Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
HeatherBookNerd

HeatherBookNerd

Joined May 2016

paper, audio, Kindle - I love all the books, contributor at @bookriot
reading now icon
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
reading now icon
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
This is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
post image

Just started this last night and I‘m completely hooked. I love this family.

review
HeatherBookNerd
Drama | Raina Telgemeier
post image
Pickpick

This was utterly charming. A perfect fit for a theatre-loving middle schooler. A delightful read.

#readharder #graphicnovel #LGBTkids

review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Mehso-so

A teenage girl gets sucked into a group of Ethiopian immigrants who come under the influence of a charismatic leader. A story about coming of age/unwittingly being drawn into a cult/cultural identity. The premise is interesting and parts of it are good, but it just didn‘t grab me. It hangs somewhere between so-so and pick, but I think if I hadn‘t been listening to Bahni Turpin narrate the audiobook, I might have bailed.

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
post image

I read so, so many fantastic books in September!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hollow Kingdom
With the Fire on High 🎧
Evolving in Monkey Town
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Washington Black 🎧
Gender Queer
Evvie Drake Starts Over 🎧
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
⭐️⭐️⭐️
Would You Rather
⭐️⭐️
This One Summer

#SeptemberReads #readharder

review
HeatherBookNerd
This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
post image
Panpan

Read this for Banned Books Week. Wasn‘t crazy about it. Not even quite sure who the target audience should be. I would think adults would appreciate it more than teens. Just not my thing I guess.

review
HeatherBookNerd
Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
post image
Pickpick

I absolutely ADORED this book! Quirky, insanely creative, beautifully written, and the funniest book I‘ve read in years. A domesticated, foul-mouthed crow teams up with a goofy, good natured blood hound to go beyond their backyard to find out what‘s happening to all the humans. Their owner Big Jim is behaving strangely, and soon they discover that something is clearly amiss with all humankind. It falls to the animal kingdom to set things right.

Prairiegirl_reading This is so far outside my wheelhouse that I‘m finding myself drawn to it. It sounds too bizarre to be bad!! 3w
HeatherBookNerd @Prairiegirl_reading It‘s marvelous! Give it a go. 3w
40 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
HeatherBookNerd
With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
post image
Pickpick

This was terrific. The story of Emoni, a teen mom finishing high school with her grandmother‘s support and love. She‘s working hard, nurturing her passion for cooking, and trying to be the best mom she can be. But graduation is nearing and she has some big life changes coming. Heartwarming and real.

Acevedo has become one of my favorite narrators and the audiobook for this one is top notch. I‘ll read anything she writes or reads!

Suet624 I was so impressed with her first book. Can‘t wait to read this one. 3w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i agree, her books/audiobooks are fantastic, can't wait to see what she writes next ❤️💜 3w
HeatherBookNerd @Suet624 @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Acevedo is such a terrific writer, and the audio is perfection! She also narrated another great book, 3w
Suet624 Oh, good to know about Pride. Thank you. 3w
40 likes4 comments
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

Great audiobook. Charming and enjoyable.

45 likes2 stack adds
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

Reading this after the author's death has made me mourn her loss all the more. It is hard to believe this fiercely intelligent, compassionate, brave woman is gone. I have no doubt her work will live on to influence and comfort questioning believers for years to come. But I am heartbroken that we don't get to hear more from her. Her thoughts are so similar to mine and her books are a balm to my soul when I am restless and doubting.

megnews I felt the same way when I read Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She had already passed and I felt so sorry I‘d never get to read anything else by her 4w
31 likes3 stack adds1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
post image
Pickpick

I loved this book. The ending didn't quite live up to its initial promise, but still one of the best books I‘ve read this year. The prose is gorgeous - the vivid imagery, the perfect dialogue, the way Edugyan captures the awe of the natural world. Part coming-of-age story, part travel adventure, it was a pleasure to follow Wash's journey and lean in to all the conflicting questions he has about his identity and his place in the world.

review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

This is a really terrific graphic memoir about Maia‘s own journey coming to understand and articulate what it means to be a nonbinary person. I‘m planning to give it to my oldest child who is also nonbinary. I think it will give us a lot to discuss together. It‘s a very candid, honest, sensitive book.

GypsyKat I love that books like this are out there. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 4w
40 likes1 comment
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
The Bridge: A Novel | Karen Kingsbury
post image

Visiting Landmark Bookstore in downtown Franklin for our Nashville area Litsy Meet Up. The tagged book was based on this lovely old book store. The owners were awesome and gave us a personal history lesson. Learned so much about the incredible southern writers from here in Tennessee. Now we‘re off to lunch! Love all my fellow readers!
#nashvilllelittens #tenesseemeetup #booklovers #localbookstores

LeahBergen I love this! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Emilymdxn This is so lovely! 1mo
sprainedbrain This is wonderful! ❤️ 1mo
43 likes4 comments
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

A quick, enjoyable read. So many of my LGBT friends knew they were gay/trans from an early age, but I also know that there are plenty of folks that take a more meandering journey to embrace their identity. So this was helpful to see what that may look like for some. I also appreciated the humor and warmth, and was glad to read about someone who had plenty of acceptance and support as she came out.

