Fame Adjacent by Sarah Skilton

Fame Adjacent by Sarah Skilton
Pub. Date: April 9, 2019
Source: e-ARC via netgalley (Thank you, Grand Central!)
Summary: Holly Danner has a complicated relationship with fame. It’s not easy being the only cast member of a 1990s song-and-dance show who didn’t become famous. When she was eleven, she used to do anything for a laugh (or at least a laugh-track) on “Diego and the Lion’s Den.” If she talked about it–which she almost never does–Holly might explain how her childhood best friends came to dominate the worlds of pop music, film, and TV while she was relegated to a few near-misses and a nanny gig for her niece. She’d even be telling the truth about making peace with the whole thing years ago.

But when she finds out there’s a 25th anniversary for the show planned–a televised reunion, clip show, and panel–and she wasn’t invited, it’s time for an impromptu road trip to crash the event and set the record straight. Three problems: she’s currently in Internet Rehab (perhaps she’s not quite as well-adjusted as she believes…), she has no cash, and the only person who can get her across the country in time is Thom Parker, a handsome, infuriatingly level-headed patient who doesn’t think she should confront her famous ex-friends.
Genre: Contemporary

Holly Danner peaked at 11. Cast as the plucky, funny one on a Mickey Mouse Club-esque children’s show called Diego and the Lion’s Den (it was never explicitly stated whether or not the children actually lived at the zoo, but it was a theory fans clung to fiercely), Holly’s star shone brightly for those few precious years. After the show ended, things only seemed to get better for her co-stars: boyband fame, record deals, starring roles in television dramas. But for Holly? Well, she was almost in a tv show…until they recast her part one episode in.

Understandably Holly was a bit bitter. Especially because her house was where they would flock to hide from the rest of the world. Her family took each one in and allowed them to simply be themselves away from the prying eyes of cameras and millions of adoring fans. And now the Diego cast is back for a 20th reunion show – without Holly. It was bad enough to have her friends cut her off, but to not get an invite to the reunion show??

Holly is determined to get her revenge. First up: Holly hosts a Reddit AMA, dishing all the behind-the-scenes details and gossip. What Holly didn’t count on, however, was to become so addicted to the Internet – refreshing Reddit and her email, constantly checking her alerts for any word on the cast members – and it’s the opening chapters of Fame Adjacent that introduces the reader to Prevail!, a rehab facility where Holly is currently doing a 6-week stint.

I was born in 1988; I grew up in the midst of the 90s boyband craze, the start of the Internet turning teens into instant sensations, campy kid’s shows that somehow became cult classics. And to hear the story of someone who lived through the fame – and DIDN’T come out on top? Fame Adjacent practically screamed my name. While I did enjoy it and read it in a sitting, now that it’s over I’m not entirely sure I loved it. It certainly wasn’t as gossipy and fun as I anticipated.

I’ll be honest: I didn’t care about Holly. She was bitter, yes, but not in a snarky, witty way that drew me in. The center’s counselor was wildly unprofessional. The cast members were dull. Thom, the love interest, had his moments, but it was hard to root for a relationship to happen when Holly nearly assaulted him one night, all but forcing him to sleep with her despite his protests. I can’t help but think that, had Holly been the one saying no, readers would definitely NOT cheer at their happily ever after.

The entire novel hinged on Holly crashing the reunion. And when that moment finally happens, instead of a big, building climatic scene, it simply fizzles out. She had harbored such hurt and anger at her cast mates for the past twenty years, and when she finally lets them have it…it seemed like it was all for nothing. They seemed to all make up in a matter of minutes (a commercial break during the taping, if I’m remembering correctly), and that was that.

I will say though, that the one thing about Fame Adjacent I enjoyed was the format. Throughout the narrative are bits of the script from scenes of Diego and the Lion’s Den and Holly’s AMA. I really liked these bits and, honestly, would have rather read an entire book in this format instead.

Although Fame Adjacent was a speedy, easy read, I can’t say I truly liked it. It was entertaining while it lasted, but made no great impression – and it certainly not a book I would pick up again. There were moments where Holly’s character all but ruined the book and when her big moment arrives, it left me wanting far more. I appreciated the fun format though – the chapters of scripts and Holly’s AMA were a delight in an otherwise dull and disappointing read.

