Full Pour Review: Cobble Hill

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Growing up, I was a huge fan of the Gossip Girl series so when I discovered that Cecily von Ziegesar had written a new novel, Cobble Hill, I immediately requested a copy of it on NetGalley.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Welcome to Cobble Hill. In this eclectic Brooklyn neighborhood, private storms brew amongst four married couples and their children. There’s ex-groupie Mandy, so underwhelmed by motherhood and her current physical state that she fakes a debilitating disease to get the attention of her skateboarding, ex-boyband member husband Stuart. There’s the unconventional new school nurse, Peaches, on whom Stuart has an unrequited crush, and her disappointing husband Greg, who wears noise-cancelling headphones—everywhere.

A few blocks away, Roy, a well-known, newly transplanted British novelist, has lost the thread of his next novel and his marriage to capable, indefatigable Wendy. Around the corner, Tupper, the nervous, introverted industrial designer with a warehose full of prosthetic limbs struggles to pin down his elusive artist wife Elizabeth. She remains…elusive. Throw in two hormonal teenagers, a ten-year-old pyromaniac, a drug dealer pretending to be a doctor, and a lot of hidden cameras, and you’ve got a combustible mix of egos, desires, and secrets bubbling in brownstone Brooklyn.

Smart, sophisticated, yet surprisingly tender, Cobble Hill is highly entertaining portrait of contemporary family life and the colorful characters who call Brooklyn home.

I’m going to be completely honest. While I did not go into this story with any expectations or hope that it would be similar to Gossip Girl, I wasn’t totally impressed by this story. I didn’t hate it by any means, but I didn’t love it- I simply just found it okay. Even though I didn’t particularly love or feel super invested in any of the characters, I definitely found them to be entertaining and was intrigued on where the story was headed, as there were several bizarre scenes and interactions that made me laugh. All of the characters are intertwined in some way, and it was fun to see how all of their paths crossed throughout the book. I enjoyed that the story was told from multiple POV’s, including some of the kids.

If you’re hoping for something similar to Gossip Girl, you will not find that here. However, if you’re a fan of Cecily von Ziegesar and looking for a quirky, light hearted book that will make you laugh and can be read pretty quickly, I recommend checking out Cobble Hill, hitting shelves on November 10th. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Atria Books for gifting me this eARC in exchange for my honest review!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar is best paired with Dunkin’ Jelly Donut IPA by Harpoon Brewery. Brewed with real Dunkin’ donuts and raspberry purée, this slightly hazy IPA has bright notes of jelly and citrus from the addition of fruit-forward Hüll Melon and Citra hops 🍻

Full Pour Review: Little Deadly Secrets

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

To say that I enjoyed this book would be a great understatement. Little Deadly Secrets by Pamela Crane is officially one of my favorite suspense novels this year. The opening scene was intense and eery, setting the tone for the rest of the book super fast.

DESCRIPTION: Three best friends. Two unforgiveable sins. One dead body. Mackenzie, Robin, and Lily have been inseparable forever, sharing life’s ups and downs and growing even closer as the years have gone by. They know everything about each other. Or so they believe. Nothing could come between these three best friends . . . except for a betrayal. Nothing could turn them against each other . . . except for a terrible past mistake. Nothing could tear them apart . . . except for murder.

The characters in this book were phenomenal. Pamela Crane did a wonderful job connecting the reader with each of the characters and immersing them into their worlds. I loved that the story was told in multiple POV’s and not just from the adults, but even some of the children. Each character took me on an emotional roller coaster through their intense story lines and I loved how much their strength and vulnerability seeped through the pages. It was incredibly hard not to fall in love with all of the characters and their triumphs, failures and flaws.

I don’t want to go into particular story lines and give too much away, but the drama within this book is very similar to Big Little Lies– domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, drug addiction, infidelity, murder, alcohol abuse, dark secrets, betrayals and more. The building tension, surprise twists and explosive ending kept me on the edge of my seat and made it incredibly hard to put this book down.

