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bright lines book release at greenlight bookstore

post-shower + very clean Bri with Bright Lines!

I’ve just returned from attending my first ever author event at Greenlight Bookstore, my local independent bookstore that I absolutely love and adore. I know everyone in New York raves about The Strand, but if you would like a less claustrophobic and a more personal bookstore experience, visit Greenlight.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll already know that I LOVED Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam. If you’d like to read my review of the book, click here. It’s a beautiful book that follows three amazing characters who are each on different, but related paths of self-discovery. Most of the book takes place in Brooklyn, very near to where Greenlight Bookstore is located which gave the event an extra magical vibe tonight.

The event began with an invitation to eat some of the delicious food provided by the author and her sister. I abstained because I had just finished eating my weight in grilled corn ten minutes prior to the event, but the food smelled amazing. After guests indulged in the food, author Mira Jacob led a conversation with Tanwi Nandini Islam about her book, life, and writing process. Islam also read a few excerpts from her book — all early portions from Anwar’s point of view.

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Tanwi Nandini Islam clapping in excitement

The event was wonderful and Islam was so kind + gracious + humble for the positive attention her book has received so far. The store was packed to capacity with people excited to hear Islam talk about her debut novel. Many of the audience members were close friends and family members of Islam and it was honestly so amazing to be surrounded by their joy of her success — I almost felt like I was intruding on a family’s holiday celebration, but I still felt welcome and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Tanwi Nandini Islam signing Bright Lines

Tanwi Nandini Islam signing Bright Lines

Even though I had already read the novel, I decided to buy a copy to give away to a reader of my blog as part of a cool new project I’m planning on starting soon. I’ll give more details on it soon as I finish working on bringing the project to fruition.

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The note says, “Let’s light up the work with our love + art.” Isn’t it great?

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may round up

The May Round Up is finally here! I had tried to post it at the end of May right before I left for Chicago last weekend, but I was having some issues with my WordPress site that prevented me from doing so. Thanks to the WordPress gods (aka moderators), my blog is officially back on its feet and shouldn’t be crashing again anytime in the future. Thus, the May Round Up is arriving during the first week of June. Sorry about that!

This month I indulged in way more audiobooks than normally because I’ve been listening to them while walking and running around the absolutely beautiful Prospect Park. My listening will probably decrease as soon as it gets cold again, but I’m hoping to spend as much time outside and listening to audiobooks as I can for the foreseeable future.

Without further adieu, here is a round up of May’s book reviews, books acquired, and backlogged book reviews.


 May’s Book Reviews

We Were Liars by E. LockhartThe Short and Tragic Life of Robert PeaceAnna and the French Kiss

The Marriage Plot

Lord of the Flies

Our Kids

Local Girls

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May’s Book Haul

sidewalk sale book haul

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All Souls Giveaway

  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Backlogged Book Reviews coming in June

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  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (I meant to post this during May, but it’s scheduled to be posted soon!)
  2. Fresh off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang
  3. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
  4. Hollow City (Miss Perengrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Are there any books in the May Book Haul that I absolutely need to read soon? I received The Book of Life from a Penguin giveaway (!!), but I haven’t read the previous books in the series yet, so I’ll need to acquire those before I can dive into the book I won. Have you read this series before?

I also won another giveaway (!!!) from Random House, but I can’t announce the details of that contest just yet. Looking forward to telling you about it soon!