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FIVE COMPLETELY RANDOM FACTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF "ONE STEP FORWARD" AND "THE OTHER SIDE"...AKA - ME!

 Ever wondered who I am when I'm not writing a novel? Here are five completely random facts about me:

  • The simpler the better for me. I find so much joy in the simple, modest things. 
  • I love history. It was one of my favorite subjects in school and it still fascinates me today. 
  • I recently chopped my hair off and I really don't like it, ha! I'm impatiently waiting for it to grow back. #longhair4ever
  • My enneagram is a 2w1. 
  • I've very shy and very sarcastic, but never at the same time.

Tell me something about you! What's your enneagram? Long hair or short hair? What'd you have for breakfast? Tell me anything!

 

Talk soon, B

Third book update + name reveal!

 I hit 13,000+ words on my third book this week! I'm celebrating small victories for this book, because even though 13,000 seems so small to me, 13,000 is better than 0! Not bad for a mom of two that works full time!


To celebrate hitting 13,000 words, I'm sharing a piece of the story with you and revealing the name of the female main character of my third novel!


Charlie Baker - coming to a book near you soon!

Let me know your thoughts about the name in the comments - I love to hear your thoughts!

Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram and Facebook for more updates and sneak peeks!


Talk soon, B

TWELVE BOOK REVIEWS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS

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Hey, friends! Welcome back to another edition of book-reviews-in-three-sentences-or-less! This kind of book review has so far been the most popular here on my blog, so I'm going to stick with them for a while. Keep reading to see twelve of my most recent reads, reviewed in three sentences or less!




The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager || I'm usually pretty good at spotting twists before they come, but this one kept me guessing the entire time. The ending was a total surprise for me. It kept me interested from front to back, and I will definitely be reading more of Sager's work.

Stars: 5/5

We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley || The reviews on Goodreads are very mixed for this book, so I didn't have the highest of hopes. But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. There was a lot of hate for the shallow main character, but I enjoyed her sarcastic narration.

Stars: 4/5

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross || I'm not sure how I even came to own this book, but it's been on my shelf for years, so I thought I'd give it a go. It was "so-so" for me. The plot held a lot of promise, but the style of writing was not for me.

Stars: 2.5/5

The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler || I'm not sure I have the words to describe how I felt after reading this book, and I mean that in a good way. This is one of the rawest books I've ever read and I was genuinely sad any time I had to put it down. It had me in tears more than once, and I just wanted to hug every single one of these women who told their stories.

Stars: 5/5

You Belong by Jessie Fioritto || I received this book as an Advanced Reader from the publisher and the author. I read a review that said, "It's like sitting down to coffee with a friend and having her speak encouragement into your heart", and that's exactly how I feel. Short, daily devotionals for perfect for women that need a reminder of who God created them to be.

Stars: 4/5

When Never Comes by Barbara Davis || This is the first Davis novel for me. The synopsis makes it seem like it's a thriller, but it's more of a romance/heartfelt novel. It was a sweet story.

Stars: 3/5

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary || I listened to this on audio. I found the author easy to love, and it gave me quite a bit of insight about those on the spectrum.

Stars: 4/5

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen || I flew through this book. It has mixed reviews, but I personally enjoyed it. Wickedly twisted, in the best way.

Stars: 4/5

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty || The first novel of Moriarty's I read was "Truly Madly Guilty", and even though it had high praise, I found it just okay. I took a chance on this one when I saw it frequenting my Instagram feed with five-star reviews. The chance was 100% worth it.

Stars: 5/5

Hide Your Eyes by Alison Gaylin || Another that was on my shelves and I have no idea how it got there. I can't give a full review because I stopped reading about 1/2 through the book. It was definitely not for me.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon || I feel like I'm repeating myself here, but I read Yoon's novel, "The Sun Is Also a Star" and I personally didn't really care for it. I'm not exactly sure why I decided to read this one (quarantine brain?), but goodness, it was a good choice. I read it in a day and loved it.

Stars: 5/5

The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee || The beginning was a bit slow for me, but it picked up speed about halfway through. The last chapter was my favorite part of the whole book. Lee did an excellent job weaving the three main characters together in a way that made you able to connect with them all.

Stars: 4/5


Let me know in the comments if you've read any of these + your thoughts!


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TURNING 27 WITH 27 OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS

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I'm thankful to be celebrating another year as Brandi Jo Little and for all the lessons and blessings the last 27 years has brought! Celebrating birthdays looks a bit different during this season of life, but one thing that hasn't been canceled is reading books (thank goodness)! To celebrate my birthday, I'm sharing 27 books that have become my favorite in the last 27 years. 😊



  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. A Time to Dance by Karen Kingsbury
  4. Perfect by Rachel Joyce
  5. Power Play by Danielle Steel
  6. The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
  7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  8. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  9. Family Pictures by Jane Green
  10. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (and all other books in the series)
  11. Blood Sisters by Jane Corry
  12. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
  13. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  14. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
  15. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  16. The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
  17. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
  18. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  19. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  20. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  21. Any and all Nicholas Sparks books
  22. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  23. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  24. The Mother Letters by Amber C. Haines
  25. Two as One by Ryan Frederick
  26. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  27. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang


Let me know in the comments if you've read any of these and if they're on your favorites list!


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LILLI'S RECENT READS (BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS)

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Do you have little readers in your home? I'm thankful that I do! Lilli just reached the age that she loves to pick out her own books, and she fills a large tote every time we go to the library. It feels like it's been forever since we've made a trip to the library (thanks Covid-19), but we did manage to get quite a few new reads on our last trip.

I asked on my Instagram if you all would like me to share what books Lilli is currently loving, and it was an overwhelming yes! Keep scrolling to see which books she loved. (For reference, Lilli is four.)





Building our House // This one is perfect for us since we're in the middle of renovating our home!

Les & Ronnie Step Out // This one makes Lilli giggle every time.

The Winter Fox // The illustrations in this one are gorgeous.



How to be a Viking // This one comes with a CD read by the author and it's so fun!


Every Turtle Counts // This one made me tear up. A beautiful story.

Tallulah Plays the Tuba // Kyle and I especially love this one because we both grew up playing instruments and is how we met!



What books are your kiddos loving right now??


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