Tuesday, February 04, 2020

12 Inspirational Books on Cancer

Books are a wonderful resource for information, inspiration, and advice. Whether you’re looking for entertainment or help, there’s a book waiting to answer your questions. For those dealing with a tough diagnosis like cancer, books from medical professionals and cancer survivors can be useful — and even life changing.

If you conduct a simple Amazon search, you’ll find more than 20,000 books on cancer. With so much information at our fingertips and ready to arrive on our doorstep in two days, it can be hard to know what books are truly the most valuable and credible.
To save you much trial and error, The Mesothelioma Center combed through the most popular books on cancer, taking into account author accreditations, customer reviews, and Amazon and New York Times best seller lists. The result is this list of the 12 best books on cancer to read in 2020. Check out the visual below for a summary of each:


Friday, January 17, 2020

Blog Tour: Good Morning Bellingham by Marina Raydun

When Peta goes missing, a two-decade old secret threatens to rip at the seams and come out in the open.
Relationships are tested as one dysfunctional family comes together in search of their daughter, sister, and wife.
What they find instead will change each one of them forever.

About the Book

Good Morning, Bellinghamby Marina Raydun
n/a; standalone
Literary Fiction
Publication DateSeptember 9, 2019
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About the Author

MARINA RAYDUN’s published works of fiction include a compilation of novellas One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride, a suspense novel entitled Joe After Maya, and a two-part series, Effortless. Born in the former Soviet Union, Marina grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. in history from Pace University. She is an avid music fan, a cat lover, and an enthusiastic learner of American Sign Language. Whenever she is not writing, Marina enjoys spending time with her family, catching up on Netflix, and baking.
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Blog Tour- Reverend of Silence by Pamela Sparkman

A coming of age story about faith, love, and overcoming society's prejudices during the American Antebellum period.
In 1810, Lucy Hallison suffered from a severe illness at the age of three, and later recovered, a deaf-mute. Unable to relate to the world in which she lives, she’s often ignored and sometimes treated with cruelty. Until a boy, Samuel Burke, steps into her life at the tender age of seven, coloring her world and showing her what it means to be seen, to not be invisible, to be understood.
The two become inseparable childhood friends, and as they grow and mature, there is the promise and hope of something more that also grows between them. But the hope of something more is put on hold so she can attend The American Asylum at Hartford for the Deaf and Dumb, the first of its kind, requiring her to leave the only home she’s ever known and the only boy she’s ever loved.
But while she is away, tragedy strikes, and Samuel is now the one unable to relate to the world in which he lives, unable to find his own voice, and withdrawing from everyone and everything he’s ever known.
When Lucy returns home from school, she has one goal in mind—to put color back into his world the way he had once put color into hers.
Because Samuel Burke had been her voice when she had needed him most.
Now, she is determined to be his.
Note: Inspired by real people and true historical accounts.

About the Book

Reverend of Silence
by Pamela Sparkman

n/a; standalone

Literary Fiction


Publication Date
January 14, 2020

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To celebrate the release of REVEREND OF SILENCE by Pamela Sparkman, we're giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!

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About the Author

PAMELA SPARKMAN grew up in Alabama. She became an avid reader at a young age. The written word has always fascinated her and she wrote her first short story while still in elementary school. Inspiration for her stories always begins with a song. She believes music is the pulse of life and books are the heart of it.
When she isn't writing, however, she's spending time with her family and taking one day at a time.
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Monday, December 30, 2019

Review- Just the Way You Are by Adite Banerjie


Single mom and bridal makeup artiste Shikha Verma is finally in a good place – both professionally and on the personal front. A chance encounter with a charming musician, who is much younger than her, has her throwing caution to the winds and breaking vows she’s made to herself. Walking away is the right thing to do. After all, she can't risk another heartbreak when she has only just recovered from one.

Yash Kulsreshtha has never been more attracted to a woman and the lady definitely is into him. Why then is Shikha is hell bent on pushing him away? Surely their age difference is not such a big deal? But before he can convince her, she storms out of his life. Are Yash and Shikha destined to stay apart or will life hand them a chance at happily-ever-after?

This novella is a feel-good, emotional romance and the first book of the Soulmates Series.

Release date: October 2nd, 2019
Page numbers: 64


I have been a big fan of Adite Banerjie's writing for quite some time now. Her books have warmth and romance and just what I am looking for in my read. Just the Way You Are by Adite Banerjie is a novella. I liked it and it was a super quick read.

