I am a married, mother of 5 (plus 1 elderly chihuahua), and I am also an avid reader. I read many genres of books: thrillers, contemporary fiction, some sci-fi (hello, Blake Crouch!), YA, non-fiction, and more. I am also a huge fan of audio books, thanks to Libro.fm and the Libby app through my local library. Audio books are my go-to method of reading during the day when I am busy running around doing my usual “mom” stuff, and physical books are my morning with coffee and evening with herbal tea way to unwind.
I started this blog the first week of 2020 as an addition to my other social media outlets (Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter) so I could have a more creative, personal space for my book reviews, recommendations, what I’m reading now, what I recommend, and also some more personal tidbits about my life as a mother of 5 (including identical twins with autism), living with autoimmune diseases, life in a small, lakeside (touristy) town and other interesting stuff.
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GIVEAWAY time! 3 winners! Be one of the first to read ‘Catch Us When We Fall‘, the latest novel from Juliette Fay, that releases on 9/21! Thank you @williammorrowbooks & @getredpr (partners) for the gift copies for the giveaway & me! But first…
& Today is Nat’l Ampersand Day & if you’ve never noticed before, I use ampersand’s all the time, pretty much exclusively when it comes to my posts, text messages, emails, etc. I just love them for some reason.🤷🏼♀️😁
Who doesn’t love the fun & functional ampersand? From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curly, quirky little character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see at AmperArt.com, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
To acknowledge & applaud this great little glyph, National Ampersand Day is observed annually on September 8th. Did you know:
The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
It is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and”?
The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
The plus sign is actually an ampersand
Ok, now on to the today’s book feature & giveaway info….
If you love the emotionally complex novels of JoJo Moyes & the dramatic books of Jodi Picoult, you won’t want to miss this newest book about second chances, redemption, & the power of hope from USA Today bestselling author of ‘Shelter Me’, Juliette Fay.
On her own since the age of eighteen, Cass Macklin dated brilliant, troubled Ben McGreavy, convinced he was the smartest person she’d ever known. They partied their way through their twenties, slowly descending into a bleak world of binge-drinking & broken promises, inebriated for most of a decade. Now Ben is dead, & Cass is broke, homeless, scared…& pregnant.
Determined to have a healthy pregnancy & raise Ben’s baby, Cass has to find a way to stop drinking & build a stable life for herself & her child. But with no money, skills, or sober friends or family, the task seems insurmountable. At wit’s end, Cass turns to the only person with the means to help her: Ben’s brother Scott, third basemen for the Boston Red Sox, a man with a temper & problems of his own.
The two make a deal that neither one of them is sure they can live up to. As Cass struggles to take control of her life & to ask for help when she needs it, Scott begins to realize there’s a life for him beyond the baseball diamond.
By turns heartbreaking & humorous, with its message that change is possible, that forgiveness can be freely given, & that life, though imperfect, is worth embracing, ‘Catch Us When We Fall‘ is a story of human connection & hope.
I’d love to send 3 of my followers an arc of the book & maybe even a bonus other book, too. (see details below) To enter: (click HERE to go to the Instagram post & giveaway, then…) 1-LIKE & SAVE the post. 2-Must be following me on Instagram 3-Tag a couple book lovers (Unlimited entries, 2 tags per com) 4-To possibly earn a bonus book if you win, comment up to 10 books per com that you would love to receive. Past or newer books.) Bonus 5 entries ea: 5-SHARE to your stories or grid & tag me. Can do daily! 6-Subscribe to my blog (I hope you already are),& comment on giveaway there & comment on Insta that you did so I can confirm. 7-Follow Mom_Loves_Reading on Facebook & comment on giveaway post there.
Be sure to add ‘Catch Us When We Fall‘ to your Goodreads & look for it on 9/21! Giveaway is 9/8-9/11/21, is US only, & not affiliated w/ Insta. Unfollowing after gets you banned from my many giveaways for 1 yr, so don’t risk missing out.🙅🏼♀️😉
Juliette Fay is the bestselling author of six novels, including CATCH US WHEN WE FALL, CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT & THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS, a USA Today bestseller & Costco Pennie’s Book Club Pick. Previous novels include THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, one of Library Journal’s Top 5 Best Books of 2012: Women’s Fiction; DEEP DOWN TRUE, short-listed for the 2011Women’s Fiction award by the American Library Association; & SHELTER ME, a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award “Must-Read Book” & an Indie Next pick.
Juliette is a graduate of Boston College & Harvard University, and lives in Massachusetts with her family. Visit her at www.juliettefay.com, Facebook: Juliette Fay author, Twitter: @juliettefay, & Instagram: Juliette_Fay.
💁🏼♀️I’m back, Booksta-fam & blog readers, after a much needed break from social media, & I feel mentally refreshed! And I have a brand new GIVEAWAY to kick off September & my return to social media for a wonderful recent release that I loved & I know you will, too! And it has a 70+ yr old Instagram influencer in it! So cool!👵🏼🤳🏻
Barbara O’Neal, bestselling author of ‘When We Believed in Mermaids’, returns w/ a tale of two generations of women reconciling family secrets & past regrets.
