“We’d ordered pizza, and night was starting to fall, even though it was only din…

“We’d ordered pizza, and night was starting to fall, even though it was only dinner time.” 💙 • Creepy and atmospheric read. I mean, run down motels are the perfect creepy setting, right? This story is a dual timeline of an aunt who goes missing in the 80s and a niece in present day who … Read more

“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plat…

“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plates too.” 💙 • Great, classic mystery noir. Super atmospheric and you get all of the LA vibes in the 1940s. Mystery man offering money, missing woman, out of a job protagonist… this had it all! Black man searching for … Read more

“He tried eating his two favorite foods – McDonald’s chicken nuggets and macaron…

“He tried eating his two favorite foods – McDonald’s chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese- but couldn’t keep them down.” 💛 • This was a solid addition to the conversation about the opioid crisis in America. The subject matter is important and absolutely worth reading about and understanding. I like the human interest angle because … Read more

“He’d got dressed and made himself breakfast- a bagel with peanut butter.” • …

“He’d got dressed and made himself breakfast- a bagel with peanut butter.” 💙 • gmabookclub with another amazing pick this month ! I loved this one- it was a 5 star read for me! It made me laugh and cry and was the perfect cozy, wintery read. It has great characters, realistic relationships and challenges … Read more

“He touched the chicken again and licked his finger before he yanked the other l…

“He touched the chicken again and licked his finger before he yanked the other leg off, eating it until he had only the cracked, sucked pieces of bones left in his hand.” 💙 • Such beautiful writing that takes us into the story of the Nigerian-Biafran War in the 1960s. I honestly knew almost nothing … Read more

“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” • So many laye…

“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” ❤️ • So many layers to this book. The premise is Polly, an undocumented Chinese worker, goes to work at the nail salon one day and does not return. She has an eleven year old son, Deming, and this book explores what happens … Read more

“Her caramel brownies became the talk of the marquee.” • Perfectly delightful …

“Her caramel brownies became the talk of the marquee.” 💙 • Perfectly delightful holiday read! I love a good romance read during the holiday season and this one fit the bill. It’s set in a little town called Blexford in the UK and the small town setting just works for all the cozy feels. Quite … Read more

“She’d settled in on the couch, a bowl of peanut butter M&Ms (her mom’s old line…

“She’d settled in on the couch, a bowl of peanut butter M&Ms (her mom’s old line-learning reward system) on the coffee table, her script on her lap.” ❤️ • Had high hopes for this one. Such a unique read (queer Gothic horror?!) and I loved the dark humor in it but I did NOT know … Read more

“Bacon warmed in the oven alongside Belgian waffles.” • Hoooheee this one is H…

“Bacon warmed in the oven alongside Belgian waffles.” 💜 • Hoooheee this one is HOT and SPICY y’all! Baseball player Travis Ford is best friend of Georgie Castle’s brother so she’s always been looked at as the little sister until recent events make Travis see her for the grown up woman she is! It’s a … Read more

“My mouth watered at the thought of sinking my teeth into a sweet, fluffy concha…

“My mouth watered at the thought of sinking my teeth into a sweet, fluffy concha de chocolate.” 💙 • Another 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ pick from calbookclub ! I read along last month and got to hear writerreynagrande speak with the group! Moving and compelling memoir about a young girl growing up in Mexico with her … Read more