This is the story of Yash and Shikha. Shikha is a single mom who has had a bad relationship experience in the past. She is not so open to trust anyone and she is definitely not looking for love. But a chance meeting with Yash leaves her feeling more. Yash is a musician who is younger than Shikha. He has an easy going attitude, but he can't take his mind off of Shikha.

I liked Yash and Shikha. They were both right in their own places. The format of a novella is as such that things cannot be explored more in depth. So that is the only issue I had with Just the Way You Are. I would have liked to see more of Yash's siblings and the bond they shared. I would have liked to see Yash make efforts with his father and vice versa. I would have wanted to see more bonding experiences between Yash and Shikha's son and how they go further with their relationship.

But all in all Just the Way You Are was a cute and a super quick read. I would definitely recommend it to everyone who enjoys novellas. 

*Please note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Book Tour- The Heart of Aleppo by Ammar Habib

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you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Why Ammar wrote The Heart of Aleppo

In an over-politicized world, my wish is for this work to humanize those we call “refugees”. The Heart of Aleppo is not about the politics of the Syrian Civil War or any other conflict. Its aim is not to convince readers to support any faction or political party. Instead, this story is about the unbreakable spirit of humanity. It is about how humanity often shows its true strength during the darkest times. . .

Two days before Nabeel leaves for the last time, I find him standing at the kitchen counter with his friend, Zakariah. I don’t know his rank, but Zakariah serves directly under Nabeel in the army and only lives two miles down the road. The two of them always seem to be on leave at the same time.

Their voices are low, almost secretive, but I catch the look in Nabeel’s eye. Except back then, I didn’t recognize it.

“What are you guys talking about?”

"This "stand alone" novel is a bittersweet tale of family, friendship, war, and sacrifices. It is a highly recommended reading material for Young Adults and Adults alike. It raises several good discussion points. It is ideal reading for Book Clubs."

He looks back at me with a smile, but it fades when he sees my expression.

“What’s wrong, Zaid?”

I glance at the ground before replying, “I don’t think I want to be a doctor anymore.”

“Why not?”

“…I don’t think I can.”

He takes a few steps towards me before crouching down to come to my eye level, urging me to continue. “Ms. Farooq said I’m not smart enough.”

"The Heart of Aleppo starts with an explosion of action that drags you into the story immediately. That momentum slows at points, but picks up near the end, making it easy to breeze through in one sitting."

He takes a deep breath and glances down at my feet. His eyes look like he’s weighing something, wondering if he should say it or not. When he does speak, his voice is different. It’s no longer speaking to me as his younger brother but as his friend. “You know, Zaid, Zakariah was joking about what we were talking about.”


He nods before his gaze focuses back on me. “Not even a few weeks ago, my soldiers and I were in a bit of a… well, situation.”

"As with most war stories, the story told in The Heart of Aleppo is heartbreaking. Ammar Habib does a great job with the voice of a 13-year-old enduring the destruction of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War. One of the things that impressed me was Habib’s ability to tell the story without including the politics of the war. It is truly a story of the spirit of humanity in difficult circumstances."

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

The foul stench is everywhere. It floods the buildings and road. It’s in every crevice. It’s soaked into the very brick and mortar of these streets I used to know.

We walk in a single file: Salman up front and me in the back. The sack quickly grows heavy on my shoulder, soon seeming as if it’s filled with bricks. But I trudge on. The weight of the sack is nothing compared to what my heart is feeling right now as I see the city I call home—a city that has stood for over 7,000 years—suddenly turned into wreckage.

Not even a day and a half ago, we walked from school to the bus stop. The roads were crowded with cars, trucks, and buses blaring their horns. The sidewalks were packed with pedestrians and merchants. Now, it’s a ghost town. It’s as if there was never any life here.

The city is… hollow.

A wall of smoke and smog surrounds me on all sides, preventing me from truly seeing anything clearly. Is it a blessing or a curse? I don’t see any of the destruction until I’m right on top of it. If Salman was even five more steps ahead of me, he would be lost behind the wall. We’re out on an open street; yet, it feels as if I am trapped in a prison. The dark walls of this prison follow me, not allowing me to escape their grasp.

Heidi Reads... - Excerpt

Every step is harder than the last. My feet become weighted stones. I almost can’t feel the uneven and cracked concrete underneath me. It’s as if I’m moving in a trance. I don’t know where I am or where I’m going. I’m simply walking through the abyss and listening to the only sound: my soft footsteps.

The longer we travel and the heavier my sack becomes, the more a fear grips me. The fear that we don’t know if we’re fleeing danger or walking into a den of hungry wolves. The fear that by the time we do reach home, what happened to Jari may have already happened to everyone.

