The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale by Stephanie Eding

White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, I just loved this adorable book! The characters are so fantastic, and they just steal the show!

Josie is a wonderful person, and she’s been crapped on a bit with life, but when she bumps into two friends from high school, her life takes on a new trajectory. Pregnant, getting divorced, and being nudged out of her parents’ house, an offer to move in with Ben and Kevin. These two goofballs make life so fun. I loved having them in the story. They are well-meaning, big hearted, and loving friends, and watching their relationship with Josie grow was wonderful.

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Am I Allergic to Men? by Kristen Bailey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun, moving, and heartfelt story this was! I wasn’t sure where this story was going to go, and when Lucy is hit by a bus, this went from silly and lighthearted to quite serious very quickly! Lucy is such an interesting, vibrant, hilarious person, and when she loses years of memory from the accident, her family rises up in droves to help her in any way they can. All the sisters move back into their parents’ house together to help break the memories free.

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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I feel like there have been so many wonderful books coming out recently that really are a romance about falling in love with yourself, and I am HERE FOR IT! These types of stories are making my heart feel so full!

Yinka is the kind of character we all need to read about. She is a bit lost, feeling the pressure of family, culture and friends, to be like everyone else and get married. Her story is filled with failures, mishaps, and heartbreaks, but through it all, she is actually on a journey to find herself.

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It Is What You Make of It by Justin McRoberts

Rating: 4 out of 5.
"Non Fiction" words carved into wood
It Is What You Make of It book cover with inflatable cactus
Book Genre "Memoir" with person writing with pen

Are you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty kind of person? This book will help you find a way to always make it a glass half-full kind of day!

Justin McRoberts shares his life’s stories with such a wonderful note of humor and honesty that it’s an absolute joy to read this book. I loved the way that McRoberts talks about not accepting a mindset of “It is what it is” but instead finding how we can make it what we want.

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The Power of Piggie Bear by Mara James

"Childrens" Genre Block - 4 kids laying on stomachs looking at book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book. I have nothing but love for this! What an absolutely fabulous way to help children with their feelings! The message is positive, encouraging, and understanding of children and their feelings! I love that it makes children feel like they are in a safe space to express and understand their emotions.

This was a wonderfully interactive story, which asks the children to participate in different ways. We have some seek and find activity, but also some really great actions for self-love. My daughter really enjoyed interacting with Piggie!

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