Life’s beautiful for seventy-something influencer Gloria Rose, in her Upper West Side loft w/ rooftop garden & scores of Instagram followers–until she gets word that her old flame has been arrested for art theft & forgery, &, knowing her own involvement in his misdeeds decades earlier, decides to flee. But that plan is complicated when the nieces she raised are thrown into crises of their own.
Willow, overshadowed by her notorious singer-songwriter mother, has come home to lick her wounds on the heels of a failed album & yet another disastrous relationship. Sam, prickly & fiercely independent, is on the verge of losing not only her beloved video game company but the man she loves, thanks to her inability to keep her always-simmering anger in check.
With the FBI closing in, Willow’s career in shambles, & Sam’s tribulations reaching a peak, each of the three woman will have to reckon w/ & reconcile their interwoven traumas, past loves, & the looming consequences that could either destroy their futures or bring them closer than ever.
This is such a fantastic, well-crafted, heartfelt, & satisfying novel w/ a well-rounded cast of complex characters. Thank you @tlcbooktours for my gift copy! It released on 8/10, so get it on your TBR lists & enter now to win a copy now by going to my Instagram page HERE.
To enter on Instagram: 1- LIKE this post on Instagram, 2- Be following @mom_loves_reading on Instagram, & 3 -Tag a few book lovers! Bonus entries if you SHARE to your stories on Instagram & tag me. (Can do daily). You can also get bonus entries if you follow my blog www.momlovesreading.com & LIKE/ comment on this blog post.
Giveaway is open to US res only, 9/1/21-9/4/21, & isn’t affiliated w/ Instagram. Please don’t unfollow after or you’ll miss out on a lot of upcoming giveaways, it’s mean, & I do keep track.
Barbara O’Neal is the author of more than a dozen award-winning, bestselling novels, including the runaway bestseller, When We Believed in Mermaids, which has been published in 20 countries and spent many months on the Amazon Charts, as well as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller lists. Barbara is an avid traveler and passionate cook, and she lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her husband, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent. You can find more information on her newsletter and where to find her on social media at barbaraoneal.com.
After spending the better part of August in an autoimmune flare-up & chronic pain inflammation, what better book to feature today than Mona Awad’s latest release, ‘All’s Well‘, published on 8/3! Thank you @simonandschuster for my gift copy!
I’ve barely been on the ‘gram for the last wk due to my flare-up & lack of proper sleep due to my pain has had me in a brain fog so thick, I can barely think straight. I take some meds, but nothing like the woman portrayed in this book. (*For the sake of privacy, I prefer not to go into specifics regarding meds or my exact autoimmunes.)
From the critically acclaimed author of ‘Bunny’ comes a darkly funny novel about a theater professor suffering from chronic pain, who in the process of staging a troubled production of Shakespeare’s most maligned play, suddenly & miraculously recovers.
Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her w/ excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, & a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, & cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.
That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past & a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, & the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known.
With prose Margaret Atwood has described as “no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged…genius,” Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet.
‘All’s Well’ is the story of a woman at her breaking point & a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness & believe female pain. This unique story is about Miranda’s wavering mental health & grip on reality amid her battle w/ her chronic pain & the way invisible afflictions are perceived by peers.
‘All’s Well‘ is like following Miranda into the rabbit hole of pain meds, often chased w/ alcohol, as she alienates herself from friends & family as they grow tired of her moodiness due to her pain & meds. Is her inner monologue a descent into madness? This is a fiercely imaginative, deeply satisfying, intriguing, trippy novel that is also somewhat relatable at times, & also has a really cool cover. A solid, well-written novel!
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Mona Awad was born in Montreal & has lived in the US since 2009. Her debut novel, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL (Penguin Books, 2016), won the Amazon Best First Novel Award & was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Her second novel, BUNNY (Viking, 2019), was a finalist for a GoodReads Choice Award for Best Horror, the New England Book Award & the Massachusetts Book Award. It won the Ladies of Horror Fiction Best Novel Award. Her latest novel, ALL’S WELL, released with Simon & Schuster on August 3rd, 2021. She earned an MFA in fiction from Brown University & an MScR in English from the University of Edinburgh where her dissertation was on fear in the fairy tale. In 2018, she completed a Ph.D. in Creative Writing & English literature at the University of Denver. She currently lives in Boston.
📖Happy Belated Pub Day to ‘Mrs. Rochester’sGhost‘ by Lindsay Marcott! (8/1) & Thank you to @tlcbooktours @amazonpublishing for my gift copy of the book! (Click HERE to view the post on Instagram & enter the giveaway to win a copy of today’s featured novel! Give the post a LIKE and/or a SHARE to show your support of the author & me, too!😉)
📕In a modern & twisty retelling of ‘Jane Eyre’, a young woman must question everything she thinks she knows about love, loyalty, & murder. The past may haunt her, but the truth may just kill her…
📕Jane has lost everything: job, mother, relationship, even her home. A friend calls to offer an unusual deal –a cottage above the crashing surf of Big Sur on the estate of his employer, Evan Rochester. In return, Jane will tutor his teenage daughter. She accepts.
