Final Girls by Riley Sager + 2018 Library Love challenge

Our school schedule was odd this year, letting us out for winter break later than other area school systems.  The benefit?  We still have a few days off while everyone else is going back this week.  It’s frigid outside, and my heat pump is struggling to keep up with single-digit temperatures.  Today, we all stayed in the fluffy blankets and found something quiet to do.  I read Final Girls, which has been on my TBR for months.

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The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick – book review

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for review. Opinions shared are mine.

Happy 2018, everyone!  I hope you celebrated the new year with loved ones and friends.  Our family watched the ball drop on TV, then I immediately headed for my pillow.  Oh, the days when I would have stayed up late celebrating the new year!

My first read of 2018 was The Ghost Notebooks.  Technically, I started reading it in 2017, but finished it today, so…that counts.  [Read more…]

Comfy Cozy Winter Reads available for FREE

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You know how it is.  We’re all so busy during the warmer months that it’s almost a relief when it’s finally winter.  We allow ourselves to hibernate a little.  Cuddling under a blanket with a good book seems like the only right thing to do.  I’m a bit of a book hoarder, much to my husband’s chagrin.  Even though there are several unread books on my shelf, I can’t help looking for cozy winter reads on My Reader Rewards.  If you’re not a member yet, click here to join (it’s free) plus start with 25 points!   [Read more…]

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert – book review

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of the book; opinions shared are mine.

Perspective is a powerful yet vicious thing.  Sometimes perspective can provide insight; other times, it can be blinding.  When I read No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, I felt like perspective was slamming against my brain and heart from all sides. [Read more…]

Reviews Finally – PART 1

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Today I had the chance to catch up on blog browsing, finding many posts on 2018 Reading Challenges.  Though I am not participating in a reading challenge, it was fun to see what other people added to their lists.  My Goodreads TBR has fattened up quite a bit, and I realized that there were MANY books I hadn’t reviewed — either here or on Goodreads.  Though this isn’t a comprehensive list, I wanted to share some of those reviews.   [Read more…]

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – book review

It was a productive day. I folded a load of laundry, made breakfast, and read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  No better way to spend vacation, right?  [Read more…]

A Name Unknown by Roseanna White – book review

Disclosure: I received this book to review; opinions shared are mine.

Imagine a group of Dickens-like characters in a Downton Abbey setting.  Though that scenario doesn’t seem like it would work, A Name Unknown combines the two themes in a surprising blend of romantic intrigue.

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The Child by Fiona Barton – book review

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Fiona Barton taught me a lesson with The Child.  Last summer I read The Widow and didn’t really like it, despite all the hype surrounding the book.  I almost didn’t read The Child because I thought it would be a repeat performance of a let-down story.  Wow, was I wrong!

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond – book review

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When my daughter noticed my ravenous addiction to The Marriage Pact, she asked if she could read it, too.  I hesitated.  Normally, I don’t mind sharing my books with her.  This one doesn’t have explicit content or anything; the bedroom scenes are mentioned in passing with little description.  Though there is profanity, it’s not excessive and certainly not any different than she’d hear in the 8th grade hallway at school.  So why the reluctance? [Read more…]

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas – Bethany House review

Disclosure:  Bethany House sent me this book to review. Opinions shared are mine.

As you can likely tell from the cover, The Sound of Rain is a 1950s era novel.  Alternating locations between the eastern region of the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky and the southern paradise of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this story plays on the cultural norms of the 1950s.  Lowcountry elite meets mountain man, if you will!  [Read more…]