There’s more to life than self-help books.

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I struggle with building habits. I’m lazier more often than I am productive. And I don’t always do what I say I’m going to do.

But there is one habit that I have never have a hard time sticking with. and that’s reading.

I’ve always loved to read. As a kid, I devoured book after book, and the need to read has never really left me. I even studied literature in college.

Every night before I go to sleep, you can find me tucked up in bed with my nose deep in a book. Without fail.

But you won’t find me reading the latest book on entrepreneurship or how to get more work done in less time. No, I almost exclusively read fiction. …

A culturally relevant novel told in a fun and exciting way.

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At first glance, Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park seems like your typical romantic comedy. The brightly colored cover, the quirky protagonist and the promise of a steamy office romance, all worked together to draw me in and entice me to dive into this book.

But after reading the novel, it’s clear that this is more than a romance story. Loathe at First Sight tackles issues of sexism, racism and work life, while also weaving in romance.

Loathe at First Sight tells the story of Melody Joo, a junior game producer at a video game company with a predominantly male workforce. When Melody makes a joke about a new game idea, she suddenly becomes in charge of turning that joke into a reality. She’s running the show, and starts feeling attraction to one of her new team members, Nolan, an intern and the nephew of her misogynistic boss. …

A moving family drama well worth the read.

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If there’s one good thing to come out of this quarantine, it’s how much time I’ve been able to devote to reading.

One of my most recent quarantine reads was Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. It’s a profoundly moving story, following two families over the span of several decades. I found the novel to be deeply engaging and intelligent, and I really couldn’t put it down.

Ask Again, Yes starts off following two New York City cops, Francis Gleason and Brian Stanhope. They are partners newly on the force, both with new young wives. The two eventually have the same idea to move to a suburb outside the city called Gillam. …


Maria Elharaoui

Copywriter. Blogger. Wife. Bibliophile. Romcom Lover. Tea Addict. Grammar Nerd. Email me:

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