March 2019 recap!


WHAT I…DID

• I might be the only one who finds this exciting, but Matt and I bought new cookware! Apart from two new (aka nice) pots, the cookware we had was pretty old and WELL-loved ha. There was a pretty amazing deal that was just too good to pass up – we got a high-ish end brand for 60% off! Not too shabby!! & it looks beautiful too, always a plus.

Birthdays! My mom celebrated her birthday in March and my big boy turned 2 (& check out that pretty sweet cake)! That little puppy isn’t so little anymore. #cryingforever

• Matt and I had a day date! We hit up the movies at 9:00am to see Us. …and were a bit disappointed.

• The family got together for brunch one weekend and my blueberry cinnamon roll bake was a HUGE hit!

• I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big tv person, but American Gods came back in March and What We Do in the Shadows premiered! I loved the WWDitS movie and finally convinced Matt to watch it with me AND check out the show – he’s hooked!

Also on Instagram: I found my first 5-star read of the year! What’s World Book Day without some Roald Dahl love? (on a related note, be sure to check out my earlier Roald Dahl love). I found my second 5-star read of the year! I went a little overboard with my library requests. Is there a better pairing than coffee + books? Bookmail 1, 2, 3. Lastly, some love for The Parting Glass and Hard Loving Cowboy.

• In March I read 19 books: 17 print/ebooks, 2 audiobooks. Apart from the two already-mentioned 5-star reads, I also loved A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers, A Dangerous Collaboration, and Farmhand Vol. 1.

WHAT I…REVIEWED

GRACIE’S SECRET BY JILL CHILDS was a book that was hard to peg: the blurb makes it sound very thrillery with it’s talk of a little girl in a terrible car accident and the shocking story she tells afterward. In actuality, it came across as more of a Christian fiction novel, though I wouldn’t want to necessarily call it that either. I did enjoy this one though, it’s like a Saturday made-for-tv movie. Just enough substance to keep the pages turning, but nothing that will stay with me.

AMERICAN PRINCESS BY STEPHANIE MARIE THORNTON was the second of my two five-star reads of March! This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year – if you know me, you know I’m a HUGE Teddy Roosevelt fan and this one was all about his eldest daughter, Alice. She was an absolute firecracker and I lapped up every minute spent with her.

THE PARTING GLASS BY GINA MARIE GUADAGNINO packed a punch in less than 300 pages. All I know going in was that it took place in the 1800s and dealt with a love triangle between a young heiress and two Irish-immigrant siblings. Um yes please. I got that and SO much more: forbidden romance, secrets, betrayals, violence, upstairs/downstairs dynamics, an LGBT main character, real historical elements. This was a good one.

HARD LOVING COWBOY BY A.J. PINE instantly caught my eye: a bad boy cowboy and a fake relationship. Sign me up! Matt kept making me of me for how into my ~cowboy romance~ I was haha! I’ll admit I did find a few things problematic with the way Walker’s recovery was handled (he’s three months out of a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction), but overall I had SUCH a great time with this one – and I definitely need to get to know the other Everett boys!

WHAT I…BLOGGED

FEBRUARY 2019 RECAP

BACKLIST BUMPS FOR RECENT READS

MY LATEST LIBRARY HAUL

WHAT I’M LOVING THIS MARCH

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Pub. Date: April 2, 2019
Source: ARC + finished copy via publisher (Thank you, St. Martin’s Press!)
Summary: Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way – she just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others.

Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.

Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all.

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

I’m the first one to admit I’m a little hesitant to reach for books that are overly praised. After being let down one too many times by books claiming to be the next big thing, I’ve learned to take these proclamations with a grain of salt. That said, let me be the 500th person to say this book is worth the hype. So worth it. Any book that could have me tearing up over an opossum is something special.

Annika – rhymes with Monica – is extremely particular about the fabric of her clothes. She’d much rather wear a dress two sizes too big than feel the tag up against her neck. She doesn’t understand little quirks and traits that make up everyday conversations, avoids eye contact at all costs, and her overly-direct, matter-of-fact personality can instantly turn people off.