I truly can’t recommend this book enough. If you are a fan of Big Little Lies and looking for your next binge-read, I think it’s safe to say that you will love Little Deadly Secrets as well. Thank you again so much to WilliamMorrow for gifting me this amazing book in exchange for my honest review 💛


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Little Deadly Secrets by Pamela Crane is best paired with Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin by New Belgium Brewing Company. Not only is this my absolute favorite pumpkin beer, I’ll bet it’s unlike any pumpkin beer you’ve had before 😉 Not too spicy and not too sweet, this pumpkin ale was brewed with Saigon Cinnamon and Habanero and De Arbol peppers for an explosion of flavors that’ll keep you coming back for more 🍻

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: Friday Forward

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I truly love me some good personal development, non-fiction reads and Friday Forward by Robert Glazer was no exception! I flew through this book in about 8 hours and found it to be really motivating, inspiring and simply just a “feel good” read. Personally, I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately and this book honestly came at the perfect time to help me gain momentum back.

DESCRIPTION: Global business leader and national bestselling author, Robert Glazer, believes we all have a responsibility to each other: to give one another the inspiration and support we need to be our best. What started as a weekly note known as Friday Forward to his team of forty has turned into a global movement reaching over 200,000 leaders across sixty countries and continually forwarded to friends and family.

In Friday Forward, Robert shares fifty-two of his favorite stories with real life examples that will motivate you to grow and push you to be your best self. He encourages you to use this book as part of a positive and intentional Friday morning routine to get the weekend started on a forward-looking note that will carry you through the week. At once uplifting and deeply thought-provoking, these stories will challenge you to propel yourself outside your comfort zone to unlock your innate potential. By making small, intentional changes, you have the power to create lasting impact, not only in your own life, but also to inspire those around you to do the same.

I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of stories that Robert Glazer shared in his book and learned a lot of valuable things from them to not only help me improve myself but to also become a better person for others. I had never heard of Robert Glazer or his Friday Forward e-mail subscription before, so immediately upon completing the book I signed up to receive his weekly email. I can’t wait to share these stories and emails with my team and see how these stories will challenge and motivate them in their careers and/or personal lives 🤗 while I read this book straight through, this book is really intended to be referenced on a weekly basis and there are even some journaling prompts spread throughout the book to help you really focus on the material and how it can be helpful to you.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the focus on developing a good morning routine and how it can increase your productivity, improve your mood and overall happiness, increase positive thoughts and ultimately set you up for success to have a great day full of accomplishment. Developing a good morning routine is something that I absolutely want to establish in my own personal life and I look forward to seeing how this will affect various areas of my life.

If you’re looking for a motivating, feel-good personal development book that will help get you out of a rut, I highly recommend checking out Friday Forward by Robert Glazer, releasing on September 1st! Thank you so much to NetGalley and SourceBooks for gifting me this eARC in exchange for my honest review! 💛


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Friday Forward by Robert Glazer is best paired with Bmore Hazy by Oliver Brewing Company. This delicious hazy double IPA is brewed with flaked wheat, flaked oats and is dry hopped with Mosaic and Citra, resulting in a wonderful tropical fruit flavor and aroma 🍻

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: Hood Feminism

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Holy shit… this is one of the best books on feminism and social injustices I’ve read this year and I can’t tell you enough how important it is that we all read this, especially for women who are open to learning how to become more inclusive feminists and better allies. This book definitely hit hard for me, and there are so many things in here that I wish didn’t even have to be written about in the first place.

Hood Feminism is a collection of essays that explore the many ways that the mainstream feminist movement has failed to address the needs of all women, and instead, focuses on increasing the privilege of a few (A.K.A. white women). Mainstream feminists do not address, nor prioritize, basic needs for all women such as having access to quality education, medical care, food, living wages and safe neighborhoods due to the simple fact that they’re portrayed as race or class issues instead of feminist issues. Instead, we tend to solely focus on the issues that directly impact white women so that we may pave the way for other types of women to potentially live better lives (eventually). Mikki Kendall touches on topics such as poverty, politics, eating disorders, gun violence, hunger, sexual harassment, education, housing, reproductive justice and much more.

I want to share a few quotes from this book that stood out to me:

“Main stream, white-centered feminism hasn’t just failed women of color, it has failed white women. It’s not making them any safer, any more powerful, or even any wiser. It supports the goals of white supremacy so often and so uncritically that 53% of white women voted not just for the idea of a president who has a legacy of disrespecting and abusing women, but for the system that supports him. Conditions aren’t getting better for white women; in fact these patterns reflect a return to a paradigm where the only difference is that their cage is gilded, while others are entrapped in less decorative confines.”

