Book Lists, Book Reviews, General Nonfiction, Nonfiction

3 Nonfiction Books for Fiction Lovers

I used to think that nonfiction was slow and boring. I was wrong. These books are a great place to start if you're new to nonfiction, but want the intrigue, storytelling, and thrills of fiction. The best part is that not only are these books a great story—they're also true! Read more about my reading… Continue reading 3 Nonfiction Books for Fiction Lovers

Book Lists, Book Reviews, Nonfiction, True Crime

3 True Crime Books to Get You Started on the Genre

One of the biggest changes I made in 2019 is that I've become a fan of nonfiction. I used to dislike reading nonfiction (see this post), but this year I've found myself enjoying nonfiction just as much—if not more—than fiction. One of my favorite sub-genres of true crime is non-violent true crime. From my list… Continue reading 3 True Crime Books to Get You Started on the Genre

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 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, Popular Posts

On Almost Hitting My Reading Goals, Favorite Books of 2017, and More

What a turbulent, change-filled, and exhausting year 2017 has been. Besides the craziness happening in the world at large, this has been one of the most difficult years of my life. When I started this blog back in January of last year (here's my first review!), I had no clue how much things would change… Continue reading On Almost Hitting My Reading Goals, Favorite Books of 2017, and More

Book Lists, Features

The Last Three Things I’ve Read (Plus Why I Disappeared Again)

It's been a while. Again. I swore once things settled down with the move out to Colorado, I'd regularly write again. Whelp. Things didn't settle down, because almost as soon as we were unpacked, we decided to move (AGAIN) for new job opportunities. Moving for the second time in six months, starting a new job, and beginning… Continue reading The Last Three Things I’ve Read (Plus Why I Disappeared Again)

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 Lists, Features

Have You Noticed? WWII Books All Seem to have Blue Covers

I recently looked over my list of books that I read in 2016 (as book lovers do) and discovered that, unintentionally, I read several WWII-era books last year. I also happened to notice one overarching detail: Each book strongly featured the color blue in its cover artwork. Coincidence? Maybe. Or the smart marketing people at publishing houses… Continue reading Have You Noticed? WWII Books All Seem to have Blue Covers

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