Full Pour Review: The Midnight Library

You guys… this was SUCH a good book. It was heartwarming, it was heartbreaking, it was nerve-racking and it was liberating. It is absolutely no surprise to me that The Midnight Library is currently sitting pretty at #10 on the Amazon Charts this week and has a 4.4 rating with a total of 43,480 reviews.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In “The Midnight Library,” Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

I savored this book over the last few days and I was left in awe of the lessons I learned inside these pages. I simply adored Nora. Matt Haig did a wonderful job at painting such a beautiful character and taking so much care in detailing her flaws, her darkness, and her transformation with such care. I also found Nora to be incredibly relatable in several ways. I too, overthink majority of what I do and say. I too, fear of disappointing others and tend to make decisions that satisfy the desires that other people have for me/themselves. I too, replay every decisions that I make and wonder what the outcome would be if I did something different. I too, at times, wonder if the life I’m living is what I should be doing and what I could be doing instead to be happier. Navigating Nora’s journey throughout this book and watching her get to live out many different lives helped allow me to think deeply about some of my own possible lives and served as an excellent reminder of how beautiful and messy and wonderful life is and how this life I am living is exactly where I’m supposed to be.

After a year of feeling a lot of uncertainty in many ways, and for simply just being such an overly anxious person constantly thinking about the “what if’s” and searching for the meaning in things, The Midnight Library was all at once a breath of fresh air and a warm hug. I’m so thankful that I stumbled across this book on Bookstagram a few months ago and while I did not read it right away, I think the messages and fresh perspectives I took away from this book were received at the perfect time 💛 I know I will be thinking about this book for a while.


BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is best paired with White Russian by Left Hand Brewing Company. This highly enjoyable nitro white stout contains coffee, vanilla and notes of chocolate 🍻

Full Pour Review: Verity

I want to begin this review by stating that I was fucking WARNED about this book. I was told this one would take me on an emotional roller coaster that would leave me feeling shocked, confused and not knowing what to believe at all. I was told that this book would haunt me for a long time afterward, leaving me uncertain of what to think or feel. To be honest, that is exactly how I fucking feel right now after finishing this book 😂😭

BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin. When Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, asks Lowen to complete the remaining books in a contract his permanently injured wife is unable to fulfill, Lowen has no choice but to accept. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home with the intention of only staying one or two nights—long enough to sort through Verity’s chaotic home office to collect all the notes and outlines she’ll need to start writing the first novel. But the more time Lowen spends with Jeremy Crawford, the less of a hurry she is in to leave. While there, Lowen uncovers a hidden manuscript. An autobiography containing chilling admissions Verity planned to take to her grave, including the truth behind the events that turned their lives upside down. A truth that, if revealed to Jeremy, would further devastate the already grieving father. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript a secret, allowing Jeremy to continue to believe Verity is merely an innocent, unfortunate victim of circumstance. But as Lowen’s feelings for the devoted father and husband deepen, she wonders if keeping Jeremy in the dark is in her own best interest. After all, if Jeremy were to read his wife’s autobiography, the disturbing truth would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. A chilling romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.”

Colleen Hoover did such a fantastic job with illustrating this story with such detailed care and attention. Most impressing, she spends the first 300 pages of the book painting the most convincing story and then within the literal last 13 pages of it tries to flip your world upside down and convince you to believe something else. For the most part, I liked the characters. I didn’t LOVE them, but the story really wasn’t intended for you to get attached to the characters. The character that the book is named after, Verity, reminds me a lot of the main character, Amy, in Gone Girl. We obviously got to know her the most throughout the book (or do we really? 🙃), and I think that Colleen spent the perfect amount of attention and detail with bringing her character to life and still leaving you wanting more from her. If you’re a fan of Gone Girl, I think you will really enjoy the dark storyline in this book as well.

I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book. This is the first book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover and it surely won’t be my last. If you’re looking for a solid romance thriller that is dark, utterly gripping and a total mind fuck, seriously look no further! 🙌🏻 (how many times can we say fuck in this review? The limit doesn’t fucking exist because I am SHOOK and will need to talk through my feelings with you all about this one for a while 🙃😭). Now… which Colleen Hoover book should I read next?!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Verity by Colleen Hoover is best paired with Bomb! by Prairie Artisan Ales. This delicious imperial stout is aged on Nordaggio’s espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers 🍻

Full Pour Review: With The Fire On High

Oh my god. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book! YA is honestly a genre that never really piques my interest, but because I read so many rave reviews about this one on Bookstagram, I decided to give this one a shot. I’m so glad that I did, because this story was absolutely wonderful and is the best YA book I’ve read in a really long time.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela.

The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.”

