The Decadents by M.C. Schmidt

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this book was a crazy and fun time! I enjoyed the dark setting with the outlandish situations, and I didn’t really want to walk away from it!

So, in this story, we’ve got Phil Ochs. His family is all over the place. His son is terrorizing him through a poetry attack, his wife is addicted to the As Seen On TV toys (but seriously who isn’t?), and now, a competitive enemy is snagging his employees from his fast food chains! What could be next? Well, Phil shares a name with a very liberal, very famous singer…

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The Craigslist Incident by Jason Fisk

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was so emotional for me. I feel like it really highlights the struggles to get support for mental health. I felt so invested in these characters, and I couldn’t stop reading.

Edna’s father passed away, and she’s really been struggling. She decides to put a hit out on herself in a Craigslist ad. Joe responds to Edna’s ad, and we are taken on an emotional story that jumps between the two characters’ POVs.

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100 Days of Adventure by Greta Eskridge

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

100 Days of Adventure is a book filled with ideas, projects, and activities to do with children that do not require an electronic. I really enjoy this book, and I truly think it’s full of fantastic things to do!

There are indoor and outdoor activities, and most of them are no-cost or very low-cost to do. There are illustrations and step-by-step guides to help you as you facilitate these activities. I loved that there was a wide range of options to choose from, and there are definitely some that we’ll do again!

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At the Table with Jesus by Louie Giglio

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a wonderful new devotional for people that are looking for new ways to grow their relationship with Jesus! The devotionals are easy to apply to life and focus on a 66-day journey.

Each devotional is built with a few paragraphs providing information and details on the verse for the day. There are some questions to consider and apply to the reader’s life, and then a verse to memorize.

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More Than a Mom by Kari Kampakis

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book…every mom needs to consider this one. So many times we prioritize our family first, and there’s a lot of needs there. When do we move ourselves to the top of the list? I think it’s not often enough sometimes, but this book gives so many reasons and ways to start doing that!

In this book, Kari Kampakis writes about ten things that mom’s should help themselves with. Things like stopping the negative talk, realizing your own self worth, coming to a peaceful understanding with your body, and so many others…well 10 to be exact. But those were three that were really important for me.

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Truth, Lies, and Mr. Grey by Shelly Ellis

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this was an exciting story filled with secrets and secrets and…secrets! I loved it!

As book 2 in the series, Truth, Lies, and Mr. Grey picks up right where book 1 ended. There are alternating view points, so you get a really good sense of what everyone is up to…and yet it’s explosive with surprises around every corner!

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Accidentally Perfect by Marissa Clarke

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This small-town romance was the perfect thing for me! It’s got a slow-build romance between two people who have to learn to trust each other, and I enjoyed the journey!

When Lillian moves from busy, fast-paced NYC to her sister’s cottage after a disastrous situation at her job, she finds herself up against Caleb. They butt heads immediately, creating the enemies-to-lovers vibe that I so enjoy.

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Be the Boss of Your Stuff by Allie Casazza

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is an interactive workbook for children to help them organize their own spaces. I liked that there are spots in the book for the child to answer questions or draw something. I think it will help them to work through what they want their space to be.

I liked that this talks about organization but does also have a minimalist approach as well. I think it’s a good blend. There are a lot of positive reinforcement moments in the book, which could help a child move forward and feel like they are accomplishing things. I like those little touches throughout the pages.

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At Night by Margaret Peot

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

At night, there is a whole other world that wakes up under the light of the moon. In At Night, Margaret Peot brings the nighttime adventures of animals to life through the pages!

This is a beautiful picture book that shows children how different animals behave during the night. I really enjoyed the short sentences on each page, and how those words coupled with the illustrations really allow the child to see what happens with each animal!

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The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Okay…this one is full of steamy fabulous heat! These two characters had great chemistry that had me nodding my head and saying, “yes you should be together”! The business talk had me much less interested though…

The one night stand happened pretty fast, and led into what I thought would be the enemies part of the story. It didn’t feel like an enemies to lovers though. For me, it was really a lovers with an obstacle to overcome to be together, and that was fine. I was there for it!

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Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Captivating, beautiful, and dangerous, Daughters of War is a historical fiction that you won’t be able to put down!

Three sisters living in France in 1944 are living with a German occupation. Hélène, Elise and Florence live together after the loss of their father. The sisters are each living their own lives, and we get to know each one’s personality throughout the story. As the story progresses, we find that each sister has to make decisions and actions that could put everyone at risk.

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The Good Kings by Kara Cooney

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This has been a period in history that has always interested me, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book! Author Kara Cooney takes a look at five Pharaohs in this book and how their power and rule has impacted our modern day politics. The Pharaohs focused on throughout this book are Khufu, Senwosret III, Akenhaten, Ramses II, and Taharqa.

I found the lives, successes, and reign of these Pharaohs to be really interesting! Khufu was one that I was especially interested in because I find the Pyramids fascinating! It was interesting to learn about how the building was constructed and how Khufu dictated over his people to keep his secrets even in death.

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