Now Reading, Reviews, and Recommendations

REVIEW – Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

I really enjoy Rea Frey’s writing… looking forward to her next book!

 

6/13/20

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Hello Friday! I loved Rea Frey’s first book, so I’m really excited to start her follow up, Because You’re Mine. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

 

6/10/20

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Starting Hunting November by Adriana Mather today. I loved Killing November, so I’m excited to get into the sequel!

 

6/6/20

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Good Morning! Dallas is working at The Bookworm today, so Cortney and I are having a pool day. I’m reading the next book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, Deep Six. Don’t forget to enter our June giveaway 📚

 

REVIEW – A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigin Kemmerer  indexindexindexindexindex

Great follow up!! I already loved Grey and ended up really loving Lia Mara too. I can’t wait for the next book.

 

6/4/20

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Diving back into the world of Emberfall with A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. Don’t forget The Bookworm has updated hours! M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott   indexindex111111111

I just didn’t enjoy this book. I’m trying to think about one redeeming quality to mention, and I got nothing. The story felt convoluted, none of the characters were memorable or likeable, and the ending fell flat.

This has to be the 4th or 5th Megan Abbott book I’ve read, and by far my least favorite. If you want to read something by her, check out Give Me Your Hand

 

6/1/20

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Monday again?! Starting off my day with pancakes and You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. Don’t forget we have updated hours at The Bookworm! M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. Stop by and see us this week! 📚❤️📚

 

REVIEW – Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren  indexindexindexindex111

Definitely more serious than the other books of theirs I have read, but I still really enjoyed it.

Great story with great characters, as always. I just loved Elliott, he was my favorite.

 

5/31/20

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Happy Sunday! Penelope and I were in the mood for something light and fun, so we grabbed Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. They’re always my go-to for cute romance books 💗 Have a great day and happy reading

 

5/30/20

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Hey book nerds, Eli posting today. Decided to cross a book off my bucket list and tackle The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Any other fans out there?

 

REVIEW – Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker   indexindexindexindex111

I’m a big fan of Wendy Walker, and Don’t Look for Me did not disappoint!

Great story, great characters, and an ending I didn’t see coming. I think I thought every man in the book was guilty at one point.

Can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!

 

5/29/20

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending both me and @libraryofdallas an advance copy of Wendy Walker’s new book, Don’t Look For Me! We are both huge fans of her work and are excited to do a buddy read this weekend… and check out this stunning cover!

 

REVIEW – The Guests on South Battery by Karen White   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars rounded down

This was definitely my least favorite book in the series. Melanie really bugged me in this book, and I saw the “twist” coming from miles (and miles) away.

Will definitely keep reading the series because I did enjoy it.

 

5/28/20

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Who says a girl from up North can’t learn a little southern hospitality?! Reading the 5th book in the Tradd Street series by Karen White, The Guests on South Battery. Don’t forget The Bookworm has updated hours! M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7.

 

5/27/20

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Good morning from a very rainy Myrtle Beach! Over our time at home, Eli and I watched United States of Tara (it’s amazing and got cancelled way too soon). The show sparked my interest in multiple personalities, so I had to grab Sybil off the shelf for my next read. Don’t forget that The Bookworm has new hours. M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Crave by Tracy Wolff   indexindex111111111

I really do not get the hype over this book. It had the worst case of insta-love I have ever read, I lost count of the number of times I rolled my eyes, and the MC, Grace, kind of (definitely) sucks.

The writing was juvenile and mediocre, and the book was at least 200 pages too long.

While we know about the supernatural element from the blurb, they actually didn’t even discuss it with the “helpless” human or the reader until 300 pages in. 300 PAGES!

I love a good, angsty vampire story, and I really wanted to love this one. Unfortunately, it was not and I did not. And that big reveal at the end may be the stupidest thing I have ever read. Seriously.

Needless to say, I will not be continuing with the series. Here’s just a few of the eye rolls I threw over this 540 page book
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5/25/20

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Happy Memorial Day! The Bookworm is OPEN from 10-5. I’ll be at the desk reading Crave by Tracy Wolff 🧛‍♂️

 

5/23/20

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I’m trying something a little different than my normal type of book today… Reading Volume 1 of the Calendar Girl series – January, February, March by Audrey Carlan. Stop by The Bookworm today to find something a little different for you too. We have a full shelf of staff and customer recommendations to check out 📚📚📚 I’ll be there til 5!

 

5/22/20

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It’s Eli at The Bookworm today, reading Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor 🍕🍕🍕 Stop by from 10-4 and grab some great books for the weekend!

 

REVIEW – An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen indexindexindexindexindex

Great book!! It’s amazing to see how far these two have come since their first novel together.

This book definitely kept me guessing… I really liked the MC, Jess.

Looking forward to seeing what they come up with next!

 

5/20/20

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REVIEW – The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond   indexindexindexindex111

I had one of those great, lazy Sundays where I spent the whole day reading this book. It was a little farfetched, but I really enjoyed it!

 

5/18/20

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I had one of those great, lazy Sundays yesterday where I spent the majority of my day lost in a book. Currently reading The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond 💀💍💀

 

REVIEW – The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson   indexindexindexindex111

Cute and easy read

 

5/16/20

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Stopped by Local on the Water today for a delicious lunch and a quick photo op with my current read, The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson. Please remember to support your local businesses! 💙💙💙

 

5/15/20

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Happy Friday everyone! I’m enjoying my afternoon off and sitting outside reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman 🌞

 

REVIEW – The Power by Naomi Alderman   indexindexindex111111

Books about women who fight the patriarchy are my jam… I love them. That’s what I thought this book was going to be. It isn’t. This is not a book about feminism, it’s about the corruption of power.

I know that there are bad people who are going to do bad things, regardless of their gender, background, ethnicity, etc., but I wanted the women to be better than the men. I’m just disappointed that they weren’t.

Roxy was by far my favorite character.

I still think it was a unique and well-written book. 3.5 stars rounded down

 

5/14/20

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Starting The Power by Naomi Alderman… Have a great day everyone and happy reading!

 

5/13/20

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It’s Eli, brewing some beer and reading Randy Mosher’s Tasting Beer in preparation for the Cicerone exam. There’s so much information in this book, I hope I can remember it all. Wish me luck 🍻

 

REVIEW – I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson

It isn’t often that an ending takes me by so much surprise. WOW! I did not see that coming!

Really enjoyed this book

 

5/12/20

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Good Morning! I’ll be reading I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson today at The Bookworm. Stop by from 10-4 and find some great new-to-you reads!

 

REVIEW – The Night Swim by Megan Goldin   indexindexindexindexindex

Fantastic book!! I loved The Escape Room, but enjoyed The Night Swim even more. Cannot wait to see what else Megan Goldin writes!

