The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Review

Synopsis: From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

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The Book Blogger Insider Tag: More information about me than you ever wanted to know

I imagine that, by now, you’re all sick to death of hearing my self-obsessed tirades about my own life, and therefore it is not very hard to hit the “more-than-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-me” bar. Because we already hit it. Long ago. Probably no one is reading this blog anymore – I’m too scared to look at my stats.

Oh my god, what if I have multiple personalities and those personalities are taking over and are the sole readers of my various social media? AM I COMMENTING ON MY OWN GOODREADS REVIEWS?

Too deep.

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Modern Romance Review: Forget everything else I’ve ever said, Aziz Ansari is my husband, for real, in real life

Synopsis: A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

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The Book Princess Sidekick Tag: Or, Me in a Princess-Related Thing

Here is a really unpopular opinion I hold near and dear to my heart: I don’t like Disney that much (with exactly 2 exceptions). I would apologize for it, but I’m really not sorry. It has a lot of benefits for me. I can spend money without questioning whether I should save it to put toward a sweaty crowded “vacation” in a glorified cartoon-themed money pit. I can watch movies that are geared toward those taller than three apples high. I can even be aware that a new Disney film is coming out without ever viewing it!

It’s a good life, really.

However, add another thing to my now-three=things-long Disney appreciation list: This tag! I ogled it from afar for a long time (picture me looking at pastries in a bakery, except the glass case is my laptop and my nose is definitively not pressed up against it) before the ever-lovely Rhea over at Bookchanted took pity upon me and tagged me in it. As always, I recommend you like this post but then immediately avoid reading it and check her take on it out instead.

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Gemina Review

Synopsis: The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Top 9 Ways to Make Me Hate Your Book

Whaddup whaddup. Yes, I am still attempting to settle into a blogging schedule. Honestly, I think it’s adorable that I’ll post every day for a week after months of throwing a review up maybe once a week. Very on-brand. I’m like, so unreliable, you guys. But my charms make it worthwhile. (This is my manic pixie dream girl impression.) (That was a spoiler.)

Anyway, I hate a lot of books. So today I figured I’d talk about some of the more common or most terrible things that can make me slap on a one-star rating faster than you can say “not like other girls.” (That was also a spoiler.) 

Also this post is young adult-focused, because honestly YA books are a lot more trope-y and annoying. Sorry not sorry. (But I am genuinely sorry that I just used that phrase, because it hasn’t been socially acceptable in 5 years and I yearn to be cool, you know?)

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Contemporary Mini-Reviews: Three contemporaries. One post. One half of a soul.

The last one in the title is me.

Tbh I have had a couple of these three reviews languishing in my to-post folder for literally months so I guess it’s time to get on that!!!! There’s literally no reason not to!!! It involves very little work and that’s the only thing I avoid!!!!!

Okay. These contemporaries are Dangerous Girls, We Are Okay, and By Your Side. I gave two one star and one three and a half stars. Wild. Let’s get into it.

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