Rachel_nyc This was not on my radar but your review has me intrigued. Stacked! 1mo
37 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

This was loads of fun! I‘ll definitely read the next one.

review
HeatherBookNerd
Pride | Ibi Zoboi
post image
Pickpick

Loved this retelling of Pride and Prejudice in modern day Brooklyn featuring the Afro-Latino Benitez family. When the wealthy Darcy family move into the newly renovated house across the street, the Bushwick neighborhood will never be the same. Elizabeth Acevedo narrates the audiobook and it‘s marvelous.

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
Celine: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

An entertaining character driven mystery featuring a clever 68-year-old private investigator. Céline is intuitive, smart as a whip, skilled with firearms, and has a better track record than the CIA when it comes solving cases. A fun quick read.

review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

This was a good book, and definitely worth reading. But I don‘t think that I‘m quite as crazy about it as everyone else seems to be. It‘s overly long and would‘ve benefited from some paring down. I listened to the audiobook and it was really well done. I was invested in the family story and definitely wanted to know how things would end up for Cyril.

review
HeatherBookNerd
Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
post image
Pickpick

Another good one from Kate Atkinson. Loved having Brodie back again!

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
post image

New post up at @bookriot today. I‘ve compiled a list of fantastic fiction featuring older women. Check it out!

https://bookriot.com/2019/07/30/novels-about-older-women/

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
post image

Reading Party on a Friday night at my house. My hubby, daughter and I are all reading together and it makes me happy. Excited to finally read Kate Atkinson‘s newest Jackson Brodie novel!

tpixie So awesome!! 3mo
46 likes1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

Excellent book. I remember hearing about this incident on the news and it was interesting, and moving, to hear how these teens and their parents‘ lives were changed as a result. Valuable insights into nonbinary/gender fluid identities and the juvenile criminal justice system. Also provides a fascinating look at how race, childhood trauma, and privilege all play into the opportunities and pitfalls facing the kids involved.

42 likes3 stack adds
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

Clever and not quite what I expected- in a good way. A quick, interesting read. Love the cover!

Susannah This is the next selection for my book club. I hope I like it too! 3mo
62 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
post image
Pickpick

This haunting novel was inspired by a true account of a boys reform school in Florida that was closed down after over 100 years of brutal treatment of the boys in its care. Whitehead tells a harrowing story with insight and care, without being overly exploitative in the telling. The story is structured in a way that cleverly holds some surprises. The last 50 pages had me gasping and exclaiming out loud as I watched the end of the book unfold.

Tamra Anxious to read! 3mo
44 likes7 stack adds1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
The Sentence Is Death | Anthony Horowitz
post image
Pickpick

I‘m enjoying this Hawthorne series. This wasn‘t quite as entertaining as the first one, but it‘s a fun mystery and I‘d be happy to see another installment come along.

Avidreader25 I really enjoyed the first, but didn‘t realize there‘s a sequel! 4mo
auntie_jenn just picked this up. i enjoyed the first two! 4mo
auntie_jenn @Avidreader25 not a series, but all the books have a literary theme, which is a departure from his previous books. 4mo
Avidreader25 @auntie_jenn good to know! 3mo
32 likes2 stack adds5 comments
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
post image

Nashville Pride was today and I‘m home because I‘ve been sick. In honor of PRIDE month, here‘s a post I wrote for Book Riot last year on Coming Out Day. If you are a parent/family member/teacher of an LGBT kid or young adult, here is a reading list to help you learn more and support them. Looking forward to the day when LGBT folks enjoy full equality and acceptance everywhere.

https://bookriot.com/2018/10/10/books-for-parents-of-lgbt-kids/

TrishB Glad to say I‘ve read most of those! 4mo
Christine What a wonderful post! ❤️ 4mo
HeatherBookNerd Thanks Christine! 4mo
27 likes4 comments
review
HeatherBookNerd
The Boy on the Bridge | M. R. Carey
post image
Pickpick

I absolutely LOVED The Girl with All the Gifts, especially The excellent narration on the audiobook by Flinty Williams. So I was thrilled to listen to this companion book/prequel. It isn‘t quite as perfect as the first one, but it was pretty fantastic. Sat in my driveway to listen to the ending.

quote
HeatherBookNerd
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
post image

So many great quotes in this book.

