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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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WHAT I READ IN MARCH 2020

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It feels a little odd to think that it's April. Usually, around this time, we're preparing for Easter festivites, getting out of the house to soak in sunshine, and starting to go to outdoor playdates. But this April, well, things are a bit different, that's for sure.

Nonetheless, we're trying to keep on truckin' as usual, which means I have some book reviews for you!

Scroll to read my thoughts on the six books I read last month. 😁





"Silver Bay" by Jojo Moyes: I really enjoy Moyes' writing, but this one was just an "eh" for me. If I had to describe it in three words, I'd say it was slow, steady, and sweet. The story was heartwarming, but I did have to push myself through it.

Stars: 3/5

"The Hideaway" by Lauren K. Denton: I bought this on a whim with a Kindle credit. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it, and I honestly didn't...I loved it! Such a sweet story with loveable, quirky characters. I felt like I was right there, living in that charming home, and by the time I finished the book, I wished I did! If The Hideaway ever becomes a real place in Sweet Bay, Alabama, consider me there.

Stars: 5/5

"The Killing Type" by Jane Corry: I'm a huge fan of Jane Corry, and I happen to come across this short story of hers for free on Kindle. By short, I mean 50 pages, so it's obviously a very quick read. I finished it during one baby naptime, and although it was short, it packed a lot of story! I feel like it would have been a riveting full-length novel, but I enjoyed the shortened version very much.

Stars: 4/5

"The Dead Ex" by Jane Corry: See above for my thoughts on Corry. 😊 Another win for me from this author. I always enjoy the twists and turns throughout her books, and this one was no exception. I love how Corry keeps her readers questioning, and ultimately, usually being wrong in their assumptions.

Stars: 4/5

"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens: I finally jumped on the bandwagon with this one. My husband gifted this to me on Valentine's Day, and it only took me so long to finish it because I find it harder to read hard copies of books in this season of life. It's usually easier for me to one-handedly read a book on my phone while nursing, rocking a baby, waiting for a pot of water to boil, etc. Otherwise, I think I would have powered through this book. It's out of the box, for sure, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of the "Marsh Girl". There were a couple parts that were slow to me, but those were outweighed by the rest of the story.

Stars: 4.5/5

"Whisper Network" by Chandler Baker: Loved, loved, loved this book. A juicy read, yet one that really gets your mind churning. It's the #MeToo movement mixed with mystery mixed with what it's like to be a woman. I will definitely be reading more of Baker's work.

Stars: 5/5

"The Earl Not Taken" by A. S. Fenichel: See my full review of this historical romance novel HERE!


Let me know if you've read any of these in the comments below!

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FULL BOOK REVIEW - "THE EARL NOT TAKEN"

Gooood morning, blog readers! I'm interrupting my regularly scheduled posting about my second book to post a full review of my latest gifted ARC, "The Earl Not Taken". A huge thank you to NetGalley, A. S. Fenichel, and Kensington Publishing for sending me an advanced copy of this book for my honest review! "The Earl Not Taken was released on March 17, and you can buy it on Amazon HERE!

Scroll down to read my thoughts!



Things I loved:


  • The author does a fabulous job of making you feel like you're in the era in which she's writing. Decadent homes, frilly dresses, horse and buggies...I almost felt a bit underdressed wearing yoga pants while reading.
  • The cover. It's beautifully done and makes me crave a spring tea party. 
  • The #girlgang vibe. Love a book with a tight-knit group of friends ready to conquer the world.
  • The drama and twist that happens in said #girlgang. It was gasp-worthy.

Things I didn't really love:

  • The characters were underdeveloped to me. I wanted to know more about how and why the girls became friends, how they got to be so close, some insider secrets, etc. Maybe if there would have been a book before this one?
  • The back and forth between Poppy and Rhys got a bit old. I know Poppy was against marriage, and she had good reasons, but the constant back and forth only seemed to slow the book down.
  • Overall, the book was a bit slow for me. It felt repetitive in some areas.

I give it 3/5 stars!

*** There are a couple of adult scenes in this book. You all know how I feel about x-rated scenes, so I skipped through them. ***

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