Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Crescent City #1 This book took me over two years to read - I received an ARC in December 2019 and it was partly intentional that I took so long, and partly the fault of the book. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life--working hard all day and partying all night--until a… Continue reading House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

I love Ruta Sepetys books so much and when I found out her latest book would be set in Romania during the fall of communism, I was immediately intrigued - once again she would be introducing me to a time and a place I knew very little about. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Romania, 1989. Communist… Continue reading I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Biography, Nonfiction, True Crime

Catch the Sparrow by Rachel Rear

A Search for a Sister and the Truth of Her Murder Another manuscript read, I finished Catch the Sparrow in May of 2021. I'm still not a big true crime reader, but reading this book, followed by the disappearance of Gabby Petito, I've been thinking more and more about our culture's fascination with missing young… Continue reading Catch the Sparrow by Rachel Rear

Nonfiction, Psychology, STEM

The Body by Bill Bryson

A Guide for Occupants After I didn't love The Road to Little Dribbling, I wanted to give Bill Bryson another shot. My mom had enjoyed A Short History of Nearly Everything, so I thought I might try one of his more science minded books instead of another travel one. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Bill Bryson… Continue reading The Body by Bill Bryson

Biography, Essays, Nonfiction, Travel

World Travel by Anthony Bourdain

I'd been looking forward to an Anthony Bourdain travel guide for years, hoping that eventually he would sit still long enough to write it. When he died, I thought we'd never get one and I was quite excited when it was announced that Laurie, his longtime assistant, would edit and assemble one instead. Synopsis From… Continue reading World Travel by Anthony Bourdain

Fiction, Historical, Social Themes

Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce

The Emmy Lake Chronicles #2, sequel to Dear Mrs. Bird This summer, when I was desperately struggling to find a book to lose myself in, I turned to sequels of my favorites because I knew they wouldn't disappointment. Yours Cheerfully is a very fitting and enjoyable follow up to Dear Mrs. Bird. Synopsis From the… Continue reading Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce