Independent Bookstore Day!

Screen Shot 2019-04-26 at 2.47.14 PMThis Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year!  It’s Independent Bookstore Day! Okay, I love the first snow of the year almost as much, and most holidays, and pizza nights…but you get my point 😉 This is a day to celebrate all things indie, visit your local bookstores, make purchases from local shops, put money back into your community, talk about the importance of independent bookstores, and celebrate all the reasons why local indies mean so much to you. I live in a great city, with a few fantastic independent bookstores, so I plan to visit those this year, but I was trying to think of other ways we can all celebrate the day! Here is a list of ways to show your love of independent bookstores on Saturday regardless of your location, ability, finances, work schedules, etc!

  1. Visit your local indie bookstore and put some money back into your community
  2. Order online from your closest independent bookstore! I always try to keep my dollars as close to me as possible. Here is a link to help.
  3. Follow some indie bookstores on social media and give them some love
  4. Check out Powell’s online (or MANY other bookstores that also have online shops) when your instinct is just to click on Amazon. I totally get it, Amazon serves a purpose, but sometimes Powells/other indie bookstores have fantastic deals and some sell used books too!
  5. Get a literary tattoo (this might be a stretch, but I love a good literary tattoo)
  6. Research your local indie for author visits/signings happening this year and get those dates on your calendars.
  7. Get online and talk about books with your fellow bookstagrammers. I’ll be hanging out in the world and always love to chat! (@bookishfolk) Use the hashtag #bookstoreday
  8. Plan to include local indie visits when you travel. There is literally nothing better than this in my humble opinion 🙂
  9. Leave reviews for your favorite independent bookstores on Yelp or FB
  10. Talk to your friends, in person, about books and local bookstores
  11. Bring your family/out of town visitors to your local bookstore
  12. Introduce a young person to the love of reading by bringing them a book or taking them to visit your local indie
  13. Start a book club. A lot of indie bookstores will give your club a discount on your book too
  14. If you listen to audiobooks, consider a subscription to Libro.fm. It’s a monthly subscription like audible, but the money goes to your local bookstore.
  15. If you can’t afford a book, that’s totally okay! Head to your local bookstore and grab a chocolate bar, a cup of coffee, a print, a pencil, bookmark, or anything else that you can afford. Every bit counts!

What really matters here folks is getting out, supporting your local indies any way you can and spreading the word that community matters, spending your dollars locally matters, and independent bookstores matter, not only on Saturday, but every day of the year! I hope you enjoy the day and please, let me know here or on Instagram, how you spent your day celebrating!

bookishfolk…read instead.

Bring Me Back

Author: B.A. Paris

Published: June 19, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Where I picked up my book: Received free via publisher

Key Words: thriller, suspense, mystery

My Rating: 4 star

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Synopsis (via B&N):

She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained—until now.

(there was a lot more to the book description, but seriously…this is all I think you need. It’s all I had to go off of, and I’m SO happy I didn’t read any additional descriptions. The less you know here, the better).

My Thoughts:

Ohhhh this one was good! I read it in a few days and was up way too late one-more-paging my way to the end. This is definitely a short, fast paced read that will have you questioning, guessing, wondering, assuming, getting angry and then feeling sad all at once. It is written in alternating points of view, which gives us, as readers, some serious insight into each of the main characters. When I reach for a thriller,  I want to be swept into the world and spit back out when I read the final sentence-and that is EXACTLY what this book does. Although the ending seemed maybe a tad far-fetched for some readers, it didn’t matter to me in the least and I yelled out loud when everything was revealed. So maybe it’s a case of needing to suspend reality a little bit? My advice is to go with it and get sucked in. If you love thrillers and suspenseful writing with a few psychological games thrown in for good measure…give Bring Me Back a read, you won’t be disappointed!

Did you read this one? Let’s discuss the ending because I just need to talk about it with someone and hear your thoughts. You can reach me over on Instagram @bookishfolk or comment here and we can chat!

It comes out tomorrow! Whoop for summer thrillers, when the daylight hours are longer 😉

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for the free review copy.

