A Funny Christmas Book For The Inclusive Adult: Schmuck the [Woke] Buck

Sigh, I always knew that this would happen to me. I positioned myself and my brand to be a little satirical, slightly offensive, brutally honest, outright ridiculous, and expecting nothing remotely ordinary. I dreamed of The Uncorked Librarian being a little mean girl New England sassy meets southern hospitality with some whiskey and unpredictable hurricane attitude. No one has tested my wine-filled waters like the daring EXO books with their funny Christmas book. And yes, P.S. My keyword is ‘funny Christmas book;’ please cut me a break. You try making ‘Jewish reindeer’ searchable. Maybe this tale will do just that. Before We Get Started When asked to review what I thought would be a children’s picture book about a Jewish reindeer—an adaptation of Rudolph—I honestly thought: Schmuck the Buck, OH FUCK. There is a lot that can go wrong with a rhyming picture book taking a shot at inclusiveness. Not…

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Two Brand New Picture Books About Mental Health

Did you ever wake up to a bad day? Your snooze alarm screams that you are late, and you can’t figure out what to wear. Your food is bland and everyone around you is grumpy. It’s raining, school is boring, and it feels like the world is just closing in on you. How do you beat the funk? Or imagine waking up content in your bed every day, never wanting to leave. Safe and warm, you love your humble abode filled with good books and solitary activities. Although your friends have great parties and ice-skating adventures planned, you might catch the flu. Your hot chocolate might be too hot. These anxiety-prevalent and down and out scenarios greet readers in two new picture books about mental health, Rosie’s Glasses and Hector’s Favorite Place. Both titles address mental health and how to overcome scary and sad obstacles through courage and by approaching…

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4 Ridiculously Amazing Indie Books You Might Have Missed This Year

One of my favorite aspects of book blogging is shedding light on new and more invisible authors. While professional reviewing databases like NetGalley offer advanced reading copies for bestselling authors like Jodi Picoult, many of the indie authors are left in the dark. Although I am admittedly sometimes hesitant to review a self-published or indie title—I have had some real doozies—indie books have been by far some of my all-time favorite reads. From a romance bringing awareness about Alzheimer’s disease to philosophical science fiction thrillers and books for art history buffs, these are my four favorite indie books of 2018: 4 Indie Books and Authors You Might Have Missed This Year A Long Goodbye by Anthony Le Moignan Imagine receiving a solicited book in the mail covered in custom stamps with a personalized note. Across the pond in the UK, Anthony and his publicist sent A Long Goodbye with dreams…

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Novels On Abortion: A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult

Content Warning: The entire premise of A Spark Of Light is about abortion.  There is also a clinic shooting, hostage situation, and fatalities. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is a brand new 2018 debut (October 2nd) and one of many novels addressing abortion. Although not unbiased, Picoult offers different pro-choice versus anti-abortion perspectives through her diverse array of characters.  Characters range in age, sexuality, and circumstance. Beginning with a terrifying hostage situation at a southern abortion clinic, time rewinds back to the beginning of the tragic event as each character’s story unfolds—some more surprising than others. Can the hostage negotiator, whose daughter is trapped in the crossfire, save the remaining hostages? And, at what cost? Picoult examines questions of when life truly starts, legal repercussions from abortion laws, and how abortion affects women. Although not my favorite Picoult novel for its predictability and somewhat confusing timeline, A Spark of Light…

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Get Your Witch On! 10 Wickedly Witchy Books

Are you looking for witchy books this season? From witches grounded in a deep Wiccan past to whimsical beasties with powers, witches take on many roles in modern day literature. I always wondered what was borderline cultural appropriation as soon as authors bring in the Wiccan religion. I’d love to know your thoughts. Then, we watch steamy episodes of HBO’s True Blood with a different type of perverted witchy cult juxtaposed with naïve and endearing teenage witch coming of age stories. Below are titles—all of which I have read and recommend—for adults and teens looking for books about witches. In some of the titles, witches are upfront and center, Hocus Pocus style.  In others, these powerful cacklers play minor but necessary background roles. Here are TUL’s top 10 wickedly witchy books to get you in the fall spirit any time of the year:     10 Wickedly Witchy Books Adult Witchy…

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Seriously Spooky Books For Adults

Stinky farting unicorns, zombie teenagers, true-life crime mysteries, murderous obsessions, and folktales gone grim. From graphic novels to teen fantasy and adult nonfiction, these are just a few of the themes that await the daring and brave reader from this uncorked and terrifying ‘Seriously Spooky Books For Adults‘ book list. Some of my favorite bloggers, bookstagrammers, and new authors have come together to create 11 of their top recommendations filled with spooky books for adults and teens. I dare you to read one of these titles late at night, alone in the house with lights dimmed, and not be terrified out of your mind. Heck, I need a glass of wine just thinking about the horror and suspense. This eclectic Halloween and fall book list, perfect for any time of year, will have something for every type of reader. 11 Seriously Spooky Books For Adults 1. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter…

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