book reviews

I've always been an avid reader. Like, the kind of reader who got in trouble in school for reading under my desk when I was supposed to be doing geometry (which, for the record, is an action I still stand by because isosceles triangles aren't nearly as important as what Anne Shirley does after Gilbert Blythe calls her "carrots," obviously). When I first started writing book reviews, I found out rather quickly that I really only enjoy writing reviews for novels I love so much, I have to consciously stop myself from emptying my bank account so I can buy a million copies and throw them at random passer-bys. Recently, I've rebranded my blog to include my serious love for cover manis, so all reviews from mid-2015 to present include custom nail art (which I do myself).

The vast majority of my reviews are from books I purchased myself, but if you'd like me to consider your book for review, and you write women's fiction (not straight-up romance), funny fiction or non-fiction, thrillers, mysteries, or non-vampire/werwolf YA, please hit me up at jennie (dot) gibson (dot) shaw (at) gmail (dot) com. I can't guarantee a cover mani and review, but I'll definitely respond. :)

Reviews with cover manis:

sputnik's children - terri favro

miss you - kate eberlen

wintersong - s. jae-jones

the lonely hearts hotel - heather o'neill

company town - madeline ashby

The Hate U Give - angie thomas

burying the honeysuckle girls - emily carpenter

simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda - becky albertalli

the vanishing year - kate moretti

the impossible fortress - jason rekulak

I see you - clare mackintosh

hag-seed - margaret atwood

top 10 reads of 2016!

the fate of the tearling - erika johansen

the kept woman - karin slaughter

the couple next door - shari lapena

city of the lost - kelley armstrong

crooked kingdom - leigh bardugo

the thousandth floor - katharine mcgee

home - harlan coben

a court of mist and fury - sarah j maas

a court of thorns and roses - sarah j maas

this is your life, harriet chance! - jonathan evison

the girl with the lower back tattoo - amy schumer

the singles game - lauren weisberger

this savage song - victoria schwab

I let you go - clare mackintosh

I like you just fine when you're not around - ann garvin

pasta wars - elisa lorello

the grisha trilogy - leigh bardugo


The Wicked Will Rise - Danielle Paige

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Confessions of a City Girl Boxed Set - Juliette Sobanet

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

The One That Got Away - Bethany Chase

The One I Left Behind - Jennifer McMahon

Top Reads of 2014

The Enchanted - Rene Denfeld

The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Anatomy of a Misfit - Andrea Portes

The Incarnate Trilogy - Jodi Meadows

The Missing Place - Sophie Littlefield

Between - Megan Whitmer

The Humans - Matt Haig

Confessions of a Paris Party Girl - Vicki Lesage

True Vines - Diana Strinati Baur

Tragic Takes of Strange Girls, Volume One - Suzy G

She Has Your Eyes - Elisa Lorello

Great-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells - Lisa Cach

Shelter - Harlan Coben

The Losing It Series - Cora Carmack

The Great Panty Caper - Tawna Fenske

Author Interview with Tawna Fenske

The Lying Game - Sara Shepard

Author Interview with Shona Patel

Teatime for the Firefly - Shona Patel

Dancing With Paris - Juliette Sobanet

Author Interview with Juliette Sobanet

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Georgetown Academy, Season One - Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Game. Set. Match. - Jennifer Iacopelli

Practical Jean - Trevor Cole

Where We Belong - Emily Giffin

Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

Silver Sparrow - Tayari Jones

Adulation - Elisa Lorello

The Glass Castle: A Memoir - Jeanette Walls

Ordinary World - Elisa Lorello

A Personal Essay About The Fault In Our Stars

The Pretty Little Liars Series - Sara Shepard

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Faking It - Elisa Lorello

How To Be A Woman - Caitlin Moran

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) - Mindy Kaling

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

The Year of the Gadfly - Jennifer Miller

Misery Loves Cabernet - Kim Gruenfelder

Let's Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson

Yours Truly - Kirsty Greenwood

Most Talkative - Andy Cohen

Between The Lines - Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me - Joan Rivers

Me, Myself and Why? - Mary Janice Davidson

Savannah Blues - Mary Kay Andrews

One Night Stand - Julie Cohen

Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott

Kissed in Paris - Juliette Sobanet

Sleeping With Paris - Juliette Sobanet

Night Road - Kristin Hannah

MWF Seeking BFF - Rachel Bertsche

The Family Man - Elinor Lipman

Call Me Princess - Sara Bladel

A Shore Thing - Snooki

The Gap Year For Grown Ups - Annie Sanders

Making Waves - Tawna Fenske

Vanishing Act - Jodi Picoult

Love Struck - Chantel Simmons

Memoirs Are Made Of This - Swan Adamson

Perfect Match - Jodi Picoult

13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson

Little Bee - Chris Cleave

Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

House Rules - Jodi Picoult

Bossypants - Tina Fey

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