 

Mother of Invention

Author: Caeli Wolfson Widger

Published: May 22, 2018

Publisher: Little A

Where I picked up my book: Received free via publisher and Net Galley

Key Words: Motherhood, Science Fiction, Pregnancy

My Rating: 4.5 stars

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Synopsis (via Goodreads):

What will a mother sacrifice to have it all?

Meet Silicon Valley executive Tessa Callahan, a woman passionate about the power of technology to transform women’s lives. Her company’s latest invention, the Seahorse Solution, includes a breakthrough procedure that safely accelerates human pregnancy from nine months to nine weeks, along with other major upgrades to a woman’s experience of early maternity.

The inaugural human trial of Seahorse will change the future of motherhood—and it’s Tessa’s job to monitor the first volunteer mothers-to-be. She’ll be their advocate and confidante. She’ll allay their doubts and soothe their anxieties. But when Tessa discovers disturbing truths behind the transformative technology she’s championed, her own fear begins to rock her faith in the Seahorse Solution. With each new secret Tessa uncovers, she realizes that the endgame is too inconceivable to imagine.

Caeli Wolfson Widger’s bold and timely novel examines the fraught sacrifices that women make to succeed in both career and family against a backdrop of technological innovation. It’s a story of friendship, risk, betrayal, and redemption—and an unnerving interrogation of a future in which women can engineer their lives as never before.

My Thoughts:

I LOVED this book. So much, that I found my mind wandering during the workday, while walking around the city, and while trying (and failing) to fall asleep. It was one of those books that I just became so engrossed in and couldn’t let it go until the end. And even now that I’ve finished it, I just keep going back and thinking what if…

And if I’m being very honest, I just keep looking at pregnant people and going down a slightly insane rabbit hole lol. But that’s neither here nor there 😉

One thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot after finishing up this book are the roles women have in society. At times, it seems like a woman is expected to either be successful in their careers and climb that career ladder, or successful at parenting and motherhood, taking care of household duties, making meals, but rarely do we see plots, or real-life scenarios for that matter, where both of these things happen smoothly. I’ve hit an age where this is a constant thought for myself, and a lot of my friends. How can we hold careers, run a household, make a baby, raise children and do it all successfully? And why are there unspoken expectations that we (women) must take on these roles? Do we need to choose between career and family, or can we have both? Are societal expectations making us feel like we have to choose? Is it the patriarchy that is forcing us to choose? Is it our own self-inflicted guilt that is making us to feel this way? Honestly, this is an excellent story, but it’s also a great starting off point for a discussion about expectations versus reality in terms of motherhood, careers and life. Tessa is a really complex character, as are many of the other women in the book, and they epitomize the realities of real life women in general, but with a Sci-Fi twist.

This is a face paced, thought provoking book that takes you through the complexities of motherhood, the throes of Silicon Valley, government cover-ups (don’t even get me started on this because I’ve definitely had plenty of these thoughts and questions about our government) and what it is like to be a woman in society. Mother of Invention is an imaginative read, yet set in some solid reality that I highly recommend!

Thank you Little A for the free review copy.

bookishfolk…read instead.

Happy Pride Month

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I’ve read a lot of LGBTQ+ books throughout the years, but I’m always, ALWAYS on the hunt for more. To celebrate Pride Month, here are some books that I highly recommend or am putting on my list and getting a hold of immediately (click title to go to link).

1. No other world by Rahul Mehta

2. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

3. Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn

4. The Color Purple by Toni Morrison

5. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

6. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

7. The Gods of Tango by Carolina de Robertis

8. Guapa by Saleen Haddad

9. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

10. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

11. The Danish Girl by David Ebersboff

12. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

13. Ask a Queer Chick by Lindsay King-Miller

14. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

15. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

16. The New Old Me by Meredith Maran

17. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

18. Alexander and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanchez

19. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

18. Fun Home Allison Bechdel

20. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

21. How to Survive a Summer by Nick White

22. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

23. Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

24. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

25. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

26. Tomorrow Will be Different by Sarah McBride

27. America is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

28. Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

29. Under the Undala Tree by Chinelo Okparanta

30. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

31. Lies we Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Please let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought! Also…leave a comment and let me know other LGBTQ+ books that I must get my hands on immediately. Happy Pride and Happy Reading!

bookishfolk…read instead.