It was her college roommate, a living angel named Janice, who introduced Annika to chess club. It was also at chess club where Annika first met Jonathan, a boy completely unlike any she had ever met. She might not grasp the fundamentals of flirting (or when a boy is just being mean to look cool in front of his friends), but she does understand kindness and Jonathan is nothing but kind.

Ten years later Annika runs into Jonathan, each one knowing they need to talk about their past, but neither one wanting to confront it. Told during their college days in 1991 and their 2001 present, The Girl He Used to Know is about two people who once brought out the best in each other – and whether a second chance will bring them their happily ever after.

OH THIS BOOK. This beautiful book is worth absolutely every bit of praise it’s received. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that it’s release date happens to also be World Autism Awareness Day. Though she doesn’t know it at first, Annika has high-functioning autism: she lives independently, can drive, has a master’s degree and a job as a librarian. It’s the little things, like understanding she can’t walk around the college dorm naked (as much as she hates the feel of certain clothes against her skin) or finding certain phrases confusing (her brain is very black-and-white and takes meanings literally) that makes her who she is and, unfortunately, it also makes her seem odd and weird in the eyes of others.

Many times in this book I wanted to reach through these pages to rescue Annika. From the awful girls in grade school to her scumbag boyfriend in college who used her in the worst way. Thankfully, however, these instances were few and far between; Annika had the most amazing support system surrounding her. Friends who took over keeping an eye on her once her was no longer at her parents’ side, Janice and Jonathan, even Annika herself was far more capable than she believed.

I didn’t know much about this book going in and I feel that was the perfect way to read it. I knew Annika had autism and that a chess club was involved. Because of this, I was totally thrown for a loop when capital-S Something happened. There were moments leading up to it where I took notice and when I finally turned the page and realized where in time I was, my stomach sank. As I mentioned in the beginning, I teared up over an animal. What happened later on in this book had me both ugly crying and cheering for Annika like I’ve never cheered for another fictional character. I was so unbelievably proud of her in these scenes. Naturally I ugly cried even harder.

The Girl He Used to Know is such a special, lovely, heartfelt, gem of a novel. I knew only the bare bones going in and that worked to my benefit: it made everything that came after hit that much harder (for good AND bad). I won’t be at all surprised to see this book pop up on year end Best Ofs lists and all the popular Beach Reads recs. Do yourself a favor though – don’t wait until vacation or the end of the year to read this one. My only regret if not having read anything else by Tracey Garvis Graves before now.

Hard Loving Cowboy by A.J. Pine

Hard Loving Cowboy by A.J. Pine
Pub. Date: March 26, 2019
Source: Finished copy via publisher (Thank you, Forever!)
Summary: Walker Everett spends his days at the Crossroads Ranch wrangling cattle-and steering clear of anything that would complicate his already too-complicated life. Until Violet Chastain, the ranch’s newest employee, asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for her parents’ anniversary party. She’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever met and needs his help. How can he refuse?

Violet isn’t about to fall for a brooding bad-boy cowboy, no matter how sizzling their chemistry. But she also never expected Walker to go along with the charade. Before long, he’s charming her parents at their weekly dinners and kissing her way more than necessary. Spending so much time together tests the limits of their “just friends” relationship, but what happens when their game of pretend becomes all too real?
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance

Walker Everett is 25 years old and 90 days sober after a broken nose and busted bar window left him spending a night in jail. As far as his older brothers were concerned, he finally hit rock bottom and three months in rehab was his only option. Now working at the family’s ranch-turned-vineyard, Walker’s well aware that all eyes are on him, waiting for his next screw-up.

Eager for a paycheck, Violet Chastain makes the 94-minute drive from the city to the middle of nowhere, hoping for a chance at a sommelier position. Before she’s even had the chance to interview, she unknowingly kisses her new boss in order to get away from a total creep. One kiss leads to Walker playing a pretend boyfriend at Violet’s parents’ anniversary dinner, neither one in a hurry to end their fake romance. Though neither one is ready for a relationship – Violet’s main concern is her mother’s medical diagnosis and Walker needs to focus on his recovery – it isn’t long before the lines blur between work and play.

