What is better than randomly grabbing a book off your shelves and finding yourself enthralled with it? Answer: nothing. Well, maybe coffee.... Or chocolate. Or baby snuggles.... Or weekends with no plans.... Ok, but this still ranks up there! I recently read The Five Wounds by Kirsten Valdez Quade. I went into this book a bit blind. A quick glance at the synopsis had me going in expecting a multi-generational family drama, but I was blown away by these characters. They are me
I adored Alice Feeney's last novel, Rock Paper Scissors as well as His & Hers. Both were creepy, twisted and kept me on the edge of my seat, officially making me an Alice Feeney fan. Therefore, I snatched up Daisy Darker without a second thought and went into it with high expectations. Unfortunately, this book was a case of "you can't win 'em all." I found it campy, predictable and was forced to suspend so much disbelief that I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. It wasn't for me,
Thank you Libro.FM for the #gifted ALC. #partner I enjoyed Megan Giddings last novel, Lakewood, and when I saw she had a new release with a witchy synopsis, I was sold. The Women Could Fly is set in a not so far from reality dystopian world, where witches are real and single women are monitored by the government. Every woman must marry by the age of 30, or else register with the government and essentially be "watched" for signs of being a witch. It is a fictionalized story, r
I recently posted about my reading "green flags." Green flags are what draw you to something, as opposed to red flags which warn you to avoid something...get it, green flags...I know, I'm so witty. Any who, one of my reading green flags is when a plot involves cults or extreme religion. If I see the word "cult" in a book's synopsis, there is a 99.9% chance I will read it. That being said, when I heard that Ashley Winstead's sophomore novel The Last Housewife had a cult elemen
I did not have to think twice when Wine Insiders reached out about collaborating. Books & wine and one of my favorite pairings. I look forward to the evening when I can pour myself a delicious glass of wine and curl up with my #currentread. I recently received 6 expertly curated bottles of wine on my doorstep. I went for the mix of red and whites and was pleasantly surprised to find a professional waiter's corkscrew in my package. I dove into the whites first and went for my
Thank you to everyone who recommended I read The Measure by Nikki Erlick. I absolutely loved this book and its message. The story begins with so much despair but ends with so much hope. I loved the introspective concept that had me doing some deep self-reflection. You know it's a good book when you finish feeling renewed and inspired to be kinder and more present in your life. The Measure is added to my list of favorite new releases of 2022 and is one I will recommend often.
I am a huge lover of memoirs, and it has been awhile since I have added one to my #tbr. I have been trying to make a dent in the unread books on my bookshelf, so I recently plucked Things I Learned from Falling by Claire Nelson off my shelves. Nelson is a powerhouse. She survived three nights alone in a desolate area of Joshua Tree Park, having fractured her pelvis, unable to move, and with no cell phone reception to boot. I devoured this memoir and loved the underlying theme