Friday, December 4, 2020

Five Things I Learned About Ebola from "Ebola" by Laurie Garrett

Why read a book about the Ebola virus in 2020? *deep shoulder shrug* honestly, I don't know, but this book caught my interest and I learned a lot! Perhaps reading a book about a far deadlier and contagious virus than COVID was sort of refreshing and perspective-shifting? And also, reading about the cleanliness and supply issues faced in Africa during their Ebola epidemics was a much needed dose of gratitude, as well. Keep reading to find out five things you might not know about Ebola!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Five Unforgettable Quotes from "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V.E. Schwab


I'm absolutely *blown away* by how much I enjoyed "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue"! I'm not typically a fantasy reader, which is usually Schwab's genre - but this book was a hit for me! Keep reading to see my favorite quotes from this genre-bending, unputdownable, reading slump breaker!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Five Essential Reasons to Read Aloud to your Kids

There are so many things you know you should do as a parent, but sometimes - eh, really, most of the time - there just isn't enough time in the day to get it all done. If like me, you could use some help in this area, keep reading for some inspiration!

Monday, October 26, 2020

10 Thrillers To Keep You Up At Night

It's offically spooky season and this week's prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie - so keep reading for my list of ten thrillers that will steal your sleep and keep you turning to the next page!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Book Club Questions about "Dear Edward" for a Great Book Club Discussion

Did your book club choose "Dear Edward" by Ana Napolitano to read this month? Then congratulations on the excellent book choice! "Dear Edward" has a ton of potential as a book club pick! This book covers so many emotional and important issues and there are definitely plenty of easy discussion starting moments in the novel. Keep reading this post for some "Dear Edward" book club discussion starters as well as how I would answer to help get the conversation started!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

"Dear Edward" Quotes // Book Quotes

THIS BOOK, YOU GUYS. I can not remember the last time I was THIS sad that a book was over. I just wanted this book to never end but also I flew through it because it was so, so good. I wanted to stay with these characters forever and never say goodbye. I wanted to live in this book. Which is all the more amazing because the world built in "Dear Edward" isn't especially cozy on the outset - a plane crash, a sole survivor - *especially* as someone with a flying phobia, I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. But omg do I love it! "Dear Edward" has some *amazing* quotes that I want to share with you, and then maybe you'll get hooked and read it too! Keep reading to check them out.

Friday, October 2, 2020

September 2020 Reading Wrap Up

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Happy October! It is time to wrap up what I read during the month of September. After taking a year-long hiatus from blogging ( and reading, really, because I think I read all of 4 books in the last nine months ) I am back on the reading train and things are going well. I read 5 books in the month of September - keep reading to hear my thoughts!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Top 10 Quoteable Unputdownable Novels - Top Ten Tuesday

    As a reader, quotable books are definitely my go-to reads.

Sure, I love a great plot or solid character development, those are both important, but the thing that really keeps me reading are those books with little nuggets of life wisdom just begging to be jotted down in a notebook, or more commonly - saved as a photo on my phone. And if a book can do both - then for me, it is unputdownable. This week's prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is quotable books - so keep reading for my list of ten books that I think are the most quotable and also unputdownable.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

To Be Read : 5 Fall Reads about Family - Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week's prompt was to find Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes. And oof, because living in Texas, "fall/autumn vibes" just isn't as much of a thing for me! And I'm kind of salty about it. Some years the leaves change, some they don't, the temperature is totally all over the place, and it just doesn't have a consistent traditional feeling to it. But regardless of the weather or scenery, family in the fall feels consistent. Gearing up for the holidays means lots of time with family, which can be so different from person to person. So, keep reading, because I've compiled a list of books that I absolutely adore that have strong messages about family, enjoy!

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - Book Review

Time for a book review! So, let's discuss my most recent read "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides. I am definitely not alone in reading this book during the month of October and while I have some critical things to say about the book, one thing it does do very well is to strike that eerie mystery thriller vibe that is so sought after in October. I am still reeling over here from the ending to this novel - it is definitely known for its twists! But the ending of the Silent Patient is also super controversial - some readers hate it and others loved it. I think I might be in the hate it group. Keep reading to find out why.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Trial of Lizzie Borden - by Cara Robertson - Book Review


Time for a #60secondbookreview that feels very fitting for October - "The Trial of Lizzie Borden" by Cara Robertson. This is a non fiction book, and it covers exactly what you think, and it does it in a really informative way. The author did an outstanding job completing this research. It is definitely one of those books where when you're done you just want to invite everyone to your TED Talk about this new topic you've learned so much about. But this book did make me realize just how much personality is part of my enjoyment of murdery things ( can i get a hey hey, fellow murderinos?). Most of the time, but especially when a case happened over 200 years ago, I'm not here for the outcome, I can Google that - I am here for the personality of the individual telling me the story. So while the research was top notch, I do think it fell short on that aspect. 

As you're reading "The Trial of Lizzie Borden", whether you think she is guilty or innocent - it's hard not to become angry for her. One of the arguments for why the murder couldn't have been completed by Lizzie, was that, "Abbie Borden was killed not by the strong hand of a man, but by the weak and ineffectual blows of a woman." huh. Because they both looked pretty dead to me - the pictures are gruesome, guys, don't Google it - plus, the story isn't that she could barely muster a whack, it's that she did 40 and 41 whacks! My favorite parts of the book explored this obvious sexism and how frequently it came up in the trial, as well as the at the time burgeoning field of forensic science. It was super interesting!

Have you read "The Trail of Lizzie Borden"? Comment down below and let me know what you thought of the book! Or let me know your favorite book about murder! Thanks for reading. Have a great day!