Review: Nothing by Annie Barrows

Nothing by Annie Barrow

When I saw that Annie Barrow had written a new YA book, I bought the Audible version immediately. I love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which Annie helped write. And while I didn’t love The Truth According to Us, I had to know what Barrows would do in the YA realm. The premise of this book is that nothing exciting ever happens in real life, like it does in YA fiction books. Charlotte is determined to prove this point by keeping a journal of her sophomore year of high school. It’s a pretty short book, and it mostly chronicles Charlotte’s friendship with Frankie. The […]

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Book Round Up: Travel Stories

Book Round Up: Travel Stories

I wrote a column in Country Woman magazine back in April/May on Travel Stories, but I never shared them here. Today I am sharing those three books along with other general fiction books centered around travel. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick This story about an older man who travels the world after his wife’s death is really sweet. He’s kind of grumpy, but he comes out of his shell and learns a lot about her past because of a charm bracelet he finds in her closet. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. It’s the perfect book for readers of all ages. […]

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Review: Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough is a rather strange story about a woman, Lois, who works at a robotics company writing code to control mechanical arms. She is so busy with work that she doesn’t have time to cook for herself. She lives on “slurry” (a nutritional substitute) and take out from the Clement Street Soup and Sourdough Company. The spicy soup and bread somehow restore her energy and help her sleep better, and she develops a rather unusual friendship with the brothers who run the shop. When they leave San Fransisco, they entrust their sourdough started to Lois, and she begins developing a whole new life. I don’t […]

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

What I've Been Reading Lately

I haven’t blogged in over a month. I’ve just been busy; life is getting in the way. But I have been reading. Here are some of the books I’ve read lately. Disclaimer: There were others, but I’ll be writing full reviews on those, so I’m not sharing them today. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham This book is hugely popular right now, and it is a very interesting historical fiction book about the race riots in Oklahoma, which I had no idea about, but… I had a hard time feeling any attachment to Will. The book alternates between Will, in the past, and Rowan, in the present. […]

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Reading People by Anne Bogel

Reading People by Anne Bogel

It’s my first blog tour, and I couldn’t be happier that it is for Anne Bogel’s first book, Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything. When I first heard that Anne was writing a book, I didn’t really care what it was going to be about. I have been reading her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, for years, and I absolutely adore her podcast, What Should I Read Next? I guess what I’m saying is I would read or listen to anything she put out. That being said…I was pretty psyched to learn that the book was about personality types. I am […]

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Review: When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy is an adult drama focused on four characters in the aftermath of a small town tragedy. After a high school football victory, when the whole town should be celebrating, four families are mourning. Three cheerleaders are killed when a teenage boy crashing into them while presumably racing his new car. The reader learns the truth about the accident and other scandals in town from these characters: Leah, the friend that should have been in the car that night, Ava, the substitute teacher who’s relieved that one of the girls didn’t live to tell what she saw at the game that night, […]

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Review: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club reminded me of Love Walked In. Maeve is a marine biologist who became obsessed with sharks when she was bit by one at age 12. Her life didn’t turn out as she planned because her lifelong love cheated on her a few months before their wedding. While in between research jobs, she goes back home to stay with her grandmother and twin brother, but neither of them decided to tell her that Daniel is back as well. Maeve is captivated by his 6 year-old daughter, and she decides to give it another go. This book is rich with plot, so naturally I loved […]

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Review: Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

Strings: A Love Story surprised me. It starts with a snippet of present day and a long missing famous violin. Honestly, I could have done without that whole aspect. The real story starts with a high school romance between Ted and Olivia at boarding school is California. Ted is from a wealthy family, and his parents have serious expectations for his future path. Olivia is the daughter of the campus maid. They’re cast as Lancelot and Guinevere in the production of Camelot. I feel in love with them both immediately. The book follows them (mostly Ted) over the next few decades. It reminded me a little […]

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Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Goodreads has Down Among the Sticks and Bones mislabeled as a sequel to Every Heart a Doorway. For the first half of this short book, I kept wondering when it was going to move on from back story and progress with the plot. Then I read the cover flap, and I learned that it was actually a prequel. From that point on, I enjoyed this book a lot more. The Wayward Children series is kind of like Alice in Wonderland only there are infinite worlds that children fall into. In the first book we met a full cast of characters who attend a boarding school for children who […]

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Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

I reserved We Are Okay from the library on a whim after reading an article on Goodreads about Nina LaCour. I was only familiar with Nina LaCour because she co-wrote You Know Me Well with David Levithan. I really enjoyed that book, so I decided I should read one of her novels. This book is quite sad. Marin’s grandfather died right before she was supposed to start college, and she’s not dealing with it very well. She escaped to NYC early and hasn’t spoken to anyone from home in a few months. It’s now Christmas break, and her best friend, Mabel, has come to the city to […]

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