Review: When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman

When Were Were on Fire by Addie Zierman

I devoured When We Were on Fire in one day – practically one sitting. Before I was an atheist, in my adult life, I was part of a couple of Evangelical Christian churches and youth groups during my high school and college days. In this book, Addie Zierman chronicles her own experiences with Evangelicals. It was like reading a memoir by my high school/college self, or at least someone who went to my youth group. I enjoyed reading her experiences in high school with many of the ministries and events that I attended. While Addie and I ended up in different places with our faiths, I […]

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Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks to Jen @ Momma Blogs A Lot for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. This is my first award nomination, so thanks a ton, Jen! The Rules: Put the award logo/image on your blog. List the rules. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. Mention the creator of the award, and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog) Tell your readers 3 things about yourself. You nominate 10 – 20 people. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify). Share […]

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Review: Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

I was so excited to read Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders. I am/was a huge supporter of Bernie’s campaign for president, so I was interested to hear what he had to say to all of us about next steps. This book was released right after the general election, and while it didn’t necessary state an expectation of the result of the election, it was pretty clear that Bernie was hoping Hillary Clinton would have won. He mentioned a few times about compromises he’d made with her campaign as if they’d be policies we’d be seeing implemented at this point. In that way, this book was slightly […]

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10 Books on my Spring TBR (Top Ten Tuesday #20)

Spring TBR List 2017

Since I already do a monthly TBR list post, I thought I’d use today’s Top Ten Tuesday to share the review copies I’ve received that I really need to read this spring. I am still so behind on my NetGalley queue (and other review copies I’ve received by email), and I don’t always list those books on my monthly TBR posts. Review copies I need to read this spring One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel Ashes by Steven Manchester Setting Free the Kites by Alex George Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star Thanks a Lot, John Leclair by Johanna Parkhurst Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix To Capture […]

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Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is hugely popular right now for good reason. It’s technically science fiction because it deals with the multiverse and parallel dimensions, but it’s really more a suspense novel. Jason Dessen gave up a career in physics to become a husband, father, and college professor. He could have been one of the great minds of his time, but instead he is loving his average life almost 100% of the time. One night while coming home from a celebration for a former colleague who’s won a prestigious award, he his kidnapped and sent to a different world where everyone thinks he has invented “the box” […]

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Review: Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes wasn’t as good as Downton Abbey, although it is set up well for television. It’s broken into “episodes” instead of chapters. The plot centers around the Trenchard family: James, who’s always looking to climb the social ladder, his wife Ann, much too smart and sensible for her husband, their dead daughter Saphia, and their son Oliver. The novel begins in 1815 Belgium on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. We’re introduced to Saphia, who is tricked into a love affair by, Lord Bellesis. The result is an orphaned illegitimate son who the Trenchard keep secret and squirrel away to a clergyman somewhere […]

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TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Opinionated Book Lover

I love a good sci-fi or fantasy TV series, perhaps more than I like those genres of books. If you’re in a similar boat but looking for a good book, check out these recommendations based on some beloved TV series. Sherlock/Penny Dreadful…Stalking Jack the Ripper I admit I haven’t watched all of Penny Dreadful. My husband didn’t like it as much as I did, so it kind of feel by the wayside. I don’t watch much TV alone these days because usually I’d rather be reading. But we both love Sherlock, although we have 2 episodes to go in the latest season. When I read Stalking Jack the […]

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Review: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before was a terrific suspense story. It’s written in alternating timelines. In the present, Jane is looking for an apartment after a devastating still birth. In the past, Emma and her boyfriend are trying to escape memories of a horrific break-in. Both women move into a rather futuristic house, built by Edward Monkford, with incredibly cheap rent with the caveat that they have to agree to a huge list of rules and some amount of monitoring and periodic check-ins with the house’s computer system, Housekeeper. In Jane’s plot line we know that Emma has died, but we don’t know exactly how. Both women […]

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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into reading Dumplin’. I hated Julie Murphy’s last book, Side Effects May Vary, but I’d heard so many great things about this book. My book club selected this book; otherwise I may not have read it. I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Willowdean (aka Dumplin’, her mom’s nickname for her) is the overweight daughter of a former beauty pageant winner. Her mother now runs the town’s teen pageant. Willowdean has always been more like her aunt, who’s just died. Amidst the usual teen drama – first love and a falling out with her best friend – […]

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TBR List: March 2017

TBR List: March 2017

I am feeling rather caught up on books right now. I only have 2 books sitting on my nightstand, so of course I need to go to the library to pick up my next batch. My TBR list this month includes a good amount of YA fiction, which is odd given my recent post on shifting preferences. It’s mostly because of old NetGalley requests I made and my prioritization of books I wanted to read for 2016 that I didn’t get to. I’m hoping to find some other great reads. I only have one 5-star read so far this year. I need more! Books I’ll be […]

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