December 8, 2021

Lit Tidbits: Pithy Picks VIII

Hold on, Bookhearts! I am not quite done with book reviews for the year just yet. Below are pithy reviews featuring four (4) fiction and four (4) nonfiction books that you'll want to add to your TBR.

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Title: The Last Thing He Told Me
AuthorLaura Dave
Published: May 2021
Pithy Review: I canceled plans to finish this page-turner w/o interruption. It deserves all awards, book club noms and 200,000+ ratings. "Protect her." is the note Owen has delivered to his wife before he disappears. It refers to his 16-year-old daughter. While discovering the truth, they realize the past isn't real but the future is promising. We all have stories to tell; Laura Dave told an excellent one! 
Quote"We forget all sorts of things that no one helps us remember." ~ pg. 158
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Survival of the Thickest
AuthorMichelle Buteau
Published: December 2020 
Pithy Review: One time for the age appropriate pop culture references! Stand-up comedian, star of First Wives Club and The Circle host writes hilarious essays full of her unapologetic frankness about her road to success. Her personality jumps through the memoir pages. This thick Jersey girl has a heck of a background story that makes me root for her even louder! 
Quote"Traveling really is the best education for every bitch." ~ pg. 189
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Off the Record
AuthorCamryn Garrett
Published: May 2021
Pithy Review: #MeToo movement in fictional literary form! A teen journalist wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for a magazine. Once the multi-city tour kicks off, she uncovers an industry secret. One woman's account leads to another and this novel becomes one of my top reads of the year. The pacing is perfect!
Quote"The thing about thoughts is they don't take as long as saying sentences out loud." ~ pg. 206
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: You Are Your Best Thing
EditorsTarana Burke and Dr. BrenΓ© Brown
Published: April 2021
Pithy Review: This should have stayed a text between two friends. The Black founder of the Me Too movement and a white researcher/writer work together on a book about "the Black experience with vulnerability and shame resilience." Does this sound like a perfect pair for such a topic? Overall it is not recommendable.
Quote"The thing about thoughts is they don't take as long as saying sentences out loud." ~ pg. 206
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️

Title: While Justice Sleeps
AuthorStacey Abrams
Published: May 2021
Pithy Review: Why didn't anyone clue me into the fiction writing of THEE Stacey Abrams?! This is masterful writing of a political suspense thriller. Her professional knowledge translates through the story. I appreciated the sophisticated characters and dialogue that was appropriate but not too much jargon. The perfect novel to snuggle inside and escape into the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Quote"Chess works great for cryptic clues." ~ pg. 267
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Sorrow to Shero: Pain, Power, and Peace
AuthorDr. Jeannita Bussle
Published: July 2020
Pithy Review: Bates Academy alumna gives an honest testimony of trauma, domestic violence, widowhood and the process of healing. She provides factual info on the effects of abuse and importance of mental health. Her transparency will encourage women to break the cycle and become a Shero too.  
Quote"How was it possible that I walked under water and didn't get wet?" ~ 85%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Mixtape
AuthorBrittainy Cherry
Published: July 2021
Pithy Review: The best Prime First Read of 2021! Raising a daughter alone is both pleasure and pain for Emery. Oliver drinks his grief away and misses his twin brother madly. They share their paths of loss while remembering the key to breathing is music. Romance + Healing x Hope ÷ Music = a 5-star novel!
Quote"Every person in the world has a mixtape of sorts, a collection of tracks that defines their lives." ~ 47%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AuthorJill Scott 
Published: June 2015
Pithy Review: Jilly from Philly has a way with words and lyrics. Her poetry is bee-you-tee-ful. This collection is her first ever poetry. It is honest, erotic, soulful and comforting. Fans of her lyrics will absolutely love this! Be prepared to be in your feels and occupied for hours while finishing this sensual read. By the way, Jill Scott, I am still waiting on the next collection of your poetry; songs are simply not enough.
Quote"I don't even think of you now." ~ pg. 4
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  1. I love her romance novels, but I had to skip ahead in the Stacy Abrams book. I was getting bored and could barely keep up with all the legal stuff. Also, every character was getting on my nerves. LOL

    1. Oh no! Not good when every character is annoying.