Every time I look up above, hoping to catch some sight of the heavens, all I see is smoke. It’s blocking out any light from the stars. There will be no relief tonight.

I notice a silhouette up ahead. It… it appears to be the minaret of a masjid. Hope is suddenly injected into my heart. With every step, the minaret breaks out of the smoke, and I can better perceive the masjid itself. I see its domed roof. It’s standing tall above all the destruction. If it’s still standing, it’ll be safe inside, right? Nobody will come into a masjid and harm us.

Salman hops down to join Fatima. I follow him. My feet hit the ground hard, shooting a shot of pain up my legs. The sack violently smashes against my sore upper knee, and I almost fall over before Salman catches me. That hurt more than I thought it would. As I rise back up, the foul odor immediately hits me.

The fear-striking silence surrounds me once more. It’s my only companion. The hollow sound of silence is worse than gunfire and explosions. Worse than screams. Worse than terror. Because mixed into this silence is abandonment and suffering.

"The Heart of Aleppo is a very powerful read. . . . I am giving The Heart of Aleppo a well deserved five stars. I highly recommend it for all readers. It is definitely not one to be missed."

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The Heart of Aleppo:
A Story of the Syrian Civil War
By Ammar Habib
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 252 Pages
July 26th 2018

Winner of the 2019 Independent Press Award
#1 Bestseller in "Coming-Of-Age" Fiction
#1 Bestseller in "Asian-American" Literature

From the ashes of the Syrian Civil War comes this story of hope, love, and courage...

After standing for over 7,000 years, Aleppo's ruin came overnight. Separated from his family during the night the rebels attacked the city, thirteen-year-old Zaid Kadir is lost in the middle of a war zone. Alongside his friends, he is forced to survive the dangers of a civil war he does not even fully understand. Zaid witnesses the destruction of the brutal Syrian Civil War as it grows more deadly by the day and rips his city apart. However, as he braves this destruction, as he desperately tries to survive this catastrophe, he discovers something. Zaid realizes that it is in the darkest hours when humanity's spirit of hope burns brightest.

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About the Author

Ammar Habib is a bestselling and award-winning author who was born in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1993. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are not only entertaining but will also stay with the reader for a long time. Ammar presently resides in his hometown with his family, all of whom are his biggest fans. He draws his inspiration from his family, imagination, and the world around him.

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive a signed copy of Habib's national award-winning novel, Memories of My Future (US only). Memories of My Future is an historical/inspirational novel that was published in 2016. It received several accolades after its release, including the Independent Press Award in May 2017.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #296

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating. 

Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019


A Winter 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection.

The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

Keeping secrets from her family only becomes more complicated when Willa agrees to help the doctor at a field hospital near the new bridge being built over the Golden Gate. Willa thinks she can handle her new chaotic life, but as she draws closer to a dashing young ironworker and risks grow at the bridge, she discovers that hiding from what she truly wants may be her biggest lie of all.

What are you waiting on? :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review- A Rational Boy in Love by Himanshu Goel

A Rational Boy in Love on Goodreads


Can a rational boy fall in love? Isn't love just a chemical response? The boy knows all about how neurons work but can't help falling in love. He tries to use the tools of logic and science to make sense of what he feels, will he be successful or will love forever remain a mystery to him? A rational boy is a collection of poems by Himanshu Goel with illustrations by Arushi Gupta.

Release date: September 29th 2019
Published by: Kalamos
Page numbers: 180


When author Himanshu Goel first contacted me to review his poetry collection, A Rational Boy in Love, I was slightly apprehensive because both poetry and romance aren't exactly my cup of tea. But then again, poetry collections are easy to read and I had been looking for something light which I why I accepted the offer and I am glad I did because this collection has some incredible poems that I know will stay with me for a long time to come.

A Rational Boy in Love is divided into three parts- a rational boy in love, looking through a telescope and daughter of the moon. While all the parts are unique and lovely in their own way, my most favourite was looking through a telescope as it was an intrinsic medley of space and romance. I almost felt like I was reading a story because of the magnificent flow and transition from one poem to another. Some of my favourite lines are:

why do you
try to paint
me in water
when I belong
to the sky?

maybe this year
winter will have
mercy and
leave us alone
maybe this year
summer will
shine and we
won't be cold

she is
made up
of a
warm soul and
necessary demons

Of course, these are just a few of many that I loved and felt a deep connect with. But I would highly recommend this book to all readers, whether you're into poetry or not. Available at a very affordable price, the reader will finish this book in a couple of hours but it will stay with you for a long time. It sure had me hooked! Author Himanshu Goel has made his mark with this brilliant book and I look forward to more from him.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Himanshu Goel in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

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