Hard Loving Cowboy was my introduction to A.J. Pine and holy cow was it an introduction! How about I end things right here and say that, while reading this, I was so lost in the pages that dinner one night consisted of a nice bowl of cereal, that was all the attention I could spare from this story!

Walker had always been the black sheep of his family, the youngest boy, the one his older brothers needed to protect from their abusive father. For his 15th birthday, his father gave him a bottle of whiskey as a gift, thus beginning Walker’s longest relationship. It took a decade before things finally got out of control enough to seek help and now that he’s back home, he feels like he’s walking on eggshells. If it’s not his family paying random house calls, it’s the neighbors; Walker knows they’re not around for a friendly chat, they’re all dropping in, hoping they don’t catch him drinking.

While Violet’s peppy, exuberant personality shines, she’s dealing with her own demons. Just before graduation she dropped out of college despite her parents’ protestations. Her mother’s battle with MS isn’t cheap and Violet didn’t want to add to her parents’ financial situation. Plus, since her mother wasn’t able to help out in the family restaurant, she was needed back home. Now she’s looking for an extra job – her mother is still a French citizen and Violet has learned of a French doctor who’s doing an experimental procedure that seems to halt the effects of MS. Along with somehow coming up with the funds to pay, Violet needs to find a way to mend the relationship between her mother and aunt – an aunt whom Violet has never met.

Though there are a lot of heavy topics at play in this novel, I never felt overwhelmed. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad though. I do think Walker’s recovery and sobriety could have been handled a bit differently. He doesn’t attend AA meetings and keeps a bottle of whiskey in a cabinet that he tests himself with every night. While I get that he doesn’t need to advertise his alcoholism, it wasn’t until nearly the end of the novel that Violet learns about it – and this is after multiple scenes involving alcohol, one in which Violet actually adds some to tea as a pick-me-up when Walker’s sick. That was a ticking time bomb and I wish someone (if not Walker, then a member of his family) would have said something to avoid those potentially disastrous situations.

One thing I was pleasantly surprised about was that Violet was biracial: her father was white, her mother was half Senegalese. This was super cool and I was not expecting a POC main character!

Though Hard Loving Cowboy was my first of A.J. Pine’s books, it will definitely NOT be my last. Now that I’ve come to know Walker, I need to get to know the other Everett boys! I’ll admit I found a few things problematic with the way Walker’s recovery was presented, but overall I absolutely loved this one. The dialogue was great, the characters were fantastic, the chemistry..hoo boy!

The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino

The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino
Pub. Date: March 5, 2019
Source: ARC via publisher (Thank you, Atria!)
Summary: By day, Mary Ballard is lady’s maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society. Mary loves Charlotte with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant’s devotion, but Charlotte would never trust Mary again if she knew the truth about her devoted servant’s past. Because Mary’s fate is linked to that of her mistress, one of the most sought-after debutantes in New York, Mary’s future seems secure—if she can keep her own secrets…

But on her nights off, Mary sheds her persona as prim and proper lady’s maid to reveal her true self—Irish exile Maire O’Farren—and finds release from her frustration in New York’s gritty underworld—in the arms of a prostitute and as drinking companion to a decidedly motley crew consisting of a barkeeper and members of a dangerous secret society.

Meanwhile, Charlotte has a secret of her own—she’s having an affair with a stable groom, unaware that her lover is actually Mary’s own brother. When the truth of both women’s double lives begins to unravel, Mary is left to face the consequences. Forced to choose between loyalty to her brother and loyalty to Charlotte, between society’s respect and true freedom, Mary finally learns that her fate lies in her hands alone.
Genre: Historical Fiction, LGBT

When I was initially contacted about potentially reviewing Gina Marie Guadagnino’s debut The Parting Glass, I only knew one thing about the book: it involved a 19th century love triangle between a young heiress and two Irish-immigrant siblings. Not gonna lie, that was all I needed to know and I couldn’t jump on it fast enough!