Cathythoughts I have this one in #hibernation .. keep thinking I must get back to it ♥️👍🏻 4mo
34 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
post image
Pickpick

This was just marvelous. Sort of heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The writing is fantastic, the dialogue just perfect, and the parallel story lines compliment each other beautifully.

I have so many feelings and there‘s too much to say. This is definitely the best book I‘ve read so far this year and I was completely swept up in the lives of these people. What a moving, funny, engrossing book. Loved it.

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
post image

New post on @bookriot today for all my fellow theatre people getting ready for the Tony Awards this Sunday!

https://bookriot.com/2019/06/07/tony-award-winning-best-plays/

#theatregeek #tonyawards #bestplays #amwriting

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
post image

If Beale Street Could Talk 🎧 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Word is Murder 🎧 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Normal People 🎧 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Weed That Strings the Hangman‘s Bag 🎧 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Felicity ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
And Then There Were None ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Of Mess and Moxie 🎧 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
It‘s Only a Play ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#MayReads #audiobooks #readharder

review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

I‘m not big on cozy mysteries, but these Flavia De Luce books are pretty great. That Flavia is a total spitfire! Fantastic audiobook.

raeintheworld Flavia is my spirit animal. 5mo
42 likes1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

Beautiful and heartbreaking. Real, raw, and incredibly moving. I cared so much about theses characters and longed for their escape from a terrible situation. The whole book felt like a tug of war between desperate hope and the crush of reality. Written almost 50 years ago but still so timely. Listened to this one and Bahni Turpin‘s narration is amazing.

#audiobooks

review
HeatherBookNerd
Normal People | Sally Rooney
post image
Pickpick

This is a good book. It‘s a slow burn, depressing kind of book, but I generally like that sort of thing. I‘m not sure I‘m quite as blown away as some folks, but this was SO hyped that it was a lot to live up to. It was compelling and I was invested in the couple‘s journey and wanted to know what would become of them. But it also wore me out a bit with their endless come and go relationship. Definitely worth reading though.

41 likes2 stack adds
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
post image

Compiled a list of novels about marriages on the rocks. Makes for some juicy reading. Check it out!

https://bookriot.com/2019/05/16/books-about-complicated-marriages/

@bookriot #amwriting #amreading #recommendedreading #mustreadbooks

review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

3 1/2 stars. Some parts I loved, some not so much. Enjoyable, fun, and touching.

review
HeatherBookNerd
The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
post image
Pickpick

I don‘t read a lot of mysteries but really enjoyed Horowitz‘s Magpie Murders, so I thought I‘d give this a try and I LOVED it. So glad there‘s a sequel to this. The audiobook was perfection.

#audiobooks

janeycanuck I was SO CONFUSED by this initially. It took me a long time to catch on that the Horowitz had written himself as the main character. Once I figured that out, I loved it and now I can‘t wait for the next in the series! 5mo
HeatherBookNerd @janeycanuck it took me a minute to figure it out too. So clever! 5mo
42 likes4 stack adds2 comments
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
Plainsong | Kent Haruf
post image

In honor of all the awesome single moms who are parenting solo, I put together a list for @bookriot of 10 novels featuring single mothers. I salute those amazing women!

https://bookriot.com/2019/05/08/novels-about-single-mothers/

#amwriting #mothersday #singlemoms

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
post image

Heartbroken to hear the news that Rachel Held Evans died this morning. She was a favorite author of mine and her book Searching for Sunday meant so much to me as I was reevaluating my own faith in recent years. She spoke for so many of us who love Jesus but have wrestled with questions of faith. This book was a lifeline for me and I am so sad that she is gone. I know her work will continue to impact people for years to come.

MaureenMc 😔 5mo
jamicuns I am heartbroken by this news. This book was a lifeline to me as well. May her family be surrounded with peace and love during this difficult time. ❤️ 5mo
Reggie @LauraBeth if you‘re out there (we miss you) this is the book you used to mention right? 5mo
See All 6 Comments
Reviewsbylola Tragic. She was so young. 5mo
Chrissyreadit This is very sad news. 5mo
LauraBeth Aww - thank @Reggie ❤️ That was my first post in almost two months. Hopefully, I‘ll start posting regularly again! 5mo
43 likes2 stack adds6 comments
quote
HeatherBookNerd
Felicity: Poems | Mary Oliver
post image

In the poem Storage, Mary Oliver writes about her freedom in emptying a storage closet.

I feel seen.