 

5/9/20

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I loved Megan Goldin’s first book, The Escape Room, so I was super excited to get an advance copy of her newest book, The Night Swim. Thank you St Martin’s Press! I’ll be reading this at The Bookworm today from 10-4. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – A Highland Christmas by Gerry Bartlett   indexindexindexindex111

Cute story, as always. I am enjoying reading about Glory and Jerry’s early life together.

 

5/7/20

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Good morning book friends! I’m reading the latest book in Gerry Bartlett’s Real Vampire series, A Highland Christmas. Stop by The Bookworm today from 10-4 and find your new favorite book! As always, our paperbacks are 50% off the original cover price, and hardbacks are 75% off. Stay safe and happy reading!

 

REVIEW – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah   indexindexindexindex111

The last 100 pages made this book for me.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a really good book, but I don’t really understand the fanfare over it. I think The Nightingale is miles above The Great Alone. Though I did really love Leni and Matthew…

4 solid stars

 

5/5/20

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The overwhelming response was The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah… I’ll be reading this all day at The Bookworm. Stop by 10-4!

 

REVIEW – Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins   indexindexindexindex111

I really enjoy Kristan Higgins books.

I liked the 4 different POVs in this one, but Sadie was the shining star out of the group. I would happily have read a book just completely from her perspective. I know that Barb is the wronged woman here, but she was a very unsympathetic character. I didn’t particularly care for her.

And while I didn’t quite love this book as much as others, I still really enjoyed it. 4 solid stars.

 

5/2/20

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I read my first Kristan Higgins book a few months ago and loved it, so I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of her new novel, Always the Last to Know. Thanks to Berkley Publishing Ground and Goodreads for sending it my way!

 

REVIEW – The Similars by Rebecca Hanover   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

This book was a solid 4 for me until the ending… but the virtual reality stuff was dumb. It took away from the rest of what was a solid book in my opinion. There seemed to be a lot of repetition throughout the book too, it probably could have been at least 50 pages shorter. I did care about what happened to the characters, and I’ll probably read the sequel if I come across it…

 

4/30/20

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On this rainy morning in Myrtle Beach, I am finally picking up The Similars by Rebecca Hanover… It’s been on my TBR pile since October. What book have you had sitting around the longest?

 

4/29/20

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Hey bookworms, it’s Eli. I love to cook Indian food, so when I can across The Pasha of Cuisine by Saygin Ersin, I had to give it a try 🥘 🥘 🥘

 

REVIEW – Mata Hari’s Last Dance   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars rounded down

Definitely not my favorite book by Michelle Moran, but still a good and quick read. I could have done with less talk of her various men and all the jewelry they bought her and taken more actual story, but I still enjoyed it.

 

4/28/20

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I’m going to swerve a little from my usual type of book and read a fictionalized account about Mata Hari. I’m a big fan of Michelle Moran’s books, so I’m looking forward to getting into this one! Don’t forget, The Bookworm is OPEN! Monday-Saturday from 10-4. Stay safe and happy reading!

 

REVIEW – Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams   indexindexindex111111

I absolutely loved The Bromance Book Club (loved!) but Undercover Bromance was a weak follow up. It was missing the magic of the guys book club… I adore all those characters and especially loved when they discuss their romance reads!

That coupled with the fact that Liv is just utterly obnoxious, left me feeling let down. And honestly, if I had a dollar for every wink and middle finger that was thrown about, I could buy 10 copies of this book.

Still looking forward to the next one, I just hope that the author recaptures what made the first one so great.

 

4/24/20

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I just needed something light and fluffy this morning, so I’m starting the second book in The Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams, Undercover Bromance. I loved the first one, so I can’t wait to get into this one! Don’t forget The Bookworm is reopening Monday at 10 📚📚📚

 

4/23/20

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Eli here – reading the 3rd book in the Oregon Files series by Clive Cussler, Dark Watch. Don’t forget The Bookworm is reopening on Monday at 10!

 

REVIEW – The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins   indexindexindex111111

This book took me 2 weeks to read… I kept putting it down for something else. It picked up the last 50 pages or so, but overall it was pretty slow. The author kept alluding to things, I’m guessing to stir up the suspense, but it really just left me kind of confused.

 

4/22/20

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Good Morning! I’m reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. Have a great day bookworms!

 

REVIEW – The Safe Place by Anna Downes   indexindexindexindex111

I thought The Safe Place was really good! It was a quick and enjoyable read.

I do feel like it struggled with it’s identity though, if that makes any sense… The marketing materials and even the title didn’t really go with the story. Is it a mystery? Is there something paranormal going on? In an attempt to create a mystery, it almost just left me confused about what was going on.

Still really enjoyed it. Looking forward to see what else Anna Downes comes up with!

 

4/19/20

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Book mail is the best mail! Thank you to Minotaur for sending me an advance copy of The Safe Place by Anna Downes! Eli and I headed to The Bookworm last night to do a curbside pick up and grabbed some Flavors Ice Cream and Gelato on the way home. Hope everyone is staying safe and please remember to support small businesses in your area!

 

REVIEW – Willow by Julia Hoban  indexindex111111111

While this book is about a very serious subject, I honestly just didn’t enjoy it. The writing was mediocre, and Willow was just obnoxious. Obviously, you have to feel for her tragedy, but I was just annoyed when I should have been rooting for her.

 

4/17/20

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I’ve had Willow by Julia Hoban sitting on my bookshelf for years… What better time to finally pick it up?!

 

4/16/20

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Eli here – a big thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of Tom Clavin’s new book, Tombstone. I loved the movie growing up… can’t wait to read about what actually happened!

 

REVIEW – Master Class by Christina Dalcher   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 rounded up

Christina Dalcher has a way of writing that makes the implausible seem plausible.

While I enjoyed her first book Vox more, I still thought Master Class was really good… and that ending!

 

4/16/20

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Thanks to Berkley Publishing and Goodreads for sending me an advance copy of Christina Dalcher’s new book, Master Class! I loved her first novel Vox, so I’m really excited to get into this one 👩🏻‍🏫

 

REVIEW – A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma   indexindexindex111111

I’m not totally sure what I just read?

I think the author is a beautiful writer, but this book confused the hell out of me. It started out really strong, but once Bina got to Catherine House, it just went downhill for me. I think the author was trying to build the mystery, but it really just confused me and left me not actually caring.

I think there is a good story in there, but it just wasn’t explained well enough. And the ending?! Whaattt??

If you are looking for a book that gives you answers and a definite ending, this is not the one for you. So much wasn’t explained and there was a lot I still have questions about.

Overall, I still (kind of) enjoyed it. I think. 3 stars

 

4/15/20

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Good Morning bookies! I’m reading A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma today. Hope you’re all in the middle of a great book!