Set in the 1830s, The Parting Glass tells the tale of Maire and Seanin, orphaned twins, as they leave Ireland in search of a new life in America. Once in New York, the newly dubbed Mary and Johnny are at the mercy of a family friend, hopeful he’ll be able to secure them work in a house that will take them both. The pair have already lost the rest of their family, they’re determined to remain together at all costs.

It isn’t long before the two find employment in the Walden household; Mary as a lady’s maid to the recently-debuted Charlotte, Johnny as a stable groom and it’s after the two have settled into their new roles that the story truly takes off. Charlotte Walden is one of the most sought-after ladies in New York…yet to her mother’s dismay, Charlotte is hesitant to accept any suitor’s proposal; men with titles and vast fortunes are clamoring for her hand, but she only has eyes for one boy: a highly unsuitable stable groom. As their affair deepens, Charlotte takes Mary into her confidence, all the while unaware of both Mary’s own feelings for Charlotte and that Johnny is Mary’s brother.

Night after night, Charlotte and Mary lead double-lives: Johnny sneaks into Charlotte’s bedroom while Mary spends her evenings in the company of a prostitute. When carefully guarded secrets begin to unravel, however, it’s Mary who’s left to deal with the fallout and both her love and loyalty are put to the test.

At just shy of 300 pages, this slim novel packs a punch. While I loved the focus on the upstairs/downstairs dynamics that comprise the Walden household, The Parting Glass is awash in historical elements: a large aspect of the plot heavily deals with Tammany Hall and The Ancient Order of Hibernians, neither of which I’ve ever encountered before in novels. It’s clear Gina did some serious research for this book, but in no way did this detract from my enjoyment of the novel. In fact, I found it enhanced the story. I never felt bogged down with unnecessary facts and figures, instead New York in the 1830s came alive within these pages. All the sights and smells (for good AND bad!) were there, I could close my eyes and effortlessly picture Mary’s life.

I will say though, that for all the research and care that was put into this novel, I’m a bit shocked at how accepting of the gay and lesbian community the city was. No one so much as batted an eye at who Mary brought to her bed, all the hardened fisherman and pub tenants simply shrugged – if they reacted at all.

The Parting Glass was a delight to read. From the forbidden relationships to the rich historical detail, I breathed in every page of this book. Every character, from the main players to those hidden below stairs, had a distinct voice and personality, each one felt genuine. It’s not every day an ending leaves me surprised, but this one did and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this author!

What I’m Loving this March!

IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING MONTH OF BOOKS As I type this I currently have 13 books under my belt for the month and, of those, two are 5-star reads. They’re actually my FIRST five-star reads of the year! It took 29 books, but my first five-star rating of 2019 went to A Year with Nature by Marty Crump (I recently mentioned this one in a post about backlist bumps for recent reads). But the great reads didn’t end there! Book 39 of the year was ANOTHER five-star! Stephanie Marie Thornton’s American Princess had my ugly crying all over the place – you can read all about that in my review. Other fantastic reads this month (so far!!) have included Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass, Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy, Caroline Preston’s The War Bride’s Scrapbook, and AJ Pearce’s Dear Mrs. Bird. This month has been such a good one for books, I can’t wait to see what the remaining 11 days hold!

THE GOOD PLACE On a whim I decided to check out the first episode of The Good Place after hearing nothing but great things. I did NOT expect to fall so hard so quick! It’s clever and funny and has a phenomenal cast. There have been nights where I put on an episode (or 5) and Matt stopped playing video games to watch with me. It’s that good.

DOLE SMOOTHIE MIXES I’ve had my eye on these fruit & veggie blends for a while, but only just recently decided to try them out. …and holy cow. They seriously take all of the guesswork out of making smoothies. Literally, open the bag, scoop some into the blender, and add a dash of almond milk/apple juice/etc. I’m a big fan of the Tropical Avocado with Kale blend: bananas, pineapple, mango, kale, and avocado. Yum!!

SPRING IS HERE I mean, do I need to explain myself here?!

NACHO’S TURNS TWO My big boy turns 2 on Friday and I can’t. When did this happen. Where did my itty bitty puppy go.

my latest library haul 3/17


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Last month I shared a library haul post and it was so fun I’ve decided to make it a thing here!

