It’s my favorite time of the month again – Book Review Day!  Yay!  There’s really not much that’s new that I can tell you all about my love of books at this juncture…I’m just kind of obsessed with books and reading.  Some months it’s obvious that I need an intervention of some kind.  Other months, well, it’s obvious that I got a little involved in life and had to scale back the reading time.  This month was the latter.

Regardless, I’ve got a handful of books to share with you folks, and I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed reading them.  If any of the reviews intrigue you, click on a picture/link and buy the book.  Don’t forget that authors (especially independent authors) really need reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Litsy, etc.  So, if you really enjoy a book, do the author a favor (besides buying/borrowing the book, of course).

Don’t forget to read my disclosure policy.  Additionally, these are my honest opinions about these books.  No one has paid me to read or review them–I just do this because…well, I’m going to read anyway.  May as well share with all of you what I thought to help you decide if you want to read them, too.

Let’s do this:

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish – Honestly, is there anyone as funny as Tiffany Haddish out there right now?  The chick is an absolute hoot.  This book, a memoir/autobiography, is so laugh out loud funny, I actually dropped my phone twice from laughing too hard.  I borrowed this book from my public library through the Libby app–but I would not have been upset if I had paid full price for it.  In fact, I can see myself purchasing it in the future so that I can re-read it anytime I need a mood boost.  Tiffany Haddish is funny, endearing, brutally honest–and tells stories in a way that makes you feel like you just spent time with a really good, old friend.  Some of the topics discussed in this book, such as domestic violence, mental illness, and homelessness can be a little difficult.  But they’re all handled with such great humor that it’s sometimes easy to forget that Ms. Haddish has seen some shit in her life.  I definitely recommend this to anyone that needs several good laughs and to feel like they just visited with a friend.  I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – This book was one that had been hanging out on my TBR for a while, but I was finally forced to read it for book club.  My step-sister selected it as her choice for July.  Oh. My. Gosh.  I’m so glad that she did.  There’s no telling how long it would have been before I read it.  This book, perfectly written by Ms. Benjamin, tells the story of four siblings that go to a fortune teller to find out when they will die.  The main theme of the book is this: what would you do with your life if you knew when you’d die?  Would you squeeze every bit of juice from your orange, or stagnate in worry and sadness?  Do those of us with the least amount of time live to the fullest and do those of us with the most time waste it?  I actually got teary-eyed reading this book–several times.  This is not just one of my favorite books of the year, it’s one of my favorite books of all time!  This one, to me, is an instant classic, so it deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

Just a Dumb Surfer Dude by Chase Connor – This is a YA LGBTQ+ coming-of-age novella that was recommended to me.  While mostly predictable–like most YA “first love” stories–it was so much fun.  I loved the relationship between Cooper (the main character) and his father, as well as the relationship with his best friend Alex.  Lots of witty dialogue, funny banter, and heartwarming moments, it is definitely worth buying for $2.99 on Kindle–or reading for FREE on Kindle Unlimited.  And it’s only 125 pages, so it’s a good afternoon or evening read.  I definitely recommend this one to anyone that loves YA LGBTQ+, young adult, or just a touching love story.  This one gets 5 out of 5 stars–it’s that fun!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – More than anything, I judge a book that I’m reading by how it makes me feel.  This one touched all of the feels.  It was well-written, too, and another good afternoon/evening read–easily finished in one sitting.  Yes, it’s another young adult love story–sue me–but I’d been meaning to read it for a while, and I needed a break from a chunkster Pulitzer Prize novel that I’m reading for book club in September.  Anyhoozles, this was a sweet, touching book with a fun story.  Maybe a little over the top, as young adult romance is inclined towards, but it had some good themes.  Ms. Yoon reminds the reader that life is not just about being alive and that sometimes life is actually worth dying for.  What else could you want?  This book gets 4 out of 5 stars, again, for the fun factor.

Love’s Magic: Revolutionary Heart – Book One by Janice Jarrell – I’ve found myself on a YA and LGBTQ+ kick lately.  And you know what?  I haven’t been disappointed so far!  This book is no exception.  Love’s Magic… is written by a “74-year-old grandma who writes hot gay romance and loves it!”  Let’s all just sit with that for a moment.  Doesn’t it just make you smile and warm your heart?  God love her.  The book itself (as I told the author) is so much fun–and I don’t mean that dismissively.  Instantly, I fell in love with the four main characters: David, Nate, Colin, and Josh.  David and Nate are university professors, in a fairly new relationship together, when Nate is attacked.  The trauma of such an event leaves David shaken to his core and torn between protecting and supporting Nate.  Will David’s previous emotional issues tear them apart before he can get over the trauma of seeing his soulmate almost die?  Colin is a university sergeant tasked with investigating assaults (one of which is Nate’s) and he works closely with the Title IX offices.  In walks Josh–a Title IX officer and psychologist.  Colin is hunky and Irish–every gay guy’s (and, most likely, straight gal’s) wet dream, and larger-than-life, but events from his past make him reticent to get emotionally involved with other men.  When Josh walks into his life, quiet strength, caring heart, and dark curls that Colin longs to twirl in his fingers, will everything change?  Read the book and find out folks.  This grandma has a knack for the genre and character development–and I can’t wait for the sequel, “Love’s Trials”, which Ms. Jarrell has told will come out October 12th, 2018!  Guess who’ll be first in line?  This guy! This is definitely not be missed (especially if you love romance/LGBTQ romance, MM slash, etc.) so I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

So, that’s it for July.  It was a weak month for me as far as how many books I got read.  But every book was a freaking gem!  So I call that a win.  If you want to purchase any of the books above, just click on a pic or a link.  Or go to your local independent bookstore or library–they need your support!

Until next time…