READ THIS BOOK!! (I loved it so much)

Float Plan by Trish Doller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TW: Suicide

“Float Plan” is the story of Anna Beck, a young woman coming to terms with the death of her fiance Ben. To honor him (and to help herself heal), she embarks on a sea journey in Ben’s boat; the same boat he and Anna were supposed to be on to sail the Caribbean together. As her quest begins, Anna quickly realizes she is in over her head, and hires a first mate named Keane Sullivan, a worldly (but broken) Irishman. Keane and his antics are a delightful foil to Anna’s more somber view on life. Anna learns so much about herself on the journey, and it’s lovely to see her learning to live again.

I loved everything about this book, especially the lush and detailed descriptions of the Caribbean islands Anna and Keane sail to. I could almost smell the salt air and envision the clear waters, which was a wonderful treat. The author Trish Doller also deftly handles the subjects of mental health and suicide; these are not simple tasks for any writer.

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BOOK REVIEW: Revival Season

Revival Season by Monica West

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TW: Infant death, domestic violence, language

Revival Season is one of those books that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

Revival Season is Monica West’s debut novel about a deeply religious family, The Hortons, and young Miriam’s quest to understand her preacher father Samuel. The family travels around the country attending tent revivals, and Reverend Horton is known far and wide for his “healing” abilities. Everything has gone well so far, until a disastrous encounter with a blind man leaves Reverend Horton’s life and career hanging in the balance.

Along with the Hortons’ travels, Miriam is also caring for her disabled sister Hannah and is constantly worried about her mother, who is recovering from a great loss. Miriam almost seems to take on all of the pains and worries of her entire family.

This book was so beautiful and rich, and West’s writing was perfection.

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Do What Makes Your Heart Happy

One of my fondest childhood memories is writing a story about Elvis, the King, still being alive and traveling around the country, having crazy adventures. My story was over 110 pages, and I loved reading parts of it to my family and friends. Even after I wrapped up that story, writing continued to be a huge part of my life. I wrote stories constantly, often asking those around me for advice and suggestions. In high school, I was on the Writing Team with two other students. We traveled to different places, to compete with other students and their writing. That experience helped me to realize that I wanted to continue filling notebooks with words, for as long as I was able to do it. Very recently, I have gotten some wise advice from a writer friend. She told me if I love writing that much, I need to make it a part of my daily life. Even if I’m tired or sad, I can still put pen or (pencil) to paper and CREATE.

Dial A For Aunties, by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Dial A for Aunties

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TW: Some sexual situations, language

Without giving away any spoilers, I can honestly say that Dial A For Aunties is one of my favorite books of 2021!

Dial A For Aunties is the story of photographer and dutiful Chinese daughter Medellin Chan, her worried mother, and her three Aunties. During a wedding weekend for ultra-rich clients of their family wedding business, Meddy and her family will find out just how close and devoted they really are to each other. This book is over-the-top in the most wonderful ways, and along with the far-fetched things that seem to happen to the Chan family, there goes along with it some of the funniest scenes and dialogue I have ever read in a novel. You will laugh so hard you’ll cry, and I really hope you love this book as much as I did.

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to a new week! Or, I guess, the 2nd day of it! I hope you all had a great weekend. We spent a lot of time in our new garden, and we’re starting to plant this week. I wanted to start with tomatoes, cucumbers, and cabbage. Hopefully everything will grow successfully!

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What was something good that happened to you this past weekend?