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism

“It isn’t just Kavanaugh or the other judges like him—the ones with a history that clouds their ability to render anything like justice—that’s the problem. It isn’t just the mothers willing to render their daughters as disposable to protect the sons of the privileged. It is all the ways that the problem is either ignored or poorly addressed until it is a public crisis because white women often choose race over gender based on fear stoked by bigotry. It’s the harm that this fearful mind-set can do across communities. Fear of Black people. Fear of immigrants. Fear of the Other. It’s an endless cycle that hinges on the willingness of white women to ignore their own power to effect positive change.”

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism

“Too often white women decide that when they feel uncomfortable, upset, or threatened, they can turn to the patriarchy for protection. Because they don’t want to lose that protection (dubious as it is), they stand by it when it’s convenient, and challenge it only when it directly threatens them. Yet, they know they benefit from it being challenged, and thus rely on others to do the heaviest lifting. They fail to recognize that the conflicted relationship they have with the patriarchy includes a certain cowardice around challenging not only it, but other women who have embraced it.”

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism

“Feminism that comes from a place of fear, that prioritizes not being afraid of not being uncomfortable over being effective, is dangerous. It allows no room for considering the impact of some “feminist” choices that include increasing surveillance or inviting the state into spaces in ways that render those spaces fundamentally unsafe for some. The fear of alienating other white women by refusing to challenge them or deny them support as a consequence for their racism is fundamentally damaging to any concept of feminism as a place that can create safety for all.”

– Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism

You guys. Please just fucking read this book. Thank you 💛


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall is best paired with Grapefruit by Downeast Cider House. This deliciously sweet cider is infused with fresh grapefruit, producing an approachable grapefruit flavor that isn’t too tart 🍻

Full Pour Review: Want

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I’m going to be completely honest. Want by Lynn Steger Strong was one of my most anticipated books for this year. Not only is the cover art absolutely gorgeous, but the book description and reviews that I read on Amazon back in March had me completely sold on the book and I preordered it several months in advance. I read this book within a day, and while it was a quick read, I felt that the storyline fell flat and was overall disappointed that it did not live up to my expectations.

Years after arriving in New York to build a new life, Elizabeth has found herself with a PhD, two children, a husband, two jobs and in the process of filing for bankruptcy. While trying to balance her dreams and the impossibility of ever achieving them, her home and work life are on the verge of collapsing and the only way to help quiet her thoughts from all the noise is by waking up at ungodly hours of the morning to run miles by the river. After being estranged from her long-lost childhood friend for years, she finally re-connects with Sasha as she is experiencing a crisis of her own, opening up the possibility for them to come back into one another’s lives.

While reading the book, I was disappointed to see that the story essentially just covers a day in the life of Elizabeth and her husband over the course of a short period of time while they go through the process of filing for bankruptcy. By the end of the story, I felt like I didn’t get to know Elizabeth’s character and her dreams/desires as deeply as I would’ve liked to, despite how complex her character was. I also would have loved to know more about what was happening with her and her husband after filing for bankruptcy and reclaiming their lives, as well as how they even got into their financial predicament in the first place. When it came to the friendship between Elizabeth and Sasha, I was happy that they seemingly rekindled their relationship toward the end of the story, but it’s a very quick rekindling that still left me with some questions. It wasn’t what I was expecting since the book description made it sound like the rekindling of this friendship was more of a major plot in the story.

In this story, Lynn Steger Strong explores a lot of different themes such as economic fragility, the apparent safeguard of middle-class jobs and Ivy League education, and the broken American dream, but again, seemingly not as deeply as I was expecting. I finished the book feeling like there was still so much potential to strengthen or deepen the story and these various themes, and that the story simply fell flat.

If you’ve read Want by Lynn Steger Strong, or have it on your TBR list, please reach out to me because I would love to discuss this further and hear your thoughts!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Want by Lynn Steger Strong is best paired with Cush by Cushwa Brewing Company. This crushable hazy IPA is fruity, piney and lightly jammy in flavor with a bready malt backbone to balance it out 🍻

Full Pour Review: Black Sunday

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Fuck. This one took me on a roller coaster ride. Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham is not a book that I have seen much on Bookstagram and it deserves SO MUCH attention.

In 1996, twin sisters Ariyike and Bibike are enjoying a comfortable life in Lagos until their mother suddenly loses her job and in the midst of facing poverty, their family becomes drawn to a new church with an enthralling pastor who worships earthly wealth and possessions. Shortly after joining this church and befriending the pastor, the girls’ father wagers their family home on a bet and loses the home. As their parents marriage collapses, the girls and their two younger brothers are forced to live with their grandmother. Once inseparable, Ariyike and Bibike are now forced to diverge down separate paths of self discovery and independence.

