May 31, 2023

Lit Tidbits: Pithy Picks XI

Hey, Bookhearts! Pithy Picks are such a fun bookish meme! I hope you find a few books below that are worth your time and coins. 

Title: Never Lie 
 Freida McFadden
Published: September 2022
Pithy Review: Newlyweds search for the house of their dreams. When they visit a manor that once belonged to a renowned psychiatrist who vanished without a trace four years earlier, a winter blizzard traps them. The wife finds audio tapes of every patient that lead to the truth of the doctor's mysterious disappearance. I download from Kindle Unlimited from a friend's recommendation. It kept my attention although I figured out the mystery fairly fast.
Quote"My mother always says the only way two people can keep a secret, she says, is if one of them is dead." ~ pg. 252
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Uphill: A Memoir
Author: Jemele Hill
Published: October 2022
Pithy Review: Atlantic journalist and former ESPN SportsCenter co-anchor overcomes a legacy of pain and forges a new path in life despite life's uphill battles. You may remember her as the Black woman who called President Trump a "white supremacist." Tuh—damn the death threats; Jemele faced tougher things while growing up in Detroit and intergenerational trauma. Her unmistakable voice in the journalistic world, online and in the memoir is unapologetic yet eloquent. 
Quote"While journalists are taught to remove their emotions from stories, I turned my pain into perspective." ~ 38%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

Title: Spare
AuthorPrince Harry
Published: January 2023
Pithy Review: During my free Audible trial, I decided to listen instead of reading Prince Harry's memoir. I could listen to his voice all day and not get distracted, taking in all the shade, shame, sadness and smiles he has endured from childhood to present. It is revealing and raw. Think of the documentary/interview x 10.
Quote"Heir vs. Spare." ~ 41%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Chaos Theory
AuthorNic Stone
Published: February 2023
Pithy Review: Am I officially over YA books? I loved Nic Stone's other writing and appreciate she tackled a sensitive subject matter and formed a romance between two teens. One teen is a certified genius living with bipolar disorder and the other is a politician's son running from addition and grief. All the makings of a Mental Health PSA in literary form written for a younger audience.
Quote"Scars exist to remind us of what we've survived." 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

AuthorLeila Mottley
Published: June 2022
Pithy Review: Named Nominee for Best Fiction 2022 and Best Debut Novel 2022, this novel is about a young nightcrawling Black woman exposed as a key witness in a scandal within the Oakland Police Dept. A lot of quotable passages but the story left my memory before it was even returned to the library. I am more than impressed that the author is only 16 years old...go girl!
Quote"It ain't my place to have a problem with somebody else's survival." ~ 8% 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

Title: Hey, Lover
AuthorD.L. White
Published: December 2022
Pithy Review: Whatever Bookheart D.L. White is putting down, I'm picking up! I'm a believer of second chance love stories and soulmates. I also strongly believe we are in people's lives for a season or a reason. It just so happens that the first go-round for Malik and India failed nearly a decade ago but now the chance to rekindle romance is theirs.
Quote"If I have to drag her through another heartache because of you, she will not be able to stop me this time." ~ pg. 190
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 Rock Paper Scissors
Author: Alice Feeney
Published: August 2021
Pithy Review: Nominated for Best Mystery & Thriller 2021, highly recommended by a Bookheart, free on Kindle Unlimited AND a domestic thriller? I clicked download so fast. Adam Wright lives with face blindness; he cannot recognize friends, family or his own wife. After ten years of marriage, this is an anniversary he will not forget. There were fitty-lem red flags yet I hadn't put the pieces of puzzle together until 89% through. Now that's a good twist!
Quote"The ability to write a good book doesn't make someone a good person." ~ pg. 36
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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