Books On My Spring 2022 TBR

I always love these prompts by That Artsy Reader Girl because it’s a good chance to re-set my goals for the year. Here are 10 books I’m hoping to read in the next couple of months. 1. The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova I’m actually in the middle of this one, and it is just as good as I wanted it to be. The magical realism is rich and alluring, and the characters are understated in the perfect way. I’m hoping to finish it before long. 2. African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters This is another … Continue reading Books On My Spring 2022 TBR

The Maid

When I don my maid uniform – not the frumpy Downton Abbey style or even the Playboy cliché, but the blinding white starched dress shirt and the slim-fit black pencil skirt made from stretchy fabric for easy bending – I am whole. Once I’m dressed for my work day, I feel more confident, like I know just what to say and do. At least most of the time. And once I take off my uniform at the end of the day I feel naked, unprotected, undone.The truth is, I often have trouble with social situations. It’s as if everyone is … Continue reading The Maid

10 Great Books with Split Timelines

I have a not-so-secret love for mysteries of all kinds, and one of my favorite structures is the split timeline. When it’s done really well, both timelines mirror each other, and the two mysteries are linked together and revealed at the same time. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt this week, I’ve pulled together a list of 10 books I think do this extremely well. 1. In the Woods by Tana French The main character, Rob Ryan, was playing with two friends in his childhood when both went missing. He was found with blood in his … Continue reading 10 Great Books with Split Timelines

5 Books I Enjoyed but Never Mentioned on my Blog

To review a book on my blog, it has to be written for an adult or young adult audience, has to be released within the last 10 years (usually even 5 years), and with only a couple of exceptions, if it is from a series it has to be the first book in the series. However, since I do these top 10 prompts almost every week, most books that I read do get a mention somewhere in my blog. That made this week’s Top 10 Tuesday Prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl exceptionally difficult – just trying to find a … Continue reading 5 Books I Enjoyed but Never Mentioned on my Blog

Top 10 Favorite Dynamic Duos in Novels

There are so many books about a man or woman who stands alone against the world, that it is refreshing when I come across one with a pair of friends or partners who work well together. Reading about their dynamic can add another level to the narrative, and they often end up on my favorite reads list. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt this week, here are 10 books with fantastic duos that just work. 1. Rob and Cassie from In the Woods by Tana French By the time In the Woods starts, Rob and Cassie … Continue reading Top 10 Favorite Dynamic Duos in Novels

Top 10 Books Too Good to Review Properly

Let’s be clear here – I am not one to step away from the challenge of a good review. Most of the books on this list – thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt this week – have been reviewed on my blog. However, it’s hard to really capture the magic of these books. I would absolutely recommend them, if you haven’t read them already! 1. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner I almost didn’t pick this book up based on its description – it follows a family through several generations, and isn’t … Continue reading Top 10 Books Too Good to Review Properly

10 Great Books with ‘Heart’ in the Title

Despite being a person that is deeply pragmatic and unromantic, I kind of can’t help but enjoy Valentine’s Day, especially now that I’m in a great relationship (that started very close to Valentine’s Day several years ago). I’m not going to be writing a Valentine’s Day review this year specifically because I reviewed so many great romances last month. However, That Artsy Reader Girl has an open-ended prompt this week, so I decided to showcase some of my favorite books with ‘Heart’ in the title. I hope you enjoy! 1. My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones 2. … Continue reading 10 Great Books with ‘Heart’ in the Title

My reading life has taken a serious hit from COVID-19

We are looking at two years of living with covid-19, and I think the most surprising thing that it’s impacted is my reading life. If I’m being entirely honest, I always thought about reading as a solitary thing, but my reading life has been impacted as much by covid as any other part of my life. Book Club I didn’t do a whole lot of socialization when I was still married to my ex-husband, but book club is one thing that I always tried to hold sacred. Unlike many book clubs, I know, we have managed to survive two long … Continue reading My reading life has taken a serious hit from COVID-19

10 Books with Character Names In the Titles

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is books with character names in the title. I’ll be honest, I tend to steer away from these books (unless they have an especially pretty cover) because it never really tells me much about what the book is about. However, here is a list of books I did end up picking up for various reasons, and they’re all pretty great! Let me know if you’ve read any of them, and if you enjoyed them. 1. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram 2. Libertie by Kaitlyn Greendridge … Continue reading 10 Books with Character Names In the Titles

5 New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is “New-to-Me Authors I discovered in 2021”, and I found this one particularly difficult because I had a slightly different focus last year. Normally I try to stay on top of new releases and do usually try to find new authors. Last year, though, I really tried to get through some of my ever-increasing TBR, especially books that I already had on my shelf. For that reason, I ended up not finding many new authors, because if it was already on my TBR then I already had discovered them … Continue reading 5 New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021