 

4/13/20

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It is a dark and stormy morning here in Myrtle Beach… It’s Eli, your favorite back up bookworm and I’m reading Priest of Bones by Peter McLean. Don’t forget The Bookworm is offering curbside pick up by appointment! Email us at thebookworm.mb@gmail.com for inventory questions!

 

REVIEW – The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson   indexindexindexindex111

I loved the first 3 books in this series, but was not a fan of #4, so this one has been sitting on my shelf for years.

I’m so glad I finally picked it up! Even though it was repetitive at times, I still really enjoyed it. It was nice to be back with Fredrika and Alex again

 

4/12/20

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I picked up the 1st book in the Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht series by Kristina Ohlsson years ago and absolutely loved it. Reading The Chosen now, # 5 in the series. The writing and the stories are always so great, it’s hard to believe they’ve been translated from Swedish 🇸🇪

 

REVIEW – Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields   indexindexindexindex111

Good follow up to Poison’s Kiss… I really enjoyed this duology!

 

4/11/20

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I am putting in some work on my TBR pile! Reading Poison’s Cage, the sequel to Poison’s Kiss, by Breeana Shields 🐍🐍🐍 Be well and Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – A Palm Beach Wife by Susannah Marren  indexindex111111111

2.5 stars rounded down

I’ve had this book on my virtual TBR shelf forever… When I came across a copy and looked it up on GR and saw the terrible rating (2.7) I was about to just drop it… but as I read the reviews, it seemed like everyone’s main complaint was the constant description of the designer items. This doesn’t bother me, so I decided to go for it… if for no other reason than the gorgeous cover!

Well, what all these reviews failed to mention was the terrible writing! The story didn’t flow, the dialogue was awful, and it felt like we were missing important aspects of the story. Plus, it just ended so abruptly, I’m pretty sure I said “WTF?” out loud.

I wish I hadn’t wasted my time.

 

4/10/20

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Next up! A Palm Beach Wife by Susannah Marren 🌴🌞🌴 Love this cover!

 

4/9/20

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Eli here… with lots of reading time on my hands. Giving Mark Greaney’s The Gray Man a try, hoping to find a new series to get into. Don’t forget that The Bookworm offers curbside pick up by appointment and US shipping! Email thebookworm.mb@gmail.com for inventory questions

 

REVIEW – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson  indexindexindexindexindex

What a fantastic book!! I absolutely loved it. It’s hard to believe this was Holly Jackson’s debut. I’m super excited that is going to be a series!

This book is definitely worth the hype! 5 stars

 

4/9/20

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Good Morning! I’m starting A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson… Stay safe everyone!!

 

REVIEW – A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell   indexindexindex111111

I feel like the concept of this book was pretty cool, but it wasn’t executed very well.

I like the idea that each person views each interaction differently, but I was just confused about what was happening for the first 70 pages or so. And while I enjoyed the ending, I feel like it was just thrown at you and a lot didn’t get explained.

Still a decent story.

 

4/7/20

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It was hard not being able to open The Bookworm today, but I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who used our curbside pick up! A special thanks to @litchfieldbooks for helping to host a great virtual author talk with the super entertaining Grady Hendrix @paperbacksfromhell ! If you haven’t yet, check out his new release, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires 🧛‍♂️ It’s gruesome and amazing! I’m off to get lost in Michele Campbell’s A Stranger on the Beach. Be well everyone!

 

4/5/20

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Ash would know how to take care of the Corona Virus…. It’s Eli, reading another of Bruce Campbell’s memoirs, Hail to the Chin. The Bookworm WILL be open Monday from 10-4, but then closing due to the mandatory shut down. Come in and STOCK UP! Stay tuned for curbside pick up details.

 

4/4/20

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Shouting a giant THANK YOU to @catapult for giving me an advance copy of Godshot, and to @chelseabieker for writing it. What a fantastic, enthralling, and utterly heartbreaking story. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I absolutely would! Add this book to your TBR piles, you will not regret it…

 

REVIEW – Kept Animals by Kate Milliken   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars rounded down

It was good book, it was just a little slow and I kept forgetting who each character was who. I don’t know why? But none of the names stuck with me. I also think the POV from Rory’s grown daughter didn’t add anything to the story.

Still a good book with a solid story

 

4/2/20

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Thanks to @scribnerbooks for sending me an advance copy of Kept Animals by Kate Milliken! I started it this morning and I’m really enjoying it so far 🐴 The Bookworm will be open tomorrow from 10-4. Stop by and stock up!

 

REVIEW – Alaska Bound by Margaret Frank   indexindexindexindex111

Great book, especially for a debut author!

I wish the story had been a little more flushed out… Tell me more about Patience and her background and her family… same with Forrest and Logan and Ana. They were all great characters, I just wanted more!

Can’t wait to see what else Margaret Frank writes

 

4/1/20

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Happy Pub Day to Margaret Frank’s debut release, Alaska Bound!! I started it yesterday, and I’m really enjoying it so far! 🐳❄️🏔️❄️🐳

 

REVIEW – I Don’t Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner   index111111111111

It’s so disappointing when someone you think is funny writes a completely unfunny memoir. This book was not good. She talks about how awful all of these guys are, but you know who was the worst? She was.

 

3/30/20

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It was a sad day for me when I found out the show Difficult People wasn’t coming back “…apology fries have cheese!” But I was delighted to find out that the hilarious Julie Klausner had a memoir. Diving into I Don’t Care About Your Band at The Bookworm today. We will be open from 10-4 and offer curbside pickup and shipping. Stay healthy and happy reading!

 

3/29/20

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Eli here, getting a lot more reading time than usual! I’m finally getting around to reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. What are your favorite classic novels?

 

REVIEW — I Invited Her In by Adele Parks  indexindex111111111

I was pretty unimpressed with this book… Nothing happened the first 200 pages of the book, the nice MC (Mel) was so annoying and weak and pathetic, I just could not relate to her or root for her. Her “best friend” Abi was such a cliche that I couldn’t even like her as a villain.

The book was entirely too long, and just too basic.

 

3/28/20

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Good morning! I’ll be reading I Invited Her In by Adele Parks at The Bookworm today from 10-4. Stop by and stock up on some books to help pass the time! We do offer curbside pick up and shipping. Thanks for your continued support!

 

3/26/20

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I came home to the best #bookmail the other day! The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John jumped right to the top of my TBR pile and I spent the past 2 days escaping into this amazingly addictive book! I absolutely loved it (and check out this gorgeous cover)             🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 giant stars. Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for sending me an advance copy!

 

3/25/20

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Eli here at The Bookworm today. We are open 10-4! Just finished rereading an old favorite, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. What book is your go-to reread?

 

REVIEW – Enchantee by Gita Trelease  indexindexindex111111

It took me forever to get through this book… at the end of the day, it was just boring. I really loved the magic aspect and the time at court, but I could have completely done without the entire balloon/Lazare story line.

I still think it was a good story, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series.

 

3/24/20

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The Bookworm is open from 10-4! We can check our inventory and do curbside pick-up 📚🚗📚 Email us at thebookworm.mb@gmail.com or call 843-750-0000. I’ll be reading Enchantée by Gita Trelease today. Stay healthy and happy reading!

 

REVIEW – Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll  indexindexindexindex111

Very cute and sweet book… It started out light and breezy, but then it got pretty serious. I would have loved more about the store and the crazy things they found.

 

REVIEW – The Escape Room by Megan Goldin   indexindexindexindexindex

Great book!! I loved the alternating timelines, the characters were all really well written, and it was fast-paced thriller that I spent the majority of my day reading. Just a little far-fetched, but I really, really enjoyed it.

 

3/21/20

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The Bookworm is open 10-4 today! I’ll be reading The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (before it starts to feel too real). Stop by and stock up! 📚📚📚

 

3/20/20

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A memoir about a guy who goes around NYC tasting all the pizza? That is the book (and the mission) for me. Eli here… I started reading Slice Harvester by Colin Hagendorf today and had to run over to Aromas (Pizza, Pasta, & Subs) to grab a couple slices. They’re still open for take-out and delivery! Stop by The Bookworm tomorrow from 10-4 and then swing by Aroma’s for some pizza to go 📚🍕📚

 

REVIEW – Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews  indexindexindexindex111

Living in Myrtle Beach, it’s hard to believe this was my first MKA book…

I really, really liked it though! Great characters (Rowena!), great story, but it was definitely way longer than it needed to be. The first 300 pages should have been 100. But once I got to the halfway point, I flew through it.

Looking forward to going back and reading her other books!

 

REVIEW – Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcy Bell   indexindex111111111

The curse of the 2nd book strikes again! This book was a mess. I loved A Simple Favor, but Something She’s Not Telling Us was a big letdown.

The story didn’t make a whole lot of sense, there was no suspense or build-up, the characters were all awful (not in a villain type of way, just bad).

The whole book was farfetched and implausible

1.5 stars rounded up because I didn’t hate it, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it.

 

3/19/20

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Good Morning! I’m starting my day with Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll 💙 The Bookworm will be open today from 10-4, so stop by and grab some books to help pass all this time 💙 Stay healthy and Happy Reading!

 

3/18/20

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Thank you to Harper Books for sending me an advance copy of Darcey Bell’s new book, Something She’s Not Telling Us (and for the cool sunnies 🕶️) I loved A Simple Favor, so I can’t wait to read her latest!

 

3/17/20

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It’s Eli, your favorite back-up bookworm, and I’m reading Sacred Stone by Clive Cussler, book 2 of the Oregon Files

 

REVIEW – The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin  indexindexindex111111

I keep going back and forth about how to rate this book…

It was a very well written and unique story, and I did think the 4 different parts and the timeline were clever, but at the end of the day, I just didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, and overall it was pretty depressing.

I have to go middle of the road and give it 3 stars.

 

REVIEW – The Wives by Tarryn Fisher   indexindexindexindex111

This was exactly the type of book I was in the mood for… a quick thriller with a new story line.

I started this book Sunday morning and had it finished before dinner. Really enjoyed it!

 

3/15/20

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Just started The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, and I’m pretty sure reading this book is all I’m going to want to do today. Penelope and Oliver are on board with it. Have a great day bookworms!

 

3/14/20

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🌞 A huge thank you to St.Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of Hello, Summer, Mary Kay Andrews newest book 🌞 I’m so excited to start this… AND say hey to summer 🌞 Happy Reading 🌞

 

3/13/20

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I’ve heard such great things about The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin… Finally picking it up! Have a great day bookworms and keep washing those hands 🌻

 

REVIEW – Return to Tradd Street by Karen White   indexindexindexindex111

I feel like a lot of the story was fast-forwarded… one chapter was before Christmas, and then the next was February. I guess that was to span Melanie’s whole pregnancy, but it just felt like we were missing parts of the story.

Still liked it, will definitely keep going with the books, but it was probably my least favorite book in the series so far.

 

3/11/20

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🏴‍☠️ A ghost ship, a killer, and the birth of a gangster nation 🏴‍☠️

Next installment of what #elisreading – The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen. We have a great True Crime section at The Bookworm… Stop by Monday-Saturday from 10-7 to check it out!

REVIEW – The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister

I was totally engrossed in this book… I kept looking for clues as to if Becky was guilty or not, and changed my mind at least 3 times. Really great story!

 

3/10/20

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Just finished reading The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister and it was fantastic! I spent the past two days completely engrossed in this book trying to figure out if Becky was guilty or not. Definitely

 

3/10/20

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Happy Pub Day to Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years!! Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy through The Bookworm, they are officially ready for pick up! We still have some copies available, so stop by and grab one… You won’t regret it! In Five Years has also been chosen as Good Morning America’s March Book Pick. Find out for youself why everyone is in love with this book

 

REVIEW – Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaefer   indexindexindexindex111

Very cool, very unique story line. I felt a little lost at the beginning, definitely could have used some explanation about a lot of stuff. I even checked to make sure this was the first book at one point.

But once I got into the story, the questions started to get answered, and I ended up really, really enjoying it

Very excited to continue this story with Nita and Kovit!

 

3/8/20

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The Strangers on Montagu Street totally sucked me in and I had to start Return to Tradd Street right away! Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday 📚

 

REVIEW – The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White  indexindexindexindexindex

The further I get into this series, the more I enjoy it. Loved the haunted dollhouse!! Ending was definitely a cliffhanger, so I’ll be picking up the next one very soon.

 

3/6/20

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Hey Bookies – it’s Eli at The Bookworm today. I’m reading The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson and finally seeing some sunshine! Stop by today from 10-7 and stock up on some great reads for the weekend

 

3/5/20

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Starting the 3rd book in the Tradd Street series by Karen White, The Strangers on Montagu Street. I’m really enjoying this series, and especially love the fact that it takes place in Charleston, South Carolina!

 

REVIEW – Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield  indexindexindexindexindex

Wife After Wife has been on my radar for months…. so glad I finally read it!

I loved it. It was well-written, great characters, and a unique and really enjoyable retelling of Henry VIII.

I cannot wait for the sequel!

 

3/4/20

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Supernatural body parts being sold on the black market?! Sounds like the perfect book to get into on a gray and rainy day like today. I’ll be reading Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaefer at The Bookworm ’til 7. Stop by and I’ll help you find your new favorite book 📚📚📚

 

REVIEW – Please See Us by Caitlin Mullins  indexindexindexindexindex

What a fantastic book! I started it yesterday and have had a really hard time putting it down. It was so well-written, it’s hard to believe it was a debut.

I cannot wait to see what else Caitlin Mullen writes. Pick up this book, you won’t regret it!

 

3/2/20

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A modern take on Henry VIII? Yes please! I’ve been dying to read this book for months… Starting it now!

 

REVIEW – Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowler-Doyle indexindexindex111111

I read The Accident Season a few years ago and loved it… The Spellbook of the Lost and Found was good, but not as great as that. I got a little confused at the beginning about what was actually going on. I did like the 3 different POV’s, even if I had to stop and think who was who a few times.

I think Moira Fowley-Doyle is a beautiful writer, and I will continue to pick up her books as long as she keeps writing!

 

3/1/20

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I’m curled up under my electric blanket this morning with Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen. It’s being released on Tuesday, so add it to your virtual TBR piles now! Thanks to Gallery Books for sending me an advance copy… It’s really fantastic so far 💀💀💀

 

2/28/20

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Happy Fri-yay! I loved Moira Fowley-Doyle’s first book, The Accident Season, so I’m excited to pick up Spellbook of the Lost and Found. Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

 

2/27/20

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Good Morning bookies! I’m reading These Ghost are Family by Maisy Card. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me an advance copy! It comes out March 3rd, so add it to your TBR piles. Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid  indexindexindexindex111

I just really love her books.

Maybe in Another Life has been my least favorite so far (this is #4) but it was still a good story. If I read one more mention of cinnamon buns though…

 

2/24/20

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Really excited to go to my first Moveable Feast tomorrow with @libraryofdallas and meet Taylor Jenkins Reid! I’m going to try and finish this one today… Currently reading Maybe in Another Life

 

REVIEW – The Babysitter by Sheryl Brown  indexindex111111111

I’m really surprised this book has a 3.8 rating. The word “blah” comes to mind.

The writing was mediocre, at best, and it felt like the story was missing chunks of explanation. It was almost like the book was too long, so someone took a machete to it and just cut stuff that shouldn’t have been cut. Yet, somehow it was still over 300 pages.

Definitely do not recommend. 2 stars is on the generous side.

 

2/22/20

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Happy Saturday! Stop by The Bookworm today and grab some great books to snuggle up with this weekend. I’ll be here from 10-7, reading The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne. Stay warm and Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian  indexindex111111111

Unfortunately, this book was disappointing.

I’ve read a lot of Siobhan Vivian’s books, and this one was definitely my least favorite. There were too many points of view (none which were that different) which made the teammates and the brief background on each hard to keep straight.

This all took place over 1 day, and I feel like not much happened.

I had high hopes for this one, but it fell flat for me.

 

2/20/20

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I devoured my book from yesterday, so next up is We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me an advance copy! I’m excited to start it!

 

REVIEW – Follow Me Kathleen Barber   indexindexindexindexindex

I devoured this book in 24 hours. Loved it! Great writing, kept me wanting to know what happened next. I also really enjoyed the alternating character chapters. Can’t wait to see what else Kathleen Barber comes up with!

 

2/19/20

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A big thank you to Gallery Books and Simon and Schuster for sending me an advance copy of Follow Me by Kathleen Barber… I’ve been dying to get me hands on this book! I started it last night (along with a glass or two of wine) and I’m already hooked!

 

REVIEW – Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins   indexindexindexindexindex

This was my first Kristan Higgins, and it won’t be my last. I absolutely loved this book! Great writer, great characters, great story. I really enjoyed it.

 

REVIEW – The Twin by Natasha Preston   indexindex111111111

Definitely not a “twisty psychological thriller” as stated on the cover.

It was generic and not well written. Characters were all one dimensional and the ending was very unsatisfying and rushed.

 

REVIEW – Unbelievable by T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong   indexindexindexindex111

Let me start off by saying I rarely read true crime because I prefer a story to a newspaper article.

The whole thing was definitely interesting… I enjoyed the chapters from the perpetrator too. It was little hard to keep everyone, their location, and the timeline straight at times and there was definitely a lot of unnecessary filler in the book. I didn’t need to know that one of the crime analysts used to work at Lady Foot Locker or that Music was her favorite class in high school…

That being said, I still really enjoyed it. Off to watch the series on Netflix!

 

2/16/20

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I’m branching out! Going to read a true crime book next… Starting Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong. Have you read this or seen the show?

 

2/15/20

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A big thank you to Delacorte Press for sending me an advance copy of Natasha Preston’s latest book, The Twin!

 

2/13/20

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Who doesn’t want to read a book with a cover like this?! Penelope and I started Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins this morning 🐾🐾 Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris   indexindex111111111

I have read and loved all of the series that Charlaine Harris has written… until this one. Definitely not her usual great story, fantastical world, and dynamic characters. I will not be continuing with this series.

 

REVIEW – Open Book by Jessica Simpson   indexindexindexindexindex

Absolutely one of the best celebrity memoirs I have ever read. Every chance I had over the past two days I’ve spent devouring this book.

Excuse me while I try to find old episodes of Newlyweds to stream and deface any pictures I can find of John Mayer…

 

2/11/20

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💗 It’s almost Valentine’s Day!💗 Did you know The Bookworm sells more than just books? We have a ton of fun bookish items perfect for any book lover… bookmarks, candles, pins, canvas totes, picture frames, shirts, and book lamps 💗 I’ll be reading Jessica Simpson’s memoir, Open Book (it’s fantastic) at the store today, so stop by and treat yo’ self or your valentine! 💗 Love our stuff but live out of town? Check out our Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/thebookwormMB 💗

 

REVIEW – The Night Country by Melissa Albert   indexindexindexindex111

Let me start out by saying only read this book if The Hazel Wood is fresh in your mind.

It has just been so long (and so many books) between the first book and the second, that I struggled to remember stuff from The Hazel Wood. Really struggled. I tried reading reviews and searching for spoilers, but it just wasn’t clicking.

That being said, it was still a good story with great characters and a fantastic imagined world. I honestly don’t know how to rate this… I’m going to go with 3.5 stars based solely on my enjoyment, but rounded up to 4 because I did love The Hazel Wood and the characters so much.

When The Tales of the Hinterland is released (which I will pre-order as soon as I can), I will reread the first two along with it.

 

2/9/20

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Happy Sunday! I’m starting my day off with a hot chocolate and An Easy Death… the first book in Charlaine Harris’s Gunnie Rose series. She is one of my favorite authors, so I’m excited to start a new one!

 

REVIEW – Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh   index111111111111

Oy vey

I read Eileen years ago and didn’t like it, but then I picked up My Year of Rest and Relaxation last year and LOVED it. So, I was wary but excited to receive Death in Her Hands as an ARC.

I didn’t enjoy it, at all. It was one long stream of consciousness of an old and lonely lady making up stories and scenarios in her head. The premise of the book was great, but it just didn’t deliver. That ending was the final nail in the coffin for a 1 star review.

 

2/8/20

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2/7/20

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Good morning bookies. Eli here at The Bookworm today, reading the next book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, Vixen 03. Stop by today and grab some great books to read over the weekend. I’ll be here 10-7

 

REVIEW – So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up because I love her

I feel like I would have enjoyed this book more if I had listened to the audio. I know she was telling it in her voice, but I feel like the editing was practically nonexistent. The book progressively got better the further into I got, and I absolutely loved her chapters on Parks and Rec and her dealings with celebrities. They were the best part of the book!

 

2/5/20

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We recently starting rewatching Parks and Rec (I will never get tired of watching this show) so it seemed like the perfect time to pick up Retta’s memoir...

 

2/3/20

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert it is! Excited to get back into the world of the Hinterland with Alice and Finch.

 

REVIEW – The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell   indexindexindexindex111

This was not the book I was expecting to read… it was really great though! Definitely my favorite by her so far.

 

REVIEW – Darker Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab   indexindexindexindex111

I read VE Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology, and loved it. So, even though A Darker Shade of Magic is not my type of book (too high fantasy for me) I still picked it up because of how everyone raved about it.

I’m glad I did. It took me a little bit to get into it, but now I’m in and have the next 2 books sitting on my TBR pile. Looking forward to reading the next installment.

 

1/31/20

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Happy Fri-yay!! I’ve been waiting for months for The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell to come in… So excited it finally did! With The Bookworm’s trade-in policy, we have new books hitting the shelves every.single.day. Stop by Monday-Saturday from 10-7 to find your next favorite read

 

REVIEW – Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Noreback   indexindexindexindex111

I really, really enjoyed this book! Sometimes when you read a book that has been translated from another language, it comes across choppy, but that was not the case with Tell Me You’re Mine. A little farfetched at times, but great story!!

 

1/28/20

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Good morning! I’m starting Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Noreback (while staying in bed for as long as I can). Happy Reading!

 

1/27/20

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Starting the final book on my quest to clean up my TBR pile of anything that’s been there for over 3 months… Currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I’ve read some of her YA books before, so I’m excited to get into her adult series!

 

REVIEW – Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly   indexindex111111111

As I got into Stone Mothers, I realized I was at page 50 and still had no idea what was going on. And not in a “let’s spin the mystery and build the suspense” kind of way, but in the “what the hell is happening?” kind of way. I was confused and annoyed, contemplating just DNFing it.

But I stuck it out… and around page 100 it got better. Part 2 and Part 3 were definitely better than Part 1.

Not enough to save this book though, in my opinion. 2.5 stars rounded down.

If you want to read a book by this author, check out He Said/She Said instead.

 

1/24/20

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📚 Enjoying a few extra minutes in bed with Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly before heading off to Laura & Co. Salon for a new ‘do 💇🏻‍♀️ Stop by The Bookworm today from 10-7 and be sure to ask Eli for some 💗Romance💗 recommendations (and wait to see the look of panic 😅) Happy Reading bookworms!

 

REVIEW – Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

I was so glad that Tahereh Mafi decided to do another trilogy with these characters, but the book was just so repetitive. Nothing really happened the first 200 pages. It was just Juliette and Warner thinking to themselves about how they needed to talk to each other, and how busy Juliette is (yet she has time to waste walking around the beach every morning). Girl, get your work done!

Definitely started to pick up when Nazeera and Haider came… the last 200 pages were much better. Looking forward to the next installment.

 

1/22/20

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I’m working my way through the books that have been on my TBR pile the longest… Currently reading Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. Have a great day and Happy Reading

 

1/20/20

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I finished reading Wink, Poppy, Midnight yesterday… It’s been on my TBR pile forever! It’s about a sweet girl, a bad girl, and a (maybe) hero. I liked the story, I liked the 3 POV’s, I loved her writing, but I hated the ending! Still a 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 rating for me. What was the last book you loved up until the end?

 

REVIEW – The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars

I read her book In Five Years a few months ago, and I’m still thinking about it. I LOVED it. So when my friend gave me The Dinner List, I was thrilled. But this just didn’t have the magic that I had experienced with the last one. I love the idea behind the book, and Rebecca Serle is crazy talented, but I feel like things could have been explained more. I also hated Jessica and was getting pretty close with Tobias. I don’t think Sabrina and Tobias had a once in a lifetime love… he seemed pretty selfish and she just wanted to please him.

I think that if this had been the first book of hers I had read, I would be rounding up to 4 stars instead of down to 3, but I know the absolutely amazing book she is capable of.

 

1/19/20

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In Rebecca Serle’s “The Dinner List” Sabrina shows up to her birthday dinner, and joining her best friend is her favorite college professor, her estranged (and deceased) father, Audrey Hepburn, and the ex-love of her life… If you could have dinner with any 5 people, alive or dead, who would they be? Fictionally speaking, I’d love to share a cheesecake with The Golden Girls!

 

1/18/20

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It’s Eli here at The Bookworm today. I’m reading the 7th book in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter’s Final Cut. Stop by today to check out all the new books we got in this week. I’ll be here ’til 7!

 

REVIEW – Unqualified by Anna Farris   indexindexindex111111

Anna Faris is exactly the person I thought she would be.

Easy, quick read about an actress I really like. No real dirt, but there never really is in these celebrity memoirs, is there? Definitely pick it up if you’re a big fan.

 

1/17/20

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Good Morning! I’m starting Anna Faris’s book, Unqualified. I’ll be at The Bookworm today from 10-7, stop by and I’ll help you find your next great read!

 

REVIEW – The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Gary Hendrix   indexindexindexindex111

This is not a fluffy, fun vampire book. It was gruesome and savage, but I really liked it! Living in Myrtle Beach, I loved the fact that this took place in Mt.Pleasant, loved the fact it was in the early 90s, and loved the fact it was a book club at the heart of the story.

Most of the characters weren’t particularly likeable (UGH, the husbands!), but that didn’t take away from the story at all.
This was my first book by Grady Hendrix, but I will definitely read more in the future (when I want to be scared and grossed out).

 

REVIEW – One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid   indexindexindexindexindex

Loved this book! She is such a talented writer. This is the 3rd book of hers that I have read, and they’ve all been 5 star reads for me. Can’t wait to get into the next one!

