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Merry and Bright – Debbie Macomber

Merry Smith has her days filled - between her time-consuming job, her loving (but hectic) family and the holidays right around the corner - she doesn't have time for anything else. But apparently, her mom and younger brother think she does. They signed her up for a dating website and while Merry first thinks it will be a… Continue reading Merry and Bright – Debbie Macomber

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Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts – Karen Kleiman, Molly McIntyre (illustrator)

This was truly a lovely book. While I don't have plans to have a baby any time soon, I do still find myself seeking out books like this. Because...quite frankly, motherhood does scare me but I have a feeling that the more prepared I am, the easier it will be when it finally happens (fingers crossed). This is one… Continue reading Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts – Karen Kleiman, Molly McIntyre (illustrator)

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You Got This Mama! – Liz Swenson

This is a short & sweet intro to motherhood and what to expect when your life suddenly upends. It contains a few inspiration quotes to get through the tough times, short paragraphs about need-to-know information and lovely infographics about what-to-do with all that poo. I liked the balance between lighthearted humor and a bit more serious take on life. I enjoyed… Continue reading You Got This Mama! – Liz Swenson

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Made for Me – Zack Bush & Gregorio De Laurentis

This was an incredibly heartwarming board book all about a Dad telling his child how important they are to him. It is an extremely short book but it does such a good job of expressing the love between the father and his child - often hitting on that refrain that 'you were made for me.' The illustrations were… Continue reading Made for Me – Zack Bush & Gregorio De Laurentis

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Yes No Maybe So – Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Ugh. Okay. I know there's normally a better recap of the book but gosh dang I disliked this book so much that I can't be bothered. Jamie - Jewish, stage fright, canvases neighborhoods cause he LOVES POLITICS. Maya - Muslim, divorcing parents, canvasing neighborhoods cause she WANTS A CAR. Jamie & Maya - BFFS but can't date cause… Continue reading Yes No Maybe So – Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

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Nourish Me Home – Cortney Burns

This is quite possibly the most creative cookbook that I've ever seen...but also one that I really can't see myself using very often. Nourish Me Home is centered around the seasons and the elements (water, fire, air and earth). Sustainability and unique eats. The book begins with casting a circle, a bit about the author's journey into cooking and… Continue reading Nourish Me Home – Cortney Burns

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Modern Comfort Food – Ina Garten

The premise of this cookbook is that right now, what we need most, is modern comfort food. The past year has not been a good one and we might be needing some of that childhood deliciousness. We are craving that gorgeous grilled cheese of our childhood but we also kinda want to make a bit more sophisticated than kraft… Continue reading Modern Comfort Food – Ina Garten

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Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Shaker Heights is the quintessential quiet town. Until Mia (and her daughter, Pearl) come to town. The Richardsons have lived in Shaker Heights from the literal moment it was created and they rent out one of their houses to low-income families (such as Mia). Mia is an artist and throughout Pearl's life, they've traveled from town-to-town as… Continue reading Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

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The Key to Fear – Kristin Cast

No touching today for a healthy tomorrow. The Key Corporation is the only thing standing between humanity and complete and utter destruction at the hands of a deadly virus (at least according to them). Elodie has spent her entire life following the Key Corps rules - no kissing, no hugging, no touching. She's training to be a nurse… Continue reading The Key to Fear – Kristin Cast