Book Reviews

BETTER AT WEDDINGS THAN YOU by Mina V. Esguerra

Book Links: Amazon  |  Goodreads Book Description: Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That's why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job. Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn't good for his new career, but the c...
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NEVER UNFRIENDED by Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker has been an inspiration to me ever since I read Surprised by Motherhood a  few years back. I was then (I still am!) a struggling new mother and Lisa-Jo’s words spoke volumes of comfort and encouragement as I battled with self-criticism and never-ending sleepiness. This time, Lisa-Jo once more sends out her comforting and truthful words to the world as her newest book, Never Unfriended, is being launched today. Yes, today, this very day as I am writing this post. I don’t know how to begin describing Never Unfriended. I immediately started reading the book the very moment I rece...
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LOVELESS. CHILDLESS. CLUELESS. by Miren B. Flores

Summary from Goodreads: Standing amidst the wreckage of a fifteen-year relationship, Anna finds herself single, unmarried, childless and, at the rickety age of thirty-five, trying desperately to pick up the pieces. There’s a lot of crying and punching, a trip or two, and a list of things to do and be to get her self back. There’s the heady scent of a (possible) spankin’ new man sparring with the memory of the boy who first captured her heart—and may have stomped all over it. But what would she know? After all, here she is—loveless, childless, and totally, utterly clueless. *** I rea...
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THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

I read this book in November last year and I remember thinking how apt the Halloween season was for this kind of read. The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan Didion's personal account of loss, grief, and pain as she dealt with her husband's sudden death while her only daughter was in a coma battling for her life. Joan Didion's narrative is something to speak highly about, her prose crisp and matter of fact. I have heard too many good things about Joan Didion and her novel Play It As It Lays is on my wishlist shelf for some time now. If it were not for the book bingo challenge I joined (but di...
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DIGGING TO AMERICA by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler's been one of my favorite author's since I read Breathing Lessons and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Her stories are character-driven and authentic. There is a subtle poignancy in the midst of silent humor in the narrative and in the portrayal of her characters. In Digging to America, however, the humor becomes more evident but it is also balanced out by a melancholy feeling that accompanies it. August 15, 1997 is a significant date for two couples of Baltimore: the all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson and the Iranian immigrants Sami and Ziba Yazdan are at the airport waitin...
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