Book Lists, Book Reviews, Fiction

3 Great Fiction Titles to Read this Winter

March is around the corner, and you either feel like the end of winter is in sight, or we're just getting started. It snowed here yesterday, so I still feel like we're fully in the grip of winter. It's two months in to 2020, but I'm still thinking about books I loved from 2019. I… Continue reading 3 Great Fiction Titles to Read this Winter

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Popular Posts

Book Review: Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Like Where The Crawdads Sing?

Title: Where the Crawdads SingAuthor: Delia OwensMy rating: 2 / 5TL;DR: Expect long-winded meditations on nature, loneliness, and sexual awakening. The lengthy descriptions distracted me from the action of the book (there isn’t much action as it is). I didn't enjoy it. Full disclosure: I usually like the bestsellers. I'm a sucker for a conversation piece. I… Continue reading Book Review: Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Like Where The Crawdads Sing?

Book Lists, Book Reviews, Features, Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult

7 Books to Read after Binging the New Season of Veronica Mars

I came to Veronica Mars late in the game, but since I started watching the show about a year ago, I haven't turned back. I love this series, and not just because I'm a huge mystery buff. Veronica is all the things I loved about Nancy Drew, but with a darker edge and a razor-sharp… Continue reading 7 Books to Read after Binging the New Season of Veronica Mars

Book Reviews, Fiction, Mystery

ARC Book Review: The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Title: The Au PairAuthor: Emma RousMy rating: 4.5 / 5TL;DR: If you love mystery and suspense, slow-revelations-style character development, and contrasting spooky/cozy atmosphere, this is a great book for you.When does it come out? January 8, 2019Random gushing: I love the cover of this book. It's one of those covers that doesn't disappoint you and fits in perfectly… Continue reading ARC Book Review: The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Book Reviews, Dystopia, Fantasy, Popular Posts

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling Series

Titles: The Queen of the Tearling, The Invasion of the Tearling, The Fate of the Tearling Author: Erika Johansen My rating: 4 / 5 Genre: Fantasy Is it worth reading? Definitely. If you love fantasy, action, politics, and magic sapphires, this is the series for you. It's central plot conflict stretches across three books, making the resolution exciting and (mostly)… Continue reading Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling Series

Book Lists, Features, Fiction, Mystery, Popular Posts

21 Agatha Christie Books, Ranked

2/1/20: I've added two books to the list, bringing the total to 21. Here's to reading more Christie in 2020! 7/30/19: It's been over a year since my original post, and this is by far my most popular post ever. I figured it was time to do a little refresh and add in some of… Continue reading 21 Agatha Christie Books, Ranked

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Popular Posts

Old Book, New Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Title: The Pillars of the Earth Author: Ken Follett My rating: 4 / 5 Genre: Historical Fiction TL;DR: For more conservative readers, there will definitely be some sections to skip over (sex, rape, violence etc.). However, despite these flaws, Follett's world is so captivating and the drama of the cathedral's construction is so captivating, that if you love being sucked… Continue reading Old Book, New Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Popular Posts

Snooze Alert: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Title: Everyone Brave is Forgiven Author: Chris Cleave My rating: 1 / 5 Genre: Historical Fiction Is it worth reading? No. I found it to be long, flat, and confusing at times. Characters are underdeveloped, the plot tries to accomplish too much, and dialogue is tiresome. There are  so many great WWII novels out there ... this is not one of… Continue reading Snooze Alert: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Book Reviews, Fiction, General Fiction

DNF: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Title: The Nest Author: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney My rating: DNF Genre: Fiction, General Is it worth reading? I wouldn't recommend it. I thought this would be like reading a celebrity gossip magazine—an easy, breezy, guilty pleasure. This was definitely not that. The Nest was more like a romance novel featuring unlikeable characters and catty behavior. >>SPOILER FREE REVIEW<< I hate marking a book… Continue reading DNF: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney