Before I Go Book Review

Before I Go made me ugly cry and a dog didn’t even die. What I adore about this novel is that all of the characters have flaws, and therefore act in imperfect ways. When presented with a grim diagnosis, one does not imminently become angelic and perfect and can do no wrong. Our protagonist reacts [...]

Book Review: The Sweeney Sisters

What if one fact could turn your entire world upside down? The Sweeney sisters, still reeling from their esteemed author-father’s death, find themselves in this very situation upon their discovery that there is a fourth sister out there. Well, half sister. But this family doesn’t do anything by halves. With a big cast of characters, [...]

2019 in Books

Every year, I take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It began as a way to keep track of what I was reading, as I'd accidentally, repeatedly picked up library books I'd already read thinking they were new to me. The challenge is less about challenging myself to read- its harder for me not to read at [...]

Book Review: The Overdue Life of Amy Tyler

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler enchanted me from page one. This feisty heroine has her flaws, but is also throughly and authentically her own person throughout the book. I loved geeking out with her over books (and my goodness is her e-reader book choice library theory is genius and all schools need it), and [...]

Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Where the Forest Meets the Stars is an enchanting novel with a serious undertone. It holds both a mystery to solve and elements of suspense. This heart wrenching story follows ornithologist PhD student Jo as she recovers from her own tragedy, and is thrust into someone else’s. With intricate plotting, exceptionally well crafted characters, and [...]

Ellie and the Harpmaker Review

Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior takes us on an interesting journey with two narrators after they bumble into one another’s lives unexpectedly. While this random friendship blossoms, the consequences have a ripple effect on each of their lives. It’s a thoughtful look at the question: What happens when we allow ourselves to chase [...]

Book Review: Holly Banks Full of Angst

Julie Valerie's debut novel, Holly Banks Full of Angst, is a laugh out loud adventure of a relatable woman and how even the most sensible of us can be blindsided by the quest for a Pinterest Perfect life. This novel has an interesting format that combines screenplay and narrative. Protagonist Holly Banks is a film nerd [...]