October 2021 New Releases, Part One

"Books" and "spooky" both have double Os. Coincidence? Probably.

Lightning Review

Role Model by Rachel Reid

Role Model

I love Rachel Reid’s work, particularly this series. I’ve reviewed Common Goal and read a couple others in the Gamechangers series. I’m delighted to report that this book was lovely while I read it. I devoured it in a single sitting and I smiled goofily while reading it, but as soon as the book was complete, I all but forgot about it. And sometimes that’s exactly what I want from a book: a few glorious hours … Continue reading Role Model by Rachel Reid

Lightning Review

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by E. Lockhart


Whistle is the latest YA Graphic novel from DC, and like other books in this run it emphasizes social justice and inclusion. In this book, a Jewish high school student takes care of her mom (who has cancer), works at an animal shelter, attends school, flirts with a cute boy, and participates in protests to try to keep gentrification from erasing her neighborhood of Down River in Gotham City. Her life changes when she meets … Continue reading Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by E. Lockhart

Lightning Review

Quackery by Lydia Kang, M.D. and Nate Pedersen


After I reviewed Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang, M.D., one of our commenters requested that I review Lydia Kang’s nonfiction book, Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything (co-written by Nate Pedersen). Well, gosh, it’s a sacrifice, but if I MUST read a book full of weird historical semi-medical remedies for things like Bubonic Plague, well, then I guess I must. I do it for you, Bitches. Quackery is what … Continue reading Quackery by Lydia Kang, M.D. and Nate Pedersen

Books On Sale

Fall and Halloween Reading

Books on Sale: Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom & More

Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom is $3.99! I mentioned this on a previous Hide Your Wallet and it’s a nonfiction title about the phenomena of binding books in human skin. We have one in Boston! However, I’m unsure if this is one of those books that’s best to have in a physical copy.

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What Social Media Account Brings You Joy?

Woman with bright makeup eating dessert and reading message on phone

Sometimes social media can be a major drag, but other times, there are channels, accounts, and creative collections that utterly make my day. So I asked the SBTB crew for recommendations, and the answers added 7683% more delight to my scroll time! NB: did the IG and other embeds work consistently? Nope, sure didn’t. Do I know why? Nope. So I’ve provided alternate images from each account. Please click through to see the accounts and … Continue reading What Social Media Account Brings You Joy?

Books On Sale

Road Trips, Horror, & More

Books on Sale: Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews & More

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews is $3.409! This is a spin-off of Andrews’ Kate Daniels series with the main character being Kate and Curran’s ward. Obviously this will be a more nuanced read if you’ve finished or are familiar with the prior series. I dropped off that train around book three.

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Hide Your Wallet

October 2021 New Releases, Part One

If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), and we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this … Continue reading October 2021 New Releases, Part One


477. “Faust Meets Galaxy Quest”- Light from Uncommon Stars with Ryka Aoki

My guest this week is author Ryka Aoki, whose new book Light from Uncommon Stars is out this week! We cover transgender identity, found family, space opera & The Brady Bunch, the liminal state of The Olive Garden, Chonky books, and what, and where, is the best donut? That last part is key! And! I really want to hear your donut recs: sbjpodcast@gmail.com! … Music: purple-planet.com

Books On Sale

Sarah Morgan, Historical Mystery, & More

Books on Sale: How Not to Fall by Emily Foster & More

RECOMMENDED: How Not to Fall by Emily Foster is $1.99! We had two reviews of this book, one from me and one from a guest reviewers. We both really enjoyed it. Foster had plans for more romance novels in a the podcast episode we did with her, but I have a feeling those plots are on hiatus.

I gave it a B:

I would recommend this book, honestly. The smart characters and Annie’s earnestness as a heroine are so refreshing, despite the emotional shift in the narrative. I’m glad I read it and I’m going to scramble for the continuation because I want to know what Emily Foster will do with these characters. 

And guest reviewer, Sabra Nicole, gave it an A:

I highly recommend this book to people (all genders, everyone) who are maaaybe, possibly interested in exploring BDSM themes in contemporary romantic-comedy, but are a little intimidated by the genre, or unsure where to even find that unique genre mish-mash. 

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Book Review

When You Wish Upon a Duke by Charis Michaels

When You Wish Upon a Duke

When You Wish Upon a Duke is a historical romance with Peter Pan references. Given that the heroine is named Isobel Tinker, I feared a whimsy overload. However, I ended up having a wonderful time with this ridiculous yet utterly enjoyable novel, in which a female travel agent and a duke who is doing one last job for the Foreign Office are forced to confront pirates in Iceland. I told you it was ridiculous! This … Continue reading When You Wish Upon a Duke by Charis Michaels

Links: Ina Garten, Photography, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.

Welcome to Wednesday Links! We’re starting to get the first whiffs of fall in New England and I’m so ready. The biggest downside is allergies. I never knew fall allergies were a thing until I moved up here and now I get two seasons where I’m a snotty, sneezy mess with awful sinus pressure. It’s absolutely terrible. In other news, I’m attending a Halloween wedding and I’m so excited to turn my cocktail attired into … Continue reading Links: Ina Garten, Photography, & More

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