Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love by Tori Dunlap

☕☕☕☕/5

Tori Dunlap seemed to speak with authority and knew what she was talking about throughout Financial Feminist, but I didn’t feel she brought anything new to the table. Maybe because I have studied finance and read several books on personal finance and budgeting, I learned nothing from this book. 

It was still an enjoyable read. It flowed well, made sense, and was easy to read. It wasn’t dry like many financial books can be. This book would be good for someone early on in their budgeting journey. I think they could definitely implement the ideas and concepts in the book. 

The Book Swap by Tessa Bickers

☕☕☕☕☕/5

When I first started The Book Swap, I wasn’t sure it would be the right book for me. I was so wrong! I ended up loving this story about love, loss, and forgiveness. The first few chapters were a bit slow, but the story picked up once I started to get to know Erin and James. Overall, there was good flow throughout the story, easily switching between points of view. We see the story from both James and Erin. 

I thought The Book Swap fits its genre and tropes well without falling into typical cliches. Both Erin and James were relatable, and the dialogue felt natural. Both of them changed from who they were when the book started. The dynamics between the main characters, their friends, and their family were excellent. There was plenty of tension to go around, too, not just between Erin and James. I want to see a sequel starring Cassie and Joel (and maybe a third with Elliot and Carl). 

I thought the messages in the book’s margins were a great way to move the story forward. I could also picture the cute little library! I thought Bickers did a great job painting the locations of the story. I could see this as a cute rom-com. 

The Book Swap was easy to read with relatable dialogue. Overall, the flow of the book was good, but there were a few hiccups at the start. I would recommend this to people who love an enemy-to-lovers book. There are some descriptive scenes involving mental health and bullying that may not be for everyone. 

I was initially drawn to this book because of the title and cover image. Romance isn’t one of my go-to genres, but I was really glad to have read this book! It was enjoyable. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for sending me this ARC to review. All opinions are my own. 


Jenna

Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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