Tag Archives: UpLit

“A Quiet Life” by Ethan Joella – Book Review

“Sometimes you just need to say all the things that are inside you, hurting your heart.” Chuck Ayers – a recent widower who is reeling from the loss of his beloved wife, Cat. Chuck is in his early seventies and … Continue reading

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“The Vanishing of Margaret Small” by Neil Alexander – Book Review

At times a heart-wrenching read, “The Vanishing of Margaret Small” was an astounding debut novel. Based upon interviews with ‘people with learning disabilities’, the author has created a fictionalized tribute to those people, while also reminding us of the dire … Continue reading

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“Meredith, Alone” by Claire Alexander – Book Review

I had a fantastic time sharing in Meredith’s apartment life. She was a character that you couldn’t help but root for. This debut novel reminded me quite strongly of “Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine“, but that being said, Meredith Maggs … Continue reading

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“The Locked-Away Life” by Drew Davies – Book Review

“Regret is a dish served cold, with plenty of leftovers, lasting you for decades”. Esther is eighty-two years old, has very limited mobility, and lives alone in a vine-covered manor house in the Midlands with her many regrets as company. … Continue reading

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“The Invisible Husband of Frick Island” by Colleen Oakley – Book Review

Anders Caldwell is a young, nerdy, and earnest journalist. He aspires to be successful like his childhood hero, Clark Kent. He works full-time at a low-budget newspaper and does a podcast in his own time. When he is sent to … Continue reading

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“Ellie And The Harpmaker” by Hazel Prior – Book Review

Ellie Jacobs – Before her marriage to Clive, Ellie was a librarian, but now she is a housewife. She has little in the way of self esteem due to a fraught relationship with her mother. With no children to care … Continue reading

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“UpLit” providing hope and empathy in a sometimes hostile world…

‘Up Lit’ is a literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels focus … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “Soft In The Head” by Marie-Sabine Roger #ThrowbackThursday #Uplit

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk (who seems to be taking a blogging hiatus). She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, … Continue reading

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“The Keeper of Stories” by Sally Page – Book Review

Janice – is ‘only a cleaner’. Her husband is fond of reminded her of this – despite the fact that she is the major breadwinner of the family. She is in her late forties and cannot remember a time when … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – January 25, 2022 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #TheKeeperOfStories @SallyPageBooks @HarperCollinsUK @0neMoreChapter_

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday January 25, 2022 I … Continue reading

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