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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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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New Sci Fi Book Series: Between Two Minds

Are You Looking for a New Adult Sci Fi Book Series? Imagine that you are born paralyzed and will never be able to walk. What if new technology could change all of that? Would you risk your life and your soul to have your mind migrated into a shiny new vessel? Say an attractive body with dark hair, green eyes, abs, and most importantly, mobility? This is exactly the scenario that Ryan Carter finds himself in, and he dreams about nothing more than being able to walk and live an easier and more independent life.  Unfortunately, technology is glitchy and getting trapped between two minds is a confusing and deadly bind that Ryan must overcome. Sound intriguing? If yes, check out Between Two Minds: Awakening, the first adventure thriller in this upcoming sci fi series by indie author, D C Wright-Hammer. Review below: A Book Review of Between Two Minds: Awakening…

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Mudererous New Witch Books For Adults: The Color of Fear

New Witch Books For Adults: The Perfect Recipe Take out cauldron. Toss in: Jan Karon’s small town characters plus occult, murder, and mystery Add a dash of: Romance with the boy next door, a spooky ass bookkeeper, an opinionated priest, and some waspy old ladies Sprinkle: A pinch of corrupt government officials and secret family histories Stir In: Strong, hell-bent women, affairs, suicides, murders, water phobias, and unplanned pregnancies Let simmer. Stir precariously as everything is in jeopardy of exploding. Ding. Your potion is done. Enjoy The Color of Fear by Wendy Wanner. With The Discovery of Witches hitting the big screen, I have a feeling witchy titles will be all the rage this fall. Thank GOSH Halloween is on its way. This is truly my favorite time of year, and The Color of Fear is one of many new witch books for adults that I hope you will pick up…

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