ARC Review: A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic by Mariko Kikuchi

Title: A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic
Author: Mariko Kikuchi
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: November 9th, 2021
Page Length: 144
Genre: Manga | Nonfiction | Autobiography
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A moving autobiographical manga about her father’s alcoholism that inspired a critically acclaimed live-action film.

Mariko Kikuchi tells the painful story of her father’s alcoholism and her own journey through guilt to understanding her father’s illness. She rejects the common belief that family members can and should be forgiven for anything they do, no matter how much harm they cause. This powerful, self-contained autobiographical manga began as a web series that went viral, and inspired a critically acclaimed 2019 film in Japan.

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First Line Fridays | 7 January 2022

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Here we go…

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Odds & Ends: 10 Bookish Goals for 2022

Last year I had goals, but never wrote them down so I ended up forgetting them or just having vague ideas in mind. This year, I knew I had to make a post so I can check in quarterly to make sure I actually keep it up. I anticipate that these goals will be tweeked as we check in each time too lol. So let’s get into them!

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Book Tour: The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey by Echo Brown | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey by Echo Brown. When I first found out about this book, I knew it was one I would want to read. And don’t get me started on how much I love that cover! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

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Book Tour: Honest June by Tina Wells | Mini Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Honest June by Tina Wells. I saw the illustrated cover and knew I had to read it! Then I read what it was about and I was even more intrigued! I’m always up for a bit of magic in my contemporary middle grades.

Thank you to Tina Wells and Random House Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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Odds & Ends: Meet the Blogger, Christmas Version

Hi fellow book lovers! December is my birthday month, so I thought to celebrate I’d do a Meeting the Blogger tag to celebrate since I haven’t done one before.

I found this Christmas Version of Meet the Blogger on Reading Ladies Book Club and thought it would be perfect! The original tag can be found on Deb’s World.

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Festive Bonbon Questions: Graphic found on Deb’s World
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Review: Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

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Title: Secret Santa
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: November 10th, 2020
Page Length: 220
Genre: Horror | Holiday
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Office meets Stephen King, dressed up in holiday tinsel, in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the ’80s, by New York Times best-selling satirist Andrew Shaffer.

Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn’t the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It’s the ’80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre.

But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her co-workers’ mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn’t understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company—and her soul.

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Book Tour: The Winter Charlatan by Victoria McCombs | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Winter Charlatan by Victoria McCombs. I really want to catch up on Victoria’s fairytale retelling series, including this one now! I’m so glad that they can be read individually, but they all sound so good! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators and their thoughts.

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Review: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

Title: The Matzah Ball
Author: Jean Meltzer
Publisher: Mira Books
Release Date: September 28th, 2021
Page Length: 416
Genre: Holiday | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Oy! to the world

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family. Her talent has made her a bestseller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach.

But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Hanukkah’s not magical. It’s not merry. It’s not Christmas. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel’s determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy—Jacob Greenberg.

Though Rachel and Jacob haven’t seen each other since they were kids, their grudge still glows brighter than a menorah. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah—and Jacob—in a way she never expected. Maybe this holiday of lights will be the spark she needed to set her heart ablaze.

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