Today I’m sharing my most recent batch of holds that have arrived!

The War Bride’s Scrapbook by Caroline Preston
This 2017 release was a completely random grab that caught my eye while browsing one day. Lila Jerome has a few extra pounds, a passion for architecture, and has spent her life playing second fiddle to her more glamorous (and svelte) younger sister. Her mother deemed her time at college a failure because she returned home without the most important three letters attached to her name: Mrs. While Holly has found a wealthy young man and immediately started a family, Lila works for her father’s insurance company. And it’s there she first runs into Perry.

A few years later, their paths cross once more. With only a handful of weeks before Perry ships out to fight overseas, the pair have a whirlwind romance – one that results in marriage mere days later. The scrapbook that follows is Lila’s way to not only pass the time until Perry returns, but to also keep his memory alive. I’ve already read this one and loved the fun formatting!

Belonging by Nora Krug
Subtitled A German Reckons with History and Home, this graphic novel is the author’s attempt to confront her family’s past in Nazi Germany. Though she was born decades after the war, Nora grew up not really knowing anything about her family’s ties to it: all four of her grandparents refused to speak about those years.

It’s while living abroad that she decides to finally seek the answers to all of her childhood questions. She returns to Germany to visit archives and interview family, hoping to uncover their story.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
If there was ever a book Instagram made me read, it’s this one. I’ve seen it everywhere lately and the praise has been extraordinary.

I don’t really even know much about it, apart from the fact that 1, it’s the first in a trilogy and 2, it’s a fantasy that’s based on African history and mythology. I’ve heard the opening pages are exceptionally gruesome and gory, so we’ll see how it goes! I also want to point out that I’m shocked my hold has already come in. From the posts I’ve been seeing, I expected this to be a book EVERYONE wants to read and honestly wasn’t thinking it would be in my hands anytime soon! (Okay, scratch that – I just checked my library’s site and clearly I must have put in a request at the perfect time. There are currently 119 copies in the system and they’re all checked out with an additional 27 people on waitlists).

I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
Because I sorely needed A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations hahaha.

Sarah (a liberal) and Beth (a conservative) are the hosts of Pantsuit Politics, a podcast I’m thinking I might need to check out! Despite being on opposite ends of the political spectrum, the pair provide insight into having calm, respectful, grace-filled political discussions and, I’ll admit, I’m really curious about this one. Also, it’s worth noting this one has a whopping 4.5 rating on GoodReads! So many of the reviews are singing its praises!

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
1967, four female scientists have been working together to build the first time machine. Just before they debut their creation, however, one woman suffers a breakdown. To protect their invention, the other three exile her from the team – effectively writing her contributions out of history. Fifty years later, time travel is booming. Ruby knows her grandmother was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. It’s not until Granny Bee receives a newspaper article from the future detailing the murder of an unidentified woman that Ruby becomes obsessed. Could the future victim be her grandmother? And who would want her dead? More importantly, is there a way for Ruby to stop it?

The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick
Two confessions: I received an e-ARC of this one but never got around to it (whoops!) and I had NO idea this was part of a series. I’ve read the previous two novels, House of Shadows and The Phantom Tree, but assumed they were just standalone, time-travely reads. Oops!

Bouncing between 1765 and the present day, The Woman in the Lake tells the story of a golden gown and a murder. Lady Isabella Gerard orders her maid to destroy her new gown, its beauty tainted by her husband’s actions of the previous night. A few months later Lord Gerard stands at the lake’s shore, staring down at the body of a woman in a dress, realizing she was not his intended victim… Two centuries later, a stolen dress finds its way back to Fenella who finds herself enchanted all over again and delves deep into the gown’s history.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Another book I’ve already read since bringing it home. This bite-size book is a compilation of tweets, all adorably illustrated, each one making me smile bigger than the last.

Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey
Another totally random book that caught my eye. This one explores the day-to-day of 143 women from Zora Neale Huston to Tallulah Bankhead to Eleanor Roosevelt. Painters, writers, dancers, composers, while flipping through these pages I realized more names are unfamiliar to me than ones I knew and I’m looking forward to jumping into this book!