Book Review- Road Trips: A Guide to Travel, Adventure, and Choosing Your Own Path by Jen CK Jacobs

With fun and beautifully placed pictures, stories, interviews, charts, and recipes, Road Trips by Jen CK Jacobs advises readers how to have the most fruitful travel experiences on the road. Divided into four distinct and concise parts, Jacobs begins by telling readers how to set out on an adventure.  This preparation includes checking the car and packing snacks.  Jacobs suggests journaling and recording those experiences as well as compiling and showcasing inspiring mementos for years to come. The forth section, compiled from her journal entries, describes Jacobs’ favorite road trips.  She shares what she has learned about life, death, and love. A few of her destinations include Ireland and the Joshua Tree, emphasizing the universality of this nonfiction, teenage and adult read. Lastly, Jacobs’ ends with helpful books and other travel resources to help any type of explorer better navigate the world. Jacobs might just be my writing soul sister,…

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Review and Read Alikes: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

In 1990, thirteen paintings were stolen from the Elizabeth Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. One of those paintings included Degas’ After the Bath.  Aiden Markel, world famous owner of the Markel G Gallery, believes that he has recovered the stolen painting. Not wanting to return the piece to the museum before he has a reproduction made, Aiden seeks out the repro talents of Claire Roth. Aiden wishes to sell the reproduction as the real painting to an international, corrupt dealer and promises to return the original to the museum.  Aiden is a business man, after all. On the other side of this debatable forgery, Claire has been struggling for an artistic comeback after her ex-boyfriend—who has since committed suicide—claimed her work as his own. With little money on hand and a tarnished reputation, Claire is forced to teach art at a local juvenile detention center and paint reproductions for Reproductions.com.  Her specialty…

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Review: Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3)

As part of the popular adult fiction series Crazy Rich Asians, Kwan strikes a well-written, extravagantly high-pitched chord of excessive wealth through his spoiled group of characters. More intently examining the lives of minor characters and pumping up grandma with sustenance, I thoroughly enjoyed every fast-paced minute, starting with who would inherit Tyersall Park and ending with Astrid’s brush with the tabloids. Suspenseful, humorous, and with characters that have developed so consistently over the past two books, I find myself cheering on Astrid as she follows her heart and Nick as he hopes to reconcile his relationship with his grandmother—without worrying about his inheritance. Eddie is still a scumbag and more so a child than his own prepped up and inflated kids, and Kitty Pong’s small yet significant transformation actually blew my mind. Rachel has taken a back seat in this one, and I’m OK with that. With everyone’s fate…

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