 

1/15/20

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Good Morning Bookworms! I started One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid yesterday, and I am loving it so far. She is such a fantastic writer, and she is coming to Myrtle Beach next month for a talk and book signing. I can’t wait!

 

1/14/20

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So excited to receive an advance copy of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix from Quirk Books! A vampire infiltrating a book club in Charleston? Yes please! (I swear I tried to find an actual peach, but they’re out of season 🍑🤣🍑) Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – Little Weirds by Jenny Slate   index111111111111

Seriously, what did I just read??

This book was terrible. I went into it knowing it was just essays, but I still thought it was be really good because Jenny Slate is talented and hilarious. You could never have guessed that by reading this rambling nonsense.

Everything was a metaphor, she used a ton of imagery and this descriptive/flowery writing that bordered on poetry.

Her essay “I Died: Listening” was the only shining star in this whole book.

 

REVIEW – The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black    indexindexindexindex111

Really enjoyed this trilogy! Looking forward to reading Holly Black’s other books…

 

1/12/20

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I love everything Jenny Slate does (especially as Jean Ralphio’s sister, Mona Lisa, on Parks Rec 🤣🤩🤣) so I’m excited to read her new book of essays, Little Weirds. It’s going to be a rainy Sunday Myrtle Beach, so make sure you get some reading in!

 

REVIEW – The New Husband by DJ Palmer   indexindex111111111

I’m struggling to understand how this book has such high ratings. I was really tempted to DNF it a bunch of times.

I loved Saving Meghan, loved. This book does not read like it was written by the same author. The writing wasn’t good, the story was choppy and didn’t flow, the dialogue was forced, and I hated all of the characters. The chapters written from Maggie’s perspective were the worst. Even the fact that Nina moved in with Simon because she couldn’t afford her current house was ridiculous. Once she realized her husband was gone and so was all their money, she should have immediately found a job instead of living off what was left for a year and a half! What capable person with two kids to take care of does that?

The book did get marginally better about halfway through… not enough to change my rating from 2 stars though.

 

1/11/20

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Good Morning! Starting the final book in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, The Queen of Nothing. I’m really starting to think that waiting for a series to be complete before reading is the way to go! It’s been so nice being able to pick up the next book right away. Happy Reading! 📚🧚👑🧚‍♂️📚

 

1/9/20

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Thank you St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of DJ Palmer’s newest release, The New Husband. Saving Meghan was one of my favorite reads from last year, so I’m super excited to start this one!

 

REVIEW – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black   indexindexindexindex111

Well, that ending was enough to knock the breath out of you… can’t wait to read the conclusion!

 

1/8/20

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I finished The Cruel Prince this morning and immediately picked The Wicked King (obviously). Can’t wait to get into the second book! Have a great day and Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black   indexindexindexindex111

Great story, great characters, and a fantastic magical world. I was in a little bit of reading slump, and The Cruel Prince yanked me right out of it. I am immediately going to pick up The Cruel Prince. Can’t wait to see where the story goes!

 

REVIEW – Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey   indexindexindexindex111

Waiting for Tom Hanks was just as adorable as you think it’s going to be.

It was cute and surprisingly funny… I loved all the characters except for Annie. She got on my nerves at times, but I still liked her.

Really looking forward to the sequel!

 

1/4/20

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Here we go! Yea! 🧚👑🧚‍♂️

 

REVIEW – Marlena by Julie Buntin  indexindexindexindex111

We know from the very beginning that Marlena dies… that doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. This story was sad and heartbreaking, with an inevitable ending. It is the kind of book that stays with you long after you read it.

 

REVIEW – Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas  indexindexindex111111

I typically don’t read novellas… I feel like they’re a waste of time and nothing ever really happens. Seeing that this was 250 pages, I thought that it wouldn’t be the case. Nope. That’s exactly what it was… just more repetition than a typical novella.

 

1/2/20

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We were traveling over New Year’s and I had forgotten my book at home and really wasn’t in the mood for the book I brought. Thankfully, I had a backup! Started A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. Hope you all have an easy day and Happy Reading!

 

12/30/19

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2019 is coming to a close! Have you reached your reading goal for the year? I’m going to try and squeeze one last book in… Starting Marlena by Julie Buntin. It recently came in as a trade and the synopsis totally grabbed me, so I grabbed it and took it home 😁 Have a great day and Happy Reading!

 

12/28/19

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Good morning bookworms! I started Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey yesterday, and it’s as adorable as its cover. Hope you all have a great book to curl up with! If not, The Bookworm is open from 10-7 today 💗 Happy Reading 💗

 

REVIEW – You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen indexindexindexindexindex

You Are Not Alone was outstanding… one of the best mystery/thrillers I’ve read in awhile. Great characters, great story, great build-up, and great twist. Definitely add it to your TBR piles now!

 

REVIEW – I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney   indexindex111111111

It’s hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Sometimes I Lie” also wrote this mess. It didn’t hold my interest, the dual timelines didn’t work, the characters were all bad, and that ending was totally ridiculous.

1.5 stars

 

12/25/19

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of great books to read! While The Christmas Story played for the third time and half my family napped, I picked up You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy. It’s fantastic so far!! I can’t wait to find out what the real story is with the Moore Sisters…

 

12/23/19

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🎄🤶🎄The Bookworm will CLOSE at 5 today and reopen Friday, the 27th at 10! 🎄🎅🎄

Still need a book to escape with or a gift for your favorite bookworm? We are open today from 10-5! Stop by and see me… I’ll be reading Alice Feeney’s latest book, I Know Who You Are and dreaming of books under the Christmas tree.🎄🦌 Happy Holidays from all of us at The Bookworm!! 🦌🎄

 

REVIEW – There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon   indexindex111111111

This was my least favorite book by Sandhya Menon. The characters were all so one-dimensional, their dialogue was generic, and the story was really repetitive.

 

12/21/19

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Next up! There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon 💜

 

12/20/19

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Eli post… I’m reading my first David Baldacci book, Absolute Power. Don’t forget to stop by The Bookworm to grab some bookish gifts or a gift certificate for the bookworm in your list!

 

12/19/19

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That Hulu trailer got me! (Reese Witherspoon can do no wrong) Skipping over my TBR pile and reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng instead. Do you usually read the book first or watch the adaptation?

 

 

12/18/19

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I devoured The Return by Rachel Harrison today. It was creepy, weird, disturbing… and I loved it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House for sending me a copy!

 

REVIEW – Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M McManus   indexindexindexindex111

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! I loved her first one, One of Us is Lying, and I liked this one even more… Definitely kept me guessing!

I’m rounding it down (c’mon Goodreads, give us 1/2’s!) because the ending felt so rushed. Yes, it surprised me, but all of a sudden it was just over and someone was explaining what happened after the fact. I need more… I want to know how, why, when, feelings, motivations, details. I want it all.

