Bookstagram Round Up

Happy Saturday everyone! 
Today is a very relaxing day- a hair appointment, online shopping and lots of coffee. I am almost losing the battle against decorating for Christmas but I am restraining myself until after Thanksgiving. 

I didn't have any time to write reviews this week but I really wanted to share something with you that I've been enjoying lately. There's a whole world out there called Bookstagram and I have to admit, I'm a bit obsessed. There are so many creative, passionate bookworms out there that I have met and I want to make sure others are following along too. Not only is Instagram a great place to read reviews about books, but you get the scoop on upcoming releases and find recommendations based on books you love. 

Here is a round up of some of my favorite #Bookstagram accounts- there are WAY more out there so check it out- search tags like 
#bookstagram, #igreads and #bookstagramfeatures 














And don't forget to follow me!


Happy reading, everyone! See you on #Bookstagram

Show Us Your Books #October

Did another month seriously already go by? 

Thanks to my Gilmore Girls binge, I didn't think I would get as many books read this month but I managed just fine. And by managing I mean totally slacking on any household chores, laundry or proper meals. But hey, priorities. Am I right? But alas, a true book worm never gives up. So here it is, my list of WONDERFUL reads that happened in October. 

Happy Reading! 


Practical Magic: Because Halloween. As magical as the movie and its soundtrack. 

 Good as Gone: I passed on this one about 1/3 of the way through, for some reason it just didn't grab my attention and my ADHD forced me to moved on to other books that I was looking more forward to. 

The Wangs vs. The World: This is fun family trip with the Wangs, who are on the run from financial ruin. Listened to it on Audible and really like the easy-going storytelling and like-able characters. 

Today Will Be Different: Any Gilmore Girl fans out there? Because Luke's sister Liz is the voice on this Audible version and I though I really liked her voice, it was a little too "dramatic reading" instead of a narration. It was VERY similar in my opinion to Where'd You Go Bernadette, which means it was fun and quirky but kind of confusing. 

I saved the best books of October for less: 

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner:  Jennifer Weiner is everything I look for in a gal pal: Honest, funny, wry, brave and a little in your face. Her memoir doesn't disappoint. There is a lot of motivation in her chapters about the power of putting pen to paper and it's really motivated me to increase my focus on writing. She's a gem and I love her stories. 


My other favorite: The Mothers by Brit Bennett. This is everything. You can read my full review in my post yesterday. But just go out and read it already. 


And really the best for last, the book that knocked my socks of this month: 

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. I can't really begin to describe it or even defend myself for loving it so much. Because of some of the really controversial topics: meth addicts, forbidden love, young love, betrayal, passion...it's just everything. There are so many conflicting feels wrapped up in this book that it was hard to describe whether I loved it or hated it because I think that any book that evokes so many emotions in me is worth every page. I really think you should read it. 


This has been another wonderful link up with my gals Jana and Steph. Be sure to hop over there to read everyone else's #ShowUsYourBooks posts! 

Are there any Litsy users out there? 
If you are on the bookish platform, come find me at JenniferJR, I would love to see you on there! 








Book Review: The Mothers by Brit Bennett


A book called “The Mothers” is automatically a book that gets my attention. As I age and especially as I make my journey through the various stages of life, I recognize that the one topic that strikes the biggest cord in my heart is the topic of motherhood.



I need to know more about how other women are handling motherhood. Not to compare myself necessarily, but to learn from them and to get reassurance that no matter what, each mother is living her own, unique experience. There are rights and wrongs, but there are never definite answers. There were many moments in this book that gave me peace of mind, one of them being that even after a wrong is done, a life can be made whole again. 

I am also obsessed with understanding how I came to be the type of mother I am. Did the situations that my own mother and grandmothers faced shape how I mother my children? 

The answer is always yes.

That’s why The Mothers by Brit Bennet grabbed my attention. Not only does it have this amazing cover that caught my eye, and the fact that The Book of the Month Club chose it for one of its October picks, it’s also written by a first time author. I love that because there must be a reason behind all of that buzz.

What happens when a rebellious seventeen-year-old young woman sets her eyes on the son of a pastor, a star football player and the apple of the church community’s eye?



Nadia Tucker and Luke Sheppard think they are in love. But much more than young love is needed to save them from their own demons. Luke struggles to find identity after an injury ends his sports career. Nadia is a broken soul whose life is set on a completely different track because of her mother’s suicide. The one thing they each have is hope. Hope for love, for a better future.

This is a story about how huge decisions and actions affect the lives of not just the immediate characters, but how it also moves the hearts of others- the best friends, the church elders, the community. Every little move can change the course.  


There are major life decisions, some devastating, some hopeful- that are made inside this story that will have you asking yourself “What if” and “What would I do?” and I think that’s the work of remarkable writing. I am always searching for the stories that make me walk in another’s shoes because that’s how I start to understand and reflect on how similar situations in my own life have changed me. 

I give this book a 5 star review and encourage everyone to read it!