#poetry

The_Real_Nani In the middle of a move and I‘m feeling this... why am I carrying so much stuff?! 5mo
HeatherBookNerd @The_Real_Nani if the rest of my family wouldn‘t freak out, I‘d throw away EVERYTHING 5mo
The_Real_Nani @HeatherBookNerd I fantasize about that! 5mo
30 likes3 comments
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
post image

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
On the Come Up
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Convenience Store Woman 🎧
Young Jane Young 🎧
Zone One 🎧
Milk and Honey
Lucky Boy
⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Kiss Quotient 🎧
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning 🎧
Marriage of a Thousand Lies

#AprilReads

JanuarieTimewalker13 I can‘t wait to read On The Come Up! 6mo
44 likes1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
post image
Pickpick

Another great book from Angie Thomas. I think I like this one even better than The Hate U Give. I love Bri‘s family, especially the relationship with her mom. And Thomas writes such terrific dialogue. Really great.

41 likes1 stack add
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
post image
review
HeatherBookNerd
Young Jane Young | Gabrielle Zevin
post image
Pickpick

At 22, Aviva Grossman finds herself the central figure in a political sex scandal. This story tells how this pivotal event changed her life and the lives of three other women connected to her. Each one tells their own part of the story. Clever, amusing, and thoroughly entertaining.

Reggie I really liked this one and loved the daughters point of view along with her pen pal shenanigans. 6mo
45 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
HeatherBookNerd
Lucky Boy | Shanthi Sekaran
post image
Pickpick

I LOVED the first 2/3 of this book, and then the plot seemed to cross into less believable territory and I was less thrilled with it. It was good though, and I was pretty invested in seeing how things would turn out. Tackles some very interesting and timely subjects - immigration, infertility, adoption, foster parenting.

Also, bad title.

50 likes1 stack add
review
HeatherBookNerd
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
post image
Pickpick

I read this for the #ReadHarder Challenge, a translated book written by and/or translated by a woman. It was really terrific and totally unexpected. A quick read, it was a funny, sad, intriquing book. The story follows a young woman who has spent 18 years working in a Japanese convenience store and why she has such a connection to that space even though her life as a single, part-time store worker does not fit the norm for Japanese society.

hgrimes What a great premise! I might have to check this one out. 6mo
44 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
HeatherBookNerd
Snow Falling on Cedars | David Guterson
post image

New post on @bookriot today about how much I‘ve learned by reading fiction. Any other fiction lovers out there?

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/18/what-ive-learned-about-history-from-reading-fict...

#amwriting #booklove #fiction

review
HeatherBookNerd
Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
post image
Pickpick

I read this for the #ReadHarder Challenge for a book by/about someone who identifies as #neurodiverse. Hoang is on the autism spectrum, as is the main character Stella. I‘m not much of a romance reader, so I don‘t know how this compares to other books in the genre. But I‘m guessing romance as viewed by a person with autism is not super common. It was interesting to see dating and sexuality through that lens. Pretty graphic though.

blurb
HeatherBookNerd
One-In-A-Million Boy | Monica Wood
post image

Here‘s one for all my audiobook peeps. Made a list of some of my favorites over on @bookriot today.

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/15/audiobooks-with-theatrical-narrators/

#audiobooks #amwriting #amlistening

Megabooks Audible has a great 2 for 1 right now with famous narrators! 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @Megabooks good to know! 6mo
Christine Great article! I‘ve listened to and loved four of your picks, and now I‘ll definitely check out 6mo
Megabooks @HeatherBookNerd Also totally agree about The Nix! Pwnage is one of my favorite audiobook characters. Nice choices! 6mo
23 likes4 comments
review
HeatherBookNerd
Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
post image
Pickpick

A plague has converted half the country into zombies. By this point, most of the undead have been contained. Mark Spitz is part of a team helping to sweep Manhattan of the stragglers, making it possible to reinhabit the city. In flashbacks, Mark remembers life before the plague and trying to stay alive while the devastation spread across the country. The book is worth reading, but the audiobook is just so-so. I‘d read it instead.

Slajaunie I wish I could do zombies. They give me nightmares from watching movies as a kid. 😟. Sounds like a good book, though. 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @Slajaunie I‘m super wimpy and can‘t do graphic, scary books. This focuses mainly on the main character‘s thoughts about he‘s thinking and what‘s happening to society. The gross zombie stuff is pretty limited actually. 6mo
Slajaunie I will take a peek at it then. Thanks. 6mo
Lcsmcat Mark Spitz? Really? Like, the Olympic swimmer? Does he use his swimming skills to defeat the zombies ? 😆 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @Lcsmcat it‘s a nickname that is eventually explained in the book. We never know his real name. 6mo
35 likes2 stack adds5 comments
review
HeatherBookNerd
post image
Pickpick

Lucky and her husband Kris are both gay, but married in order to appease their traditional Sri Lankan-American families. They each date on the side, which works just fine. Until it doesn‘t. Lucky wants more. She wants to be herself. This book wrangles with the dilemma that so many LGBT folks have to face. Do you come out if it means losing your family? What is the cost of freedom?

40 likes1 stack add