Cannot wait to read her next one!

 

12/17/19

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I started Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus yesterday, and it’s really, really good! Can’t wait to find out what really happened to the Homecoming Girls in Echo Ridge…

 

REVIEW – My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren   indexindexindexindexindex

I’m a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books, and have slowly been making my way through all of them. My Favorite Half-Night Stand was one of my favorites though. I absolutely adored all of the characters. Very cute and fun read.

 

12/14/19

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Hey bookies – it’s Eli and I’ll be slinging books all day at The Bookworm. I’m starting Noir, my first Christopher Moore book. Raymond Chandler meets Men in Black? That’s right up my alley… Stop by today to get the bookworm on your list the perfect present. I’ll be here from 10-7!

 

 

REVIEW – I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver   indexindexindex111111

This was an easy read about a tough subject.

I can’t imagine how hard it is to feel the way Ben did in the story, but I had a hard time connecting with them, and honestly they seemed pretty ungrateful towards Hannah, and that really bugged me (that just might be the older sister side of me talking though). I did really love Nathan… he was the highlight of the story for me.

 

12/13/19

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“Only one thing in the world could have dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window…”

I am such a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books, I can’t wait to start My Favorite Half-Night Stand. Happy Reading bookworms!

 

12/11/19

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A hot bubble bath, a glass of wine, and a good book 💙 Reading I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver tonight… Special thanks to Dallas @libraryofdallas for snagging me this copy at Yallfest this year!!

 

REVIEW – The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney  indexindexindex111111

I dig messed up and weird books, but this one was just not for me… definitely leaned too much into Sci-Fi territory for me. The mystery was decent, but the whole robot wife and artificial intelligence is just not my type of book. I really like JP Delaney’s other books, this one, not so much.

 

12/10/19

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OK, y’all know I am a fan of dark and twisty mysteries, but JP Delaney might have gone a little too far for me with this one… I’m only about halfway through and not sure how this is going to go. Has anyone else read The Perfect Wife? What did you think?? 🤖🤖🤖

 

REVIEW – Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson   indexindexindex111111

This book felt very disjointed to me. I felt like I was missing part of the story… it didn’t flow at all. There was no real background to the characters (I didn’t even realize that Sophie was her dad’s sister until about 100 pages in), the small mentions of her mother were confusing without the context of what actually happened, and Tristan and Sparrow’s relationship was hardly described at all. One minute they’re on the first date, and then fast-forward and she’s afraid of him. Skipping all stuff leading up to the abuse took away my involvement in their relationship, and quite honestly, took away any care I had about these characters.

And am I the only know who noticed the overabundance of stupid nicknames? Everyone had like 10 different nicknames, and the dialogue felt forced… like what an adult thinks teenagers sound like.

At the end of the day, I still think it was a good story, but you could absolutely tell this was a debut nove

 

12/9/19

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Eli post! Cousin Eddie is here and so is the latest book in Clive Cussler’s Isaac Bell series. Can’t wait to finish reading The Cutthroat so I can start The Titanic Secret… Happy Reading

 

12/7/19

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A huge thank you to Tor Teen for sending me an advance copy of Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson… I cannot wait to get into it! Also, a very special Happy 2nd Birthday to our favorite little bookworm, Charlee 💗

 

REVIEW – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco   indexindex111111111

It took me a really long time to get through The Bone Witch. I think the story is there, but so much time was spent setting the scene and world building, that I got bored and kept putting it down and reading something else.

I’m sure the next book in the series will be much more fast-paced, and honestly, that ending almost got me to pick it up, but I struggled too much with this one. I don’t think I will be continuing with the series.

 

REVIEW – Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich   indexindexindexindex111

I was slightly hesitant to read #26 because I wasn’t a huge fan of #25, and I was afraid that the magic might be gone… but I really enjoyed it! I laughed out loud throughout the book and loved that Grandma was a big part of the story. The Stephanie Plum series will always be one of my favorites

 

12/5/19

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Next up! Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich, the latest in the Stephanie Plum series. Special thanks to Mike for bringing it in for me!

 

REVIEW – The Child by Fiona Barton   indexindexindexindex111

This book started off as a 3-star for me. Then about halfway a 3.5, soit could have gone either way… But, those last 100 pages WOW, so good! I read so many mysteries that I find myself figuring them out pretty early on, but this one had me guessing almost until the big reveal. And when I did figure it out, I had to stop reading to process.

Definitely recommend! There are some of the same characters in The Widow, but I don’t think you need to read that one first. I read it so long ago, I didn’t remember anything, and it didn’t really take away from The Child.

 

12/4/19

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When you own a used bookstore but still buy yourself books…the true definition of #bookwormproblems 🤷📚💛

 

12/3/19

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I devoured the Winter series by Elin Hilderbrand this week, so now I need a good mystery! Starting The Child by Fiona Barton…

REVIEW – Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand   indexindexindexindex111

As much as I love the Quinn’s, and was super glad to have 1 more story with them, I think this series should have just ended after the 3rd book. I know that this was a double finale, combining with the characters in The Rumor (which I haven’t read), but I definitely could have done without Eddie’s whole story line.

Regardless, if you love the Quinn’s as much as I do, you still have to read Winter Solstice. This series is by far the best Christmas books I have ever read.

12/2/19

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Hey bookworms, Eli here. Started The Gangster by Clive Cussler this weekend, the 9th book in the Isaac Bell series. We thought our mascot Ophelia could use a boyfriend, so say hey to the handsome gentleman at the bottom of the screen, Phineas 🎩

 

REVIEW – Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand   indexindexindexindexindex

I am so very glad that I picked up this series… I love it! Wonderful 3rd installment, can’t wait to pick up the last one!

12/1/19

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Thank you so much to everyone that came out and celebrated Small Business Saturday at The Bookworm yesterday! We 💙 our customers and are so thankful for you! ❄️ I loved Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand so much, that I immediately picked up the sequel and finished it this morning. Lucky for me, I had the other 2 at the store! Currently reading Winter Storms with Winter Solstice waiting in the wings. Have a great Sunday everyone and Happy Reading! ❄️

 

REVIEW – Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand    indexindexindexindexindex

I loved this book and completely adored all the characters… I’m super excited that I have all 4 books at the bookstore, because I will be reading these back to back.

 

11/29/19

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The 1st book in Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter series is the perfect thing to get me in the holiday spirit! I’ll be reading Winter Street tonight under my heated blanket ❄️❄️❄️ Don’t forget to stop by The Bookworm tomorrow for Small Business Saturday! We’re doing a ton of giveaways all day… Shop local this season and Happy Holidays!

 

REVIEW – In Five Years by Rebecca Serle   indexindexindexindex