📕But nothing is quite as it seems at the Rochester estate. Though he’s been accused of murdering his glamorous & troubled wife, Evan Rochester insists she drowned herself. Jane is skeptical, but she still finds herself falling for the brilliant & secretive entrepreneur & growing close to his daughter.
📕And yet her deepening feelings for Evan can’t disguise dark suspicions aroused when a ghostly presence repeatedly appears in the night’s mist & fog. Jane embarks on an intense search for answers & uncovers evidence that soon puts Evan’s innocence into question. She’s determined to discover what really happened that fateful night, but what will the truth cost her?
📖’MrsRochester’sGhost‘ is a solid, modernized retelling/interpretation of the original, & I enjoyed this better than the original that I was forced to read in HS, when I had zero interest in historical fiction. It’s gothically atmospheric, mysterious, chilling & engaging.
💁🏼♀️Add it to your TBR list & enter today’s giveaway on my Instagram page to win a copy by clicking HERE. (Open to US/CAN res only, 8/4-8/7/21.)
From Lindsay Marcott: I always knew I wanted to be a writer & began by free-lancing articles to Harpers, Rolling Stone, Vogue, & Working Woman. My first novel, written under Lindsay Maracotta, was the thriller ‘Hide & Seek’. This was followed by the national bestselling ‘Everything We Wanted’. After moving to Los Angeles & working among the beautiful, the bad, & the ugly of Hollywood, I wrote the critically acclaimed ‘Dead Is The New Fabulous’ mystery series, twice a Sisters in Crime Best Book & made numerous Ten Best Mystery lists. It was great fun to co-produce a film based on the series for the Hallmark Channel. I’m currently living in Los Angeles w/ my husband, a feature film producer, & my two cats, Clancy & Gatto, who are always ready for their close-ups.
📕I didn’t like history back when I was in school, but having recently enjoyed some very well-written historical fiction novels such as today’s feature (& of course, the musical ‘Hamilton’⭐️), I now really dig a little travel back in time thanks to some very talented author’s writing skills! (I totally would have loved history if they would have taught it in musical fashion like ‘Hamilton’…just saying.😉)
📘Thank you @blackstonepublishing for my gift copy of ‘In All Good Faith‘ by Liza Taylor Nash! This novel continues the story of May Marshall, the captivating protagonist of ‘Etiquette for Runaways‘ (released 8/18/20) & is a stand-alone sequel, meaning that you can read it w/o having read the first book; however, I strongly recommend that one as well. Both books are incredibly fascinating & so are the characters!
‘In All Good Faith‘: In the summer of 1932, Americans came to realize that the financial crash of 1929 was only the beginning of hard times. May Marshall has returned from Paris to settle at her family home in rural Keswick, VA. She struggles to keep her family farm & market afloat through the economic downturn. May finds herself juggling her marriage w/ a tempting opportunity to revamp the family business to adapt to changing times.
In a cold-water West End Boston tenement the fractured Sykes family scrapes by on an itinerant mechanic’s wages & home sewing. Having recently lost her mother, 16-yr-old Dorrit Sykes questions the religious doctrine she was raised in. Dorrit is reclusive, held back by the anxiety attacks that have plagued her since childhood. Attempting to understand what limits her, she seeks inspiration in Nancy Drew mysteries & finds solace at the Boston Public Library, writing fairy stories for children. The library holds answers to both Dorrit’s exploration of faith & her quest to understand & manage her anxiety.
When Dorrit accompanies her father to Washington, DC, in the summer of 1932 to camp out & march w/ 20,000 veterans intending to petition President Hoover for early payment of war bonuses, she begins an odyssey that will both traumatize & strengthen her. Along the way she redefines her faith, learning both self-sufficiency & how to accept help.
Dorrit & May’s lives intersect, & their fates will intertwine in ways that neither could have imagined or expected. Set against a backdrop of true historical events, ‘In All Good Faith‘ tells a story of two women’s unlikely success during the Great Depression.
📖This book immerses you in the atmosphere of another era as it tells the poignant, powerful, & persevering story of two incredible women. Liza Taylor Nash really did her research & it shows in her amazing writing. ‘In All Good Faith‘ is available 8/10 & ‘Etiquette for Runaways‘ is available in hardback now & paperback 8/18.
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Liza Nash Taylor was a 2018 Hawthornden International Fellow and received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts the same year. She was the 2016 winner of the San Miguel Writer’s Conference Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Gargoyle Magazine; Deep South, and others. ‘Etiquette for Runaways’ was her first novel & her second, & latest novel that releases on 8/10/21, is ‘In All Good Faith’. A native Virginian, she lives in Keswick with her husband and dogs, in an old farmhouse which serves as a setting for her novels.