Thursday, April 27, 2023


A collection of mini-reviews, quick thoughts, and books worth mentioning. 

Check them out!

Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher | Netgalley
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


I want to read more books that make me laugh, and I'm happy to add HOW TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR to that growing list.

I was hooked by the cover alone - the crossed out Hate is that one simple thing that made me want to read this book. I just knew that it was going to be a lot of fun. HOW TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR is described as an enemies to lovers romantic comedy, but I think it's more like strangers to friends to lovers to friends to so much more. I loved Grace and Noah's game of getting to know each other.

HOW TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR was a fun take on Trading Spaces and House Swapping. It was a fun, feel good book about figuring out who is important to us in our lives and making time and space for those people.

"We need to stop trying to prove ourselves to people that aren't even paying attention."

From the acknowledgments:
"To all of the people whp are afraid to jump because the landing is uncertain; I hope you find the courage to take the leap. Even when the landing hurts a bit, it is so incredibly worth it."
I love this so much and it's why I always read the acknowledgments.

FOURTH DOWN by Heidi McLaughlin

(The Portland Pioneers, #1)

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Pages: 336

Source: Buoni Amici Press | Library

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


I was excited when I saw that my library had an audiobook copy of FOURTH DOWN by Heidi McLaughlin and I downloaded it right away. I'm so glad that I listened to the audiobook as my second reading was more enjoyable than the first. To have the story presented in a voice other than my own changed the tone of the book, it added to the humor and flirtatiousness that I didn't necessarily pick up on, and that's what I needed.

FOURTH DOWN is the first book of the new Portland Pioneers series and an enemies-to-lovers sports romance.

What I liked:

  • Autumn - she's compassionate and self-assured and she has an ease about her
  • Autumn's developing friendship with Peyton, I love reading about women supporting women
  • The Beaumont Series connection - it was funny to read the men of 4225 West as the older dudes
  • Julius's children - Reggie and Roxy - they are adorable and their presence helped shape the story

Julius wasn't my favorite person. He had a lot of misdirected anger and Autumn definitely has a more forgiving heart than I do. It took me longer to warm up to Julius and understand the pain he was dealing with. I'm just glad that they were able to figure it out and find the love that they both deserve.

I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.

BUNS by Alice Clayton
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis (link to Goodreads)


My book club knows that we can turn to Alice Clayton when we need a good laugh. The first two books, Nuts and Cream of the Crop, had us rolling so of course we had to read the third book in the Hudson Valley series, Buns.

I loved the idyllic setting and the Dirty Dancing comparison. Luckily we live close to one of the Mountain lodges where the movie was filmed and I'm tempted to take a day trip to relive the story all over again.

I loved reading Archie and Clara working together and falling for each other and the silly situations they got themselves into. And it was fun to fall for Archie who seemed aloof, but was anything but.  

I'm sad to say goodbye to the people of Hudson Valley with the end of this series - but I would love to catch up with them at a wedding or weekend getaway. A bonus story is all I would ask for.   

Monday, April 24, 2023


An Unofficial Guide to Splendiferous Entertaining for Fans of Schitt's Creek
By Parker Long

Publication Date: October 25, 2022
Pages: 144
Source: Netgalley | Library
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis (link to Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Just like it says on the cover, FOLD IN THE CHEESE is definitely for fans of Schitt's Creek. This book was fun to read because it drew from specific events and scenes from Schitt's Creek - one of my all-time favorite shows. The book shares the hits and misses of being a hospitable host and preparing for events that people will remember.

I read this book while preparing for an annual work event and it was a great reminder that not every event is perfect - don't stress over making it perfect - most people don't notice the little mishaps. Just go with it and have fun.

I loved the various events featured like the housewarming party and the baby shower hosting how-to, but my favorite events focused on food and family especially the chapter BACKYARD BARBECUE. BEYOND THE GRILL provided the absolute best advice - Offering a Smattering of Sides. "The important thing is to have something for everyone and fully embrace the abundance of comfort food. You never know who'll need it." 

FOLD IN THE CHEESE cracked me up and made me want to watch all things David and Alexis.

And best of all, it features my personal favorite meatloaf recipe.

How to Win at The Challenge and Life: A Champion's Guide to Eliminating Obstacles, Winning Friends, and Making That Money
by Sydney Bucksbaum

Publication Date: October 25, 2022
Pages: 256
Source: Netgalley | Library
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis (link to Goodreads)

My Thoughts

The book is definitely for fans of The Challenge and it's likely only for fans of The Challenge. I am a fan of the show,having watching the seasons a ridiculous number of times, and sadly I have to admit that this book left me wanting so much more. With the inclusion of "at Life" in the title, I expected more in depth acknowledgements and revelations.

I did like getting more details from the contestants of the earlier seasons like Cynthia and Landon.

I wanted more photos and behind the scenes details. I would have love to read a book about the other contestants attempts at the big win, but continued to fall short because there is honor in trying.

For readers who are interested in this book, check it out from the library. 

ODDBALL by Sarah Andersen

Publication Date: December 7, 2021
Pages: 105
Source: Netgalley | Library
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis (link to Goodreads)

My Thoughts

ODDBALL is a fun, loveable, and relatable collection of comics about creators, artists, authors
living with pets, anxiety, friendships, and surviving ourselves.

Some of my favorite comics:

"Suddenly Finding a New Obsession"  
The accuracy of loving something or fixating on something that it becomes your whole personality

Another Good One:
"So I didn't do that thing."
"Neither did I"
"Failure Solidarity" with a big hug

The books ends with my favorite comic of the book. "One Year" 
Taking it and making it one baby step at a time.

Another great collection from Sarah Andersen.


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