Elizabeth Acevedo is a very talented writer and absolutely kills it with a captivating storyline, well developed characters, and addressing delicate topics in such a beautiful way. Acevedo does an incredible job at crushing the stigma and societal hypocrisy around teenage pregnancy with the main character, Emoni, who is an incredibly brave, strong, hardworking, loyal, talented, creative and loving mother/daughter/granddaughter/friend, etc. I loved being able to watch her mature as she overcame several challenges and fears with grace throughout this book. Emoni is an incredible role model and her character made me so proud, wishing I could step into the story and give her a huge hug. I also loved the supporting characters that played such a crucial role in Emoni’s life and senior year- ‘Buela, Angelica, Malachi, Chef Ayden, Chef Amadi, Ms. Fuentes, and even Tyrone. It was refreshing being able to watch Emoni and Tyrone handle their unique relationship in such a mature way, and seeing them grow throughout the book and increasingly support one another as co-parents in order to best raise Emma and support one another in achieving their own personal goals was beautiful.

I also loved that this book centered around Emoni’s passion for cooking and her natural skills at creating incredible meals that are known for eliciting so much emotion from others and bringing people together. I loved the recipes placed throughout the book and Acevedo’s attention to detail in describing Emoni’s culinary experiences to the reader was mouth-watering. I was truly captivated by Emoni’s passion and perseverance when it came to chasing her culinary dreams.

I truly can’t recommend this book enough, especially for those like me who aren’t as into YA novels. If you’re looking for a feel-good story with a wonderful storyline and inspiring characters that will stick with you for a long time, you need to read this. This was the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Acevedo and it absolutely lived up to all the hype. I am officially looking forward to moving the other books I own by her at the top of my TBR list.


BEER RECOMMENDATION: With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo is best paired with Nitro Crème Brûlée by Southern Tier Brewing Company. This delicious imperial milk stout is like liquid dessert-smooth, creamy and sweet with flavors of burnt sugar 🍻

Full Pour Review: The Paris Library

Okay, it’s official. I’m falling in love with historical fiction. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles is another wonderful WWII novel based on the true story of the incredibly brave librarians working at The American Library in Paris who joined the resistance and fought the Nazi’s through books for their Jewish subscribers. This book was incredibly well researched, beautifully written, and I loved how clearly evident the author’s passion for this story was throughout the entire book.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.

A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors— The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.”

The characters in this story are absolutely wonderful and will tug at your heartstrings. I adored Odile so much. Her bravery, resilience, and intelligence were absolutely captivating and inspiring. Odile began the story as a young and naive woman who wasn’t exposed to many dangers of the world but we were blessed to see how much she grew as a character and into a powerful force to be reckoned with. The unlikely friendship between Lily and Odile was something I enjoyed too and I loved how much they helped one another overcome serious pain they’ve carried for a long time, transforming into better people because of it.

My favorite part about the characters though are that several of these characters are in fact the real names and backgrounds of the individuals working at the library during WWII. The authors note at the end of the story had a ton of fascinating information about these characters, making this story even more magical.

While this book addresses a lot of heartbreaking topics such as grief, loss, betrayal, and violence, there are also a lot of joyful moments about friendship, hope, love and forgiveness. If you’re looking for a slow paced, but highly enjoyable, WWII story that’s unique, exciting and heartwarming, I highly encourage you to check out The Paris Library, coming out 2/9. I can’t recommend it enough.

Thank you so much Atria and NetGalley for gifting me this wonderful eARC in exchange for my honest review 💛


BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles is best paired with Chai Milk Stout (Nitro) by Left Hand Brewing Company. This delicious beer is incredibly smooth and tastes just like a chai latte 🍻

Full Pour Review: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

OOF, this one was a gut punch right in the feels! What an intense and stunning love story! I really enjoyed The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo and how it left me with so much to think about long after the story ended. Before I started reading this book, it had been a few months since I read the description so I went into this story blindly and I’m happy that I did —it wasn’t what I expected (in the best way) and I was pleasantly surprised by how raw, real and relatable it was.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story–their story–at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated–perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.”

Jill Santopolo is a beautiful writer and storyteller, so needless to say, I was genuinely shocked to discover this was her debut novel. The characters in this book are so well developed and while this story was written from Lucy’s perspective, I was also pleased with how well I got to know Gabe by jumping back and forth between past and present, getting to relive some very intimate moments between the two of them over the course of several years. The fact that I was able to connect with these characters so easily made their story that much more emotional and intense (warning: this story will make you cry). I think what I ultimately enjoyed the most about this story was how relatable some aspects of this book were to my own life in minor, unique ways, and through Santopolo’s writing, I was granted the opportunity to reflect back on my own first love and smile at the experience. Life is truly beautiful through all of the ups and downs, happiness and heartache, new relationships and old, the lessons learned… — I love how appreciative of it all this book made me feel.

