December 20, 2022

Lit Tidbits: Pithy Picks X

Hey, Bookhearts! Pithy Picks are such a fun bookish meme! I hope you find a few books below that are worth your time and learn which books to not spend coins on. 

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Author: Onyi Nwabineli
Published: November 2022
Pithy Review: I have never read a book about grief written so beautifully. This debut novel takes us through all the emotions and harsh realities of an unimaginable, unexpected loss. A young woman loses her husband to suicide. The perfectly happy life she thought they had, turned upside down. Her tight-knit Nigerian family swoops in for support through the stages of grief and acceptance. 
Quote"Now someday is today and maybe is still maybe, but there is an infinity spreading out in front of me." ~ pg. 127
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Wife Before
AuthorShanora Williams
Published: June 2022
Pithy Review: Samira is a loser (my words, not the author's). She can't keep a job and mooches off her brother. Then she meets a wealthy pro golfer and relocates to his secluded mansion. Soon she is the second Mrs. Graham. But she discovers hidden journals belonging to the late wife, who died in a tragic accident. The media suspects it was no accident at all and that the perfect husband did it. Samira uncovers the truth. Recommended by my masseuse, this book was eye-rolling before the twists came one after another. Glad I kept reading. Reminiscent of CoHo's Verity and classic Rebecca. 
Quote"I went into this marriage knowing it would fail." ~ pg. 168
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

 The Weight of Blood
AuthorTiffany D. Jackson
Published: September 2022
Pithy Review: Horror, American history and racism wrapped in a YA novel. A biracial teen is attending the first integrated prom. But she's been passing as white her entire life, at the request of her white father. After a bullying video goes viral, the school's racist roots are put on blast and calls for change. But in true Carrie style, something happens at prom and Maddy's secrets costs lives.
Quote"The moment had been inevitable since the day she was born." ~ pg. 228
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 The Bookstore Sisters
Author: Alice Hoffman
Published: November 2022
Pithy Review: A short heartfelt story! Isabel is a New Yorker now, with no ties to Brinkley's Island, Maine. Her parents are gone; the family bookstore is bankrupt, and her sister will never speak to her again. But a mysterious letter arrives that prompts Isabel to return to the island. Sounds like a holiday Hallmark movie, right? Read this eShort if that's your jam.
Quote"That was when she began to plan her escape from the island." ~ pg. 6
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

Title: I Choose Darkness
AuthorJenny Lawson
Published: September 2022
Pithy Review: Another eShort story by the awesome witty author Jenny Lawson! This is a hilarious account of her outrageous Halloween and holly jolly holiday life. It begins with her trick-or-treating days back in the 1980s to her present lifestyle as self-proclaimed queen of Halloween. It is too funny!
Quote"But, technically, wrapping paper is there only to hide the present until Christmas." ~ 9%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AuthorAlli Frank & Asha Youmans
Published: October 2022
Pithy Review: Sign me up to read whatever this author duo publishes! So well written, engaging and memorable characters are within this chick lit/women's fic. Marjette has her hands full preparing for a new class of kindergarteners. That is reason enough to keep to her side of the driveway when it comes to picture perfect flawless neighbor Noa. But when a child shows up on first day of school with a sexy ass Uncle but absent mourning mother, Marjette is forced to communicate with her neighbor. The rest of the story takes us through laughter, tears, head nods, loss, love and the gift of found family.
Quote"Super Jewish, is that kinda like Blackity Black?" ~ pg. 64
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Author: Danielle Prescod
Published: October 2022
Pithy Review: This sharp-witted and candid memoir unpacks a whole lot of truth about TBGs. It is a story of celebrating identity, growing up Black in an elite white community, and beauty/fashion standards. A few of the passages hit home, especially when she shares questions from eager curious coworkers that are indeed offensive. But overall, I couldn't connect any further with the author. She's still trying to be accepted among white peers and separating herself from us. The vibe is giving, "Like me because I'm not like them other Black girls!"
Quote"Of course, just one Token Black Girl is enough to cover representation for months to come. Singular, all quotas met." ~ 82%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: One True Loves
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published: June 2016
Pithy Review: Reid's novels often have a message; OTL's is: listen to your heart! Emma marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They travel the world, live life to the ultimate fullest and seize every opportunity for adventure. On their very first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Fast forward years later and Emma finds herself in love again, engaged to another man. The second chance at happiness feeling bursts when Jesse is found alive. All these years, he's been trying to come home to her. Now Emma has to choose her one true love. I flipped these pages so quickly and left my heart on the last page. Wow!
Quote"I feel like my entire body is an open wound and I'm standing next to someone that may or may not pour salt all over me." ~ pg. 182 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️

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