep – hence the title. A strange, mystical woman enters the town and before long it is realized that she can sleep and wake when she needs to. As the men try to keep their lives together without the women, it is not long before the blame for the eerie circumstances are laid squarely at the feet of the newco…

This was a remarkably depressing book. It is the sort of book that shows over and over again that there was literally nothing the Native Americans could have done to protect themselves from the all consuming and endlessly veracious greed of the European settlers. Just about every ‘tactic’ imaginable was used by the Native Americans – from treaties to war to abject capitulation – and nothing made any difference. The final result was always…

Separated from everything dear to her, the heroine of this book, Rachel, learns at a young age that life can still provide her with simple joys—and profound fulfillment. And though she spends many moments peeking into the abyss of despair, she also spends moments rescuing others from the black chasm of regret. She encounters those who choose to allow their circumstances to define them, bitterness festering into hatred, until they are a shell of…

A weird thing happened when I turned to this book. I was getting flashes of the most recent previous work I’d read, unexpected as I didn’t expect any real similarity. I kind of had a ‘darn’ moment there, but the fact that both books start off with a heterosexual woman and a lesbian eyeballing each other is similar-ish, but everything else was/is different. For one, in the previous book they were eyeballing each other with lust; while here…

Very solid for how short it is. My three main points from it: 1. „Never forget: Everybody is somebody’s somebody“ Meaning you never know who the person in front of you might know. 2. „Why should the customer do business with us?“ + Know that the customer does not care about you. Common sense but great reminders 3. „Dollarize“ the reason to buy. Meaning give the customer a clear number of dollars saved by choosing your solution. + Do…

A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you’re a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not really into the Simpsons (who?!), everybody can get some laughs from the book while learning how this animated show is made. Despite the jokes about the writer&#…

Jen Sincero is a badass who woke up from her mundane existence (THE BIG SNOOZE) and began throwing all her money, time and energy into the process of getting her true life back on track. This book is like the cliff notes or the cheat sheet to all self help books everywhere. Which is why I loved it!! Instead of drawing out the formula to spirituality and meditation she gives you snippets of doable and less intimidating passages. This helps you tak…

‘I finally gave into the fact that my dreams were no longer just dreams.’ Ernesto H Lee shares little biographical information but we learn so much about him form his writing of his dreams and their influence on his life that we feel as though we know him well by book’s end. His language has that hint of UK origin and he does mention at one point that he lives in Dubai. The rest unfolds as he relates dreams. He opens his book with an Introd…

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8.2/10
Close to Home (Cara Hunter)

HOW CAN A CHILD GO MISSING WITHOUT A TRACE? Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying… And that Daisy’s time is running out.    …

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9.2/10
Ain’t She a Peach? (Molly Harper)

Molly Harper’s Southern Eclectic books are proving to be fast, fun and engaging books! Her characters are eclectic, fun, interesting and likable. Characters from the first book in this series (Sweet tea and Sympathy) are also in this book! This book does work very well as a standalone novel but I do encourage reading both books as they are fun, quirky and light. Perfect for when you need a change of pace, are in a reading slump or…

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5.4/10
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’ For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Pari…

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8.7/10
Without Merit (Colleen Hoover)

Merit is a unique heroine, I love her and I could relate with her.My heart was aching for her, she and her family doesn’t communicate and can’t seem to find a solution to their problems as a family.All the characters have to deal with issues.There are some secrets between them and once they will be reveal things will change.I loved that Without Merit isn’t focused to a romance but more in the family and the meaning.Everyth…

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8.6/10
Into the Water (Paula Hawkins)

Nel Abbot was found dead in the river, just a few short months after the death of her daughter’s best friend Katie in similar circumstances. Nel had lived in Mill House by the river her entire life, and most of her memories pretty much revolved around this dark and forbidding body of water, particularly ‘The Drowning Pool’. It’s a place of secrets, mysteries and witchcraft. Nel was completely obsessed with storie…

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9/10
Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team (Simon Sinek)

“Our struggles are the short-term steps we must take on our way to long-term success.” Have you ever found yourself thinking about what your purpose in life is? That is probably the number one important question you should be asking yourself now. It might not be a question you think about every day, but it is an essential one for you to figure out. Whether you think you have figured out your purpose in life or not, the book I’m go…

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6.9/10
My Plain Jane (Cynthia Hand)

This was such a clever twist on the “true” events behind Jane Eyre! The general idea is that Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte are friends at Lowood school when Mr. Brocklehurst is murdered. A team from the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits comes along, led by Alexander Blackwood. He’s got his own reasons for wanting to hire Jane as a seer, but I won’t spoil that part of the story. Basically, Jane can se…

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8.3/10
Since You’ve Been Gone (Christa Allan)

It’s interesting to me how some people who’ve gone through a difficult death in their life can read books about characters who are going through similar feelings, while others cannot. I can see where both ways would be very natural. Right after my mother passed away, I don’t think I could have read a story such as this, I would have been way too emotional. But now? Now I completely connected with Olivia and so much of …

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8.3/10
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (Chris Guillebeau)

The $100 Startup is a very interesting and eye-opening read: many of the people featured just got going with something rather than giving it a great deal of advanced study. The book would have benefited by going deeper into each story — I wanted more about exactly HOW some of them got started, what obstacles they met along the way, and how they overcome those obstacles. In particular, I was intrigued by the story of Naomi Dunford,…

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8.7/10
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dan…