If you’re looking for a good palette cleanser that will tug at your heartstrings and make you sob, I highly recommend checking out The Light We Lost. Lucy and Gabe’s love story will capture your heart and leave you with so much to think about. The Light We Lost was the first book I’ve read by Jill Santopolo, and it certainly won’t be my last 💛


BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo is best paired with The Pastryarchy: Chocolate Dipped Pretzel by DuClaw Brewing Co. this delicious Russian imperial stout tastes exactly like a chocolate dipped pretzel with subtle roasted sweetness, malty chocolate undertones and a light salt bite 🍻

Full Pour Review: The Push

Wow- what a fast paced, gripping story! I have been reading so many great reviews about The Push by Ashley Audrain and this story totally lives up to the hype! I love a good psychological thriller, and this story absolutely didn’t disappoint. I was hooked from the beginning and genuinely didn’t know where this story was headed until the very end where there was a surprising cliffhanger ending.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.

But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter—she doesn’t behave like most children do.

Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born—and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.

Ashley Audrain is a fantastic storyteller and I feel like she did a great job at getting the reader well acquainted with key characters in this book. The Push is written in Blythe’s perspective, switching between the past and present, but also focuses on the relationships between the women in Blythe’s family: her mother Cecelia, and her grandmother Etta. As readers, we get to see how each of these women experienced motherhood and how these experiences seemingly passed down to younger generations. I also applaud Audrain on her ability to create such an appropriate, slow burning build up to this book that would illicit chills and leave you needing to know what was happening next. The key events that occurred in this book did not feel over the top, which really played into the thrill factor and made this story feel even more realistic in an unsettling way. That being said, one thing that I would have really been intrigued to experience in this story would be the perspective of Blythe’s daughter Violet. I think it would’ve been really interesting to get her perspective on some key events that happened in this book. (Maybe a potential sequel or spin off idea?!).

This book was disturbing to read at some parts and will leave you with a lot to process- it does not come without some trigger warnings (death, miscarriage, abortion, psychological trauma, self harm, child neglect, postpartum depression, abuse, infidelity, and more). However, if you’re looking for a chilling, fast-paced psychological thriller, I honestly can’t recommend them enough. And if you’ve read this book already, please reach out to me! I would love to discuss it with you- especially your thoughts on the ending.


BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Push by Ashley Audrain is best paired with Bomb! by Prairie Artisan Ales. This delicious imperial stout is aged on Nordaggio’s espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers 🍻

Full Pour Review: Forever Wild

UGH MY HEART 😭🥰 can this series PLEASE last forever?! The Simple Wild series by K.A. Tucker holds such a special place in my heart and the final novella in this series, Forever Wild, the characters, plots and beautiful Alaska scenery was everything that I expected it to be and so much more.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: “The holiday season is upon Calla and Jonah, and with the mistletoe and gingerbread comes plenty of family drama. Jonah is bracing himself for two weeks with a stepfather he loathes, and while Calla is looking forward to her mother and Simon’s arrival, she dreads the continued pressure to set a date for their wedding … in Toronto. Add in one bullheaded neighbor’s unintentional meddling and another cantankerous neighbor’s own family strife, and Christmas in Trapper’s Crossing will be anything but simple.”

My favorite part about this book, and this series in general, are the characters. These characters are magical, heartwarming and have so much depth. Calla and Jonah grew so much more as individuals in this book, and I loved being able to watch their relationship continue to strengthen and roll with the punches. I loved the return of so many beloved characters and seeing them continue to play such an important role in Calla and Jonah’s lives. One of my favorite relationships that I was excited to spend more time with in this book was Calla and Roy. It was beautiful to see them become closer and see more walls come down for Roy. It was also a pleasure to finally get to meet Jonah’s mother and stepdad, who we’ve heard about on and off in the first two books.

The various character plots through out this story were also perfect and provided the reader with the closure we desired. This story also wouldn’t be the same without the other nerve-wracking “life or death” plot twists that K.A. Tucker is so good at delivering, and she packed so much punch in this short novella.

I don’t want to give anything away, but this book gave me all the feels and truly was the perfect ending to this series. I am beyond excited for the spin-off series with Marie that will continue to feature some of these same beloved characters we’ve become attached to. If you haven’t read this book yet, or The Simple Wild series at all, I highly encourage you to boost it higher on your TBR list. I personally know that I will continue to think about this series and these characters for a long time 💛 I also am officially obsessed with K.A. Tucker’s writing skills and look forward to reading more books by her this year.