Tola Rotimi Abraham is a truly incredible writer and story teller. The story line and character plots throughout this book provoked a lot of intense emotions, making it incredibly hard to put down. My heart ached for what Ariyike, Bibike and the rest of their family experienced and how it altered the courses of their lives. I loved the way she explored various themes like social and political strife, poverty, violence, religion, the nature of regret, and the power of redemption and self-reliance. It is incredibly hard to believe that this is Tola Rotimi Abraham’s debut novel and I look forward to the possibility of reading more books by her in the future.

I feel like my words can’t do this book justice. If you’re looking for a quick, captivating and addictive read that’s packed with a lot of intense themes, or are a fan of the storyline and writing style by Chelsea Bieker in Godshot, I highly recommend checking this one out!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham is best paired with Fresh J’s by RAR Brewing. This delicious, juicy triple IPA is triple dry hopped with calypso, moteuka and zyrhos hops, resulting in a smooth and hoppy tropical flavor🍻

Full Pour Review: Ties That Tether

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo is a beautiful, emotional and thought-provoking rom-com that touches on topics such as immigration, Nigerian culture, love, family, balancing multiple cultural identities, and the importance of putting your needs first by living a life that feels true to you.

At 12 years old, Azere’s father passes away and her last words to him include a promise that she will marry a Nigerian man and help preserve her family’s culture- even after they’ve moved to Toronto. To help hold Azere accountable to this promise, her mother is insistent on constantly setting her daughter up with eligible Nigerian men- men that Azere wants nothing to do with. After another one of these dates going horribly wrong, Azere finds herself in a hotel bar enjoying the company of an incredibly attractive white man named Rafael Castellano. Rafael is in town from NY for a job interview and just as quickly as they hit it off, their encounter turns in to a one night stand. A few weeks go by and as fate would have it, Rafael ends up getting hired at Xander, the company that Azere works at. What started out as a one night stand begins to develop into something much more serious and complicated, and Azere is torn between the need to please her mother’s wishes by marrying a Nigerian man and her growing feelings for Rafael. When her fears begin to get the best of her, she worries that being Rafael will somehow make her less of a Nigerian and compromise her identity. Is it possible for Azere to betray the promise she made to her father long ago and give in to the happiness that Rafael provides her? Or will she continue to remain complacent in living the unsatisfying life her mom has planned for her?

This book was a really quick read (I finished it in one day) and I loved the depth of various thought provoking topics that are touched on throughout this book. I was very intrigued by things I learned about Nigerian culture in this story and really loved the fact that Jane Igharo unintentionally implemented personal aspects of her life into this book. In the acknowledgments, she mentions that she unconsciously wrote her family into this book and her statement made my heart swell:

Christina is my hilarious sister, Precious. Jacob is my kind brother, Divine. Chapter forty-three- the shortest chapter and dearest to my heart- is dedicated to my father, Fred. He died before I knew him, yet he found a place in this book somehow.

Jane Igharo, Ties That Tether

I also empathized with Azere’s character so much and was heartbroken over the emotional back and forth she was going through in regards to respecting her Nigerian culture and her growing feelings for Rafael- her struggle felt incredibly authentic and gave me all the feels.

There are a few things that I would have loved to see more of that could have made this story even stronger. First, I wish that there were more details about the relationship development between Azere and Rafael. I felt like I wasn’t completely convinced that Azere and Rafael were perfect for one another simply because I didn’t have enough of a view into their relationship and felt that there wasn’t enough strong chemistry between them felt like it was hard to truly fall in love with them as a couple. I also would have loved more of a backstory for Azere’s parents so that I could learn even more about their backgrounds and culture. I feel that if the book was written from multiple POV’s, I could’ve learned about and loved the characters so much more.

Overall, Ties That Tether was a really enjoyable debut novel and I look forward to reading more by Jane Igharo in the future! One of my favorite lines from the story that sums up this book well is “let go of the life you’ve planned and accept the life waiting for you….” Thank you so much to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for gifting me this eARC in exchange for an honest review!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo is best paired with Fancy Papers by Cigar City Brewing. Fancy Papers is an enjoyable fruit-forward Hazy IPA brewed with Strata, Sabro and Idaho 7 hops 🍻

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 🍻