Out of Play

Out of Play

By Joy Norstrom

4 out of 5 chickadees singing!

When I read the hilarious plot summary of this book, I knew I had to get it. Gillian is fed up with her husband, mainly because of his hobby of LARP (live action role play). Her husband, Ralph, dressed up in costumes with like-minded individuals and pretends to be a character like a banshee, knight, etc. Gillian starts seeing a therapist to get help for this issue and is shocked when she advises that Gillian go on a LARP’ing trip with her husband.

Gillian ends up not telling Ralph she’s going to come along and volunteers as a kitchen wench. She acts like she’s taking her therapist’s suggestion, but she can’t help spying on her husband. She gets herself into some crazy situations and meets some, um, interesting people.

This book was completely unpredictable, which I was not expecting. It was a welcome surprise. It was also very funny, with the characters and situations. Yet it somehow also managed to do justice to the serious topic of a relationship on the rocks. A good read.

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An Event to Remember… or Forget

An Event to Remember… or Forget

By Melissa Baldwin

Genre: Chick lit, British chick lit

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book that I picked up on a whim. Maybe it’s because one of my dream jobs would be event planning? Sienna is an event planner soon to leave her current company and start her own one. She’s mostly happy with her boyfriend, Luke, although he always puts his career first. One night, she and Luke run into his old roommate, Ace. Sienna can’t deny the attraction she feels to save, especially when they keep running into each other. In the meantime, Sienna’s friends are getting pregnant and engaged, making her wonder where he relationship with Luke is headed.

This was just such a fun read. Sienna is a likable main character and I loved reading about her job. The book did have some awkward, stilted sentences. Not the most polished writing style, but a good plot and characters. I would definitely recommend it to chick lit fans!

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Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom Book Review

Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom

By Jennifer McCoy Blaske

Genre: Women’s fiction, chick lit, comedy

4 out of 5 stars. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. I really enjoyed this quick, easy read! Heather is a stay-at-home mom of two who feels like she has lost herself in the raising of her children. When she runs into an old college friend, she remembers her love of music and playing the piano. Heather decides to become a wedding musician and a series of hilarious hi-jinks follow! From a yard sale to a working as a substitute teacher, Heather is committed to raising the money she needs to get her business of this ground.

This book was just so funny and relatable. You felt like you were talking to a best friend who had a series of unfortunate, yet hilarious, events happen. I really liked the writing style and it was an extremely engaging story. I chuckled a lot! I would highly recommend this book to fans of chick lit, women’s fiction, and comedy. I would love to read more from this author in the future!

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The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart Book Review

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

By Anna Bell

Genre: Chick lit, comedy, women’s fiction, romantic comedy

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was super cute! I read it very quickly. Main character Abi is absolutely devastated when her boyfriend, Joseph, breaks up with her. She thought for sure that he was the one. When he returns her possessions, he accidentally includes his bucket lists of adventures he wants to go on and things he wants to do. Abi decides that the perfect way to get Joseph back is to do everything on his bucket list and post pictures to Facebook so he will see just how compatible they are. While completing this bucket list, Abi meets Ben, a bike shop owner who helps train her for some of the more difficult challenges. In the middle of all this, Abi starts having some challenges at work and thinks that someone is trying to sabotage her.

I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to Abi and her difficulty post-break up. She was a sweet girl with a good heart. I loved reading about all of her adventures and it definitely made me want to travel and make my own bucket list. In fact, Abi includes directions for making your own bucket list at the end of the book! Ben was just the coolest guy friend a girl could have- sweet, understanding, and hilarious. I thought that Abi really needed a best friend like her best friend, Sian. Sian was never afraid to call Abi out on her crap! I had a pretty good idea of how this story would end, but I wasn’t sure of exactly how it would get there. It did not disappoint! I would highly recommend this sweet story to fans of chick lit.

*Book cover provided by the publisher*

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The Rosie Project Review

The Rosie Project

By Graeme Simsion

A huge thanks to my blog partner, Lindsey, for giving me this book!! 5 out of 5 stars! This was a great book, just as I had heard it would be! Don Tillman appears to have Asperger’s. He processes everything logically and has difficulty reading social cues. Don knows that statistically, married men live longer, so he sets out to find a wife. He creates a complex survey to eliminate any unqualified women. During this wife project, he meets Rosie, who doesn’t meet many, if any, of the qualifications. Although he isn’t considering her as a match, he decides to help her find her biological father.

Don was a great character. Although he is “odd,” he is likeable and his actions are understandable because as the reader, you are inside his head. You are definitely rooting for him to find a suitable partner. The secondary characters are extremely diverse and interesting.

This book was engaging right from the beginning and I read it all in one evening! I can’t wait to read the sequel. This book is part romance and part romance, but it’s not a chick lit. It’s pretty much a story for everyone who doesn’t hate love. It’s very sweet and uplifting.

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