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker is best paired with Christmas Morning by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. This delicious beer is one of the famous variations of Hardywood’s original gingerbread stout, brewed with a blend of Brazilian and Sumatran coffee beans from Richmond, Virginia’s Blackhand Coffee Co. 🍻

Full Pour Review: In A Holidaze

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I was so excited when NetGalley emailed me about this new book by Christina Lauren – something fun, festive and romantic before Christmas? SIGN. ME. TF. UP 🙌🏻 In a Holidaze was an adorable story that kept me laughing and entertained throughout the entire book. The storyline definitely reminded me of a Hallmark movie and immediately got me in a holiday mood 😍

DESCRIPTION: It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

First, let me talk about how lovable ALL of the characters in this book are and how enjoyable the family dynamics were. Maelyn was so entertaining, witty and relatable while Andrew was easy to fall in love with due to his charm and attention to detail. Benny was another favorite character of mine and I adored the friendship he shared with Maelyn. In general, I absolutely LOVED the fact that these close family friends vacation together for the holidays every year at the cabin- I feel like growing up with a tradition like this would be so much fun. Second, I enjoyed the time travel aspect of this story. It was fun to watch her navigate this journey to discovering what would truly make her happy and find new ways to define herself.

This was my first book by Christina Lauren and I definitely look forward to reading more by her! If you’re looking for something fluffy, heartwarming, fun and festive to help you get in the holiday spirit, I highly recommend checking out “In A Holidaze,” hitting shelves on 10/20. Thank you again so much NetGalley and Gallery Books for gifting me this delightful eARC in exchange for my honest review 💛


BEER RECOMMENDATION: In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren is best paired with Kentucky Christmas Morning by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. This delicious stout is the infamous Gingerbread Stout aged exclusively in Kentucky’s own Heaven Hills Bourbon barrels with locally roasted Mexican Chiapas Coffee 🍻

Full Pour Review: The Girl With The Louding Voice

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

WOW. This one left me speechless. I finished The Girl With The Louding Voice days ago and I can’t stop thinking about it, having delayed my review trying to figure out exactly how to put into words how much I loved this powerhouse of a book. This book is another one that has been on my TBR list for a while that I wish I didn’t take so long to get to. Abi Dare is an incredible storyteller and had me on an emotional roller coaster throughout this debut novel- needless to say, I was HOOKED on this book from the very beginning.

The Girl With The Louding Voice is about a 14 year old girl named Adunni growing up in a rural Nigerian village whose dream is to get a good education so that she can develop a “louding voice” to stand up for herself and others. After her mother passing away and having escaped an unwanted arranged marriage by her father, she finds herself traveling to Lagos and ending up working as a housemaid to a sadistic businesswoman and her terrible husband. Despite the seemingly never ending obstacles thrown her way, and with the help of a few unlikely allies that have crossed her path, Adunni sets out to overcome the cultural confines of Africa’s toxic patriarchy and discover her louding voice.

I fell in love with Adunni’s character hard. At only 14 years old, she is an incredibly strong force to reckon with and I found it impossible to not be completely inspired and endeared by her spirit, strength, bravery, perseverance and determination. Despite all of the obstacles thrown her way, she continues to hold her head high and go after her dream of getting an education and building a better life for herself and the females that will come after her. She is truly the most perfect, unforgettable female protagonist and hands down one of my new all-time favorite literary characters. I finished the book needing to know what happened to her and how her future carries out- anyone else rooting for a sequel?! 🙋🏻‍♀️

If you haven’t read this book yet, I encourage you to place it at the top of your TBR list ASAP. This is one of the most powerful, heartbreaking, infuriating, triumphant and inspiring books that I’ve ever read and it will stick with me for a very long time 🙌🏻


BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare is best paired with Bourbon Paradise by Prairie Artisan Ales. This smooth and delicious imperial stout is aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on both coconut and vanilla 🍻

Full Pour Review: Atomic Habits

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I am a huge fan of non-fiction and personal development books, so naturally I was super attracted to Atomic Habits by James Clear after seeing so many people recommend it. I found this book to be incredibly interesting and was able to take away a lot of useful tips and tricks to help me better achieve my goals by making small changes to alter my habits.

Atomic Habits by James Clear is a really powerful and informative guide on how we can make tiny changes to change our habits and produce remarkable results that will help change our lives. According to Clear, when we struggle with changing our habits, the issue isn’t us- it’s our system for change that is keeping us from rising to the level of our goals. In this book, Clear is able to break down the complex process of changing our system into digestible pieces that are easy to apply to your daily life and routine.

The best part about this book is that no matter what your goals are, it offers a proven framework that will help you improve daily and achieve more by focusing on less. Atomic Habits will help teach you how to make time for creating new habits and destroying bad ones, overcome a lack of willpower or motivation, tailor your environment to help make achieving success that much easier, get back on track when you steer off course, and much more.

If you’re looking for a good personal development book that will leave a lasting impression on you and that you will want to reference over and over again, I highly recommend checking out Atomic Habits!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Atomic Habits by James Clear is best paired with Glen Cocoa by Black Flag Brewing Company. This highly enjoyable chocolate milk stout is brewed with oats, milk sugar and milk chocolate, producing a deliciously subtle rounded chocolate flavor 🍻